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The Cardinal Grand Cross Part 4: Mars — Transits With Teeth

posted by Matthew Currie
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The only thing that End Of The World predictions have all had in common is that none of them came true. Okay, in all fairness, we don’t know if the dinosaurs had a Nostradamus of their own or not, but the End Of The World clearly has not arrived yet. Although there aren’t any more than the usual number of Apocalypse-mongers out there at the moment, the conditions of the Cardinal Grand Cross tend to make many astrologers, myself included at times, sound like the roof is caving in.

So: let’s pause for a moment and take a breath.

Having said that: Here comes Mars to join in on Cardinal Grand Cross  (If you want to understand how the Jupiter, Uranus, or Pluto elements of the Cardinal Grand Cross might affect you, click HERE, HERE, and HERE). Those transits will all be in place for a couple of months or a couple of years yet depending on which planets were talking about. It’s now however that Mars joins in… and by “now” I mean “this week.”

Mars gives a caffeinated edge to anything it aspects. It may not be the sole cause of the argument you have… but it’s what makes the other guy (or you) cross that line.  Mars can take a bad scene and turn The Suck up to 11.

If the difficult situations in your life are caused by major outer planet transits, then Mars can be like Mookie in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing: the (perhaps justified) catalyst for disaster. A cast of hundreds on an overheated day can grumble and shove and yell, but all it took was one trash can through the window of Sal’s Pizzeria to turn a bad day into a riot.

Of course, Mars isn’t always a villain. Sometimes, things do need to be broken.  And — perhaps more disturbingly for many of us — sometimes “the villain” isn’t necessarily the bad guy. And sometimes the villain is us.

Mars in Libra has already been making its own variety of trouble for a while now, and this is the week that Mars will have its maximum effect on those other planets. Mars will be adding its edge to the mix until mid-May… and then again in June. The last time Mars hit the degrees it’s passing through now was the tail end of 2013 and the first two weeks of 2014. What was driving you crazy back then? It’s a reasonably good bet that you can expect a return to those issues in one form or another in the next week.

So don’t panic about the peak of the Cardinal Grand Cross this week… but don’t drop your guard either. You’ll survive this next week, sure… but it’s not like that will be the end of the story either. Just think of late 2013-early 2014 as Chapter One… and know that you’re now entering Chapter Two… of a much larger story.

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Taurus Season: Go Ahead, Tease That Bull, I Dare You

posted by Matthew Currie

The Sun has now entered Taurus, which means it’s that time of years when astrologers bust out all their old synonyms for “pleasure-loving” and “stubborn.” The truth though is that we all need a little stability in this nutty world — especially now as we are in the grip of the Cardinal Grand Cross – and that’s a quality that Taurus And if you don’t like pleasure… well, I suppose by definition you’re obviously missing out on something.

Clichés, by definition, tend to both miss the entire truth and yet capture a certain portion of it. From my perspective? Sun Sign clichés are the bane of my existence as an astrologer (because they reduce the complexity of the human experience to twelve bullet-points). But at the same time, if you’ve ever heard a comedian tossing out jokes based on his or her own family/ethnic/religious background, you know that sort of thing can be pretty entertaining.

So, with that principle in mind (and with a crash helmet securely in place for those Taureans who are offended by such things), please pull up an easy chair, grab a bucket of french fries, sit back,  and CLICK HERE to enjoy my Astrology Of Love And Compatibility: Taurus.

Still with me? Oh, bless you, Taurus, you’re such a kind and forgiving lot.

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My apologies if I’ve caused any offense. Hey, look at the bright side: next month it’ll be Gemini’s turn. In the meantime… Happy Birthday, you guys!


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Your Guide To The Cardinal Grand Cross, Part Three: Jupiter

posted by Matthew Currie
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Let’s see YOU try to be jolly ALL THE TIME!

(An introduction to the big celestial event of April, and why so many folks are stressed about it, is HERE. Part one, all about Pluto’s role in the Cardinal Grand Cross, is HERE. Part Two, about Uranus, is HERE.)

It’s a commonly-held belief that the Chinese word for “crisis” also means opportunity. The truth is a little more complex than that. The Chinese word for “crisis” is combination of two words, one of which is “danger,” and the other means “critical point.” However, the crisis/opportunity misunderstanding lingers because frankly, it’s a useful perspective… if an unusually optimistic one. And when it comes to “useful optimism” in astrology, we’re talking about Jupiter.

Often a crisis can be a blessing in disguise, and we should all be glad that Jupiter is involved in the Cardinal Grand Cross. Although in part, Jupiter serves to amplify the potentially scary effects of Mars, Uranus and Pluto, Jupiter also brings hope. Jupiter can give you the philosophical strength and wisdom to make the whole mad explosion of life make sense. Getting out of a tight spot takes hard work… but it also requires the belief that the light at the end of the tunnel ISN’T just an oncoming train.

Jupiter is now in the exact degree of the Grand Cross, and will remain within orb of it until the end of May. Let’s see what gifts and blessings it brings to the cacophony, shall we?

Some things to keep in mind before you worry too much about your transits:

-This is a listing of how Jupiter will aspect the outer planets in your birth chart only. Your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter) and your angles (Ascendant, Midheaven, and their opposites) may be affected, and some of those transits could well be positive and constructive ones. Don’t go off and panic based on just any one “bad” transit. Likewise, it’s possible that you weren’t born into one of the age groups listed below but are still going to feel the effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross strongly.
-The age groups listed below will be getting the strongest effects from this transit, but other age groups will be getting some effects too. Like for example, if you were born between August 1965-February 1966 or April-August 1994, transiting Pluto is sextile your Saturn in Pisces, and now is a good a time for you to “get your act together.” I admit it… I only listed those age groups who will be having the most obvious problems with it.
-When in doubt… consult an astrologer. That’s what we’re here for.

If you were born:

September 1947-December 1949, or March-October 1950, you have Neptune in Libra, and transiting Jupiter is square it: Remember when you were a kid and thought you’d be a movie star or a jet pilot or something when you grew up? Yeah, it probably didn’t work out that way, but all those hopes and dreams of yours are still part of you, and can still be put to good use. Just be realistic about about your skills and your limitations… don’t sell your car to buy a Lear Jet just yet, okay?
July-October 1952, January-May 1953, OR September-November 1981, or May-July 1982, you have Saturn in Libra OR May-September 1967 or February-April 1968 OR March-May 1997 or October 1997-February 1998, you have Saturn in Aries, and transiting Jupiter is square it: There could be a powerful temptation to spend your way out of trouble, literally or figuratively. Try to be realistic about the obstacles you face, and seek practical, achievable solutions. Use your head and helpful circumstances are more likely to fall into place.
July 1951-August 1952 or January-May 1953, you have Uranus in Cancer, and transiting Jupiter is conjunct it: You’re ready to break free of your limitations, and with a little luck, the Universe may provide the opportunities. In a lot of ways you’re really coming into your own now… adversity may be showing you the exit, but optimism can help you find your way into a better situation.
January-March 1960 or June-December 1960 OR February-July 1989 or November 1989-January 1990, you have Saturn in Capricorn, and transiting Jupiter is opposite it: Caution and common sense are on one side of the see-saw, and your sense of how life should be is on the other. And here you are in the middle, neither going up nor down… but just standing there. That sort of thing can only go on for so long. Choose which side of the equation you jump to wisely.
October 1970-November 1971 or March-August 1972, you have Uranus in Libra, and transiting Jupiter is squaring it: Something’s gotta give. The status quo can’t last forever, and you may get caught standing around waiting for your lucky break to bust you out of this situation. The good news is that “lucky breaks” really DO happen, and with a little wisdom, you can put yourself in a place where those lucky breaks can find you more easily.
July-September 1974 or December 1974-May 1975, you have Saturn in Cancer, and transiting Jupiter is conjunct it: You’ve worked hard to earn your collection of toys, literally or otherwise, and here comes that jerk Pluto to go to try and take some of them away. You may wants to go into your shell and sulk over it, but that won’t make things better. It may be time to focus on something other than just “toys.”
October 1975-March 1976 or August 1976-October 1978, you have Pluto in Libra, and transiting Jupiter is squaring it: The time has come for you to be YOU. The Universe has put up too much of a fight for too long… and you may have held yourself back consciously or otherwise. Now’s the time to go get ‘em, tiger! And — hey, put that chain saw down! Not EVERYTHING holding you back is your enemy!
March-May 1988 or January 1989-January 1992, you have Neptune in Capricorn, and transiting Jupiter is opposite it: They say that “you create your own reality,” and there’s a lot of truth to that. Of course, getting drunk and getting high might make your reality more fun and more exciting, but it’s nothing to build on, now is it? Even if booze and drugs aren’t an issue… you could still be deluding yourself somehow or other.
January 1991-February 1992 or June-December 1992, you have Uranus in Capricorn, and transiting Jupiter is opposite it: Your connections to others and to the Universe in general may be challenged… who do you want in your life? What are you willing to endure? Can one be both fully oneself and “lost in love” (with a person, a job, an ideal) at the same time? You’ve got Big Dreams… but even a Dream can get tested some time.

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Ask An Astrologer: Venus Square Saturn

posted by Matthew Currie

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MW writes: “I’ve been reading a lot about the Venus-Saturn square aspect in my birth chart. It sounds like my love life is doomed, and that I will always fail in relationships or attract ‘bad love’ to myself. Can you explain that, and is it true?”

Any aspect in a birth chart can potentially manifest in either a “good” or “bad” way. The “good” aspects like trines and sextiles can make you lazy with your gifts, and squares can provide drive and ambition and energy. A Venus-Saturn aspect can be a real challenge though: although it can give you the will and determination to see a relationship through when things get difficult, it is most often associated with feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, or rejection.

Why any aspect manifests the way it does though is often more of a philosophical question than a practical one. Are you always yelling at the neighbors because they play their music too loud… or are the neighbors always playing their music too loud because you’re always yelling at them? Does “always” even really apply if you look at it more objectively?

Are you feeling rejected by a loved one because they are rejecting you, or are you shutting them out unconsciously, as a sort of preemptive first strike against rejection? Are you just fighting an unwinnable war out of stubbornness? Or is it some combination of those things? A Venus-Saturn square, whether it’s in the birth chart (which some of you have) or by transit (which we all experience at times) demands that we ask ourselves these things.

Rather than explain all the possible manifestations of Venus square Saturn, maybe I should illustrate with a true story from Nature. Specifically, a story about the rats in my back alley.


Wherever you may live in the world, there are always going to be pros and cons. If you move to Paris, you’ll probably have to deal with snooty waiters. If you relocate to Moscow, you’ll probably have to bribe someone to get things done. I now live in New York, and I get to see a lot of rats. Earlier today I was out in my back alley and I had the opportunity to observe the struggle of a young rat attempting to climb into the neighbor’s garbage can. Normally I love observing animals (especially the young ones) in their natural environments. Rats, though? I have a bit of a problem with them. Nonetheless, my natural tendency to enjoy watching animals at work won out.

The half-grown rat in question spent several minutes trying to climb up a bush in order to drop into the neighbor’s trash, which I assume was smelling particularly good today (that’s another thing about New York… it may be “the greatest city on earth,” but no one ever called that because of its cleanliness). Every time our youthful rodent protagonist got high enough on the bush to be able to vault into the trash, the branch he was on would get wobbly and he would slip back down. But he was clearly driven by whatever was in there, and he never gave up.

Eventually, his efforts were rewarded… but not in the way he had planned. Instead of being able to climb into the trash, the young rat ended up being flung backwards across the back alley, landing with an audible squeak of distress. This may not sound like a happy ending, except that this rat — once he had been flung halfway across the back alley — noticed the pile of trash on the ground on the other side of the road. Among other things, this pile of spilled garbage happened to contain a particularly delectable mound of rancid Whole Foods tuna salad. At least that’s what I think it was.

The rat never gave up. He struggled mightily and ended up facing disappointment. And yet in the end he triumphed, finding an even more delicious and accessible lunch than he had originally hoped for.

And perhaps that stray cat who had been sitting back and watching the whole thing ended up getting a delicious lunch out of it too.


What I’m trying to say here is that we all have our struggles in life, but that ultimately the promise of Love… somewhere, somehow… can make those struggles worthwhile. That, and nothing ventured, nothing gained… there are plenty of fish in the sea, and so on. Also: I need to spend less time hanging out in my back alley, because there are lots of rats out there.

On second thought, I guess what I’m trying to say here is that Venus square Saturn is difficult. 

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