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Learn Astrology: The Ascendant — Examining Your Gorilla Mask

posted by Matthew Currie

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The conventional wisdom in astrology is that the Ascendant is just some kind of mask you wear. If the Sun is your ego and general spark of life, and the Moon is your emotions and gut reactions, then the Ascendant (or “rising sign” as it is often called) is at most the way it all comes out and presents itself to the world. It has a lot to do with how you look and how you come across to people, and the Ascendant is where we start counting around your chart to determine your House placements. But it’s a lot more significant than just that.

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Suppose you walked around all the time wearing a gorilla mask. You would know you’re not a gorilla, and presumably others around you would assume you weren’t one too. But I’ll bet that if you made a lifestyle of it, eventually people would start to treat you as if you were a gorilla. And if enough people treat you like you’re a gorilla, you might start to act like one, and the more you acted like a gorilla the more likely people will be to treat you like one, and so on.

How you come across to people is a function of the Ascendant, and planets closely aspecting the Ascendant. But even if you don’t have any planets closely aspecting your Ascendant, your Ascendant is in one of the 12 signs. Figure out what planet rules the Sign your Ascendant is in, find what House of your birth chart that planet is in, and you will go a long way towards decoding how people see you and respond to you. In turn, you’ll also learn how others perceptions of you have affect your perception of yourself.

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Here’s a handy list of those rulers:

Aries: Mars      Taurus: Venus     Gemini: Mercury   Cancer: The Moon

Leo: The Sun    Virgo: Mercury   Libra: Venus    Scorpio: Pluto

Sagittarius: Jupiter   Capricorn: Saturn   Aquarius: Uranus   Pisces: Neptune

If the ruler of the 1st is in the 1st House, it can make for a bit of impulsiveness and an unconscious assumption that everyone around you understands your intentions when you say or do things. It tends to make you generally pretty personable too. Even if you aren’t in sales, you’ve probably had people say something like “with your personality, you should be in sales.”

With the ruler of the 1st in the 2nd House, your personal behaviors and activities tend to be pointed towards “security issues”… whether that’s making money or establishing your place in the pecking order. You generally come across to people as pretty solid even if you don’t feel that way.

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Ruler of the 1st in the 3rd House puts the emphasis on communicating your needs and your thoughts to others. You like asking questions, are good at explaining the answers, and are probably kind of chatty.

The ruler of the 1st House in the 4th House means you like that feeling of security you get when you’re in a comfortable situation and are probably good at putting people at ease and at being a comfort to those in need… but an anarchic environment can really set your nerves on edge.

Ruler of the 1st House in the 5th House tends to make you a lot of fun to hang out with in general. You’re personable and probably fairly charming, and can handle children, games, and romance well when you put your mind to it. This can also give you some leadership qualities.

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Having the ruler of your 1st House in your 6th House gives you a tendency to file and sort and organize the people in your life into the right slots, and you are probably most comfortable in an environment where you know your role and what is expected of you. You do good work and come across as fairly professional.

Ruler of the 1st in the 7th House gives you a concern for “the other guy.” it’s not your style to ruffle feathers just for sport or to step out of line, usually. Although you understand the natural “give and take” that comes with relationships, there’s a chance you might do too much of the giving for your own good.

When the ruler of the 1st is in the 8th House, you tend to express a lot of curiosity about life and love digging in a little deeper with the people you know. You can be cautious around other people at first until you’ve gotten a good sense of where they are coming from. You might get more sexual advances than you were looking for, and sometimes from the wrong people.

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Ruler of the 1st House in the 9th House tends to make you intellectually outgoing… a “student of life.” You work best in an environment where there is a free flow of ideas happening within a larger, more orderly context. Ultimately, you tend to act based on your own judgement of things, and usually it turns out you were right to do so.

Having the 1st House ruler in your 10th House makes you goal-oriented, a good worker and employee, but also a good leader. You don’t necessarily want to be “famous,” but things go best when everyone understands why you’re here and what you’re doing. Maintaining a stable world around yourself is important to you.

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When the ruler of the 1st House is in the 11th House, you tend to be good with groups, social circles, and understand “office politics” in whatever form they occur. You’re probably good at treating people fairly and equitably, and that sort of thing is especially important to you in your daily life.

The ruler of the 1st House in the 12th House tends to make you run on instinct, to have a sense for the deeper meaning of life, and to have a fair degree of psychic or intuitive ability. Sometimes that sensitivity helps your relationships with others… and sometimes it’s simply “too much information.” You deal best with the world when you occasionally get the chance to hide quietly away from it.

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Your Weekly Horoscope (With Extra Paranoia): September 15-21, 2014

posted by Matthew Currie

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Some weeks are harder than others to write a weekly forecast about. Like this week, for example. There is some nice supportive stuff going on, and Mars has entered Sagittarius, sure. But nothing grabs people’s attention like bad news, and frankly there seems to be a shortage of that going on this week.

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Mars Square Neptune.

Sure, Mars square Neptune is in effect now, but it doesn’t even reach its peak until the end of the week. So why should we worry about it now? For once, Saturn isn’t misbehaving.

The neighbors are watching you.

And yeah, technically we are entering the “shadow period” of Mercury Retrograde, so there is a chance our thoughts and communications may not be as clear as intended, but just stay focused and proofread and everything ought to be fine.

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You’re a fool if you believe that.

Venus is moving into the sextile with Saturn, so later in the week it should be easier to stabilize your finances and affections. Venus is in Virgo, which may not be the most exciting place for her, but it’s relatively thoughtful and stable and not prone to rash emotional actions.

Someone will break your heart.

*sigh* Okay, I hear you, Little Voice In The Back Of My Mind. As far as Mars square Neptune goes: sure, that’s within 3° of being exact. And yes, that particular aspect can make for some weird emotional states. Of course, depending on the details of your own birth chart, this will affect some more than others. But let’s not worry about that, shall we? We can’t spend all our time waiting for the other shoe to drop, especially when you consider that often there was no first shoe in the first place.

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Potential tragedy lurks behind every corner.

Life always carries a certain degree of risk with it. You know that by now. You can’t let worrying about everything bad that could happen get to you, because EVERYTHING bad that could happen never actually happens. Not ALL of it, not all at once at the very least. So just breathe through it and you’ll be fine, okay?

Just wait until next week.

Shut up!

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Off To The Races With Your Mars In Sagittarius Forecast!

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet mattew currie mars in sagittariusAfter an epic-length stay in Libra fretting over relationships, and then a relatively quick and somewhat cranky run through Scorpio, Mars enters Sagittarius on Saturday, where it will remain until October 26th. Of course Mars can make trouble for you no matter where it goes, but I can’t help but think this will be a relatively easy run for the God of War. Libra was a frankly terrible place for it, and Mars was strongly placed in Scorpio… but is a strong Mars always a good thing?

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Regardless of the Sign placement though, ultimately one has to look at the aspects Mars is making to the other planets and what it’s doing to you in your own birth chart. Your mileage may vary, but overall Mars will be making some decent aspects to other planets while it passes through Sagittarius. Get to know the details of your own birth chart and play along, and see how you can take advantage of the conditions.

Below is a listing of major aspects Mars will be making in the near future. Please note that although I am listing the exact date, the aspect will be in effect for three or four days both before and after that.

Giddyup!

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September 13: Mars enters Sagittarius. Those with their Sun or Moon or Ascendant in a Fire Sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) will probably be feeling pretty spirited in the next little while. Virgo and Pisces will likely get a bit edgy. Air Signs should be able to work well with it, and Earth Signs may not quite know how to handle it.

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September 21: Mars square Neptune at 5 degrees Sag/Pisces. This is a problematic aspect between two very dissimilar planets. On the one hand, everyone may find that their drives are blunted or confused or deluded. On the other hand, there is a distinct charm in the air. The fact that this happens on the weekend, at the same time that Venus is sextile Saturn and people are seeking order in the love lives could lead to some interesting results. It could make for some interesting new partnerships as well, and for a bit of “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

October 4/5: Mars trine Uranus at 14 degrees Sag/Aries. There is a sudden outburst of creative genius and spontaneity and wildness. Since this happens on the weekend, it might be a good time to shake things up in your love life. If your (or someone else’s) romantic cage need some rattling, now is the time to do it.

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October 8: Mars trine Jupiter at 17 degrees Sag/Leo makes for a huge amount of energy. This is also the day of the Lunar Eclipse, and also the day of Venus square Pluto… so check in with me closer to that date and I’ll have more details on how this will affect you. And try not to be too much of a maniac, okay?

October 15/16: Sun and Mercury sextile Mars at 23/24 degrees Libra/Sag.. Your thoughts and words will be bold and energetic. That’s great if you’ve had a hard time sticking up for yourself, but it’s no time to go yelling at the boss.

October 19/20: Venus sextile Mars at 24/25 Libra/Sag. The mood is bouncy and sociable, and so is your sex drive. Once again, this is well-timed for the weekend. Looks like there’s going to be a lot of bonding going on this fall…

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October 26: Mars wakes up bleary-eyed and with a hangover to discover that it has arrived in Capricorn. Mars rolls up its sleeves and decides to get to work and promises to be more sensible from now on.

Now, please rise for the Mars in Sagittarius anthem.

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Harvest Moon in Pisces: Astrology Forecast And Drinking Game!

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You’d be amazed how much research I put into this article.

Normally on a Full Moon I would be presenting a guide to what you can expect from those crazy jangled emotional nerves that happen when the Moon is full. Rather than do that, this time around I have decided to honor the nature of the Full Moon in Pisces by inviting you on a shamanic journey. Specifically: a journey to your neighborhood dive bar.

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That’s right. I am prescribing a trip to the neighborhood bar on a Monday night (Yes. One of the lesser known side benefits of being an astrology is the ability to write prescriptions). You know it’s the hard-core drinking crowd hanging out there if it’s Monday. Since Pisces has a strong association with altering one’s consciousness, this is the perfect place to spend this Harvest Moon.

Although the Full Moon hits the exact degree on Monday evening, there’s no harm in doing this on Sunday evening, or even Tuesday evening. In fact if you want to get fully into the spirit of a Pisces Moon, you might want to stay camped out at that bar for all three days. This may also help you explore another facet of the Pisces Experience: wondering why the Universe has been so cruel as to make you lose your job and/or family.

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Seat yourself in a corner where you can watch everyone else in the bar. Get to know the Sun Sign of everyone in the bar by asking them. If you are a little too shy for this, offer to buy them a drink in exchange for finding out their Sign. This is not only a great way to see astrology in action and to spread the word about the ancient art of prediction, it’s also an excellent way to make friends.

Once you’re seated comfortably, make sure you are equipped with several drinks. Watch the other people at the bar and how they interact. Because this a Full Moon that is conjunct Chiron s and is closely aspecting Saturn, you are likely to see some unusual effects, as follows:

If an Aries is acting paranoid or is complaining about what a grind their work is, drink.

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If Taurus is being unusually sociable, laughing loudly, flirting, or saying stuff like “I love you guys,” drink

If a Gemini is complaining loudly about their career path, the workload involved, their parents, or their home, drink.

If that Cancer over there seems particularly suspicious of other people’s motives, drink. Please note: this one is also good for other Full Moon drinking games.

If your local Leo is talking a lot about money, sex, or how they generally suspect they are being screwed over as a result of either one, drink.

If the Virgo in the bar seems unusually cheerful, outgoing, concerned with their partner, or is desperately seeking a partner, drink.

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If a Libra seems overly concerned with his or her appearance, the fine details of how their accessories match, then this is absolutely nothing new… but drink anyway.

If one of the Scorpios in the bar seems to be taking their mood out on someone else, either by starting a fight or attempting to start a relationship, drink. Drink twice if they’re going after the Libra.

If a Sagittarius is complaining loudly about their work or home life, drink. If that Sagittarius also insists that continuing to drink will somehow make it better, drink twice.

If your Capricorn seems to have turned suddenly talkative and philosophical, and appears to be working out some major life issues out loud, drink. If you can convince the Capricorn to dig into their savings to buy you a drink, drink twice.

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If an Aquarius is acting like they’ve got money to burn, and spending it on their friends, drink. If the Aquarius is actively flirting with anyone, drink twice. If this is actually a wealthy Aquarius, see if you can get the Aquarius to propose to you or at least proposition you (based on your own situation of course).

If the Pisces is acting friendly yet fretful, cheerful yet nervous, and intrigued yet intimidated by you, drink. In fact, this Full Moon is happening in Pisces’ First House, so see if you can talk to Pisces into buying around for the house. Sure, Pisces will feel guilty about that tomorrow, but they were likely going to end up that way anyhow.

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