Charlie Sheen went on The Today Show this morning and announced to the world that he has the HIV virus. This case is particularly informative from an astrological perspective: so much so that I’m going to present this blog entry as a running commentary on the interview.
Matt Lauer: You know there are a lot of rumors out there, so I’ll let you address them head on.
Charlie Sheen: I’m here to admit that in fact I am HIV positive
Health in a birth chart is primarily represented by the 6th House. In Charlie’s case, the 6th House is ruled by Scorpio, with Mars (which rules sex drive) and Neptune (ruling the immune system), we can’t be entirely surprised that sexually transmitted disease is an issue with him, and he has clearly stated he didn’t get it through needle-sharing or another means.
ML: When were you diagnosed?
CS: Roughly four years ago
Although HIV can have a long incubation period, it seems reasonable that he would have contracted the virus between 2008 and 2010 (when transiting Pluto entered Capricorn, and thus Charlie’s 8th House… sexual matters). Saturn has only recently finished passing through Charlie’s 6th House, so there were likely distinct symptoms present.
ML: For years you’ve been trying to keep this secret, and you’ve said you’ve been the victim of extortion and betrayal. People have actually demanded money to stay silent.
CS: That’s true. I have paid those people — not that many, but enough to bring it into the millions.
This would likely be during the last three years specifically, while Pluto has been square his Venus (which is both the ruler of his Fifth House — romantic partners — and is the natural ruler of “money”). Furthermore, for the last couple of years transiting Neptune has been opposite his natal Sun, which can have health effects, and it has also been square his Nodes (which can make a person unrealistic about who they are to others and about who should or shouldn’t be in their lives).
ML: Were these people you had had sexual contact with and were claiming that you had transmitted the virus to them, or were these people who had found out about your status and were threatening to tell the world?
CS: More the latter. For some reason I trusted them, they were deep in my inner circle, I thought that they could be helpful, and instead… my trust turned to their treason.
ML: Are you still paying some of these people?
CS: Not after today I’m not.
Transiting Saturn is now conjunct Charlie’s South Node, which can represent a breaking of people one has “karmic ties” with. That’s undoubtedly a large part of the reason why Charlie has gone public now.
ML: And yet you continued the behavior. You kept bringing these unsavory types to your house.
CS: Which is my part.
ML: Why would you keep making the same mistake over and over?
CS: Because I was so depressed by the condition I was in — I was doing a lot of drugs. I was drinking too much, making bad decisions. That part I own.
Charlie Sheen has Moon in Sagittarius in the 7th House opposite Jupiter in Gemini in the First House. This combination is usually outgoing, boisterous, and is often a bit of a “party animal.” It’s also not prone to making the wisest of decisions as to who is a friend and who isn’t.
So what’s the prognosis for Charlie Sheen? Both medically and astrologically — difficult but probably positive in the long run. HIV is no longer nearly the death sentence it once was, and astrologically Charlie has some surprisingly good things coming up. Although He has his Saturn Square coming up in the next few months, transiting Pluto will be trine his natal Uranus over the course of the next year or two. If there was ever a time for him to clean up his life, it will be now.
Good luck Charlie… it’s been rough but Fate may be on your side now.
Astrology is all about the patterns. Large patterns and small ones, news events and personal tales. Somehow it all works together and it all resonates. Did you finish your milk and cookies and brush your teeth? Good. Let me tuck you in and tell you a story.
(we interrupt your regular programming.)
This is the story of The Week After Things Started Falling Apart. Specifically, next week… November 16th to 22nd, 2015.
(it was an organized attack and over 120 are dead.)
Once upon a time (the third week of November) in a little town called Beliefnet, there was a person named Horoscope Reader. Horoscope Reader had a reasonably good life by world standards, and yet she (or he — the records are incomplete on this matter) had A Very Big Problem. It was so big that she could only guess at the size of it. It was so big that she wasn’t even sure exactly what it was, or how to describe it exactly, or where it began, as Very Big Problems often are.
(could have entered posing as refugees. close the borders.)
There were plenty of distractions to keep Horoscope Reader from properly addressing The Very Big Problem that week. Neptune went direct that Wednesday, and all the astrologers in town (the town was full of astrologers, especially since the steel mill closed down and opportunities for gainful employment were limited) were excited about how people’s dreams could start coming true and their visualizations and affirmations were more likely to come true, and so on. Mercury entered Sagittarius that Friday, and everyone was generally more talkative and cheerful with their thoughts and words. Saturday evening had a strongly aspected Moon in Aries, so there were plenty of exciting romantic opportunities. Thus, there were plenty of ways for Horoscope Reader to ignore the obvious Very Big Problem in her life.
(boots on the ground.)
What Horoscope Reader didn’t realize is that there was something in her life that simply didn’t work. Sure, she was smart enough to know something was wrong, that something didn’t fit, that something had lost its usefulness and was just a burden now… but like many of us, she didn’t realize that A Very Big Problem can be so big that sometime you need to take A Very Big Step Back in order to really see what it is. Otherwise, that Very Big Problem will just grow and grow and grow until it swallows everything. The pattern will recur, over and over.
(we need to bomb the right people this time. that will solve it.)
(here we go again)
What’s that? Not much of an ending you say? Well, you see, that’s the thing with the Saturn-Neptune square, which is now coming close to the exact degree. Something in Horoscope Reader’s life is hiding in plain sight, like a vest full of explosives under a shirt , and something is both obscuring its real nature and how to address it properly. Stepping back and seeing the Larger Patterns is a start to solving this. Otherwise, you’ll just apply the same methods to the same issues.
(because we haven’t killed all the right people yet, but this time for sure)
Now go to sleep, dear. Come back next week for more clues and we’ll try to figure this thing out together, okay?
(don’t go back to sleep this time.)
Mars enters Libra on Thursday. This is an event of no small significance, even though Mars goes around the Zodiac about once every 18 months. One of the reasons this is so significant is that Libra has a reputation for being particularly relationship-oriented… and Mars in Libra is a particularly difficult placement. Mars is thought of as “debilitated” in Libra, because it is opposite Aries, the Sign that Mars rules. Mars in Aries can be pretty explosive, but Mars in Libra is considered to be much more “withdrawn.”
Q: Why are Aries and Libra compatible?
A: Because who else is going to put up with Aries’ crap?
(Pause for bitter chuckles of agreement from the Libras out there, and to allow time for Aries to put on their Caps Lock button and respond)
No matter where it goes, Mars is still Mars, it still rules things like aggression, violence, and sex. None of these are usually considered to be suitable subjects for a dinner party, which sort of gives you an idea of why Libra isn’t where Mars does its best work. Nonetheless, those are the conditions Mars will be working with until January 3rd. Also, I should mention that since Venus is also currently in Libra, understanding how Mars in Libra works could get you some pretty sexy results.
Fortunately there is an easy exercise you can perform that will help you learn how to work with this peculiar combination, and it’s as close as your Facebook or Twitter account.
Argue with a friend!
You know that one I’m talking about… the one on your Friend’s List who’s always posting things you don’t agree with. All you need to do is…
1) Wait until he or she posts some opinion or meme that you think is inherently wrong or ridiculous expressing an opinion you’re pretty convinced is more or less wrong or wrong-headed.
2) Go to Google and summarize the opinion as succinctly as possible, followed by the word “debunked.” Examples could include:
-vaccines autism debunked
-founding fathers debunked
-astrology debunked (then please, click HERE)
-Obama (any opinion pro or con) debunked
3) Find the first reasonable-sounding counter-opinion to the original opinion posted and post it as a response
4) Wait for your friend’s reaction, then respond… but don’t name-call or disparage the person involved. Just keep posting links that disagree with/disprove the original point, and/or gently point out the flaws in your friend’s reasoning.
Done correctly, there is approximately a three percent chance you will have a meaningful dialog about the subject, during which both of you will learn and grow as human beings. There is also a ninety-seven percent chance that no one will learn anything, your tolerance and/or theirs will be stretched to the limit and/or broken, and you may have one less friend on the Internet. Either way you will have gained some practical experience at how to work with the politely aggressive, passive aggressive, and helpful antagonism that Mars in Libra so often becomes.
NEXT TIME: The major aspects Mars in Libra makes between now and January, and how you can use them to your benefit (or to more efficiently annoy people).
Last time, I discussed the nature of Libra in general, and more specifically Venus in Libra (CLICK HERE for it). As I pointed out then, Venus transiting through Libra (which it is doing between now and December 4th) is a particularly useful and powerful placement, but by the very nature of Venus in Libra, it can so pleasant that it doesn’t grab your attention the way it ought to, given how much mileage you could be getting out of it. So it’s best to know the transits in advance in order to get the best out of them, that may be especially true with Venus transits.
Here are the highlights, described in terms the Spirit of Libra may understand best… reviews of romantic comedies. As always, add a couple of days onto either side of the exact date, when the aspect will still be in effect. Leave room for popcorn!
November 13: Venus sextile Saturn
STUCK ON YOU
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey (before he won that Oscar) and Jennifer Aniston (at any point in her career)
PLOT: Two chemical researchers go on a casual date, and despite some differences, they become strongly bonded to each other — thanks to an experimental Super Glue! Romantic hilarity ensues as the two contemplate the unusual staying power of their new relationship, and whether or not regaining their independence is worth tearing their own arms off.
GENE SHALIT SAYS: “Is a new relationship that starts now a threat to your individuality… or is it mostly “armless”?
RATING: 4 out ot 5 Glue Sticks
November 20: Venus square Pluto
STUCK ON YOU 2: THE UNBONDING
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey (after his career tanks) and Jennifer Aniston (at any point in her career)
PLOT: Matthew and Jennifer decide that although they still love each other, they need their space… and the only way to get it is with an extreme dose radiation. Sometimes “doing the right thing” can hurt… and sometimes it’ll cure a tumor. You’ll laugh and cry as these lovebirds come to terms with both their new reality and with extensive burns and hair loss.
ROGER EBERT SAYS: “I know a medicinal burst of radiation can do wonders… but somehow it didn’t work for me.”
RATING: 500 REMS per hour (don’t stick around for the ending!)
November 23: Venus opposite Uranus
YOUR PLANET OR MINE?
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey (after another breakdown and trip to rehab) and Jennifer Aniston (at any point in her career)
PLOT: She’s a radio astronomer who has given up on love… and he’s a wacky alien! He’s not her type, and she’s not his species! Is this her soulmate, or an evil invader? And with Love, who can tell the difference anyway until it’s too late to stop it? Why didn’t you come into my life before, and why are the neighbor’s pets disappearing?
MICHAEL MEDVED SAYS: “This is entirely new, fresh, exciting and unfamiliar… which is why I am so suspicious of it.”
RATING: 1420.405751786 MHz out of 2000.00 MHz
December 4: Venus enters Scorpio
CRANK SHAFT: FULL SERVICE
STARRING: Alexis Texas, Jynx Maze, James Deen, Nessa Devil, Lexington Steele, and Ron Jeremy as “The Man From Head Office.”
PLOT: West Hollywood’s hottest all female garage auditions new male mechanics. They come in the back door and come out happy! And wait until you see what happens with the recycled oil! Let’s get you up on the lift and see where that banging noise is coming from!
BELIEFNET SAYS: “There is absolutely nothing ‘romantic’ about this sort of thing Matthew, and frankly it’s pretty inappropriate for our website. Do we need to have The Talk again?”
RATING: XXX out of XXX