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Here’s the most important astrological forecast of the month. Really? Yes! Why? Knowing when the Moon Void of Course is happening is probably the handiest of all the common astrological techniques. Learn it, make it work for you, and save yourself tons of unnecessary aggravation!

Seriously: you want to see what REAL astrology can REALLY do? Start by learning about the Void of Course Moon and then avoid starting new projects or initiatives during that time and you’ll be amazed by the results. Imagine it: a guide to how to be more successful AND a permission slip from The Universe to goof off sometimes!

Make sure you check back here later in the month: we’ve got two Eclipses coming up!

(CLICK HERE for more on what The Void of Course Moon actually is, and what you can do about it — or rather, what you should avoid doing during that time. Looking for tips on handling those times when they happen? Click HERE.)

Particularly long and/or annoying Voids are marked with **

Note: Times are for Eastern Time, or as New Yorkers call it, “hurry up, already!” DST is observed.

Feb  2, 2017    11:50 AM               Moon trine Saturn V/C**
Feb  2, 2017     8:50 PM                Moon enters Taurus
Feb  4, 2017     5:41 PM               Moon trine Mercury V/C
Feb  4, 2017    11:44 PM                Moon enters Gemini
Feb  6, 2017     5:53 PM               Moon opposite Saturn V/C
Feb  7, 2017     2:03 AM                Moon enters Cancer
Feb  8, 2017     5:00 PM               Moon square Jupiter V/C
Feb  9, 2017     4:41 AM                Moon enters Leo
Feb 11, 2017    12:52 AM               Moon trine Saturn V/C
Feb 11, 2017     8:52 AM                Moon enters Virgo
Feb 13, 2017     7:36 AM               Moon square Saturn V/C**
Feb 13, 2017     3:43 PM                Moon enters Libra
Feb 15, 2017     8:54 PM               Sun trine Moon V/C
Feb 16, 2017     1:41 AM                Moon enters Scorpio
Feb 17, 2017     2:38 PM               Moon sextile Pluto V/C**
Feb 18, 2017     1:52 PM                Moon enters Sagittarius
Feb 20, 2017     6:37 PM               Moon conjunct Saturn V/C
Feb 21, 2017     2:08 AM                Moon enters Capricorn
Feb 22, 2017    10:24 PM               Moon square Jupiter V/C**
Feb 23, 2017    12:17 PM                Moon enters Aquarius
Feb 25, 2017     1:11 PM               Moon sextile Saturn V/C
Feb 25, 2017     7:24 PM                Moon enters Pisces
Feb 27, 2017     6:08 PM               Moon square Saturn V/C
Feb 27, 2017    11:52 PM                Moon enters Aries
Mar  1, 2017     9:18 PM               Moon trine Saturn V/C

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matthew currie astrology arkhipov(This story originally appeared in my e-book, “Twelve Signs Of Love.”)

Aquarius doesn’t exactly have the reputation for being the most romantic of signs. Valentine’s Day itself is an Aquarius, and look at how often that occasion seems to fall flat.

The Water Bearer is traditionally ruled by Saturn, and the modern ruler is Uranus… the planet of strict order and the class prankster. When it comes to Love these qualities can be helpful, and even necessary… but are they romantic? Do they write Harlequin Romances about “The Man Who Had An Intuitive Flash And Organized My Filing System So The Most-Used Documents Were Readily Accessible”?

What love lesson can we learn from Aquarius? Personally, I think it’s the lesson of “not-me” in our love lives. Love… real Love… is a lot more than sweet words and sentiments and hormones. It’s action. It’s principle. And it’s never about just you, or just me.

Consider the Aquarian principles of rebellion and defiance. How do they apply to Love?

Vasili Arkhipov understood these things on a practical level. In true Aquarian form, he broke the rules in defense of a higher principle. And by doing so, he saved your life.

Let me pause here for a moment and say that again: Vasili Arkhipov saved your life.

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It was October 27th, 1962 — the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the group lead by the aircraft carrier USS Randolph had begun to drop practice depth charges, despite still being in international waters, in an attempt to force Soviet Foxtrot Class submarine B-59 to surface.

Bad communications, angry hormones, fear, a cramped and overheated command deck, and the distant rumblings of those depth charges caused the Soviet captain to assume that an actual shooting war had broken out. The Rules of Engagement the Soviet subs had been given included the possibility of firing weapons His Political Officer agreed that it was a good time to launch a torpedo. Specifically: a nuclear-tipped torpedo.

Remarkably at the time (and under those circumstances) launching a nuclear-tipped torpedo did not require all the frantic communications with The Kremlin one would hope for in order to prevent setting off Armageddon by accident. Launching that torpedo required only the consent of three officers, of whom the captain and Political Officer were two. The third key was in the possession of the First Officer… in this case, a guy by the name of Vasili Arkhipov.

Arkhipov didn’t concur with his superiors that it was time to unleash Hell on the world. Against the better interests of dogma and doctrine and at the risk of his own career — potentially even charges of treason — he refused to put his key in the lock and turn it. Vasili Arkhipov, born on January 30th 1926 with the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter in Aquarius, dissented.

You and I are alive and well today because of that one simple act of conscience. Civilization still stands because of it. If you were alive then, you did not die burning or choking on radioactive dust. If you hadn’t been born yet, then your parents were not vaporized or poisoned by radiation.

If that isn’t an act of love, I don’t know what is.

Aquarius knows where to draw its line in the sand. We all face moral decisions in our lives, and when we love another person, the consequences of our decisions become much larger than simply ourselves.

What will you do when the time comes when you are confronted with The Big Decision about your life and someone else’s?

The future awaits your answers.

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matthew currie astrology mary tyler moore chartActress Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80.

If you’ve read much about her by now, you’ll have seen plenty of things about how the Dick Van Dyke show was (and still is) an absolute classic of the genre, and how The Mary Tyler Moore show was groundbreaking in many ways. You’ve probably seen some things about how she struggled with alcoholism and diabetes, or about how talented a dancer she was or how great she was on stage.

All of this is true, of course, but when I look at her birth chart that’s not what jumps out at me, at first. I believe that Mary Tyler Moore’s birth chart made her uniquely placed to make her something that the entire world needed: the kinder, gentler face of feminism.

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Yes, feminism. Take it away, Merriam-Webster:

1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

If you can’t get behind that basic notion, you and I may have little else to discuss here.

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Back in the 1960s and 1970s, when the world was starting to get used to the idea that women should receive equal protection under the law, should get paid the same as a man for doing the same job, and other such wild notions, there were a lot of Warrior Women on the TV, ready to terrify anyone whose identity was heavily invested in the status quo: creatures like Steinems and Abzugs and Fondas and Davises and other such roaming menaces to modern culture’s precious and sacred cojones.

Mary Tyler Moore never burned her bra or screamed at the TV camera or got arrested at a protest. So, how is she such an important figure in 20th Century Women’s Rights?

matthew currie astrology mary tyler mooreLook at that chart at the top of this blog entry. Note the Ascendant. Now look at this picture of Mary and see how the Ascendant — your physical appearance, your mannerisms, how you come across to others — manifested itself.

Mary Tyler Moore had all the big dewy-eyed charm, sensitivity, and humility of Pisces Rising. Her Ascendant took aspects from both the traditional ruler (Jupiter) and the modern ruler (Neptune) of its Sign. Any Ascendant taking a pleasant aspect from its ruler is likely to be a good looking Ascendant. Add the impeccable bone structure of Saturn on the Ascendant, and you get a Mary Tyler Moore.

In a time where the status quo was being shaken by an uprising, Mary Tyler Moore came into people’s homes every week and showed them a woman who was strong and capable, held her own at work, and who occasionally pursued relationships but was never consumed by that chase nor lost without a partner. She was well-loved by millions, and she was exactly what feminism needed at the time. She embodied what women were fighting for without once needing to actually fight. She didn’t fight on the front lines — she just lived like she had won the battle until we agreed with her.

There is a line from Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta by The Geto Boys that perfectly embodies this quality, but due to Beliefnet’s language constraints (and because you might be reading this at work), I won’t repeat here. Instead, I’ll just mention that although every revolution requires a lot of noise to get started and to keep rolling, it’s the simple and relatable humanity of those who are being fought for that ultimately wins people over. And there she is. As The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song put it:

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving…

Now: add “funny” to that mix, and how could feminism possibly lose?

Once you recognize the inherently human qualities in your opponents, it’s a lot harder to deny them what they’re fighting you for.

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matthew currie astrology nova 2022Good news, science fans! There will be a nova in 2022 that will help us all learn more about the Universe!

Bad news, astrology fans! There will be a whole bunch of nonsense coming your way about it in the next few years!

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Astronomers have determined that we will be seeing a “nova” (stellar explosion) from Earth in 2022, and it is predicted that it will be bright enough to be one of the brightest stars in our night sky for six months or so. Novas aren’t the sort of thing we can usually predict this far in advance, but the star in question (which goes by the melodic name of KIC 9832227) is a special case. It isn’t going to be the usual “dying star goes out with a bang” nova. KIC 9832227 is what’s called a “contact binary,” which means it’s two stars orbiting each other so closely that they are essentially rubbing up against each other. In 2022 the two are expected to finally crash into each other, producing a huge explosion (okay, technically the nova actually happened about 1800 years ago, and the light will reach us in 2022. You know what I mean).

This is the sort of thing that will get more attention as 2022 approaches, and will undoubtedly get as much needless attention from certain dark corners of the astrological community as the August 1999 Eclipse that Nostradamus spoke about (that caused The End Of The World) or every new major comet that comes near Earth (which will cause The End Of The World). This reminds me of the cyclical nature of recurring fake astrology news stories about “Nibiru” (which just plain old does not exist), or that infuriating thing about Ophiuchus and/or how “your Sign has changed!”

(A suggestion for the next time this Sign-change “news” story shows up: Ophiuchus is the constellation of “the snake handler.” Snakes are reptiles. The study of reptiles is “herpetology.” Therefore, next time this crap invades the public consciousness, I suggest all astrologers everywhere call or write all their clients born between November 29 and December 17 and say “Congratulations! You are now a Herpes!” The combined outrage of those former Sagittarians will hopefully be enough to kill this “13th Sign” crap off once and for all.)

In fact, Nova Mania has already started. Rabbi Yosef Berger has announced that this nova relates to a prophesy in the Book Of Numbers, and heralds the arrival of The Messiah. This is of course excellent news for everyone whose Messiah hasn’t arrived and/or returned yet. Someone should point out to Rabbi Berger that the much-brighter supernova of 1054 AD also heralded the arrival of — wait, which Messiah showed up in 1054 AD? Oh right… Lý Thánh Tông, (the third king of Vietnam’s Lý dynasty), took power that year. And then of course, the world ended.

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So, in conclusion: don’t freak out over the 2022 Nova (which in Zodiac terms, according to my probably-terrible math, will occur in the first half of Aquarius). Astrologically speaking, I’m convinced it’s going to be no big deal, the world won’t end, and whatever terrible things may happen that year can all be accurately blamed on something else.

…And whatever you do, don’t send your money to Madame Spasma, no matter how may times she tells you that this nova is going to ruin your life.

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