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Weekly Horoscope, August 18-24 2014: The Special Edition

posted by Matthew Currie

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First of all, if you haven’t read about the Venus Jupiter Emergency Happiness Alert, click here and do so now. Although you should stick to the timing I give for maximum effectiveness if you can, this conjunction will be in effect for the next few days, so you haven’t missed the boat just yet. It’s a rare opportunity to potentially make your life much better. Besides: it’s probably best to put your efforts into something positive now, because the rest of the week could be a major bummer.

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This week, Mars and Saturn are approaching the exact conjunction at 17° Scorpio, turning up the volume on the Saturn-Uranus quincunx even more.

How should you handle this? Perhaps by pretending that you are an artist, and that the art you create is your life. How should you NOT handle this? By being like George Lucas and turning your life into a “Special Edition.”

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Allow me to explain. As most of you know, George Lucas created the original Star Wars trilogy in the 1970s and early 80s, and then armed with vast wealth and vastly improved technology, he turned his attention back to those films in 2004 to make a series of minor adjustments and corrections to the original films.

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Fine, you might think. They’re his movies and he should do with them as he likes. Except that, even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, you’ve probably heard that a lot of his “improvements” actually made the films significantly worse. Many of his changes didn’t make particularly good sense in terms of either visuals or story-line. The most famous examples are the “Greedo shoots first” change to the encounter with Han Solo, and the completely unnecessary addition of a CGI Jabba the Hutt in the first film.

These actually aren’t the most egregious changes to the first film, in my mind. The single worst change was when Luke and Obi-Wan and the droids arrived at Mos Eisley — The famous “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” scene. When our heroes arrive Lucas decided to cover up a minimally-dodgy effects shot by plastering layer upon layer of extra characters roaming through the street in front of it, as I have illustrated above.

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In other words: George Lucas cut off his nose to spite his face. With Mars and Saturn conjunct in Scorpio, there is going to be a profound urge for a lot of nose-cutting going around.

So, I guess the message here is “think carefully before you make any drastic changes to your life.” Or maybe my point is “if you don’t like the movie you’ve made, make a different one instead.” No, wait, “The Phantom Menace” really sucked. Oh screw it. I don’t know what my point is anymore. The Mars-Saturn conjunction is making me angry and inpatient and irrational like it is doing to a lot of people. Grrrr.

I don’t know. Whatever. Here’s your damn forecast:

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Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Sometimes the best way to get through things is to find an empathetic loved one to commiserate with. Sometimes the best way to get through things is just blast your way through them. Try not to get confused and accidentally blast your way through your loved ones this week.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Remember when you were a kid and you could hide under your blankets so that the monsters couldn’t see you? If you notice people keep hiding under blankets whenever you approach them this week, you might want to reconsider how you’re handling your relationships.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Sometimes it’s really easy to avoid your problems by burying yourself in the fiddly little details of daily life. I know that won’t solve everything, but it certainly is wiser than burying yourself in an early grave worrying about things. So go ahead and spend all week re-itemizing your deductions if need be.

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Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Remember that old Fleetwood Mac song “You Make Loving Fun”? It certainly outsold that other great 70s masterpiece, “Here’s All The Reasons You’re Annoying Me, And I’m Gonna Repeat Them Over And Over Again.” Perhaps you should consider changing your tune if you want someone to buy your record.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Feel free to continue to bask in the awesomeness of existence this week, even though on some level or another it feels like your base is being undermined. Don’t panic: that’s just your base being undermined. You can pick up a new base on sale later, I’m sure.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Remember that famous line The Joker had in “The Dark Knight”: “Why so serious?” If Batman had responded with something like “you’re absolutely right, let’s go hit the town, have a few drinks, and spend some money” it would’ve saved a whole lot of people from getting killed. Think about that this week.

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Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Get out! Have fun! Life is a party! But whatever you do, make sure you take someone along will pick up the tab for the drinks, because financially it’s still going to be a meat-grinder for you for a while.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
I hope you appreciate the gentle way I’ve tried to coach you through your difficult times in the last while, Scorpio. You are strong and you can make it through the worst of times. And if you need to screen to make it feel better, I will just smile and put in earplugs. We all love you Scorpio.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Have a good time doing what you like to do, when you’re doing it. That will help you for that vague sense of pressure you’re feeling lately. That, or buy a mood sandbox and a mood slide to go with those mood swings you’re having, and open up a mood playground.

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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
One of the great things about “being your worst enemy” they don’t tell you about is that means it usually easy to find where your enemy is when you’re planning an attack. That’s what makes this week so inconvenient: it seems like everyone else is out to get you except yourself. Relax. Focus on sex instead.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
You get by with a little help from your friends. You get high with a little help from your friends. That’s what the Beatles said, and you should remember that, because the Beatles never sang about how great work was, because work is a total drag.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
There was an old poster back in the 70s that was quite popular that said something like “it’s hard to soar with the eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys.” If you want to make your life a better place, you need to ignore the other turkeys because you might turn out to be one yourself, anyway. Just keep flapping your wings, Mighty Bird,  and you’ll  get there someday.

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Venus Conjunct Jupiter: Emergency Happiness Alert!

posted by Matthew Currie

Brothers and sisters! Join me now as we lay hands upon the Mighty Mouse Button and press “play.”

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Are you tired of life getting you down? Have the Uranus-Pluto square and Saturn in Scorpio and the Saturn Uranus quincunx broken your spirit or robbed you of your sanity? Are you having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? Is it beginning to seem like that big old roulette wheel in the sky isn’t turning up the transits you need to make your life a happier place?

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Venus and Jupiter are here to help you change all that!

You see, astrology is more than simply what the planets are doing to you. It’s what you do with them. And late on Sunday/early Monday, something very special is happening. Venus and Jupiter will both be exactly conjunct and parallel — a double-strength conjunction, if you will — and will be in the sky so bright and strong together that it’s expected to dramatically increase the number of UFO reports that come in. But this is no alien invasion… it’s a harbinger of hope!

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Yes, you heard me: real hope, up in the sky! Testify!

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You see, whatever it is that’s been keeping you down lately… an unhappy love life, finanaces, your lousy job, that terrible diet or yours, the place you live in or would rather be… you can DO something about it. And whenever you start out on a new project or activity, that beginning has a birth chart.

At 1:21 AM Eastern on Monday morning /10:21 PM Sunday night Pacific, Venus and Jupiter will be joined at 7 degrees Leo, lending any new projects a whole lot of luck and love. Now, at that time the Moon will be approaching a square to Mercury and another square to Neptune… which I admit is kind of crazy, but if crazy is what you need for a breakthrough, this will be the time to make it happen. And if you want an “all clear signal” to initiate your new action, wait until about 8:30 AM Monday morning (or if you’re on the West Coast, drag your butt out of bed at about 5:30 AM… it’ll be worth it) to initiate your new plan of action.

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If you want a new love life, get a personal ad ready to post somewhere you haven’t put one up before. Yeah, I know, Internet dating, sure… but still, you are initiating action. If you want a new job, have an application ready to roll so you can just click “send” on that e-mail. If you want to improve your finances, sit down and officially commit to a new budget or game plan you’ve done up for yourself. If you want to look better, get up and do your hair or something, with the confident conscious knowledge that you are starting a new cycle.

Whatever it is that needs changing in your life, make a new plan, follow through, and get results. You’ve got the power, so do something with it!

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Can I get an Amen up in here?

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Learn Astrology: Mercury, And The Mystery Of Opossum Nipples

posted by Matthew Currie

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(SCENE: The Birth Chart, which is completely empty and featureless except for the Sun and Moon, who said a small distance away from each other on deck chairs. Nothing is happening.)

SUN: (Scratches himself)

(There is another long pause)

MOON: (burps)

(Another long pause)

SUN: So…

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(Pause)

MOON: Yup.

(Long pause)

SUN: Not much going on around here.

(From off in the distance we hero voice. It is MERCURY.)

MERCURY: Hey! Hey you guys! Sounds to me like you could use some conversation!

SUN: Who’s that?

MERCURY: It’s me, Mercury! I’m here to bring you the gifts of thought, language, and ideas. Sure, I rule lots of other things like short trips and telephones and signing contracts and negotiating and such, but but really, I’m mostly about generating and exchanging ideas and thinking about things.

MOON: That seems like an awful lot of work.

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MERCURY: Oh, it can be, but it’s all worth it. Like, for example… have you ever considered the mystery of the opossum’s nipples?

SUN: What?

MERCURY: That’s right, the mystery of opossum nipples. You see, all mammals have nipples – except for the spiny echidna and platypus. You see, mammals tend to follow what’s called the “one-half rule” : they have an average litter-size equal to one half the total number of their nipples. The majority of human births are single, and humans have two nipples. There are exceptions of course, like cats who have six nipples usually, but often have a litter of more than three kittens. And it’s always an even number, except for the Virginia Opossum which has thirteen. Thirteen nipples!

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MOON: Well, that’s… interesting, but I’m not really sure what it has to do with our current situation.

MERCURY: Think about it for a minute.

SUN: Well, let me see… I don’t think it has anything to do with how empty this place is, does it?

MERCURY: Not exactly, but I think you have to admit that now that you have something to think about, the place is a lot less boring. Plus we can talk about it!

MOON: (Pauses to think) Why do men have nipples?

MERCURY: You see? You’re getting the hang of it! I’ve just opened up your basic experience to a much broader world. I’ve given you the opportunity to grow and to change and to learn from others and from the world around you. I’ve given you the opportunity to become something greater than yourself. That’s something you never had before I showed up!

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SUN: I still think I am pretty great, thank you very much.

MERCURY: And so you are, big guy. But now you have the chance to be even greater!

SUN: I like the sound of that!

MOON: So anyway, what’s the deal with the opossum nipples?

MERCURY: Well, I like to spot patterns in the world around me, and that’s something I find interesting. I have no idea why it is though. Same story with men’s nipples.

MOON: You mean we’re going to have to figure out answers for ourselves sometimes?

MERCURY: Yes, but that’s part of the fun of life. It’s certainly going to be better than sitting around doing nothing.

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SUN: Well then, welcome to our place, Mercury. Pull up a deck chair!

MERCURY: Don’t mind if I do. Now, as for the question about male nipples: there is no one definitive answer, but science offers several possible explanations…

MOON: This isn’t always going to be about nipples is it?

MERCURY: Absolutely not! There will be social pleasantries and pasta recipes and gossip and news and sports scores and philosophical concepts and wiring diagrams and minor complaints and knock knock jokes and history lessons and forensic accounting and sudoku and crossword puzzles and home handyman tips and millions of other things too!

SUN: (To Moon) He certainly has given us a lot to think about.

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MOON: Yeah, and it’s not exactly quiet around here anymore either.

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Astrology Of The Michael Brown Shooting In Ferguson Missouri

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Inner ring: Ferguson, MO incorporation chart. Outer Ring: Michael Brown shooting

Predicting the future with 100% accuracy all the time, to the exact day every time is impossible, whether you are an astrologer or a doctor or a market analyst. But an astrologer who is good at his or her job with the birth chart can pin down particular times of opportunity or potential peril with surprising accuracy.

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Nobody could have known in advance that many of the tensions that have built up over the years between local communities and their police departments throughout America would erupt in death and rioting and excessive use of force in Ferguson Missouri, or when exactly. Hindsight, as always, gets the best of all of us.

However, if Ferguson Missouri had been an individual who was coming to me for a reading, the conditions that Ferguson has been facing recently are as plain as the nose on your face: a perfect storm of difficult transits. The human factors that led to this tremendous mess, this affront to human decency, are many and complex. But the astrology involved is straightforward.

When we are looking at what each planet symbolizes in astrology, “law and order” is the domain of Saturn. Saturn is the planet that holds the lid down on the forces of anarchy. Actually Saturn loves to hold the lid down on anything it can. Saturn does not discriminate, in that it is the universal representative of command and control. Uranus, on the other hand, is the rebel, the revolutionary idea, the cry for freedom.

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We are in the middle of a Saturn Uranus quincunx: a rare and powerful struggle between the forces of order and chaos. Saturn is now at 17° Scorpio and Uranus is at 16° Aries. Although this aspect affects us differently based on the details of our birth charts, it has had a profound and obvious effect on the “birth chart” of Ferguson. As I’ve shown before in entries about Bitcoin and Godzilla, business ventures and even abstract concepts have a birth chart, and for a municipality we would look first to the chart for the date of incorporation. The city of Ferguson Missouri was incorporated on November 19, 1894 (thanks, Ruth from the Ferguson Historical Society for the info) — and the Saturn-Uranus quincunx is playing hell with Ferguson’s natal Uranus.

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On Saturday, August 9, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old who had recently graduated high school and was looking forward to college, was shot to death by a police officer in his home of Ferguson Missouri while walking down the street with a friend. The next day, a candlelight vigil in memory of Brown ended up turning violent. Several businesses were vandalized and looted and over 30 people were arrested and two police officers were injured. The date after that, hundreds of people gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department demanding justice for the shooting. There were more arrests.

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Aspects to Ferguson, MO incorporation chart at time of shooting

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Events quickly seem to take on a life of their own, as many people protested peacefully, but some did so angrily. The police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas and armored vehicles. Two journalists were arrested for “loitering” in a local McDonald’s while they were eating. The police lobbed tear gas at a TV news crew. The FAA declared a no fly zone over the city at the request of the police, although whether this was for the safety of police helicopters or to prevent further news coverage is debatable. We do know that the limited resources of the Ferguson police, 55 officers in total, were able to spare enough people to block the main road into town to prevent further media coverage.

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Saturn was conjunct Ferguson’s natal Uranus within a fraction of a degree on the day of the Brown shooting. And transiting Uranus was quincunx that natal Uranus within a much smaller fraction of a degree. Furthermore, both transiting Mars and Pluto were quincunx Ferguson’s natal Pluto (Pluto within less than half a degree of exact). Finally, transiting Mars was trine Ferguson’s Jupiter: perhaps violently fueling the excess.

Things still haven’t settled down. These transits are all still in effect. In fact, as of this writing, transiting Mars is exactly conjunct Ferguson’s Mercury, and will be exactly conjunct Ferguson’s natal Uranus… where this mess all started… in about a week. There has been no violence so far tonight, the protests have spread far beyond Ferguson. Although one would like to think things would have settled down, all the indicators are that the ugliness may not have come to an end yet. And even if there is no more violence, clearly there is definitely something here that needs to be faced.

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And here we are, still well within the grasp of the Uranus-Pluto square. Stay tuned, America.

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I can’t tell you exactly what happened when Michael Brown was shot. I wasn’t there. I do know the cop – whose name has not yet been released – apparently tells a story about a struggle for his gun that resulted in Michael Brown’s death. I also know that there is more than one eyewitness who claim that the cop in question simply shot Michael Brown while Michael was backing away with his hands up.

I guess what I’m saying here is this: we can’t really tell for sure if an 18-year-old black guy with no criminal record walking to his grandmother’s house with a friend may have in fact suddenly decided to go off the rails for no reason whatsoever. Or, perhaps a white guy who is a member of an ever increasingly militarized police force decided it was okay to kill an unarmed young man.

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You know how it is, though: if a meteor fell out of the sky and killed a black guy, there are some people who would insist he was asking for it, and there are others who would claim it was all deliberate on the meteor’s part. Those of you who saw my recent blog entry about my having personally been witness to another high profile incident resulting in the death of a black guy can probably figure out what I’m thinking about this though.

So: if Ferguson Missouri was a person coming to me with this birth chart a month ago, I would look Ferguson Missouri in the eye and say “you have some very difficult transits coming up, and you really need to sit down and think about how you’re living your life and what you’re doing with it, okay?” As it is though, Ferguson Missouri is not an actual person. It is merely a subset of America.

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So, America: you really need to sit down and think about how you’re living your life and what you’re doing with it, okay?

 

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