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Full Moon In Capricorn 2014: Every Ending Is A Beginning

posted by Matthew Currie

This is a general forecast for everyone, but oh my dear Aries and Cancers and Libras and Capricorns, and those of you with major placements in those Signs: it is most especially for you.

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We are now in the three-day period overshadowed by the Full Moon, which peaks on Saturday. Odds are very good that, over the course of this weekend, you’re going to have to let go of something. An attitude, a hope, a relationship, your fears, your loneliness, your worries that the future will be just like your past… something’s got to give under these circumstances, and that’s okay.

Mars in Libra is making its last opposition to Uranus. Stresses and strains that been ongoing for many of you since the beginning of the year are now reaching a crescendo. Saturn and Uranus — Order and Rebellion — are stressing each other in strange ways. You may not see the full resolution of any of these issues this weekend specifically, but in a lot of ways it will be the beginning of the end. Or the end of the beginning.

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You’ve been through things like this before, in one form or another. Maybe something was lost, and you rebuilt based on fear, and it is being challenged now. Maybe something was lost and you rebuilt based on reason and kindness and wisdom, and that’s being challenged now too.

Either way: it is the challenges that keep us moving through life and ultimately — it’s overcoming those challenges that make us better and stronger.

Whatever it is you’re facing, whether the challenge is internal or external, whether it is large or small, whether it is financial or mental or emotional or physical or practical: you can do this.

Astrologers tend to see the New Moon as the beginning of a cycle and the Full Moon as the ending. Even though there is some usefulness to that sort of thinking, it’s not entirely true. The Full Moon is the climax of the cycle, with a denouement that carries on for another two weeks until the next New Moon. The story continues, and you will still be the main character in it.

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Just remember that sometimes something has to blow up in order for something Good to emerge from it. Remember that you can take the best of yourself with you, no matter what.

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You will travel far, my little Kal-El… but we will never leave you.

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Ask An Astrologer: My Ridiculous Love Life

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet mattew currie path of the wormW.E. writes, asking about scheduling a reading: Let’s be honest: my ridiculous love life and concomitant questions about What Am I Doing With Myself? are not an emergency situation (I’m not being sarcastic; I really mean that!)

Wait. Stop right there. Yes it is… in the sense that “an emergency” is something of prime importance to yourself involving circumstances that (at least appear to be) somewhat out of your control, or that you’d like to have more control over.

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I wish I could remember who first said this, but a fairly well-known psychologist said something to the effect that, no matter the many stated reasons people give for seeking counselling, that ultimately “people only seek therapy for one reason: because they are unhappy.” I think people seek out an astrologer for a modified version of this. I think people consult an astrologer because they are seeking both answers to the things that are concerning them and to find some sense of larger Meaning to their lives.

I learned a lot about life watching an earthworm one afternoon in 2007, struggling through life after a rainstorm, and trapped on a vast expanse (by the worm’s standards) of concrete in my front yard. I won’t retell the whole story here, but if you’ve got a second or two to spare, I encourage you to click here and give the story a moment of your time. It was written in a burst of inspiration on a day when I was having very similar transits to those I’m having today, and having similar questions about my existence… and you, W.E., are having transits like those now too.

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The long story made short, for those of you disinclined to click on the link above: one day when I was questioning the purpose of my life, I watched an earthworm show uncommon resolve and surprising intelligence in making his way through life, and at that moment, under those strange circumstances, I understood the connectedness and meaningfulness of life better than I could have by listening to a hundred sermons or biology lectures.

And synchronistically, on both that dark and rainy day in 2007 and today, facing different but similar practical and emotional challenges under different but similar transits, I heard this song:

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…which contains the lyrics

History recalls how great the fall can be
While everybody’s sleeping, the boats put out to sea
Borne on the wings of time
It seemed the answers were so easy to find
“Too late,” the prophets cry
“The island’s sinking, let’s take to the sky”…

…Which seems to reflect what I’m trying to say here in the way only a good synchronicity can. Your island may not be sinking, but it may very well feel like that at times — and there is less difference between the reality of the situation and how we feel about it than many of us realize.

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Astrology isn’t going to just hand you all the answers you’ll ever need any more than spirituality or science alone can. I’m not a priest or a behavioral psychologist or a guru or a rabbi or an evolutionary biologist, and if I was I’m not any more sure I could hand you all the meaning you’d ever need on a silver platter any more than I can now. But I do know that an astrological reading can be an important, useful, and practical part of plotting your trajectory towards The Big Truths of your life. It’s a new perspective from an ancient wisdom, and sometimes it can mean a whole new beginning.

So yes, W.E., let’s book that reading.

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That One Guy Who Ruined Your Sun Sign For Everyone

posted by Matthew Currie

(Full Disclosure: As of this writing, your humble Astrologer is experiencing transiting Mars square his natal Moon and Mars, and the transiting Moon is currently conjunct Saturn. Those of you who like their astrology uplifting and enlightening, please turn away now. But for those of you who like snark, pull up a chair and carry on.)

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SCENE: A large conference room at the airport Ramada Inn. A crowd of about 30 people are seated waiting for a speaker. They all generally appear to be happy except for THE HECKLER, who is sitting in the front row, unshaven, wearing a Megadeth T-shirt. At the front of the conference room there is an empty stage with a lectern. Over the stage hangs a banner that reads “FIRST ANNUAL HAPPY TIME SUNSHINE ASTROLOGY SYMPOSIUM FOR BEGINNERS.” “Love Train” by the O’Jays plays on the PA system, and then the speaker appears: MASTER ASTROLOGER THE REV. BROTHER RUPERT SONGBIRD RAM DASS-MCCLURG.

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ASTROLOGER: Well hello, Beautiful Souls! Love and light to you all! Welcome to “Awesome Rainbow Sun Signs For Beginners.” We are going to discuss the primary traits of all twelve Sun Signs today, and look at how very, very wonderful each and every one of them are! Because, let’s remember: each and every one of you is a beautiful and unique snowflake, but you all basically come in just one of twelve varieties.

Let’s start with Aries, the leader of the Zodiac. Aries is known for its boldness and bravery, and when the chips are down, we’re all grateful to have an Aries around willing to lead the charge to get things fixed.

HECKLER: Like Leopold II of Belgium.

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ASTROLOGER: Sorry…?

HECKLER: Yeah, he wasn’t afraid to fix things when he invaded the Congo. It got about 10 million people killed, but he wasn’t afraid!

ASTROLOGER: (ignoring HECKLER) Now, let’s talk about Taurus. Tauruses are steadfast and true to their ideals, and once they’ve set their sights on a goal they don’t give up.

HECKLER: Absolutely correct! Hitler had his sights set on Poland and it took years to get him out of there!

ASTROLOGER: (still ignoring HECKLER but showing some strain) Geminis are quick witted, with excellent verbal skills and charm. They also make excellent hosts.

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HECKLER: Jeffrey Dahmer talked lots of people into visiting his place, and he let them stay in his fridge for free!

ASTROLOGER: (becoming visibly annoyed, but continuing) Then there is Cancer, a Sign that takes its feelings very seriously, and the feelings of others as well. They also enjoy living in comfortable homes.

HECKLER: You mean like Jodi Arias, who killed her boyfriend without ever leaving the comfort of the bathroom?

ASTROLOGER: (finally losing his composure) Is that really necessary?

HECKLER: Yes, because I thought O.J. Simpson was too obvious a choice for Cancer.

ASTROLOGER: You know, you’re really testing my patience.

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HECKLER: Yeah, but think of all the great karma you’re racking up!

ASTROLOGER: (nodding in agreement) Good point! Now, let’s talk about Leo. Leos are noble, and have a certain regal bearing. They understand the value of putting on a good show.

HECKLER: Benito Mussolini, he sure loved a parade!

ASTROLOGER: (struggling valiantly to ignore HECKLER) Virgo brings a dedication and precision to its work–

HECKLER: Serial killers Ed Gein and Henry Lee Lucas were pretty precise with a knife, that’s true!

ASTROLOGER: Okay, I’ve had about enough of this. I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make, but you’re really bringing the room down.

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HECKLER: Two points. First of all, anyone who tries to be all perfectly love and light and crap about the human experience hasn’t been paying close attention, no matter how much of an optimist you may want to be. A positive stereotype is STILL a stereotype, and anyone who goes around waving their Sun Sign like a flag saying how great it is to be their Sign is seriously missing the point.

Second: let me wrap up your lecture for you.

Libra: Heinrich Himmler
Scorpio: Charles Manson
Sagittarius: Joseph Stalin
Capricorn: Mao Zedong
Aquarius: Nicolae Ceausescu
Pisces: Josef Mengele.

…You’re welcome!

ASTROLOGER: Well, congratulations on bringing the entire room down. What Sign are you, anyway?

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HECKLER: THIS one! (Makes a rude gesture)

ASTROLOGER: Oh… Okay. Well, ummmm… since we seem to have a little time left, let’s talk about the importance of the Moon Sign.

HECKLER: (stands up and turns his back to the ASTROLOGER, bends over and drops his pants) I got you covered for that too, pal!

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Weekly Horoscope, July 7-13, 2014: Nobody Moves And Nobody Gets Hurt

posted by Matthew Currie

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Science has recently confirmed something that most of you probably knew, on one level or another, all along: people don’t like to sit around and think about things. Researchers at Virginia and Harvard Universities gave test subjects a choice: sit quietly and think about whatever they wanted to for between six and 15 minutes, or give themselves a painful electric shock to end it sooner. Two-thirds of men tested eventually gave up and went for the shock. When same experiment was moved from a laboratory to the comforts of the individual’s homes, the test subjects showed even more impatience. Generally, it appears that doing something is often preferable to doing nothing… even if doing something proves to be detrimental.

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I wonder though: would the results have been different if test subjects have been offered an additional reward for their thoughtful patience? Like, maybe an extra ten bucks for thinking things through for 15 minutes before they did something (literally) shocking?

That’s why everyone this week gets not one, but two forecasts: one labeled “cha-ching!” which indicates your reward if you think about your actions, and the other one labeled “zap!” in case you just give in to your impulses. Ultimately: you can’t do anything about the astrological transits, but how you respond them is up to you.

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There will be a lot of opportunities in the next week for you to think carefully about what you’re doing with your life, or act out and cause potential grief for yourself or others. Venus sextile Uranus early in the week gives you the chance to play nicely with others in new and interesting ways. But Mars continues to be opposite Uranus all week, so there are still plenty of opportunities for things to blow up in your face, or for you to blow up in someone else’s face. Finally, on the weekend, there is a Full Moon in Capricorn, plus Mars opposite Uranus, plus a Venus-Mars trine. That will give you an opportunity to end the week with a bang, either literally or figuratively. But maybe you should put some careful thought into whether or not that “bang” involves an obstacle that really needs to be exploded, or someone who really needs to be, um, banged.

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One more thing? It also turns out that two thirds of the men voted for the shock, but only one quarter of the women did so. I’d sit here and come up with a joke about that, but I’m tired of thinking of things to say in this preamble… let’s get on with the forecast.

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Aries (March 21 – April 19)
“I now realize that the difficulties I have been having with my partner are not deliberate on either my partner’s part or mine.” (cha-ching!) “Now, where do I hide this body? It’s a shame that my partner was better at these things than I am.” (zap!)

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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
“Dear Boss: although others may call this a ‘Mickey Mouse’ operation, I appreciate all the extra work you’ve given me, because it means I can show you what a great employee I am.” (cha-ching!) “One thing that’s definitely Mickey Mouse about this place? Your resemblance to a rat.” (zap!)

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
“I think I can use my new-found charms to get a raise or a better job, or even to improve my love life.” (cha-ching!) “I thought you were hiring certified massage therapists! What’s a ‘happy ending’ anyway, and why do I charge extra for it?” (zap!)

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Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
“I welcome the perspectives that my partner brings into my life, because it gives me new ways of thinking about things.” (cha-ching!) “My partner’s erratic behavior has given me a new view of them… specifically, through this rifle sight. Now hold still dear…” (zap!)
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
“I feel like something big is coming for me soon financially, and it’s going to be really good!” (cha-ching!) “All my money and possessions in exchange for these magic beans? Mister, you’ve got a deal! (zap!)
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
“Wow, things are going really well at work, and the boss really likes what I’m producing. And I like the boss too!” (cha-ching!) “And frankly I don’t care if the boss is married or not, I’m getting that raise somehow.” (zap!)
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
“I am filled with tremendous vitality and energy and I’m ready to take on the world!” (cha-ching!) “And anyone who stands in my way will die horribly!” (zap!)
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
“My mental focus is strong this week, and if I make the effort, I can have anything I want” (cha-ching!) “Anything I say can and will be used against me in a court of law? That’s not fair!” (zap!)
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
“If I focus really hard on my financial problems, I can find real solutions.” (cha-ching!) “Hey, will I get bonus rewards if I put all my other credit card debts on this one credit card?” (zap!)
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
“I’ve been working pretty hard lately, and I’m going to give myself a treat by taking some time off.” (cha-ching!) “And since I’m surrounded by idiots, I’m burning the office down anyway.”(zap!)
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
“People really seem to appreciate what I have to say and enjoy my company.” (cha-ching!) “And since nobody seems to be taking my advice, I’m just going to stand here in this corner and keep shouting advice until they haul me away.” (zap!)
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
“One of the perils of modern living is becoming too focused on materialism.” (cha-ching!) “If I needlepoint that into a wall hanging, will you accept it instead of a mortgage payment this month?” (zap!)

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