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Astrology, Bad Boys, And The Twelfth House (Part One)

posted by Matthew Currie
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It was then that Eleanor decided that maybe it was time to give up on the whole “Six Minute Dating” approach…

(This is part of the “Astrology Of Love And Compatibility” series.)

Once again, science has backed up something that many of us knew all along: Overall, “bad boys” get the girl (or get more girls) more often than “good boys.”

 

Specifically, a study done by New Mexico University shows that there are certain personality traits that women, despite all common sense (and despite the advice of their mothers) seem to fall for: self-absorption, thrill-seeking, and deceptiveness. This doesn’t seem to make sense on the face of it: if the purpose of sex is to continue the species, these are traits you wouldn’t think that the species really needs to keep.

 

A female friend of mine once offered the opinion that these traits (sometimes referred to as “the dark triad“) are merely amplified examples of “maleness,” so naturally women are attracted to them. I’m not so sure I agree. That’s a little like saying women would rather date a cardboard box doused with pheromones than an actual, living “nice guy.” It also implies that women are never, ever selfish thrill-seekers who lie or cheat. I had hoped to discuss this further with her, but her husband was on his way home from work early that day, so she had to rush me out the back door. I’m sure she had a perfectly good reason for that, though.

 

I’ve had a look through the birth charts of clients and friends who have found themselves in the habit of getting involved with these “bad boys,” and it’s hard to see a definitive astrological cause. However, two patterns do seem to stand out.

 

1) The “bad boys” in question seem to have major placements that fall in the Twelfth House of the women they get involved with.

 

2) The women in question seem to have stronger-than-average Mars placements.

 

At least part of this makes astrological sense to me. The 12th House is traditionally associated with things like deception and intrigue, so certainly that works. And in Vedic astrology, the Twelfth House is associated with what they call “bed pleasures” (which includes sleep among other things, by the way). So there may be a case to be made for “badness” being inherently sexy that way. A strong Mars at least implies an interest in aggressiveness… which is often expressed in terms of cunning and deception to get one’s way. Mars, of course, also has a lot to do with one’s sex drive. Still, the whole matter doesn’t really make sense. As much as I would like to rely on the notion that a woman’s definition of a ‘bad boy’ is a ‘good boy’ who won’t stick around, it isn’t that simple. Also, since (theoretically) a birth chart is a birth chart, gender simply shouldn’t matter… and yet men don’t seem to be as attracted to “bad girls” as women are (traditionally) drawn to the male equivalent. Or are they? I’ll let you read my upcoming e-book “Twelve Signs Of Love,” which will be available here soon, and make up your own mind on the matter.

 

Regardless of the astrological factors, psychologically, The Romance Of The Bad Boy continues. And in fact, “romance” is (I believe) the operative word. I suspect that when it comes to “bad boys,” woman are (in part) falling into the tendency we all have to mythologize our romantic partners. Click HERE for Part Two, where I’ll be delving into the astrology a little more, as well as the literature. Expect passionate encounters on the foggy moors of Scotland… and a dire warning to keep your teenage daughter away from vampires, no matter how pretty and glittery they may seem at first.

 

Just in time for Valentine’s… the Astrology Love Life Repair Workshop! Details HERE…

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The Astrology Of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Life And Death

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie philip-seymour-hoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46 years old. For many, he was one of those actors who always made an impression, yet somehow melted into his character, yet always remained somehow distinctly himself… the kind of actor who, when he dies, some will say “who?” and then someone else will say “You know, the lonely shut-in from Happiness or the personal assistant from The Big Lebowski or the jilted gay cameraman from Boogie Nights or the music writer from Almost Famous or the guy who won the Oscar for playing Truman Capote or the cult leader from The Master or the bad guy from Mission Impossible III or the priest from Doubt or –”

…but to me, as much as I was drawn into his work in everything I ever saw him in, he will always be the nurse from Magnolia, my favorite film: the kind and humane epicenter of a tornado of connected souls in pain.

What do you say about a loss like that? That it’s a shame he left a partner and three children behind? Of course. That it’s tragic we’ll never see what other characters he could have breathed life into? Of course. That drugs can do terrible things? Of course. A major death can leave one grasping for cliches, or simply blinking quietly in disbelief. I myself refused to believe it at first, because the Moon was Void of Course when the news was announced, and after all, the Internet has gotten things like this wrong before.

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But what can we say about Philip Seymour Hoffman astrologically? He was born July 23, 1967, time unknown, Fairport, New York. Without the time of birth, we can’t even tell for sure if his Sun was in Cancer or Leo, but that’s not really where we should be looking anyway.

It’s often thought that artists, whether actors or musicians or writers,have a degree of internal torment going for them that tends to lead them to drugs, or alcohol, or depression, or insanity in one form or another. I personally don’t know what to make of that, except that for these things, in a birth chart, we look to Neptune — which is where we also look for transcendent spirituality and escapism. Creating art itself can be an escape. They say that “an artist has to suffer.” Maybe that’s true, and maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman’s talent was driven by a whirring engine of pain, deep down. Maybe that was the spark that drove all his many diverse roles. Maybe that’s what drove him as much as it destroyed him.

When someone dies like this, someone always says “he had demons.” All I know for sure is that Transiting Saturn was conjunct that Neptune of his, and when Saturn comes calling, there are always consequences. That, and his sense of order in life — his own natal Saturn — had been shaken for the last couple of years by the transiting Uranus-Pluto square. Transiting Saturn and Neptune squared his natal Saturn when he was 22, and he attended rehab. The same square from transiting Pluto, combined with the unpredictability of Uranus, appears to have been less forgiving.

Neptune is not just drugs and delusion: it’s sensitivity too… the kind of sensitivity that reaches beyond the ordinary and mundane and can fuel Great Art. And for all the comments about how terrible drugs are and how he must have been in pain and how artists are troubled and how show business destroys people — we all feel pain and we all need our escapes and we will all, ultimately, leave this world.  So even though the astrological mechanisms of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s life and death are obvious, I find I’m stuck for anything to say, except to quote that favorite movie of mine, in which Philip Seymour Hoffman was a shining light among shining lights:

“…And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just ‘something that happened.’ This cannot be ‘one of those things.’ This, please, cannot be THAT. And for what I would like to say? I can’t.

This was not just a matter of chance. Oh, these strange things happen all the time.”

 

Just in time for Valentine’s… the Astrology Love Life Repair Workshop! Details HERE…

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Your Moon Astrology Forecast For February 2014

posted by Matthew Currie
A Full Moon on the 14th means everyone will be in a caring, loving mood for Valentine's Day hahahaha LOL j/k

A Full Moon on the 14th means everyone will be in a caring, loving mood for Valentine’s Day hahahaha LOL j/k

(Finally — a practical astrology forecast that EVERYONE can use, regardless of their Sign! Make sure you bookmark this page and come back — it could be the most useful thing I’ve written all month!)

Below is a listing for Void Of Course (VOC) Moon times and dates for the month of November (If you’re unfamiliar with how useful the VOC Moon concept is, click here for more information). During the times listed, it is best to avoid starting or finishing any major projects or making important decisions. Make sure you print this off and keep a copy on you at all times while at work, because nothing impresses your boss like using Astrology to maximize your results, and it’s always handy to have the Void Moon as an excuse for slacking off. It’s like a permission slip from your astrologer! Of course, if you get caught goofing off when the Moon ISN’T Void… you’re on your own, and if anyone asks, I don’t even know you.

February is relatively free of those ridiculous day-long Voids that suck you down and hold you there like a polar vortex made of inertia instead of cold air. However, it’s worth noting that the Moon will be Void of Course for the duration of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2nd. This could lead to some unexpected consequences, delays, or peculiar calls… so don’t blame me if you lose your bet. I tried to warn you.

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Here’s your Void Of Course Moon listing for February 2014.
(All dates and times are calculated for eastern Time — “5 Hours West,” as its friends in Greenwich England call it.)

 

Feb  2, 2014    11:34 AM               Moon Trine Saturn V/C

(Moon is Void for most of Sunday: strange circumstances at the Super Bowl?)

Feb  2, 2014    11:55 PM                Moon enters Aries

Feb  4, 2014     6:14 PM               Moon Opposite Mars V/C

Feb  5, 2014     4:46 AM                Moon enters Taurus

Feb  6, 2014    11:49 PM               Moon Opposite Saturn V/C

(Mercury goes retrograde until the 28th. More on that HERE.)

Feb  7, 2014     1:44 PM                Moon enters Gemini

Feb  9, 2014     4:08 PM               Moon Trine Mars V/C

Feb 10, 2014     1:33 AM                Moon enters Cancer

Feb 12, 2014     5:51 AM               Moon Square Mars V/C

Feb 12, 2014     2:15 PM                Moon enters Leo

(Full Moon on Valentine’s Day! Click HERE for details!)

Feb 14, 2014    10:13 PM               Moon Opposite Mercury V/C

Feb 15, 2014     2:26 AM                Moon enters Virgo

Feb 17, 2014    12:04 AM               Moon Sextile Saturn V/C

Feb 17, 2014     1:22 PM                Moon enters Libra

Feb 19, 2014     4:52 PM               Moon Conjunct Mars V/C

Feb 19, 2014    10:33 PM                Moon enters Scorpio

Feb 21, 2014     5:10 PM               Moon Conjunct Saturn V/C

Feb 22, 2014     5:12 AM                Moon enters Sagittarius

Feb 24, 2014     4:25 AM               Moon Sextile Mars V/C

Feb 24, 2014     8:50 AM                Moon enters Capricorn

Feb 26, 2014     5:51 AM               Moon Square Mars V/C

(Jupiter square Uranus is exact today. Freak Flags will be flying, and will be freakier than usual.)

Feb 26, 2014     9:55 AM                Moon enters Aquarius

Feb 28, 2014     5:55 AM               Moon Trine Mars V/C

Feb 28, 2014     9:52 AM                Moon enters Pisces

 

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That’s No New Moon In Aquarius… It’s A Space Station!

posted by Matthew Currie

Death Star(Apologies to everyone out there who isn’t a Star Wars fan. You may need to find one and ask him or her to explain this forecast to you.)

This Thursday sees a New Moon in Aquarius. New Moons are subtle but powerful things: not nearly as obvious or dramatic as a Full Moon, but if you’re willing to work with it, a New Moon can be the most powerful time of the month… a time when you can sit down and make demands of both The Universe and yourself and actually –  miracle of miracles! — stand a chance of getting some real, tangible results.

You’ve got to do the work though, and this month the conditions are right for some real breakthroughs.

The Uranus-Pluto square has been causing havoc for a good couple of years now, both with the world in general and on an individual level. One of the problems with a square is that it’s like two planets arguing with no chance of a tie-breaker. Any time a third planet positively aspects one of the squaring planets, it does little or nothing for the other planet in the square. Looking to the planets to break an impasse like that requires a fourth planet, and this month we have that, with one to spare.

The Sun and Moon conjunction in Aquarius is closely sextile the Uranus side of the Uranus-Pluto square. What this means that the Battle Of The Square is now tipped in favor of Uranus (liberty, individuality, and doing your own thing). Meanwhile, Pluto (absolutes, control, and fear) is softened by a conjunction with Venus and an opposition from Jupiter.

So: have you felt for a couple of years like like circumstances have held you back? Have you struggled against forces, either external or internal, that have oppressed you? Has it felt like an entire Galactic Empire has been against you? Thursday is the day to act. Make a plan. Heck, you don’t need much of one, even… just the willingness to say “I want this to change, and I’m going to do what it takes” and you can get results.

Now, it may involve something really crazy, like addressing how you’ve been an unwitting accomplice to the things holding you back, or facing up to things about your loved ones you don’t want to admit to yourself, or maybe… who knows? Sending in a one-man fighter up against a gigantic battle station? The truth is: most of the seemingly big problems in life can be solved with the right action at the right time, and most of Life’s Big Issues have a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port, with a shaft that leads directly to the reactor system.

Okay, I’ll stop it with the geeky stuff now. My point here is that you’ve got to make your move this month. And it begins Thursday by setting the intention. Then trust your instincts. Use the Force, already, jeez!

Now, some specifics:

If you were born September 1940-April 1941: Now is the time to take charge of your circumstances. Be firm in who you are and what you believe.

If you were born February-July 1952: The tensions are reaching their peak. Be brave and brace yourself for the Final Challenge. Save your resources and take a structured approach.

If you were born January-June 1977: Unique opportunities are coming your way, provided you are not afraid to take the leap. It’s a good time to lay down a long-term strategy.

If you were born December 1980-March 1981 or August-September 1981: The challenges to your happiness and sanity may be piling up, but a change in direction and a little bravery will make a huge difference.

If you are Justin Bieber: This New Moon is square your Jupiter.Legal consequences will be harsher than anticipated this month. Do whatever you can to put off that court date until at least March… and get a grip on yourself, already.

If you are Kanye West: This New Moon is trine you Pluto while Uranus is opposite it. Sorry, looks like all the news this month will be about your offspring, not you. Also: since that New Moon is happening in your 8th House, don’t get caught anywhere with your pants off except at home, okay…?

 

Just in time for Valentine’s… the Astrology Love Life Repair Workshop! Details HERE…

Questions about your birth chart, or astrology in general? Write me… I’ve got answers!

 

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