Oh My Stars

(Part One is HERE)

Tmatthew currie astrology nodeshe effects of the Moon’s Nodes are a little like karma, or art, or pornography… everyone knows what those things are when they see them, but pinning down a quick and simple definition is a little trickier.

The North Node is sometimes called “The Dragon’s Head,” and the South Node is referred to as “The Dragon’s Tail.” In Karmic terms, think of the Head as the part of the Dragon that goes around trying to eat up all the karmic destiny you were put here to experience, and the South Node is where all the old karma poops out. So, just as any animal goes through life eating and excreting, on a fuzzier, harder to define, “karmic” level — we do same thing.

The North Node brings opportunities for growth and expansion. It points to where you’re supposed to be doing your Higher Spiritual Learning. It can also (not coincidentally) represent an area of your life you may be a little afraid of. The South Node, on the other hand, represents the karmic past. This could mean either previous lives, or your childhood background and environment, or (probably) a combination of the two. There’s a tendency among some to think of the North as the “good Node” and the South as the “bad Node,” but that’s oversimplifying things.

Furthermore, the Nodes are always opposite each other. So for example, if you have your North Node in the Third House at 12 degrees Taurus, your South Node is automatically going to be found in the Ninth House at 12 degrees Scorpio. Got that? Good.

Here’s a quick and handy guide to how the house placements of your Nodes direct your karmic lessons, guide your spiritual and material development, and drive you and others nuts:

North in 1/South in 7: Yes, it’s all about relationships… you versus the world, one person at a time. You are potentially the person who takes over in a crisis and leads others to better places, if you weren’t so afraid of empowering yourself that much. You’re usually good with accommodating your partners.

North in 2/South in 8: Hey, we all love you, so maybe you could lighten up a bit with things, just maybe? Making money and building a life in the material world is what we’re here for, and one way or another you have a talent for that. But relax, already! You have the capacity to love and to hang onto someone or something to death.

North in 3/South in 9: You have the ability to create your own reality. By that, I mean you have the capacity to get so deep into the details and distractions of your mental life that you could completely miss out on that oncoming truck. Overall, you’re probably pretty idealistic in a lot of ways. Just keep in mind that just because you have a belief system doesn’t mean it’s always right… for you or anyone else.

North in 4/South in 10: Face your real needs! You hunger for grounding, whether it’s with your family, a career, or a lifestyle. You’ve probably set out a lot of goals for yourself, and are probably annoyed that so many of them have fallen short. That may not be the Universe’s fault after all… like I said: face your REAL needs!

North in 5/South in 11: People tend to like you and are generally drawn to you, and whatever form your interactions take, you’re probably good at them. This is because you tend to see people both as individuals as as part of a Bigger Picture. Isn’t that awesome? Now stop socializing and get back to work. Your coffee break ended ten minutes ago.

North in 6/South in 12: You’re good at observing, figuring things out, and finding practical solutions. Unfortunately, you’re also good at staying in your head and withdrawing from the battles of daily life. You may find you have a hard time “fighting the power” and putting those plans into action.

North in 7/South in 1: Once you learn to relax and let go with people, you’ll be a master at relating to them. First, you’ll have to learn that people aren’t just there to get in the way, be stupid, and block your view. In a pinch, you’re good at rolling the dice and going with whatever opportunity presents itself, but that luck is bound to run out eventually.

North in 8/South in 2: You have needs, and your partner needs to accept and work with that… whether those needs are material or sexual or something else. Your big lesson may be that your partner could actually work with those needs better if you didn’t have him/her tied to a chair with a gun at their head, literally or figuratively. Negotiate, don’t dictate.

North in 9/South in 3: You were born understanding that there’s A Big Picture to the Universe. The challenge is to make that work in a world filled with fiddly little ideas and theories and people who don’t see it your way. Properly developed, this could make you a great scholar or monk, but for those most part building a practical life on this foundation could be tricky.

North in 10/South in 4: You reach for the top and you do the work to get there, but did you leave something of yourself behind on the way? Focusing on external achievement has its rewards, but don’t neglect the actual person (you) behind the achievements, or WHY scoring those goals should be so important to you anyway. It’s a bit like building a house with your own two hands, and then sleeping in the garage.

North in 11/South in 5: You’re good at creative thinking for the benefit of others, whether it’s planning a party or tour. Often, doing things for others will (paradoxically) set you free. But first, you’ll need to overcome hesitancy when it comes to the judgement of others. That, and once you’ve come up with that plan to save the world, be careful not to bulldoze everyone with it.

North in 12/South in 6: You’re here in this life to learn to let go, embrace the All, and to discover your place in the Multiverse. All of that would be easier if you’d just pay a little better attention to details like eating properly, following the rules, and.. hey, where the heck DID you leave your house keys anyway, Buddha?


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matthew currie astrology nodesI only realized recently that I’ve written very little about the role of the Moon’s Nodes in astrology. That’s a shame, really: they’re incredibly useful and instructive things, and can be just as valuable as any of the planets in your birth chart. In fact, Vedic Astrology calls them “shadow planets”: like planets, but not really planets. They have a real effect, but aren’t (strictly speaking) “real.” This is perhaps why I haven’t written anything about them before: I know how to use them, but have a hard time putting into words the answer to the very first question about the Nodes:

“What the heck ARE The Moon’s Nodes?”

After over 20 years of being an astrologer, here’s the best and simplest answer I can come up with:

The Earth travels around the Sun on a plane. Not the kind of plane you have to go through security to get on… a plane, in the geometric sense. Like the Earth is rolling around on a tabletop. We call that “the plane of the ecliptic.” Meanwhile, The Moon orbits the Earth on its own plane. Where those two planes intersect are called the Nodes. The North Node is where the Moon is ascending, relative to the Plane Of The Ecliptic, and the opposite point is called the South Node.

Whew. That was kind of painful and awkward, like that day the substitute French teacher had to fill in teaching chemistry, and couldn’t explain a covalent bond properly to save his life… so you decided to stare out the window for the rest of the class, and today you have no interest in chemistry whatsoever. What’s really awkward is watching me explain this in person, with additional hand-waving and plenty of “ums” and the occasional “duh.”

Yes. I realize this is probably a terrible explanation. Most other people who have written on the subject have described it more eloquently. Heck, I probably could even cut-and-paste plagiarise anyone else’s explanation without screwing it up somehow. Please understand: this isn’t because I don’t “get it.” I can see the diagram of how it works clearly in my head. But… it’s like a curse. An Achilles Heel. It’s almost as if I was a writer (which I am) who uses his Sixth House (work habits) Mercury (writing ability) but has a karmic flaw when it comes to describing the Nodes. Perhaps that’s because my South Node (which is related to past karma) is exactly conjunct that Mercury.

Actually, that’s the EXACT reason. It’s a karma thing. Now go ahead and ask me about covalent bonds. I can describe THOSE pretty well…

Most people probably don’t spend long periods of time worrying about how foolish they look describing how something works that they understand. But of course — this is my job. And frankly, I have a bit of a tendency to over-think things. That would be great if my thinking was always sharp… but it isn’t. I admit it. The whole thing is like the concept of karma and reincarnation itself. It’s like a karmic loop of birth and struggle and screwing up and death and rebirth and struggle and screwing up and —

Hey, where the heck is everyone going? Oh, I get it… you wanted more practical, better organized information. So: what do the Nodes mean, exactly?”

I’ll spare you another tortured explanation, but the simplest and easiest is this: you come into this life with a certain set of gifts and handicaps. That may be because of genetics, family background, karma, or any combination of those. That’s the South Node in your birth chart — it’s the luggage (good and bad) you brought with you. In Vedic Astrology (which really knows its Nodes, by the way) the South Node is called Ketu, and you’ll find more and more Western Astrologers starting to use that term.

The exact opposite point (literally and figuratively) is The North Node. That’s the point in your chart that indicates where you should be going with your life, given what you came in with, and what you’ve picked up along the way. In Vedic-speak, the North Node is called Rahu.

Got all that? Good. Now, please re-join me next time for “The Moon’s Nodes And Your Karmic Loop (Part Two),” in which we take all this hand-wavy karmic stuff and try to make some practical use of it.

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beliefnet astrology matthew currie unicornAstrology is like life itself: complex and highly detailed. Astrology is also like life itself in that it can be over simplified for quick and immediate yet usually awful results.

Let’s say you’re a freelance writer who knows squat about astrology. But you’ve already finished cranking out articles for your clickbait site about the nutritional benefits of rubbing quinoa on your face, five signs that you’re not as attractive as you think (and what you can do about that), nine indicators that your spouse is cheating on you, and so on. You need to expand your market. You need to find more things you don’t really understand to dump your words onto for a few extra bucks per month. Lucky you, there’s a way to do that, and all you have to do is abuse astrology!

Each sign boils down to a basic clear-cut concept. It doesn’t matter that this approach is ridiculously reductive, or that it can do actual harm. You’re a busy professional and you have website space to fill! So here’s what you do: simply pick the one key concept for each sign and type to your heart’s content based on these horrible and inaccurate cliches. Here’s a list:

ARIES: Bold (or, pushy)
TAURUS: Sensual (or, lazy)
GEMINI: Intelligent (or, deceptive)
CANCER: Caring (or, bitchy)
LEO: Regal (or, pompous)
VIRGO: Exacting (or, picky)
LIBRA: Attentive (or, wishy-washy)
SCORPIO: Determined (or, obnoxious)
SAGITTARIUS: Freedom-oriented (or, a runner)
CAPRICORN: Solid (or, stodgy)
AQUARIUS: Innovative (or, weird)
PISCES: Sensitive (or, a crybaby)

Now, make up a catchy headline like “Why Each Sign Is A Great (or Terrible) Choice For a Relationship” or “Which Sun Signs Are The Best (or Worst) Bosses” or whatever. Example:

“Gemini is a wonderful marriage partner, because they always keep things lively”
“Gemini is a terrible marriage partner, because they’re always focused somewhere else.”

“Capricorn makes a great parent because they understand that a child needs a sense of structure”
“Capricorn is a terrible parent because they aren’t emotionally responsive.”

See how quick and easy it is to dismiss the complexity of human existence? See how convenient it is to simultaneously act like you know astrology while reducing it all to simple Sun Sign crap? That sort of thing virtually writes itself. Even better: you can write one article for one site and then write the opposite article for another one. Remember: your masterpiece about “The Most Underrated Band Of The Nineties” is just a few adjectives from being “The Most Overrated Bands Of The Nineties.” Your time as a writer is precious… why waste any of it being original, or learning a subject before you write about it?


So, rather obviously, I’m being sarcastic about all this. Also, rather obviously, I spent too much time on the internet lately reading really really terrible astrology material. I urge you to stop clicking on such things as soon as possible.

On the other hand? If you really think rubbing quinoa on your face is a good idea, knock yourself out. Just don’t pretend that this is a substitute for proper medical advice, any more than believing painfully generic Sun Sign crap is a substitute for real astrology.

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matthew currie astrology mercury

No, not THAT Mercury, Wikipedia.

Part One (Aries to Cancer) is HERE, and Part Two (Leo to Scorpio) is HERE.

The planet Mercury in your birth chart has a lot of things to do with what’s on your mind, how your thoughts work, and how you translate those thoughts into words and behaviors. It’s the part of you that plays along with game shows at home. These are personal qualities that, to be honest, most people don’t get terribly excited about. When people want to learn astrology, it’s usually because they want to know why their love life is so screwed up, or why their job is so lousy. But more often than not, those situations exist (or continue to exist) at least in part because of your ability (or lack of ability) to think things through logically or to express your needs.

Sure, Mercury is great — but anything that can be used can be misused. So let’s take a look at Mercury through the last four Signs in terms of telemarketing calls.

Mercury in Sagittarius

Mercury in Sagittarius hasn’t got the reputation for being the most thorough or analytical of placements, but fortunately for you, you’ve discovered that often The Universe will fill in the details for you as you go along. This Mercury placement is good at absorbing a few general principles, at which time you can probably “fake it ’til you make it” the rest of the way. When facing a major decision, Mercury in Sagittarius can benefit nicely from going for a long walk or a drive, and yet be completely unable to locate the keys or remember what the route back home is. You probably have a better-than-average ability with languages and/or mimicry.

“…And then the three-legged armadillo said, ‘I may be slow, but I’m always hard!’ Hahaha! Yeah, I love that one. I first heard it in college when I was taking English Lit. Ask me how well THAT paid off for me! Haha. I gotta tell you though… there were a LOT of hotties in those classes. That’s why I took ’em, really. That, and to shut my parents up. Oh, anyway, back to what we were discussing before: Funerals are expensive these days. Do you have the coverage you need?”

Mercury in Capricorn

Calling Mercury in Capricorn ruthless, efficient, and single-minded is terribly unfair: you would prefer “goal-oriented and capable.” You have a managerial mind that would be excellent running a small office, debugging a complex software issue, or plotting revenge. You benefit from formal education, but probably need more hands-on experience. Properly focused, you can be a Human Lie Detector. You are slightly harder to scam than most others. You can assemble a monthly budget better than anyone, even if you don’t necessarily stick to it all that well. Watch for people with Mercury in Capricorn to slightly purse their lips for a fraction of a second before making a spending decision.

“You know, your current long distance provider is costing you more than you realize. First of all, they outsource more of their services than we do, so if you had ALL your services with us, you’d be saving jobs in your own country. Also, have you considered the long-term costs of not buying one of our plans from me today? I am with your phone company after all, and I’d hate to see anything go wrong with your service. Now, what will you be buying from us today?”

Mercury in Aquarius

The thought processes of people with Mercury in Aquarius are often described as “revolutionary” and “ahead of its time.” That’s when your ideas work out of course… the rest of the time your ideas are more likely to be described as “a little weird.” You have a particular gift for picking up on the right threads to keep a conversation at a crowded party going. Mercury in Aquarius is considered “exalted,” which gives you the ability to see that everything happens for a reason, that all things are connected, and if you just tighten that dangly bit over there everything will work much better. You probably remember catchy sayings better than most.

“It’s not just a magazine, it’s a statement. It says ‘I am strong and confident.” It says ‘I am informed about my world.’ And it also says ‘I am up to date on today’s greatest entertainment news.’ Also, if you order “Clog Dancing Monthly” you’ll not only be helping me out, but you’ll also be supporting the recycling industry when you throw it out every month right after it arrives. So: are you ready to help me save the planet? Will that be one year’s worth, or two?”

Mercury in Pisces

Your imagination isn’t entirely impractical, and your practicality is usually pretty imaginative. This isn’t usually considered a great placement for Mercury, but you make up for being soft on logic with compassion and a well-developed intuition. In conversations and gatherings, your words and conversation often take on the tone of others, like something in the fridge that starts to smell like whatever it’s next to. Mercury in Pisces is sensitive to the human factors involved, and this can sometimes help you find solutions that logic alone couldn’t uncover. When you are surrounded by foreigners, you are likely to pick up their accent quickly without even trying.

“In an uncertain world, home security has never been more important. Our company provides the latest in burglar alarm technology, and — I’m sorry? You aren’t interested? But what about all the maniacs out there? You can’t afford it? I interrupted your dinner? Oh God, I’m so, so sorry. I feel terrible. I… I feel like I’ve violated the sanctity of your home and your personal life. What a terrible thing! It must feel like you’ve been… robbed. Now, let me choke back the tears and tell you about our payment plans…”

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