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Astrology Doesn’t Judge, God Hates Nobody, And Fred Phelps Is Dead

posted by Matthew Currie

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“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable twist, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

-2 Peter 3:16

 

“Speak no ill of the dead’ is an ancient piece of advice that many of us try to follow to one extent or another. In that spirit, then, I will now have a look at the birth chart of Fred Phelps, founding pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, who died Wednesday evening.

Phelps (born November 13, 1929, time unknown, Meridian Mississippi) was a Scorpio with a Moon-Uranus conjunction in Aries. Like most Scorpios, he took things in life pretty seriously — whether it was his love of the Gospel or the delight he took in leading his congregation (about 60 of them, mostly members of his extended family) to protest at funerals of children, veterans, and celebrities, or approving the lyrics to such rousing popular song parodies as “Santa Claus Will Take You To Hell,” “Sweet Judgement Time” (to the tune of “Sweet Caroline”), “Fifty Ways To Eat Your Baby,” and the popular “Makes Us So Happy” (to the tune of “Hava Nagila,” and featuring the stirring lyrics “Je-ru-sa-lem’s the spot /The battle will rage hot/The land will spew you out /With joy we shout!”) There is no word at this time if there will be any dance remixes issued in Fred’s honor.

Like many people with a Moon-Uranus conjunction, he was fond of technology and communicating his ideas, whether through his Church’s many web sites like “Godhatestheworld.com” or its many subsidiaries, such as JewsKilledJesus.com, GodHatesIndia.com, GodHatesFags.com, GodHatesRussia.com, or GodHatesSweden.com.

(Really? Sweden? it must be the lutefisk. I never did trust that stuff.)

He had a Mercury-Pluto trine, which made him fond of making forceful statements such as “Homosexuals and Jews dominated Nazi Germany… just as they now dominate this doomed U.S.A” and “Anybody babbling about ‘multicultural affairs’ and ‘celebrating diversity’ is a propagandist for the militant sodomite agenda” and “Thank God for Tsunami. Thank God for 3,000 dead Americans! Yes! Thank God for Sept. 11 and 3,000 dead sodomite Americans in 2001.”

He had Jupiter in Gemini, yet despite this, he lived into his 80s without a single laugh line on his face. There are pictures of him smiling, but they bear an uncanny resemblance to the “rictus grin,” the smile that appears on the faces of some poisoning victims.

Would anyone else with any or all of these factors in their birth chart be so… so very…

Oh, who am I kidding? I can’t do this any more. Fred Phelps was a terrible person, and the world is a better place without him. Saying that his vileness came from this placement or that aspect would be a grave insult to the many fine people who have those in their birth chart… or for that matter, even to most of the terrible people who might have similar factors in their charts.

I like to believe there’s a God who has welcomed Fred into the peaceful, forgiving light of a Heaven of some sort, somewhere… but if that God has a sense of humor, there are probably signs and protesters that are, at least temporarily, keeping him standing outside the gates for a while.

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Ask An Astrologer: Moon Mood Madness?

posted by Matthew Currie
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source: Wikipedia

RM writes: “I have noticed that my whole body and mood changes during the full moon. I am a Cancer.  On that very day I feel very bad and drowsy. I do not like to talk to anyone. I feel depressed and have headache. I heard from somewhere that wearing pearl is good for my mood. I am very very emotional by the way. Should I wear pearl always?”

I have always thought that the effects of the Full Moon is one of those things that can be used as a “gateway drug” of sorts to understanding Astrology: if you know the details of your birth chart, and know where the Sun and Moon are in the Zodiac at any given time relative to it, over the course of a month or two you’ll see just how powerful and meaningful astrological transits can be. With something as big and prolonged as a Saturn Return or a Uranus Opposition, it can be hard to pin the effects on any given day… but Sun square your Moon or Moon passing over your Mars? That’s the kind of thing you’ll really feel, even if it only lasts for a few days (in the case of the Sun) or a few hours (in the case of the Moon).

So certainly, you’re going to feel a Full Moon. There is also a strong case to be made that, as a Cancer (which is ruled by The Moon), you might be more prone to that sort of thing than the average person. I myself have Moon in Cancer, which is pretty similar, and the Full Moon usually bring a round of The Crazy into my life one way or another, I’ve noticed. Anecdotally, at least, a lot of astrologers will back the notion that Cancers (or those with a lot of Water or a strongly-aspected Moon in their Birth Charts) will feel this things pretty significantly.

Yes, I know, dear Skeptic Friends… “anecdotal evidence” isn’t “hard data.” That’s one of the funny things about skeptics: like me, they’re usually science geeks. Show a skeptic a study that indicates that the Moon affects how lions hunt or how often house-pets get injured or corals reproduce, and they’re fascinated Yayyy, Science! Show them a study that indicates it affects how humans sleep or how aggressive people are, and they’re off to insert a sentence about “Confirmation Bias” into the conversation… not to mention inserting it into any Wikipedia articles on the subject.

For further information, ask your local cop or bartender or Emergency Medical Technician what they think of the effects of the Full Moon.

As for the matter of wearing pearl? There is a tradition in Vedic Astrology that wearing gems that honor the individual planets can strengthen or stabilize those planets in your Birth Chart during the times they need an assist. If your Mars is debilitated or experiencing bad transits, a ruby or red coral can help it function better. Pearl would certainly be the gem of choice to help your Moon, but even though I know Vedic Astrology (and if any of you want to learn it, here’s a free sneak preview of my upcoming class), I don’t prescribe. At the very least though: putting a pearl on every Full Moon might be a reminder that the Moon is powerful, but its transits always pass.

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The Full Moon: March Madness, The Cardinal Cross, And The Shape Of Things To Come

posted by Matthew Currie
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Source: Wikipedia

You don’t have to be an astrologer to be aware of the reputation that a Full Moon has for affecting people’s moods. Astrologically, a Full Moon doesn’t have too much of an effect beyond the actual day it happens, but this time around it could provide an exciting sneak preview of things that will become issues for you in the next couple of months, or that in fact have been brewing just under the surface for the last couple of years.

A Full Moon makes for a temporary peak in emotional tensions, bruised Egos, and the everyday craziness of Life getting just a bit crazier. This Full Moon is in effect for only a few hours (on either side of 1:08 PM Eastern/10:08 AM Pacific, to be exact) but pay close attention to the psychological themes and practical matters that you face during that time and on the preceding evening and following day. Like the straw that broke the camel’s back, that additional tension may point the way to issues that have been developing in your life for some time.

We are approaching what is called a Cardinal Grand Cross.This is a situation where four planets are at 90 degrees to each other in what are called The Cardinal Signs — Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. The Cardinal Signs have a reputation for wanting to get things started, whether it’s relationships, workout routines, or fist fights, and don’t generally take well to being held back. The Square Aspect — a 90 degree separation — is in many ways a natural enemy to those Cardinal principles. A square between two planets has them working at cross purposes, like two horses tied to a wagon where one horse wants to go North and the other one insists on pulling to the West. Having four planets all at 90 degrees to each other is like four horses pulling to the four points of the compass… and you’re the wagon.

Uranus, the planet of individual genius, rebellion, and upsets, has been in Aries for some time now, and for the last couple of years it has been locked in a 90 degree aspect to Pluto, which is the planet that represent life-and-death struggles, your deepest fears, and the ability to resurrect after disaster. Regardless of the events in your personal life, all you have to do is look at the revolutions and rebellions and intrigues and espionage ad struggles that have marked World History and Economics (and your own life) since 2012 to see the effects of that square.

The square is now joined by Jupiter in Cancer… which is theoretically the strongest place for Jupiter to be. Jupiter is often thought of to be the Santa Claus of the Zodiac, bringing good cheer and good times. It also rules expansion though… and the one thing that all the tensions in the world and in your life really don’t need right now is a double scoop of “more of the same.” This three-way Clash Of The Titans will be in effect until May, when it will be joined by Mars in Libra in mid-April. Mars is named after the ancient God of War, and rightly so: Whatever it touches, it fuels, and it rarely cares about the consequences, or whether or not a sparkler would have done the job when it causes a forest fire.

Having said all that, there’s no real reason to panic: you personally (and the world in general) have gone through challeging times before, and come out the other side (mostly) intact. But pay close attention to where you life and your feelings are this upcoming weekend, and watch for the glitches: they could be a larger message that something big has gotta give…

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Neptune In Pisces And Penguins In Sweaters

posted by Matthew Currie
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Photograph: Christina Angourias/AAP

Among the many pressing questions that have been raised in The Internet Age… Is the government spying on me? Is my consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup killing me? Is there GMO wheat in this sandwich, and will that make me grow a second head?… we can now add another: Should I be knitting a sweater for a penguin?

The Internet Age is the absolute pinnacle of human achievement as far as the exchange of information. Neptune is in the Sign that it rules, Pisces, and is the pinnacle of dreams and delusions. What do you get when you put the two together? You get the recurring story of Penguins in Sweaters.

Allow me to explain: when an oil spill happens, a large part of the harm it does to animals comes from how oil clings to them, and birds who dive for a living — like ducks or cormorants or seagulls or penguins — are particularly susceptible. It’s hard to avoid a layer of crude oil on top of the water when you’re diving in and out of the stuff all day long looking for lunch. An oil-soaked penguin is quite likely doomed, as the oil is hard for them to remove, potentially toxic, and messes with their temperature regulation. Fortunately, people have discovered that cleaning an oil-soaked penguin with a mild detergent can save them. The problem is: what do you do with a penguin who is already weakened and sick and can’t simply be scrubbed and set loose? As people discovered in January 2000 when an oil spill threatened the penguins of Phillips Island, Australia… you scrub the penguins and then you put little sweaters on them.

The Tasmanian Conservation Trust and State Library appealed to the public to knit and contribute penguin-sized sweaters to assist this cause, because as it turns out there aren’t a lot of penguin-sized sweaters you can buy off the rack. The Conservation Trust had initially hoped for a hundred or so… they ended up receiving thousands. And it turns out that few of them have actually ended up being used, because it seems that wearing a sweater isn’t a natural thing for a penguin, and in fact playing dress-up with one could cause an already stressed animal more harm. Besides… have you ever tried diving for fish in a sweater, and how did that work out for you?

So what started as a genuine plea for help and an attempt to raise public awareness got out of hand, and now almost a decade and a half later the story is back, with major news outlets like Time Magazine reporting this alleged need for penguin attire… and people are believing the story because, well… because penguins in sweaters, that’s why!

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I like to think of myself as a rational, skeptical person. I’m the guy on your Facebook page who likes to point out that, for example, there have been many major studies that show there’s no connection between vaccinations and autism, or that Bill Gates does NOT want to give you his money, or that Facebook is NOT going to turn into a for-pay service by the end of the month, or that it’s easily demonstrated that there’s no such thing as “the planet Nibiru,” or whatever.

But yes: just like the people who want to ignore mainstream science because of some belief in a conspiracy, or anyone else you or I may think is a gullible fool who will simply leap at the first unsubstantiated whisper that fits their worldview, I too bought into the notion of Sweaters For Penguins.  And why wouldn’t I? Just look. LOOK I TELL YOU!!

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Photo: Toby Zerna/Newspix/Rex USA

You can’t argue with that.

Yes, I realize that there are people out there who point out that animals don’t naturally wear clothes, and will say that dressing up animals for our amusement is wrong and demeaning to the animal in question, and simply reduces the dignity of both animal and human. The people who say this probably have a good point, to which I can only respond “I agree, and I think — OMG look it’s a dachshund in a  Superman costume I want one I want one I want one RIGHT NOW!!!”  So on this point we will simply have to agree to disagree.

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The Neptunian Beat goes on. Today, for example, people are spreading the story that the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is related to a shadowy Oil Company conspiracy because there were 20 people on the plane who worked for a company that made electronic components for electric cars… which completely ignores that the same company also makes components for washing machines and refrigerators. Why is no one blaming Big Laundry, I ask you? What about The Frozen Burrito Illuminati?

Of course, eventually the cause of the crash will be determined, but enough of the memory of the possible conspiracy will linger that it will feed into the same mindset that insists that everything is part of The Big Conspiracy, and proof be damned, and the next time something tragic happens that is somehow distantly related to electric cars, the mis-remembered story will be invoked again, and someone will write a blog entry about it, and other blog entries will link to that blog as “proof,” and so on and so on.

And as surely as messages spread around the world at light speed, our delusions spread because they were there in our heads all along. Nobody knows everything, and we all like to have neat solutions that fit our own world-view, whether it’s sweaters for penguins or mysterious Oil Company Conspiracies making planes crash or The James Randi Educational Foundation conning you that astrologers are conning you. Wait, conning or genuinely misled by their worldview? They haven’t accepted my challenge yet, so your guess is s good s mine.

Creativity and the ability to imagine new and wonderful things? That too is the domain of Neptune, and because of those functions in our minds we are all more imaginative and creative than carpenter ants… probably. But when the imaginative function overwhelms the more logical functions of, say, Mercury? That’s where we can get into trouble. With The Internet not going away any time soon, and with Neptune not leaving the Sign it rules for more than a decade yet, we’ll all have plenty of opportunities to see how far our creativity takes us… and how far astray it can lead us, too.

As for me, your lone voice of reason and sanity in this world? Will I be suckered again? Of course!

 

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