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matthew currie astrology moonlight oscarNEW RULE: I’ve said before that with an Eclipse, one must “expect the unexpected” (see my notes on the Oscar Eclipse HERE). From now on, the general interpretation rule is “expect the unexpected, but not necessarily the kind of unexpected you might normally expect.”

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Well now… that was dramatic, wasn’t it? Last night’s Academy Awards Ceremony happened hours after a Solar Eclipse, so “unusual events” were more likely to happen. One could certainly argue that Moonlight winning Best Picture (when the conventional wisdom all pointed to La La Land, which had a record-setting 14 nominations) was pretty unusual. But at the same time, that Eclipse was in effect for everyone on Earth that day, and it’s not like everything everywhere went spectacularly wonky. So: why did last night’s Moment of Weirdness happen, when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner?

The mundane answer (apparently) is that the Oscar’s are a well-oiled show business machine, with backup envelopes with the winner’s names in the event of something going wrong… except that the backup envelope for Best Actress was handed to Beatty instead of the primary envelope with the Best Picture winner in it. Emma Stone still had the primary envelope with her name in it for Best Actress, in case you were wondering.

(Note to all my avid conspiracy -friends: big and complicated plans — whether sinister or not — go astray all the time. Innocent victims get killed and planes crash and documents leak without the help of any Invisible Hand behind it all. Remember that the next time you give credit to any huge, flawlessly executed scheme to hypnotize you into worshiping the Reptoids, or whatever.)

One of the more interesting features of the astrology of Oscar Night was an exact Mars-Uranus conjunction, exactly opposite Jupiter. In fact, you could make a case for that being the big aspect driving the day even more so than the Solar Eclipse. And remember: if a Big Aspect is going to trigger an event, it usually happens alongside smaller transits. Even the position of the local Ascendant and Midheaven can come into play, and that’s exactly what happened around 9:12 PM Pacific Time in Los Angeles last night.

So, as I see it: someone got impatient (Mars conjunct Uranus) and too carried away with things to pay attention to detail (the Jupiter opposition). All this action at 22 degrees Aries and Libra came into play as the envelope was being handed to Warren Beatty so that he and Faye Dunaway could announce the winner.

And then, as 22 degrees Libra (exactly!) was coming up on the local horizon, squared by the local Midheaven at 25 Cancer, what happened? Well, Warren (whose Jupiter is at 24 degrees Capricorn, forming a big messy Grand Cross with the local transits) opened the envelope and saw the words “Emma Stone – La La Land.” He seemed confused (rightly so) — in fact, Faye Dunaway thought Warren was doing some kind of comedic bit. Warren showed the envelope to Faye (who has her Sun and Mercury at 24 and 26 degrees Capricorn — thus feeding into the Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Ascendant-Midheaven conflagration) who read out what she saw there — La La Land.

Looking at the chart for the Oscars about three weeks ago, “things getting weird” was to be expected. The mistake I (and many others) made was assuming this would be some loud or out-of-hand political statement, since “political outrage” is The New Black of late. But of course, sometimes The Universe gets its own ideas and does what it wants, doesn’t it?

Repeat after me: “expect the unexpected, but not necessarily the kind of unexpected you might normally expect.”

Now, having said that: I didn’t make any formal predictions, but I did say (go ahead and look again if you haven’t already) that “Mahershala Ali, who stars in Moonlight, appears to be having some really great transits, as is that film’s director, Barry Jenkins,” so yeah, I can stand by that (Ali won Best Supporting Actor, Jenkins won Best Adapted Screenplay)… but don’t worry, I won’t do so many victory laps over the matter that I become a Wee Willy about it. You’re welcome.

SEE ALSO: Adele And The Astrology Of An F-Bomb

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weekend love forecast bannerThe big news is that Mars square Pluto is hovering over the entire week. Yes, Mars was named after The God Of War, but that’s not all it’s good for. Mars also rules the sex drive. A square aspect to Pluto, however, is a little too much energy being poured into too small a bucket, even for the tastes of a War God. Be careful about starting the wrong fight, applying too much pressure to your relationships, and falling accidentally into bed with the wrong person.

FRIDAY: The Moon is in Aquarius, which is a Sign noted for its ability to get along with others and maintain focus on a Higher Ideal. Is that enough to overcome the potential explosiveness of a Mars-Pluto aspect? Let’s hope so…

SATURDAY: Moon in Pisces is generally sweet and kind and caring and, overall, entirely unsuited to dealing with nasty Mars-Pluto squares. Try to focus on the peace love and understanding instead of lashing out based on your own hurt feelings.

SUNDAY: Everyone loves Oscar Night, don’t they? The pageantry, the entertainment, the… ugh, the political shout-outs. There is a Solar Eclipse mere hours before the ceremony starts, so the mood is likely to be more fractious than usual. Curl up with some popcorn and prepare to be delighted and infuriated.

PS: My Best Picture prediction? Arrival is going to get screwed, because my favorite movie of the year usually does. Don’t worry though: people will still be watching Arrival years from now, and La La Land? Well… probably not so much.

THIS WEEK’S ROMANCE TIP: You ever see those things that tell you that each Sign rules a part of the body, and if you focus on that you’ll be able to seduce someone more quickly? Yeah. I don’t think many people have scored a second date by offering an Aquarius a free ankle massage. If you want to make an emotional connection, find out someone’s Moon Sign and go from there.

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matthew currie astrology young pope(This is Part Two of a three-part series on Neptune and the Divine Feminine. Part One is HERE.)

Lenny Belardo was dropped off at an orphanage when he was about eight years old, never to see his parents again. Despite the caring upbringing he was given at the orphanage by Sister Mary, Lenny’s resentment and abandonment issues grew, to the point where he became a difficult young man to deal with: conservative, but not in a constructive way. Wounded, and not caring to hide it.

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I was not raised Catholic. In fact, I wasn’t raised much of anything, religion-wise. I think that’s part of the reason why I have an appreciation of Catholicism that many who were born to it may not have. Yes, lots of people have legitimate complaints about the excesses of The Church, but I think that a clear-eyed look at history shows that any religion or belief system (especially once it reaches a threshold value of power and influence) can and will go off the rails. That’s not religion, that’s human nature.

I have a real love for The Virgin Mary. There are lots of different branches of Christianity, and they all (obviously) have Jesus in common. But Catholicism has a special place for Mary, the mother of Jesus — and by association, a special place for The Divine Feminine. It seems to me that this is something too many churches (and too many people) overlook. Maybe it’s because The Feminine Principle by its very nature doesn’t shout its presence.

What we consider to be “feminine” in astrology is ruled in part by The Moon and in part by Venus. These are both planets that (in their own ways) can loudly demand your attention when they are under pressure or are being neglected. But, Neptune? The influence of Neptune is larger and more diffuse (yet no less real) than The Moon or Venus. Neptune is more like a warm bath that one slips into. Say what you will about warm baths: you can enjoy them, you can drown in them, but I’ll bet one has never shouted at you.

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Lenny grew up and became a priest, and eventually Pope — the spiritual leader of over a billion people around the world. He is cantankerous, difficult to persuade, opposed to reforms, and eccentric. His position may be a spiritual one, but (like everyone else on Earth) he is subject to the personal demons of his upbringing.

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Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of women discussing their relationships with men in terms of “having to do his mother’s job for her.” There’s often a lot of truth to that, but such a blanket statement risks overlooking something that should be obvious: we all came from a mother somehow, and we all are programmed from birth to need the nurturing a mother represents — whether we get it or not.

Neptune’s function, in terms of the Feminine Principle, is to represent that nurturing we all need, but on a deeper and different level than simply feeding us and changing our diapers. That’s the role of The Moon. Neptune doesn’t pat us on the head and reward us with a cookie for a job well done — that’s Venus in action. Neptune is the higher compassion that the Divine represents. Neptune feeds your dreams, and it is the sacrifice without expectation of reward. It’s the thing that is bigger than us yet compels us to be part of it — not run from it as we do (and should) with so many things that are larger than ourselves.

And in the end, if we let it — it redeems us, makes us better people, and as a result moves the entire world one tiny step closer to being its best possible self.

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Lenny — now known to the world as Pius XIII, Vicar Of Christ, Keeper of the Keys Of Heaven — is vexing to his staff and to the world in general. He seems to take delight in overturning the reforms his predecessors brought into place. Sometimes this Pope even tells people he doesn’t believe in God at all, and we can never be entirely sure if he means it or he’s just saying that to be startling.

But when he overcomes this… when he side-steps himself and his issues and simply communes with The Divine in a spirit of total sincerity? When Lenny loses himself and his Earthly issues — that’s when miracles happen.

Give it a try yourself some time.

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Next Time: Neptune And The Feminine Principle, Part Three — Santa Clarita Diet: Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch

 

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astrology matthew currie venus willendorfAstrologers sometimes refer to Neptune as being “the higher octave of Venus.” This doesn’t mean that the two planets do the same job. Venus and Neptune are more like funhouse-mirror reflections of each other: similar, yet very different. Examining those similarities (and differences) can be enlightening, and demonstrate the real depth behind Astrology.

This is the first of a three-part series that will be looking at how Neptune reflects the “feminine” values ruled by Venus, yet manages to be quite different. Specifically, I’ll be looking at three big hits from the world of popular entertainment.

First: “Popular entertainment” hasn’t always meant HBO and Netflix. It used to be painting and sculpture. Keeping that in mind, let’s look at a big hit from roughly 25,000 BC: The Venus of Willendorf.

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The lady pictured above is commonly called The Venus Of Willendorf. She’s one of the oldest know sculptures in existence, being well over 20,000 years old. We have no way of knowing for sure what cultural role she may have played in people’s lives at the time, but many consider her to be an object of worship, or a fertility idol. She certainly looks pregnant enough, and her form is an exaggeration of femininity. Maybe she was the Beyoncé of her day.

Venus Figurines are sculptures of women found throughout the time of what is generally known as “cave men times”: The Upper Paleolithic, to be more precise. One thing that almost all of them have is a relative lack of hands, feet, and facial features. I, like many archaeologists, don’t think this is a coincidence. A Venus Figurine is generic and undetailed not because a specific woman’s identity was taken away — they are generic and undetailed because they represent a concept or ideal that is not completely defined or contained by any one woman. Marilyn Monroe was a “sex symbol.” The Venus of Willendorf embodies something too big to be completely expressed by any one human.

This illustrates the difference between The Feminine Principle as expressed by Venus and as expressed by Neptune. Venus rules sweetness and sugar and thank-you notes and affection. Neptune certainly understands those principles, but speaks more in terms of transcendent experience and mysticism and dreams.

Another manifestation of Neptune is “entertainment”: more specifically, “show business.” In the next two blog entries in this series I’m going to be looking at the two TV shows that have really captured my attention of late: two very different shows that nonetheless both (in their own ways) both comment on The Feminine Principle in general but also show what can come about when that Divine Principle bumps up against the (sometimes ugly) realities of Human Nature.

There won’t be any spoilers, but by all means: in the event anything I write here prompts you to actually watch the shows I will be referencing, then my job here is done. They’re both very different, but both well worth the time.

NEXT TIME: Hail Marys, Full Of Neptune and The Young Pope.

 

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