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Your Guide To The Cardinal Grand Cross, Part One: Pluto

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie cardinal cross pluto(An introduction to the big celestial event of April, and why so many folks are stressed about it, is HERE.)

Part of the problem with trying to come up with a simple interpretation for the effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross is that, to be honest with you, it’s just not that simple a thing. Normally when you’re going through difficult times and you go discuss it with an astrologer, there will be one or two major transits causing trouble. In this case though, it’s a four-car pile-up of potential grief, and figuring out which way to approach the mess can be tricky. This is the first of a four-part series that will hopefully demystify it somewhat.

I’m starting this series with Pluto, the slowest of the planets involved, at least in part because you’ve already been feeling its effects in your life for a while now. The exact Cardinal Grand Cross hits maximum effect on April 22, when Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries and squares Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn.  Uranus and Pluto, both being slow planets, have been square each other for a couple of years now, and that’s already had a significant effect on the world around you and you too, to some extent. 

The effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross will vary from person to person, but we can determine some of those effects based on your age group. Here is a handy listing of those groups, and how they will be affected by Pluto — which is currently at 13 degrees Capricorn and is slowing down to a station — where it appears to stand still in its path across the sky and is, arguably, its most powerful.

Because Pluto is so slow, the effects listed below will have been in effect for a while already… for the groups mentioned here, it would have kicked in around the end of 2012 or so, and will continue to be felt until late 2017.

Some things to keep in mind before you worry too much:

-This is a listing of how Pluto will aspect the outer planets only. Your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter) and your angles (Ascendant, Midheaven, and their opposites) may be affected, and some of those transits could well be positive and constructive ones. Don’t go off and panic based on just any one “bad” transit. Likewise, it’s possible that you weren’t born into one of the age groups listed below but are still going to feel the Cardinal Grand Cross.

-The age groups listed below will be getting the strongest effects from this transit, but other age groups will be getting some effects too. Like for example, if you were born between August 1965-February 1966 or April-August 1994, transiting Pluto is sextile your Saturn in Pisces, and now is a good a time for you to “get your act together.” I admit it… I only listed those age groups who will be having the most obvious problems with it.

-When in doubt… consult an astrologer. That’s what we’re here for.

If you were born:

September 1947-December 1949, or March-October 1950, you have Neptune in Libra, and transiting Pluto is square it: Have you ever gotten the feeling that the cold, hard realities of life just really don’t care about your hopes and dreams? You maybe right, or it may just be some allusions being stripped away. Your unconscious assumptions about how life should be are likely taking it on the chin now.
July-October 1952, January-May 1953, OR September-November 1981, or May-July 1982, you have Saturn in Libra OR May-September 1967 or February-April 1968 OR March-May 1997 or October 1997-February 1998, you have Saturn in Aries, and transiting Pluto is square it:  By this point in your life you have built some things for yourself that have solid structure and order to them. One way or another, your life is built on some sort of foundation. Pluto is here to stick its fingers in the cracks of that foundation and pry them open a little. Some repair work will be called for.

July 1951-August 1952 or January-May 1953, you have Uranus in Cancer, and transiting Pluto is opposite it: You say you want a revolution? Well congratulations, you’re getting it. There are changes coming to your life that are deeply rooted in your past, and the more you learn to work with it, the better your results will be.
January-March 1960 or June-December 1960 OR February-July 1989 or November 1989-January 1990, you have Saturn in Capricorn, and transiting Pluto is conjunct it: You may have to decide what (or who) you really need to hang onto, and what (or who) you really need to let go of, and frankly some days it’s going to be really hard to tell which one is which. Play your cards right during this transit and it can be a profoundly game-changing time for you.

October 1970-November 1971 or March-August 1972, you have Uranus in Libra, and transiting Pluto is squaring it: It seems like you were just getting on with your life and doing your thing and everything was great, and now all of a sudden life is here to beat that out of you. If you can learn how to negotiate properly with life, rather than simply fighting back, you will come out ahead. Resist and you my discover just how hard a punch Pluto really has.

July-September 1974 or December 1974-May 1975, you have Saturn in Cancer, and transiting Pluto is opposite it: You’ve worked hard to earn your collection of toys, literally or otherwise, and here comes that jerk Pluto to go to try and take some of them away. You may wants to go into your shell and sulk over it, but that won’t make things better. It may be time to focus on something other than just “toys.”
October 1975-March 1976 or August 1976-October 1978, you have Pluto in Libra, and transiting Pluto is squaring it: Regardless of your actual age, this probably feels like your midlife crisis. In a lot of ways you need to shed your skin like a snake… you’ve outgrown your current trappings, and need to expand. It’s just a shame that sometimes that process can be incredibly painful.
March-May 1988 or January 1989-January 1992, you have Neptune in Capricorn, and transiting Pluto is conjunct it: Ever heard that old saying “there are no atheists in a foxhole?” Well, go ask Grandpa what a “foxhole” was, and what it was like to be shot at every day for two years straight.  That’s where you are at now. You will survive what you’re facing, but it’s going to require some emotional toughening up… and when it comes to spiritual matters, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.
January 1991-February 1992 or June-December 1992, you have Uranus in Capricorn, and transiting Pluto is conjunct it: There is a great deal of pressure coming at you from the outside to change who and what you are. That would be great, if you had some sort of clear idea as to what it was you’re supposed to become. You could take easy on yourself and you’ll figure that out in time.

NEXT TIME… Part Two: Uranus. When the going gets tough, the tough get weird.

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Your Moon Astrology Forecast For April 2014

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie april moon(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 April (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. Consider it a permission slip from the Universe to creatively goof off. If your boss doesn’t like that, you can just explain to him/her how the VOC Moon works. You’ll have plenty of time to compose a lengthy explanation while you’re in the unemployment line.

Make sure you print this off and keep a copy. Once you’ve had a chance to see for yourself how powerful and useful a concept the VOC Moon really is, you’ll be able to impress your friends and loved ones with your profound ability to predict the failure of new ventures in advance. This is also a good way to weed people out of your life.

April’s New and Full Moons are also eclipses, which makes them particularly powerful. I’ll be writing about those closer to when they happen, and I’ll also be covering the effects of that Cardinal Grand Cross that is/will be so crazy-making for all of us.

Note: Times are for time zone 5 hours West… or as New Yorkers call it, “Yer five minutes late, pal!” DST is observed.
Apr 3, 2014 2:43 AM – 7:48 AM Moon enters Gemini
Apr 5, 2014 10:55 AM – 5:40 PM Moon enters Cancer
Apr 7, 2014 2:14 PM – Apr 8, 2014 5:50 AM Moon enters Leo
Apr 10, 2014 2:26 AM – 6:08 PM Moon enters Virgo
(There goes your whole work day!)
Apr 12, 2014 1:12 PM – Apr 13, 2014 4:33 AM Moon enters Libra
Apr 15, 2014 3:42 AM – 12:20 PM Moon enters Scorpio
(Lunar Eclipse Day. More on that later.)
Apr 17, 2014 3:09 AM – 5:44 PM Moon enters Sagittarius
Apr 19, 2014 9:17 PM – 9:28 PM Moon enters Capricorn
Apr 21, 2014 7:21 PM – Apr 22, 2014 12:18 AM Moon enters Aquarius
Apr 23, 2014 12:10 PM – Apr 24, 2014 2:55 AM Moon enters Pisces
(The second half of your Wednesday is shot. It’s Wednesday though, and who cares about Wednesday?)
Apr 25, 2014 4:03 PM – Apr 26, 2014 6:01 AM Moon enters Aries
(Noooo, not Friday Evening!!! I had PLANS!)
Apr 27, 2014 7:02 AM – Apr 28, 2014 10:23 AM Moon enters Taurus
(All day Sunday. Meh.)
(The Solar Eclipse lands in early Taurus. More on this later in the month)
Apr 30, 2014 11:53 AM – 4:56 PM Moon enters Gemini

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Your Sign Is Wrong: New Astrology For A New Age

posted by Matthew Currie

Scientifically tested!

For centuries, astronomers have had the true story of how the universe works staring them in the face without really understanding it, and so have astrologers. Science has determined that 90% of the matter in the universe is actually what is called “dark matter” — an unknown substance that is invisible and yet has a profound effect on everything we see.

Despite decades of work, millions of dollars of investment, and thousands of hours of educational television, astronomy has not yet specifically determined what the nature of dark matter is. Likewise, astrologers have labored for centuries to demonstrate to the satisfaction of skeptics that their work is valid, yet without ever truly gaining acceptance. In a gigantic intellectual leap I, Matthew Currie, have unified these two fields of endeavor to create a single system that works accurately, precisely, and with 100% guaranteed results. You can thank me later.

There are only a few things will have to change. Namely: your Sign.

In case you’re worried, this isn’t that whole Ophiuchus load of flapdoodle that got everyone’s attention a couple of years ago. Ophiuchus is a fraud, and no self-respecting astrologer uses it. In fact, even astronomers call it “the smelly-pants constellation” behind its back at cocktail parties.

Because of dark matter, 90% of the universe is invisible. This naturally means our perceptions of the space-time continuum is distorted, inaccurate, and possibly immoral. Thus, as a result, the Zodiac as we see it today is not accurate. You are, in fact, an Aries. That is, unless you were told you were an Aries before, in which case you’re now a Virgo. Please, now is not the time to go into details, it involves a lot of math and neither you nor I have time for it.

Numerous celebrities have already been contacted about their new Sign, and they are universally thrilled. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

Gwyneth Paltrow: “I was shocked at how accurate it was! So shocked, I fainted. Fortunately, a handful of raw chia seeds revived me.”

Fred Phelps: “If I weren’t already dead, I would drop dead of shock at how accurate this new astrology really is! And why is it so hot in here?”

Kanye West: “This is all about me, isn’t it? If so, I approve.”

Justin Bieber: (Justin Bieber was not available for comment, however his lawyer has clearly stated that if anyone is upset by their Sign changes, it is not Mr. Bieber’s fault, but he apologizes anyway.)

Shia LeBeouf: “I had this idea myself a couple of years ago, and about six months from now I will have it again.”

James Randi: “This sounds all scientific and stuff, therefore I approve. Where do I sign up for a reading?”

George Zimmerman: “Does any of this relate to me? It better, otherwise I’m going to get really angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

But please, don’t take the word of these famous people. Try it for yourself!

Here is your sample horoscope for today, April 1:

ARIES: Beware attempts at deception. There seems to be a general air of tomfoolery going around, and someone may be trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

VIRGO: What? Is this some kind of joke?

(Editor’s note: this will be Matthew Currie’s final blog entry for Beliefnet. Tomorrow in its place we will present the new series “Understanding Your Hamster.”)

 

The Astrology Of Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin: What Worked?

posted by Matthew Currie

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(This is a part of the Astrology Of Love And Compatibility series. Part One, “The Cardinal Grand Cross Uncouples Gwyneth And Chris,” is HERE.)

We’ve all seen it before: a friend of yours meet someone new, and you check in three weeks later and everything is absolutely wonderful. Your friend can’t say enough good things about so-and-so, and can’t help but smile thinking about so-and-so, and even when your friend knows he/she’s on the verge of becoming obnoxious about it, he/she just can’t stop anyway. Six months or a year later, your friend and their new love have faced a few challenges, but gotten through them, and everyone is still happy. Maybe the relationship continues. Maybe they get married or move in together, and so far as you can tell everything is still good. But then cracks appear in the situation, and one thing leads to another, and sure enough eventually the relationship is broken.

How does this happen? In theory, your friend and his or her mate are still the same people. Sure, we all evolve and change over time, but how does it happen that sometimes even the same things that put the two people together in the first place are the cause of the relationship’s demise?

In astrology, the primary tool we use for determining compatibility is called “synastry.” There are certain factors an astrologer looks for as to how compatible two people will be. Like any other relationship that lasts for a while before it falls apart, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin give us some excellent examples of how both ends of that process of pairing off and breaking up happen.

On a basic friendship level, the two look pretty good on paper. Sun in Libra and Sun in Pisces are both generally sensitive and caring, but of course we have to look a lot deeper than just the Sun Signs. Chris’s Sun is square Gwyneth’s Moon within a degree. Any contact between the Sun and Moon in two people’s charts can make for attraction and/or friendship, but the square is notoriously difficult to work with. Gwyneth’s son in Libra is sextile Chris’s moon in Leo, and that is a pleasant aspect… any contact between one person’s Sun nd another’s Moon is a  major connection. Often, however, in the long run the sharpness of the square aspect can overwhelm the softness of a sextile.

It’s a cliché to say that communication is important in a relationship, and for communication we look to Mercury. Chris’s Mercury is square Gwyneth’s Neptune, and that probably caused Chris an awful lot of confusion, even if Gwyneth didn’t mean to be puzzling. There were probably times when Chris looked at his wife with that classic “I just don’t get it with you” look… and Gwyneth probably returned that look.

Chris’s Venus is opposite Gwyneth’s Uranus, which can certainly lend excitement to a relationship, but can also cause a feeling of uncertainty or agitation on the part of the Venus person. Oppositions are noteworthy in that they naturally speak to a relationship dynamic — they demand compromise, but can also understand the need for it — and yet are fragile when it comes to some transits. The Uranus-Pluto Square has been grinding on that opposition between their two charts for a couple of years now. Ultimately, the fact that Gwyneth and Chris were well wired to be friends and had such nice things in their chart (like an almost exact Venus trine) ended up doing relatively little good in light of the transits. Regardless of how you feel about someone, it can be easy to get swept up in events, which is what transiting squares do best.

So in October 2002, as transiting Jupiter was conjunct Gwyneth’s natal Venus and trine Chris’s Neptune… ruler of his 7th House of relationships, the two met backstage after a Coldplay concert. A year later, biology took the wheel and Gwyneth was pregnant. And now, they are “consciously uncoupling.”

Here’s hoping Gwyneth can recover from such a devastating… whoops!

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