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Neptune Shrugged: The Astrology of Bowe Bergdahl

posted by Matthew Currie

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(More about Neptune… “Neptune: The Ultimate Nullifier”… is HERE)

Many of you out there will have already formed a very strong opinion about the Bowe Bergdahl situation, and about the man himself. To many, he’s a traitor. To others, he’s a conscientious objector. To some he’s a victim, and others he is a villain. Personally, the more I look into this matter, the less I am actually sure what to believe. And if you know nothing about the Bowe Bergdahl case… you may understand it better than a lot of commentators seem to. Read on…

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One should always try to be objective about a person when looking at their birth chart. For those who have read my previous blog entries about Kanye West or Kim Kardashian, you know I don’t always have an easy time doing that. But if Kim or Kanye were clients of mine, I would set that aside and have an objective look at them.

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If you’ve formed an opinion about Bowe Bergdahl, I ask you to set it aside for now.

THE MAN: Bowe was born March 28, 1986, time unknown, Sun Valley Idaho. Even without a time of birth, an interesting pattern stands out in his chart: Jupiter in Pisces, trine Pluto in Scorpio, square Saturn in Sagittarius, and sextile Mars and Neptune in Capricorn. Jupiter represents one’s philosophy of life. Bowe’s Jupiter is sextile Neptune and trine Pluto, so we can tell that whatever it is he believes, he’s going to believe it strongly. Jupiter square Saturn, however, will tend to complicate things: achieving his philosophical life goals might be difficult, or might involve “going against the grain.” Although we don’t know his time of birth, there is a good chance that Bowe’s Moon is conjunct Pluto, which would only strengthen the pattern in his chart.

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Sun square Neptune indicates that the father figure in his life might be a bit unusual. In fact, his parents lived “off the grid” on a 40 acre farm, where Bowe and his sister were home-schooled for six hours a day, with a heavy emphasis on ethics and morality. When other kids were all playing video games, Bowe and his dad were discussing Thomas Aquinas.

Bowe had an appetite for adventure, as one might expect from Mars conjunct Neptune and Mars sextile Pluto. He tried and failed at the age of 20 to join the French Foreign Legion. He eventually enlisted in the US Army, and was assigned to Afghanistan.

And then, thanks to Saturn, things started to fall apart. After that, Neptune just made things weirder.

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THE BREAKDOWN: In 2008 and 2009, as Bowe experienced his Saturn Square and transiting Saturn opposite his Jupiter, his worldview started to take a beating. His unit began experiencing serious lapses in morale. He saw an Afghan child being run over by an American truck. His last e-mail home said, in part, “I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live. We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks.”

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He made comments to more than one member of his unit about wanting to simply wander off. And then on June 30, 2009, as the transiting Sun was trine his Jupiter, trine his Pluto, and quincunx his Saturn… that’s exactly what he did.

Within 24 hours he had been captured by the Taliban.

THE AFTERMATH: American officials disagreed on how to handle this matter for years. There were opportunities almost immediately to arrange his release in a prisoner exchange, but nothing came of it for five years. Various officials disagreed about how to handle the situation, and the only thing the American government appeared to agree with was keeping the story as quiet as possible. Bowe may have willingly wondered off of his own accord, but he was not a willing prisoner of the Taliban, having escaped at least once only to be recaptured.

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So, is Bowe Bergdahl a conscientious objector? Perhaps. But he should have known that there were ways for him to express that without simply vanishing, which resulted in the eventual deaths of six other US soldiers searching for him… although that’s being questioned now too. Is he a traitor? He had apparently said many negative things about the United States, but he certainly wasn’t a willing prisoner of the Taliban, and didn’t intend to join them. Was it right for the United States to trade in five high profile Guantánamo prisoners for Bowe? That’s hard to say. On the one hand, the United States has an official policy of “leave no man behind,” and there was never an official finding of desertion or wrongdoing on Bowe’s part… if that would have made a difference to whether or not he should be “left behind.” On the other hand, the five prisoners the US gave up were, allegedly, “high-value” prisoners who were responsible for possibly thousands of deaths. And I say “allegedly” because it’s not as if any of those prisoners have ever received a proper trial.

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So where does this leave us? Is Bergdahl a traitor, a conscientious objector, a pawn, a mentally ill young man, a victim of PTSD, a guy who made a mistake whose situation rapidly spun out of control, a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the war in Afghanistan, someone who overestimated his ability to make it on his own in the hinterlands of Afghanistan, or a fall guy?

Honestly: the more I look into the matter, the further I am from any one opinion on the subject, and the more I am convinced that anyone who does have a firm opinion on the matter is probably missing the point… whatever the heck that point is even supposed to be. His case has become a Rorshach Test for those who have an opinion about the war in Afghanistan, and some commentators who once said that America wasn’t doing enough to get him back now say America should have done nothing at all.

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Saturn has done plenty to Bowe Bergdahl… and now it’s Neptune’s turn.

To me, the story of Bowe Bergdahl is now turning into a classic Neptune transit. And as Neptune prepares to station and go retrograde on top of Bowe’s Jupiter, and will spend the next two years activating his Mars/Jupiter/Saturn/Neptune/Pluto complex, I have genuine doubts that this story will ever make any kind of complete sense that a majority of people can agree upon, and I very much doubt that Bowe will be able to make a lot of sense of it either. Many of you there will have already formed a very strong opinion about the Bowe Bergdahl situation, and about the man himself. To some he’s a victim, and others he is a villain. Personally, the more I look into this matter, the less I am actually sure what to believe.

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So now… Bowe and all of us will have the next two years to see Neptune work its weird magic. 

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Neptune: The Ultimate Nullifier

posted by Matthew Currie
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(For more on Neptune, check out “Neptune In Pisces And Penguins In Sweaters” and “Neptune in Pisces, Elan Gale, And The Diane Who Wasn’t There.”)

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When you do astrological readings for a living like I do, you soon learn how to spot the usual troublemakers that are making people’s lives difficult. There are the transits of Saturn, which tends to be sharp and painful and constricting. For the last couple of years, the usual chills and spills provided by Uranus and Pluto have teamed up in the form of the Uranus-Pluto square.  And there’s nothing like a quick jab from Mars to get your attention.

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It’s not often that I have a client come to me concerned because of a transiting trine. Regardless of the planets involved, it’s usually the conjunctions and oppositions and squares that cause the most upset. Yet twice in the past few days I have spoken with people having major concerns about their life, thanks to a trine. Specifically: a trine from Neptune.

Just as most people don’t see the doctor because they’re mysteriously healthy, the majority of my clients talk to me because something, on some level, feels wrong. Trines usually feel pretty right.  But Neptune is a peculiar planet indeed, and even “good” Neptune transits can feel weird… just as “bad” Neptune transits can sometimes be as warm and comfy as sinking into quicksand.

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When astrologers speak of Neptune, they often use terms like “dissolving” or make references to drugs or being drunk. And it’s true: those are both things Neptune rules. But Neptune is too powerful and too complex to be dismissed with easy descriptions.

Neptune is hard to confront. It’s like punching a sand dune: no matter how much force you apply, you can’t blast it away with direct force. Neptune doesn’t respond readily to logic or threats or a structured environment or flattery. Neptune is a very real thing, and yet it is inherently nebulous. Neptune rules “willing suspension of disbelief”: you know that the movie or TV show or book that you are enjoying is a work of fiction, but part of you has to believe it’s real in order to truly enjoy it. You have to leave enough of yourself behind to enter the story being presented to you.

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Neptune may not create mythology directly, but Neptune can make you believe in it. And mythology is a good way to address how Neptune functions. So, with your indulgence, I will slip into some of the mythology I believed in most strongly as a kid: the universe of Marvel Comics.

Let me introduce you to Neptune, The Ultimate Nullifier.

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One of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe is a being named Galactus. Dr. Octopus might rob your bank and take Aunt May hostage, and Magneto might very well attempt to take over the world. But Galactus has no interest in these relatively petty things. Galactus is a gigantic being who is older than the Universe itself, and Galactus eats the life force of entire planets for a living.

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There is only one weapon in the Universe that even Galactus fears: the Ultimate Nullifier.

The Ultimate Nullifier is a device about the size of a handgun. It’s not terribly intimidating looking, but if you pull the trigger on it you can completely erase anyone or anything from existence. All you have to do is hold it in your hand, fill your mind completely with the thought of your opponent, pull the trigger, and click… your target vanishes forever. It doesn’t matter if your “opponent” is the neighbor’s dog, Galactus, or even the entire Universe. Just fill your mind completely with the thought of your target, pull the trigger, and it’s gone. Forever.

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It’s that easy. There’s one catch though: it does the same thing to you. Poof. So if you’re ever going to use it, make sure you use it against a target that you so absolutely have to destroy that you don’t mind being destroyed yourself.

That’s kind of how a Neptune transit works. A Neptune transit to your natal Sun can dissolve your ego. That might sound scary – and it can be – but isn’t that what the Buddha said we should do? A Neptune transit to your Mars can blunt your drive. That’s terrible if you’re trying to get somewhere with things, but pretty good overall if you’ve been kind of a jerk so far in your life. It can evaporate your temper… or it can make you lose it and kill an innocent person. A Neptune transit to your Saturn can crumble all the foundations you’ve built your life on… but maybe you needed a better foundation anyway.

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In the next couple of entries I’ll be looking at what can happen when Neptune strikes… when you think you’re following the call of the Angels, but it’s really just the Sirens singing to you to crash on the rocks. Or maybe that light at the end of the tunnel really IS the end of the tunnel and not just an oncoming train.

In either case: “We can’t stop here. This is Bat Country!”

NEXT… Neptune Shrugged: The Astrology of Bowe Bergdahl

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Twelve Signs Of Love: Your Free E-Book!

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie 12 signs of loveA great deal of what I do as an astrologer involves helping people sort out their love lives. What has gone wrong? Why did everything stop going right? Why don’t I have a love life? Why can’t I decide between this or that? Many an astrologer and counselor and poet have been kept gainfully employed by pondering these matters. And of course, there are many different kinds of love, and of course, if you want Big Love you have to throw all of yourself into it. All of your chart… Even the Signs in your birth chart where you don’t appear to have anything.

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My new e-book “Twelve Signs Of Love” is now available, and you can get it by clicking here. No matter what “Sign” you are, there is a Love Lesson to be learned from each of the Twelve Signs.

Without the boldness of Aries, how can love even begin? It takes the steadiness of Taurus to camp out on the spot you want and to keep it. If you don’t have the questioning nature of a Gemini, how will your love adapt to the inevitable changes that will happen? If “the past is prologue,” how will you ever learn what you want or don’t want without the emotional memory of Cancer? If you can’t have fun with it like a Leo, what’s the point? And surely, if you don’t have an image of perfection in your mind like Virgo has, how will you find anything even close to perfect?

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Libra recognizes the niceties and diplomacy of a relationship, and those things are necessary. Without the depth of feeling Scorpio has, things will always be shallow. If you don’t bring the goal-oriented optimism of Sagittarius to the table, how will you ever reach your goal? If slow and steady wins the race, how will you ever win at love without a touch of Capricorn? Aquarius recognizes that there are things in the Universe bigger than itself, and what would True Love be without that perspective? And Pisces often gets accused of living in a dream world… but without being able to dream of a better reality, “reality” is as good as it gets… and where’s the fun in that?

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I’ve distilled those twelve qualities down into twelve True Life Stories, all drawn from my own experiences. There is beauty and pain and joy and terror in these tales, and I hope you enjoy them. And I hope you see a bit of yourself in there somewhere… and a bit of someone you love as well.

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Some of these stories appeared in their original form on Yahoo Voices. They got a lot of reaction, and I will admit not all of it was sunshine and light. Frankly: some of the things I found charming and delightful about this Sign or that Sign struck a few members of those Signs as being unfair characterizations. That was certainly not my intent, and to those commentators I can only provide the same answer I’ve had to give at times to loved ones in my own life: I’m sorry.

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So: download your free copy here and dig into a more personal slice of my life, as both an astrologer and as a human being… and as a man. Yes, I confess to being one of those too. Read these twelve stories straight through, or start with your own sign first, or do as you please. Thank you in advance for your kind attention to my words.

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Blame Mercury Retrograde NOW And Avoid The Rush!

posted by Matthew Currie

Mercury Retrograde is once more approaching, and astrology fans everywhere are warming up their excuses for all things Mercury related — phone calls, e-mails, commerce, short trips, signing contracts, elevators, parsley, farmer’s markets, wi-fi connections — to go wonky. But although Mercury doesn’t actually go retrograde until Saturday, you have my permission to start blaming it now. In fact, you have the Universe’s permission as well: we are now in the Mercury Retrograde Shadow Period.

Mercury goes Retrograde on Saturday. From our position on Earth, that means that Mercury appears to stand still in the sky and go backwards. This happens at 3° Cancer and carries on until July 1, when Mercury will have bumbled all the way back to 24° Gemini. The “Shadow Period” is that stretch of time before and after the retrograde when Mercury (although still going forward) passes through the degrees it will cover during the retrograde. In other words, this retrograde shadow period actually began on about May 23, when Mercury hit 24° Gemini. Although the retrograde ends on July 1, it won’t be out of the shadow until July 16, when Mercury passes by 3° Cancer again.

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Mercury rules a lot of important things in your daily life, and having a retrograde to blame your problems on is pretty great. But, honestly? It’s not that bad. A little caution with Mercury-ruled activities is called for, and that includes the “shadow period,” but it doesn’t automatically imply disaster.

How much stock one should put into the traditional warnings about Mercury retrograde is almost a matter of your personality, or what kind of astrology you prefer: Old School or New School. If you’ve read much about astrology, you probably understand the difference between “Old School” and “New School.” Just as societies change but human nature doesn’t, so has our approach to the same astrological factors over the centuries.

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A New School astrology interpretation of “Mars in ______ in the ______ house” will read something like “in this incarnation, you will feel challenged to prove yourself in matters of ______ and will have excellent drive with those areas of life.” An Old School astrology interpretation of the same “Mars in ______ in the ______ house” will tell you something like “you are an angry person who gets huge blisters on your _____ and will probably die horribly.”

Put another way: give your birth chart to the most enlightened, New-Agey evolutionary astrologer out there and he/she will be able to accurately tell you (between handfuls of granola) what next month will be like for you, and will do so with considerably accuracy, and the whole thing will sound kind of like this:

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Give the same chart and the same data to an Old School astrologer, steeped in all the ancient techniques and translations, and you’ll still get an accurate interpretation of what’s coming up in the next month, but overall it may come across more like this:

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Personally, I try to keep things as positive and optimistic as possible. But I’ll admit that there are days when calling your flooded basement “a free indoor pool” doesn’t truly capture the essence of the situation.

So: for those of you who enjoy having a reason why your communications and contracts and commerce are all screwing up, Mercury Retrograde is here for you. If you prefer thinking of Mercury Retrograde as a time better suited to meditation than calculation, it can work that way too, and I’ve got some pointers on how to handle this time HERE. But in either case… check your spelling.

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