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Astrology, Spirituality, And Clogged Toilets

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie spirtualityAs with any other field of human endeavor, there are some good astrologers out there and a few bad ones. Although we all do basically the same job, there are a wide variety of techniques at our disposal, and a broad range of choices as to how we present ourselves and how we view our work.

Many astrologers take what could be called a highly “spiritual” approach. They spend a lot of time talking about karma and “the energies involved” and past lives and angels and spirit guides and totem animals and whatnot.

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I generally don’t do that.

Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with either approach. But as astrologers go, it seems that I take a more “nuts and bolts” approach to my job than many do. Sure, I believe in things like karma and stuff, but I don’t spend a lot of time talking about those things. If I wanted to deal in such matters more, I would’ve become a shaman or a priest a rabbi or something.

It just seems to me that no matter how many past lives or guardian angels or spirit guides or totem animals you do have, there is still a certain amount of work that you and I as human beings need to do in order to get through life. Nothing against spirituality, but that’s how I see it.

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Mostly, I’m just here to help you make more and better sense of your life, and astrology can do a brilliant job of that without dressing it up in imponderable spiritual matters.

Suppose for a moment that instead of wanting to consult an astrologer because of concerns over your love life or finances or personal relations or direction in life or whatever, you want to hire a plumber because your toilet is clogged.

So: you contact a plumber you found on the Internet, or one that you heard from a friend does good work, or one whose blog you’ve read. The plumber shows up and does his/her job, and an hour later your toilet is working like new. Everyone’s happy.

Furthermore, at the end of that hour the plumber tells you “the reason your toilet is plugged is because you keep flushing disposable diapers and used baby wipes down it. You shouldn’t do that: they clog the toilet.” Not only has your problem been fixed, but you’ve learned something that will help you prevent that problem in future.

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Now imagine the same scenario, except at the end of your hour with that plumber, he/she tells you:

“You appear to have deep-seated issues about eliminatory functions. This appears to stem from a past life where you were a poor and unfortunate servant in a great and noble house, and it was your duty to clean the chamber pots. Your hostility towards your station in life in that lifetime was so great that you eventually murdered the Lord of your castle, and you carry that karma to this day. You’re now suffering the karmic consequences of your actions. And now that you have a baby, you are at risk of passing that karma down to another generation. In fact, that baby may very well have been the Lord that you killed in a fit of proletarian rage! This could well be your Soul Purpose this incarnation.  I recommend you do this chant and fast during daylight hours for 30 days, while burning this incense (which I can sell to you at a discount). In the meanwhile, take the time to meditate upon the question of why you feel the need to dispose of used diapers and baby wipes in the quickest manner possible… you shouldn’t do that: they clog the toilet.”

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Which one of those two plumbers was more useful to you?

Don’t get me wrong: I believe that spirituality is a very real and important thing. I also believe that physics is a very real important thing. But… if you come to me because you’ve just burned your hand on the stove? It’s not my job (as I see it) to lecture you about thermodynamics. We can discuss that later if you’d like, after you’ve run some cold water over that burn and watched to see how bad the blisters are that form, in case the burn needs further treatment. From my perspective, that’s just First Aid 101.

Now, let’s figure out whats clogging your toilet… or rather, your love life, your finances, your career, your family life, your sense of purpose, or whatever… and do something about it, shall we?

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The Astrology Weather Report: February 23-March 1, 2015

posted by Matthew Currie

The Big Beast to deal with with this week is the Saturn-Neptune Square.

First of all, let’s get one thing straight: no one in their right mind like squares. Decades of astrologers have struggled to make old-school astrology more accessible and, honestly, more humane. Traditional astrology tend to be filled with a lot of doom and gloom-y terminology and thinking, and yes that’s probably not a good thing.

But squares still suck. Those of us who try to communicate astrology to the larger world will often tell you that it “brings challenges that have rewards once mastered,” or that they “can lead to spiritual advancement by overcoming challenges.”

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Yeah, you go ahead and call your flooded basement an “indoor pool” all you want… it still means that everything stored down there is getting plenty of water damage. Changing your terminology can change your approach to it, but no matter how much you tinker with the wording, squares are still not cromulent, even if they embiggen your soul somehow.

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Words: is they important?

Of course, the nature of the mess created by a square depends on the planets it is connecting. And when it comes to a game of cosmic “one of these things is not like the other,” I can’t think of two planets more dissimilar than Saturn and Neptune.

Saturn is, of course, the pinch-faced old miser of the solar system. Yes it rules perfectly necessary things like bones and teeth and structure and routine, but that doesn’t make it lovable. Neptune, on the other hand, is the planet which initiates you into “cosmic mystery.” It is the gateway to the spirit realm, the nonlinear side of reality that mystics have spoken of for millennia. Remember that college buddy of yours who was always stoned and never showed up for class, and once you graduated no one ever heard from him again? Yeah, that’s Neptune.

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The Saturn-Neptune square will be an ongoing thing for the next couple of months, but it reaches a peak this week. The Uranus-Pluto square may have threatened to break you down and blow things apart, but the Saturn-Neptune square will make it so that you probably can’t even find the repair kit or the fire escape.

Oh right: the Uranus-Pluto square… that’s still happening too. Woo hoo!

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Major Kong of the US Air Force handled the Uranus-Pluto square LIKE A BOSS.

Now, despite me having done my best to throw a bit of a scare into you over the current conditions, there is no need to panic. Just be aware of what’s going on when things seem to get a little bit crazier than the usual crazy in the next week or so.

How this affects you will of course depend entirely on the individual circumstances of your life and your birth chart, but there will be certain points during the week when you will feel the effects of these two squares more than usual.

MONDAY: The Sun in early Pisces is exactly square Saturn today. And here you thought you were drained, unenthusiastic, lethargic, and unmotivated just because it was Monday.

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TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: Venus and Mars in Aries both trine Saturn, making for a potentially very constructive time in your love life and/or your finances. Or, you know, maybe not. Trines are lazy, and the Sun is still conjunct Neptune, so lazy kind of sounds like a plan doesn’t it?

THURSDAY: Moon in Gemini is a good time to talk things over, so why not spend the day talking about your obstacles rather than doing anything about them?

FRIDAY: This might really the day to get things done, except the Moon in Cancer is square both Venus and Mars today. “Moody and irritable” meets “restless and hormonal.”

SATURDAY: Moon is Void of Course most of the day. Go ahead, give up early and go back to bed.

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SUNDAY: Yeah, whatever, it’s Sunday. Come back next week, all right?

Finally, having said all that: relax. Odds are very good that at some point or other in your life you have been through worse transits than this, and you’ll be just fine again.

On the other hand: if you were thinking “gosh… it’s time I checked up on that dripping sound coming from downstairs,” you’d probably be right.

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The Astrology Weather Report: February 19, 2015

posted by Matthew Currie

Mars enters Aries today. Whereas Mars was all kind of floaty and hippy-dippy and unmotivated in Pisces, now mars takes on added energy and is looking for someone or something to blow up. What’s interesting about this particular Aries Ingress is that it happens while the Moon is Void of Course in Pisces, with Venus bobbing along ion the late degrees of The Fish as well. The day could prove to be a bit like one racehorse trying to drag along a mule team at top speed, with none of them ultimately getting anywhere anytime soon,

Basically: hold off on your crazier impulses for a couple of days, and try not to lip off too much today. Yeah, you’re awesome, we all get that… but there might be someone much larger than yourself who doesn’t see it that way.

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Astrology, Gender, And Bruce Jenner

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie bruce jennerThere are lots of things astrology can tell you about a person, but there are still some things that it can’t. For example, you can’t tell if a birth chart belongs to a man or woman. You can pick out things about a person’s sex drive, but not their sexual orientation.

…Which brings us to Bruce Jenner.

Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949, 6:16 AM, Mount Kisco New York) was at one time known as the Olympic hero who won the Decathlon for the United States. Most athletes, after a triumph like that, will eventually fade into a comfortable obscurity. Instead, Bruce faded into becoming a Kardashian, and his public fame got a major second act with the rise of reality television. But for those of you who have kept an eye on Bruce Jenner, there’s been another transformation going on over the last decade or so in front of our eyes.

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His hair has gotten longer and his facial features have become distinctly more feminized. Lots of celebrities, both male and female, get plastic surgery. But it is extremely rare for a male celebrity to get a trachea job – reducing the visible size of the so-called Adam’s apple. Usually the only men who get that particular surgery are those who are transitioning from male to female. And now People Magazine is reporting something that people have suspected for a while… Bruce Jenner is in fact becoming a woman. He has split up with his wife and moved out on his own and he’s getting his own reality series. And if rumor is to be believed, it is going to be called “Trans Jenner.”

No, really. I didn’t just make that up.

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I should point out that there are other possible explanations for Bruce’s appearance and behavior than simply that he is transitioning — after all, he hasn’t officially confirmed it yet. I myself have long hair, yet I am what is currently called a “cisgender heterosexual male.” There is also that strange phenomenon that happens when some people get rich and/or famous enough that they can start having all the plastic surgery they want. A number of celebrities over the years (whom I have written about HERE and HERE and HERE) have started out with the urge for a simple chemical peel or chin lift and have turned their faces into blank slates… or worse. It’s entirely possible that Bruce Jenner simply got too much work done, and that having his Adam’s apple reduced was simply one of those “one step too far” moments that happens when people get heavily into rebuilding their faces.

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Having said that: astrologically there are some distinct indicators that Bruce Jenner is undergoing a bigger metamorphosis other than simply one more surgical tweak to his eyelids.

For several years now Uranus has been passing through Bruce’s Sixth House. This is the sort of thing they can often bring unusual health complaints, or unexpected changes in health. In this case it seems to have brought some unusual transformations to his body itself. His Mercury, Neptune, and South Node in the middle degrees of Libra have all been subjected to significant change by both transiting Uranus and Pluto over the last several years.

And despite the fact this has been going on for years and Bruce Jenner has never come out and said anything about getting a sex change, transiting Jupiter is now passing over his Pluto, and will be doing so for the next few months. Pluto is the ruler of Bruce’s ascendant – how one appears to the world, and Jupiter is currently in his Tenth House: his career.

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So perhaps now and in the next few months will be the right time for Bruce Jenner to finally come clean to the public as to what has been going on with him for the last decade or so. For all the personal reasons behind gender reassignment, promoting your own reality show probably doesn’t hurt when it comes to discussing it publicly.

Whatever happens, Bruce, I wish you luck… but really, Bruce, if you’re out there listening… try to take it easy on the facelifts, will you? Whatever your gender, you’re getting kind of hard to recognize, okay…?

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