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Mercury In Gemini: His Eye Is On The Sparrow

posted by Matthew Currie
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“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows”  -Matthew 10:29–31

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The Moon was Void of Course all day when Mercury entered Gemini, so I decided to take my own advice about such things and plan to not plan anything. In true Void of Course fashion, even that plan didn’t work out like I th0ught it would.

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Mercury has entered Gemini, one of the Signs that it rules. Admittedly, Mercury is not the sexiest planet out there. It doesn’t portend the deep undercurrents that the Uranus-Pluto square does. It doesn’t promise the shocks and jolts that The Cardinal Grand Cross does. It doesn’t breathe the chill wind of mortality that Saturn so often does. But without Mercury, you’d have no way to appreciate the larger patterns and messages that Life in the Universe has for you, and without it you’d be approximately as smart as a stump.

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I was standing in my backyard paying attention to the wildlife (which in Brooklyn, for the most part, means “watching stray cats and being on the lookout for rats”) when I noticed that one particular sparrow was paying special attention to me. Sparrows are so common that normally we don’t notice them, and for that matter they don’t seem to notice us. They live among us and beside us, and carry on with their business the same way we do with ours. There are easy to ignore, and I imagine we are fairly easy for them to ignore too. Yet nonetheless this one Sparrow in particular seemed to be paying attention to me.

The sparrows were all flitting about doing sparrow things, and yet this one particular sparrow kept going out of her way to look at me a little more closely than the others. Any decent shaman could point out that there was a message in this for me somehow. And any decent shaman would probably point out that it was not my job to wrench meaning from the encounter. My job was to shut up and listen.

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So: I shut up and I listened. And then after a bit, I went and got a piece of bread. Lunch was on me! As a result of this one sparrow’s curiosity, she and her entire… family? Flock? Cohort?… were the recipients of a free meal.

Well, not “free” exactly. It was earned by the patience and bravery of one sparrow in particular. And by watching and paying attention, the other sparrows benefited from it. And in return, I am now pretty much the sparrow equivalent of a Rock Star in my neighborhood.

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Mercury will past swiftly through Gemini (as Mercury tends to do), leaving on the 28th. In that time, you’ll have some opportunities to do the things that Mercury helps you do best. You’ll be able to see the larger patterns of life by noticing the tiny details from which they arise. Mercury rules logic, and Mercury in Gemini has that going for it, plus the ability to note all the small things in life that The Big Things are made of.

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They say that “the devil is in the details,” but I’m pretty sure that if you pay attention, you’ll find The Divine in there somewhere too.

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If I was telepathic, I would be able to send a message to this one particular sparrow, thanking her. “I’m going to get a blog entry out of you,” I would say. This of course would make absolutely zero sense to a sparrow. And if I were capable of reading the sparrow’s thoughts, I very much doubt they would make a lot of sense to me either. And, you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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So, in these times of confusion and panic and vague worries, take the time to stop and to listen and to use your head. Invite the Universe to have a conversation with your logic circuits. There’s bound to be some useful data in there somewhere.

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Monica Lewinsky: Redeemed By The Cardinal Grand Cross

posted by Matthew Currie
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There has been a lot of fear and anxiety around the Cardinal Grand Cross, and that’s understandable. The Uranus-Pluto Square is already the biggest astrological meat-grinder of our time, and adding the amplifying force of Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Libra to that mix certainly didn’t help things much. But I try to be an optimist, and often as not it’s true that the things that are being broken down in your life needed breaking, and that there is always the chance to build something bigger and better from the wreckage.

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The Cardinal Grand Cross consists of squares and oppositions, and those are naturally difficult aspects that get a person’s attention. Following the principle that “good news is no news,” it’s easy to overlook the fact that for the last several months, Jupiter and Saturn have been in a trine to each other. That means that no matter what chaos and uncertainty has been going on for many of us, there is also a rare opportunity to build something good from it all.

Case in point: the recent reemergence of Monica Lewinsky.

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For those of you who don’t recall, and for those of you who heard entirely too enough much about the matter at the time and blocked it from your mind: Monica Lewinsky was the center of a sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton which led to his attempted impeachment in 1998 (If, by the way, you were wondering when it was, exactly,  that the American government began its decline into long and pointless political bickering over stupid petty crap that was going to go nowhere anyway instead of getting things done, it’s easy to point to the Clinton impeachment as the beginning of that).

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You can look up all the details elsewhere if you like, but here’s the gist: The President cheated on his wife with a 22-year-old intern. The opposition attempted to get President Bill Clinton thrown out of office over it. The attack was led by serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, who was in the middle of his own affair at the same time he was leading the impeachment attempt.

Seriously kids: I’m not making this up!

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Monica Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973, 12:21 PM San Francisco California) was the young woman involved in this whole mess. She confessed her affair with the President to someone who she thought was a friend, but she didn’t know that friend was recording the whole thing. Long story short: nothing was resolved, America returned to business as usual, and Monica Lewinsky’s life was essentially destroyed in public. 

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The scandal broke in January 1998, as transiting Saturn (which always blows a chill breath of reality onto anything it touches) rolled over Monica’s Mars in Aries (her sexual impulses) in the Seventh House (close partnerships) and opposed her Uranus in Libra in the first house. Throughout the next year, Saturn rolled over Monica’s Moon, which is the ruler of her Midheaven… indicator of the career and public status.

After all that was over, Ms Lewinsky hovered around the fringes of fame for a while, but any of her hopes of a life in public service were done. She eventually moved to London to study, and has generally stayed out of the limelight.

After a decade of not addressing the matter at all, Monica is back this week with an article in Vanity Fair magazine addressing her part in the scandal. This is all happening while the Cardinal Grand Cross is just entering range of affecting her natal Mars-Uranus opposition, but it is perhaps most telling that transiting Jupiter is now conjunct her Midheaven and Saturn is now trine her Midheaven. Monica is finally addressing her public image, and public reaction seems thus far to be fairly positive.

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To most people, Monica Lewinsky will always be a punchline (if an ever more obscure one as the years go on). But it appears that she is finally coming forward to state her side of the story and rehabilitate her image. The Cardinal Grand Cross may have provided the provocation for that, but the Jupiter-Saturn trine is giving her the strength and the stability to have a good go at it.

May we all have such strength and good fortune when it comes to reconstructing something solid and positive from the mess we’ve made of our lives!

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Ask An Astrologer: How Can I Learn Astrology?

posted by Matthew Currie

(This is a part of the “Ask An Astrologer” series.)

VM writes: I have been obsessively reading about astrology on the internet recently, and feel that I would enjoy a broader understanding of the many factors at play. Do you have any guidance for an aspiring astrology student? A place to begin, via reading materials or other forms of study?

First of all, believe me: “obsessively” is the right way to go about it. Although the basics of astrology can be easy to learn and can be surprisingly useful, there is an incredible depth of information available about the ancient art once you get into it. And that’s just Western Astrology… brace yourself for another three lifetimes worth of learning if you get into Vedic Astrology.

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But, let’s start out small. First of all, since you’re on the Internet, there are all sorts of resources available there. Not just my blog (thanks for dropping by!) but many others. You’ll soon develop a sense for which ones are of more use to you and are more educational.

There are also plenty of books out there on the subject. My first astrology book, which I laid my hands on early in life, was The Compleat Astrologer (yes that’s how it’s spelled). It’s still available out there, and if you don’t let all the tables and calculations intimidate you, it’s still an excellent source of information. And speaking of calculations: that’s one of the huge advantages you have learning astrology now as opposed to even 25 years ago: there’s no need to do the painful calculations. There are plenty of software packages and websites out there that will do all the mathematical heavy lifting for you.

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I’ve read a few books in my time that offer advice on how to become a writer, and the most common and sensible piece of writing advice is: “if you wants to be a writer… write.” Very much the same principle holds true for learning astrology. If you want to learn astrology… do astrology. Learn your own chart. Get charts for your friends and loved ones and people close to you, and look at those too. It’s one thing entirely to read in a book that if someone’s Mars squares your Moon, they might drive you crazy sometimes. It’s another thing entirely though when you realize that’s the big problem with your relationship with Uncle Fred, or whatever.

If you ever watch TV or movies or read books or enjoy following celebrity news, that can be highly educational too. What actors or actresses, musicians, or authors do you really enjoy? Which ones really annoy you? Which ones do you like despite the fact that you should know better, and which ones do everyone else call “sexy” but you just simply can’t see it? Most of today’s famous people have birth charts out there in a couple of websites on the Internet, and studying how their charts interact with yours can be really educational too. The basic rules of astrological compatibility can work even with people you’ve never met.

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Finding a group of other people with an interest in astrology to network with can be helpful too sometimes. Facebook is loaded with them.

Getting a reading for yourself from an experienced astrologer can also be very educational, or even just hiring an experienced astrologer for an hour to answer all of those questions that you can’t seem to find an answer for. I do that sort of thing for clients myself, by the way…

And if you want to learn how prediction is done with astrology? My one “desert island astrology book” is, no question, “Planets In Transit” by Robert Hand.

Life, in all its richness and wonder, can be incredibly complex; yet often as not, it usually breaks down to a few simple rules. Astrology is just like that.

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Have fun learning astrology. It’s a big Universe, and it’s yours to play with! You don’t even need perfect pitch…

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The Astrology Of Godzilla (No, Really)

posted by Matthew Currie

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-Blue Oyster Cult

Some of you reading this will be Godzilla fans, and I have your attention. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, or who think of him as primarily a silly monster in a rubber suit from a badly-dubbed movie with terrible production values — give me a moment of your time.

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Godzilla is Important.

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Great fiction can enlighten as well as entertain. And when I say “great fiction,” I’m not necessarily referring to what are considered “the great works of literature.” I am referring to those works of fiction that lodge themselves in the popular consciousness for long periods of time… stories that grow in significance well beyond the boundaries of an hour’s entertainment. The world now awaits with breathless anticipation the return of one of those great fictional creations: Godzilla.

Godzilla is more than just a well-known fictional character: he has become a modern Archetype. Just as Sherlock Holmes is a symbol of the intellect’s ability to do good, and just as Superman is a symbol of the value of heroism, Godzilla represents something deep in the dark reaches of the subconscious mind. Godzilla is a symbol of the terrible wrath of Nature when we have ignored or abused it.

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Godzilla first appeared in 1954, a Japanese film made at a time when the American Occupation force was still in charge of most things, and there were strict limits on what a filmmaker could show and talk about. And Japan — a nation that had long understood the power of earthquakes and tsunamis and typhoons — had been exposed to the first human creation that could stand beside those phenomena in terms of pure, incomprehensible destructive power: the atomic bomb. As any decent psychiatrist could tell you, if you force a traumatic event deep down into your subconscious and do your very best to not think or talk about it, sometimes A Monster will arise as a result. Enter Godzilla.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the first Godzilla film in 1954 is surprisingly well made, thoughtful, and intelligent. It was also the most expensive Japanese movie released to date, other than another film from that year you may have heard of — The Seven Samurai. Godzilla, although on the surface intended as mere entertainment, became a way for the Japanese people to address the unspoken concern that Human Nature had opened the Pandora’s Box of nuclear fire. Given the state of world affairs in the mid-50s, it’s perhaps no surprise that Godzilla was popular elsewhere in the world too. Perhaps a Monster can speak more eloquently to our fears than Reason can.

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We stand now in the shadow of the Uranus-Pluto square, and many of us fret over the consequences of Genetically Modified Organisms, we are all in the grip of economic conditions beyond the control of all but a few, and the reactor at Fukushima still leaks radiation. Has there ever been a better time for The King Of The Monsters to rise again and raise havoc across our movie screens?

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As I have shown in previous articles about such fictional works as Doctor Who and The Room, and even business ventures such as Bitcoin, all events have a “birth chart” just like a person does, and that birth chart tends to describe both the nature and potential success of the venture involved with uncanny accuracy. The “birth chart” of Godzilla is no exception.

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The first Godzilla film premiered on November 3, 1954 in Tokyo. I haven’t been able to pin down the time of the premiere, but 7 PM seems reasonable. The chart is a powerful one, and reflects the nature of Godzilla himself. Sun conjunct Saturn in Scorpio, square Moon and Mars conjunct in Aquarius, is potentially a recipe for wrathful destruction. And if there is anything in astrology that is a perfect metaphor for “large and strange,” it’s a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction.

The premier chart also shows strong potential for profitability. Jupiter and Uranus conjunct in the Second House (which rules money and profitability in general) is often a good sign of unexpected financial success. That Second House is ruled by a waxing Moon, which is in the Ninth House. That Moon is conjunct Mars, which rules the Tenth House (business in general). Furthermore, in a venture like this, the Ninth House rules “foreign business,” and Godzilla films have always made a fair portion of their box office in countries outside of Japan.

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From a business perspective, the transits to the 1954 premiere chart are pretty impressive. Transiting Jupiter is in “Godzilla’s” second house, and transiting Venus is sextile “Godzilla’s” moon which rules the Second House. That’s a recipe for near-certain financial success.

And finally, on a more personal note: oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy Godzilla totally rules oh boy oh boy oh boy!

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