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Alec Baldwin, Please Call Your Astrologer

posted by Matthew Currie
Grrrrr...

Grrrrr…

Even without a properly documented time of birth, an astrologer can spot times of trouble coming. A recent example of this is Alec Baldwin, who is having more than his fair share of Jupiter and Uranus issues of late. For those of you who follow celebrity gossip (and yes, I’m just as ashamed of that sort of thing as you are), you are already up to date on the drama Alec Baldwin is facing in his personal life. Even if you aren’t, the case of Alec Baldwin and his bad eclipses are instructive.

 

The effects of an eclipse linger beyond the actual event itself, charging that point in a birth chart until some other factor triggers it… and Alec (born April 3, 1958, time unknown, Massapequa, NY) is currently feeling the effects of October and November’s eclipses. So perhaps now might be a good time to go back and look at those eclipses and see how they’re affecting you too. Something could be lurking in wait there yet.

 

For the October eclipse, I wrote:

 

If you are Miley Cyrus, or born late November 1992: This Eclipse is closely square your Mars in late Cancer. Be careful who you lash out at, where you lash out at, and where and how you invest your sexuality.

 

That’s because the eclipse was squaring 27 Cancer, where Miley has her Mars. Now obviously Alec Baldwin isn’t Miley, but 27 Libra is (closely conjunct the eclipse) where Alec has his Jupiter, which is the general ruler of marital bliss (or the lack thereof). The October eclipse landed right on top of that Jupiter. His stalker has just been sentenced to 6 months in jail for her post-possible-relationship nuttiness, but what effect is this likely to have on Baldwin’s marriage? Perhaps we’ll find out when Saturn is square his Venus around time time next year… just like it was when he separated from Kim Basinger in late 2000.

 

As for the November eclipse, I wrote:

 

March 1958-June 1960 or September 1977-November 1978: Sometimes restraints are in place so you won’t hurt yourself, and sometimes it’s because someone else put you in them for their own convenience. Either way, a degree of co-operation on your part may have been involved. Figure out who’s to blame before you lash out, okay?

 

…And sure enough, Alec got into trouble for using an allegedly homophobic slur about a photographer, on the day Pluto went stationary opposite his Pluto and trine his natal Neptune… so naturally he slipped up and let his temper out in a way that denies a lot of things he very publicly stands for. Ouch.

 

Now, you may be thinking “hey, that’s kind of general”… and you’d have a point. But the same eclipse tripping off that age group also had a specific effect on Alec, squaring his Mars. Mars is the place in the chart where you keep your temper, and a square stimulates it in much the same way that “just one more espresso” can stimulate an already-frustrated boss who is about to talk to you about your job performance, and not in a good way. Alec appears to be sensitive to things going wrong publicly for him when his Mars is involved: it was in April 2007 that he made a cranky phone call to his daughter and left a voice message berating her that soon went public… during his Solar Return, while Chiron was conjunct his Mars. Ouch, again.

 

Is Alec’s temper likely to be an issue for him in future? Probably. Just as importantly: will his (perhaps) slightly inflated Sun/Ego and sense of self importance do him any harm? Perhaps around this time or a little later next year, when the Uranus-Pluto square is exactly conjunct and square his Sun.

 

Is all of this likely to do his marriage much good? Probably not: in fact, it was another Uranus transit (conjunct his Mars) that lead to his break up with Kim Basinger in 2000 (alongside the aforementioned Saturn transit)… and that happened without the added pressures of having to put off wild accusations from a stalker or more bad public behavior.

 

(Also: were those accusations so “wild”? A friend of Alec’s testified it really happened. Just sayin’.)

 

So, Alec, if you’re out there: give me a call. It’s my job to spot these things in advance and give you a chance to avoid them. I’d hate to see you in the news again over your troubled personal life again. And in the meantime… calm down!

 

Astrology Of Love And Compatibility: Pisces

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie pisces(This is a part of the “Astrology Of Love And Compatibility” series)

AKA: The Fish, the Sign that’s completely surrounded by water yet can’t figure out why it’s always damp.

Ruling Planet: Neptune, king of 70% of the Earth’s surface who yet somehow manages to not own any real estate.

Identifying Features: Dreamy, mystical, profoundly deep, and not quite tuned in to any of the channels the rest of us get.

How Many Pisces Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb? 27. One to change the bulb, and the others to form a procession of mourners to lament the bulb’s untimely demise.

Reputation: Pisces gets accused of being drunk, stoned, or in a religious frenzy a lot of the time. That’s unfair, because Pisces doesn’t need any help from substances to get spaced out.

The Truth: Pisces is at least as sensitive as their opposite Sign Virgo, but doesn’t get to protect itself with a shell of cool detached logic like Virgins do. There are thousands of phone apps that run on binary logic, but none are powered by empathy. Good luck making it in a world like that!

How To Get A Pisces’ Attention: No tricks, no games, no strategies: just open yourself up, dare to be sensitive, and wait until that little fishy swims into your cave looking for what’s going on in there. Also: be nice.

What’s To Love? Making things like “relationships” and “careers” and “your microwave oven” work in The Real World doesn’t take any sense of The Divine or of Wonder or of Everything Happens For A Reason, but life in The Real World would totally suck without those things. That’s what Pisces brings to the table.

What’s Not To Love? There are sufficient perils in the world already without always having to stop and feel bad about them, or to pause to honor the light within that dog who’s chewing your leg off.

What Pisces needs to let those who love them know: Love is more than just the mechanics between two people — it’s also the ability to merge into a single, larger Being… and if your left leg is always picking on the right leg, that Being isn’t going to be able to walk very far. Play nice, already!

What you need to know if you love a Pisces: A Pisces can be as intelligent as the next person, but often their reasoning processes surface from some dark muddy place where normal Reason can’t go. Your Pisces isn’t being over-sensitive or just plain random like it sometimes appears. Be patient.

COMPATIBILITY:
Fire Signs: (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) Pisces and the Fire Signs both tend to have a lot of faith in life, but like The Bible says, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?”

Earth Signs: (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) This is usually a good, stable combination, but has a tendency for each side to bog down in its own agendas without seeing the larger picture that includes both parties.

Air Signs: (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) Both sides of this equation have a lot of good ideas, but Air Signs are likely to be annoyed by Pisces’ over-emotional approach, and Pisces may see the Air Sign as living in their head too much and not enough in their heart.

Water Signs: (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) The emotional basis both parties approach life with may be ideal for a relationship, but there will always be a tendency for things to bog down with defensiveness or over-reaction.

 

Astrology Of Love And Compatibility: Aquarius

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology aquarius matthew currie(This is a part of the “Astrology Of Love And Compatibility” series)

AKA: The Water Bearer — the guy who brought his own jug because bottled water these days is just too expensive.

Ruling Planet: Uranus. Go ahead, pronounce it any way you want and it still won’t sound right.

Identifying Features: Strangely appealing, strangely charming, strangely above the crowd while trying to be part of it, but mostly just “strange.”

How Many Aquariuses Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb? If everyone would just stay true to their Inner Light, these questions would never have to arise.

Reputation: Leos may be Lions, but Aquarius is more cat-like in some ways: never where you expect them to be, nearly impossible to train, and detached but then suddenly fascinated all day long with that ball of tinfoil.

The Truth: An Aquarius is usually optimistic and good when things start to change, mostly because they weren’t terribly in synch with how things were in the first place.

How To Get A Aquarian’s Attention: If you suddenly woke up and found you were in the middle of acting in a play you’d never heard of before, you’d have to rely strongly on your intuition and ability to improvise. Treat your Aquarius like that’s what’s happened and you’re bound to stand out to them. Mostly, be a friend.

What’s To Love? Remember back in the 60s when people talked about “The Age Of Aquarius,” when everyone would be sharing and caring  and decent and ultimately recognize everyone else’s inherent worth and humanity? The good side of Aquarius is like that.

What’s Not To Love? Also: back in the 60s, everything got chaotic and weird and all the old things that seemed to work got challenged, fell apart, or suddenly became unworkable? Yeah, Aquarius is like that too.

What Aquarius needs to let those who love them know: Ultimately, everything works together for A Greater Good. Be strong, be fair, and be open to new possibilities and you can come along for the ride… and it’s going to be a great ride.

What you need to know if you love an Aquarius: These folks are full of noble ideals and carry a spark of brilliance with them, but you’ll likely go nuts if you try to confine them to any box… even one that’s labeled “noble ideals and brilliance.” Roll with the oddities and you’ll get along just fine.

COMPATIBILITY:
Fire Signs: (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) Fire Signs love the intellectual challenge that Aquarius provides, and that sort of thing can always keep a relationship fresh. As for stability? You may have to work on that.

Earth Signs: (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) Aquarius can certainly provide the lift an Earth Sign sometimes needs, but the seemingly scattered Aquarian energy with drive an earth Signs nuts a lot of the time.

Air Signs: (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) The flighty and fun-loving nature of two Air Signs together sounds like a natural fit, and it is — but you might end up clashing over who gets to be “the responsible one.”

Water Signs: (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) Aquarius is caring, but may have a hard time connecting on an emotional level the way Water Signs often need. One of you may likely feel chronically misunderstood.

 

Astrology Of Love And Compatibility: Capricorn

posted by Matthew Currie

matthew currie astrology capricorn(This is a part of the “Astrology Of Love And Compatibility” series)

AKA:  The Goat, an animal which will eat nearly anything, especially if it’s on sale.

Ruling Planet: Saturn, the chilly and distant planet with a strict managerial grasp of its rings.

Identifying Features: Composed, capable, loyal and hard-working. Exciting? No. Excitement costs extra, and Capricorns know not to shell out for the non-essential extras like “excitement” or “variety.”

How Many Capricorns Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb? One. Just one. What, were you expecting some kind of joke? Get back to work, already.

Reputation: Allegedly hard working but kind of cheap, and a bit stiff. The kind of person who will convince you to pull their finger, then present you with a bill for aromatherapy.

The Truth: Goats (the animal) are genuinely affectionate, amusing, and resourceful. Goats (the Sun Sign) are like that too, they just don’t go around advertising it. They aren’t the least bit dull or stodgy… they just aspire to it.

How To Get A Capricorn’s Attention:  Capricorns like a sense of security because they secretly have some insecurity issues to deal with… often more than their fair share of them. Having a sense of strength with yourself in some form is naturally appealing to a Capricorn. If there is some way you can enhance that, play it up. Show your value. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to automatically open your wallet for them — but that sure doesn’t hurt.

What’s To Love? The fun in life usually comes from The Unexpected. The Unexpected, however, comes in good and bad forms. Having the stable love and affection of someone to share it all with can level out the bad parts, while the good parts remain fun.

What’s Not To Love? A Capricorn is usually determined to take something or other Absolutely Seriously, and that can make them a bit of a drag sometimes. Also, if you don’t take them seriously while they’re being serious about something, you’re likely to get a serious bruising. Seriously.

What Capricorn needs to let those who love them know: Love is all fuzzy and warm and dreamy… and that sort of thing is great, but it’s not the sort of thing that will last if it isn’t supported by a practical framework. If you love someone, it should naturally follow that you’ll behave in a responsible manner towards them — and an important part of that caring should involve working on a solid foundation together.

What you need to know if you love a Capricorn: These are genuinely sweet and caring and thoughtful creatures, but sometimes they aren’t quite as capable as they seem… but that’s what they try to project. You know that saying about how the guy at the top of the mountain didn’t just fall there? The guy at the top of the mountain climbed… but he also needed help getting there, whether he admits it or not. Be that person for your Capricorn, and you’ll be richly rewarded.

COMPATIBILITY:
Fire Signs: (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) Capricorns love a good time as much as the next guy, but they’re always a bit suspicious that too much of that kind of frivolity will just lead to disaster eventually. That could be a sort of self-fulfilling prophesy in this case.

Earth Signs: (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) These two should be able to find a practical way to make a life together really happen and really work — but once you’ve got that in place, then what?

Air Signs: (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) Capricorn can take Air Sign Dreams and breathe a little practical life into them — but that sense of Air Sign Ungrounded-ness can be maddening to Capricorn — and can take the wind out of an Air Sign’s sails.

Water Signs: (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) Capricorns naturally need and appreciate the sensitivity that a Water Sign brings to the table. But if that Water Sign can’t toughen up and be responsible about things, together the two will just turn into a mudslide.

 

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