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The Sign: Gemini, the Twins

The Hero: Elric of Melniboné, various works by Michael Moorcock

Known For: Traveling through various dimensions and fighting the Cosmic Forces of either Law or Chaos… whichever one is in the lead at the time. Intelligent, talented with magic, and noble when he chooses to be (with occasional outbursts of homicidal rage).

Favorite things: Both his favorite and least favorite thing is his sword, Stormbringer. It has saved Elric’s life many times, and helps sustain Elric’s otherwise frail health. Oh, and Stormbringer sucks out people’s souls, is intelligent, and sometimes takes it upon itself to kill someone Elric cares about. Also, the sword is planning to destroy the entire Universe some day. Otherwise, they get along great!

Quote: “Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth.”

Compatible with: Libra and Aquarius

Fatal Flaw? Elric is composed entirely of fatal flaws: last survivor of a hated and feared species who can’t catch a break from people or Gods or Destiny Itself, yet is a manifestation of The Eternal Champion, who exists in one form or another in all realities (again with the contradictions!).

However, since Blue Oyster Cult do a song about him, I forgive everything.

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The Sign: Taurus, the Bull

The Hero: Hercule Poirot, various works by Agatha Christie

Known For: Solving potentially messy mysteries while (paradoxically) being impeccably dressed, well fed, and managing to avoid any violence personally (or even exerting himself more than absolutely necessary).  Has a gift for finding clues by sitting back and letting people talk rather than mucking about with a magnifying glass.

Favorite things: Three courses: a crime (preferably murder most foul), followed up by a fine meal (despite a sensitive digestive tract), being more punctual than everyone else (and then complaining about it), then while someone else cleans up (he hates a mess) announcing who the murderer was. Dessert after the confession, provided the main course didn’t upset his stomach.

Quote: “Always a man who had taken his stomach seriously, he was reaping his reward in old age. Eating was not only a physical pleasure, it was also an intellectual research.”

Compatible with: Virgo and Capricorn.

Fatal Flaw? Maintains an expensive lifestyle (including a secretary and valet) without any obvious evidence he ever has to work for money. Free to pursue whatever makes him happy without the responsibilities of family or friends. So… no.

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The Sign:  Aries, the Ram: a creature that pretty much “butts heads” as part of its job description.

The Hero: Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek

Known For: Bold heroic gestures, solving intractable diplomatic situations by blowing things up, exploring strange new worlds and finding strange new women to seduce there.

Favorite things: Seeking out new life (even though it often tries to kill him) and new civilizations (which sometimes just need a few minutes of phaser fire to liberate them from their local mind-control computer), and boldly going where no man has gone before (see previous comment about seducing strange new women). 

Quote: “Doctor McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this, but I must point out that the possibilities – the potential for knowledge and advancement – is equally great. Risk! Risk is our business. That’s what this starship is all about. That’s why we’re aboard her.”

Compatible with:  Leo and Sagittarius

Fatal Flaw? Under normal circumstances, any combination of Kirk’s willingness to solve problems through womanizing, shooting something, and break the rules to get the end results would eventually make for the downfall of just about any hero. But this is Kirk, embodiment of Aries. He believes in himself (or maintains the appearance of it) and what he’s doing enough that the rest of the Universe plays along. Let’s not criticize him. Let’s just all be thankful he isn’t a Klingon, okay?

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Why did I pick this one? Childhood hero and best male role model I had growing up. That’s right: Kirk just walked into my life and became a father figure without even asking! How very… Aries of him.

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beliefnet astrology matthew currie saturn square neptune

Saturn square Neptune has been that nagging transit lurking the shadows of your life since last November, and it’s going to be a factor until nearly the end of this year, with the next peak hitting in June. Previously when I had written about it, I had focused on the potential weirdness of it all and came to the conclusion that if you stop and think carefully about your actions you’ll come out ahead… or at least you won’t make things worse from yourself.

On the one hand, that sounds perfectly logical and applies to almost any difficulties you may face in life, regardless of the astrology involved. On the other hand, that basic common sense ignores the very weird and twisty nature of Saturn square Neptune. Any two planets square each other can cause difficulties, but Saturn (the stern taskmaster) and Neptune (the hopeless dreamer) are so different that the conflict they generate is like two people arguing in two different languages over the rules of a game neither of them actually understands. Something that weird could stand a little re-framing to help make sense of it.

Think of it this way: Saturn is painful limitations. Neptune is toxic delusions (Wow, Matthew, you make astrology sound like so much fun!). Put the two together and you potentially get a situation very much like “do something stupid, break your ankle, it gets infected, and then you die.” This is fact actually happened to me once (spoiler alert: I didn’t actually die) and it was a tremendously educational experience. Under this transit, you might very well be facing a similar situation… at least metaphorically.

It helps to not do anything stupid. Unfortunately it seems that at least sometimes we are all at least a little stupid, especially about ourselves. You’re free to be as stupid as you like… but as you may have noticed, you are sharing this planet with other people. You know how much fun that other guy’s stupidity is to you, right? Don’t contribute to the mess. If your neighbors dumps his trash on his lawn, dumping your trash on your own lawn helps nothing.

So: here’s a handy guide to what may be some of your trash, and what dumping on your lawn might be doing to you.

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When you say (to yourself or others):

“I coulda been a contender!”

You might actually be saying (to yourself or others):

“I had a false hope for myself at one point, and changing course is a LOT harder than simply wallowing in my own mess. Here, let me tell you again about my own mess… and maybe I’ll make some mess for you too!”

What this may actually be saying about you:

You would rather dwell on your failures, and you’re gonna keep right on failing, because something inside of you seems to enjoy that.

Probable Outcome:

Getting old and dying without being a contender at anything if you don’t stop it — or a chance to be a champion in a different field if you do.

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When you say (to yourself or others):

“Everything about my job is horrible! Horrible!”

You might actually be saying (to yourself or others):

“I’m going to let this horrible job suck my brains and energy out so that I don’t have what it takes to find something different or better.”

What this may actually be saying about you:

“My job has defeated me. I’m going to sit right here until eventually I go numb. Oh, you want to kick me again, Sir? Yes please, only make it harder this time.”

Probable Outcome:

You’ll keep exchanging little bits of your soul to pay the bills until you have nothing left (and then they get rid of you) — or a chance to really do what would really make you happy (while still paying your bills).

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When you say (to yourself or others):

“My Ex is a lying narcissistic sociopathic jerk!”

You might actually be saying (to yourself or others):

 “I can’t imagine that anything wrong with my last relationship had anything to do with me or my actions. Believe me! Sympathize with me! Help me feed my inner beast so I can keep making faulty choices for myself!”

What this may actually be saying about you:

“I need to feel better about myself, so I’m going to be the hero of my own mythology. You know, kind of like what a lying narcissistic sociopathic jerk does.”

Probable Outcome:

Another failed relationship (or a house full of cats) in your future — or a shot at actually being happy with someone (or at least with yourself).

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In conclusion: life is loaded with consequences (Saturn) and karma (Neptune). Take charge of your words and actions and generate some of the right consequences and/or karma for yourself. That’s how you handle Saturn square Neptune.

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