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Astrology, Bad Boys, And The Twelfth House (Part Two)

posted by Matthew Currie
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He’s got a good job, he’s royalty… what’s not to love?

(This is a part of the “Astrology Of Love And Compatibility” series. Part One is HERE)

 

(WARNING: Just as many of you have in the past at some point defended your choice in Loved Ones against well-meaning friends who can’t help but point out the flaws that everyone except you can see a mile away, many of you will become tremendously defensive at the amount of riffing I am about to do on the “Twilight” books and movies. All I can suggest is that, if this causes you offense, come back in a few years and read this again. Just as your friends were right about that terrible relationship you were in way-back-when, you may find out I was right after all. You’re welcome.)

Personal strength, charm, and intelligence are attractive features in a potential mate. These are not inherently bad things. But when viewed through the funhouse-mirror of The Twelfth House, all too often we see things that aren’t really there. As with optical illusions, the brain is tricked into seeing what it expects to see, or what it wants to see. And thus the stage is set for the Bad Boy to make his move into your life.

Consider the best-selling appeal of the “Twilight” series of books and films. Quiet young girl Bella moves to a new town and meets quiet mysterious pretty boy Edward. At first Edward seems repelled by Bella, but after a few days (and Bella being the recipient of attention from other boys), Edward is back and they bond. And then Edward saves Bella with what appears to be supernatural strength. Eventually Bella figures out that Edward is a vampire, who was initially repelled by Bella because her blood was just so darned yummy-smelling.

(Contrast and compare: “He didn’t seem too interested at first, but now that we’ve gotten to know each other, it’s really because he comes from a difficult background and I represent everything he ever wanted for himself in a woman. I’ll bet I can make him a better man…”)

And so the story continues, with Edward showing himself to be a saint among men, driven by needs and pains that would turn lesser mortals Bad. Oh, but Edward is so pretty (he glistens in the sunlight!), and he only sucks the blood of (humanely-dispatched) animals! And he has Special Powers too! Inexorably, Bella falls in love.

Welcome to the “I Love A Bad Boy” process. Fiction often serves to feed our basic desires but filters out the negatives (except where such negatives become Relationship Obstacles to be overcome, so Bad Boy and Heroine can end together on the last page happy and fulfilled with a baby on the way.) Of course, if there were *real* vampires, you and I and everyone on the planet knows exactly how this would end: with Bella lurking in cemeteries, burning at the first touch of sunlight, her eyes wide with animal hunger as she leaps, fangs bared and breath stinking, out of the darkness of a back alley to suck some wino dry in order to extend her own damned existence for a few more days. And Edward? Probably transferred to another school, scoping out another New Girl In Class. Not another notch on his bed post, so much as another tick mark on the inside of his coffin. Maybe Bella would have learned a partial lesson from all this, and she would then move on to a nice werewolf boy… and maybe not.

The more classic literary example of the Bad Boy process is “Wuthering Heights,” wherein the passionate (but ill-behaved) Heathcliff spends most of his life bouncing in and out of the heart of Catherine. They may be each other’s One True Love, or they may simply be passionate emotional hobbyists, diving in and out of each other’s love lives for some sort of twisted emotional sport. Or maybe they really were truly “soul mates” and were doomed to live out a painful go-round one lifetime for karmic reasons we can’t fathom. It’s a great work of classic literature, and thus loans itself to many thoughtful-sounding interpretations.

Twilight, however, is only really subject to one interpretation, which roughly consists of “but he’s so misunderstood!”

Oy vey ist mir.

Twelfth House relationships are often like that. “Why am I doing this to myself?” “Why are all my friends telling me this is a bad idea?” “Why am I not listening to all my friends? Up until now they had pretty good advice…” True Love… real, sustainable love… is possible. And a certain amount of illusion/delusion appears to be mandatory when it comes to romance. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course… it’s part of the joy of being in love. Just try to be sure that you aren’t fooling yourself into seeing something that isn’t there at all. After all… the main purpose of a vampire is to drain you until you become an unholy bloodsucker just like him. Otherwise, the relationship is either probably doomed… or you’re doomed.

That: or maybe being a ghost at the window is all Cathy really wanted to be, and all Heathcliff could really handle. They would have been happier, healthier people if they had realized that… but they would have made for a much less entertaining story.

So: next time you find yourself in one of those relationships that you think is perfectly peachy-keen and neat-o… but everyone else seems suspicious of (or that everyone else politely refuses to comment on), you might want to have a look at the Twelfth House action going on. If it turns out you’re friends are all wrong, you’ll still have your One True Honeybun, plus the satisfaction of being right. On the other hand, if your friends are right, you just might spare yourself a seeming eternity of long nights, bloodsucking, and an unfortunate allergy to garlic and crosses.

Just in time for Valentine’s… the Astrology Love Life Repair Workshop! Details HERE…

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Astrology, Bad Boys, And The Twelfth House (Part One)

posted by Matthew Currie
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It was then that Eleanor decided that maybe it was time to give up on the whole “Six Minute Dating” approach…

(This is part of the “Astrology Of Love And Compatibility” series.)

Once again, science has backed up something that many of us knew all along: Overall, “bad boys” get the girl (or get more girls) more often than “good boys.”

 

Specifically, a study done by New Mexico University shows that there are certain personality traits that women, despite all common sense (and despite the advice of their mothers) seem to fall for: self-absorption, thrill-seeking, and deceptiveness. This doesn’t seem to make sense on the face of it: if the purpose of sex is to continue the species, these are traits you wouldn’t think that the species really needs to keep.

 

A female friend of mine once offered the opinion that these traits (sometimes referred to as “the dark triad“) are merely amplified examples of “maleness,” so naturally women are attracted to them. I’m not so sure I agree. That’s a little like saying women would rather date a cardboard box doused with pheromones than an actual, living “nice guy.” It also implies that women are never, ever selfish thrill-seekers who lie or cheat. I had hoped to discuss this further with her, but her husband was on his way home from work early that day, so she had to rush me out the back door. I’m sure she had a perfectly good reason for that, though.

 

I’ve had a look through the birth charts of clients and friends who have found themselves in the habit of getting involved with these “bad boys,” and it’s hard to see a definitive astrological cause. However, two patterns do seem to stand out.

 

1) The “bad boys” in question seem to have major placements that fall in the Twelfth House of the women they get involved with.

 

2) The women in question seem to have stronger-than-average Mars placements.

 

At least part of this makes astrological sense to me. The 12th House is traditionally associated with things like deception and intrigue, so certainly that works. And in Vedic astrology, the Twelfth House is associated with what they call “bed pleasures” (which includes sleep among other things, by the way). So there may be a case to be made for “badness” being inherently sexy that way. A strong Mars at least implies an interest in aggressiveness… which is often expressed in terms of cunning and deception to get one’s way. Mars, of course, also has a lot to do with one’s sex drive. Still, the whole matter doesn’t really make sense. As much as I would like to rely on the notion that a woman’s definition of a ‘bad boy’ is a ‘good boy’ who won’t stick around, it isn’t that simple. Also, since (theoretically) a birth chart is a birth chart, gender simply shouldn’t matter… and yet men don’t seem to be as attracted to “bad girls” as women are (traditionally) drawn to the male equivalent. Or are they? I’ll let you read my upcoming e-book “Twelve Signs Of Love,” which will be available here soon, and make up your own mind on the matter.

 

Regardless of the astrological factors, psychologically, The Romance Of The Bad Boy continues. And in fact, “romance” is (I believe) the operative word. I suspect that when it comes to “bad boys,” woman are (in part) falling into the tendency we all have to mythologize our romantic partners. Click HERE for Part Two, where I’ll be delving into the astrology a little more, as well as the literature. Expect passionate encounters on the foggy moors of Scotland… and a dire warning to keep your teenage daughter away from vampires, no matter how pretty and glittery they may seem at first.

 

Just in time for Valentine’s… the Astrology Love Life Repair Workshop! Details HERE…

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The Astrology Of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Life And Death

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie philip-seymour-hoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46 years old. For many, he was one of those actors who always made an impression, yet somehow melted into his character, yet always remained somehow distinctly himself… the kind of actor who, when he dies, some will say “who?” and then someone else will say “You know, the lonely shut-in from Happiness or the personal assistant from The Big Lebowski or the jilted gay cameraman from Boogie Nights or the music writer from Almost Famous or the guy who won the Oscar for playing Truman Capote or the cult leader from The Master or the bad guy from Mission Impossible III or the priest from Doubt or –“

…but to me, as much as I was drawn into his work in everything I ever saw him in, he will always be the nurse from Magnolia, my favorite film: the kind and humane epicenter of a tornado of connected souls in pain.

What do you say about a loss like that? That it’s a shame he left a partner and three children behind? Of course. That it’s tragic we’ll never see what other characters he could have breathed life into? Of course. That drugs can do terrible things? Of course. A major death can leave one grasping for cliches, or simply blinking quietly in disbelief. I myself refused to believe it at first, because the Moon was Void of Course when the news was announced, and after all, the Internet has gotten things like this wrong before.

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But what can we say about Philip Seymour Hoffman astrologically? He was born July 23, 1967, time unknown, Fairport, New York. Without the time of birth, we can’t even tell for sure if his Sun was in Cancer or Leo, but that’s not really where we should be looking anyway.

It’s often thought that artists, whether actors or musicians or writers,have a degree of internal torment going for them that tends to lead them to drugs, or alcohol, or depression, or insanity in one form or another. I personally don’t know what to make of that, except that for these things, in a birth chart, we look to Neptune — which is where we also look for transcendent spirituality and escapism. Creating art itself can be an escape. They say that “an artist has to suffer.” Maybe that’s true, and maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman’s talent was driven by a whirring engine of pain, deep down. Maybe that was the spark that drove all his many diverse roles. Maybe that’s what drove him as much as it destroyed him.

When someone dies like this, someone always says “he had demons.” All I know for sure is that Transiting Saturn was conjunct that Neptune of his, and when Saturn comes calling, there are always consequences. That, and his sense of order in life — his own natal Saturn — had been shaken for the last couple of years by the transiting Uranus-Pluto square. Transiting Saturn and Neptune squared his natal Saturn when he was 22, and he attended rehab. The same square from transiting Pluto, combined with the unpredictability of Uranus, appears to have been less forgiving.

Neptune is not just drugs and delusion: it’s sensitivity too… the kind of sensitivity that reaches beyond the ordinary and mundane and can fuel Great Art. And for all the comments about how terrible drugs are and how he must have been in pain and how artists are troubled and how show business destroys people — we all feel pain and we all need our escapes and we will all, ultimately, leave this world.  So even though the astrological mechanisms of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s life and death are obvious, I find I’m stuck for anything to say, except to quote that favorite movie of mine, in which Philip Seymour Hoffman was a shining light among shining lights:

“…And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just ‘something that happened.’ This cannot be ‘one of those things.’ This, please, cannot be THAT. And for what I would like to say? I can’t.

This was not just a matter of chance. Oh, these strange things happen all the time.”

 

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Your Moon Astrology Forecast For February 2014

posted by Matthew Currie
A Full Moon on the 14th means everyone will be in a caring, loving mood for Valentine's Day hahahaha LOL j/k

A Full Moon on the 14th means everyone will be in a caring, loving mood for Valentine’s Day hahahaha LOL j/k

(Finally — a practical astrology forecast that EVERYONE can use, regardless of their Sign! Make sure you bookmark this page and come back — it could be the most useful thing I’ve written all month!)

Below is a listing for Void Of Course (VOC) Moon times and dates for the month of November (If you’re unfamiliar with how useful the VOC Moon concept is, click here for more information). During the times listed, it is best to avoid starting or finishing any major projects or making important decisions. Make sure you print this off and keep a copy on you at all times while at work, because nothing impresses your boss like using Astrology to maximize your results, and it’s always handy to have the Void Moon as an excuse for slacking off. It’s like a permission slip from your astrologer! Of course, if you get caught goofing off when the Moon ISN’T Void… you’re on your own, and if anyone asks, I don’t even know you.

February is relatively free of those ridiculous day-long Voids that suck you down and hold you there like a polar vortex made of inertia instead of cold air. However, it’s worth noting that the Moon will be Void of Course for the duration of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2nd. This could lead to some unexpected consequences, delays, or peculiar calls… so don’t blame me if you lose your bet. I tried to warn you.

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Here’s your Void Of Course Moon listing for February 2014.
(All dates and times are calculated for eastern Time — “5 Hours West,” as its friends in Greenwich England call it.)

 

Feb  2, 2014    11:34 AM               Moon Trine Saturn V/C

(Moon is Void for most of Sunday: strange circumstances at the Super Bowl?)

Feb  2, 2014    11:55 PM                Moon enters Aries

Feb  4, 2014     6:14 PM               Moon Opposite Mars V/C

Feb  5, 2014     4:46 AM                Moon enters Taurus

Feb  6, 2014    11:49 PM               Moon Opposite Saturn V/C

(Mercury goes retrograde until the 28th. More on that HERE.)

Feb  7, 2014     1:44 PM                Moon enters Gemini

Feb  9, 2014     4:08 PM               Moon Trine Mars V/C

Feb 10, 2014     1:33 AM                Moon enters Cancer

Feb 12, 2014     5:51 AM               Moon Square Mars V/C

Feb 12, 2014     2:15 PM                Moon enters Leo

(Full Moon on Valentine’s Day! Click HERE for details!)

Feb 14, 2014    10:13 PM               Moon Opposite Mercury V/C

Feb 15, 2014     2:26 AM                Moon enters Virgo

Feb 17, 2014    12:04 AM               Moon Sextile Saturn V/C

Feb 17, 2014     1:22 PM                Moon enters Libra

Feb 19, 2014     4:52 PM               Moon Conjunct Mars V/C

Feb 19, 2014    10:33 PM                Moon enters Scorpio

Feb 21, 2014     5:10 PM               Moon Conjunct Saturn V/C

Feb 22, 2014     5:12 AM                Moon enters Sagittarius

Feb 24, 2014     4:25 AM               Moon Sextile Mars V/C

Feb 24, 2014     8:50 AM                Moon enters Capricorn

Feb 26, 2014     5:51 AM               Moon Square Mars V/C

(Jupiter square Uranus is exact today. Freak Flags will be flying, and will be freakier than usual.)

Feb 26, 2014     9:55 AM                Moon enters Aquarius

Feb 28, 2014     5:55 AM               Moon Trine Mars V/C

Feb 28, 2014     9:52 AM                Moon enters Pisces

 

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Questions about your birth chart, or astrology in general? Write me… I’ve got answers!

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