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The Overly Optimistic Sagittarius

posted by Matthew Currie
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The Twelve Signs need new words to describe them… so I’m making some up.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Best personal trait: Optimism
Worst personal trait: Optimism

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An overly optimistic Sagittarius can’t stop coughing for two weeks straight. His wife keeps nagging at him to get it checked out (she’s probably a Virgo — they love minor aggravations, and a Sagittarius can be a gold mine of those), so he finally breaks down and sees the doctor. “I’m sure *cough* it’s nothing. It’ll *cough* pass on its own.”

The Sagittarius goes to the doctor’s office, and his doctor orders up x-rays and a batch of tests. The Sagittarius, coughing the entire time, then leaves.

Two days later, the Sagittarius returns for his follow-up appointment. The doctor enters the examining room with the x-rays and test results in hand and looks deeply concerned. The doctor says to the overly optimistic Sagittarius, “Your test results are in. You have numerous varieties of viral, bacterial, and even fungal infection in your lungs. As a matter of fact, I’ve never seen so many types of infection in one patient at once! You are a very, very, very sick man, Mr. Sagittarius. In fact it’s a miracle you’re still alive!”

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The overly optimistic Sagittarius smiles and runs home to his wife with the results.

“Good *cough cough* news!” he tells his wife, “the doctor *cough* says I have an incredibly rich inner life!”

(More fun at the expense of Sagittarius HERE)

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No Bull About Your Love Life Before Venus Enters Taurus

posted by Matthew Currie

Astrologically, the romantic outlook for the next month or so reminds me of an old joke, which happens to be one of my favorites. Here it is in sanitized format for the delicate ears and eyes of the Beliefnet reader.

A young bull and an old bull are standing at the top of the hill, looking down on a herd of cows. The young bull gets an excited glint in his eye and starts prancing excitedly back-and-forth.

“Hey,” the young bull says to the old bull, “let’s run down the hill right now and make furious passionate love to one of those cows!”

The old bull finishes chewing his mouth full of grass while contemplating what the young bull has said. After a pause, the old bull turns to the young bull and says “no, my son. Let’s walk down the hill and make love to all of them.”

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Venus and Mars are the planets most closely associated with the urge to mate. Sure, they are also the general rulers of “socializing,” but that’s not what I’m talking about today. Over the course of the next couple of months, they will be both hanging out in some very interesting neighborhoods. Right now both planets are in Aries. In theory, Mars (the yang, the masculine side of your sex drive) in Aries is a powerful placement. That’s true. However, you’ll probably tend to read a lot of things about how Venus (the more yin, receptive, or “gentler” side of the pair-bonding process) in Aries is a so-called “debilitated” placement.

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Go right ahead, YOU tell her she’s “debilitated.” I’ll wait behind this tree.

Personally, I disagree. Venus in Aries is not terribly “ladylike,” sure… but there’s a time and a place for being less than ladylike. And if Venus in Aries gets it way, that time and place are usually “right here and right now.”

This, combined with the impulsive energy of Mars in Aries, makes the next couple of weeks prime time for getting something done with your love life. So if you need to shake that side of your life up, please feel free to follow the lead of the Young Bull and run down that hill.

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Mars remains in Aries until the end of the month, but Venus enters Taurus on the 17th… St. Patrick’s Day, as a matter of fact. Traditionally, Venus in Taurus is considered a much “better” placement. It certainly has a reputation for being more “ladylike.” Perhaps a better way of describing Venus in Taurus would be “more patient” or possibly “more skillful.” Either way, it’s an excellent thing.

But you’ve got to admit that in order to get to where you’re going romantically, you’ve got to get off of that hilltop first. So when he comes to the state of your love life, why not push your agenda a little harder in the next couple of weeks, and then take your time to develop things once you’re there?

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Give it a shot. It’ll work… no bull!

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Your Moon Astrology Forecast For March 2015

posted by Matthew Currie
Finally... clear-cut directions from an astrologer!

Finally… clear-cut directions from an astrologer!

MARCH! It sounds like an order, doesn’t it? Well, if it is an order, no one is particularly obeying. In the Northern Hemisphere everyone gets excited because it’s supposed to be the first month of Spring. In the Southern Hemisphere it’s the alleged start of Autumn. In Ecuador? Business as usual, mostly. Really though, March often delivers the promise of hope for positive change without quite delivering. Why is that? Because maybe you should be paying more attention to the Void of Course Moon, that’s why! Read on…

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This month, Mercury enters Pisces and gets a bit fuzzy with the details, Venus enters Taurus and starts thinking about finally settling down after a wild ride in Aries, and Saturn goes retrograde at almost-but-not-quite 5 degrees Sagittarius (look out, late Scorpio, Saturn’s coming back!).

March 20th also sees the first Solar Eclipse of 2015, just half a day before the Sun enters Aries. If that sounds significant to you… you’d probably be right. Come back later to that date for details.

As always, the devil is in the details, and despite all the larger transits happening, you’ve got to keep an eye on The Moon… particularly when it’s a Void of Course Moon. If you’re unfamiliar with what that phenomenon means, click here. If you want to know how best to handle those times, click here. In general though, just try to avoid starting or completing any important projects or making important agreements when the Moon is Void and you’ll be all right.

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Below is a listing for Void Of Course (VOC) Moon times and dates for the month of March 2015  (if you’re unfamiliar with how useful the VOC Moon concept is, click here for more information). 

The particularly long and awful Voids are marked with **

All times are Eastern Standard, or as they say in New York, “Hey, you figger out whatever the time one is in your Podunk town and deal with it, pal. I ain’t got time to do yer math for ya.”

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March  1, 2015     6:34 PM                Moon enters Leo
March 3, 2015     3:47 AM               Moon opposite Mercury V/C
March  4, 2015     6:58 AM                Moon enters Virgo
March 5, 2015     1:36 PM               Moon trine Pluto V/C**
March  6, 2015     7:52 PM                Moon enters Libra

*** Daylight Saving Time begins *** (which sucks if you’re as big a fan of sleeping in late as I am)

March  8, 2015     9:24 PM               Moon trine Mercury V/C
March  9, 2015     9:10 AM                Moon enters Scorpio
March 11, 2015     3:46 PM               Moon square Mercury V/C
March 11, 2015     7:30 PM                Moon enters Sagittarius
March 13, 2015     7:11 PM               Moon trine Venus V/C
March 14, 2015     2:40 AM                Moon enters Capricorn

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Mercury enters Pisces. Write poetry, not technical reports, dude.

March 16, 2015     4:02 AM               Moon square Venus V/C
March 16, 2015     6:14 AM                Moon enters Aquarius
March 17, 2015     2:18 PM               Moon sextile Mars V/C
March 18, 2015     6:58 AM                Moon enters Pisces

Venus enters Taurus. Workplaces everywhere descend into chaos as people start taking more than their fair share of the doughnuts.

March 20, 2015     5:36 AM               Sun conjunct Moon V/C

Hey, it’s Eclipse Day! A dragon swallows the Sun and threatens all life on Earth, or you know, maybe not. Also, the Sun enters Aries. 

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March 20, 2015     6:28 AM                Moon enters Aries
March 21, 2015     6:51 PM               Moon conjunct Mars V/C
March 22, 2015     6:40 AM                Moon enters Taurus
March 23, 2015    10:24 AM               Moon sextile Mercury V/C
March 24, 2015     9:22 AM                Moon enters Gemini
March 26, 2015     8:35 AM               Moon sextile Mars V/C
March 26, 2015     3:45 PM                Moon enters Cancer
March 28, 2015     9:58 PM               Moon square Mars V/C
March 29, 2015     1:48 AM                Moon enters Leo
March 30, 2015     9:57 AM               Moon trine Uranus V/C
March 31, 2015     2:12 PM                Moon enters Virgo

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Leonard Nimoy’s Final Voyage

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie leonard nimoyEarth. Third planet from its solar primary. A planet whose native dominant intelligent species has, in a remarkably short period of time, developed the science and technology to change the shape of their world and their destinies, for better or worse. Without one unifying theological or philosophical worldview, Earth’s inhabitants end up relying (without even consciously knowing it) on something else entirely as a means to help them be more like the “better angels of their nature.”

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Art.

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Leonard Nimoy was An Artist. I say this not because he was an actor or a singer or a writer or a photographer – although he was all those things. I say this because his creative talents and impulses contributed to something greater than himself… something that over the years has inspired millions to pursue a life involving science and technology that has made everyone’s lives better somehow, and inspired many more to create Art, and inspired millions to respect and even value the differences between us.

That’s really how Life should work, isn’t it?

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Leonard Nimoy’s character on Star Trek, Mr. Spock, was an alien. To be more accurate, he was the product of the union between an alien race and a human being. His father people were Vulcans. Vulcans were a species with a long history of violence and aggression towards each other who eventually conquered their impulse to self-destruct through the strict application of logic and self-control. His mother was a Human. I leave it to your own judgment as to where her particular species is at with controlling their self-destructive impulses.

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I too was the product of two very different worlds. Both human, but otherwise quite different. Spock grew up in a world where, because of his mixed heritage, he was an outcast – despite such prejudice being highly illogical. I too grew up in a world where I was half one thing and a half another, and never quite belonged to either. It was a world composed largely of silence and unsupervised contemplation, punctuated only very occasionally by drunken rage or violence or the sound of something breaking at 2 AM.

Nonetheless, there was a voice of hope and reason and the sanity in my world. Sometimes we inherit our moral and philosophical compass, and sometimes we have to find it for ourselves. In my case I found it on the television screen. It was called Star Trek.

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Sure, Star Trek was all about science and technology and fantasy and planets with cheap styrofoam boulders and such, at least on the surface. But behind it all, Star Trek had the soul of a preacher, and it preached in that way that only science-fiction and fantasy really can. Like: a story where two members of a species are locked in a constant struggle with each other. One of those beings is black on the left side and white on the other. The other one is white on the left side and black on the right. No matter their differences, they can’t see past that one difference that is literally skin deep. Sounds kind of dopey, doesn’t it? Admittedly, it is — until that message sinks down and flips a switch in your inner seven-year-old and makes you realize that “oh my God they’re talking about racial bigotry!”

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That’s what Art does best. It takes obvious artifice and somehow manages to acknowledge something more real than anything The CBS Evening News would dare touch, especially in the middle of the 1960s.

Maybe it’s my Fifth House Neptune, but that sort of thing speaks to me, it was certainly more Real to me as a seven-year-old than the seemingly random bits and pieces of my Real Life were at the time.

Leonard Nimoy was an important part of that, and he was a part of making me who I am today.

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If you want an astrological observation about Leonard Nimoy, here it is: he was born 26 March 1931, somewhere between 8 and 9 AM, in Boston. There is actually an asteroid named Mr. Spock. Yes, really. And in Leonard Nimoy’s birth chart, it was in his 12th House. Planets in a person’s 12th house can often represent deep and difficult psychological issues that need to be resolved.

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In Nimoy’s case, he was the author of not one but two autobiographies: one called “I Am Not Spock,” in which he attempted to work out his issues with the role that both made him famous and yet acted as a sort of curse, and then years later he wrote “I Am Spock,” which found Mr. Nimoy in a much better headspace to gracefully accept the tremendous good he brought into the world by playing that role.

Sure, it’s easy to dismiss the influence of Star Trek as being childish or unrealistic or whatever… just as it’s easy to dismiss Astrology as childish or unrealistic or whatever. But I’ve personally experienced the power of both, and I have seem them both (in their own ways) do miracles… real-life miracles that really exist in the real world… and I’m a better person for both of those.

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Dismiss the value of either of those if you like, but I wonder what Spock would say to that?

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Godspeed Mr. Nimoy. You were a part of making a bigger, more meaningful world for millions, probably more than even you could have ever known. Thank you.

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