Oh My Stars

Oh My Stars

Full Moon On Valentine’s: Happy Valoween!

posted by mcurrie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie february full moonSince Valentine’s Day this year is also a Full Moon… and not an especially romantic one either, fraught with all the emotional perils of a Full Moon loaded with Mercury Retrograde (your big chance to say the wrong thing or for your reservations to get lost), Mars in Libra (why talk about your relationship when we can just fight and throw things?), and Jupiter opposite Pluto just to amplify everything, why not spare yourself the hassle of an over-commercialized mandatory fun-fest and agree on something we all love without condition or reservation: candy and dressing up?

I hereby declare this February 14th to be “Valoween”… a hybrid of Valentine’s and Halloween. That way, people can get all the chocolate and all the deception out of the way all at once. Example:

“Honey, I’ve never regretted a single day with you. You’re every bit as sexy as when we first met. And look, I’m a pirate! Yahrrr!”

In future years (once I’ve found a big corporate sponsor, because that’s how everything gets done now), Valoween activities will include:

-Bobbing for phone numbers!

-TPing a loved one’s house with hundred of photocopies of that photo of them with their ex that they refuse to get rid of!

-Door-to-Door Six Minute Dating:

“Trick or date!
Ignore my weight
Hope you’ve got a good job
Because I need a mate!”

(Or, alternately, “Ask me my name and then let’s mate,” depending on your mood.)

I think this has enormous marketing potential, and I am taking on investors.

***

Regardless of the state of your love life, on February 15th the Full Moon will have moved on and you will have a chance to pick up the pieces and assemble the love life you want… just like every other year.

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

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

CLICK HERE to join the Oh My Stars Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, a discount on a reading,additional material on each blog entry as it comes out, AND a free e-book!

 

Mercury, Neptune, And A Good Day To Kill A Baby Giraffe

posted by mcurrie
Copenhagen Zoo's giraffe Marius

Credit Keld Navntoft / EPA /Landov

“Bureaucrat Conrad, you are technically correct — the best kind of correct!”
-Futurama

Organizations, like people, have birth charts. Those birth charts can have good transits and bad transits, good days and bad days, just like any individual. A birth chart is subject to transits: the positions of where the planets are now in relation to where they were when a person was born (or when an organization began) indicate the outside forces affecting that person or organization. There are also what are called “secondary progressions” that influence the events a birth chart experiences. If the transits are what the Universe is doing to you, then the secondary progressions are more like a preset clock of fate ticking away inside of you, unfolding as you age and shaping the events of your life. The interactions between the birth chart, transits, and secondary progressions are what an astrologer reads to see where you’re at now, and what your future holds.

Some days can be triumphant, some days less so. And some days, a person’s judgement or that of a larger organization can be clouded. On February 9th, 2014, the Copenhagen Zoo did something monumentally stupid. And — as is often the case with spectacular misjudgements, Neptune is to blame.

***

“Marius had a good home at the zoo for a year and a half. He lived, and now the lions are also happy and full.”
-Mikkel Dahlqvist, Public Relations Consultant

By now you’ve probably heard the story of Marius the baby giraffe, who through no fault of his own was surplus to the purposes of the Copenhagen Zoo. Zoos, which are (among other things) tasked with the preservation of endangered species and educating the public about wildlife, had one too many giraffes on their hands. These giraffes are part of a relatively small gene pool at the Zoo, so they couldn’t be allowed to breed. Other zoos offered to take the giraffe, but since the Copenhagen Zoo is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, it would not release the giraffe to a zoo that could not guarantee the giraffe would be re-sold to another, less accredited facility. They didn’t want to put the giraffe on contraceptives, because there could be side effects. And they couldn’t simply sterilize the giraffe like you would a dog or cat because, um, well…

You know, I don’t know why they didn’t do that. I guess the zoo’s Scientific Director Bengt Holst just decided it would be best to shoot a baby giraffe, cut it up in front of a group of children as an “educational experience,” and feed it to the zoo’s lions.

Sure, I guess that makes sense.

***

“We know that many are angry about the euthanization of a giraffe in Copenhagen Zoo today. But we would like to stress, that we do not consider it cruelty to animals to first euthanize a giraffe and then feed it to the lions. Lions are predators and thus they eat meat. In this case the lions were fed a giraffe, which lions also eat in nature. If we hadn’t fed them with the giraffe, they would have had to be fed with the meat of some other animal, which would have been put down instead. This is how it is. Meat comes from animals. In this case we know that the meat comes from an animal, who has led a good life.”
-from the Copenhagen Zoo’s Facebook Page

The Copenhagen Zoo was “born” on September 20th, 1859, time unknown, in Copenhagen, Denmark. For the most part, it has functioned well and efficiently and without too much controversy. But at 10 AM on February 9th, a unique confluence of astrological factors came together, such that an otherwise bright group of people did something spectacularly thoughtless. How could this happen?

By “birth,” the Copenhagen Zoo has Sun in Virgo and Moon in Cancer… which is a pretty ideal combination when it comes to caring for animals. And yet by Secondary Progression, it has a Sun and Moon conjunction at 2-3 degrees Pisces — exactly conjunct the point where Mercury (communications and logic) turned retrograde, and conjunct Neptune (which makes everything fuzzy and unclear). Furthermore, the New Moon of February 2nd was square the Zoo’s Pluto, indicating a month where issues of death might come to the forefront. And given that transiting Venus and Pluto are trine the Zoo’s natal Mercury in Virgo, which is the ruler of the Zoo’s Sun, Venus, and Mars, the Zoo is apparently feeling pretty good about what it’s done.

So there you have it. Everyone did their job, everyone did what was right, and everyone did what was perfectly logical and justified. The astrology hummed along like clockwork, and Marius was chopped up and thrown to the lions.

I love astrology because it makes sense. Life, however? That’s not always so sensible.

 

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

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

CLICK HERE to join the Oh My Stars Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, a discount on a reading,additional material on each blog entry as it comes out, AND a free e-book!

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

posted by mcurrie
beliefnet astrology matthew currie 12th house count

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…

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

CLICK HERE to join the Oh My Stars Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, a discount on a reading,additional material on each blog entry as it comes out, AND a free e-book!

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

posted by mcurrie
beliefnet astrology matthew currie 12th house

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…

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

CLICK HERE to join the Oh My Stars Facebook Fan Page, and get exclusive content, a discount on a reading,additional material on each blog entry as it comes out, AND a free e-book!

Previous Posts

The Cardinal Grand Cross Part 4: Mars -- Transits With Teeth
The only thing that End Of The World predictions have all had in common is that none of them came true. Okay, in all fairness, we don't know if the dinosaurs had a Nostradamus of their own or not, but the End Of The

posted 9:10:17pm Apr. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Taurus Season: Go Ahead, Tease That Bull, I Dare You
The Sun has now entered Taurus, which means it's that time of years when astrologers bust out all their old synonyms for "pleasure-loving" and "stubborn." The truth though is that we all need a little stability in this nutty world -- especially now as we are in the grip of the Cardinal Grand Cross 

posted 8:55:56pm Apr. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Your Guide To The Cardinal Grand Cross, Part Three: Jupiter
(An introduction to the big celestial event of April, and why so many folks are stressed about it, is HERE. Part one, all about Pluto's role in the Cardinal Grand Cross, is HERE. Par

posted 2:28:58am Apr. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Ask An Astrologer: Venus Square Saturn
MW writes: "I've been reading a lot about the Venus-Saturn square aspect in my birth chart. It sounds like my love life is doomed, and that I will always fail in relationships or attract 'bad love' to myself. Can you explain that, and is it true?" Any aspect in a birth chart can potentially manif

posted 6:46:37pm Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Three Reasons To Not Worry About April's Eclipses (Plus Baby Goats!)
(More on eclipses in general here, in my April editorial, Blood Moons And Dragons Eating The Sun) One of April's two eclipses is happening early Tuesday morning, Eastern time. In a month

posted 1:02:04am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.