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Venus In Gemini: Go Forwards With More Words!

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie geminiLast time, we discussed how Venus in Gemini can talk her way into or out of all sorts of situations and how you can use that to your advantage. Today we;re going to have a look at how you can use those language/romance/finance skills to your advantage… or at the very least figure out the dates when someone else is more likely to be pulling a fast one on you.

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I have listed the exact date for each of the aspects in question, but they’ll be in effect for a day or two on either side of those dates.

April 14/15: Venus opposite Saturn

“All you need is love,” said The Beatles. “Love is all you need!” But do you know why The Beatles said that? Because at that point in their career they were all millionaires and had all the drugs and groupies they could manage, that’s why. You? Not so much. Brace yourself for a little potential loneliness and possibly a little added poverty.

April 19: Venus square Neptune

… And speaking of “drugs,” here’s Neptune. Yes, Neptune is a wonderfully spiritual planet, deeply connected to issues like karma and the Higher Mind and all that New Age-y stuff folks love. It’s also not the wisest planet to leave your romantic or financial decisions to, so be careful.

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April 22: Venus sextile Jupiter

Celebrate good times – come on! It’s a celebration! Venus sextile Jupiter is about as soft and pleasant an aspect as you could possibly imagine, unless you’re trying to get out of a bad relationship or have spending issues or you’re a diabetic who just won a lifetime pass to a doughnut buffet. Unless that’s you, loaf around and enjoy it.

April 24: Venus quincunx Pluto

You have deep and powerful emotional needs. They require satisfaction somehow, even if there’s no clear path to doing so. Most romantic comedies follow the same basic formula: “meet cute,” followed by complications and misunderstandings, with a happy ending. In other words: if this was a Jennifer Aniston movie, we’d be about 25 minutes into it, and your date would be sitting next to you rolling his eyes and quietly wishing you were going to see Age of Ultron instead while texting his buddies for updates about their drinking plans for later, which probably won’t involve you and certainly won’t have anything to do with Jennifer Aniston and her stupid boss who keeps screwing up her dating plans.

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April 26 Venus sextile Uranus

This aspect could really spice things up a bit. Bring a touch of excitement and the exotic into your love life, you’re cooking, or your financial plans. Everyone has a fantasy, and if yours involves “not being bored to death with the state of your love life” now is the time to do something about it.

April 28/29: Venus square Chiron

No one likes you Chiron. Saturn is harsh, but at least it can be addressed with hard work and discipline. But you, Chiron? You’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny. Showing affection to you just opens up the door to vulnerabilities, and I’m sure everyone can dredge up a story or two from their childhood to tell you how much fun that is. And frankly, I’m just not in the mood for any “valuable life lessons about how we hurt the ones we love” today, so buzz off Chiron!

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May 1: Venus semisextile Mars

I already described the significance of this transit HERE, so look it up, because frankly the semisextile isn’t an exciting enough aspect to get THAT much attention from me twice within a week, but this one is still kind of important.

May 7: Venus enters Cancer

Eventually, even Venus gets tired of the witty conversation and socializing and starts feeling like it’s time to get serious about things. Venus in Cancer is sweet and caring, but it’s also a little like Venus came home from the bar at 3 AM with a hickey on her neck while completely forgetting that it was her idea all along and she actually had a good time. “How stupid! Hickeys are for teenagers!” Venus berates herself as she tries to remember who those two different phone numbers written on that motel matchbook belong to. “Am I doomed to be forever alone?”

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No you’re not Venus, no you’re not. But by now you’ve probably figured out the Prince Charming (wherever he may be) sure as heck isn’t at the bar at closing time, haven’t you?

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Astrology And Daredevil: Jupiter And The Moral Center

posted by Matthew Currie
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Source: the mean streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, via Wikipedia.

Jupiter went direct in Leo on Thursday, and this seems like as good a time as any to address the role that planet plays in astrology: specifically, sorting out the differences between the roles of Jupiter and Neptune. I get the feeling those waters have become a little muddied in the past few years. Also: I admit it. It’s an excuse to talk about Daredevil, which everyone is doing and for good reason.

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Astrology is not a religion, but you probably won’t be surprised to learn that most astrologers are fairly heavily into “spiritual” matters one way or another. It’s pretty hard not to be when every day you see how the entire Universe appears to conspire to influence the tiny daily details of your individual life. In theory, one could be both an astrologer and a hard-core atheist, but that’s not something I’ve ever seen. Any astrologer I’ve ever spoken to, regardless of how they react when you use the word “God,” has some sort of spiritual belief system they ascribe to.

Spirituality in the birth chart isn’t limited to one factor, but if you ask astrologers where “spirituality” comes from in the birth chart, many will answer “Neptune” first. That’s not a bad answer: Neptune brings with it the ability to see beyond the immediate facts and material reality, as all the Outer Planets do in their own way.

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However, that answer is both incomplete and, if that’s where you stop, essentially wrong. Astrologers love Neptune because it’s so big and powerful and fuzzy, and it’s capable of embracing many contradictions. If life was a high school exam, the answers Neptune would give on its test would technically be correct, but they would be written in the wrong language and it would lose marks for not showing it work.

If what you are looking for is a much more practical and grounded sense of spirituality, one with easy-to-delineate rules, that’s where Jupiter comes in. Neptune’s very nature makes it difficult to pin down and codify in practical terms, but that’s where Jupiter does its best work. Jupiter is not afraid to get its spiritual hands dirty as it expresses its beliefs down here on The Material Plane. Furthermore, I have a sneaking suspicion that many astrologers prefer Neptune’s variety of spirituality to Jupiter’s, because the answers that Neptune gives us are inherently fuzzy and difficult to understand sometimes, so you can be forgiven for getting them wrong. With Jupiter though? As so many judges have said in one form or another over the ages, “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

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Neptune certainly understands that there are spiritual rules – it just can’t tell you how to really play by them. Jupiter is all about moral systems: traditional religion and law and order and codexes and rituals and such.

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This brings me to the new Netflix series Daredevil, based on the Marvel comic series of the same name. And no, it’s not just because like many of you I am binge-watching it all weekend when I can. That’s another thing Jupiter enjoys: a good binge.

Like most superheroes, Daredevil is a guy on a moral crusade. He’s doing what he can to make the world a more just place. That’s nothing new for superheroes. In fact much the same can be said for a lot of super-villains as well. Magneto is mostly interested in fighting for the survival of his people. Dr. Doom wants to usher in a Golden Era for the world — by his taking control of it. The Joker knows that life is a joke and death is the punchline, and he wants else everyone to know that too. And so on.

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What makes Daredevil different from most depictions of superheroes is his undeniable Catholicism. He’s not a devout three times a week Catholic: like many people, he isn’t involved with the church on a daily basis, but it has certainly shaped his character and informs his actions.

In the last decade superhero movies and TV series have become gigantic mass media hits. But it wasn’t until I started watching Daredevil that I realized that their approach is perhaps little Neptunian for my tastes. Sure, Neptune has plenty to do with fantasy, but what really grabs your attention with Daredevil is its more Jupiterian aspects. Sure, it’s great that you’re using your superpowers to make the world a better place, but even a fictional world follows rules. Neptune is the planet that makes you want to have superpowers and dress up in a costume and go beat the bad guys. But on a more practical (and at the same time, a more operatic scale) Jupiter is the planet that addresses the practical concerns that arise from being “spiritual” in a world that often, frankly, doesn’t give a hoot about such things.

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By day, Daredevil is Matt Murdock, a lawyer. By definition, he understands the rules regarding what’s legal/right and what isn’t. But at night he puts on the mask and administers justice in a more direct and physical way.

Traditional religion has served as the bridge between the spiritual/higher-minded ideals we all want to believe in, and the practical nuts-and-bolts of existing in an imperfect world with imperfect people. In my experience, many Catholics (current, lapsed, or in between) have a real understanding of how those two can come into conflict. That religion certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on that sort of thing, but if you do a quick Google search, the words “Catholic” and “conflicted” show up together on an awful lot of webpages.

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Yes, Daredevil is legally blind but has his other senses enhanced to compensate. But he can’t fly or lift a truck over his head. He has an athletic body, but a cracked rib hurts him as much as it would you or me.

Like any other planet, Jupiter will be “on your side” if you learn how to work with it. Dream all the dreams you want of a perfect world and Neptune will thank you for that. That’s Neptune’s job. But what do you do to make the world a better place, either in general or one person at a time, when the rubber meets the road? That’s Jupiter’s job, and don’t you forget it. If you do, eventually Jupiter will find a way to remind you – whether it’s through the loss of your friends, your income, or your freedom.

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And yes: next time I will get back to part two of my blog entry on Venus in Gemini like I promised. Just cut me some slack, okay? Just like with you or with Daredevil, sometimes it’s hard to sort out what is the right and best thing to do first.

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Venus In Gemini: Something To Talk About

posted by Matthew Currie

So now that Venus is entering Gemini and leaving Taurus (which it rules) you might think this could affect your love life for the worse. That’s not necessarily so, for three reasons. First of all, you’ve got to keep in mind the aspects any transiting planet makes your own birth chart. Secondly: I personally feel that Venus in Gemini is a tragically underrated placement. And finally: Venus rules a lot more than just your love life. It also has a lot to do with money and luxury and comforts and loafing around rather than getting stuff done.

Now you know why Venus is so at home in Taurus.

Learning how to work with the current astrological conditions can make your life a better and more effective place. It’s what makes astrology practical and useful rather than simply being a novelty act. So let’s do that with Venus, shall we?

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There is an entire subculture out there dedicated to a notion that is variously known as “speed seduction” or “pick up artistry.” It is a combination of neurolinguistic programming techniques, salesmanship, and a touch of flat-out creepiness that is dedicated to the notion that any guy can pick up women quickly, easily, and repeatedly by simply using the right words and making the right gestures at the right time. Like most things that sound too good to be true, it’s mostly too good to be true. However, there is some small truth to it. It’s no secret that people can be swayed in their opinions or actions by the right words at the right time. In my experience, when Venus is in Gemini these principles work a little better than usual. Gemini has a natural association with communication and verbal persuasiveness.

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If you’ve ever watched a Gemini talk him or herself out of (or into) an awkward situation, you know exactly what I mean.

But please people: do NOT use your gift of gab for nefarious purposes. Personally I see no harm in using your newfound charms to increase your possibility of getting a date or negotiating a raise or improving your sales at work.

So: in my next blog entry only we will be outlining for you the exact dates Venus is making specific aspects to other planets before it leaves Gemini.

After all: astrology should be useful, right? I’ll be teaching an online Introductory Astrology course soon where. among other things, I will be showing students how they can make the current transits work to their advantage. Now, don’t you wish you’d signed up for that? Maybe there’s time. Write me and find out.

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See? Salesmanship!

NEXT TIME: The details on the specific dates to best use the persuasive charms of Venus and Gemini and/or when to avoid being talked into something you’d rather not do.

Until then, here’s the song…

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Let’s Provoke Mars In Taurus From A Safe Distance

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Mars is now in the early degrees of Taurus, and will stay there until May. Mars in Taurus has several excellent uses: it’s earthy, sensuous, and tends to have a long fuse until it blows up. On the other hand, traditionally astrologers consider Taurus a less-than-great place for Mars. Sure, Mars is relatively slow to explode in that Sign, but the things that will light its fuse tend to be emotional and hard to predict…. and once it blows, it tends to keep blowing. Mars in Taurus energy is relatively difficult to find a practical outlet for, unless what your life really needs is a machete rampage. Really though, you should ask yourself “is a machete rampage the best solution to this situation?”

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No, really. Put the machete down and ask yourself that.

As mentioned last time, anyone born between the mid-50s and mid-90s will experience Mars in Taurus provoking their Uranus and/or Neptune and/or Pluto, which will make for a couple of days of edginess depending on your age and the rest of your birth chart. But other than that, here are some important dates for you to keep in mind while Mars is in Taurus. I’ve listed the exact dates each of the major aspects it will make, but add a couple of days before and afterwards just to be safe.

April 17: Mars square Jupiter

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Mars square Jupiter is one of those days when (literally or figuratively) someone’s blood pressure is going to blow. You might be feeling particularly optimistic. You might find yourself suddenly becoming more ambitious. This aspect might give you the strength to overcome some particularly difficult obstacles, or you might just lose it completely and go ape on someone or something. Jupiter amplifies anything it aspects, and Mars in Taurus doesn’t really need any amplifying, thank you very much.

April 21-22: Mars trine Pluto, Mars conjunct Mercury

This is an excellent time to firmly (yet cautiouly) assert yourself via your words and ideas. It’s also an excellent time to open up your big yap and start a fight. Consider your goals, your target audience, and your alcohol levels before doing either.

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April 28: Mars sextile Chiron

This could be an excellent time to confront the people and situations which caused you deep emotional harm in your past. Remember back in the 80s when it was popular to kidnap people from cults and deprogram/brainwash them into not being cult members anymore? People stopped doing that because, ultimately, it didn’t work. Contemplate that before you tie your mom to a chair in a motel room for a week screaming at her about that pony you didn’t get.

May 1: Venus semisexile Mars

What the heck is a “semisextile,” anyway?

I was a fat kid. Like, really fat. Every year they do have with the cold Field Day at school where everyone competed in various physical events, but of course I was never good enough to win anything. Nothing except tug-of-war anyway. I learned how to use my mass to my advantage for that one.

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Anyway: despite this I always walked away from Field Day with more than one ribbon. The ribbons all said PARTICIPATED rather than WINNER or FIRST PLACE or even FIFTH PLACE. They do that sort of thing with kids just to boost their self-esteem apparently: give ’em something resembling an award for simply participating, and maybe no one will notice that the fat kid just isn’t all that suited to athletics.

That’s with the semisextile is, as far as astrological aspects go. It’s the “yes, you are an aspect too” award. It is when two planets that are 30° apart. Unlike than the square (which indicates an energetic but challenging connection) or the trine (which indicates a harmonious synergy between the two planets involved, the semisextile is more like “we were stuck in the same lineup and talked for ten minutes, and didn’t particularly get on each other’s nerves.”

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I only mention this aspect because it’s a semisextile between Venus and Mars, and that’s usually good for getting frisky with romance and such. Yowza.

May 11: Mars enters Gemini.

Everyone is too exhausted from head-butting over their aggression and decide to just talk about it– or at least shout about it across the bar — instead. With Mars opposite Saturn for the next few days after it enters Gemini, good luck with that!

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