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matthew currie astrology fyre festivalLike many a Pisces, singer songwriter and actor Ja Rule (born February 29 1976, time unknown, Queens New York) is a dreamer. With Sun and Moon in Pisces, both square his natal Neptune, what else would you expect? So naturally, he dreamed of founding the world’s greatest music festival… at least, “greatest” in the sense of “most expensive and inaccessible.” Fyre Festival was supposed to be two consecutive weekends on a privately-owned island in the Bahamas, accessible only by private aircraft (or yacht, if you’ve got a yacht).

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I mean, any music festival that costs between $4000 and $250,000 to attend (based on the size of the package you bought) featuring Blink-182 and a dozen or so acts you or I have never heard of (cutting-edge!) has to be great, right?

Fyre Festival had everything… except, it seems, an astrologer telling Ja Rule he was having spectacularly bad transits and should postpone the festival indefinitely. You see, Ja Rule is having his Neptune Square (transiting Neptune conjunct his Sun and Moon and square Neptune’s natal position in the birth chart), his exact Saturn quincunx (which often gets overlooked but can come to the forefront when other things are going astray), and transiting Uranus conjunct his Jupiter (“strange luck”).

Oh, and yeah: Mercury Retrograde.

The quotes promoting Fyre Festival below were taken from the event’s web site, which was a collection of superlatives, promises of high-end living at its finest, and images of happy, fashionably young and good-looking Caucasians frolicking on the beach. That is, until the entire site was replaced with a lengthy one-page apology.

The Hype:

Kickoff BBQ
“Each Thursday evening at Fyre Festival you can join our FyreStarters for a beachside kick-off BBQ. Enjoy a stunning sunset, a Bahamian menu and champagne toast to celebrate the weekend to come.”

The Reality:
Cheese sandwiches served in styrofoam containers.

The Hype:

VIP Main Stage Tables
“Watch Fyre Festival main stage performances in style with a VIP table. You’ll be in very good company.”

The Reality:
Blink-182 cancelled early because of a complete lack of proper facilities. As for “good company”? Since most of the connecting flights out were mysteriously cancelled, lots of attendees were stranded together, “Lord Of The Flies” style, without anything like electricity or indoor plumbing to distract them.

The Hype:
“Fyre Festival is a departure from the familiar. Held on a remote island with an infamous history, the wild landscape and turquoise waters invite you to explore, disconnect, and plug-in with the likeminded.”

The Reality:
The site claimed the island was formerly owned by Pablo Escobar. In fact, it was the site of a proposed (but failed) Sandals resort. Well, I guess they got the “infamous” part right.

The Hype:
“You will be placed in a well-appointed house or resort. This package is available in 1-3 bedroom configurations for 2-8 guests. Due to limited housing available on the island, the villa is expected to sell out soon.”

The Reality:
FEMA-style emergency tents.

The Hype:
“Fyre Festival is a departure from the familiar.”

The Reality:
Most of the attendees were probably unfamiliar with the concept of “feral dogs,” which allegedly roamed the site at will, possibly in search of cheese sandwiches.

The Hype:

fyre festival

source: fyrefestival.com

The Reality:

fyre festival 2

source: instagram

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matthew currie astrology venus gemini venus cancer(Click HERE for the Introduction to the “How To Think With Your Venus” series.)

Oh, Love: so rare, so precious, so damned annoying… at least (potentially) from the perspective of  Venus in Gemini and Venus in Cancer. Venus in Gemini loves being in love as much as the next guy (and enjoys the chase) but often doesn’t know what to do with it once it has caught it. Venus in Cancer is loving and giving, but let’s be honest — other humans can be a threat, and Crabs have shells for damned good reasons.

Let’s have a look at the basics for Venus in Gemini and Venus in Cancer, and then check out their recent activity on the Internet as they search for love and companionship (in between watching baby goat videos).

VENUS IN GEMINI

The way to your heart is probably through the ears: you love nothing better than someone who can express themselves intelligently. That doesn’t mean you necessarily fall for “fast talkers” …but it happens. A successful relationship requires that someone be able to zoom in on exactly what you want out of it, and that covers a lot of ground with you. Your affections are changeable: hyperactively physical one day, and missing in action the next. Although you may not always have great follow-through in your relationships, you are likely a champion flirt. You probably have a lot of friends, and they are likely a source of drama and jealousy, which can be pretty exciting, so you put up with it. Maybe sometimes you even encourage it. After all, “boring” is a fatal sin in a relationship, right?

“Hey guys! I am a wild and spontaneous thrill-seeker and an old fashioned girl all at once. I enjoy extreme sports and staying at home watching a movie. I believe that the greatest sex is exclusively between two people who love each other, preferably while watching one of the videos I made during my amateur porn career. You should be dedicated to your career (but not a workaholic), love children (but not actually want any), and be willing to entertain me when I’m down (or get the hell out of my way, depending on the mood.) And yes… I DO know what I want. Drop me a line now before I get frustrated and remove my ad. Again.”

VENUS IN CANCER

People with Venus in Cancer are sensitive, caring, and easily flustered by signs of distance in your partner — unless your partner is getting suspiciously close. This makes you both a real “catch” and kind of hard to handle. It’s a fine line between “a sweetie” and “a sap,” and you can usually be found zipping back and forth across that line. You can be demonstrative and physically affectionate, but sometimes require more reassurance that way yourself than your partner is always able to provide. You are particularly fond of having a comfy home (or an exclusive corner of that home) to retreat to, and sometimes luring you out of that cave can be nearly impossible. Even if you don’t want any of your own, you are probably great with kids. It can take a lot of work for a potential partner to get past your defenses, but you are probably worth the extra effort.

“Greetings. If you are looking for a kind and considerate partner to share the rest of your life with, look no further! I’m looking for someone special to spend quiet quality time with. I want a man who can appreciate a real Woman –maybe not the flashiest girl out there, but a solid bet for the long term. I am intelligent, witty, charming and attractive, and want to find someone to share my life with. Send me a message, and if you can find where I live and convince me to come outside (perhaps for chaperoned antique shopping) I could be the girl of your dreams! That is –if you can find me. I ain’t givin’ it away.”

NEXT TIME: Venus in Leo and Venus in Virgo (or, “Showtime at the Apalled”)

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matthew currie astrology venus in aries venus in taurus(Click HERE for the Introduction to the “How To Think With Your Venus” series.)

For thousands of years poets and philosophers have commented on the complexities of the human heart and how difficult it can be to find True Love — and that was before people had to remember their username and password on a dating site. All the same basics still apply though, and if you want to understand a person’s Love Style in their birth chart, you start with Venus. Let’s have a look at the basics for the first two Venus Signs, and then check out their recent activity on the Internet as they search for love and companionship in between watching adorable kitten videos)

VENUS IN ARIES

Venus in Aries is no blushing bride or wallflower: she’s into adventure. This is considered a “debilitated” placement for Venus, and maybe that’s why she isn’t so “ladylike” in this Sign. Venus in Aries often needs more than the average amount of attention in a relationship, but if you’re doing the relationship right, your partner will return the favor. Venus in Aries people are good at (and are fond of) impulsive romantic gestures, surprise gifts, and stalking. Even women with Venus in Aries like to be the Knight in Shining Armor in their relationships in one form or another. If someone can find a way to keep the excitement ongoing in a relationship with this Venus, they’ve got someone they can keep for life. Probably, that is, until she gets bored.

“Dear PantherFan66: Thanks for writing back! To answer your question, yes I am still available and still interested. So here’s what I propose: Friday, 8 PM, Mickey McFlynn’s. Get there 15 minutes early — I want one of those tables in the back corner. Order the nachos to start. I won’t be hungry, but I want to watch your technique. You have a maximum of 20 minutes to discuss your romantic past, then it’s my turn. We’ll stay there until 11:15, at which time we can either leave together or I can pretend to get a call telling me my place is on fire and I’ll leave. If I’m still there, we can come back to my place, have sex for 45 minutes, and if you do a good enough job, we can catch a movie Saturday.”

VENUS IN TAURUS

Earning the affections of someone with Venus in Taurus can be like trying to pry the lid off the sweetest jar of pickles on the shelf: it’s a lot of work, you’ll be expected to strain, and (if that lid ever comes off) it’s worth the effort. Venus in Taurus is more fond of food and material comfort than the average person, and probably has some talent at providing one or the other. Affections are strong and steady with this placement. Venus in Taurus has mastered the art of the cuddle. She have a lot of the qualities that people look for in a mate, which is probably why Venus in Taurus tends to be a little lazy in the pursuit of love… when you’ve got the goods, let the other guy do the work. This Venus Sign comes equipped with a good sense of fashion and a bad sense of compromise, so it’s important that your mate look good, and look good with you.

“Hello gentlemen. I’m an affectionate and caring woman who is seeking her soul mate. I don’t particularly care what you do for a living or what you look like, provided you are employed in the financial sector, and are at least a 7.5 out of 10. I would prefer a man who takes care of himself and exercises regularly, as this will help balance out my fondness for anything deep fried. If this sounds interesting, write me today. Also, please send an outline of what you plan for our first date, and a description of the car you’ll pick me up in (Prius owners need not apply). Race is not important, but I prefer a man who doesn’t clash with my new living room set, which I am still paying for.”

NEXT TIME: Venus in Gemini and Venus in Cancer (or, “how to get happy with Yappy and Sappy”)

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matthew currie hbo leftovers astrology“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
-Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

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(No real spoilers here. You’re safe, for now)

I admit it. I thought I was going to be clever the last time I wrote about HBO’s The Leftovers. Season Three — the final season for what’s shaping up to be one of the greatest artistic statements ever made on American Television — concerns itself with the seventh anniversary of The Sudden Departure: a mysterious event where an apparently random two percent of the world’s population simply vanished, without explanation or return. I wrote about the show in terms of Saturn. You see, seven years is one quarter of a Saturn Cycle, and that’s a time when…

No. It’s not that simple. We are both part of and yet separate from the astrological process, just as we are more than just our DNA or upbringing or circumstances. No one system describes us completely, and each perspective on us is subject to uncertainty. In astrological terms, that’s much more a parallel to Neptune than Saturn.

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Saturn limits us and constricts us and makes the electronics stop working when we need them to. Saturn does things in the concrete and material world. It makes our loved ones vanish without ever giving us a proper answer as to “why.” Neptune speaks in the languages of spirituality and fiction and visions and madness. And just because you don’t understand a language doesn’t mean that someone is lying to you with it. Saturn demands answers in its language, and Neptune provides them in fluent Neptunian. Poor Saturn. He’s limited to grasping at those answers in terms of One God Who Is Three Who Is One, or Low Amplitude Denziger Radiation, or whatever.

Don’t entirely understand the dogma? Just go with it, okay? There’s some Truth to be found here somewhere. there is meaning in the madness of those left behind by The Sudden Departure, even if the madness is what you see first. Salvation and absurdity are subject areas both Neptune and The Leftovers understand all too well.

Neptune brings us transcendence, the collective fever dream of an impending Apocalypse, and the hope for a Savior. Saviors are funny things, though. Sometimes they’re real and sometimes they are imaginary. Sometimes they’re a fraud, and sometimes they are the fulfillment of our prayers. Some are born into humble circumstances to a young mother who can’t find a place to stay. Some claim the title in order to gain power over others who are in pain and are seeking Salvation. And, who knows? Maybe next time it could be a cop named Kevin. I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
-Matthew 16:15-16

“He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!”
-Monty Python’s The Life Of Brian

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