Oh My Stars

matthew currie astrology charles mansonCharles Manson died recently. This is not a surprise, given his age. However I’ve been surprised by the reactions of some people to this news. Charles Manson has his defenders (believe it or not), and although not many people were outright fans of his, um… body of work, there are more people out there than I would have expected seeing things like “hey, he couldn’t help it, he was a victim of abuse” or “you know, he didn’t actually kill anyone himself.”

This brings to mind one of the biggest difficulties with astrological interpretation, and indeed with life itself: objectivity. If you love Celebrity A but hate Politician B, it’s easy to think that if they both have exactly the same transit happening, A will experience the full benefits of it and B will be crushed by it. If they both have, say, Mars in Scorpio, then A will be “powerfully motivated” by it and B will be “a back-stabber.”

Ever inflate any of your experiences when writing a resume to get a job you really want? I’ll bet you have. All it takes is a little creativity to make your two years working the cash register at The Dairy Barn sound like a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

In that spirit then, let’s take a look at some of the highlights of Charles Manson’s birth chart, and see how there is a difference between the potentials in a birth chart and how they actually get used.


Sun conjunct Venus in the 7th house

A natural “people person” if ever there was one. Well liked, charming, and persuasive. Put this guy in charge of your Sales Department and watch your company thrive!

Mercury conjunct Jupiter on the Descendant

A natural team-builder. His outstanding communication skills bring people together to work for a common cause!

Moon in Aquarius conjunct the North Node

A gifted intelligence which brings many skills to the table, and that can easily adapt to change. Your company needs minds like this!

Capricorn Midheaven, ruled by Saturn in Aquarius

A dedicated worker capable of committing himself to any goal he sets his mind to, and the kind of person who naturally ascends to leadership positions!

Uranus conjunct the Ascendant

Has a unique and energizing effect on those around him. Watch his co-workers respond to his ideas with enthusiasm!

Mars conjunct Neptune in the 5th house

Creative and dynamic, incredibly charismatic, with the adaptability your business needs in our ever-changing world!


Okay, that was obviously sarcastic. Yet, in and of themselves, those are all perfectly legitimate interpretations of what those aspects actually mean. There’s bound to be plenty of great potentials in your birth chart — are you sure you’re using them wisely?

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matthew currie saturn in sagittariusThere’s just one more month of Saturn in Sagittarius to go, and many of you are taking a pounding to your placements in the late degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Saturn may be picking up speed now and it won’t hover around those degrees for long (by Saturn standards at least), but that doesn’t necessarily make this transit better. Sometimes speed just mean the effect is compressed in time. It will be over sooner, but that may not help as much as you might think. Having your foot run over by a slow car or a fast one still crushes some bones.

For those of you experiencing the end of Saturn in Sagittarius this way now: a story.


I am fortunate to have been born and raised and spend most of my life in Canada. We don’t face the same threats from civil war and malaria and mass shootings and terrorism that many other places in the world do. But one thing we do understand? It’s hypothermia.

Imagine you were young and stupid and there was this party that you just absolutely had to get to. For one reason or another you couldn’t find the right coat, so you wore a lighter one.

You went to that party and you had a good time, but you left later than you thought and the connecting bus to get you the remaining eight blocks home is no longer running, so you’re going to have to walk the rest of the way home. You can’t find your gloves. A blizzard has blown in, and you are under the influence of three of the world’s most dangerous drugs: youth, optimism, and alcohol.

You find yourself in the blizzard walking face-first into the wind, and every wind-driven snowflake is like another needle being stuck in your exposed skin. Even the coat isn’t completely blocking it. Every time you look up to see where you are going it’s like being slapped in the face, and you can’t really see much anyway because of the blowing snow. Even though the neighborhood is familiar you are navigating as much by memory as by street lights.

You stick your hands under your shirt to keep them warm but that isn’t working either. You can actually feel the skin on your face starting to harden, if you could flick your cheek with your fingers you’d swear you would hear it go clunk… but you wouldn’t be able to feel it. And your fingers aren’t really working now anyway.

And you still have five blocks to go.

You try to move as fast as you can because you know that movement generates heat but it’s still not enough. In a moment of despairing clarity you realize the remaining blocks are actually much longer than you remembered, despite the fact that you’ve come this way a hundred times before. You can’t feel your ears anymore.

And you still have three blocks to go.

Suddenly you start to warm up. Your eyeballs feel warm inside their sockets and you feel light and drowsy and a little giddy. The blizzard hasn’t stopped but it feels like a cloud of warm tropical air has descended on you. It’s heaven, and you think that if you just go lie down in a snowbank and take a short nap you can ride this out and finish your trip home. Among other things, hypothermia makes you stupid.

You know that this is a sign that the hypothermia is really kicking in now, and if you follow through on your urge to lie down, you are going to die. If you give into that impulse someone will find you in the morning, and they will have to spend a day thawing out your corpse in order to do the autopsy.

And you still have two blocks to go.


If you ever find yourself in this position, this is what you have to do: you have to ignore every voice and every urge within you except the most important one, the one that is going to save your sorry ass. You set aside your anger at having put yourself in this situation, you ignore the pure stupidity of having gone out unprepared and coming back too late to catch that bus. Most important of all: you ignore that urge to stop and lie down and give in to it. The only thing that is going to get you through this is to obsessively listen to the one voice inside of you that is still brave or crazy or stupid enough to say

how it ends

Stay focused on that one voice, even if it is small and weak and tired, and you keep going and you keep going and you keep going until you get home. You get that door open even though you can’t use your fingers anymore and you get inside and you spend the next 90 minutes warming up.

Maybe the next day you might need to go to the emergency room. You might lose a couple of toes. If you are as lucky as I am, you get away with only a couple of frozen fingertips that, even decades later, still turn blue and cold looking at the slightest drop in temperature.

And you live. And Spring eventually arrives. And you never forget your damned gloves again.

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Mars square Pluto is exact on Sunday, but both planets are slow enough that the square will be in effect for the next week or so. Mars and Pluto have somewhat similar goals and temperaments. Mars is all drive and ambition, and doesn’t really do sitting still or patience very well. Pluto likes drive and ambition too, but would much rather take a flamethrower to all that mess in the living room than clean up properly.

The good news is that this aspect can potentially lead to some real breakthroughs in long-standing problems. The bad news is that this potentially unstable energy might make it hard for you to tell the difference between your keys and your sledgehammer when it comes to unlocking your potential.

None of this is likely to make your relationships with other people run very smoothly. But: before you start blaming others for all the unnecessary jolts people give you in the next few days, consider the wisdom of Raylan Givens (the lead character in Justified)… and yes, I’ve cleaned up the language here for the Beliefnet audience… “If you meet a jerk in the morning, you met a jerk. If you meet jerks all day long… you’re the jerk.”

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matthew currie astrology george takeiOh George… what a mess. I honestly don’t know whether or not the recent accusation of sexual assault is true or not. Maybe I don’t even need to know whether or not it’s true. Either way this has to be a punch in the gut. The good news is that I think I have a solution for you.

I often end up telling my clients that it is not my job to tell them what to do. And then after that, I usually pause and then half-jokingly add “but if it was my job… here’s what I’d tell you.” So in that spirit, let me give you my two cents worth on your current situation. Your birth chart is currently getting a beating from transiting Saturn. You are currently experiencing the waning Saturn square, and that can be a very difficult time.

Transiting Uranus, meanwhile, is hovering close to your Sun. Not only is that going to cause a lot of unpredictable jolts to your self-image, the Sun in your birth chart is also the ruler of your 7th house. This is unlikely to be good news for your relationship. I’m not just referring to your husband here. I know it isn’t nearly as exciting to talk about in the media, but I know you are also facing some questions about your unreported commercial endorsements. You’re a hugely popular guy. You promoting something on your Facebook page or on Twitter is pure advertising gold… but (as you now know) you are supposed to announce it when that link you post is something you were paid to post.


I want you to understand, George: I think you are a great guy. You were an important part of my formative years on Star Trek. You still do the world great good. But if there is one thing we are all having to face lately, it’s this: sometimes good people do bad things.

You’ve always been out front and ahead of the pack when it came to such important issues as gay rights, and not letting America forget that it interned Japanese citizens during World War II.

You may be experiencing your Saturn square and transiting Uranus on your Sun now, but something magical will be happening before the end of the year. Transiting Saturn will make the exact trine to your Sun. Combined with the transit from Uranus, this gives you a rare and fairly unique opportunity to essentially reboot yourself in the eyes of the public.

So here’s what I’m suggesting: come clean. Be bold and forthright and honest with yourself and with all of us and we will love you all the more for it. I know a lot of things suck right now, but you’ve got this. Face this with the boldness and bravery we would expect from an Aries with Mars in Sagittarius like you, and with the decency and humility we know you have, what with your Moon in Virgo.

Be unafraid. Be forthright. And know that no matter what has happened, how it ends is in your hands. With the transit you’re having in December you have the chance to gain back so much of a credit you’ve lost, and perhaps even more.

I don’t know whether or not to believe what you’ve been accused of, but I do know that I believe in you, George. Don’t let yourself down, and don’t let this opportunity pass.

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