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Astrology, James Caan, And The Soul Mate Struggle

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie james caan astrologyMuch of what I deal with as an astrologer has to do with relationships, and you probably won’t be surprised that the term “soul mate” turns up a lot in my various consultations. I was speaking with a client the other day about the nature of what a soul mate is. In her opinion, a soul mate is someone who is drawn into your life to make your life and theirs better, often through struggle of some sort.

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I myself am hesitant to connect a hard and fast definition to the term “soul mate” or “twin flame,” but I tend to think that what my client offered was a pretty decent definition.

The part of the birth chart most associated with partnerships and marriages and “soul mates” is the Seventh House. Many older astrological sources also refer to it as “the House of Open Enemies.”

Stop and mull that over for a second or two.

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Soul Mates!

Different people place different amounts of emphasis on the partnerships in their lives. If you don’t have any planets in your Seventh House, that certainly doesn’t mean there will be no partnerships for you, but having a planet in the Seventh House, especially one closely conjunct the Descendant, can tell us a lot about the nature of your relationships.

This brings us to the strange case of James Caan, who is now in the middle of divorcing his fourth wife for the third time. Or is that his third wife for the fourth time? (Pausing for a moment’s to count on my fingers, then draw a diagram) right. He’s divorcing his fourth wife, Linda Stoke, for the third time. Say what you will about the man, apparently he’s no quitter… sort of.

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James has Mars in Taurus, and it’s right smack on his Descendant. Whatever House in your birth chart Mars lands in, you can expect it to be an area of contention for you, or part of your life that is a constant struggle, or that you are constantly striving for. This placement indicates the committed relationships are a struggle for James. That can manifest in a lot of different ways: sometimes it can mean abusiveness or being subject to abuse. Sometimes it can be an overbearing partner, or a tendency to be in relationships that require an awful lot of work. Complicating things further is that Taurus is considered to be a difficult placement for Mars.

I haven’t found any reference to James being an abusive partner, so I’m going to assume that this Mars placement has manifested itself in one of the ways that it can: he has taken on a challenging relationship, but he finds that challenge compelling. Or, at least he finds it compelling until a transit leads to a break up. Saturn has passed opposite his Mars recently, and that appears to have triggered the latest break up. The last time these two had the divorce paperwork flying was November 2009, when transiting Neptune was square James Caan’s Mars/Descendant.

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So, keep on striving Jimmy. You might just find a successful relationship yet, even at your age. Try to find someone who knows your ways and understand your quirks. Hey, I’ve got a great idea! I hear Linda Stoke is available now…

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Saturn In Sagittarius: A Personal Perspective

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie saturn in sagittariusFirst of all, an apology to all my regular readers. As Saturn in Sagittarius rolls into the exact conjunction with my natal Mercury, sometimes it gets difficult to write. Also: the rest of my life has been nothing to write home about, but that’s a little too personal.

This brings me to the main point I want to make today about interpreting astrological transits, using Saturn in Sagittarius as a specific example.

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They say writers should write what they know about.  On the one hand this is fairly good advice, but on the other hand it’s patent nonsense. If that were the case, every book you’d read and movie you’d see would be about some wretch in his or her sweatpants swearing at a keyboard about how bad it pays to be a writer. It might have the virtue of being True, but no one in their right mind is going to make it $200 million movie about that, unless you throw in a bunch of teenage vampires that transform into giant robots, or whatever’s selling these days.

Likewise an astrologer, or someone who writes about astrology, needs to draw upon their own experience with life but can’t let that dictate everything. “When I had my last Saturn opposition, my nephew sprained his ankle in a freak bowling accident, so that’s going to happen to your nephew too” is not a prediction I would ever want to make in a reading.

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I am now old enough to have been an adult the last time Saturn passed through Sagittarius (November 1985-November 1988), and I’m like other transits I’ve experienced before, I find my judgment about it is perhaps a little too personalized. If you been reading my work for a while you know I’m not the type to automatically be discouraged by a difficult transit. I’m not one of those people who goes around blaming everything on Mercury being in retrograde, despite the fact that it’s really easy to do that some days. Still: just like in early 1986, I hit a wall recently.

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It has been extremely rare for me over the course of my adult life time to actually schedule a vacation, or even a couple of days off. I tend to keep working and working and working until I break down and stop functioning normally and stare into a corner and bump my head there for two or three weeks at a time like a malfunctioning Roomba.

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These are the days of my life.

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That’s more or less what I’ve been doing the last three weeks, but like a proper vacation, I think I’ve gotten some psychological use out of it… even if my head is a little bruised from it all.

Saturn in Sagittarius is a particularly difficult placement for me, and not just because I’m a Sagittarius by birth. Over the course of the next three years Saturn will beat conjunct my Mercury and South Node, square my Saturn, square my Uranus and Pluto, conjunct my Sun, and opposite my Jupiter. If you were thinking “that sounds like three years of a lot of difficulty,” then congratulations: you know your astrology.

At the same time, there’s a certain comfort in knowing I’ve been through this particular transit for. I can look back to the mid-1980s and assure myself that I am, in a likelihood, much more mature and much less stupid about my life and I was then. We’ll see, won’t we?

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The important thing from my perspective, as far as you’re concerned anyway dear reader, is that all this life experience has made me a better astrologer, and much better at accurately predicting what will come for my clients. And when you get right down to it: I survived my bad crap before, and I’m willing to bet you will too. That, and it also serves as a reminder that lawyers should NOT defend themselves in court and surgeons should NOT try to take out their own appendix –astrologers have as hard a time being objective about themselves as anyone else. I made it through Saturn in Sagittarius last time, and I plan to do so this time.

So if you’re old enough to recall November 1985-November 1988 (or August 2000-June 2003 when Saturn was in Gemini and would have had similar effects), look back at those times and see what you can learn from them… but don’t fear, don’t panic, and don’t let it get you down. And if you want a reading to talk about it, drop me a line, okay?

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Astrology Of 2015: Uranus And Pluto And Mars? Oh My!

posted by Matthew Currie

(Click here for the introduction to the series, and here for my notes on the Saturn-Neptune square of 2015)

Previously, I covered the effects of Saturn in Sagittarius this year, and particularly its square to Neptune in Pisces. That may not be the single biggest piece of astrological news for 2015, but it’s going to be significant. But: biggest astro-nuisance of 2015? That title still probably belongs to… say it with me… Uranus square Pluto.

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Uranus square Pluto (which has been that sound of grinding gears you’ve in the background of your life for the last couple of years)? I’ve got  good news and bad news: The good news is that the aspect reaches its final exact peak this March. The bad news is that these two will still be within orb of the square to each other for another year or so yet. But at least figure radically the worst of it will be behind us, and we can start treating Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn like they are separate entities again.

The are also two sets of eclipses in 2015 to consider. March 20 is the total solar eclipse at 29 1/2° Pisces. April 4 sees a total lunar eclipse at 14 1/2° Aries/Libra. There is a partial solar eclipse on September 13 20° Virgo, and a total nerd clips on September 27 at 4 1/2° Aries. If any of those eclipses fall close to important placements and your birth chart, expect the unexpected. Yeah, I know, it’s my job to predict the future and yet still sometimes I’m stuck saying “expect the unexpected.” This is why eclipses drive astrologers so crazy. For more information on the effects of eclipses, click here.

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In August, Jupiter will be entering Virgo. You will be reading a lot of things about how Virgo is a supposedly “debilitated” placement for Jupiter. That may technically be true, but the truth is: Jupiter in Virgo could very well be a good thing for you personally, depending on other factors in your birth chart.

So: how do we integrate this all into a meaningful picture? It’s rare that just one transit ever sets off a major event in a person’s life. When we look at the specific timing of major life events, there is more to it than that. It’s usually a matter of one or two “big ticket” transits plus something that triggers the situation. Often that trigger is Mars… so drop by next time for your 2015 Mars Guide!

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Astrology Of 2015: Our Dreams Have Grown Teeth

posted by Matthew Currie

(Part One is HERE.)

Let’s start off our look at the the year ahead with a planet that has been moving slowly and hovering in the background of everything: Neptune in Pisces, and the square it forms to Saturn in Sagittarius.

Neptune is in the Sign that it rules, and is thus particularly powerful. Want proof? Remember way back when that most powerful purveyor of dreams, television, was on its way out? The medium was doomed of course… but no one told that to Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead or Orange Is The New Black or Sons Of Anarchy or a dozen other brilliant programs all brought to us by a plethora of sources other than the big mainstream networks. The little screen has become a larger part of our lives. Here we thought “the information age” was going to shut down television as a medium, but instead it mutated. It shifted and changed and adapted new forms.

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Neptune: its means may mutate but it never vanishes.

Ever since Neptune entered Pisces, and thanks to the Internet, it’s been easier for any human being on Earth with sufficiently entertaining talents or quirks to draw more attention than they ever could have in any previous era of human history. Everyone’s a YouTube celebrity: why aren’t you?

This all has to do with Neptune’s gift for illusion. I don’t think Neptune deliberately wants to deceive us at all. It’s just that no one planet could ever clearly define another planet, but let’s be honest: Neptune is weird, man. Like, dude? Most of us have dived deeply into some weird alternate universe that Neptune speaks to us from. If you’ve never tried drugs or gotten drunk then you undoubtedly have religion or politics or poetry or comic book collecting or romance or something you’ve surrendered your identity to. I’ll bet you have, haven’t you?

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Then again, maybe some of you haven’t, and that’s cool. Someone has to clean up after the party. And honestly? I salute the courage of any soul brave enough to base their entire existence on just the purely material, observable world.

(Disclaimer: the author speaks as someone who regularly looks out his apartment door at a week old pile of uncollected recyclables.)

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Sagittarius, like Pisces, has a reputation for being interested in the “higher mind.” Its opposite Sign, Gemini, may be the master of collecting facts and figures, but Sagittarius wants to take a step back and look at the Big Picture.

For much of 2015 Saturn in Sagittarius will be square Neptune in Pisces. It doesn’t become exact until late November, but it will certainly be close enough to make its effects felt from now until April, and again in October through the end of the year.

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Saturn brings obstacles, and it’s easy to see how Saturn in Sagittarius could mean “obstacles towards finding The Truth.” This aspect doesn’t necessarily mean that all the facts will be blurred, but the conclusions we draw from the facts we know (or think we know) could very well be impaired. If you’ve been paying attention and been on the Internet the last two years, you’ve already seen this happen. If you believe that something or other is the result of a conspiracy, you can spend all day long reading websites and watching YouTube videos by other people who believe exactly the same thing, and go around referencing each other in a perfect circle of mutual misinformation.

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If you get it into your head that, for example, Queen Elizabeth is a reptilian invader from outer space who secretly runs the world’s drug trade, you can spend all day and all night listening to people who agree with that proposition. Further: if someone has a perfectly well-reasoned argument (with links to sources) that perhaps Queen Elizabeth is not a reptilian invader from outer space running the world drug trade, it’s easy to dismiss that opinion as someone who is a part of the conspiracy, or is merely being “sheeple.”

Sheeple (n): A term used to avoid thinking about other people’s worldviews so you can focus on believing your own worldview without having to think about it. 

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See how that works?

Now combine that all-too human urge to believe what we want to believe, and combine it with the tensions of the Uranus Pluto square that have made human society so tense for the last couple of years.

Hello, recipe for insanity!

Here is the question the Saturn-Neptune Square will be asking of you:

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This may in fact be Big Message of Saturn in Sagittarius. If Sagittarius is associated with a particular kind of wisdom, and Saturn is limitations, then just imagine the cliffs we could march ourselves off of in the next three years, especially with Neptune lending a hand.

If you have any major placements in the early degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces) you will be feeling this on a personal level somehow. Even if you don’t, you’ll be seeing it in the world around you.

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