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Astrology, Love, And The Ham Sandwich Effect

posted by Matthew Currie
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Free Lunch from Wikipedia, yo!

I recently wrote about long-distance compatibility and how that can work out for the best. That, however, is not always the case…

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I have studied relationships most of my life, whether as a psych student or a counselor or a participant. In all that time I have never found a more efficient means to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a relationship than astrology. It continues to amaze me, even though I do it all the time. And yet as Kurt Godel discovered (look him up) no system of thought can ever completely explain everything. I confronted an example of this recently, with a friend of mine. It is a prime example of what I like to call “The Ham Sandwich Effect.”

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A friend of mine who is an astrologer has recently experienced one of the peculiar things that happens in our modern age: a perfectly wonderful Internet relationship that quickly collapsed once the two people in question actually met in person. The astrologer (let’s call him Dave) had done all the math on the birth charts and didn’t miss anything very obvious. The compatibility worked, and these two people certainly seemed to like each other as they communicated by phone and Internet. But once they actually met, it quickly became apparent that both parties had made a tremendous mistake somehow.

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In fact: it was a disaster. So why did the wheels fall off this wagon so quickly and spectacularly in person, when the astrology looked so good?

Overall the aspects between the two of them were pretty decent. There were a couple of potential glitches, but nothing worse than I have seen in other relationships that worked out fine. There were a lot of trines and sextiles between them, which is generally good – although in my experience sometimes trines and sextiles are a little too lazy to stand up to the rigors of a real-life relationship.

Neptune played an important role in their compatibility. Neptune lends a lot of glamour to a relationship, for better and for worse. It can be the warm, all-enveloping panacea that removes a lot of the pain from life in the real world. There is a certain impulse that most humans have — to find some kind of permanent, easy to maintain bliss. On the one hand, I think this is what drives a lot of us to find a relationship. On the other hand, ask some heroin addicts how well pursuing non-stop long-term bliss worked out for them.

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In this case, Neptune did not deal the fatal blow to the relationship… it merely lead both parties into entering the situation with very high expectations. And when the cold light of reality comes in, Neptune’s illusions can slip free and fly away quickly with the high-pitched flatulent sound of an untied balloon escaping.

It’s easy to see all the positives what a relationship is fresh, but sometimes… especially in circumstances like these that form by long distance… we need to consider what I call The Ham Sandwich Effect.

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For purposes of argument, let’s assume three things:

1) That instead of being born in a hospital (or the backseat of the cab or wherever you were born) you were born on the floor of a kitchen.

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2) At the exact same moment you popped out of your mother and drew your first breath, someone in that kitchen was completing the act of making a ham sandwich.

3) Somewhere out there, whether you have met him or her yet or not, you have a soul mate: as perfect a match for you as any human being possibly can be in this admittedly imperfect world.

You are an individual with your own hopes and fears and desires and needs, and a ham sandwich is a ham sandwich. Although your astrological birth chart gives us a blueprint that delineates your hopes and fears and desires and needs, that ham sandwich in our theoretical example is going to have exactly the same birth chart as you do.

Suppose you meet that perfect wonderful soul mate of yours tomorrow, and within a week you’re planning to get married. That’s great. Congratulations! But then let’s suppose you suddenly die or are abducted by aliens and never returned or something. Then the following week that perfect wonderful soul mate of yours is introduced to that ham sandwich with exactly the same birth chart as you have.

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What are the odds that those two will be married within a week? Yeah, didn’t think so, despite the fact that you and that sandwich have exactly the same birth chart.

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A psychologist can tell you you’ll be attracted to this kind of person or that kind of person because of your formative experiences and various personality factors. A biochemist might point out that compatible immune factors might make you like the way someone smells. Each of those worldviews offers something of value to finding someone you’re compatible with, but they’re both woefully incomplete, in my experience, compared to what Astrology tells us. Even so, when all is said and done, there still needs to be one more thing that applies. Whatever that thing is, I’m not sure that a psychologist or biochemist will necessary argue much with me if I call it “magic.”

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But fear not, dear Dave… there’s still magic out there somewhere.

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Fun With Astrology: Horsing Around With Sagittarius

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As part of my ongoing campaign to make the world a happier place this month, here is a less-than-reverent look at Sagittarius.

 

 (Oh, don’t worry… there’s plenty of serious stuff to be covered in the next few weeks before the end of the year, believe me — Saturn alone is going to be worth a couple of entries. But in the meantime, let’s try to relax, shall we? Or as Sagittarius might put it: “lighten up already!”)

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First, a short educational film.

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Now, some ideas on how to get along with your local Sagittarius

…And finally, how to help one celebrate his/her birthday.

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Come back for more later… your Sign will show up eventually, and you don’t want to miss out on what others are saying about you, do you…?

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What Can Astrology Do For You?

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It’s Sagittarius Season!

Okay, I admit it: things have seemed a little bleak lately.

Things haven’t exactly turned out the way I had hoped they would with some rather important events, and maybe not in your life either. And here we are, barely into December and we still have Saturn entering Sagittarius and another exact peak of The Uranus Pluto square to contend with.

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*sigh*

Well, never mind that: in the next month I am going to fill these pages with as much fun and light as I can possibly squeeze in. That’s what the Winter Solstice is all about you know: struggling through to the half way point of the darkness so we can pass through the other side alive and unharmed.

Let’s start it off with an educational film about What An Astrologer Can Do For You, shall we…?

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Keep coming back for more all this month. Ho ho ho.

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Astrology, Ferguson Missouri, Michael Brown: The Unstoppable Clock

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FergusonMissouriWBAGE22Astrologers sometimes struggle with a certain sense of fatalism. As much as we understand the role that Free Will plays in a person’s life, we know that we can never escape some of the conditions laid down by the birth chart and by transits to it. We know when to carry an umbrella, but we can’t stop the rain.

Monday was supposed to be a quiet day. The Moon in Capricorn only made one major aspect, a peaceful sextile to Neptune. When you see conditions like that, it’s easy to forget a detail like “the Moon is also applying to a conjunction with Pluto, quincunx natal Pluto, in Ferguson Missouri’s natal chart. Fate waits to triggered into an eruption.”

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So naturally, this was the day the Grand Jury in the Ferguson Missouri case of the shooting of Michael Brown decided to release their verdict. We had waited three and a half months for this, tick tock tick tock, slowly marching towards the outcome, whatever it may be.

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One of the first toys I remember owning is the Fisher-Price Teaching Clock. It didn’t take me long to learn how to tell the time from it, but I was obsessed with the toy. You’d wind it up and it would play its tune and it would slowly wind down until it stopped.

Stop and listen now:

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The real reason I became obsessed with the toy is that my older sister, who was the keeper of all forbidden knowledge in my family, told me the words to the song it was playing. She found them for me in a book so I could read them, and sang them to me, in case the impression hadn’t sunk in deeply enough.

My grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born,
And was always his treasure and pride;
But it stopp’d short — never to go again —
When the old man died.

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Ninety years without slumbering
(tick, tock, tick, tock),
His life’s seconds numbering,
(tick, tock, tick, tock),
It stopp’d short — never to go again —
When the old man died.

The clock played the chorus to this song. So I found myself obsessing over the toy and struggling against its very solid mid-60s construction to find a way to take it apart. Somehow I managed to cut a hole in the incredibly thick plastic covering it so I could stick my finger in and stop those hands (how I did this without injuring myself is beyond me – a steak knife was involved). I cut a hole at about the 1 o’clock position, over the picture of the grandmother with the child playing on her lap.

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I could stop those hands as long as I stuck my finger in there, but I could never turn them back very far. No matter what, eventually it would start ticking again and wind down. If you wound it up again, eventually you got tired and would stop anyway.

In hindsight, this is an excellent way to raise a traditional, somewhat fatalistic astrologer. You can read the clock, but you can never stop it. You know that one day, the transits will come and collect their dues (tick, tock, tick, tock).

In hindsight, this as much as anything else was the Genesis of an Astrologer.

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I have written about the astrology of Ferguson Missouri HERE. Have a look at it and come back for more details.

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At the time the Grand Jury’s verdict was announced, the Moon was approaching the conjunction to transiting Pluto, which was exactly quincunx Pluto’s position in Ferguson’s birth chart. Transiting Mars was closely square Ferguson’s natal Mars, so there was an above-average chance for something going violently wrong. Transiting Saturn was within less than a degree of Ferguson’s natal Sun: authoritarian restrictions fall upon expression. And transiting Jupiter was trine Ferguson’s Mars and conjunct its Moon: an outburst of emotion.

The City Of Ferguson has sat patiently since November 19, 1894 awaiting this day. I’m sure there were celebrations that day in Ferguson — a picnic, a band, perhaps a parade to celebrate Incorporation Day. Hooray! Congratulations on your new city!

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Regardless of all that, Ferguson was primed to feel rage on this day over a century later. As Mars set over Ferguson and the local Midheaven was square Pluto, the findings of the Grand Jury were announced.

I wish it had been different, but the gears of The Great Machine ground inexorably towards their conclusion.

God help us all.

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I have no idea where that clock of mine got to. I probably hung onto it a lot longer than I should have. But sometimes, especially on days like this, I still hear that tune in my head, slowly winding down. (tick, tock, tick, tock)

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Where in the great chain of existence do we look to find the cause of the death of Michael Brown, and the resulting onslaught? Individual responsibility for our actions is a good place to start, but at times like this even that most common sense of responses seems inadequate. All I know is that we need to keep trying to learn from our mistakes, to try to be better and saner humans, and to generally stop being such idiots.

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The harvest one reaps from this philosophy is slim, but at least the work is steady.

Like it or not, we’ll all tend to treat today’s news from Ferguson like a Rorschach test for what we think about American Justice. I include myself in this: a few blocks from where I sit writing this now, there is still a memorial to Eric Garner, whom I saw killed by a cop, but there are still no answers and still no charges.

Tick, tock, tick, tock.

 

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