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matthew currie astrology chains“But now
you’re set on probing the bitter pains I’ve borne,
so I’m to weep and grieve, it seems, still more.
Well then, what shall I go through first,
what shall I save for last?”

-The Odyssey, Book IX

I’ve been reading up lately on something called “trauma bonding.” It’s a phenomenon that keeps a lot of people in abusive relationships, even when they know they shouldn’t.

At some point in your life, you’ve probably known someone who seemed to insist on staying in a marriage or partnership that’s clearly not doing them the least bit of good. Sometimes there are fairly obvious reasons why these otherwise capable and intelligent people do so. Sometimes it’s economic, sometimes it’s “for the sake of the kids.” There are other reasons for it as well.

But sometimes it’s an actual chemical addiction. Your brain gets used to the cycle of “suffering from the lack of substance/temporary relief by applying the substance/back to suffering without it. It works basically the same whether the “chemical” in addition is the neurochemistry induced by recurring stress or an opioid.

Funny thing though: you don’t need to be in a bad relationship to experience this. You could be trapped in what seems like an endless spin cycle with your bad job, or your bad habits, or some other personal dynamic. Maybe you’re even addicted to keeping yourself down.

So: had enough yet? Want to change things? Yeah, me too.

Astrology should not be fatalistic. You are not a wind-up toy for the Universe to play with. You have Agency. Come along with me over the next few blog entries, where I’m going to look at the current energies and look at how, specifically, you can use them to make your life a much better place.

Let’s do this!

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matthew-currie-astrology- jupiter retrogradeJupiter is retrograde in the Sign that rules until August, and it is square Neptune, which is also retrograde. I have commented here before that this is leading to a bumper crop of delusions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that anything you dream of now is necessarily a mirage.

It may be an oversimplification to say that Jupiter rules “good luck” or “good fortune,” but there is still a strong element of truth to that. So if you have a dream of a new job or a new relationship or better health or something like that, there’s no reason to give up on us or tell yourself that you’re just hallucinating. But under these circumstances, how can you really be expected to get practical results?

Allow me to demonstrate by telling you a True Tale of the Highly Improbable.

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I was a kid, and it was our last trip of the year out to our cabin by the lake. The ground was carpeted with exactly the kind of red and yellow leaves you would expect to see in a deciduous forest in Canada at that time of year.

There was a peculiar rustling sound coming from under the leaves, and it turns out that’s because there was a wild mouse running around out there. What was strange was that this mouse wasn’t exactly drawn to me, but he wasn’t exactly running away either. Mice, as you may have heard, or not exactly known for their bravery or friendliness.

I had a standard-issue hardware store yellow plastic bucket, and I was determined to catch that mouse. My Dad thought that was ridiculous, and he was probably right. He told me I wouldn’t be able to do it. It turns out he was wrong.

At first my plan was pretty simple. I would just sneak up on the mouse and scoop him up into the bucket. That went about as well as you would imagine, and I soon stopped because I realized I was scaring the mouse unnecessarily. But I wasn’t about to give up either, so I put some thought into it.

I got a marshmallow and put it on the end of a long stick. I laid the yellow bucket down on its side. I slowly managed to gain enough of the mouse’s trust that he would nibble a bit of the marshmallow and the skitter away… but then come back. I was slowly able to lure him in closer and closer, until he was inside the bucket. I tipped the bucket up right and voila! I had my mouse!

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Unfortunately, here is where the metaphor breaks down if you were hoping for a completely satisfying ending. The mouse was so terrified that he kept jumping up trying to get out of the bucket, and every time he jumped he pooped. So I let him go. But hey… your mileage may vary.

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So: even in these challenging circumstances, you can carefully plot your way to success. Dream up your mouse, if you don’t know what that is already, and do the work. Then watch what happens starting in August.

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matthew-currie-astrology-july lunar eclipsePluto has been hovering between 15 and 23 degrees of Capricorn since 2016. For many people this has been incredibly stressful time. Pluto transits can be incredibly challenging to navigate. After all, Pluto is the one planet that most enjoys a good explosion (sorry Mars, you’re better at knife-fighting than with demolitions).

You might think that the best way to deal with a Pluto issue is to attack it head-first — but that’s not always the case, and it’s not always possible.

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The ancient Romans, for much of their history, divided their Legions into three groups. First up front were the young hotshots: those who were most ready to plunge into battle and make a name for themselves. As you can well imagine, this group tended to get themselves killed a lot.

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Saturn entered Capricorn in late 2017. As you can well imagine for people with major placements in the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn), this was not the most welcome news. Pluto was making things tense, and the chill wind of common sense that Saturn often brings with it seemed to many people to be just adding heaviness and depression to the mix. And for most of this year, Saturn has been within conjunction range of Pluto.

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The surviving young and ambitious ones eventually graduated to the second rank. They had a little more prestige and were generally better armed. Of course, being a soldier is an inherently risky profession, and even having a bunch of young maniacs up ahead of you taking the worst of it doesn’t guarantee you’re going to get through the battle unharmed.

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On Tuesday, there will be a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn closely conjunct Pluto. This conjunction happens at almost the exact degree of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction at in January of 2020. People who follow astrology often get particularly nervous about Eclipses. If nothing else, they certainly seem to play hell with people’s emotions sometimes. And when you’re under the influence of troublesome Saturn and Pluto transits, who needs that on top of everything else?

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And then there were the Triarii (tree-ARE-ee-eye): the most experienced and best armed soldiers of the lot. Roman Rambos, essentially. Many times, if a battle was going well for the Romans, the leader would hold the Triarii back and leaving to sit on their shields and be bored until the battle was over. Why waste your best resources?

This led to a common expression in the Roman world: Res ad Triarii venit. A basic English translation would be something like “it’s come down to the Triarii.” This expression actually has two meanings. The most common one you will find is that it means “wow, this is really serious!” But it also has a connotation of “it’s time for the adults in the room to roll up their sleeves and fix this.”

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So, Dear Reader: Res ad Triarii venit. This may be serious, but… let’s fix this, shall we?

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matthew currie astrology bad transitsMore often than not, it’s bad news or uncertainty that drives people to get a reading from an astrologer. That’s just human nature, I suppose. It’s not like many people suddenly have the urge to drop everything and go see a doctor because they’re feeling perfectly healthy. But what surprises a lot of people reaching out to me under such circumstances is that there is often very good news lurking behind the more obvious bad news.

For example, I have recently dealt with a number of clients who are experiencing the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on either their Midheaven or the ruler of their Midheaven. As you can well imagine, this is making for a lot of career indecision and general job stress for these people. But let’s not forget that if transiting Saturn is on your Midheaven right now, that means your Midheaven is in Capricorn. Saturn rules Capricorn. Therefore you can think of this transit as “your Midheaven is getting a visit from its ruler.” Although stressful, this transit can potentially lead to a great new career path.

A lot of astrologers shy away from the notion of calling transits “good” or “bad.” I can understand that. whether or not a client consciously thinks of it that way, an astrologer is essentially acting as a “translator for the will of The Universe,” and someone in that position that needs to be very mindful of the impact their words can have. This is why I sometimes refer to transits not as “good or bad,” but as “smooth or crunchy.”

(And, by the way, you have may have noticed there are some astrologers out there who act like they are brilliant at translating the will of The Universe, and then actually confuse “the will of The Universe” with their own will. Such people are best avoided, both personally and professionally. As Erin Sullivan first observed in her classic 2001 book The Astrology Of Family Dynamics, “Astrology never lies.” However what she neglected to mention is that “a few astrologers are self-absorbed egomaniacs who get off on pretending they are Nostradamus or something.”)

But is it possible that what we call “bad transits” can actually lead to excellent results? They can, in two very different ways.

First of all, sometimes we have a tendency to hang on to people or situations that are not doing us any good at all. You may not like the idea of breaking up with your spouse or a partner, but if that person is abusing you? Good riddance. And if you’re hanging on to a job you hate just because it pays the bills, then it might very well be worth losing that job in order to find something better for you.

But: suppose you are getting a number of very stressful transits all at once. Say for example that you were born January 1953, time unknown, in Brooklyn New York. Right about now you would be experiencing transiting Saturn, Pluto, and the Nodes all squaring your natal Saturn-Neptune conjunction. Saturn is also rolling back to the exact opposition to your natal Uranus. And just to put the icing on the cake, transiting Neptune is conjunct your natal Venus-Mars conjunction, and transiting Jupiter is square that. That certainly sounds like a time when a whole bunch of karma might catch up with you, especially involving any sexual misconduct (because of your natal Venus-Mars conjunction).

How could a mess like that possibly be good news? Well, in this case it’s because you’re Jeffrey Epstein, and you are about to face justice for the many wrongs you have committed against many young women.

See? Good news, everyone!

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