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I had, as the British say, an absolutely smashing weekend. And not the least because I managed to get my hands on some fine astrology books. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found some areas of astrology a bit difficult to master. Like, for example, the aspects between the planets. I think this is because 1) They are tough and you need to really apply yourself. 2) Because some of the books dealing with this subject are a little unimaginative, and you find that after you’ve read the bits that apply to your chart, you quickly lose interest.

But if you want to be a good astrologer, or even an average one, you’ve got to get the basics right. That means you’ve got to master the aspects. The squares, the trines, the oppositions, the sextiles and the conjunctions form the basic vocabulary of astrology. And unless you are proficient in their use, you won’t get anywhere fast.

So if you find yourself grappling with aspects, you can do no better than to read Matthew Currie’s new mini e-book: How The Planets Talk To Each Other. I read it recently, and it was the first time I’ve ever read a book like this at one go. It covers all the aspects listed in the previous paragraph and does it in a way that is both easy to understand and remember. I especially like his writing style, it sparkles with wit and charms you with fun figures of speech making learning an enjoyable process.

It wasn’t easy to obtain astrology books in my neck of the woods when I was a teenager. I had to make do with whatever I found. A book like this would have helped a lot when I was learning. And, even now, I know I’m going to keep this one handy as a reference book.

So, if you’d like to order a copy or to find out more about it, why not let Matthew himself tell you? Click on the link below and fear aspects no more: 

http://matthewastrology.blogspot.com/2009/07/conquer-universe-with-astrology-book.html

Have fun reading!

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I read Matthew Currie’s Daily Sky every day. Today’s tongue-in-cheek entry, which talks about Gemini, got me thinking that despite the dubious rep this sign has in astrological circles, I personally adore the sign of the twins.

The world would be a dull place indeed without the wit and charm of the airy Geminis who create little sparkles of light and delight wherever they alight. That kind of word play is very Gemini, by the way. You see what I mean? They flirt with words and their meanings and they’ll flirt with you, too. You, your friend, your pet parakeet, the grouchy man at the reception. You can call it flirting, if you want to be harsh. But really what it is, is their way of engaging with the world. They see something new and shiny, like it and want to play with it. The water and the earth signs will warn you that Geminis are inconstant. But the world is full of toys and joys and yummy boys and the Gemini wants to play with as many of them as possible. Which makes sense, right? It’s a wonderful, glorious world out there and they want to see it all. It is this enthusiasm for the new, yet-to-be-explored that makes their soul glow and lights up their eyes: ever looked into a Gemini’s eyes and seen how clear and sparkling they are?

When I want to plan my finances, I call my Capricorn brother. When my heart is bruised or I’m blue, I turn to my trusty Crab friend. But when I want to raise hell or just indulge my mind by engaging in fun, frothy banter, I seek out the Geminis. Before you write them off as intellectual twits, some of the smartest people you’ll ever meet are Gemini, too. Take my Moon-in-Gemini spouse: he has two MAs and one PhD in economics and can moreover talk your pants off on a variety of subjects: from poetry, to art, to cinema, to psychology…you name it.

If you’ve got an idea and want to make it happen, odds are good that the Geminis of your acquaintance will not only share your enthusiasm but will rush over with help, ideas and suggestions. There’s a post I’m working on right now and I’m interviewing several astrologers for it. I shot off a lot of e-mails last night and the first responses I got was from a double-Gemini who suggested that we do it over the phone. That led to a mini-discussion about international telephone codes, Skype and Facebook chat. Among other things, Gemini rules communication, but you must have guessed that by now.    

Wondering how to engage the interest of that cute Gemini who’s always hanging out at the water-cooler talking to everyone? Talk to him, text him, tell him a joke or a funny story. If you play your cards well, textual can eventually lead to sexual with this rather cerebral sign. 

For all you twinkly-eyed Geminis out there: Venus is going to stay in your sign for all of July 2009. She will enhance your desirability during this period, so what are you waiting for? Go out there and chase some falling stars or look for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The universe is beaming affectionately at you right now and you might get lucky.

And if you are someone who’s at the receiving end of Gemini’s friendly or romantic overtures and worried that the Mercury-bird who’s been batting their eyelashes at you might take you for a ride, throw caution to the wind. Let Gemini take you for a ride. You may land back on earth with a bit of a bump, but, oh! what fun you’ll have had!

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Scene 1: The world waits with baited breath for the Uranus Retrograde on 1-July-2009 and Saturn, editor-in-chief, call in Mercury.

Saturn: You wanted to do a piece on Uranus, right? Well, it’s stationing ready to go retrograde tomorrow. Go get a story. 

Mercury: Yeah, Chief, right. I’ve been thinking about Uranus a lot. Also the Moon, I mean the Sun’s in Cancer and the time’s ripe for… 

Saturn: Stop waving your hands like that, it’s giving me a headache. What do you mean, the Moon? I called you in here to talk about Uranus. It’s big news right now and we need the blog hits.

Mercury: Blog hits, right! I was looking at the stats and… *knocks over the inkstand in his excitement*

Saturn: Out! This minute! And I want the story in today!

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 Scene 2:  Mercury is sharpening pencils, talking to his office buddies, checking his e-mail, Facebook and Twitter accounts while searching online for Uranus’s current address.

Venus: So why did the Big Guy call you in? He’s so hot. Power is such an aphrodisiac. *sighs*

Mercury: Mr. I’ve-got-a-steel-rod-up-my-you-know-what wants a story on Uranus. Uranus, I tell you! Hey! Did anyone ever notice “Uranus” can be broken into “your anus?”

*Pluto, who’s been brooding quietly at his computer screen, looks up at this, his eyes shining with a dark light*

Mars: *leering at Venus* Give it to me, baby! 

Mercury: I need to do this today! Anyone know where Uranus is? Guys, just focus for a minute!

Moon: *hurt* Why are you yelling? It’s upsetting. 

Chiron: Here, sweetie, sniff my lavender handkerchief, you’ll feel better.

Sun: The Uranus retro is a headlines story right now. Why’d he ask you to do it? *glowers jealously at Mercury*

Neptune: *trails in wafting Chanel No. 5 and lavender chiffon* Hi, darlings. What a lovely day! The sun is out, the breeze is blowing and I’ve been having the most far-out dreams. In fact, I was just telling Uranus…

Mercury: Uranus? You know where he is?

Neptune: Why, certainly, darling. We’re in mutual reception at the moment, you know.

Mercury takes the address, gathers his pencils, his Dictaphone and rushes out of the door.

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Scene 3: Uranus’ study-laboratory. Mercury is sitting perched on the edge of a chair over-flowing with books, papers and a house-cat. His host is busy running numbers on his computer and dashing around the room connecting various mysterious devices into plug-points.

Mercury: So, thanks for seeing me. I know you’re busy and all…

There’s a minor explosion from one of the devises, Mercury jumps. The cat sleeps on undisturbed.

Uranus: Damn! Gave it too much juice! Double damn!

Mercury: It must be because of the station. I was reading how stationing planets become very powerful.

Uranus is not listening; he is too busy trying to prevent a fire from breaking out in his house. Mercury takes out his Dictaphone and starts following Uranus around the room.

Mercury: So, like I told you over the phone, my editor wants me to do a piece on you and I was wondering if you could tell me what you’re doing with all these gizmos right now. *shoves the mike under Uranus’ nose*

Uranus: *blinks at the mike and notices the bright-eyed reporter for the first time* By thunder! Where did you spring from?

Mercury: *undaunted* I’m doing a story on you, remember? So what you upto here?

Uranus: THE IDEA: About 10:45 PM Calgary, Canada

Take note of that. I’m too busy right now to stop and explain, but…

I think I’ve had a moment of utter brilliance, and it is no mistake that you are here for it.

I believe I’ve just had a gigantic intuitive leap (backed by logic). I think I’ve figured out a very cunning way to benefit you, to (potentially greatly) benefit myself, and generally raise the good karma level for all of us. All with a simple series of actions.

Expect to see the first results on your end Friday. Goodbye! **

Mercury: Okay, got that. I need more information on…

Uranus: Can’t now. Busy! Busy!

There’s another explosion. So loud that even the Uranus-immune cat wakes up. Seeing that he has lost his host’s attention, Mercury stuffs the Dictaphone back into his bag and sees himself out muttering under his breath about weird Uranian types and hardnosed Saturn-ruled editors.  

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Scene 4: Mercury is back in office and frantically reading Erin Sullivan’s Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape when his phone rings:

Mercury: *while still reading the book* Yeah, ‘sup?

Saturn: I hope the article’s ready. I want to take a look at it before it goes to the press. You have 15 minutes.

Mercury: Yeah, it’s all done. I was just checking for typos and… *Saturn’s disconnected the call*

Mercury thumbs through the rest of the book, switches on the Dictaphone, starts typing while simultaneously calling Jupiter to see if they’re still meeting in the evening for a drink. Fifteen minutes later, in Saturn’s office:

Saturn: Odd. Very odd. What’s the big surprise he’s talking about?   

Mercury: We’ll find out Friday, sir.

Saturn: Hmm. Make sure you cover that story. See if you can get an exclusive.

The scene fades with Saturn anticipating being the first to break the story and raking in the hits, and the exhausted Mercury nodding in distracted agreement.

 

**Input on the Uranus state-of-mind from Matthew Currie.

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