Astrology of a Name: how to use Alphabetical Zodiac.

Our name is the word that we hear most often through the course of our lives. Just think about it – how many times have you heard someone say it today? This week? This month? Add in the times you have said it yourself when introducing yourself to someone new or maybe even calling customer service and you will have an impressively large number. Every time it is pronounced the energies that the name carries are reinforced.

Now, every nation has its own language, for sure, and different cultures use  different alphabets. Actually, even European alphabets while all based on Latin each have their own variations. One thing that stays the same is that every alphabet has a beginning and an end and in between the letters always go in a fixed order. This follows the universal idea which is also reflected in the Zodiac – starting from Aries, the Alpha, it follows a fixed order all the way to the Omega of Pisces. 

This practice is as old as astrology itself. The ancient astrologers of Babylon used it in choosing sacred names for rulers to give them more power, for priests to strengthen their connection with the spiritual world, for making ritual invocations. The alphabet used by them had a better correspondence to the 12 sign 360 degree system of the Zodiac, neatly dividing the circle into 72 segments 5 degrees each (they are still familiar to the followers of Traditional Astrology as “terms” – the segments into which each sign is divided, even though the number and size have deviated from the original version).

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We, however, do not need to study the ancient language to be able to use this system. Our first language, the one we grow up speaking, is the one we form the strongest connection with. We don’t even pay attention to these subconscious links but they play a formative role to our worldview as a part of our entire cultural ecosystem. In order to adjust it to a different alphabet all you need to do is divide 360 degrees by the number of letters in the alphabet and assign each section to a letter, starting with 0 degrees Aries. Sounds quite simple, except for the pain in the neck of having to count out not only degrees but also minutes – something a modern “spoiled-by-technology” person like myself finds annoying. So I pitched this idea to my friend Petr at Astro-seek.com and am now elated to see this come into life with the new Online Name Calculator. No more converting 0.846 degrees into minutes! Yay!

Now, let’s talk about the uses this tool can have:

1. What names to chose

Baby names are the first thing that come to mind. This is the number one thing I use it for in my work with clients who plan on having children. Of course, the moment of birth is something that can not be controlled in most cases except for Cesarean sections, which are being used more and more often nowadays and for them we can  choose the time as well, making the Birth Chart more balanced and minimizing problematic placements. But even with a natural birth, I am not aware of any country that requires the parents to choose the name for the newborn immediately after birth. Usually, some thinking period is allowed and with the time of birth now known it is possible to analyze the chart and choose a name that will highlight the most harmonious placements. I will give details on that in the “how” part below.

You can also use this tool to pick a different name that suits your Natal chart better. I am not talking about an official name change, but we all now have a sort of “second identity” online – user names we choose for social media and other profiles are the ones I am talking about. Also stage names and pseudonyms.

Additionally, names for businesses or websites can also be chosen by this method. Here, you can use your own Birth chart or the Birth chart of the business or website (the date and time the business or site was created or registered).

2. How to choose the letters

Of course, the first thought is about “The Big 3” – Sun, Moon and ASC. This has some sense, of course, but with some reservations. You see, sometimes the Moon or the Sun are not the strongest or most beneficially placed planets in the chart. If you chose the letter that corresponds to the Moon, and the Moon is afflicted (e.g. in detriment, in the 8th house, conjunct a malefic, has only harsh aspects, etc) you enforce the problematic energy it carries in the Chart. Same goes for the Sun.

The ASC is slightly different – it has no dignities or debilities by sign or house. It can, of course, receive harsh aspects, but the chances of it being heavily afflicted are lowered by the absence of the first two factors. ASC ruler is a different story. So, looking at the degree of the ASC is a safe bet. Just like your name begins with the initial, the Chart begins with the cusp of the 1st house (ASC) and using the letter it falls on as the first letter of the name is generally a good option, unless there is a better one.

In search for a better option you need to analyse the other planets, giving preference to personal ones (Sun through Saturn) unless an outer planet is strongly highlighted in the chart (closely conjunct an angle or a personal planet). Pay attention to the planet’s strength and dignity, whether it is a part of a problematic pattern and so on. If there is such a planet, you can use the letter it falls on as the initial instead or use it together with the letter of the ASC degree in the name.

As an example of how this can highlight certain energies in the chart I want to use Princess Diana, who’s also known as Lady D, which is also perfect for demonstrating that the first letter is used even more often, than the entire name not only for her but for everyone who has seen or written their name in the last name + the initial format (so she was born Spencer, D. on July 1st, 1961)

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It is uncanny to see what placement the letter D activates in her chart which shows that the name was actually karmic. D falls on Venus, which is strong in her chart by placement – in the peaceful and placid Taurus, the sign of its rulership. It also  rules the MC, the 10th house of social achievements and popularity. Indeed, a Princess who was beloved by the entire world. Yet, it is also the apex of a tight T-square, which makes it a sensitive and problematic spot. Placed in the 5th house it is, of course, about her tumultuous love life. With the 10th house in the mix we see the pressure of the public image she needed to uphold in conflict with her emotional needs (Venus square Moon) and letter D puts even more emphasis on this, tipping the balance toward the public expectations (Venus rules MC) rather than her emotional security (the Moon).

Letter S is on the ASC and while she has it in her last name, using it in her first name would have given her more Sagittarian energy, the courage and independence which she needed to stand up for her own identity and needs. For sure, she had some, being a Sag rising, but Jupiter is not very strong in her chart – in Aquarius, not ruling any planets and only with one major aspect, a generational one at that. “S” would have strengthened this lack of Jupiter/Sagittarius influence in the chart.

So, when using this tool for choosing a name, keep in mind that the entire chart has to be analyzed and using certain letters can help to correct the chart’s imbalances.

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Signs, bitch! Astrological archetypes of Breaking Bad characters.

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Spoilers ahead!

 

Better Call Saul season 5 has just premiered and, as I am bracing myself for the long-forgotten experience of watching one episode per week (argh, the wait!), I decided to kill some of the torture waiting time with my favorite game of matching the characters with the astrological archetypes aka signs. There will be no deep digging and no detailed analysis – only the general feel of the character and the Zodiac energy it corresponds to. After all, this is just a popular astrology article as I want to keep my audience as wide as possible (and I leave the deeper analysis for the consultations).

Without further ado let me start with the learn’d chemist himself:

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Walter White – Capricorn

Eyes firmly fixed on the goal The Goat is always climbing up and up until the goal is reached. Strategically and unyieldingly as is befitting to an Earth sign ruled by Saturn, he is not averse to making some quick decisions on the spot when circumstances require which is in line with the cardinal modality of Capricorn.

There is a tremendous drive and ambition present in Walter, of course stifled and buried at first, but slowly emerging in the course of the first season. Capricorn is associated with social achievement and recognition, mastery, work and career. All these things are clearly important to Walter, as he is frustrated every time he is denied any of the above in situations like:

1) The Gray Matter. Yes, the financial aspect is also on his mind, but not being recognized as a creator of the company is just as important to him.

2) The donations (money laundering) via Junior’s web-site. That one’s bugging him even more. A missed opportunity due to pride and youthful recklessness is one thing. Now, he is a 50-year-old who has finally achieved success by applying his skills and has something to show for it. Yet, he is forced to hide it and appear to the wider world as a helpless chemistry teacher who has to accept charity for his cancer treatment. A major mood-killer for a Capricorn.

3) The need to hide the wealth. Social status is also a sensitive spot for Walt. Unlike Gus Fring, he’s not content with appearing humble, driving a Volvo and wiping down tables while sitting on bags of cash. Again – while having the money is important, it is not enough. His knowledge that it was his earnings for his masterful performance and not donations is not enough. He’s yearning for recognition of his achievement.

Another thing about Capricorns is that the goal is always shifting, since a Capricorn without a goal is extremely miserable and depressive. Just as the original one is reached, another one is set and the climbing continues. So making $700,000 is just a pit -stop and retiring to be a car-wash owner is a delusion. Peaceful and placid life is for Taurus. Capricorns need to keep climbing higher and higher until a miscalculated step finally brings them peace… at the bottom of the cliff.

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Jesse Pinkman  – Cancer

I know, I know, it’s cliche-ish. Opposites attract, yin-yang, complimentary energies… Well, guess what? There is really nothing new under the Sun. Or on the ecliptic, for that matter. And Jesse having a Cancerian energy about him is a universally perfect way to display his radical difference from Walter.

He is quite an emotional type and unlike Mr. White he can not just focus on the goal and use it to justify the means. He might have had more street knowledge in the beginning of their journey and appeared to be a better fit for the business this unlikely duo was getting into but pretty soon it became obvious that climbing the career ladder of the drug business is not his cup of tea. Jesse’s too sensitive for that.

Cancer is the sign associated with nurturing, mothering and family. There are several incidents where this side of Jesse shows distinctly: he had nursed his dying aunt, he’s unusually caring and impartial to children who aren’t his (or related to him) and the one and only time he murders someone is when there is no other possible way to protect Mr. White who’s almost like family to him by then. And that murder sends him into a much deeper and longer depression than Walter White’s first murder had sent him – after all, as a water sign he’s much more attuned to the emotional world. With Cancer’s essence being about nurturing and caring, hurting someone does inflict the psychological wound which Jesse kept on picking rather than focusing on that goal, like Walter did.

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Gus Fring – Scorpio

This one is a no-brainer, for sure. An immensely powerful presence and energy lurking under quite average and commonplace facade. Gus might have lost to the unstoppable locomotive of a man Mr. White, but he got to his position of power by carefully manipulating the events, by knowing when to crouch back, sit quietly and wait for the right moment to strike the deadly and very accurate blow.

Holding a grudge is something Scorpios are infamous for. Of course, depending on the chart and the person, they may choose not to act on it, not to seek revenge or even waste their time on being angry with you. But they will always remember, trust me. Always.  It’s just that Gus chose to pay back with interest to Hector Salamanca and everyone else involved in his partner’s murder and waiting all those years was, actually, an important ingredient to the dish that Scorpios like to serve ice-cold.

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Mike Ehrmantraut – Taurus

Taurus is a fixed Earth sign and the difference in modality is a large contributor to their difference with Capricorn, who are restless because of the dynamic cardinal energy. The Earth element keeps them both rational and grounded, concerned with practical results, rather than emotional realm (unlike Fire or Water), but the fixed mode of Taurus produces a calm, placid, deliberate and paced people. They’re never in a rush in contrast with their preceding sign of Aries. They like to contemplate things and don’t waste words. They’re simply imperturbable. Uhm… What is Mike Ehrmantraut? 

Practically anything he does – from walking with his granddaughter to solving crisis situations to even being killed by Walt – he’s borderline phlegmatic with just a few sprinkles of rage popping up in some extreme cases. But when it all comes to an end, his final words are “Let me die in peace” as he is watching a serene nature scene… oh, yeah, forgot to mention that Taurus is also closely associated with nature. Not that all the other signs don’t like it, but this sign falls on the time of the year when nature is firmly taking root and having its growth spurt after waking up in Aries and enjoying simple life pleasures like the sunshine, the smell of the flowers, the sound of leaves rustling in the wind or the taste of a pimento cheese sandwich is a Taurean energy everyone has in their chart at some level.

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Saul Goodman – Gemini

Jimmy McGill – Pisces

I am actually going to do some deeper exploration on this one, since not only Saul was given his own separate show, but also because the prequel reveals a completely different side of him.

In Breaking Bad he radiates Mercurian energy: witty and talkative, quick-minded, full of ideas and information – a classical Gemini rather than a Virgo. He doesn’t bother with any questions of morality, just like the ruler of this sign – the god of  tricksters, thieves and merchants. Morals are left to Jupiter while Saul is quicksilvering his way through the daily influx of tasks most of which somehow end up being about tricking the law.

This is how we first see him, how he comes off to those who don’t know him well personally, which makes me think of a Gemini Ascendant with Sun in Gemini first house thrown in the mix (I mean – these outfits and his general manner of presenting and carrying himself grab one’s attention and hold the spotlight in an unmistakable Leo-like way, but he’s way to mutable to have any serious placements in the actual sign of Leo, so it’ll have to be residual Leo in form of the Sun on the Ascendant).

In Better Call Saul there is a different side of him – Jimmy McGill. Still the trickster, but trying to change, to be a better version of himself, as he’s looking to impress his brother Chuck and his love interest Kim. He’s also tender and caring, making sure Chuck has everything he needs day in and day out, so his sensitive side is more prominent. Looking up to his older brother and as a result trying to change his true nature of a witty trickster who is having fun and enjoying pulling different scams makes me think of Pisces – the sacrifiers of the Zodiac. Pisces can be quite receptive to the point of being submissive and lead on. The general lack of direction is true for all mutable signs, but it is stronger in Pisces due to affiliation with Neptune and its cloudy and hazy ways.

 So when it comes to putting more touches on Jimmy-Saul’s chart, I’m thinking of the Moon and a couple of other personal planets here in Pisces. Not Venus and Mercury, obviously, but even Jupiter and Mars would give him a nice Piscean core as well as creating two major themes in Saul-Jimmy’s chart:

  1. Gemini stellium of the Sun and the entourage in an aspect of square (by sign, if not by degrees) with another stellium in Pisces 
  2. Multiple Gemini-Pisces placements creating a strong imbalance of mutable modality

So Jimmy is always torn and always swinging between the desire to do the right thing, to live up to the ideals and be of service to people (Pisces) and the drive to exercise his wit and develop his mental abilities in a more fun and stimulating way (Gemini).

Oh, and as I was typing his real last name at the beginning of the section, it hit me that it is actually quite fishy, if you know what I mean. So I take it as a sign that my guesses are right. 

 

Now, it feels like I have been writing forever, why in the hell is it not next week yet? I want my fix next episode!

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Riding the wave: Astrological analysis of the 2019 Joker.

A couple of months ago I wrote an article about the astrological archetypes of the Joker and Batman in Christopher Nolan’s version of these iconic comic book characters (read article here). I have wanted to write it for a long time, but didn’t get around to doing it until mid-August, a few weeks before Todd Phillips presented his take on the green-haired clown you wouldn’t want to invite to your kid’s party. This new film has created a tremendous resonance and the cyberspace is now flooded with reviews and discussions as well as comparisons. These comparisons are divided into two types: either reviewing all Joker portrayals from the dawn of ages (and by the dawn of ages I mean the 60’s, when hippies were still roaming the world) OR it is just comparing the two most impressive ones (Heath Ledger’s and Joaquin Phoenix’s) in many cases taking sides and giving reasons why one or the other is the best Joker in the author’s opinion.

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I am going to mention Ledger’s Joker today, too, but with no intention to hand out “The Best Joker” plaque at the end. I don’t have a fixed idea of what the Joker is or should be like. On the contrary, I love seeing the same thing being approached and interpreted from a different perspective, so as long as all the other components are well-executed, I am open-minded and willing to consider new ideas. These two Jokers are equally excellently written and played and they are also as different as they are amazing. Comparing them for the purpose of choosing an absolute leader is like comparing something soft with something yellow – they’re in different categories and you just can’t do that. Similarly, the psycho-astrological archetypes depicted are different. As different as two signs that come one after another. If you are familiar with elements, polarities and modalities, you know where I’m taking this. If not – don’t worry, I’ll try to put it in layman’s terms as I go. In any case, I’ll be referring to Ledger’s Joker as a means of contrast and comparison of the two Zodiac signs and planetary energies that these two embody.

I have defined the 2008 Joker as Aquarian/Uranian type. “The Dark Knight” was about the battle of two minds – an anarchist vs a capitalist, a radical and rebellious Aquarian against the authority and centralized power of Leo. The 2019 Joker has no ideology, doesn’t care about politics and doesn’t believe in revolution. In his own words, he doesn’t believe in anything. Both the character and the film are focused more on the emotional component. From the cerebral and intellectual level of existence of an Air sign we shift to the element of Water which is about feelings. 

This particular change of element brings with it the change of polarity – from positive (masculine, extroverted and externally oriented) to negative (feminine, introverted and internally oriented).  Dark Knight’s Joker is actively interacting with this world, he’s pushing his ideas and manipulating the crowd. Arthur Fleck lives in his inner world, submerged in his dreams and turmoil, making little to no attempt to take action. He wants to be noticed, accepted and loved, he aspires to become a stand-up comic but it doesn’t go beyond writing down jokes and observations on how to be funny in his journal. In fact, it’s not until the Joker starts to emerge after the killings on the subway, that he actually takes the first step and goes to perform in the club. Notably, even this event – the shooting – is a result of external pressure and someone else’s initiative.

Finally, there is a change in modality – Christopher Nolan’s Joker (and Batman) are both fixed signs, they’re firmly fixed in their beliefs and views, so “an unstoppable force meets an immovable object”. Todd Phillips is showing us a man who is constantly trying to adjust in order to fit in. This attitude is typical of the mutable signs – they’re flexible, they try to avoid conflict and go with the flow. They deal with problems by flowing around them or changing direction. All of this is Arthur, up to a certain point.

Thus, if we put these attributes together – polarity, element and modality – it gives us the Zodiac sign of Pisces. And, boy, does this movie scream Pisces! No, scratch that. Fish don’t scream. It’s more like this film is soaked and saturated with Piscean energy to the point where it seeps out of every pore, every frame, every message.

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Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a cloud-laden ice giant associated with imagination, inspiration and dreams but also illusion, confusion, deception and delusion. The atmosphere of the planet makes for its mysterious appearance – Neptune is not easy to see as it is hiding behind its misty veil, invoking the above-mentioned associations. This is also true of Pisces – the confusion may happen both in their own head and in the minds of others as they struggle to understand them. So we see this confusion reflected in everything – from Arthur’s words (My whole life I wasn’t sure if I really exist) to his uncontrollable laughter that happens in the most tense, stressful, inappropriate moments, creating a strong cognitive dissonance from the beginning, less than 3 minutes into the movie. We are also taken in by a deception for a good portion of the story, which leaves us doubtful and suspicious towards anything that happens in the end – is the inscription on the back of the picture real? If it is real – was it really written by Thomas Wayne? Was any of it real in the first place, or is it all a fantasy of a sick mind and Arthur had never left the asylum?

The message is reinforced by visual means – Arthur’s constant smoking provides the veil, the Neptunian haze, that blurres the lines of his face , the smokescreen that separates him from the surrounding world. In many frames the use of long lenses results in only Joaquin’s face being in focus while not just the background, but even his shirt is out of focus, unclear, highlighting the idea that the character is staying only in his head and is disconnected from the reality.

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Let’s leave Neptune for a while (we’ll come back to it later) and focus on the sign itself. Pisces is a dual-bodied sign. Its symbol is two fish swimming in the opposite direction which is a perfect demonstration of its tendencies and inner conflict. In esoteric tradition, one fish is alive and the other one is dead. And before you question how it is possible for a dead fish to swim, I need to add, that this is a sort of metaphorical shorthand. Both fish are alive, one is swimming towards death though and the other one didn’t sign up for this shit but, oh well, too bad, so sad.

The thing is that Pisces is the last sign in the Zodiac circle, which represents the cycle of life, with Aries being birth and beginning, the fiery life-giving impulse which acquires shape and form in earthy Taurus goes on to develop thoughts and feelings in Gemini and Cancer respectively and on through the social signs and transformation of Scorpio it enters the universal level of the last four signs of which Pisces is ultima thule (pardon my Latin). Pisces ends one cycle of life so that another one can begin. However, in order to incarnate, we need to join the source first and this is what this sign is about – merging with the collective, giving yourself up to the higher power, letting the subjective ego dissolve into the objective psyche. So one fish is swimming to its final destination while the other one is desperately clinging to life, overtaken by the depth of emotion at this level of existence, refusing to let go. 

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Descartes said “I think therefore I exist”. Good for him. He had zero planets in Water signs and a close Sun-Uranus conjunction, so I see how this statement would ring true for him. Anyone with water-dominated chart knows that they feel and therefore they exist, no arguing about it. Incidentally, that Uranus conjunction sends us back to the cerebral version of the Joker I wrote about 2 months ago. The three outer planets are sometimes connected to the personal planets by being called “a higher octave” or “a higher register” of their energies. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury, the thinker. In that article I mentioned that unlike Batman, the Joker shows very little emotion. In addition, he’s very eloquent and witty, doesn’t miss a chance to crack a joke and these jokes are funny and come to him with ease. 

Arthur, on the other hand, struggles with both understanding and producing relatable humor, as Mercury is at fall and detriment in Pisces; in non-astrological terms Mercury is not comfortable there. The dreamy and blurred Piscean world is a hostile environment for Mercury which is about analysis, clear thinking and mental, rather than emotional, processes. But Pisces is friendly to another planet – Venus, which is exalted here (and Neptune is the “higher register” of Venus). With its energy of love and compassion Venus expressed through Neptune gives Pisces altruism, devotion, desire to serve others. And Arthur does show these qualities – he’s tender and loving to his mom, he takes care of her and doesn’t see it as a burden. He says about the teenagers that beat him up that “they’re just kids, I shouldn’t have chased them” and even lets Gary, his former co-worker, go despite him being a witness to Randall’s murder.

And these feelings don’t happen only on Arthur’s part – watching his struggle evokes empathy and compassion in viewers, making us all get in touch with the Pisces energy in our chart.  The theme of empathy appears in his monologue at Murray’s show as well, along with the desire to be heard and noticed. At this point I am starting to struggle with organizing and structuring everything that needs to be said, since the Joker’s final statement on the show is just as multilayered and full of deep meanings and undercurrents as the deep and endless ocean, which is another symbol connected with Pisces and Neptune. This was only to be expected, after what I have said above – the confusion, the elusiveness and the almost imperceptible level of existence the last Water sign offers us. I feel like I should start introducing numbers…

  1. Arthur himself struggles to “be heard and noticed” throughout the film. His difficulty is the lack of a clearly defined personality. He has no idea what he is, he yearns to find the “I”. He is the fish that is still trying to hold on to what is familiar, what has been done in the previous 11 stages of the development – expressing oneself through various archetypes. He keeps looking for that one thing all other signs have that they can define themselves by. The other fish is pulling towards merging with the collective and losing oneself in the deep waters of the universal chaos.
  2. The crowds in the streets of Gotham are representative of this collective energy. This connection between Arthur and the masses starts to form when the murders on the subway get public approval – the merging has begun. The sign someone holds up during the protest meeting – “We are all clowns” is a signal to that. On the subtle, intangible level Arthur attunes to this current, the need for change, the dissatisfaction of the people of Gotham with  the injustice and the same desire to be heard and noticed. As this is happening, he is starting to lose his ego – the Joker is born. He doesn’t have a name now, he has nothing to lose or to fear, he has become the other fish… the dead one. Life is suffering, so Arthur suffered. He struggled to fit in and struggled to ascend to the light from the dark bottom he was living at day in and day out. The Joker has shed all that and has now let the collective in. He is the voice of the crowd and Murray’s murder is the first murder that is not personal for Arthur. As he’s yelling out about wanting to be heard to the host, the guests of the show and the TV viewers, it’s not Arthur anymore. Heath Ledger’s Joker was the one to initiate the crowd’s hysteria. Here the chain reaction goes the other way. Up until the last moment Arthur is contemplating suicide and it seems that the decision to kill Murray comes at the very last moment. However, in that moment Arthur is already dead (not physically, of course) and the Joker, who is expressing the collective wishes and desires,  has taken the reins. He is now the dead fish that is riding the crest of a powerful wave, letting the flow take it wherever it may be. A symbol of the uprising but not the moving force behind it. He’s like the hood ornament of a car – recognized but not in charge.

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So Arthur is dead and the Joker is born. There are plenty of mentions of the bathroom dancing scene, which is an obvious demonstration of the alter-ego surfacing for the first time. There is another scene, also notable but more strange and confusing – the scene with the fridge. On the surface it is another clear and expressive metaphor: after the confrontation with Wayne, when Arthur asks for some warmth and gets hurt again, he decides to “freeze” his feelings and buries himself in a cold box which is an allusion to a tomb or a grave. Not so simple if you consider the fact that to fit into this box he has to assume a fetal position, so now it’s a tomb and a womb 2-in-1. To be born anew you have to die first. The cycle has to end before the next one can begin. Astrological code for the last two sentences is yet again “Pisces”.

Since the film itself is quite dark and depressing, the balance of the sign in this particular article is tipped that way, too. After all, “All I have is negative thoughts” is the gist of Pisces’ phrases in like every other astrological meme. Sure, in part this is based on some true tendencies of the biggest worry-warts you could find (as a daughter, sister and a good friend of  three different Pisces, I know this first-hand) . And they’re always listening to the Neptune-FM while never fully present in this brutal and way-too-real-for-their-liking world. But there is also plenty of beauty and enchantment in them. 

Music is another one of Neptune’s domains – Neptune rules trance states and escape from reality, which music readily provides for those who want to experience this without the help of any substances. So, quite appropriately, music is, as Todd Phillips says, “another character in the movie”. It flows in Arthur, it wants to come out. His movements and plastique change as he transforms into the Joker, but it is present in Arthur from the very beginning. Who knows, perhaps if he had listened to his own needs and decided to become a dancer, instead of trying to fit in with his mother’s projections, he could have walked a less bloody road to recognition and acceptance… 

Of course, then we wouldn’t have had this immersive, staggering and breathtaking experience some people went to see twice (for the first time since LOTR… yes, by “some people” I meant myself)… So let’s just be completely honest in our selfish position of not wanting to deprive ourselves of this experience and just thank Arthur Fleck for his self-sacrifice in service to our entertainment ♓

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Why horoscopes don’t work?

Yes, you read it right! Yes, it is an astrology page. So am I trying to sabotage myself? Of course not. I’m crazy, but not that crazy LOL. The horoscopes mentioned in the title are those weekly or monthly prognosis you read (or might have read or at least heard about) in the magazines, newspapers, online or even in a special app.

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Why don’t they work? Well, for starters a large number of them is written by people who have zero astrological knowledge beyond the Sun signs and probably have  never seen a natal chart. I must say I do admire their inexhaustible imagination! Coming up with 12 different predictions on a weekly basis for weeks on end is not something everyone could manage. However, these horoscopes do a disservice to the real astrology, and as much as I appreciate their role in popularizing the Zodiac, I hope the vicious circle will be broken soon.

Surprisingly enough, SOME of the daily/weekly/monthly predictions are made by people who have studied astrology and advanced past the Sun placements. I am even in bigger awe of them! Making predictions based only on the Sun sign is similar to a doctor giving a diagnosis based on the complaint of “Doctor, I have a pain in my chest”. Or a mechanic hearing from a customer: “My car makes this funny noise” – and determining: “Oh, it must be the engine valve!” – without even looking. In both cases there’s a chance they guessed it right, but it will be just that – guessing.

So what does work, then? What is a real astrologer supposed to do? The answer will be: “They do the same thing as a doctor or a mechanic – examine!” Every human body (and every car) is unique and so is a natal chart . Sure, they are some similarities. We all have 2 legs, 2 arms, one heart and 12 pairs of ribs. But we have different DNA, fingerprints and events and circumstance in our life that cause different health problems. A pain in the chest could be a heart attack, a broken rib (or many other things I shouldn’t get into for lack of medical education) – it all depends!

So when you meet someone new and google “Taurus and Leo compatibility” you might as well google “Canadian and Brazilian (or any other nationality) compatibility” – it’s just too general. But if you examine your individual charts (or let a professional do it) – you can have a better understanding of what energies and tendencies will this particular relationship be based on.

So next time you read those Sun sign columns or compatibility articles, do yourself a favor – don’t! You can learn more about your chart, or any other chart, by studying astrology yourself  or finding an astrologer to shed the light on it for you.