I’ve been an astrologer for longer than most people have been on the internet. Here in the modern era, I recognize now that’s how people get their information about astrology. There’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose… except, have you noticed how good the internet is at dumbing things down and getting stuff wrong? And no, I’m not just complaining about those dopey “Signs most likely to cheat on you” things… but don’t get me started on those.
It’s ironic but true: one of the best ways to learn astrology is to learn the basic and most simple rules first, and yet one of the surest ways to abuse astrology is to rely too much on those simple rules. You may have noticed that life is pretty complex. So is astrology when you apply it to individual people.
Other than over-reliance on Sun Sign astrology, the best example of misusing simply astrology concepts is the idea of exalted and debilitated planets. You may have encountered it before: in short, each planet rules at least one Sign, and is exalted in another. That theoretically makes those planets in those Signs “good” placements. The problem is that if you put the same planet in the opposite Sign, those are allegedly “bad” placements. The idea does have some applicability — but it’s certainly not best used as a form of character assassination.
Keep an eye on this space in the following weeks, because I’m going to be covering in detail how and why this reasoning often falls apart. If you’ve ever been hurt or annoyed or upset because you read something online that says that you’re a terrible person because you have Moon in Capricorn or Venus in Virgo or whatever, you’re going to want to see this. Even more so: if you’ve been dismissive of someone else because they have Moon in Capricorn or Venus in Virgo or whatever… then you definitely need to see this. Stay tuned!
Matthew Currie is an astrologer, counselor and writer with over 20 years of experience and numerous appearances on television, radio and podcasts. He is the author of "Conquer The Universe With Astrology," (available on Amazon) and is available for private consultations. Send him an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Matthew likes hearing from you.
He also predicted that yes, you WOULD end up here reading this.