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Homer Simpson (source: Bloody Good Horror)

Today is a rather eventful day in my chart. Transiting Jupiter makes an exact conjunction with my natal Neptune, and transiting Neptune makes an exact conjunction with my natal Saturn.

My astro.com horoscope describes each of these events with a headline. For the first aspect, the headline reads “A sense of compassion.” For the second, it reads “Temporarily disoriented.”

Of course, both of these conjunctions involve slow-moving outer planets, so I’ve been feeling the effects of the aspects for a while now. Furthermore, anyone born around my birthday is going to be feeling the same way. I should visit Patrick Dempsey’s Twitter and see how he’s feeling.

But I digress! I’m here to talk about myself, as is the custom on my blog. At first glance, I looked at these aspects and asked myself “Am I supposed to be feeling crazy?” I do look for signs, symbols and augurs of good fortune in everything. I’ve come to accept the fact that that’s who I am. I have no reason to apologize to anyone if I don’t believe in the same things that they believe in. People watch Fox News, after all, and suck up every bit of propaganda as if it’s gospel. And I’m worried that people think I’m out of my mind because I like astrology?

I’ve discussed this issue before. I’ve mentioned how liberating it is to let go of the idea that I need to impress anyone but myself. If it happens it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Curiously, both of these Neptune conjunctions can indicate a renewed interest in spirituality or a new outlook on previously-held beliefs.

I guess that’s where I am in my life. As I prepare for the Chinese New Year to arrive this afternoon, I’m going to put all my faith into the idea that the upcoming earth dog year is one of the luckiest years for me in the entire sixty-year Chinese astrology cycle. Then I’m going to do some yoga and maybe look into downloading some podcasting software for a project I’ve been discussing with a fellow astrologer, all the while guided by what I think the planets are telling me to do.

If you don’t have something to believe in, then what’s the point?

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