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re: Saturn-Neptune - As you pointed out in your (5) astrological events for November 2015, the Saturn/Neptune square on 11/26/2015 is prominent. You showed in the European Union chart that natal Neptune is being squared by transiting Uranus. I would like to point out that transiting Neptune in the Scorpio Rising USA chart is also squaring natal Uranus in the 8th house.
    So Uranus in the US chart has Neptune square to it while Neptune in the EU chart has a Uranus square in effect now. While Saturn afflicts both. Coincidence? I think all this shows the difficulty of maintaining our free Internet(Uranus) while Neptune is showing the downside of a border-free world.
     I very much hope that all this is the "irritant" that produces the "pearl" of gained wisdom as you so aptly state in your Newscope article. Sadly, I just do not know if the pearl is wishful thinking or what. People of good will know what this future world might look like but the way there is not at all clear.

re: Mog - Think they'll make Mog, the movie? I think it'd be great fun... love Emma Thompson... Thanks for the "heads up" video---hadn't seen this elsewhere...

re: EU - The last few days have shown a willingness to fight back against the terrorists that certainly does not reflect any "stunned paralysis" in the European Union. France and Russia are now cooperating in air strikes against ISIS in Syria and if the US would get off its duff maybe, just maybe some real progress could be made in defeating these monsters called ISIS. On another note even the hacking group Anonymous has finally realized ISIS is a greater threat than any western government to their vaunted freedom of ideas. All this to say, I do not think your interpretation of the EU chart is telling the real story

A. French president Hollande attempted to get the U.S. and Russia on the same page, but the two external powers do not agree on the fate of Syrian president Assad. But perhaps "stunned paralysis" is not the right interpretation of the progressed Midheaven to the EU's Mars-Pluto square Saturn. The Saturn-Pluto combination is known for its intense nationalism and conservative or tightening policies. Individually, the EU nations are closing their borders and ratcheting up security measures, which is in accord with the activation of the EU's Mars-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio. But it doesn't bode well for the EU as a larger geopolitical entity, which we might say is in a state of paralysis.
re: NewsScope - Around 3 years ago I was having problems with saving your NewsScope web pages and subsequently opening them in readable form in one of my three web browsers. I made no progress with having you getting Homestead to fix this.
  On a whim I tried doing it again several days ago. I now can open most of your NewsScope issues with either no or very few rendering issues. I can also easily save the pages as PDF files in Opera. This makes using your articles for research very easy.
  I have gone back and made PDF files for all of 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately the link for July 11, 2011 is incorrect. I get the NewsScope for November 7, 2011, Jon Corzine Resigns. If you could correct this I would appreciate it. I will wait to see if you can do it so I can keep my files in chronological order.

A. The software used to build NeptuneCafe's pages was originally designed to be pc-compatible. Those using apple products had some rendering issues, until the host (Homestead) moved the site designer platform into the cloud. It made pages viewable in both pc and apple products. The problem is that due to the hundreds of pages in NeptuneCafe, webpage designing takes much longer to do, and some mis-labling issues may crop up. If the July 11, 2011 page is the only one that got lost since 2009, then that's a decent track record. Readers who want a copy of the July 11, 2011 issue can get an emailed copy upon request.

re: NewsScope - I honestly think you are so incredibly gifted in the astrological world. I love trying to learn from what you write. I wish I had your ability. I've got more knowledge than most people who just dabble, but a Vulcan mind meld would be amazing to have the understanding....... 

re: Trump - When will he be gone? I was watching a biography of him last night. Mostly I was rolling my eyes and sighing. What the hell IS that? He so rubs me the wrong way. He is so horribly FULL of himself. That's Mars in Leo, isn't it?

A. Mars in Leo is found in more presidents charts - by far - than any other placement. It shows leadership, decisive opinions, and confidence. Trump's ego is inflated through Jupiter's placement, plus currently his progressed Sun near his Leo Ascendant, which conjoins the royal star Regulus. Most likely, he will be on the national scene through the campaign season since this progressed Sun is still 1/2 degree away from this important conjunction.

re: Zuckerberg rectification - Wow. Really, wow. Do you use any software to aid rectification?

A. I use SolarFire for my calculations, but none that suggest any birth times, such as Jigsaw. 

re: Insane Violence - Thank you for the warnings for what's up ahead re: The Insane Violence Configuration --- and for the December 2015 report. Like many, I'm glad to be aware of when the more stressful days might be during the "holiday" season & when to be more mindful of when my own stress is in danger of blowing off too much steam, or when family gatherings might be a bit more testy...yes---a good time of year to remember the peace, love and joy inspirations...

re: NewsScope subscription - Thanks for sending the current NewsScope. Maybe charging a fee for your weekly subscription will be a way for you to monetize your creativity. I've sent you $50/year for the past few years. Happy to pay more. People can pay. You do the work. We pay you. That works beautifully. 
  Nice to give it away to those in need on your website, but nicer still to receive it on a weekly basis in my mailbox. I think having people pay is important--for you and for them. You are really talented. I love reading your write ups.

A. OK, thank-you. That's something to think about.

​Recent NewsScope Articles

Sept. 28, 2015 - ​Xi and Obama agree; October's top 5 astro-events; Emissions scandal at Volkswagen.

Oct. 5, 2015 - ​ Bernie Sanders and the Debate; the Oregon shooter; Richard Tarnas and Jupiter.

Oct. 12, 2015 - ​ Paul Ryan, next House speaker? Bernie Sanders rectified; Matt Damon as The Martian.

Oct. 19, 2015 - Syria's proxy wars; verifying Hillary's birth time; Erin Andrews sues.

Oct. 26, 2015 - UN summit on climate change; November's top 5; Adele returns with "25".

Nov. 2, 2015 - Barack Obama's Mars Return, other celebrities' Mars Returns at 22º Virgo, Britney Spears.

Nov. 9, 2015 - Ben Carson under fire, Marco Rubio's tax plan, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist.

Nov. 16, 2015 - European Union in Crisis; Donald Trump's Iowa speech; Emma Thompson

Nov. 23, 2015 - Immigration and Saturn-Neptune; the ISIS horoscope; Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman​​​.

Nov. 30, 2015 - The insane violence configuration; Dec.'s top five; the Force Awakens the Millennials.

Dec 7, 2015 - Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik; Mark Zuckerberg's $45 billion donation.

Dec 14, 2015 - The Uranus-Eris cycle; Paul Ryan for president? Frank Sinatra centennial.

Dec 21, 2015 - UN forced into action; Martin Shkreli versus the FBI; Ronday Rousey"s UFC title.

Dec 28, 2015 - Russian economic surges; January's top 5; Daisy Ridley of The Force Awakens.

​Jan. 4, 2016 - 2016 begins with Mercury retrograde; Bernie Sanders' celestial assets; Natalie Cole.

Jan.11, 2016 - The Lilith-Uranus-Pluto configuration activated; El Chapo captured; Beatlemania.

Jan. 18, 2016 - Hillary fading; Oil prices and Standard Oil; BML- paradoxical, clandestine.

Jan. 25, 2016 - Mike Bloomberg considers run; February's top five; Mike Brown and Planet 9.

Feb. 1, 2016 - Primaries begin and best astro indicators, progressed Part of Fortune; Eris Awakens.

Feb. 8, 2016 - Marco Rubio's momentum; Brazil's Zika epidemic; Steven Avery - guilty or innocent?

Feb. 15, 2016 - Volatile global stock markets, Bernie Sanders' birth time; Einstein and gravity.
NewsScope has been published continually since 1997. Back copies dating from 2009 through 2015 can be found at NewsScope archives.
For NewsScope blogs dating from October 25, 1999 through March 31, 2009, visit StarIQ/NewsScope.
re: Rubio's birth time - In 2010, I asked Marco about his birthtime during a campaign event. He told me he didn't know, and to ask his older brother, Mario, since he drove his Mother to the hospital. Mario told me it was around 3:30p to 4:00p in the afternoon. This would give Marco a Leo Moon. I realize this is anecdotal, but if you were to attempt rectification, this might be a good place to start.  

A. Thank-you for the data! This is indeed a good pace to start.

re: Brazil - Wow, it looks like some dangerous stuff could happen in Brazil this summer. Violence, terrorism? Maybe the gathering of people at the Olympics could cause that virus to spread around the world? It sounds like the effects of the virus are usually not that bad though, except what it could do to babies, which is really sad. 

A. Yes, it's not looking good. 

re: NewsScope- I am a loyal reader of your weekly Newscope. I enjoy it very much and have had many insights from your analyses.

re: Sanders - I saw a birth time for Bernie as 12:27 pm and calculated his MC- He looks to be the presidential winner in 2016! I would love to know your thoughts about this because Sanders seems to be the only candidate with real integrity and I want to vote for him in the elections. His part of fortune points to it according to my calculations. Thanks so much for your wonderful work and great knowledge,

A. As far as I know, there's no known birth time for Bernie. So a 12:27 pm time would be speculative unless it's from a reliable source. I've suggested a rectified time of 6:22 pm. We can't really know for sure until we get a look at his birth certificate.

re: Hillary - do you see anything inparticular with Hillary's chart(s) now that they are talking more and more about an indictment. What planets, transits, etc would indicate that? I know you wrote about the Mars 12th house self-undoing, but this points to illegal activity, lies, coverups etc. Would like to know what you look for or what would give insight?
  I like to share your writings with people who have an interest in astrology, dont' know much about it, and it can help them to see that astrology is for real. Thank-you!

A. This is a complex question, and there's no easy or short answer. Generally though it involves Neptune, and Neptune is all over Hilary's chart. However, Neptune is also associated with idealism, so depending on your political bias, it can be read either way. Major indictment's should involve major afflictions to the Midheaven, the ruler of the Midheaven or the progressed Midheaven. Without these, nothing will come of any charges.
NewsScope for February 22, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar

Donald Trump and Mars

As one of the few candidates with a known birth time, Trump makes an ideal case for astrological investigation. Mars is all over his horoscope, and that fits with his brash, insulting, and abrasive style. Natally, Mars conjoins his Leo Ascendant, making it the most prominent planet in his chart. His personal style is direct and unabashedly self-promotional. The self-confidence inferred by this placement verges on arrogance and conceit.
Trump’s Gemini Sun conjoins the U.S. Mars, which adds to the martial element, but in a way that is strongly militant. Many American celebrities as well as corporate and political leaders have close connections to the U.S. Mars, which bestows a kind of “alpha male” archetype. And most telling of his confrontational, argumentative diatribes is that his progressed Mars at 8º Libra is in a tight square to natal Mercury.

This progressed Mars-squaring-Mercury aspect will become exact in mid-May, indicating that his hostile, confrontational speeches will only intensify between now and then. One more Mars indicator is present now, and that’s his progressed Ascendant at 26º Libra where it forms a harmonious sextile to natal Mars. This aspect knows how to back off, to be more conciliatory. It’s in effect now and for the rest of the campaign season.

Trump hates a loser, and if he starts lagging in the primaries, he may find a reason to become a third party candidate. His natal Sun-Uranus conjunction opposite his Sagittarius Moon represents an individual who thrives on making shocking statements or taking unexpected and troublesome actions that upset the status quo. Watch in May as the GOP establishment and Trump tangle when this progressed Mars-square-Mercury aspect becomes exact. That’s a scenario for a brokered convention or Trump’s third-party run. 
This bi-wheel segment shows Trump's natal chart and his progressions, with the Mars aspects highlighted.
The Top Five Astro-Events for March

1. Jupiter is quincunx (150º) Uranus on the 6th, and in effect from the 1st through 11th, emphasizing originality, innovation, and radical change. An air of excitement and danger hangs over personal, social, and geopolitical developments. Look for technological breakthroughs, and moves that threaten the status quo or traditional ways. Those promoting “anti-“ anything are in the news. This is the first of several major Jupiter aspects this month.

2. The Solar Eclipse at 18º Pisces on the 8th is BIG since it’s perfectly aligned with Jupiter in Virgo. Some prominent business, political, or military leaders may suddenly die or leave their posts, while others become spontaneous success stories. The field of presidential candidates gets winnowed down under this influence. Religious leaders will likely be making headline news. Expect unusual weather events or a major natural disaster, such as an earthquake.

3. Jupiter trines Pluto on the 16th, and is influential from the 10th to 22nd. In the Earth signs Virgo and Capricorn, this combination favors Big Business and Big Money. Politicians with huge cash reserves are in the news, and mega-corporations are making their moves. Look for mega-mergers and buy-outs. If you have natal planets at 16º to 18º of any sign, now is the time to think and act big in the area represented by that planet.

4. The Lunar Eclipse in Libra on the 23rd takes place as Jupiter squares Saturn bringing, for many, repressed and expressed conflict within partnerships. The Aries Sun trines Mars, giving an impulse toward independent action, while the Moon in Libra prefers to act in concert with others. The Jupiter-Saturn connection becomes a strong influence over the coming month, and underscores the divide between freedom and commitment, trust and mistrust, living faith and dead ritual. 

5. Saturn turns retrograde on the 25th while being squared by Venus. Exuberance, joy, self-confidence, and cheerfulness take a hit around this time under Saturn’s influence. Harsh reality sets in, along with inhibitions, fears, and troubles – in both finances and relationships. Take the time to reflect on all that has happened over the past month, and set a more prudent course. Now you know who is with you and who isn’t.
Tim Cook vs. the FBI

When we last profiled Tim Cook, he was making history as the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to openly declare he’s gay. Last week, he made history again by defying a federal court order allowing the FBI access to an iPhone. He called the order “an overreach” that would “undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”
Cook was born with a Sun-Neptune conjunction in Scorpio (November 1, 1960; Mobile, Alabama; time unknown), which is located right on the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. This placement allows him to shape the national image (Ascendant) according to his personal path (Sun). Having Uranus at 25º Aquarius (conjunct the U.S. Moon) further establishes him as an agent for the American ideals of liberty.

But the main configuration that put him in the national spotlight last week is his Mars in defensive Cancer opposite authoritarian Saturn in Capricorn. This polarity has been under the influence of the transiting Uranus-Pluto square over the past few years, as he’s moved beyond Steve Jobs’ legacy to make Apple the largest corporation in the world. Black Moon Lilith conjoins his Mars, adding the element of the unknown or taboo.
In this case, Lilith is like an airplane’s black box that contains all the hidden but relevant information. On Tuesday, when the court order was issued, transiting Lilith was precisely squaring Cook’s natal Lilith. At the same time, transiting Pluto was opposing Cook’s Mars, symbolizing the FBI’s power play. Lilith adds color to the story. Over the coming year, transiting Uranus and Pluto will continue to activate Cook’s Mars-Lilith conjunction and his heightened sensitivity to the need for electronic privacy. 
re: Brazil - Zica is only one of Brazil Problems, its a historical time for the country. The president is super unpopular and an impeachment was open against her. There's a super economic crisis (the worst recession in 70 years) and the political system is broken due to corruption charges to politics from all parties.
  The Neptune and Saturn quadrature aims several planets in natal chart. The progressed Sun+Mars on natal Pluto is a powerful combination never seen before. It seems a transformation of Brazil State, or even a military action (due to Mars). Maybe this can happen while Olympic is occurring...
  Most of Brazilian astrologers use a Scorpio MC due to several military coups in Brazil history and 2 deaths from presidents (one of them killed himself while in office). The time is between 16:08 and 16:20, with Aquarius ascending.
  Political system is collapsing, the population is very angry and delusional (Neptune quadrature natal Moon), a resolution might happen under those powerful transits and progressions, maybe some catalyst start from Olympic Games.

A. Thank-you for your comments from inside Brazil. I used 4:47 pm (20:47) based on Campion's Book of World Horoscopes, which gives the Sagittarius MC. However, I'm inclined to agree thatScorpio there makes more sense for the reasons you describe.

re: U.S. future - After the death of Scalia and the political chaos that has ensued, it got me to wondering: What is in store for the USA for the next few decades? Could some break-down scenario come to pass?

A. A break-down scenario is certainly possible. The U.S. has its Pluto Return coming, and the sharp oppositions between planets in the 6th and 12h houses is extremely polarizing and volatile.