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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: 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.

Feb. 22, 2016 - Donald Trump and Mars; March's top 5 astro-events; Tim Cook vs. the FBI.

Feb. 29, 2016 - Marco Rubio, GOP's last hope? The 12th Amendment? AlphaGo v. Lee Sedol.

March 7, 2016 - The death of the Republican Party? the Saturn-Pluto cycle; Megyn Kelly, Fox moderator.
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 place 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.
re: Trump - Are you saying that Trump is likely the winner due to positive astro configurations at election time?​ Wondering where I can read more about this.

A. Trump's chart looks stronger than Hillary's, if we have her birth time of 8:02 am correct. I don't know where else you can read about this. Most astrologers aren't considering progressions.

re: Trump - BUT...surely we've seen what happened when transiting Saturn was conjunct his natal MC. Did he triumph at that time or did we see all of his chickens coming home to roost in a way that was not his proudest moment? How has he weathered the transits of Saturn overall??? We've seen him establish all kinds of things that have FAILED. We've seen him go bankrupt many times. Have any of these seen his Saturn active at the same time?

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. 
NewsScope for March 14, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar

Trump and Mussolini, the Astro-Parallels

In recent weeks, numerous comparisons* have been made between Donald Trump and the Italian fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. The jutting jaw, the cult of personality, the railing against intruders and enemies, and the encouragement of violence is common to both leaders. Last week, Utah’s Republican congressman Chris Stewart warned students that Trump “is our Mussolini.” Astrologically, the comparison is surprisingly sound.
Trump and Mussolini are both shaped by the megalomaniacal tendencies of Leo. Mussolini was born with his Leo Sun empowered by a sextile to a Saturn-Pluto conjunction (July 29, 1883; 2:00 pm: Predappio, Italy), giving him a solid belief in his own strength and purpose. Trump has Mars in Leo conjunct his Leo Ascendant. Mussolini’s Scorpio Ascendant is trined by Jupiter, and this resonates with Trump’s Sun-Jupiter trine, with both aspects inflating the sense of self.

Both leaders have Sun-Uranus aspects, often described by astrologers as having little respect for traditional values. According to Sue Tompkins (in Aspects in Astrology), the Sun-Uranus individual has a need to “dramatise the self in the most drastic and unusual ways”. She also specifically associates this aspect with radical authoritarianism and fascist tendencies. This is especially true in Mussolini’s and Trump’s charts since both have Uranus in the 10th house of authority. 
A kind of mutual reception is also apparent: Trump’s Mars in Leo and Gemini Sun is similar to Mussolini’s Sun in Leo and Mars in Gemini. Mussolini secured his grip on power on October 28, 1922 when transiting Pluto was squaring his progressed Midheaven. Trump has a similar set-up: transiting Pluto is squaring his progressed Venus, the ruler of his Midheaven. Can Trump actually win? On Election Day, he also has a progressed Midheaven-Saturn conjunction (applying, 1º orb), which could very well indicate the assumption of power.
* See, for example, Salon’s article
And about Trump’s encouragement of violence, read
Nancy Reagan Brings Astrology to the White House

Shortly after the March 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan, Nancy Reagan began consulting astrologer Joan Quigley. Not until 1988, when Chief of Staff Don Regan wrote his book For the Record did the general public have any clue about astrology’s influential role in the nation’s affairs. Nancy talked regularly on the phone with Joan for seven years, relaying the astrologer’s advice to the President.
Nancy Reagan was born with her tenacious Cancer Sun conjunct Mars and Pluto (July 6, 1921; 1:18 pm; Manhattan, NY), a configuration that readily explains her fierce protectiveness toward her husband. With Libra rising, Venus is the ruler of her chart. Its location at 28º Taurus is favorably sextile her regal Leo Moon, but also forms a troublesome octile to Chiron, which conjoins her Descendant. Chiron here may symbolize a wounded partner.

On January 20, 1981, Nancy officially became the nation’s First Lady. At the time, her progressed Part of Fortune and Juno were conjunct at 28º Sagittarius where they formed a tight quincunx to her Venus. She had achieved her “fortune” through marriage (Juno). However, when her progressed Moon was opposite her Chiron on March 30, 1981, an assassination attempt left the president severely wounded.
The caretaking asteroid Ceres is a key player by being in the 10th house and precisely opposite Black Moon Lilith. The way she chose to safeguard “Ronnie” was through the mystical system of astrology, represented by Lilith in Aquarius. Nancy enlisted Joan Quigley’s skills when her progressed Lilith was at 16º Aquarius and closely quincunx her Mercury. Transiting Ceres conjoined Mercury to activate the complex. Lilith at 16º Aquarius was also exactly conjunct the U.S. 4th house cusp, an apt symbol for astrology entering the White House.
Marla Maples, All that Glitters

Donald Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples, is back in the news as a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Maples first began her career as a celebrity by being the Donald’s mistress when he was still married to Ivana. They married in 1993, divorced in 1999, and then she wrote a tell-all book in 2000 which never saw the light of day.
Marla Maples was born with her Scorpio Sun conjunct Juno (October 27, 1963; Dalton, GA), which is prominently placed in the 10th house. Her elevated Sun-Juno describes how she became famous for her marriage (Juno), with all its intense entanglements (Scorpio). Marla’s Venus carries far more allure than its placement in Scorpio alone might indicate: its conjunction with Neptune adds glamour and romanticism, while the conjunction with Black Moon Lilith holds the promise of sexual magic.

Marla first met Trump on a New York sidewalk in 1988 when she was at the peak of her sexual magnetism: her progressed Midheaven was conjunct Venus, and she also had a progressed Venus-Mars conjunction. Trump’s Uranus forms a quincunx (150º) to her Venus, which suggests a love-at-first-sight encounter. Over the next few years when she secretly consorted with Trump, transiting Pluto was conjunct her Venus. 
Another major interchange between their two charts is that her Moon opposes his Mars, a testy, provocative combination. During all her years with Trump, her progressed Venus was in her secretive 12th house, which hints at the juicy, behind-the-scenes stories she could tell. She wrote All that Glitters is not Gold after they divorced and her progressed Venus was conjunct her Capricorn Ascendant. However, the publishers pulled the book at the last minute when transiting Saturn opposed her Venus. The Donald either paid her off or threatened to sue.