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​Recent NewsScope Articles

Jan. 2, 2017 - Russian hacks taint Trump’s victory; Putin and Russia; Carrie Fisher and Deb Reynolds.

Jan. 9, 2017 - Trump’s “Good Cop–Bad Cop” team, Global Warming; Julian Assange’s Red Herring

Jan. 16, 2017 - Trump’s Russian Connection; Feb. 26 Solar Eclipse; secret agent Christopher Steele.

Jan. 23, 2017 - Vesta and Homeland Security, Venus to Pluto: Women Speaking to Power, Gloria Steinem.

Jan. 30, 2017 - Trump’s twelfth House, Feb.’s top five astro-events, George Orwell’s 1984.

Feb. 6, 2017 - Testing the Iran Deal; Trump’s Hair and Propecia; Steve Bannon and clash of cultures.

Feb. 13, 2017 - Kellyanne Conway rectified;Conway, a deeper look, Conway and the feminine archetypes.

Feb.20, 2017 - Trump Flirts with Chaos; NATO’s Mars under stress; Zuckerberg’s Facebook Letter.

Feb, 27, 2017 - Trump touts the stock market gains, March’s Top Five Astro-Events, Herbert Hoover.

March 6, 2017 - The Uranus Cycle; Emmanuel Macron in the French Election; SnapChat’s amazing IPO

Mar. 13,2017 - Trumpcare v. Obamacare; Marine Le Pen; Stephen Colbert leads Late Night Comedy.

March 20, 2017 - Triangu-lating North Korea’s; U.S. Progressed Sun in Pisces; Joseph Patrick Kennedy III.
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re: solar energy - what a great site to read early monday morning every week. now, as republicans take hold of everything, children and grandchildren have to worry about climate and breathing clean air !!!! So let me come to main point, what will happen to Elon Musk??? NO, solar power or no subsidies to solar so is going to bring some problems???? As always your advice goes a long way and your insight into any topic you discuss is worth reading and digesting, so please comment if you can.

re: election - Like millions of other people in the United States I am devastated by Trump's election success. Hillary could still take the White House if on Dec. 19, 2017 when the electoral college votes enough members vote against a Trump presidency. I understand this has never happened in our history. However I looked at the planets on Dec. 19th and the Sun is opposite Trump's Sun and Mercury turns retrograde on that day. My question to you is: Do you think there is a possibility that could actually happen? Your time and efforts in fulfilling my request are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge of astrology with the world.

re: election - How did astrologers go so spectacularly wrong? Every astrologer I read was wrong----and I read quite a few.. Not one predicted Trump. Also most of the polls called it wrong too.

re: election - I enjoy your website and your astrological analysis as it relates to current events. Although many Astrologers got it wrong regarding who would win the Presidency to be fair you did point out some of Hillary’s astrological challenges and I credit you for that. You also do a better than most job of keeping your personal ideology out of your analysis, something other Astrologers could learn from. Look forward to your analysis of 2017 with President Trump.  

re: election - it seems it's now underlined, that the biggest picture here is the dark side of capitalism. (As far as our political elections---money in our politics for one thing.) Is this what you meant about what the astrological signs are showing us? I've always thought you were so right on about the United States having Scorpio rising by the way. And it seems really obvious now...

re: NewsScope - I always enjoy your newsletter. This week is especially potent. Thank you for your efforts.
re: your 3/21/16 column - you wrote "in 2016, if it becomes Hillary vs. is possible that a 3rd party candidate could step in ,making it possible that no candidate receives the 270 electoral votes needed to win." Now that Jill Stein has gotten a recount ordered in 3 delegate-rich states, do you still see this as happening? I love your column and look forward to it each week. Your insights are amazingly accurate. 

re: Electoral College - Lately I’ve been thinking about Mercury going Retro (conjunct Pluto) on the very day the Electoral College is meeting—Dec 19 and then Uranus going Direct on Dec 29. Don’t you think there will be some changes with all the recounts of votes in the Rustbelt? Thanks for all the insights you provide each and every week!

re: Ivanka Trump - She seems to be playing a pivotal role in her father's business dealings, campaign and forming presidency. Please tell us more about her, and her relationship with her father. Is she safe? Is she trapped? Is she walking a tightrope emotionally? Does she have any control or much influence?

re: war in 2017 - I have been wondering about it since 2008. A lot of astrologers were able to foresee the economic impact of 2008 and compared it to 1929. At the time, I felt that the economic downturn of 1929-32 staged the WWII around 1939. Financial downturns damage human lives. The result of a downturn, or the "fix" of financial downturn is a major cause for war, when the people see that wealth is re-distributed unfairly. However, no astrologer has given any clue of a major war after 2008, until I see your articles on 2017.

re: election - Thank you as always for your well-written News Scope. It took me a while to watch the video at the end of your piece. Wow. I really feel powerless. The only thing I could think to do was share that link with everyone I know. I shared it in a secret group on Facebook and I emailed it to friends.

re: election - Like you and others, I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win but was pleasantly shocked! He won despite what the stars seem to imply (transiting Saturn siding up to his Moon and opposing the Sun). ... You’re always current and always on target. Thanks for your column and thanks for listening to my version.

re: Bannon - Would you consider analyzing Steve Bannon's chart? I'd love to read your insights.
re: Trump's ACG map - Note that Trump's Mars descendant on his AstroCartoGraphy chart runs right through Pyongyang, N. Korea. Does this suggest N. Korea's saber rattling might provoke some type of militant destabilization or weakness for Trump? 

A. It does indeed suggest an area where Trump might feel the urge to engage militarily or where military conflict might erupt.

re: Trump's Juno - This bit of research provides fabulous insight - or should I say confirmation of every thinking person's fears. Great work. The news itself, however, is disheartening!

re: the next war - After rereading your Sept 5th and Nov 2st columns, I got the impression that our next war maybe a war within. Perhaps sparked by the S. Dakota pipeline protests? Is there any indication with whom we would be going to war with in 2017? Foreign or Domestic? If foreign, do you foresee another 911 type terrorist attack?

re: Trump - You've hinted at a lot of stuff for some time. Political commentators have as well. Do you see the Trump presidency either coming to fruition or--if it does--lasting four years? If it does not last or does not actually occur at all is some actual Other determined by the other Oath of Office--whenever that might be?

A. In my article about the ceremonial Oath of Office horoscope, I show how Trump's inauguration chart is similar to JFK's and Nixon's because all three have Part of Fortune in hard aspect to Black Moon Lilith. And we know how both JFK's and Nixon's terms ended tragically before four years...

re: Sibley U.S.chart - I use the Sibley with good results. However, that is not to say that the Scorpio Rising chart isn't valid. Different perspectives may manifest in different charts. However, I'd like to point out the perspective of a friend whose spent 50 years in NGO work all over the world. 
     She knows little about astrology other than her own sign. However, she has often criticized the U.S. presence in port after port where she has been. "They always have to have the biggest ships. You always know when they are around. Why can't they make a softer 
  Yes, that's a display of power, although Scorpio says to me CIA, not giant battleships. More importantly to me, given that the Rising sign is the way you are perceived by others - this international display of overwhelming size speaks to me of Jupiter.

A. I wonder how many political enthusiasts can tell the difference between a Sagittarius Ascendant and a Sun-Jupiter conjunction trine the Ascendant? When 8º Scorpio is rising, the U.S. Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Cancer trines the Ascendant, bestowing all the grandiose qualities you see in a Sadge Ascendant. 
  Here's another perspective about a Scorpio Ascendant besides the secrecy thing: it resonates with the 8th house, and thus capitalism. And with four planets in the 8th house, the theme is much emphasized. 
     In addition to the Sun-Jupiter trine the Ascendant, it does so from the 9th house. What's the difference between the Sun in the 9th house and a Sagittarius Ascendant? I asked Jeff Jawer this once, and he couldn't say. 
  And with four planets in the 8th house, the U.S. has become a national umbrella for the powerful corporations that dominate the planet. Yes,they leave a huge "footprint" most everywhere, especially via innovative technology (Uranus), the military (Mars), the cultural celebrities (Venus), and the banking system (Jupiter). 
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re: KellyAnne Conway - If I understand your blog correctly, according to Trump's progressed moon entering his 12th house, we can expect the potential of his downfall, or at least serious setbacks, beginning in June. Can you speak about the same prospect for KellyAnne Conway, when she'll be out of the news?  

A. Unfortunately, we don't have a birth time for her, making her situation difficult to assess. However, she will likely be a significant and controversial news item for at least two more months as the transiting Uranus-Eris conjunction opposes her Mars.

re: inaugurations - You know how you've cited similarities in JFK's, Nixon's, and Trump's inauguration charts? Are pivotal events apparent in these charts? Can you say "a-ha see right there? THAT is end of Nixon" (or JFK [much more definitively...]) and therefore Trump? Have you looked at the key historical moments and how they impact--specifically--the inauguration charts?

A. That would entail a major research project, but I've given some of the indicators for these presidential transitions in my article on this subject. Go to 2017Inauguration, and scroll down to "Black Moon Lilith and the Part of Fortune".

re: climate change - Although conserves DO want a clean planet, the whole *climate change-global cooling-global warming* hysteria is whipped up BULLS*** by people like Al Gore and a bevy of others to make money. It was further hyped by *oPharoah and the DemonCraps* to push his cap & trade garbage in order to bring the US down so that he could 'level the playing field' with 3rd world countries, and penalize businesses financially, send our dollars to other countries to do more APOLOGIZING from the big bad USA, and ultimately completely destroy the fossil fuel industry. In reality this whole climate change crap is the liberals' RELIGION.

NewsScope Articles
9/28/15 - 12/26/16

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 GOP? the Saturn- Pluto cycle; Megyn Kelly, Fox moderator.

March 13, 2016 - Trump and Mussolini - the astro-parallels; Nancy Reagan's astrology; Marla Maples.

March 21, 2016 - Trump and the GOP convention; Election Day chaos; Mel- anie Trump, 1st Lady? 

March 28, 2016 - Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee? April's top five; Bernie Sanders' celestial blessing.

April 4, 2016 - Ted Cruz aims to stop Trump; Uranus in the U.S. 6th house, Drew Barrymore and Juno.

April 11, 2016 - Panama Papers; Uranus-Eris in the presidential contest; Nyle Dimarco on DWTS.

April 18, 2016 - Hillary rising; Dilma Rousseff under fire; Modigliani - another penniless artist.

April 25, 2016 - Prince ruled by Pluto; May's top five; Shakespeare and the Stars - a paradigm buster.

​​May 2, 2016 - Lilith inspires Trump; Economic flashback to 1929; Audra McDonald stars in Shuffle Along.

May 9, 2016 - Why Trump, why now? To Brexit or not to Brexit; Taylor Swift - Queen of the Goddesses

May 16, 2016 - Brazil's epochal shifts; Amazon's disruptive technology; Miss Suzie Jones' longevity.

May 23, 2016 - Hillary v. Trump - who will win? the astrology of Flight MS108; Mars in the night sky.

May 30, 2016 - Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, June's top 5 and the Uranus-Eris conjunction.

June 6, 2016 - Hillary's new strategy; pain, fentanyl and Paul Janssen; Muhammad Ali, the Greatest.

June 13, 2016 - Hillary v.s Trump, Part 2; "Dump Trump" fueled by Mars; Christina Grimmie in FL.

June 20, 2016 - Orlando's confluence at 23º, Neptune, the decider? Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Warren.

June 27, 2016 - Brexit and globalization; July's top five; Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish independence.

July 4, 2016 - Bill Clinton - what was he thinking? Nepal's new ally, China; Scarlett Johansson.

July 11, 2016 - Racial tensions intensify; the 2017 Inauguration horoscope; Olivia De Havilland.

July 18, 2016 - Eris as "the Other"; Uranus and Eris de-stabilize Turkey; Trump's VP choice Mike Pence.

July 25, 2016 - Roger Ailes and the Mercury-Eris connection, August's top five; Hillary's VP Tim Kaine.

Aug 1, 2016 - U.S. Merc turns direct; Trump relocated to Moscow; Luke Aikens, skydiver.

Aug 8, 2016 - Trump driven by Merc-Pluto; does Hillary have Virgo Rising? Sumner Redstone clings to life.

Aug 15, 2016 - Can Serena Williams bounce back? Macy's reports, Simone Biles, the best gymnast.

Aug 22, 2016 - candidates pivot simultaneously; Kellyanne Conway; Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive.

Aug 29, 2016 - The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017; Sept's top 5; swimmer Ryan Lochte on DWTS.

Sept. 5, 2016 - War and the U.S. Venus; three indicators for war in 2017; the WWW and the U.S. election.

Sept. 12, 2016 - Hillary Clinton overheated ; Kim Jong Un unhinged?; Tom Hanks stars as "Sully".

Sept. 19, 2016 - The UR-PL dynamic continues; Apple shares lead; Edward Snowden makes his case.

Sept. 26, 2016 - U.S. institutions in trouble; October's top five; Angelina Jolie files for divorce.

Oct. 3, 2016 - The Aries Full Moon with UR-ER; astrology at the WSJ; Netflix's take on Amanda Knox.

Oct. 17, 2016 - Mars Out-of-Bounds; Teal Leoni as Madam Secretary; Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize.

Oct. 24, 2016 - DYN cyber attack; Vesta as a financial astrology indicator; Dr. Strange coming Nov.4

Oct. 31, 2016 - Comey shakes up the presidential race; Nov.'s top 5 events; the curse of the billy goat.

Nov. 7, 2016 - Election day astrology; Paris Agreement and the GC; November's fascinating SuperMoon.

Nov. 14, 2016 - Trump as Commander-in-Chief; Astrologers stunned; Trump's Gemini team.

Nov. 21, 2016 - Trump's Saturn in Cancer; A divided America, ETP and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Nov. 28, 1016 - Ceres and the Saturn-Pluto cnj of 2020; Dec's top 5; Jesse Ventura and Marijuana.

Dec. 5, 2016 - Gen. James Mattis as Defense Secretary, Ivanka Trump, Hollywood's Wild West

Dec.12, 2016 - Russian hackers and the election; Good times for billionaires; Scott Pruitt to head EPA. 

Dec. 19, 2016 - Juno and the art of the deal; Putin's Juno and Exxon; Standard Oil's 1870 horoscope.

Dec. 26, 2016 - Trump's nuclear tweet; Top 5 astro-events for Jan.; Peter Seller's Dr. Strangelove

re: Yiannopolous - Just an idea for your column – does the chart for conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos show indications of his sudden, shocking implosion – losing his prestige, his CPAC headliner speech, his $250,000 book contract and his Breitbart job – all in just 96 hours? (Struck by Uranian lightning, I’d guess.) At any rate, this one looks like a textbook case of some kind of self-undoing or all-out collapse of, well, everything. 
  Yiannopoulos’ DOB: October 18, 1983, Greece (Wikipedia). I always find your column fascinating – not only for its insights, but for how clearly you explain your methodology.

A. Such dramatic falls from grace usually involve the Midheaven, either natal or progressed, and we need a birth time to know where his Midheaven is. Still, the rest of the chart tells the story. Transiting Uranus is widely opposite his Sun, but the three-degree orb doesn't account for the timing. Transiting Saturn is exactly conjunct his Neptune, suggesting the scandalous nature of the case. A natal Venus-Mars conjunction squaring over-confident Jupiter describes his zealous sexual activities. This configuration is being activated by progressed Mercury, the natural ruler of youth, and reflects the accusations of pedophilia. 
re: Uranus cycle - Just read your post for the week. Thank you for your keen insight as always. My question is, taking a cue from your latest… seems we have a potential Obamagate situation highlighting McCarthyism (FISA and Trump Tower) prior to the election. Seems this has potential (legs) to show the deep state’s hand in the leaks and the MSM complacency (various articles written since last year confirming the FISA requests). Do you see the deep state being exposed?

A. The 21 year cycle related to transiting Uranus's hard aspects to the U.S. 9th house Mercury have consistently brought congressional inquiries at the highest level. I speculated that this time, it would be about Trump's Russian connection. Depending on your political filters, you may see this in a different way, such as an Obamagate inquiry.

re: KellyAnne Conway - Thank you for doing the in-depth analysis of KellyAnne Conway in the February 13 NewsScope. "Sensitive and empathetic" are not terms I would gravitate to in describing KellyAnne as she presents herself to the public, but putting my personal feelings about her aside, I admire how you focus on the astrological facts as they present themselves and the article was very illuminating. Your political analyses are very helpful in understanding these strange times. Thank you for the great work!

re Emmanuel Macron - Thank you for your, once again, gifted insights. We, your collective audience, are fortunate you found, no, created a space to share your voice.

re: U.S. Scorpio Rising chart - Long time reader of your work (loved Tomorrow's News).I have long used secondary progressions (SP) as part of analyzing charts. However, I wanted to thank you for pointing out the power of lesser discussed SP transits, such as sky transits to SP positions. The USA Scorpio rising chart time and time again proves its merit, especially with the last election cycle. 
  When I look at the USA Scorpio SP chart, transiting Neptune is going conjunct the SP Sun in the 8th house (upheaval, transformation) on March 17th. With the Leo on the USA Scorpio chart's MC, one can only think of the recent headlines regarding the persistence assertions of mistruths coming from the White House, as well as allegations of back channel influence from foreign powers. Within the week transits Sun & Mercury hit the USA Scorpion SP SUN corresponding with more headlines. Further, as you noted, Neptune is crossing the nadir of Trump's relocated Moscow chart! Thanks again for you insights. 

A. Yes, transits to progressions are a very important forecasting tool. To be clear, the U.S. progressed Sun is now at 12º Pisces (not Scorpio), and transiting Neptune will be conjunct this progressed Sun on March 17, as you indicate. However, the progressions fall into the natal houses, so this configuration takes place in the U.S. 4th house of domestic affairs. By the way, due to Neptune's retrograde cycle, this configuration was in play during much of the 2016 election campaign.

re: SuperMoon and Elon Musk - As always i look forward to read your New article every early Monday morning. I was wondering whether you will have time to look into coming New supermoon and Black lilith combination on April 10th of this year !!!! At my age of 70+ i have very little knowledge of this coming phenomenon but may be you can enlighten us all to what to expect from this astrologically. 
  Also in past you mentioned about doing Elon Musk and his ventures to see how successful will be so if you have time and if you feel like doing to educate us, i will be highly appreciative.
NewsScope for March 27, 2017
By Michael Wolfstar

Trump Agenda Hits a Speed Bump

For multi-tasking Geminis, when things go bad, they tend to appear on two or more fronts simultaneously. As conservative pundit David Brooks observed, Trump watched his first major legislative initiative die, and a growing Russian-connection scandal make headlines all in one week. “That’s a rarity in American history, let alone this early in the term.” 
This tri-wheel section shows Trump's natal chart on the inner wheel, surrounded by his current progressions and transits.
NeptuneCafe's guest blogger, Christina, has more on the Trump family's fascinating Lilith connections
Astrologically, a number of factors are involved in Trump’s bad week. One was mentioned in last week’s NewsScope blog. Transiting Neptune conjunct the U.S. progressed Sun describes the scandals, uncertainty, and unreliable allies. We can factor in the third and final Uranus-Eris conjunction that also took place last week, which has brought chaotic, rapid developments and Trump’s demonstrated inability to match his agenda with responsible legislation.

A minor but telling astro-event in Trump’s chart was his Lilith Return last week. Lilith is placed in his 4th house of family, and his most trusted advisers – Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner – were enjoying a lavish ski vacation in Aspen during the healthcare disaster. Note that Ivanka’s Lilith is also at 4º Sagittarius so she was simultaneously going through a Lilith Return. In general, Lilith expresses no love or sympathy.

Trump’s Pallas is another key player. Transiting Saturn is currently lingering at 27º Sagittarius -- right on Trump’s progressed Pallas, the political strategy asteroid. Under this influence, Trump is being forced to face the harsh realities of governing. The next item on his agenda is tax reform. The Saturn-Pallas link offers the opportunity to change his political tactics in order to appease the middle class Americans who got him elected. However, by continuing to blame the Democrats for his failures, Trump has yet to make the transition from an opposition candidate to a governing leader. 
April’s Top Five Astro-Events

1. Saturn turns retrograde on the 6th while conjoining the Galactic Center at 27º Sagittarius. The GC can be thought of as “Command Headquarters” for humanity’s collective evolution. Transiting Saturn here tests the current direction, especially regarding the governments and institutions that structure society. Those systems that provide for collective security and growth can be expected to thrive, while those that are half-baked, corrupt, or misguided will need some major adjustments.

2. Mercury turns retrograde on the 9th in Taurus, ushering in a three-week phase when finances can be constructively re-evaluated. As usual, Mercury’s retrograde phase can bring snafus with technological devices, misinformation, and disrupted travel plans. These are to be expected at this time, but go with the flow on this, because Mercury’s only major aspect is a practical trine to Saturn. Make necessary changes to become more reliable for the long term.

3. Venus turns direct on the 15th while squaring Saturn and conjunct Chiron. This powerful, stressful configuration can bring heartbreak and loss to many individuals, especially in personal relationships and business affairs. Keep expectations low when this dynamic is in play from the 5th through 23rd. In Pisces, Venus is being forced by circumstances to give up impractical visions and to take off the rose-colored glasses.

4. Uranus squares the U.S. Mercury on the 10th, a major cycle in American history that has previously brought high-level investigations into presidential wrong-doing. Although this is the final square in the current series, Uranus goes on to square the U.S. Pluto over the next two years. Uranus’s activation of the U.S. Mercury-Pluto axis brings a deeply divided and troubled political scene.

5. The Full Moon in Libra on the 11th conjoins Jupiter while opposing the Sun, Eris and Uranus to make an exceptionally lively, energetic phase. A key issue for many is whether to take independent action or work in cooperation with others during the week leading up to this Full Moon. With Mercury, Venus and Saturn turning retrograde this month, all decisions, results, and new beginnings are subject to major revisions later. April brings an inflection point in relationships, business, and health issues.
And now, as transiting Uranus heads into its square with the U.S. Mercury, Manafort will testify before the House Intelligence Committee. Politico* reports that Manafort’s business partner, Konstantin Kilimnik, might be in league with Russian intelligence and a link to Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential race. Transiting Saturn is now opposing Manafort’s Pallas configuration as authorities (Saturn) deepen their probe into his hidden (Lilith) political connections (Pallas), and suspected meddling with Moscow in the 2016 campaign. 
Paul Manafort was born with his Aries Sun conjunct Mars (April 1, 1949; New Britain, CT; time unknown), a fiery, energetic combination that gains power from a trine to a Ceres-Pluto in Leo. His Sun also opposes Neptune, which at its worst, this Sun-Neptune opposition is filled with deception, both of self and others. It’s willing to distort anything in order to cling to a fantasy. As a highly paid lobbyist, Manafort’s Pallas becomes a central archetype in his chart. 

Pallas is placed in media-savvy Gemini and given tremendous originality and unusual ideas by being conjunct Uranus. At 23º Gemini, it’s exactly conjunct Trump’s Gemini Sun, making him the ideal political mastermind for his 2016 campaign. However, Pallas also squares Black Moon Lilith, adding hidden and possibly illegal motivations. When transiting Uranus was squaring the U.S. Mercury last August, he resigned from his campaign manager post when his Russian connections made headline news. 
Paul Manafort to Testify

Last week the Associated Press reported that Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska -- a close confident of Putin -- from 2005 through at least 2009.* Manafort was paid $10 million per year to “influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government.”