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Oct. 12, 2015 - Paul Ryan, next House speaker? Bernie Sanders rectified; Matt Damon as The Martian.
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Jan. 25, 2016 - Mike Bloomberg considers run; February's top five; Mike Brown and Planet 9.
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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.
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.
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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: 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.
re: Election Day chaos - Maybe someone pointed this out to you already but if no candidate receives 270 electoral votes, the House of Representatives chooses the winner. I suppose someone could challenge that but they would likely lose since the law is quite clear.
A. I wrote about this on February 29 relating to the 12th amendment, which is where this directive comes from. But note how litigious Trump is, and that there's likely to be some counting irregularities, as there were in the 2000 election that was decided by the Supreme Court in Bush's favor.
re: Trump - Was chatting with my astrologer recently, and I was told that there's a very high probability (astrologically speaking) that there will be an assassination attempt on Trump on or about Aug. 11. What's your take on this?
A. Extremely unlikely. I see no astrological evidence for such an irresponsible claim.
re: Sanders - I never miss your column and find it very insightful. Regarding this wild election year, do you see any possibility of Bernie Sanders running as an Independent if HC gets the Democratic nomination? Most of her primary wins have been razor thin, and there is a lot of dissatisfaction among the Dems as well as the Republicans with the status quo. After all, he was an Independent for many years in Congress. I would love to hear your opinion.
A. No, I don't think he will run as a third party candidate. He's content to get his message out and influence Hillary's stance on numerous issues.
re: Nancy Reagan - I haven't heard much lately about the 20-year USA presidential death cycle, the pattern of USA Presidents elected in "zero" years (1840-1960) dying while in office, perhaps linked to Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions. It seems that Ronald Reagan narrowly avoided it during his terms in office (did astrological knowledge make a difference?).
During the most vulnerable window after George W. Bush's election in 2000, W did not repeat the pattern, but Ronald Reagan did die during this time, which I thought was interesting.
Keep up the fine work.
A. Joan Quigley was hired after the assassination attempt, and she claims in her book that she protected him from appearing in pubic on dangerous days. Other astrologers have noted that Reagan was elected when the SA-JU conjunction was in Libra, so the Great Mutation process from Earth to Air signs began then, theoretically ending this curse.
In my view, I see Mars in the 8th house of death in the Scorpio Rising chart as a potential indicator for the death of a president in office, so it's still an ongoing possibility.
re: Trump/Mussolini parallels - Having spent quite a bit of time with my Italian in-laws and their friends in northern Italy I will add a different view. Americans have always looked upon Mussolini only as an evil dictator. Most Italians view him quite differently. While they agree he got Italy involved in WW ll In a bad way they view him as the man who built the infrastructure of their country. Before Mussolini they had no nationwide roads. Roads stopped at the edges of the old city states..
He built the railroads and bridges uniting the country too. The big railway stations we see. Rome, Florence and Milano were all constructed under his leadership. They also felt proud of their nation when he successfully invaded Ethiopia. The parallels with “Make America Great Again” are interesting. Trump frequently talks about repairing our infrastructure, particularly the airports, and making Americans proud of their country again. I think you’ve nailed it. Of course, I do believe in reincarnation.
A. Mussolini was executed on April 28, 1945. Trump was born less than one year later.
re: Prince - If you haven't thought to do it, can you do a little tribute to Prince for Monday's column? Love him, would love to know more about his chart.
re: U.S. Gemini Rising chart - It would seem that this coming New Moon of June 5th~6th (along with its mid-degrees Mutable Grand Cross) might be telling then, whether or not the 9* Gemini Asc. chart may be the true chart.
A. And how will it do that? Perhaps you could make a forecast that will be unique to Gemini Rising and not apparent in Scorpio Rising or other US charts. If you say what will happen ahead of time, your chart makes sense. After there fact is not persuasive.
For example, I recently forecast workers strikes when T Uranus entered the US 6th house and conjoined Chiron while opposing Juno. The 6th house is associated with work, and Uranus brings strikes. Last week's strike by Verizon workers was the largest in five years. It's a straightforward interpretation using basic astrology principles. And it only works when Scorpio is Rising. Making accurate forecasts says more about a chart than any backward or retro look.
Of course you realize that the Gemini Rising chart was created by renowned astrologer Luke Broughton in 1861 based on the fact that it was a revolution, and the practice of the time was to put the planet associated with revolution on the Ascendant. In 1861, Uranus was known but not in 1776.
re: Tesla - I have been a fan of your blog; read every very Early Monday morning religiously. Would you kindly comment on Tesla motors; it hardly produces a couple of cars but wallstreet treats them like king while Ford, which produces millions of cars, sells for $15/share. why??
re: Mars retrograde - You mention in your March 28th piece that stationary Mars opposes the U.S. Uranus. I would have noted that it is exact to the minute of arc! I consider exactitude to be important in predictive work.
re: Election Day chaos - About placements on Nov 8: you would know but let me repeat. Neptune in its own sign on South node (let go of the past or confusion about past) and North node sign Virgo ruler Mercury at 23 Scorpio, dispositors Mars and Pluto. Mars last degree of Capricorn and Pluto 15 Capricorn connecting to Aries Point.
In my opinion, the real agenda is a new constitution and electoral system. Neptune South Node – can help dissolve attachment to past forms. North node Virgo, get to work on the details of new systems. Centralised power is alright if add in the necessary checks and balances.
NewsScope for May 2, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar
Lilith Inspires Trump’s “America First” Speech
In Trump’s natal horoscope, Black Moon Lilith is prominently placed at 4º Sagittarius by its out-of-sign square to his Leo Ascendant. From NeptuneCafe’s Lilith page, Lilith in Sagittarius “enjoys playing the clown, bending the rules, and acting out amusing hypocrisies…. Under stress, this placement can promote the self-righteous dictator…. When granted free expression, Lilith here becomes a fearless warrior exposing corruption and false beliefs.”
An interesting sidelight is that the progressed Moon and Black Moon Lilith were also conjunct, giving rise to the “blackness” of that day.
Audra McDonald stars in Shuffle Along
The 1921 Broadway musical Shuffle Along might have faded into history’s shadows had not Harry Truman taken up the show’s hit “I’m Just Wild About Harry” as his campaign song for the 1948 election. Modern audiences have the opportunity to savor the original version in the current Broadway reprisal with an all-star cast including the multi-talented Audra McDonald as the ingénue Lottie Gee.
Audra McDonald was born during the New Moon in sentimental Cancer (July 3, 1970; Berlin, Germany; time unknown). Mars is also located in Cancer which, in traditional astrology, is said to be a weak placement. However, Audra’s Mars is tremendously strengthened by sextiles to Saturn and Pluto, a trine to Neptune, and a square to Jupiter. Audra took up acting in high school to counteract a diagnosis of hyperactivity.
Venus in Leo provides the dramatic flair and stage presence which led to her successful acting and singing career. Venus is given sensual depth with a conjunction to Black Moon Lilith, and the discipline and self-control through the square to Saturn. While the Venus-Saturn square in a woman’s chart can lead to difficult personal relationships, the controlled femininity and sexuality is exactly what it takes to overcome the emotionally capricious Cancer placements.
As the winner of six Tony Awards (more than any other actor), Audra doesn’t need another feather in her cap. However, her performance in Shuffle Along is garnering rave reviews. Much of her current popularity can be attributed to the conditions around her Venus. Currently, her progressed Mars is conjunct Venus, which highlights her role as the love interest in the play. Also, transiting Uranus is trine her Venus, giving her an electrifying, magnetic presence.
Economic Downturn and Flashback to 1929
Last week Apple reported its first decline in quarterly revenue in 13 years, triggering a significant pullback in the stock market. Many financial analysts are seeing the end of the historic bull market, with corporate profits weighed down by global growth and the slumping energy sector. In the U.S. horoscope, transiting Saturn in the 2nd house of money also warns of a contraction.
With Mercury retrograde, it’s an appropriate time to look backwards at the Crash of 1929, when transiting Saturn was also in the U.S. 2nd house. When the crash began on Black Thursday (October 24), transiting Saturn was at 26º Sagittarius and squaring progressed Neptune at 26º Virgo. The uncertainty associated with the Saturn-Neptune combination is being repeated in 2016 as these two planets square each other by transit.
A powerful dynamic only present in the Scorpio Rising chart is that when the crash began, the progressed Ascendant and progressed Saturn were precisely opposed to each other (orb: 0º00’).
On Black Thursday, the transiting Sun conjoined progressed Saturn to activate this underlying dynamic. This took place in the U.S. 12th house, which is associated with panic.
The sudden and unexpected collapse – when the stock market lost 25% of its value in four days – also signals the presence of Uranus. At the time, transiting Uranus was at 8º Aries where it made numerous hits to the U.S. chart, including a quincunx (150º) to the Scorpio Ascendant and a square to natal Eris at 8º Capricorn. Once again, Uranus is in Aries and forming an alliance with Eris. The current transiting Uranus-Eris conjunction has brought us a volatile election season and may also upset the stock markets.
Lilith in Sagittarius can be associated with an awareness of foreign places and cultures, but in the 4th house of home, Lilith has an instinctive fear of these influences. By squaring the Ascendant, Lilith becomes a troublemaker in his personal relationships, and the wide square to Mars invites angry confrontations. Before Trump initiated his more presidential demeanor last week, he openly insulted all Muslims, Chinese, and Mexicans.
Last week, Trump gave his first foreign policy speech which centered on the theme “America First.” This was the same phrase used by an isolationist America preceding World War II. Allies in Europe and Asia expressed concern that Trump’s speech signals a retreat from the world, and that he’s breaking from the tradition of American internationalists. If Trump is actually elected, his Lilith will shape America’s affairs with the rest of the world.
Using A*C*G* maps, we can see where his Lilith has the most disruptive influence. Lilith is angular in California (on the IC), where his rallies ran into violent protestors last week. If he is elected, he will most certainly have to deal with the chaos in the Middle East since his Lilith Ascendant line runs right along the tumultuous Iraq-Syria border. We might also expect growing discord with China, where Trump’s Lilith is on the Midheaven over Beijing. In this regard, it’s worth noting that Trump’s Mars-Descendant line runs right through Pyongyang, North Korea.