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Sept. 17, 2018 - The Astrology of U.S. Disasters; Hurricane Florence; Willie Nelson Gets Political
Sept. 24, 2018 - Echoes of Anita Hill; October’s Top Five Astro-Events; Chris Hedges on Totalitarian Capitalism
Oct. 01, 2018 - Senator Flake Moved by Venus; Brett Kavanaugh’s Mercury-Neptune; Elon Musk's tweets
Oct. 08, 2018 - The #MeToo Movement advances; October’s Astro-Event #6; Is it Art? The Banksy Effect
Oct. 15, 2018 - Jamal Khashoggi’s Silence is Deafening; Market Sell-Off; Two Stars are Re-Born
Oct. 22, 2018 - Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman; Post-Election Developments; Elizabeth Warren in 2020
Oct. 29, 2018 - Mars in the U.S. 4th House; Top Five for November; Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Next President
Nov. 5, 2018 - Mueller’s Mercury-Uranus Config; The Migrant Caravan; Gwyneth Paltrow and Madame Ovary
Nov. 12, 2018 - Matthew Whitaker’s App't; Florida Re-Count; Somalian Ilhan Omar Elected to Congress.
Nov. 19, 2018 - California’s Uranus Return; To Brexit or Not to Brexit; The 2020 Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction
Nov. 26, 2018 - Top 5 Astro-Events for Dec; Trump fights for the Wall; Nancy Pelosi Fights for Leadership
Dec.03, 2018 - Mercury Direct Energizes Mueller; George H. W. Bush, the 41st President; Barbara Bush,
Dec.10, 2018 - Echoes from the Watergate; NYSE Update; Ariana Grande’s Generational Influence
Dec. 17, 2018 - Top Five for Trump in 2019; Chief Mick Mulvaney; Loesser's "Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Dec. 24, 2018 - The Jan. 5 Solar Eclipse Lilith Derails the Markets; Trump Signs Farm Bill, legalizes hemp.
Dec. 31, 2018 - January’s Top Five; Mitch McConnell, GOP Leader; Joe Biden, the Leading Dem. candidate.
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Jan. 7, 2019 - Trump Threatens lengthy; China’s Slowdown; Merc. Rx on Election Day 2020.
Jan. 14, 2019 - Gov't Shut downs; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Social Media Star; Aquarius Beckoning
Jan. 21, 2019 - Michael Cohen Timeline, with his 15º Cap.Ascendant; Lauren Sanchez, the Other Woman
Jan.28, 2019 - Roger Stone, the Dirty Trickster; Feb.sTop 5 Astro-Events; Tom Brady’s Swan Song
Feb. 4, 2019 - Kamala Harris in 2020; Russia under Pluto spell; Evan Rachel Wood’s Bout with PTSD
Feb. 11, 2019 - AOC’s Green New Deal; Ceres: Co-sponsor; Virginia’s Black Moon Lilith Problem
Feb. 18, 2019 - The U.S. Pluto Return; The 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction; The 2020 Election
Feb. 25, 2019 - March's Top 5 Astro-Events; Nicolas Maduro, Ven.Dictator; Zion Williamson's shoe
March 04, 2019 - Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s CFO; Jupiter-Saturn in Aquarius; The U.S. Pluto Return, 2
March 11, 2019 - Ilhan Omar and Eris; Trump’s Progressed Moon; Kane Tanaka, Oldest Person
March 18, 2019 - Saturn-Pluto and Big Oil; Big Oil’s Horoscope; Greta Thunberg Leads Global Movement
March 25, 2019 - Pluto on the South Node; April’s Top Five; Anthony William, Medical Medium celery juice
April 1, 2019 - Adam Schiff Leads Trump Investigation; Boeing’s 737 MAX 8; Jussie Smollett’s Hoax
April 8, 2019 - Joe Biden’s Touchy-Feely Problem; U.S. Scorpio Rising; Mackenzie Bezos, 4th Richest Woman
April 15, 2019 - U.S. Merc and Taxes; Saturn and Pluto Oppose Trump’s Venus-Saturn; Name That Planet!
April 22, 2019 - Trump and the Mueller Report; The U.S. Pluto Return, Part 3; Bernie Sanders leading the pack.
April 28, 2019 - Top Five Astro-Events for May; The U.S. Pluto Return, Part 4: parallels to the 1930s
May 6, 2019 - 2020 Election Results? Beyond Meat Skyrockets; James Holzhauer’s on Jeopardy
May 13, 2019 - balance from U.S. Saturn in Libra; Iran Poised for War; Presidents Impacted by Solar Eclipses
May 20, 2019 - Roe v. Wade Re-Visited; Eclipse hits Trump-Iran Conflict; Britney Spears’ 730 Evaluation
May 27, 2019 - The Trump-Pelosi Feud; June's Top Five Astro-Events; Hurricane Season and the U.S. Mars
re: Pluto Return - Thanks for all you write. Ever since you said Hillary would not be President (in spite of my most fervent wishes and all those polls saying she was ahead) I totally trust your political assessments. Your column on the Pluto return is sobering to be sure. But there is another strain of conservatism that might need to be recognized. That of the government institutions, and the press, which are still doing their jobs, for the most part. One thing for sure, the American Empire (not that I really love that term) is going into eclipse, if not by being outstripped by the likes of China, India, or Europe, but because we haven't gotten our own house in order, and have let our worst characteristics run amok.
re: Pluto Return - After reading a disgruntled reader's comments, I feel the need to offer my own.
I read your column every Monday, and send it along to several friends, including one who lives in France. We all appreciate the information coming through you from the configuration of the stars. I value the information you so generously pass along to us. The stars say it all and I appreciate you being the messenger. Many, many thanks and great gratitude,
re: Pluto Return – I’m not fond of the term “American Empire”, but doesn’t the 6th house refer to the military? I think I would classify that as one of the institutions that might still be conservative in the institutional sense, not wanting to be over-extended or sent out on a fool's mission, as our history has too often done. But then we always need to be vigilant for military adventurism.
A. American Empire is a useful term, though I don't often bring it up. Yes, don't forget that the US has by far the most powerful military presence in history, with a budget that outspends the next top 12 to 17 nations (depending on who's reporting), and with troops in 170 nations on our planet. Yes, let's hope the institutional framework can hold strong against the various shenanigans perpetuated by both parties....
re: Pluto Return - I respect your position as I do others who feel the same as you. I am sorry I was angry with you last week and I apologize. I had a feeling you would respond to my grumpiness through your weekly column in some fashion. This Pluto transit has been enlightening. It just makes me sad that the situation is what it is today at dinner tables all across America. Like Michael Lutin said in his various stories since 2007-2008 - it's the individual we elect in 2024
A. Thanks for your kind comments, they're much appreciated...
re: Pluto Return - Thank you, once again for an informative morning read. Question: Is there any other candidate with as strong an astrological standing as Trump for the 2020 election; someone whose basket would deserve all the opposition's eggs? Also, regarding Pluto's return: Although we cannot see from past US "returns" what would have manifested with this event, are there instances in other countries/governments that may give us an idea of how this may be reflected in the US's future? You wrote "But major Pluto transits can bring horrific catastrophes, sending the nation back to its core values for the re-birth phase. What form will this Plutonian collapse take?" Could this be a new Revolution--the rise of the proletariat (pitch forks) against the wealthy? Or would the catastrophes be more physical than philosophical?
re: Mueller report - What happened with Mueller's investigation. Nothing on Trump. Seems like much ado about nothing--except for the dudes who went to jail.
A. Stay tuned! Watch as Pluto turns retrograde while oposing Trump's Saturn. Also, Eris is now at 23º44' Aries, exactly squaring Trump's Saturn (orb: 0º04').
re: pages - This is probably nothing but I feel I should mention it , I have this site in a bookmark on my phone and for some reason when I access Neptune cafe it has Not Secure next to the name, this has just started showing up , it doesn’t happen to anything else I go to, was wondering if something is happening with the site...or what ???
A. It's because Google deems my site not mobile friendly. Fixing it would mean re-designing dozens of pages and I don't have the time to do that. Not to worry that it's being hacked though. Thanks for the feedback.
re: candidates - Of all the announced Democratic candidates for president this Swalwell has the most connections to that 25 degree Aquarius moon you reference often in regards to electability. He has Mars 25 degrees Sag, Uranus 25 degrees Scorpio and his moon for noon shows 28 Aquarius so if born earlier in day may actually be right on 25 degrees!
re: UK - There is so much going on right now in the news!! Maybe you already predicted it, but do you think the U.K. will have another referendum? If Brexit happens, the ensuing recession would spread to Europe like a cancer. It’s been funded and supported by the far right and Putin. Putin, of course, wants to restore Russia in its formal glory as a superpower to rival the US, and do do that, he needs to split and divide the West. Ergo, he supports Brexit. Trump wants a hotel in Moscow, and he is willing to do anything to make that happen, no matter what the cost.
re: Trump - Have you predicted yet whether Trump would finish out his presidency? With the Mueller report completed when Mercury is retrograde, would that hinder his case and be good for Trump? Or does the retrograde in this instance signify uncovering of secrets?
re: Trump - After you wrote about Trump's progressed Moon moving on top of his natal Mars, I noticed Trump's recent threat, "I got the cops and the military and Bikers for Trump..." What a fascist!. When I heard that, I thought of his progressed Moon
A. Yes, that braggadocio is a clear manifestation of his martial self-promotion.
re: NewsScope – I’ve been reading NewsScope for ten years, every Monday. Can’t wait til the next issue, thanks.
re: Bitcoin - There seem to be multiple charts for "Bitcoin". Bitcoin has been around long enough now to see a pattern in its valuation: dramatic price drops of 70%, followed by dramatic price increases, followed by drops, etc. Is there a Bitcoin chart that fits this valuation pattern? Is Bitcoin set to become the first international non-state medium of exchange? Thanks for your interesting site.
A. I have written about bitcoin's chart in the distant past (see bitcoin), but it's certainly worth another look.
re: Trump - Your piece on Uranus transits to the US ascendant: It does point to radical change but not a great sign if you were the one currently in power, yes? And does Trump's chart ever show signs of incarceration? He'll likely skate any federal charges, but it seems NY jails are ready and open for his business...
re: Trump - Doesn't transiting North Node conjunct Trump's natal Sun in 2020 weigh heavily in favor of his re-election?
A. It certainly helps, as does transiting Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter trine his MC. Note that by definition, the Lunar Nodes are aligned with the eclipsed planet. However, many other factors should be considered, especially how his opponent's chart looks. Basing any forecast or prediction on one indicator is a sure way to miss the boat. Favorable transits can be totally over-ruled by hard progressions, for example.
re: Trump - Anticipating Trump's visit to the UK, Theresa May's people were warned not to schedule meetings lasting longer than 30 minutes "because of problems with his concentration span.’. Officials were told that, when a meeting exceeds that time limit, Trump just just checks out and 'starts doodling’. There's also been a lot of speculation about his drug use--- Aderall in particular. In addition, hundreds of mental health professionals expressed their concerns, issuing an analysis and a warning to all of us. Plus, his increasingly bizarre behavior indicates major problems.
Would you please consider looking into Trump's mental health?
re: 2020 - I read with some real concern your probably correct analysis that the US 2020 election will be under very real stress from continued [Russian] sabotage. Unhappily, what you also need to consider is that Bernie Sanders’ “independent Democrat” candidacy and generous fund-raising may also be part of that sabotage plan. Sanders candidacy is a classic diversionary tactic to peel off and divide the more liberal voters away from the larger Democratic candidate. Whatever his own motives – and I am not questioning these by any means – his “further left” views make him an ideal candidate for generous funding from black sources and even covertly from the Republican party itself. The Repubs will never attack Sanders; just watch.
June 3, 2019 - Trump’s 2019 Solar Return; Julian Assange; Kawli Leonard Leads the Toronto Raptors
June 10, 2019 - U.S. Pluto Return and Mars; Chinese Communist Party; Olivia Jade Hit by Saturn and Pluto
June 17, 2019 - Democratic Candidates Debate; Trump Relocated to Tehran; Eliz Warren on the Rise
June 24, 2019 - U.S. Progressed Mars Activated; July's Top 5 Astro-Events; Hopeful Pete Buttigieg
July 1, 2019 - Kamala Harris Hits Home Run; Pluto and the Concentration of Power; Megan Rapinoe, Soccer Star
July 8, 2019 - Int'l Climate Emergency; California Earthquakes; Cory Booker and the 2021 Inauguration
July 15, 2019 - Plutocrat Jeffrey Epstein Arrested; Trump Re-Elected? The Democratic Field Narrows
July 22, 2019 - Ilhan Omar Takes Center Stage; The Heat is On; Space Travel in the Age of Aquarius
July 29, 2019 - Russian Meddling in 2020; Top 5 Astro-Events; Boris Johnson, the UK’s New Prime Minister
Aug. 5, 2019 - Scorpio Rising, Part 2; Trump Tweet Tumbles Markets; Uranus Disrupts White Supremacy
Aug. 12, 2019 - U.S. Mars Activated; M. Williamson Touts Spiritual Renewal; Slovakia's Zuzana Čaputová
re: Scorpio - Your powerful column this morning has convinced me the US Ascendant is indeed Scorpio. I have seen your other writings on this subject and was intrigued. You have now tipped the scale. I will be defending your view on other astrology sites.
re: Scorpio - I have often mulled over your notion that the USA chart has a Scorpio Ascendant - today you made the best arguments for it. I recall, as an immigrant with a perspective from other cultures, that what struck me the most about this country is that it is one of extremes; the Americans I have met in my travels reflected both the very best and the very worst. Also, following your other arguments regarding the Revolutionary War, it was really more about taxation (without representation) than human freedom.
re: U.S. Moon - I am aware of the "most important link a candidate needs is the US Moon at 25 Aquarius." But have all the US Presidents had this in their chart? If not, who didn't, and what in their chart overrode that? Thanks for your comments this morning; disturbing as I find them.
A. All of them since FDR have has this connection, which shows the importance of media in conveying a candidate's essence. Prior to FDR, connections to Pluto dominated, which was more about connecting to the elite. I've written in depth about this, and you can read more here.
re: Beyond Meat - My hubby bought Beyond Meat stock after your report, and it’s done pretty well. Keep the stock tips coming!
re: Macron - Monday's read: Once again your insights are nothing short of amazing. I’m curious: When Le Pen was ousted by Macron, against the "stars wishes", what was the thing that pushed him into the winner's circle? Your very interesting look at past presidents and how they got to be one, reveals the "norm." But there are those who didn't fit the mold. Do they, the odd-men-out-but-in, share something?
NewsScope for August 19, 2019
By Michael Wolfstar
The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction Brings Economic Shift
Although the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 50 years, and consumer confidence remains high, economists are warning that a potential recession is looming. Last week, volatility in the stock market spiked when the yield curve inverted (two-year treasury note yields rose above the ten-year yield). The U.S. trade war with China escalated while corporate earnings forecasts became cautious.
Traditionally, astrologers have looked at the Jupiter-Saturn cycle for clues about where the economy is heading. Jupiter is expansive and confident, while Saturn is constrictive and pessimistic. A chart for the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction can tell us how these basic forces are playing out. These two economic planets come together every 20 years, and the next one takes place on December 21, 2020 at 0º Aquarius.
When this chart is set for the U.S. financial center in New York (1:20 pm EST), a startling pattern jumps out: Uranus is conjunct Black Moon Lilith, and both are exactly conjunct the Taurus Ascendant. Plus, both are squaring the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction with an orb of 6º, close enough to bring plenty of surprising financial developments around the time of this major astro-event. Uranus brings unsettling events, and all the more so with Lilith tightly in the mix.
In Taurus, Uranus and Lilith will likely undermine investors’ sense of security and stability. For comparison, consider the previous Jupiter-Saturn conjunction that took place on May 28, 2000. Jupiter and Saturn were at 22º Taurus and squaring Uranus at 20º Aquarius. The same three outer planets were configured in the same signs. Back then, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction was preceded by the dot-com boom, and then the actual astro-event brought the bust.
Hong Kong Fights for Independence
Since 1997, Hong Kong has operated under the slogan “One country, two systems”, which neatly divides socialist mainland China from the more democratic Hong Kong. This division will disappear in 2047 when Hong Kong officially comes directly under Beijing’s rule. However, due to an extradition bill that would give more power to China now, mass protests have been under way for the last several months.
China’s horoscope (October 1, 1949; 3:01 pm; Beijing) shows strong parallels to the current events and what happened in Tiananmen Square in 1989. In both cases, China’s natal Uranus was activated by transiting Uranus and progressed Venus. In the June 1989 riots, both progressed Venus and transiting Uranus were at 4º Capricorn and exactly opposite natal Uranus. Now, transiting Uranus in Taurus is sextile natal Uranus while progressed Venus has advanced one sign and is quincunx natal Uranus.
The planets involved reflect the nature of these manifested protests: Uranus is the urge for more freedom, and progressed Venus shows the wide popularity of this sentiment. China’s natal Mars-Pluto conjunction shows the potential for a heavy-handed, brutal response from the government. And this is exactly what happened during the night of June 3-4, 1989. At the time, transiting Pluto was squaring natal Mars.
Will it happen again? Transiting Jupiter has just turned direct while exactly trine natal Mars as a powerful military presence builds just outside of Hong Kong. But without transiting Pluto’s intense involvement, this seems more intimidation than actual threat. Plus, progressed Mars is sextile the Midheaven, ensuring that China will be acting more responsibly and with its global reputation in mind. Both progressed Venus and transiting Uranus have at least a year to go before waning in influence. The protests will go on….
Greta Thunberg and the UN Climate Summit
Beginning with the Youth Climate Summit on September 21, 2019, a week-long program of action-oriented proposals for reversing global warming will take place at the U.N. headquarters in NYC. The theme is “Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.” Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is traveling by a solar-powered yacht across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the sessions.
The gathering takes place just as Saturn is turning direct at 13º Capricorn, which can be interpreted as a signal to start implementing practical policies. Saturn here opposes the U.S. Sun at 13º Cancer, putting U.S. leadership at odds with the Summit’s central theme. World leaders will meet on the 23rd and offer concrete, realistic plans about how they will be reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Saturn will also conjoin Ms. Thunberg’s Capricorn Sun as well as her progressed Mercury and Chiron -- all located at 12º-13º Capricorn. We can expect that she will be speaking at the Youth Conference on the 21st, which may be when the most powerful voices are heard. She speaks from her Chiron perspective when she says “It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.”
The 2020 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius will likely mark the beginning of a new era of internationalism: Aquarius is all about networking and group thinking. We can expect that Greta Thunberg will continue to play a leading and inspirational role in combating global warming. With her progressed Sun entering Aquarius in 2020, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will land right on it, putting her goals and insights onto a global platform.