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April 18, 2016 - Hillary rising; Dilma Rousseff under fire; Modigliani - another penniless artist.
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July 18, 2016 - Eris as "the Other"; Uranus and Eris de-stabilize Turkey; Trump's VP choice Mike Pence.
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Aug 1, 2016 - U.S. Merc turns direct; Trump relocated to Moscow; Luke Aikens, skydiver.
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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.
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re: Trump - I really enjoyed--if that's the right word--the May 2nd issue. The Lilith in Astro*Carto*Graphy for Trump is particularly unsettling. You may want to emphasize in future NewsScopes that in many ways the President's chart becomes the US chart during his/her term of office. Also, thanks for your piece on Audra McDonald, she is a wonderfully talented singer and actor who is far too under appreciated.
re: Clinton - If memory serves, Geo. W. Bush's Saturn was on his 1st house cusp, headed south, when he ran the second time and won. Of course, his second term is memorable for a host of bad reasons. Campaigns are battles. Governing is a war. It's possible Hillary wins the battle but struggles with the war, yes?
A. Could be! Technically, transiting Saturn was in Bush's 12th house during the 2004 election and didn't reach his Ascendant until September 2005. But yes, it was downhill from there.
re: ACG maps - I'm a regular reader of your column, and having a question for you is an opportunity to say "thanks". My question concerns Lilith (whether oscillating or mean) and Astro*Carto*Graphy* maps. I've been consulting astrodienst's A*C*G* map service for years, but I've never seen an option to add bodies beyond the normal range of bodies and the north node, such as asteroids or Lilith. I'd really like to run a map for myself with Lilith (or the Liliths) included; possibly also to include the "big four" Goddess asteroids. What software or service did you use to obtain Donald Trump's Lilith lines?
A. I used the Solar Maps function in SolarFire to generate those maps. You can also get Lilith and the asteroids on ACG maps using Halloran's AstrolDeluxe software.
re: Trump - What software program told you that Lilith is angular on Donald Trump's IC when his chart is relocated to California?
A. My apologies, I made an error on this. What I was looking at was Trump’s progressed A*C*G* map, and on this one the progressed Lilith-IC runs just off the coast of California. I blame Mercury retrograde for this error.
re: Brazil - Sorry, but Nicholas Campion is right! A lot of Brazilian astrologers don´t even know secondary progressions. It´s incredible, but they work only with natal charts and transits! Accuracy, precision, systematization are not the strong points of Brazilian astrologers. They create a lot of fantasies that they call “interpretations”, with no connection with professional practices. And, I don´t guess why, they created a fallacious notion that Brazilian ascendant is in Aquarius! Brazilian mentality and inclinations have nothing to do with Aquarius and all to do with Pisces! This is the carnival paradise! After the carnival, it´s the end of the world, but no problem…Let´s wait for the next year carnival party! Do you follow me? Also, another point, I don´t see any reason to use LMT. Why not BZT +3?
A. Unfortunately, most "astrologers" are not using progressions yet. One doesn't have to be from Brazil to miss out on this valuable technique. To clarify Campion's position, independence was proclained somewhere between 4 and 5 pm LMT. He personally doesn't advocate 4:47 pm but states that many Brazilian astrologers do.
I'm sticking with 4:20 pm. Last week I was researching Petrobras to do a piece on it. President Vargas signed the act that created Petrobras on October 3, 1953 when transiting Pluto was at 24º Leo, precisely opposite the 4:20 pm Aquarius Ascendant. No such connection is evident with the 4:47 pm time.
As for the fantasy-oriented carnival, does not Neptune conjunct Brazil's ruling planet (Uranus) convey this? About LMT, time zones were established in 1884, so any time used before then had no systematic reference point except what the local clocks indicated.
re: Brazil - The progressed Sun+Mars on natal Pluto is a powerful combination never seen before. It seems that a transformation of the Brazil State is coming, or even a military action (due to Mars).
In the 80s there was much discussion about Brazil's Ascendent between astrologers. Through rectification the Aquarius rising became more habitual, though some still prefer the Pisces rising one. The Fixed signs are important when one studies historical events, especially 20º-24º Scorpio. The Discovery of Brazil chart in 1500 and Republic Proclamation in 1889 have important points in those signs and degrees.
Every time Saturn enters Scorpio there's some sort of political crisis in the country. In June 2013 we had massive protests in the streets (something unusual for Brazilians). Since then the country has been in turmoil, and every day the situation just worsens.
Most Brazilian astrologers use a Scorpio MC due to several military coups in Brazil's history and 2 deaths of presidents (one of them killed himself while in office). The most popular times are between 16:08 and 16:20, with Aquarius ascending.
re: Eris - Pertaining to the current Uranus/Eris conjunction, I've been wondering how this would affect me and decided to comment as it may provide insight to others going through a similar transit.
Transiting Uranus and Eris are currently making a conjunction to my natal third house Sun/Mercury conjunction, and squaring my ascendant. (Sun 23º50 Aries, Asc 24º20 Capricorn). I've been wondering how having Eris in the mix would manifest, and haven't been able to find much online to prepare. So far, what's been happening is that I've had to become a very goal-oriented, vocal, warrior advocate for my elderly mother in our broken healthcare system. Lately it seems that I am quite effective at it; it's like something powerful comes over me when I'm fighting for my mother's well-being, and all involved do as I say, and I've stopped caring what they think of me. I wonder if this is Eris' influence.
A. Yes, most astrologers aren't aware of Eris yet as a meaningful archetype since it was only discovered a few years ago. Sounds like you've got a handle on it though, doing what you're doing. It does have that warrior energy. Thank-you for your story.
re: Gary Johnson - Good article on Gary Johnson. I like him. He was Governor here in New Mexico. He did a good, solid job. There was no focus on legalizing drugs then. He only does that in his Presidential bids. He was a Republican back then who ran a successful business.
re: Flight MS804 - It occured to me when the Egyptian plane went down that perhaps it is somehow related to MH370. MH370 remains a mystery and it appears that no one has claimed responsibility for MS804 yet. Is this a long playing serial aviation terrorist?
re: U.S. progressed MC - In the September astro-events, #5 mentions what happened during the last two challenging aspects. So what happened when the progressed MC was conjunct Saturn? or semi-square Saturn?
A. I looked at the conjunction. It was in 1837 and for the first time the Senate had to select the Vice President. It was a major test of the constitution.
re: US progressed Mercury - thanks for the encouraging progressed Mercury station aspecting Juno. I'm more hopeful now that Hillary will win
A. In the U.S. chart Juno and Chiron oppose each other. That means progressed Mercury is also sextile Chiron. The Juno in Libra opposite Chiron in Aries represents the candidates' emphasis on "We're in this together " vs. "I'm the only one who can fix the system." Mercury stations right around the time the debates begin, offering a forum for these polarities to play out.
re: Tim Kaine - I have followed your work for many years and especially appreciate your sharing your views on the political scene. Tim Kaine was Virginia’s lieutenant governor and then governor and I have followed his political career for some time too, as I live in Virginia.
I am delighted that Tim is Hillary’s choice for her running mate. Although I don’t know him personally, I have met him and have heard him speak a few times. He is very much who he appears to be – a really nice guy and an excellent political strategist. You would never know that his Eris is conjunct his Ascendant in Aries!
re: MO v/c - Love your articles, always so insightful. Please keep going! With that said, here's another possible article topic for you to explore: How a moon void affects the nominating process of a political convention.
The moon was void on Tuesday 3:56-8:10pm exactly the time Trump was nominated. When he and Pence formally accept the nomination tomorrow night after 6:56pm PST, the moon will be void again.
I'm seeing this as an encouraging sign for us Hillary supporters/Trump despisers. Your thoughts? Inquiring minds want to know!
A. Trump accepted the nomination at 10:20 pm when the Moon was sextile UR and square Mars... In any case, I don't buy the MO v/c thing for event charts. That's a horary technique... Don't forget that Obama took the Oath of office during a MO v/c and he got Obamacare passed.
re: Hillary's Moon - In your May 23, 2016 issue of NewsScope you wrote: "To win the American people over, a candidate must have a strong connection with the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius. Hillary’s Uranus at 25º Gemini fits the bill, as does Trump’s Venus at 25º Cancer. Each of these planets describes where the candidate has exceptional influence over public opinion. For Hillary, Uranus describes her drive for equal rights. Trump’s Venus suggests his vast wealth, his economic plans, and his view on women in general." And "Both candidates have Mars in Leo which, historically, American voters have overwhelmingly favored."
Why no mention that Hillary has her Moon in Pisces? As you know, no U.S. President has had their Moon there. I believe the Election will be a lot stranger than you or any other American astrologer is now thinking.
A. Hillary is well aware of the vulnerability of her Pisces Moon, which is why she didn't open up emotionally during her nomination speech, as so many pundits thought she should to overcome the trust issue. And yes, this is a strange election. If terrorism increases dramatically over the next few months, that will certainly help Trump.
re: Hillary overheated - As much as I’m a Trump fan, considering him a worthy “messenger” of needed change, I do also appreciate, being from NY state myself, what Hillary did for the state in the 9/11 aftermath. Your take on what was happening with Clinton sounds so “right on!” Also, you never can win trying to out-maneuver someone who’s from the Bronx using his natural tactics. What perfect advice for Clinton’s continuing campaign! I, surely, hope she doesn’t read your column! Thanks once again for such quick and perfected commentary!
re: North Korea - Based on last weeks NewsScope indicating a potential war involving the U.S. in June 2017 and this week's describing the planetary configurations effecting the North Korean leader at that same time it seems those two may match and it would be North Korea the U.S. ends up at war.
re: 2017 war - Always enjoy your insights. The recent article on the forecast of war in 2017 is unsettling. Do any of the indicators point to where the conflict will originate, and then [mostly] take place? Is there a safe space to "hide out" during the conflict? And how long will the war last?
A. Sorry, I don't know the answers to any of your questions.
re: 2017 war - As always I'm appreciative of your regular column. This time, against all logic, I hope you are wrong about war in 2017. Let us pray that we all (collectively) have too much sense and practicality to do this.
A. I hope I'm wrong too.
re: 2017 war - Dear Lord, this has really upset me. I've never been to your country but I owe it and its people a lot. One has received so much from the Americans.
re: 2017 war - Speaking of explosive war indicators, were there explosive indicators occuring around December 7th, 1941?
A. Yes, the progressed Venus cycle was in full play at that time, being conjunct not only Pluto but the progressed Ascendant. Also, progressed mars was making a rare octile to the Midheaven. A transiting Saturn-Uranus conjunction in the U.S. 7th house of "open enemies" was squaring the U.S. Moon. Transiting Mars kicked this configuration off by opposing the U.S. Saturn.
re: NewsScope - Thank you as always for your amazing ability to transform the depths of astrology into something the rest of us can comprehend. Keep up the good work.
re: NewsScope - I really enjoyed your last post !! Thanks so much for your time and thanks for sharing what you do!
re: NewsScope - I look forward to your NeptuneCafe articles each week. I find it fascinating to see the correlation between astrology and world affairs. Scary stuff though.
re: Hillary - You wrote: "she attempts to match Trump’s ability to endlessly insult and criticize. " Are you kidding me?? She started her career on the panel looking into Nixon 30 second missing tape. She was fired for her rhetoric and lying and has been at it ever since. This is long before Trump came on the scene. Your above quote seems like her illness was brought on because she is trying to keep up with the mean old Trump. If she can't keep up with Trump how is she going to keep up with Iran, Iraq, Saudis, N Korea, etc???
re: NewsScope subscription - Do you still take subscriptions to your Newscope page? I should like to subscribe if the answer is in the affirmative.
A. No, I've pretty much done away with the subscription thing. It was a bit hard to manage. But you can always read NewsScope on Mondays, accompanied by the relevant graphics.
NewsScope for October 17, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar
Mars Out of Bounds
Due to Trump’s rapidly deteriorating, bizarre meltdown dominating the news headlines, stories concerning important military developments have been downplayed and dismissed. But as recently described in NewsScope,* numerous astrological indicators suggest that a new war is coming in 2017, or a tremendous escalation in an area already torn by military conflict. Here are a few charts and astro-events to explore as 2017 approaches:
The most belligerent U.S. foe is coming out of Russia, with the potential that Election Day hacks will disrupt the democratic process. In Russia’s chart (June 12, 1990; 1:45 pm; Moscow), transiting Pluto is in a long-term opposition to the progressed Sun at 16º Cancer. For Putin (October 7, 1952; 9:30 am; Petrograd), the transiting Uranus-Eris conjunction is opposing his Mercury and trine his elevated Pluto.
Dylan, an Artist of Many Generations
In political astrology, challenging Mercury-Neptune aspects get a bad rap. Consider Reagan’s forgetfulness or the fanciful assertions by Donald Trump, which astrologers generally associate with their harsh Mercury-Neptune aspects. But in the world of entertainment, Mercury-Neptune aspects can be a huge asset. Bob Dylan’s Mercury-Neptune square – which dominates his chart – is a good example, especially since he just won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
* see NewsScope’s September 5 issue for more on the war indicators. The Inauguration horoscope and further discussion can be found here.
The U.S. Inauguration chart (January 20, 2017; noon; Washington DC) may be used as a guide for what the next president might expect over the coming four years. With the Moon at 9º Scorpio, it’s a clear indicator for Hillary’s ascension to the White House. But this Moon forms a precise trioctile (135º) to Mars, which shows an immediate military crisis is in play. Also, Mars conjoins Chiron and squares Saturn, further underscoring a severe, embattled set of military circumstances.
Influencing the current astrological climate, Mars is “Out-of-Bounds” between August 8 and October 30. Whenever a planet’s declination goes further north or south of the Sun’s path on the ecliptic, it’s said to be Out of Bounds (OOB), and may act in ways that are beyond normal or expected behavior. Certainly Donald Trump has exemplified this tendency, as have Russian demagogues threatening nuclear war. As the transiting Mars-Pluto conjunction becomes exact this week, watch for “crazy” warnings coming out of Russia, North Korea, Syria or anywhere else that might tempt the next president into war.
A spectacular, extremely tight arrangement of progressed placements coincides with Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Jupiter is generally associated with honors, especially when the Sun or Midheaven is involved. Dylan’s progressed Sun at 15º Leo is perfectly sextile his progressed Jupiter at 15º Gemini. And his progressed Part of Fortune is now at 15º Libra, near his Midheaven, and activating the underlying progressed Sun-Jupiter connection. Transiting Pluto at 15º Capricorn ties it all together, making a four-planet bridge to acknowledged superstardom.
Dylan was born with three outer planets conjoined with his Taurus Moon (May 24, 1941; 9:05 pm; Duluth, MN), which accounts for his stability through the ages in the capricious music business. The restless lyricist (Gemini Sun, Mercury angular) became famous for his visionary, revolutionary style that was picked up by fellow rock-n-rollers and film-makers (Jupiter-Uranus). Most recently, he’s returned to the Great American Songbook by singing Sinatra standards (Saturn in Taurus).
Central to Dylan’s ability to speak to the national soul is Black Moon Lilith, located at 8º Taurus. Lilith’s placement is emphasized by its network of aspects, including a close trine to Ceres in the 1st house, and a square to Pluto. Lilith here is exactly aligned with the U.S. Ascendant at 8º Scorpio, giving Dylan a dark perspective on the American sense of identity, often looking beyond the façade to speak the uncomfortable truth.
Téa Leoni as Madam Secretary
Hillary Clinton has often cited Madam Secretary as her favorite TV show. Téa Leoni, as the unstoppable Secretary of State, plays an idealized, romanticized version of the same role Hillary played. Unlike Hillary, Téa’s character often acts outside the box to achieve spectacular results. Yet the political drama is immensely watchable with its realistic plotlines and synchronistic parallels to the real world.
Téa Leoni was born with her Pisces Sun conjunct Pallas (February 25, 1966; New York, NY; time unknown), the asteroid associated with the political strategist. The Sun and Pallas accompany Saturn and a stellium of planets in Pisces, which in turn oppose the generational Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the mid-1960s. Her Sun, Mercury and Mars are on the Saturn side and, similarly, she hails from a conservative background.
Yet the radical Uranus-Pluto vibe has played a formative part in shaping her personal character and the roles she’s played in film and on TV. Some of her biggest film successes are disaster films, like Deep Impact and Jurassic Park 3. These films – and Madam Secretary -- depict a “normal” life pattern threatened by forces beyond anyone’s control, just as her personal planets are challenged by the outer planets.
Now beginning its third season, Madam Secretary can be expected to grow in popularity based on the growing star quality of Téa Leoni. Currently, her progressed Sun is at 26º Aries where it favorably sextiles her progressed Jupiter at 26º Gemini. Also, her progressed Juno is nearby at 22º Aries. Transiting Uranus is in this degree zone now and through next year. The Juno activation points to her behind-the-scenes affair with co-star Tim Daly.