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Recent NewsScope Articles
Jan. 5, 2015 - Will Hillary run? Bono's Chiron-Pluto opposition; Angelique Kidjo, Africa's premier diva.
Jan. 12, 2015 - Neptune's anxiety; France under attack; Pope Francis's exciting Venus return.
Jan. 19, 2015 - Court takes up gay marriage; Swiss Bank shocks system; Chris Kyle, American Sniper.
Jan. 26, 2015 - Deflategate: Tom Brady's footballs; February's top 5; Klay Thompson's best quarter.
Feb. 2, 2015 - Greece's Alexis Tsipras; Shake Shack's debut; Katy Perry at the Super Bowl.
Feb. 9, 2015 - Saturn in Sagittarius, Jill Stein's Green New Deal; Elvis meets Nixon.
Feb 16, 2015 - Jeff Jawer, astro-luminary; journalists in transition; Jeff and Scorpio Rising US chart.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Uranus enters the US sixth; Neonicotinoids and bees; Dr. Seuss is back!
March 2, 2015 - The Boris Nemtsov papers; March's top 5; David Tredinnick, the MP favoring astrology.
March 9, 2015 - Ceres into view, AAPL and solar energy; Chai Jing's "Under the Dome" goes viral.
March 16, 2015 - Britain's royal family under the Eclipse; Kate and William; Charles' progressed MC.
March 23, 2015 - Nuclear deal with Iran? April's top 5 astro-events; Krissi Brown remains in a coma.
March 30, 2015 - Andreas Lubitz, unfit for duty; Q&A - Richard III; Bas Lansdorp's Mars One mission.
April 6, 2015 - Obama and the Iran; NJ Senator Menendez indicted; Mad Men's Matthew Weiner.
April 13, 2015 - Hillary makes it official; Bill progressed Venus; Chelsea's prog Mars.
April 20, 2015 - Marco Rubio declares; Hillary and the Inequality bubble; Floyd Mayweather Fight.
April 27, 2015 - "Clinton Cash" and Clinton fatigue; Petrobras scandal; Bruce Jenner is a woman.
May 4, 2015 - Baltimore, a tale of two cities; May's top five astro-events; Marilyn Mosby's meteoric rise.
May 11, 2015 - Scottish independence; Ceres and the food revolution; the Hanneke Wrome.
May 18, 2015 - Rand Paul steps forward; re-thinking the U.S. Moon; Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
May 25, 2015 - Ireland votes in favor of same-sex marriage; June's top five; American Pharoah.
June 1, 2015 - The FIFA scandal; Bernie Sanders, the authentic politician; Emma Stone's rising star.
June 8, 2015 - China hacking into American data; Martin O'Malley, the Dark Horse; MVP Stephan Curry.
June 15, 2015 - the Trans-Pacific partnership; Venus and Jupiter; Secretariat, the racing machine.
June 22, 2015 - Lilith and Pope Francis's historic encyclical; July's top five; Eris, the spiritual warrior.
June 29, 2015 - Obama secures his legacy; Minnesota top biz state; New Horizons nears Pluto.
July 6, 2015 - Greece and the New Moon; Donald Trump's remarks; fighting spirit of Eva Longoria.
July 13, 2015 - Mercury-Mars-Pluto alignment; China's bubble; Serena Williams and Roger Federer.
July 20, 2015 - Loretta Young date raped by Clark Gable? Wat happened in filming Call of the Wild?
July 27, 2015 - Uber and the "sharing economy; August's top five; SETI gets a $100 million donation.
Aug. 3, 2015 - Scott Walker and the plutocracy; Donald Trump and Rand Paul; JFK and Gene Tierney.
August 17, 2015 - Will Hillary win? Will Biden? The progressed Part of Fortune . Jen and Justin marry.
Aug. 24, 2015 - Pluto opposes the U.S. Sun; Jerry Brown, dark horse. Megan Fox files for divorce.
Aug. 31, 2015 - China-U.S. trade relations grow; Sept's top five; Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook.
Sept. 7, 2015 - The U.S. Pluto return; China and U.S. power plays; The Force Awakens, part 2
Sept. 14, 2015 - Joe Biden running?; Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood; Stephen Colbert, rectified
Sept. 21, 2015 - Carly Fiorina wins debate; Bernie Sanders's vision; the Pope goes to Washington.
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.
re: Gable-Young - Your analysis of Loretta Young's and Clark Gable's charts got me thinking about birth times, trends, etc. I seem to be part of a cohort of women who had their one and only child at 40, we being some of the women who came of age in the late 60s and early seventies. Any prominent aspects affecting my group over those time eras? We definitely all came through that time when women/girls no longer had the absolute expectation (either personal or society-imposed) to marry and have kids right after college, or to "settle down" in some woman-friendly career, like teaching. We were the first wave to live feminism/women's lib. So what happened with us, astrologically speaking?
A. The Pill happened, along with the radical Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the 1960s that opposed conventional Saturn. It's noteworthy that the four main asteroids were first introduced into horoscopes, making a kind of gender balance among deployed planets.
re: Minnesota - Thanks for your thoughtful defense in the matter of the Minnesota education system and "liberalism." Your weekly newsletter is always a treat. However this comment of yours hit one of my personal issues. We are all in this together. Any person's children and grandchildren deserve a quality education. In part because they will be taking care of the previous generations as we get older. But also because it is morally correct to provide opportunities for every human to find his/her unique gifts to share with the world.
re: Trump - Do you think Donald Trump has a chance? I think he touches a nerve in people. I think the political correctness has gone a little too far, we have all become a little mealy-mouthed.
re: Clark Gable - It is surprising how many male Hollywood stars have prominent Venus aspects. I wonder if the old label of "feminine planet" pertaining to Venus really has meaning. Now that male good looks, indeed beauty,
A. Actually, celebrities are said to be ruled by Venus. They attract attention, like Venus. We can see how well this works in Clark Gable's and Loretta Young's charts.
re: Trump - You asked on your site "will Trump win,". According to my calculations, Trump's progressed Part of Fortune will be closely square natal Uranus in Gemini, which is Natally in his 10th house. I do not think so - but it is possible that this could indicate the the election of Trump could be a shock to everyone including him!!
A. Perhaps so. That would be a shock and disruptive to the political system. But like you, I doubt he will win. Historically, the only connections involved with tenth house indicators have been harmonious aspects, most commonly, the conjunction.
re: Sanger - Your writing on Margeret Sanger just makes her sound like such a lovely lady to do such wonderful things like paving the way for women and all... but really. DID her hatred for anything other than the white race get left out intentionally or are you just unaware?
I just love your astrological insight. But I swear you color it so much with your desire for the left to be all and win all. Maybe you just really dont realize it and see it ....I also am aware that there are not many Conservatives like myself who actually have a deep love or any understanding for astrology at all. You are obviously incredibly intelligent - or else you would not be able to comprehend the depths of Astrology the way you do.... but I have to say that intelligence stops when it comes to the loves of the left, communism, socialism, etc....
A. Actually, I am aware of her Nazi-like favoring of white supremacy. It's quite abhorrent. The problem is that I have only 250 to 300 words to get my astrological point across. I don't have the space to go into which of her policies were "good" and which were "bad". My aim was only to show how her birth control program was interconnected to today's politics via the Solar Eclipse.
re: U.S. economy - Isn't it a little ironic that the series of Uranus/Pluto squares is now over: ending in Spring 2015. Yet now, the economy starts to look shaky again with China's slowdown. Apparently 10 years of Federal Reserve intervention has its limits. It is almost like Uranus partially offset the Pluto opposition to the USA Sun but is no longer helping.
A. Uniquely in the U.S., Uranus has been a minor player in the Uranus-Pluto square. Most likely, the reason is because in the U.S. chart, the progressed Ascendant has been aligned with natal Pluto, emphasizing this factor. You can read about this in more detail at plutocracy.
re: Pluto - You wrote: "However, the times are changing and elections may be decided by the Pluto factor." Thinking about this at a people level makes me cringe. A connection to the U.S. Moon used to be of the utmost importance. As a candidate, you have to connect with the people. You serve them. They vote for you. But now, it's all about power. The people don't matter anymore. SIGH
re: Pop Quiz - In answer to your Pop Quiz in your weekly Neptune Cafe newsletter, it looks like Donald Trump's progressed Part of Fortune is at zero degrees Scorpio. Will it be at 15 degrees Scorpio come election? Love reading your column each week!!
A. No, you're doing something wrong. His Part of Fortune (progressed) is currently at 2 degrees Virgo. Do you have astrology calculation software? It'll be at 19 degrees Virgo in Nov 2016, which squares his 10th house Uranus. This describes a disruptive force more than an election win.
re: Syria - I always enjoy your weekly column. This week's piece on Syria was particularly of interest. When I changed the time (from Campion at 6 AM) to the Tyl time, I saw all you spoke about. Additionally I looked at the astrocartography map and the local space map. The latter shows the BML line going into the heart of Russia. This is particularly ominous...
re: Cubs - You wouldn't, by any chance, have a Chart for the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team? I can't seem to find any definitive date, except for 1870. I love to root for the Underdog.
re: Hillary - As a long term Hillary fan, I am delighted about her good showing in the recent Democratic debate. Those who dislike Hillary just love to drop those "hints of scandal" in an attempt to derail her campaign. The political pundits and the mainstream media are in for a revelation: Hillary is and has always been a great Presidential candidate!
re: mass murders - I think you have provided very convincing astrological details that confirm the Scorpio rising chart for the United States. It looks as though transiting Uranus will move out of orb to progressed Mars before too long. Do you think this will create a respite from mass murders such as the recent one in Oregon? I know there are other factors involved but taking Martian anger out of the set up looks positive for the future. Do you agree?
A. Yes, transiting Uranus will soon be out of range of activating the U.S. progressed Mars, but that definitely does not end the escalating trend of mass murders. Next come transiting Pluto, and also progressed Lilith will be joining progressed Mars in the U.S. 12th house. Progressed Lilith is just entering the U.S. 12th house now and will conjoin progressed Mars in January 2023, with both opposing progressed Chiron in the 6th house of health. This is an extremely dangerous set-up regarding violence as a health issue, and will be periodically activated by numerous outer planet transits between now and 2023.
re: guns - Given that the gun lobby is huge and powerful and that stupid amendment is, like, scripture to people, do you, also given this chart configuration, ever see anything ever being done to mitigate this stupidity? I refer you to Australia taking away everyone's guns after a particularly horrific mass killing. Since that nation-wide confiscation, no more mass killings. Imagine. Surprising how no guns can result in no killings.) I know that this is unlikely to happen to the Australian degree. But do you see gun enthusiasts giving an inch ever anywhere at all? Ever?
A. The Australian government didn't do a nation-wide confiscation of guns, but offered to buyback guns. The program was genius and inspirational, but would Americans follow suit? Unlikely any time soon, to my dismay.
re: NewsScope - I really love Neptune Café. I think NewsScope is the best astrology blog on the net.
NewsScope for November 9, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar
Ben Carson Gains on Trump
Now that famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson has nearly tied Donald Trump in the polls, his personal narrative is being openly questioned. One of the main sticking points is Carson’s claim that he was a violent youth, having knifed a family relative and hitting his mother with a hammer. He states that through his faith he overcame his temper. Is it true? Astrologically, the answer is clear.
re: NewsScope - Thank you, as always, for a column that I check first thing in the morning on Mondays!
re: European Union - Since the refugee crisis, much talk has centered around the difficulties of taking in such a mass of peoples whose cultures are so very different from those of Europe. I do hear more about the urgency of dealing with migrants that are huge in number and in many ways demanding, rather than desiring of fitting in wherever there opens a door. Most recently there's the opinion that this large-scale migration may well signal the end of the European Union. Some even are considering conspiracy theories of how such a movement was initiated, is perpetuated, and who it helps (i.e. Russia, the US and their oil interests). What do you see in the stars for the EU's future?
A. Sorting out the conspiracy theories from what's happening on the ground and the shifting policies of the various nations involved makes this a complex issue. The chart I use for the European Union, set for November 1, 1993, currently has transiting Uranus squaring the natal Uranus-Neptune conjunction, which fits the disrupting influence caused by the flood of immigrants. Beyond that, I can't say how this will work itself out. What happens in Syria is, of course, relevant, and there we have a state of constant flux, not to mention the numerous surrounding players vying for control. How Russia and the U.S. come to terms (or not) with the Middle East is another unknown vector. In short, there are too many variables to make any definitive statement on the effects to the Eurozone. However, I will study the EU chart some more and see if any internally directed effort can be mustered to resolve the crisis.
Carson was born with a Mars-Pluto conjunction in Leo (September 18, 1951; Detroit, MI; time unknown), a combination well known for its apparent superhuman power. When Mars-Pluto is afflicted by other planets, it can indeed turn to violence at the least bit of provocation, especially during childhood before reason has had a chance to shape the ego. In Carson’s case, his Mars-Pluto is closely octile (45º) Saturn, which eventually drove him to channel his immense will power into constructive ambition.
Carson’s Virgo Sun has no aspects to the traditional planets, but it does square Chiron. The Sun-Chiron square represents his inner sense of being psychologically wounded, most likely as an extremely impoverished black American. His rise from these dismal roots to become one of the world’s most accomplished surgeons is an inspiring and compelling story, which he himself has told over the course of six books.
Carson’s Virgo Sun also trines Pallas in Capricorn, which points to his political ambition. He has no natal planets in aspect to the U.S. Moon or the U.S. Pluto, which will eventually undermine his ability to connect with voters and potential billionaire backers. His main connection to the U.S. chart is his Uranus at 13º Cancer (conjunct the U.S. Sun). As transiting Pluto opposes his Uranus, his personal credibility has come under intense national scrutiny.
Rubio’s Tax Plan
Although Trump continues to lead in GOP polls, he has unusually high negatives, and his momentum has stalled. And as Jeb Bush’s campaign flounders with only a 4% approval rating, Marco Rubio’s campaign is surging. Just last week he received endorsements from three Republican senators as well as GOP billionaire mega-donor Paul Singer. The central plank in Rubio’s platform is his radical tax plan.
Rubio’s astrological connections to America’s plutocracy were profiled last April, and are shown by his natal Saturn-trine-Pluto at 27º Taurus and Virgo respectively, where they each trine the U.S. Pluto at 27º Capricorn. This flowing earth Grand Trine readily gets him the support of the GOP’s wealthiest backers. And in return, Rubio’s tax plan proposes to eliminate the capital gains tax, thereby providing huge benefits to America’s top one percent.*
Rubio’s Gemini Sun conjoins Ceres, an aspect noted for expressing caretaking, nurturing qualities. This Sun-Ceres dynamic is energized by a trine to Mars in the populist sign of Aquarius. Together, this configuration has manifested as a keen interest in supporting the poorest Americans, who are the other beneficiaries of his tax plan. Financial analysts note that the lowest 10 percent of wage earners will receive a 45 percent increase in after-tax income.
As a political strategy, Rubio’s tax plan gives huge benefits to the plutocrats and finds favor with low-income voters because they also benefit. He’s vague about the necessary budget cuts and tax increases to cover his plan. Rubio’s Gemini Sun opposes a Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Sagittarius, which tends toward fuzzy thinking and excessive optimism. Watch over the coming two weeks -- as transiting Saturn opposes his Sun -- to see if he can make sense of these numbers.
Supergirl Melissa Benoist
Supergirl - the first female-focused costumed superhero to hit broadcast network TV in decades – became this fall’s highest rated debut with 14 million viewers. The CBS action-adventure series stars Melissa Benoist who, critics agree, is the perfect leading lady with the “appealing winsome decency” that she previously displayed on Glee. Astrologically, Ms. Benoist has planetary placements that dovetail perfectly with her TV character.
Benoist was born with her Sun in socially active, engaging Libra (October 4, 1988; Houston, TX; time unknown) where it opposes Mars in super-assertive Aries. This polarity suggests the dual roles between her secret identity as a bumbling office assistant and her amazing heroic exploits as Supergirl. Her Sun also conjoins Vesta and trines Jupiter, which gives her the inherent mission-oriented life goal to do good.
The Moon in Leo is an apt symbol for a female hero, especially since it’s fortified by a trine to Mars and a sextile to Jupiter. This Leo Moon gives her the heart of a hero, an individual willing to fight (Mars) for what she believes in (Jupiter). And with Venus in modest Virgo, but tremendously enhanced by trines to the triple conjunction of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, we can expect some romantic sparks to liven up the show.
Benoist’s progressed Sun is now at 8º Scorpio, and exactly conjunct the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. This extraordinary connection to the national horoscope indicates that she is fulfilling a national archetype, the personification of America’s idealized belief in itself as being super-good and super-strong. Over the coming year, her progressed Venus will oppose natal Mars, which should make for some interesting plot developments. How will she balance her need to be both feminine and strong?