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Recent NewsScope Articles

Jan. 6, 2014 - Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio; Colorado legalizes marijuana; Sean Penn's love life.

Jan. 13, 2014 - Jeff Bezos and Chiron-Pluto; is Chris Christie a bully? West Virginia's eco-disaster

Jan. 20, 2014 - Cyber insecurity , Ceres and California's drought, Francois Hollande

Jan 27, 2014 - Market volatility and the Grand Cross; Feb. top five; Russell Wilson and the Seahawks

Feb. 3, 2014 - The politics of Marianne Williamson,  Black Widows, Amanda Knox re-convicted.

Feb. 10, 2014 - Mercury turns retrograde; Viktor Yanukovych at the crossroads; AthenaHealth.

Feb.17, 2014 - Comcast's evil empire; Mercury retrograde brings travel snafus, Kevin Spacey.

Feb. 24, 2014 - China's shadow banking system; March's top five; Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko freed.

March 3, 2014 - Ukraine's 12th house; Putin's stars; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sirius, Grand Cross.

March 10, 2014 - Tracking Mars and Pluto; Obama's Part of Fortune; Grace Kelly and Nicole Kidman.

March 17, 2014 - Charting Flight MH370; East Turkestan separatists; Nicole Kidman, Part 2.

March 24, 2014 - The pilot of MH370; April's Top Five Astro-Events; Shailene Woodley stars in Divergent.

March 31, 2014 - Henry Waxman vs. Big Pharma; conscious uncoupling; Russell Crowe as Noah. 

April 7, 2014 - The rise of America's Plutocracy; the first of four "Blood Moons"; Anja Niedringhaus.

April 14, 2014 - Russia flexes its muscles; Wal-Mart goes organic; Stephen Colbert.

April 21, 2014 - Astrology rising; "you don't believe in astrology, do you?"; Susan Miller, pop astrologer.

April 28, 2014 - The U.S. progressed Mars; May's top five; DWTS's Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy.

May 5, 2014 - Obama relocated to Kiev, the tech sector's swoon, NBA owner Donald Sterling banned.

May 12, 2014 - Mars turns direct on May 19; Rob Ford, mayor of Crazy Town; George Clooney to marry.

May 19, 2014 - Narendra Modi, India's new Prime Minister; Hillary Clinton's double whammy; Beyonce. 

May 26, 2014 - Pope Franics in the Middle East; June's top five astro-events; the Lindy Hop Revival.

Unless otherwise stated, all data is rated A or AA from AstroDataBank
re: Israel - You said Israel's progressed moon is at TWELVE DEGREES CAPRICORN????!!!! Isn't that where transiting Pluto is right now? geesh... Couldn't you squeak that in there somehow? It just seems noteworthy. I know how much rage I felt when my progressed Moon was conjunct transiting Pluto a few years ago.

A. Yes, you're absolutely correct. Actually, there are quite a few items I could have added to the narrative, but I try to avoid getting too much astrologese in. Anyway, I'm glad you noticed.

re: Germany - I have six different charts for the German nation--including the Weimer Republic and the Reunification. Have you worked with the German chart? What chart do you recommend?

re: Elizabeth Warren - Glad you brought up Elizabeth Warren and her possible presidential run but really, do you have to join the Anybody But Hillary Bandwagon? I have yet to understand the hostility which both right and left wing pundits seem to hold towards her. It is not a product of her political actions but seems personal and malicious. I know of no other politician who has such critical, and pointless, scrutiny of her every action. You could at least try to maintain a veneer of civility towards her.

re: Elizabeth Warren - You didn't mention how much of a damned LIAR Elizabeth Warren is and how she lied to get freebies by saying she is a Cherokee.... It has been proven that her ancestors actually helped to massacre the native americans.... i really wish you would be a little more fair and stop showing your desire for socialism to destroy the country.

re: First Trade charts - I know you have written some things about first trade charts in your NewsScope column, but they seem contradictory. For YHOO you use 9:30 AM even though Michael Munkasey's Companies Database has 9:48 AM. For FB you used 11:30 AM. For BIDU you used 11:40 AM. Do you mostly use the actual time of the trade? Why one instead of the other? Have you tried researching the issue with many stocks? The problem with making predictions with FT charts is their complexity. Not only do you have to look at the natal chart, but both the P2 and P3 charts.

A. Your observations on FT charts are on target. I've been studying these charts for at least three years, but not until I got Munkasey's database did I realize that so many FTs are not set for 9:30 am. I analyzed YHOO and wrote about before I got his database, but have been using 9:48 since then. It's a real challenge to understand how the transits and P2 and P3 charts interact, but worth the effort. When the same message appears on all three levels, you get a strong indication of a big move and the direction. 

re: Hillary and Neptune - You wrote about the physically weakening influence of Hillary's upcoming Neptune transits, but isn't it the case that Americans do kinda like Neptunian leaders? Isn't it also the case that she can come across as being too tyrannical? Couldn't Neptune softening her be a benefit...make her more appealing?

A. Yes, Neptune softens, and may have other effects. A prominent Neptune may be associated with deception, poor advice from her lieutenants, misinformation, and most likely, promising more than she can keep.
​June 2, 2014 - Pluto opp the U.S. Sun; overhauling the Vets Admin; Steve Ballmer and the Clippers.

June 9, 2014 - Mars in the danger zone; Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko; JG's "The Fault in our Stars"

June 16, 2014 - ISIS seeks world domination, Eric Cantor's defeat; Subtext in Angelina Jolie's Maleficent

​June 23, 2014 - World Refugee Day, July's top five astro-events; Howard Schultz, coffee King.

June 30, 2014 - The U.S. plutocracy; Uranus in U.S. 6th house; Jurgen Klinsmann, U.S. soccer.

July 7, 2014 - Lilith on the U.S. MC; Elizabeth Warren's rising star; Kim Kardashian, #1 trendsetter.

​July 14, 2014 - Germany boots U.S. spy chief; marijuana prohibition; Cleveland twice blessed.

July 21, 2014 - Global hotspots heat up, is Malaysian Airlines cursed? the Planet of the Apes.

July 28, 2014 - Three air disasters is a coincidence? August's top five; is Charlize Theron engaged?

Aug 4, 2014 - Obama's 2014 solar return; Israel's Pluto; Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gets married.

Aug 11, 2014 - Mars activates Solar Eclipse; Russia's empire memory; Diamond Dallas Page Yoga.

Aug. 18, 2014 - Missouri militarizes police, Robin Williams and Lilith; Rachael Price, jazz vocalist.

Aug 25, 2014 - The Saturn-Uranus dilemma; Sept.'s top five; Piper Kerman's "Orange is the New Black".

Sept. 1, 2014 - NATO awakens, Angela Merkel at the frontiline, Jack Ma's Alibaba is coming.

Sept. 8, 2014 - Virginia's Bob McDonnell; Joan Rivers; Brangelina's wedding, good timing?

Sept. 15, 2014 - Chiron, how much weight? Nasdaq's top ten gainers; Teddy Roosevelt on PBS.

Sept. 22, 2014 - Alibaba, the biggest IPO ever; October's top five astro-events; FDR's blessing.

Sept. 29, 2014 - Neptune trines U.S. Ascendant; Eleanor Roosevelt; Derek Jeter, a class act.

Reader feedback

​re: Cuba - As of this week, we are revisiting our Cuban relationship with the USA. Do you believe this is tied to the Eclipse in the 60’s coming full circle (54 year eclipse cycle)? Does this also tie into the current T-Pluto opposition to the US-N-Sun – (bypassing Congress)? 

A. I don't know about the eclipses, could be... But it's certainly related to transiting Pluto opposite the U.S. Sun. Obama's historic arrangement was expressed as an Executive Order. It remains up to Congress to lift the economic embargo that's been in place since the early 1960s.

re: Paul Revere - Thank you for your Paul Revere story in the 12/15 NewsScope. I have always wished I was there on 4/18/75, hey, maybe I was. Interesting, the 3/20/15 and 9/27/15 eclipses fall on his Mars and Moon, will keep watch on the news then.

re: Emancipation Proclamation - This week's Neptune Cafe is outstanding. Thank you for looking at the big picture for the rest of us. Having a way to understand and hold the intensity of the world is so valuable.

​re: Emancipation Proclamation - I agree that race is the prime issue going on here however it's the issue of race plus police enforcement which is the main focus. Without analyzing that, you're still not getting to the heart of the problem. It seems to me that the role of the state police departments around America have been quite different from that of western European countries.

A. Yes, you're correct, the police have become militarized due to mega-funding of Homeland Security. I did allude to that in the first paragraph of the third article, but it could surely use a more in depth discussion as Pluto in Capricorn opposes the U.S. Sun.

​re: Emancipation Proclamation - What I have learned about Black Moon Lilith is that it mainly has to do with a drive for freedom and human dignity. When I look at the EP chart for the date of Obama's election, I see that transiting Pluto exactly opposed the EP Black Moon Lilith. When I look at the current progressed EP chart, I see that progressed BML opposes the EP Mercury, which creates a dialog about how to treat black people.
    If you look at Martin Luther King's natal chart, he has Jupiter sesquiquadrate (135d) to Black Moon (orb 0d 09m). The interpretation for anyone with this aspect is:
"You can be creative, versatile, brilliant, and prolific. You could excel at anything that requires a high level of mental functioning. You are probably more analytical and perceptive than are your peers. You like to keep changing, trying to do new things. Depending on your field, your ideas can be seen as radical or revolutionary. You function better as an individual than you do as part of a team, although you can be well complemented by more practical or business-oriented partners. You can be an inspiration or influential teacher to the younger generation."

A. This letter is from astrologer John Halloran. Visit his website at www.halloran.com to find out more about Lilith in aspect to the planets. Yes, Lilith is all over the EP chart. 

Regulus - In November's astro-event #5 you said that around November 22 there would be news about celebrities and royalty because Lilith was conjuncting the royal asteroid Regulus. I notice that Marilyn Monroe has her natal Lilith at 29 Leo and she has been in the news lately because of her letters being auctioned. So it was spot on in regards to Marilyn who is American royalty. And the news came out that William and Kate are heading to New York soon.

re: Bill Cosby - I would also add that transiting Saturn in Scorpio has passed over his Mars in Scorpio in the 7th and now transiting the 8th house has also brought all those 8th house hidden sexual/rape/criminal activities to light in a big KARMIC way.... I’ll leave black moon Lilith out of the equation because my ex-husband has Venus in Gemini, and I know just how much men with this placement think that the grass (the girl) is greener on the other side because they can’t make up their mind who they love or why until they’ve lost it! FICKLE FICKLE FICKLE! And remember what they say in Astrology: SATURN is KARMA.

re: Jessica Alba - She is most impressive. You didn't say anything about Ceres in her chart. I wonder if it's also relevant.

A. Ceres trines Uranus, which is angular and near the 4th house cusp. She's revolutionizing home life, with special attention to baby products. 

re: Scott Walker - When doing Scott Walkers chart wouldn't you do a relocation chart from Colorado to Wisconsin instead? 

A. It's certainly possible to look at a politician's chart relocated to his current residence, but that depends on having an accurate birth time. For Scott Walker, his birth time is unknown, so we don't know his Ascendant or Midheaven, and relocating the chart won't change that unknown. 

re: Princess Charlotte - She has an interesting chart...I wonder, could this little one become a Legal Eagle or Judge one day!?! ;)

A. Yes, the strong, elevated Pluto and Libra planets do indicate that as a real possibility.

re: Stephen Collins - As an astrologer I have been watching the alleged fall from grace of actor Stephen Collins (10/1/1947). Is this something (child molestation) in his chart or is this part of the drama from his current divorce with wife Faye Grant (7/16/1957)? He's a fine actor and I'm sad to see this surface. Will this get resolved or change his reputation/life forever? 

re: NCAA upsets - Should I just attribute all the NCAA football upsets on Saturday to Mercury turning retrograde? I don't remember ever seeing so many upsets happening together on one weekend like that. There must have been some general cosmic influence. Do you have a theory about that?

A. Ideally, one would check the NCAA chart, but the Lunar Eclipse aligned with the U.S. Sun-squ-Saturn which in itself can mean an upset of the status quo. Notice the simultaneous major upsets (extreme volatility) in the stock market as well.

re: Neptune - In your discussion of transiting Neptune and the U.S. Ceres, I was surprised you never discussed water and farming at all. I've heard that some in California want to break the state up into 4 states to govern water because of the drought.

A. Yes, you've spotted another manifestation of this dynamic, and there will certainly be more. Keep your eyes peeled and let me know what else you find.

re: Teddy Roosevelt We've been enjoying the PBS series on the Roosevelts too. Another aspect of Teddy's life that is very sad, but causes one to question the role of fate, is that he lost his first wife and mother on the same day. I have to wonder what the astrological factors behind that were. Also, did this loss have anything to do with his Uranus in the 12th house in Gemini (etc.)? This is the kind of biographical information, along with the story about him getting wounded yet surviving, that makes one wonder about the "fated" aspects in such a famous/history shaping person's life.

A. The date this coincidence happened was February 14, 1884. Transiting Saturn was in fact conjunct his 12th house Uranus at the time, suggesting the duality, difficulty and surprising nature of this loss. However, there were quite a few other major transits and progressions taking place at the same time. Especially relevant is that the preceding Solar Eclipse on October 30, 1883 took place on his Scorpio Sun and was activated by transiting Mars when his wife and mother died 3 1/2 months later.

re: Susan Miller - Gee, that's terrible--Susan Miller's fans getting angry at her for being sick. I receive 3 or 4 Astro-Newsletters. Whenever the Astrologers complain of being "stressed out," I email them telling them to "take a break!" from our receiving Newsletters--"We'll live" I tell them. Who are these people to complain about Susan?!

re: Susan Miller - That was a nice shout-out in support of Susan Miller. I've seen some of the comments on-line and they are shameful. 

re: Rob Ford - We were told by the lead doctor at a news conference yesterday at 5:00 that Rob Ford has malignant liposarcoma--essentially cancer of the fat. It's metastasized to his left buttock. They'll figure out how to proceed based on how he responds to the chemo. As an astrologer, does this surprise you?
Oct. 6, 2014 - U.S. security breaches; Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution; Princess Charlotte.

Oct. 13, 2014 - Ebola and Lilith; What happened to Kim Jong Un? Juno, Clooney and marriage.

Oct. 20, 2014 - Saturn urges Obama forward; the stock markets' wild gyrations; James Risen.

Oct. 27, 2014 - Barbara Boxer and global warming; Nov.'s top five astro-events; Gigamon surprises.

​Nov. 3, 2014 - Tim Cook's historic declaration; remembering Joan Quigley; Renee Zellwegger.

Nov. 10, 2014 - Lamar Smith on the political frontline; re-thinking Lilith; DWTS Janel Parrish.

Nov. 17, 2014 - Neptune's station; Obama's executive action; Jessica Alba, CEO of The Honest Co.

Nov. 24, 2014 - Hillary Clinton's Ceres and the 2016 campaign; December's top five; Bill Cosby scandal.

Dec. 1, 2014 - National candidates and the U.S. Moon; Firestone's deal with Liberia; The Force Awakens

Dec. 8, 2014 - American angst over race, police tactics, tracked using the Emancipation Proclamation

Dec. 15, 2014 - Oil patch implosion! Amy Pascal targeted by hackers; Paul Revere returns.
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NewsScope for December 22, 2014
By Michael Wolfstar

Cuba Awakens

Last Thursday, following an exchange of spies,  President Obama announced the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in over half a century. The deal making, which Pope Francis has been encouraging behind the scenes, paves the way toward normalization of relations. Simultaneously in Havana, Cuban President Raul Castro called for the removal of “any obstacles that hinder ties between our two countries.”
Cuba’s horoscope is set for when Fidel Castro announced his takeover of the government on January 2, 1959 (1:00 am;* Havana). The Sun at 11º Capricorn forms harmonious trines to the militant planets Mars and Pluto, creating a practical earth Grand Trine that accounts for the regime’s endurance. Over this past year, as secret negotiations were being held, transiting Pluto was transforming Cuba’s status by the conjunction with its natal Sun.

The accuracy of this chart can be shown by the timing of Fidel’s retirement and Raul’s ascension to power, which took place on July 31, 2006. The transfer took place just after the progressed Midheaven conjoined natal Pluto. Also, transiting Saturn was in Fidel’s Sun sign (Leo), weakening him physically. The sudden change took place as transiting Saturn conjoined Cuba’s Uranus in the 10th house of government leadership.
Black Moon Lilith by secondary progression is the closest aspect in effect at the moment. Its trine to Cuba’s Sun (orb: 0º013’) describes the successful hidden influences that have been at work to make this historic arrangement possible. In the near future, we can see a great awakening happening in Cuba since in late April, transiting Uranus will enter Cuba’s 7th house. Businesses, cruise liners, and tourists are already lining up. 
Jeb Bush Exploring a Run

Last week Jeb Bush announced that he’s actively exploring the possibility of running for president. Will he? As one pundit put it, “Let it be noted that no exploratory committee in the history of American politics has ever come back and said anything but, there’s a groundswell out there for you boss. Everybody wants you to run.” 
Jeb Bush was born with his Aquarius Sun opposite Pluto (February 11, 1953; 8:50 pm; Midland, TX), a naturally polarizing configuration that turns everything into “us vs. them”. Yet with his Sun also trine a Saturn-Neptune conjunction in Libra, he can find the middle ground to make compromises. Bush’s Moon in Capricorn squares Saturn, with both closely aligned with the U.S. Pluto. This gives him an inside advantage when it comes to working with America’s plutocracy.

His Sun at 23º Aquarius is near the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius, which makes him a popular choice. Yet the two degrees difference is critical when it comes to winning a national campaign. The orb needs to be much tighter, 1/2º or less, as every winning candidate over the last 35 years has demonstrated. However, several of his progressed planets will be within that orb over the coming year.
Currently, Bush’s progressed Sun is at 24º Aries, and in 2015 it will be at 25º Aries where it forms a harmonious sextile to the U.S. Moon. Also, his progressed Midheaven will be at 25º Leo in 2015. And his progressed Moon (advancing one degree/month) will be at 25º Taurus during the important January 2016 primaries. These progressions assure us that Bush will be a major contender. 
Mehmet Oz’s Alternative Medicine

Numerous media reports are suggesting that Dr. Oz is a fraudster. Their conclusions were derived from a Canadian study, published last week, that nearly half of the recommendations he gives on “The Dr. Oz Show” lack proof. Parsing the study, 39% of the time, researchers found no evidence to support his claims, meaning no scientific studies have been conducted on the matter. 
Mehmet Oz was born with his Gemini Sun conjunct congenial Venus (June 11, 1960; Cleveland, OH; time unknown). This combination gains vitality, enthusiasm, and intellectual independence by participating in a Fire Grand Trine involving Mars, Jupiter and Uranus. The central challenge of his career can be seen in the sharp quincunx between Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Leo: the task is to bridge the stodgy medical world (Saturn) with progressive, innovative ideas (Uranus).

Mercury is a major player in this chart: it gains importance by being the ruler of his Gemini Sun, and its location at 13º Cancer is the same as the U.S. Sun, making him a spokesperson with a national audience. Mercury’s declination at 24º is said to be “out of bounds”, meaning that many of his communiqués go beyond normal or expected patterns. Mercury also opposes Saturn, indicating the strong resistance he gets from the medical establishment.
On June 17, 2014, Dr. Oz appeared before a Senate hearing on weight-loss scams, and was severely scolded for his advice. At the time, transiting Saturn was exactly squaring his natal Uranus. And of course, his natal Mercury has been under attack all year from the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square. Currently, transiting Saturn is opposing his progressed Mars, bringing the most vociferous assault on his reputation to date. Yet with transiting Uranus trine his progressed Sun, he should emerge more popular than ever.