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re: astrology rising - Actually, I don't "believe" in Astrology! I tell people: "It is not a Religion. It is not something to 'believe' in." It is simply Plane Geometry -- the study of repetitive geometrical patterns. Particular patterns will repeat themselves, often with the same results. That is where we, Astrologers, get our predictions from. 

re: America's plutocracy - I'm struck by the sudden blockbuster best seller "Capital in the 21st Century" by Thomas Piketty. As an exposition of our current economic situation and trending direction, could this book be major force for change?

re: Wal-Mart - Thanks so much for all you do. I especially enjoyed the Wal-Mart story. Wal-Mart is a major contemporary symbol of the US psychic landscape, at least for the common people of the US. I note the perfect conjunction between Wal-Mart's natal Mars and the USA's natal Pluto (and ruling planet). What do you think of that?

​A. Yes, that's a major connection. The U.S. Pluto, the nation's ruling planet, describes the power of corporate America, and Wal-Mart is a major manifestation of that, a corporate warrior, if you will.

re: America's plutocracy - I especially love your last line in the "Rise of America's Plutocracy" post. Yes, that and more. At least a few of us have noticed... It looks like the April 15 "Blood Moon" will be one degree off of both my Sun in Aries, and Moon in Libra. I'm thinking about staying "under the covers," but that doesn't seem to be what your advice is. 

re: America's plutocracy - It's turning out more Brave New World than 1984 in some ways... I am constantly shocked by how much pharma my American friends ingest... and it's happening here too in the UK. The only thing that has put the brakes on it is the NHS, and that's not for a good reason, but simply because the government is cheapskate.... Yes -- Pluto is winning the Uranus-Pluto square at the moment... 

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NewsScope Articles for 2013

Jan. 14, 2013 - Chuck Hagel, John Howard's gun control program, Paul Salopek begins his journey.

Jan. 21, 2013 - A brilliant Moon-Jupiter occultation; Natalie Wood's case re-opened; Chelsea Clinton.

Jan. 28, 2013 - Mary Jo White to head SEC, February's Top Five, Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Feb. 4, 2013 - The Dow hits 14,000, immigration reform coming up, Kevin Spacey stars in the House of Cards.

Feb.11, 2013 - CIA nominee John Brennan, Apple shifting gears, and the search for cop killer Chris Dorner.

Feb.18, 2013 - Sequester is coming, the Blade Runner and Beauty Queen, Steve Martin becomes a father.

Feb. 25, 2013 - Lilith upsets the Vatican, March's top five astro-events, racing pioneer Danica Patrick's rising star.

March 4, 2013 - Seven planets in Pisces, the Keystone XL project, Dorothy Hamill joins DWTS

March 11, 2013 - Energy independence and global warming, Kim Jong Un's Saturn return, Bernadette

March 18, 2013 - Mars activates outer planets,  Pope Francis, Seacrest and Julianne Hough.

March 25, 2013 - Pope Francis, an accurate birth chart; April's top five astro-events, Zendaya on DWTS 

April 1, 2013 - The New Moon's uncharted territory, the Monsanto Protection Act, Amanda Knox's Venus

April 8, 2013 - The coming Lunar Eclipse, North Korea: serious threat?, Jay Leno leaves "The Tonight Show"

April 15, 2013 - politicians make progress, CitiGroup returns to profitablity, Guan Liantang at the Masters.

April 22, 2013 - The Sun-Mars-Pluto dynamic; terrorist Tameran Tsarnaev; Bieber and Selena Gomez.

April 29, 2013 - Syria's crosses "red line", May's Top five astro-events, and Gwyneth Paltrow 's beauty.

May 6, 2013 - The U.S. progressed Moon cycle, Venus and GNH, Warren Buffett on prosperity.

May 13, 2013 - Hillary Clinton as a GOP target; Bangladesh's garment industry, the Great Gatsby.

May 20, 2013 - Jupiter and Big Government, Jupiter and market tops,  Jupiter and Angelina Jolie's life.

May 27, 2013 - The UR-PL  square, the astrology of Tornado Alley, Kellie Pickler's breakthru dance.

June 3, 2013 - Obama's dilemma, June's top five, super-athlete Rich Roll was a couch potato.

June 10, 2013 - Black Moon Lilith news items, NSA's chart, Sweden's Princess Madeleine weds.

June 17, 2013 - Lilith in the Age of Aquarius, Edward Snowden - traitor or hero?, Superman - Man of Steel

June 24, 2013 - The Water Grand Trine, Edward Snowden update, the Queen Anne's Revenge

July 1, 2013 - The astrology of gold prices, July's top five astro-events, and Paula Deen's fall from grace.
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July 1, 2013 - The astrology of gold prices, July's top five astro-events, and Paula Deen's fall from grace.

July 8, 2013 - Egypt in chaos; U.S. progressed Moon cycle Part 2; Chris Meledandri,Despicable Me

July 15, 2013 - The season of accidents and disasters, Malala Yousafzai at the UN, Randy Travis's demons.

July 22, 2013 - The tech revolution, Iran's president elect Hassan Rouhani, Cory Monteith's other woman

July 29, 2013 - Brtitish succession, August's top five astro-events, Amanda Bynes' troubled Moon

Aug. 5, 2013 - Snowden's chart relocated, Facebook's stunning earnings, Simon Cowell - why so mean?

Aug. 12, 2013 - Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post, Gov't Shutdown Looms, Major League Baseball.

Aug. 19, 2013 - Sept's top five astro-events, Gov't Shutdown Looms, Major League Baseball.

Aug. 26, 2013 - War and Aldebaran-Antares, Nasdaq halts, Bradley Manning's Sun-Saturn-Uranus.

Sept. 2, 2013 - The Middle East Mandate, Kim Jong Un executes his ex-girlfriend, Miley Cyrus twerks.

Sept. 9, 2013 - Obama pushing Syria, the Golden Age of spying, Dennis Rodman in North Korea.

Sept. 16, 2013 - Diana Nyad's epic swim; the Gates Foundation, Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Sept. 23, 2013 - Rouhani's charm offensive; October's top five astro-events; hiccup girl Jennifer Mee.

Sept. 30, 2013 - Ted Cruz fights Obamacare, IPCC's wake-up call, Chris Hemsworth stars in Rush.

Oct. 7, 2013 - Government shutdown; The Republican Party Split; Ronn Farrow and Ol' Blue Eyes

Oct. 14, 2013 - The Pallas-Fomalhaut connection, Fomalhaut in presidents' charts, Sandra Bullock

Oct. 21, 2013 - UR-PL scrambles Washington, Nov. top five, Cheryl Strayed's wild walkabout.

Oct. 28, 2013 - Mercury RX and the UR-PL square; JFK Re-Visited; DWTS Elizabeth Berkley's perfect score

Nov. 4, 2013 - The U.S.oil boom, North Dakota's Bakken formation; Vladimir Putin is Forbes #1 top dog.

Nov. 11, 2013 - Christiana Figueres in Poland; Oil in the Lone Star State; Jen Aniston's makeover.

Nov. 18, 2013 - Caroline Kennedy goes to Japan; JFK conspiracy theories; Joe Kennedy III

Nov. 25, 2013 - Obamacare on the ropes, December's top five astro-events, Allie Brosh's new book 

Dec. 2, 2013 - Black Moon Lilith, the good stuff, Janet Yellen to head Fed, Jennifer Lawrence catching fire.

Dec. 9, 2013 - Mars enters Libra for 8 months; Nelson Mandela's rectified chart; Mars in Libra celebrities.

​Dec. 16, 2013 - Mary Barra and GM's glass ceiling; North Korea's generational shift; Michael Redmond

Dec. 23, 2013 - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, what's next? January's top five, Carlos Santana's Corazon.

Dec. 30, 2013 - The UR-PL square and economic collapse; Space exploration; QB Peyton Manning.

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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.

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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.

re: Donald Sterling - Your evaluation of Donald Sterling is outstanding. I live here in Southern California and have been glued to the coverage of Sterling and the Clippers since the news broke. Underscoring the generational and cultural impacts of Sterling’s Pluto in Cancer era makes the analysis more meaningful. We can we can “see” Sterling through his own historical lens and thus comprehend the origins of his belief system more readily. Too many astrologers neglect the importance of this. 

re: Obama relocated - Your analysis of Obama’s relocated Kiev chart coupled with what an ACG map can and cannot reveal is spot on. You’ve made a clear and convincing case as to why we need to use rely on both techniques for a more accurate assessment. This week’s column is one of your best ever.

​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.

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.
Reader feedback

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?
NewsScope for October 27, 2014
By Michael Wolfstar

Senator Barbara Boxer and Global Warming

Many astrologers associate Taurus with environmentalism. The annual Earth Day celebration takes place when the Sun enters Taurus and, as the first earth sign, a strong affinity with Mother Nature is often found in charts with prominent Taurus placements.  The asteroid Ceres may also be considered as an indicator for environmentalism, especially when configured with an outer planet to give the caretaking urges a transpersonal reach.
Barbara Boxer was born with her Scorpio Sun conjunct Ceres (November 11, 1940; Brooklyn, NY; time unknown) and in opposition to three outer planets in Taurus (Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus). These placements have drawn her to the Senate Committee on the Environment, which she has chaired since 2007. With Saturn recently conjoining her Scorpio Sun, she has assumed more responsibility in this role*.

With both her Moon in Aries and Mars opposite Black Moon Lilith (also in Aries), Boxer can be a fierce fighter when it comes to promoting her various causes. Her progressed Sun was squaring natal Mars in 2003 when she took her first major stand for the environment: at the time she led a successful Senate floor battle to block oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 
Currently, her progressed Sun is at 4º Aquarius where it opposes her natal Pluto, indicating another major confrontation is in the works. Last year she introduced the Climate Protection Act which would establish a fee for each ton of carbon pollution emitted. Of course the bill faces intense opposition from the oil, gas and coal industries, and the senators who speak for them. The mid-term election should prove decisive in getting some movement on this bill as we head into the Full Moon in Taurus.
* For example, see her article in HuffPo
Top Five Astro-Events for November

1. The Taurus Full Moon on the 6th highlights power shifts, fundamental changes, and relationship issues surrounding sex and money. The Scorpio Sun picks up the deeper significance of Saturn in Scorpio, making this Full Moon a peak experience regarding emotional entanglements, letting go, and the murky border between these two. With the Sun’s favorable trine to Chiron, healing may be involved for those who do the Inner Work.
2. Mars activates the Uranus-Pluto square from the 7th to 14th, marking a volatile phase for many. Expect much violence in the news, major military assaults, and power plays of all kinds. For those with a healthy sense of purpose, these conditions can bring solid achievements and advances. Capricorns are especially motivated to accomplish great deeds and may feel a surge in personal strength prompting them to act decisively.
3. Uranus squares the U.S. Sun on the 11th, the second of three hits. The first one, last April, brought a crisis in leadership when Russia invaded Crimea. Obama will most likely be facing another international crisis that calls for his adept management, perhaps the escalating concerns of ISIS or the Ebola contagion. Domestically, Uranus-to-the-Sun is a wake-up call, a motivator for a new agenda following the mid-term elections. 

4. The Sun conjoins Saturn on the 17th, an important transition point (plus or minus a day) for many well-known Americans. Watch for critical developments and/or decisions from elected officials, since this is a time for taking responsibility. The Sun-Saturn pair squares the U.S. Moon, highlighting the celebrities and power players in the public eye. Expect the passage of famous Americans around this time, and major relationship changes for luminaries, either separation or marriage.

5. The New Moon on the 22nd takes place just a few hours after the Sun enters Sagittarius. Normally, this astro-event is associated with an optimistic new beginning, but the square to Black Moon Lilith makes it feel full of dread and fear of the unknown. With Lilith conjoining the noble star Regulus, look for trouble within royal families and celebrity couples. Beware of blame games and condemnation of people and situations that are not well understood. 
Cybersecurity: Gigamon Surprises

The U.S. eighth house contains four planets, including Mars and Uranus in the information sign of Gemini. Companies with close connections to these two planets can play central roles in the U.S. economy, especially those related to innovative technology (Uranus) and the defense industry (Mars). As a software company that allows control and visibility of network traffic, Gigamon (GIMO) falls into both categories.
Gigamon’s first trade chart (June 12, 2013; 9:51 am; New York, NY) has the Sun and Mars in Gemini placed in precisely the same degrees as the U.S. Mars and Uranus. Practical Saturn, as the only angular planet, dominates this chart. Saturn’s business is to command and control that which seems invisible, as depicted by the trines to Neptune and Black Moon Lilith. These harmonious planetary links reflect Saturn’s success at managing network traffic.

However, until recently, GIMO has had a rough time. Its stock sank quickly after it initially doubled in price. No doubt the harsh Uranus-Pluto square can be blamed, especially since this natal square adversely aspects Venus, the ruler of the Midheaven. The beneficial side of Uranus-Pluto is disruptive technology and, in GIMO’s case, their newest product is doing just that by allowing corporations and governments unprecedented protection from hackers and cybercriminals.*
Last week, GIMO surprised investors with earnings and revenue that beat expectations, and the stock soared 20% in one day. Transiting Jupiter conjoining GIMO’s Leo Ascendant is one indicator of this pleasant surprise. Progressing the chart, Venus has moved to 13º14’ Cancer, only 0º02’ from the U.S. Sun in Cancer. This, along with the Sun’s close connection to the U.S. Mars, tells us that the company has recently become a beneficiary of the $billions being spent on homeland security.
* Gigamon’s cybersecurity mission is explained here: gigamon.com/stuff/.pdf