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: Susan Miller - Interesting to see Susan's chart. I used to work for her, and have met her in person as well a couple of times. Yes, she is one of the hardest working astrologers out there. She told me that she has a keen interest in how words work together, and she had very definite views of how to craft a sentence. For example, she also said to never use 'ing' in a sentence
re: Susan Miller - It's really incredible that this nice woman Mrs. Miller sells such a crappy version of astrology work. The way Gemini Ascendants are able to reach multitudes is really astonishing. They don't see any contradiction in what they say and do, God bless them ...
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: Wal-Mart - Wal-Mart's Saturn is also being eclipsed by the Solar Eclipse on the 28th. And its opposing its Sun as well. I don't think eclipses to Saturn are viewed as beneficial.
re: Colbert - I love Stephen Colbert! In his case, we can see how Saturn rewards hard work. You get what you deserve with Saturn. What he started 14 years ago has reached full flower and will now transition into something new.
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...
re: Russia - I like the chart you have for Russia on Neptune Cafe website! I am going to use it for a talk I am giving in September for a local astrology group and will give you credit for the chart. Keep up your great work!
A. Thanks... The source for this data is from Charles Harvey's Anima Mundi and my correspondent in Moscow, astrologer Boris Izraitel. Campion notes this chart as one of many possibilities.
"The natal chart is like a seed and progressions are the unfolding in time of that into the plant it is to become. Transits, are like a daily weather report. In political astrology, these three factors have to be taken into account!"
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
re Merkel - I always read your latest column Monday mornings. With the "humanitarian trucks" mission into Ukraine, and their turnabout when Angela Merkel visits Kiev, obviously she's a key player economically speaking and as a world power. How about astrology's take on what makes her tick. Thanks a lot!
re: Iraq - I think everyone wants to know if America will get deeply entangled in Iraq again. Does the activation of Obama's Neptune make this another fuzzy, never ending, "semi" war much like Vietnam proved to be?
A. Since the US progressed Mars went into the 12th house, there's little likelihood of the grand wars of yesteryear, like WW1 and WW2. Entanglements are far more likely. Another set of factors are the ambilvalent transits of Saturn square the U.S. Midheaven and Uranus trine the U.S. Midheaven. Saturn brings the grudging responsibility to the people of Iraq, while Uranus wants to be free of the whole mess. It seems to me that this current engagement with Iraq will continue through Obama's presidency, and await the next president's management.
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 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".
NewsScope for September 1, 2014
By Michael Wolfstar
On September 4-5, the United Kingdom will host a momentous NATO Summit designed to mark the drawing down of NATO forces in Afghanistan, but it's coming at a time of growing instability in Ukraine. Leaders and senior administrators from some 60 countries will be attending, including President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. At stake: will NATO put a stop to Russian aggression in Ukraine?
Angela Merkel, At the Frontline
A reader asks, “Angela Merkel is obviously a key player economically speaking and in the Ukraine crisis. How about astrology’s take on what makes her tick?” Angela Merkel’s horoscope (July 17, 1954; 5:45 pm; Hambourg, Germany) has strong resonance with Germany’s chart (see NewsScope, July 14, 2014), since both have the Sun tightly configured with the outer planets Uranus and Neptune. And both are tasked with bridging Eastern socialism (Neptune) with Western democratic capitalism (Uranus).
NATO came into being when the New Moon was conjunct Saturn in the military-service sign of Virgo (August 24, 1949; 11:42 am; Washington DC). With the warrior sign Scorpio rising, Pluto at 16º Leo becomes NATO’s ruling planet. Pluto here is the same degree as the U.S. Midheaven, and represents a peak in U.S. power as it shaped post-WWII geopolitics. U.S. and its European allies are signified by Pluto’s conjunction with Juno.
Neptune in the 12th house is emphasized by its opposition to Black Moon Lilith and its alignment with the Lunar Node axis. Neptune here describes the uncertainty and fear of a military enemy (Lilith is in Aries) that prefers to act through espionage and other secret and nefarious tactics. This configuration describes the intense Cold War climate under which NATO was created.
Now that transiting Jupiter has entered NATO’s tenth house, its sense of purpose has re-awakened. Naturally, the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square is involved: it’s activating NATO’s Cold War signature, the Neptune-Lilith opposition. Uranus becomes especially relevant during the October 8 Lunar Eclipse as the Sun, Moon and Uranus all align with NATO’s Neptune-Lilith. Most ominously for those seeking a diplomatic solution, NATO’s progressed Mars is nearly conjunct the Virgo Sun (exact on January 4, 2015), making NATO increasingly vital and action oriented.
Merkel’s perpetual challenge is how to balance Germany’s business interests with numerous political crises, and most recently, with Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine. Due to the prolonged conjunction of her progressed Jupiter with her Sun-Uranus conjunction, she has remained a popular leader since she became Germany’s chancellor on November 22, 2005. This aspect continues to grow in strength through April 2016, so we can expect her influence as a global leader will increase through then.
Merkel’s natal planets have strong links to other key charts. Notice that her Sun-Uranus is in the same place as NATO’s Mars. In this way, she becomes NATO’s spearhead. Last week she pledged support for the Baltic countries that lie in the fragile limbo zone between NATO nations
and Russia. Also, Merkel’s progressed Venus is now at 8º Scorpio, which is the same degree as the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. This makes her a natural ally with the U.S. She and Obama talk regularly on the red phone about the Ukrainian situation.
Merkel’s Ceres in diplomatic Libra is prominently placed near her Midheaven. “Talks” are her preferred method for resolving tensions and taking care of people (Ceres). But since the transiting Uranus-Pluto square is hitting her Ceres, this method is being seriously challenged. Next year, transiting Uranus enters her fourth house (and opposes her Midheaven). This will bring the crisis home to Germany.
Jack Ma’s Alibaba is Coming
Jupiter-Uranus aspects are renowned for promoting new technologies, scientific breakthroughs, and progressive changes. The trine between these two planets that takes place in creative Leo and pioneering Aries on September 25 is already shaping up. Among the expected developments, Alibaba (China’s e-commerce giant) will launch its IPO in late September, and secure CEO Jack Ma’s place as the richest man* in China.
Jack Ma was born with his Libra Sun trine Saturn in the networking sign of Aquarius (October 15, 1964; Hangzhou, China; time unknown), a combination that bestows maturity, reliability, and a need to create order and structure. His Sun conjoins the first magnitude star Spica, which represents the Goddess’s gift of new knowledge and adds the potential of brilliance to the personality. Ma’s Sun also sextiles Mars in Leo, giving him confidence and a regal bearing.
The revolutionary Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the mid-1960s conjoins his Venus and squares the asteroid Pallas, both of which are people-oriented placements, like his Aquarius Moon and Libra Sun. Pallas is associated with creative intelligence and computer networking, and given a transpersonal push by the tight squares to Uranus and Pluto. In 1995, Ma founded China’s first internet company, ChinaPages.com.
True to his Libra Sun, Ma increased his personal wealth and prestige by making deals, most notably with Yahoo, which owns a 23% stake in Alibaba. Currently, transiting Pluto is trine Ma’s Venus, a surefire indicator of wealth creation. Also, he’s experiencing a progressed New Moon right on his Pallas, describing the new start concerning his networking business. Of course, the transiting Jupiter-Uranus trine lands right on his Mars in Leo, making him the entrepreneurial king of our times.