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
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.
re: MH370 - Excellent read. A beautiful mind...
re: MH370 - A psychic said that the plane was hidden in brush. Does that sound logical to you? Thank you for your sharing of your knowledge.
re: Grace and Nicole - Sorry to say Wolfstar but you are DEAD WRONG about Nicole Kidman not possessing the “depth of feeling and smoldering sexuality” of Grace Kelly. As a graduate of the performing arts (in acting) with three degrees in both film and theater, it is painfully obvious to me that you have not seen all of Ms. Kidman’s films nor her performances on the stage. If you had, you would never have made such a BLUNDERING STATEMENT!
re: Grace and Nicole - Even though Nicole Kidman does have a Scorpio rising, its her Gemini Sun which I feel more, so I agree she doesn't have that deeper sensual vibe thing going on like Grace did.
re: AthenaHealth - What a fantastic segment. Lovely. And it's very encouraging, which is a refreshing change.
re: Marianne Williamson - What's the source for her birth time?
A. Unless otherwise stated, all data is rated A or AA from AstroDataBank:
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.
NewsScope for August 18, 2014
By Michael Wolfstar
Missouri and the Militarization
of Law Enforcement Agencies
Conflicting accounts from the police and eyewitnesses about the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri have fueled not only nationwide discontent about civil liberties being trampled but also growing criticism of the militarization of local police. Within days of the shooting, law enforcement agencies from around the state were dispatched to calm the unrest using military equipment leftover from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Missouri’s horoscope (August 10, 1821; St. Louis, MO; time unknown) offers some insight into these events. The state’s intense divisions can be seen in the T-square involving Mars which opposes a Uranus-Neptune conjunction and squares Pluto. Mars in restless Gemini under developmental pressure from these outer planets has made Missouri the jumping off point in the exploration of the West, but has also brought its share of violence and internal conflict.
A time of 12 noon works quite well, since transiting Mars was conjunct the Scorpio Ascendant on August 9 when Michael Brown was shot multiple times. Also, transiting Pluto is conjunct the Moon, inciting the people (Moon) to demand justice and change (Pluto).
By secondary progression, Mars is at 29º Leo where it energizes the volatile T-square, and underscores the militarization of state law agencies through federal programs.
Transiting Saturn is currently squaring Missouri’s Leo Sun, putting pressure on the political leaders to resolve the issues. This aspect is exact on August 26, so tensions can be expected to continue through at least the end of this month. But Missouri’s situation resonates with many communities around the nation and will require a federal solution. The essential astrological message is that Mars in Scorpio can be too heavy-handed.
Robin Williams and Black Moon Lilith
According to Robin Williams’ assistant, he spent the last days of his life in his bedroom darkened by blackout curtains to keep the sunlight out. He was sleeping 18 hours a day and had lost his appetite as he spiraled into deep depression. During these final days before he took his life, transiting Black Moon Lilith was conjoining his Pluto, the ruler of his chart.
Black Moon Lilith is an important player in Williams’ natal chart (July 21, 1951; 1:34 pm CST; Chicago, IL) due to its network of aspects. Lilith is located in Cancer where the essential motivation is to find a sense of inner serenity, to be at home with oneself. This life path is challenged by Lilith’s opposition to Chiron, square to Saturn, and octile to Pluto, the chart ruler. Lilith is also electrified and rendered a bit manic by the wide conjunction to Mars and Uranus.
Lilith gains free expression in the life of a stand-up comedian who can use her understanding of the dark side for sheer entertainment value. Lilith’s presence made Williams chronically anxious but also aware of other people’s anxieties. He aimed to release their tension through laughter.
Yet with Lilith involved in a Water Grand Trine (connecting his Pisces Moon and Scorpio Ascendant), Williams was subject to self-medication through drugs and alcohol.
As astrologer Noel Tyl describes, the Water Grand Trine is a closed-circuit of emotional self-sufficiency. In this sense, Grand Trines can be isolating. At the time of his death, Lilith by secondary progression was at 9º Cancer where it formed an exact trine to his Moon at 9º Pisces. Transiting Mars had been going through his 12th house, undoubtedly forcing him to confront his inner demons. When Mars reached 9º Scorpio, it completed the Grand Trine with his Moon and progressed Lilith, and he left this world.
Rachael Price, an Outer Planet Jazz Vocalist
Digg.com featured a video with the headline “This Singer’s Voice Gives Us the Chills.” The singer in question is Rachael Price, and after listening to the video and experiencing chills yourself, you might wonder what her astrological chart looks like. She was born in Sydney, Australia on August 30, 1985 (time unknown), and soon after moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she was raised by a jazz-loving father.
Perhaps you’ve heard that Virgos are tone-deaf, but in this case, Rachael’s Virgo Sun is modified by aspects to the three outer planets, which naturally tunes her to transpersonal vibrations. The Sun trine Neptune is especially sensitive to subtle currents, feelings, and ethereal states of being – all of which is underscored by her imaginative, intuitive Pisces Moon deeply empowered by a trine to Pluto.
Together, the prominent Neptune and Pisces Moon might indicate that Rachael is a pushover, a tool of the people around her who want to profit from her talent. However, her Sun squares Uranus, which makes her independent and unruly. Also a strong-willed Mercury-Mars conjunction in Leo squares Saturn, a configuration that provides a relentless push to further her career.
Worth mentioning is that her Sun forms a harmonious trine to Black Moon Lilith, allowing her to channel unfathomable mysteries through her voice. The positive side of Lilith is immense creativity and enchantment. Currently, she’s singing with her jazz quartet at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, following engagements at the Newport Jazz Festival and sitting in with Thelonious Monk. Rachael Price is an outer planet person with her act together, so we’re sure to hear much more from this rising star.