"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!"
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
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 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.
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.
A reader asks, “Is it too early to look into the 2016 race? Of course, I’m interested in Hillary, but I’m not convinced she will run. Any insights?” Yes, it’s too early, but that hasn’t stopped the legions of Hillary supporters who have already established the networks, the financing, and the political machinery to carry out a national campaign.
I’m not totally convinced she will run either, but it seems inevitable at this point in the game. My reasons for doubting her ability to win were described in NewsScope’s May 19, 2014 issue which refers to a debilitating double Neptune influence over the coming two years. Neptune can make one seem dysfunctional, distracted, or even incompetent. On the positive side, it can lead to an inspirational campaign, one that brings hope and the promise of a better future.
The role an individual plays on the national scene can be seen by the links between the natal chart and the national chart. For aspiring presidents, a link to the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius is essential, otherwise, one doesn’t get the visceral connection with voters. For Hillary, her natal Uranus at 25º Gemini fits her ambition, and at the moment, her progressed Ceres at 25º Aries, is also a key factor.
Over the next four months, Hillary’s progressed Ceres-to-Uranus aspect defines her public role, which is as a mother and grandmother. Notice that her Part of Fortune is in the 5th house of children and is exactly conjunct Charlotte’s Aries Ascendant (Charlotte’s chart was profiled here). This alignment confirms Hillary’s birth time of 8:02 am. With December’s Uranus-Pluto square perfectly aligned with Hillary’s Fortuna and Charlotte’s Ascendant, we have the astrological formula for some binding experiences that unfold beyond the world of politics.
December’s Top Five Astro-Events
1. The Sun is octile (45º) Mars on the 14th, but this aspect is a strong influence from the 9th through 17th. This Sun-Mars combination energizes projects and tasks, encouraging self-assertion and promotional activities, especially regarding causes and charities. For many, this phase brings out aggressive tendencies, and life may seem unusually busy, hectic, and noisy. Breathe deeply and take precautions against accidents.
2. Uranus squares Pluto on the 15th, and is in effect all month, bringing major life changes to those with prominent natal planets in the 11º to 13º range of the cardinal signs. This includes the entire U.S., with its Sun at 13º Cancer. Extreme weather events seem likely, along with the intense political rivalries and the next wave of popular new technologies. With the U.S. Sun in the 9th house of foreign affairs, the slogan “We are a nation of immigrants” gains new cachet.
3. Venus conjoins Pluto and squares Uranus on the 20th, bringing intense ambivalence regarding holiday plans. Expect last-minute cancellations or arrivals of unexpected guests. Weather may upset travel plans. Family obligations vie with the need for personal space. Being with friends and getting involved in group activities are favored. Expensive gifts can’t buy loyalty.
4. The New Moon in Capricorn takes place on the 21st, only two hours after the Winter Solstice. This dual astro-event makes the 21st a special day, one of closure and new beginnings. A silent prayer or meditation around 8:35 pm EST (5:35 PST) may facilitate a smooth transition. The New Moon trines Black Moon Lilith in Virgo, which may offer a vision of personal fulfillment by serving the collective in some way.
5. Saturn enters Sagittarius on the 23rd, marking the beginning of a three-year journey and the quest for meaning in life. Saturn here brings out the dogmatic teachings of the know-it-alls, along with the cynics, hypocrites, and the hopeless. Prudishness and moral certitude clash with self-indulgence and debauchery. For those on the path of self-discovery, Saturn here will force you to find your own sense of what’s right and wrong.
The Bill Cosby Scandal
A reader asks, “Any insights into why the old rape allegations against Bill Cosby are bubbling up now? Any truth to the matter?” Last week reruns of “The Cosby Show” were cancelled, NBC dropped a proposed new sitcom, and Netflix postponed his new comedy special. Sociologists* describe this phenomenon as a shift from dispersed knowledge about allegations to collective and focused attention.
Transiting Pluto, the planet that focuses public attention, is now conjunct Cosby’s Midheaven at 11º Capricorn (July 12, 1937; 12:30 am; Philadelphia, PA). The Midheaven and the conditions of the 10th house describe his reputation, his professional standing. For the most part, it’s well aspected and protective of his exalted status. It’s part of an Earth Grand Trine connecting his Moon-Neptune conjunction in the 6th house of work and Uranus in the 2nd house of money.
And a Pallas-Jupiter conjunction in the 10th house just adds to his success story. The problem becomes clear when we see that Saturn, the ruler of his 10th house, is located in the 12th house of hidden activity. Saturn here opposes Juno, suggesting infidelities regarding his marriage. And Venus is in flirtatious Gemini, a placement that has great difficulty sticking with one partner.
Yes, Black Moon Lilith is involved: she opposes Venus. Challenging Venus-Lilith aspects can lead to great fears about sex, or the contrary, a compulsive need for spontaneous sexual encounters that can feel magical and enchanting. Cosby’s inherent sex drive is powerful: Mars in Scorpio trines his Cancer Sun. Currently, transiting Neptune (the planet associated with scandals) has is turning direct while squaring Cosby’s Venus-Lilith polarity.