re: Lilith, anything good? - Thanks for explaining Lilith in a positive, meaningful and useful way.
re: Lilith - I am curious about Lilith in my chart. I was born [.....]
A. Please read item #1 on the FAQ of my Lilith page to find the location of your natal Lilith. You can also use the descriptions on those Lilith pages to interpret what she's doing in your chart. Or email me for a personal reading: wolfstar
re: guns and Lilith - Had a chill go up my spine when the breaking news of the LAX shooting hit today. I had just read the article this morning on Neptunecafe relating BML to guns in the USA Scorpio rising chart. Caused me to check the tri-wheel for the US chart and sure enough the transiting Moon is on the progressed Mean Black Moon Lilith at 15 Libra. Wow!
re: top five - First the 4th U-P square on the 1st, then the eclipse on the 3rd, then Merc going direct trine Neptune: Does this bode well for the ACA (Obamacare) going through a difficult transformation, and coming out much more positively later in the month, much as the administration is saying? I hope so. I know too many people who need reliable health coverage for this to fail. As always, great info on your site.
re: Obamacare - Our President and country are headed for more dysfunction over the next 15 months. Is Affordable Health Care ever going to succeed? Other than being the first black president, will Obama ultimately be considered a great president?
re: Scorpio Rising - The latest development in the embarrassing scandal concerning the close Allies of the USA , has to be a text-book happening between Uranus and Pluto. It also supports your belief , that the USA has a Scorpio Ascendent. Love reading your stuff, you are the Best.
re: graphics - Love reading your column every Monday morning. It's quite informative and well written. I was wondering how you make the horoscope graphics for your columns. If you could let me know where I could obtain software that re-creates images like these that would be great. Thanks very much! Keep up the great work!
A. I use SolarFire to create the charts, and then fine-tune those and add some artistic touches with some very simple graphics software, so it's a combination.
re: neptunecafe - I really like reading and thinking about your articles; they offer the best information on the internet. Recently I read about the asteroid Juno. Please help me understand it better in my chart.
A. Juno and Venus are both about relationships. Juno is more interested in forming a long term commitment than Venus, while Venus is interested in sex, romance, and intimacy. If Venus and Juno are harmoniously aspected in your chart, you can marry for love, otherwise commitments may suffer from wandering affections. You can get a full description of your natal Juno and the other three major asteroids (Ceres, Vesta, and Pallas) by ordering an Asteroid Goddess Report.
re: Obama's Chiron - That's kinda neat. He may be able to heal the nation but not himself. Typical Chiron. Healthcare will be what makes him noteworthy (that Fomalhaut thing) but he will suffer for it (Chiron).hat's kinda neat. He may be able to heal the nation but not himself. Typical Chiron. Healthcare will be what makes him noteworthy (that Fomalhaut thing) but he will suffer for it (Chiron).
re: Tea Party - The current articles at NeptuneCafe are more indicative of a well written article with less COMMENTARY compared to other articles around the net that had me so dismayed---until you get to the Tea party nasty-ass comments. As a former upstate (Communist state of) New York Tea Party Founder and Leader during the 2010 mid-terms, I have to wonder how many Tea Party people like myself you may know. If you met me in person, would you hate me and call me the kinds of things you call the Tea Party?
re: Tea Party - I have gone searching for astrologers who do political astrology...but have been sorely disappointed so far because of the liberal/progressives being so hateful towards anything that they don't like which is usually anything about FREE MARKET CAPITALISM, Freedom, Constitutional, etc. They are all for SOCIAL JUSTICE which has a communist history of its own.
re: Ted Cruz - Your assessment on him is incorrect. Saturn in Scorpio will cause him to "Crash and Burn", politically speaking..
re: Ted Cruz - The stellium of 8th house planets (3 of them in Scorpio, natural ruler of the 8th house) can indicate he would do well with and for other people's money. But can it also lead to life-threatening plots against him? Cruz does have 1st house chiron (which I find to be a little worrisome) opposed 7th house of open enemies Uranus but it is not quite in orb.
Yes Sun Pluto can have a 'fascination' with power. But Cruz' 'fascination with power' may indicate his ability to work successfully with power and his 7th house/Libra placement of planets shows indomitable ability towards discernment and fairness - and holding the line.
I suspect that balancing the budget and refusing the debt ceiling will be next on his list - which might upset a lot of people who want the 'free' goodies to continue, caring not what debt they straddle future generations with - but we will see.
A. Please note that Cruz's birth time is unknown, and so I use 12 noon by default. This means we don't know which houses his various planets fall in...
re: slant - I really enjoy your site and send the link to many people frequently. You would be a person I would trust on the astrology of the US and how it will probably be consumed for the next 100 or so years under socialists/communists /progressives----but only IF you would write it with NO SLANT whatsoever. You are better than the rest, that is certain. As a metaphysical conservative - I am an anomaly. But, I still think that there is an answer someplace within astrology for why this is happening.... hoping you will go in depth at some point SOON on what our future may hold as foretold by the heavens.
re: oil - Thanks for sharing the goodness on Neptune Cafe I'm delivering a presentation in a couple days, and I've been digging the oil history I've found there!
re: Miley Cyrus data - Love your Neptune Café blog.... What is your source for that Miley Cyrus' birthday? Astrodatabank has 6:37 am, but it looks like a solar rising chart to me. Their source is some comment on facebook.
A. Yes, the Facebook data is suspect and rated C. My colleague John Halloran sent me her birth time with this note:
"Source: FCC q. vital registry office/AA
FCC is Frank C. Clifford. I probably got this from an issue of the AFA's Today's Astrologer."
re: election - How do you explain your incorrect call on the election?
A. Black Moon Lilith. See FAQ on the Lilith Front Page as well as the Oct 1, 2012 NewsScope article (before the election) about the role Romney's Lilith played in his defeat.
re: royal baby - Thanks for your very interesting Newscope articles -- I always like your topics. I hope someone will be interested in doing the Royal baby's chart---I didn't think it would quite be a Leo - it isn't, right?
A. If George were born 32 minutes later, he would be a Leo. Many astrologers have written good profiles on the young prince, so I'll pass on this story. But I hope you enjoy the Royal Succession angle.
re: Lilith - Thanks as always for your very interesting articles. I find the Black Moon Lilith information especially intriguing.
re: Newcomers - I want to thank you for your "Newcomers" page. I've been introducing some friends to astrology and this page will be very helpful to them. I'm pleased, too, that my library includes several of the recommended books. I may pick them up and re-read them as a good review!y
"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
This graphic ephemeris shows the transit of Mars in Libra (the red line) and the outer planets on a 90-degree grid. The lines cross where hard aspects are forming. Notice the confluence of crossing lines around April 20, 2014,
NewsScope for December 9, 2013
By Michael Wolfstar
Mars Enters Libra
Over the weekend, Mars entered Libra, a placement generally considered by traditional astrology to be weak and vain. Mars, a symbol of one’s Inner Warrior, feels uncomfortable in Libra, the sign associated with cooperation and diplomacy. Mars in Libra tends to pay too much attention to what others are doing or saying, seeking approval rather than victory, and works hard to avoid conflict.
But as Nelson Mandela has shown us, those born with Mars in Libra can also become successful leaders. Mars here has strategic value since it always weighs the other’s moves and reactions, while Mars in its own sign Aries acts impulsively without much consideration for the consequences. Since Mars is about to enter its retrograde cycle, it will spend nearly eight months in Libra, not exiting until July 26, 2014.
Along the way, Mars will make three squares to Pluto in Capricorn, becoming exact on December 30, April 23, and June 14. Of course Mars will also be opposing Uranus within days of the connection to Pluto, so these dates represent the power center of an intense process that can bring violence, accidents, separations, breakthroughs, and/or quantum leaps forward. Geopolitically, we can be sure that Mars entering the Uranus-Pluto square will bring dramatic events.
In the personal realm, we are reminded that Nelson Mandela was born with Mars in Libra square Pluto, a natal theme that resonates with the next eight months. The Mars-Pluto link by itself tends to attract powerful enemies and life becomes a struggle for dominance. To be most effective, Mars in Libra needs a mission statement or a clear goal. Otherwise it falls prey to indecision and being a stylish but ineffective people-pleaser.
Nelson Mandela, Global Citizen
Numerous birth times are circulating for the iconic rainbow warrior Nelson Mandela – all of them rectified. To my mind, Noel Tyl’s 2:54 pm time (July 18, 1918; Umtata, South Africa) comes the closest, but I’ve fudged that a bit to 2:28 pm. Then Uranus in Aquarius conjoins the fourth house cusp where it dominates his chart by its angularity and its aspects to the Sun and Moon.
With the royal star Regulus at his Midheaven, Mandela was a regal great-grandson of a local tribal king. However, the influence of Uranus over the fourth house of home and domestic issues ensured that Mandela would break away from the oppressive “custom, ritual and taboo” of his local environment. And of course, his rebelliousness went much further to the point of fighting apartheid.
In October 1963, when his progressed Midheaven was conjunct his natal Mars in Libra, Mandela was arrested and put on trial for sabotage. He was sentenced to life in prison on June 11, 1964 just as his progressed Mars was entering the 12th house of imprisonment. He was released on February 11, 1990 as transiting Jupiter (the ruler of his chart) was precisely conjoining its natal position.
Pallas, the political asteroid, plays a key role in Mandela’s chart since it forms a tight square to his Midheaven. Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president on May 10, 1994 when his progressed Mars conjoined natal Pallas. Also, transiting Pluto at the time was squaring natal Uranus (orb: 0º02’), empowering the radical reformer. Mandela is a clear example of how Uranus’s influence over the fourth house urges one to become a global citizen.
Mars in Libra Energizes Celebrities
Over the next eight months, celebrities born with Mars in Libra will likely be gracing us with their presence more often than usual. And nothing is more entertaining than the showplaces where they can demonstrate the latest styles. Consider the rave reviews for Jessica Biel’s ensemble (“super chic”, “striking”, “rocks casually”) when she appeared at the Hollywood premiere of her latest film “The Truth About Emanuel”.
Or consider the royal couple Prince William and Kate, both born with Mars in Libra. They liked what they saw in the other, and are now pleased to let you see them liking each other. Last week Kate was “dazzling on date night” when she and William attended the London premiere of a biopic about Mandela. The Cinderella sign of Libra gets excited by real life princesses.
Mars in Libra pushes some celebrities to become activists because it’s fashionable, but then there’s the Mars-in-Libra activist who becomes a celebrity, like Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school child shot by the Taliban. Last week the United Nations presented her with its 2013 Human Rights Prize. Previously, at the November 12 Glamour Women of the Year Award, Malala drew the most cheers for her words as well as her style.
Celebrity relationship developments will become more newsworthy than usual over the next eight months. Mars in Libra is notoriously indecisive about making commitments: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake went through several rounds of breaking up and making up before they got married. Currently, Michael Douglas is using his Mars in Libra to charm the kids with pancake breakfast every morning, hoping to win back his partner, Libran Catherine Zeta Jones.