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re: Saturn-Neptune - As you pointed out in your (5) astrological events for November 2015, the Saturn/Neptune square on 11/26/2015 is prominent. You showed in the European Union chart that natal Neptune is being squared by transiting Uranus. I would like to point out that transiting Neptune in the Scorpio Rising USA chart is also squaring natal Uranus in the 8th house.
So Uranus in the US chart has Neptune square to it while Neptune in the EU chart has a Uranus square in effect now. While Saturn afflicts both. Coincidence? I think all this shows the difficulty of maintaining our free Internet(Uranus) while Neptune is showing the downside of a border-free world.
I very much hope that all this is the "irritant" that produces the "pearl" of gained wisdom as you so aptly state in your Newscope article. Sadly, I just do not know if the pearl is wishful thinking or what. People of good will know what this future world might look like but the way there is not at all clear.
re: Mog - Think they'll make Mog, the movie? I think it'd be great fun... love Emma Thompson... Thanks for the "heads up" video---hadn't seen this elsewhere...
re: EU - The last few days have shown a willingness to fight back against the terrorists that certainly does not reflect any "stunned paralysis" in the European Union. France and Russia are now cooperating in air strikes against ISIS in Syria and if the US would get off its duff maybe, just maybe some real progress could be made in defeating these monsters called ISIS. On another note even the hacking group Anonymous has finally realized ISIS is a greater threat than any western government to their vaunted freedom of ideas. All this to say, I do not think your interpretation of the EU chart is telling the real story
A. French president Hollande attempted to get the U.S. and Russia on the same page, but the two external powers do not agree on the fate of Syrian president Assad. But perhaps "stunned paralysis" is not the right interpretation of the progressed Midheaven to the EU's Mars-Pluto square Saturn. The Saturn-Pluto combination is known for its intense nationalism and conservative or tightening policies. Individually, the EU nations are closing their borders and ratcheting up security measures, which is in accord with the activation of the EU's Mars-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio. But it doesn't bode well for the EU as a larger geopolitical entity, which we might say is in a state of paralysis.
re: NewsScope - Around 3 years ago I was having problems with saving your NewsScope web pages and subsequently opening them in readable form in one of my three web browsers. I made no progress with having you getting Homestead to fix this.
On a whim I tried doing it again several days ago. I now can open most of your NewsScope issues with either no or very few rendering issues. I can also easily save the pages as PDF files in Opera. This makes using your articles for research very easy.
I have gone back and made PDF files for all of 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately the link for July 11, 2011 is incorrect. I get the NewsScope for November 7, 2011, Jon Corzine Resigns. If you could correct this I would appreciate it. I will wait to see if you can do it so I can keep my files in chronological order.
A. The software used to build NeptuneCafe's pages was originally designed to be pc-compatible. Those using apple products had some rendering issues, until the host (Homestead) moved the site designer platform into the cloud. It made pages viewable in both pc and apple products. The problem is that due to the hundreds of pages in NeptuneCafe, webpage designing takes much longer to do, and some mis-labling issues may crop up. If the July 11, 2011 page is the only one that got lost since 2009, then that's a decent track record. Readers who want a copy of the July 11, 2011 issue can get an emailed copy upon request.
re: NewsScope - I honestly think you are so incredibly gifted in the astrological world. I love trying to learn from what you write. I wish I had your ability. I've got more knowledge than most people who just dabble, but a Vulcan mind meld would be amazing to have the understanding.......
re: Trump - When will he be gone? I was watching a biography of him last night. Mostly I was rolling my eyes and sighing. What the hell IS that? He so rubs me the wrong way. He is so horribly FULL of himself. That's Mars in Leo, isn't it?
A. Mars in Leo is found in more presidents charts - by far - than any other placement. It shows leadership, decisive opinions, and confidence. Trump's ego is inflated through Jupiter's placement, plus currently his progressed Sun near his Leo Ascendant, which conjoins the royal star Regulus. Most likely, he will be on the national scene through the campaign season since this progressed Sun is still 1/2 degree away from this important conjunction.
re: Zuckerberg rectification - Wow. Really, wow. Do you use any software to aid rectification?
A. I use SolarFire for my calculations, but none that suggest any birth times, such as Jigsaw.
re: Insane Violence - Thank you for the warnings for what's up ahead re: The Insane Violence Configuration --- and for the December 2015 report. Like many, I'm glad to be aware of when the more stressful days might be during the "holiday" season & when to be more mindful of when my own stress is in danger of blowing off too much steam, or when family gatherings might be a bit more testy...yes---a good time of year to remember the peace, love and joy inspirations...
re: NewsScope subscription - Thanks for sending the current NewsScope. Maybe charging a fee for your weekly subscription will be a way for you to monetize your creativity. I've sent you $50/year for the past few years. Happy to pay more. People can pay. You do the work. We pay you. That works beautifully.
Nice to give it away to those in need on your website, but nicer still to receive it on a weekly basis in my mailbox. I think having people pay is important--for you and for them. You are really talented. I love reading your write ups.
A. OK, thank-you. That's something to think about.
Recent NewsScope Articles
Sept. 28, 2015 - Xi and Obama agree; October's top 5 astro-events; Emissions scandal at Volkswagen.
Oct. 5, 2015 - Bernie Sanders and the Debate; the Oregon shooter; Richard Tarnas and Jupiter.
Oct. 12, 2015 - Paul Ryan, next House speaker? Bernie Sanders rectified; Matt Damon as The Martian.
Jan.11, 2016 - The Lilith-Uranus-Pluto configuration activated; El Chapo captured; Beatlemania.
Jan. 18, 2016 - Hillary fading; Oil prices and Standard Oil; BML- paradoxical, clandestine.
Jan. 25, 2016 - Mike Bloomberg considers run; February's top five; Mike Brown and Planet 9.
Feb. 1, 2016 - Primaries begin and best astro indicators, progressed Part of Fortune; Eris Awakens.
Feb. 8, 2016 - Marco Rubio's momentum; Brazil's Zika epidemic; Steven Avery - guilty or innocent?
Feb. 15, 2016 - Volatile global stock markets, Bernie Sanders' birth time; Einstein and gravity.
Feb. 22, 2016 - Donald Trump and Mars; March's top 5 astro-events; Tim Cook vs. the FBI.
Feb. 29, 2016 - Marco Rubio, GOP's last hope? The 12th Amendment? AlphaGo v. Lee Sedol.
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re: Rubio's birth time - In 2010, I asked Marco about his birthtime during a campaign event. He told me he didn't know, and to ask his older brother, Mario, since he drove his Mother to the hospital. Mario told me it was around 3:30p to 4:00p in the afternoon. This would give Marco a Leo Moon. I realize this is anecdotal, but if you were to attempt rectification, this might be a good place to start.
A. Thank-you for the data! This is indeed a good place to start.
re: Brazil - Wow, it looks like some dangerous stuff could happen in Brazil this summer. Violence, terrorism? Maybe the gathering of people at the Olympics could cause that virus to spread around the world? It sounds like the effects of the virus are usually not that bad though, except what it could do to babies, which is really sad.
A. Yes, it's not looking good.
re: NewsScope- I am a loyal reader of your weekly Newscope. I enjoy it very much and have had many insights from your analyses.
re: Sanders - I saw a birth time for Bernie as 12:27 pm and calculated his MC- He looks to be the presidential winner in 2016! I would love to know your thoughts about this because Sanders seems to be the only candidate with real integrity and I want to vote for him in the elections. His part of fortune points to it according to my calculations. Thanks so much for your wonderful work and great knowledge,
A. As far as I know, there's no known birth time for Bernie. So a 12:27 pm time would be speculative unless it's from a reliable source. I've suggested a rectified time of 6:22 pm. We can't really know for sure until we get a look at his birth certificate.
re: Hillary - do you see anything inparticular with Hillary's chart(s) now that they are talking more and more about an indictment. What planets, transits, etc would indicate that? I know you wrote about the Mars 12th house self-undoing, but this points to illegal activity, lies, coverups etc. Would like to know what you look for or what would give insight?
I like to share your writings with people who have an interest in astrology, dont' know much about it, and it can help them to see that astrology is for real. Thank-you!
A. This is a complex question, and there's no easy or short answer. Generally though it involves Neptune, and Neptune is all over Hilary's chart. However, Neptune is also associated with idealism, so depending on your political bias, it can be read either way. Major indictment's should involve major afflictions to the Midheaven, the ruler of the Midheaven or the progressed Midheaven. Without these, nothing will come of any charges.
re: Brazil - Zica is only one of Brazil Problems, its a historical time for the country. The president is super unpopular and an impeachment was open against her. There's a super economic crisis (the worst recession in 70 years) and the political system is broken due to corruption charges to politics from all parties.
The Neptune and Saturn quadrature aims several planets in natal chart. The progressed Sun+Mars on natal Pluto is a powerful combination never seen before. It seems a transformation of Brazil State, or even a military action (due to Mars). Maybe this can happen while Olympic is occurring...
Most of Brazilian astrologers use a Scorpio MC due to several military coups in Brazil history and 2 deaths from presidents (one of them killed himself while in office). The time is between 16:08 and 16:20, with Aquarius ascending.
Political system is collapsing, the population is very angry and delusional (Neptune quadrature natal Moon), a resolution might happen under those powerful transits and progressions, maybe some catalyst start from Olympic Games.
A. Thank-you for your comments from inside Brazil. I used 4:47 pm (20:47) based on Campion's Book of World Horoscopes, which gives the Sagittarius MC. However, I'm inclined to agree thatScorpio there makes more sense for the reasons you describe.
re: U.S. future - After the death of Scalia and the political chaos that has ensued, it got me to wondering: What is in store for the USA for the next few decades? Could some break-down scenario come to pass?
A. A break-down scenario is certainly possible. The U.S. has its Pluto Return coming, and the sharp oppositions between planets in the 6th and 12h houses is extremely polarizing and volatile.
The SA-PL conjunction in 1983 exactly squared the U.S. PL, and corresponded to the Reagan's Star Wars missile defense program
The 1947 SA-PL conjunction took place near the U.S. Midheaven, allowing the world's sole superpower to establish numerous int'l organizations
The SA-PL conjunction coming in January 2020 squares transiting Eris and opposes the U.S. Mercury, a powerfully polarizing configuration.
NewsScope for March 7, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar
The Death of the Republican Party?
At last Thursday’s raucous GOP debate, Trump’s rivals called him a con man, a liar, and unfit for office. Yet absurdly, all the remaining candidates promised to support him if he’s nominated. Also last week, Mitt Romney called Trump a fraud and that he's working against the GOP’s aspirations. He advised the remaining candidates to remain in the race and hope for a brokered convention.
The GOP horoscope (July 6, 1854; 12:00 pm; Jackson, MI) indicates that the Republican Party has actually been dying for several years, with transiting Pluto opposing the GOP’s Sun-Lilith conjunction shortly after Romney lost in 2012. In the so-called Autopsy Report, published on March 20, 2013, the Party brass concluded that Romney had been unkind to minorities and that the party should rebrand itself as a kinder, more inclusive GOP.
At the time, the GOP Saturn in Gemini was being hit by three outer planets: the social planets Jupiter and Saturn, and the planet of death and re-birth, Pluto. From this momentous admission, we can see how important Saturn is in this chart -- especially how it represents the party establishment, the elders. Flash forward to July 18, 2016 when the GOP convention begins the nomination process: transiting Saturn is opposing the GOP Saturn while transiting Neptune squares it.
The diffusing Saturn-Neptune square aligning with the GOP Saturn undermines the elders’ mandate, bringing confusion and disarray. Currently, the GOP is experiencing a progressed Mars-Chiron conjunction in Capricorn, which is being squared by transiting Uranus. This configuration reflects the wounded warriors (Cruz and Rubio) being upset by the independent, immigrant-bashing Trump (Uranus). The square from transiting Uranus becomes exact in two weeks, when the math* for staging a brokered convention reaches the critical make-or-break point.
* See how a contested GOP convention could happen at nbcnews.com
Richard Tarnas, in his groundbreaking book “Cosmos & Psyche”, writes that Saturn and Pluto coincide with “the establishment of rigid defensive boundaries and repressive political structures that were justified by the need for ‘vital security’.” The last Saturn-Pluto conjunction took place when Ronald Reagan was elected, a time which brought a resurgence in religious fundamentalism and traditional American patriotism.
The previous conjunction in 1946-47 brought the Cold War and, in the U.S., numerous political and military structures to combat communism, including the CIA, the Defense Department, and NATO. And one cycle earlier, in 1914-15, global tension escalated dramatically and erupted in World War I. It’s curious that the two most likely candidates in this year’s election (Hillary and Trump) were both born during the 1946-47 conjunction of Saturn and Pluto.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were also born during these powerful, shape-shifting years. Perhaps we’ve been feeling the influence of Saturn and Pluto’s next conjunction in 2020 already, because Pluto has been in Saturn’s sign since the economic collapse in 2008. The ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI over unlocking the iPhone shows us what we can expect over the next few years. Major wars, the tightening of borders, and establishment of authoritarian rule is normal under Saturn-Pluto cycles.
The Saturn-Pluto Cycle
One of the most consequential outer planet cycles is the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. About every 33 years when these two come together, the geopolitical climate becomes intensely charged with the need to confront evil, real or perceived. Government structures and authorities undergo a process of empowerment in order to take on threats. Conservative, reactionary, repressive forces arise to manage the evildoers.
Megyn Kelly, Fox Moderator with an Edge
In the News-as-Entertainment Dept., Donald Trump faced his toughest opponent at last week’s debate, Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly. Since their previous encounter, the debate held last August, they’ve openly feuded across various media platforms. Initially polite in her opening remarks, minutes later Kelly highlighted the many times Trump changed his opinion, and severely fact-checked him in real time about Trump University.
Megyn Kelly was born with her Scorpio Sun conjunct Venus, Jupiter and Neptune (November 18, 1970; Syracuse, NY; time unknown), a combination that endows her with a strong sense of style and her own importance as projected through visual media. Her Scorpio stellium opposes Saturn in Taurus, giving her intense ambition as well as an innate sense of “us” versus “them”. Kelly’s Sun also forms a tight square to Pallas in Aquarius, which suggests her interest in politics.
Kelly has Mars in Libra, which is generally considered a weak placement for one’s Inner Warrior. However, Mars conjoins Uranus, and so she thrives on excitement and high risk adventures. Mars is also exactly quincunx Saturn, and this is where her combative nature is evident. Mars here describes her on-screen personality as polite but firm (occasionally brutal), with lightning fast reactions. Mars-Saturn also describes the pent-up frustration waiting for an opportunity to pounce.
Trump bowed out when she was moderating the Iowa debate, but she saved her “gotcha” questions for last week. With transiting Uranus exactly opposing her Mars, she forcefully unleashed her points against Trump, over-riding Marco Rubio on stage with a curt “Stand-by!” Afterwards, the punditocracy was impressed. Over the next two years, Kelly will be experiencing a progressed Venus-Jupiter conjunction, which will undoubtedly reward her with whatever she wants.