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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.
March 7, 2016 - The death of the Republican Party? the Saturn-Pluto cycle; Megyn Kelly, Fox moderator.
March 13, 2016 - Trump and Mussolini - the astro-parallels; Nancy Reagan's astrology; Marla Maples.
March 21, 2016 - Trump and the GOP convention; Election Day chaos; Mel- anie Trump, 1st Lady?
March 28, 2016 - Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee? April's top five; Bernie Sanders' celestial blessing.
April 4, 2016 - Ted Cruz aims to stop Trump; Uranus in the U.S. 6th house, Drew Barrymore and Juno.
April 11, 2016 - Panama Papers; Uranus-Eris in the presidential contest; Nyle Dimarco on DWTS.
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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: Trump - Are you saying that Trump is likely the winner due to positive astro configurations at election time? Wondering where I can read more about this.
A. Trump's chart looks stronger than Hillary's, if we have her birth time of 8:02 am correct. I don't know where else you can read about this. Most astrologers aren't considering progressions.
re: Trump - BUT...surely we've seen what happened when transiting Saturn was conjunct his natal MC. Did he triumph at that time or did we see all of his chickens coming home to roost in a way that was not his proudest moment? How has he weathered the transits of Saturn overall??? We've seen him establish all kinds of things that have FAILED. We've seen him go bankrupt many times. Have any of these seen his Saturn active at the same time?
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.
re: Election Day chaos - Maybe someone pointed this out to you already but if no candidate receives 270 electoral votes, the House of Representatives chooses the winner. I suppose someone could challenge that but they would likely lose since the law is quite clear.
A. I wrote about this on February 29 relating to the 12th amendment, which is where this directive comes from. But note how litigious Trump is, and that there's likely to be some counting irregularities, as there were in the 2000 election that was decided by the Supreme Court in Bush's favor.
re: Trump - Was chatting with my astrologer recently, and I was told that there's a very high probability (astrologically speaking) that there will be an assassination attempt on Trump on or about Aug. 11. What's your take on this?
A. Extremely unlikely. I see no astrological evidence for such an irresponsible claim.
re: Sanders - I never miss your column and find it very insightful. Regarding this wild election year, do you see any possibility of Bernie Sanders running as an Independent if HC gets the Democratic nomination? Most of her primary wins have been razor thin, and there is a lot of dissatisfaction among the Dems as well as the Republicans with the status quo. After all, he was an Independent for many years in Congress. I would love to hear your opinion.
A. No, I don't think he will run as a third party candidate. He's content to get his message out and influence Hillary's stance on numerous issues.
re: Nancy Reagan - I haven't heard much lately about the 20-year USA presidential death cycle, the pattern of USA Presidents elected in "zero" years (1840-1960) dying while in office, perhaps linked to Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions. It seems that Ronald Reagan narrowly avoided it during his terms in office (did astrological knowledge make a difference?).
During the most vulnerable window after George W. Bush's election in 2000, W did not repeat the pattern, but Ronald Reagan did die during this time, which I thought was interesting.
Keep up the fine work.
A. Joan Quigley was hired after the assassination attempt, and she claims in her book that she protected him from appearing in pubic on dangerous days. Other astrologers have noted that Reagan was elected when the SA-JU conjunction was in Libra, so the Great Mutation process from Earth to Air signs began then, theoretically ending this curse.
In my view, I see Mars in the 8th house of death in the Scorpio Rising chart as a potential indicator for the death of a president in office, so it's still an ongoing possibility.
re: Trump/Mussolini parallels - Having spent quite a bit of time with my Italian in-laws and their friends in northern Italy I will add a different view. Americans have always looked upon Mussolini only as an evil dictator. Most Italians view him quite differently. While they agree he got Italy involved in WW ll In a bad way they view him as the man who built the infrastructure of their country. Before Mussolini they had no nationwide roads. Roads stopped at the edges of the old city states..
He built the railroads and bridges uniting the country too. The big railway stations we see. Rome, Florence and Milano were all constructed under his leadership. They also felt proud of their nation when he successfully invaded Ethiopia. The parallels with “Make America Great Again” are interesting. Trump frequently talks about repairing our infrastructure, particularly the airports, and making Americans proud of their country again. I think you’ve nailed it. Of course, I do believe in reincarnation.
A. Mussolini was executed on April 28, 1945. Trump was born less than one year later.
re: Mars retrograde - You mention in your March 28th piece that stationary Mars opposes the U.S. Uranus. I would have noted that it is exact to the minute of arc! I consider exactitude to be important in predictive work.
re: Election Day chaos - About placements on Nov 8: you would know but let me repeat. Neptune in its own sign on South node (let go of the past or confusion about past) and North node sign Virgo ruler Mercury at 23 Scorpio, dispositors Mars and Pluto. Mars last degree of Capricorn and Pluto 15 Capricorn connecting to Aries Point.
In my opinion, the real agenda is a new constitution and electoral system. Neptune South Node – can help dissolve attachment to past forms. North node Virgo, get to work on the details of new systems. Centralised power is alright if add in the necessary checks and balances.
NewsScope for April 18, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar
Hillary Set to Overcome Neptunian Doubts
With the GOP in a fascinating process of self-destruction, Hillary is looking increasingly likely to win on Election Day. Bernie Sanders has been unable to break her lock on superdelegates, even though the "trust issue" continues to weigh on the Clinton campaign. Hillary’s birth time is clouded with uncertainty, but 8:02 am is a popular choice and the one used in this column.
As explained last January, Hillary’s campaign has been weighed down by the lack of trust that we associate with an afflicted Neptune. Her wobbly success story can be seen in the status of her Part of Fortune: it’s trine her powerful Mars-Pluto-Saturn triple conjunction, but also opposite Neptune. By secondary progression, Mercury (the ruler of her Midheaven) is now squaring Neptune (exact on May 1), which keeps some uncertainty in play.
However, let’s look at the bright side. What she has in her favor is transiting Uranus trine her elevated Saturn. Saturn is the key to her campaign strategy, which is centered on being practical and continuing the Obama administration’s policies. In contrast to Sanders’ call for a revolution, Hillary is the Saturn-like voice of reason. On Election Day, Hillary’s progressed Part of Fortune will be exactly sextile Saturn, a very favorable indicator for victory.
In addition, transiting Saturn will be trine her Part of Fortune, creating a repeated theme of winning through prudent management. Also in her favor: progressed Venus is sextile her Part of Fortune on Election Day, and between now and then transiting Pluto is in an ongoing sextile to her progressed Midheaven. A significant downside is that transiting Saturn is heading into the “obscure sector” of the chart, toward the nadir. Ideally, Saturn should be rising toward the Midheaven. Perhaps the harmonious aspects to her elevated Saturn compensate.
Dilma Rousseff Under Fire
On Sunday, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted to impeach President Rousseff. Rousseff rode a wave of popularity during her first term, but beginning in early 2015 her public approval began declining precipitously when she was implicated in the Petrobas scandal.* Now, her approval rating stands at 13% and we have the prospect of live coverage of her impeachment trial during the summer Olympics.
Rousseff was born with her Sagittarius Sun opposite Uranus (December 14, 1947; 2:00 am; Belo Horizonte, Brazil), an alignment that led her into radical, revolutionary fervor in her youth as she fought against the military dictatorship. However, with her Sun also trine Saturn and Pluto, she is capable of consolidating political power to express responsible leadership. Her Sun trine Ceres indicates a maternal instinct to protect society’s disadvantaged.
Born only two weeks after Hillary Clinton, Rousseff shares a similar temperament and political development. Her Capricorn Moon squares Neptune, proving the natal potential for fraud and corruption. From 2005 through 2010, Rousseff was President Lula’s Chief of Staff, and then became his hand-picked successor in 2010. She was elected on October 31, 2010 when transiting Pluto was conjunct her progressed Ascendant and trine natal Mars.
In 2015 Rousseff’s political standing began to falter as soon as transiting Saturn entered Sagittarius and squared her Mars in early Virgo. Saturn is heading into the obscure sector where it’s at its weakest influence to control events. And for Rousseff, the Saturn transit is most difficult since by the end of the year it will conjoin her Sun. Although transiting Uranus is favorably trine her Sun, it’s also squaring her Midheaven, which could be devastating to her geopolitical status.
Modigliani, another Penniless Artist
Following stunning revelations in the Panama Papers, the art world is in upheaval over allegations that numerous major works are secretly owned by plutocrats through offshore shell companies. At the center of the controversy is Modigliani’s Seated Man with a Cane which was seized* by Swiss authorities last week. Modigliani’s fame soared after his death in 1920, and he’s never been more prominent.
Modigliani was born with a Sun-Venus conjunction in Cancer (July 12, 1884; 9:00 am; Livorno, Italy), a combination naturally inclined toward art. His Sun-Venus is supported by favorable aspects to the outer planets Uranus and Neptune which enhance his ability to capture the zeitgeist through his paintings. He excelled at painting nudes, with his Nu Couché realizing $170 million at a recent auction.
Modigliani’s Mars-Uranus conjunction squares Saturn, which accounts for the fierce disputes surrounding his paintings. He gave his only solo exhibition on December 3, 1917 when transiting Jupiter was on his Midheaven. However, with seven nudes sparking cries of obscenity, the show was closed by the police on opening day. At the time, his progressed Mercury was squaring natal Saturn (and activated by transiting Mars), which suggests the harsh criticism and police action.
Modigliani’s horoscope lives on. Nu Couché was sold on November 9, 2015 and is currently ranked the eighth most expensive painting ever sold. The artist’s Midheaven was under major activation at the time (from transiting Saturn, and transiting Pluto squaring his progressed Midheaven). Last Monday when Seating Man with a Cane was seized, transiting Uranus was exactly squaring his Sun. Modigliani’s work is bound to complicate and intensify interest among the world’s wealthiest art collectors, as transiting Pluto opposes his Sun over the next few years.