"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!"
Jan. 2, 2017 - Russian hacks taint Trump’s victory; Putin and Russia; Carrie Fisher and Deb Reynolds.
Jan. 9, 2017 - Trump’s “Good Cop–Bad Cop” team, Global Warming; Julian Assange’s Red Herring
Jan. 16, 2017 - Trump’s Russian Connection; Feb. 26 Solar Eclipse; secret agent Christopher Steele.
Jan. 23, 2017 - Vesta and Homeland Security, Venus to Pluto: Women Speaking to Power, Gloria Steinem.
Jan. 30, 2017 - Trump’s twelfth House, Feb.’s top five astro-events, George Orwell’s 1984.
Feb. 6, 2017 - Testing the Iran Deal; Trump’s Hair and Propecia; Steve Bannon and clash of cultures.
Feb. 13, 2017 - Kellyanne Conway rectified;Conway, a deeper look, Conway and the feminine archetypes.
Feb.20, 2017 - Trump Flirts with Chaos; NATO’s Mars under stress; Zuckerberg’s Facebook Letter.
Feb, 27, 2017 - Trump touts the stock market gains, March’s Top Five Astro-Events, Herbert Hoover.
March 6, 2017 - The Uranus Cycle; Emmanuel Macron in the French Election; SnapChat’s amazing IPO
Mar. 13,2017 - Trumpcare v. Obamacare; Marine Le Pen; Stephen Colbert leads Late Night Comedy.
March 20, 2017 - Triangu-lating North Korea’s; U.S. Progressed Sun in Pisces; Joseph Patrick Kennedy III.
Mar. 27, 2017 - Trump agenda hits snag; April’s Top Five Astro-Events; Paul Manafort to testify.
Apr. 3, 2017 - Trump and the Russian Connection, Michael Mann's Extreme Weather, Alec Baldwin.
Apr. 10, 2017 - Trump in the Situation Room; Jared Kushner takes over; Bill O’Reilly and Lilith.
Apr. 17, 2017 - Trump Reversals and Pallas; General H.R. McMaster; Tesla Surpasses GM.
Apr. 24, 2017 - Trump’s Tax Plan; May’s Top Five Astro-Events; Julia Roberts, Forever Young.
May 1, 2017 - Trump’s Next 100 Days; Kim Jong Un’s Next 100 Days; Peggy Whitson’s Long Journey
May 8, 2017 - Pluto Transits to the U.S. chart; France's Brigitte Macron, DWTS' Normani Kordei.
May 15, 2017 - The Astro-Parallels between Trump and Nixon; Trump Agenda Stalls; Nixon, Re-Visited.
May 22, 2017 - Trump’s Saturn-Uranus Dilemma, Mike Pence, rectified, Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
May 29, 2017 - Kushner’s Grand Cross’ June’s Top 5 Astro-Events; LeBron James in the NBA Finals.
June 5, 2017 - Climate Change Politics, A rare 4-Planet Configuration, Kevin Durant’s Saturn Return
June 12, 2017 - Trump’s Solar Return; Fake News Meets Reality Winner; Wonder Woman Gal Gadot
June 19, 2017 - Trump’s 12th House Pluto; Robert Mueller, Special Counsel; Amazon buys Whole Foods.
June 26, 2017 - U.S.-Russia Cyberwarfare; July’s Top 5; Otto Warmbier, the Sacrificed Political Pawn
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July 3, 2017 - Trump’s Quintuple Conjunction; Regulus and the Solar Eclipse; Jessica Alba.
July 10, 2017 - Trump-Putin Handshake; the Sun-Mars Conjunction; Bugatti Chiron, fastest car ever.
July 17, 2017 - The UK Horoscope and Brexit, Soft or Hard Brexit? Brexit: The Henry VIII Clauses.
July 24, 2017 - Netanyahu and the Eclipses; Aug’s Top 5; Jane Austen Transcends Sense and Sensibility.
July 31, 2017 - Anthony Scaramucci Joins Trump Team; The Uranus-Neptune Cycle; Queen Elizabeth II.
Aug. 07, 2017 - John Kelly, Trump’s New Aide; North Korea + Solar Eclipse; Luis Fonsi's “Despacito.
Aug. 14, 2017 - U.S.–South Korea War Games; The Fantasy-Industrial-Complex; Ted Williams on PBS.
Aug. 21, 2017 - Activating the Solar Eclipse; The 2024 Solar Eclipse; Steve McQueen’s Porsche
Aug. 28, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey Hits Texas; Sept's Top Five; Mavis Wanczyk Wins Powerball Jackpot.
Sep. 4, 2017 - The U.S. Mars activated; Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected; Louise Hay’s Neptune
Sep. 11, 2017 - Neptune cnj U.S. Progressed Sun; Solar Eclipse Hits Equifax; Twin losses in Country Music.
Sep. 18, 2017 - Trump Deals with Democrats; Stock Market continues upward; St. Louis protests
Sep. 25, 2017 - Pluto on Kim Jong Un’s Sun; Oct's Top 5 Astro-Events; Robert Mueller’s Investigation
Oct. 2, 2017 - Mayor Cruz of San Juan; Crown Prince Mohammads reforms; Hugh Hefner‘s sexual revolution
Oct. 9, 2017 - “The Calm before the Storm”; Puerto Rico’s Pluto; Stephen Paddock’s natal chart
Oct. 16, 2017 - Trump’s Top 5 Astro-Events; Trump and Eris, AstroTwins Harvey Weinstein and Rex Tillerson
Oct. 23, 2017 - The 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction; Catalonia Independence, Lindsey Stirling on DWTS
Oct. 30, 2017 - The 2020 SA-PL Conjunction, parts 3 and 4; Nov.'s Top Five; U.S. prog.Saturn trine Venus
Nov. 06, 2017 - Donald Trump and Xi Jinping; the Fate of America; China, the next global Superpower
Nov. 13, 2017 - Lilith Challenges Patriarchy; Roy Moore, the Wounded Candidate; Roku soars.
Nov. 20, 2017 - Hope Hicks, Star Witness; The ERA Boosted by Jupiter; $450 million Da Vinci Painting.
Nov. 27, 2017 - The Winter Solstice Chart; December’s Top 5; CFPB’s Mars in Gemini Brings Two Bosses.
Dec. 4, 2017 - Echoes of Watergate; Bitcoin’s Phenomenal Rise; Bitcoin, is it real money?
Dec. 11. 2017 - Kirsten Gillibrand, Off the Sidelines; Bitcoin's location; Meghan Markle’s Cinderella Moon.
Dec. 18, 2017 - American Corporations; Jared Kushner investigation; Bitcoin Pizza Day
Dec. 25, 2017 - Trump Signs Tax Bill; January’s Top Five Astro-Events; Disney
CEO Bob Iger
Jan. 1, 2018 - Trump’s 2018 prospects; Protests break out in Iran; Gordon Ramsay, Celebrity Chef.
Jan. 8, 2018 - Trump’s 12th House Pluto; Saturn Opposite the U.S. Venus; Wolff’s “Fire and Fury”
Jan. 15, 2018 - Astro-Anatomy of a Comment; Total Super Blue Moon Eclipse; Stormy Daniels
Jan. 22, 2018 - Saturn opposes the U.S. Venus; Laurence Fink Touts CEO responsibility; Tom Petty
Jan.29, 2018 - Fake News and the Uranus-Neptune Cycle; Top 5 Astro-Evenys for Feb; Wynn Takes a Hit
Feb. 5, 2018 - Rosenstein, FBI Deputy Director under Fire; Millennials Embrace Astrology; The NYSE
Feb. 12, 2018 - Rachel Brand Heads for Walmart; The Pentagon; Kim Yo Jong’s Historic Visit
Feb. 19, 2018 - Mueller’s Indictment of Russian Meddlers; The Nov. election; Melania Trump’s Juno
Feb. 26, 2018 - March for our Lives; March’s Top Five Astro-Events; The NRA’s Saturn Return
March 5, 2018 - Washington Chaos Going Global; “Trade Wars are Good”; Hope Hicks’ White House Diary
March 12, 2018 - Trump’s Chart in Pyongyang; Stormy Daniels Sues Trump; Oprah Winfrey in 2020?
March 19, 2018 - Stormy Daniels’ Birth Time; Trump and Black Moon Lilith; Stephen Hawking is Smiling.
March 26, 2018 - China Counter-Attacks in Growing Trade War; Top 5 Astro-Events for April; John Bolton
April 2, 2018 - Health Care Industry; Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream; the astrology of Royal Weddings
April 9, 2018 - The NYSE and Trade War; Mark Zuckerberg goes to DC; Kate Hudson’s Love Life
April 16, 2018- Russia’s horoscope; Uranus Enters Taurus; Michael Cohen, Trump’s Pitbull
April 23, 2018 - Kim Jong Un, Peacemaker; Michael Avenetti, Stormy’s attorney; Allison Mack arrested.
April 30, 2018 - Trump’s High-Risk Style; May’s Top Five AstroEvents; Paris Hilton’s Online Fame
May 7, 2018 - Trump’s New Lawyer, Rudy Giuliani; NASA’s Mars Mission; Cheryl Burke’s Venus-Pluto.
May 14, 2018 - Strong and Proud, Israel at Seventy; Viktor Vekselberg; Hawaii’s Kilauea and asteroid Pele
May 21, 2018 - Trump’s 2018 Solar Return; Michael Avenatti Update; Meghan Markle's Part of Fortune.
May 28, 2018 - Kim Jong Un Makes Nice; June's Top 5 Astro-Events; Meghan Markle and the Great Mother
June 4, 2018 - Mars Rx in Aquarius; SpaceX Becomes Profitable; Roseanne Barr’s 12th House Mars
June 11, 2018 - Saturn-Pluto Culture Wars; Ambas-sador Dennis Rodman; Spade and Bourdain
June 18, 2018 - Trump on the Offensive; July 12 Solar Eclipse; Cristiano Ronaldo, the best soccer player
June 25, 2018 - Immigration Crisis; China Imposes $50b Tariffs; Atul Gawande, Healing the Health System
re: Florence - I saw your piece on Florence, thought you might like to take a look at my analysis. I find that solar contacts from hurricane asteroids are quite common (Sun was also conjunct Florence), and of course Storm and Flood are always active at such time. And asteroid Carolina was with Jupiter at 18 Scorpio:
They really need to stop giving these things names with celestial correlations. :^)
A. Thanks Alex. That's a good insight about the Sun and the named asteroid.
re: Trump - I can’t wait for newsscope this week! Do you think Trump will end his presidency early? Resignation or impeachment? Or will he last the next election or worse, get re-elected? My hope is for the Dems to take control midterm, but I imagine the public hates him enough to vote in 2020 this time.
re: Ford – Did you look up Gerald Ford's chart to see what was going on with him the day he took office? His progressed Mars on Aug 9, 1974 was at 28°41' Gemini, so that's pretty close to the eclipse point. His progressed Moon was at 26°16' Aquarius conjunct the U.S. Moon.
re: Trump - I looked at Trump's horoscope for the 2018 November elections. It couldn't be much better. Expect the Republicans to do much better than Democrats are hoping for. I am neither Democrat or Republican and plan to vote for neither.
re: Trump - it now appears that the 12th house aspects you speak of now reflect not only the payoffs on his illicit love affairs but with his own criminal behavior in violating campaign finance laws in in hush money to Stormy Daniels and the other girl, whose name urrently escapes me. Hope more light is shed on Trump' s 12th house criminal Kremlin secrets. Would also like to see you do current interpretations on the natal chart of the Republican Party and it's future and/or hopeful demise.
re: Trump - Your analysis of Trump’s eclipse problems this week was utterly prescient, as usual. Can’t wait for this upcoming Felony Friday for the solar side of this evolving story!
re: Trump - So do you think then the possibility of Trump’s impeachment is becoming more plausible with the eclipse? He seems to be spiraling into self destruct mode, not even his minders can keep up with him. I’m delighted. I’d love to see him impeached and indicted.
A. Impeachment likely won't happen unless the Democrats win big in Nov. Otherwise, the GOP-controlled Senate won't go along with that.... But it's looking more and more like Putin has something over Trump.
re: NewsScope - I have been reading your NewsScope column for several years. I very much enjoy reading about world events and leaders. I am also an astrologer, have done a few professional readings, but it was not for me. I have a blog, which I loved writing, however needed to focus on paying bills.
I noticed you are migrating to Facebook, and some of your readers prefer a website. I don’t know much about Homestead, but it does not seem to the best solution for your work anymore.
re: Solar Eclipse - Is there significance to Part of Fortune conjunct Ascendant (exact to the minute) and quincunx the North Node?
A. The Part of Fortune is always conjunct the Ascendant during the New Moon or Solar Eclipse. And the Lunar Node axis is generally within a few degrees of the Ascendant, but it can be the North or South Node. By definition, the Lunar Nodes are where the Moon’s path crosses the ecliptic, so eclipses happen when the New or Full Moon is close to the Lunar Node axis.
re: Facebook - about "Putting NewsScope on FB might be a good alternative to using this homestead provider, since it takes so long to update pages." I'm not entirely sure what this means, but if it means that your column would no longer appear on Neptune Cafe, I'd beg you to not do this. I enjoy your column every week, ever since I found the site through Richard Nolle's site, but I am not on Facebook and never will be. Please don't make it so those of us that don't participate in a particular forum, however popular it might be, can't access your wonderful analyses.
A. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the migration of NewsScope to Facebook. For the time being, it will be both here and there. At this site, the pages take several hours every week to update, while on FB, it’s a straightforward copy and paste. The lead NewsScope piece is going up on FB on Sundays.
re: SA-PL - It's discouraging to think that US politics are going to keep getting worse until at least January 2020 with the exact Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Is there a way to dodge the bullet? Increase compassion? Any remedy?
A. As I’ve been suggesting, the placement of Ceres and Eris within the SA-PL configuration is a major clue, and refers to the empowerment of women. We’ve seen this already with the #MeToo movement, and the increasing number of women getting elected to Congress and other political and corporate offices.
re: Rodman - I have long touted Dennis Rodman as the mediator between the US and Korea, so thank you for your article about him being the unofficial ambassador. Deep down I think he was probably the real reason this summit happened, as he has been planting and sowing the seeds for nearly five years, as you pointed out.
Re: FB - I respectfully suggest Newscope not appear on Facebook, which is a proven privacy violator, and instead use a good alternative: 8 Best Facebook Alternatives With Focus On Privacy For 2018 - While most of us knew about Facebook's relentless data collection practices, Cambridge Analytica revelation has forced many of us to raise questions and look for Facebook alternatives.
A. I’ve been on Facebook for years and haven’t had any problems with privacy issues. Putting NewsScope on FB might be a good alternative to using this homestead provider, since it takes so long to update pages. There are vibrant astrology groups there, and unlike this page, it's mobile friendly.
Re: Trump – Hey, t pluto square US p mars @ 17:54 Libra for final time. I've mentioned before that I noticed this aspect first in spring of 2016 just as Trump was getting traction in the primaries and then again almost exact when he was sworn in. Again, during the Nov. 2018 election, Pluto is @19:10 Libra, hardly one degree past exact. I want to hope it means that the current gangster element in politics is over. Can you 'make my day'?
A. Good story idea, thanks...
re: Meghan - Duchess of Sussex .. About her Part of Fortune. Your article uses the Part of Fortune using the day chart formula, hence 17 ish deg Virgo. But her natal chart is nocturnal, Sun is below horizon...My software therefore gives her PoF as 1Ge 23" ? I thought it was standard practice to use the PoF formula based on whether the chart is day/night .
A. Yes, I always use the daytime formula. I've written an extensive article (published in Dell Horoscope magazine) explaining why this is the way to go. It’s an analysis of ten presidents and how the Part of Fortune is a key indicator in their elections and general good or bad fortunes.
SolarFire used to have the default Part of Fortune set to the daylight formula, but after Rob Hand’s research into ancient astrology (which I don’t agree with), the SF default was switched to day and night time formulas. You have the option of making the default the daytime formula for all birth times.
This is further explained in my article on Joan Quigley and the Part of Fortune. It was also published in Dell Horoscope magazine and re-posted on my website here.
re: Trump’s SR - Are you sure that he'll be in Washington when the Solar Return happens? Did you try it out in Singapore??
A. Solar Returns are set for the residence, not the point where one happens to be on the globe at the time. The notion that one can enhance their SR prospects by being at a particularly lucky place during the SR is fake news perpetuated by dishonest astrologers seeking to make a buck.
re: Kennedy - Since you're so good at analyzing the Kennedy clan, I thought I'd see something about the recently released "Chappaquiddick" film in your column. (Did I miss it?)
After watching the film, I looked up the charts of Ted Kennedy, his wife Joan, and Mary Jo Kopechne (the passenger who drown -- actually, she suffocated -- in his car on that fateful night of July 18, 1969). What's really interesting is that ALL THREE OF THEM HAD THE PROGRESSED MOON CONJUNCT SATURN!
A. You're referring to an article I wrote on the Kennedy clan for Dell Horoscope magazine, maybe 10 years ago. I haven't really kept up on their comings and goings. That's fascinating that the three people involved all have progressed Moon-Saturn, tragic event not only for them but for the nation.
Maybe there's a new bunch of Kennedys on the horizon who can escape the Kennedy curse.
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July 2, 2018 - Mexico has a new President; July’s Top Five; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Upset Victory.
July 9, 2018 - The Trump-Putin Summit; Jefferson and Adams Validate the U.S. Horoscope; Mr. Rogers.
July 16, 2018 - Louise Hay, th Queen of the New Age, how thoughts become reality with Mercury-Chiron.
July 23, 2018 - The Lunar Eclipse as Mercury Rx; Roe v. Wade Re-Visited; Maria Butina, the Kremlin link
July 30, 2018 - Astro-Event #6: the Uranus Station; August’s Top Five Astro-Events; Tech Takes a Dive
Aug. 06, 2018 - Neptune Conjoining the U.S. Prog. Sun; Hemingway’s Over-Active Mars.
Aug. 13, 2018 - Trump Declares Economic War on Turkey; Women Politicians Trending Up; Omarosa
Aug. 20, 2018 - Mercury in Trump’s 12th House; The Trump Taj Mahal; Brennan: “Trump is Drunk on Power”
Aug. 27, 2018 - Trump’s Midheaven Eclipsed; Mike Pence, Waiting in the Wings; September’s Top Five
Sept. 03, 2018 - Election Day Astrology; SA-PL and Neo-Nazis on the Rise;
Sept. 17, 2018 - The Astrology of U.S. Disasters; Hurricane Florence; Willie Nelson Gets Political
Sept. 24, 2018 - Echoes of Anita Hill; October’s Top Five Astro-Events; Chris Hedges on Totalitarian Capitalism
Oct. 01, 2018 - Senator Flake Moved by Venus; Brett Kavanaugh’s Mercury-Neptune; Elon Musk's tweets
Oct. 08, 2018 - The #MeToo Movement advances; October’s Astro-Event #6; Is it Art? The Banksy Effect
Oct. 15, 2018 - Jamal Khashoggi’s Silence is Deafening; Market Sell-Off; Two Stars are Re-Born
Oct. 22, 2018 - Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman; Post-Election Developments; Elizabeth Warren in 2020
Oct. 29, 2018 - Mars in the U.S. 4th House; Top Five for November; Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Next President
Nov. 5, 2018 - Mueller’s Mercury-Uranus Config; The Migrant Caravan; Gwyneth Paltrow and Madame Ovary
Nov. 12, 2018 - Matthew Whitaker’s App't; Florida Re-Count; Somalian Ilhan Omar Elected to Congress
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re: NewsScope - Thank you for the terrific service you provide with your weekly columns. You make Monday mornings a time of anticipation! I’ve learned from Rachel Maddow that court documents can provide useful information for astrological work. In case you may write about the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, <snip>
A. Thanks for the data and positive feedback. I've already described this phase as likely to be violent, and generally prefer to not get into the details of a bloody mess.
re: Elizabeth Warren - This week's issue has prompted my response about Elizabeth Warren. She is born the same month, day, and year as Meryl Streep a phenomenal, woman herself. About the tie-in to the USA Moon, which I agree works, would having an angle, especially the MC, at 25 Aquarius work?
A. That's a great question, but I haven't seen any evidence of that. However, it may be true. The problem is we don't have reliable birth data on the Presidents before WW2, so the sample size is small.
re: post-election - You seem pretty sure that the Democrats will re-take the House of Representatives on November 6. Can we count on that? Shall we brace ourselves for the backlash?
A. The astro-conditions post-election look dire indeed, from many angles. To mention a few: transiting Uranus in the last degree of Aries squaring the transiting Lunar Node axis; Mercury turns retrograde squaring Neptune; Robert Mueller's ready to report, perhaps subpoena Trump.
re: economy - Our current sky map shows very close connections between now and Oct 1987 when the markets crashed from Asia to America.
re: mailbomber - He scrubbed his Facebook account which showed he was a Bernie supporter. He had a dozen or so arrests but repeatedly released and under the supervision of Broward County, Florida. The perfect patsy. The bombs were duds, intended to terrorize and most likely create sympathy for the addressees, hence a political act and attempt to sway the election.
Do you think we will see a decrease in these disruptive actions when transiting Neptune clears its conjunction with progressed US Sun
A. I'm sorry, but I don't buy your conspiracy theory on the mailbomber. Transiting Neptune conjoining the U.S. progressed Sun has more to do with the nation's disingenuous, scandal-plagued leadership (ie, Trump) than the media or any violent episode.
NewsScope for November 19, 2018
By Michael Wolfstar
California’s Uranus Return
Fueled by extreme heat and parched vegetation from years of drought, California wildfires are setting new records for loss of life, property damage, and recovery efforts. Along with firefighting units from 17 states and hundreds of private contractors, a battalion of infantry soldiers has been dispatched to help control the raging infernos. California’s emergency resources are being stretched to the breaking point.
California’s horoscope (September 9, 1850; 9:41 am; San Jose, CA) puts the situation in perspective. The 9:41 am time is from Marc Penfield’s rectification, and it seems to work here since it puts progressed Mars (the natural ruler of fires) in the 4th house of domestic issues. Progressed Mars at 13º Aquarius conjoins the South Node, a decidedly negative influence, especially since it’s also trioctile to natal Jupiter, which expands everything.
This configuration is further activated by transiting Uranus returning to its natal location. Uranus is a key player in California’s chart since it’s conjunct Pluto and both are quincunx Jupiter. Unfortunately, progressed Mars is still a full two years away from making the exact quincunx to Jupiter, indicating that California’s wildfire problem doesn’t end with this fire season. This is a developing, multi-planet configuration packed with explosive danger.
Another configuration describes the immense financial loss: progressed Venus at 19º Capricorn is now squaring natal Saturn at 19º Aries. This money-losing signature is dramatically intensified and activated by transiting Pluto at 19º Capricorn. These rare and concurrent afflictions to California’s natal chart have brought these disasters, which over the next two years could manifest in other forms. Still, California is showcasing the urgent need to combat global warming.
Donald Trump will most certainly be a player at this time. His progressed Ceres at 0º Aquarius is in the same place as the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. Trump is a great example of projecting the denied or unwanted parts of his own psyche, which suggests that the feminine Ceres archetype manifests as a political rival. Extreme force may be in the works at the time since the Mars-Pluto square is perfectly aligned with his Saturn. Whether he’s being forcefully ousted or is deploying major force is an open question.
Set in the nation’s capital, the chart for the 2020 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction (December 21, 2020; 1:20 pm) takes place at 0º Aquarius where it forms an exact square to the Taurus Ascendant. Already we feel the tension in this dynamic between the progressives (Aquarius) and the traditionalists (Taurus). An exact square between Mars and Pluto is nearby, which is an intense amplification of the animosity.
Black Moon Lilith conjoins Uranus in the money sign of Taurus. They prominently reside in the first house, and with these also squaring Jupiter and Saturn, this configuration suggests financial woes. It has an eerie resonance with the Dot-com bust that took place during the last episode of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. This was in March 2000 when Jupiter and Saturn were in Taurus and squaring Uranus in Aquarius.
The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction of 2020
Many astrologers view the evolutionary shift from Capricorn to Aquarius as one moving from patriarchal, top-down command and control to a more egalitarian, “all for one and one for all” worldview. The two major outer planet conjunctions of 2020 represent this shift, with January’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, and Jupiter and Saturn coming together in Aquarius in December. Traditionally, the Jupiter-Saturn dynamic has been associated with the presidential election.
Of course Mercury turning retrograde at 13º Sagittarius and squaring Neptune brought chaos, undoing all progress. Ministers resigned. A second referendum became a new option. Teresa May (b. October 1, 1956) has her Inner Warrior at 13º Pisces, putting her at the center of the maelstrom. If Parliament fails to pass May’s Brexit deal, she may go down with it. Transiting Saturn is now heading into a conjunction with the UK natal Sun in Capricorn (exact December 21) which should prove decisive one way or another.
The next step was for the government to set forth a plan to follow the wishes of the people. Problematically, and like the US, the United Kingdom is going through a long-term phase of transiting Neptune aspecting the national horoscope’s progressed Sun. The progressed Sun symbolizes the nation’s leadership and direction, but Neptune has the disconcerting effect of ushering in uncertainty, confusion, and scandal.
During the referendum, the UK progressed Sun was at 12º Leo, and given a sense of hope with a new vision for the nation with transiting Neptune at 12º Pisces. Last week, with the progressed Sun now at 13º Leo and transiting Neptune at 13º Pisces, Prime Minister May unveiled a draft deal for Brexit that she had worked out with EU negotiators: a “soft” exit that would keep some doors open. Parliament and her cabinet couldn’t agree, with some calling for a second referendum.
To Brexit or Not to Brexit
On March 29, 2017, when Brits voted to leave the European Union, transiting Pluto was opposing the nation’s Moon in Cancer (using the January 1, 1801 horoscope; 12:00 am; London). The Moon’s position in this chart differs from previous U.K. horoscopes in that the people’s needs (Moon) are dignified and elevated (in Cancer and the 10th house), and therefore more powerful. They approved Brexit.