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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.
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July 31, 2017 - Anthony Scaramucci Joins Trump Team; The Uranus-Neptune Cycle; Queen Elizabeth II.
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Aug. 14, 2017 - U.S.–South Korea War Games; The Fantasy-Industrial-Complex; Ted Williams on PBS.
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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
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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
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Oct. 23, 2017 - The 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction; Catalonia Independence, Lindsey Stirling on DWTS
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Nov. 06, 2017 - Donald Trump and Xi Jinping; the Fate of America; China, the next global Superpower
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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
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re: Scaramucci's Nodes - You wrote: "Scaramucci’s Mercury is also in Capricorn and conjunct the Moon’s South Node, indicating that his new job is karmic, something that was meant to be." I've always read that the South Node shows you where you've been (and so, you feel very comfortable and familiar there), and the North Node shows you where you need to be going--THAT is your destiny.
A. Mercury is a weight on his past, showing talents as well as problem areas. His North Node is ruled by the Moon, which is in Libra and squares his Mercury. He'll regret losing his wife because equitable partnership is his higher destiny, but the ambitious Mercury in Capricorn is overwhelming.
re: Jane Austin - Thank you so much for such varied and interesting content. Especially the Jane Austen bio. I have always resented her kow-towing attitude towards men, now I know she was a victim of her time.
re: Eclipses - Does an eclipse really make huge chnges when closely touching someone's chart?
re: Uranus-Neptune - Will you ever cover the flat earth movement? According to independent research the Earth seems to be flat like the Ancients said. The heliocentric model is just a model and unproven. Try "flat earth" on google and see for yourself. It's disturbing. I believe it's the Uranus Neptune Cycle developing with the added notion that Neptune is in Pisces, so we are sensible to deceptions and frauds. Also something regarding religions and science and the clashing of the two, while accepted science has become a religion and unscientific.
re: Eclipses - What are your thoughts on solar eclipse? i see Mars triggers it 9/3. I am concerned. I read an article about Hawaii preparing for possible nuclear attack by North Korea. Also saw their latest ballistic missile launch is able to reach west USA and maybe further. Is this simply fear mongering or is this a justifiable concern!?!
A. I've written many times about the potential military conflict with North Korea - check recent archives. It is a matter of concern... Trump's besieged, and he may use a conflict with North Korea to distract from the FBI investigation into his Russian connections. Or, another way to see it is that Kim Jong Il is insane and needs to be reigned in, and Trump is the one who could do it....
re: Trump - Some reporters on CNN say that their inside contacts talk about how Trump is really panicking now about the investigation because it's looking at his personal finances.
You've said that the last time his Progressed Moon moved through his 12th house, the casino thing happened--essentially, his financial house of cards collapsed. Is it safe to conclude that this is where it appears to be heading? It's disturbing and fascinating all at the same time.
A. Now that Mueller has impaneled a grand Jury, trump's taxes will be inspected. The announcement came as transiting Sun and Mars were right on Trump's 12th house Pluto, which suggests the evidence they are tracking. Pluto here may be associated with illegal racketeering, ie., getting funding from foreign or illegal sources. It should get clearer when Trump's progressed Moon arrives at his natal Pluto in January 2018.
re: the Mooch - Zingo! You may be psychic as well as being an awesome astrologer!
re: the Mooch - Wow! We both saw the same thing--Scaramucci not lasting that long. I had commented about it to my husband 2 days before he was fired. BUT, I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE ONLY 11 DAYS!!! I had thought/guessed around 6 months.
A. Scaramucci's potty mouth got him in trouble, reflecting the downside of Mercury conjunct his South Node.
re: women in tech - I hope you will deal with the Google engineer being fired for his screed on how women aren't suited for leadership or tech jobs. I noticed that Google fired him on the lunar eclipse day. I had read that one of the things that eclipses do is to bring hidden things to light.
It's certainly true that tech is a place for men who believe in the supremacy of men. It has not helped that tech has a collection of white men dug into this belief, but also men from other cultures who think it is an insult to report to a female manager or believe women can lead, although they may be okay to be around to do clean up work.
The Google engineer that got fired went to Harvard, and it also came to light that his professors had to write a public apology for him when he did a skit in class that implied that great male scientist only rely on women to give them sex as they work their way to greatness. A lot of news outlets didn't report that find.
Anyhow, eclipses bringing the dark side to light, here we have a woman-hater who has a history of stunts, and a president who supports Nazis and white terrorists who come out into the light as if it's "both sides" in fairness.
A. Another way to look at this is about the current Lilith-Saturn conjunction, as I wrote in August's astro-event #5: "Patriarchal worldviews clash with the rising Goddess energy."
re: data - Astrodatabank now has a BC time of 8:58 AM for Kellyanne Conway. Her Moon is exactly trine Pluto, Pisces is rising, and Jupiter is exactly on the Placidus 6th house cusp .Astrodatabank also has a BC time of 12:23 PM for Christie.
A. Good to know, thanks!
re: Trump’s Mars return - I've been wondering about Trump's impending Mars Return (on the heels of the eclipse). Hmm...What can you make of this? Anything?
re: opioid crisis - With opioid drug deaths on the rise, how is this reflected in the U.S. progressed natal chart or current transits of our outer planets, etc. Just curious about your take on this.
A. Good story idea....
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re: Yellowstone - Just curious: I am aware that eclipses are often coupled with earthquakes - is there a chart for Yellowstone NP, and if so does it
reflect seismic possibilities? I'm not sure Mexico City is connected, unless it's foretelling of the beginnings of plate movement farther up the road.
A. Yes, Yellowstone has a birth chart, set for March 1, 1872 when it was set aside as the U.S.’s first national park. As far as earthquakes go, note that transiting Uranus is exactly squaring Yellowstone’s natal Uranus. However, it seems there’s something else going on, since it’s simultaneous with other earthquakes, hurricanes, and a simmering volcano. Possibly these are related to the surge in solar flares over the last two weeks.
re: Jupiter and Saturn - In 2019 I will experience both Jupiter and Saturn returns simultaneously, born in 1960. Any bearing on my generation? thanks for your time.
A.Two Saturn Returns and five Jupiter Returns occur at age 59 for everyone. These overlapping cycles make this age particularly noteworthy for most people. Many begin retirement, while others have found a niche and want to keep going. Many born during the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn (1960-61) are particularly ambitious, and have become pillars of society.
re: Louise Hay - In your recent article you state that her Neptune conjunct Part of Fortune in her second house created her self-help book fortune, but Neptune and POF are in her first house. (and Neptune can never progress into the second house because at 26:58 it went retrograde; she was about 40).
She was a powerful (Leo) psychic (Neptune in the first) and lucky (conjunct the POF), but also challenged by (a square from Saturn and an opposition from Jupiter)-duh the patriarchy!
Maybe Vesta, the Priestess, which IS in her second house, in Virgo (books and teachers) and conjunct the Black Moon (fierce feminine) accounts for why women love her. She showed women how the patriarchy had infiltrated their minds and how detrimental that could be. Vesta is trine her Mars in the tenth so it's connected to her career and activities.
A. Yes, Vesta is powerfully placed in her 2nd house. Although Neptune is technically in her 1st house, it’s less than three degrees from her 2nd house cusp, and so a predominant influence over this house’s affairs.
re: Pop Quiz - To me, Mars (in Scorpio) square Pluto would mean that every transiting planet that contacted Mars would be challenged by the lord of Scorpio himself, Pluto, to use that energy to produce or accrue power. Rex did that for Exon; Harvey did this for his co. and himself.
Harvey's conservative Capricorn Moon opposes Uranus in Cancer, sponsor of the Women's Liberation Movement, and squares both Eris in Aries and Saturn in Libra slightly wide), but at least a T-square that created difficult energy circumstances for him repeatedly, where he clearly failed repeatedly.
Rex's sensitive Pisces Moon conjuncts Venus and Pallas. He likes traditional women but with these three trine Uranus in Cancer he's okay with non-trad. women also, plus Uranus is conjunct his ascendant! He must be pretty non-trad. himself or appear to be.
A. This is the best answer received, and mostly on target. Only one thing I would point out and that is that we don't have an accurate birth time for either of these two, so the charts used are the default noon times. Therefore Rex likely doesn't have Uranus on the Ascendant.
re: Trump’s progressed Moon – In Trump’s top five astro-events, couldn't this progressed Moon event also represent women in the family? This is like punch number one of an astrological one-two punch. Moon-Pluto and Venus-Uranus? Yikes.
A. In general, the progressed Moon doesn’t act like the natal Moon and the key phrases we usually associate with the Moon. The progressed Moon is a timer of emotionally signficant events. Still, transiting Saturn has been around his natal Moon, so the observations still holds.
re: SA-PL - Just curious: How will the coming Global Corporatocracy be different
from the current state of government? Elected officials are owned by those who fund them: follow the money (corporation/business/despot) to see who bought whom, and know that laws will be enacted for their benefit. Yes, many of those actions have been covert, but W Bush, with the creation of Citizen's United, made our country's corporate ownership overt. And corporations have no conscience. They care not about global warming, unless they can make a dollar from it. As long as
business-as-usual is generating billions of dollars, climate change
re: SA-PL - Love your Newscope blog and interpretations of our political events. I have read on numerous blogs that the upcoming Pluto/Saturn conjunction will mean conservative power, government, etc. due to Saturn and Pluto both being in Capricorn. Some astrologers have interpreted this to mean that the GOP and possibly Trump will win re-election in 2020. However, the past 9 months of the Trump administration has been anything but conservative and seems more like a radical repudiation of our constitution and past governmental norms and institutions.
So I was wondering if this 2020 Pluto/Saturn conjunction could mean that we return to our traditional governing norms and shore up our government institutions in response to a failed and chaotic Trump administration? Perhaps a return to constitutional basics and less conspiratorial and ideological based ideas and more practical forms of governing. I seem to recall in my astrological readings that Saturn also represents structure, reality based thinking and justice (because it is exalted in Libra). Therefore, wouldn't Saturn demand a return to evidenced based policy, such as the reality of climate change, or Is this just wishful thinking on my part?
re: NCAA football - Some yr.'s ago, I suggested you do an astrological analysis of the University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino. You did, and it was interesting. Coach Bobby Pitrino is now at the University of Louisville, and has been very successful. I have an additional suggestions for you to consider: the University of Alabama football coach, Nick Saban, has the BEST NCAA football program in all of America. They are ranked #1 again this year. From an astrology point-of-view: WHY?
re: Pluto-Mars - I'm having cold chills and looking for metaphysical/esoteric balm. I noticed that the square between transiting Pluto and the U.S. progressed Mars started Mar/Apr '16 during the brutal primary season when Pluto went Rx. Just before the election it went direct at 15 degrees and a racist, sexist plutocrat narrowly won; votes were still being counted as the square became exact and he was sworn in. Pluto went Rx, but it just turned direct at 17 degrees and will again square progressed Mars at (approx.) 18 Libra. My question is, will it be over when Pluto gets to 19 degrees since this is an aspect to a progressed planet?
A. These are good observations and an excellent question. In my opinion, the re-awakening of the racist, sexist element in U.S. culture is due to progressed Mars being in the U.S. 12th house, which when activated, awakens all kinds of mean-spirited, aggressive, violent behavior. Other outer planets or progressed planets will continue to stir up this progressed Mars long after Pluto has passed this critical contact. But Pluto’s square is the most hostile.
re: Lilith - Your segment on Lilith and patriarchy? SO good. I loved it.
re: sex scandals - Scandalous revelations are not unique to the US. There have been many in France, Switzerland, the UK and here in Quebec. Jupiter and Lilith in Scorpio are having an effect in many countries.
re: Merkel - I was just reading an article about the roles that Macron and Merkel are
going to need to play in the EU. Are they a compatible duo?
re: progressed Mars - I appreciate your addressing the U.S. progressed Mars. I confess that I'm even more distressed for myself since my p. nodes are conjunct this potentially violent energy at 16 degrees S/Libra and N/Aries.
Plus there are other contacts good and not so good, but my chart seems also closely linked to the U.S. chart with a long list of aspects starting with <snip>. Thank you for the heads up that it will last two more years. I hope I have enough good energy in my chart to survive!
A. Your natal planetary connections to the U.S. chart can be quite telling in the professional life, but are not likely related to your divorce or other personal affairs.
re: presidential election study - I have been a proponent of your Scorpio Rising natal chart for the USA for many years, since I was introduced into the concept back in the 1970's, through the works of, and conversations with Marc Penfield; and your postings on the internet, and book. I thought it useful to do this study years ago. It sheds some light on US Presidential Party change, or not, in connection with the election cycle. I thought that you might find it of interest. <snip> History informs that a U.S. Presidential Election concurrent with any Saturn-Uranus aspect, hard, soft, or neutral, is very likely (76.9 %) to result in a change of party in the U.S. Presidency.
A. Thank-you. Very interesting!
re: NewsScope - Still waiting to see an article entitled "The Shadow Side of Liberalism"
re: Bitcoin - Great post on Bitcoin. I have seen charts that locate Bitcoin in Dublin, not London. What is the difference? Why London? Why Dublin? The world is being remade. Signs are everywhere. "Bitcoin" is one of them. Thanks for interesting and timely reading.
re: Al Franken - Franken's sexual indiscretions are not the moral equivalent of full-blown sexual predation ... be it of an adult or a child. And certainly the application of moral equivalency still does not excuse his behavior. The Democratic Party is now promoting zero tolerance and Franken, though he is not the President or Roy Moore, is paying the piper. I notice that Black Moon Lilith, since around October, has been near the Galactic Center. I am curious ... just how much of all this ... since Weinstein to the present ... is Black Moon Lilith?
A. A lot of it! I've written previously about how progressed Lilith is in the US 12th house and with Mars, both being opposed by the progressed Midheaven, and squared by transiting Pluto. Read the most recent entry on this subject here: http://www.neptunecafe.com/nsc111317.html
re: Lilith - I'm fascinated with your mention of Black Moon Lilith’s influence on the US (guns and sexuality), as well as her influence on Israel. If you ever have time to write about her influence of Europe and Switzerland, I would love to hear about it!
re: war - Have you ever seen, in an inauguration chart, a configuration that suggests war (Mars-Saturn in a challenging aspect) and yet actual warfare with another country did not manifest?
A. I haven’t done that study, sorry. But yes, war does look increasingly possible on the Korean peninsula, and Mars in Pisces does square Saturn in Sagittarius in Trump’s Inauguration chart. Mars square Saturn could also represent Trump’s daily struggle for his political survival, and the bitter partisan politics that his presidency has brought.
NewsScope for January 1, 2018
By Michael Wolfstar
Trump’s Mixed Prospects in early 2018
Over the next few months, President Trump has a mixed bag of astrological line-ups -- some of the best possible indicators along with some unusually challenging ones. On the plus side, his progressed Venus is conjoining natal Jupiter, which in itself is well placed. This alignment will be exact in mid-June and helps promote his leadership status, personal finances, and potentially, rising popularity.
Trump’s Mars continues to be activated in a big way. Among the martial indicators, he has transiting Uranus trine his Mars (exact March 18) and Leo Ascendant (May 14), which outlines a highly active, assertive phase. Also, his progressed Mars sextiles Pluto, and will be exact in mid-March and then wane in influence. This combination is highly motivated to accomplish military and economic goals and dominate political enemies.
The astro-event with the most spectacular potential is the Solar Eclipse on February 15 at 27º Aquarius, which happens to be precisely opposite Trump’s Mars (orb: 0º21’). This one will generate plenty of action, both politically and militarily leading up to the eclipse date. Underscoring the severity and surprising nature of this phase is that Trump’s progressed Midheaven is octile (45º) Uranus in early March.
Trump’s Gemini nature is a sure indicator that more than one crisis or sudden development will be afoot in February and March. With transiting Saturn activating his natal Mercury-Neptune square from now through June, his penchant for bending the truth comes under fire, quite possibly from Mueller’s investigation.
At the same time, clashes around North Korea are heating up. The moody, pessimistic mind-set brought about by this Saturn transit can easily undermine the more optimistic Venus-Jupiter vibe. We might begin to see a darker, more obsessive side this month, as Trump’s progressed Moon heads into a conjunction with his 12th house Pluto.
Widespread Protests Break Out in Iran
Widespread protests rolled across Iran last week, the most serious anti-government discontent since the mass demonstrations of 2009. People took to the streets to express anger over high prices and unemployment, with many calling for an end to clerical rule. President Rouhani was recently re-elected on the promise of economic and social reform, and warned President Trump not to scrap the nuclear deal.
Early in his career, Ramsay wanted to channel this Mars energy into playing professional soccer, but injuries led him down a different path. Mars is located in the 5th house of entertainment and recreational sports. From this, his temperamental cruelty has become a finely crafted entertainment device derived from natal tendencies. Currently, with transiting Jupiter conjunct his Sun, and his progressed Midheaven nearly trine natal Jupiter, we can see that his star is still rising.
Ramsay was born with a sweet Sun-Venus-Neptune triple conjunction in Scorpio (November 8, 1966; 6:05 pm; Johnstone, UK), a soft, kind, peacemaking combination that belies his public personality. And in fact, when filming with kids, this heart-felt nurturing side comes out clearly, as it does in his frequent participation in charity events. The reform side of Scorpio also comes out in his work to transform failed restauranteurs in FOX’s Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares.
But inevitably, Ramsay’s violent temper is his biggest selling point, and he has his powerfully placed Mars in Virgo to thank for that. Mars here is a perfectionist, and becomes hyper-critical when guests don’t meet his high expectations. Mars is fueled by a conjunction with Pluto, and regularly finds imperfection due to their opposition to Saturn and Chiron. His emotional volatility is apparent with the exact Moon-Uranus conjunction, which also conjoins his nitpicky Mars.
Gordon Ramsay, the Perfectionist Celebrity Chef
According to The Hollywood Reporter, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is now the No. 1 TV personality. The ranking system is based on social media analytics, primarily from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Google Plus. Elsewhere, the fiery reality show host made news for his foul-mouthed Christmas special, and for flinging an imperfect scallops dish across the kitchen in a typical fit of rage.
Iran’s modern horoscope (April 1, 1979; 3:00 pm; Tehran) indicates that this current uprising is volatile and potentially explosive. The Aries Sun in the 9th house points to the religious leadership, and with the Sun’s opposition to Pluto and quincunx (150º) to Saturn, absolute control is the standard for controlling internal and external affairs. Yet, with radical, revolutionary Uranus squaring Black Moon Lilith on the Leo Ascendant, absolute control is impossible to achieve.
Negotiations for the Iran Nuclear Deal began in 2013 when transiting Uranus and Pluto were squaring each other, and simultaneously activating Iran’s Aries Sun. Iran was hurting from the international economic sanctions. Despite hardliner objections, the deal came together during the final Uranus-Pluto square in 2015, and was signed as transiting Pluto was trine Iran’s progressed Sun at 16º Taurus, and both were trine the karmic North Node at 16º Virgo.
Lifting economic sanctions has not trickled down to the Iranian people, who are also demanding an end to government corruption, as transformational Pluto and the progressed Sun are both at 18º of their respective signs and forming hard aspects to natal Pluto at 18º Libra. We can expect these protests to accelerate over the next few weeks as the progressed Sun and Uranus form an exact opposition. Currently, they’re only 0º03’ apart.