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2017 NewsScopes

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
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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 
means nothing. 

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.

Recent NewsScopes

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
re: John Bouvier Kennedy - I was reading an article about John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossbert (Caroline Kennedy's son) and how he looks so much like John Kennedy Jr. He's very much interested in climate change and has said he 'aspires to a career in politics". Perhaps you could do a newscope article on this young man and whether his chart has 'presidential potential'.

A. Thanks for the suggestion. Looks like a good idea...

re: Washington - Could you give me/us the Birth Date of the State of Washington...... ??? (Sure wish we still had access to all of your subjects, as they were/are a gold mind of information.... ) Thank YOU.

A. I have Nov 11, 1889 for the state of Washington, set in Olympia, time unknown. Penfield uses 2:27 pm based on his rectification. About “access", all back issues of NewsScope are available, I recently updated the menu where you can find the links. It's difficult to organize them because it makes NeptuneCafe so slow in adding new pages. 

re: NewsScope - I was just reading old Newscopes at the archives and I know I was blessed the day I found your site. Just reading your columns gives me relief, I think because you make sense of complex situations. Occasionally I even laugh! Thank you for all your enlightening columns. 

re: tax bill - I was looking at chart set for Trump signing tax bill. Is there a special significance to the fact that Saturn and Sun conjunct at 0 degree Capricorn. Just how often can that occur?

A. Yes, it's very rare, and is why I said that it's an empowerment of the corporations, especially since it's in the 10th house. The corporate tax rate was lowered from 35% to 21% - a huge subsidy of American corporations paid for by U.S. taxpayers and an expanded federal debt of $1.5 trillion. 

re: Oumuamua - I searched your website as best as I could to see if you have looked into Oumuamua, the first of its astronomical class as an interstellar object, but saw no results. If you have reviewed this item, please direct me to that. If you have otherwise looked into this, my question is what have you found. It was initially described as a comet, then changed to asteroid, but the first ever object from interstellar space. An article said it first appeared from the direction of the star Vega. That would be at 15-Cap-33 I believe, and close to conjunction with Pluto at the time. I thought I would try to see if I could find a date, time of discovery, and location at the observatory in Hawaii for this discovery. It is not easy as most references are to the date only, October 19 2017. 

A. Thanks for the info. I haven’t done anything on Oumuamua…
NewsScope for January 22, 2018
By Michael Wolfstar

Saturn opposes the U.S. Venus

No transit acts in isolation since other factors help shape the potential manifestation of the archetypal dynamics. But Saturn’s transit opposite the U.S. Venus is a major astro-event, and tends to present the broad outlines of the leading news stories. Saturn escalates problem areas wherever Venus-related situations are out of balance, and may also consolidate areas where things are going relatively well. 
re: Laurence Fink - Did you hear about this yet? <link> A titan in the financial world is threatening to withhold investments from corporations unless they show they ‘contribute to society.’ I thought either he and/or his company might be interesting to look at from an astrological perspective. 

A. Very interesting! Thx for the suggestion…

re: yoga - My name is Jenn and I’m a writer at Jen Reviews. I was doing research on yoga and just finished reading your wonderful blog post: http://neptunecafearchives.homestead.com/nsc031212.html In that article, I noticed that you cited a solid post that I’ve read in the past: https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/281. I just finished writing a guide that is even more detailed, updated and comprehensive on 18 amazing health benefits of yoga. It is over 7,000 words and packed with practical tips and advice. You can find it here: https://www.jenreviews.com/yoga/ If you like the guide we’d be humbled if you cited us in your article. Of course, we will also share your article with our 50k newsletter subscribers and followers across our social platforms. Either way, keep up the great work!

A. Thanks for the links and interest in NeptuneCafe. The article where I referred to yoga is six years old now, and hardly anyone reads that. I wrote a more recent piece about how an injured pro wrestler used yoga to heal himself. So I am a fan of yoga and its benefits, and will keep your article on 18 ways yoga benefits health for future reference. I would like to merge astrology with yoga in some way, but it's not so easy. I will keep looking... 

re: Trump - Thanks again for showing the fascinating correlations between Trump’s astrology and his behavior. His upcoming eclipsed super full moon on January 31 ties interestingly to the date of his 2018 State of the Union Address, to be delivered only hours before on January 30. The event looks set to provide plenty of controversy, don’t you think?

A. Thanks for the feedback. That's an excellent insight about the State of the Union!

re: death - Are you good at seeing death in a chart? Are Ceres-Pluto aspects part of the signature?

A. In general, that’s not something I look into. Ceres-Pluto does deal with major life transformations, which may or may not include death, but at least the grieving process is evident, along with the survival mode mind-set, or its opposite, the giving up. I've looked at a few death charts and seen some commonalities. Richard Houck's "The Astrology of Death" is a good source, but half of it is Vedic astrology. Still, he points out the prominence of Jupiter in death charts (the ultimate journey), the lunar nodes activated, and the 4th house conditions (end of the matter).
In the Scorpio Rising U.S. horoscope, Venus is in the 8th house of taxes, budgets, and corporate finances. The government shutdown over failed debt-limit accord last Friday took place only days after Saturn opposed the U.S. Venus. The sticking point concerns DACA, and the status of young immigrants. The U.S. Venus is in the family sign of Cancer, and this Saturn transit resonates with Trump’s natal Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer. Are immigrants part of the U.S. family or not?
Saturn’s opposition to the U.S. Venus didn’t hurt the surging stock market, for reasons that were described here two weeks ago.* However, as this astro-event grew in relevance over the last three weeks, Bitcoin’s hyper-elevated price fell precipitously from $16,823 to a low of $10,528 last Wednesday, only three days after this Saturn-Venus astro-event was exact. Other cryptocurrencies also fell as governments threatened to regulate (Saturn) these trans-national means of exchange.
And Venus afflicted by Saturn also suggests the oppression that many women feel in this patriarchal society. One year after the historic Women’s March following Trump’s inauguration, women gathered once again to express their dissatisfaction with the status quo. The #MeToo movement is having a dramatic influence by exposing alpha males’ past bad behavior, and will likely get stronger over the coming year as transiting Saturn opposes the U.S. Venus two more times.
With Aries Rising, and his Mars in Sagittarius fortified by a powerful trine to Pluto, the soft-spoken Petty was capable of super-human feats of strength and endurance. Last year, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers went on their 40th Anniversary Tour, but few knew that he was performing with a broken hip. He was taking opiates to relieve the pain, as transiting Pluto squared his Mercury-Neptune. He died of a heart attack, with his progressed Mars quincunx natal Uranus. Uranus is located in the 4th house, sometimes referred to as “the end of the matter”. 
Tom Petty was born with a Sun-Venus conjunction in Libra and his Moon in sensitive Pisces (October 20, 1950; 5:00 pm; Gainesville, FL), a combination that favors creative expression in the arts. The Sun trines Jupiter in Aquarius, a wonderful celestial asset that helped him find personal fulfillment in life, and establish him as an enduring international rock star with over 80 million records sold worldwide.

Petty’s Mercury-Neptune conjunction along with his 12th house Pisces Moon square Lilith are favorable for writing and expressing music, but they carry a potentially huge downside - getting addicted to hard drugs. Petty admits that his heroin habit arose “when the pain becomes too much and you live in a world, in a culture, where people have reached in the direction of heroin to stop the pain.”
Tom Petty, Possessed by Rock and Roll

“Some people get possessed by the Lord,” said rock legend Tom Petty, ”and have to go out and preach sermons the rest of their lives. In the same way, we were possessed by rock and roll music and had to go out and play gigs the rest of our lives.” The cause of his October 2 death was released last week: an accidental overdose of pain medications. 
And now, transiting Pluto is activating his T-square at the same time that his progressed Sun and Uranus are exactly opposite each other. He’s presenting a radical idea (Sun-Uranus), and has the personal leverage and influence (Pluto) to bring his socially responsible message to the corporate world. Pluto will be engaged with this T-square for the next three years, as will his progressed Sun, taking us right up to the next presidential election.
Mr. Fink was born with his Sun conjunct Vesta in the financially savvy sign of Scorpio (November 2, 1952; Van Nuys, CA: time unknown), a combination that readily follows a life path in the investment community. With Vesta shaped by an opposition to a lucky Moon-Jupiter conjunction in the other money sign of Taurus, Fink’s fortunes have steadily risen along with his well-heeled clients. 

A powerful T-square has pushed him to become the best: Mars in ambitious Capricorn opposes Uranus, and both square the generational Saturn-Neptune conjunction in Libra. Without this dynamic configuration, Fink’s chart would be too weak to fully engage in the intensely competitive investment community. He started his own investment company, The Blackstone Group, in 1988 when transiting Pluto conjoined his Scorpio Sun (and the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant).
Laurence Fink Touts Corporate Responsibility

Last week the CEOs of the world’s largest corporations received an unusual letter from Laurence Fink. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society,” he wrote. And as the founder and CEO of Blackrock, the world’s largest wealth management firm, this CEO has the clout to back up his demand.*
* The background story can be read here.