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re: Syria - I always enjoy your weekly column. This week's piece on Syria was particularly of interest. When I changed the time (from Campion at 6 AM) to the Tyl time, I saw all you spoke about. Additionally I looked at the astrocartography map and the local space map. The latter shows the BML line going into the heart of Russia. This is particularly ominous...

re: Cubs - You wouldn't, by any chance, have a Chart for the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team? I can't seem to find any definitive date, except for 1870. I love to root for the Underdog.

re: Hillary - As a long term Hillary fan, I am delighted about her good showing in the recent Democratic debate. Those who dislike Hillary just love to drop those "hints of scandal" in an attempt to derail her campaign. The political pundits and the mainstream media are in for a revelation: Hillary is and has always been a great Presidential candidate!
re: NewsScope - Thank you, as always, for a column that I check first thing in the morning on Mondays!

re: European Union - Since the refugee crisis, much talk has centered around the difficulties of taking in such a mass of peoples whose cultures are so very different from those of Europe. I do hear more about the urgency of dealing with migrants that are huge in number and in many ways demanding, rather than desiring of fitting in wherever there opens a door. Most recently there's the opinion that this large-scale migration may well signal the end of the European Union. Some even are considering conspiracy theories of how such a movement was initiated, is perpetuated, and who it helps (i.e. Russia, the US and their oil interests). What do you see in the stars for the EU's future?

A. Sorting out the conspiracy theories from what's happening on the ground and the shifting policies of the various nations involved makes this a complex issue. The chart I use for the European Union, set for November 1, 1993, currently has transiting Uranus squaring the natal Uranus-Neptune conjunction, which fits the disrupting influence caused by the flood of immigrants. Beyond that, I can't say how this will work itself out. What happens in Syria is, of course, relevant, and there we have a state of constant flux, not to mention the numerous surrounding players vying for control. How Russia and the U.S. come to terms (or not) with the Middle East is another unknown vector. In short, there are too many variables to make any definitive statement on the effects to the Eurozone. However, I will study the EU chart some more and see if any internally directed effort can be mustered to resolve the crisis.
re: Saturn-Neptune - As you pointed out in your (5) astrological events for November 2015, the Saturn/Neptune square on 11/26/2015 is prominent. You showed in the European Union chart that natal Neptune is being squared by transiting Uranus. I would like to point out that transiting Neptune in the Scorpio Rising USA chart is also squaring natal Uranus in the 8th house.
    So Uranus in the US chart has Neptune square to it while Neptune in the EU chart has a Uranus square in effect now. While Saturn afflicts both. Coincidence? I think all this shows the difficulty of maintaining our free Internet(Uranus) while Neptune is showing the downside of a border-free world.
     I very much hope that all this is the "irritant" that produces the "pearl" of gained wisdom as you so aptly state in your Newscope article. Sadly, I just do not know if the pearl is wishful thinking or what. People of good will know what this future world might look like but the way there is not at all clear.

re: Mog - Think they'll make Mog, the movie? I think it'd be great fun... love Emma Thompson... Thanks for the "heads up" video---hadn't seen this elsewhere...

re: EU - The last few days have shown a willingness to fight back against the terrorists that certainly does not reflect any "stunned paralysis" in the European Union. France and Russia are now cooperating in air strikes against ISIS in Syria and if the US would get off its duff maybe, just maybe some real progress could be made in defeating these monsters called ISIS. On another note even the hacking group Anonymous has finally realized ISIS is a greater threat than any western government to their vaunted freedom of ideas. All this to say, I do not think your interpretation of the EU chart is telling the real story

A. French president Hollande attempted to get the U.S. and Russia on the same page, but the two external powers do not agree on the fate of Syrian president Assad. But perhaps "stunned paralysis" is not the right interpretation of the progressed Midheaven to the EU's Mars-Pluto square Saturn. The Saturn-Pluto combination is known for its intense nationalism and conservative or tightening policies. Individually, the EU nations are closing their borders and ratcheting up security measures, which is in accord with the activation of the EU's Mars-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio. But it doesn't bode well for the EU as a larger geopolitical entity, which we might say is in a state of paralysis.
re: NewsScope - Around 3 years ago I was having problems with saving your NewsScope web pages and subsequently opening them in readable form in one of my three web browsers. I made no progress with having you getting Homestead to fix this.
  On a whim I tried doing it again several days ago. I now can open most of your NewsScope issues with either no or very few rendering issues. I can also easily save the pages as PDF files in Opera. This makes using your articles for research very easy.
  I have gone back and made PDF files for all of 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately the link for July 11, 2011 is incorrect. I get the NewsScope for November 7, 2011, Jon Corzine Resigns. If you could correct this I would appreciate it. I will wait to see if you can do it so I can keep my files in chronological order.

A. The software used to build NeptuneCafe's pages was originally designed to be pc-compatible. Those using apple products had some rendering issues, until the host (Homestead) moved the site designer platform into the cloud. It made pages viewable in both pc and apple products. The problem is that due to the hundreds of pages in NeptuneCafe, webpage designing takes much longer to do, and some mis-labling issues may crop up. If the July 11, 2011 page is the only one that got lost since 2009, then that's a decent track record. Readers who want a copy of the July 11, 2011 issue can get an emailed copy upon request.

re: NewsScope - I honestly think you are so incredibly gifted in the astrological world. I love trying to learn from what you write. I wish I had your ability. I've got more knowledge than most people who just dabble, but a Vulcan mind meld would be amazing to have the understanding....... 

re: Trump - When will he be gone? I was watching a biography of him last night. Mostly I was rolling my eyes and sighing. What the hell IS that? He so rubs me the wrong way. He is so horribly FULL of himself. That's Mars in Leo, isn't it?

A. Mars in Leo is found in more presidents charts - by far - than any other placement. It shows leadership, decisive opinions, and confidence. Trump's ego is inflated through Jupiter's placement, plus currently his progressed Sun near his Leo Ascendant, which conjoins the royal star Regulus. Most likely, he will be on the national scene through the campaign season since this progressed Sun is still 1/2 degree away from this important conjunction.

re: Zuckerberg rectification - Wow. Really, wow. Do you use any software to aid rectification?

A. I use SolarFire for my calculations, but none that suggest any birth times, such as Jigsaw. 

re: Insane Violence - Thank you for the warnings for what's up ahead re: The Insane Violence Configuration --- and for the December 2015 report. Like many, I'm glad to be aware of when the more stressful days might be during the "holiday" season & when to be more mindful of when my own stress is in danger of blowing off too much steam, or when family gatherings might be a bit more testy...yes---a good time of year to remember the peace, love and joy inspirations...

re: NewsScope subscription - Thanks for sending the current NewsScope. Maybe charging a fee for your weekly subscription will be a way for you to monetize your creativity. I've sent you $50/year for the past few years. Happy to pay more. People can pay. You do the work. We pay you. That works beautifully. 
  Nice to give it away to those in need on your website, but nicer still to receive it on a weekly basis in my mailbox. I think having people pay is important--for you and for them. You are really talented. I love reading your write ups.

A. OK, thank-you. That's something to think about.

​Recent NewsScope Articles

Sept. 28, 2015 - ​Xi and Obama agree; October's top 5 astro-events; Emissions scandal at Volkswagen.

Oct. 5, 2015 - ​ Bernie Sanders and the Debate; the Oregon shooter; Richard Tarnas and Jupiter.

Oct. 12, 2015 - ​ Paul Ryan, next House speaker? Bernie Sanders rectified; Matt Damon as The Martian.

Oct. 19, 2015 - Syria's proxy wars; verifying Hillary's birth time; Erin Andrews sues.

Oct. 26, 2015 - UN summit on climate change; November's top 5; Adele returns with "25".

Nov. 2, 2015 - Barack Obama's Mars Return, other celebrities' Mars Returns at 22º Virgo, Britney Spears.

Nov. 9, 2015 - Ben Carson under fire, Marco Rubio's tax plan, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist.

Nov. 16, 2015 - European Union in Crisis; Donald Trump's Iowa speech; Emma Thompson

Nov. 23, 2015 - Immigration and Saturn-Neptune; the ISIS horoscope; Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman​​​.

Nov. 30, 2015 - The insane violence configuration; Dec.'s top five; the Force Awakens the Millennials.

Dec 7, 2015 - Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik; Mark Zuckerberg's $45 billion donation.

Dec 14, 2015 - The Uranus-Eris cycle; Paul Ryan for president? Frank Sinatra centennial.

Dec 20, 2015 - UN forced into action; Martin Shkreli versus the FBI; Ronday Rousey"s UFC title.

Dec 28, 2015 - Russian economic surges; January's top 5; Daisy Ridley of The Force Awakens.

​Jan. 4, 2016 - 2016 begins with Mercury retrograde; Bernie Sanders' celestial assets; Natalie Cole.

Jan.11, 2016 - The Lilith-Uranus-Pluto configuration activated; El Chapo captured; Beatlemania.

Jan. 18, 2016 - Hillary fading; Oil prices and Standard Oil; BML- paradoxical, clandestine.
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NewsScope for January 25, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar

Bloomberg Considering Independent Run

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, thinks Hillary is a flawed politician. If she falters and the race for the White House comes down to Trump or Cruz versus Sanders, that leaves the ideological middle ground wide open for an independent candidate. Bloomberg’s team is now laying the groundwork for a possible campaign and he will decide by March.
With his Sun located at 25º Aquarius (conjunct the U.S. Moon), Bloomberg has a good chance to become a populist candidate (February 14, 1942; 3:40 pm; Brighton, MA). His Sun squaring Uranus underscores his interest in being independent, while his Sun squaring Saturn casts him in the role of a pragmatist. He won’t run unless he sees a good chance of actually winning.

A major astrological factor shaping the 2016 political landscape is the rare conjunction of Uranus and Eris in Aries. Eris, discovered by astronomer Mike Brown in 2005, is known as a troublemaker, and her conjunction with the radical Uranus has brought us anti-establishment candidates, including Cruz, Trump, and Sanders. In Bloomberg’s chart, the transiting Uranus-Eris conjunction is favorably placed, allowing his third party run to express the more lucid or centrist qualities of this combination.
Bloomberg’s progressed Jupiter and Midheaven are located at 21º and 22º Gemini, respectively. Transiting Uranus and Eris are in Bloomberg’s 10th house of public reputation and heading into a favorable sextile to his progressed Jupiter-Midheaven conjunction, a potent and possibly winning combination. Currently, transiting Uranus is nearly sextile his natal Moon, the ruler of his chart. This suggests he’s leaning heavily towards making a run.
February’s Top Five Astro-Events

1. The Sun squares Mars on the 7th but is in effect from the 1st through the 8th since Mars simultaneously aspects Uranus and Pluto. This dynamic gives those under its influence great determination, strong will power, and an intensely competitive drive. The downside is self-destructive and/or aggressive behavior, spontaneous eruptions, and angry or dangerous actions. Erratic, opinionated hotheads dominate at this time.

2. Neptune conjoins the U.S. Ceres on the 7th and completes several other major aspects during the month, making Neptune the reigning influence in U.S. politics, business, and military tactics. At its best, Neptune brings idealism and hope, but its square to the U.S. Uranus on the 13th brings out some of the negative themes. These include disillusionment in the political process, the uncertainty of the oil markets (ruled by Neptune), and the quagmire in Syria.

3. The New Moon on the 8th takes place at 19º Aquarius, a degree which is heavily emphasized at this time. The New Moon marks an important ending and new beginning for anyone with planets at 18º or 19º, especially concerning relationship patterns, both personal and work-oriented. The coming month is a good time to network, get involved in social media and expand your circle of friends. 

4. Black Moon Lilith is quincunx (150º) Chiron on the 19th, but is an influence all month. Those in personal relationships may be challenged to deal with some core issues, while those not in a relationship may feel out of place socially. Beware of deception, passive aggressive behavior, and actions rooted in psychological pain. Find creative ways to deal with hidden problem areas.

5. Jupiter opposes Chiron on the 23rd, and is in effect from the 17th to 28th. Under this polarized vibe, those who feel adrift may find hope, while those who display over-confidence face a setback. Technical analysis may destroy wishful thinking, or faith may bring illumination to skeptics. Ideally, one finds the balance between life in the manifest world and one’s intuitive connections to the spirit world. Be generous to lost souls. 
Mike Brown Hunts for Planet 9

Astronomer Mike Brown’s discovery of Eris played the central role in demoting Pluto to a “Dwarf Planet”. His daughter told him, “Daddy, what you need to do is find a new planet so that people will no longer be sad about Pluto.” And that’s what he did. Using complex mathematical modeling, Brown and his associate, Konstantin Batygin, hypothesized the existence of Planet 9. 
Mike Brown is what astrologers call an “Outer Planet Person” since his Gemini Sun aspects all the outer planets, from Jupiter to Pluto (June 5, 1965; 2:30 pm*; Huntsville, AL). His work as a planet hunter is unique, inspired, and transformational as it aims to change everything we know and accept about the solar system. His optimistic Sun-Jupiter conjunction is also sextile Eris, giving us an expanded sense of outer planets.

An astrological principle holds that major planetary configurations in the birth chart are repeated at milestones in the person’s life. Brown was born during the paradigm-busting conjunction of Uranus and Pluto. Over the last few years of Uranus squaring Pluto, he and Batygin worked out the details of Planet 9’s orbit and size. Last Wednesday (January 20), they published their results, which created an immediate and sensational flood of media stories.
Emphasizing the Uranus-Pluto quality of this finding is Brown’s progressed Midheaven, which is exactly conjunct natal Uranus and within three degrees of natal Pluto. He estimates that it will take up to five years to scour Planet 9’s orbit, and find out exactly where it is along that pathway. In three years his progressed Midheaven conjoins natal Pluto, suggesting the actual timing of this sighting.
* Birth time is through private correspondence with the author. Further details can be found in the previous profile of Brown here
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.