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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 21, 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.

Jan. 25, 2016 - Mike Bloomberg considers run; February's top five; Mike Brown and Planet 9.
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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.
NewsScope for February 1, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar

The Primaries Begin

A reader asks, “What factors in the most, candidates' birth charts, their chart transits, or their part of fortune? And do the outer, most ‘generational’ planets also have a say in all this?” All these factors are important, and I would add two more: their progressed charts, and how the candidates’ charts align with the national horoscope, especially the U.S. Moon. 

A major obstacle to evaluating these factors is the lack of reliable birth times for many of the candidates. In these cases, we’re missing the critical Ascendant and Midheaven, and only have a ballpark location for the Moon. Check the outer planet transits, the major progressions, and the links to the U.S. chart to see if they’re in the running, since the winning candidate will be hitting on all cylinders. 
In past elections, I’ve focused on the connections to the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius, which remains a valid technique. For example, unless Bernie SandersMarco Rubio or Ben Carson has either their Ascendant or Midheaven aligned with the U.S. Moon, they don’t have much of a chance. This is one reason I’ve rectified Sanders’ birth time to 6:22 pm; it gives him 25º Aquarius Rising, and helps account for his immense popularity.

Jeb Bush (with a known birth time) has no tight connections with the U.S. Moon, although his Sun in Aquarius is close, about two degrees away. Among the outer planets, Saturn’s rise toward the Midheaven leads to getting elected. It matches the personal ambition with the national role. In Bush’s chart, transiting Saturn is near the nadir (opposite the Midheaven), the absolute worst place. And in Hillary’s chart, Saturn is heading downward in her chart, also not a favorable placement.
Trump’s chart fits the criteria: his natal PF trines his 10th house Sun, and during the November election, his PF at 19º Virgo will trine his Midheaven (orb: 5º). However, also on November 8, his progressed Uranus opposes his natal Moon with a very tight orb, only 0º04’. His progressed PF squares this axis (orb: 2º), which may indicate a variety of disruptive scenarios (pick your favorite).
The Progressed Part of Fortune

This election season I’ve been looking at the Part of Fortune (PF) as a lead indicator. For a candidate to win, the PF must be well placed natally and by progression at the time of the election. I’ve researched the horoscopes of ten elected presidents, the ones for which we have accurate birth times (results are here). In every case, the natal and progressed Part of Fortune is favorably aspecting the Midheaven, the ruler of the Midheaven, or a planet in the 10th house.
These bi-wheel segments show Trump's natal chart on the inner wheel and his progressed chart set to November 8, 2016 on the outer wheel.
Ted Cruz’s natal North Node and Jupiter closely aspect the U.S. Moon. If a reported birth time of 1:00 pm is correct, his Part of Fortune is located in his 10th house where it trines natal Venus and Jupiter. At election time, his progressed PF will be at 22º Pisces where it trines his natal PF. The downside is that transiting Saturn is going through his third house, the obscure sector, and transiting Uranus is squaring his 10th house Part of Fortune.
The undeclared Mike Bloomberg has his Aquarius Sun perfectly conjunct the U.S. Moon. He has a well-placed natal PF at 18º Cancer since its sextile Mars, the ruler of his Aries Midheaven. In November, his progressed PF will be at 18º Pisces, which trines natal PF, and is also sextile Mars. Transiting Uranus will be squaring his PF from his 10th house in early March when he will announce whether or not he’s in the race. Uranus is a major factor in all these charts, and is leading us into an unpredictable and wild election season.
Eris Awakened

The unknown birth times and the unknown influence of Uranus represent the known unknowns. Then we have the unknown unknowns. In 2012, I personally discovered the relevance of Black Moon Lilith due to her unique and immensely negative influence over Mitt Romney’s campaign. This year, the newly discovered planet Eris is definitely worth considering since it will be awakened by transiting Uranus.*
Astrologers get insights into planetary pairs by looking at what’s happened geopolitically, socially and economically during previous cycles. For some perspective, note that the last time Uranus and Eris were conjunct was in January 1928, which was also the last time that the disparity between the rich and poor was so wide. The timing is ominous: are we due for a stock market crash?

Going one cycle further back into history takes us to the Uranus-Eris conjunction of 1834. At the time, tremendously disruptive social forces were at play involving labor riots and the emerging anti-abolitionist movement. Financial speculation was accelerating and exacerbated by inflated paper currency. The Panic of 1837 followed, leading to widespread bank failures and what became known as America’s first Great Depression. The parallels to 1929 are clear and strongly correlated to the Uranus-Eris conjunction.

Recall the Eris myth: a great wedding banquet was attended by all the gods and goddesses – only Eris was not invited. She showed up anyway and offered a beautiful golden apple which read “to the fairest”. Arguing about who was the fairest led to the Trojan War. Politicians would be wise not to ignore or short-change intrinsic segments of our interconnected social fabric, and astrologers would be wise to not ignore Eris. 
* The Uranus-Eris cycle was previously discussed here.