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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.

Feb. 1, 2016 - Primaries begin and best astro indicators, progressed Part of Fortune; Eris Awakens
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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 8, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar

Rubio’s Momentum

Marco Rubio’s third place finish in Iowa is propelling him forward in the GOP race, perhaps becoming the only real challenger to Trump’s dominance. The GOP establishment prefers Rubio, since Trump and Cruz are so independent. Unfortunately, we don’t have a good birth time for Rubio, which makes evaluating his chances of becoming the Republican nominee an incomplete process. Here’s what we know:
As was described last November, Rubio has close connections to the U.S. Pluto: his Saturn and Pluto at 27º Taurus and Virgo (respectively) create a perfect Grand Trine with the U.S. Pluto at 27º Capricorn. His Moon may be very close to 27º Cancer, and his Pallas, the political strategy asteroid, is at 27º Aries. All these placements indicate that Rubio knows how to represent political and corporate power (Pluto in Capricorn).

Rubio’s progressed Sun is now at 19º Cancer and is under the influence of aspects from transiting Jupiter and Uranus. Rubio’s emphasis on family values often takes center stage, bringing him favor with conservatives and standing in stark contrast to Trump and his three marriages. Rubio’s Juno, the marriage asteroid, is also in Cancer, and is currently the strongest accent in his chart, since it’s being energized by transiting Uranus and Pluto.
Rubio’s progressed Mars is now at 21º Aquarius and also coming under the exciting, stimulating rays of transiting Jupiter and Uranus. Jupiter is making the exact hit this week, which is bringing Rubio greater attention and recognition. However, he has no natal or progressed planets in aspect to the U.S. Moon – unless his birth time gives him an Ascendant or Midheaven with this contact. Without this connection, he has little chance of resonating with voters in a national election.
Brazil’s Olympic Security Problem

The world’s fifth largest nation by size and population has been making front page news lately as it struggles with the Zika epidemic, the worst economic recession in 100 years, and preparations for the Summer Olympics. Last week, President Dilma Rousseff called for a mega-operation to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, which includes using military forces that would otherwise be preparing for the Games.
Brazil declared its independence on September 7, 1822 (4:47 pm; Sao Paolo, Brazil) when the Virgo Sun was favorably linked with Saturn in Taurus as well as Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn. The Earth Grand Trine has allowed Brazil to develop its immense natural resources to become one of the most powerful economies on the world stage. A Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Gemini describes Brazil’s rich ethnic diversity. 

A key dynamic in Brazil’s chart is the square from Pluto in Aries to the Uranus-Neptune conjunction, a difficult outer-planet configuration that has been activated in recent years by the transiting Uranus-Pluto square. As an example of the transformative nature of these transits, note that Brazil elected its first woman president in 2010 as transiting Pluto conjoined the Uranus-Neptune conjunction. 
Currently, transiting Saturn is exactly squaring Brazil’s Sun, which points to the government’s attempts to manage the Zika crisis. Unfortunately, Black Moon Lilith has just progressed into Capricorn where it activates the UR-NE-PL signature. Also, progressed Mars is just about to enter Aries and conjoin natal Pluto, further complicating the scene. The Olympics begin on August 5, 2016 under extremely dangerous astrological conditions: a progressed Mars-Pluto conjunction squaring progressed Lilith, and all aligned with the natal UR-NE-PL configuration. 
Steven Avery, Guilty or Innocent?

A NewsScope reader offers this suggestion: “I recently watched a few episodes of the Netflix ‘Making a Murderer’ docuseries. It would be very interesting to look at Steven Avery's natal chart related to his two arrests.” Avery spent 18 years in prison for murder until he was exonerated by DNA evidence. Then in 2007 he was convicted for the murder of a Wisconsin photographer.*
Avery was born with a Sun-Juno conjunction in Cancer (July 9, 1962; Manitowoc County, WI; time unknown), which naturally led him into a marriage and having four children in his 20s. But with his Mars squaring a Venus-Uranus conjunction, Avery had a tendency for lawlessness and extramarital affairs. We can see the essence of these planets portrayed in Tom Cruise’s films, since he was born only six days before Avery.

Avery has a Saturn-Neptune square which has a major influence on his life path since they are aligned with his karmic Lunar Nodes. The Saturn-Neptune combination pits clarity against nebulousness, facts against deception. Nothing is as it seems under this influence, and in 2016 transiting Saturn and Neptune are again squaring each other. On October 31, 2005 photographer Teresa Halbach was scheduled to meet Avery, but she disappeared on that day.
At the time, transiting Saturn was at 10º Leo, where it opposed his natal Saturn and squared his natal Neptune. Was he being set up, or did he actually kill her? Also at this time, his progressed Sun at 28º Leo was exactly conjunct his natal Uranus, which indicates the sudden turn of events his life would take. If he would kill someone, this is an astrological indicator for such an event. Currently and over the coming year, transiting Pluto is opposing his Sun, bringing immense publicity to this case.
* For a timeline and current developments, see thewrap.com/steven-avery