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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.
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Oct. 12, 2015 - Paul Ryan, next House speaker? Bernie Sanders rectified; Matt Damon as The Martian.
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.
Feb. 8, 2016 - Marco Rubio's momentum; Brazil's Zika epidemic; Steven Avery - guilty or innocent?
Feb. 15, 2016 - Volatile global stock markets, Bernie Sanders' birth time; Einstein and gravity.
Feb. 22, 2016 - Donald Trump and Mars; March's top 5 astro-events; Tim Cook vs. the FBI.
Feb. 29, 2016 - Marco Rubio, GOP's last hope? The 12th Amendment? AlphaGo v. Lee Sedol.
March 7, 2016 - The death of the Republican Party? the Saturn-Pluto cycle; Megyn Kelly, Fox moderator.
March 13, 2016 - Trump and Mussolini - the astro-parallels; Nancy Reagan's astrology; Marla Maples
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re: Rubio's birth time - In 2010, I asked Marco about his birthtime during a campaign event. He told me he didn't know, and to ask his older brother, Mario, since he drove his Mother to the hospital. Mario told me it was around 3:30p to 4:00p in the afternoon. This would give Marco a Leo Moon. I realize this is anecdotal, but if you were to attempt rectification, this might be a good place to start.
A. Thank-you for the data! This is indeed a good place to start.
re: Brazil - Wow, it looks like some dangerous stuff could happen in Brazil this summer. Violence, terrorism? Maybe the gathering of people at the Olympics could cause that virus to spread around the world? It sounds like the effects of the virus are usually not that bad though, except what it could do to babies, which is really sad.
A. Yes, it's not looking good.
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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.
re: Trump - Are you saying that Trump is likely the winner due to positive astro configurations at election time? Wondering where I can read more about this.
A. Trump's chart looks stronger than Hillary's, if we have her birth time of 8:02 am correct. I don't know where else you can read about this. Most astrologers aren't considering progressions.
re: Trump - BUT...surely we've seen what happened when transiting Saturn was conjunct his natal MC. Did he triumph at that time or did we see all of his chickens coming home to roost in a way that was not his proudest moment? How has he weathered the transits of Saturn overall??? We've seen him establish all kinds of things that have FAILED. We've seen him go bankrupt many times. Have any of these seen his Saturn active at the same time?
re: Brazil - Zica is only one of Brazil Problems, its a historical time for the country. The president is super unpopular and an impeachment was open against her. There's a super economic crisis (the worst recession in 70 years) and the political system is broken due to corruption charges to politics from all parties.
The Neptune and Saturn quadrature aims several planets in natal chart. The progressed Sun+Mars on natal Pluto is a powerful combination never seen before. It seems a transformation of Brazil State, or even a military action (due to Mars). Maybe this can happen while Olympic is occurring...
Most of Brazilian astrologers use a Scorpio MC due to several military coups in Brazil history and 2 deaths from presidents (one of them killed himself while in office). The time is between 16:08 and 16:20, with Aquarius ascending.
Political system is collapsing, the population is very angry and delusional (Neptune quadrature natal Moon), a resolution might happen under those powerful transits and progressions, maybe some catalyst start from Olympic Games.
A. Thank-you for your comments from inside Brazil. I used 4:47 pm (20:47) based on Campion's Book of World Horoscopes, which gives the Sagittarius MC. However, I'm inclined to agree thatScorpio there makes more sense for the reasons you describe.
re: U.S. future - After the death of Scalia and the political chaos that has ensued, it got me to wondering: What is in store for the USA for the next few decades? Could some break-down scenario come to pass?
A. A break-down scenario is certainly possible. The U.S. has its Pluto Return coming, and the sharp oppositions between planets in the 6th and 12h houses is extremely polarizing and volatile.
NewsScope for March 21, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar
Trump and the GOP Convention
Several NewsScope readers responded furiously to last week’s comparison of Trump and Mussolini, although none contested the strong astrological parallels. The main complaint was that the U.S. has a system of checks and balances that would prevent Trump from becoming a fascist dictator, and with that I agree. However, Trump’s flamboyant personality has fascist tendencies that get expressed within the parameters of the American system.
Trump is actually in good company when we look at the expressive creativity and dramatic leadership style implied by the Sun in Gemini plus Mars in Leo. Other celebrities with this combination include Paul McCartney, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Farrel, Igor Stravinsky, and William Butler Yeats. But none of these have angry, mob-like followers who attach themselves to Trump due to the numerous dynamics involving his Mars, as recently described.
The most pressing of these is his progressed Mars squaring natal Mercury, which becomes exact over the next few months. And then his progressed Ascendant is sextile natal Mars around Election Day. In other words, these martial astro-events are heating up, and correspond to Trump’s statement that a contested convention would bring riots. “I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen.”
Transiting Mars, which will soon enter its retrograde cycle, brings the convention picture into clear focus. The GOP National Convention takes place July 18-21 after transiting Mars has returned to its direct motion. For these four days, Mars is still traveling slowly, and will be at 25º Scorpio. This is a critical degree since it’s exactly squaring the U.S. Moon, and tends to incite popular unrest. It’s also closely squaring Trump’s Mars at 26º Leo. There’s no better indicator for a hotly contested, potentially violent clash of wills than Mars square Mars.
This bi-wheel segment shows Trump's natal chart on the inner wheel, and his current progressions on the outer wheel.
Election Day Chaos?
Astrologer Marc Penfield called me last week to discuss geopolitics and the U.S. Scorpio Rising chart. He’s mostly retired now, but well-known for proposing the 2:20 pm birth time for the nation’s Scorpio Rising horoscope. Among his recent observations is that on Election Day (November 8), the U.S. has a progressed Moon-Uranus opposition with an extremely tight orb of only 0º03’.
One could imagine all sorts of disruptive scenarios based on this electrifying astro-event. Penfield said “it’s 2000 all over again” and also mentioned the 1824 election when a four-way race was ultimately decided by the House of Representatives. In 2016, if it becomes Hillary versus Trump – both with very high negative ratings -- a third party candidate might step in, making it possible that no candidate receives the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
Uranus was active in both the 1824 and 2000 elections. As described in NewsScope’s February 29 column, transiting Uranus was opposing the U.S. Sun during the 1824 election. In 2000, transiting Uranus at 16º Aquarius opposed the U.S. Midheaven, a clear astrological signature for a crisis (Uranus) of leadership (Midheaven). This only works if one is using the Scorpio Rising chart, and it perfectly describes the attendant chaos that was set in motion by Mercury retrograde.
This time, transiting Uranus will be at 21º Aries on Election Day, which opposes the U.S. progressed Mars in the 12th house. Also, transiting Mars at 29º Capricorn will be conjunct the U.S. progressed Pluto and opposite the U.S. progressed Ascendant, a dangerously polarizing alignment. Worst case scenario: with no clear winner, the outcome could end up being decided by the Supreme Court. If we have only eight judges, their decision would likely split 4-4. The Constitution has made no provisions for this kind of unresolved dilemma.
Melania Trump, the Next First Lady?
A NewsScope reader, noting last week’s column on Trump’s ex-wife, wonders about his current wife, model Melania Trump. One way to see if Trump will actually get elected is to look at Melania’s chart and see if it’s in sync with her becoming the First Lady. In 1999, she was asked what kind of First Lady she would be. “Very traditional,” she said.
This assessment fits with her Sun in traditional Taurus conjunct Saturn (April 26, 1970; Sjenica, Slovenia; time unknown), which in turn trines her ambitious Capricorn Moon. However, her Sun is also closely quincunx (150º) Uranus, which adds an element of restless independence and unpredictability. Her Sun-Uranus aspect resonates with Trump’s Sun-Uranus conjunction. Since marrying Trump in 2005, she has maintained her own business and modeling career.
Melania’s Venus is well aspected, as we might suppose from the many magazine covers she’s been on. Venus’s conjunctions with Mercury and Mars are enhanced by the trine to Pluto, and given a photogenic romantic aura by the opposition to Neptune. Comparing her chart to the Donald’s, her Venus sits right on his Taurus Midheaven, so she may embody his sense of ideal beauty.
Melania’s progressed Sun is now at 20º Gemini, which is within two degrees of Trump’s Gemini Sun. In this way, she fits neatly into his game plan. Her progressed Sun is sextile her progressed Black Moon Lilith at 20º Leo, and very auspiciously activated by transiting Uranus in Aries. The favorable Sun-Lilith-Uranus interconnections enhance her presence, and make Trump seem more fascinating. Transiting Uranus turns direct this coming December at 20º Aries, which could certainly be interpreted as her becoming the nation’s First Lady.
re: Election Day chaos - Maybe someone pointed this out to you already but if no candidate receives 270 electoral votes, the House of Representatives chooses the winner. I suppose someone could challenge that but they would likely lose since the law is quite clear.
A. I wrote about this on February 29 relating to the 12th amendment, which is where this directive comes from. But note how litigious Trump is, and that there's likely to be some counting irregularities, as there were in the 2000 election that was decided by the Supreme Court in Bush's favor.
re: Trump - Was chatting with my astrologer recently, and I was told that there's a very high probability (astrologically speaking) that there will be an assassination attempt on Trump on or about Aug. 11. What's your take on this?
A. Extremely unlikely. I see no astrological evidence for such an irresponsible claim.
re: Sanders - I never miss your column and find it very insightful. Regarding this wild election year, do you see any possibility of Bernie Sanders running as an Independent if HC gets the Democratic nomination? Most of her primary wins have been razor thin, and there is a lot of dissatisfaction among the Dems as well as the Republicans with the status quo. After all, he was an Independent for many years in Congress. I would love to hear your opinion.
A. No, I don't think he will run as a third party candidate. He's content to get his message out and influence Hillary's stance on numerous issues.
re: Nancy Reagan - I haven't heard much lately about the 20-year USA presidential death cycle, the pattern of USA Presidents elected in "zero" years (1840-1960) dying while in office, perhaps linked to Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions. It seems that Ronald Reagan narrowly avoided it during his terms in office (did astrological knowledge make a difference?).
During the most vulnerable window after George W. Bush's election in 2000, W did not repeat the pattern, but Ronald Reagan did die during this time, which I thought was interesting.
Keep up the fine work.
A. Joan Quigley was hired after the assassination attempt, and she claims in her book that she protected him from appearing in pubic on dangerous days. Other astrologers have noted that Reagan was elected when the SA-JU conjunction was in Libra, so the Great Mutation process from Earth to Air signs began then, theoretically ending this curse.
In my view, I see Mars in the 8th house of death in the Scorpio Rising chart as a potential indicator for the death of a president in office, so it's still an ongoing possibility.
re: Trump/Mussolini parallels - Having spent quite a bit of time with my Italian in-laws and their friends in northern Italy I will add a different view. Americans have always looked upon Mussolini only as an evil dictator. Most Italians view him quite differently. While they agree he got Italy involved in WW ll In a bad way they view him as the man who built the infrastructure of their country. Before Mussolini they had no nationwide roads. Roads stopped at the edges of the old city states..
He built the railroads and bridges uniting the country too. The big railway stations we see. Rome, Florence and Milano were all constructed under his leadership. They also felt proud of their nation when he successfully invaded Ethiopia. The parallels with “Make America Great Again” are interesting. Trump frequently talks about repairing our infrastructure, particularly the airports, and making Americans proud of their country again. I think you’ve nailed it. Of course, I do believe in reincarnation.
A. Mussolini was executed on April 28, 1945. Trump was born less than one year later.