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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. 

​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.

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.

March 21, 2016 - Trump and the GOP convention; Election Day chaos; Melanie Trump, 1st Lady? 

March 28, 2016 - Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee? April's top five; Bernie Sanders' celestial blessing.
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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. 

re: NewsScope- I am a loyal reader of your weekly Newscope. I enjoy it very much and have had many insights from your analyses.

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. 
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.
NewsScope for April 4, 2016
By Michael Wolfstar

Ted Cruz Leads the Stop-Trump Campaign

A NewsScope reader comments, “I love reading your posts about the presidential candidates and their charts. But I haven't seen anything about Ted Cruz, and was wondering what you see for him?” Many Republicans have decided that Cruz is their best chance to halt Trump’s march to the nomination, a sentiment astrologically validated by Cruz’s close connections to the U.S. horoscope.
Natally, his Jupiter at 25º Scorpio closely squares the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius. Jupiter in Scorpio is well known for its intensity of beliefs, and often manifests as religious fundamentalism. As a vocal Southern Baptist and social conservative, Cruz wears his religion on his sleeve, which resonates strongly with like-minded voters. The square to the U.S. Moon shows that many voters are turned off by his ideology, giving him high negatives.

Cruz’s progressed chart is showing three remarkable alliances with the U.S. chart, including the all-important angles: (1) his progressed Ascendant at 8º Scorpio is the same as the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, (2) his progressed Sun at 16º Aquarius is perfectly aligned with the U.S. Midheaven at 16º Leo, and (3) his progressed Mercury at 26º Capricorn is rapidly applying to conjoin the U.S. Pluto (the nation’s ruling planet) at 27º Capricorn.
In contrast, the only alignment John Kasich (May 13, 1952) has is his progressed Mars at 8º Scorpio. These astrological details explain why Kasich is running a distant third, and also validate the U.S. Scorpio Rising chart as a diagnostic tool. A big plus for Cruz is his progressed Venus conjunct his Sun (exact on April 25), which greatly enhances his popular appeal. Also, transiting Jupiter and Pluto are favorably trining his natal Saturn over the next few months, indicating that he could very well block Trump from securing the nomination.
Uranus Active in the U.S. Sixth House

In the U.S. Scorpio Rising chart, transiting Uranus is currently in the 6th house, and over the coming week will be conjoining Chiron and opposing Juno. In political astrology, the 6th house is traditionally associated with the health sector, employment conditions, and military service. Numerous news items last week foreshadowed coming events, as transiting Uranus completes these aspects.
Perhaps the most significant military service story concerns the joint exercises that U.S. forces are conducting with South Korea, as North Korea threatens to “annihilate” 
the U.S. with nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, the Pentagon ordered the evacuation of families of military personnel from Turkey. And in a Wyoming nuclear base, 14 Air Force members were suspended for suspected use of drugs. 
Last week, transiting Uranus’s imminent conjunction with natal Chiron brought major news stories in the health and employment sectors, including a report suggesting that the U.S. has a severe shortage of doctors. Another report indicated that some 20 million new Obamacare enrollees are getting health benefits, but by flooding the system, they’re destabilizing the way health insurance is funded. And in a surprising (Uranus) development, both California and New York raised the minimum wage to $15/hour. Several union strikes erupted last week, notably teachers in Chicago and baggage handlers at airports.

Transiting Uranus’s opposition to Juno has already provided Americans with some sensational stories, notably, presidential candidates Trump and Cruz getting nasty about each other’s wife. Juno is also associated with equal rights (especially for women), and leaders of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a lawsuit demanding the same pay as the men get, especially since they have a better record and more people are watching. As the week wears on, look for dramatic expressions of the Chiron and Juno archetypes in U.S. news, entertainment, and geopolitical developments.
Drew Barrymore and Juno

Last week Drew Barrymore announced that she’s getting divorced from her third husband, Will Kopelman, after nearly four years of marriage. This relatively lengthy union for Drew -- her previous two marriages lasted two and six months, respectively -- produced two daughters, Olive and Frankie. This background info offers a case study for the use of Juno, the asteroid associated with marriage.
Drew Barrymore was born with her Pisces Sun conjunct Black Moon Lilith (February 22, 1975; 11:51 am; Culver City, CA) and harmoniously trine Uranus in Scorpio. This configuration brought her fame at an early age (Sun in 10th house), but the Sun also squares Neptune, and she quickly fell into drug and alcohol abuse. After two stints in rehab, she steadied herself and began making successful films again.

Drew’s Juno in independent Aries is part of a tense T-square. It conjoins Chiron, squares her Moon-Saturn conjunction in Cancer, and also squares Mars in Capricorn. As such, marriage, or forming a committed relationship, tends to involve stressful back-and-forthing between personal freedom and closeness. Her marriage to Will on June 2l, 2012 took place under terrific alignments, including her progressed Juno squaring natal Mercury, the ruler of her chart. Juno here pressured her to get out of the dating scene.
Over the past few years, Drew’s progressed Ceres has moved into a conjunction with her Juno, indicating that her marriage (Juno) was meant to produce children (Ceres). Uranus, often known as the “divorce planet”, is now conjunct her Juno as she and Will are calling it quits. However, Drew’s progressed Ceres is still applying to Juno (exact in July 2017) and she’s very much committed to being a mother. She was last seen tattooing the names of her kids on her wrist.
Cruz's 1:00 am birth time is rated C, so somewhat speculative. See source notes at AstroDataBank