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2017 NewsScopes

Jan. 2, 2017 - Russian hacks taint Trump’s victory; Putin and Russia; Carrie Fisher and Deb Reynolds.

Jan. 9, 2017 - Trump’s “Good Cop–Bad Cop” team, Global Warming; Julian Assange’s Red Herring

Jan. 16, 2017 - Trump’s Russian Connection; Feb. 26 Solar Eclipse; secret agent Christopher Steele.

Jan. 23, 2017 - Vesta and Homeland Security, Venus to Pluto: Women Speaking to Power, Gloria Steinem.

Jan. 30, 2017 - Trump’s twelfth House, Feb.’s top five astro-events, George Orwell’s 1984.

Feb. 6, 2017 - Testing the Iran Deal; Trump’s Hair and Propecia; Steve Bannon and clash of cultures.

Feb. 13, 2017 - Kellyanne Conway rectified;Conway, a deeper look, Conway and the feminine archetypes.

Feb.20, 2017 - Trump Flirts with Chaos; NATO’s Mars under stress; Zuckerberg’s Facebook Letter.

Feb, 27, 2017 - Trump touts the stock market gains, March’s Top Five Astro-Events, Herbert Hoover.

March 6, 2017 - The Uranus Cycle; Emmanuel Macron in the French Election; SnapChat’s amazing IPO

Mar. 13,2017 - Trumpcare v. Obamacare; Marine Le Pen; Stephen Colbert leads Late Night Comedy.

March 20, 2017 - Triangu-lating North Korea’s; U.S. Progressed Sun in Pisces; Joseph Patrick Kennedy III.

Mar. 27, 2017 - Trump agenda hits snag; April’s Top Five Astro-Events; Paul Manafort to testify.

Apr. 3, 2017 - Trump and the Russian Connection, Michael Mann's Extreme Weather, Alec Baldwin.

Apr. 10, 2017 - Trump in the Situation Room; Jared Kushner takes over; Bill O’Reilly and Lilith.

Apr. 17, 2017 - Trump Reversals and Pallas; General H.R. McMaster; Tesla Surpasses GM.

Apr. 24, 2017 - Trump’s Tax Plan; May’s Top Five Astro-Events; Julia Roberts, Forever Young.

May 1, 2017 - Trump’s Next 100 Days; Kim Jong Un’s Next 100 Days; Peggy Whitson’s Long Journey

May 8, 2017 - Pluto Transits to the U.S. chart; France's Brigitte Macron, DWTS' Normani Kordei.

May 15, 2017 - The Astro-Parallels between Trump and Nixon; Trump Agenda Stalls; Nixon, Re-Visited.

May 22, 2017 - Trump’s Saturn-Uranus Dilemma, Mike Pence, rectified, Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat 

May 29, 2017 - Kushner’s Grand Cross’ June’s Top 5 Astro-Events; LeBron James in the NBA Finals.

June 5, 2017 - Climate Change Politics, A rare 4-Planet Configuration, Kevin Durant’s Saturn Return

June 12, 2017 - Trump’s Solar Return; Fake News Meets Reality Winner; Wonder Woman Gal Gadot

June 19, 2017 - Trump’s 12th House Pluto; Robert Mueller, Special Counsel; Amazon buys Whole Foods.

June 26, 2017 - U.S.-Russia Cyberwarfare; July’s Top 5; Otto Warmbier, the Sacrificed Political Pawn
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​July 3, 2017 - Trump’s Quintuple Conjunction; Regulus and the Solar Eclipse; Jessica Alba.

July 10, 2017 - Trump-Putin Handshake; the Sun-Mars Conjunction; Bugatti Chiron, fastest car ever.

July 17, 2017 - The UK Horoscope and Brexit, Soft or Hard Brexit? Brexit: The Henry VIII Clauses.

July 24, 2017 - Netanyahu and the Eclipses; Aug’s Top 5; Jane Austen Transcends Sense and Sensibility.

July 31, 2017 - Anthony Scaramucci Joins Trump Team; The Uranus-Neptune Cycle; Queen Elizabeth II.

Aug. 07, 2017 - John Kelly, Trump’s New Aide; North Korea + Solar Eclipse; Luis Fonsi's “Despacito.

Aug. 14, 2017 - U.S.–South Korea War Games; The Fantasy-Industrial-Complex; Ted Williams on PBS.

Aug. 21, 2017 - Activating the Solar Eclipse; The 2024 Solar Eclipse; Steve McQueen’s Porsche

Aug. 28, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey Hits Texas; Sept's Top Five; Mavis Wanczyk Wins Powerball Jackpot.

Sep. 4, 2017 - The U.S. Mars activated; Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected; Louise Hay’s Neptune

Sep. 11, 2017 - Neptune cnj U.S. Progressed Sun; Solar Eclipse Hits Equifax; Twin losses in Country Music.

Sep. 18, 2017 - Trump Deals with Democrats; Stock Market continues upward; St. Louis protests

Sep. 25, 2017 - Pluto on Kim Jong Un’s Sun; Oct's Top 5 Astro-Events; Robert Mueller’s Investigation 

Oct. 2, 2017 - Mayor Cruz of San Juan; Crown Prince Mohammads reforms; Hugh Hefner‘s sexual revolution

Oct. 9, 2017 - “The Calm before the Storm”; Puerto Rico’s Pluto; Stephen Paddock’s natal chart

Oct. 16, 2017 - Trump’s Top 5 Astro-Events; Trump and Eris, AstroTwins Harvey Weinstein and Rex Tillerson

Oct. 23, 2017 - The 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction; Catalonia Independence, Lindsey Stirling on DWTS

Oct. 30, 2017 - The 2020 SA-PL Conjunction, parts 3 and 4; Nov.'s Top Five; U.S. prog.Saturn trine Venus

Nov. 06, 2017 - Donald Trump and Xi Jinping; the Fate of America; China, the next global Superpower

Nov. 13, 2017 - Lilith Challenges Patriarchy; Roy Moore, the Wounded Candidate; Roku soars.

Nov. 20, 2017 - Hope Hicks, Star Witness; The ERA Boosted by Jupiter; $450 million Da Vinci Painting.

Nov. 27, 2017 - The Winter Solstice Chart; December’s Top 5; CFPB’s Mars in Gemini Brings Two Bosses.

Dec. 4, 2017 - Echoes of Watergate; Bitcoin’s Phenomenal Rise; Bitcoin, is it real money?

Dec. 11. 2017 - Kirsten Gillibrand, Off the Sidelines; Bitcoin's location; Meghan Markle’s Cinderella Moon.

Dec. 18, 2017 - American Corporations; Jared Kushner investigation; Bitcoin Pizza Day

Dec. 25, 2017 - Trump Signs Tax Bill; January’s Top Five Astro-Events; Disney 
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Recent NewsScopes

Jan. 1, 2018 - Trump’s 2018 prospects; Protests break out in Iran; Gordon Ramsay, Celebrity Chef.

Jan. 8, 2018 - Trump’s 12th House Pluto; Saturn Opposite the U.S. Venus; Wolff’s “Fire and Fury”

Jan. 15, 2018 - Astro-Anatomy of a Comment; Total Super Blue Moon Eclipse; Stormy Daniels

Jan. 22, 2018 - Saturn opposes the U.S. Venus; Laurence Fink Touts CEO responsibility; Tom Petty

Jan.29, 2018 - Fake News and the Uranus-Neptune Cycle; Top 5 Astro-Evenys for Feb; Wynn Takes a Hit

Feb. 5, 2018 - Rosenstein, FBI Deputy Director under Fire; Millennials Embrace Astrology; The NYSE 

Feb. 12, 2018 - Rachel Brand Heads for Walmart; The Pentagon; Kim Yo Jong’s Historic Visit

Feb. 19, 2018 - Mueller’s Indictment of Russian Meddlers; The Nov. election; Melania Trump’s Juno 

Feb. 26, 2018 - March for our Lives; March’s Top Five Astro-Events; The NRA’s Saturn Return

March 5, 2018 - Washington Chaos Going Global; “Trade Wars are Good”; Hope Hicks’ White House Diary

March 12, 2018 - Trump’s Chart in Pyongyang; Stormy Daniels Sues Trump; Oprah Winfrey in 2020?

March 19, 2018 - Stormy Daniels’ Birth Time; Trump and Black Moon Lilith; Stephen Hawking is Smiling.

March 26, 2018 - China Counter-Attacks in Growing Trade War; Top 5 Astro-Events for April; John Bolton

April 2, 2018 - Health Care Industry; Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream; the astrology of Royal Weddings 

April 9, 2018 - The NYSE and Trade War; Mark Zuckerberg goes to DC; Kate Hudson’s Love Life

April 16, 2018 - Russia’s horoscope; Uranus Enters Taurus; Michael Cohen, Trump’s Pitbull

April 23, 2018 - Kim Jong Un, Peacemaker; Michael Avenetti, Stormy’s attorney; Allison Mack arrested.

April 30, 2018 - Trump’s High-Risk Style; May’s Top Five AstroEvents; Paris Hilton’s Online Fame

May 7, 2018 - Trump’s New Lawyer, Rudy Giuliani; NASA’s Mars Mission; Cheryl Burke’s Venus-Pluto.

May 14, 2018 - Strong and Proud, Israel at Seventy; Viktor Vekselberg; Hawaii’s Kilauea and asteroid Pele

May 21, 2018 - Trump’s 2018 Solar Return; Michael Avenatti Update; Meghan Markle's Part of Fortune.

May 28, 2018 - Kim Jong Un Makes Nice; June's Top 5 Astro-Events; Meghan Markle and the Great Mother

June 4, 2018 - Mars Rx in Aquarius; SpaceX Becomes Profitable; Roseanne Barr’s 12th House Mars
re: Meghan - Duchess of Sussex .. About her Part of Fortune. Your article uses the Part of Fortune using the day chart formula, hence 17 ish deg Virgo. But her natal chart is nocturnal, Sun is below horizon...My software therefore gives her PoF as 1Ge 23" ? I thought it was standard practice to use the PoF formula based on whether the chart is day/night .

A. Yes, I always use the daytime formula. I've written an extensive article (published in Dell Horoscope magazine) explaining why this is the way to go. It’s an analysis of ten presidents and how the Part of Fortune is a key indicator in their elections and general good or bad fortunes.
     SolarFire used to have the default Part of Fortune set to the daylight formula, but after Rob Hand’s research into ancient astrology (which I don’t agree with), the SF default was switched to day and night time formulas. You have the option of making the default the daytime formula for all birth times. 
     This is further explained in my article on Joan Quigley and the Part of Fortune. It was also published in Dell Horoscope magazine and re-posted on my website here.

re: Trump’s SR - Are you sure that he'll be in Washington when the Solar Return happens? Did you try it out in Singapore??

A. Solar Returns are set for the residence, not the point where one happens to be on the globe at the time. The notion that one can enhance their SR prospects by being at a particularly lucky place during the SR is fake news perpetuated by dishonest astrologers seeking to make a buck. 

re: Kennedy - Since you're so good at analyzing the Kennedy clan, I thought I'd see something about the recently released "Chappaquiddick" film in your column. (Did I miss it?)
  After watching the film, I looked up the charts of Ted Kennedy, his wife Joan, and Mary Jo Kopechne (the passenger who drown -- actually, she suffocated -- in his car on that fateful night of July 18, 1969). What's really interesting is that ALL THREE OF THEM HAD THE PROGRESSED MOON CONJUNCT SATURN!  

A. You're referring to an article I wrote on the Kennedy clan for Dell Horoscope magazine, maybe 10 years ago. I haven't really kept up on their comings and goings. That's fascinating that the three people involved all have progressed Moon-Saturn, tragic event not only for them but for the nation.
  Maybe there's a new bunch of Kennedys on the horizon who can escape the Kennedy curse. 

Re: The Big One - Referring to " the big one" do you mean an earthquake in Hawaii or California? I will be in Los Angeles with my daughter on May 29th, her birthday. Do you think we'll be safe there? 

A. I was referring to Kiluaea in Hawaii. I think you'll be fine in Los Angeles. In my research, major earthquakes happen during outer planet alignments, and we don't have any now. The outer planets have some kind of gravitational or electro-magnetic influence that the smaller and faster moving planets dont. It may relate to sunspot activity, solar flares... 

re: Giuliani Some amazing connections between the charts of Trump and Giuliani might be profitably explored in Newscope. Thanks for your continuing Newscope service. 

re: Trump - Thank you for your positive posting about Trump. For all the same reasons as everyone else, I can’t stand the guy. But I do also acknowledge that he alone has gotten the Korea situation where it is today and I appreciate your willingness to acknowledge that and also get an insight into the astrology behind it. Thanks also for the posting on Avenatti. I love the guy! 

re: Russia - yes, this week's column was very interesting starting with the Russian chart. It seems they had an astrologer's advice since the Sun is at the MC, Jupiter is in the 10th, and Pluto is strong in Scorpio in the 2nd house of values.
       Since the Russian Sun is conjunct trump's Sun, they certainty have a friend in him. It's disconcerting that Russia's natal Mars inconjuncts the U.S. ascendant, exactly, and Russia's natal Eris is conjunct the U.S. progressed MC this year.   

re: Kim Jong Un - I'm baffled by Kim's sudden attitude and policy reversals. After years of posturing, bullying, and threatening the world with nuclear annihilation, now he's transformed himself into a rational human being? It seems unlikely. Can we trust the transformation? Is it a ruse? If not, how and why did it occur? Is it permanent? So many questions... Can you give us some insight?

A. As I suggest in 4/30 blog, it may be due in large part to the fear that Trump will actually start a nuclear exchange with North Korea. Trump is just crazy enough to do that, or so it seems. 

re: Uranius Just curious: is there a degree of orb associated with the upcoming Uranus into Taurus. My husband’s Asc is 3 deg. Wasn't sure how to read that, or if I need to. My Sag Asc at 0 is quincunx; is that going to be troublesome?

A. There’s an old astro-proverb that says Mars arrives ahead of time, Uranus on time, and Saturn is late. This refers to when the influence manifests, and Uranus is unusual in that it’s most evident when the aspect is exact. So your husband may feel it coming, but nothing happens yet. You may be more in line for some changes with this transit. 

re: profile nomination - Tammie Jo Shults! The lady who piloted the Southwest plane, my newest hero. I nominate her for a profile. 

A. Thanks for the excellent suggestion. However, all I could find about her birth date is that she was likely born in 1962 in New Mexico.

re: Uranus - You mentioned that astrologers are a bit worried about how the Uranus-Taurus influence may affect Wall Street. Remember, Roosevelt confiscated all personally-owned gold in 1933 and took control of the production of the silver mines in 1934 when Uranus entered Taurus!
I faithfully read your weekly analysis of the prominent news items, but I do have a very hard time accepting "asteroidology", even though I fully understand that everything under the sun is in a constant state of evolution!
Please inform me of your response to my gold-silver price/value scenario for the next few years.

A. I don’t have any astrological insights about how the gold market will shape up over the next few years. It’s interesting that FDR had some connection with gold and silver the last time Uranus entered Taurus. Is this a coincidence, or what happened during the previous cycle? 

re: China - I've seen somewhere someone using a birth chart for China with a 1deg Aquarius rising. Which chart do you find works? 

A. Yes, I use this one too. It's been on my website for years. Here's a link with the chart and other relevant info: China 

re: Jeff Sessions - My inner "bad girl" wonders if you would poke into the failed "bromance" between trump and sessions? I mean, it's gotta be juicy. Thanks again for making Mondays better than ever.

re: NewsScope - This week's issue is very interesting. How on earth you decide what to discuss... It's like being at a restaurant where they have a hundred scrumptious choices on the menu. 

re: Oprah - Great set of articles today, Wolfstar. Thanks! And the video choice was much appreciated!

re: Oprah - If Oprah becomes president, I hope she runs the country better than she did her school

re: decency - Thought this OpEd in the New York Times might interest you. It makes a case for a new and powerful force of change arising in the US. Is this Lilith in the US chart? Ceres? Other asteroids? Would love to see your thoughts in a future column.

re: Kushner - I remember you talking about Jared and Pluto, and how 2018 would bring hard times to him. I remember how far away 2018 sounded at that time. But ut turned out to be a great prediction!

re: March - First let me again thank you for your weekly column. It is a Monday highlight. This week I have some additional comments regarding the March 24th March for Our Lives and the NRA chart.
     Looking at the March for our Lives chart, one standout to me is the Mars-Moon opposition and a wider Mars-Saturn conjunction tying Saturn to the opposition to the Moon. Opposition aspects, as you know, indicate opposing viewpoints and opposing forces. Mars-Saturn could very well be the police. The augmented t-square, Mars & Saturn to Sun to Moon, could indicate loss of life due to police (or counter demonstration) actions.

re: decency - Thought this OpEd in the New York Times might interest you. It makes a case for a new and powerful force of change arising in the US., the force of decency. Is this Lilith in the US chart? Ceres? Other asteroids? Would love to see your thoughts in a future column.

A. Thanks for the link, and it’s something I’ve referred to in the past based on the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn with the close involvement of Ceres and Eris. This chart will be reviewed again in the near future.

re: unwitting collusion - In your story on the Mueller investigation, the unwitting comment was not in any way a likely reference to Don Jr.s meeting which was very witting! He knew exactly who he was meeting with and why. That’s been well established. It refers instead to the indictment’s statements that Trump campaign staff around the country, in other words, locals, were the ones who worked with these people and were even paid by them without realizing they were dealing with Russians. That is stated plainly in the indictment. I think we will see more upcoming about the real Trump campaign running the show that were quite wittingly working with Russians including via social media in other ways via the Rebekah Mercer firm, Cambridge Analytica.  

re: Ceres - My question has to do with ceres. I recently discovered that when ceres goes retrograde it lasts for 9 months (long enough to gestate and birth an infant!) and since it's in leo it's conjuncting the very planets pluto is inconjuncting. Since many people must have pluto in leo, is this some kind of generational thing? In my life it has manifested partially as distress and death stalking my pets no matter how hard I try to protect them. Hoping for some relief in June when ceres heads into virgo.

A. Ceres is retrograde for only three months, but is in Leo for nine months. Yes, this may influence the Pluto in Leo generation, also known as the “baby-boomers”. Many will have health crises during this time, or have to manage their parents’ well-being and life passages.
NewsScope for June 11, 2018
By Michael Wolfstar

The Saturn-Pluto Culture Wars

As Richard Tarnas has so elegantly chronicled in his masterpiece Cosmos and Psyche, the Saturn-Pluto cycle is geopolitically associated with the rise of authoritarianism and nationalism. The conjunction every 35 years or so is the most powerful part of the Saturn-Pluto cycle, and the influence of the next one in January 2020 is already upon us, as manifested by President Trump’s mindset and actions.
The previous conjunction corresponded to the empowerment of the conservatives under Ronald Reagan in 1983, and the anti-Communist McCarthy hearings beginning in 1947. Although Saturn is currently 13º from Pluto, both are promoting their authoritarian inclinations by being in Capricorn. And when considering declination, Saturn and Pluto have been parallel (same latitude) since February 2016 when Trump began making his mark in the presidential campaign. 

One of the main differences between past cycles and the current one is that several new planets have been discovered, and the feminine asteroids have become recognizable archetypes in horoscopes. Just as astrologers have understood the meanings of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto by comparing them to concurrent geopolitical developments, the deployment of the four main asteroids and the warrior goddess Eris in charts has coincided with the rise of women in corporate and political echelons.
The horoscope for the January 12, 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction is modified by the placement of Ceres (the Great Mother) in the same degree as Saturn and Pluto (22º Capricorn). Also, Eris at 23º Aries squares the Capricorn stellium. We can be sure that Trump’s racist, authoritarian, xenophobic messages will be coming in strong during the 2018 election campaign since Saturn and Pluto will be parallel on November 6, Election Day. Also on that day a Venus-Ceres conjunction at 27º Libra squares the U.S. Pluto, likely reflecting how women (Venus-Ceres) are challenging the institutional, patriarchal system (U.S. Pluto in Capricorn). 
Dennis Rodman, Good Will Ambassador

When it comes to the over-confident, flashy Mars in Leo type, nowadays we naturally think of Donald Trump. But former NBA star Dennis Rodman also has this placement, and he may very well be a key figure in the Trump-Kim summit on June 12. Rodman has become best buddies with the North Korean dictator, having visited the hermit kingdom five times in recent years.
Over the past several months, transiting Saturn aligned with their natal Suns, giving each a reality check on their life path. The transiting Uranus octile Neptune astro-event hit both their charts, setting into play the option of ending it all. For Boudain, transiting Uranus was exactly squaring his natal Moon-Uranus opposition. For Spade, transiting Uranus was aligned with her fateful, karmic Lunar Node axis at 1º Leo/Aquarius. What would an astrologer say, seeing these conditions ahead of time?
Neptune is generally a factor in suicide, and it’s currently at its most influential point since it’s about to turn retrograde. And as we all know, Uranus recently entered Taurus, which is associated with the neck. Transiting Uranus and Neptune are now forming a stressful octile, or 45º aspect, giving the possibility of suicide (Neptune) by a sudden and unexpected hanging (Uranus in Taurus).  

Anthony Boudain (June 25, 1956) and Kate Spade (December 24, 1962) were born with their Suns nearly exactly opposite each other in Cancer and Capricorn. Using the default birth time of Noon for their charts, both have an emotionally impulsive side shown by their exact Moon-Uranus aspects: Boudain’s Moon in Aquarius opposes Uranus, and Spade’s Moon in Sagittarius squares Uranus, both with an orb of less than one degree. 
Spade and Bourdain: 
Uranus-Neptune kills by Suicide

Last Friday, only three days after accessories magnate Kate Spade hung herself, celebrity chef Anthony Boudain also committed suicide, and also by hanging himself. They were both born in New York City, and had similar professional success and recognition. They both harbored depression, and chose similar times and methods of dying. As Carl Jung would say, this is not a coincidence, but a synchronicity. 
Rodman’s “bad boy” style can be seen in his Taurus Sun’s square to a Lilith-Uranus conjunction (May 13, 1961; 12:10 am; Trenton, NJ), a combination that often feels normal when it’s exhibiting shocking, anti-authoritarian behavior. However, with Capricorn Rising, and Saturn trine his Sun, Rodman also feels a sense of responsibility, a need to take constructive action. Blending the Uranus and Saturn influences means that he does so in his own way.

As the ruler of his Scorpio Midheaven, Rodman’s Pluto plays an important role in his self-appointed task of helping Kim Jong Un become friendlier with the U.S. That’s especially true now, since his progressed Midheaven is precisely trine natal Pluto (orb: 0º03’). This only happens once in a lifetime, and for Rodman, his evolving point of honor (progressed Midheaven) has become empowered (Pluto). Not coincidentally, when his chart is relocated to Pyongyang, his Pluto is right on the Ascendant.
Comparing Rodman’s chart to Kim’s, the most obvious indicator of their camaraderie is that Kim’s Sun at 16º Capricorn is exactly conjunct Rodman’s Capricorn Ascendant. Underscoring the importance of Rodman’s current unofficial Goodwill Ambassador title is that his progressed Sun is now at 16º Cancer, perfectly in line with his Ascendant and Kim’s Sun. This entire complex is being activated by transiting Neptune turning retrograde at 16º Pisces. 
FaceBook invited me to create a NeptuneCafe page, so I'm working on it. It has some possibilities, and if you have any ideas, something you'd like to see, let me know and/or "like" it. Here's the link: Facebook/NeptuneCafe