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Recent NewsScope Articles

Jan. 5, 2015 - Will Hillary run? Bono's Chiron-Pluto opposition; Angelique Kidjo, Africa's premier diva.

Jan. 12, 2015 - Neptune's anxiety; France under attack; Pope Francis's exciting Venus return.

Jan. 19, 2015 - Court takes up gay marriage; Swiss Bank shocks system; Chris Kyle, American Sniper.

Jan. 26, 2015 - Deflategate: Tom Brady's footballs; February's top 5; Klay Thompson's best quarter.

Feb. 2, 2015 - Greece's Alexis Tsipras; Shake Shack's debut; Katy Perry at the Super Bowl.

Feb. 9, 2015 - Saturn in Sagittarius, Jill Stein's Green New Deal; Elvis meets Nixon.

Feb 16, 2015 - Jeff Jawer, astro-luminary; journalists in transition; Jeff and Scorpio Rising US chart.

Feb. 23, 2015 - Uranus enters the US sixth; Neonicotinoids and bees; Dr. Seuss is back!

March 2, 2015 - The Boris Nemtsov papers; March's top 5; David Tredinnick, the MP favoring astrology.

March 9, 2015 - Ceres into view, AAPL and solar energy; Chai Jing's "Under the Dome" goes viral.

March 16, 2015 - Britain's royal family under the Eclipse; Kate and William; Charles' progressed MC.

March 23, 2015 - Nuclear deal with Iran? April's top 5 astro-events; Krissi Brown remains in a coma.

March 30, 2015 - Andreas Lubitz, unfit for duty; Q&A - Richard III; Bas Lansdorp's Mars One mission.

April 6, 2015 - Obama and the Iran; NJ Senator Menendez indicted; Mad Men's Matthew Weiner.

April 13, 2015 - Hillary makes it official; Bill  progressed Venus; Chelsea's prog Mars.

April 20, 2015 - Marco Rubio declares; Hillary and the Inequality bubble; Floyd Mayweather Fight.

April 27, 2015 - "Clinton Cash" and Clinton fatigue; Petrobras scandal; Bruce Jenner is a woman.

May 4, 2015 - Baltimore, a tale of two cities; May's top five astro-events; Marilyn Mosby's meteoric rise.

May 11, 2015 - Scottish independence; Ceres and the food revolution; the Hanneke Wrome.

May 18, 2015 - Rand Paul steps forward; re-thinking the U.S. Moon; Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

May 25, 2015 - Ireland votes in favor of same-sex marriage; June's top five;  American Pharoah.

June 1, 2015 - The FIFA scandal; Bernie Sanders, the authentic politician; Emma Stone's rising star.

June 8, 2015 - China hacking into American data; Martin O'Malley, the Dark Horse; MVP Stephan Curry.

June 15, 2015 - the Trans-Pacific partnership; Venus and Jupiter; Secretariat, the racing machine.

June 22, 2015 - Lilith and Pope Francis's historic encyclical; July's top five; Eris, the spiritual warrior.

June 29, 2015 - Obama secures his legacy; Minnesota top biz state; New Horizons nears Pluto.

July 6, 2015 - Greece and the New Moon; Donald Trump's remarks; fighting spirit of Eva Longoria.

July 13, 2015 - Mercury-Mars-Pluto alignment; China's bubble; Serena Williams and Roger Federer.

July 20, 2015 - Loretta Young date raped by Clark Gable? Wat happened in filming Call of the Wild?

July 27, 2015 - Uber and the "sharing economy; August's top five; SETI gets a $100 million donation.

Aug. 3, 2015 - Scott Walker and the plutocracy; Donald Trump and Rand Paul; JFK and Gene Tierney.

August 17, 2015 - Will Hillary win? Will Biden? The progressed Part of Fortune . Jen and Justin marry.

Aug. 24, 2015 - Pluto opposes the U.S. Sun; Jerry Brown, dark horse. Megan Fox files for divorce.

Aug. 31, 2015 - ​China-U.S. trade relations grow; Sept's top five; Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook.

Sept. 7, 2015 - ​The U.S. Pluto return; China and U.S. power plays; The Force Awakens, part 2

Sept. 14, 2015 - ​Joe Biden running?; Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood; Stephen Colbert, rectified

Sept. 21, 2015 - ​ Carly Fiorina wins debate; Bernie Sanders's vision; the Pope  goes to Washington.

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
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re: Gable-Young - Your analysis of Loretta Young's and Clark Gable's charts got me thinking about birth times, trends, etc. I seem to be part of a cohort of women who had their one and only child at 40, we being some of the women who came of age in the late 60s and early seventies. Any prominent aspects affecting my group over those time eras? We definitely all came through that time when women/girls no longer had the absolute expectation (either personal or society-imposed) to marry and have kids right after college, or to "settle down" in some woman-friendly career, like teaching. We were the first wave to live feminism/women's lib. So what happened with us, astrologically speaking?

A. The Pill happened, along with the radical Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the 1960s that opposed conventional Saturn. It's noteworthy that the four main asteroids were first introduced into horoscopes, making a kind of gender balance among deployed planets.

re: Minnesota - Thanks for your thoughtful defense in the matter of the Minnesota education system and "liberalism." Your weekly newsletter is always a treat. However this comment of yours hit one of my personal issues. We are all in this together. Any person's children and grandchildren deserve a quality education. In part because they will be taking care of the previous generations as we get older. But also because it is morally correct to provide opportunities for every human to find his/her unique gifts to share with the world.

re: Trump Do you think Donald Trump has a chance? I think he touches a nerve in people. I think the political correctness has gone a little too far, we have all become a little mealy-mouthed.  

re: Clark Gable - It is surprising how many male Hollywood stars have prominent Venus aspects. I wonder if the old label of "feminine planet" pertaining to Venus really has meaning. Now that male good looks, indeed beauty, 

A. Actually, celebrities are said to be ruled by Venus. They attract attention, like Venus. We can see how well this works in Clark Gable's and Loretta Young's charts.

re: Loretta Young - Very good delineation..but one question remains for me unless I missed something. Who was in the role of Judy's father? Was Loretta married to someone else? Is there a physical resemblance to Clark? Is Judy still alive? By the way, I continue to be soooooo impressed by and with your skill at and capacity for, delineation!

A. Yes, the child is Clark Gable's. At one point, Loretta had her ears surgically altered because they stuck out so far, just like Clark's. Most everyone in Hollywood knew the truth. Loretta did get married to producer Tom Lewis in 1940, who took on the role of father, and they had two more sons. Loretta finally told her daughter in 1988 when Judy angrily confronted her, wanting to know the truth from her own mouth. Judy Lewis wrote a book, Uncommon Knowledge, about how it seemed she was the only one who didn't know her true parentage. She died in 2011.

re: Minnesota - In this week's NewsScope you have an article titled "Minnesota and the Jupiter-Uranus Cycle." You applaud the State's Governor for taxing the rich and raising the minimum wage, showing your liberal bias in interpreting mundane horoscopes, contrary to what you have said previously. BTW, what kind of jobs were created in Minnesota during those years? Serving patrons at McDonalds?

A. One of the reasons CNBC awarded the state the best place to do business is their excellent education system, to which an unusually large portion of the tax proceeds go to. As economists know, those with better educations get better jobs. That's why MN is at the top, not because the govt provides many low wage jobs. 
     As for my liberal bias, I wonder if you consider Warren Buffett to be a liberal? He has long supported tax reforms that share the burden more equitably. See his editorial on the subject here: nytimes.com/super-rich. I have also frequently written about the unfair leverage that the top 0.1% of the elite have over American politics, esp since the 2014 Supreme Court decision McCuthcheon vs the FEC allowed unlimited campaign donations. See neptunecafe.com/plutocracy
      MN's plan works against this downward spiral into a Plutocracy, which is now the most unbalanced since 1929. If you consider that we are all connected psychically, socially, ecologically, and if 40 percent or more of the population is suffering financially, then that's a recipe for economic disaster. The federal government was designed to allow the states some self-determination, and if something works in one state, it can be replicated across the nation.
re: Trump - You asked on your site "will Trump win,". According to my calculations, Trump's progressed Part of Fortune will be closely square natal Uranus in Gemini, which is Natally in his 10th house. I do not think so - but it is possible that this could indicate the the election of Trump could be a shock to everyone including him!!

A. Perhaps so. That would be a shock and disruptive to the political system. But like you, I doubt he will win. Historically, the only connections involved with tenth house indicators have been harmonious aspects, most commonly, the conjunction. 

re: Sanger Your writing on Margeret Sanger just makes her sound like such a lovely lady to do such wonderful things like paving the way for women and all... but really. DID her hatred for anything other than the white race get left out intentionally or are you just unaware?
  I just love your astrological insight. But I swear you color it so much with your desire for the left to be all and win all. Maybe you just really dont realize it and see it ....I also am aware that there are not many Conservatives like myself who actually have a deep love or any understanding for astrology at all. You are obviously incredibly intelligent - or else you would not be able to comprehend the depths of Astrology the way you do.... but I have to say that intelligence stops when it comes to the loves of the left, communism, socialism, etc.... 

A. Actually, I am aware of her Nazi-like favoring of white supremacy. It's quite abhorrent. The problem is that I have only 250 to 300 words to get my astrological point across. I don't have the space to go into which of her policies were "good" and which were "bad". My aim was only to show how her birth control program was interconnected to today's politics via the Solar Eclipse.

re: U.S. economy - Isn't it a little ironic that the series of Uranus/Pluto squares is now over: ending in Spring 2015. Yet now, the economy starts to look shaky again with China's slowdown. Apparently 10 years of Federal Reserve intervention has its limits. It is almost like Uranus partially offset the Pluto opposition to the USA Sun but is no longer helping.

A. Uniquely in the U.S., Uranus has been a minor player in the Uranus-Pluto square. Most likely, the reason is because in the U.S. chart, the progressed Ascendant has been aligned with natal Pluto, emphasizing this factor. You can read about this in more detail at plutocracy

re: Pluto - You wrote: "However, the times are changing and elections may be decided by the Pluto factor." Thinking about this at a people level makes me cringe. A connection to the U.S. Moon used to be of the utmost importance. As a candidate, you have to connect with the people. You serve them. They vote for you. But now, it's all about power. The people don't matter anymore. SIGH

​re: Pop Quiz - In answer to your Pop Quiz in your weekly Neptune Cafe newsletter, it looks like Donald Trump's progressed Part of Fortune is at zero degrees Scorpio. Will it be at 15 degrees Scorpio come election? Love reading your column each week!!

A. No, you're doing something wrong. His Part of Fortune (progressed) is currently at 2 degrees Virgo. Do you have astrology calculation software? It'll be at 19 degrees Virgo in Nov 2016, which squares his 10th house Uranus. This describes a disruptive force more than an election win.
re: mass murders - I think you have provided very convincing astrological details that confirm the Scorpio rising chart for the United States. It looks as though transiting Uranus will move out of orb to progressed Mars before too long. Do you think this will create a respite from mass murders such as the recent one in Oregon? I know there are other factors involved but taking Martian anger out of the set up looks positive for the future. Do you agree?

A. Yes, transiting Uranus will soon be out of range of activating the U.S. progressed Mars, but that definitely does not end the escalating trend of mass murders. Next come transiting Pluto, and also progressed Lilith will be joining progressed Mars in the U.S. 12th house. Progressed Lilith is just entering the U.S. 12th house now and will conjoin progressed Mars in January 2023, with both opposing progressed Chiron in the 6th house of health. This is an extremely dangerous set-up regarding violence as a health issue, and will be periodically activated by numerous outer planet transits between now and 2023.  

re: guns - Given that the gun lobby is huge and powerful and that stupid amendment is, like, scripture to people, do you, also given this chart configuration, ever see anything ever being done to mitigate this stupidity? I refer you to Australia taking away everyone's guns after a particularly horrific mass killing. Since that nation-wide confiscation, no more mass killings. Imagine. Surprising how no guns can result in no killings.) I know that this is unlikely to happen to the Australian degree. But do you see gun enthusiasts giving an inch ever anywhere at all? Ever?

A. The Australian government didn't do a nation-wide confiscation of guns, but offered to buyback guns. The program was genius and inspirational, but would Americans follow suit? Unlikely any time soon, to my dismay.

re: NewsScope - I really love Neptune Café. I think NewsScope is the best astrology blog on the net.
NewsScope for October 12, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar

Paul Ryan, the Next House Speaker?

Last Thursday the House Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, unexpectedly withdrew from the race to replace John Boehner, who himself had unexpectedly announced he would leave Congress at the end of October. With Republicans sharply divided, only one member is seen to have the national profile and intellectual force to unite them, and that’s Paul Ryan. The only problem? He doesn’t want the job.
* Damon was previously profiled here where you can view his natal horoscope. The above image is a tri-wheel section showing how transiting Pluto is conjoining Damon's progressed Midheaven, and these two are trine his natal Part of Fortune. Also, his progressed Part of Fortune is trine his natal Sun.
Ryan was born with his Aquarius Sun conjunct Pallas, the political strategy asteroid (January 29, 1970; 2:37 am; Janesville, WI), a combination that benefits from being trine Uranus in his 10th house of public standing. His Sun is also conjunct Venus, which makes him a popular figure, both in his home state and in Washington. At the moment, his progressed Sun is exactly octile (45º) his Venus, which emphasizes his approval rating and reputation as a mediator. 

Astrologically, the role of “Speaker” is naturally associated with Mercury, the communications planet. With a Virgo Midheaven, Ryan’s career is ruled by Mercury. Last Friday, when House Republicans reached a consensus around Ryan, Mercury was in the process of turning direct. In Ryan’s chart, transiting Mercury turned direct while in his 10th house and exactly sextile his Sagittarius Ascendant. Privately, he’s telling his colleagues that he’s now thinking about it.
People do change their minds when Mercury makes a station, especially when it connects with natal placements. Ryan is also experiencing transiting Saturn on his Ascendant, which represents the burden of responsibility that is being placed on his shoulders. Will he accept the Speaker role? With transiting Jupiter heading to his Midheaven, it seems likely. But first, he has to secure the cooperation of the Freedom Caucus, the disruptive right wing of House Republicans. 
Bernie Sanders, Rectified

A reader asks, “Can you rectify his chart so we can get a better idea of his chances?” Speculatively, I would start with a time that gives him Aquarius Rising. Sanders would then have the same Ascendant-Sun combination as John McCain, another well known independent. Actor Larry Hagman is also in this camp, and these three express a similar temperament and personal style. 
A 6:22 pm birth time puts his Aquarius Ascendant in the same degree as the U.S. Moon and would account for his popularity on the national scene. It also gives 10º Sagittarius at the Midheaven, a degree area frequently activated during some of his major career advances. For example, transiting Uranus was squaring his Midheaven when he was elected to the Senate on November 7, 2006. At the same time, the progressed Midheaven was quincunx his natal Sun. 

Sanders declared his candidacy for president on April 30, 2015 as his progressed Midheaven was nearing his Ascendant and forming a precise sextile to natal Mars at 23º Aries. Note that in his chart transiting Saturn is climbing toward the Midheaven, when his desire to make his mark in the world dramatically increases. Transiting Saturn was exactly sextile his Mercury when he declared his candidacy.
With Black Moon Lilith (and a Saturn-Uranus conjunction) squaring his Aquarius Ascendant, Sanders unapologetically declares the uncomfortable truths, calling for radical changes to the American capitalist system that favors the billionaire class. This platform has met with an enthusiastic and unexpected popular response, which can be attributed to a progressed Ascendant-Jupiter conjunction. If 6:22 pm is correct, Sanders can anticipate continued success going into 2016 as his progressed Ascendant goes on to conjoin natal Jupiter, the ruler of his Midheaven.
Matt Damon as The Martian

In its second week, The Martian was the top box office draw, as Matt Damon* continued to wow audiences in this realistic sci-fi adventure. With a $100-million take so far, The Martian has re-awakened national interest in a future Mars mission. NASA gave the film a boost by announcing the discovery of flowing water on Mars just as the film was being released.
Matt Damon’s horoscope (October 8, 1970; 3:22 pm; Boston, MA) depicts many of the personality traits and talents portrayed by astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian. His Sun-Uranus conjunction in Libra trines his Aquarius Ascendant, giving him a detached scientific attitude, a keen interest in technology, and the desire to work with a team. Mercury conjoins both Uranus and Pluto, adding wit, a survival instinct, and creative intelligence.

Damon’s natal Mars is a key player in his chart due to its network of favorable aspects. Mars conjoins Pluto in duty-conscious Virgo and is given endurance and perseverance by a supportive trine to Saturn. Mars also trines his Capricorn Moon, making an Earth Grand Trine. In reality, this configuration has made Damon one of the most bankable Hollywood actors in film history. In this film, it shows his ability to be immensely resourceful and practical.
Damon’s chart suggests that he is now at the pinnacle of his career: a progressed Sun-Neptune conjunction at his Midheaven is currently being conjoined by transiting Saturn. This rare quadruple conjunction indicates that The Martian is a special landmark film. Also, his progressed Midheaven at 13º Capricorn is being activated by a conjunction from transiting Pluto which, in turn, opposes the U.S. Sun. These alignments suggest that Damon has become the cinematic vehicle fueling national aspirations for space travel.