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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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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 GOP? 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; Mel- anie Trump, 1st Lady? 

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

April 4, 2016 - Ted Cruz aims to stop Trump; Uranus in the U.S. 6th house, Drew Barrymore and Juno.

April 11, 2016 - Panama Papers; Uranus-Eris in the presidential contest; Nyle Dimarco on DWTS.

April 18, 2016 - Hillary rising; Dilma Rousseff under fire; Modigliani - another penniless artist.

April 25, 2016 - Prince ruled by Pluto; May's top five; Shakespeare and the Stars - a paradigm buster.

​​May 2, 2016 - Lilith inspires Trump; Economic flashback to 1929; Audra McDonald stars in Shuffle Along.

May 9, 2016 - Why Trump, why now? To Brexit or not to Brexit; Taylor Swift - Queen of the Goddesses

May 16, 2016 - Brazil's epochal shifts; Amazon's disruptive technology; Miss Suzie Jones' longevity.

May 23, 2016 - Hillary v. Trump - who will win? the astrology of Flight MS108; Mars in the night sky.

May 30, 2016 - Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, June's top 5 and the Uranus-Eris conjunction.

June 6, 2016 - Hillary's new strategy; pain, fentanyl and Paul Janssen; Muhammad Ali, the Greatest.

June 13, 2016 - Hillary v.s Trump, Part 2; "Dump Trump" fueled by Mars; Christina Grimmie in FL.

June 20, 2016 - Orlando's confluence at 23º, Neptune, the decider? Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Warren.

June 27, 2016 - Brexit and globalization; July's top five; Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish independence.

July 4, 2016 - Bill Clinton - what was he thinking? Nepal's new ally, China; Scarlett Johansson.

July 11, 2016 - Racial tensions intensify; the 2017 Inauguration horoscope; Olivia De Havilland.

July 18, 2016 - Eris as "the Other"; Uranus and Eris de-stabilize Turkey; Trump's VP choice Mike Pence.

July 25, 2016 - Roger Ailes and the Mercury-Eris connection, August's top five; Hillary's VP Tim Kaine.

Aug 1, 2016 - U.S. Merc turns direct; Trump relocated to Moscow; Luke Aikens, skydiver.

Aug 8, 2016 - Trump driven by Merc-Pluto; does Hillary have Virgo Rising? Sumner Redstone clings to life.

Aug 15, 2016 - Can Serena Williams bounce back? Macy's reports, Simone Biles, the best gymnast.

Aug 22, 2016 - candidates pivot simultaneously; Kellyanne Conway; Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive.

Aug 29, 2016 - The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017; Sept's top 5; swimmer Ryan Lochte on DWTS.

Sept. 5, 2016 - War and the U.S. Venus; three indicators for war in 2017; the WWW and the U.S. election.

Sept. 12, 2016 - Hillary Clinton overheated ; Kim Jong Un unhinged?; Tom Hanks stars as "Sully".

Sept. 19, 2016 - The UR-PL dynamic continues; Apple shares lead; Edward Snowden makes his case.

Sept. 26, 2016 - U.S. institutions in trouble; October's top five; Angelina Jolie files for divorce.

Oct. 3, 2016 - The Aries Full Moon with UR-ER; astrology at the WSJ; Netflix's take on Amanda Knox.

Oct. 17, 2016 - Mars Out-of-Bounds; Teal Leoni as Madam Secretary; Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize.

Oct. 24, 2016 - DYN cyber attack; Vesta as a financial astrology indicator; Dr. Strange coming Nov.4

Oct. 31, 2016 - Comey shakes up the presidential race; Nov.'s top 5 events; the curse of the billy goat.

Nov. 7, 2016 - Election day astrology; Paris Agreement and the GC; November's fascinating SuperMoon.

Nov. 14, 2016 - Trump as Commander-in-Chief; Astrologers stunned; Trump's Gemini team.

Nov. 21, 2016 - Trump's Saturn in Cancer; A divided America, ETP and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Nov. 28, 1016 - Ceres and the Saturn-Pluto cnj of 2020; Dec's top 5; Jesse Ventura and Marijuana.

Dec. 5, 2016 - Gen. James Mattis as Defense Secretary, Ivanka Trump, Hollywood's Wild West

Dec.12, 2016 - Russian hackers and the election; Good times for billionaires; Scott Pruitt to head EPA. 

Dec. 19, 2016 - Juno and the art of the deal; Putin's Juno and Exxon; Standard Oil's 1870 horoscope.

Dec. 26, 2016 - Trump's nuclear tweet; Top 5 astro-events for Jan.; Peter Seller's Dr. Strangelove


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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
re: the Queen - Will the Queen stop being the Queen? If Regulus applies to anyone on the entire planet, wouldn't the Solar Eclipse to it affect an actual queen of all people? You talked about "royals"--actual and otherwise. That's what got me wondering. She is right up there at the top of the list of "royals". 

re: Mexico - I am a novice in astrology but, I really enjoy your analysis. Do you know of any reliable chart for Mexico as a country? As you probably know we are facing difficult times here.

A. Thanks for your interest... Yes, I use the 1917 horoscope, and you can read about it here: neptunecafearchives./Mexico
I haven't looked at Mexico's chart in some time, but perhaps it's time to do so.

re: Trump - Yes, it is good to "take a break from the melodramatic Trump Presidency." I'm tuning him out more and more.

re: Brexit - I love reading Newscope every Monday but I have waited so long for an article on Brexit and I don't remember seeing it. We Europeans living in UK are very worried about the UK deal falling short of meeting the EU deal. Please can you do a detailed article on what's to come from now until official Brexit March 2019?

A. That's a good story idea. It's great to take a break from the melodramatic Trump presidency.

re: Bugatti - Thanks for the Bugatti info and the video. Now we know at least how the Germans pronounce the name Chiron. Like... sheer'-own' ....I'm starting to save up my $3 million today.
re: Scaramucci's Nodes - You wrote: "Scaramucci’s Mercury is also in Capricorn and conjunct the Moon’s South Node, indicating that his new job is karmic, something that was meant to be." I've always read that the South Node shows you where you've been (and so, you feel very comfortable and familiar there), and the North Node shows you where you need to be going--THAT is your destiny.

A. Mercury is a weight on his past, showing talents as well as problem areas. His North Node is ruled by the Moon, which is in Libra and squares his Mercury. He'll regret losing his wife because equitable partnership is his higher destiny, but the ambitious Mercury in Capricorn is overwhelming.

re: Jane Austin - Thank you so much for such varied and interesting content. Especially the Jane Austen bio. I have always resented her kow-towing attitude towards men, now I know she was a victim of her time. 

re: Eclipses - Does an eclipse really make huge chnges when closely touching someone's chart?

A. Yes the eclipse can make for dramatic developments... generally related to the planet and the house being activated. A well aspected planet can bring windfalls, and otherwise not such favorable tidings. Even mainstream media is talking aobut what astrolgoers are predicting. See Newsweek's article here: http://www.newsweek.com/total-solar-eclipse-trump-astrology-prediction-643776

re: Uranus-Neptune - Will you ever cover the flat earth movement? According to independent research the Earth seems to be flat like the Ancients said. The heliocentric model is just a model and unproven. Try "flat earth" on google and see for yourself. It's disturbing. I believe it's the Uranus Neptune Cycle developing with the added notion that Neptune is in Pisces, so we are sensible to deceptions and frauds. Also something regarding religions and science and the clashing of the two, while accepted science has become a religion and unscientific. 

re: Eclipses - What are your thoughts on solar eclipse? i see Mars triggers it 9/3. I am concerned. I read an article about Hawaii preparing for possible nuclear attack by North Korea. Also saw their latest ballistic missile launch is able to reach west USA and maybe further. Is this simply fear mongering or is this a justifiable concern!?! 

A. I've written many times about the potential military conflict with North Korea - check recent archives. It is a matter of concern... Trump's besieged, and he may use a conflict with North Korea to distract from the FBI investigation into his Russian connections. Or, another way to see it is that Kim Jong Il is insane and needs to be reigned in, and Trump is the one who could do it....
re: Trump - Some reporters on CNN say that their inside contacts talk about how Trump is really panicking now about the investigation because it's looking at his personal finances. 
You've said that the last time his Progressed Moon moved through his 12th house, the casino thing happened--essentially, his financial house of cards collapsed. Is it safe to conclude that this is where it appears to be heading? It's disturbing and fascinating all at the same time.

A. Now that Mueller has impaneled a grand Jury, trump's taxes will be inspected. The announcement came as transiting Sun and Mars were right on Trump's 12th house Pluto, which suggests the evidence they are tracking. Pluto here may be associated with illegal racketeering, ie., getting funding from foreign or illegal sources. It should get clearer when Trump's progressed Moon arrives at his natal Pluto in January 2018. 

re: the Mooch - Zingo! You may be psychic as well as being an awesome astrologer!

re: the Mooch - Wow! We both saw the same thing--Scaramucci not lasting that long. I had commented about it to my husband 2 days before he was fired. BUT, I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE ONLY 11 DAYS!!! I had thought/guessed around 6 months.

A. Scaramucci's potty mouth got him in trouble, reflecting the downside of Mercury conjunct his South Node.
re: women in tech - I hope you will deal with the Google engineer being fired for his screed on how women aren't suited for leadership or tech jobs. I noticed that Google fired him on the lunar eclipse day. I had read that one of the things that eclipses do is to bring hidden things to light.
      It's certainly true that tech is a place for men who believe in the supremacy of men. It has not helped that tech has a collection of white men dug into this belief, but also men from other cultures who think it is an insult to report to a female manager or believe women can lead, although they may be okay to be around to do clean up work.
      The Google engineer that got fired went to Harvard, and it also came to light that his professors had to write a public apology for him when he did a skit in class that implied that great male scientist only rely on women to give them sex as they work their way to greatness. A lot of news outlets didn't report that find.     
       Anyhow, eclipses bringing the dark side to light, here we have a woman-hater who has a history of stunts, and a president who supports Nazis and white terrorists who come out into the light as if it's "both sides" in fairness.

A. Another way to look at this is about the current Lilith-Saturn conjunction, as I wrote in August's astro-event #5: "Patriarchal worldviews clash with the rising Goddess energy." 

re: data - Astrodatabank now has a BC time of 8:58 AM for Kellyanne Conway. Her Moon is exactly trine Pluto, Pisces is rising, and Jupiter is exactly on the Placidus 6th house cusp .Astrodatabank also has a BC time of 12:23 PM for Christie.

A. Good to know, thanks!

re: Trump’s Mars return - I've been wondering about Trump's impending Mars Return (on the heels of the eclipse). Hmm...What can you make of this? Anything?

re: opioid crisis - With opioid drug deaths on the rise, how is this reflected in the U.S. progressed natal chart or current transits of our outer planets, etc. Just curious about your take on this.

A. Good story idea....

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re: Yellowstone - Just curious: I am aware that eclipses are often coupled with earthquakes - is there a chart for Yellowstone NP, and if so does it 
reflect seismic possibilities? I'm not sure Mexico City is connected, unless it's foretelling of the beginnings of plate movement farther up the road.

A. Yes, Yellowstone has a birth chart, set for March 1, 1872 when it was set aside as the U.S.’s first national park. As far as earthquakes go, note that transiting Uranus is exactly squaring Yellowstone’s natal Uranus. However, it seems there’s something else going on, since it’s simultaneous with other earthquakes, hurricanes, and a simmering volcano. Possibly these are related to the surge in solar flares over the last two weeks.  

re: Jupiter and Saturn - In 2019 I will experience both Jupiter and Saturn returns simultaneously, born in 1960. Any bearing on my generation? thanks for your time.

A. Two Saturn Returns and five Jupiter Returns occur at age 59 for everyone. These overlapping cycles make this age particularly noteworthy for most people. Many begin retirement, while others have found a niche and want to keep going. Many born during the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn (1960-61) are particularly ambitious, and have become pillars of society. 

re: Louise Hay - In your recent article you state that her Neptune conjunct Part of Fortune in her second house created her self-help book fortune, but Neptune and POF are in her first house. (and Neptune can never progress into the second house because at 26:58 it went retrograde; she was about 40).
       She was a powerful (Leo) psychic (Neptune in the first) and lucky (conjunct the POF), but also challenged by (a square from Saturn and an opposition from Jupiter)-duh the patriarchy!
       Maybe Vesta, the Priestess, which IS in her second house, in Virgo (books and teachers) and conjunct the Black Moon (fierce feminine) accounts for why women love her. She showed women how the patriarchy had infiltrated their minds and how detrimental that could be. Vesta is trine her Mars in the tenth so it's connected to her career and activities.

A. Yes, Vesta is powerfully placed in her 2nd house. Although Neptune is technically in her 1st house, it’s less than three degrees from her 2nd house cusp, and so a predominant influence over this house’s affairs. 
re: Pop Quiz - To me, Mars (in Scorpio) square Pluto would mean that every transiting planet that contacted Mars would be challenged by the lord of Scorpio himself, Pluto, to use that energy to produce or accrue power. Rex did that for Exon; Harvey did this for his co. and himself.
       Harvey's conservative Capricorn Moon opposes Uranus in Cancer, sponsor of the Women's Liberation Movement, and squares both Eris in Aries and Saturn in Libra slightly wide), but at least a T-square that created difficult energy circumstances for him repeatedly, where he clearly failed repeatedly.  
       Rex's sensitive Pisces Moon conjuncts Venus and Pallas. He likes traditional women but with these three trine Uranus in Cancer he's okay with non-trad. women also, plus Uranus is conjunct his ascendant! He must be pretty non-trad. himself or appear to be.

A. This is the best answer received, and mostly on target. Only one thing I would point out and that is that we don't have an accurate birth time for either of these two, so the charts used are the default noon times. Therefore Rex likely doesn't have Uranus on the Ascendant.

re: Trump’s progressed Moon – In Trump’s top five astro-events, couldn't this progressed Moon event also represent women in the family? This is like punch number one of an astrological one-two punch. Moon-Pluto and Venus-Uranus? Yikes.

A. In general, the progressed Moon doesn’t act like the natal Moon and the key phrases we usually associate with the Moon. The progressed Moon is a timer of emotionally signficant events. Still, transiting Saturn has been around his natal Moon, so the observations still holds.
re: SA-PL - Just curious: How will the coming Global Corporatocracy be different 
from the current state of government? Elected officials are owned by those who fund them: follow the money (corporation/business/despot) to see who bought whom, and know that laws will be enacted for their benefit. Yes, many of those actions have been covert, but W Bush, with the creation of Citizen's United, made our country's corporate ownership overt. And corporations have no conscience. They care not about global warming, unless they can make a dollar from it. As long as 
business-as-usual is generating billions of dollars, climate change 
means nothing. 

re: SA-PL - Love your Newscope blog and interpretations of our political events. I have read on numerous blogs that the upcoming Pluto/Saturn conjunction will mean conservative power, government, etc. due to Saturn and Pluto both being in Capricorn. Some astrologers have interpreted this to mean that the GOP and possibly Trump will win re-election in 2020. However, the past 9 months of the Trump administration has been anything but conservative and seems more like a radical repudiation of our constitution and past governmental norms and institutions.  
        So I was wondering if this 2020 Pluto/Saturn conjunction could mean that we return to our traditional governing norms and shore up our government institutions in response to a failed and chaotic Trump administration? Perhaps a return to constitutional basics and less conspiratorial and ideological based ideas and more practical forms of governing. I seem to recall in my astrological readings that Saturn also represents structure, reality based thinking and justice (because it is exalted in Libra). Therefore, wouldn't Saturn demand a return to evidenced based policy, such as the reality of climate change, or Is this just wishful thinking on my part?

re: NCAA football - Some yr.'s ago, I suggested you do an astrological analysis of the University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino. You did, and it was interesting. Coach Bobby Pitrino is now at the University of Louisville, and has been very successful. I have an additional suggestions for you to consider: the University of Alabama football coach, Nick Saban, has the BEST NCAA football program in all of America. They are ranked #1 again this year. From an astrology point-of-view: WHY?

re: Pluto-Mars - I'm having cold chills and looking for metaphysical/esoteric balm. I noticed that the square between transiting Pluto and the U.S. progressed Mars started Mar/Apr '16 during the brutal primary season when Pluto went Rx. Just before the election it went direct at 15 degrees and a racist, sexist plutocrat narrowly won; votes were still being counted as the square became exact and he was sworn in. Pluto went Rx, but it just turned direct at 17 degrees and will again square progressed Mars at (approx.) 18 Libra. My question is, will it be over when Pluto gets to 19 degrees since this is an aspect to a progressed planet?  

A. These are good observations and an excellent question. In my opinion, the re-awakening of the racist, sexist element in U.S. culture is due to progressed Mars being in the U.S. 12th house, which when activated, awakens all kinds of mean-spirited, aggressive, violent behavior. Other outer planets or progressed planets will continue to stir up this progressed Mars long after Pluto has passed this critical contact. But Pluto’s square is the most hostile.
NewsScope for November 6, 2017
By Michael Wolfstar

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping

The current harmonious trine between transiting Saturn and Uranus has a variety of beneficial influences, notably, in the most practical affairs of state and the economy. Those with planets at 25º of any sign are favored to do well under this outer planet astro-event, especially if that natal planet is well aspected. An important natal planet that has progressed to 25º may also benefit.
Trump’s visit to China on November 8-9 is the highlight of his 12-day Asian trip, and it takes place as transiting Uranus is exactly squaring his natal Venus at 25º Cancer. Since Venus rules his Midheaven and also sextiles his Midheaven, his Venus is considered to be exceptionally well placed natally. He will be discussing Venusian affairs, namely, trade agreements and cooperative alliances against North Korea.

China’s political and military leader, Xi Jinping (b. June 15, 1953), just began his second five-year term as president, and he is likewise a major beneficiary of this celestial blessing. His progressed Sun is now at 25º Leo where it forms a fire Grand Trine with the transiting Saturn-Uranus trine. Over the past three years, Xi has accumulated and secured an extraordinary amount of power as his progressed Sun conjoined his natal Pluto and both sextiled his Gemini Sun.
These two world leaders have an abundance of Leo placements shaping up, both natally and by secondary progression. Xi’s natal Moon and Pluto in Leo is augmented by his progressed Mercury, Mars, and Ceres. Trump’s natal Leo placements (Ascendant, Mars, and Pluto) are amplified by his progressed Midheaven, Saturn, Moon and Mercury -- also all in imperial Leo. However, the contrast between these would-be emperors is stark: Trump is legally besieged and failing in the polls, while Xi was just constitutionally enshrined for his Mao-like wisdom.  
The Fate of America

While the Saturn-Uranus trine is favorable for practical projects, a recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association confirmed that work and money are not the greatest stressors in Americans’ lives. The #1 cause of stress, reported by 63% of Americans from both political parties, is the fate of the nation. And 59% feel we are at the lowest point in U.S. history.*
In traditional astrology, Venus and Jupiter are known as the lesser and greater benefics – wherever they are, they bring good fortune. And their combination has a synergistic effect. Together, Venus and Jupiter bring prosperity, happiness, beneficial growth, optimism, and recurring opportunities. In Aquarius and including the progressed Midheaven, China is creating a global network tied together through its ever-expanding economic leverage. 
China’s horoscope (October 1, 1949; 3:01 pm; Beijing) helps us track its stunning progress in recent decades, and shows us where it’s heading. When Nixon made his strategic visit, China was experiencing a progressed Venus-Midheaven conjunction at 15º Sagittarius, signaling the new friendship and economic cooperation that was just beginning. Also, transiting Pluto was exactly trine the Aquarius Ascendant, signaling the fundamental and beneficial transformation at hand.

Since then, China’s economy has grown at a phenomenal 7-10% every year, allowing the awakening giant to overtake Japan and Germany to become the second most powerful economy on the planet. The progressions once again show us how this has happened. China’s Ascendant at 1º Aquarius has been activated by the convergence of three progressions: the progressed Midheaven, Venus and Jupiter.
China, the Next Global Superpower

While the American empire seems to be fading, China is becoming stronger and more influential with every passing year. The zealously anti-communist Richard Nixon surprised the world when he became the first U.S. president to visit China on February 21, 1972. This historic opening allowed China to participate in the global economy, which in turn led to unprecedented growth and becoming a world super power.
The Scorpio Rising U.S. horoscope helps put this poll in perspective. The Midheaven is associated with the fate of the nation, and the conditions of the progressed Midheaven are a strong indicator of where things are headed. For example, the isolationist U.S. became involved in World War II when the U.S. Midheaven progressed to 27º Capricorn and conjoined natal Pluto, the nation’s ruling planet. 

America’s projected identity is shown by the progressed Ascendant. The primary symbols of American economic and military power came under attack on 9/11 when the progressed Ascendant at 18º Cancer formed an exact square to progressed Mars in the 12th house of secret enemies. Progressed Mars is still in this same degree area, now at 17º Libra, and conjoined by progressed Black Moon Lilith at 16º Libra.
Stress is, of course, a health issue, and currently the U.S. progressed Midheaven is at 15º Aries and heading into the U.S. 6th house of health over the next few months. When it gets there, it will next conjoin progressed Chiron at 17º Aries as both oppose 
progressed Mars and Lilith in the 12th house over the next two years. It confirms that concern over the fate of the nation is a major stressor and health issue. It also suggests that deep-seated, hidden rage (Mars-Lilith in 12th) is polarizing the nation, creating self-defeating, self-destructive behavior.
​Progressions are central to making accurate assessments of personal and national horoscopes. More on progressions can be found here.
​China's national horoscope and additional astro-background info can be found here.