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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.

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.
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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: Syria - I always enjoy your weekly column. This week's piece on Syria was particularly of interest. When I changed the time (from Campion at 6 AM) to the Tyl time, I saw all you spoke about. Additionally I looked at the astrocartography map and the local space map. The latter shows the BML line going into the heart of Russia. This is particularly ominous...

re: Cubs - You wouldn't, by any chance, have a Chart for the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team? I can't seem to find any definitive date, except for 1870. I love to root for the Underdog.

re: Hillary - As a long term Hillary fan, I am delighted about her good showing in the recent Democratic debate. Those who dislike Hillary just love to drop those "hints of scandal" in an attempt to derail her campaign. The political pundits and the mainstream media are in for a revelation: Hillary is and has always been a great Presidential candidate!

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.
re: NewsScope - Thank you, as always, for a column that I check first thing in the morning on Mondays!

re: European Union - Since the refugee crisis, much talk has centered around the difficulties of taking in such a mass of peoples whose cultures are so very different from those of Europe. I do hear more about the urgency of dealing with migrants that are huge in number and in many ways demanding, rather than desiring of fitting in wherever there opens a door. Most recently there's the opinion that this large-scale migration may well signal the end of the European Union. Some even are considering conspiracy theories of how such a movement was initiated, is perpetuated, and who it helps (i.e. Russia, the US and their oil interests). What do you see in the stars for the EU's future?

A. Sorting out the conspiracy theories from what's happening on the ground and the shifting policies of the various nations involved makes this a complex issue. The chart I use for the European Union, set for November 1, 1993, currently has transiting Uranus squaring the natal Uranus-Neptune conjunction, which fits the disrupting influence caused by the flood of immigrants. Beyond that, I can't say how this will work itself out. What happens in Syria is, of course, relevant, and there we have a state of constant flux, not to mention the numerous surrounding players vying for control. How Russia and the U.S. come to terms (or not) with the Middle East is another unknown vector. In short, there are too many variables to make any definitive statement on the effects to the Eurozone. However, I will study the EU chart some more and see if any internally directed effort can be mustered to resolve the crisis.
re: Saturn-Neptune - As you pointed out in your (5) astrological events for November 2015, the Saturn/Neptune square on 11/26/2015 is prominent. You showed in the European Union chart that natal Neptune is being squared by transiting Uranus. I would like to point out that transiting Neptune in the Scorpio Rising USA chart is also squaring natal Uranus in the 8th house.
    So Uranus in the US chart has Neptune square to it while Neptune in the EU chart has a Uranus square in effect now. While Saturn afflicts both. Coincidence? I think all this shows the difficulty of maintaining our free Internet(Uranus) while Neptune is showing the downside of a border-free world.
     I very much hope that all this is the "irritant" that produces the "pearl" of gained wisdom as you so aptly state in your Newscope article. Sadly, I just do not know if the pearl is wishful thinking or what. People of good will know what this future world might look like but the way there is not at all clear.

re: Mog - Think they'll make Mog, the movie? I think it'd be great fun... love Emma Thompson... Thanks for the "heads up" video---hadn't seen this elsewhere...

re: EU - The last few days have shown a willingness to fight back against the terrorists that certainly does not reflect any "stunned paralysis" in the European Union. France and Russia are now cooperating in air strikes against ISIS in Syria and if the US would get off its duff maybe, just maybe some real progress could be made in defeating these monsters called ISIS. On another note even the hacking group Anonymous has finally realized ISIS is a greater threat than any western government to their vaunted freedom of ideas. All this to say, I do not think your interpretation of the EU chart is telling the real story

A. French president Hollande attempted to get the U.S. and Russia on the same page, but the two external powers do not agree on the fate of Syrian president Assad. But perhaps "stunned paralysis" is not the right interpretation of the progressed Midheaven to the EU's Mars-Pluto square Saturn. The Saturn-Pluto combination is known for its intense nationalism and conservative or tightening policies. Individually, the EU nations are closing their borders and ratcheting up security measures, which is in accord with the activation of the EU's Mars-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio. But it doesn't bode well for the EU as a larger geopolitical entity, which we might say is in a state of paralysis.
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. 

re: Insane Violence - Thank you for the warnings for what's up ahead re: The Insane Violence Configuration --- and for the December 2015 report. Like many, I'm glad to be aware of when the more stressful days might be during the "holiday" season & when to be more mindful of when my own stress is in danger of blowing off too much steam, or when family gatherings might be a bit more testy...yes---a good time of year to remember the peace, love and joy inspirations...

re: NewsScope subscription - Thanks for sending the current NewsScope. Maybe charging a fee for your weekly subscription will be a way for you to monetize your creativity. I've sent you $50/year for the past few years. Happy to pay more. People can pay. You do the work. We pay you. That works beautifully. 
  Nice to give it away to those in need on your website, but nicer still to receive it on a weekly basis in my mailbox. I think having people pay is important--for you and for them. You are really talented. I love reading your write ups.

A. OK, thank-you. That's something to think about.
NewsScope for December 7, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar

Syed Farook Radicalized by his Pakastani Wife

Investigators now believe that Syed Rizwan Farook was radicalized by his wife, Tashfeen Malik, which led to last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino. The FBI reported that Malik had posted a Facebook message that pledged allegiance to the ISIS leader just before they went on their rampage. Farook met Malik on an Islamic dating website and they married on August 16, 2014. 
Mark Zuckerburg’s $45 Billion Donation

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, welcomed their new baby daughter Max into the world and also announced that they were donating 99% of their Facebook shares to charity. Those shares are currently worth $45 billion, but after Zuckerberg received tremendous positive publicity, a number of critics questioned his motives, starting with the substantial tax benefits he’ll receive.
* For a deeper look at Zuckerberg's "donation", see propublica.org
* Source, San Bernardino Sherriff’s report: twitter.com/sbcountysheriff
Farook was born with his Gemini Sun conjunct Chiron (June 14, 1987;* Chicago, IL; time unknown), with both opposing a Saturn-Uranus conjunction. This dynamic polarity suggests a split personality, a wounded psyche that shows a conventional side (Saturn) but prepares for a radical break (Uranus). His Mars at 15º Cancer conjoins Mercury, with both closely quincunx Saturn, which may express itself as closely controlled but explosive anger.

Malik has three telling aspects to her Cancer Sun (July 13, 1986;* Leiah, Pakistan; time unknown), including an aggressive, impulsive opposition to Mars in Capricorn. Malik’s Sun is also given a religious expression by the trine to Jupiter in Pisces which, in turn, is radicalized by the square to Uranus in Sagittarius. The Cancer Sun quincunx Uranus describes her radical roots, and her own seditious behavior.

Both have natal Mars in the critical degrees described in last week’s article, “The Insane Violence Configuration”. Undoubtedly, Malik was highly persuasive in transforming Farook into a crazed killer: her Mercury-Pluto square tends to act obsessively and dogmatically, and since it aspects his Venus-Moon trine, he’s receptive to what she has to say. At the time of the shootings, his progressed Sun at 20º Cancer was exactly conjunct her natal Sun, showing that he was carrying out her agenda. It allowed him to express the hidden half of his wounded psyche.

The recently discovered planet Eris, referred to as the “spiritual warrior”, plays a central role in both their charts. They both have Eris at 16º Aries, and they both have natal Mars squaring Eris. At the time of the shootings, transiting Uranus was at 16º Aries where it set off their natal Mars-Uranus squares. This gives us a preview of what to expect when transiting Uranus and Eris become conjunct next year, especially when modified by Mars. Watch out for this three-planet combination!
Zuckerberg’s birth time is unknown, but this enormous donation gives us a chance to test his rectified birth time of 2:10 am (see NewsScope, August 31, 2015 for his natal chart). Progressing this chart to December 1, when he made the announcement, shows his progressed Midheaven at 12º38’ Capricorn, precisely conjunct his natal Jupiter at 12º38’ Capricorn. This direct hit between his progressed Midheaven and Jupiter in Capricorn fits perfectly with his announced plan.
The progressed Midheaven here is also trine his Moon-Saturn conjunction in the 8th house of shared wealth, taxes, and donations. His progressed Mars at 11º Scorpio is nearly conjunct natal Saturn, showing the act of structuring his wealth. 

The tie in with his daughter can be seen in the conditions of his 5th house of children, which holds the asteroid Vesta at 9º Cancer. Zuckerberg’s progressed Moon-Jupiter conjunction shows a generous spirit, and it’s exactly opposite natal Vesta. Sticking with the progressions, note that his progressed Ascendant at 23º Aries is conjunct natal Ceres, the parenting asteroid. Its location in the 2nd house of money further underscores how parenting and wealth management go together.

Although the Saturn and Capricorn influences indicate that he is making a practical business decision with his wealth, he’s also experiencing a progressed Sun-Venus conjunction. This warm-hearted, loving connection is in effect now and becomes exact over the coming year. This once-in-a-lifetime connection aims to spread peace and love, especially since it’s being activated by a sextile to transiting Eris. In this case, Eris as the spiritual warrior is creative rather than destructive.

Zuckerberg’s financial plan fits neatly with the current position of transiting Pluto at 14º Capricorn, where it favorably trines his natal Venus at 14º Taurus. This signature describes the strategic structuring (Pluto in Capricorn) of his abundant wealth (Venus in Taurus). 

Pluto here is also squaring the U.S. Saturn, which represents American institutional structures, including LLCs (limited liability companies). His $45 billion is going to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which is registered as an LLC. In a social democracy like Sweden or Denmark, Zuckerberg’s wealth would have been largely taxed and spent by the national government as they saw fit. In the U.S. system, plutocrats like Zuckerberg are offered tax-free havens* to spend their wealth on society as they see fit.
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