"The natal chart is like a seed and progressions are the unfolding in time of that into the plant it is to become. Transits, are like a daily weather report. In political astrology, these three factors have to be taken into account!"
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Sept. 17, 2018 - The Astrology of U.S. Disasters; Hurricane Florence; Willie Nelson Gets Political
Sept. 24, 2018 - Echoes of Anita Hill; October’s Top Five Astro-Events; Chris Hedges on Totalitarian Capitalism
Oct. 01, 2018 - Senator Flake Moved by Venus; Brett Kavanaugh’s Mercury-Neptune; Elon Musk's tweets
Oct. 08, 2018 - The #MeToo Movement advances; October’s Astro-Event #6; Is it Art? The Banksy Effect
Oct. 15, 2018 - Jamal Khashoggi’s Silence is Deafening; Market Sell-Off; Two Stars are Re-Born
Oct. 22, 2018 - Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman; Post-Election Developments; Elizabeth Warren in 2020
Oct. 29, 2018 - Mars in the U.S. 4th House; Top Five for November; Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Next President
Nov. 5, 2018 - Mueller’s Mercury-Uranus Config; The Migrant Caravan; Gwyneth Paltrow and Madame Ovary
Nov. 12, 2018 - Matthew Whitaker’s App't; Florida Re-Count; Somalian Ilhan Omar Elected to Congress.
Nov. 19, 2018 - California’s Uranus Return; To Brexit or Not to Brexit; The 2020 Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction
Nov. 26, 2018 - Top 5 Astro-Events for Dec; Trump fights for the Wall; Nancy Pelosi Fights for Leadership
Dec.03, 2018 - Mercury Direct Energizes Mueller; George H. W. Bush, the 41st President; Barbara Bush,
Dec.10, 2018 - Echoes from the Watergate; NYSE Update; Ariana Grande’s Generational Influence
Dec. 17, 2018 - Top Five for Trump in 2019; Chief Mick Mulvaney; Loesser's "Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Dec. 24, 2018 - The Jan. 5 Solar Eclipse Lilith Derails the Markets; Trump Signs Farm Bill, legalizes hemp.
Dec. 31, 2018 - January’s Top Five; Mitch McConnell, GOP Leader; Joe Biden, the Leading Dem. candidate.
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Jan. 7, 2019 - Trump Threatens lengthy; China’s Slowdown; Merc. Rx on Election Day 2020.
Jan. 14, 2019 - Gov't Shut downs; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Social Media Star; Aquarius Beckoning
Jan. 21, 2019 - Michael Cohen Timeline, with his 15º Cap.Ascendant; Lauren Sanchez, the Other Woman
Jan.28, 2019 - Roger Stone, the Dirty Trickster; Feb.sTop 5 Astro-Events; Tom Brady’s Swan Song
Feb. 4, 2019 - Kamala Harris in 2020; Russia under Pluto spell; Evan Rachel Wood’s Bout with PTSD
Feb. 11, 2019 - AOC’s Green New Deal; Ceres: Co-sponsor; Virginia’s Black Moon Lilith Problem
Feb. 18, 2019 - The U.S. Pluto Return; The 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction; The 2020 Election
Feb. 25, 2019 - March's Top 5 Astro-Events; Nicolas Maduro, Ven.Dictator; Zion Williamson's shoe
March 04, 2019 - Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s CFO; Jupiter-Saturn in Aquarius; The U.S. Pluto Return, 2
March 11, 2019 - Ilhan Omar and Eris; Trump’s Progressed Moon; Kane Tanaka, Oldest Person
March 18, 2019 - Saturn-Pluto and Big Oil; Big Oil’s Horoscope; Greta Thunberg Leads Global Movement
March 25, 2019 - Pluto on the South Node; April’s Top Five; Anthony William, Medical Medium celery juice
April 1, 2019 - Adam Schiff Leads Trump Investigation; Boeing’s 737 MAX 8; Jussie Smollett’s Hoax
April 8, 2019 - Joe Biden’s Touchy-Feely Problem; U.S. Scorpio Rising; Mackenzie Bezos, 4th Richest Woman
April 15, 2019 - U.S. Merc and Taxes; Saturn and Pluto Oppose Trump’s Venus-Saturn; Name That Planet!
April 22, 2019 - Trump and the Mueller Report; The U.S. Pluto Return, Part 3; Bernie Sanders leading the pack.
April 28, 2019 - Top Five Astro-Events for May; The U.S. Pluto Return, Part 4: parallels to the 1930s
May 6, 2019 - 2020 Election Results? Beyond Meat Skyrockets; James Holzhauer’s on Jeopardy
May 13, 2019 - balance from U.S. Saturn in Libra; Iran Poised for War; Presidents Impacted by Solar Eclipses
May 20, 2019 - Roe v. Wade Re-Visited; Eclipse hits Trump-Iran Conflict; Britney Spears’ 730 Evaluation
May 27, 2019 - The Trump-Pelosi Feud; June's Top Five Astro-Events; Hurricane Season and the U.S. Mars
June 3, 2019 - Trump’s 2019 Solar Return; Julian Assange; Kawli Leonard Leads the Toronto Raptors
June 10, 2019 - U.S. Pluto Return and Mars; Chinese Communist Party; Olivia Jade Hit by Saturn and Pluto
June 17, 2019 - Democratic Candidates Debate; Trump Relocated to Tehran; Eliz Warren on the Rise
June 24, 2019 - U.S. Progressed Mars Activated; July's Top 5 Astro-Events; Hopeful Pete Buttigieg
re: crash - It has been a previlage to visit every Monday Morning early in the hours every week and has been nothing but an educational experience to read and read to digest what you write; I have to say at my old age your blog and your writings are GOD SENT and exceptionally great to read and learn from.
With that said, as every where now a days you read this coming Capricon stellium of outer planets that is going to happen in 2020 and it is going to crash financial markets and going into recession due to Saturn combining with Jupiter and so on; I realize that we are in the Biggest Bubble created by central banks around the world and it will burst some time. Will you please kindly write on this if and whenever you have to time to do it to see what is your take on economy and financial markets.
re: gender - Apart from whether or not the VP's inclinations extend beyond the normative male-female monogamy, are there astrological signals that may indicate different sexual or gender tendencies in any one particular chart? And with the prominence now of not only homosexuality but also all forms of gender non-conformity and fluidity, as well as transgender, coming to the fore, what are the broader astrological themes that show this cultural/generational change?
And does this tie into the #metoo movement, which calls down the male power privilege with respect to sexual exploitation?
re: astrology - It’s fascinating that astrology, something our present civilization views as fundamental to an individual’s character, is ignored by deeper analysis. Love your column. It’s my first thing to read on Mondays.
re: NewsScope - As always with many many many thanks for your kindness and keeping us interested in Astrology and writings.
re: Pluto Return - Thanks for all you write. Ever since you said Hillary would not be President (in spite of my most fervent wishes and all those polls saying she was ahead) I totally trust your political assessments. Your column on the Pluto return is sobering to be sure. But there is another strain of conservatism that might need to be recognized. That of the government institutions, and the press, which are still doing their jobs, for the most part. One thing for sure, the American Empire (not that I really love that term) is going into eclipse, if not by being outstripped by the likes of China, India, or Europe, but because we haven't gotten our own house in order, and have let our worst characteristics run amok.
re: Mueller report - What happened with Mueller's investigation. Nothing on Trump. Seems like much ado about nothing--except for the dudes who went to jail.
A. Stay tuned! Watch as Pluto turns retrograde while oposing Trump's Saturn. Also, Eris is now at 23º44' Aries, exactly squaring Trump's Saturn (orb: 0º04').
re: pages - This is probably nothing but I feel I should mention it , I have this site in a bookmark on my phone and for some reason when I access Neptune cafe it has Not Secure next to the name, this has just started showing up , it doesn’t happen to anything else I go to, was wondering if something is happening with the site...or what ???
A. It's because Google deems my site not mobile friendly. Fixing it would mean re-designing dozens of pages and I don't have the time to do that. Not to worry that it's being hacked though. Thanks for the feedback.
re: candidates - Of all the announced Democratic candidates for president this Swalwell has the most connections to that 25 degree Aquarius moon you reference often in regards to electability. He has Mars 25 degrees Sag, Uranus 25 degrees Scorpio and his moon for noon shows 28 Aquarius so if born earlier in day may actually be right on 25 degrees!
re: UK - There is so much going on right now in the news!! Maybe you already predicted it, but do you think the U.K. will have another referendum? If Brexit happens, the ensuing recession would spread to Europe like a cancer. It’s been funded and supported by the far right and Putin. Putin, of course, wants to restore Russia in its formal glory as a superpower to rival the US, and do do that, he needs to split and divide the West. Ergo, he supports Brexit. Trump wants a hotel in Moscow, and he is willing to do anything to make that happen, no matter what the cost.
re: Trump - Have you predicted yet whether Trump would finish out his presidency? With the Mueller report completed when Mercury is retrograde, would that hinder his case and be good for Trump? Or does the retrograde in this instance signify uncovering of secrets?
re: Trump - After you wrote about Trump's progressed Moon moving on top of his natal Mars, I noticed Trump's recent threat, "I got the cops and the military and Bikers for Trump..." What a fascist!. When I heard that, I thought of his progressed Moon
A. Yes, that braggadocio is a clear manifestation of his martial self-promotion.
re: NewsScope – I’ve been reading NewsScope for ten years, every Monday. Can’t wait til the next issue, thanks.
re: Bitcoin - There seem to be multiple charts for "Bitcoin". Bitcoin has been around long enough now to see a pattern in its valuation: dramatic price drops of 70%, followed by dramatic price increases, followed by drops, etc. Is there a Bitcoin chart that fits this valuation pattern? Is Bitcoin set to become the first international non-state medium of exchange? Thanks for your interesting site.
A. I have written about bitcoin's chart in the distant past (see bitcoin), but it's certainly worth another look.
re: Trump - Your piece on Uranus transits to the US ascendant: It does point to radical change but not a great sign if you were the one currently in power, yes? And does Trump's chart ever show signs of incarceration? He'll likely skate any federal charges, but it seems NY jails are ready and open for his business...
re: Trump - Doesn't transiting North Node conjunct Trump's natal Sun in 2020 weigh heavily in favor of his re-election?
A. It certainly helps, as does transiting Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter trine his MC. Note that by definition, the Lunar Nodes are aligned with the eclipsed planet. However, many other factors should be considered, especially how his opponent's chart looks. Basing any forecast or prediction on one indicator is a sure way to miss the boat. Favorable transits can be totally over-ruled by hard progressions, for example.
re: Trump - Anticipating Trump's visit to the UK, Theresa May's people were warned not to schedule meetings lasting longer than 30 minutes "because of problems with his concentration span.’. Officials were told that, when a meeting exceeds that time limit, Trump just just checks out and 'starts doodling’. There's also been a lot of speculation about his drug use--- Aderall in particular. In addition, hundreds of mental health professionals expressed their concerns, issuing an analysis and a warning to all of us. Plus, his increasingly bizarre behavior indicates major problems.
Would you please consider looking into Trump's mental health?
re: 2020 - I read with some real concern your probably correct analysis that the US 2020 election will be under very real stress from continued [Russian] sabotage. Unhappily, what you also need to consider is that Bernie Sanders’ “independent Democrat” candidacy and generous fund-raising may also be part of that sabotage plan. Sanders candidacy is a classic diversionary tactic to peel off and divide the more liberal voters away from the larger Democratic candidate. Whatever his own motives – and I am not questioning these by any means – his “further left” views make him an ideal candidate for generous funding from black sources and even covertly from the Republican party itself. The Repubs will never attack Sanders; just watch.
July 1, 2019 - Kamala Harris Hits Home Run; Pluto and the Concentration of Power; Megan Rapinoe, Soccer Star
July 8, 2019 - Int'l Climate Emergency; California Earthquakes; Cory Booker and the 2021 Inauguration
July 15, 2019 - Plutocrat Jeffrey Epstein Arrested; Trump Re-Elected? The Democratic Field Narrows
July 22, 2019 - Ilhan Omar Takes Center Stage; The Heat is On; Space Travel in the Age of Aquarius
July 29, 2019 - Russian Meddling in 2020; Top 5 Astro-Events; Boris Johnson, the UK’s New Prime Minister
Aug. 5, 2019 - Scorpio Rising, Part 2; Trump Tweet Tumbles Markets; Uranus Disrupts White Supremacy
Aug. 12, 2019 - U.S. Mars Activated; M. Williamson Touts Spiritual Renewal; Slovakia's Zuzana Čaputová
Aug. 19, 2019 - The JU-SA cnj; Hong Kong Fights for Independence; Greta Thunberg and the climate
Aug, 26, 2019 - Top 5 for September; Trump and King George III; Bolsonaro and the Amazon fires.
Sept. 2, 2019 - Madeleine Westerhout fired; Hong Kong’s chart; Alexandria Villaseñor Protest at U.N.
Sept. 9, 2019 - Biden’s Prog Mercury at a Standstill; The Eighth Harmonic; Saturn and the U.S. Gerontocracy
Sept. 16, 2019 - The Fist of God; Presidents and the U.S. Moon; LoveSac Wins over Consumers
Sept. 23, 2019 - Trump and the Ukraine; Justin Trudeau Melts under Saturn-Neptune; Brad Pitt Stars in Ad Astra.
Sept. 30, 2019 - October's top five astro-events; Elizabeth Warren on the rise; Trump's Black Moon Lilith
Oct. 7. 2019 - Trump’s Relocated Lilith; Bernie Sanders in Trouble; Greta Thunberg and U.S. Politics.
Oct. 14, 2019 - Rudy Giuliani and Lilith; Gener-ational Mental Health Trends; Simone Biles Wins
Oct. 21, 2019 - Lilith over Syria; Impeachment during Mercury Retrograde; Dismiss or Convict?
Oct. 28, 2019 - November's top 5 astro-events; Merury rx updated, brings an unusually positive phase and insights
Nov. 11, 2019 - Mercury Occults the Sun, the chart set in Washington; Bloom-berg Prepares to Run
Nov. 18, 2019 - Lessons from Watergate; Nixon and Trump Parallels; The Trump Impeachment Horoscope
Nov. 25, 2019 - Dec.’s Top Five; Trump’s Natal and Progressed Midheaven and the impeachment hearings
Dec. 2, 2019 - The unflap-pable Adam Schiff; Mike Pence waiting in the wings as impeachment proceeds.
Dec. 9, 2019 - Pete Buttigieg and the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction; The June 21, 2020 Solar Eclipse
re: NewsScope - Great work! Your columns this week are really awesome and show young astrologers how to do mundane or political astrology. You have provided us with truly stellar work. Thanks so much.
re: Scorpio - Your powerful column this morning has convinced me the US Ascendant is indeed Scorpio. I have seen your other writings on this subject and was intrigued. You have now tipped the scale. I will be defending your view on other astrology sites.
re: Scorpio - I have often mulled over your notion that the USA chart has a Scorpio Ascendant - today you made the best arguments for it. I recall, as an immigrant with a perspective from other cultures, that what struck me the most about this country is that it is one of extremes; the Americans I have met in my travels reflected both the very best and the very worst. Also, following your other arguments regarding the Revolutionary War, it was really more about taxation (without representation) than human freedom.
re: U.S. Moon - I am aware of the "most important link a candidate needs is the US Moon at 25 Aquarius." But have all the US Presidents had this in their chart? If not, who didn't, and what in their chart overrode that? Thanks for your comments this morning; disturbing as I find them.
A. All of them since FDR have has this connection, which shows the importance of media in conveying a candidate's essence. Prior to FDR, connections to Pluto dominated, which was more about connecting to the elite. I've written in depth about this, and you can read more here.
re: Beyond Meat - My hubby bought Beyond Meat stock after your report, and it’s done pretty well. Keep the stock tips coming!
re: Macron - Monday's read: Once again your insights are nothing short of amazing. I’m curious: When Le Pen was ousted by Macron, against the "stars wishes", what was the thing that pushed him into the winner's circle? Your very interesting look at past presidents and how they got to be one, reveals the "norm." But there are those who didn't fit the mold. Do they, the odd-men-out-but-in, share something?
NewsScope for December 16, 2019
By Michael O’Reilly
Saturn-Pluto Promotes Tribalism
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in patriarchal Capricorn has morphed political groups into tribal organizations, more dependent on their charismatic leaders than their traditional ideals. No where is this more evident than in the Republican Party, which controls the U.S. Senate. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is strategizing with the White House about how to proceed with the impeachment trial, how to dismiss it as quickly as possible.
Another Saturn-Pluto affair unfolded last week when Saudi Arabia sold 1.5% of its stake in Saudi Aramco for $26 billion. This makes the oil giant the world’s most profitable company with a value of $2 trillion – double the value of Apple. Public trading began last Wednesday (December 11, 2019; 10:00 am; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) when Venus joined the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and all three were sextile the Scorpio Midheaven.
Adding to the intrinsic wealth of this company is Jupiter trine Uranus in the Earth signs Capricorn and Taurus. A central motivation for Saudi Arabia going public with the state-owned oil was to generate enough cash to develop alternative forms of energy, including electric vehicles, and solar and wind power. The male-dominated kingdom expects world governments to generate tighter regulations on oil consumption due to climate change.
Aramco’s IPO solidifies Mohammed bin Salman’s control of the government, in spite of his alleged murdering of Jamal Khashoggi. MbS, as he’s called, has his natal horoscope (b. August 31, 1985) much enhanced by this IPO. His Saturn sits right on Aramco’s Midheaven, and his Jupiter in Aquarius is right on Aramco’s Ascendant. MbS’s long-range plan is working, and making believers out of his worst critics, including many family members.
The December 2020 Solar Eclipse
< The following is an excerpt from the January 2020 "The Age of Aquarius" feature article in Dell Horoscope magazine by Michael O’Reilly >
One of the most fascinating astrological indicators and predictors of epic changes are Solar Eclipses. When they align with a prominent natal placement, they can bring tremendous success, or the contrary, catastrophic collapse. Many astrologers anticipated Trump’s fall from power when the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse landed right on his Leo Ascendant. Others saw it as an empowerment. Predictions fell neatly along political biases.
Perhaps the best interpretation of that eclipse was that it highlighted his Leonine personality. The Ascendant is the projected personality, and with Mars right there alongside the Ascendant, Trump triumphed as the ultimate self-promoter. More conclusive is when a Solar Eclipse hits the Midheaven or a planet nearby in the 10th house. The best example of this is the June 19, 1974 Solar Eclipse at 28º Gemini. That’s the exact position of Nixon’s 10th house Pluto, and he resigned two months later.
Another clear illustration comes from the July 20, 1963 Solar Eclipse at 27º Cancer. This landed right on JFK’s Midheaven and Saturn, both located at 27º Cancer. He was assassinated four months later in Dallas. Forty years earlier, the Solar Eclipse on March 17, 1923 took place at 25º Pisces. President Warren Harding died of an apparent heart attack on August 2, 1923. This eclipse was squaring three progressed planets in his 10th house (Mercury, Mars, and Venus).
In 2020 we will have two Solar Eclipses. The first one takes place on the Summer Solstice (June 20) at 0º Cancer. The second one arrives on December 14 at 23º Sagittarius. The Summer Solstice eclipse unfavorably squares Biden’s 10th house Neptune but, perhaps more favorably, conjoins Elizabeth Warren’s Sun-Uranus conjunction. The December eclipse opposes Trump’s 10th house Gemini Sun, which is decidedly unfavorable.
In general, the tighter the orb, the more deeply felt the influence and the more immediate and obvious the manifestation. This December 14 Solar Eclipse takes place at 23º08’ Sagittarius, and Trump’s Sun is at 22º55’ Gemini, making an orb of only 0º13’. In addition, Trump’s progressed Uranus is at 21º Gemini where it opposes his Moon is at 21º Sagittarius. This polarity is only two degrees away from the Solar Eclipse.
As the above examples show, the full impact of such a Solar Eclipse influencing a 10th house planet may not unfold until several months after the eclipse. In some cases, the action takes place a few months before the eclipse, but this is not very common. Consider that transiting Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all trine Trump’s Midheaven during the 2020 campaign, which is very favorable for his re-election. This suggests his fall from power comes after the election, with perhaps the impeachment process reaching a definitive climax. But there are other possible interpretations.
One link to note is that these planets are all aligned with the U.S. Mars at 21º Gemini. The U.S. Mars is associated with military action, and if Trump feels that prosecutors are getting close, he could instigate a war with Iran or a border crisis with Mexico, or any number of distracting scenarios. He may have a health crisis or be assassinated. Of course this is all speculation, but the bottom line is that Trump’s days in office are coming to a close just before or, more likely, soon after this Solar Eclipse.
Ideally, he will lose the election and there will be a peaceful transition of power. However, the super-litigious Trump has repeatedly shown an inclination to take his disputes – whether manufactured or legitimate – to the courts. Mercury will be retrograde during the three weeks leading up Election Day, and this may very well muddy the election results. High-level shenanigans are to be expected.