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2017 NewsScopes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 25, 2017 - Trump Signs Tax Bill; January’s Top Five Astro-Events; Disney 
CEO Bob Iger

Recent NewsScopes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 4, 2018 - Mars Rx in Aquarius; SpaceX Becomes Profitable; Roseanne Barr’s 12th House Mars

June 11, 2018 - Saturn-Pluto Culture Wars; Ambas-sador Dennis Rodman; Spade and Bourdain

June 18, 2018 - Trump on the Offensive; July 12 Solar Eclipse; Cristiano Ronaldo, the best soccer player

June 25, 2018 - Immigration Crisis; China Imposes $50b Tariffs; Atul Gawande, Healing the Health System
re: Florence - I saw your piece on Florence, thought you might like to take a look at my analysis. I find that solar contacts from hurricane asteroids are quite common (Sun was also conjunct Florence), and of course Storm and Flood are always active at such time. And asteroid Carolina was with Jupiter at 18 Scorpio: 
alexasteroid-florence/
They really need to stop giving these things names with celestial correlations. :^)

A. Thanks Alex. That's a good insight about the Sun and the named asteroid.

re: Trump - I can’t wait for newsscope this week! Do you think Trump will end his presidency early? Resignation or impeachment? Or will he last the next election or worse, get re-elected? My hope is for the Dems to take control midterm, but I imagine the public hates him enough to vote in 2020 this time.

re: Ford – Did you look up Gerald Ford's chart to see what was going on with him the day he took office? His progressed Mars on Aug 9, 1974 was at 28°41' Gemini, so that's pretty close to the eclipse point. His progressed Moon was at 26°16' Aquarius conjunct the U.S. Moon.

re: Trump - I looked at Trump's horoscope for the 2018 November elections. It couldn't be much better. Expect the Republicans to do much better than Democrats are hoping for. I am neither Democrat or Republican and plan to vote for neither.

re: Trump - it now appears that the 12th house aspects you speak of now reflect not only the payoffs on his illicit love affairs but with his own criminal behavior in violating campaign finance laws in in hush money to Stormy Daniels and the other girl, whose name urrently escapes me. Hope more light is shed on Trump' s 12th house criminal Kremlin secrets. Would also like to see you do current interpretations on the natal chart of the Republican Party and it's future and/or hopeful demise.

re: Trump - Your analysis of Trump’s eclipse problems this week was utterly prescient, as usual. Can’t wait for this upcoming Felony Friday for the solar side of this evolving story!

re: Trump - So do you think then the possibility of Trump’s impeachment is becoming more plausible with the eclipse? He seems to be spiraling into self destruct mode, not even his minders can keep up with him. I’m delighted. I’d love to see him impeached and indicted.

A. Impeachment likely won't happen unless the Democrats win big in Nov. Otherwise, the GOP-controlled Senate won't go along with that.... But it's looking more and more like Putin has something over Trump.

re: NewsScope - I have been reading your NewsScope column for several years. I very much enjoy reading about world events and leaders. I am also an astrologer, have done a few professional readings, but it was not for me. I have a blog, which I loved writing, however needed to focus on paying bills.
        I noticed you are migrating to Facebook, and some of your readers prefer a website. I don’t know much about Homestead, but it does not seem to the best solution for your work anymore.   

re: Solar Eclipse - Is there significance to Part of Fortune conjunct Ascendant (exact to the minute) and quincunx the North Node? 

A. The Part of Fortune is always conjunct the Ascendant during the New Moon or Solar Eclipse. And the Lunar Node axis is generally within a few degrees of the Ascendant, but it can be the North or South Node. By definition, the Lunar Nodes are where the Moon’s path crosses the ecliptic, so eclipses happen when the New or Full Moon is close to the Lunar Node axis.

re: Facebook - about "Putting NewsScope on FB might be a good alternative to using this homestead provider, since it takes so long to update pages." I'm not entirely sure what this means, but if it means that your column would no longer appear on Neptune Cafe, I'd beg you to not do this. I enjoy your column every week, ever since I found the site through Richard Nolle's site, but I am not on Facebook and never will be. Please don't make it so those of us that don't participate in a particular forum, however popular it might be, can't access your wonderful analyses.

A. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the migration of NewsScope to Facebook. For the time being, it will be both here and there. At this site, the pages take several hours every week to update, while on FB, it’s a straightforward copy and paste. The lead NewsScope piece is going up on FB on Sundays.

re: SA-PL - It's discouraging to think that US politics are going to keep getting worse until at least January 2020 with the exact Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Is there a way to dodge the bullet? Increase compassion? Any remedy?

A. As I’ve been suggesting, the placement of Ceres and Eris within the SA-PL configuration is a major clue, and refers to the empowerment of women. We’ve seen this already with the #MeToo movement, and the increasing number of women getting elected to Congress and other political and corporate offices.

re: Rodman - I have long touted Dennis Rodman as the mediator between the US and Korea, so thank you for your article about him being the unofficial ambassador. Deep down I think he was probably the real reason this summit happened, as he has been planting and sowing the seeds for nearly five years, as you pointed out. 

Re: FB - I respectfully suggest Newscope not appear on Facebook, which is a proven privacy violator, and instead use a good alternative: 8 Best Facebook Alternatives With Focus On Privacy For 2018 - While most of us knew about Facebook's relentless data collection practices, Cambridge Analytica revelation has forced many of us to raise questions and look for Facebook alternatives.

A. I’ve been on Facebook for years and haven’t had any problems with privacy issues. Putting NewsScope on FB might be a good alternative to using this homestead provider, since it takes so long to update pages. There are vibrant astrology groups there, and unlike this page, it's mobile friendly.

Re: Trump – Hey, t pluto square US p mars @ 17:54 Libra for final time. I've mentioned before that I noticed this aspect first in spring of 2016 just as Trump was getting traction in the primaries and then again almost exact when he was sworn in. Again, during the Nov. 2018 election, Pluto is @19:10 Libra, hardly one degree past exact. I want to hope it means that the current gangster element in politics is over. Can you 'make my day'?

A. Good story idea, thanks... 

re: Meghan - Duchess of Sussex .. About her Part of Fortune. Your article uses the Part of Fortune using the day chart formula, hence 17 ish deg Virgo. But her natal chart is nocturnal, Sun is below horizon...My software therefore gives her PoF as 1Ge 23" ? I thought it was standard practice to use the PoF formula based on whether the chart is day/night .

A. Yes, I always use the daytime formula. I've written an extensive article (published in Dell Horoscope magazine) explaining why this is the way to go. It’s an analysis of ten presidents and how the Part of Fortune is a key indicator in their elections and general good or bad fortunes.
     SolarFire used to have the default Part of Fortune set to the daylight formula, but after Rob Hand’s research into ancient astrology (which I don’t agree with), the SF default was switched to day and night time formulas. You have the option of making the default the daytime formula for all birth times. 
     This is further explained in my article on Joan Quigley and the Part of Fortune. It was also published in Dell Horoscope magazine and re-posted on my website here.
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July 2, 2018 - Mexico has a new President; July’s Top Five; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Upset Victory.

July 9, 2018 - The Trump-Putin Summit; Jefferson and Adams Validate the U.S. Horoscope; Mr. Rogers.

July 16, 2018 - Louise Hay, th Queen of the New Age, how thoughts become reality with Mercury-Chiron.

July 23, 2018 - The Lunar Eclipse as Mercury Rx; Roe v. Wade Re-Visited; Maria Butina, the Kremlin link

July 30, 2018 - Astro-Event #6: the Uranus Station; August’s Top Five Astro-Events; Tech Takes a Dive

Aug. 06, 2018 - Neptune Conjoining the U.S. Prog. Sun; Hemingway’s Over-Active Mars.

Aug. 13, 2018 - Trump Declares Economic War on Turkey; Women Politicians Trending Up; Omarosa 

Aug. 20, 2018 - Mercury in Trump’s 12th House; The Trump Taj Mahal; Brennan: “Trump is Drunk on Power”

Aug. 27, 2018 - Trump’s Midheaven Eclipsed; Mike Pence, Waiting in the Wings; September’s Top Five

Sept. 03, 2018 - Election Day Astrology; SA-PL and Neo-Nazis on the Rise; 
Pope Francis Under Fire

Sept. 10, 2018 - Crazytown, USA; Canopy Growth, Weed Stocks Soaring; Jocelyn Bell Burnell recognized.

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.
re: Bush - In a published biography of GHWB, he actually had a long time affair with a widow --I believe the couple had been friends of both George and Barbara, and after the husband died 41 had a long ‘relationship’ with the widow. Barbara was aware of the affair, published in well regarded biography —name escapes me at the moment. The important point is that George and Barbara stayed together and supported each other until the end. Also, the biography implied that the relationship was well known but kept quiet in high Republican circles. 

re: Bush - Your birth time of 10:30am is INCORRECT for Bush, SR. Isaac Starkman, official rectifier for ASTRODATABANK using 52 events has rectified his time of birth to 11:31:18 AM, Ascendant 8Virgo30, with Mercury, ruler 1st and 10th conjunct his MH. There’s a reason why Starkman is Astrodatabank’s official rectifier. Please submit another article with the correct birth time.

A. I'm using the time and chart provided by ADB and Starkman is not mentioned at all in the source notes, although 11:38 am is mentioned as a possible time. See for yourself: astro- databank/Bush,George_H._W.

re: Mercury - Have you considered doing a NewScope article on Freddie Mercury and Rami Malek (the guy playing him in the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody)?

A. thanks for the suggestion.

re: NewsScope - Thank you for the terrific service you provide with your weekly columns. You make Monday mornings a time of anticipation! I’ve learned from Rachel Maddow that court documents can provide useful information for astrological work. In case you may write about the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, <snip>

A. Thanks for the data and positive feedback. I've already described this phase as likely to be violent, and generally prefer to not get into the details of a bloody mess. 

re: Elizabeth Warren - This week's issue has prompted my response about Elizabeth Warren. She is born the same month, day, and year as Meryl Streep a phenomenal, woman herself. About the tie-in to the USA Moon, which I agree works, would having an angle, especially the MC, at 25 Aquarius work?

A. That's a great question, but I haven't seen any evidence of that. However, it may be true. The problem is we don't have reliable birth data on the Presidents before WW2, so the sample size is small.

re: post-election - You seem pretty sure that the Democrats will re-take the House of Representatives on November 6. Can we count on that? Shall we brace ourselves for the backlash?

A. The astro-conditions post-election look dire indeed, from many angles. To mention a few: transiting Uranus in the last degree of Aries squaring the transiting Lunar Node axis; Mercury turns retrograde squaring Neptune; Robert Mueller's ready to report, perhaps subpoena Trump. 

​re: economy - Our current sky map shows very close connections between now and Oct 1987 when the markets crashed from Asia to America.

re: mailbomber -  He scrubbed his Facebook account which showed he was a Bernie supporter. He had a dozen or so arrests but repeatedly released and under the supervision of Broward County, Florida. The perfect patsy. The bombs were duds, intended to terrorize and most likely create sympathy for the addressees, hence a political act and attempt to sway the election.  
      Do you think we will see a decrease in these disruptive actions when transiting Neptune clears its conjunction with progressed US Sun

A. I'm sorry, but I don't buy your conspiracy theory on the mailbomber. Transiting Neptune conjoining the U.S. progressed Sun has more to do with the nation's disingenuous, scandal-plagued leadership (ie, Trump) than the media or any violent episode. 
​* For the full explanation of McConnell’s role, read The Daily Beast
NewsScope for December 31, 2018
By Michael Wolfstar

January’s Top Five Astro-Events

1. The Solar Eclipse on the 5th in Capricorn takes place just as Uranus is turning direct, marking a clear ending and new beginning on many levels. Those with natal planets at 15º Capricorn (+/-3º) or in the other cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra) will be most dramatically influenced. Look to begin a new professional role at work or in business, letting go of old patterns. Disruptions in family dynamics usher in a new generation of lifestyles, needs, and dreams. 

2. Saturn opposes the U.S. Sun on the 16th, bringing a major challenge to U.S. leadership. The Sun in the national chart represents not only the Commander in Chief, but any individual or entity in a leadership role. Saturn brings a governance problem, which has manifested as 17 major investigations into Trump, and the partial shutdown of the government itself. Also, Trump has an historic absence of appointees to key government departments and ambassadorships to other countries. 

3. Jupiter trioctiles Uranus on the 9th and squares Neptune on the 13th, demarcating an expansive, volatile influence from the 5th to 19th. In other words, Jupiter is activating the long-term octile between Uranus and Neptune, which blows up the extreme partisan politics that have divided the country since 2016 when the first Uranus-Neptune octile occurred. Expect major political confrontations, misinformation campaigns, and tremendous moral outrage. Advisedly, don’t act without knowing the truth. Early dreamers emerge for the 2020 election.
4. The Lunar Eclipse on the 21st takes place just after midnight in the nation’s capital, with the eclipsed Leo Moon right on the Midheaven where it squares Uranus in the 7th house. And with Mars squaring Saturn, expect extreme hardball actions in business and politics. Mueller (a Leo) may be forced out, or his conclusions air with dramatic implications. Leo women shine. The events taking place at this time resonate with the next presidential election, since the Sun in Aquarius here is in the same place as the epic Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of November 2020. 

5. The Sun octiles (45º) Venus on February 2, but this romantic, engaging influence can be felt from the 23rd through month’s end. It represents a soft counterpoint to the harsh celestial vibes coming before the 23rd. Over the next ten days or so, make amends to those you love and rely on, find common ground, and a shared vision. In business and politics, women take on more leadership responsibilities, especially those with recognized bridge-building skills. 
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader

A NewsScope reader raises a critical question: “A key player in this political drama is the GOP senate leader. What are his aspects?” Indeed, if Mueller’s investigation moves the Democratically-controlled House to impeach Trump, the issue then goes to the GOP-controlled Senate for approval. Senate Democrats need 20 Republican votes to convict, which they won’t get unless majority leader Mitch McConnell says so.*
Mitch McConnell was born with his Pisces Sun quincunx Pluto (February 20, 1942; Sheffield, AL; time unknown), a combination that enjoys the trappings of power. McConnell’s Pluto opposes Pallas, Venus, and Mercury in Aquarius, which attunes him to political machinations. He’s known for his vote-counting ability and for maintaining Republican dominance wherever possible. This polarity squares his Moon in Taurus, making a dynamic T-square and adding immense staying power.

The Taurus element is over-weighted with the triple conjunction of Mars, Saturn, and Uranus. These hardball planets increase his tenacity and willingness to fight for whatever issues he deems worthwhile. As often as not, they have to do with finances and the power of money to make things happen. Without these celestial anchors, McConnell’s Sun in Pisces and Sun quincunx Neptune makes the doubled message of giving him a vague, ambiguous moral compass. 
Over the next two years, McConnell’s Mars-Saturn conjunction at 21º-22º Taurus will be supported by a favorable trine from transiting Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. In itself, this set-up suggests McConnell will most likely continue to back Trump. However, transiting Uranus re-enters Taurus and will be activating his T-square, which certainly holds the possibility of a political earthquake. Here’s a chart to watch, since the fate of the nation is in his hands.
Joe Biden, the Leading Democratic Candidate

Although it’s still early, Democratic hopefuls are already gearing up to run for president in 2020. Recent polls put Joe Biden ahead of the pack, followed by Bernie Sanders. However, 36% of those polled believe that a political newcomer would have a better chance than these veterans. And three women candidates are preparing to run: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Biden’s horoscope (November 20, 1942; 8:30 am; Scranton, PA) is looking pretty good for a run, especially when comparing his chart to the U.S. Scorpio Rising chart. To make a solid impression on voters, a candidate must have a tight link to the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius. Without this connection, the candidate fails to resonate or properly address the voters’ basic needs. 

With Sagittarius Rising, Biden’s ruling planet is Jupiter, which is located at 25º Cancer where it makes a very close quincunx to the U.S. Moon. Symbolically, this can be seen as his family values and faith (Jupiter in Cancer) being close to what Americans as a whole believe in. And then Biden’s progressed Sun will be at 16º Aquarius when the race tightens up next year. This is right where the U.S. fourth house cusp is, the foundation of the national horoscope.
It’s the same place as Ronald Reagan’s Sun in Aquarius, and makes for a populist candidate. Also, progressed Mercury, the ruler of his Midheaven, turning direct is very favorable. The main problem is that transiting Saturn is heading into the “obscure sector” in his chart. It means his career is ending. Politicians on the rise have Saturn rising in their chart toward the Midheaven.