"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!"
Recent NewsScope Articles
Jan. 6, 2014 - Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio; Colorado legalizes marijuana; Sean Penn's love life.
Jan. 13, 2014 - Jeff Bezos and Chiron-Pluto; is Chris Christie a bully? West Virginia's eco-disaster
July 21, 2014 - Global hotspots heat up, is Malaysian Airlines cursed? the Planet of the Apes.
July 28, 2014 - Three air disasters is a coincidence? August's top five; is Charlize Theron engaged?
Aug 4, 2014 - Obama's 2014 solar return; Israel's Pluto; Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gets married.
Aug 11, 2014 - Mars activates Solar Eclipse; Russia's empire memory; Diamond Dallas Page Yoga.
Aug. 18, 2014 - Missouri militarizes police, Robin Williams and Lilith; Rachael Price, jazz vocalist.
Aug 25, 2014 - The Saturn-Uranus dilemma; Sept.'s top five; Piper Kerman's "Orange is the New Black".
Sept. 1, 2014 - NATO awakens, Angela Merkel at the frontiline, Jack Ma's Alibaba is coming.
Sept. 8, 2014 - Virginia's Bob McDonnell; Joan Rivers; Brangelina's wedding, good timing?
Sept. 15, 2014 - Chiron, how much weight? Nasdaq's top ten gainers; Teddy Roosevelt on PBS.
Sept. 22, 2014 - Alibaba, the biggest IPO ever; October's top five astro-events; FDR's blessing.
Sept. 29, 2014 - Neptune trines U.S. Ascendant; Eleanor Roosevelt; Derek Jeter, a class act.
re: Cuba - As of this week, we are revisiting our Cuban relationship with the USA. Do you believe this is tied to the Eclipse in the 60’s coming full circle (54 year eclipse cycle)? Does this also tie into the current T-Pluto opposition to the US-N-Sun – (bypassing Congress)?
A. I don't know about the eclipses, could be... But it's certainly related to transiting Pluto opposite the U.S. Sun. Obama's historic arrangement was expressed as an Executive Order. It remains up to Congress to lift the economic embargo that's been in place since the early 1960s.
re: Paul Revere - Thank you for your Paul Revere story in the 12/15 NewsScope. I have always wished I was there on 4/18/75, hey, maybe I was. Interesting, the 3/20/15 and 9/27/15 eclipses fall on his Mars and Moon, will keep watch on the news then.
re: Emancipation Proclamation - This week's Neptune Cafe is outstanding. Thank you for looking at the big picture for the rest of us. Having a way to understand and hold the intensity of the world is so valuable.
re: Emancipation Proclamation - I agree that race is the prime issue going on here however it's the issue of race plus police enforcement which is the main focus. Without analyzing that, you're still not getting to the heart of the problem. It seems to me that the role of the state police departments around America have been quite different from that of western European countries.
A. Yes, you're correct, the police have become militarized due to mega-funding of Homeland Security. I did allude to that in the first paragraph of the third article, but it could surely use a more in depth discussion as Pluto in Capricorn opposes the U.S. Sun.
re: Emancipation Proclamation - What I have learned about Black Moon Lilith is that it mainly has to do with a drive for freedom and human dignity. When I look at the EP chart for the date of Obama's election, I see that transiting Pluto exactly opposed the EP Black Moon Lilith. When I look at the current progressed EP chart, I see that progressed BML opposes the EP Mercury, which creates a dialog about how to treat black people.
If you look at Martin Luther King's natal chart, he has Jupiter sesquiquadrate (135d) to Black Moon (orb 0d 09m). The interpretation for anyone with this aspect is:
"You can be creative, versatile, brilliant, and prolific. You could excel at anything that requires a high level of mental functioning. You are probably more analytical and perceptive than are your peers. You like to keep changing, trying to do new things. Depending on your field, your ideas can be seen as radical or revolutionary. You function better as an individual than you do as part of a team, although you can be well complemented by more practical or business-oriented partners. You can be an inspiration or influential teacher to the younger generation."
A. This letter is from astrologer John Halloran. Visit his website at www.halloran.com to find out more about Lilith in aspect to the planets. Yes, Lilith is all over the EP chart.
Regulus - In November's astro-event #5 you said that around November 22 there would be news about celebrities and royalty because Lilith was conjuncting the royal asteroid Regulus. I notice that Marilyn Monroe has her natal Lilith at 29 Leo and she has been in the news lately because of her letters being auctioned. So it was spot on in regards to Marilyn who is American royalty. And the news came out that William and Kate are heading to New York soon.
re: Bill Cosby - I would also add that transiting Saturn in Scorpio has passed over his Mars in Scorpio in the 7th and now transiting the 8th house has also brought all those 8th house hidden sexual/rape/criminal activities to light in a big KARMIC way.... I’ll leave black moon Lilith out of the equation because my ex-husband has Venus in Gemini, and I know just how much men with this placement think that the grass (the girl) is greener on the other side because they can’t make up their mind who they love or why until they’ve lost it! FICKLE FICKLE FICKLE! And remember what they say in Astrology: SATURN is KARMA.
re: Jessica Alba - She is most impressive. You didn't say anything about Ceres in her chart. I wonder if it's also relevant.
A. Ceres trines Uranus, which is angular and near the 4th house cusp. She's revolutionizing home life, with special attention to baby products.
re: Scott Walker - When doing Scott Walkers chart wouldn't you do a relocation chart from Colorado to Wisconsin instead?
A. It's certainly possible to look at a politician's chart relocated to his current residence, but that depends on having an accurate birth time. For Scott Walker, his birth time is unknown, so we don't know his Ascendant or Midheaven, and relocating the chart won't change that unknown.
re: Princess Charlotte - She has an interesting chart...I wonder, could this little one become a Legal Eagle or Judge one day!?! ;)
A. Yes, the strong, elevated Pluto and Libra planets do indicate that as a real possibility.
re: Stephen Collins - As an astrologer I have been watching the alleged fall from grace of actor Stephen Collins (10/1/1947). Is this something (child molestation) in his chart or is this part of the drama from his current divorce with wife Faye Grant (7/16/1957)? He's a fine actor and I'm sad to see this surface. Will this get resolved or change his reputation/life forever?
re: NCAA upsets - Should I just attribute all the NCAA football upsets on Saturday to Mercury turning retrograde? I don't remember ever seeing so many upsets happening together on one weekend like that. There must have been some general cosmic influence. Do you have a theory about that?
A. Ideally, one would check the NCAA chart, but the Lunar Eclipse aligned with the U.S. Sun-squ-Saturn which in itself can mean an upset of the status quo. Notice the simultaneous major upsets (extreme volatility) in the stock market as well.
Oct. 6, 2014 - U.S. security breaches; Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution; Princess Charlotte.
Oct. 13, 2014 - Ebola and Lilith; What happened to Kim Jong Un? Juno, Clooney and marriage.
Oct. 20, 2014 - Saturn urges Obama forward; the stock markets' wild gyrations; James Risen.
Oct. 27, 2014 - Barbara Boxer and global warming; Nov.'s top five astro-events; Gigamon surprises.
Nov. 3, 2014 - Tim Cook's historic declaration; remembering Joan Quigley; Renee Zellwegger.
Nov. 10, 2014 - Lamar Smith on the political frontline; re-thinking Lilith; DWTS Janel Parrish.
Nov. 17, 2014 - Neptune's station; Obama's executive action; Jessica Alba, CEO of The Honest Co.
Nov. 24, 2014 - Hillary Clinton's Ceres and the 2016 campaign; December's top five; Bill Cosby scandal.
Dec. 1, 2014 - National candidates and the U.S. Moon; Firestone's deal with Liberia; The Force Awakens
Dec. 8, 2014 - American angst over race, police tactics, tracked using the Emancipation Proclamation
Dec. 15, 2014 - Oil patch implosion! Amy Pascal targeted by hackers; Paul Revere returns.
Dec. 22, 2014 - Cuba awakens! Jeb Bush explores a run; Mehmet Oz's alternative medicine.
Dec. 29, 2014 - Jeb Bush and Saturn; January's top five astro-events; Alexander Gerst's Blue Dot Mission.
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.
re: Alexis Tsipras - if Tsipras has natal Mercury-Saturn in the 2nd house, he's stuck with that sense of a financial burden for the rest if his life, isn't he?
A. It's being hit by transiting Uranus and Pluto, so a major concern now. The natal potential is apparent in every planet, but it manifests when progressions or transits come by. I didn't mention it, but Tsipras was born four days after Greece became a nation, so he in particular personifies today's Greece.
re: Klay Thompson - Thanks for your excellent analysis of Klay's excellent performance.
re: gay marriage - I think the Supreme Court will approve/support gay marriage across the nation, mainly because the North Node at 13 Libra Rx is conjunct the U.S. Saturn 14 Libra. I have noticed that Libra has played heavily in this issue.
re: US election - Though I've relocated for a bit over a year now to the other side of "the pond," the upcoming US presidential election continues to intrigue me, especially, as you've described transiting Saturn's placement in present contenders' charts! In this day and age, US leadership change is such an important barometer to the statues of EU. Thanks for your column that I follow religiously every Monday morning!
re: France - You said that the full moon would activate the Uranus Pluto square. I would guess that Uranus, discovered in 1781, represents Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, the national motto of France.
re: NewsScope - I am mailing you a $25 check for keeping me on your early NewsScope email list. You have me guessing about what events or people you will cover each week. For an amateur astrologer like me, it is educational indeed.
re: France - I haven't seen the cartoons but I am stuck and glad you called them distasteful and offensive. Not to mention this just isn't the right time to make fun of anyone's religion. Some of my closest friends are Muslims. But of course the fanatics are just creating more hate making things harder for Muslims. What a situation.
re: Hillary - Ultimately, don't you think that the Neptune influences softening that Mars-Pluto might actually help her? She can be scary....
A. Perhaps so. But the Neptune influences do lend some credibility to the tabloid stories about her excess drinking and that she may need a rehab program.
re: Angelique Kidjo - A prospective time of 5:27 AM puts her Moon-Lilith square right on the MC/Asc! Moon in Aries conjunct the Midheaven certainly describes her. Just a thought.
re: U.S. Plutocracy - I really enjoyed your article on the Uranus-Pluto Square and its effects on the US and globally. What interests me now is Saturn’s entrance into Sagittarius and the harsh aspects it will be making; first with the US Uranus in Gemini, Part of Fortune, and Mars in Gemini -- all in the 8th house of debt and other people’s money. Will we see a stock market crash and another Recession fall upon the economically beaten down masses? It almost seems inevitable that the Bankster and the Oligarchy may soon take a BIG HIT in their Wall Street wallets with US taxpayers again bailing them out since Frank/Dodd continues to be gutted by Congress and a Dino President.
re: Comet Lovejoy - I heard on the news the other night that we might be able to see a comet named "lovejoy" this week. They said it won't come around for another 8,000 years. Since you've said that the first week of January will have some dramatic events, I wonder if anything about the timing of this comet is perhaps part of the mix...
A. The ancient Romans saw comets as auspicious omens according to the constellation they appeared in and the constellation where they will exit. Other than that, I don't know how to interpret them. But "Lovejoy" seems favorable!
NewsScope for February 2, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar
The Political Arrival of Alexis Tsipras
Der Speigel describes Alexis Tsipras’s stunning election in Greece as “the most extreme manifestation of the growing resistance in large parts of Europe to the German chancellor’s austerity drive.” The political arrival of Tsipras could mean the exit of Greece from the Eurozone, or the awakening of movements in Spain, Ireland and Portugal which have also gone through tough cost-cutting measures.
Alexis Tsipras was born with his Leo Sun opposite Black Moon Lilith (July 28, 1974; 1:30 am*; Athens, Greece), a planetary signature which naturally characterizes Greece’s new Prime Minister as the leader of the opposition party. While vying for the top position within Greece, he was the leader of the Radical Left Party (SYRIZA). Now that he is the leader of Greece, his opponent is Angela Merkel.
Gemini Rising seems logical for this resistance leader since Mercury, his ruling planet, is located at 15º Cancer. Transiting Uranus and Pluto are heading into hard aspects with his Mercury over the next two months as he negotiates Greece’s debt load with the Merkel-dominated Eurozone. Natally, Tsipras’s Mercury conjoins Saturn in the 2nd house of money, which symbolizes the financial responsibility and burden that he feels, and from which he wants to be liberated.
The Greek bail-out program ends on February 28, by which time Tsipras and Merkel will have to come to some understanding. Tsipras’s Leo Sun also sextiles Pluto in Libra and trines Neptune in Sagittarius, indicating he may find the middle ground. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is currently in a long-term trine to his Sun, giving him a strong hand to play in the negotiations. What remains to be seen is whether he uses this political capital to engineer a compromise, or he leverages it to enlist open rebellion from anti-austerity sympathizers within Europe.
Tsipras’s 1:30 am birth is the midpoint between an approximate birth time stated as “between 1 and 2 am”, according to AstroDataBank. 1:00 am gives a 3º Gemini Ascendant, 2:00 am gives 19º Gemini. Both put Mercury in the 2nd house.
As fast-food giant McDonald’s scrambles to appeal to millennials’ tastes, a new burger business shows how it’s done. Shake Shack issued its IPO last Friday and soared past its asking price of $19/share, settling at $46. Like the rapidly growing Chipotle, Shake Shack is in the fast casual dining genre and uses antibiotic-free meats and fresh produce, which appeals to today’s health-conscious consumer.
Shake Shack (SHAK) first traded when the Sun in innovative Aquarius was sextile Uranus (January 30, 2015; 10:11 am; New York, NY), an inventive combination that enjoys experimenting. Pluto at the Midheaven conjoins Ceres in Capricorn, which readily translates as the food business. Pluto closely sextiles Mars, the ruler of the chart, giving SHAK every chance of becoming a success story.
Pluto is squared by Uranus, which for a trendsetter can actually be a good thing. But it needs to keep at the forefront to keep in sync with this planetary signature. McDonald’s first trade on April 21, 1965 took place when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct, and during its day, it had the hottest business model around. SHAK is seen as small and clean with a cultish following. It has to grow slowly to maintain that image.
That could be problematic since its phenomenal debut makes the company worth some $1.67 billion. That’s 279 times last year’s profit, making it vastly overvalued unless it grows fast and sells a lot more hamburgers. Note that Mercury is retrograde and, along with the Sun, opposes expansive, overly optimistic Jupiter. One can expect a volatile share price over the coming two years as the progressed Midheaven squares Uranus and then conjoins Pluto. Still, the lesson in this debut is that healthy natural food is in, and unhealthy fast food is out.
Katy Perry at the Super Bowl
The Millennials, formerly known as “Generation Y”, can loosely be defined as those born with Pluto in Scorpio (between November 1983 and January 1995). Katy Perry, who headlined the Super Bowl’s halftime show, is a distinct representative of the Millennials since she was born with her Scorpio Sun conjunct Pluto (October 25, 1984; 6:59 am; Santa Barbara, CA).
Like many Millennials, Katy has a series of tattoos, albeit small ones in discreet locations. The oldest tattoo is “Jesus” written on her left wrist when she was 18. Both her parents are evangelical ministers, and she wanted a permanent reminder of her religious upbringing. An exact Moon-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio describes the strict worldview associated with her “re-born” parents, especially since the Moon rules her 9th house of religion.
Along with having a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio goes the periodic process of re-defining her identity. With Libra Rising, Venus becomes the ruler of her chart. Venus in free-spirited Sagittarius conjoins Uranus, which eventually led to an unrestrained sexual awakening and a break from her roots. The Pluto in Scorpio generation is known for their unusual tolerance of alternative lifestyles, and for Katy, her break-out hit was “I kissed a girl.”
The pop stars’ progressed Venus and Jupiter are now conjunct at 13º Capricorn, bringing her tremendous success with her Prismatic World Tour and the Super Bowl gig. The progressed Venus-Jupiter conjunction corresponds to her immense popularity, prosperity, and fame -- and sexual notoriety, since it’s conjunct Mars. Transiting Pluto was precisely conjunct natal Mars on Super Bowl Sunday when she gave the performance of her lifetime. What else could the astrologer expect during this spectacular four-planet alignment?