"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.
Feb. 2, 2015 - Greece's Alexis Tsipras; Shake Shack's debut; Katy Perry at the Super Bowl.
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 9, 2014
By Michael Wolfstar
Saturn in Sagittarius Mixes Religion and Politics
When authoritarian Saturn journeys through Sagittarius, the sign associated with the quest for spiritual truth, we often come across uncomfortable inconsistencies or absurdities. After all, Saturn is restrictive and disciplined, while Sagittarius is expansive and adventurous. A case in point was the vociferous backlash Obama received after he compared extreme Islam to extreme Christians at last Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast.
Obama’s offending words arrived when transiting Saturn was in his 10th house, where it naturally received wide media attention, along with the irate responses from fundamental Christians and the radical right. Natally, Obama has Chiron in Pisces opposite Pluto, with both squaring his Gemini Moon. This T-square identifies with the psychological wounds (Chiron in 1st) perpetrated by the dominant faction (Pluto in 7th), and speaks passionately about them from personal experience (Moon in 4th).
Transiting Saturn just opposed his Moon, and over the coming year, will continue to activate this mutable T-square. Saturn filling the T-square’s missing leg creates an existential dilemma, which is the inherent focus of the mutable signs. Most importantly, transiting Saturn squaring Pluto in his 7th house will certainly arouse the wrath of his political enemies, both domestically and internationally.
Generally, astrologers view the mutable signs as being flexible and willing to go with the flow. Yet Saturn and Pluto are intent on asserting their control and authority. Saturn in Sagittarius is expressly susceptible to hypocrisy, especially where organized religion is concerned. Religious leaders become intolerant of opposing views. True seekers find an internal understanding of what’s right and wrong without relying on the dictates of others. Then Saturn and Pluto represent a genuine sense of knowing that can be transformative.
Jill Stein and the Green New Deal
Last Friday, Jill Green announced she was launching an exploratory committee to seek the Green Party’s nomination for president of the United States. She was the Green Party’s nominee in 2012, and on the ballot in 36 states. Although she received only 469,628 votes (0.36% of the total), she is recognized as the most successful female presidential candidate in U.S. history … so far.
Stein was born with her Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Lilith all clustered together in Taurus (May 15, 1950; Chicago, IL; time unknown), a sign known to have a strong connection to the physical earth. Her main objective is to create a sustainable infrastructure based on clean renewable energy and regional food systems using sustainable organic agriculture. With her Taurus planets squaring Pluto, she has in mind a complete restructuring of the economy, calling it the Green New Deal.
Venus, the ruler of her Taurus planets, is in assertive Aries and forms close aspects to the four outer planets, giving her a keen interest in making her mark on the world. And then her Sun trine Mars makes her a courageous warrior for the causes she believes in. One way to see her political leanings is via her Pallas, the political asteroid, which forms a Grand Trine with the ultra-liberal combination of Jupiter trine Uranus.
With no natal or progressed planets aspecting the U.S. Moon, Stein has zero chance of getting elected. However, in 2016 her progressed Sun will be at 27º Cancer where it opposes the U.S. Pluto in Capricorn. From this alignment, we can see that she will be taking on the two-party power structure that attempts to keep her out of the political process. She was arrested three times during the 2012 campaign for bucking the system. We can only expect more political theater during her 2016 run.
Elvis Meets Nixon
The most requested photograph from the National Archives is the incongruous meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon, taken on December 21, 1970 in the Oval Office. The story* of how the meeting happened is the subject of a new comedy starring Kevin Spacey, but that film is just beginning production. An earlier version narrated by Dick Cavett is available on Youtube.
Elvis Presley was born with spontaneous, outgoing Sagittarius Rising (January 8, 1935; 4:35 am; Tupelo, MS), while Richard Nixon was born with analytical, uptight Virgo Rising (January 9, 1913; 9:35 pm; Whittier, CA). Their Ascendants square each other, which accounts for their contrasting external appearance. Yet they seem quite chummy, and underneath the outer shell, they have a lot in common. These two Capricorns are like two peas in a pod.
As Cavett describes, Elvis and Nixon led oddly parallel lives, with both rising and falling from grace in the same historic periods. The King and the President were both isolated from the public, yet both had deep mental fixations about their ability to influence the masses. Astrologically, this can be seen in their mutual Mercury-Pluto oppositions which are expanded by aspects to Jupiter.
Elvis initiated the meeting: transiting Uranus was conjunct his 10th house Mars, and he was restless, couldn’t sleep. When transiting Mercury in Capricorn squared transiting Uranus (and both aligned with the U.S. Sun), Elvis showed up at the White House at 6:30 am requesting a meeting with Nixon. Staffers said OK, and a private conference was set up. A few minutes after they met, Elvis and Nixon were heard singing “My Wild Irish Rose” together. Elvis’s Pisces Moon conjoins Nixon’s Venus in Pisces, and they had an instant rapport.