"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
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: the first NewsScope - Your obituary for Jeff Jawer mentioned starting the Weekly NewsScope in 1998. I dug around on my computer and found what I think is the very first NewsScope, from February 1997. It is attached. But it does seem that by January 1998 it had stabilized to its present form.
A. Maybe the first ones were in 1996 - I'm thinking August 1996 is when I started writing it for AOL's AstroNet. I do remember writing just one straight column for a while until I was informed that those who surf the net have short attention spans and three brief articles would be better than one long one. After AstroNet folded, it was syndicated to a few websites, including Astrogram and Astrologyzine, which has the earliest NewsScopes still posted on the net. They go back to December 1996. See http://www.astrologyzine.com
re: Jeff Jawer - I'm very sorry for the loss of your colleague, he will be missed by many. Jeff was the first professional astrologer I consulted, probably about 15 years ago, and his reading was very helpful at the time. I've been a regular StarIQ reader since then, and StarIQ is where I first read your articles.
re: Jeff Jawer - So sorry you and all of us have lost Jeff. The tribute in your column is a way to let so many people know he was here, gave a lot, and appears to be gone. Onward with appreciation
re: Jeff Jawer - Such a nice way of commemorating Jeff Jawer.
re: Jeff Jawer - I too (like so many readers) feel a deep gratitude for StarIQ.com. Your tribute to Jeff is lovely.
re: Brian Williams and Bob Simon - One unwillingly stepped out of the spotlight due to hubris ... while the other left the spotlight of life. Both of these television journalists had exceptional skills and experience. Why did it go so differently for them?
re: Brian Williams - Integrity goes a long way in the news business. It looks like transiting Pluto will oppose Williams' natal Mars over the next couple of years. Do you think he can recover from this self-inflicted crisis?
A. I doubt it. I'd be more confident of this if we had an exact birth time to work with.
re: Bobbi Christina Brown - it would be interesting to see the connections between Bobbi's chart, her mother Whitney Houston's chart, the date of Whitney's death and the recent biopic on Lifetime. What a sad, sad story for that little girl. Too much grown up emotions for her to handle.
re: royal family - I don't believe the Kate v Queen stuff either. I think they are very much on the same page as you say, but I do think Kate will be the most powerful royal when the queen goes. She is a very strong woman. Kate is busy breeding right now. Most likely scenario: Phil dies or is too ill to go on, Queen abdicates, Charles crowned. Queen's Mum lived to be more than 100.
re: royal family - This is so significant. Most of the people on the planet have only known one British ruler. Talk about a long-standing institution. Whew. I know that it's all a bunch of pomp and circumstance, but lordy do they know how to do THAT. I also think that in today's society we don't recognize the importance of this kind of ceremony. In any case, We could see two more in our lifetimes. Charles is no spring chicken. If he does get the throne, I could see him dying and passing it along to his son in my lifetime. It's possible....
re: Prince Charles - I know the royal succession comes down to a popularity contest but I am well aware of Charles very deep concerns for the planetary environment and his efforts to promote sustainable practices in agriculture and a general appreciation for Mother Earth. He is under-estimated by many who really don't know him very well.
1) T-Neptune at 8 Pisces squaring natal Uranus (USA chart) at 8 Gemini (communication, correspondence) made HC’s news conference at the UN a much bigger global story?
2) HC’s P2-Mars (in her 10th) opposing T-Neptune has now cast doubt that she may not be ready for prime time (waiting to respond over a week regarding lack of transparency)? Doesn't it highlighting her team as dysfunctional and not inspirational?
A. Yes, the Neptune influence is very clear in this email debacle. The Neptune transits to the U.S. chart being concurrent with events in HC's life are normal for national politicians. They wouldn't be on the national stage without close connections to the U.S. chart.
re: plagiarism - Did I ever tell you that a head honcho of our astrology association here in <deleted>, back about 4 or so years ago, when he was just coming here from <deleted>, wrote at length about some theme that I recognized as yours, with examples and all from your column… except that he turned the result around to fit his hypothesis -- and used all of that as his own material. Of course, I couldn't let that pass without bringing it up and, in the process, embarrassing him. Interestingly that I was then blackballed by "the good ol' guys" of the association. And presently, a bit of that kind of hypocrisy and nastiness is something I'm presently facing, having returned to <deleted> . After I had my say, I just decided to go off on my own.
A. Thank-you for sharing this. And for your courage.
Ceres and the environment - I had my doubts about the influence of dwarf planet Ceres. However, I had an incident on February 19, 2015 where transiting Uranus opposed my natal Neptune in my fourth house and transiting Ceres squared both planets. A falling tree knocked down an electrical transformer and spilled the insulating oil out of the transformer into my front yard. Neptune (oil) was afflicted by Uranus (electrical) and Ceres (environmental) and the local utility was concerned about possible toxins in the oil. Fortunately, a cleanup crew dug up the contaminated soil in part of my yard and restored power promptly. My limited experience would seem to verify the Ceres/environment connection!
re: transits to progressions - I notice that you often refer to transits to progressed planets. I’ve never really looked closely at these, and I wonder how powerful they are. Are they as significant as transits to the natal planets? Or more so?
A. Yes, they can be as significant as transits to natal planets or progressions to natal planets. This is especially true if the transits or progressions are hitting the progressed Sun, progressed angles, or the progressed ruling planet. Outer planet transits moving at relatively the same speed as the progressed moon while aspecting it can mean several months of a major life process unfolding. For example, the progressed Moon aligned with transiting Saturn can mean a lengthy bout of depression at its worst, but certainly a serious phase with deep thoughts. Outer planet transits to the progressed Sun is more about a change of identity.
NewsScope for March 30, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar
Andreas Lubitz, Unfit for Duty
If ever there was a case demonstrating the need to astrologically screen pilots or other professionals in potential terrorist targets, the tragedy of Germanwings Flight 9525 last Tuesday is it. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally locked the pilot out of the cabin and then switched the autopilot from cruise to a slow descent, ultimately crashing the jet and killing all 150 people onboard.
Lubitz was born with his Sagittarius Sun conjunct Saturn and Uranus (December 19, 1987; Montabaur, Germany; time unknown), an inherently conflicted combination dividing the psyche between traditional and radical social roles. Bradley Manning*, the WikiLeaks defendant, was in the news recently for winning his appeal to be referred to as a woman. Manning was born one day before Lubitz, and shares the same tendency for initially playing out acceptable behavior patterns (Saturn), but then letting the hidden wild side (Uranus) emerge in a shocking way.
The divided-personality theme is emphasized by the Sun’s opposition to Chiron in Gemini, which carries the message of a wounded psyche. What makes individuals born around this date so explosive, so vengeful, is the Mars-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio squaring Black Moon Lilith. This configuration is angular (dominant) in James Holmes’ horoscope* (b. December 13, 1987); he went on a shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater dressed as The Joker. His trial begins in April and will most certainly be in the news.
* See NewsScope profiles on each of the characters mentioned in this article to get a more in-depth look at the astrological dynamics:
Not everyone born in this exceptional time frame turns from a charming, well behaved citizen into an enraged homicidal maniac. Ronan Farrow* (b. December 19, 1987) is ostensibly the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, but is more likely the offspring of Mia and Frank Sinatra. Ronan has also been in the news recently because MSNBC cancelled his daytime show, but at least he shows his radical side with pride and grace.
For each of these individuals, the major transits and progressions are the same: transiting Saturn is conjunct progressed Mars, and transiting Jupiter is turning direct while activating the Mars-Pluto-Lilith configuration.
Amanda Knox, the U.S. Moon,
and King Richard III
A reader comments: “You were right about Amanda Knox. The Italian Court overturned her guilty verdict again, so she’s a free woman. There is also a lot of info coming out about the corrupt prosecutor in the case, who seemed to have wanted personal glory and recognition for a guilty verdict.” NewsScope last profiled Amanda Knox on February 3, 2014. The prosecutor’s malicious role was described in the main article on Amanda Knox.
Another reader asks, “How tight an aspect to the USA Moon should a presidential candidate have to be successful?” The tighter the better, of course, but in my experience, ½ degree is near the maximum. Hillary’s natal Uranus at 25º55’ Gemini is at that outer limit. Ted Cruz’s Jupiter at 25º41’ Scorpio gives him an opening. Marco Rubio has zero planets aspecting the U.S. Moon at 25º28’ Aquarius.
“I have never considered that the progressions and transits in one's chart may have significance after death -- until now, with all the attention being given to King Richard III,” writes one reader. “What planetary activations happening in his personal chart led to the discovery of his body, the restoration of his reputation, and the heightened interest in his recent re-internment?”
Richard III’s chart features a Sun-Saturn conjunction in Libra opposite Mars (October 2, 1452; 9:02 am; Fothernghay Castle, England), a highly confrontational set-up that accounts for his nasty reputation. His skeletal remains were discovered on February 4, 2013 when a Mars-Neptune conjunction transited over his 4th house cusp, the point of death and re-birth. He was re-buried last week as the transiting Uranus-Pluto square aspected his Scorpio Ascendant. His reputation as a scoundrel may indeed be rewritten when transiting Uranus and Pluto advance to regenerate his Libra Sun.
Bas Lansdorp’s Mars One
On May 31, 2012, a non-profit Dutch company announced its intention to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023, an ambitious program that has received widespread support as well as criticism. The brainchild and financial backer for the “Mars One” program is Bas Lansdorp, who sold his shares in the wind power company he founded in 2011 to get the ball rolling.
Bas Lansdorp was born with his Pisces Sun square Neptune (March 5, 1977; Amsterdam, Netherlands; time unknown), giving him the visionary, dreamer quality necessary to imagine a Mars colonization mission. The downside of this Pisces-Neptune message is the practical side: a number of scientists have pointed out the inherent technological and social challenges to his plan.
Nevertheless, the list of over 200,000 volunteers for the one-way trip to Mars was just whittled down to 50 men and 50 women. Lansdorp’s Sun is supported by a trine to Uranus, given laser-like focus by the quincunx to Pluto, and realistic managerial skills by the quincunx to Saturn in Leo. In other words, Lansdorp’s Pisces Sun aspects each of the outer planets, which connects his personal ego to the evolutionary needs of the collective.
Lansdorp’s Mars in Aquarius emphasizes the “team player” traits necessary to get Mars One actualized. His natal Mars also aspects each of the outer planets, and he has elegantly expressed this Inner Warrior’s transcendent goal: “It will create a new generation of heroes – the first explorers to go to Mars will step straight into the history books.” His Mars opposes Saturn, which presents numerous obstacles to the mission. NBA star Michael Jordan has this same Mars-Saturn opposition, an aspect that pushes one to achieve insurmountable, spectacular feats. We can call Bas Lansdorp the Michael Jordan of space travel. But Mars One is no slam dunk.