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Recent NewsScope Articles

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.

Feb. 9, 2015 - Saturn in Sagittarius, Jill Stein's Green New Deal; Elvis meets Nixon.

Feb 16, 2015 - Jeff Jawer, astro-luminary; journalists in transition; Jeff and Scorpio Rising US chart.

Feb. 23, 2015 - Uranus enters the US sixth; Neonicotinoids and bees; Dr. Seuss is back!

March 2, 2015 - The Boris Nemtsov papers; March's top 5; David Tredinnick, the MP favoring astrology.

March 9, 2015 - Ceres into view, AAPL and solar energy; Chai Jing's "Under the Dome" goes viral.

March 16, 2015 - Britain's royal family under the Eclipse; Kate and William; Charles' progressed MC.

March 23, 2015 - Nuclear deal with Iran? April's top 5 astro-events; Krissi Brown remains in a coma.

March 30, 2015 - Andreas Lubitz, unfit for duty; Q&A - Richard III; Bas Lansdorp's Mars One mission.

April 6, 2015 - Obama and the Iran; NJ Senator Menendez indicted; Mad Men's Matthew Weiner.

April 13, 2015 - Hillary makes it official; Bill  progressed Venus; Chelsea's prog Mars.

April 20, 2015 - Marco Rubio declares; Hillary and the Inequality bubble; Floyd Mayweather Fight.

April 27, 2015 - "Clinton Cash" and Clinton fatigue; Petrobras scandal; Bruce Jenner is a woman.

May 4, 2015 - Baltimore, a tale of two cities; May's top five astro-events; Marilyn Mosby's meteoric rise.

May 11, 2015 - Scottish independence; Ceres and the food revolution; the Hanneke Wrome.

May 18, 2015 - Rand Paul steps forward; re-thinking the U.S. Moon; Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
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Reader feedback
re: Iran - What are the chances that the negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program will be successfully completed in June? Do the stars favor such an agreement between these two nations? The follow up question is what are the chances if the agreement getting through the Congress? I realized that any answer that you give is highly speculative, but I was just wondering if astrology was leaning towards a more favorable outcome to such an agreement or against it? 

A. First, astrology is not a homogenous whole that favors one outcome or another. Astrology is made up of many individual astrologers who often have diametrically opposing views.Now in my opinion, this deal will go forward. Using the Scorpio Rising horoscope, transiting Uranus is exactly trine the Midheaven while transiting Neptune is exactly trine the Ascendant. If you ask those who favor a different chart for the U.S. you won't find these angular hits, and then you might get a totally different forecast.

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.

re: Hillary - According to your post last May, Hillary's Double Whammy, is it possible that:
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.
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re: Baltimore data - I've been researching the relevant dates for Baltimore, MD to see what shows for the current riots and those of 1968. My first date find was July 30, 1729 which was on 2 commercial-type city information websites. I deferred to the date on the government website since I thought the govt. website had more credibility and the astrology hits seemed better. Thanks for your website. I'm a big fan!

A. In 1752 the U.K and its colonies (including the U.S.) switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. This meant adding eleven days to the date. So July 30, 1729 was the recorded date using the Julian calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, that's equivalent to August 10, 1729. Here's a website to get more info: calendar switch

re: Bernie Sanders - I enjoy your Web site Neptune Café, and thank you for that great piece that you did on the successful likelihood of an Iran - US Nuclear power agreement. I wondered if you would like to do a review of Senator Bernie Sanders horoscope? Although his chances of winning are very small, he is reminiscent of Eugene McCarthy of the 1960's. Whatever anyone thinks of Senator Sanders, no one doubts his authenticity, and that is a rare commodity in politics and therefore interesting.

re: Paul Rand -  I'm a bit surprised at myself to find Paul Rand of interest. Particularly like that he even mentions the need for a reform of the criminal justice system and the drug legislation because of how it has persecuted so many African-American and Hispanic males…and since the Benghazi episode, have simply lost trust in Hillary Clinton. Wondered if Rand had close connections to the US chart. Thanks!

re: Rubio - Your analysis of Senator Rubio certainly seems spot on. It's in tune with what I think I've been seeing---amazing. And I just wondered out loud the other day whether they'd run him for Vice President. (No less annoying for some of us.) I'm still confronted by people near to me, or not, who don't know anything about astrology, but love to dismiss it altogether. But I always find it interesting...

re: Paul Rand - What I’d really like to know is what you see for Rand Paul, whose Sun is being transsited by Pluto through the campaign. He’s likely a long shot, but that Puto-Sun contact got me wondering about his potential. He probably doesn’t have close enough contact with the US Moon though, unless you count the 23Leo Mars.  

re: the Royals - Taking a minute to let you know how much I appreciate your columns that give us insight into constellations of people. Looking at several members of Britain's royal family, and then looking at the constellation of Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea Clinton—so often identified as an American Royal Family, affords us perspective on the multi-faceted dynamics of an influential collective. It makes for a more in-depth column that I find innovative in the arena of public astrology.
NewsScope for May 25, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar

Ireland Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Last week Ireland became the first nation to popularly approve same-sex marriage, placing it at the vanguard of global social change. By a 2-1 margin, the Irish people set aside objections from the Roman Catholic Church and gave the gay rights movement a major victory. A government minister noted that the legalization of same-sex marriage “marks the true separation of church and state.”
Ireland’s official separation from Great Britain on April 18, 1949 (12:00 am; Dublin) establishes its national horoscope. The religious sign of Sagittarius is rising, but the chart’s ruling planet, Jupiter, is placed in the equal rights sign of Aquarius. Saturn is in the last degree of imperial Leo, and is located in the 9th house of religion. Saturn here forms a quincunx to Jupiter, which suggests the innate tension between religious authority (Saturn in 9th) and Ireland’s egalitarian values (Jupiter in 2nd). 

Homosexual acts were illegal in Ireland until they were decriminalized on June 24, 1993. The leading indicators at the time of this historic legislation were all lined up with natal Saturn. Transiting Saturn and the progressed Part of Fortune were both opposite natal Saturn while transiting Mars was conjunct natal Saturn. Clearly, the shift highlighted a resounding difference of opinion with the dominant Catholic authorities.
Similarly, in last week’s vote transiting Saturn in Sagittarius was squaring natal Saturn, while transiting Pluto was forming a trioctile (135º). Juno, the asteroid associated with marriage and partnership, is located on the Descendant and opposed to Chiron on the Ascendant. Juno here can be seen as denoting the wounded feelings of being branded as unfit for marriage, until now. By secondary progression, Juno is exactly squaring natal Neptune, which describes the Irish people’s sense of compassion and tolerance for the gay community. 
June’s Top Five Astro-Events

1. The Sun and Venus are octile (45º) on the 16th, but are traveling at nearly the same speed, creating a highly romantic vibe all month. After Venus enters Leo on the 5th, outings geared toward an appreciation of the arts are favored. Traveling or vacationing with a loved one is also celestially supported, as are all creative projects, especially writing or any art form that has a provocative or poignant message.

2. Mercury turns direct on the 11th while octile Uranus, bringing a phase of rapid developments from the 6th to 16th. This combination leads to impatience, scattered thinking, and wild ideas that are aggressively expressed. Many people will be broadcasting unfounded opinions and claim them as facts. Expect a wide range of political ideas and accusations to be surfacing. Major traffic accidents are likely.

3. The Sun conjoins Mars on the 14th, an exceptionally aggressive, action-oriented combination that is most influential from the 1st through 17th. The most likely manifestation of this powerful conjunction is through communication channels, which may take the form of debates, arguments, long-winded speeches, and hard-hitting or outrageously opinionated articles. The most dangerous phase occurs from the 10th through 14th when accidents and criminal or terrorist activity peak. Expect political candidates to be on the offensive.
4. The Summer Solstice on June 20th (12:38 pm EDT) features the Sun in Cancer conjunct Mars, and takes place at the same time as an exact Saturn-Pluto octile. This nationalistic, conservative combination signifies major consolidations of power unfolding at a variety of socio-economic-political levels. Watch for mega-deals in the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries over the coming three months, as well as actual and proposed reforms in American institutions.

5. Jupiter trines Uranus on the 22nd, a very favorable combination in effect from the 15th through 30th that brings sudden progress, technological breakthroughs, spontaneous insights, surges in creativity, and a turn toward optimism. The concurrent Saturn-Pluto octile indicates sharp polarities of opinion, especially in Supreme Court decisions. Venus conjoins Jupiter from the 27th to 30th, bringing financial gain, peace agreements, and luxurious social events.
Will American Pharoah Win the Triple Crown?

After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the phenomenal thoroughbred American Pharoah is the odds-on favorite to become the first Triple Crown champion since 1978. Owner Ahmed Zayat knew from the day he was born that he was a winner: “The way he was muscled, the way he’s built, his gaskins, his hind end — you can tell that he’s built different.” 
American Pharoah was foaled when the Sun was in Aquarius and forming a wide octile (45º) to Uranus (February 2, 2012; Lexington, KY; time unknown). The Sun-Uranus aspect has led to unbridled excitement about this horse, especially leading up the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 6. The orb of this aspect is 3º, so the progressed Sun makes the exact octile (maximum voltage) when he’s three years old. That’s right now.

American Pharoah’s name conjures up the image of the powerful, unbeatable plutocrat. Jupiter conjoins Black Moon Lilith in the money sign of Taurus, which suggests the immense wealth that American Pharoah is making for his owner, especially since this conjunction trines Pluto. Although he won his first two outings in 2015, not until the Kentucky Derby did he capture national attention. At the time, transiting Jupiter was exactly opposite his Sun.
Without knowing an exact birth time, it’s difficult to forecast how American Pharoah will do at Belmont. If a noon birth is close, then his progressed Moon will be sextile Mars, an unbeatable physical stimulus. Black Moon Lilith by transit will definitely be conjunct his Mars. That’s no minor detail since Rumer Willis (b. August 16, 1988) won Dancing with the Stars’ Mirror Ball Trophy last week when transiting Lilith was conjunct her progressed Sun.
re: Bernie Sanders - It is obvious, as you point out, that all the Republicans are concerned with serving the plutocrats, and not the people. It seems the same is true with Hillary, except she is someone more in touch with the people. The exception is Bernie Sanders. He is way more in touch with Americans. NewsScope is still interesting and insightful after all these years!

re: U.S. Moon - Just a comment on your recent article about the US moon’s irrelevance with today’s politicians, Ted Cruz has natal Jupiter in Scorpio, 25 degrees 42, and the north node at 25 degrees 19. I was under the impression that having a planet at 25 degrees, regardless of the sign, is a huge plus in the political landscape and connecting with the public at large.  

A. Yes, you're correct, I forgot about his Jupiter, though I mentioned it in NewsScope March 30, 2015. By secondary progression, his Mercury will be at 26 degrees Capricorn next year, and nearly conjunct the U.S. Pluto.

re: U.S. Moon - Your comments about the relevance of connections to the U.S. Moon in Presidential Elections are interesting. I still feel they are very relevant. My system is to count up the number of conjunctions of an individual's Chart to the U.S. Chart and compare them. Whoever has the most conjunctions generally wins the Election. It clocks out. Your way works good and my way works good. People who become very popular in the United States (Hollywood Stars, writers, etc.) generally have a high number of conjunctions to the U.S. Chart.