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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.

May 25, 2015 - Ireland votes in favor of same-sex marriage; June's top five;  American Pharoah.

June 1, 2015 - The FIFA scandal; Bernie Sanders, the authentic politician; Emma Stone's rising star.

June 8, 2015 - China hacking into American data; Martin O'Malley, the Dark Horse; MVP Stephan Curry.

June 15, 2015 - the Trans-Pacific partnership; Venus and Jupiter; Secretariat, the racing machine.
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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.

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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.
re: NBA Finals - Great article on the NBA Finals. I love that you're an astrologer AND a sports fan! Hey, maybe you can start a website with astro insights for sports bettors like me! I love sports astrology, and you could really carve out a niche for yourself. NO ONE is doing it.

re: NewsScope - How can I get your news every week? I am a new reader.

A. NewsScope is updated every Monday. Just bookmark this page in your favorite places, and come back early in the week to get in depth astrology perspectives about current events.

re: O'Malley - Being a resident of NH, I've met Martin OMalley several times. I think of him as running for Vice President. Seems to have a good technical grasp of how to govern, setting goals, measuring outcomes, analyzing results. Might be a good Al Gore to Hillary's Clinton.... Loyal reader 

re: NBA finals  I have a sports related question for you because I know you're a big basketball fan/former player. Who do you think is going to win the NBA Championship? Cleveland or Golden State? Thanks so much. LOVE your column, keep up the great work.

re: Putin - For all the Western nations suspicions about FIFA and Its awarding Russia the World Cup competition, Putin seems more popular than ever at home. It seems every attack by the media only strengthens his standing. Maybe the media should back off their scandal search and move on! What astrological factors explain his longevity?

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.
NewsScope for June 22, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar

Pope Francis’s Historic Encyclical

Last week Pope Francis issued a 42,000-word encyclical on climate change that made headline news around the world. He called for “changes of lifestyle, production and consumption to combat this warming.” Bernie Sanders hoped that the pope’s message would become a catalyst for bold actions, while Catholic candidates Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum said the pope should stick to religion and avoid science.
Pope Francis* was born with Cancer Rising (December 17, 1936; 9:00 pm; Buenos Aires, Argentina), which makes his Moon in humanitarian Aquarius the ruler of his chart. The Pope’s encyclical frequently refers to the earth as “our common home”, and is in accord with the home-oriented sign of Cancer being expanded by the global approach of Aquarius. The Moon conjoins Venus, adding to his popularity.

His Moon also squares Uranus in Taurus, which makes him a radical messenger, especially about consumerism and the glorification of money. And most importantly to Americans, his Moon squares Black Moon Lilith at 8º Scorpio. The Pope’s Lilith is exactly conjunct the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, indicating that his anti-capitalism stances are directed squarely at the American economic system. 

Ceres in Aquarius is especially concerned about ecological systems and, by secondary progression, the pope’s Ceres has advanced to 5º Aquarius where it forms an exact square to natal Uranus. Transiting Ceres is also in Aquarius now, and conjoining his progressed Ceres, further underscoring the environmental themes. On September 24, the pope will address the U.S. Congress as his progressed Venus (near his Midheaven) forms an exact, to-the-minute square to natal Pluto. This configuration indicates that he may focus his moral authority on the need for economic (Venus) transformation (Pluto). 
* The pope was previously profiled in January 2015 and March 2013 
July’s Top Five Astro-Events

1. The Sun opposes Pluto on the 6th, a time when many individuals will be speaking truth to authority. Individuals with prominent planets in 13º-15º zone of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) will be experiencing life-altering changes in business and personal relationships. Look for major promotions and demotions in corporate America, and directed political challenges from the presidential candidates. Political, economic, environmental, and social reforms are in the air.
Eris, the Spiritual Warrior

NeptuneCafe was one of the first astrology sites to explore Eris, the outer planet discovered in 2005 and officially named in September 2006**. Researcher Henry Seltzer has taken a far deeper look at this intriguing archetype, and published his results in his groundbreaking book, The Tenth Planet. Initially sized up as promoting “militant feminism”, Eris is more accurately defined as being a “spiritual warrior”. 
Angelina Jolie has Eris extremely well integrated into her chart since it’s exactly conjunct her Aries Moon and also exactly sextile her Gemini Sun. Her Eris-Moon is empowered by a conjunction with Mars, Jupiter and her Midheaven, making her the archetypal warrior goddess. This powerful archetype comes across in most of her films (Eris trine Neptune) and in her off-screen daily life. 

We come to know the intensity of Eris’s need to fight for justice over one’s personal needs through Jolie’s willingness to fight for the causes she believes in. Astrologer Seltzer writes about how Eris has a close affinity with Black Moon Lilith, both being referred to as the “wild woman” archetype. Collectively, we will get to experience the truly revolutionary nature of Eris when transiting Uranus and Eris form a conjunction one year from now.
* For more on Eris and the "dwraf planets" see
Eris was sighted while in aggressive Aries and at its aphelion, or farthest distance from the Sun. With a 556-year orbit, it takes Eris 120 years to advance through Aries. Everyone born after 1927 has Eris in Aries, and its current position at 23º Aries will be highlighted by the New Moon on July 15. In the U.S. horoscope, Eris is located at 8º Capricorn where it sextiles the Scorpio Ascendant. Eris is therefore a basic component of the American psyche.
2. A Mercury-Mars conjunction opposes Pluto on the 15th, a rare three-planet configuration bound to bring important developments in personal and geopolitical affairs. This highly confrontational combination becomes a noticeable influence at least a week before the 15th, and marks the opening salvos of life-changing lawsuits, disputes, and other controversies. This dangerous alignment also brings out extremists of all kinds, determined to persuade, enrage, criticize, and/or assault. 

3. The New Moon on the 15th (9:25 pm EDT) takes place in family-oriented Cancer next to a Mercury-Mars conjunction also in Cancer. Family dynamics may become a top priority for the coming month, with unruly children or personal conflicts detracting from summer outings. The New Moon forms an exact square to the recently discovered outer planet Eris, highlighting the difference between the call of the spiritual warrior and the demands on the home front.

4. Venus turns retrograde on the 25th while conjunct the royal star Regulus. The 40-day retrograde cycle often corresponds to a significant market pullback as investors take profits. Personal relationships also tend to go through a re-evaluation process. Look for startling or unexpected news from the world’s various royal families, since Uranus is also turning retrograde at this time. The Venus-Uranus reversals mark the 25th as a time for tactical retreats. 

5. Pluto opposes the U.S. Sun on August 24, but is in effect (< 1º) for all of July. These two months bring major corporate consolidations, with mergers and acquisitions dominating the news. America’s geopolitical rivals will be active, but in subtle or invisible ways, as in cyberattacks and terrorist operations. Pluto also represents the billionaires who influence politics through vast campaign donations to their puppet candidates.