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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.
June 22, 2015 - Lilith and Pope Francis's historic encyclical; July's top five; Eris, the spiritual warrior.
June 29, 2015 - Obama secures his legacy; Minnesota top biz state; New Horizons nears Pluto.
July 6, 2015 - Greece and the New Moon; Donald Trump's remarks; fighting spirit of Eva Longoria.
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.
re: Minnesota - In this week's NewsScope you have an article titled "Minnesota and the Jupiter-Uranus Cycle." You applaud the State's Governor for taxing the rich and raising the minimum wage, showing your liberal bias in interpreting mundane horoscopes, contrary to what you have said previously. BTW, what kind of jobs were created in Minnesota during those years? Serving patrons at McDonalds?
A. One of the reasons CNBC awarded the state the best place to do business is their excellent education system, to which an unusually large portion of the tax proceeds go to. As economists know, those with better educations get better jobs. That's why MN is at the top, not because the govt provides many low wage jobs.
As for my liberal bias, I wonder if you consider Warren Buffett to be a liberal? He has long supported tax reforms that share the burden more equitably. See his editorial on the subject here: nytimes.com/super-rich. I have also frequently written about the unfair leverage that the top 0.1% of the elite have over American politics, esp since the 2014 Supreme Court decision McCuthcheon vs the FEC allowed unlimited campaign donations. See neptunecafe.com/plutocracy
MN's plan works against this downward spiral into a Plutocracy, which is now the most unbalanced since 1929. If you consider that we are all connected psychically, socially, ecologically, and if 40 percent or more of the population is suffering financially, then that's a recipe for economic disaster. The federal government was designed to allow the states some self-determination, and if something works in one state, it can be replicated across the nation.
re: Jim Webb - I'm kind of looking for someone other than Hillary for the Democrats and have a spark of hope re Jim Webb, who's just thrown his hat into the ring. The only data I have on him is Feb. 9, 1946, St. Joseph, Missouri, no time…but that does give him some strong connections (at least so it seems to me at first glance) with reference to the Scorpio Rising USA Horoscope. Complex sort of duck, but maybe…What do you think?
re: racism - The question I want to ask is what astrological transits correlate African American. I love reading your blog -- sorry your webpage -- but I have yet to see a column on the massacre that happened in Charleston South Carolina. The question I would like to ask is can you do an astrological chart on this prevalent racism going on, can you do an analysis on why African Americans are having a hard time? Is there any coincidence to this events they may respond too it is a astrological explanation of these tragic in current events?
A. I do have a chart that describes African American relations with the rest of the country. I wrote about it last December and the chart is also there. See nsc120814
If you do the transits and progressions to that EP chart, you can see how active it is now. Mars at 22 degrees Aries is being activated very powerfully soon by transiting Uranus, and currently, transiting Pluto is conjunct the natal Mercury-Venus. Thanks for your email, and perhaps we can update this soon...
NewsScope for July 13, 2015
By Michael Wolfstar
The Mercury-Mars-Pluto Alignment
Mars-Pluto oppositions happen approximately once every two years, and when they do, intense conflicts tend to erupt across all fractals (fields) of experience. The current opposition is especially notable since Mercury is conjoining Mars, and the whole three-planet alignment takes place during the New Moon in Cancer on July 15, inevitably marking a distinct “before and after” set of circumstances.
Roger Federer was previously profiled in NewsScope here.
Geopolitically, nations with prominent natal planets or angles at 13º or 14º of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) can be said to be in the crosshairs of the Mars-Pluto dynamic. Mars-opposite-Pluto desires to win at all costs, making any compromise a sign of weakness and ultimately, bringing a sense of failure. We can see this dynamic playing out through the discussions and negotiations (ruled by Mercury) between Greece and Europe, as well as between the U.S. and Iran.
Socially, or on a personal level, many relationships are being tested this week, especially for those with prominent planets in the cardinal signs. With Mars-Pluto coloring all interactions, the issue of who has the power comes forward. Office politics can get particularly onerous, as can family affairs. Intimate partnerships can unravel over money or sex issues, or wherever the give and take is way out of balance.
Mercury urges participants to talk about whatever is problematic. Ultimatums are common during the process, as we have seen with the “Grexit” scenario as well as the Iran nuclear talks. Yet the process of dealing with the most intransigent problem areas allows for the possibility of a lasting agreement if both parties can find common ground. The New Moon marks the turning point, a definitive reset.
China’s Hyper-Inflated Economy
While the media and public attention have been riveted on the Greek tragedy, the financial crisis in China – with the world’s second largest economy – could potentially have the most calamitous effect*. Since 2008, the Chinese government has fueled its economy’s rapid growth by incurring over $20 trillion in debt. Much of that cash went into the stock market, which has recently been in a free fall.
For the past several years, the most prominent influence in China’s horoscope (October 1, 1949; 3:01 pm; Beijing) has been Jupiter which, by secondary progression, is now only 1/2º from the Aquarius Ascendant. And with progressed Venus and the Midheaven nearing a conjunction with progressed Jupiter, China has been in the grips of unbridled enthusiasm, optimism, and industrial expansion. Until recently, everyone has been making money.
China’s Mercury-Neptune conjunction in the 8th house is the key planetary signature now as the spectacular rise in the Chinese stock market begins to unravel. The 8th house is associated with
capitalism, debt, and banking; it’s the house of “other people’s money”, which can be borrowed and leveraged to build an economy. But Mercury-Neptune aspects are notoriously associated with wishful thinking. Looking at the world through rose-colored glasses inevitably brings disillusionment.
Transiting Pluto was squaring China’s Mercury-Neptune conjunction on June 12 when China’s main stock markets reached their lofty peak – up a stunning 150% in just the previous year. Currently, transiting Saturn is also a factor since it’s forming an octile (45º) to natal Mercury-Neptune. Together, the conservative influence of transiting Saturn and Pluto are challenging the hyper-inflated market bubble with a heavy dose of common sense. How long can China tech stocks sustain a valuation of 110 times last year’s earnings?
The Longevity of Serena Williams and Roger Federer
Last weekend Serena Williams became the oldest tennis professional to win a major with her 6th victory at Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam title. On the men’s side, Roger Federer also defied time by reaching his 10th Wimbledon final. Is it just a coincidence that Williams and Federer are both 33? Generally, tennis pros are considered past their prime after their Saturn Return.
Of course both players share outer planet placements with other pros their age, so it must be well placed personal planets that distinguish them. Williams (September 26, 1981; 8:28 pm; Saginaw, MI) was born with Mars at 15º Leo, while Federer (August 8, 1981; 8:40 am; Basel, Switzerland) has his Sun at 15º Leo. Her Mars and his Sun are both exactly trine to Eris at 15º Aries, giving each extraordinary fighting power.
Yet endurance is a Saturn factor.… Astrologer John Halloran has noticed that Saturn in aspect to Black Moon Lilith gives unusual staying power. Federer was born with Lilith at 24º Scorpio, which has been energized by transiting Saturn over the last year. By secondary progression, Lilith is at 28º Scorpio: transiting Saturn was exactly conjunct his progressed Lilith (orb: 0º03’) when he met Novak Djokovic for Sunday’s final.
Williams has her Libra Sun in an out-of-sign sextile to Lilith at 29º Scorpio, which has also been conjoined by transiting Saturn as she made her way into the tennis record books. Both Williams and Federer have a natal Lilith-Uranus conjunction, which adds tremendous passion and excitement to their playing styles. Transiting Saturn will be in the last degree of Scorpio (conjunct Williams’ Lilith) when she plays at the U.S. Open in September. Her stars are aligned to win her 4th major in a calendar year, the first since Steffi Graf in 1988.