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April 6, 2009 - Michelle and the Queen, Pluto Threatens NewsScope, Gilles and Cheryl of DWTS

April 13, 2009 - Economic Interdependence, North Korea's Mars, Twitter the Social Networker

April 20, 2009 - Mexico's Narco-Traffickers, an empowered EPA, and Susan Boyle

April 27, 2009 - Torture memos, Top Five Astro-Events for May, and Susan Boyle's makeover

May 4, 2009 - Joseph Luter III, Hygeian, the Goddess of health, and American Idol Adam Lambert

May 11, 2009 - the Fed's stress tests, Pakistan Pres. Zardari, and Miss California Carrie Prejean

May 18, 2009 - The New Foundation, automakers and the U.S. Mars, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard
May 25, 2009 - June's Top Five Astro-Events, Neptune and Marijuana, and the Eye of Medusa and Lucy Gordon

June 1, 2009 - North Korea tests the world, Sonio Sotomayor, and Conan O'Brien on Tonight Show

June 8, 2009 - Netan-yahu's Mars, Ted Kennedy's Last Cause, and David Carradine's suicide

June 15, 2009 - Iran's shaking foundation, Laura Ling in North Korea, and Marina Orlova, youtube guru

June 22, 2009 - Ayatollah Khamenei, the Twitter revolution, and Chaz Bono's gender reassignment

June 29, 2009 - July's Top Five Astro-Events, The Fed's Restructuring, and Michael Jackson

July 6, 2009 - Sarah Palin resigns, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune retro, and Serena Williams at Wimbledon

July 13, 2009 - Al Franken joins Senate, Hummingbird Crop Circle, and Trans-formers'  Megan Fox
July 20, 2009 - Pluto's opposition to the U.S. Jupiter, the Solar Eclipse, and golfer Tom Watson

July 27, 2009 - Health Care Reform, Top Five Astro-Events for August, and Katie Holmes returns

August 3, 2009 - A day in the Life of Henry Gates, excessive executive pay, and Dr. Conrad Murray

August 10, 2009 - Obama's prospects, Mars in the danger zone, and Meryl Streep as Julia Child

August 17, 2009 - the disease management system, CEO John Mackey, and Michael Vick

August 24, 2009 - The Aquarian Conspiracy, its health care implications, plus Tom Delay on DWTS

August 31, 2009 - Ted Kennedy and the Kennedy Clan, September's Top Five Astro-events, and DJ AM

September 7, 2009 - Obama addresses the nation, Pfizer's culture, and Japan's Yukio Hatoyama
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Nov 9, 2009 - Nidal Malik Hasan's horoscope, Q&A on U.S. Scorpio Rising, and Josh Duhamel's tryst.

Nov. 16, 2009 - Obama's chart relocated to China, Uranus in the NYSE, and the Fearless Taylor Swift

Nov 23, 2009 - Sarah Palin's 2012 campaign, the first EU President Van Rompuy, and New Moon stars in love

November 30, 2009 - Dubai's debt default, Dec's top five astro-events, and the Tiger Woods scandal.

December 7, 2009 - a dip in unemployment numbers, Denmark's horoscope, and Elin Nordegren's prenup

Dec 14, 2009 - Jupiter in Aquarius and Global Warming, Lord Monckton, James Cameron and Avatar

Dec 21, 2009 - health care and global warming analogs, Pakistan's supreme court, and Lady Gaga

Dec 28, 2009 - Top Five Astro-Events for January, Neptune conjunct the U.S. Moon, and Diane Sawyer

January 4, 2010 - advise on new year's resolutions, a check into Iran's horoscope, and hero  Jasper Schuringer

Jan 11, 2010 - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh,  Timothy Geithner, and Casey Johnson's death

January 18, 2010 - Haiti's earthquake, the eclipse hits the U.S. chart, and Google fights censorship in China
September 14, 2009 - Joe Wilson's outburst, Pluto to the U.S. Jupiter, John Lennon 40 years ago

Sept 21, 2009 - Russia and Obama's new missile plan, Glenn Beck, and Stephanie Meyer's New Moon

Sept. 28, 2009 - Obama's Afghanistan plan, October's Top Five Astro-events, and Carl Jung and his Red Book

October 5, 2009 - Iran's new attitude, CEO Ken Lewis and David Letterman, and Roman Polanski.

Oct 12, 2009 - Obama's Nobel Prize, Obama and the U.S. horoscope, and John Cusack and 2012

Oct 19, 2009 - Dow Jones hits 10,000,  the Afghan-istan election, and Nicholas Cage's financial woes

Oct 26, 2009 - the end of capitalism, November's Top Five, and DWTS leaders Donny Osmond and Mya

November 2, 2009 - Hillary Clinton's trip to Pakistan as Saturn enters Libra, Q&A on the U.S. Scorpio Asc.
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NewsScope for January 25, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

Metaphysical Earthquakes and Aftershocks

Last week a sudden and sharp contraction was felt across the American landscape that upset political, financial, and judicial expectations. Republican Scott Brown's election in Massachusetts effectively killed Obama's health care bill, while the stock market fell precipitously from its recent highs. On Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned finance reform legislation, essentially empowering corporate managers to become political kingmakers by using corporate treasuries.

Astrologically, these metaphysical earthquakes unfolded as Saturn turned retrograde while
squaring Pluto. The Saturn-Pluto vibe represents the strong contraction that tends to favor conservative agendas and politicians. Fears and perceptions of threats lead to protective reactionary movements. In the Scorpio Rising U.S. horoscope, this astro-event is closely aligned with the U.S. Venus-Jupiter conjunction, contributing to the overall issue of wealth and how to manage it.

The Neptune cycle was also in play, especially regarding the corporate personhood issue. Last week when Neptune was conjunct the U.S. Moon, many observers saw the Supreme Court decision as an erosion (Neptune) of democracy (Aquarius Moon). The corporate personhood debate can be traced back to a May 10, 1886 Supreme Court decision*. This case established the principle that corporate interests are equal in
rights to the freed slave under the Constitution's 14th amendment.

At that time, Neptune was at 25º Taurus, exactly squaring the U.S. Moon. Also, Saturn was at 5º Cancer where it was conjunct the U.S. Jupiter, and building a structured framework (Saturn) to protect America's wealthiest players (Jupiter). From now through 2012, four outer planets continue to activate the U.S. Jupiter, leading to open conflicts about how to conserve American wealth while maintaining democratic principles.
Top Five Astro Events for February

1. The New Moon on February 13 is conjunct Chiron and Neptune – with all conjunct the U.S. Moon in Aquarius. Several simultaneous aspects indicate the kick-off of a confrontational, event-filled political landscape centering on the security needs of the American people. Beyond mainstream media, alternative health practitioners become celestially illuminated, including astrologers, acupuncturists, herbalists, and massage therapists.

2. Venus conjunct Jupiter is in effect on the 14th, 15th, and 16th. These are exceptionally favorable days for many, bringing spiritual, social, and financial blessings. Find ways to expand your network, give and receive gifts, volunteer, and attend or give a lavish ceremony. Whatever house Pisces occupies in your horoscope receives a boost or new opportunity.

3. Jupiter conjoins the U.S. Ceres on the 23rd, an event that happens every twelve years. Jupiter here tends to favor women in politics, especially those who upset the status quo, since Jupiter also squares the U.S. Uranus on the same day. The Jupiter-Ceres-Uranus combo makes for great political theater, with some women becoming newsworthy by their victim status.

4. Saturn squares the U.S. Venus on the 27th and is a major factor from the 21st thru 28th. This connection brings some harsh realities into the economic picture, and represents a consolidation phase in business management. Watch for some practical proposals or new developments emerging from the financial community, especially concerning foreclosures, debt and credit.

5. The Full Moon on February 28 is closely aligned with Jupiter in Pisces, lending a rosy glow to most interactions, especially in large celebrations or social gatherings. Many will experience a renewed sense of faith in a higher power, while in the political realm, look for religious figures to be headline news items.

Heidi Montag's New Bombshell Look
* Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. For background info on this debate, see NOVA:
or wikipedia
The Hills star Heidi Montag has recently been the subject of a media frenzy concerning her mental health. "Is she nuts?" is the subtext to many articles, notably People magazine's cover story last week that was headlined "Addicted to Plastic Surgery". The beautiful starlet felt she wasn't the best person she could be, and so underwent ten surgical operations in one day to improve her looks.

Heidi Montag was born with her Sun in perfectionist Virgo (September 15, 1986; Crested Butte, CO; time unknown), a placement that is given an eccentric twist by squaring Uranus, and feelings of inadequacy by the square to Chiron. The Sun-Chiron connection tends to overcompensate by becoming a superstar; it's the underlying psychological dynamic that pushed her to be as relevant and famous as her role model Britney Spears.

Heidi's Venus is in sexy Scorpio, where it's given a powerful urge for self-improvement by the conjunction with transformative Pluto. Mercury is found in
aesthetically aware Libra, which is where she gets her ideas of beauty. On November 20, 2009, she underwent ten simultaneous plastic surgeries at a time when transiting Saturn and Pluto were squaring each other while aligned with her Mercury. Her Hollywood-inspired concept of beauty led to this radical restructuring.

Her entire being was undergoing change as well, celestially signified by the transit of Uranus opposite her Virgo Sun. Heidi Montag personifies (Sun) the generational group with a Chiron-Uranus opposition, which believes that imperfections and feelings of woundedness (Chiron) can be fixed with technology (Uranus). Transiting Saturn and Pluto will soon return to re-activate her Mercury, when we'll see if she believes her own message that "beauty is within".