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Recent NewsScope columns at NeptuneCafe:

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
Wayne Dyer Excuses Begone! Tour 2009
Hay House, Inc.

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.

January 25, 2010 - the Supreme Court's decision, Feb's Top Five Astro-events, and Heidi Montag's surgery

February 1, 2010 - Toyota's troubles, J.D. Salinger and Howard Zinn, and Hollywood legend Jean Simmons
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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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
China's 3:00 pm Horoscope

Last week the Obama administration announced that it would welcome the Dalai Lama for a visit to the White House, in spite of China's protests that the religious leader is pushing for Tibetan independence. U.S.-China relations have deteriorated recently over internet censorship, a U.S. arms deal to Taiwan, and monetary policies. China's horoscope is traditionally set for 3:15 pm (October 1, 1949; Beijing).
After some review of China's history, it seems that a 3:00 pm time works better, which was the moment Mao began his independence announcement, rather than when he finished. Checking on key progressions to and from the Midheaven helps verify 3:00 pm. For example, China conducted its first nuclear bomb test on October 16, 1964 when progressed Mars was squaring the Scorpio Midheaven (orb 0º20').
Nixon "opened China" by his state visit that began on February 21, 1972 as the progressed Midheaven was sextile progressed Neptune in Libra, the sign of diplomacy (orb 0º11'). Mao (the beloved leader) died on September 9, 1976 as the progressed Midheaven and Venus were exactly conjunct (orb 0º02'). The Tiananmen Square incident on June 4, 1989 took place as the progressed Midheaven and progressed Moon opposed each other (orb 0º01'), while aligned with natal Uranus.

From this starting point, we can tell how upset China's leadership is over the Dalai Lama's visit to Washington this coming February 17-18. The current reactionary, fear-inducing square between Saturn and Pluto is hitting China's Uranus, the ruler of its
revolutionary Aquarius Ascendant. Also, transiting Mars will be exactly opposite China's Moon, an exceptionally irritable combination. Watch for some diplomatic backlash when Mars turns direct right on China's Descendant on March 9.
NewsScope for February 8, 2010
BY Michael Wolfstar

The Market Outlook for 2010

A NewsScope reader wonders if I do any market forecasts. After scanning what financial astrologers such as Ray Merriman and Arch Crawford have to say about 2010, he can't find any telling cycles. With the breathtaking dive from recent highs over the last two weeks, investors want to know if we're heading into a double-dip recession. Here's my take...

In terms of planetary cycles, the current Saturn-Pluto square is a strong bearish signal. This aspect becomes more significant than usual because it's aligned with some of the key horoscopes* used to chart financial and economic growth. In the NYSE chart (May 17, 1792; 10:10 am; New York, NY), transiting Saturn was exactly squaring the natal Part of Fortune last Friday when U.S. market bulls capitulated.
The Saturn-Pluto square is
also aligned with the U.S.
A more beneficial cycle coming into play is a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction which will be strongest in May and June. This combination favors the technology sector, which may temporarily keep the rest of the market buoyant. However, Jupiter and Uranus will be forming
hard aspects to Saturn and Pluto in August and off and on over the next two years. This challenging configuration indicates high volatility and repeated unpleasant surprises that weigh heavily on any upward trend.
Charlie Sheen's Mars

In real life, Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has much more intense relationships than his free-wheeling character portrayed on TV. Last Christmas he was arrested for threatening his wife, Brooke Mueller, with a knife, and this week the court will decide if they can get back together. Charlie's previous wife, actress Denise Richards, was just on Oprah to express her sympathy.

Charlie Sheen was born with his Sun in hard-working Virgo (September 3, 1965; 10:48 pm;
*My article "Tracking the Stock Market with Astrology" will be featured in the May 2010 issue of Dell Horoscope magazine, which discusses how planetary cycles, and horoscopes for the NYSE and the U.S. should be used together to make financial forecasts. The article will be available to Dell subscribers in March, but here's an excerpt.
New York, NY), where it's found in the fifth house of entertainment and romance. A Virgo Sun aspecting Saturn gives him the ambition and discipline to create his successful show, while the conjunction with Uranus describes how he's shaped an eccentric, carefree lifestyle based on his love life.

The Sun conjunct Pluto plus Mars in Scorpio suggest the hidden, darker side of Sheen's personality. His Mars squares Juno, showing how he must deal with intense arguments and confrontations within his marriage or committed relationships. When his progressed Mars entered his 7th house of partners in 1998, he was first arrested for a domestic dispute. And it's been trouble ever since.

Mars rules his 12th house of secret  enemies and subconscious
influences. Anger management is often appropriate in such cases, but since his progressed Mars is in the seventh house of others, he may attract partners who express an equal or even greater amount of violent tendencies. Charlie's current marriage will probably be temporarily saved by an ongoing progressed Venus-Mars conjunction, showing a genuine loving harmony behind the sensational headlines.
Venus- Jupiter conjunction in early Cancer, which is found in the eighth house of credit, debt and mortgages. The influence of transiting Saturn and Pluto on these two planets can be seen in the political arena, which has held debates about long-term debt and short-term stimulus as well as regulation of the financial system – all of which affects market conditions.