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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
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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.

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

February 8, 2010 - the market outlook for 2010, China's 3:00 pm horoscope  and Charlie Sheen.
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
NewsScope for February 15, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

Michelle Obama's Cause

On February 9, Michelle Obama launched "Let's Move", a national program aimed at solving the problem of childhood obesity. First ladies often have a favorite social cause they wish to champion, and ending the epidemic of childhood obesity is a widely recognized, worthy goal. Obama's interest in healthy, nutritious food began a year ago when she planted a garden on the White House lawn.

The astrological community does not yet have a birth time for Ms. Obama, though her solar chart (January 17, 1964; Chicago) tells us a lot. The closest aspect in this chart is Ceres in Sagittarius trine Jupiter, a double message since Jupiter rules Sagittarius. Ceres is associated with parenting and food, and with the Sagittarius-Jupiter influence, tends to be expansive, educational, and optimistic about these issues.
Michelle's Ceres also squares Chiron on one side and the generational Uranus-Pluto conjunction on the other, so that the problems associated with parenting and food issues are brought full force into her awareness. The Chiron influence describes the wounded psyche that can come with obesity,
while the Uranus-Pluto side shows an interest in radical transformation using nutrition (in diet-conscious Virgo).

With her Capricorn Sun located at the midpoint between her Ceres-Chiron square, Michelle Obama's purpose and sense of fulfilment can come through working on these food and parenting issues. She kicked off her campaign as transiting Mars opposed her natal Mars. Mars, the planet associated with energy and physical activity, lent its symbolism to her movement. However, the opposition signals that she will face intense obstructionism, most likely from the entrenched junk food industry.
Greece's Financial Crisis

Last week European Union leaders offered Greece moral support, but not any specific financial bailout package. Greece's massive debt puts it in danger of defaulting, making it the leading edge in a potential financial contagion that could spread across the global economic community. Greece's modern incarnation* began on July 24, 1974 (4:00 am; Athens, Greece).

A horoscope drawn for this moment rings true, especially considering that transiting Uranus, the planet of crisis, has been hovering over Greece's Pisces Midheaven for months now. It began when George Papandreou was elected last October 4, and he revealed that the debt was 12.7% of the GDP, not the 3% that the previous administration had claimed. At the time of this political transformation, transiting Pluto was forming an exact quincunx to Greece's Leo Sun.
Ellen DeGeneres's Q Rating

Ellen DeGeneres's debut on American Idol last week drew high ratings and praise, with fellow judge Kara DioGuardia saying that she was kind and candid in assessing the vocal talent. Also last week, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was renewed for three more years, while The New York Times revealed that her Q rating (popularity) made her well-positioned to takeover daytime TV when Oprah departs.

Ellen DeGeneres (like Oprah) was born with a Sun-Venus conjunction in Aquarius (January 26, 1958; 3:30 am; New Orleans, LA). Ellen's Venus is exactly opposite Uranus, giving her a quirkiness and willingness to experiment in the relationship department. Since Juno, the marriage asteroid, trines her Venus, she readily moves into a committed relationship, as her marriage with actress Portia De Rossi will attest.

Oprah's and Ellen's Sun-Venus conjunctions in Aquarius are located in the U.S.'s third house of media where they square the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. Oprah's Sun-Venus squares her
* According to Nicholas Campion in
The Book of World Horoscopes.
Greece's Moon is empowered by a conjunction with Pluto, but tempered by squares to Mercury, Venus, and Saturn near the Cancer Ascendant. This combination has manifested as government support (Saturn) of the people's security needs (Moon), as enforced by the unions (Pluto). Venus in the mix describes the run-up of debt over the last decade which is now coming to a head, while the pressured Mercury reflects the cooked books. 

The current transiting Saturn-Pluto square represents the contraction of global financial markets, squeezing the weakest political systems. Unfortunately for Greece, it's perfectly aligned with the natal Venus-Moon-Pluto configuration. When Papandreou announced a new austerity program last week, thousands of civil workers took to the
streets in protest, precisely as transiting Uranus was conjunct Greece's Midheaven. Uranus moves on, but Saturn and Pluto haven't finished with this nation yet.
Saturn in Scorpio, while Ellen's Sun-Venus squares her Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Scorpio – all aligned with the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. With these placements, they naturally shape the American dialogue.

Last week transiting Uranus, the ruler of her Sun sign, was forming a dynamic square to Mars in her first house, giving her an energetic new start. Over the next few months transiting Jupiter and Uranus will conjoin her progressed Sun at 28º Pisces, a very favorable alignment that may vault her into superstar status. However, with transiting Saturn opposing her progressed Sun and her progressed Juno opposing her Mars, the astrologer may question whether Ellen's relationship with her wife will survive.
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