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Bernadette Brady
on progressions

"The progression will seem to manifest first as a feeling or need and then as an action"

"Progressions are the way the cosmos manifests through us, as compared to a transit, which manifests on us."

"Progressions are a richer source of information than transits. They tap into the realm of the inner, personal world, showing both day-to-day motivations as well as unshakable life statements or desires."

Demetra George
on asteroids

"Astrologers need the asteroids because the tradi-tional planets simply do not and cannot fully explain the issues which are emerging - simply because they are new."

"Before the use of asteroids, the only significators of the feminine in the traditional chart interpretation were the Moon and Venus. The socially acceptable roles for women were the Moon as mother and Venus as mate."

"Ceres, Pallas, June and Vesta represent the new voices of the dormant feminine, recently activated and now demanding power, recognition, justice, and equality in our society."

Richard Tarnas
on the cosmos

Astrology is not concretely predictive, but archetypally predictive."

"The modern dismissal of astrology reflects the virtually universal conviction that the cosmos is disenchanted."

"The universe is a fundamentally and irreducibly interconnected whole, informed by creative intelligence and pervaded by patterns of meaning and order that extend through every level, and that are expressed through a constant correspondence between astronomical events and human events."

Nicholas Campion
on national horoscopes

"Experiment with the charts. Make predictions. And yes, prediction remains a perfectly valid exercise: one successful prediction reveals more about the nature of the universe than a hundred retrospective studies."

" Just as the individual is contained within the collective, so natal astrology can be seen as contained within mundane astrology."

"The modern nation state is largely a creation of the French revolution and is becoming increasingly irrelevant as capitalism becomes global."
"The natal chart is like a seed and progressions are the unfolding in time of that into the plant it is to become. Transits, are like a daily weather report. In political astrology, these three factors have to be taken into account!"
~ Alice O. Howell
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Recent NewsScope columns

Nov. 1, 2010 - Election Day and the Scorpio Rising US chart, Silicon Valley, and Frank Sinatra, the Voice

November 8, 2010 - John Boehner's horoscope, Pluto and "Quantitative Easing", and actress Jill Clayburgh

November 15, 2010 - Pluto opposite the U.S. Jupiter, Teddy Roosevelt's gilded age, and Elizabeth Smart

Nov 22, 2010 - the U.S. Saturn Return, plus the Sarah Palin book tour, and Prince William and Kate

Nov. 29, 2010 - Kim Jong' un's horoscope, December's top five astro-events, and Mark Twain's autobiography

December 6, 2010 - Julian Assange's horoscope, Afghainistan's Hamid Karzai, and Tron star Olivia Wilde

Dec. 13, 2010 - Obama's tax cut deal, Ron Paul and the Fed, and besieged Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi

Dec. 20, 2010 - transits to the U.S. horoscope, Amelia Earhart's return, and Julian Assange's chart refined.
Jan. 3, 2011 lBrazil's Dilma Rousseff, super spy Anna Chapman, plus Kelsey Grammer's double Neptune

January 10, 2011 - looks at Gabrielle Giffords' Mars, China's new horoscope, and Rahm Emanuel's residency

January 17, 2011 -  Tuni-sia's social network, chess prodigy Hou Youfin,  David Arquette and Couteney Cox.

Jan. 24, 2011 -  Ophiuchus' delineation by the IAU, February's top five, Steve Jobs progressed New Moon

January 31, 2011 - Egypt's horoscope, Ophiuchus, the 13th constellation, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

February 7, 2011 - Hosni Mubarak's Neptune, the NFL horoscope, and the upcoming NFL lock-out.

Feb. 14, 2011 - Algeria's horoscope, the 2012 Uranus-Pluto square, plus Arianna Huffington and AOL

Feb. 21, 2011 - Bahrain and the U.S. Navy, March's top five, and Alan Turing and Artifical Intelligence in 2012

Feb. 28, 2011 - Gadhafi's horoscope, Ceres and its connection with unions, and what's eating Charlie Sheen.
March 7, 2011 - the Uranus-Pluto cycle and Saudi Arabia, 2011 Aries Ingress, plus Marisol Valles Garcia

March 14, 2011 - Japan's national horoscope, progressions as fractals, and Scorpio Scott Walker

March 21, 2011 - Obama as a reluctant warrior, 2012 and the ring of fire, and Richard Nolle's Supermoon

March 28, 2011 - the 2012 GOP field, April's top five astro-events, and Liz Taylor's glamorous moment
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Reader feedback
re: solar leafs - " Why can't we innovate out of problems? With all the bad news about nuclear power and gas, someday we could power our houses with a big leaf. An MIT scientist makes the first practical photosynthesis "leaf" cell, announced this week, which could be a history moment the kids will study. What's the astrology behind this?

re: story idea - "I would like to suggest a chart on Tom Shadyac, movie maker of "I AM" in your "This Weeks News Scope".  He seems to be bringing a lot of positive energy and idea's to many. I always look forward to your article's each week, awesome work!"

re: Wisconsin - “The question voters want to know is must financial reform be accompanied by union-busting, or is this a pure power play?”
           ---March 14, 2011 WolfScope

Voters can’t tell for sure.  I live in Kenosha, Wisconsin (i.e., not far from Ground Zero).  This is an immensely polarizing issue.  Some people – be they friends, spouses, co-workers or relatives -- can’t even bring it up with each other because the conversation devolves into a Plutonian meltdown in mere seconds.
Considering the State of Wisconsin’s astrological chart, which “influence” is the stronger. Scott Walker's or Wisconsin's?

response - That's a good question and a matter for long term research. I can tell you that in Wisconsin's chart (May 29, 1848; Madison, WI; noon), progressed Mars has been at 8º Scorpio and is now at 9º Scorpio - all in line with Walker's Sun and the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. This kind of cosmic convergence is an indicator of the important and intense national dynamics being played out in your state.... And a fabulous synchronicity supporting the 2:21 pm birth time for the U.S.

re: Liz Taylor - "I very much enjoy reading News Scope each week.  Thank you for your insightful political astrology. The diamond Burton gave to Liz was previously known as “ The Krupp Diamond”. It’s previous owners  were  the Krupp munitions family of Germany. They provided munitions and guns (The“ Big Bertha” cannon was named after Bertha Krupp) that killed countless millions in all German wars beginning in the nineteenth century.  I have always found the vibratory nature of gems to be interesting. Not a lucky ring to own. Liz and Dick’s relationship went downhill after he gave her that diamond. I hope that rock gets sold to fund Aids research."

response - She also owned the Krupp diamond, but that was a bit smaller, and a completely different diamond. You can google either to find out the story.

more Liz - "She left us when Venus was at 25 degrees Aquarius conj. the US moon."
NewsScope for April 4, 2011
By Michael Wolfstar

The United Nations
Comes of Age

March 17, 2011 was an historic day for the United Nations, a turning point in its ability to take direct peace-keeping action in an escalating crisis. The Security Council voted 10-0 with five abstentions to create a “no-fly zone” over Libya in order to protect Libyan civilians. Lebanon introduced the resolution, demonstrating key support from the Arab nations against Gadhafi’s strong-man rule.
The United Nations horoscope (October 24, 1945; 4:45 pm; Washington, D.C.) reveals how important this development was. With Aries Rising, the U.N. is meant to aggressively intervene to resolve international problems. Mars, the ruler of this chart, is placed in security-oriented Cancer, where it’s conjunct cautious Saturn. Mars wants action, while Saturn needs to be circumspect. Moving toward effective military intervention has always proceeded in fits and starts.

The U.N.’s many planets in Libra reflect its mandate to facilitate cooperation among the world’s nations. Jupiter by secondary progression has now reached 24º Libra, where it squares Saturn. Jupiter-to-Saturn has the effect of lifting many of the fears of action and helps bring consensus in an otherwise hotly divided forum. This aspect is growing in strength over the next two years.
Most significantly, the U.N.’s progressed Sun is at 7º Capricorn, which is exactly where transiting Pluto is now. On March 17, these two were only 0º09’ apart, suggesting the kind of universal agreement that is making the U.N. a pivotal player in international affairs. Over the next few years, transiting Uranus will be squaring the U.N. progressed Sun as transiting Pluto remains near the conjunction. We can be sure that the U.N. will have its hands full with numerous humanitarian crises, but in the process will become more empowered to act for world peace.
Daniel Nocera’s Solar-Powered Leaves

While many astrologers are predicting severe global crises over the next few years due to the Uranus-Pluto square, the flip side of this celestial equation is that political, social, and technological revolutions may make our world a better place. Last week, MIT Professor Daniel Nocera announced the breakthrough development of a solar cell that turns sunlight into energy just as plants do.

Daniel Nocera was born with a Mercury-Sun conjunction in Cancer (July 3, 1957; Cambridge, MA*; time unknown), giving him a natural interest in family and security matters. The closest aspect his Sun-Mercury makes is a quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius, adding tremendous ambition. Saturn is conjunct the first-magnitude star Antares, helping him to achieve fame and fortune. The Sun is conjunct the first-magnitude star Sirius, elevating his focus beyond his personal family to the human family.
Nocera’s Venus-Uranus-Mars triple conjunction in creative Leo has urged him to dramatize his discoveries in public media. He appears regularly on PBS, CNN, NPR, and the Discovery Channel to describe the vast potential for bringing cheap energy to the masses. In October 2010, Nocera signed a deal with India’s visionary mogul, Ratan Tata, who is following the same ideal. At the time, transiting Pluto was trine Nocera’s progressed Sun.

Currently, Nocera’s progressed Ceres is nearing his Sun-Mercury conjunction. Ceres here shapes his personality into someone who is a natural caretaker. Nocera aims to empower individual families by getting them off a centralized grid. The plan is to mass-produce solar-powered leaves, each one of which could bring electricity to an individual home. As transiting Uranus and Pluto activate his progressed Ceres, Mercury and Sun over the next few years, he’s becoming empowered to make his vision a reality.
Nocera’s birth place is mysteriously unknown, so his current location in Cambridge is used here. Here’s the announcement of the technological breakthrough:
See also:
Tom Shadyac Changes his Tune

In the docudrama I Am, director Tom Shadyac wants to know “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?” The quest to resolve existential problems is a radical turn for Shadyac, who made fame and fortune with inane Hollywood comedies like Ace Ventura, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty. The change in conscious-ness came over him after a bicycle accident in 2007.
Tom Shadyac was born with a Sun-Mercury conjunction in the story-telling sign of Sagittarius (December 11, 1958; Falls Church, VA; time unknown). The Sun-Mercury is given a quirky sense of humor by a trine to Uranus, and energized by a quincunx to Mars in Taurus. His Moon in ambitious Capricorn is much enhanced by a trine to Pluto – a fortunate combination that brought steady success and a taste for high living.

Shadyac also has a Venus-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius, which describes someone who can make money by understanding trends and pop culture. But Saturn aims to probe more deeply, and wants to know what is really of value. His Mars in materialistic Taurus squares Uranus, suggesting a strong drive to
earn Big Bucks, but which may be suddenly overturned. That’s what happened in September 2007 when he nearly died in a bicycle accident.

At the time, transiting Pluto was conjunct his Venus-Saturn, making way for a fundamental transformation of values. Transiting Neptune in the networking sign of Aquarius was simultaneously squaring his Mars, dissolving his basic acquisitive nature and tuning him toward the concept of interconnectivity. He gave all his material possessions away. Transiting Jupiter was passing over his Sun during the two months after his accident, leading to a self-realization, an awakening to his higher purpose.