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March 22, 2010 - Pluto's role in financial reform, Pope Benedict's troubles, and Sandra Bullock's marriage.

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April 5, 2010 - the influence of the June 26 Lunar Eclipse on Hamid Karzai and Pope Benedict, plus the iPad

April 12, 2010 - Poland's lost elite and the Katyn massacre, the Vatican, and DWTS star Erin Andrews

April 19, 2010 - the Grand Cross of 2010, hedge fund manager John Paulson, and Larry King's eighth divorce

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Reader Feedback   Re: the Thailand uprising story in Newscope. News stories have indicated that violence is an increasing likelihood. The Red Shirts seem determined to not back down. Your column is on the money. The US Dept of State has upgraded the recommendation to avoid all "non-essential" travel to the whole country.
Since 2001, NeptuneCafe has been promoting Ceres as the Goddess of the Environment. Here's the original article: Ceres
NewsScope for May 3, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

BP's Checkered History

British Petroleum was originally incorporated as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company on April 14, 1909* (noon, London) to exploit a major oil find in Iran. Since then, it's gone through a number of expansions to become the world's fourth largest company. BP's checkered history includes overseeing hundreds of oil spills, receiving the largest OSHA fine in U.S. history, and being cited by the EPA as the most polluted company in the U.S.
The BP horoscope features the Sun in pioneering, bold Aries square Uranus in Capricorn. This combination is known as a "steamroller" for its high energy and ambition, and for being a law unto itself. In 1951 Iran nationalized the British oil holdings, and so BP (with the CIA and British agents) fomented an insurgency. The coup d'etat took place on August 19, 1953 when transiting Uranus was to-the-minute opposite the BP Uranus.

Another dynamic in BP's chart is a Mercury-Saturn conjunction in Aries square Neptune. Mercury-Saturn aspects are associated with study, science, and research, which BP has applied to finding prospective oil fields (Neptune). However, in public relations, the facts as presented (Saturn) may be ill-conceived or flat out deceptive (Neptune). Last year, BP was nominated for the annual Greenwash Award*.

By secondary progression, Mercury
entered the 12th house in 2006 and then formed a conjunction with natal Neptune two years ago. At the time of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, progressed Mercury was opposing BP's progressed Ceres-Uranus conjunction (orb: 0º09'). Ceres, as nature's planetary representative for environmental protection, is a projection of the BP psyche. It may take this kind of disaster to transform its perceived environmentalist enemies into its own active and integrated function.
The Astrology of Corporate Disasters

Last Wednesday, federal experts realized that BP's undersea well is leaking up to 25,000 barrels/day instead of the 1,000 claimed by BP scientists. At this rate, by the time the well is capped, the oil slick will surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster. Comparing the Valdez incident (March 24, 1989) with the current mess shows some strong astrological parallels.
Most significantly, the BP spill took place as a transiting Ceres-Pluto conjunction opposed the U.S. Jupiter. In the Scorpio Rising chart, Jupiter is found in the 8th house of corporations where it represents the largest, most money-intensive business interests. A pattern often seen is that when outer planet transits form hard aspects to the U.S. Jupiter, the number of disasters where corporations are liable increases dramatically.

The recent mining disaster in a Massey coal plant took place just as Pluto was turning retrograde while only ½ degree from opposing the U.S. Jupiter. The Valdez disaster happened with transiting Uranus opposite the U.S. Jupiter. Around that time, the Phillips explosion at a Texas plastic factory (October 23, 1989) took 23 lives and injured 314. 
On this occasion transiting Ceres was conjunct the U.S. Jupiter while transiting Uranus opposed it.

Hard aspects between Ceres and the outer planets often correspond to major disasters where loss of life and environmental degradation are major factors. On January 15, 1919 a tank of molasses burst in Boston and rushed through the streets, killing 21 and injuring 150. At the time, transiting Pluto was conjunct the U.S. Jupiter. Also, transiting Ceres and Venus (sweets) were conjunct and opposing Neptune, with all three squaring the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant.
Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day Founder

Many observers noticed the irony that the high-tech oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, sank on Earth Day, April 22. Also, (coincidentally) the oil spill arrived only two weeks after President Obama decided to expand offshore oil drilling in his energy plan. Last week the Interior Department approved plans for a 130-turbine wind farm off Cape Cod.

The metaphysical reality behind these apparently unrelated events is the Ceres-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. Pluto is all about transformation, and Ceres in the geopolitical sense is naturally associated with protection of the environment. The founder of Earth Day was the senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson (June 4, 1916; Clearwater, Wisconsin; time unknown), who was born with a Ceres-Pluto conjunction in early Cancer.

Senator Nelson became environmentally active in 1963 when he convinced President Kennedy to go on a national conservation tour in September 1963. By secondary progression, Nelson's Ceres was conjunct practical Saturn. However, JFK's assassination two months later ended that political endeavor. Not until the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 when transiting Jupiter was perfectly trine Nelson's Ceres did he see the fruits of his labors.
The awakening of Nelson's Ceres, the inspiration for Earth Day, arrived as transiting Uranus entered Libra and was squaring his natal Ceres. We are currently on the verge of another such awakening as transiting Uranus will soon enter Aries. This is also significant because Ceres in the original 1970 Earth Day event was in early Aries, which will be activated by the Grand Cross of 2010. The celestial message is clear: either suffer tremendous ecological disaster or become earth friendly.