"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!"
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Recent NewsScope columns at NeptuneCafe:

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

Feb 15, 2010 - Michelle Obama's Cause, Greece's financial crisis, and Ellen DeGeneris's Q rating

Feb 22, 2010 - the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, March's Top Five, and Olympic snowboarder Chris Klug

March 1, 2010 - Chile's 8.8 earthquake, the Bloom Box, and Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska

March 8, 2010 - Best Actor Jeff Bridges, Mars turns direct and anger, plus the European Union's horoscope

March 15, 2010 - New York's wounded politicians, Greater Israel, and Betty White's Comeback at 88.
March 22, 2010 - Pluto's role in financial reform, Pope Benedict's troubles, and Sandra Bullock's marriage.

March 29, 2010 - Obama's improved standing, April's Astro-Events, and DWTS leader Nicole Scherzinger

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

April 26, 2010 - Thailand's red Shirts, May's Top Five astro-events, and Iron Man 2 starlet Scarlett Johansson

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May 3, 2010 - BP's horoscope, the astrology of corporate disasters, and Earth Day's Gaylord Nelson

May 10, 2010 - Anwar al-Awlaki the #1 terrorist threat, market meltdown, and Dr. Phil's mustache

May 17, 2010 - Elena Kagan's Pallas, PM David Cameron, and teen sensation Justin Bieber

May 24, 2010 - North Korea's transition, June's top five astro-events, and the Kevin Costner solution
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Reader Feedback  "I did some more research on the 1979 Gulf oil spill, and discovered that the actual date of the spill was June 3rd, 1979. An article in USA Today specifically mentions the event location and time: "...about 60 miles northwest of Ciudad del Carmen on Mexico's Gulf coast....At about 3 a.m. "

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."

Celeste Teal
on prediction

"The progressed aspects show the 'plot' of a story and lay the foundation for the types of events that will be triggered by the transits."

"It is the progressions that set the stage for potential events, showing detailed conditions and circumstances for a particular time frame accoring to the aspects formed between progressed and natal planets or between two progressed planets."

"At times of major events, there are frequently two or more exact aspects from outer transiting planets to natal or progressed planets."

Michael O'Reilly
on geopolitics

"Astrology as a worldview shows us that everything is connected, that the individual is an interdependent part of the whole. "

"When Scorpio is rising, the U.S. has four planets in the eighth house, underscoring the national focus on acculating wealth and corporate influence."

"The biggest celebrities have natal planets closely connected to national planets. Their character may personify a specific planet or group of planets, so that they become a national icon or archetype."
NewsScope for May 31, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

Big Oil's Horoscope

Several news reports issued last week featured a stunning comparison between the current oil spill and the explosion of the Ixtoc on June 3, 1979. Both were huge ecological disasters in the Gulf of Mexico, and efforts to plug the leak failed repeatedly. In Ixtoc's case, the ultimate remedy was the drilling of relief wells, which took nine months to complete.

Comparing the charts for the two blowouts shows virtually nothing in common. What the two events do share are ties to Rockefeller's original oil monopoly, Standard Oil (January 10, 1870; 12:00 pm; New York, NY). This horoscope features the Capricorn Sun opposite independent Uranus and square Neptune, the natural ruler of oil. The Sun is also trine a Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Taurus, indicating its immense wealth.

Transiting Pluto was exactly opposite Standard Oil's Neptune when the Ixtoc disaster hit. The progressed chart also shows very tight connections (P2 Mars
conjunct Moon, P2 Venus square Saturn), which reflect the explosive nature of the event and the tremendous cost. Although the original Standard Oil (SO) was broken up by anti-monopoly laws, this corporation as the founding entity for Big Oil remains valid and useful.

When BP's rented rig blew up on April 20, transiting Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were all closely aspecting SO's Lunar Node axis and Chiron in watery Pisces, the symbolic Achilles Heel of offshore oil drilling. Also, transiting Neptune was conjunct SO's Juno, showing deception and buck-passing problems with partners in the oil business. In both Gulf disasters, Standard Oil was undergoing a progressed New Moon, indicating an ending and a new start. But what have we learned since the last new start?
* Les Leopold is the author of "The Looting of America". See
David Tepper, Speculator Extraordinaire

As sociologist Les Leopold wrote last week*, David Tepper made $4 billion last year, making him the top hedge fund investor in America. "You earn more in one minute than the average entry-level teacher earns in one year!" The word on Wall Street is that Mr. Tepper is a financial genius, and most recently, that he's buying the most expensive house in the Hamptons.
David Tepper was born with a Sun-Mars conjunction in hardworking Virgo (September 11, 1957; Stanton Heights, PA; time unknown), giving him plenty of energy and drive to be the best. Like Virgo billionaire J. P. Morgan (Sun quincunx Neptune), Tepper has a strong Neptune influence: Mercury (ruling his Virgo planets) is retrograde and octile Neptune, showing that his intuition plays as much a role as his analyses.

Tepper is blessed with a good deal of luck: Jupiter, the planet of luck and opportunity, is favorably sextile Saturn on one side and Uranus on the other. These harmonious links also happen to be aligned with key placements in the U.S. horoscope, notably, Uranus conjunct the U.S. North Node and square the Scorpio Ascendant. Uranus symbolizes his freedom to leverage the financial system unimpeded by socially responsible regulation.

Last year, Tepper's progressed Sun squared natal Uranus when he vaulted from a top-tier speculator to the best on Wall Street. Over the next few months, as Jupiter conjoins Uranus and opposes
Saturn, we'll probably see some crazy gyrations in the stock market. Since Tepper has these three business-cycle indicators in harmony, we can expect that he will find a way to make $billions more for his clients and himself.
Dennis Hopper, the Archetypal Tormented Maniac

As transiting Mars opposed the U.S. Moon last week, Americans lost two favorite celebrities, Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper. Fans of the Sagittarius Rising U.S. chart, please note: Mars was at 25º Leo, not 26º Leo. Orbs are important, and major events happen when transits are within ½ degree from being exact. In the Sagittarius Rising chart, the Moon is at 26º Aquarius; in the Scorpio Rising chart, the Moon is at 25º Aquarius.
We have accurate birth data for Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936; 8:45 pm; Dodge City, KS), which gives him a stable Taurus Sun in sextile to Saturn and Pluto. This altogether reliable and calm planetary pattern is not how we remember Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper, who was renowned for his drug binges and counter-cultural ways.

Hopper's Mercury-Chiron conjunction in multifaceted Gemini resides in the 7th house of partners where it squares Neptune. This planetary signature easily captures his interest in mind-altering psychedelics as well as his multiple marriages and unrepentant philandering. In his later years, as Hopper mellowed out, he expressed an interest in playing evil characters and their underworld ways. His Aries Moon square Pluto captures this anti-hero vibe.
Hopper's Jupiter squaring Saturn in the 3rd house might indicate phases of mental anguish and isolation. Saturn is in the suffering sign of Pisces, and afflicted in the third house of mental attitude. This combination points to a hidden side, distinct from the enthusiasm and exuberance often shown in his films which is depicted by Jupiter rising in Sagittarius. Hopper's passing was foreshadowed by the January 15 Solar Eclipse perfectly aligned with his 8th house Pluto.