"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

May 31, 2010 - Big Oil's horoscope, hedge fund investor David Tepper, and the maniacal Dennis Hopper

June 7, 2010 - Israel's progressed Venus, Al and Tipper Gore's divorce, and activist O'rianka Kilcher
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Reader Feedback  "Regardless of the fact that gas at BP stations is usually 2 to 3 cents a gallon cheaper then at other gas stations, more and more people here and throughout the other Gulf states are now boycotting BP gasoline. Gulf state residents are enraged at what this spill is costing us in our fishing and tourist industries. As this oil spreads it will also effect the fishing and tourist industries at the rest of the Gulf Coast countries."

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 June 14, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

BP and the Solar Eclipse

As forecast in June's astro-event #2, a tremendous disaster unfolded for a major U.S. region during last week's New Moon: scientists now say BP's blown-out oil well could be spewing as much as 2 million gallons/day. That's a rate of one Exxon Valdez disaster every five days, and in three weeks will surpass the world's worst oil spill, the 1979 Ixtoc disaster.

BP's horoscope (April 14, 1909; Noon, London) reflects its precarious situation. BP's progressed Mars at 1º Aries is aligned with the current Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, indicating the high-energy response to the spill using the best technology available. Over the next few months, transiting Saturn and Pluto will further afflict BP's progressed Mars, undoubtedly emphasizing the fact that it can't clean up the mess quickly enough.
A NewsScope reader wants to know if BP will survive. BP's Jupiter in the second house of financial assets marks the company as sufficiently wealthy to meet the worst-case scenario for criminal negligence. Often, hard aspects between Saturn and Pluto correspond to survival issues, but in BP's case, transiting Pluto is trine natal Jupiter, supporting its underlying material value.
Around the July 11 Solar Eclipse, BP should have some significant financial news to report. The Solar Eclipse hits BP's progressed Mercury, the ruler of its second house Jupiter. Perhaps this will mean a
withholding of future dividends. In two years, as the progressed Sun opposes natal Mars, BP will be facing its most dramatic criminal charges. However, due to its $27 billion annual profits and its dominance and experience in exploiting a scarce resource, BP is likely too big to fail.
Tony Hayward, the Ceres-Pluto CEO

Slate readers have been asked to predict the date that BP CEO Tony Hayward will lose his job. Hayward has said that he will not resign, but as the man in charge of the worst oil spill in history, his intentions may be irrelevant. Unfortunately, we don't have a birth time for Hayward, but he was born on May 21, 1957 (Eton, UK).
Hayward's Sun is in either late Taurus or early Gemini where it conjoins Ceres at 29º Taurus. This Sun-Ceres conjunction closely squares Pluto, perhaps showing his incredible intensity and competitiveness as well as his interest in preserving and care-taking the corporation's wealth. However, considering the theme of tremendous loss associated with hard Ceres-Pluto aspects, job loss may indeed be just around the corner.

Hayward also has a close Saturn-Pluto aspect, a trioctile (135º), that further emphasizes his struggle with power. After criticizing BP's leadership in 2006 about the Texas oil refinery explosion, Tony Hayward himself was selected as CEO on January 12, 2007. At the time, transiting Saturn and Pluto were trine
Jacques Cousteau, King of the Seas

On the 100-year anniversary of Jacques Cousteau's birth last Friday, several op-eds appeared hailing the underwater film maker as a global ambassador for the sea. His son, Jean Michel Cousteau, noted that his father warned about over-exploitation of the seas and that he "did more than anyone to enlighten the world about the complexity of the ocean's ecology and the importance of preserving it." 

Jacques Cousteau was born with a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Gemini (June 11, 1910; 1:15 pm; Bordeaux, France), giving him an intense curiosity and a passionate desire to communicate his discoveries. With Jupiter on the Ascendant and his Sun-Pluto in the ninth house, Cousteau was a natural story-teller. His
wrote his first book  - The Silent World - in 1953 when transiting Jupiter was conjunct his Sun in the ninth house of publishing.

With a Mars-Neptune conjunction in the tenth house of profession, Cousteau naturally began his career in the French Navy. In traditional astrology, Mars in Cancer is poorly placed, but with Neptune's assistance, an active life in the water element worked quite well for the legendary diver. Mars opposes Uranus, giving him an inventive side, plus a pioneering spirit that thrives on high-risk adventures.

The cinematic dramatizations of his underwater exploits offered Cousteau opportunities to portray the ocean as an undervalued asset. His Venus-Saturn conjunction in the eighth
house of shared resources was deeply concerned about climate change, over-fishing and pollution of underwater habitats. His karmic mission was to communicate his concerns, as described by Mercury conjunct his North Node. With the June 26 Lunar Eclipse landing right on his Midheaven, his message becomes more important than ever.
each other while aligned with his natal Pluto. Also, his progressed Mars was trine natal Saturn.

Disruptions in control and leadership arrive under Saturn-Pluto aspects, and this is especially true in Hayward's case since he has a natal Saturn and Pluto connection. Transiting Saturn and Pluto will square each other on August 20, a date when a transiting Sun-Neptune opposition happens to align with Hayward's Pluto. If he does lose his post, it may not be far from this date.