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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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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."

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

June 14, 2010 - BP's chart and the Solar Eclipse, CEO Tony Haward, and Jacques Cousteau's 100th birthday

2009 NewsScope columns are located in the
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NewsScope for June 21, 2010
by Wolfstar

Obama's Energy Plan

In his address to the nation last week, President Obama called the oil spill disaster the most vivid incentive yet to end "America's century-long addiction to fossil fuels". Although the speech received tepid reviews, polls show that many Americans want to end their dependency on foreign oil by developing a  clean national energy plan for the sake of the economy, the environment, and national security.
Obama's horoscope shows that he is uniquely positioned to tackle the oil addiction issue. Not only is his Sun's primary aspect to Neptune (the natural ruler of oil), but also this Neptune is located at 8º Scorpio, which corresponds precisely to the national horoscope's Scorpio Ascendant. Now that his Sun has progressed to 29º Virgo, it has fallen under the pressures of the crisis-oriented Saturn-Uranus opposition.

Transiting Saturn was within ½º of conjoining Obama's progressed Sun
when the oil rig exploded on April 20. One month later, when transiting Uranus opposed Obama's progressed Sun, estimates of how much oil was leaking took a quantum leap upward, elevating a minor inconvenience into a full-blown catastrophe. And now, as transiting Saturn is heading
back to the conjunction, Obama is using the bully pulpit to show he is in control.

Over the next month, as transiting Saturn nears Obama's progressed Sun, expect renewed efforts to pass a national energy plan. The problem is that transiting Uranus will oppose his progressed Sun two more times (August 2010 and March 2011), showing stiff opposition from Senators bought and paid for by Big Oil. However, if he sticks with it, Obama's progressed Sun trine Jupiter in July 2011 shows the potential for huge success.
This graphic is a section of a tri-wheel, featuring Obama's natal chart on the inner wheel with his Sun-Neptune square highlighted. The middle wheel is his current progressed chart and the outer shows the transits
Mexico's Drug War

Last week, the escalating violence in Mexico prompted President Felipe Calderon to issue a 5,000-word manifesto explaining his war on drugs. He directly blamed the United States, which consumes massive quantities of marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines that enrich Mexican narco-traffickers to the tune of $25 billion/year. "It is as if our neighbor were the biggest drug addict in the world."

Mexico's horoscope (January 31, 1917; 4:42 pm; Querataro, Mexico) features a triple conjunction of the
Sun, Mars and Uranus in Aquarius. This combination reflects the violent civil war in the early 20th century that gave birth to its modern democracy. The natal Mars-Uranus connection also shows the potential for spontaneous violence as part of the national landscape, especially when the Capricorn planets and Saturn lose control. 

With Saturn rising, government control is expected and maintained. The challenge to this Saturn is that it conjoins Neptune, which has the tendency to undermine order through bribery, scandal, and the insidious influence of the drug cartels. Calderon initiated the war on these cartels when he assumed office on December 1, 2006 as transiting Saturn and Neptune opposed each other while aligned with Mexico's Mars-Uranus.
The deeper intractable problem – as seen from Mexico's horoscope – is Pluto in the 12th house. Here we have the symbol for the powerful underworld gangs that are destroying Mexico's social fabric. Pluto is being energized by hard aspects from transiting Saturn and Pluto. Now, transiting Jupiter and Uranus are also squaring Mexico's Pluto. These troublesome alignments continue through the end of Calderon's term in 2012.
More on Mexico - the 1985 7.9 earethquake, the Aztec goddess of earthquakes Tlaltecuhtli, plus a successful prediction of Felipe Calderas's election in 2006.
Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed

Teen star Miley Cyrus was all over celebrity newscasts last week as she was promoting her new album Can't Be Tamed. Her sexy outfits and risqué dance moves gave fans the idea that she was growing up, and perhaps following the downward spiral of Britney Spears. "Just to be clear," she said, "drugs are for idiots and I'm never going to be that person."

Miley Cyrus was born a fun-loving Sagittarius (November 23, 1992; Franklin, TN; time unknown). Her Sun trine Mars in late Cancer gives her an abundance of physical energy and a healthy dose of self-confidence. Even though Mars in
Cancer is said to be poorly placed in traditional astrology, in Miley's case, Mars gains strength and will power by the trine to Pluto, and a clear voice by the trine to Mercury.

Miley's Sun at 1º Sagittarius is currently under the beneficial rays of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Aries. The Jupiter-Uranus component of this summer's Grand Cross is the part that is expansive, innovative, and exciting; it's the part of all of us that wants a new start. Jupiter-Uranus promotes freedom, high spirits, and a bright future – all of which Miley Cyrus currently exemplifies.

Transiting Jupiter and Uranus will continue to enhance Miley's natal planets in late Scorpio and early Sagittarius over the coming year. She's already mentioned that her agenda includes two film projects,
another album, and a tour, plus she has an interest in directing. A red flag can be found in transiting Neptune's square to her Mercury. This connection pushes for rest and downtime, but also offers myriad opportunities for recreational drug use.