"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 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

June 21, 2010 - Obama's energy plan, Mexico's drug war, and Miley Cyrus's new album Can't Be Tamed

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NewsScope for June 28, 2010
by Wolfstar
McChrystal was born with a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Leo (August 14, 1954*), a combination that gives him tremendous will power. The Sun-Pluto trines Mars, so  he demonstrates that will power through physical and military exploits that have earned him his exalted rank. In contrast to the imperial attitude that goes along with a Sun-Pluto in Leo, McChrystal's Moon is in Aquarius, making him a team player.
Stanley McChrystal and Douglas MacArthur

Obama's dismissal of Stanley McChrystal was widely seen as inevitable given the general's insubordinate remarks in the incriminating Rolling Stone article. Obama had to confirm civilian control over the military, just as Harry Truman did when he dismissed the popular leader of American forces during the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur. Here are a few astrological parallels between these dramatic showdowns.
Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880; 6:30 pm; Little Rock, AR) was born with a Mars-Pluto conjunction in his tenth house of career, reflecting his choice of the military. His Aquarius Sun opposes his Leo Moon and Ascendant, so he too had to balance imperial leadership with the needs of the collective. Both MacArthur and McChrystal have their North Node in Capricorn, where it opposes the U.S. Sun, symbolizing how their need for control (Capricorn) ran against U.S. leadership (U.S. Sun).

MacArthur was dismissed on April 10, 1951 when Jupiter and Saturn opposed each other. Expansive Jupiter needed to be controlled by Saturn in disciplined Virgo. Last week when McChrystal was dismissed, Saturn had returned to the same
degree in Virgo and was also opposing Jupiter. In both cases, Saturn was forming a trine to the U.S. Pluto in Capricorn, where it firmly re-established the constitutionally-mandated pecking order.
Top Five Astro- Events for July

1. Uranus turns retrograde on the 5th, marking a climax in technological innovation, revolutionary products, and other scientific and exploratory endeavors. Uranus heads back into Pisces, but the seeds for new starts, new social orders, new adventures have been laid. Uranus returns to Aries in March 2011 to fulfill the promises envisioned over the past month.

2. The U.S. progressed Moon squares Mars on July 6th, emphasizing the deepening military challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Since the progressed Moon is heading into a conjunction with Neptune, the overall confusion about oil spills, energy policy, deadlines, quagmires and achievable goals will likely get intense scrutiny in the media.

3. The Solar Eclipse on the 11th will likely bring major earthquakes, tropical storms, and other earth changes since it takes place during the outer planet T-Square. The eclipse conjoins Juno in Cancer, so for those with planets in this degree area, marriage and family issues are under considerable stress. In politics and business, women may suddenly vault into prominence.

4. Jupiter squares Pluto on the 25th, and is a strong influence from the 16th to 26th. This combination indicates the movement of Big Money and its effects on the stock market, business deals, and political influence. Since Jupiter and Pluto align with the U.S. Venus, major financial reforms are being concluded and implemented.

5. Saturn opposes Uranus on the 26th, but is in effect all month. This combination is the last of five between these two, and pits the new and different against the old and reliable. Candidates may be seen as  breaths of fresh air, or quacks gone off the deep end. Mars activates the underlying dynamic in the last week of July, likely bringing much conflict and violence.
Eclipse Hits Al Gore's Moon

The local police, the FBI, and several newspapers found no reason to investigate a masseuse's complaint that Al Gore had sexually assaulted her. She was called to his Portland hotel after he made a speech on global warming. If any of these mainstream officials had a competent astrologer on staff, they would have known that her story was worth pursuing.

The event chart (October 24, 2006; 10:30 pm; Portland, OR) in itself is highly significant, considering the exact conjunction of Venus and Mars in Scorpio. Whenever these two love planets form an aspect, sexual vibes are in the air. And with the conjunction in
When comparing the event chart to Al Gore's horoscope, Chiron is right on his Descendant, the beginning of the 7th house of "others". In this case, Chiron to Al Gore represented the massage therapist who could alleviate his sexual tension. Gore was born with Venus opposite Chiron, so the theme of sexual wounding is already present. Transiting Mercury was conjunct his Chiron at the time he called the masseuse.

This story won't go away. Gore's progressed Venus in the 12th house of secret affairs is currently squaring his Neptune. This combination is a sure-fire signal for a sexual scandal. Progressed Venus was closely squaring his Sun back in October 2006 (orb 0º12'), giving him a strong interest in secret liaisons. Now that the lunar eclipse and transiting Pluto are all aligned with his Moon, this Nobel Prize winner is in deep turmoil.
Scorpio and also conjunct the Sun, the erotic energy is dramatically intensified. This triple conjunction squares Chiron, the ruler of alternative therapies such as massage.