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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

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

June 28, 2010 - Generals McChrystal and Douglas MacArthur, July's top five, and Al Gore's masseuse

July 5, 2010 - the astrology of austerity vs stimulus, the July 11 Solar Eclipse, and Chelsea Clinton's wedding

July 12, 2010 - Arizona's immigration law, the Gemini Rising U.S. horoscope, and LeBron James' Neptune

July 19, 2010 - Vatican's dissonant equation, more on the Gemini Rising U.S. horoscope, and Mel Gibson

July 26, 2010 - North Korea  threatens attack, August's top five astro-events, plus Christopher Nolan, Inception
"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
Reader Feedback...  Regarding the Gemini Rising chart, Karen Christino, the biographer of Evangeline Adams, writes: "Adams used a 3:03 AM chart.You can see that this is not Dr. Broughton's symbolic chart, as it
does not have Uranus on the Ascendant. Evangeline's teacher, Dr. Smith, may have studied with Dr. Broughton, and that her other teacher, Catherine Thompson, studied with Broughton.  Broughton (or his book) was an influence on her."
NewsScope for August 2, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

WikiLeaks' Document Dump

On July 25 (at 5:00 pm EDT), WikiLeaks released 91,000 documents covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. Top-level Pentagon officials criticized the action, saying it would put American lives at risk, as well as those Afghans who cooperated with the U.S.  Proponents compared the incident to the 1971 publication of the Pentagon Papers, which helped end the Vietnam War.

The document dump took place during the Full Moon in Aquarius and within minutes of the Pentagon's Solar Return. The Pentagon (July 26, 1947; 12:15 pm; Washington, D.C.) was established when the Sun in Leo was squaring Chiron in Scorpio, a natal dynamic that reflects the imperial urge for dominance (assisted by a powerful Saturn-Pluto conjunction n Leo) and the obsessive need for secrecy and control (Chiron in Scorpio).
The most elevated planet in the Pentagon's chart is Mercury, the planet of information. Mercury rules the 12th house of secrets and is supported by a huge budget (trine Jupiter in the 2nd house). Mercury was hit by the July 11 Solar Eclipse, foreshadowing the WikiLeaks document dump. Transiting Pluto is currently in the Pentagon's third house (where it squares the Pentagon's progressed Sun at 3º Libra), showing an over-riding need to manage intelligence information.

The strongest parallel between the WikiLeaks documents and the Pentagon Papers (first published on June 13, 1971) is a Jupiter-Saturn opposition, which describes the moral issues at play. The present incident was initiated by those who favor the democratic ideal of freedom of
information (Jupiter and Uranus in Aries). Saturn in Libra must weigh the need for transparency against the need for government secrecy (Pluto in Capricorn). This unsettling issue is shaping our emerging global network of information as we collectively enter the Age of Aquarius.
Charles Rangel's Mars in Taurus

Unless Congressman Charles Rangel admits wrongdoing, the full trial against him will begin in September at the height of election season. Last Friday, some of his Democratic peers urged him to resign for the sake of party unity, while Republicans are planning to make Rangel the face of corrupt Washington under Democratic rule. So far, Rangel has admitted to no more than sloppy paperwork.

Charles Rangel (June 11, 1930; Harlem, NY; time unknown) was born with a lucky Sun-Jupiter conjunction in expressive Gemini and his Moon in blunt but friendly Sagittarius. This strong Jupiter-Sagittarius influence has made the 20-term Congressman well liked by members on both sides of the aisle. However, like many who achieve success through their outgoing, sociable, Jupiter-inspired demeanor, he fell victim to the arrogance of power.
Rangel's Mars in Taurus is key to his personal history and his current troubles. Mars is well supported by trines to Saturn and Neptune, and represents his path to success by being conjunct the karmic North Node. This Mars provided the courage to lead 40 of his comrades out of an enemy trap during the Korean War, and using the money-savvy Taurus qualities, to lead the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Rangel's progressed Mars is now at 1º Cancer, which is currently under the cross-hairs of the outer planet T-square, the most powerful outer planet alignment since the 1960s. Most astrology students know how determined (i.e. stubborn) Mars in Taurus can be. Over the coming month, he'll be pushed, pulled and bullied into making a deal. If the
Jennifer Lopez on American Idol

Since the still popular American Idol has been slipping in ratings recently, the show's producers have been looking for some appealing new faces to replace the three departing judges. Ellen DeGeneres bowed out because she didn't like hurting singers' feelings, and now rumor has it that Jennifer Lopez is in negotiations to become an American Idol judge. Does she have the toughness?

Jennifer Lopez was born with the Sun in regal Leo (July 24, 1969; Bronx, NY; time unknown), where it's given plenty of energy and enthusiasm by a close trine to Mars in adventurous Sagittarius. The Sun
The major challenging aspect to her Sun is the square from Saturn, located at 8º Taurus. The Sun-Saturn square provides plenty of ambition to succeed, and in Taurus, is highly motivated to make a lot of money. Saturn by its very nature is judgmental, so Ms. Lopez would make an excellent judge, especially on American Idol, since her Saturn is perfectly aligned with the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant.

Astrologers might suspect that her marriage with Marc Anthony is currently under great stress, since transiting Pluto is conjunct her Juno. The pending deal with American Idol is unfolding as her progressed Venus is entering into a square with natal Saturn. This indicates two relevant developments: it increases her ability to render judgments on Venus-ruled celebrities, and it severely tests her personal relationships.

Democrats are lucky, he'll pull in his horns when Mercury turns retrograde on August 20 while squaring his Sun. 
also benefits by its sextile to a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Libra, which has provided the opportunities in her life to become a super-celebrity. The current opportunity is unfolding as transiting Jupiter and Uranus oppose her natal Jupiter-Uranus and trine her Sun.
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