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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 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
"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."
"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."
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."
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."
"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."
"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 August 2, 2010 - WikiLeaks document dump, Charles Rangle's Mars, and Jennifer Lopez on American Idol
"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!"
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."
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NewsScope for August 9, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar
A reporter from Fox News emailed me on the occasion of Obama's 49th birthday to ask "What is in the stars for Obama?" Along with the consumer-driven question about Leos, she asked about a dozen other specific issues. For me, it's too difficult to explain the leap from sun signs to analysis of planetary dynamics, but here's a look at three distinct developments.
The first has to do with the current outer planet T-square and how it's aligning with Obama's Juno. This feminine archetype in the second house of money has a direct connection to Obama's economic strategy. Last week, when transiting Uranus passed over his Juno, Christina Romer, the chairwoman of his council of economic advisors, resigned because she felt her larger government stimulus plan was being ignored.
Obama's second house will remain under intense pressure over the coming year, especially since his progressed Sun in the eighth house of deficits will oppose his Juno in April 2011. This indicates an ongoing economic challenge, especially concerning
the issue of competing plans among his advisers. However, in July 2011, Obama's progressed Sun will trine natal Jupiter, bringing him much success in the area of international relations – and possibly, an improved economy.
The most worrisome progression involves his Mars, which is entering into a square to natal Saturn next year, and will be exact in April 2012. This combination likely refers
to entrenched military problems that occupy much of his time, especially concerning nominal allies and the impossible meeting of deadlines and objectives. This Mars-Saturn dynamic promises covert or secret battles, behind-the-scenes bureaucratic and political fighting, and potential health problems.
Same Sex Marriage in the Age of Aquarius
On November 4, 2008, Proposition 8 was passed by California voters. With contributions "for" and "against" totaling some $83 million, the measure became the most expensive initiative in national history. It stated that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid" and the following day same-sex
* For a well-written biographical feature article, see Vanity Fair
Grace Kelly Lives On
Although Grace Kelly died in a 1982 car crash, 2010 has been a good year for the Oscar-winning actress and Princess of Monaco. Her classic image is everywhere: from the cover of Vanity Fair*, to Vogue's style homage, to the ongoing tribute at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. She's also the inspiration for the icy, elegant Betty Draper character on TV's Mad Men.
Grace Kelly was born with a Sun-Mars conjunction in passionate Scorpio (November 12, 1929; 5:31 am; Philadelphia, PA), a determined,
Kelly began her film career in 1951 with a small part in Fourteen Hours as her progressed Midheaven conjoined her tenth house Neptune. Over the next few years, as her progressed Sun and Mars were conjunct and trine her Midheaven, Kelly skyrocketed to fame and fortune. And unlike the virginal image fashioned by her favorite director Alfred Hitchcock, this irrepressible Scorpio had numerous romantic affairs with Hollywood's top leading men.
However, on April 19, 1956, when her progressed Sun opposed her Ceres, Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco. As this progression indicates, Kelly was finished with the acting business and keen to have children. Her first daughter Caroline was born
marriage was officially banned. Last week, a federal judge temporarily overturned Proposition 8 pending further appeal.
Astrologically, same-sex marriage has been a political football ever since Uranus entered Aquarius in 1996. On September 21, 1996, President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which gave individual states (Uranus) the right to pass their own definition of marriage. When Neptune entered Aquarius in 1998, Hawaii and Alaska became the first states to pass constitutional amendments aimed at defending traditional marriage.
The issue awakened national interest when California passed Proposition 22 in November 2000, which likewise banned same-sex marriage. Still, as nebulous Neptune advanced through Aquarius, the sign of equal-rights, the debate would not go away. Proposition 22 was overturned on May 15, 2008 when Chiron in Aquarius was beginning to form a long-term conjunction with Neptune. Immediately after this legal ruling, proponents of traditional marriage began gathering signatures for Proposition 8.
In this sign, Neptune tends to dissolve or blur recognized traditions based on abstract ideals of equal rights. Similarly, Chiron in Aquarius represents those who have been wounded in some way and are seeking equal protection under the law. As these two travel together, they will continue to influence traditional concepts of marriage. However, Pluto in arch-conservative Capricorn indicates that same-sex marriage is not about to gain widespread approval any time soon.
powerful combination that is much enhanced by trines to Pluto and her Pisces Moon. With sexy Scorpio Rising, Mars is the co-ruler of her chart. Mars at 25º Scorpio closely squares the U.S. Moon (orb 0º09'), showing the intense impression (Mars) she made on the American public (Moon).
exactly nine months later. Today, Grace Kelly is experiencing a progressed Sun-Venus conjunction which is growing in strength. It will become exact in 2016, indicating she will be a style icon for years to come.