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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 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
"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."
"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."
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 August 9, 2010 - Obama's stars, same-sex marriage in the Age of Aquarius, and Grace Kelly, fashion icon. Aug. 16, 2010 - Pakistan's flooding, Linda McMahon's Pallas, HP CEO Mark Hurd and Jodie Fisher August 30, 2010 - the Beck-Palin phenomenon, Sept.'s top five astro-events, plus a mature Matt Dillon. Sept. 6, 2010 -Israel's horoscope and peace talks, David Koch's Tea Party, and Bristol Palin on DWTS
"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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NewsScope for September 13, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar
The Revolutionary Uranus-Pluto Square
Last week, the ninth anniversary of 9/11 approached with the specter of a crazy pastor's promise to publicly burn the Koran, drawing the attention of military, political and religious heads from around the world. What the pastor had failed to consider was how his actions would insult 1.5 billion Muslims, and probably foment violent reactions from more radical factions.
When taken as a reflection of our times, this incident is clearly shaped by the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in faith-oriented Pisces (see September'a astro-event #2). The religious (Jupiter), crisis-oriented (Uranus) vibes are intensifying this week, as relations between the Islamic and Christian cultures clash over whether to build a mosque at NYC's Ground Zero. The
Jupiter-Uranus combination has become stressful due to the ongoing square to Pluto in Capricorn.
One way astrologers are looking at Pluto's transformative action in Capricorn is as the testing of our collective patriarchal structures. These tests become severe when Pluto is challenged by hard aspects from other outer planets. As we enter the Age of Aquarius, we realize that women's roles and values - especially that everything is connected - are equally valid. What one pastor does in Florida can trigger mass protests in Pakistan.
The most serious disruptions to our patriarchal systems will likely begin to unfold when Uranus returns to Aries and squares Pluto. The Uranus-Pluto square occurs seven times between June 2012 and March 2015, but these two are already close enough now that we recognize the problem areas. Reforming the old order to reflect the emerging feminine consciousness is only likely after great shocks to the systems. Fasten your seatbelts....
Haumea in American Politics
Among planets recently discovered beyond Pluto is Haumea, named after the Hawaiian Goddess of Creation. Astronomers refer to Haumea as a dwarf planet because of her relatively small size, but astrologers are discovering her immense influence over American politics. Although Haumea has some fascinating associations with ecology, evolution and fertility, she's most recognizable as being connected with all things Hawaiian.
Haumea was first sighted in 2004 using a large telescope on Hawaii, which set the stage for naming the planet after a Hawaiian goddess. Due to some classification
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
British chef Jamie Oliver* is making headway into the American scene with his fiery brand of healthy cooking. Last week ABC announced that they were picking up his show, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, for a second season. This time, the Emmy-winning reality show will be filmed in Los Angeles with the task of getting obese people to eat healthy, tasty meals that they cook for themselves.
Jamie Oliver was born with his Sun in information-oriented Gemini (May 27, 1975; Clavering, England; time unknown), a placement highly energized and physically charged up by the close sextile to Mars in pioneering, courageous Aries. Oliver's Sun trines Pluto, indicating an intensely driven mission to change the world. The Sun's opposition to Neptune fills his head with elusive dreams, but also gives him a good cinematic presence.
* Ms. Chester-Lambert has a lot to say about Haumea, which is recommended reading if you want to learn more about this new planet. See www.midlandsschoolofastrology
problems, astronomers didn't get around to the official announcement until September 17, 2008, only six weeks before Obama was elected. Scottish astrologer Alison Chester-Lambert* notes: "Synchronous with the arrival of a Hawaiian president was the arrival of a Hawaiian planet."
Is it just a coincidence? After Senator Byrd's death, Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye (September 7, 1924; 11:00 am; Honolulu, HI), became the longest-serving senator in the U.S., making him third in the presidential line of succession. His Haumea is conjunct Venus at 29º Cancer where it trines his Scorpio Ascendant, so that he gracefully projects all the regenerative power of this mysterious goddess.
Haumea was at 14º30' Libra when the IAU announced her name, which is closely conjunct the U.S. Saturn (at 14º48' Libra). If Saturn represents America's consensus reality, then the discovery of Haumea suggests a growing awareness of the Hawaiian form of spirit, ecology, and a multi-ethnic social pool. Hawaii's horoscope (August 21, 1959; 10:10 am; Honolulu, HI) has the Sun conjunct Haumea at 28º Leo, showing how this great goddess has infused her spirit into Hawaii's very identity.
Here's an on-line ephemeris for Haumea: haumea
Oliver's Mars opposes Pluto and squares his ambitious Capricorn Moon, a powerful dynamic that depicts a relentless drive to achieve his goals. The tension surrounding his Mars has brought him no end of controversies, as much from students and parents who insist on eating toxic food, as from rival chefs and the CEO of the Sainsbury supermarket chain in the U.K.
Oliver initially achieved success by advertising for Sainsbury, being their public face, for which he was paid millions. Undoubtedly, his Sun-Neptune opposition allowed him to compromise his ideals for some recognition and cash. But then his irrepressible Mars got ahead of this strategy when he slammed the food sold in supermarkets as processed junk. "For any chef, supermarkets are like a factory. I buy from specialist growers, organic suppliers and farmers."