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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
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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

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."

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."

"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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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

Sept. 13, 2010 - the Uranus-Pluto square, Haumea the Hawaiian Goddess, and Jamie Oliver's food revolution
NewsScope for September 20, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

Sarah Palin's Rectified Birth Time

Sarah Palin's appearance in Iowa last Friday, plus the recent success of her favorite Tea Party candidates, makes her the GOP's leading contender for the 2012 presidential race. Yet she remains highly controversial and more idealistic than knowledgeable on the issues. Will she run? Astrologers can't really say without an accurate birth time, and the times offered are unsourced and make little astrological sense.

For the sake of argument, I'm proposing a 4:55 pm birth time (February 11, 1964; Sandpoint, Idaho). This gives her proud, outgoing Leo Rising and places her Sun-Mars-Saturn triple conjunction right
on the Descendant. An angular Mars accounts for her athleticism and her in-your-face political commentaries. With Taurus at her Midheaven, Venus becomes the ruler of her professional life, which is in assertive Aries and unusually well-aspected.

Sarah eloped with her high-school sweetheart Todd Palin on August 29, 1988 to spare her parents the expense of a "big white wedding". This life-changing event took place as transiting Pluto was conjunct her fourth house cusp, suggesting the dramatic departure from her home. Also, transiting Jupiter was favorably conjunct her progressed Midheaven, while her progressed Ascendant was trine her natal Midheaven.

John McCain picked Palin as his running mate on August 27, 2008. At the time, her progressed Midheaven
(her evolving career point) was favorably trine her 7th house Saturn (symbolizing an older partner). Currently, transiting Sedna is in a long term square to her Sun, identifying her with the vain, avenging goddess from the Alaskan Arctic. Over the next two years, Palin's Venus gets activated by major transits and progressions, so we can expect to see much more of her as the 2012 election season draws near. 
Sedna, The Arctic Goddess
of the Sea

Astrologers have noticed that the discovery of a new planet coincides with a shift in the collective consciousness in accord with the new object's metaphysical reality. As such, the 2003 discovery of Sedna – named after the Inuit Goddess of the Sea – represents the growing appreciation of the Arctic as singularly important to global warming, since its conditions are changing much more rapidly than the rest of our planet.

Sedna's discovery may also mark the Arctic Ocean as the last frontier for scarce resources. Russia's horoscope (June 12, 1990; 1:45 pm
Mike Brown, Planet Hunter

Astronomer Mike Brown is best known for his discovery of Eris, the only known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) larger than Pluto and the reason for Pluto's demotion. But he and his team have also discovered Haumea, Sedna, Makemake, and a number of additional TNOs – all of which makes Brown an exceptionally skilled planet hunter. And as he finds and names new dwarf planets, he's expanding astrologers' interpretive tools.

Mike Brown was born with his Gemini Sun conjunct expansive Jupiter (June 5, 1965; 2:30 pm*; Huntsville, Alabama), a fortunate pairing that bestows success, nobility and popularity through a restless search for meaning and knowledge. Gemini placements imply a natural curiosity, and with Brown's Sun closely aspecting
* Here's an ephemeris for Sedna:
And some insightful articles:
BADT; Moscow) has Sedna at 11º Taurus, where it's conjunct the Part of Fortune at 10º Taurus. In Russia's case, Sedna potentially represents material wealth. Since Sedna is also trine Neptune, its placement suggests that Russia recognizes a fortune can be found around its Arctic coastline in the form of oil and gas.

However, Sedna is also aligned with Russia's Venus-Pluto opposition, indicating an instinctive possessiveness about these resources. On August 2, 2007, Russia planted its flag on the seabed on the North Pole. The technologically difficult stunt aimed to extend Russia's claim to half the floor of the Arctic Ocean, along with its oil and gas deposits. At the time, Russia's progressed
Midheaven was at 11º Cancer, precisely sextile natal Sedna (orb: 0º09').

This week (September 22-23), Russia will host a conference to discuss the environmental, social and economic issues associated with the Arctic Ocean. During this event, Russia's progressed Moon will be at 11º Scorpio, exactly opposite natal Sedna (orb: 0º08'). Over the next few years, the transiting Uranus-Pluto square will activate Russia's Sedna, likely marking a time when the discussions may not be so congenial. As her myth tells us, Sedna can stir up a lot of trouble.
* Birth time is from his mother, which he described in his email to me: "Rumor has it (rumor from my mother) that it was about 2:30 pm, but no one can find a copy of my birth certificate! (guess that means I can't be president)."
For a fascinating blog entry on his discovery of Eris,
see mikebrownsplanets
all five of the outer planets, his quest becomes trans-personal, one that reaches beyond traditional limits and models.

With a charming Libra Ascendant and his talkative, friendly Sun-Jupiter in Gemini, you wouldn't know that his psyche is relentlessly driven by his self-defined mission statement. Mars in Virgo is the engine that pushes him, since it's placed in the midst of the epochal Uranus-Pluto conjunction where it opposes Saturn and squares his Sun. Mars here is his Inner Warrior who fights to break through old paradigms.

To help corroborate his birth time, Venus, the ruler of his chart, is placed in the ninth house of academia, which is where Professor Brown fights his battles. He was married on March 1, 2003 when his progressed Midheaven was sextile natal Venus. On January 5, 2005, Brown discovered Eris, which he realized would lead to Pluto's undoing. At the time, transiting Saturn was conjunct his progressed Sun, with both sitting right on his Midheaven. That's a career pinnacle!
Sedna is currently retrograde and at 22º29' Taurus