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April 6, 2009 - Michelle and the Queen, Pluto Threatens NewsScope, Gilles and Cheryl of DWTS

April 13, 2009 - Economic Interdependence, North Korea's Mars, Twitter the Social Networker

April 20, 2009 - Mexico's Narco-Traffickers, an empowered EPA, and Susan Boyle

April 27, 2009 - Torture memos, Top Five Astro-Events for May, and Susan Boyle's makeover
May 4, 2009 - Joseph Luter III, Hygeian, the Goddess of health, and American Idol Adam Lambert

May 11, 2009 - the Fed's stress tests, Pakistan Pres. Zardari, and Miss California Carrie Prejean

May 18, 2009 - The New Foundation, automakers and the U.S. Mars, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard

May 25, 2009 - June's Top Five Astro-Events, Neptune and Marijuana, and the Eye of Medusa and Lucy Gordon

May 25, 2009 - June's Top Five Astro-Events, Neptune and Marijuana, and the Eye of Medusa and Lucy Gordon
June 1, 2009 - North Korea tests the world, Sonio Sotomayor, and Conan O'Brien on Tonight Show

June 8, 2009 - Netan-yahu's Mars, Ted Kennedy's Last Cause, and David Carradine's suicide

June 15, 2009 - Iran's shaking foundation, Laura Ling in North Korea, and Marina Orlova, youtube guru

June 22, 2009 - Ayatollah Khamenei, the Twitter revolution, and Chaz Bono's gender reassignment

June 29, 2009 - July's Top Five Astro-Events, The Fed's Restructuring, and Michael Jackson
July 6, 2009 - Sarah Palin resigns, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune retro, and Serena Williams at Wimbledon

July 13, 2009 - Al Franken joins Senate, Hummingbird Crop Circle, and Trans-formers'  Megan Fox

July 20, 2009 - Pluto's opposition to the U.S. Jupiter, the Solar Eclipse, and golfer Tom Watson

July 27, 2009 - Health Care Reform, Top Five Astro-Events for August, and Katie Holmes returns

August 3, 2009 - A day in the Life of Henry Gates, excessive executive pay, and Dr. Conrad Murray
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NewsScope for September 21, 2009
by Michael Wolfstar

Obama Scraps Missile Defense in Eastern Europe

Last Thursday, President Obama announced that the U.S. would end its plans to deploy anti-missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, setting off tectonic shifts in geopolitical alliances. The high-tech, yet-to-be-developed system was originally proposed by the Bush Administration and was explained as targeting Iranian missiles, but the subtext was clearly aimed at holding Russian hegemony at bay.

The importance of Obama's announcement was clear to political astrologers since it took place on the very day that the transiting Sun aligned with the Saturn-Uranus opposition: the Old Guard was dethroned by a New Plan. While Bush strategists decried this development as "caving in to Russian
pressure", Russian leaders responded generously by immediately withdrawing their plans to deploy medium-range missiles in Kalingrad near Poland's border.

Russia's horoscope (June 12, 1990; 1:45 pm; Moscow) reflects the current dynamic shifts. First, the Sun-Saturn-Uranus configuration fell right on Russia's Ascendant-Descendant axis, signaling a sudden change in relationship status. Second, with Virgo Rising, Mercury is the ruler of Russia's modern incarnation. By secondary progression, Mercury is at 8º17' Cancer, exactly (to-the-minute) opposite natal Uranus. This precise connection underscores the unexpected, spontaneous changes now taking place.

Russia's progressed Mars, which is now at 22º Aries, is cause for concern. This Mars is heading into a square with natal Saturn, which will be exact in March 2012. The Mars-Saturn vibe represents a toughness that needs to be watched and parried, since it generally activates the need to be strong and dominant. However, if Russian and American interests can be aligned, it represents an opportunity to reconfigure global military security.
For more on the vampire myth, see Dracula and the Eye of Medusa 
The Rising Rant

The current cover story in Time magazine features controversial political commentator Glenn Beck, a "mad man" with a gift for exploiting fear and paranoia. "He is the hottest thing in the political-rant racket, left or right." Unmentioned in the Time piece is that Beck called Obama a racist during his FoxTV segment, which resulted in a massive advertiser boycott.

Glenn Beck was born with his Aquarius Sun conjunct Mars and Saturn (February 10, 1964; Mount Vernon, WA; time unknown), giving him the same anger and control issues as Sarah Palin, who was born the day after Beck. Typical of the socially-minded Aquarian, both have turned their personal angst into large-scale issues. Since their Sun-Mars-Saturn is also conjunct the U.S. Moon, they have both reached a national audience.

In the broader celestial scheme, the outer planets Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are now entering into a T-square formation. Last week Saturn and Uranus were exactly opposite, and now Saturn is advancing into its first square with Pluto, becoming exact on November 15. As detailed by Richard Tarnas in Cosmos and Psyche, Saturn-Pluto combinations are historically associated with the empowerment of conservatism, often accompanied by totalitarian impulses, organized violence, and oppression.

In the U.S., we can anticipate a rise in angry reactionaries who oppose the Uranian changes espoused by Team Obama. The last time Saturn, Uranus and Pluto were dynamically aligned was in the mid-1960s, when the Uranus-Pluto conjunction opposed Saturn. At the time, profound social and political unrest was experienced throughout the global village. We can expect no less this time around....
Stephanie Meyer's New Moon

Two months before its November 20 debut, New Moon – the second film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's best-selling romance-vampire books – is already sold out in online presales. Last month, USA Today noted that Meyer broke J.K. Rowling's record on their bestseller list, while Forbes magazine listed her at #5 on their list of "Hollywood's Most Influential Women".

Stephanie Meyer was born during the New Moon in Capricorn (December 24, 1973; Hartford, CT; time unknown), a rather conservative placement that finds fulfillment through ambition, responsibility and duty. These qualities are underscored by the opposition to Saturn and given an interest in power and the supernatural by the square to Pluto.

As a self-acclaimed "strait-laced Mormon", many of the traditional vampire themes are overlooked in favor of chaste love. Her natal Venus is well aspected by being conjunct Jupiter and sextile Neptune, undoubtedly inspiring an interest in love stories,
as well as contributing to her annual earnings exceeding $50 million. Venus also forms a hard aspect to Pluto, which adds elements of obsession, lust and betrayal in the relationship department, plus a keen interest in accumulating wealth.

Currently, Meyer's progressed Sun is nearly conjunct her natal Venus. In traditional astrology, this alignment corresponds to finding one's true love in life. Since Meyer is already married, one might assume that other facets of Venus will become illuminated, such as her growing celebrity and financial abundance. One thing for sure is that New Moon will be a huge success. Coincidentally, New Moon opens as the transiting Saturn-Pluto square activates her natal New Moon.

August 10, 2009 - Obama's prospects, Mars in the danger zone, and Meryl Streep as Julia Child

August 17, 2009 - the disease management system, CEO John Mackey, and Michael Vick

August 24, 2009 - The Aquarian Conspiracy, its health care implications, plus Tom Delay on DWTS

August 31, 2009 - Ted Kennedy and the Kennedy Clan, September's Top Five Astro-events, and DJ AM

September 7, 2009 - Obama addresses the nation, Pfizer's culture, and Japan's Yukio Hatoyama

September 14, 2009 - Joe Wilson's outburst, Pluto to the U.S. Jupiter, John Lennon 40 years ago
There's much more on Russia. See how its modern horoscope works, plus charts for Putin and 2012.