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Recent NewsScope columns at NeptuneCafe:

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
Reader Feedback...  "Thanks for the fantastic job you do on Newscope...I especially enjoyed the coverage of Sedna and the inclusion of the music.Your  work is accesible yet always introduces the lyrical and mythic...Thanks for a great weekly offering, Michael. May it keep flowing!"
" I think Sarah Palin is a Gemini rising. I've rectified her chart to about 11am, give or take.  It puts Capricorn on the 9th, which supports her religious affiliation.   And of course it puts her Sun in the 10th, which thrusts her into the public eye." 
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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

Sept. 20, 2010 - Sarah Palin's rectified birth time, Sedna the Sea Goddess, and Mike Brown's horoscope
NewsScope for September 27, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

Christine O'Donnell's Pallas-Pluto

Delaware's GOP senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is making national news because of her controversial statements which were aired last week by political commentator Bill Maher. "I dabbled in witchcraft," said O'Donnell in a 1999 video. "One of my first dates was with a witch, and I didn't know it. We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar."

O'Donnell's horoscope (August 27, 1969; Moorestown, NJ; time unknown) features an Earth
Grand Trine, which connects her Virgo Sun with Saturn in Taurus and Juno in Capricorn. These interconnected placements describe a mature individual who feels a sense of responsibility, one with strong moral values. Since Saturn opposes the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, she feels compelled to re-shape America's values.

O'Donnell has the political asteroid Pallas exactly square Pluto, which in turn is conjunct her South Node. This is the mark of the political extremist or passionate reformer. Evolutionary astrologer Steven Forrest has this to say about this Pluto-South Node connection: "You were touched by one of two realities; either catastrophe or flat-out evil. Paranoia about schemers or looming catastrophes can be projected onto innocent fabric, as if demons were afoot."
Forrest goes on to discuss Pluto here in terms of repressed emotions - fear, rage, shame, and grief - all of which clearly motivate her conservative Tea Party agenda. At the moment, transiting Jupiter and Uranus are trine her Venus, bringing her plenty of infamy. Although she's behind in the polls, transiting Pluto trine her Sun and a progressed Sun-Jupiter conjunction are very favorable indicators. Even if she loses in November, she will likely remain a national presence, perhaps as a Fox commentator.
Top Five Astro-Events for October

1. Venus turns retrograde on the 7th, the same day as the New Moon in Libra. This double whammy presents spontaneous attractions and separations from the 1st through 13th since Venus is also aspecting Uranus. Expect temporary problems for couples in committed relationships, possibly involving romantic triangles and sexual incompatibilities, though money may also be a major issue.

2. Pluto opposes the U.S. Venus on the 9th for the fifth and final time since February 2009. This 18-month interval corresponds to the time the Obama administration has empowered government to fix the collapsed economy. The intense financial drama is only the beginning of a much larger role of government in steering our collective, as Pluto remains in Capricorn until 2024.

3. Ceres enters Capricorn on the 9th and then conjoins Pluto on the 19th, a combination that suggests the growing caretaker role of governments and corporations. Ceres here may also represent patronage, bribery, corruption or helping associates through institutional support. Ceres-Pluto may point to a major disaster that requires government resources to help victims. Watch for a massive recall in the food industry.

4. The U.S. progressed Sun trines natal Jupiter on the 30th, the culmination of a growing influence over the past year. This connection is very favorable for corporate America and fosters mergers and acquisitions, while keeping the economic outlook in a positive vein. In popular culture, watch for endless films and documentaries about the economy and the super-rich.

5. The U.S. progressed Venus will be conjunct Chiron on November 3, but is a strong influence throughout October. This dynamic unfolds in the sixth house of jobs and reflects the chronic unemployment figures and the dwindling income of the middle class. The contrast between this aspect and #4 above points to the growing divide between the haves and have-nots – the worst it's been since the 1920s.
Venus Turns on
Demi Moore's Neptune

Last Friday Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in good spirits, which seemed to dismay the paparazzi. Rumors of his alleged one-night stand have been pasted across the front pages of Star magazine with an "exclusive story" and incriminating text messages. Demi, the poster child for the cougar movement, defied the rumors when she and Ashton made several public appearances together.
Demi Moore was born with a magnetic Sun-Venus conjunction in Scorpio (November 11, 1962; 2:16 pm; Roswell, NM), a lucky pairing that offers grace, beauty and charm. This Sun-Venus is much enhanced by the conjunction with Neptune, adding idealistic romanticism and seductive eroticism – all of which is greedily captured by the camera. The Sun-Venus-Neptune trio squares Mars, a potential signature for misguided trust and/or deception within marriage.

Ashton Kutcher (February 7, 1978; Cedar Rapids, IA; time unknown) was also born with a Sun-Venus conjunction, but placed in the networking sign of Aquarius. His Venus opposes Saturn, a challenging aspect for lovers, but one that is often worked out by having a significant age difference between partners. His alleged tryst with a 21-year-old fits this celestial equation, as does his marriage with the elder Demi.

Ashton's Juno is in the steadfast sign of Capricorn, while Demi's Juno is in duty-conscious Virgo. Both indicate a firm belief in the institution of marriage. However, Demi's progressed Moon and Midheaven are activating her natal Mars-Neptune square, suggesting a major turning point in her alliance with Ashton. On October 7, Venus turns retrograde right on her Neptune, the ruler of her chart, when she will likely change her tune and become more reclusive.