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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."
"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... "My brother was born the SAME DAY as Palin, and he has a Leo rising. He got married in Oct of 89, one year after Palin. So you may be very close with rectification. He is a Christian evangelical and a right winger – I just don’t understand, he’s such a smart guy. "
" I think Christine O'Donnell is too nutty, even for Fox News. They certainly are not championing her.
I find that people with venus square mars, within the framework of marriage, well, fidelity is not one of their strong points. "
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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 Sept. 27, 2010 - Christine O'Donnel's Pallas-Pluto, October's Top Five, Venus on Demi Moore's Neptune October 4, 2010 - featuring a look at the chart of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and some info about Stuxnet
NewsScope for October 11, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar
Eris Sows Discord in Iran
When astronomer Mike Brown discovered a trans-Neptunian object larger than Pluto, he named it Eris – after the goddess of strife and discord – because of the trouble it created around the planet classification system and the eventual demotion of Pluto. In political astrology, Eris is well represented by Iran (April 1, 1979; 3:00 pm; Tehran), which has a natal Sun-Eris conjunction in militant Aries.
Iran's nuclear power ambitions have been the cause of much discord, and the likely target of the Stuxnet computer worm. Last week, the New Moon at 14º Libra was exactly opposite Iran's Eris (orb: 0º09'), when intelligence officials announced the arrest of nuclear spies and complained that 30,000 computers had been infected as part of "electronic warfare against Iran".
In the longer term, Eris by transit will continue to stir up trouble in Iran. Currently, Eris is at 21º Aries, and over the next few years remains in the 21º-22º range. Iran's progressed Mars, symbolizing its evolving military aspirations, is now at 20º Aries and will catch up with transiting Eris in late 2012. Oppositions to this complex (progressed Mars and transiting Eris) might indicate attacks from Iran's enemies, as last week's New Moon suggests.
A date hidden in Stuxnet's code indicates that it will shut down after June 24, 2012. Are Stuxnet's programmers aware that this is the date of the first Uranus-Pluto square? Comparing Stuxnet's self-destruct date with Iran's chart shows that the Uranus-Pluto square hits Iran's Saturn, pointing to a radical shake-up of Iran's institutional structures. Transiting Saturn will oppose Iran's progressed Mars and transiting Eris, which may indicate a more serious attack, cyber or otherwise, on Iran's military resources.
Eris in China's Horoscope
China's horoscope (October 1, 1949; 3:00 pm; Beijing) reveals another nation strongly shaped by Eris. China's Libra Sun is in a close opposition to Eris (orb 0º51'), giving its leadership (Sun) an intense awareness of troublemakers (Eris), those who would upset the Libran need for harmony. The problem for China is that the Sun also squares Uranus, which quite naturally opens the door to radical social change.
When Liu Xiaobo (December 28, 1955; Changchun; time unknown) won the Nobel Peace Prize last week, transiting Saturn was right on China's Sun, and naturally the leaders responded in an authoritarian way by censoring all news about the jailed dissident. Liu's Capricorn Sun fits right into China's T-Square (Sun-Uranus-Eris), so that he personally activates all China's phobias, even though Liu has long advocated moderation and compromise.
Astrologers traditionally use a 3:15 birth time for China, but a 3:00 pm birth time seems to work better*. Liu Xiaobo's Uranus at 1º Leo represents his imperial sense of human rights, one that helped him forge Charter 08 - a
human rights manifesto. Liu's Uranus happens to sit exactly on China's Descendant, so that he exemplifies radical dissent against the status quo.
Over the next two weeks, China's progressed Moon at 21º Aries will conjoin transiting Eris, marking an interval when we can expect much fallout from this event. However, China's progressed Jupiter is emerging from the 12th house, where it's been ever since 1949. Over the next few years, China's progressed Jupiter in Aquarius will arrive on China's Ascendant, when human rights and individual freedoms will certainly find expression, and perhaps redefine China's national image.
This bi-wheel close-up shows Iran's natal Sun-Eris conjunction on the inner wheel, with the progressions to December 21, 2012 on the outer wheel, plus transiting Eris on this date on the outside
Bob Woodward, Troublemaker
As one of the nation's preeminent investigative reporters, Bob Woodward has made a career out of fomenting trouble. He's best known for his original news stories about the Watergate scandal that eventually brought down President Nixon. His latest book, Obama's Wars, re-creates the same chaotic scene as found in Eris' myth, although here the apple of discord ws what to do about Afghanistan.
Bob Woodward (March 26, 1943; 6:35 pm; Geneva, IL) was born with his Aries Sun exactly conjunct Eris (orb 0º14'), allowing him to personify most directly the Eris inclination for stirring things up. The Sun-Eris conjunction trines Pluto in Leo and his Sagittarius Moon, making an intensely resourceful and creative Fire Grand Trine. His 15 best-selling books have made him the ultimate Washington insider.
Woodward's Sun-Eris opposes Neptune, which is conjunct his Virgo Ascendant. This angular configuration has made Woodward himself an apple of discord. The prominent Neptune has immersed Woodward in illusion and deception for his entire career. While this worked to his advantage during the Watergate years, he wrote four books on Bush's misadventures, and firmly believed that Iraq actually had weapons of mass destruction.
Stylistically, Woodward has developed a passive tape recorder presence during high level meetings, which is characteristic of the self-effacing Neptune. Critics complain that he collects and writes about endless trivia without drawing any conclusions or showing their relevance, which is also very Neptunian. One thing is for sure, though, with several outer planets and his progressed Mars all activating his natal Sun-Eris over the next two years, Bob Woodward will be raising a lot of eyebrows.