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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

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...  "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 Stuxnet info

October 11, 2010 - Eris in the horoscopes of Iran, Liu Xiaobo, China, and Bob Woodward

October 18, 2010 - the rise of Apple, a follow-up on theTop 5 astro-events, and DWTS leader Jennifer Grey

Oct. 25, 2010 - Eris in the Tea Party movement, top 5 astro-events, and DWTS leader Brandy Norwood
NewsScope for November 1, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

Election Day

One of the best arguments favoring a Scorpio Ascendant for the U.S. is that election day always takes place when the Sun is in Scorpio. Invariably, this date falls between November 2 and November 8, which is just after the Sun crosses the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. The regulated cycle of endings and new beginnings is what keeps the country fresh. It's why America is a Scorpio nation.

On January 23, 1845 President Tyler signed into law the bill that established the first Tuesday after the first Monday
The Glamorous Silicon Valley

As the American political system struggles to appease anxious, angry Americans, one bright spot looms on the economic horizon: Silicon Valley. This relatively small region in southern San Francisco is home to America's wealthiest and most innovative high-tech businesses, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, and eBay. The term Silicon Valley was first coined on January 11, 1971* in "Electronic News" to refer to the local silicon chip makers, but now represents the U.S. high-tech sector as a whole.
* For more on Silicon Valley, see silicon_valley/history
Frank Sinatra, The Voice

This week a captivating tale of an American icon is being released. "Frank, The Voice" is about Frank Sinatra's early years, his intense ambition, and smooth voice that charmed girls and turned them into fanatical fans by the thousands. As described in a Vanity Fair excerpt, Sinatra's voice had an irresistible quality that blindsided "bobby-soxers" with romantic yearning and hints of lust.

Frank Sinatra was born with his adventurous Sagittarius Sun (December 12, 1915; 3:00 pm; Hoboken, NJ) square Jupiter, giving him a double dose of enthusiasm and showmanship. The Sun-Jupiter square has a downside, and that's a heightened sense of one's own greatness that others may see as an intolerable smugness. Mars in Leo trines his Sun, adding tremendous self-confidence.
in November as election day. At the time, the U.S. was primarily an agrarian society. November was a practical month because the harvest had been completed and winter storms had not yet set in. Symbolically, November (and its astrological sign of Scorpio) was a transition time between the past and the future.
At the time Tyler signed the bill, transiting Saturn - representing the establishment of procedures - was at 8º Aquarius, where it formed an exact square to the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, thereby fixing the nation's periodic renewal during the Sun's annual crossing of the national Ascendant. For the individual politician, it's a time of "do or die".
Every year, the transiting Sun is conjunct the Scorpio Ascendant on Halloween, that uniquely American holiday when children and many adults wear costumes. In traditional astrology, the Ascendant is often referred to as the mask we wear, or the persona that we present to the external environment. Political candidates excel at presenting an appealing mask, and it's up to voters to decide if the masks they wear fairly represent their true selves.
A horoscope for this date (set for sunrise, Mountain View, Santa Clara County, CA) can be used for charting the American high-tech industry. The business-oriented Capricorn Sun forms an Earth Grand Trine with Pluto and Saturn, making this entity a self-sustaining engine for financial growth. Jupiter at 29º Scorpio is well placed with respect to California's horoscope, and also supports Pluto in the 8th house of venture capital.

Transiting Uranus was conjunct SV's Jupiter on December 12, 1980 when Apple made its $1.3 billion IPO and kick-started an explosion of well-financed new ventures (also, P2 MC conjunct Mars, P2 Mars conjunct Jupiter). The dot-com bust unfolded in April 2000 during SV's first Saturn Return, when transiting Uranus was conjunct the SV's progressed Sun. Today, Silicon Valley accounts for one-third of all new venture capitalism in the U.S.
Over the coming year, transiting Neptune will enter Pisces and conjoin the SV progressed Sun, with both squaring natal Neptune. This celestial development represents a growing mystique, including cinematically, as in Facebook's story in The Social Network. With the most cutting edge, inventive, futuristic ideas emerging from this region, Silicon Valley becomes an eagerly anticipated, glamorous first stop for visiting heads of state.
However, Venus, the ruler of his chart, is in class-conscious Capricorn, and weighed down by an opposition to Saturn. Being Italian-American gave Sinatra deep feelings of inferiority which fueled his need to make something of himself. When his progressed Venus conjoined natal Uranus in 1940, Sinatra had joined the famous Tommy Dorsey band, and girls started screaming and swooning during his love ballads.

The progression of Venus to Uranus offers an electrical magnetism that creates superstars. Elvis Presley's progressed Venus was sextile Uranus in 1955-'56 when he began shaking his hips while rock'n'rolling and sending the girls into uncontrollable fits of lovesickness. Barack Obama's progressed Venus
was conjunct Uranus when he became a political pop star between 2006 and 2008. In all three cases, Uranus closely aspects the North Node natally, and then progressed Venus activated the underlying destiny.
"I'll be looking at the Moon, but I'll be seeing you."