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"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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Recent NewsScope columns

June 6, 2011 - Aug 2 debt limit showdown, Saudi Arabia's Pallas, and Kim Kardashian's engagement

June 13, 2011 -  Arizona's wildfire, Syria's haves and have-nots, and political aspirant Alec Baldwin

June 20, 2011 Greece's debt problem, Q&A on the U.S. horoscope, and Crystal says "no" to Hugh Hefner

June 27, 2011 - Jon Hunts-man's lucky stars, July's top five astro-events, and Kate Middleton crosses the pond

July 4, 2011 - IMF chief Christine Lagarde, candidate Michele Bachmann,  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

July 11, 2011 - Obama's grand bargain, the UK news scandal, and Michele Bachmann's birth time.
Reader feedback

re: Kim Kardashian divorce - say it aint so! So for Christmas -- rebound toy.  Making 17 million on a wedding tends to make me cynical on the seriousness of it too. Although that is serious money.

re: KK divorce - I just saw that Kim Kardashian is getting divorced. What happened? She just got disenchanted? Pity. I'm a fan of hers, she's utterly lovely.

A. - From NewsScope, June 6, 2011:

< However, the many Uranian elements (the current transit, his Uranus square her Venus, her progressed Moon opposite natal Uranus) are not conducive to actually living together. Kim’s prominent Saturn indicates that she’s totally in charge, that Kris is a toy to play with and then set aside when she gets bored. >

re: Mignini - Golly, it's nice that a lawyer can maintain a professional level of objectivity. What an ass. But that is a Pluto-in-the-7th-house view of the world: seeing the other as one of two extremes, black or white, madonna or whore.

re: Hawaii Five-O - I just found out that both of the leads of the new Hawaii 5 0 share the same birthday!  It strikes me as so funny when I watch the show because they are as different as night and day. It would be fun to get your take on it.
Alex O'Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) was born Aug 24, 1976 in the morning in Canberra, Australia.  Scott Caan was born Aug 23, 1976 at night in LA.  They said in an interview they were born only a few hours apart.
I want to know why O'Loughlin is so unbelievably hot, and Caan is not quite.  They have the same planets for goodness sakes.....can a rising sign make so much difference?

re: GOP candidates - Your analysis of the candidates has been very interesting and on point
so far. I am curious about Herman Cain and his surge in the polls and wonder when Gov. Perry will finally bow out, if ever. Enjoy your column. Thanks

re: neutrino - I don't agree with some of the basic premises of so-called modern physics. Fifty years from now physicists will look back and wonder how these people could have been so stupid! Modern physics is the science of matter and living things seen as dead material. The real new physics will look upon matter and living things as living material with consciousness. At that point science will be able to accept the reality and beauty of astrology.
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July 18, 2011 - Eric Cantor's conflict of interest, the Merc -Neptune smokscreen, and JLo and Marc Anthony split

July 25, 2011 - Norway's horoscope, August's top five, and Amy Winehouse's progressed Lunar Return

Aug. 1, 2011 - Rick Perry's Mercury, Columbia in the Age of Aquarius, and Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens

August 8, 2011 looks at Obama's Solar Returns, the Super Committee and Tiger Woods' rehabilitation

August 15, 2011 - Rick Perry's candidacy, the new global economy, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes

August 22, 2011 - updating the GOP field, and the fear of contagion stemming from Italy's bond market

August 29, 2011 - Rick Perry's soaring poll numbers, September's top five, and Warren Buffet
September 5, 2011 - the double dip recession, marriage and Juno-Saturn, and Chaz Bono on DWTS

Sept.12, 2011- Ceres and the insurance companies, Texas wildfires, and George Clooney and Stacey Keibler

Sept.19, 2011 - Romney and Perry: the Pluto factor, Obama's Nov crisis, and Leila Lopes, Miss Universe

Sept. 26, 2011 - Perry falters as Romney scores, October's top five, and Einstein and the neutrino

Oct. 3, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street, Mahatma Gandhi and non-violent resistance, and gangster Al Capone

October 10, 2011 - Amanda Knox's karmic path, Meredith Kercher's murder, what's next for Amanda

October 17, 2011 - Mitt Romney's growing stength, Gary Christen's lawsuit,  entertainer Taylor Swift

Oct. 24, 2011 - the OWS movement, November's top five astro-events, and Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

Oct. 31, 2011 - Democracy, not Corporatocracy Part 2, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, and J.R. Martinez

Nov. 7, 2011 - Jon Corzine resigns from MF Global, Jullian Assange vs the U.S., Kim Kardashian's divorce
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NewsScope for November 14, 2011
By Michael Wolfstar

The EU’s Restructuring Challenges

As the Uranus-Pluto square shapes up, forecasters are seeing slow or zero growth in the global economy. Central to their concerns are the seemingly daily crises in Europe as Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and now Italy have had to accept extreme austerity programs in exchange for bailouts financed by the European Central Bank. A chart for the formal and constitutional inauguration* of the European Union (November 1, 1993; 12:00 am; Brussels, Belgium) helps astrologers gain perspective.
The EU Sun and three other planets are in Scorpio, the sign associated with pooled finances. The EU is a capitalist collaboration aimed at rivaling the United States in its economic and political clout. The Sun at 8º Scorpio is exactly conjunct the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, which reflects the unusually close ties within the transatlantic alliance. Together, these integrated economies account for half of the world’s GDP.

The major dynamic in the EU chart is a tight T-square involving the Mars-Pluto conjunction in Scorpio, Saturn in Aquarius, and the Taurus Moon. This T-square happens to align with the U.S. Moon in Aquarius, further accentuating how major economic crises in Europe influence American financial markets. Over the last two years, the EU’s progressed Sun conjoined the natal Mars-Pluto conjunction, which corresponded to the difficult bailouts of Greece, Portugal, and Ireland.
Transiting Neptune is currently in late Aquarius where it opposes the EU’s progressed Ascendant at 29º Leo. Last week, this configuration was activated by transiting Mars, which brought the crises in Greece and Italy to a head. The dramatic restructuring problems are bound to continue over the next few years, as progressed Saturn forms an exact square to natal Mars. Europe will undoubtedly continue to drag down the U.S. and world economy as it works out the details of integrating its haves and have-nots.
* The EU has had a steady, slow evolution, with at least half a dozen significant treaties and official start-ups. This chart is the one favored by Nicholas Campion in The Book of World Horoscopes.
Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Project

Last Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a report confirming that Iran is intent on obtaining nuclear weapons. Since 2003, U.S. intelligence has issued warnings about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but after the Bush administration erroneously declared that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, U.S. credibility has been severely damaged. The report by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog changes everything.

Iran’s Sun at 11º Aries (April 1, 1979; 3:00 pm; Tehran) puts the nation in line for fundamental restructuring as the transiting Uranus-Pluto square advances through the cardinal signs over the next few years. It’s not hard to imagine that Iran has a secret weapons program, considering its Mercury-Mars conjunction in elusive Pisces, which becomes more evasive by the square to Neptune.
Over the last three years, transiting Uranus has activated Iran’s Mercury-Mars, which most likely has energized the nuclear program with technological developments. In fact, in 2010 Iran reported to the IAEA that its facility at Natanz would be used to enrich uranium using the same technology that could produce weapons-grade uranium. Israel openly wonders why a nation rich in oil and gas reserves needs a nuclear reactor to generate electricity.
In 2012, the Uranus-Pluto square forms a hard aspect to Iran’s 4th house Uranus, which suggests domestic upheaval of some kind. The relevance of Iran’s 4th house Uranus became evident over this past weekend. That’s when the transiting Sun was conjunct natal Uranus and a mysterious explosion destroyed a missile site. Was it sabotage? Transiting Uranus forms a trioctile to Iran’s Uranus in early April 2012, when we might anticipate an uprising of sorts, or possibly a pre-emptive strike by Israel.
Charts and commentary for Iran and President Ahmadinejad can be found here
Garrett McNamara Meets the
Enchanted Ocean

Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara set a new world record last week by successfully riding a 90-foot wave. Video** of the astonishing event went viral, and shows him being towed to the mountainous wave by a jet ski. Then he cascades down the wall of ocean, momentarily disappears in the tube, and then miraculously emerges as the crest comes crashing down.

Garrett McNamara was born with a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Leo (August 10, 1967; Pittsfield, MA; time unknown), an expansive, lucky pairing that enjoys doing things in a big way. The Sun-Jupiter squares Mars in Scorpio, which makes him a daredevil, a gambler, or one who likes to challenge fate to prove his mettle. And with Mars quincunx Saturn in Aries, he seeks out the greatest challenges possible.
The Sun also squares Neptune and conjoins Ceres, two softer aspects that instill his extreme surfing with a sense of romantic mysticism. For the past ten years, he’s been on a kind of spiritual quest for the perfect wave - which he found in the unique geological conditions at Nazaré, Portugal. “I feel so blessed and honored to have been invited to explore this (underwater) canyon and its special town,” he said. “The waves here are such a mystery.”

Transiting Mars and Neptune opposed each other on the day he rode the nine-story high wave. It’s as if the enchanted ocean (Neptune) reached out to the heroic surfer (Mars in Leo). GMAC, as he’s called, had his progressed Sun conjunct Pluto ten years ago, when he took on his mission. Last week, as his progressed Sun entered Libra and was favorably octile Jupiter (45º), he made surfing history.