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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

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.

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...  Apparently there is quite a controversy about the birth data given yesterday for WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange despite a heavily Plutonian chart that seemed absolutely spot on. (Chart shown at:
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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

Nov. 1, 2010 - Election Day and the Scorpio Rising US chart, Silicon Valley, and Frank Sinatra, the Voice

November 8, 2010 - John Boehner's horoscope, Pluto and "Quantitative Easing", and actress Jill Clayburgh

November 15, 2010 - Pluto opposite the U.S. Jupiter, Teddy Roosevelt's gilded age, and Elizabeth Smart

Nov 22, 2010 - the U.S. Saturn Return, plus the Sarah Palin book tour, and Prince William and Kate

Nov. 29, 2010 - Kim Jong' un's horoscope, December's top five astro-events, and Mark Twain's autobiography

December 6, 2010 - Julian Assange's horoscope, Afghainistan's Hamid Karzai, and Tron star Olivia Wilde

Dec. 13, 2010 - Obama's tax cut deal, Ron Paul's and the Fed, and besieged Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi
2009 NewsScope columns are located in the
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Donna Cunningham has a new post with some additional information about the controversy of Julian Assange's birth data. Fascinating. controversy-about-assange-birth-data/
* For discussion on the reported time of 2:05 pm, see
NewsScope for December 20, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar

U.S. Astro-Journal Notes

As described in this month's astro-event #1, the U.S. Saturn Return brought the nation's most important business to the foreground: Congress grappled with the federal deficit, DADT, the START treaty, and the tax cut deal. Not mentioned were the extraordinary developments on the diplomatic front. Saturn's return in the diplomatic sign of Libra brought the controversial WikiLeaks cables and the death of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke.

On December 10, as Mercury turned retrograde opposite the U.S. Jupiter, The New York Times published a story about a secretive banking elite* that has become a favorite reference in the blogosphere. Among those commenting on the Times article was Janine Wedel, author of The Shadow Elite, who compares today's post-recession derivative traders to the reassembled Russian oligarchy after the collapse of communism.
Amelia Earhart Resurfaces

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart (July 24, 1897; 11:30 pm; Atchison, KS) was lost at sea in her attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world. Last week scientists announced the discovery of three bone chips and other tantalizing evidence which suggest that Earhart and her co-pilot landed on a deserted South Pacific island where they survived for a few weeks.

Considering the transits and secondary progressions to her natal chart, Amelia Earhart's story is about to reach a dramatic turning point. Although she has reliable, stable Taurus Rising, Venus - the ruler of her chart - is in active, edgy Gemini along with her Moon and several other planets. This kept her moving, always chasing the next milestone.
Fine-tuning Julian Assange's Horoscope

If Julian Assange's reported birth time* of 2:05 pm is correct, then the WikiLeaks founder is currently experiencing Saturn transiting through his 12th house of secrets. As in Amelia Earhart's last flight, it's not the best time to seek personal achievement, but Assange's stated mission seems aimed more toward the larger social benefit than his own. And he remains ever-vigilant against hidden enemies.
Only in the U.S. Scorpio Rising chart is Jupiter in the 8th house of capitalism and investments. Mercury's station was empowered because it was conjoined by transiting Pluto, which is entering into an opposition to the U.S. Jupiter. Under this historic transit, Pluto will likely bring investigations, more secrecy, and a potential transformation of the banking elite's secret activities.

Looking forward, from December 22nd to the 29th, transiting Mars will be opposing the U.S. Sun and then squaring transiting Saturn, which is still near the U.S. natal Saturn. This configuration suggests that terrorism is possible during the holiday season. Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser said last Friday that he was confident that the appropriate resources were in place to deal with the risk. We hope so...
Unfortunately for the restless heroine, she undertook her adventure as transiting Saturn was in her 12th house, a time better suited for endings and conclusions, not new beginnings. Saturn here urges one to retreat from the world, and for those bent on superstardom, confusion and internal complexes can sabotage any external gain. Last week when scientists were unearthing her fate, transiting Pluto at 4º Capricorn was exactly squaring the position of Saturn (at 4º Aries) when she went down.

When she disappeared, her progressed Venus was conjunct her Sun, and she reached her greatest popularity while being eulogized. Now her progressed Venus is 90º further down the road, and entering into the square to her Sun, indicating a surge in her fame. Her progressed Moon will be conjunct her Sun in one month, perhaps indicating when the DNA evidence will be reported.
For more on Amelia Earhart, see Pallas Profiles
Assange surrendered himself to the London police on December 7 as he fought Sweden's attempt to extradite him on allegations of sex crimes. We can look at the transiting Sun as the timer of key dates: the Sun and Saturn were sextile then, with both harmoniously aspecting his North Node. With Saturn transiting through the 12th house of imprisonment, this is a solid signature for voluntary exile.

He was released on bail on December 16 as the transiting Sun was conjunct his progressed
Ascendant at 24º Sagittarius. Once again he was in the limelight and conducting many interviews, which is astrologically consistent with the transiting Sun lighting up the evolving projected self-image (the progressed Ascendant).

The next major alignment to Assange's chart takes place in early January. Transiting Jupiter and Uranus will be conjunct on January 4 at 27º02' Pisces. Assange's Pluto, the ruler of his Scorpio Ascendant, is located at 27º09' Virgo. Assange's natal Pluto is shaped by a close square to Venus in the 8th house, which helps to decipher what happens next. Watch for the next spectacular WikiLeaks revelation to unsettle the Bank of America in early January.