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April 6, 2009 - Michelle and the Queen, Pluto Threatens NewsScope, Gilles and Cheryl of DWTS April 13, 2009 - Economic Interdependence, North Korea's Mars, Twitter the Social Networker April 20, 2009 - Mexico's Narco-Traffickers, an empowered EPA, and Susan Boyle April 27, 2009 - Torture memos, Top Five Astro-Events for May, and Susan Boyle's makeover May 4, 2009 - Joseph Luter III, Hygeian, the Goddess of health, and American Idol Adam Lambert May 11, 2009 - the Fed's stress tests, Pakistan Pres. Zardari, and Miss California Carrie Prejean May 18, 2009 - The New Foundation, automakers and the U.S. Mars, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard May 25, 2009 - June's Top Five Astro-Events, Neptune and Marijuana, and the Eye of Medusa and Lucy Gordon June 1, 2009 - North Korea tests the world, Sonio Sotomayor, and Conan O'Brien on Tonight Show June 8, 2009 - Netan-yahu's Mars, Ted Kennedy's Last Cause, and David Carradine's suicide June 15, 2009 - Iran's shaking foundation, Laura Ling in North Korea, and Marina Orlova, youtube guru June 22, 2009 - Ayatollah Khamenei, the Twitter revolution, and Chaz Bono's gender reassignment June 29, 2009 - July's Top Five Astro-Events, The Fed's Restructuring, and Michael Jackson July 6, 2009 - Sarah Palin resigns, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune retro, and Serena Williams at Wimbledon July 13, 2009 - Al Franken joins Senate, Hummingbird Crop Circle, and Trans-formers' Megan Fox July 20, 2009 - Pluto's opposition to the U.S. Jupiter, the Solar Eclipse, and golfer Tom Watson July 27, 2009 - Health Care Reform, Top Five Astro-Events for August, and Katie Holmes returns August 3, 2009 - A day in the Life of Henry Gates, excessive executive pay, and Dr. Conrad Murray August 10, 2009 - Obama's prospects, Mars in the danger zone, and Meryl Streep as Julia Child August 17, 2009 - the disease management system, CEO John Mackey, and Michael Vick August 24, 2009 - The Aquarian Conspiracy, its health care implications, plus Tom Delay on DWTS August 31, 2009 - Ted Kennedy and the Kennedy Clan, September's Top Five Astro-events, and DJ AM September 7, 2009 - Obama addresses the nation, Pfizer's culture, and Japan's Yukio Hatoyama September 14, 2009 - Joe Wilson's outburst, Pluto to the U.S. Jupiter, John Lennon 40 years ago Sept 21, 2009 - Russia and Obama's new missile plan, Glenn Beck, and Stephanie Meyer's New Moon Sept. 28, 2009 - Obama's Afghanistan plan, October's Top Five Astro-events, and Carl Jung and his Red Book October 5, 2009 - Iran's new attitude, CEO Ken Lewis and David Letterman, and Roman Polanski.
Pakistan's Supreme Court
The egalitarian, socially-responsive tendencies of Chiron, Jupiter and Neptune in Aquarius versus the elitist, self-promotion of Mars in Leo was also expressed in Pakistan last week, when that nation's Supreme Court struck down an amnesty that protected the top leaders from corruption charges. Although President Zardari is technically immune, the wildly popular Supreme Court decision supports opposition calls for him to resign. Pakistan's natal horoscope (August 14, 1947; 9:33 am; Karachi, Pakistan) shows a cluster of planets in Leo that has fostered the control of society through a powerful aristocracy. All of Pakistan's presidents have come from this ruling class, including the generals who usurped power. Mars at the Midheaven shows this unholy alliance between the military and aristocracy, even as they've fought among themselves.
The judicial branch of Pakistan's government has assumed moral responsibility for rooting out corruption. Astrologically, this can be seen in several ways. First, Saturn in Libra (the sign of the scales) is often associated with the justice system. Saturn is now in
Lady Gaga, Pop Shock Artist
While staid Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke won Time magazine's Person of the Year Award for saving the economy, Lady Gaga took top honors as MTV's Woman of the Year. Rising from obscurity to become an overnight sensation and superstar in 2009, Lady Gaga has shocked, surprised, and entertained fans with her catchy songs as much as her bewildering fashion and on-stage antics.
Lady Gaga's Sun in bold, brash Aries (March 28, 1986; New York, NY; time unknown) is given an edgy, manic demeanor by the close quincunx to
NewsScope for December 21, 2009
by Michael Wolfstar
Health Care and Global Warming Agreements
In the end no one was happy with either agreement, and the task of building consensus for what was agreed was arduous and lasted through the night. On Capitol Hill and at the U.N.-sponsored global summit in Copenhagen, democracy and its backroom deal-making were on ugly display, as political leaders simultaneously pushed and cajoled reluctant participants to meet deadlines.
Although there was no apparent connection between the two processes, their parallel developments were following astrological parameters. In the sky above, Chiron, Jupiter and Neptune were all coming together in Aquarius, the sign associated with democracy and consensus building. In the same way, Democrats were closing in on the critical 60th vote, just as the larger CO2-producing nations were closing in on a reduction plan.
In the sky above, Mars in Leo (about to turn retrograde) was heading into its opposition to the Aquarian planets. In Washington and Copenhagen, in the discussions about the health bill and global warming, Senator Ben Nelson from Nebraska and Premier Wen from China were the last big holdouts. Without these players on board, the respective deals would collapse. Either one could turn away, just like Mars.
Senator Nelson and Premier Wen knew they were in "pivotal" positions, and each held out for royal treatment, which is in accord with Mars in Leo's feelings of superiority and specialness. After the deals were simultaneously arranged, Republicans expressed their collective bitterness, as did the
developing nations in Copenhagen, who were likewise left out of the bargaining process. These political analogs across the Atlantic reflect the fractal nature of our collective reality, as seen in the stars.
Pakistan's first house where it becomes more assertive. Most importantly, Saturn by secondary progression is only 0º03' from its conjunction with Pakistan's Sun.
Advanced astrologers will note that by secondary progression, Venus (the ruler of the ninth house of justice) is one degree from being conjunct Chiron in the second house of money. Also, progressed Pallas (known as the Goddess of Justice) is squaring the North Node in the ninth house. What all these measurements mean is that Pakistan's Supreme Court is on the rise over the coming year, and the nation's ruling aristocracy is under immense pressure to reform.
extreme Pluto, plus an imaginative, ethereal feel by the square to Neptune. These outer planet influences are more than most people can safely manage, but Lady Gaga's Sun forms a stabilizing trine to Saturn, which helps to ground her creativity.
Venus is also in Aries, where it's supported by trines to eccentric Uranus and sexy Mars. From this in-your-face Venus placement, she has become known as a fashionista and a performance artist. But her craziest ideas come from her Mercury in Pisces, a placement that thrives on fantasy and likes to express ideas in images. Mercury's square to Uranus shows her abrupt, scatterbrained, disconnected ideas.
Transiting Chiron, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus have all been aspecting her natal Uranus throughout 2009, emphasizing her quirkiness as well as her sudden fame. An astrologer might warn her about drugs, which become temptations to those with a prominent Neptune influence and a constant need to be close to the edge. Transiting Pluto's given her plenty of energy in 2009 by its conjunction with her Mars, but that influence is now waning.
Oct 12, 2009 - Obama's Nobel Prize, Obama and the U.S. horoscope, and John Cusack and 2012 Oct 19, 2009 - Dow Jones hits 10,000, the Afghan-istan election, and Nicholas Cage's financial woes Oct 26, 2009 - the end of capitalism, November's Top Five, and DWTS leaders Donny Osmond and Mya November 2, 2009 - Hillary Clinton's trip to Pakistan as Saturn enters Libra, Q&A on the U.S. Scorpio Asc. Nov 9, 2009 - Nidal Malik Hasan's horoscope, Q&A on U.S. Scorpio Rising, and Josh Duhamel's tryst. Nov. 16, 2009 - Obama's chart relocated to China, Uranus in the NYSE, and the Fearless Taylor Swift Nov 23, 2009 - Sarah Palin's 2012 campaign, the first EU President Van Rompuy, and New Moon stars in love November 30, 2009 - Dubai's debt default, Dec's top five astro-events, and the Tiger Woods scandal. December 7, 2009 - a dip in unemployment numbers, Denmark's horoscope, and Elin Nordegren's prenup Dec 14, 2009 - Jupiter in Aquarius and Global Warming, Lord Monckton, James Cameron and Avatar