NewsScope for February 20, 2017
by Michael WolfStar

Trump Flirts with the Goddess of Chaos

The day after Trump’s pugnacious 77-minute news conference last week, he tweeted that the media is "the enemy of the American people", and he named the distributors of "fake news", including The New York Times, NBC, and CNN. Trump assailed the fourth estate for criticizing his progress so far, but his supporters (some 35% of the public) think he’s doing a great job.

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Astrologically, the coming week is likely to be even more chaotic than last week as we collectively head into the Solar Eclipse on February 26. The mounting contentiousness among all concerned parties can be seen in Mars’s transit through Aries. By the time of the Eclipse, Mars will conjoin Uranus and Eris, both at 22º Aries. This pressure-packed, explosive combination promises ever-increasing chaos in Washington.

"Chaos" is actually one of the key words we apply to the recently discovered planet Eris. Eris is also known as the Goddess of Discord. During last year’s campaign the Uranus-Eris conjunction was perfectly sextile Trump’s Sun, but also squaring his Saturn as he promised fundamental changes in the way Washington does business. The same combination is in effect now and over the coming month, as Trump carries out his campaign promises.

For Democrats and a growing number of Republicans, these chaotic conditions are frightening and unnerving. For Trump’s supporters, chaos is exactly what the system needs in order to rectify itself. The final of three Uranus-Eris conjunctions takes place on March 16 while only 0º02’ from being sextile Trump’s Sun, which undoubtedly is personally invigorating. However, transiting Uranus and Eris go on to square his Saturn, with Eris at 23º Aries (square his Saturn) for the next four years. The Goddess of Discord (Eris) challenging the God of Order and Structure (Saturn) is bound to be tumultuous.

NATO’s Mars under Celestial Stress

Is NATO obsolete? That’s what candidate Donald Trump often said, and his praise of Putin has made European allies jittery. But last week in Germany, General Mattis and Vice President Pence assured European leaders that the U.S. strongly supports NATO. The catch is that each member needs to spend at least 2% of its GDP on defense, so that NATO doesn’t become an American-bankrolled war machine.

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NATO was created on August 24, 1949 (11:42 am; Washington, DC) during the New Moon in the military service sign of Virgo. The Pluto-Juno conjunction near the Midheaven describes the entity as an alliance of power. Mars in the defensive sign of Cancer opposes Jupiter, with this planetary polarity currently under much stress by a square from the transiting Uranus-Eris conjunction over the next month.

Transiting Saturn in NATO’s 2nd house of money confirms that finances are a major concern. Natally, Saturn at 8º Virgo conjoins the Sun, Moon and Pallas, which has given NATO longevity well past its initial purpose (to protect Europe from Soviet aggression). The Solar Eclipse on February 26 takes place at 8º Pisces – exactly opposite NATO’s Saturn. This signals that NATO’s entrenched bureaucratic ways (Saturn) are due for a major change.

The U.S. role in all this is clear if we compare NATO’s chart to the U.S. horoscope. Pluto in NATO’s 10th house happens to be exactly conjunct the U.S. Midheaven at 16º Leo. Pluto here empowered the U.S. -- as the world’s dominant superpower after World War II -- to remake global institutions according to its own plan. NATO’s Part of Fortune at 9º Scorpio conjoins the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. Currently, progressed Lilith and Fortuna are conjunct at 21º Aries (with transiting Uranus and squaring natal Mars), giving European allies much fear over NATO’s future.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Letter to FB Users

Over the past month, Mark Zuckerberg was experiencing one of the most peace-loving, harmonious astro-events known to astrologers: a progressed Sun-Venus conjunction. I wrote about this pending development a year ago when its influence was becoming noticeable, but the full import just manifested last Thursday when the Facebook CEO posted his 5,800-word manifesto titled Building Global Community.*

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Zuckerberg’s birth time is unknown, and the 2:10 am time used here has been rectified. The coincidence of this ideological, visionary posting with the culmination of his progressed Sun-Venus conjunction confirms that 2:10 am is very close. The transiting Sun at 27º Aquarius on the morning of the posting is right on his Ascendant at 27º Aquarius, and confirms a 2:10 am birth time.

Zuckerberg’s lengthy letter aims at pushing back the rising tide of anti-globalization by building stronger, safer, and more informed online communities that transcend local borders. It’s an elegant statement about the Aquarian archetype, and shows us how we can re-organize in order to build the world we collectively want. Zuckerberg’s progressed Sun-Venus takes place at 25º Gemini, where it forms an exact trine to the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius. This connection tells us that Zuckerberg’s heart-felt statement (Sun-Venus in Gemini) is resonating with the American people (Aquarius Moon).

However, transiting Saturn at 25º Sagittarius (opposing his progressed Sun-Venus) has brought much criticism. Among these is the cynical view that he’s saying this just to secure Facebook’s dominance. And from Atlantic magazine, we’re warned that he’s destroying journalism as we know it. Watch for further developments concerning this manifesto over the next three months as transiting Uranus activates this critical degree area when it gets to 25º Aries and conjoins Zuckerberg’s progressed Ascendant.

* Read the full text here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/building-global-community/10154544292806634

NewsScope previously profiled Zuckerberg here: NewsScope for December 7, 2015

And here: NewsScope for August 31, 2015

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