NewsScope for December 30, 2003
after discovering the first case of Mad Cow Disease in the United States,
the American beef industry lost nearly all of its export business as the
top buyers banned U.S. beef to protect against possible infection. From
an astrological perspective, the current beef crisis is the natural unfoldment
of a Pluto cycle.
The problem is that transiting Pluto is now within one degree of an opposition
to the U.S. Mars (found in the Eighth House of corporations). (Editor's
note: WolfStar uses a Scorpio
Rising horoscope of the United States.) This influence fosters
panic among consumers and negatively impacts the multibillion dollar beef
industry. Beef is connected to the U.S. Mars by way of Chicago. Mars is
in the transportation sign of Gemini, and Chicago became great as a key
transportation hub (Gemini) and slaughterhouse (Mars) for the nation's
Back in 1906 Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle,
a novel that dramatized the filthy conditions in Chicago's meat packing
houses. At the time transiting Pluto was conjunct the U.S. Mars. American
beef consumers reacted in horror and stopped buying beef, nearly killing
the entire industry. Sinclair's novel inspired passage of the Pure Food
and Drug Act, as well as the Meat Inspection Act, both of which Teddy
Roosevelt signed into law on June 30, 1906.
A horoscope drawn for the Meat Inspection Act (set for noon, Washington
DC) underscores the current mess. Transiting Pluto opposes the Meat Inspection
Act’s Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, indicating that deep legislative
reforms are on the way. Authoritative Saturn will spend the next five
months transiting over the chart’s Sun-Neptune conjunction, a process
that enforces compliance with the initial intent of the law.
The Astrology of Earthquakes
Several days after a relatively minor earthquake hit California,
a devastating quake leveled the ancient Iranian city of Bam, killing about
5,000 people instantly, and leaving many thousands more buried under the
rubble of collapsed buildings. Astrology may have much to offer to earthquake
prediction techniques, although consistently successful forecasts await
accurate national horoscopes and detailed databases.
Earthquakes have a tendency to follow solar eclipses and, true to form,
the Iranian earthquake took place one month after the November 23 solar
eclipse. Another important factor is the ongoing, dynamic T-Square between
the Sun, Mars and Saturn. The tension between these planets actually moves
the tectonic plates. The horrific Bhuj earthquake in India on January
26, 2001* also occurred one month after a solar eclipse, and also during
a similar T-Square formation.
When stressful planetary alignments connect with a national horoscope
the potential can be located geographically. Iran's horoscope (February
1, 1979; 9:30 am; Tehran) has the Moon in Aries rising, with Capricorn at the Midheaven. The T-Square between the Sun, Mars and Saturn hit Iran's
angles. Also, transiting Neptune (triggered by the Moon's conjunction)
was exactly conjunct Iran's Sun, reflecting the mass confusion and chaos.
California's largest earthquakes struck on April 18, 1906 and October
17, 1989. Horoscopes for these two events show outer planet oppositions at 7 to 10 degrees Cancer and Capricorn, which is the exact degree area
where Mercury and Saturn opposed each other during last week's California
earthquake. In other words, quakes show a tendency to happen when planets
occupy historically sensitive degree zones. By combining these techniques,
the astrologer has a systematic approach to earthquake prediction.
Winfrey, Still Number One
to a Harris Interactive poll taken last week, talk show host Oprah
Winfrey remains America's favorite TV personality, an honor
that she has received for four of the five last years. An estimated 13
million viewers tune her in every day, plus millions more from 132 countries
across the global village.
Winfrey was born with her Sun conjunct Venus in cause-oriented Aquarius (January 29, 1954; 4:30 am; Kosciusko, MS), a combination that gives her
plenty of personal warmth and charisma, plus an interest in personal liberty
and equal rights. This Sun-Venus conjunction benefits from a trine to
Ceres in Libra, further advancing her social skills with a kind, sympathetic
attitude that opens up her celebrity guests.
Oprah's Sun-Venus is placed in the Second House of money, and receives
a hard square from practical Saturn. Since all three of these planets
are tightly connected to the U.S. Ascendant (at 8 degrees Scorpio), Oprah
Winfrey becomes a natural facilitator for the nation's interests. She
has built a financial empire worth some $500 million on this connection
through her ability to engage the public's mind and soul.
With transiting Saturn in Oprah's Seventh House of partners, look for
changes in her relationship with longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham (March
6, 1951). Also, her progressed Moon is now in Libra and heading toward
her Midheaven, indicating renewed emphasis on her personal relationship
status. Watch in mid-March for some surprising developments as transiting
Uranus squares her Moon.
information on this quake, see the NewsScope
January 22, 2001, and January
readings are available from Michael WolfStar.