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NewsScope for April 23, 2001

"Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice"

–Barry Goldwater, 1964

Across the global village geopolitical conflict escalated sharply last week as the outer planets Jupiter and Pluto edged closer to their exact opposition. Pluto, known for its tendency toward extremism, is being propelled by a spirit of righteousness as symbolized by Jupiter.

Advised by his stable of cold warriors on China policy, U.S. President Bush indicated that espionage flights off the coast of China will continue, even though all the information gathered there is redundant, already scanned from satellites and distant 707s. China called the espionage flights "provocative," and will be even more unhappy when Taiwan gets a new shipment of armaments.

In the Middle East tensions rose to near war level following Israel's bombardment of a Syrian radar center, and the tank and bulldozer invasion of the Palestinian's Gaza Strip. Israel's horoscope (May 14, 1948, at 4:37 pm in Tel Aviv) is showing a readiness to use heavy military force.* Syria promised to get revenge, and Yassir Arafat's overtures were ignored by Ariel Sharon.**

In Moscow President Putin closed down the independent TV station NTV in an attempt to ward off domestic criticism. NTV staff vowed to set up a rival channel. In Quebec an army of riot police fought demonstrators who rallied against trade globalization. Everywhere and anywhere, people believe strongly in their nation, their cause or their religion as Jupiter and Pluto are promoting the notion that "God is on our side."

Surprise Fed Cut Lifts Markets

Citing a severe slowdown in corporate capital spending, the Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates by half a point last Wednesday. Stock market investors, already cautiously optimistic, began a buying spree that sent the Nasdaq and NYSE spiking sharply upward. Analysts were divided over whether the Fed can steer the economy out of recession, but at least in the short-term, investors were euphoric.

The horoscope for the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 (December 23, 1913, at 6:02 pm in Washington D.C.) is one of financial astrology's most useful tools since it established the Federal Reserve Board as the overseer of short-term monetary policy. Major transits to this horoscope can reveal changes in policy, as well as show surprise moves like last week's rate cut.

Astrology Horoscope: FEDThe Sun in this chart, as in other political horoscopes, represents the leadership of the organization, currently Alan Greenspan. The Sun is challenged by an opposition to Pluto and a square to the Midheaven, a combination that creates as much public controversy as personal power. Venus, the natural ruler of money, had come to a full stop right on the Midheaven (and squaring the Sun-Pluto axis), and was turning direct just as the Fed issued its surprise cut.

The Fed cut is the fourth so far this year, which began with a major change of policy on January 3. Policy is a Mercury-governed astrology principle, and in this chart Mercury is opposed to Saturn, showing the very deliberate and cautious thinking behind all such changes. Transiting Pluto hit the Fed's Mercury on January 3, triggering the need for fundamental policy changes to fight recession.

Colby Donaldson, Immunity Champion

With only four survivors left to fight off hunger, torrents of rain and their own self-doubts, last week's Survivor II–The Australian Outback drama featured a tense confrontation between Colby and Keith over how much rice to cook. Colby won the immunity challenge for the third time in a row, making him the one to beat going into the final episodes.

Astrology Horoscope: Colby DonaldsonColby Donaldson was born an independent, feisty Aries (April 1, 1974 in Dallas, TX; time unknown) like the previous Survivor winner Richard Hatch (April 8, 1961). Colby and Richard share some key astrological placements that could indicate he's favored to win the million bucks. Both have a very close Jupiter-Pluto aspect, something that would increase one’s chances of winning big money and being the center of media attention.

Both have the people skills associated with a Venus trine to Uranus. These aspects are very tight, showing their importance in the overall chart. Colby's problem, however, is that he stands an excellent chance of being voted out if he loses an immunity challenge.

Of the other contestants, only Keith (February 11, 1960) doesn't have a Jupiter-Pluto aspect, so he's gone. This planetary link is critical since the winner will be announced on May 3, which is when transiting Jupiter and Pluto are nearly exactly opposite each other. NewsScope odds-makers give either Elisabeth (May 28, 1977) or Tina (December 26, 1960) the best chance of being the final Survivor.


*Progressed Mars square Uranus, transiting Uranus square the Sun.

**For more on Ariel Sharon and Israel, see NewsScope February 12.



Michael WolfStar is a professional astrologer and writer living in Oregon. He writes regularly for Dell Horoscope and American Astrology.

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