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Looking Back: My 2004 Presidential Election Prediction

As the 2008 Presidential election campaign continues in full swing, I am researching, comparing Obama, Mccain, Palin and Biden charts and am writing up my prediction of the outcome. My prediction of the winner of the 2008 Presidential election will be posted in a few days.

In the meantime, I thought I would post my 2004 prediction, just for fun. My 2000 post of the winner of the 2000 Presidential elecion was posted last week. This week is my 2004 prediction which was written in October 2004 and posted on the Washington Post website where I was a host for a weekly new age astrology online program. I have not changed any of the text but added a 2008 comment in green at the bottom.

The Astrological Presidential Race - 2004

Capitalizing on my success at predicting the closeness of the last presidential election I’ve decided to follow up with an assessment of the outcome of the 2004 Presidential race between incumbent George Bush and challenger John Kerry.

 

George Bush (July 6, 1946, 7:26 am, New Haven, CT) has a theatrical and confident Leo ascendant, volcanic, transformative Pluto in his first house (which signifies new beginnings) and pioneering Aries on their MidHeaven. The chart shows leadership capability and ambition. George W. is actually a very sensitive person (Sun in Cancer) and has a close relationship with his parents – especially his mother. He can be very charming even when he is emotionally pressed (moon in Libra) and exudes great confidence on first impression (Leo rising, Mercury, Pluto and Venus in Leo in the first house). He is an expansive thinker and loves to pontificate on his ideas (Mercury in Leo). With his sun in the 12th house, he aches to serve people. Charity work, volunteer work or other public service professions are indicated (ahem..). Yet, he may not feel especially confident in this area of his life (Saturn, the great teacher, sits in the 12th house) and has learned and will learn through tough experience how to succeed in recognizing and accomplishing his dreams. His inner thoughts, hopes and dreams do not always translate well, or at least he has trouble espressing them so that others understand exactly what he means (Sun in the 12th house square Moon and Jupiter in the 3rd house). Professionally he gets better with age and more experience, learning from his mistakes (Saturn square MidHeaven). Friends will help him go far in surprising ways (Uranus conjunct North Node sextile MidHeaven).

 

John Kerry (Dec 11, 1943, 8:03 am, Fitzsimons, CO) has an open and honest Sagittarian Sun on his Sagittarian ascendant. He not only appears to be frank, friendly and intelligent, he is. His Moon is in friendly but relatively unemotional Gemini. He does not wear his heart on his sleeve and can be uncomfortable in expressing his deepest emotions. Venus in intense Scorpio however, makes him a passionate lover so there is great depth in intensely personal matters – not for the public eye. His Mercury is in strategic and political Capricorn which can give him a cold and calculating persona but don’t count him out – he works best under pressure despite a generally pessimistic outlook. His cautious Saturn is in the 7th house of relationships, conjunct his Moon which further subdues his emotions. Hard work and attention to detail has been his trump card and it has taken him far professionally. His efforts have also provided some surprising surges in accomplishment (Mars conjunct Uranus trine the MidHeaven). He has to learn to communicate his concrete plans in more definitive ways – sometimes he has a tendency to muddle his message in lofty terms (Neptune is the highest planet in the chart, conjuncts the MidHeaven and squares Mercury).

Between the two candidates, George Bush has the stronger chart for this election for a variety of reasons. First, most of his planets are clustered on the left side of his chart making him more independently motivated. Kerry’s is clustered on the right side making him more dependent on others. Kerry’s Sun opposes his Moon and Saturn creating a push-me pull-you energy that desires a meaningful connection to others while still trying to maintain ones individuality. It is an ongoing and difficult balancing act for him.

 

Transiting Pluto (transformation and volcanic power) will be 20 degrees of Sagittarius on election day which will conjunct Bush’s Vertex – a power point in the chart. Both his Vertex and transiting Pluto make good aspects to the top of his chart – ambitions and success. John Kerry will see his Pluto power come and go – the exact transiting Pluto aspect to his Sun will wane before election day arrives.  Saturn, the planet of problems and learning lessons, will conjunct Kerry’s Vertex on election day suggesting that his power will dampen and there will be a great deal that he will learn from this experience. And yet, there is something in Bush’s chart to suggest that it will not be clear sailing to re-election: Transiting Saturn is conjuncting his natal Saturn and squaring his MidHeaven. When he least expects it, hidden enemies can derail his plans and ambitions.

 

Next step - I cast a chart for election night November 2, 2004 at  11:55pm in  Washington DC and compared this chart to both Kerry’s and Bush’s birth charts. The chart itself for election day has Taurus on the Midheaven and the Moon as the highest planet in the chart – a highly emotional event. Leo is rising (just like in Bush’s chart) indicating a theatrical look to the entire process. Saturn in the 12th house – hidden problems, enemies and lessons. The Vertex is making an excellent angle to the top of the chart from the 5th house. The one who is better liked gets the nod.

Bush’s natal chart is more in sync with the election day chart than is Kerry’s. His Mars (action, ambition and drive) is making an excellent aspect to the top of the election chart. His efforts will take him to the top. His Sun (personal mission) is also making an excellent aspect to the top of the election chart. He can realize his dreams. But there is a warning sign here too – his volcanic and unpredictable Pluto is not only in the 12th house of the election day chart (hidden enemies and secrets) it is also making a harsh aspect to the top of the election chart. This indicates to me that, once re-elected, he will experience something powerful and destructive.

 

Remember too that Bush was first elected in a year ending in “00” and that every president elected in the double-zero years (when Jupiter conjuncts Saturn in an earth sign) died in office. The exception was Ronald Reagan who was elected during a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in an air sign (Libra) and was fortunate to survive an assassination attempt.

               

President               elected   died        Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

Harrison              1840        1841        Capricorn

Lincoln                       1860        1865                 Virgo

Garfield                  1880        1881        Taurus

McKinley              1900        1901        Capricorn

 

Harding                  1920        1923        Virgo

Roosevelt               1940        1945        Taurus

Kennedy                1960        1963        Capricorn

 

Reagan                   1980        2004        Libra – not an earth sign

 

Bush                       2000                     (comment added in 2008: He was not the winner in 2000)

 

In short, I predict that Bush will make the stronger finish on election night – based not only on the various aspects and transits to his natal chart but also his planetary positions compared to the election day chart. All of these indicators make his chart stronger than Kerry’s. In fact, not only do I project George Bush to be the winner, I also think that it may not be as close an election as the pundits and polls project.

 

My prediction does not suggest inevitability. Please go to the polls, vote and prove me wrong.


McCain and Palin vs Obama and Biden Composite Horoscopes

Polanimals Usually when we look at someone's horoscope chart it is for a single person, but there is a school of thought that says that when you are looking at compatibility between two people (such as when we look at a possible marriage match) we can combine two charts into one composite chart.

Since both Obama and McCain are running with running mates for office, I think we can create composite charts of the Democrat and Republican teams to see what type of administration (marriage) they would create. So I took all the midpoints of each team's charts and created composites. Here is what I found:

The combined astrology chart of Barack Obama and Joe Biden

The Obama Biden horoscope chart has sociable and diplomatic Libra on the midheaven - they make a good and compatible team. And there is a great deal of energy moving through the top of the chart with the Vertex (power), Pluto (great transformation) and Neptune (dreams) making excellent aspects and Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune and Mars all conjuncting the Midheaven. This indicates to me that they are generating good, intense energy and are getting their ideas out to the world.  

Jupiter and the Moon both square the Midheaven however so they need to be careful of making their ideas and goals attainable and not unwieldy and out of control. They also need to keep their emotions in check so they do not go overboard or astray.

There are two stelliums (where more than three planets are in any one house). One is in the 10th house of career (Mercury- thoughts and ideas, Jupiter - luck and expansion, Neptune - dreams and dellusions). This means to me that they can easily express their lofty ideas in grand and lucky ways. They have to be careful to have goals that are attainable but the sky is tihe limit here. The other stellium is in the 9th house of foreign travel, higher learning and the law (Mars -action, Sun - dreams and goals, Saturn - problems but also success after hard work). This means to me that they are poised to do great things and can connect on the foreign stage.

Most of the planets are clustered in the third quadrant which is community and relatability. They seem to connect to the world in a meaningful way. And finally, they have great energy (Mars) and positive goals and appeal (Sun) going in the right direction that will have impact (sextile Vertex).

This compositie chart is well positioned for Novemebr when transiting Pluto (power) will give it a beneficial push. Pluto will sextile the Midheaven, Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune and trine natal Pluto. Very powerful. Even shocking transiting Uranus makes a good aspect (trine) to natal Uranus Any misstep or surprise will work to their advantage.

The combined astrology chart of John McCain and Sarah Palin

I have said in past posts that John McCain has a stronger chart than Barack Obama and on that basis alone, I might predict that McCain would win the Presidential election. However, when I combine John McCain's birth horoscope with Sarah Palin's horoscope (using her estimated birthtime of 4:40pm) I see a greatly diminished compositie chart. In other words, her presence on his ticket is a detriment, astrologically.

The Republican composite chart has Gemini on the Midheaven which projects a smart but superficial appearance. Both the Sun (goals, personality and life mission) and Mercury (ideas and communication) opposing the Midheaven. This says to me that their goals and ideas are actually in opposition. However the moon (emotions) and Saturn (problems but learning thorugh experience) are making good aspects to the top of the chart so emotionally the campaign will connect and there is the chance that any missteps will be overcome and used as learning experiences.

I like to use the Vertex (powerpoint in the chart) as an indicator of strength and in this composite chart the Vertex is making difficult aspects to Saturn (increasing the possibility of problems), the moon (creating emotional conflicts) and Jupiter (confounding luck and creating restriction). In addition the Sun opposes Mars (confounding actions and deferring goals) and also squares Pluto (another indicator that goals can be tossed off course). Yet they can use the element of surprise to their advantage (Vertex trine Uranus) and can harness dreams effectively (Neptune sextile Pluto).

The transits to the chart in the next month indicate more stress. Transiting Uranus (over the 7th house of relationships) and transiting Saturn (over the 1st house of appearances) will square Venus in the 10th house of career which can hurt their charisma.  Neptune (dreams and dellusions) is over their 6th house of work and it squares the natal Sun (gaols and personality) in the 3rd house of communication. They must be very careful of how the speak and what they say. Transiting Neptune is also squaring natal Pluto in the 12th house of hidden things. They should reveal all supressed secrets because they will be revealed anyway.

Conclusion

As a team, the Democrats Obama and Biden have the advantage. I would advise them to present themselves as a package and stress their strengths as a team.

The Republicans composite chart leads me to suggest that it would be better for John McCain to stress his individual qualifications and try to distance himself from Sarah Palin. He probably should not have too many joint appearances with her.

I have much more to say but this post is getting very long. A book I recommend is Planets in Composite: Analyzing Human Relationships. This book contains an explanation of the composite technique, chapters on casting and reading the horoscope, five case studies illustrating the use and validity of composite charts, plus twelve chapters of delineations. If you have questions or comments, please send them on and I can give even more details and examples.


October Horoscope and Horoscope for Week of September 29, 2008

Zimage October is no time to sit and wait for the world to knock. Saturn, the planet of life lessons, opposes explosive retro Uranus. Anything and everything can happen now. And it’s about time -- clear your debris and recycle.

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Welcome October and its no compromising energies Aries. Follow your gut and make dramatic changes. Of course it might be a good idea to look before you leap. Consider all options first so we won’t have to peel you off the sidewalk with a spatula later.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Life doesn’t have to be serious. Light hearted things don’t need a payoff. Sometimes just “being” is reward enough. So see and be seen in all the right circles, Taurus. And if you find a few squares in the bunch, you might just round them out.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis have been schlepping from home to work and back again for so long that they can no longer see the difference between the two. Stop and find balance. It is easy it is to relegate something to the bottom shelf and feel free. No not home!

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Step back and listen to yourself, Cancer. Assess how you communicate. You may find that with a small tweak here and there you can command the masses and foment revolution. This may not be a bad thing, unless you prefer the quiet life. Then shhh.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos can be tempted by a gaudy, useless bauble or two. Heck, life is too short to scrimp all the time. Sometimes you have to let loose and splurge. Be sure that it has a large payoff at the end instead of a large payout in the beginning.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Your general lack of self confidence will come in for a full reappraisal now, Virgo. Thankfully partners and those with whom you share a close relationship show you how wonderful you are. Bottle it and sip from it during the dry season.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Libras can maneuver between the senior and staff levels gracefully. How can you harness this power effectively? You will learn what motivates each side. Use this in future negotiations and upheavals. Your cream will rise before it curdles.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Try and test many of your platonic relationships. Do they give you everything you need? If not, attempt to make them better and or even seek new ones. Surprises are in store if you make yourself open and available. So what’s new Scorpio?

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Not only are you full of surprises that can engage and impress the elite, you can also shift your attention and reprioritize quickly. This will make you very valuable in certain circles and somewhat scattered in others. Circle wisely, Sagittarius.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
October offers you the chance to experience interesting far afield things, Capricorn. The world will not only seem vast, it will also seem chaotic. There are times to embrace change and see what the fates deliver. Don’t sit at home and wait for the delivery.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
There is something sultry and sexy about you, Aquarius. But do you lack self-confidence? Deal with your fears directly. The great benefit to this is that you will have your choice of admirers and even a benefactor. Choose the latter!

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Pisces love having a certain someone. It is wonderful when that person deserves your love and attention. Use this time to craft the relationship that you deserve rather than the one you think you want. Yes there is a difference.

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The Mystery and Importance of Numbers 36 and 9

I ascribe great importance to certain numbers. For example, if I am at a roulette table I will play 3, 33 and 7 but don't ask me why. I can't explain it. I just think that those are very special numbers for me.

36 We are approaching the Days of Awe in the Jewish Calendar. That is the perod between Rosh Hashonah (The New Year) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). The number 36 is especially significant in Judiasm. It is "double chai" with chai meaning life and represented by the number 18. The Talmud speaks of 36 righteous people whose presence in the world prevents the end of time. Their existence is to prove the value of humanity to G-d. No small feat.... And they do not know that they play this most important role for mankind. Should one of these righteous 36 disappear, the world would end. Thankfully these 36 are very humble. They would not announce who they are. Anyone who claims to being one of the 36 is not.

How did the number thirty-six become so powerful? I googled and found a range of sites, some of which I still don't understand like The Bible Wheel, and Pinnacles. But as I delved more into numerology I discovered that 36 is reduced to 9 (3 + 6) and 9 is a sacred number. Nine is considered a good number in China and is associated with the Dragon which is a symbol of magic and power. Nine also resonates in Christianity, Islam and a range of Eastern Religions. Perhaps it is a number that can bring us all together?

Hmmm maybe I should change my roulette numbers to 9 and 36....?

What are your lucky numbers - and why?



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