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What is Hillary Clinton's Correct Birth Time? It Makes a Difference.

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropAccording to this article by Callie Beusman, there has been some confusion about Hillary Clinton's birth time. Read it and I look forward to your opinions regarding the astrological aspect of the 2016 Presidential election.

 

For decades, political astrologers have been furiously debating what time Hillary Clinton was born: It could mean the difference between an eminent chart for the former presidential candidate and a losing one.

In 2015, a professional astrologer waited two hours in line at a signing for Hillary Clinton's memoir. He was going to ask her a question that had occupied his mind for 10 years, one that could provide him with significant insight into the geopolitical landscape of America for years to come.

"I said something to the effect of, 'You know, I've always wanted to ask you what time you were born,' and she sat back and sort of looked like she was thinking about it," says the astrologer, who we will call Matt. (He has requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.) "She said something like, 'I think it was 8 o'clock in the evening.'" He pressed her again, he says, and she affirmed once more that yes, she was born at 8 PM.

Knowing someone's birth time is vital for figuring out their rising sign, which is then used to determine their house cusps, a crucial piece of information for making predictions about a person's life path; this is why political astrologers like Matt have spent decades fixated on the exact moment that Clinton's life began. In October of 2016, the annual International Society of Astrological Research conference held a panel that was comprised of six renowned astrologers from around the globe. They concluded, unanimously, that Clinton would win the presidency.

In retrospect, their prognostications were about as accurate as the polls—which is to say not at all—but their methodology had been incredibly rigorous, leaving professional astrologers in the same position as most pundits and political analysts: baffled and wondering what had gone wrong. To the mundane minded among us, there's a simple explanation for this, namely that astrology is not real, which is true, but ignores the fact that nothing is real because we exist in a meaningless and terrifying void where death is the only certainty.

To the astrological community, however, the reason is far more complicated. Matt concedes that he may have misinterpreted several planetary positions. There's also the possibility that he was entirely wrong about Clinton's birth time: Although she apparently told him point-blank that she was born at 8 PM, Matt felt the timing was off. As anyone interested in political astrology will tell you, most likely with extreme passion, there are several rumored birth times for Clinton. This has resulted in over two decades of intense speculation and debate.

It's not uncommon for there to be some level of ambiguity over a public figure's exact birth time—on Astro Databank, a website that exhaustively collects astrological data "for astrological research, for astrological publications, and for serious astrological discussion," birth time accuracy is carefully rated using a system called "Rodden rating." Clinton's birth time is listed as DD, or "Dirty Data," meaning there are conflicting accounts. (Trump, conversely, has the best possible rating: AA, or "Accurate Accurate," because he released his birth certificate during his bizarre, racist "birther" crusade against then-President Obama. His birth time is 10:54 AM, which makes him a Leo rising, explaining why he is so attention-seeking and preoccupied with his hair.)

"Astrologers are very resourceful when it comes to finding birth time," says Annabel Gat, Broadly's staff astrologer, "and Hillary's chart is a very notable case where it's just been impossible and such a drama."

Indeed, since the 90s, numerous astrologers have claimed that Clinton was actually born at 8 AM, and some have even argued that she doesn't want the public to know this fact. Their sourcing is thin—as are their justifications for why she would lie about her astrological data despite having no clear interest or aptitude in astrology—but the 8 AM time is still the most commonly used among the disciples of Clinton's birth chart, according to several astrologers I spoke with.

To the 8 AM chart's detractors, its popularity is the result of confirmation bias and wishful thinking. "I think that people were gravitating towards the 8 AM time because Hillary looks really strong, and we all really wanted Hillary to win for a lot of reasons; the astrological community is overwhelmingly Democratic," explains Danny Larkin, the vice president of the Association for Young Astrologers. "To be honest with you, the source for that has never actually turned up."

Indeed, according to both Matt and Larkin, the original reference for the 8 AM time is an unspecified newspaper article in which Clinton's mom said that her daughter was born "just in time for breakfast," in addition to a running rumor that Clinton had once told an astrologer she was born at 8 AM—which would make her a Scorpio rising—but "didn't want people to know that because… somebody told her something negative" about the planetary position, as Matt puts it.

However, "this is an apocryphal story," Larkin cautions, and no one has been able "to confirm its veracity." As for the newspaper article, it "has never turned up in any library." Shortly before the election, an astrologer claimed he had found the definitive time—around 2 AM—plunging political astrologers around the globe into a state of temporary chaos. He later recanted, and was described to me variously as a "nut job" and a "crazy, crazy astrologer," who, at one point, "was claiming that he was a secret agent of the Israeli Mossad." A third, conflicting source, also cited by every astrologer with whom I spoke, is a chiropractor, who allegedly claims that Clinton once told him she was a Leo rising. (This would mean she was born around midnight.)

In this age of moribund political process, where the right and left alike are swallowing improbable conspiracy theories as a palliative aid, there's something obviously appealing in looking for meaning in the stars. Examining Clinton's chart for clues—and subsequently concluding that she is ambitious, likely to rise to a high rank, and about to enter the most eminent period of her life—is comforting to someone who wants to see her succeed (or, at least, to see Trump fail). So was looking at the New York Times live presidential election forecast, which originally had Trump's chance of victory at around 15 percent, until it wasn't anymore.

"[The 8 AM chart] was the only chart out of all of them where I thought [Clinton] would actually have a chance and would win. All of the other birth times, the timing didn't line up," Matt says. His prediction in October was based on the assumption that the 8 AM time was the correct one. I ask whether there's a new time he favors in the aftermath of the election. "No," he responds firmly. "I don't know, in retrospect, and may never know."

Larkin, conversely, thinks the 8 PM chart is probably right—but no matter the exact birth time, he adds, Clinton has a "shitty" chart. Her Venus is "in terrible shape," under attack by both Mars and Saturn, and her Sun is under attack by malefic planets as well. "There's something about her where she doesn't light up the room," Larkin explains. "There's something about her sun; it's not able to shine as brightly as it wants to shine."

But even though Clinton's chart may be "shitty," there's nothing utterly cataclysmic in it. The same, apparently, can't be said for our current president: There are already mystical rumblings that Trump is likely to experience some sort of downfall soon. According to numerous astrologers, the eclipse on August 21 bodes terribly for him because it falls directly on Leo, his rising sign—but then again, it's all up for interpretation.

"All of the astrologers are talking about it… It's this really wild, prominent thing that everybody in the country is going to see in August, and it happens to be very much closely tied into Trump's chart," says Matt. But, then again, we can't be totally sure: "In terms of what that specifically means, and in terms of whether that's something negative for [Trump] or something that's negative for the country as a whole, I don't know," he adds. Guess we'll have to wait and find out.

 


Horoscope for the Week of July 31, 2017

Vincent van GoghThe next couple of weeks deliver an array of surprises from the ridiculous to the sublime. We have five retrograde planets which can make us feel like we are schleping along to the same old tune. Chin up, compadres. This too shall pass.

(Vincent Van Gogh had Neptune in Pisces)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
No matter how hard you think you are working, the fates seem to add baggage to your load. Aries with a need to succeed should seek their affirmations in more cosmic places. Dream a dream and see how your good vibes can carry you to new heights. Leave the worldly signs of success for the winter months when you burn brightly.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Travel is not all it is cracked up to be now, Taurus. But that doesn’t mean that you should stay home and hide under your bed. However, it does mean that you should expect any big journey out of your comfort zone to have its share of upends and surprises. So try to be flexible, keep your good sense of humor and prepare for an exciting time. Whoops!

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
No sooner do you think your love life has hit a high note than the music tempo can change. You can go from a tango to disco in a flash. Geminis might be tempted to check out a few platonic relationships to kindle their romantic flame. Do what you will with any willing partner but don’t be surprised if this is a short term fling. Hey, whatever stokes your passion.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
There are several areas of your life that will have surprises and realizations now, Cancer. You may ache for a meaningful relationship. One can be had but it may not necessarily result in your slice of heaven. Compromise is required, along with a tolerance for some surprising personal habits. It may feel like a dream when it starts. Just wait until you wake up.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
There are many job related tasks that seem to not only be ongoing but are beginning to pile up. So don’t run yourself down now, Leo. You are in need of a respite from all of your daily stresses. Expect some small ailments or accidents that will indicate to you that you need to slow down. But the world keeps turning and so do you. How deep will you drill?

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Fun may be more trouble than it is worth now, Virgo. That is because you seem to take on all of the responsibility for planning, launching and even cleaning up. Delegation is vital. Who knows, with the extra time you have, you can focus more on your love life and a certain you-know-who. That is, of course if they are not busy arranging your parties.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Any home related project may not go as smoothly as you expect and hope. Libras with a long housekeeping to-do list should expect that few tasks will be crossed off that list in the next month or so. Instead of trying to get everything done, give yourself a needed break and spend your time on things that bring you a sense of satisfaction. No names please!

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
While you are usually very eloquent, this may not be the time to test your personal persuasion. The things you say could be misunderstood or not have the impact or intent you expect. The world may just not be listening to you and this may play out unexpectedly at work. So don’t sweat it, Scorpio. Just let your actions speak louder than your words.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Sagittarians are usually very generous and may even be feeling flush but your inclination to spend may be ill advised right now. You may not get what and who you pay for. Some investments may be too risky. Hold off on your splurges, if possible and focus instead on loving relationships that don’t require a down payment. The best things in life are free... or so they say.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
If you think that you are making a great impression, you may want to check yourself out in the mirror first. Capricorns may step on some toes as they try to get into certain select circles. But your careful nature and diplomatic abilities protects you from any severe popularity gaffs. Let’s just say that it will take you a little longer than expected to rule.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Surprises may occur from the most unexpected places so be on your toes, Aquarius. There are some people who may be plotting to upend your long term and greatly cherished plans. Be ready for anything and anyone. But don’t succumb to paranoia. Believe and expect that the cosmos has your back and anything tried can be foiled. Goodness will prevail.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Pisces may find that large groups will only cramp their style for the next few weeks. Expecting a crowd to go along with your plans may be a tough sell. So if you find that you need to go it alone or with only a few fanatical followers, do that and be happy. You will not only travel faster but will have more opportunity to attract completely new fans down the road.

 


Lucky Numbers for the Week of July 28, 2017

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of July 28-August 3, 2017:

11, 15, 18, 23, 24, 54, 62, 79

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Psychic Wins Court Battle to Have Salvador Dalí’s Body Exhumed in Paternity Suit

Salvador dali 1According to artnet, a Spanish psychic has won the right to have the body of Surrealist giant Salvador Dalí exhumed as part of a paternity suit.

Back in 2015, Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader and astrologer from Gerona, Spain, filed a paternity suit in Madrid claiming to be the artist’s daughter. (She sued the Spanish state, to which Dalí left his estate, and the artist’s foundation, also based in Spain.) If Abel’s claim is proven correct, she could be entitled to a sizable portion of the artist’s estate.

The June 20 ruling by a Madrid judge paves the way for the Spanish artist’s remains to be exhumed from his burial place in Figueres, Spain, allowing for DNA tests that might conclusively validate Abel’s claim. The exhumation could happen as early as next month, according to the BBC. The artist’s foundation plans to appeal the decision.

Abel previously conducted DNA tests a decade ago using hair and skin from the artist’s death mask, but the results were inconclusive.

Abel’s mother served as a domestic aide to a family who frequently vacationed in Cadaqués, where Dalí also maintained a residence. According to Abel, the two met and had an affair. At the time, Dalí was married to his muse, Gala, with whom he had no children. Abel says that the affair took place in 1955. She was born in 1956. Dali died in 1989 at age 85.

 

 


Horoscope for the Week of July 24, 2017

MadonnaThe Sun boldly enters Leo now heralding in a period of fun, flirtation and fantastic opportunities. Should you or shouldn’t you? Oh what the heck, go, go, go for it. And take a bow!

(Madonna has Sun in Leo)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Aries are creatively energized so don’t waste a drop of your inspiration. Go forth and see how your artistic influence can bring new ideas to the fore. You are also especially charming now (even more than usual...). Thinking of getting more involved in a larger group effort? Start putting your writing skills to work. Tap a keyboard... and into something big.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
This week throws a warming spotlight on home, hearth and family issues. Tackle the tough stuff now when the cosmos gives you the nod. Taureans bask in the shine and can effectively tie up a few loose ends with family members. If the ends are frayed and un-tieable, go on your way. Compromise ain’t in the stars now. Be who you are with those who support you.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Ready to march for a good cause? Geminis can now manifest their destinies and start a revolution. Take it to the streets or gather a few kindred souls together for a powerful union. Whatever you decide to do, don’t lose the energy through exhaustion and over-exertion. Plan a course of action that will take you through the rest of the summer... and beyond.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Fiscally conservative Cancers should muster their monetary moxie now. Financial issues can be handled more effectively and the ability to make profitable decisions is sharper and successful. Perhaps it’s just a matter of seeking the right advisor or asking the right questions. Whatever the heck it is, do it now while the energy points to green.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Beat the birthday drum, Leo. Gather up your rosebuds while your confidence is high and go strut your stuff. Start new social fires, begin new projects, plant your seeds of ideas and meet new folks. It’s time to make as many excellent first impressions as you can and become the center of the universe. Let the lesser planets orbit around you for a change.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Forgive the fates if they have been handing you an annoying vibe or two recently. Things change and the fates cast a warm light on any intuitive endeavor. You may not immediately levitate to a higher personal plane, but it does mean that good charitable deeds now reap good karma you can use later. We can always use a bit of reserve karma, can’t we, Virgo?

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Libras don’t have to play alone now. Friends come to you in droves. So crank up the music and rock and roll. If you have a hankering to become the social director, assume the position. You have a great opportunity to make amends for all the faux pas you made last week and become a diplomat. Who said the fates don’t have a sense of humor?

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
This week even the laziest Scorpio can sit up, get off the couch and get going. Give your career the attention it needs and deserves. Now it seems like you can say and do nothing wrong. Score a few points now in preparation for your grand ascent to the executive suite. But please remember to think kindly of those of us still sitting in reception.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Sagittarius are tempted to take a flight of fancy or maybe just a plain old plane flight now. Expand your horizons through travel, an engrossing course of study or carousing with some wildly exotic strangers. Whatever you decide to do, be sure that it brings you greater clarity of thought and purpose. Don’t waste this enlightening opportunity on dreck and dross.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Whoever turned up the heat on your sexual stewpot must have known that you were ready to cook. What self respecting Capricorn can resist the lure? Personal psychological enlightenment is also possible. So if your sex life is satisfying enough, you have other options. Whatever (or whoever) crosses your path, make it worthwhile, enriching and enlightening.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
A light has been switched on in any relationship matters. Thank the stars for the opportunity to set things right with partners. It will be a give and take. Aquarians shouldn’t feel as if they have to put on an act. Be yourself, ratty clothes and all, and everything will fit into place. If you are searching for your soulmate, dress to fit and try a few new places.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
There is more than enough action on the job now that you won’t be bored. Pisces are advised to focus and take it one step at a time. Any onerous, detailed task goes decidedly well and that even goes for new exercise and diet regimes. It’s obviously no time to be lazy so stop smelling the flowers and get those sizzling gams into action. Do I smell success? Yum!

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