Article by Dave
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Election Day – Can astrology help predict the outcome?
If anyone were to use astrology to predict the outcome of the election, what would they look for? Or maybe I should word it this way, can astrology give us an idea regarding who might win an election?
My approach is to look to see what types of energies should be flowing for each political party on election day in order to see who will be ‘swimming upstream’ and who will be ‘going with the flow.’
Drum roll please…
Wait! Before you take my word for it, skip to the reference section at the bottom of this article and go look at the data. If I left out some key data, please let me know so I can include that information in this article too. When you do analyze the data, please share influences that you think are critically important to consider so we can all get a clearer image regarding what’s coming our way this November.
To me, the energies show situations that are currently harmonious for the republican party and restrictive to the democratic party. The democratic transits-to-natal report sums it up with the Saturn square Pluto interpretation seen in the Cosmo Natal Interpretation:
“Your personal aims, ambitions, and interests meet with unexpected obstacles at this time. Doors that you have been hoping would open are closing instead.”
Likewise, the Uranus trine Mars interpretation for the republicans:
“With confidence and courage, you assert yourself boldly. You energetically accomplish a great deal during this time period. Your energy level is much higher than usual, and you can work for long hours without fatigue. You will find yourself up late into the night, without getting sleepy.”
The biggest thing that I see as a detriment for the democratic party is that the energies are aligned to force the party to deal with emotional issues which they will not be able to control. The energy is aligned for ‘death like’ experiences and their leadership communication ability is restricted. It’s like they will be in a situation where they will have to plan a funeral, watch their company go under, have their computer break and then they forget their password. The energy doesn’t seem conducive to coming out on top.
Now, please, review the details.
The time selected for the birth of the democratic party is January 8th, 1828 @ 10am in Washington DC. This is a widely accepted time which gives confidence to the placement of the houses. Here is the wheel.
Please note that I’ve included five major asteroids, the mean nodes and the standard planets. For clarity, I only included the major aspects of the standard planets.
What immediately stands out?
- Pallas is conjunct the ascendant, yet in the 12th house
- Pluto is in Aries in the 1st house
- Pluto is opposing the Moon where both are square Mercury
- Sun and Neptune are conjunct in opposition to Saturn
- Mars and Jupiter are conjunct trine the ascendant
Pallas is the Goddess of just warfare. This asteroid carries with it the influence of wisdom, courage, strategy and skill. This energy is conjunct the ascendant which would make you think that the energy is in direct relation the what defines the democratic identity, Yet, it’s in the 12th house. This puts it at the end of the cycle where that energy is put to work in order to digest what has gone right or wrong. The 12th house is where you either fight to hang onto what didn’t work or you release that energy and regroup for what’s coming. It gives me the feeling that the energy comes from a position of weakness rather than strength. If so, it might manifest as a calculating feminine energy that works from behind the scenes or from a hidden vantage point, rather then standing for justice in the open.
Pallas and the Ascendant are in Pisces which give’s the overall character of the party a likable energy. It’s a softer energy that is gentle, wise, musical and forgiving. Yet, the planetary influence in the 1st house is Pluto. This is the planet of the underworld, secrets, hidden agendas, violence, transformation, terrorists and dictatorship. Because the 1st house is directly related to the concept of self, Pluto should have a large influence here. And, this is not going to be a tame Pluto energy, it’s in Aries. It’s going to be on fire. Its aggressive, physical, impulsive, short-tempered and competitive.
Pluto then sits in opposition to the Moon which resides in the 7th house which has to do with stepping outside yourself and building relationships with others. The Moon will make all the partnerships emotional and with Pluto in dissidence, you might expect the darker aspects to be at the root of the emotion.
The Moon and Pluto are both square Mercury in the 10th house. That house is all about the intent of the leaders. In this case, it’s all about communication. Seeing that the square is with the planet of the underworld and emotions, it would seem that the leaders of this party will have a strong understanding of the transformational aspects of emotion.
Neptune is the ruling planet and it’s conjunct the Sun in Capricorn both in the 11th house. The Capricorn sign is going to bring up the type of energy that will make this party dislike just about everything at one time or another. They can be responsible and disciplined, yet at the same time unforgiving and condescending. Neptune is all about water and it’s the planet with the strongest ties to socialism. This planet is linked to fraud and deception. Together, both of these planets are in the 11th house which is all about emotional maturity and all the aspects associated with making decisions. The sun represents the leaders, figureheads, prime ministers, presidents, etc.
Taking that conjunction one step further, we can see that Saturn is in direct opposition to it. Saturn is all about restrictions, regulations, structure, poverty, elderly and the like. It’s in the 5th house that is all about how you want to be seen and what your moral actions are. This puts the leadership in an emotional position that is at odds with their morals. It that politics, or what?
The last natal aspect that stands out to me is the Mars and Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio in the 8th house all trine the ascendant. Mars is the planet of war, violent crime, aggression, force, violence, sport and competition. Jupiter is about overflowing abundance, prosperity, law, justice, religious figures, religion, etc. Scorpio will bring out the brave, passionate, stubborn and resourceful aspects of both planets, yet, because they are in the 8th house, these traits will be attributed to how they deal with others. The 8th house is the testing house. It is all about what you love or what you hate. You will be confronted by things that are out of your control and you’ll be forced to have to deal with it. Seeing that this conjunction is trine the ascendant, one might expect that this party will thrive on the energy of conflict and abundance. They will be at home with dealing with these highly emotional interactions between people.
Follow planetary ruler – Rising is Pisces which is ruled by Neptune which is in Capricorn which is ruled by Saturn which is in Cancer which is ruled by the Moon which is in Virgo which is ruled by Mercury which is in Capricorn which is ruled by Saturn. Thus, Saturn is the sole dispositor and it will be a key player for this organization.
The time selected for the birth of the republican party is March 20th, 1854 @ 2 pm in New York, New York. As with the case of the democratic birth time, this time is also widely accepted which in turn gives us confidence with regards to the house placement. Here is its wheel.
What immediately stands out?
- Leo Rising
- Mars in the 1st house in Virgo
- Mars conjunct Venus; both square Saturn
- Mars Trine MC and Pluto
- Mars Quincunx Sun
There we have a chart that shows a clean Leo rising. We can expect that this party will identify with Leo characteristics that include being creative, passionate, generous, arrogant, stubborn, self-centered and inflexible. Leo’s are natural born leaders and tend to be pretty self-confident.
When you look energy that will be pivotal in determining what the party identifies with, you’ll find the energies of Mars in Virgo. As I’m sure you’re well aware, Mars is the planet of war, violence, crime, military action, riots, fighting, sports, etc. Seeing that Mars has just changed signs into Virgo, it doesn’t amplify the showy Leo aspects of the war like energy, but rather brings in an analytical, loyal, hardworking aspect of the energy. The Virgo energy is methodical making sure nothing is left to chance, thus one might interpret the Mars influence as being violence with purpose, or war when it’s necessary rather than being emotionally triggered or initiated on a whim.
Mars is in direct opposition to Venus which is in Pisces at the end of the 7th house. Venus is going to represent the arts, fashion, leisure, luxury, entertainment, money and peace. The softness of Venus is magnified in Pisces which is the gentle, wise, musical, intuitive energy that can be overly trusting and fearful. Venus sits on the edge of the 7th house which is all about partnerships and agreements. This is the house where you make emotional connections to other.
When I look at this aspect, I see a party that has a very strong identity to a nit-picky masculine energy that is at odds with the emotional free flowing feminine energy. It might represent an energy that will find flaws in everything artistic or it might be that it will fight anything that is emotionally based.
As it turns out, both Mars and Venus are square Saturn. As with all squares, this will create agitation between the planets by amplifying the restrictive, controlling properties of Saturn. These squares are going to highlight the need for rules and regulations and push for the establishments of contracts. Seeing that Saturn is in Taurus, this party may put lots of effort into creating contracts. They will want the marriage set in stone so no one can change it. You might look at this three-planet configuration as the man saying to the woman – ‘we signed a contract. Fulfill your end of the deal or you’ll be sorry.’
Here, we also want to look towards the Midheaven and we’ll find a couple more aspects with Mars.
Pluto is in Taurus in the 10th house. As we know, the 10th house is all about the intent of the leaders. It is the house that shows how they rule and what their principles are. In this case, we find Pluto (and Uranus and Saturn all independent). With this placement of Pluto, we find that the underworld is a little more grounded. We’re still dealing with secrets, hidden resources, violence, transformation, dictatorship and secret police, but the energy is more reserved. It’s as if the leaders of this party are willing to use the power of Pluto to accomplish their objectives, but they’re not going to jump into it. The only complication is that Pluto is trine Mars. The energy of Pluto and Mars will work together when it’s needed and the trine suggests that there will be good uses of this energy.
It’s also worth noting that in the 10th house, which represents the attributes of the leaders of this party (their principles and mission), we find Uranus, which can bring an explosive energy and Saturn, which brings in restrictions. This is a very strong trio with ties to the ascendant and Mars, which is fortunately grounded in Taurus.
Its also worth looking at the Sun. The Sun influences come from Pisces and are applied in the 9th house which shows a strong understanding to how the social order works. This is the house of higher education and social growth. The unfortunate part is that it’s at odds with Mars in the first house. This might indicate that the energy at the heart of the party is threatened by higher education. Or that the party both wants and doesn’t want higher education or that it only wants a particular type of higher education. Or maybe that this party is very passionate and actively pursues higher education.
Follow planetary ruler – Rising is Leo which is ruled by the sun which is in Pisces which is ruled by Neptune which is in Pisces. Thus, Neptune is the sole dispositor.
Now we want to look ahead at November 6th, 2018. Ultimately, we’re going to want to know where the planets are and how they might affect the two different political parties.
Rather than drawing a chart for election day, we’re going to simply create a bi-wheel that shows the transits relative to the natal charts for both parties during the election. This way, we can look for aspects that might be interesting and interpret at what they might mean.
Election Day – Democrats
To review, we know that:
- The identity of the party has Pluto at its core
- The Pluto traits of the identity are in a hard aspect to the Moon and Mercury
- The Sun and Neptune are in a hard position with Saturn
- Mars and Jupiter are connected directly to the ascendant and Pallas
- Saturn plays a key karmic role for this entity
Now, do you see any aspects in the biwheel that are worth noting?
To me, there are a few aspects worth talking about.
Transit Sun is Conjunct natal Mars
Notice the Transit Sun is just coming out of a perfect conjunction with Mars and a few days before that, Jupiter. In the natal chart these are harmonious aspects to the identity of the party. Seeing that the Midheaven is also aligned to the ascendant, it would seem that there will be an abundance of fighting energy particularly with regards to emotions that are outside the party’s control. This would be the influence of the 8th house.
Transit Saturn is Conjunct natal Mercury
Also, we know that Saturn plays a key karmic role in this chart and it’s sitting next to the natal Mercury all in the 10th house. Keep in mind that this is the house that shows the traits of the leaders in this organization. Saturn is going to bring the resistance, rules and regulations as it influences how the leadership is able to communicate. I would expect all aspects of communication to be impacted by this aspect.
Transit Pluto is Conjunct natal Sun + Neptune
We also know that Pluto plays a key role in the identity of this party. That underworld energy is nearly on top of the natal Sun + Neptune pair all in the 11th house of emotional maturity. This is the house that represents the most mature aspects of the organization. It touches on how it is run and how the long-term decisions are made. Pluto, in this role, will most likely bring transformation to the leadership and how decisions are made. Note that this is a longer-term transit so some of the effects should have already been felt.
Transit Pluto is Opposing natal Saturn
This transit might be a little out, but Pluto seems to really have an impact on this party. If you roll back the clock to July 24th 2016, you’ll see that Pluto was perfectly conjunct Neptune and nearly perfectly in opposition to Saturn right around the time that news broke that Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down from her leadership position in the party which was a time where the party was pledged by scandals and secrets.
If you want to look at nearly perfect aspects, I ran the software to give me the exact list of nearly perfect transits-to-natal and this is what it produced.
25 Oct 2018 11:54 AM ( 9 Oct to 6 Nov) Sat Sqr Plu
5 Nov 2018 12:34 AM ( 4 Nov to 6 Nov) Sun SSqr Moo
5 Nov 2018 2:26 AM ( 2 Nov to 7 Nov) Ven SSxt Moo
5 Nov 2018 8:00 AM ( 3 Nov to 7 Nov) Ven Sqr Ura
7 Nov 2018 11:28 PM ( 6 Nov to 9 Nov) Mer Sqr Asc
From this collection, it would seem that the transit Saturn will be in a hard aspect with the natal Pluto. If we where to see any transformation, it’s going to be with regards to the identity of the party.
The leading days right up to the election has the Sun amplifying the Jupiter and Mars energies in the 8th house. This is the house of death and birth, but more importantly, it’s about having to deal with things that happen to you that are outside your control. They are generally deeply emotional and force you to have to mourn. It’s not a great place to have your key power planet.
In the 10th house of leadership, this party has restrictive energy. As seen in the natal chart, the strength of this party is to be able to lead in an emotional way. How they communicate is critically important to how they lead. With Saturn creating resistance here, I would expect that there will be breakdowns in communication or restrictions that hinder how this party gets the message out.
What makes this even worse is that Pluto is in the 11th house which deals with the long-term aspects of ruling the organization. That is the house where structures are put in place to make sure the organization functions successfully over generations. Pluto has passed Neptune and still has a little hold on the Sun, which suggests that the transformations to the party have already been taking place. This is not a good sign for the long-term functioning of this group.
As I see it, the energy for this organization is more aligned with fighting for its survival and having to defend itself against emotional energies that it has no control over. It’s more of a struggle then a celebration.
Election Day – Republicans
Let’s do the same thing for the republican chart.
To review, we know:
- Mars energy is at the heart of the identity of this party
- Mars and Venus are at odds with each other
- Saturn is in a hard aspect with both Mars and Venus
- Mars and the Sun energy can be misunderstood
- Neptune has a key karmic role to play
When I look at this chart, I want to find aspects that challenge Mars or cause conflicts with any of the planets in the 10th house of leadership. Yet the first thing that stands out is Neptune.
Transit Neptune Conjunct natal Neptune
We’ve already established that Neptune is a planet with karmic significance for this party. Even though it’s a longer transit, it’s probably going to carry strong undertones that will make this party feel ‘at home’, ‘in sync’, ‘aligned’ allowing the mind to dream and entertain ideas that are not grounded in the physical.
Transit Uranus Nearly Conjunct natal Pluto
The current location of Uranus is in Taurus moving retrograde. It falls back into Aries exactly during the election. It doesn’t come back out of Aries until March of next year. Uranus can signify radical change, upheaval, rebellion, anarchy, independence and unexpected events. Uranus is temporally moving from a grounded feminine sign of Taurus into the fiery masculine sign of Aries. This planet is also playing with the cusp of the Midheaven between the 9th and 10th houses. I would expect that this sign transition will accentuate the differences between male and female and we’ll see this again after it turns direct.
Looking forward, Uranus will be coming back to transverse the 10th house and complete its conjunction with Pluto on April 4th, 2019. We might be in for some explosive transformational changes to the leadership of the party come springtime.
Transit Pluto nearly Conjunct natal Jupiter
Pluto is starting to work on transforming the influence of natal Jupiter. Natal Jupiter is in the house that represents the results of your work. It is a karma type situation. If the work is harmful, the results will show in sickness or disharmony. Likewise, if the work is helpful, the results will show a new state of health. The interesting thing about this aspect is that it doesn’t come exact until March 24th 2019. It’s as if this chart is setting up for some significant transformations next spring.
When I run the transit-to-natal report, I get the following aspects that are in effect on the 6th of November.
21 Oct 2018 2:38 AM ( 9 Sep to 3 Feb 2019) Nep Conj Nep
27 Oct 2018 9:11 AM ( 2 Oct to 22 Nov) Ura Trine Mar
28 Oct 2018 7:59 AM (13 Oct to 9 Nov) Sat Qucnx Nod
4 Nov 2018 5:23 PM (11 Oct to 3 Dec) Ura Conj MC
5 Nov 2018 8:37 PM ( 3 Nov to 8 Nov) Ven Qucnx Sat
6 Nov 2018 7:09 AM ( 6 Nov to 7 Nov) Sun Trine Nep
7 Nov 2018 2:10 AM ( 6 Nov to 8 Nov) Mer SSqr Jup
7 Nov 2018 2:59 AM (25 Oct to 17 Nov) Sat Sqr Mer
7 Nov 2018 3:10 AM ( 6 Nov to 8 Nov) Sun Sesqu Sun
7 Nov 2018 4:17 PM ( 3 Nov to 12 Nov) Jup Trine Sun
8 Nov 2018 3:40 PM ( 4 Nov to 13 Nov) Jup Qucnx MC
10 Nov 2018 4:37 AM (16 Oct to 12 Dec) Ura SSxt Sun
10 Nov 2018 4:38 AM ( 5 Nov to 14 Nov) Jup Sqr Mar
1 Dec 2018 1:27 PM (14 Jun to 2 Jan 2019) Plu Sesqu Nod
28 Dec 2018 7:33 PM ( 9 Sep to 3 Feb 2019) Nep Conj Nep
6 Feb 2019 11:27 PM ( 6 Nov 2018 to 6 Mar) Ura SSqr Nep
With these aspects, we’re looking to see if there is anything to activate Mars in the natal chart. There are a few:
Transit Uranus trine natal Mars
This should be a very favorable transit for this party. Uranus will energize, encourage and give confidence to the party. It will feel like they will be able to get a lot done and that they can make forward progress.
Transit Jupiter square natal Mars
Even though this is a square, it’s going to kick the Mars energy into action. It will bring that bold, daring willingness to make your next step and break free of limitations. It’s going to open up new opportunities and possibly inspire the party deep down to its core.
Transit Sun trine natal Neptune
This transit is really going to empower the imagination. The party will feel very creative and will spend time enjoying the figments of their imagination.
There is a lot of activity unfolding for this party on election day. The energies seem to embolden and give courage to what they are doing. The ruling energy seems to be exalted and unopposed.
And, if you follow the Part of Fortune, you’ll see that Uranus, the planet that rules technology and unexpected changes is nearly perfectly conjunct. It would seem that their good lucky is energized.
This is a collection of data and interpretation files that were used.
Biwheel for day of election
Transits to Natal Data
Biwheel for day of election
Transits to Natal Data
Donald Trump natal Wheel
Donald Trump Election Biwheel