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This article was originally published on November 2, 2000.

Political predicting is one of the most controversial areas of astrology. Some astrologers prefer that we refrain from even making predictions entirely, fearing that incorrect projections will damage astrology's credibility. High error rates, however, haven't kept economists and meteorologists from practicing their predictive arts. Additionally, there are many techniques and analytical approaches that can produce, as in this case, contradictory predictions from different astrologers.

Bias often plays a role in political astrology, as well. A good example of this was the British astrologer who claimed that as a Venus-ruled Taurus, Hitler must be a man of peace. This statement was published on Hitler's birthday in 1939, the year Germany invaded Poland. Clearly, the astrologer was wrong, but his prediction most likely was due to his desire to see a peaceful future for Europe. In another case, an American astrologer wrote that independent presidential candidate John Anderson was a man of destiny, and proved it from his chart. This, too, reflected the author's hopes rather than pure astrological principles.

StarIQ is publishing these election predictions neither to influence the outcome of the election (as if we could) nor to demonstrate the superiority of any particular technique or astrologer. These predictions are presented in accordance with our purpose to expand awareness of astrology and the many ways in which it works. The goal is not to find the one right answer, but to show the thinking of some of today's leading astrologers.

A general overview of November 7 shows the planet Mercury turning direct  (forward) in the last degree of Libra, the sign of the scales. This represents the mixed emotions many people have about the candidates. The Moon in changeable Pisces on Election Day reinforces the general uncertainty the electorate is feeling. It is possible that a desire to keep power divided between the two parties will continue the split between Congress and the White House. This could be such a close election that the winner of the popular vote is not the winner of the electoral vote that determines the outcome of the race. Such an event could lead to a reconsideration of the Electoral College and a possible change of the Constitution. Here's what others have to say. Jeff Jawer

Astrologers' Predictions

Kenneth Bowser

Many astrologers have been so tentative about one candidate versus the other that one must wonder about the conviction behind statements made in such a fainthearted fashion. In the sidereal zodiac, using Western techniques, George Bush stands out as the clear winner. In the relevant sidereal solar and lunar returns immediately preceding the election and inauguration next year, he gets Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Pluto prominent on the angles of those charts. Gore gets Mars, Saturn and Pluto on the angles of his cyclic charts. Pluto makes extreme whatever it touches. With transiting benefics, one experiences elation and victory in elections. With the transiting malefics one endures great loss and defeat in elections. Bush’s victory is not at issue from the sidereal point of view.

More to the point, the chart for the inauguration on January 20, 2001, at noon in Washington D.C.—the moment when the new president is legally invested with authority—has transiting Mars on the Descendant. The Sun of George Washington’s first inauguration on April 30, 1789 is precisely on the Ascendant of the Bush inauguration this coming January. Washington’s first inauguration is the chart for the office of the presidency itself. Mars’ presence across the horizon is unsettling at best, ominous at worst.

Editor's note: The sidereal zodiac is based on the constellations, rather than the seasons of the tropical zodiac that is used by the vast majority of western astrologers and StarIQ. House and aspect relationships are the same in both systems, but the two zodiacs differ by about 23 degrees.

Lee Lehman

I pick Al Gore as having more statistically positive factors, although it's not a huge edge. My full results are in three articles on my web page.

Tony Louis

Both Bush and Gore have similar natal house cusps and many positive and negative astrological factors, suggesting a close race. Bush, however, has an astrological advantage on November 7, and will probably emerge victorious. If one compares the secondary progressed Gemini rising chart of the U.S. with the secondary progressed charts of each candidate, Bush has the edge. Bush's progressed Ascendant is exactly conjunct the U.S. progressed Midheaven, which represents the presidency. Mr. Bush's progressed Sun is exactly trine the U.S. progressed Part of Fortune, and his progressed Moon-Mars conjunction is trine the natal U.S. Midheaven. Given that the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occurred this year in an earth sign, Bush is likely to die in office and Cheney will assume the presidency.

Dorothy Oja

Bush's recent poll lead (daily fluctuations now) likely has to do with transiting Mars traveling through Virgo, Bush's birth Mars position. The upshot—Bush is expressing strength and looking good. We have a tricky pre-election condition with Mercury retrograde in Scorpio (apparent backward movement) ruling deep analysis, political maneuverings and sorting the conflicting information/images the candidates have presented.

Days before the election, on November 3, Mars enters Libra and ignites the total eclipse of the Moon (the people's interests) of January 21, 2000 which took place at 0 degrees Leo and conjoined exactly with Al Gore's Ascendant (rising sign). This event favors Gore. Eclipses are historically powerful foreshadowings and, when combined with subsequent planet contact, tell the tale. Gore, an Aries, is ruled by the planet Mars, and is therefore more affected by its position at any given time. Mars in Libra will be stimulating Gore's Aries Sun and in harmony with Gore's Mars in Leo at that time.

Mercury turns direct on election day bringing to a peak the confusion people have felt, but also the deep thinking undergone in prior weeks. Bush is riding high on his Mars return now, but is likely to stumble, which benefits Gore. Progressions move or mature the birth chart to a person's current age and detail current cycles. Bush has no strong aspects to his Sun, progressed or natal. The Sun, representing leadership and recognition ought to make a statement in a presidental race! Gore's progressed Moon makes an approaching trine to his natal Sun, and has just passed Full, or the opposition to his progressed Sun, indicating a time of fruition and flowering of potential. Bush is in a crescent progressed Moon stage, indicating the beginning of the developmental cycle, reflecting the refrain of many that Bush is not equipped or experienced enough to be president. My bet's on Al Gore.

Bruce Scofield

From the standpoint of electional astrology, the most crucial times for a presidential candidate are the time they make their official announcement of candidacy, and the time that the party officially nominates them. In the current contest, I've looked at the dates of the candidacy announcements for both Bush and Gore. (I was unable to find the exact times.) Bush announced with the Moon in early Gemini, near to where Jupiter will be on voting day. On the other hand, Gore's announcent chart receives some stressful transits the week before the election. I do have an exact time for Bush's nomination, and it is quite powerful, very suggestive of a win. I don't have Gore's, but the Moon was void-of-course when it occured. Given this data, I'd say Bush will win.

Sandra-Leigh Serio

This presidential race will be one of the closest in history. Both presidential candidates have Leo rising and Aries on the Midheaven. They also both possess a fortunate Moon-Jupiter conjunction (popularity with the public). Al Gore appears to have an edge and will most likely be the next president. One of the many factors in his chart that bodes well for this is the fact that transiting Saturn (ambition) is about to conjoin (for the second of three times) with his Venus in its own sign, Taurus, in his Tenth House of career achievement. This indicates the attainment of a long-held desire.

Jim Shawvan

Since everybody else is predicting the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, I'll throw in my two cents worth. I base this speculation (I wouldn't glorify it by calling it a prediction) on several facts: Some years ago a group of astrologers including Judy Johns, Joyce Wehrman, and others whose names I do not recall, did a major research project on U.S. presidential elections. They concluded that "the guy with the worst chart wins." Apparently, the universe lets the loser go home and go fishing, whereas the winner is stuck with dealing with all the problems. Mercury will be exactly stationary direct as the results are being reported for the eastern states, and while polls are still open in some western states. I suggest, for fun and games, doing a detailed comparison of the chart for the Mercury station with the charts of both Bush and Gore—and don't leave out the 45-degree multiples, such as transiting Pluto sesquiquadrate (135-degree angle) Bush's natal Saturn, and transiting Mars semisquare (45-degree angle) the midpoint of Gore's natal waxing Mars-Saturn conjunction. There is an apparent swing in many polls in favor of Bush, since Mercury went retrograde. There are some fast-moving transits that make it look as though Bush might be rather happy on election night, but perhaps not so happy a few days later-and vice-versa for Gore. Note in particular that transiting Mars will conjoin Bush's natal Neptune a few days after the election.

Therefore, I will hazard the following guesses: The election may be so close in some states that it may be several days before the actual electoral college votes can be tallied with accuracy. This could involve the counting of absentee ballots, and possible charges of fraud or irregularities in some places. As of election night, it may look very much like a Bush victory, but uncertainty may develop as the count goes on. As of a week or so after the election, when most of the Virgo detail stuff has been sorted out, Gore may have the edge in electoral votes—but it may not be certain even then.

Erin Sullivan

The next administration will be George Bush/Dick Cheney. Both candidates have myriad winner aspects. Most outstanding is that in late 2000, Bush's solar arc Moon is conjunct Jupiter at 9 degrees Sagittarius trine natal Mercury in Leo. They will be trine his natal Pluto through 2001. Solar arc Uranus is on his natal Pluto, which is power in politics. This may be the biggest year of his life. Cheney has solar arc Moon conjunct secondary progressed Jupiter, both of which are sextile his Pisces Moon; and his solar arc Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is sextile his natal Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. On November 7, Mars will be on his North Node. Gore and Leiberman share a Neptune transit, among other debilitating astrological aspects. Neptune is conjunct Gore's Descendant and Leiberman's Venus. Their image, according to that, is they both appear too insubstantial for the role at hand.

Mary Ursettie

I predict Al Gore will win in November, for numerous astrological reasons, the most interesting being the Sabian symbolism. Each degree of the zodiac has a Sabian symbol associated with it. This symbol is an image, open for interpretation, offering additional information about any planet or significant point in the chart located at that particular degree. For example, the Sabian symbol for JFK Jr.’s Midheaven, the place of fame and reputation in his chart, or what one is most known for, is “An Airplane Doing a Nose Dive.” The Sabian symbol associated with the Sun in George Bush’s chart is “An Old Man Faces a Dark Space to the Northeast.” The symbol for the Sun in Al Gore’s chart is “The Ruler of a Nation.”

Valerie Vaughan

Look at the aspects on Election Day: Mercury stations and the Sun is square  Uranus. Disruptions and delays in communications, travel and the weather will affect voter turn-out and the final count. Unusual voting results are indicated, which will rattle the traditional two-party system. Nader will get more votes than expected, and the old guard will be replaced by newcomers in Congress. Current transits to the U.S. chart confirm this upset to the status-quo—a wake-up call for the complacent, lazy voters who decide on popularity and believe the two-party system actually offers a choice.

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