a deep mystical tradition among the Shawnee Indians of the Ohio valley,
embodied in the teachings and practices of a sage named Tenskwatawa,
also known as "the Prophet." He and
his brother, the great Chief Tecumseh, felt that all Indians were one
people, and insisted that only with the consent of all—could land rightly
be ceded by or purchased from an individual tribe. Tecumseh and
the Prophet set about to unite the tribes into an organized defense against
the growing number of western settlers and the US Army so they could
defend the lands they had lived on for thousands of years. For several
years Tecumseh successfully journeyed from tribe to tribe, working with
Indians of all sections to secure their cooperation in this great work
of unification. Tecumseh was a daring visionary—a powerful orator, remarkable
military chief, successful negotiator, and enthusiastic leader. Indeed,
the flame of hatred for the white man burned in his heart, and he swore
eternal vengeance against the white race for decimating his proud nation.
When the United States refused to recognize Tecumseh's unification principle,
he bound together the Native Americans of the Old Northwest, the South,
and the Eastern Mississippi Valley as a military force to defend Native
American rights to the land. His plan failed with the defeat of his brother,
the Shawnee Prophet, at the battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Although history
often reports the battle of Tippecanoe a draw, it broke the power of
the Shawnee and became known historically as marking the beginning of
the collapse of the Native American military movement.
that after the historic battle of Tippecanoe , Tecumseh released prisoners
with a prophetic message for General William Henry Harrison—a prophecy that has come to be known as "Tecumseh's Curse."
will win next year to be the Great Chief... He will die
in his office... I who caused the Sun to darken and Red Men to give
up firewater tell you Harrison will die. And after him, every Great
Chief chosen every 20 years thereafter will die. And when each one
dies, let everyone remember the death of our people.
in 1841, President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia, and for
140 years every president elected every 20 years died in office, except
for Ronald Reagan who survived a close assassination attempt. (Reagan,
however, did develop Alzheimer's, and was the only president to use
the timing advice of an astrologer for public appearances!) Is this
just coincidence or the curse from the collective wrath of millions
of Native Americans? As George
Bush heads toward the completion of his
first term, many wonder if he will be the next victim of Tecumseh's prophetic
Presidential Death Stars
thousands of years astrologers have made a connection between the twenty-year
Jupiter-Saturn cycle and major socio-cultural-political events. Jupiter
and Saturn are the two most distant planets visible to the naked eye.
The ancients regarded Saturn, the visible boundary between our solar
system and the universe, as the "Great Chronocrator," a cosmic
clock timing significant periods in human history. When faster moving
Jupiter crosses over Saturn every 19.8 years, a new cycle begins oftentimes
marked by cataclysmic events.
this conjunction has coincided with the zero-year presidential elections.
When the contraction (Saturn) and expansion (Jupiter) urge merge, there
is a certain wringing out of the karmic towel in human affairs. Jupiter
rules politicians, Saturn rules death, and the apex of the political
archetype is indeed the President. For 140 years until 1980 when the
cycle was marginally broken, this conjunction occurred only in earth
signs. Only the 1980 conjunction occurred in an air sign, and many astrologers
attribute President Reagan's assassination escape to this elemental position.
But In 2000, the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction returned once again to an
earth sign. Does this portend an incipient visit to the other side by
President Bush? Later, we will examine his chart.
fall into several camps on which chart to use for the birth of the
United States. One chart shows Scorpio Rising. Scorpio, co-ruled by
Pluto and Mars, rules aggression, death, the atomic age, physical health,
secrecy, and intensity. Sound familiar? Chart ruler Mars, god of war,
sits in the Eighth House of death in America's chart forming an afflicted
square to Neptune which also forms a hard aspect to the Midheaven,
the point of national destiny. Though Jupiter and Saturn indeed conjoined
in earth sign Taurus in 2000, the eighth harmonic, the astrological
trigger of the chart, won't be squeezed again until 2005-2006. And
the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction is not a precisely timed indicator,
occurring every 19.8 years with the deaths averaging every 21 years.
Another popular time-tested chart is the Gemini Rising chart that I
used successfully in my book The Grand Catharsis to
predict many events, including the commencement date of the first Persian
Gulf War. Famed astrologer Evangeline Adams also used this chart to forecast
the US entry into World War II. This chart finds Aquarius—co-ruled by
Saturn and Uranus—on the Midheaven, which signifies the Presidency. The
Eighth House signifies death, and Capricorn sits on its cusp, making
Saturn the ruler of death . Both charts present moderate evidence for
this presidential death cycle.
Then again, perhaps the juju of the Native American curse is beyond the
realm of Western astrological systems.
Since Tecumseh's prophetic
curse, here are the presidents every 20 years and the vice-presidents
who inherited the Presidency:
Against All Odds
William Henry Harrison
Died April 6, 1841 of pneumonia.
Vice President John Tyler
Assassinated April 14, 1865
Succeeded by Vice President Andrew Johnson
Assassinated July 2, 1881
Succeeded by Vice President Chester Alan Arthur
Assassinated September, 6 1901
Succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt
Warren G. Harding
Died August 2, 1923 from food poisoning
Succeeded by Vice President Calvin Coolidge
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Died April 12, 1945, stroke, medical records missing
Succeeded by Vice President Harry Truman
John F. Kennedy
Assassinated November 22, 1963
Succeeded by Vice President Lydon Baines Johnson
Assassination attempt on March 30, 1981
Succeeded by his Vice President George Bush by election.
George W. Bush
Washington through Clinton there have been 47 presidential elections
where nine vice presidents inherited the Presidency—about
18 percent. There have actually been 53 Presidential inaugurations,
lowering the odds of death in office to about 15 percent. But for
zero years, seven out of eight died, leaving only Reagan's near
Examining Bush's chart always makes me smile as it is the chart of a true charmer. When I first rewrote this article (2 years ago), transiting Jupiter in Leo had just crossed Bush's ascendant and spent most of the next six months conjoining his stellium of Leo planets, also sextiling his stellium of Libra planets. This coincided with President Bush enjoying immense popularity and command of his agenda. At that time I predicted that his walls would come tumbling down in about a year as Saturn applied in orb with his natal Sun. The application of Saturn to the conjunction with his Sun has coincided with almost a complete reversal of fortune, with Murphy's law in full operation. We are all too familiar with the details. There is also a surreal synchronicity of Reagan's passing with this conjunction amidst the hellish heat of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 torture. Spirit operates in mysterious ways. Saturn conjuncts Bush's Sun on June 14th. Does Lord of Karma Saturn invoke the Spirit of Chief Tecumseh once again? Time will tell.