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Will one of the alternate party candidates will get your vote? Yes, there are alternatives to the not-so-big two. In fact, Ralph Nader turns the other guys green with his difficult questions.

The Underdog

Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934, at 4:52 am in Winsted, Connecticut), the man who worked to expose the Pinto and so much more, is running for president under the label of the Green Party. Naderís Sun is in Pisces, and in true Piscean style, not only has Nader rooted for the underdog, heís both been and represented the underdog. Also in Piscean fashion, heís worn the same shoes at least since the last decadeóhe just keeps getting them resoled (Pisces is linked to the feet). His Pisces quest for the downtrodden now includes a presidential bid.

Oddly, Naderís platform seems damn near perfect. Heís concerned about social care reform, education, consumer economics and the environment. This shows in his chart with his Saturn aligned with the North Node in Aquarius. Saturnís position here in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius depicts Naderís sense of responsibility (Saturn) for humanity (Aquarius). Combined with a sense of destiny provided by the North Node, also in the Iím-very-concerned-about-everyone, water-bearing Aquarius, his intent and heart stand indisputably in the right place. How refreshing. But is it electable?

David Meets the Giants

Naderís policies, stemming from his Aquarian agenda benefit everyone except for those greedy, power monger sorts. This does not help his cause. Some would argue that Nader would be ill equipped to deal with foreign policy and military matters.

Ralph Naderís horoscope contains a t-square between justice-seeking Jupiter in fairness-oriented Libra, which is opposed outspoken and pioneering Uranus in argumentative Aries, with both squared by the potent what-about-my-people Pluto in Cancer. This vibrant, finger-pointing, stick-shaking t-square takes on the powers that be (Pluto) without fear of threat or bribery (even more Pluto). He stirs things up, knowing those opposing him cannot resort to intimidation or threat. And if they do, heíll just make even more noise.

Naderís Leo Moon and Pisces Sun, in a loose quincunx to each other, build a strong hero/martyr complex for him. Either way, he wins. If heís martyred in being taken down, he becomes a hero. If heís heroic because of his ventures, his gain is even sweeter. Add to that the symbolism of the downtrodden in his campaign through his choice of running mateóa Native American woman.

Will He Get Your Vote?

Will you vote for Nader? Many fear a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. Uranus retrograding near his Saturn-North Node conjunction isnít enough to support a win. Nor do the transits of Pluto and Chiron in Sagittarius widely squaring his Sun-Mars support his victory. Simply his efforts do not seem powerful enough. And Uranus contributes to the prematurity of being ahead of his time.

Uranus still offers something quirky. A smart politician familiar with Naderís horoscope might bring him onboard. The Uranus activity implies that someone who is pretending to be concerned will notice Naderís genuine concern. Look for Nader to find himself examining an offer to participate within the structures he opposes. Naderís challenge would lie in trying to determine if such an appointment would compromise his values.

Regardless, heís clean and green. Maybe thatís just what we need. With the current planetary trends of Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius combining with Pluto and Chiron in Sagittarius, perhaps we ought to put our votes where our thoughts lieótoward the betterment of humanity. Green is good, even if itís not just referring to money.


Philip Sedgwick began his study of astrology in 1969. He is the author of Astrology of Deep Space, Astrology of Transcendence, The Sun at the Center: A Primer of Heliocentric Astrology, The Galactic Ephemeris (a compilation of over 8,300 points in deep space).

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