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Exit polls on November 2 showed that John Kerry was winning a decisive victory, but when the vote was counted, it was G.W. Bush who won the decisive victory. This caused many to question the results generated by paperless computerized voting machines, and others to question the accuracy of exit polls.
If the vote count was accurate, the exit polls were wrong. If the exit polls were accurate, the vote count was wrong.

A bar chart published on the Internet showed the results of exit polls compared to the results of machine votes. Looking at two key states, the exit polls from Florida showed Kerry winning by about 10 points, and the polls in Ohio had Kerry winning by about 52 to 43. Computer voting machine results reversed this. Bush won the machine tally in Florida by 52 to 48, and in Ohio by 54 to 43. This reversal of results was echoed across the country in many other computerized polling sites.

No Paper Records

Since those spiffy high-tech voting machines generate no paper records, there is no way to audit the results or do a recount. Engineers tell us these machines can be hacked by computer-wily children. Certainly they can be pre-programmed and manipulated remotely.

Exit polls are considered much more accurate than regular polls. People who have just voted are asked by exit pollsters who they voted for and why. Exit polls are used to verify the vote count, or to indicate when a recount is needed. Well, that’s how it used to work.

As the USA has gradually switched from paper ballots to paperless machines, the discrepancy between exit polls and vote counts have grown. Most of us wouldn’t trust an ATM machine that did not provide a paper record, but when it comes to voting, we like to believe we live in a true democracy.

Since the 2004 exit polls dramatically disagreed with the voting results, the “liberals” in the mass media quickly downplayed the polls, or revised the polling results. These “liberals” work for conservative Republican managers of media conglomerates; the scribes have mortgages to pay, kids to get through college, and it’s a lot easier to go along to get along than wind up on the street looking for a new job.

Mercury Opposite Pluto in the U.S. Chart

In the astrological chart for the USA, July 4, 1776, Mercury is found at 24 degrees of Cancer, opposite Pluto at 27 degrees of Capricorn. For the election of 2004, transiting Saturn was conjunct the US Mercury and thus also opposite the US Pluto, with all three square the Moon’s North and South Nodes.

Mercury opposite Pluto indicates an entity with a tendency to become obsessed with its own beliefs and work relentlessly to impress those beliefs upon others. Indeed, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, American missionaries fanned out around the world to convert “pagan infidels” to a belief in Jesus Christ as “the only begotten son of God.” Thousands of Indian boys were taken from their families on reservations and put into boarding schools where they were relentlessly impressed with Christian beliefs. President Bush, during his first term in office, funneled millions of dollars to his Christian base, ostensibly for social services.

I think it’s a safe assumption that Bush’s payoff to his base paid off for him in the 2004 election. That’s how American politics has worked for at least a century, and why big financial interests such a multinational corporations have such a stranglehold on our lawmakers. But even taking this “real politic” into consideration, what are we to make of the discrepancy between exit polls and voting machine results?

Mercury in the Third House, by itself, indicates an individual with a quick and agile mind who wants to communicate the facts. In previous decades, American journalists set the standard for the world when it came to reporting elections and keeping them honest. Not always completely honest, but more honest than elections elsewhere on the planet.

Pluto is sometimes symbolized as a hidden saboteur intent on destroying a distant target. American journalists have long struggled against limitations imposed on them by plutocratic owners. American-made movies are loaded with propaganda designed to make working folk worshipful of the rich.

Transiting Saturn

On November 2, transiting Saturn conjunct Mercury dampened enthusiasm for communicating, causing Mercury to question his message. Print journalists and TV talking heads alike exhorted Democrats to accept the vote count unquestioningly, “Get over it and move on.”

Saturn opposite Pluto pits the status quo against the radically new. A vote result that cannot be audited and checked for accuracy is radically new—and/or old fraud newly reincarnated.

Go online and google the question of paperless voting machines and rigged results, however, and you’ll find there are those who are accumulating evidence that the 2004 elections were rigged and the results preprogrammed. That’s also part of our national character: Uranus and Mars in Gemini are warriors in Mercury’s cause.

Astrologically, it looks like we’re in for a lengthy period of disinformation from our mainstream media, for Saturn will be lingering conjunct the US Mercury and opposite the US Pluto through 2005 and well into 2006. Saturn will arrive exactly conjunct the US Neptune (and square the US Mars) on August 27, 2009. What is this likely to bring?

The last time Saturn came conjunct the US Neptune was in 1979-80 when we had runaway inflation and the Iranian revolution which toppled the US-installed ruler and took American hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. This effectively launched the Islamic rebellion against American petrodollar domination of the oil-rich Middle East.

Switching from Dollars to Euros

What is now brewing behind the scenes internationally is a move to switch from dollars to euros as the currency of choice for oil and other international trade. It was Iraq’s switch from dollars to euros in November 2000 that roused Bush to invade Iraq, although you’ll have to google this to verify it because the US media is mum on the subject, preferring to parrot “freedom and democracy” as Bush’s motives. Online you’ll find no small number of articles dealing with how and why the switch from petrodollars to euros is happening, and why it may prompt Bush to invade Iran around 2005.

Add this behind-the-scenes move to what’s likely to happen in Iraq if the people there exercise true democracy and elect anti-American Muslims and/or continue to make guerrilla war on American troops. On August 27, 2009 Saturn will come conjunct the US Neptune. Simultaneously, Uranus will be opposite Saturn and the US Neptune, putting both square the US Mars in Gemini. Also, transiting Mars will be conjunct the US wealth-generating Jupiter and Venus, with transiting Pluto slowly moving opposite from 0 degrees Capricorn.

We should pity whoever wins the presidential election of 2008, I think, for what the planets in 2009 suggest is that the USA will be dealing with financial troubles beyond inflation. By itself inflation is bad enough—-during the late 1970s-80s investors lost money to inflation even when stocks rose. With Bush poised to create private social security accounts by having people invest instead of pay into the social security fund, look out!

The Bush Administration is also likely to add to what is now a record government debt and budget deficit so that by 2009 when those chickens come home to roost, the screams of painful loss will be exceedingly loud. With the dollar expected to continue to fall in value against the euro, Americans are likely to be paying extremely inflated prices by 2009, if not sooner. And with Uranus and Saturn opposite and both hitting the financially-sensitive US Neptune square Mars, the whole US economy is likely to be floundering by then.

Among the many things astrology teaches are these: the only constant is change, and although the planets do not cause our woes, our actions create reactions.


Robert Gover's book Time and Money: the Economy and the Planets came out in late May, 2005. Euromoney Magazine reviewed it in late 2005. Robert has partnered with a fund manager in Florida, Mike Mansfield, to do a financial newsletter. Robert was the featured speaker at a conference of investors from around the world in Denver on September 24, 2005, He has a BA in economics and has studied astrology since 1965. By the mid-1970s, he had become interested in stock market astrology, and by the mid-1980s, with the advent of astrological software, his interest had expanded to the whole economy. Time and Money may be purchased from, or amazon, B&N and other online vendors, as well as book stores. Robert is a memmber of the International Society of Astrological Research, the International Society of Business Astrologers, and the American Federation of Astrologers. He is also a novelist, and the latest edition of his most famous book One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding can be purchased at most online bookstores. His other novels may be obtained from used or rare book dealers. He has written one other nonfiction book: Voodoo Contra, about the conradictory meanings of that ominous word.

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  • Saturn-Neptune Avian Flu   1/16/2006
  • Saturn & Neptune: Money and Oil   11/4/2005
  • Money: Dollar & Yuan   7/29/2005
  • Wal-Mart's Dilemma   5/20/2005
  • Social Security and Murphy's Law   1/28/2005
  • Vietnam, Iraq, Saturn & Pluto   10/8/2004
  • Planetary Aspects & Belief   7/16/2004
  • Zhu Di to G. Bush   5/28/2004
  • The 72-Year Cycle   4/16/2004
  • Class War   1/9/2004
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 5   10/6/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 4   9/29/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 3   9/22/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 2   9/9/2003
  • Economists and Astrology, Part 1   9/8/2003
  • Mayan Time and Money   6/26/2003
  • Dollar, Euro and War   4/24/2003
  • Stock Market Alert   12/12/2002
  • War Fever   10/3/2002
  • Long-Range Economic Forecast   8/29/2002
  • Pep Rallies & Scouting Reports   8/15/2002
  • The Virtuous Circle   8/2/2000
  • Neptune, Pluto and Boundaries   5/24/2000
  • Volatile Stock Markets and Pluto   4/19/2000
  • Neptune and Inflation   3/29/2000
  • Financial Panics Past and Future   3/8/2000
  • The Bubble and Gap of the 1990s   3/1/2000
  • Saturn and Great Depressions Part 2   2/2/2000
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