On November 2 Americans will head for the polls in a presidential election for the first time since September 11, 2001. For many the events of that day still haunt their memory whilst others yearn to move on to a new tomorrow. No matter who wins this election some things will remain the same.
The US involvement in Iraq will not go away for Bush or Kerry; neither will their commitment to homeland security, or commitment to globalization. But the way those situations are handled may, and the majority of the international community seem to prefer a Kerry victory to a Bush triumph.
Bush's Connections with the U.S. Chart
For the record the George Bush connections with the US chart are numerous. He was born a mere two days after Independence Day and the similarities don't end there. The connections between the planets Mars and Uranus in both charts are blatantly obvious pointing to the sudden violence and warfare that has marked his term. Bush was sworn in with the war planet Mars symbolically setting at 12.02 p.m. January 20, 2001.
George is experiencing his Saturn return. This is karma time when you reap the rewards or pay the price for past actions. Emphasizing that is the Saturn placement in The Twelfth House the house of “self-undoing.” The horoscope point associated with status and social standing is the Midheaven. Unexpected changes are linked to Uranus. George's Midheaven progressed to his natal Uranus in 2003 and is still within the vicinity of its erratic influence. This doesn't necessarily say that he will be defeated, but it does indicate the unpredictability of his position and home.
Bush’s progressed Sun is still with war planet Mars, characteristic of his continuing military push. Similarly progressed Mars is moving toward his Sun ruler, the Moon—George is a Cancerian. These are offensive, attacking energies, and aggression would be surrounding him as well as signifying his own modus operandi.
The last card in the pack is Pluto, planet of deep regeneration, often metamorphic change and it will be opposite to Bush's Midheaven and thereby activating the Uranus connection. This is revolutionizing his working and home life. All this would seem to suggest that George is in for a big change around November 2.
But he does have some saving graces. By the swearing in date of January 20 Bush has his Jupiter return and it will pass across progressed Mars. Jupiter will then transit onto a progressed Venus/Jupiter conjunction. These are normally good aspects if a legal challenge is involved again.
This is interesting as in the 2000 election opinion was divided among leading US astrologers on who would win the election. One critic claimed this disproved astrology, as they couldn't pick a winner. My take was that it obviously revealed the election would be almost too close to call. I sympathized with them as I poured through the statistics myself.
Bush had the better aspects on the day that the President would be sworn in, over two months following the November poll. I also saw that Al Gore's wife, Tipper, looked to be moving home and I adjudged that unfavorable for Gore who I assumed may be moving out of the White House, so to speak. But I'm still in touch with astrologers who claim they (along with Al Gore) were robbed by the court’s decision awarding the presidency to Bush. So let's see if Kerry can extract any revenge!
Kerry: Transiting Benefics on Election Day
John Kerry is an enthusiastic Sagittarius, born at the rising Sun and setting Moon. The Moon is with Saturn showing that he has had his fair share of sadness and self-reflection despite the optimism of his Sun sign. Kerry’s Uranus and Mars conjunct the US Uranus. This does not augur well for peace, it is a warlike conjunction—again we see the sudden violence emphasized. Kerry has charismatic Neptune on the Midheaven. He has high ideals, some probably impossible, but with most of his planets above the horizon and the Sun on it, what you see is what you get. He wears his heart on his sleeve.
On the day of the election Kerry has the duo of transiting benefics Venus and Jupiter sitting atop his Midheaven, along with Solar Arcing Venus—both are EXACT on the day. This is a fortunate combination. But we have to keep perspective on this one. Having millions of people go out and vote for you would certainly confirm such a popular influence—win or lose. His astro*carto*graphy chart implying areas of strength by location makes the Midwest difficult for Kerry but he looks stronger on the East Coast and looks set to reverse the Florida result that defeated Gore.
Saturn's Cycle and the U.S. Presidency
The famous American astrologer Grant Lewi researched the Saturn cycle in relation to the Presidential position. It was Lewi's theory that if the transiting (current) position of Saturn was above the horizon and moving toward the top of your horoscope you were bound for glory. If it was doing the opposite then you were headed for the dungeon, politically speaking. This may seem elementary analysis, but Lewi would have preferred Kerry to Bush on this one! Added to that, Kerry does have the advantage of the progressed Moon also airborne in his chart.
So what of Kerry on the day of swearing in? Well, he has Mars coming onto his Sun and the Moon coming onto his Mars. Doesn't sound like a very peaceful presidency right from the start. That leads me to a subject about which much has been written. Learned astrologers reading may be familiar with the “Presidential Death Cycle.” Briefly put it states that any President elected in a year ending with naught eventually dies in office.
Since 1840 this has been the case with the lone exception of Ronald Reagan who survived an assassination attempt. Without getting too technical, this is purportedly linked into the Jupiter/Saturn cycle in earth signs. The last conjunction was in 2000, and all since 1842 have been in earth with one exception—1980/81. That conjunction was in Libra (air), and so the legend goes, that is why Reagan was the lone survivor. But of course it also makes Bush the prime nominee as he was elected in 2000. I don't think he is the lone candidate.
My own observations link this cycle with other factors. They are evident in around March/April and again during August and September of 2005. Whoever wins this election could well be the loser in real terms, although heightened security surrounding the Presidency has removed much of the risk nowadays.
Astrologically, you'd have to say that John Kerry has the better planets on election day. His Venus connection may be suggestive of strong female support, or possibly voters may see Kerry as a the greater prospect for peace and reconciliation. The progressed Sun of the US chart has just moved into Pisces where it will spend the next thirty years. Does Kerry's most elevated planet of Neptune provide the Pisces connection, or am I just fishing for answers?
See Ken Kalb's article for another astrologer's view of the presidential election.