We’re coming down the home stretch, and I continue to get queries about the election so I thought I’d share some thoughts. Most of the predictions I’ve read have been based on the charts of the two candidates and most of those have relied on the strength of the planetary cycles each candidate is experiencing. The prevailing idea seems to be that the candidate with the most harmonious planetary conditions will prevail, but that’s not how this works. It’s often during the most grueling and challenging planetary cycles that we enjoy the greatest successes. In addition, the election of a leader of a nation has more to do with the state of that nation than the candidates who become more of a symbol of the major themes experiencing in the country at the time.
I prepared a little video for my channel:
Some astrologers use the conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn for prediction: Jupiter represents expansion and freedom, and Saturn represents restriction and control. In the United States currently these major themes appear to be Law and Order and Nationalist Pride with a Governmental Control sub-theme (Saturn themes) on the Republican side vs Environmental Issues and Social Justice (Jupiter)with a sub-theme of COVID-19 safety on the Democratic side. I read one article from an astrologer who claimed that Jupiter represents Republicans and Saturn Democrats, but I suppose it depends on your viewpoint. Democrats tend to prefer bigger government with more services which would fall under the generosity of Jupiter, whereas Republicans seek greater control through adherence to laws and the structures of religion which to be is more Saturnian.
I mention this only to suggest that perhaps her predictive techniques are similarly not free from bias. The point that the globalism of the 20th century will give rise to nationalism is, I believe, a wise one. The mixing of cultures which occurred under the globalist movements of the Pluto in Sagittarius period (1995-2008) have been followed by the economic contraction of the Pluto in Capricorn period (2008-2023) in which there has been greater restriction of global movement and cultural integration.
The Great Chronocrator of the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction is moving from predominantly earth signs (since 1802) to air when the two planets align in Aquarius in December 2020. Although we have been in a heavily Capricornian time of restriction and rules with both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, we will be moving into a time of air. In its cloak of modernity, Aquarius is associated with social justice and the need for change and the element of air generally is more receptive to new ideas and the free flow of information. In addition, both Saturn will align in a strong square (90 degree) aspect to Uranus throughout 2021, which suggests a power play between a new order (Uranus) and conservative values (Saturn). Pluto will move into Aquarius in 2023 and by the end of that cycle (2043) the US will have a minority white population. This naturally engenders a great deal of fear in a majority population and creates a resistance.
On top of all of this we are moving into the return of transiting Pluto (destruction, regeneration) to Pluto in the US chart. Transiting Saturn is crossing that point currently and bringing up fears from all sides, and in mid October the US progressed Moon transited US natal and progressed Pluto, bringing the fear and hysteria to a crescendo. This is the environment in which we go to the polls to select a leader to take us through the US Pluto return which will be in effect between 2022 and 2025.
Unfortunately, the sense of fear and deprivation engendered by the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in 2019-2020 (in 2019 the two came within three degrees which touched off the actual conjunction in 2020) has worsened the political divide in the US and created an environment of distrust and rage which is likely to increase as we push ever closer to the US Pluto Return.
If we look at the chart of Donald J. Trump, we see transiting Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn all within range of a trine to his Midheaven or career point (using the 10:54 am birth certificate time). Many astrologers would see that as virtually guaranteeing a second term. These Capricorn planets also oppose his natal Saturn/Venus conjunction which has caused a great deal of upheaval in his personal life and associations, but that is nothing new for Mr. Trump. With his 6th house ruler (Saturn) opposing natal Saturn we might expect some kind of health crisis, but he seems to have magically escaped the detrimental effects of the virus after contracting it last month. There are some people who thrive in challenging planetary alignments, and Mr. Trump is one of those.
Joe Biden’s chances are a little more complex to analyze because while Trump supporters seem to mainly want Trump and Mike Pence doesn’t seem to factor into their choice much, Kamala Harris is a strong player in the Biden/Harris ticket. I wrote about this earlier in 2020:
When transiting Pluto hits Pluto in the US chart (Pluto return) in 2022, it will also align in a challenging square to her natal Sun/Moon opposition (Full Moon) which is somewhat worrying. Transits of Pluto, the planet of destruction and regeneration, can strip away obstacles to empower us, but they can also be debilitating and force us to let go of dreams and ideals which are no longer in the best interest of the evolutionary journey. The US Pluto Return has the potential of following both of these paths simultaneously, and it will be interesting to see what role Ms. Harris has to play in this.
In June 2019 I wrote that I did not believe that Joe Biden would complete the run for president in the fall of 2020, and indeed for a while it looked as though he would not. But the Coronavirus combined with a strong running mate have improved Biden’s chances.
In any case, the astrology suggests that there is likely to be a fair amount of confusion and chaos around the election results no matter who wins, and as a nation we are in for a rocky couple of years. But as individuals we can rise above the chaos and still enjoy lives of meaning and purpose.