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Predicting the outcome of an election is a tempting exercise, but extremely difficult in practice. In 2016 astrologers everywhere attempted to predict whether Clinton or Trump would win the November US Presidential election. You can geek out here and read the article and comments breaking down results by whether the astrologer followed the tropical or sidereal zodiac, was US-based or international etc., but the important takeaway is that of the 90 predictions collected in the article, 62.1% predicted a Clinton win and 37.9% predicted a Trump win. These predictions were based on a nearly infinite assortment of techniques including ancient and obscure techniques such as firdaria, vertical zodiac, whatever that is, and something my friend Barry Goddard called “a non-astrological judgement that politically the more charismatic candidate usually wins.”
62.1% predicted a Clinton win; 37.9% predicted Trump would win. This wasn’t far off from Gallup’s polling which gave Clinton a 51% chance over 32% for Trump.
After the election some astrologers attempted to blame the incorrect predictions on faulty birth data, but in this kind of prediction there are so many factors. The individual candidates, their personalities and their planetary cycles affecting them at the time of the election. Whether or not they connect with the People as reflected in the chart for the United States. Which chart for the United States is used (most astrologers, myself included, use the chart from July 4 1776 but there are many others). The mood of the People on election day. Planetary conditions for the US chart and how […]