One thing everyone can agree on is that Barack Obama is a powerful speaker with an exceptional command of the English language and a preacher-like ability to inspire the emotions. Yet he was universally declared the loser in the first presidential debate on October 3, 2012. So what happened? You can catch up on my astrological profile of Obama here in part I, and here in part II. With the Sun and Mercury in Leo, the sign of charisma and zest for life, Obama has a sunny disposition and a confident manner of speaking. Aquarius is rising in the chart, reflecting his famous detachment and “Spock”-like qualities. But the astrological factor being activated currently is that he is in his Chiron Return. Chiron is a small planet that was discovered in the late 1970s, and for some reason it, more than any of the other “minor” planets, has a powerful astrological effect. Chiron in the chart shows where we are wounded, and how deeply those wounds run. Planetary cycles involving Chiron will bring up those all wounds so that they can be re-experienced and released. In Obama’s chart, Chiron is very strongly placed: in the first house of personal identity (reflecting the wound to his sense of self) and squares the Moon (emotions, inner world). Chiron/Moon people are typically extremely sensitive emotionally and since Pluto is tied into the system as well (opposite Chiron and squaring the Moon), the process of identifying these old wounds and healing is a lifelong effort. At around age 51 we all experience the “Chiron Return,” which happens when Chiron returns to its place in the birthchart. This can be a time of incredible emotional release – it […]
At the recent United Astrology Conference (to which I was invited to speak, but was unable to attend due to family health emergencies), a panel of esteemed astrologers discussed their predictions regarding the outcome of the 2012 presidential elections.
You can watch the entire presentation here and here (thanks Chris Brennan for the links). I was interested to see what techniques these astrologers used. Most of the astrologers on the panel represent one of the more traditional branches of astrology, with Gary Christian practicing Uranian astrology which is a sort of fringe element of astrology that goes back to the early 20th century.
- Gary Christian, representing Uranian astrology and Cosmobiology.
- Edith Hathaway, representing Indian or Vedic astrology.
- Nina Gryphon, representing Medieval and Renaissance astrology.
- Claude Weiss, representing Modern western astrology.
- Chris Brennan, representing Hellenistic astrology, on behalf of the writers of the Political Astrology Blog.
Gary Christian used the date for the oath of office and the solstice chart for the Winter Solstice 2012 and inserted the charts for both candidates into these charts.
Edith Hathaway used a variety of Vedic techniques as well as the strength of the ascendant lord (ruler) and the 10th house lord (ruler). She is suspicious of the official Obama chart but prefers her rectified chart with Cancer rising as opposed to the Aquarius rising chart using the official birth certificate. (Personally I have a hard time seeing Obama as a sensitive Cancerian ascendant.)
Nina Gryphon uses only the traditional planets. She used the Aries ingress (spring equinox) chart for the year and location of the election. You can read more about her techniques here.
Claude Weiss uses transits and progressions, converse progressions, solar returns including progressed solar […]