First and foremost, it’s good to be back. Ok, as ever before a big election I have a look at the runners and riders and try to see who is likely to come out on top. The US Presidential election will be held on 8th November this year and at the time of writing, unless there is a complete meltdown for the leading candidates before we get the the Summer national conventions we are going to be looking at a Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump battle for the most powerful job in the world. Hillary currently needs just over 250 of the final 1300 Democratic delegates to win her nomination, so she is almost guaranteed to be victorious. The Democratic convention in Philadelphia in late July is likely to be a coronation for her.
The Republican race is closer with Trump having a 290 delegate lead over his nearest rival, Ted Cruz and by the time of the Cleveland convention ending on 21st July, he may not have passed the winning line, but I expect him to have gained the most votes, giving him a mandate of sorts to take on the Republican nomination. The transits for Trump at that time see transiting Mars opposing his Midheaven, so I can imagine him facing some very public opposition then, however simultaneously transiting Jupiter squares both his natal Sun, Moon and Uranus and this may just give him the boost he needs to secure the nomination. His need for social justice and fairness at that time will be strong, his ego will know no bounds and I can see a tremendous sense of pride welling up inside him. Jupiter square Uranus may also provide the spark of luck and fortune that gets him through, although he is likely to be quite restless and impatient as well. His progressed Sun hits his natal Ascendant exactly at this time too, often an indication of a personal boost, especially as his Sun natally resides in his 10th house of career and public appreciation. Finally at this moment, transiting Saturn trines his natal Pluto, and this trine is always one connected with the acquisition of personal power and influence.
So, assuming we have a Clinton vs Trump race, who is likely to win? Both candidates have not had the easiest of rides recently. Hillary has faced the "email scandal" connected to her setting up a collective email system at her New York home for when she was Secretary of State between 2008 and 2012. She did this to have control over her work and for "convenience" and so that she wouldn't have to deal with more than official one blackberry at any one time. Seeing that she is a Sun Scorpio with Scorpio rising and Mercury, the planet of communication in that sign too with both planets stationed in the behind the scenes 12th house, one would not be in the least bit surprised at her need to absolute control over the messages and information that she received. Don't be wrong about this, Hillary is the archetypal back seat driver and she will have an iron grip on all that she has responsibility for. Convenience in her words really meant "I'm in charge".
Very interestingly both her progressed Sun and progressed Mercury have been square to her natal Neptune in the past few months. Neptune is an influence of deception, illusion and it clouds the issues over things, and right on cue doubt was raised over her personal dealings and her communications. Her natal Mars has also been squared by her progressed Midheaven, and investigative action by the FBI has been digging into Hillary's time as Secretary of State. The timing of these progressed aspects are interesting. The progressed MC/Mars aspect started to affect her in the spring of last year as the investigation began and it reached a peak at the end of November, this aspect is now tailing off in it's effect over her. The progressed Sun square to Hillary's Neptune was strongest in January and the progressed Mercury square Neptune aspect hits a peak in this month of April. By the time we hit the Presidential vote, they will no longer be strong influences over her. I suspect that this drama will die down as the hands on fight of the real race gets underway. Her reputation may have been tarnished, but I don't think it will be fatal for her chances.
As for Trump, his campaign has not been plain sailing either. Natally, he has Mars sitting directly on his Ascendant, so he is aggressive, forward looking but controversial too and he naturally will inspire some people but alienate others as well; as many people will love him as hate him. He has a natal Sun Moon opposition with the Sun conjunct Uranus and the North Node and thus the Moon sits with the South Node. I have constantly mentioned that his relationship with women would be a problem for him. He will not be able to understand them well, plus his unpredictable nature will tend to alienate them. I have a similar problem, with my natal Moon square to Uranus instead of in opposition, and I have never really understood the fairer sex. The South Node influence on his Moon is crucial to all this as well. It is an unfortunate influence, and suggests that women (Moon) will tend to get the better of him over time. His Moon is in the the sign of Sagittarius in the 4th house, suggesting that Donald's mother was quite private, religious, generous and potentially from overseas, and indeed she came from Scotland from a religious family, and became a noted philanthropist in New York. It's interesting that all Donald's wives have come from overseas too, and maybe this leads me to ask the question if Donald gets on better with women from abroad much better than he does from home in his native USA? It's an interesting thought to ponder over.
Since declaring his candidacy for President, Trump's campaign has been dogged by controversy. Back in August last year, his progressed Moon was approaching a square to natal Neptune, just as the Megyn Kelly spat took place, a time when Donald was extremely disparaging about the Fox News correspondent. This is a time when one can fall foul of women through deception, gossip and scandal, and of course Neptune rules the world of TV where the dispute was played out to a worldwide audience. He also had a public TV dispute with fellow candidate Carly Fiorina on 16th September still under the influence of this square (progressed Moon aspects last about 2 months). Since January February, a new progressed aspect has been influencing Donald, a square between his progressed Mercury and his natal Mars. This will make him wilful, even more impulsive than he normally is, rash, argumentative, insensitive and it may land him into controversial situations. This is the aspect of opening your mouth without thinking of the consequences and it can land you in hot water. His strident views and off the cuff comments about immigration and abortion have prompted mass protests and anger, especially from non whites and from women.
He has been at the tip of the arrow of a protest movement in the US concerned with the drift in influence and apparent lack of strength that America has been showing. What Trump fails to see and appreciate is that the world is now a much more even playing field than it once was, simply because of the amount of wealth that has flowed out from the US to the poorer nations on earth, as it was cheaper to manufacture overseas than it was at home, and that has built up those nations and made them stronger. The world no longer needs to rely on America as being the manufacturing and financial powerhouse that it once was, there are other places taking up the slack. The financial crash of 2008/9 also contributed to the decline in world influence of the US, and other countries such as China and India have started to fill the void that appeared as the Western nations lead by the US struggled to cope. In a way Trump is making a case for the old American way, but Pluto is now opposing the US Sun and the country is radically changing. Is this another weakness of Trump? His natal Moon/South Node conjunction in the 4th house in Sagittarius shows him to have old fashioned views about his nation (4th house) and diversity (Sagittarius).
Now, at this point it is worth looking at how their charts relate to each other to see who might just come out on top. When studying their charts you can almost imagine that a square off between these two individuals was bound to happen. The first thing I notice is that Donald's Midheaven, point of career is conjunct to Hillary's North Node, her point of destiny. This is not an easy connection and it indicates that Donald's potential career path has to run through Hillary. The Midheaven person (Donald) in this link up often suffers disruption in their own career goals because of the intervention of the North Node person.
Secondly, Hillary's Pisces Moon sits square to Donald's Sun, Uranus, North Node/ Moon South Node opposition. The Pisces Moon is emotionally evasive at the best of times and square to the main opposition in Donald's chart, including his main personal planets and his nodal axis, therefore I don't think Donald will understand Hillary at all in an emotional sense as their needs will be very different. She won't appreciate his points of view either, and this will cause them to clash and be irritated by each other. Donald's Gemini Sun sits inconjunct to Hillary's Scorpio Ascendant and so he will have to adjust his personal tactics to have any effect on her, in essence these two are poles apart in their personal understanding. It's a known fact that in a debate, a strong woman will tend to run rings round any man, and I can see the impending battle will be quite dirty and filled with memorable moments, more in Hillary's favour than in Donald's. Add this into the mix as well. Donald's Midheaven is square to Hillary's Saturn and opposes her Mercury and Ascendant. In this I feel that Hillary has the upper hand, Saturn will put down Donald's career ambitions and they will tend to clash verbally in public. Finally, Donald's Mercury squares her Neptune, so he think that she is dishonest and his Mars squares he Ascendant, a volatile connection indicating arguments and clashes between them. Safe to say the sparks should fly as they vie for the public vote.
The election is held this year on the 8th November and as always I turn to Venus to give me indications of who will win. Why Venus? Well because the election is held on a 4 year cycle and Venus works on a eight-year pentagonal cycle, therefore Venus returns to the same spot in the sky every 2 US elections; she can be in either Libra or Sagittarius. The Venus in Libra election is when she rises in the morning before the Sun in Scorpio, she is the morning star and the Venus in Sagittarius election (as this one is) she sets as the evening star just after the Sun in Scorpio sets. Even from ancient times Venus, the only planet associated with a female deity has always been seen as a fortunate omen, the one who brought prosperity and growth but also who when angered could wage war too, after all, "hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn". Whoever Venus was radiating at the time or wherever she was in the sky was generally given good fortune. Now the sign of Libra has Saturn, the administrator or the ruler exalted in it, and it is notable that all but two of the American elections (since this 4 year electional cycle held in the first week of November was agreed upon in 1848) when Venus has been in Libra has been won by the administrating party and their candidate at the time of the vote. The two exceptions to this were in 1932 when Franklin D Roosevelt won and in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was victorious, that's an 89% success rate for the administering party !!! The last election in 2012 was won by Barack Obama, the incumbent president, and that election was a Venus in Libra election, so running true to form.
Now the next one on 8th November is a Venus in Sagittarius election and these tend to be more keenly contested. To work out who will win you have to look at Venus more closely and discover which planet or planets are being affected by the light of Venus, effectively those in conjunction to her or closest in the sky to the evening star as she sets. This time in November, the closest planet is Saturn, representing the one with experience in administration and government and the establishment candidate from the current ruling party or family. This directly points to the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Had Mars or Uranus for example been highlighted by Venus representing the entrepreneur (Mars) or the non establishment rebel (Uranus) then I would have veered towards Donald Trump winning the White House, but this time it is not the case according to the Venus cycle.
Ok, do the other transiting aspects on their own natal charts back this up? For Donald, his chart on 8th November is severely lacking in aspects telling me that he in unlikely to be attaining new found power and status, this is the ultimate job interview after all. On the positive side transiting Saturn sextiles Jupiter so this promises slow and cautious growth, but it also helps to temper your ambitions too. Transiting Pluto squares his natal Jupiter and Chiron which suggests an almost over inflated ego, confidence or belief (Jupiter) that will be smashed to pieces by Pluto, bringing hurt and pain initially before the healing process begins (Chiron). That's not a good omen for him.
Transiting Saturn moving in his 4th opposes his natal Uranus sitting in his 10th house of career and work with Uranus ruling his 6th house of routine and health. This is another tough aspect for Trump, as Saturn will put the breaks on any work ambitions here, it's a stop and think moment for him, the radical pioneering side of him will be harshly judged. At the crucial moment at the time of the election, his strength until now will be exposed as a weakness. Transiting Mars is inconjunct to his natal Mars and his Leo Ascendant as well as being opposed to his natal Venus indicating him in a very feisty mood, and also suggesting that he has to adjust his actions or his personal attitudes. This is important as Venus rules his point of career, his Midheaven. There is potential conflict here with a group or party (Venus in 11th house) over opposition to career advancement.
Neptune is in a long term inconjunct aspect to his natal Pluto, thus diminishing his power and control. This is a spiritual connection, divesting you of your wealth and influence and promoting a less materialistic outlook on life. This aspect again is not one of advancement unless it is in a spiritual direction, and with Pluto ruling his 4th house of domestic affairs and endings, there may be some dissolving of his power base now, including his property portfolio.
Transiting Venus is at the point of a transiting yod connecting to his Venus/Saturn conjunction and his Midheaven. Again, this aspect indicates a vital turning point and moment of truth for Donald in his career ambitions. Venus making the two inconjunct aspects indicate a separation or change in the way he is seen publicly (10th house ruled by Venus), individually (5th house ruled by Saturn) and in communication or a vote (3rd house ruled by Venus). Here is social commentary on Donald and often a yod with Venus at the apex will make you feel out of touch with society; this is an aspect formation of alienation.
Mercury sits directly on his IC at the bottom of his chart, so he will prefer to be at home with loved ones as the vote results roll in. Mercury here opposes his Midheaven here, and work issues and communications are not favoured now. Uranus squares his natal Saturn, an aspect of accepting that you can't keep on going along at a cavalier pace, things have to slow down and eventually you have to accept your limitations. Uranus also makes a trine to his Moon and a sextile to his Sun. These generally positive aspects suggest unexpected events in his life that he may not have been counting on. There is a sense of freedom here from the burdens of life and a sense that you want to get away from it all and do something new.
Jupiter makes no aspects of note, but there is one more and this is hugely important; transiting Chiron squares the most important aspect on Donald's chart, his Sun/Uranus/North Node opposition to his Moon. As I write now, I am going through a Chiron square to my own Moon and this brings hurt, disappointment, feelings of inadequacies to the fore, especially in regards to dealing with women. Chiron hitting this so important axis will bring bitter disappointment to his life, this is an aspect of defeat and hurt and only after you have experienced it can the healing process begin. Chiron will be moving in his 7th house of open enemies; this hurt will come from a rival.
Now all this is not a good prognosis for Donald and yet there is a natal conjunction between his late Leo ascendant and the star Regulus, the star of Kings that still sticks in the back of my mind. Will this connection shape his destiny and confound the rest of the Astrology I see? Well Regulus brings wealth, riches, power and success but, and here's the kicker, only if you avoid matter of vengeance in your life. With Mars stationed conjunct his Ascendant too, Donald has been truly outspoken, vindictive and aggressive to anyone who has stood in his way in the past causing a lot of hurt and anger against him, and that alone suggests to me pride coming before a big fall and a downfall in his fortunes at some point in his life; a time when all your ambitions turn to dust. Now may be the time for that to happen.
Now to Hillary. In the same way I will go through the transiting planets one by one against her natal chart. To start with transiting Mercury sits on her Ascendant on 8th November just into her 1st house indicating a busy day of phone calls and communications. Mercury sits also on her South Node, so a time of wrapping up business, dotting the i's and crossing the t's. There is a sense here of the past being important, and a return to meeting old friends and with people she crossed paths with before. Her nerves may take a pounding and her transport schedules may have to be adjusted. Mercury trines her Moon, (settled emotions) and conjuncts her natal Mercury (sharp mind and good communications) but it also squares Saturn ruling in her 9th house ruling her 3rd house. This will bring nervous tension, a critical attitude and she may have to justify her position. Connections to contacts abroad will be made and there may be some disappointments along the way. All in all a mixed bag here.
Transiting Venus opposes her 8th house Uranus, bringing her into contact with new, possibly talented individuals, causing unexpected social events, there will be a whirr of social activity here to deal with. Venus squares her Moon, not a difficult aspect to deal with and it may stimulated love and good feelings between herself and her family. Mars makes a square to her natal Sun, so Hillary will be in a competitive mood on this day making her irritable and feisty and willing to take up battle to anyone who annoys her. Mars sextile to Jupiter is fun and wanting to take up a challenge, opportunities may present themselves now, especially financial ones (Jupiter rules 2nd house).
Transiting Jupiter is in a good mood, making a conjunction with her natal Neptune ruling her 4th house of home and family. Anything to do with property and home is favoured now and a house move or improvement often accompanies a Jupiter aspect to a 4th house ruler. Jupiter at the same time sextiles her natal Pluto/Mars conjunction. Again we have a chance to advance and take up a new challenges, there is fortune in dealing with powerful people especially from abroad (both in 9th house) and with Hillary being a double Scorpio (Sun and Ascendant) this is a very fortunate time for her in personal growth and expansion. This may be a time of learning for her too.
Transiting Saturn is currently moving in Hillary's 1st house so she is rebuilding her life after a period of two years following her leaving the Secretary of States job in 2012; a time when she would have gone into virtual hibernation. Saturn makes just two aspects but my these are important ones, two trines to her Mars/Pluto conjunction, the Pluto one is exact on 5th November too. Saturn is the planet of worldly progress when it's in a good mood, and here it is. Here is the potential for an increase in power and status, a step up the ladder of life. Mars rules the 5th house of doing things by yourself and of course for a double Scorpio, this trine from Saturn to Pluto is huge for her. The job of president is the loneliest job in the world they say, and this aspect focuses directly on Hillary, her own talents, her ego and own motivations plus her ability to control things. Again sitting in her 9th house matters to do with learning and international affairs will be responsibilities that she will have to take on.
Uranus moving in her 5th house makes two inconjunct aspects to her Mercury and Ascendant and a trine to her natal Saturn. The trine in contrast to Donald's tense square between the same two planets, this time the trine allows her to update her life a little and to bring in new aspects to complement the ones that she already has. This is an aspect of renovation and development from one state into a better more up to date one. On her chart, Saturn rules her 3rd house of communication and local affairs. There will be contracts to sign, lots of unexpected journeys to make and she will have to change and update the way that she talks and communicates to people. The inconjunct aspects are again ones of adjustment and difficult change. Mercury rules Hillary's Midheaven and so a change of public role or work is on the cards, this is not going to be an easy transition whatever the change is. There is something permanent about the change though as Mercury also rules the secretive and powerful 8th house. Here is her being exposed to a new underground world, or power, corruption and back street deals. It is hard to see if these changes are positive or not, although I am sure that they will initially unsettle her.
Transiting Neptune makes a weak inconjunct to her natal Neptune making her lean more on her belief systems and faith in making the right decisions rather on ones connected to the material world. This is more of a generational aspect that we all go through when we get to around 60 years of age. It also makes a trine to her 12th house Chiron, a healing transit allowing her plenty of meditative time, solitude and sacrifice in what she has to face up to now.
Transiting Pluto forms a sextile to her natal Venus, ruling her 6th and 7th houses and here there will be a positive and easy transformation in her everyday routine as well as her marriage to Bill. It will almost be like she is now taking control over him!! Pluto makes two inconjuncts to Pluto/Mars, indicating a difficult personal transformation will have to be made and she may have to give up some of her outside work interests. Finally, transiting Chiron makes a conjunction to her natal Moon, a difficult emotional aspect and there may be hurt with family members or with women at this minute. Happening as it does in her natal 4th house, there will be upset of upheaval in the family home or domestic life. Chiron also makes trines to her Ascendant and Mercury, and these are aspects of personal healing, through communications, through work (10th house) and through back room dealings and inevitable change and the use of power (8th house).
Having gone through these aspects with a fine tooth comb, I think from my analysis you can see which way the wind is blowing, and over Washington on the 8th November there is one more planet/star paran aspect that gives me the feeling that a historic day will be made. Between 19.02 and 19.06 hours, Regulus, the star of Kings in the royal constellation of Leo hits it's nadir, the Moon culminates in the sky and Venus sets. This is a connection of female power and indication to me that a woman or women will have much influence now. With Donald Trump already suffering badly in the way he treats women and with his rival likely to be a woman in Hillary, there is in my mind just one possible outcome on that day in the American General Election.
It is without hesitation therefore that I have come to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton will become the 45th President of the United States and become the first woman to assume the position of commander in chief.
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