NewsScope for October 31, 2006
With a week left before the mid-term election, Democrats are feeling increasingly confident of major gains in Congress. As previously forecast in this column (April 11 and September 5, 2006), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) will likely become the first woman Speaker of the House. And looking ahead to the 2008 presidential contest, Barack Obama—the junior Senator from Illinois—is generating a lot of excitement. A peek into the Democratic Party horoscope* tells us more.
The Democratic Party horoscope (May 13, 1792; noon; Philadelphia , PA ) features a Venus-Saturn conjunction in the Ninth House (just like the GOP—see NewsScope October 10, 2006), which gives it the moral certainty of being right. Unlike the GOP's Saturn, the DP (Democratic Party) Saturn is now being favorably enhanced by trines from transiting Saturn and Pluto, leading to an imminent assumption of power and authority.
Like all successful Democrats, Nancy Pelosi (March 26, 1940; Baltimore, MD; time unknown) has strong connections to the DP horoscope. Her four planets in Taurus align with the DP's three planets in Taurus, and underscore her talent as a vigorous fundraiser. Her Mars conjoins the DP Mercury, while her Mercury opposes the DP Mars. This double interchange energizes (Mars) her role as Speaker (Mercury).
The excitement surrounding Barack Obama (August 4, 1961; Honolulu, HI; time unknown) can be seen in the Uranian links. His Leo Sun conjoins the DP Uranus, so that he personifies the more revolutionary, progressive elements of the nation's liberal party. Similarly, his Uranus squares the DP Taurus Sun, which will shake up the traditional base. And then, since this Uranus is exactly aligned with the U.S. Moon, this candidate can electrify popular sentiment.
Top Five Astro-Events for November
1. The U.S. Moon receives multiple hits this month (from Jupiter's square on November 3, Pluto's sextile on November 18, and progressed Mercury's conjunction on November 25). Americans now have a unique window to express their opinions and emotional concerns, especially on security issues. The energized Aquarius Moon also elevates women in business and politics.
2. The U.S. Mars is activated by an octile (45º) from the progressed Moon on November 6. Factor in transiting Mars's conjunction with the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant on November 4, and you get the celestial push to wage non-stop attack ads. Violence—even terrorist events—may mar the end of the campaign season.
3. Mercury conjuncts the Sun while squaring Neptune on November 8, the day after the election. Since this alignment also hits the U.S. Midheaven, one might expect a number of voter snafus to complicate election results. The conjunction may also indicate the passing of a famous author, playwright, or other literary celebrity.
4. Uranus turns direct on November 20, reversing the tide in numerous geopolitical sectors. Also, the New Moon on November 20 is conjunct Jupiter, making this an optimistic time frame with new ideas and technologies available for rapid growth and the beginning of exciting new trends.
5. Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 23, marking the beginning of a year-long journey through the sign of religion, philosophy, and law. Jupiter is strongly placed here, and may bring luck and opportunities wherever Sagittarius is found in the natal horoscope. Those with natal planets in Sagittarius may look forward to expanding their geographical and social horizons.
Missouri in the Cross Hairs
This week's top celebrity is the state of Missouri. Last week, the "Show-Me" state entered the national consciousness when the St. Louis Cardinals gave the Detroit Tigers a thumping in the World Series. As the games proceeded, a political ad aired featuring Michael J. Fox, who was promoting stem-cell research. The promos achieved national attention when Fox was mocked by Rush Limbaugh.
Missouri entered the union on August 10, 1821 (noon; Jefferson City) when an epochal Uranus-Neptune conjunction squared Pluto. The concurrent socio-political changes fostered by such a planetary arrangement included the delicate balancing of free and slave states heading into the Civil War, and Missouri as the jumping off point for adventurers heading west. Missouri became the nexus between North and South, and East and West.
Mars in Gemini reflects Missouri as a transportation hub, and a state with a keen competitive edge, since Mars opposes Uranus-Neptune and squares Pluto, creating a dynamic T-Square. Last month's Solar Eclipse at 29º Virgo activated this spectacular complex. By then, Washington strategists had realized that Missouri was one of three swing states (with Virginia and Tennessee) critical to holding the U.S. Senate, and had targeted the state with millions of campaign dollars.
Missouri's Sun at 17º Leo is currently being opposed by transiting Neptune, giving the state an unusual aura of uncertainty, but also hope of glory and victory (as experienced by the Cards). On election day, a retrograde Mercury squares this axis, further complicating the situation with misplaced or lost ballots, last minute changes, and the likelihood of extremely close counts. Keep your eyes on Missouri .
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