Mid-Term elections: Reflections on the US Horoscope


To place the US mid-term elections in context, we need to take a close look at the horoscope of the country. What are the main transits and more importantly perhaps, what story are the secondary progressions telling? However, predicting the outcome of the mid-term elections wasn’t difficult. Newsweek was predicting, way back in March, that Obama and the Democrats would face a pasting. The article I am referring to was called: It’s the economy stupid. Which of course it is. People it seems are happiest when money is flowing – but since Pluto entered Capricorn – the flow has somewhat dried up. The credit crunch has hit all of the traditionally wealthy First World economies.

When Obama came to power, hope and optimism clearly won the day. Why? Good marketing? At the time, the US progressed Sun was in Pisces and in trine to US radix Jupiter. Clearly the nation was open for a message centred on hope and for a campaign bordering on the evangelical. Many saw -what I myself saw  in Barack Obama:  a new age prophet. Barack Obama was born under a Sun, Neptune square, and so very able to channel  into the inner psyche of the American people. There is something about Neptune that opens a person up to the sublime while at the same time allowing them to serve as a screen, upon which other people can project their own inner dreams. Exactly because of the Sun/Neptunue square, many astrologers -myself included also felt concerned that the man would become a focal point upon which people would project huge and ultimately unrealistic expectations. Is this a crime? No it is not, it is human. I personally am not cynical about the man, or disappointed in his achievements. He inherited a whole heap of misery (Neptune) which was not of his own making. I for one, would not want to walk a mile in his shoes.

But where are we now? To assess this, I would turn again to the US horoscope, (July 4th 1776, 17.10, Philadelphia) here shown in a bi-wheel, with the secondary progressions for 2 November on the outer wheel.

 Two things stand out here. Firstly the conjunction between US Moon and progressed Neptune, and the pending square US Sun, progressed Uranus. The Moon stands for the people, and the Moon is now in Virgo, a sign well known for its critical, pragmatic ways. The last months the Moon has been close to Neptune – which in itself suggests disappointment, a degree of chaos, a lack of clear perspective, and a good deal of collective suffering. The US progressed Sun is currently squaring progressed Uranus – indicating a need for radical reforms, radical political messages, and many dissident voices. At the time of the next presidential election in November 2012, the square will be to radix Uranus. Interesting to note by the way, that the horoscope of the tea party, shows the Sun conjunct with progressed US Pluto in Capricorn. The tea party seems to me to draw its strength from an appealing  image of the old America, where money and power fuelled consumption and wealth. The tea party would like to see a small government with a minimum of interference in individual affairs, however history has shown that in times of deep recession, it is a larger government, prepared to spend money on services and infrastructure, that can set off recovery.

The second horoscope I want to look at is, for the US horoscope with the transits for November 2.

With the US Saturn return imminent, clearly this election was held under a unique set of circumstances. The last election to be held with Saturn transitting the 10th house was the Presidential election in 1980. Jimmy Carter was the sitting President, whose handling of the Iran Hostage Crisis lost him a second term. The Saturn return is always a time to do some deep soul searching, it is a time to draw up the balance sheet. Saturn demands that we learn important lessons – and he will teach us the hard way when we fail to measure up. Here it is all about leadership, role in the world, the way others see us, so it is at once our pride but also our weak spot. Americans are used to seeing America as a great country, standing proud and independant. For many it is a very bitter pill to see the economy floundering, millions of people out of work, and many more people losing their homes. Saturn demands accountability – and the President is clearly – with Saturn transitting the 10th house – going to take severe criticism if he is failing to live up to the demands of the job. Furthermore, Venus rules the midheaven – and with transit Pluto just moving out of opposition to Venus – any government attempts to revive the economy will not be visible yet.  Venus also rules the 6th house, and Barack Obama’s health care plan is often cited by opponents as being too expensive and totally unaffordable.

There are some tough times ahead – and the horoscope of the US clearly indicates this. Neptune is still in transit to the US radix Moon – and Saturn is still squaring the US Sun. The sun symbolises the leader, and Saturn is in the 10th. Clearly Obama will have work to do if he is to break free from Saturn’s constraints – he needs to venture out again from the Oval Office – and do some leg work. Saturn isolates and is quick to put up barriers – and this is another major complaint Barack Obama has had charged against him. Barack Obama is no longer perceived to be in touch with the people. Tuesday reflected this in the sharp drop in the numbers of young voters who turned out to vote.

Pluto in Capricorn now has his sights set on US Jupiter, the horoscope ruler. The stakes are really high here. The temptation might be to get the economy moving at any cost and to somehow perpetuate a wealth that is not grounded in reality. We should not forget that Jupiter is exalted in Cancer. Simply printing more dollars will not work. A deeper Plutonian change in attitude towards wealth and what it means to be wealthy, is also required.

Over Liz Hathway

Liz Hathway is a British born astrologer currently based in Amsterdam. Liz studied astrology at the Kosmos in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and with well known horary astrology John Frawley. Liz also holds an MA (with distinction) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, from the University of Wales, in Lampeter, and was short-listed for the 2016 Alumni Association MA CAA Dissertation Prize.
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