What have you heard lately about the presidential election?
Probably a lot.
The news media have been ignoring lots of significant world events lately.
They’ve been choosing instead to devote boundless attention to the U.S. presidential election circus.
And what a circus it is!
The never-ending stream of Republican debates.
Primaries and caucuses.
The latest attack ads and dirty tricks.
And, of course, the latest antics from Donald Trump.
Who Will Win The Presidential Election?
That’s the most popular question, needless to say.
But asking it now is at least a little bit premature.
After all, the voting for the presidential election isn’t soon. It’s still more than eight months away.
The major parties haven’t finalized their nominees yet.
But forecasting is what astrologers are supposed to do.
So let’s review a couple of astrological approaches to figuring out presidential election outcomes.
Astrological Approaches To A Presidential Election
There is, of course, the date of the presidential election itself.
This year it will be on November 8.
We can study the planetary positions for that day, and get some sense of the alignments that may impact the presidential election results.
But the challenge is, the polls are open for a presidential election in the U.S. for many hours. The voting results span many time zones.
That makes it difficult to pinpoint accurate astrological charts to use in forecasting.
A more direct approach, one that is preferred by many excellent mundane astrologers, is to use the time of the presidential inauguration.
By law that’s set for noon on January 20 following the outcome of the presidential election.
A comparison of that inauguration horoscope with the natal charts of presidential contenders often yields useful information.
The Aries New Year and The Presidential Election
There is, however, one additional consideration worth looking at.
It’s the New Year’s horoscope.
In this case, we’re not looking at January 1.
Instead, it’s the astrological New Year, the time that the Sun goes into Aries.
That’s the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere.
It’s the Fall Equinox down under.
When we set that Aries ingress chart for Washington, D.C., we get an annual figure to use in forecasting the entire year ahead for the U.S.
That includes the presidential election.
To do so, it’s helpful to use the 90-degree dial favored by symmetrical astrologers.
On the dial, we can adjust the pointer to identify the axis of the True Lunar Node and the transneptunian factor Zeus.
This Node/Zeus combination is the astrological signature of cooperative actions in general, and of elections in particular.
And, as the 2016 equinox dial reveals, that Node/Zeus axis is potent.
It resonates strongly with the Pluto/Chiron midpoint (problems and embarrassment created by big money and excessive power) and the Neptune/Vulcanus midpoint (large-scale deceptions and disappointments, plus significant loss of power).
It’s fair to say, then, that we can expect gut-wrenching experiences as we move through the presidential election cycle throughout 2016.
There’s obviously much at stake here.
This presidential election has the potential for shaking up conventional political and governmental structures in some very big ways.
Steps Along The Way
We’ll wait to speculate about the winner of the 2016 presidential election. The right time is after the major political parties have selected their nominees.
And we’ll review the election results when they come in.
But in the meantime, we can use the Node/Zeus midpoint in the Aries equinox chart as a key tool.
It’s an indicator of the important times we should be watching for key developments in the presidential election process.
The planetary transits to that Node/Zeus midpoint are especially critical.
We can look at them not only as direct passages, but also as eighth-harmonic alignments.
For example, there was an activation by Mars on February 10.
That’s when both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns.
The next Mars event is October 4.
Of particular interest are the activation of the Node/Zeus axis by Mercury on February 27 (South Carolina Democratic primary) and April 19 (New York primary).
We’ll also be watching the alignments by Venus on April 9 (Wyoming Republican caucus) and July 28 (the closing day of the Democratic national convention).
And we shouldn’t overlook the exact fourth-harmonic alignment by Hades on June 6. That’s the eve of presidential election primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Hades may be the most descriptive of the entire presidential election process!