On Thursday evening at 5:46 PM, CDT, the Moon goes void of course after squaring Neptune in Aquarius. One wonders if there is even going to be a vice presidential debate after all? Unless, of course, it's between Claude Rains and Casper the Ghost. But then maybe it's only an illusion of a debate going nowhere. Or is it Palin's turn to run off and save the economy, as she grasps for some way out of this predicament? I can't think of a worse combination for nothing getting done, much less a debate, than a Moon void of course period during a Mercury Retrograde period. The most we can hope for is that these candidates are going to be getting strong lunar aspects to their own charts, or some other aspect that can help override some of the ennui of the Moon phasing out of Scorpio.
There is an exact Mars/Pluto sextile on Thursday. This is like a last ditch effort to save the world at the 11th Hour kind of aspect, just before both these planets likewise go void of course in their own fashions. Mars will enter much stronger Scorpio late Friday night, but until then he's pussyfooting around in Libra. Mars is the way you fight, and Libra, where Mars is now, is simply not usually a fighting sign. Libra spends way too much time trying to look like the nice guy. Look good. Despite this, Mars/Pluto is pretty ruthless energy, so maybe this aspect will, in its own fashion, help to spice up this otherwise, pretty dull looking, evening. Mars/Pluto energy has to do with gaining power, conquering, controlling and winning. So maybe, despite the fact that they're coming from a position of weakness, this could be interesting after all.
The Mars/Pluto aspect will probably benefit Biden more than Palin, but we mustn't underestimate the fluff coated Sarah barracuda. Biden benefits from Pluto's exact conjunction to his Progressed Mars now in far-seeing, optimistic, political, foreign affairs knowledgeable, and philosophical, Sagittarius. Sounds like a mouthful, but the influence of Pluto here makes Biden feel like he can surmount any obstacle, and will not stop until he succeeds, even if it's his demise. This is the aspect of the long distance runner, the mountain climber, and the sextile from Mars in Libra just gives enough grace and finesse not to look like he's totally steamrolling right over Palin and leaving her flat. Palin's Progressed Mars in Pisces is also being aspected by Pluto, this time by a square. Don't let her appearance fool you. She's got barracuda teeth in her fighting gloves. And she doesn't care if she's prepared, or if she has what it takes, she's literally going to go down fighting, for what she perceives to be attacks on her ideals. She sees herself, literally as a soldier for Jesus, or some sort of equivalent. So she's not only fighting for her position, she's fighting for an ideal. The big danger for her, is that she's pushing herself so hard, and being pushed so hard that it's going to take a toll on her physically. The other problem with the square from Pluto is this tendency to just run roughshod over everyone and everything in her path as well. So it's the steamroller vs. the Jesus tank. That could be interesting. Palin, though, will not have the benefit of the Mars in Libra grace to help her out. She will have no patience with anyone disagreeing with or not supporting her. Both candidates are going to feel frustrated and resentful, but Palin is going to have a harder time choreographing it. Dancing with the Stars with both candidates trying to lead.
If you look at the other major aspects that each is receiving, this whole election thing is no holiday on the beach for either of them. Palin's having her whole ego challenged and dissolved day by day, by Neptune undermining her, giving her terrible advice, leading her down the garden path and demanding that she make sacrifices and leaps of faith that she's not quite sure she wants to make. She's receiving so many different messages, she's not sure what she's supposed to be saying, whom she should believe, what she's even hearing. Luckily for Palin, she is also receiving a very strong and success driven, and exact trine from Jupiter to her Pluto (recognition, influence, assuming a leadership position, and importance) on the day of the debate. This will help her a great deal. However even Jupiter won't keep Neptune from being her unraveling and undoing. When the Moon in Scorpio goes void of course it will not make any major aspects before it leaves Scorpio, but it will aspect Palin's late Aquarian planets: her Sun, Mars and Saturn. The Sun is the ego, it is where you find your confidence and authority, and Neptune undermines these. Neptune has this way of making you very aware of your own frailties and weaknesses. Something someone, such as Palin, with a strong and determined, and yes, independent, Sun/Mars/Saturn conjunction such as she has, will feel very uncomfortable with. Or perhaps, use to her advantage. Neptune is also the thespian mask that you wear before the public. Will the real Palin please stand up?
Neptune can also make you appear like a 'poor little victim, lost in the woods', which is something that Biden will need to be very, very careful of not contributing to. Especially since the Moon in his case is applying to a trine to his Jupiter (larger than life, cock-sure and wise), and then will be conjunct his Progressed Midheaven and Sun in Scorpio (fame, success, being brought before the public). Biden doesn't really appear to be so, but in reality, he's a private, reclusive, humanitarian, soft kind of a guy. Much softer than Palin. But with a Scorpio stinger that can be very effective if he cares to use it. And this is his opportunity to shine, and toss that stinger hither and yon. I'm just not sure if he's going to run with it. Maybe for fear of looking like he's picking on the poor helpless Republican vice presidential candidate, governor of a state. Or maybe he was taught never to hit girls, so even in his determination to win, win, win, he'll just be too polite, or something, so that he doesn't go for the gut. Maybe that's why it will all seem so vacuous. I hope not. I want to see a real debate. And not just because we need more Tina Fey fodder for our Saturday night entertainment.
By the by, Biden is getting some really large, life altering, almost scary looking aspects that come pretty close to exact around Election Day. His world is going to be turned upside down and inside out. Saturn will be exactly opposite Uranus on Election Day, right on the angles of his chart. Biden's no stranger to catastrophic Saturn/Uranus energy. He was born with it. However, this huge change, partially unexpected and from left field, will affect his whole career and destiny. This demands much worthier exploration...