It's about health care, unions, pensions, the military, but most of all, the workers. The economy is still lingering like a bad hangover from the previous month, but now people have to make up their minds. Are they going to vote, or not vote, and if they do, who are they going to vote for? Who's going to be the winner on November 4th?
If you look at the New Moon chart for Washington, D.C., you see Neptune, the asteroid Chiron, and the North Node of the Moon, in Aquarius, in the winning house. Chiron is the wounded healer, who through his own suffering, has taken on the role of Healer. He knows what it is to suffer, and can not hide his wounds. And through his own experience understands what it means to struggle when you have the cards stacked against you. Neptune is the planet of the disenfranchised, the invisible, the minority, the victim. It is also the planet of Democracy, and democratic fervor. With Neptune's trine to Mercury in the house of health, unions and workers, he will attempt to reach these people through the media (Aquarius), the internet, and on your televisions sets. Charismatic speeches, words that reach all the people, the worker, the minority, the teachers as well as the students, the regular everyday people in society, who are willing to maintain a fair outlook, willing to look beyond their personal prejudices (Mercury square Jupiter in Capricorn), willing to cross the divide. These people will help to elect the next President of the United States.
Saturn and Uranus are approaching the first of their oppositions, which will culminate on November 4th. Both of these planets rule the winner, and there is a strong polarization, with many factions working feverishly to find common points of view, in order to heal the divide. To try and win people over to their sides. Saturn, the conservative planet in Virgo, is in the house of High Society, receiving a strong trine from Jupiter in Capricorn in the 9th House of religion (conservative religionists), law (not the Supreme Court again!!!), and big business (they want those tax cuts!). Uranus, the planet of change and democratic reform is in the house of Congress. It's being strongly supported by Mars in Scorpio in the 6th House of unions, the military (?), and the workers. When Saturn is in opposition to Uranus, you will not only see the fall of the existing administration (I take this to mean the existing party), but you also see disaffection within the parties themselves. Republicans who are upset with the extravagances of big business CEO's and wall street, union members, who are willing to look beyond their own prejudices, and consider the issues about health care, pensions, and Main Street; as opposed to racial or religious background, will be voting for Obama. Some conservatives who are disturbed by the massive spending of the previous administration, as well as some religious leaders, will be voting for Obama. Democrats, including those surprisingly unabashed, self-proclaimed racist Democrats, will vote for McCain, simply because they will feel more comfortable doing so. They're just not ready for change in that case (Mars in Scorpio sextile Saturn).
With Taurus Rising in the New Moon chart, we're still talking about the economy, and with Venus in extravagant Sagittarius, we find ourselves indebted, and overextended, and in the financial pocket of countries overseas. Both parties are making promises that will require revenue in order to implement their creative ideas. And right now foreign affairs are suffering because of loss of revenue, and depreciation of stocks and shares. Neither of these parties are going to be able to fulfill their promises due to a lack of finances, and the fact that we are so far in debt already. That's going to be a big problem on the table right now. As a result we are going to see trouble and disturbing debates in congress, with legislation delayed or stalemated because of the current climate. There is also evidence that our reputation overseas will be suspect due to the election itself, changes and disruptions in congress, and circumstances surrounding it. Maybe sitting Congress members who lose in the election, will sit back and wait for the next party to come in and deal with the bad debt, and bad news. The ruler of the chart, Venus, is approaching squares to both Saturn (loss of revenue, depreciation of stocks, failure of banks overseas) and Uranus (instability in the economy, scandals and law suits in Congress), which become exact on the 3rd of November. Part of the problem is that we have isolated ourselves, even from our allies (Venus/Saturn), and the other problem is that radical financial changes are now necessary (Venus/Uranus); that neither party is willing to commit to.
Then there's Mars in Scorpio, the sign (which Mars rules) of the New Moon. Scorpio is the sign of change and transformation. It is the sign of both death and birth. It is a very black and white sign, tending to extremes in ethics, passion and motives. It brings out both the best and the worst in people, because it stimulates the most basic needs of survival, hunger and revenge, as well as the capacity for universal transformation. It can be both a ruthless and manipulative as well as vindictive sign. But Mars in Scorpio is strong here. It is in its own element, and will go full heartedly towards what it desires. Mars is the will of the people. It is also the military, and the police. People are going to be very passionate this month. And very determined. Some people will speak at the voting booth, expecting their will to be heard and understood. Some, fearing defeat, will try more deceptive, perhaps even illegal, means of getting their way. Mars in Scorpio, is going to try to suppress democracy (Neptune in Aquarius), on the day of the election, when Mars square Neptune will be exact. This is home grown, insidious, and thriving on guilt, manipulation and anger. Mars in Scorpio has a militant veneer. But more like the Secret Service, or a hired assassin, rather than out right honest, and democratic, confrontation. Secret crimes, scandal, or plots to overthrow the election, or the winning party, are brewing. Hopefully they will come to light and be disarmed before they commit too much damage.
Oh, and by the way, this is flu season. Stock up on the Oscillicoccinum, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Echinacea and whatever!! We're going to need it. Noses will be dripping all over the voting booths, germs will be thriving on the levers or electronic voting pads, and it will be all people can do to even show up on election day. Not to mention the fact that the focus this month will be on Main Street as opposed to Wall Street. People are losing jobs. They are losing benefits. And this could easily translate as a big loss for the sitting party. Mars square Neptune on election day. It is probably safe to say, that no one wins this election.