The big astrological event of 2008 is Pluto’s Ingress into Capricorn, which won’t be complete until the end of the year. The second biggest event will be the Saturn-Uranus opposition. The first exact opposition takes place remarkably on 4th Nov, the polling day for the 2008 US Presidential elections. If this isn’t a sign from the heavens, then I don’t know what is.
It certainly suggests a choice between opposing principles, between e.g. the past and the future, between conservatism and progress, between sense and reckless change. And it looks certain now that it is going to be one of John McCain, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama who will win that election.
In the sky, the planet Uranus will be amidst the life-giving waters of Aquarius as they are poured from the giant urn. So this is quite an encouraging sign: we seem to be looking at positive progress rather than backward-looking reaction (another side of Uranus).
So which candidate is Uranus - the maverick, the outsider, the force for change? It could be any of them: Obama for being black (ish), Hillary for being a woman (ish), or John McCain for being John McCain.
This is what happens when you play with oppositions – they can swap places, and when you do it with politicians, it very much depends on your political point of view which planet you are going to assign to which candidate. Is it John McCain who is Saturn because he is the Republican? Or the uncharismatic Hillary Clinton with her much-vaunted ‘experience’? Or the thoughtful and considered Barack Obama who does not believe in ‘dumb wars’?
So I think it will be probably be impossible to use the Saturn-Uranus opposition to successfully predict the outcome of the election. What we can feel confident about is that it will be more unpredictable than most elections, and there may well be events surrounding the election and its outcome which are unusual and unprecedented.
For my money, I’d say it’s Obama who will end up as President (note, I didn’t say wins the election – that’s far too straightforward!) Astrologically, the biggest transit coming up for the US Sibly Chart will be Neptune conjoining the Moon in 2009 - the people (Moon) seeking a redeemer (Neptune). The candidate who most clearly fits this bill, for better or for worse, is Barack Obama. “Good afternoon, believers,” as he began one of his campaign speeches. (Natally he has Sun in Leo square to Neptune). In 2000, the big transit coming up was Pluto conjoining the Sibly ASC, which was clearly more George Bush than Al Gore.
The other reason I think it’s going to be Obama is that a slightly unworldly Native American friend who can be very intuitive saw a picture of Obama a couple of years ago, did not know who he was, but had the words “That man is going to be President one day” go through his mind. Another intuitive friend, without knowing who Obama was, had a vision of him at the White House a year or two ago, and subsequently recognised his face after he became a Democratic candidate. She also has a sense that it might be Hillary who initially becomes President, but something then goes wrong and Obama as Vice-President steps in to the job. But I do live in Glastonbury, so who knows!