In the current Visual Astrology Newsletter, Bernadette Brady relates US Presidential elections to the Venus cycle, which lasts for 8 years. Because the election always occurs in early November, Venus will at that point (in those particular years) be in Libra or Sagittarius, and so well separated from the Sun. Venus is therefore clearly visible as the Morning Star or the Evening Star. The Evening Star elections (one of which is coming up) are more favourable to a change of party in the White House.
Venus bestows favours on any planets she sheds her light on, so the candidates who symbolise those planets are likely to win. After taking us on a fascinating ride through the Evening Star elections of the 20th century, Bernadette Brady concludes with:
The 2008 Evening Star Election
At the time of the election Venus is once again radiating Pluto but differently to the 2000 election as there is also a distant but bright Jupiter in the cape of Sagittarius (see image below). If Venus’ empowerment goes to both planets, questionable as the orbs are wide, then this would symbolise a landslide victory to the younger "crown prince", a bold sweeping ascent to the White House where the sheer weight of the mandate places great power in the hands of Obama. Such power can be a heady drug for any politician so the younger rival will need to remember that he is not Caesar, he is not one of the gods and is only human.
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But if Venus' light does not reach Jupiter, then the emphasis will be focused on the raw power-struggle of Pluto. The election will be won by the "family" with the most money, power and grit. Adding to this intrigue, the heir of the retiring king [the Sun] is not being damaged by Mars [to which it is conjunct]. Rather that Mars is expressing itself as John McCain, the Soldier.
One gets a sense already of the power of the Jupiter Pluto victory to the young contender, Obama, but if it comes to a fist fight in the manner of the 2000 election - the last Evening Star election where Venus radiated Pluto - then the victory will go to the one who can wield the most money and power.