Election Night 2016

OK, since someone has asked, here is my take on the astrology of Decision Day 2016.

Please note that this is not indicative of the quality of the administration that gets elected, whichever one it is. For that, we would have to look at the chart for the Inauguration. The time in between November 8 and January 20 is transitional. In the chart below, we are looking for the immediate impact of the election results.

I have cast this chart for November 8, 8:00 pm, Washington DC, right as the first polls close in Eastern states, and results start to roll in.

The first thing to notice — and what has made some people very nervous — is that all visible planets fall within one side of the Eclipse axis. Rahu the North Node is in Leo, and all other planets are within Virgo to Aquarius, until you come around to Ketu the South Node in Aquarius. The Moon is in early degrees of Aquarius, and hasn’t passed Ketu yet.


This is known as a “Kala Sarpa Yoga,” or the “snake” yoga. It is regarded as very inauspicious. When an individual is born with this, it is believed that they suffer misfortunes due to having killed or harmed a snake in a previous life!

In world events, this combination is described as “ministers will lose their positions, political equations will change.”

Well, we knew that anyway. And this receives further support by two planets — Mercury and Venus — changing signs earlier in the day. But consider how the Tea Party has appropriated the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag, giving this image a bad reputation. One could look at this as a form of “harming a snake.” (Also known as the Gadsen flag, it depicts a coiled rattlesnake poised to strike.)

Could we be seeing the death throes of the Tea Party?

Rahu, the Eclipse point of explosions and toxicity, has a big voice in this chart. Both the Ascendant and Moon are in Lunar Mansions ruled by Rahu. The Ascendant is in Ardra (part of Gemini) and the Moon is in Shatabhishak (part of Aquarius). Ketu, the other Node, is also in Shatabhishak.

I have Moon in Shatabhishak myself, and I can tell you that having a Rahu-ruled Moon gives its natives a great need to be emotionally transparent, to “live their truth.” I roll my eyes out loud. Sometimes this comes at the expense of getting along with people — although I’ve gotten better with this as I’ve gotten older. It’s part of what makes me so good in radio.

Whichever candidate wins, expect the night to be highly emotional! And since Ketu, the planet of revulsion, is conjunct the Moon, SOME people are going to be mightily disgusted.

Corroborating this, is the ruler of the chart, Mercury, joining Saturn in Scorpio. This gives a feeling of being swindled or stolen from.

(I observed this BEFORE Trump hinted that he would contest the results if he loses. For a comparison of this potential lawsuit to 2000’s Bush v. Gore, see the following article: http://abovethelaw.com/2016/10/6-facts-about-bush-v-gore-worth-remembering-before-the-trump-campaign-revises-history-to-death/ You’ll see that Gore did NOT actually bring a lawsuit. The Florida recount was automatically triggered because the results were so close.)

Speaking of Florida, as I write this report, I have just heard that a Federal judge overruled Republican Governor Rick Scott’s cutoff of voter registration, giving residents of this crucial swing state an additional 6 days to register, following Hurricane Matthew. In that time period, over 108,000 people registered — which is a very auspicious number in Hindu mythology.

This is a perfect illustration of the essential conflict of Rahu in Leo and Ketu in Aquarius, which has been active since the beginning of the year, as the first primary elections were getting underway. Leo is the sign of the “king” and government; Rahu here has exploded and exposed corruption at all levels of government. Aquarius is the sign of the people and mass social movements; Ketu here has made intellectuals and rednecks alike, fed up with being shortchanged by our government’s failed promises, and given everyone an incentive to DO something about it.

Despite the disruptive nature of these factors, there are also some very auspicious protections going on. The Moon rules the 2nd House of this chart, the house of “family stability” and values, where your basic needs get met. It lands in the 9th House, the luckiest house of generosity, civic mindedness, philanthropy. This makes it form a “Dhana Yoga,” auspicious for the “wealth of nations.”

You may have noticed that every time Trump has been ahead in the polls, the stock markets swoon; every time Clinton is ahead, the markets go up. The “smart money” doesn’t trust Trump. This chart indicates a huge sigh of relief for the markets — watch what they do on November 9th through 11th.

Mars precedes the Moon; this is one of the Moon Yogas. When this happens, not only do we expect a fight, we welcome it. While many people are terrified of a fight — like rioting in the streets — an equal number of people are relishing the opportunity to make Trump shut the fuck up, once and for all.

The good news is that Mars is in Capricorn, where he is Exalted. When the most impulsive planet is ruled by the most restrictive planet (Saturn rules Capricorn), Mars gets disciplined and becomes the master of strategy.

Even better, Mars is aspected by, and exchanging signs with, Saturn. Mars is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn; Saturn is in Scorpio, ruled by Mars. When two planets are in each other’s signs, they “agree” to share the things that matter to them; they support each other.

Both of them also form “Vipareet Raja Yogas” in this chart (notated in the diagram with “VRY”), because they are rulers of the “difficult” 6th and 8th Houses, and land in each of those Houses. This helps to neutralize the difficulties of those houses, enabling the conquering of enemies.

Saturn rules the Moon in Aquarius, and along with Mercury, is also 10 Houses away from the Moon. This is another Moon Yoga, and very helpful. The Moon represents what we feel in our heart. There is a feeling here of eloquence (from Mercury) and ability to handle responsibility (Saturn). Together, Mercury and Saturn form a Raja Yoga, as Mercury rules the 1st and 4th Houses, and Saturn rules the 9th. Since Saturn always gets the “last word” about everything, and with Communicator Mercury helping, it’ll be worth it to stay awake to hear an epic victory speech.

So the Moon is getting help from three Moon Yogas. The other female planet, Venus, is also forming a Raja Yoga, as ruler of the 5th House of Creativity landing in the 7th House of Partnerships. This would seem to favor the female candidate.

And what of the sorry excuse for a male candidate? All along, I’ve been saying that his meteoric rise was fueled by the conjunction of Rahu and Jupiter in his 1st House of Leo. Throughout the primaries, Jupiter blessed him, enabling him to defeat a weak field of Republican candidates who wouldn’t grapple with him.

But as soon as Jupiter left Leo and advanced to Virgo, he lost Jupiter’s “grace.” Virgo, sign of the Virgin and the only sign symbolized by a human female, is especially offended by sexual violation. It took the revelation of Trump’s bragging about sexual assault, to finally make Republican elites abandon him in droves.

Now, the Sun, ruler of Leo, is debilitated in Libra, taking further wind out of Rahu’s sails. The Sun is helped by having benefics on either side (Jupiter in Virgo and Mercury in Libra). This gives hope to the elected leadership (Jupiter is the planet of hope), but does not add fuel to Rahu’s fire.

Saturn also aspects Rahu from 10 houses away, and Mars aspects Rahu from 8 houses away. Saturn puts pressure on Rahu to contain the latter’s damage, and Mars counters Rahu’s voracious appetite for power. When a planet is Exalted, it is very awake and aware. In this case, Exalted Mars is saying to Rahu, “strength does not mean what you think it means!”

My prediction? Trump gets trumped. Hoist by his own petard.

Mars gets further help from a one-way aspect from Jupiter, planet of hope and wisdom — one would “hope” this will give Mars the “wisdom” to pick battles wisely. Could this mean that a Clinton presidency will turn out to be not as hawkish and scandal-ridden as her detractors have long feared it might be?


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