Friday’s total solar eclipse is at 6:12 a.m. EDT, at the time of the New Moon, with some interesting astrological implications for the political scene. (See my post An Astrologically Troubled Election Day for an overview.)
Most of the astrological attention right now is on Barack Obama because of his August 4th birthday and corresponding birth chart.
North Carolina astrologer Lynn Hayes is among the astrologers making some prognostications on the eclipse’s impact on the U.S. political scene. This is from her blog, Astrological Musings:
This eclipse could bring out some interesting facets of the US presidential candidates, since it is exactly square to Uranus in McCain's chart and very close to a square to Neptune in Obama's chart. This is interesting because these are the two planets that cause the candidates the most trouble. Uranus (radical behavior) is square to McCain's Mars, the astrological dynamic that results in McCain's "maverick" status that he is trying so hard now to keep under wraps. Neptune (redemption and illusion) is square to Obama's Sun, and this is the chart factor that results in the adoration of Obama that some find so frightening. Perhaps during this eclipse period some of the real substance that underlies these factors may be revealed.
Teri Parsley Starnes of Minneapolis writes in her Stardance Astrology blog:
During an eclipse, light gives way to shadow suddenly and then returns just as quickly. Eclipses set us upon new pathways. They have the potential to be quite dramatic . . . Both candidates share planets at the same degree of Leo. Obama’s Sun is at 12 Leo and McCain’s Mars is also at 12 Leo. This month’s eclipse is at 9 Leo. I usually do not consider a 3 degree orb [the difference between 9 and 12] to be applicable to an eclipse transit, however there is too much coincidence here to ignore. Something is up. Both of these candidates are experiencing this eclipse . . . Something important is happening in our nation’s history and destiny with the candidacy of these two men. The current transit of Uranus in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo are poised to expose what this is.
British astrologer Deborah Houlding, in a column entitled Traditional Rules for Judging Eclipses, quotes this statement regarding those in the sign of Leo, such as Friday's eclipse: "Eclipses in Leo portend death or misfortune for royalty, nobility and 'persons of quality'; the ruination and destruction of ancient buildings, palaces and churches; division amongst the clergy, the besieging of towns, and a scarcity of horses and grain."