Friday, August 29, 2008

Was McCain's VP Pick in the Stars?

As you can see from some previous postings, I’m watching several astrology blogs to see what they foretell about the upcoming presidential election. 

One reason is because this election is so fascinating, complex and unpredictable. The second is because of Richard Tarnas’s book Cosmos and Psyche, a thick and well-researched volume from a respected academian that blew me away with its uncanny correlations between world events throughout history and their astrological alignments.

Quick on the draw today was the respected astrologer Pat Paquette of Vashon Island, Washington, who authors the “Pisces Chronicles” blog. She admits being startled by McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

“When I saw it in the headlines this morning, I blurted out loud, ‘Oh my god, McCain is going to win!’” she writes.

Instead of using birth charts for this prediction, she looks at the chart for Inauguration Day, a method she says enabled her to predict Bush’s 2004 victory long before the election. (Far less of a challenge, I'd say, than this election.)

She says election day 2008 displays a Venus-Uranus conjunction opposite Saturn – in other words, women, youth and rebellion. “I initially thought it might mean Hillary would be the first woman president of the United States,” Paquette writes. “When that didn’t happen, I thought it perhaps represented Obama’s youth, but I kept waiting for new of a woman.”

Nearly every astrologer I follow has, up to now, been seeing an Obama victory in November. So now I want to see if the Palin pick prompts them to rethink their readings of the charts.

Click here for The Pisces Chronicles.

An Astrological Profile of Sarah Palin

Here are some of Palin's personality traits as compiled by astrologer Lynn Hayes of North Carolina on her Astrological Musings blog. The boldfacing is mine.

"For the McCain ticket, Palin brings credentials where McCain, with his pro-choice history, is lacking. She enhances his "maverick" status, which has waned in recent months as he waters down his personality for the presidential campaign. Unlike McCain, Palin is an active churchgoer (Pentecostal) and wants creationism to be taught in schools alongside evolution, bridging the mistrust the Religious Right holds against McCain.

"Astrologically, she has at least four planets in Aquarius (Mercury, Sun, Mars and Saturn) and possibly the Moon as well, if she was born after noon. Aquarius is the sign of the activist, the renegade - the individualist who isn't afraid to buck the system. With no planets in water signs other than Chiron, Palin is not a very emotional person and this is heightened by the strong Aquarian influence which is more interested in rational thinking and ideas than emotional viewpoints.

"That Aquarian individuality is tempered with a triple conjunction of Saturn and Mars to the Sun. Saturn is the ancient ruler of Aquarius, and lends its focus on solitude and a tendency towards rigidity which in the case of Palin may exacerbate the fixed nature of the Aquarian personality. Palin is conservative under the Saturn/Mars/Sun conjunction, but the Aquarian influence makes her quirkily so.

"Neptune squares her Sun - the very same aspect in Obama's chart that has suspicious astrologers claiming Obama is deceptive. (See my earlier article.) Neptune/Sun aspects tend to show that the individual has experienced difficulty expressing herself as an individual, and that there is a tendency for others to be unable to see her clearly because she becomes a hook for their projections.

"Palin's birthchart also shows that she has an exact opposition from Chiron to Pluto, and by association to Uranus as well. I would be surprised if she has not had painful experiences in her life - that Chiron/Pluto opposition indicates an indivdiual who must continually face her inner demons so that they can be vanquished.

"This is an interesting time for Palin," Hayes continues, "transiting Saturn has been aspecting this opposition, coinciding with the birth of her son with Down Syndrome. Transiting Neptune is affecting her as well - passing over first her Sun, then Mars, then Saturn over the next several years. This Neptunian time shows that she is prone to overidealizing the realities in her life, and there is a danger of not seeing things as they really are."

Click here for Astrological Musings.

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