The 2008 US Presidential Election
Dennis Sutton August 2008

On Nov 4, 2008 the eyes of the world will focus on the US Presidential election. What political ideology will drive the world's economic and military powerhouse? And will the person sitting in the driver's seat have the intelligence to drive with wisdom.

When it comes to the two candidates you can't believe what you see and you can't believe what you hear: But the great science of astrology and the astrological intelligence it provides will guide you through the illusion, confusion and deception.

The winner of the presidency can be foretold by astrology but there's a definite procedure to follow. Guess work and flimsy evidence are not involved. This assessment follows the precise procedure as presented in Mundane Astrology by C.C. Zain -- Serial 194 -- Cycles of the Moon.

The first and most important factors to consider are the birthcharts of both Presidential candidates -- with special attention being paid to the progression's influencing the 10th house on Election Day. The volume of harmony or discord influencing each candidate's 10th house on that day can be measured and the candidate with the most harmonious, or least discordant, 10th house will win the election.

Next consider the Jupiter cycle and Saturn cycle charts and the aspects formed by their respective rulers -- Jupiter and Saturn -- on Election Day. Jupiter rules the Republicans and the fortune of the Republican candidate is influenced, for better or worse, by any aspect formed by transiting Jupiter in the Jupiter cycle chart on that day. Saturn rules the Democrats and the fortune of the Democrat candidate is influenced, for better or worse, by any aspect formed by transiting Saturn in the Saturn cycle on November 4, 2008.

The data for the current US Jupiter Cycle chart is: February 24, 1999 at 6.41am EST Washington -- 77W01, 38N53.

The data for the current US Saturn Cycle is: February 16, 1997 at 12.26am EST Washington -- 77W01, 38N53.

The data for the Saturn-Uranus opposition chart is: November 4, 2008 at 8.34am EST Washington 77W01, 38N53.

The data for the Mars square Neptune chart is: November 4, 2008 at 2.44am EST Washington 77W01, 38N53.

Then consider the new Moon (or lunation) chart that immediately precedes the election. It influences mundane trends and developments during the following month, but its trend should be blended in with the charts of the two candidates. If, in this lunation chart, the 10th house and its ruler -- representing the Republicans -- are more powerful and harmonious than the 4th house and its ruler -- representing the Democrats -- the Republicans will remain in power. But if the 4th house and its ruler have more power and harmony it indicates that the Democrats will win. Please note that when making this assessment it is not a matter of checking the astrodyne power and harmony of the 10th and 4th houses and declaring a winner. It's not that simple and the devil is in the detail.

Finally consider any other astrological phenomena occurring in the sky at the time of the election that may provide important clues to its outcome. There are two astrological events that are perfect in the sky on Election Day 2008. They are: Saturn opposition Uranus and Mars square Neptune.

The Contenders -- John McCain and Barack Obama
A person's birthchart provides an astrological model of their soul's thought-structure. It displays unconscious thought patterns that influence the conscious thoughts and behaviours and these unconscious thought-structures, through the psychokinetic power they possess, attract events into the life that match how they feel.

John McCain was born on August 29, 1936 at Coco Solo Air Base, Panama Canal -- 79W53, 9N22 at 'about 9.00am' EST according to his mother.

The scientific assessment of a birthchart requires an accurate birthchart and this requires an accurate birth time -- preferably the time recorded on the Birth Certificate -- and this means the 'about 9.00am' time from McCain's mother only has an A rating. Thus in the interest of greater precision, for this article, I have worked the Prenatal Epoch (an accepted method of chart rectification used by astrologers) on this 9.00am time to determine the precise birth time. The epoch time was found to be 9.10am -- which is 'about 9.00am'. It can be noted that the 9.00am and 9.10am charts are almost the same. In fact no planet changes house position between 8.56 and 9.11am, but the Ascendant and MC -- both very important markers -- do change: The MC moves from 15Cancer24 to 18Cancer54; and the Ascendant from 16Libra56 to 20Libra 42. There being no documented record of his birthtime his chart is automatically eliminated from any astrological research work.

The Moon in the 4th house -- home-life and later-life events and development -- dominates John McCain's birthchart. It's in the diplomatic and ambitious sign Capricorn: And he's got a practical mentality and extraordinary adaption skills. His father and grandfather were both admirals and as his role models they taught him what to do. He became a naval flyer (Neptune, planet of flying, has above average power and is cusp ruler of the 6th house -- the navy.) He served as a naval aviator in Vietnam and suffered severe injuries when his plane was shot down over Hanoi (Mars square Uranus): And during his 6 years as a prisoner of war his 12th house (imprisonment) was stimulated by progression. His doctors say he's in tip-top shape but he has trouble with his knees -- Moon in Capricorn. John McCain is a family man and he's been married twice and has 5 children.

The man who would be President entered politics in 1981 when the progressed Sun in his chart formed a conjunction aspect with the Ascendant -- but the Sun is very weak and he lacks political and leadership skills. He knows about foreign affairs (Uranus in the 7th house) and the mysteries of the economy (Jupiter and Saturn are both strong), but the weak Mercury (reasoning, decision-making and communication skills) is a handicap. McCain is very conservative -- pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax and anti-regulation -- and he cares for the underdog and those less well off (dominant Moon).

The winning of an election is a 10th house event -- for all intents and purposes it's a job promotion -- and John McCain's 10th house is high in discord. It has four astrological rulers. They are (in power order): the MC, Pluto, Mars and Moon. Their best aspects support career success. They are: MC trine Saturn, MC parallel Jupiter, MC sextile Neptune, Mars trine Jupiter, Moon trine Mercury and Moon trine Venus. Their worst aspects thwart career success. They are: Pluto opposition Moon -- the worst aspect in the chart -- MC opposition Moon, MC square Asc and Mars square Uranus. The Pluto-Moon opposition is the main source of discord. It maps a mental conflict involving his career and home-life, but the mental dissonance is greatly eased by Mercury -- the planet of reasoned thought in the 12th house of solitude -- playing a peace-maker role. This Moon-Mercury trine aspect maps a static-free psychic connection between his unconscious thought processes (Moon) and his reasoned judgements (Mercury).

Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii (157W52; 21N19) at 7.24pm AHST according to his Birth Certificate.

Barack Obama's mother was a white American and his father was a Kenyan. They separated when he was two so he had no male role model. He was educated in Indonesia and in 1971 moved to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents. His father was killed in an automobile accident in 1982 and his mother died of ovarian cancer in 1995. He moved to the US, attended Colombia University (New York) and graduated in 1983. He majored in political science and international relations. Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988 and in February 1990 was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated from Harvard in 1991 -- JD magna cum laude. He's worked with law firms and taught constitutional law (Jupiter). He's married with two children and has written three books (Mercury). Book deal proceeds have allowed him to buy a $1.6 million home in Kenwood, Chicago (Neptune in the 9th house) and in December 2007 his net financial worth was estimated at $1.3 million.

Barack Obama's birthchart reveals a clear snapshot of his unconscious psychology. The Moon, in clever and versatile Gemini, dominates the chart. It's in the 4th house -- the home and later-life events and developments. Jupiter and Mercury have above average power and he's an intelligent lawyer, a best selling author and a dynamic orator. Pluto (groups, globalization and universal welfare) has above average power. (Pluto is consistently prominent in the birthchart's of politicians.) The Sun is the weakest planet and he has very limited political skills and lacks authority. With 7 planets on the East side of his chart Obama has been molded by his environmental circumstances.

There are no planets in Obama's 10th house. With Scorpio on the 10th house cusp the rulers of the 10th house are MC, Pluto and Mars. Their best aspects support career success. They are: MC trine Mercury, MC sextile Jupiter, MC trine Saturn, Pluto sextile Neptune and Mars trine Saturn. Their worst aspects thwart career success. They are: MC opposition Moon, MC square Uranus and Pluto square Moon. The Moon-MC-Pluto T-square is very difficult although Mercury plays the peaceful conciliator easing the discord of the MC-Moon opposition. Like John McCain, Obama has a harmonious connection between his unconscious (Moon) and conscious (Mercury) thought processes.

The two chart's have quite a lot in common. The Moon dominates from the 4th house; the Moon (bread and butter issues), Jupiter (finances), Pluto (global issues) and MC all have above average power; the 12th house (restriction, disappointment, crime and secret enemies) is a prominent influence and the Sun is very weak.

Astrodynes, harmodynes and discordynes
The astrological energy patterns displayed in a birthchart can be measured. An astrodyne is a unit of astrological power -- and the potential to experience a particular event is raised as the level of astrodyne power increases. A harmodyne is a unit of astrological harmony. Harmony marks for supportive environmental influences -- opportunities and good-luck: And as the level of harmony increases so does the chance of success. A discordyne is a unit of astrological discord. Discord marks for unsupportive environmental influences -- problems and difficulties: And as the level of discord increases so does the chance of failure.

The candidate's progressed 10th houses on Election Day
The winning of the US Presidency is a 10th house event and the candidate with the 'best' 10th house on November 4, 2008 will be the winner. But, the accuracy of the progressed chart at any point in time -- particularly the start and finish dates of the progressed aspects -- is dependent upon the accuracy of the original birth data.

The birthchart and progressed Midheaven (MC) are key markers to consider when it comes to judging the winning of the Presidency -- it's a 10th house event: But an error of one minute in the birthtime can advance or delay the starting date of a progressed aspect involving the Midheaven by three months. A delay means that the aspect is not in operation when you think it is and an advance means that the aspect is in operation when you think it isn't -- a situation that again highlights the importance of an accurately recorded birthtime.

For example, in Barack Obama's chart on Nov 4, 2008, the progressed Sun has moved to form a high-harmony sextile aspect with birthchart MC -- a very fortunate aspect -- and progressed Uranus has moved to form a high-discord square aspect with birthchart MC -- a very unfortunate aspect -- but if his birthtime is a minute and a half later than the time recorded on the birth certificate neither aspect would be in operation. And this means that neither aspect would be influencing his presidential bid.

On November 4, 2008 John McCain has 16 progressed aspects influencing his 10th house. Five (5) are having a neutral influence, six (6) are having a harmonious influence and five (5) are having a discordant influence. The best aspect is progressed Mars trine (luck) birthchart Moon. The worst aspect is progressed Mercury square (obstacle) birthchart Mars. This is the obstacle he has to overcome to win the Presidency.

The 10th house in John McCain's birthchart has 191.11 astrodynes and with progressed Pluto in the 10th house, carrying 27.21 astrodynes, the normal progressed 10th house has 218.32 astrodynes. The power being added to the 10th house due to the progressed aspects involving Pluto, Mars, MC and Moon is 407.75 astrodynes. When this is added to the power of the normal progressed 10th house the total power of the 10th house on November 4, 2008 is 626.07 astrodynes. This means that the 10th house has increased in power from its normal power of 218.32 astrodynes to 626.07 astrodynes.

The 10th house in his birthchart has 19.80 discordynes and with progressed Pluto in the 10th house, carrying 5.56 discordynes, the normal progressed 10th house has 25.36 discordynes. The net harmony being added to the 10th house by the progressed aspects involving Pluto, MC and Moon is 78.18 harmodynes; and the net discord being added by the progressed aspects involving Mars is 44.68 discordynes. When the total discord of the normal progressed 10th house and Mars (70.04 discordynes) is subtracted from the net harmony of Pluto, MC and Moon (78.18 harmodynes) it reveals that on November 4, 2008 John McCain's 10th house has a net harmony of 8.14 harmodynes.

On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama has 19 progressed aspects influencing his 10th house. Two (2) are having a neutral influence, eight (8) are having a harmonious influence and nine (9) are having a discordant influence. The best aspect is progressed Pluto sextile (opportunity) birthchart Neptune; and the worst aspect is progressed Mars square (obstacle) birthchart Saturn. This is the obstacle he has to overcome to win the Presidency.

The 10th house in Barack Obama's birthchart has 83.18 astrodynes and there are no progressed planets in the house. This means that the normal progressed 10th house has 83.18 astrodynes. The power being added to the 10th house due to the progressed aspects involving Pluto, Mars and MC is 140.50 astrodynes. When this is added to the power of the normal progressed 10th house the total power of the 10th house on November 4, 2008 is 223.68 astrodynes. This means that the 10th house has increased in power from its normal power of 83.18 astrodynes to 223.68 astrodynes.

The 10th house in his birthchart has 0.40 harmodynes and there are no progressed planets in the 10th house. This means the normal progressed 10th house has 0.40 harmodynes. The harmony being added to the 10th house by the net harmony of the progressed aspects involving Pluto is 1.58 harmodynes; and the discord being added by the net discord of the progressed aspects involving the MC and Mars is 29.00 discordynes. When the total harmony of the normal progressed 10th house and Pluto (1.98 harmodynes) is subtracted from the net discord of the MC and Mars (29.00 discordynes) it reveals that on November 4, 2008 Barack Obama's 10th house has a net discord of 27.02 discordynes. But as the planets forming progressed aspects have their birthchart harmony or discord this modifies, for better or worse, the relative harmony and discord of the progressed aspects they form. Thus the approximate average relative harmony or discord of each aspect influencing the 10th house on November 4, 2008 is a more accurate guide to the average benefit to be expected -- and the outcome of the election. The truth is the thought-cells in the unconscious mind are doing most the work and their normal mode of expression, as indicated by the birthchart, is modified by each progressed aspect.

In John McCain's progressed chart on Election Day the progressed aspects involving Pluto, MC and Moon have an approximate average relative net harmony of 57.28 harmodynes. The Mars progressed aspects have an approximate average relative net discord of 36.47 discordynes; and the progressed 10th house has a net discord of 25.36 discordynes. This gives the 10th house a total of 61.83 discordynes. When the harmony (57.28 harmodynes) is subtracted from the discord (61.83 discordynes) the 10th house has an approximate average relative net discord on November 4, 2008 of 4.55 discordynes.

In Barack Obama's progressed chart the progressed aspects involving Pluto have an approximate average relative net harmony of 5.53 harmodynes: and the normal progressed 10th house has a net harmony 0.40 harmodynes. This gives a total harmony of 5.93 harmodynes. The progressed aspects involving the MC and Mars have an approximate average relative discord of 41.29 discordynes. When the harmony (5.53 harmodynes) is subtracted from the discord (41.29 discordynes) Obama's10th house has an approximate average relative net discord on November 4, 2008 of 35.76 discordynes.

John McCain's 10th house on Election Day has a relative harmony of 8.14 harmodynes but the more accurate approximate average relative assessment reveals the house has 4.55 discordynes. Barack Obama's 10th house has a relative discord of 27.82 discordynes, but the more accurate approximate average relative assessment reveals the house has 35.76 discordynes. In one instance John McCain's 10th house has more harmony and in the other it has less discord -- and because he has the more harmonious 10th house he will win the election.

The Jupiter and Saturn Cycle charts
Previous astrological research reveals that Jupiter rules the Republican Party and Saturn rules the Democrats -- and that an aspect formed by transiting Jupiter or transiting Saturn in their respective cycle charts on Election Day influences voting trends.

Jupiter in the US Jupiter cycle chart, at 22S41, is parallel the Mid-Heaven -- an aspect that has a supportive influence for the Republicans on the last days of the election. It indicates the Republican voter turn-out will be higher than expected.

Saturn in the US Saturn cycle chart, at 18Virgo57, is square the Moon -- an aspect that has an adverse influence for the Democrats during the last week of the election. It indicates a lower than expected vote for the Democrats with many (female) Democrat voters changing their vote or simply not voting.

The data for the Libra lunation chart is: September 29, 2008 at 4.13am EDT Washington -- 77W01, 38N53.

The data for the Scorpio lunation chart that immediately proceeds Election Day is: October 28, 2008 at 7.15pm EDT Washington -- 77W01, 38N53.

The Lunation chart -- October 28, 2008
Most of October is under the influence of the Libra lunation chart which commences on September 29, 2008 at 4.13am EDT. In this chart the lunation, in the 2nd house (finances, personal wealth and banks), is square Jupiter -- the planet of banks and financial transactions in the 5th house (Wall Street and the market): And the financial news during the month will give rise to some misguided optimism on Wall Street. Neptune -- the planet of easy credit and oil in the 6th house (employees and working people) -- dominates the chart mapping great uncertainty and confusion: And Saturn, the planet of fear, loss and economy, in the 1st house maps a powerful conservative trend influencing the people. Then on October 28th the mundane agenda comes under the influence of the Scorpio lunation -- and this chart will have considerable influence on the last week of the election -- and most of November.

The lunation in this chart is in the high-discord 6th house and there's bad employment news for the workers. Saturn in the 5th marks for falling stock prices and an anxious mood on Wall Street: And Uranus in the 11th house marks for radical action by Congressional leaders. Saturn and Uranus form a high-discord opposition aspect, but the social discontent is eased by the conciliating planet Jupiter -- the planet of good-will -- in the 9th house -- religion and the courts. Venus (peace moves and social functions) in the 7th house (foreign affairs and overseas events) is cusp ruler of the 1st house and the public are more interested in the peace moves, or social events, taking place overseas. But it's the chart's influence on the election that interests us here.

The astrodyne printout reveals that the 10th house -- the Republicans -- has 6 times more power than the 4th house -- the Democrats -- and 4 times more discord -- but the discord is variable. Idealistic Neptune, the planet of oil, inflation and easy credit, in the 10th has a small amount of harmony. It forms an obstacle (square) aspect with Mars (the war on terror) in the 6th house -- the armed services; and a high-harmony luck (trine) aspect with Mercury (students, academics and the press) also in the 6th house. The MC is high in discord. In any mundane chart it's the reputation and publicity marker and the election will have an adverse down-side that results in unfavorable publicity. Saturn and Uranus -- the cusp rulers of the 10th house -- are both quite discordant. Saturn is in the 5th house and Uranus is in the 11th and the opposition aspect they form is the worst aspect in the chart. Saturn also forms a friction (semisquare) aspect and Uranus forms an agitation (sesquisquare) aspect with the lunation in the 6th house.

The 4th house -- the Democrats -- is weak and discordant -- and there's no harmony. The Sun in the 6th house (labor and the work place) is the cusp ruler -- and the Democrat voter support base is the working people. But the Sun forms no supportive (harmonious) aspects and his high-discord square aspect to the MC does not favour political success. This aspect by itself turns the tide in favour of the Republicans, while Neptune's trine aspect to Mercury provides some much needed luck in what looks like being a very hard and close fought election. This lunation chart -- with Neptune in the 10th house trine Mercury -- favours a Republic victory on Election Day.

November 4, 2008 - Saturn opposition Uranus in the sky
It certainly is interesting that on Election Day 2008 the two rulers of Aquarius -- Saturn and Uranus -- form a high-discord opposition aspect in the sky.

Saturn rules the conservatives -- those who support the status quo -- and Uranus rules the progressives -- those who support reformation and change: And the opposition aspect marks for a separation -- in this instance a separation of political ideals. This conflict in the sky will replicate itself in the US election as the polarization of the electorate into two opposing camps: One supporting the elderly conservative candidate John McCain (Saturn) and the other supporting the radical young change-agent -- Barrack Obama (Uranus). Saturn is tough, cunning and very well organized and when he's feeling nasty he won't hesitate to play the fear card. He marks for recessed economic conditions, bad economic news and an atmosphere of doom and gloom. Uranus supports the common man and human-rights and he won't hesitate to take radical action. When feeling nasty he won't hesitate to play the race card. He marks for dissatisfaction, disruption, protests, demonstrations and a sensational exposé. The social division created by this aspect will be reflected in the voter-opinion polls, but whether the polls reveal a clear winner prior to Election Day remains to be seen.

This aspect goes into orb in early September and will exert a high-discord influence on the last two months of the election campaign. At first glance this discord could easily reach highly destructive proportions but, with the Sun -- planet of political moderation, Mars -- the planet of energy and quick action and Jupiter -- the planet of good-will and tolerance all providing harmonious conciliation, the social division and political discord could be reduced. The aspect maps two powerful political ideals in deadly conflict and the election will be a no-holds barred fight to the end -- and very close. Saturn (John McCain) is conjunct the MC and Uranus (Barack Obama) is opposition the MC -- and Saturn has a slight edge in power. It's going to be a tough political fight -- expect the worst -- and both political machines will employ muck raking tactics, but in the end the idea of electing a radical change-agent in times of great economic uncertainty could be just too risky for many voters.

November 4, 2008 -- Mars square Neptune in the sky
Because it is perfect on Election Day it's highly likely that Mars square Neptune in the sky will have some influence on the political proceedings.

In this chart Mars, the planet of impulsivity, energetic action, strife and violence, is in the 3rd house -- the newspapers, roads and rail: And Neptune, the planet of oil, gas, inflation, deception, confusion and exaggerated expectations is in the 5th house -- the stock market. The aspect will influence the final two weeks of the election and marks for strife, violence and exaggerated expectations. With Neptune in the 5th house the traders on Wall Street will be in a state of confusion and uncertainty. Newspaper polling on voting trends will stir up strife and contention. This aspect may map independent events and conditions that don't have a direct influence on the outcome of the election.

George W. Bush -- an astrological retrospective
An enlightened electorate, with astrological knowledge, would not elect any old Tom, Dick or George as their President. For your information, a country's fortune is closely linked to the progressed aspects forming in the chart of its political leader. When this is understood much greater intelligence and care will be exercised when electing the president. A careful assessment of the progressed aspects forming in the charts of both candidates would be made and voters would use this information to guide their voting intentions.

For example, when George W. Bush won the top job progressed Mars in his chart, planet of war, strife and violent attacks, had moved to form a high-discord obstacle (square) aspect with the Sun. Mars moves slowly and the aspect did not peak till March 2002: And four months before it reached its end date in September 2003 progressed Sun moved to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Mars. Then in March 2005, two months before this aspect came to end progressed Mars moved to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Moon. This aspect finished in March 2008, but in May 2007 progressed Mars formed a conjunction aspect with birthchart Jupiter -- an aspect that doesn't end till June 2010. This means that very powerful Mars progressions have influenced his entire Presidency. You could say that between 2000 and 2008 George W. would be running on aggression and testosterone -- and this information was known to the astrologer prior to his election. (Bush was born at New Haven CT -- 72W55, 41N18 on July, 6, 1946 at 7.26am CDT. This data comes from Kim Castilla.)

Yet the crucial astrological event that triggered the war on terror was not a Mars progression: It was progressed Ascendant square birthchart Uranus -- the planet of extreme, sudden events and cusp ruler of the 7th house (open enemies). This aspect was at its peak in December 2001 and on September 11, 2001 George Bush got the biggest shock of his life. The terror attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon shocked the world -- and desperate to keep the US economy on track Bush encouraged everyone to do their patriotic duty and go shopping. Then he decided to go and hunt down the terrorists. On March 19, 2003 with public support on his side (progressed MC had moved to form a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Jupiter and progressed Mercury had moved to form a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart MC) he gave the order to attack Iraq -- it was the worst decision he could make. Progressed Mars was square birthchart Sun and progressed MC had moved to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Uranus -- cusp ruler of the 7th house (war and foreign enemies).

Bush was re-elected for a second term in November 2004, but during 2005 with progressed Venus -- co-ruler of the 10th house (popularity and public standing) -- forming a high-discord square aspect with birthchart Saturn his popularity began to wane. Then, when progressed Mars, cusp ruler of the 10th house moved to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Moon, he got into strife with the public: And over the next 3 years his public support steadily eroded. It is interesting to note that the discords to the Sun in his birthchart became very evident the minute he stepped on the electorates toes.

Neptune square the Sun marks for vagueness, deceit and unrealistic expectations; Jupiter square the Sun marks for conceit and the tendency to completely over-estimate what can be accomplished and the Moon square the Sun marks for public disfavor and very poor relations with the general public. You could say that George Bush only has himself to blame for the mess that became his presidency.

In April 2001 progressed Jupiter, planet of banks, finances and extravagance, had moved to form a parallel aspect with birthchart Mars the planet of war -- and Jupiter financed the war on terror. Then in November 2004 when progressed Jupiter in the 4th house (the homes of the people and weather events) moved to form a high discord square aspect with birthchart Saturn, planet of loss and economic contraction and cusp ruler of the 8th house (taxes and lending practices) an ill-wind started to blow. Since then bad weather events -- disastrous storms, floods, and fires -- have plagued his presidency and in 2006 the subprime credit crisis hit. The banks were behaving badly and the economy suffered. Then in May 2007 when progressed Mars moved to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Jupiter Bush defied expert opinion and expanded 9Jupiter) the troop numbers (Mars) and the financial commitment (Jupiter) to the war on terror: And with Mars, cusp ruler of the 10th house (business) and co-ruler of the 4th house (the housing sector), stirring up financial strife the subprime credit crisis went from bad to worse.

Bush's entire Presidency has been a dangerous (Mars) war-game and the financial damage, in particular, will have far reaching consequences. He's put his honour and self-esteem on the line -- and if he loses the war on terror he's a failed president. Each high-powered Mars progression in his chart could be viewed as an explosive situation -- and unless he harnesses the aggressive Mars energy to a constructive purpose it tends towards destruction. But the point is the last 8 years were not inevitable. What happened was clearly mapped in George Bush's birthchart and if the electorate knew that Mars would be a prominent feature of his presidency it could have said 'no' and elected an alternate candidate. There's no guarantee that the alternate candidate would have done it differently or better, but George Bush was the reason why it happened the way it did -- and with astrological knowledge he could have done it differently too. In the end you might conclude that the guy just wasn't very good at doing his job, but going to war with progressed Mars square the Sun was folly -- and that's an astrological fact. The great mystery regarding his chart is how could any one with a dominant Mercury have such poor communication skills?

John McCain -- his next 4 years
The election of a new president will not automatically solve the big problems facing America -- the war on terror and a stumbling economy -- but the progressed aspects in John McCain's chart over the next four years do provide an accurate compass as to what he has in store: And the first thing that hits you is the number of high-powered Mars (war) progressions -- and progressed Saturn square Jupiter.

McCain's big asset till July 2010 is progressed Mars trine (luck) birthchart Moon -- and till March 2013 progressed Mars sextile birthchart and progressed Pluto -- terrorist groups. The liability aspect -- starting in June 2008 and reaching its peak date in July 2012 -- is progressed Mars square progressed Ascendant (his health and physical wellbeing). On a personal level these Mars progressions mark for strife, haste and increased energetic activity -- which will take its toll on his health. And on a mundane level they mark for conflict, military matters, accidents and manufacturing.

Progressed Saturn square Jupiter is an economic dark spot. It marks for business problems, employment problems, financial woes, difficulties for the banking sector and a generally tough economic time. What needs to be noted is that progressed Jupiter formed a square aspect with birthchart Saturn in George W. Bush's chart in February 2004; and in the USA chart in November 2006. It was the astrological trigger that set-off the financial crisis following the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007-08 -- and John McCain has essentially the same aspect operating in his birthchart too.

Those who prefer to use the 9.00am birthtime for John McCain will notice that on Election Day he has progressed Sun forming a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart MC and this aspect, due to the environmental harmony and support it fosters, would be an election winner, but in the 9.10am chart this aspect does not kick in till April 2009 -- and for the next two years John McCain will experience political luck and great popular support. Progressed Sun sextile progressed Neptune at the same time adds political vision.

In August 2010 progressed Mercury moves to form a luck (trine) aspect with progressed Saturn and over the next 12 months McCain has luck on his side when making major economic decisions: And then in October 2010 progressed Sun moves to form a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Saturn -- an aspect that supports political and economic success for the next two years. At the same time progressed Mercury sextile birthchart Neptune adds vision to the decision-making process.

In July 2011 progressed Venus moves to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Jupiter in the 2nd house (banks, money and financial institutions) -- and this high harmony conjunction aspect supports financial good times and a period of economic prosperity. Then, in May 2012, progressed Mercury moves to form a luck (trine) aspect with the birthchart MC -- another lucky aspect that over the next 12 months favours accurate decision-making and great personal popularity. I should point out that the trine aspects involving the MC are dependent upon an accurate birthtime, but the sextile and other trine aspects over the next four years do mark for opportunities, luck and personal popularity. And the electorate should factor this astrological evidence into their decision-making on Election Day.

Barack Obama -- his next four years
Barack Obama over the next four years also has a number of progressions involving Mars (war) and Saturn (economic problems). In August 2008 progressed Venus, the planet of affectional matters, moved to form a conjunction aspect with progressed Uranus, the planet of exposé and sudden, unexpected developments, in the 7th house (war and marriage). (Note that the Saturn-Uranus opposition aspect in the sky also inclines towards unfortunate exposés). Whatever Uranus brings always comes suddenly through a human agency. This aspect maps a prominent 'emotional' situation in Obama's life during 2009 and then, in September 2009, progressed Mercury moves to form a square aspect with birthchart Saturn in the 12th house (disappointment). His thinking at this time will become worried, anxious and despondent. 2009 will be a very emotional year for Barack Obama with a lot of worry, disappointment and soul-searching.

In February 2010 the progressed Ascendant moves to form an obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Saturn -- an aspect that inclines towards difficulties with the personal life and personality and health problems. Then in July 2010 progressed Sun, planet of politics, moves to form a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Jupiter, planet of hope, faith and optimism -- a fortunate political influence. In October 2010 progressed Mars the planet of war, strife and conflict moves to form an obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Saturn -- an aspect that inclines towards the destructive use of the available energy: And in February 2011 progressed Ascendant moves to form an opposition aspect with progressed Mars -- a high-discord separation aspect that will have an adverse -- strife and haste -- influence on his personal life and health during 2012.

In June 2011 the progressed Sun moves to form an obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Venus -- another emotional aspect that inclines towards unfortunate social experiences; and in the same month progressed Mercury moves to form a high-discord square aspect with progressed Jupiter -- activating their birthchart opposition. At this time Jupiter's over-optimism and misplaced faith will color Obama's thinking processes (Mercury) resulting in some very unwise and misguided decisions. Then in August 2011 the progressed Ascendant moves to form a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Uranus; and in September 2011 the progressed Ascendant moves to form an obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Saturn. These progressed aspects involving the Ascendant mark for events involving Obama's personal life and health during 2012

In January 2012 the progressed Sun, planet of politics, moves to form an opportunity (sextile) aspect with birthchart Mercury and in May 2012 progressed Mercury moves to form a parallel aspect with birthchart Uranus and an opportunity (sextile) aspect with progressed Uranus, the planet of intuition, original ideas and sudden change. These aspects involving Mercury and Uranus will turn on his intellectual and individualistic urges stimulating original thinking, revolutionary new thought processes and his desire to write. A variety of trine, sextile, square and opposition aspects over the next four years will see good-fortune and opportunity mixing with misfortune and separation: And that's an astrological recipe for worthwhile character development.

Various end comments
Electing the right President is not easy and the next US President will have some very big and difficult problems to deal with. It's an impossible, thankless job. Why anybody would want it is a great mystery, but the invitation to possess great power is an irresistible lure to some souls. The US economy is a core problems -- it's a key election issue. The question arises -- can either candidate really fix the problem? The world seems to be experiencing a crisis in leadership. This is not an idle comment -- it's based on the fact that so many recent and current world leaders have a non-prominent Sun in their birthcharts. It's a situation that highlights ineffective leadership and raises the question: Where are the souls possessing natural leadership and political skills?

The weak Sun in John McCain's and Barack Obama's birthcharts marks for a lack of political skills: And while the evidence does indicate that a prominent Sun is not a political prerequisite, it does reveal inadequacies that make the handling of the 'political' job difficult. Both men have one thing on their minds -- the Presidency of the USA -- and they share this vision with their souls. They allocate the mental work to be done to specific unconscious control factors -- and they do the work. But when the thinker gives his soul a job to do and it lacks the skills and resources to do it the soul experiences stress and the job performance suffers. That's what happened to George W. Bush -- he has a very weak Sun: And it will happen to the next US President too.

Every experience leaves its mark on the soul and John McCain's POW experience and Barack Obama's separation from his father and parent's separation have left their marks. How the two men have dealt with these distressful experiences -- and whether they have been able to reconcile the conflicting unconscious thoughts is unknown. The pain of a misfortune experience is etched into the soul's consciousness structure. The thinker usually struggles to make sense of the experience and unless reconciled the resulting mental conflict usually results in behavioral abnormalities that, in turn, result in further misfortune experiences. So, just how much damage are John McCain and Barrack Obama carrying, and will this damage impact on their competency as President?

Neptune gives the ability to trick and deceive and while this trait is not necessarily intentional it does reveal a potential in those deceived to engage in uncritical mystical thinking. This means that an indiscriminate, uncritical electorate is easily fooled. Astrology allows you to navigate the tricks and deceptions.

All the assessed charts point to a McCain victory in the US election, but with Pluto, the planet of division, forming a high-discord opposition (separation) aspect with the Moon -- planet of the common people, he will have a very divisive influence on the American electorate. This means that with the economic problems, the employment problems, the financial woes, the rising prices, the housing problems and the credit crisis, John McCain also has to unite the country. And with Mercury acting as a peaceful conciliator to the conflicting Moon and Pluto he can do this by talking with the people.

And finally: The astrological intelligence coming from the sky is 100% reliable but, if I have misread the signs this in no way reflects upon astrology. It simply represents inadequacies in my own interpretation skills.