After a deeply disturbing week at the GOP Convention, where wrath, viciousness, fear, and loathing ran rampant in a brutal sea of projected horror, this week’s Democratic Convention in Philadelphia is bringing a welcome breeze of inspiration and hope to clear the air. Instead of endless, pounding rage seemingly straight from the pit of Hell, we are being treated to stories of gratitude, service to the community, and creative endeavor to improve people’s lives, as well as the resounding theme of quintessential American strength derived from the twin pillars of diversity and unity. We are thrilling to the awesome star power and majestic messaging of the most high-wattage of Democratic luminaries, from Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill Clinton, to Joe Biden, and the greatest rhetorician of them all, President Obama. It is hard to imagine a starker contrast than that between the tumultuous darkness of Cleveland and the sunny, uplifting, and energizing spirit of Philadelphia.
The shift in tone on the national stage began with Hillary’s choice of Tim Kaine as her running mate, not quite a day after Donald’s Trump’s rambling dystopian growl, more reminiscent of the fictional but griping Mad Max: Fury Road than today’s actual reality. Kaine, in contrast to both Trump and his new sidekick Mike Pence, is somewhat of a happy warrior, well-liked, upbeat, and devoted to making a difference in the world rather than aggrandizing himself. His birth chart makes this description quite clear. It is what I like to call a “good karma birth chart” with lots of harmonious sextiles and trines, as well as a very well-aspected Jupiter to imply significant success in life, and just enough hard aspects to give the energy to get the job done. Natal Jupiter, the planet of optimism and success, is conjunct the North Node and trine the Sun and Mercury, as well as sextile the MC on one side and sextile Pluto on the other, which itself is trine the MC. Venus, the planet of personal appeal and general likability, is also quite well placed, trine the Moon and sextile the Ascendant. The strong energy to continue striving comes from the Pluto opposition to the Sun and Mercury, as well as the Pluto sesquiquadrate to natal Mars, the ruler of the Aries Ascendant which expresses itself through its placement in the 10th house of career. Interestingly, the Pisces Sun is in the 12th house, the placement of self-sacrifice, humility, and service to the greater good when operating optimally.
Kaine’s presence on the ticket adds a feel of likability and decency that warms Hillary and helps to defuse some of the bad rap she has gotten from decades of fierce and unrelenting Republican propaganda. What is most illuminating about their chemistry and his impact on the ticket may be seen in the comparative and the composite (midpoint) charts. Kaine’s natal Jupiter/Node (1Scorpio28/2Scorpio50) conjunction makes a very tight conjunction to Hillary’s natal Sun (2Scorpio18). Thus, he adds success and optimism (Jupiter) to her goals and central life imperatives (the Sun). His Mars (16Capricorn23) is exactly sextile her Venus (16Scorpio14), intensifying her personal appeal (Venus). It is transiting Pluto conjunct his Mars and sextile her Venus during 2016 through early December that is probably the biggest indication of her increased attractiveness during this election cycle. In addition, the composite chart of Clinton/Kaine has Jupiter at 16Scorpio00, in a tight conjunction with Hillary’s Venus, again strengthening her charisma. In other words, when Hillary is with Kaine, we see her as warmer, happier, and more likable. There is a very positive synergy in this dynamic.
There is nothing to indicate a loss in November for the Clinton/Kaine ticket, and, in fact, there are many positive markers of success. My concern comes in January 2017 when transiting Saturn squares Hillary’s Moon (1/4 to 1/14) and impacts the charts of several prominent democrats who seem fairly happy around election time. In January, Saturn will also conjunct the Kaine/Clinton Venus and Kaine’s Saturn (both at 24 Sagittarius) during the second half of the month.
Although some unexpected crisis is possible, the most likely possibility is that the intransigence and opposition of the next Congress will be making itself known come January. This is echoed in the Inaugural chart of 2017 which has natal Mars (24Pisces22) in a tight square with natal Saturn (24Sagittarius31). This aspect, which suggests significant frustration and obstacles for the Clinton/Kaine administration, is most potent during its first year, through October 2017, during which transiting Saturn crosses itself and squares Mars and Chiron several times.
If, indeed, these aspects are predicting the usual Republican attempts at sabotage and vituperative propaganda, it will indicate that the GOP has learned nothing from the Frankenstein monster it created in its 2016 presidential bid and will continue to put Party over Country for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, for the moment, we have an election to win. As bad as a continuation of the status quo of an obstructionist Republican Congress might be, it pales at the thought of handing the country over to the new Trump/Putin Axis of Evil. That would be an abomination we might never recover from.