The Bain Game

With more than usual clarity, Mitt Romney’s appearance on 60 Minutes during the evening of September 23 offered a bracing glimpse of what he is trying to sell to America. This was the salesman from Bain, promising to trim the waste, cut the costs, and lower taxes in order to create a smooth-running and successful company that could feast on the fruits of capitalism.

What was omitted from the seductive sales pitch, however, were the likely casualties of Romney’s proposals for the country. To understand, we need only consider the many stories of grief and hardship that followed in the wake of Bain’s scrupulous housekeeping. Corporate expenses were indeed cut – by firing workers, cutting pensions, and shipping jobs overseas. Bain’s well-crafted financial wizardry did indeed lower taxes, but enormous new debt was also created, used in part to pay Bain’s huge fees and keep its wealthy investors happy. A few years down the road, this same debt was frequently enough to plunge the struggling over-burdened company into bankruptcy, leading to yet more layoffs and more despair, otherwise known as collateral damage to the pillaging plutocrats from Bain.

The parallels between Romney’s business history and his plans for America are striking, as well as ominously predictive. “Cutting expenses” will translate to cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and numerous other programs that provide assistance in times of need. The dislocation and increase in poverty from slashing such funding would likely be devastating to a wide swath of people. In addition, Romney’s multi-trillion dollar tax cuts for the wealthy, a way to pay off his latest “investors” – otherwise known as campaign donors – could easily load the nation with such a crushing burden of debt that its finances would collapse under the weight, just like what happened to many of Bain’s former companies. Once again, the investors would make off like bandits, while those left behind would pay the catastrophic price.

It is the current thinking among the pundit class that the upcoming debates are Romney’s final opportunity to convince the nation that he is up to the job of president. During his recent interview, he portrayed an idyllic vision of a free-market America, where everything hums nicely along, unencumbered by complicated taxes and paralyzing regulation, and we all live happily ever after. The filth sure to be created by the reality of his plans was blithely swept under the carpet of this Potemkin Showroom. Perhaps the biggest question of the debates is whether or not Romney can persuade America that his snake oil is real.

For Romney, the most descriptive planetary configuration of the entire election cycle is the Neptune square to his Ascendant, made worse by the shadow of the May eclipse on his Ascendant degree (00Gemini43). As I have written numerous times, it is the narrative of Neptune that is the Romney narrative of the campaign. He is vague, incoherent, dissembling, attacking a fantasy Obama, snidely dismissing a fantasy 47 percent of the population, offering an economic plan with magical, fantasy math, and inhabiting a fantasy self, more likely to reflect the image of the audience in front of him than any core values of his own.

The first debate will take place on October 3 in Denver. Probably, the most significant aspect in Romney’s chart at that time will be the quincunx of transiting Saturn to his Ascendant, running from October 3 through October 12. This will activate the longer-lasting transiting Neptune square to the Ascendant in a rather stressful way. The combination of these planets suggests that the harsh truth of reality (Saturn) will confront the hyperbolic hot air of Neptune. Romney’s dissembling and exaggerations will have to face the real Obama, not the GOP-created straw-man monster. Romney will be debating a real president who can provide facts and figures of what has, in fact, actually transpired, and who also understands the impact of Romney’s likely policies, perhaps far better than even the Republican candidate does himself. Saturn’s impact on a Neptune transit tends to bring potent disappointment after high expectation, bursting the floating bubbles of fantasy against the hard rocks of Earth.  This seems likely to be the story of the first debate.

For President Obama, it is not always easy to tease out the difference between pressing matters that emanate from his role as president and difficulties in the campaign. My sense is that the Jupiter transit stationary sesquiquadrate Obama’s natal Jupiter (00Aquarius52) and square to his solar return Ascendant (15Virgo43) that essentially covers from September 4 through October 24, has brought with it the surge of popularity and success that began with the convention and has continued since. This uplifting Jupiter transit will be strongly in effect for all three debates. Furthermore, it is my opinion that the Jupiter crossing of Obama’s solar return Midheaven (13Gemini40) from November 6 through November 15 points to success in the election as well.

The second debate falls on the night of October 16, while the third debate will be on the night of October 22. For both Romney and Obama, both of these debates will be under a very strong and stressful Saturn transit. For Obama, this will be somewhat offset by the Jupiter transits mentioned above; for Romney, it will not. Saturn will be square to Obama’s Mercury (2Leo20) from October 16 through October 24, while it will be square to Romney’s Saturn (2Leo25) from October 17 through October 25. This suggests some kind of significant stress weighing down both candidates.

It seems likely that, for Romney, this Saturn transit may bring considerable frustrations and generally bad timing, as well as an appearance of rigidity in attitude and stiffness in persona. For the president, it is possible we will be seeing some kind of dramatic, though brief, upheaval that is set off by the Mars transit on October 17 through October 19 in opposition to US Uranus (8Gemini55) and square to US progressed Sun (8Pisces). This Mars transit is likely to ignite the very inflammatory progressed Sun/Uranus square in the US chart and bring about some kind of unexpected and upsetting event, perhaps an “October Surprise”.  Saturn will also be conjunct Hillary Clinton’s Sun (2Scorpio15) during the same time period, possibly pointing to a difficult foreign policy crisis. Due to the fact that the president’s Chiron return will become exact on October 20, it seems likely that there will be painful circumstances that will affect him deeply.

In summary, the first debate is likely to be much stronger for Obama, while Romney may be severely challenged on some of his less-than-factual assumptions.  The second and third debates also seem to favor Obama, although they come during a stressful period for him that runs from October 16 through November 2 (Saturn square Obama’s Mercury followed by Saturn quincunx Obama’s Moon). This may stem from some kind of international crisis that deeply upsets the president. It is also possible the polls may tighten between October 25 and November 2. Nonetheless, I fully anticipate a win for the president, but things may be murky in some way until around November 13, and then favor Obama.




I will be speaking about  the election on October 2, the night before the first debate, at La Madeleine restaurant in Bethesda, MD, at 7:30 PM.

I will also be speaking about the election in New York City, on October 18, at Quest Bookstore, at 7 PM.

All Starlighters are invited! I would love to see you. Please let me know if you think you can make either talk. I can be reached at


  1. Noelle says:

    Starlight, The Quest Bookstore is whee I first found my interest in astrology. I love that litle store. I no longer live in NY but I would think you’d get a good crowd. You’ll knock their socks off.

  2. Diane L says:

    Great post! Appreciate your ability to clearly explain what’s going on. Wish I didn’t live on the West Coast & could attend one of your speaking engagements! :)

    BTW, Intrade Odds currently gives PBO 72.5% to Romney’s 27.2% & even Gallup is showing PBO leading 48% to 46%. As Saturn ends its stay in Libra, there are fewer & fewer undecideds. It seems people have gradually shuffled to one side or the other.

  3. Francis says:

    Nancy, So wish you were also speaking in San Francisco! In your new post, you mention that Saturn will conjunct Hillary’s Sun at 25 Scorpio and I believe that is an error. I look forward to Romney’s fantasies being exposed as such for all to see!!!

  4. Diane L says:

    That’s 2 Scorpio 15, Francis. Easy to see why you saw 25 though.

  5. Betsy says:

    The Bain candidate is in pain, what he touted as success is failing (Staples to close 60 stores to recover $250m):

  6. starlight says:

    While I gritted my teeth and watched Romney on 60 Minutes, I was really struck by how he was just envisioning doing his Bain schtick once again. All the collateral damage of that phase has left him unfazed.

    Anyone see the Obama speech at the UN today? I thought he was amazing.

  7. karen says:

    I’m always excited to see a new post up, and never disappointed. Your post triggered a feeling that will be better framed by sharing this morning’s experience as it relates to the Uranus/Mars/Pluto squabble, with Saturn stepping in to break things up during this October 17 – 19 transit.

    We have a very reliable rural internet/cable provider. During the past three weeks they’ve sustained repeated cyber attacks. The latest, this morning, took out services for 2 1/2 hours or more.

    The degree of the coming bruhaha at 8 degrees triggered this feeling that we could very well be primed for a massive cyber attack crippling power and other utility functions, not to mention critical communications, our rural provider being only a test run.

    Re: 60 Minutes. Romney is careless. He doesn’t give full attention to any question, rather he uses key words to obfuscate.

  8. angellight says:

    Good article Nancy on Bain and the debates.

    What kind of person invests in a business in China which Imprisons women behind a barbed wire fence? Mitt Romeny!

    Anything for Profit!

  9. alex says:

    The Pillaging Plutocrat Romney:

    Sociopaths do not see their victims as individuals with rights of their own. Instead they see others as tools to be used in order to get what they want.

    A sociopath is usually arrogant and narcissistic in the extreme. They see themselves as being perfect, and feel that they know it all. A sociopath believes that he or she is entitled to do anything they want, and have whatever they desire. They think that they are superior to everybody else. They have an unrealistic view of themselves.

    A sociopath will have no problem lying to another person with confidence and ease. They will show no physical sign of discomfort while telling a lie. What’s more, a sociopath is capable of creating a complex web of deceit. They can convince themselves that their falsehoods are truths, so that they actually believe their own lies. Hence a sociopath might pass a lie detector test, even though what they are saying could not be further from the truth.

    Sociopaths are excellent at controlling other people in order to achieve their own goals.

    A sociopath can do hideously cruel and immoral things to other people without feeling any guilt. To a sociopath, other people are not human beings with feelings and rights of their own. What’s more, sociopaths do not have real friends. Instead people are either co-conspirators, casualties, or both. A sociopath will see you not as a person, but as a prospect to help them achieve their ultimate objective. Nobody and nothing can obstruct the will of a sociopath.

  10. Baraka says:

    I do love your posts, Nancy – but I think you may have meant “unfazed” rather than “unphased.” It’s a very common error, but one that sets off my proofreader radar something fierce. With all respect – thank you for letting me note this.

    Fazed is defined as “to cause to be disturbed or disconcerted; daunt: The worst insults cannot faze him.”

    “Phased” is defined as

    1. any of the major appearances or aspects in which a thing of varying modes or conditions manifests itself to the eye or mind.
    2. a stage in a process of change or development: Each phase of life brings its own joys.
    3. a side, aspect, or point of view: This is only one phase of the question.
    4. a state of synchronous operation: to put two mechanisms in phase.
    5. Astronomy .
    a. the particular appearance presented by the moon or a planet at a given time.
    b. one of the recurring appearances or states of the moon or a planet in respect to the form, or the absence, of its illuminated disk: the phases of the moon.

  11. starlight says:

    Can you tell me what paragraph? I can’t find it. thanks for pointing it out.

  12. Jackson says:

    Last word, first paragraph of your comment above (not in the main text).

  13. Francis says:

    aging eyes :) Thanks!

  14. M. says:

    Thank you for the article Nancy. The pundits have indeed been building up this debate as a meeting at the OK Corral. In addition, in the last several days, they’ve been saying what a good debater Romney is and that Obama isn’t. A speech Romney gave today was offered as proof of his abilities. What I’m wondering is…does Romney’s Saturn on the 3rd kick in before the debates start or after? And does it even matter?

  15. kdez says:

    Romney is not a sociopath – he has none of their trademark charm and ease. Rather he is uncomfortable when forced to engage with persons not like himself. His pathology relates to the limitations of his class — he is the American version of Monty Python’s “upper-class twit of the year.” I’m guessing his personal psyche is merely stunted and lacking in empathy.

  16. clymela says:

    Nancy-thank you so much for this analysis of times and the Presidential race. I hope that Hillary is safe during the times of upset-the Saturn transit. I have heard Romney say out loud that he will need two terms to bring about the change is hoping to create.i wonder why the Democrats have not picked up on this to counter the Republican theme of “He has had 31/2 years…..” Also wonder why we don’t use Romney’s history in MA-reducing taxes and increasing fees which hit the low income the worst. Sometimes Obama looks ill-he must be under strain that we never hear about.

  17. angellight says:

    Starlight, goodluck on your upcoming bookstore presentations.

    Romney Invested in Iran Producing Oil Companies, which fund the Iranian Gov’t! No wonder he advised Iran on how to bomb America!;_ylu=X3oDMTEzOGhhNWkzBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMTgEY29sbwNhYzIEdnRpZANERlI1Xzc4/SIG=128a70mul/EXP=1348602493/**http%3a//

  18. Virginia says:

    Sounds like my ex, but he wasn’t a sociopath, he was worse – and actor!

  19. Davis L says:

    I’m not convinced he’s a sociopath. I worked a number of years in counseling both in the mental health system & in the criminal justice system where I encountered a goodly number of genuine diagnosed sociopaths. To me, Romney doesn’t read like a sociopath. Someone lacking in empathy and insight into self & others, OH YEAH! And…He’s certainly afflicted with heavy denial. I’m not certain what he is, or if any diagnosis is appropriate at all.

    I DO think the R. Party as a whole displays a number of sociopathic features, and this certainly gets mirrored by members; but were a member to separate from same for a while would they “return to normal?” I’m not sure.

  20. Davis L says:

    The same kind of person so lacking in empathy and insight they feel comfortable strapping a dog in a crate to the roof of the car and driving off on a long trip.

    He’s the kind of person who is unwilling to look at or admit facts which contradict his worldview. His beliefs are his god. And his god handsomely & consistently rewards him with feelings of justification for his privileged position.

  21. Davis L says:

    Great article!
    Wish I could be there for your presentation at the NYC Quest bookstore, but I’m much closer to the other TS sponsored Quest bookstore in Seattle. Maybe we could arrange a presentation in Seattle at some point? As a lifelong TS member (now in Olympia) I know the Seattle Quest people very well and would be happy to assist when the time comes.

    I believe you would be quite welcome for presentations with the astrology community in Raleigh, NC as well.

    As for your presentations, Oct 2, & 18 I’m sure you will do well, but speaking from another part of my life,… Break a leg!

  22. will says:


    As a fellow in mental health, I think it is certainly correct to say that Romney has some sociopathic traits. To wit, the single greatest motivating reward for a sociopath is money.

    Secondly, in the pursuit of his high-financial fix, he sees no problem with violating the rights and privileges of other people. And then there was the dog on the roof of the car and tackling that boy in high school and cutting his hair against his will.

    Another feature of the sociopath is that they are interpersonally-exploitative, like the narcissist.

    He’s not Saddam Hussein, but he ain’t no Mr. Cleaver either.

    Just sayin.

  23. pisca says:

    water moon and left of liberal

  24. starlight says:

    Thanks, Barb. It went quite well. I haven’t given a talk in quite a while, so I broke the ice tonight. Now I feel better about the next two!

  25. pam says:

    And it could just bring up Bush and the many reports of his advance knowledge of an eminent terrorist threat just prior to 9/11 which could serve to remind people how much less threatened by terrorism they are (or at least feel they are as no one is constantly making them afraid and more afraid) now and of how Bush bungled the capture of osama ben laden and Obama got him. And in the end how much safer from fear they’ve been these last four years. That is if you don’t count the fear spoon feed to fox viewers by that net work. But those guys are never gonna vote for Obama anyway

  26. Davis L says:

    Hi Pam! Excellent points!

    You appear to be very much in harmony with the analysis & opinions of Peter Beinart in the September 10, 2012 Daily Beast, The Ghost of George W. Bush. It’s a good read.

    “Romney has tried to handle the Bush legacy the same way McCain did: by ignoring it.”

    Yet, it would not surprise me were Romney to make a mistake like that, making a flatly ridiculous claim for Obama of foreknowledge and incompetence re: the event, but typically failing to connect the dots, and therefore unintentionally alluding to the Bush errors you delineated.

    I’m hoping George’s ghost continues to haunt the Republicans until such day as they totally & completely are out of business, have gone the way of the Whigs.

    Incidentally, I strongly suspect GW Bush did not “bungle” the capture of Osama bin Laden, but really never intended on getting him in the first place.

    Why, as the September 15, 2003 Time Magazine reported, was a Boeing 747 allowed to fly to Houston & several other cities within the United States, pick up Bin Laden family members in the days right after 9-11, and fly them to Saudia Arabia, i.e. before the FBI could question them?

    Why, when our troops had Bin Laden surrounded at Tora Bora, did the order come down from on high to stand down and let him go?

    Had it anything to do with the fact that the Carlisle Group (Bush Family) had done an intense amount of business with the Bin Laden family for almost two generations?…..Was there a desire to NOT mess up a good business relationship?

  27. Bob says:

    Just read a piece on HuffPo that says we may have to wait longer to see the leaves change colors this year. Took a long walk several days ago and it seemed that here in northern Illinois the colors were changing earlier than usual and the reds were bright, bright red. How about where you all live? And I want the astrology of what and why from Lady Nancy. I wonder if she ever has time to think about anything other than politics.

  28. Bob says:

    Little Nell Fenwick = Elizabeth Warren or Nancy Pelosi

    Snidely Whiplash = Todd Akin, Bob McDonnell, any Republican member of the US House of Reps

    Dudley Do-Right = President Obama

    Jackson, have you solved your problem to read all of the posts above a certain number? What if you copied and changed or just changed the last number of the comment in the address bar if there is one on your phone?

  29. starlight says:

    Lovely! I hope the White House reads this. It is the perfect zinger.

  30. Jackson says:

    The browser crashes after the post count goes above 125 or so.

  31. alex says:

    a depraved sociopath villain will steal the election by owning the vote counting machines through a shell company in the Cayman Islands; then sell off the government by bits and pieces for profit to friends and partners hiding his stash in another shell company in the cayman islands; millions and millions will be HURT!

  32. clymela says:

    Even here in mild California the colors are intense this year and summer seems to be shouting as it leaves.

  33. sorah says:

    What happened last night? Why did Mitt win?

  34. cimbalok says:

    So glad I covered my fanny with the word *tend* and the comment about “other factors”! For the record I have an air Moon and I’m a bleeding heart liberal. My sister has a fire Moon, she likes Rush Limbaugh, my mom has a water Moon and she’d go to bed with Rush too, but she’s too old for him. It’s also generational. Pluto in Cancer folks tend to be more conservative and the Pluto in Leo generation (probably most of the older readers of this blog) tend to be more liberal. Again, there’s that word. Tend.