It has come down to three candidates on the Democratic side: the warm-hearted, sitting Vice President, Joe Biden, who is not yet officially running; the insurgent Bernie Sanders, who has a passionate, growing, and energized following; and the establishment Hillary Clinton, who has been bogged down by her own caution and a well-orchestrated email “scandal”, effectively whipped up by Republicans attempting to diminish her stature.
Although “everyone loves Joe Biden” is the usual narrative, this feeling may peak to some extent by mid-November 2015. Currently, converse Venus is square his natal Sun (exact around October 5); progressed Venus is conjunct natal South Node (exact November 8); and transiting Pluto is semisquare natal Venus (passing after November 13). If these three were in effect over next year and through the election, I would suggest that the immense popularity they describe could bring him a win. But they will be dissipating very soon, leaving behind some weaker indicators of popularity that will nonetheless finish before the Democratic Convention (progressed Venus square progressed Uranus, exact in early April, and progressed Venus sextile natal Moon, exact in July 2016).
Moreover, there will be some strong Saturn aspects in Biden’s future, beginning in December 2015 and continuing into early 2017, which point to some emotional struggles and significant stresses which will become part of his campaign experience should he run. Saturn will move into a square with natal Saturn in late December 2015 and again for a protracted station in July and August 2016. Saturn will also station close to a sesquiquadrate with Biden’s Moon from mid-February through mid-April 2016. Although the increased energy and drive of progressed Sun square to natal Mars will be his through mid-September 2016, I see little to suggest a winning presidential run at the end of the year and think it would be best for him, already emotionally compromised by the tragic loss of his son, to sit this one out.
I am somewhat caught between Bernie and Hillary; they both look like they could win, and they both will also run into difficulties. Bernie’s immense popularity clearly holds through the election and the Inauguration, with progressed Node conjunct Jupiter into January 2017 and converse Venus conjunct converse Node through February 2017. In addition, there will be a great deal of the outgoing, optimistic, and expansive energy from strong transits of Jupiter, signifying success from December 2015 on and off through February 2017: conjunct his Node in December 2015 and January 2016; square his Jupiter for the second half of February; conjunct the Sun in late March and mid-June; and conjunct the Node again immediately after the Convention and into early August 2016. Jupiter will also station on his Venus during all of January and February 2017. These configurations point to much success and contentment.
Beginning in January 2016 and running for a year, Bernie’s progressed Sun will oppose natal Uranus. This will be triggered by transiting Pluto in July and August and again from late September through just before the election. It suggests a path of fierce independence from the status quo and tumultuous and unexpected twists and turns along the way. Bernie will also gain a strong dose of combativeness from late May through mid-September with transiting Uranus conjunct natal Mars compounded by tertiary Mars square natal Sun (July through early September). This is what might be expected from a candidate moving from the primaries into the general election.
The difficulties are suggested by the transit of Saturn square to Bernie’s Sun during most of February and again from late March through late April 2016. The final crossing comes over the time of the actual election from November 2 through November 12. These periods could point to times when Hillary is showing strength in the primaries or perhaps other difficulties during the primary season. The Saturn transit square the Sun at the time of the election is also confusing, given the relatively positive aspects that show up otherwise during that time and in January. There is additionally a tertiary progressed Saturn conjunction to natal Jupiter from March 2016 through June 2017. This aspect may also put a damper on things and point to Bernie using his popularity and presence to help other Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton, rather than furthering his own candidacy.
On the whole, I would say that Bernie looks a lot stronger than Hillary, except for some interesting aspects in Hillary’s chart from August 2016 through early March 2017. It should also be noted that I have no birth time for Bernie, and Hillary’s birth time is given as either 8 AM or 8 PM, both uncorroborated. For our purposes here, I am using 8:02 PM, giving her Cancer rising, and putting the ruling Moon in the very public realm of the 10th house and in aspect to both the Ascendant and the Mars/Pluto conjunction. But really, this chart cannot be seen as reliable and must be considered accordingly.
Hillary’s biggest problems come from the planet Neptune. Using either birth time, Neptune aspects are with her throughout the campaign. With the later chart, these issues extend into the early months of 2017 and are even more pronounced from late December 2015 through early April 2016, due to the progressed and converse progressed Moon conjunctions with natal and progressed Neptune. Otherwise, in both charts we are looking at progressed Sun square natal and progressed Neptune and progressed Mercury square natal and progressed Neptune from the second half of 2015 throughout 2016. Essentially, Neptune’s strong presence describes a murky and unsubstantiated aura of dishonesty, opaqueness, and scandal. It tends to erode and diminish that which once seemed solid and substantial. It makes it very difficult to get a grip on what is really happening.
The other problem for Hillary is the converse Venus conjunction to natal Saturn, which peaks in January 2016 in the 8 AM chart and late June 2016 in the 8 PM chart. This is one of many factors that make the 8 AM chart a better fit for a successful presidential run. The Venus/Saturn combination sharply inhibits popularity and likability, probably the biggest necessities in a campaign. If this aspect does pass by late January, and the progressed Moon/Neptune aspects are not an issue (8 AM chart), the overall outlook for Hillary would be far better.
The most notable aspects in Hillary’s favor may be found in the tertiary progressions (one day equals one month calculation). There is a multi-year tertiary progressed Pluto square to natal Venus that extends into 2020 and that is triggered by transiting Pluto sextile natal Venus in January and early February 2016, as well as late May through early July and for all of November 2016. This aspect indicates a strong attractiveness and intensity in the candidate, but also adds to the highly polarized attitudes that swirl around her.
Even more significant is the tertiary Jupiter moving to conjunct natal Mars (August through November 2016) and conjunct natal Pluto (November 2016 through March 2017), joined by the tertiary Sun for all of January and early February 2017. It should be noted that Mars and Pluto are particularly important in this chart as the co-rulers of Hillary’s multiple Scorpio planets and possibly her Ascendant. This unique and potent combination of tertiary Sun and tertiary Jupiter conjunct natal Mars and natal Pluto, culminating in the Inauguration and early days of the next presidency, may well be seen as pointing to the pinnacle of Hillary’s success and achievement. Because of it, I will not rule her out as the winner in 2016 despite the confusing waves of Neptune attempting to drown out her candidacy.