August 15, 2016: Astro-Notes on the 2016 Presidential Debates
by Jude Cowell
If the present course is followed by the Clinton and Trump campaigns, the American people will repeatedly gasp in horror as the Democratic and Republican nominees participate in what passes for debates--three of them from September to October unless Mr. Trump has his way and manages to interfere with the scheduling and/or changes the rules that, he fears, will not favor him in November. Trump's drop-out from the race is rumored but may be only a dream--though the GOP hierarchy (or its bosses) would gladly finagle VP runner Mike Pence into the top spot if they figure out how to do so. A theocrat such as Pence would be much more to the party's liking.
With so many potential variables it's no use spending much time on the Astrology of the three debates, plus, the one VP debate on October 4th, so let's take a brief gander at the first of the three presidential debates:
The first of the televised 2016 presidential debates will he held on Monday September 26, 2016 from 9:00 to 10:30 pm edt at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York and it will set the tone for the series. It is assumed that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the contestants, or combatants, if you prefer.
On Sept 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm edt, Hempstead, NY (Nassau County) we find 27Taurus rising with the stars of the Pleiades, Alcyone being the best known and having a 'something to cry about' flavor. (For this common good American, the entire 2016 Campaign has been something to cry about --or to laugh about to keep from crying for our nation).
So with late Taurus, ruled by Venus, rising we know that Gemini will rise soon and carry along any Gemini planets of each candidate. What they share in Gemini is Uranus--Clinton's @25Gem55 Rx and Trump's Uranus @17Gem53 and near his natal North Node, a signature of radical, reformist political groups. So with both debaters having Uranus in Gemini rising (something unexpected!) we may enjoy electric if quirky performances with Trump having more "Gemini power" (natal Uranus, NN, and Sun @22Gem55 conjunct US natal Mars) than Hillary Clinton who is more Leo-Scorpio Fixed energies.
Sept 26, 2016: Two Main Transits for Clinton and Trump
As for the two main September 26th transits that affect each natal candidate's chart we find tr Mercury, the debater, sextile Hillary's natal Venus (though separating and thus unconscious or representing a past event) which may still impart its benefits in the arena of alliances and partnerships and/or spotlight her diplomatic skills (and not just via email leaks, investigation, or scandal).
Now as you know, Neptune is associated with dreams, visions, illusions, and fanciful notions so with tr Saturn, planet of realism and authenticity, sextile her natal Neptune, Hillary Clinton has the opportunity to turn her Oval Office fantasy into reality. Yet for this outcome to occur, it looks as if the under-35s and women must turn out on November 8th in a ground swell of support for Secretary Clinton and her White House fantasy if the Republican nominee--be it Trump or not--is to be vanquished.
Of course, election outcomes can all depend on which political party cheats more effectively in these particular match-ups and whether voter suppression tactics do the job of gleaning out liberal voters in favor of conservatives.
As for transits to Mr. Trump's chart, a separating aspect of note is tr Uranus square his natal Saturn which suggests generation gap issues (Millennials vote for a bigot? Nah, they wouldn't do that in great numbers!) Mr. Trump is feeling challenges to his authority, authenticity, and most of all--his maturity, and this has already occurred via his 'tiny hands', childish temperament, inability to mouth a complete sentence or stay on a topic for more than a minute, etc. (He darts around.) Conflicts between methods (Saturn) and new ideas (Uranus) are being encountered during this transit, and perhaps this describes Trump's entire presidential campaign.
In addition, tr Uranus sextiles Mr. Trump's natal Sun which gives him a boost toward increasing his prestige and spotlights his leadership ability. Yet sextiles only offer opportunities for benefits so we must take advantage of them, and I doubt that anyone disagrees that the self-interested Donald Trump (a wrestling match promoter in his dreams) is an opportunist extraordinaire whose 'Leo Mars rising with royal Regulus' has always been determined to take all advantages, if you please.
Well, there's a whole bunch more information in the September 26th debate chart and in Trump's and Clinton's natal, progressed, and Return charts but today's typing time has ended but perhaps this post will activate one or both of you to set up the chart/s for yourself!