ISSUE NO. 45
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Modern day two-party political systems would have appeared strange to the eyes of the Mesopotamian astrologer priest. However, they were not unfamiliar with concept of rivals seeking to overthrow the king and in that light they would have considered the two-party system as a kingdom ruled by two warring families, each one claiming different levels of power at different times. But our early forefathers of astrology would have warmed to this political struggle within the US because, unlike any other country, the US presidential elections have been tied unintentionally by law to the ever-important and powerful Venus cycle. This is a concept they would have considered most logical, as it allows the party or faction receiving the blessing of Venus to gain the rulership of the kingdom. Venus was the only female deity in their world view and her power, which was considerable, was her ability to bestow radiance on any star or planet near her. If the king received this blessing, then he was protected and strong. If, however, she choose to give it to a rival, then the king could be overthrown.
The USA's adoption of the Venus cycle
It so happens that the term of office for the US President was set by the founding fathers at four years and so, starting from 1792, US presidential elections have been held every four years, always occurring on any year divisible by four. At that time the date of the different states' presidential elections could vary, as long as they fell within a 34 day period before the first Wednesday in December . However, as time passed and communication between the states increased, it was clear that candidates were gaining an advantage in some states due to early victories in others. Thus by 1845 it was decided that the four yearly presidential elections would be held on the same day throughout the country. This date was set as the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, thereby locking the presidential elections into an interesting Venus cycle .
Every eight years Venus returns to the same place in the sky. Look at the planets on your birthday when you are eight years old and you will notice that Venus is around the same zodiacal degree for when you were born. This is also the case for your 16th birthday, 24th birthday, and so on. This regular cycle of Venus, when linked with the US four yearly presidential elections, means that every second election Venus will be in the same place in the zodiac. Indeed Venus simply alternates between two zodiacal position from one election to the next over the many elections since 1792. These two positions are the early degrees of Libra and the middle degrees of Sagittarius.
Added to this is the fact that the elections are also tied to a calendar date - elections occur between the 2nd and 8th November - thereby locating the Sun, for every election, within the middle degrees of Scorpio. When these two cycles are combined - the four-year elections with a set date every four years - then Venus for any given election can have only one of two relationship with the Sun: it will either be in Sagittarius, giving it good separation from the Sun, and thus it will be seen as a bright Evening Star; or it will be in Libra, also with a good separation from the Sun, and thus it will be seen as a bright Morning Star.
Morning Star Elections or Evening Star Elections
To the astrologer/priest of the Mesopotamian court, these four-yearly set calendar date elections are custom-made for Venus. With this perfect alignment between the two, they would have considered it an intentional and fortunate association which allowed Venus to be the deity who chose the winner by casting her beams on nearby planets representing the king or his rivals. The brighter she was the greater her favours and with the US system of presidential elections, Venus is bright for every election and could and would give her strength and imprimatur to either the king or the king's rival in the court. So the astrologer/ priest pondering this contest would want to know whether Venus was, firstly, a morning or evening star, as that changes the nature of her favours, and then, secondly, explore who she was empowering with her beams.
Sorting out the Elections
Venus as Evening Star favours
the one whom she radiates
Venus favours the Rival - a look back at other Evening Star elections.
[Note of Interest: Of the twenty-eight presidential elections since 1900, ten of these elections have seen changes in the party governing the White House and of those ten changes, eight of them have been Evening Star Elections. Thus there is a track record of 28.5% times of change with an Evening Star election versus 7% times of change for Morning Star elections. ]
The Evening Star Election of 2008 – a Visual Astrology view
So now we have another Evening Star election. The "family" that rules the White House is the Republicans, and, for this Evening Star election, the king has retired and the appointed heir is seeking the throne. There is, of course, the rival "family" who, for this election, are the Democrats and, as always, the rival is seeking to claim power at these times of change.
As the astrologer/priest, you watch the heavens looking for the way of Venus. If the king is being challenged, this does not hold well for the Republicans. If Venus is radiating a planet, then what is that planet and who does it symbolise, the king's heir or the rival? From our Mesopotamian mind set, we can ask this question of the heavens: "Can the king's selected heir win the White House or will the court rival overthrow him? Which of the two families in the court will take the throne?"
The 2008 Evening Star Election
But if Venus' light does not reach Jupiter, then the emphasis will be focused on the raw power-struggle of Pluto. The election will be won by the "family" with the most money, power and grit. Adding to this intrigue, the heir of the retiring king is not being damaged by Mars. Rather that Mars is expressing itself as John McCain, the Soldier.
One gets a sense already of the power of the Jupiter Pluto victory to the young contender, Obama, but if it comes to a fist fight in the manner of the 2000 election - the last Evening Star election where Venus radiated Pluto - then the victory will go to the one who can wield the most money and power.
The victory will be most sweet for it will last for twelve years
On a final note, whichever party gains the White House, they will hold it not only in the 2012 elections but also in the 2016 elections. In the election of 2012 a Morning Star Venus radiates the Sun-Saturn conjunction which will give much blessing on the king. In the 2016 which is an Evening Star election, Venus once again radiates Saturn, with no threat to the king. So Visual Astrology is indicating that the ruling party will hold the White House for at least 12 years. Presidents may change at any stage but the "family" that wins this current election in 2008 gets a very large prize indeed.
Kings or Presidents, it is all just power and rivals
which is the intrigue of any royal court. Not much has really changed
since astrology first emerged between the rivers of the fertile crescent.
Sympathy versus Hubris
July 2008 Visual Astrology Newsletter we looked at the
potency of the
the sky pictures that collect around the horizon at the time of birth. In
continuing this we can consider the horizon not just from the perspective
of a single story but also as a pairing of images, pulled together by the
person's birth. Although the Mesopotamian astrologer/priest may not have
worded it in this way, we can ask who governs the eastern and western
horizons, who blesses how we are seen in the world and what is being
catalysed in ourselves when in relationship with others? As an example I
have focused on the two candidates for the US presidency as these are two
figures that are currently in the news.
John McCain - The Virgin
and the Sea Monster: Nobility born from pain
Barack Obama - The Sea Goat and the Lion: protection into law
Obama's horizon constellation images are also upright. The constellation of Capricorn, the great sea-goat law-giver and educator in the sky, governs his eastern horizon at the time of his birth, so Obama is seen as a stabilizing force, one who educates his people and brings order.
The constellation of Leo, the lion, governs his western horizon at the time of his birth, just as its front paws reach down and touch the earth, grounding the constellation. So it is this great lion which protects the precious waters of the life-giving Nile. It is also linked with Sekhmet, the Sphinx-lioness who was "an active aggressor of behalf of her father's enemies"  and the symbol of sovereignty. Both these are catalysed in him in his associations and which he then seeks to incorporate into who he is. His presidential ticket is coloured by his track record as a lawyer, seeking to bring change at the grass roots. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney along with teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School (1997-2004) before serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.
One could say that as Obama seeks to bring sovereignty to his relationships (Leo), in order to protect his people with laws that stabilize and steady society (Capricorn). He could therefore suffer from hubris as such a combination is reflective of the Roman Caesars.
Both men represent vastly different ways of presenting their passion and their argument for presidential nomination and both have a nemesis - sympathy versus hubris.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCain - accessed 5th September,
The software that allows you to work with the whole sky in your astrology is Starlight and it can be explored on the Zyntara home page where there are also online tutorials.