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The Contenders: Kirsten Gillibrand and Tulsi GabbardGabbardGillibrandImage

In this series I am looking at the charts of people who are vying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. I’ve decided to put these two candidates together because both face serious challenges, both politically and astrologically. (Click on Kirsten Gillibrand to see a chart done for noon on her birth date and on Tulsi Gabbard to the same for her birth date.)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is probably known to most of America as the candidate who announced on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” That gave her campaign a little pop culture buzz. Lately, however, that buzz has been drowned out by liberal outrage over some of the positions Gillibrand held when she was a congresswoman represent a conservative district in northern New York state. Back then Gillibrand expressed opinions with regard to immigration that would go well with a MAGA hat and she opposed gun control.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard brings youth into the race, but she also brings some history. While serving in the Hawaiian legislature she was a vocal opponent of both gay marriage and civil union. She’s even on record advocating “conversion therapy”, a process that begins with the theory that homosexuality is a kind of mental illness. Even though her resume on other Democratic talking point is sound, this activity has a lot people shaking their heads.

The Contenders: Elizabeth Warren

It’s only January 2019 and already there are several hats in the ring for Democratic presidential candidates for 2020. I going to look at the horoscopes of some of these hopefuls and see what the planets have to say about their chances. Of course, I am limited by the fact that, currently, we don’t have a time of birth for any of them.

I’m going to start with Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Click on Elizabeth Warren to see a horoscope done for noon on her birthday.) Even without a time of birth, Warren’s chart is striking. The Sun is in the first degree of Cancer conjunct Uranus. The power of the Sun conjunct Uranus in undeniable. It describes an independent and fearless personality. However, having this conjunction in Cancer presents us with a unique set of problems.

The directness with which Uranus works and it’s tendency to defy and disrupt do not blend well with Cancer’s indirect, cautious form of activism. Cancer wants to nurture. Uranus loves stirring up trouble. Cancer people tend to be self-conscious. Uranus doesn’t care what other people think. I see this as one reason why Warren’s enthusiasm at time seems forced. Uranus is calling her to lead the charge, be bold and defy the odds, while her Cancer Sun sign is shouting, “Be careful.”

Following the Moon Jan. 21, 2019MoonImagePurple

As predicted, the period covered by New Moon chart for Jan. 5 turned out to be more about posturing and threats than action. President Trump talked about declaring a state of emergency and funding his wall without congressional approval but now he has apparently backed away from that threat. Then, belatedly, he offered to make a deal with Democrats, only to be told it was too little too late.

Fortunately, my prediction of acts of violence taking over the headlines did not come to pass. Instead, we had the escape of Jayme Closs, which I think has a lot to do with the quincunx between Uranus and Venus in the Jan. 5 chart. Quincunx aspects typically describe the strange and unexpected. Being kidnapped and kept under the perpetrators bed seems to qualify. Venus is also trine to Mars in the Eighth House, which describes the violence of her kidnapping. However, the fact that the aspect was a trine describes her courageous escape.

What’s Up with Lindsey Graham?

The behavior of Senator Lindsey Graham has a lot of people scratching their heads. Back in 2016 Graham famously advised Republican voters to tell Donald Trump to “go to hell.” Early on during the Trump administration he often joined the late John McCain in opposing the President’s agenda. However, since the death of McCain, Graham’s tone has changed remarkably. Though he has questioned a few of Trump’s decisions (such as pulling troops out of Syria) for the most part his support for the President has been loud and clear.

It is generally thought that this change came because Graham, like so many of his Republican colleagues, recognized that getting reelected without the support of Trump’s true believers has become an impossibility. Trump’s control over the Republican base has gone beyond politics to something closer to a cult. Graham had no choice but to drink the Kool-Aid. However, Graham is a Cancer by Sun sign and Cancer people rarely do anything for just one reason. So, I decided to take a look at his horoscope. (Click on Lindsey Graham to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth.)