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The Debates: Round One, Part One

Typically, we think of a debate as being like a boxing match, with a lot of fancy footwork, verbal jabs and the occasionally haymaker that puts one of the contestants on the floor (figuratively.) The upcoming debate between the Democratic contenders for 2020 is going to be more like a demolition derby. Each candidate is going to seek to do as much damage as possible to every other candidates and, at the same time, stand out in the wreckage filled crowd.

I thought it might be fun to do a little astrological handicapping of the first batch of debaters, set to do battle on June 26. Of this group there are only three people for whom we have a time of birth. That is Cory Booker, Julian Castro and Bill de Blasio. With the other seven I will be using a partial horoscope done for noon on their date of birth and there will likely be things going on in those charts that I cannot see.

By clicking on the name of each contender you can see the article on that person in my “Contenders” series and their chart.

Are We Going to War With Iran?iran flag

In my last “Following the Moon” entry I had predicted that the tension between the U.S. and Iran would continue and that there was a possibility of war. (Click here to see that article.) I also wrote that positive aspects in that lunation chart indicated that the push toward war could be diverted. President Trump’s last minute cancelation of a planned air strike on Iran seems to follow these predictions.

Of course, this does not in anyway represent a solution to our problems with Iran. The Iranians are making noises about restarting their nuclear program and their aggressive posturing continues. This sent me on a search for a horoscope of the Islamic Republic. I found one set for Apr. 1, 1979 at 3PM in Tehran. The date is confirmed by Wikipedia but I’m not sure where the time came from. Still, the chart offers us some interesting information. (Click on Islamic Republic of Iran to see the chart.)

The Trump Campaign Begins

We have a new contender, this time on the Republican side. I know that there are other people contending for the Republican nomination but the chances of one of them threatening Donald Trump’s mastery of the party are slim.  Barring a radical turn of events (which may come in January), Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate.

In astrology we feel that the start of any endeavor requires a horoscope. The chart for the official beginning of President Trump’s reelection campaign is, at first glance, quite positive. (Click on Trump 2020 Campaign to see the chart.) We have Jupiter in its own sign, Sagittarius, rising just a few degrees about the Ascendant and the Sun is in the Seventh House close to the Descendant. This was a great time to generate enthusiasm, display optimism and hold a huge campaign rally.

Following the Moon: June 17, 2019MoonImagePurple

In my reading of the New Moon of June 3 (click here to see the article and the chart) I had predicted that, since Jupiter was in the Seventh House of that chart, it was a good time to advance our relationship with other countries. The big news of the past two weeks was the completion of a trade deal with Mexico. That seems to be right on target.

I  also wrote that it would be a lunar period full of “almosts.” That treaty was predicated on a promise from Mexico to stop the flow of immigrants from Central America to the U.S. border. However, the deal does nothing to address the real cause of that flow, which is the general lawlessness of some of those countries. Since Mexico has trouble enforceing the law in some parts of it’s territory, this promise could eventual come under the heading of an “almost.”

I had thought the semi-sextile between Mars and the Sun and Moon would bring us more tension in the stock market. Instead, we had the attack on merchant vessels in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. seems to have evidence that the attack was carried out by Iranians and it is currently trying to convince other countries to take action against Iran. However, thus far that is another “almost.”