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The Joe Biden Presidency BeginsBidenJoeImage

Today we saw what we hope will be the beginning of a new era. There were stirring renditions of patriotic songs, the momentous swearing in of our first female Vice President and, finally, the oath of office given to our new President, Joseph Biden. It all very emotional and inspiring, except to astrologers who were jumping up and down screaming at their TVs, “But the Moon is void of course!”


Void of course means that the Moon will not make a traditional aspect (conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition) to a planet before it enters a new sign. Void of course Moons happen all the time but they don’t often last more than a few hours. Generally speaking, it is not advisable to make a major purchase or begin a new project under a void of course.


It's not that we astrologer don’t have reason to be suspicious of an inauguration taking place under a void of course Moon. Since the inauguration date was moved from March 4 to Jan. 20 in 1937, there have been three presidents who took the oath of office under a void of course Moon: John Kennedy in 1961, Richard Nixon in 1973 and Bill Clinton in 1997. Two of these presidents did not complete their terms in office and the third was impeached.


In a previous article, I discussed the fact that Joe Biden had the Sun in the Twelfth House. (Click here to see the article.) This worried me because it is something he shares with three previous presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. During the years with these men were in office the country suffered serious reversals such as scandals, recession, depression and terrorist attacks. I worried that a Biden administration would bring us similar problems.


The issue of the Twelfth House Sun as a lot to do with the way the Sun works when it’s in that sector. (Which is something I explain at length in my new book, “Behind the Horoscope.”) Within that context, I see the possibility that the major tragedies that Joe Biden has suffered during his life might allow him to avoid the frustration suffered by those previous presidents.


The issue with the void of course Moon is different. It has less to do with the practice of psychological astrology and more to do with omens. At this point, we astrologer have no choice but to put aside our misgivings and hope that Joe Biden’s first term in office will be able to skate past this bad omen, not because that’s what Joe Biden needs, but because that’s what the country needs.

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