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California’s Recall Election

They do things differently in California. The rest of the country has known that for decades. But their handling of elections might be their most questionable eccentricity. In most states, if you elect a governor who turns out not to be up to the job (in your opinion) you have to wait until their term is up to get rid of that person. In California there’s no time like the present.

On Sept. 14 Californians will vote on whether or not to recall the governor, Gavin Newsom, that seven million of them elected three years ago. As you might guess, the last three years have been no picnic for Newsom, with the pandemic, wildfires and a homelessness crisis among other problems. The result is that there are a lot of unhappy Californians, many of whom have decided that Newsom has to go.

Right now polls seem to favor Newsom keeping his job, but his lead is small and, as we all know, polls can be tricky. I thought that it might be time to see what Newsom’s horoscope has to say about the matter. (Click on Gavin Newsom to see the chart.)

First of all, Newsom’s is not an easy chart. We have Pluto conjunct the Ascendant square Mars conjunct the I.C. This describes toughness, but it is toughness that comes out of adversity. Fortunately, his Sun, though weak by sign, is strongly placed in the First House and his Moon is in Capricorn. Capricorn is not always the best sign for the Moon but it does echo the toughness indicated by the placements of Mars and Pluto in the chart.

Looking at the transits currently impacting it is easy to see why Newsom is currently in hot water. Transiting Neptune is conjunct his Descendant. This aspect has been with Newsom pretty much since the recall movement started in February 2021 and it will continue for the rest of the year. Neptune on the Descendant often plays havoc with relationships. It makes it difficult for you to present your true self to those people most important to you. For a politician that significant "other" is the electorate, which seems to have lost faith in Newsom.

Of course, the fact that transiting Neptune is conjunct Newsom’s Descendant means that it is also opposed to his natal Pluto (on his Ascendant) and square his natal Mars (on his I.C.). This is a confusing time for Newsom and one in which he is likely to make some serious missteps. Even without the recall, getting through this year is not going to be easy for him.

This aspect gets even more interesting on Sept. 14. On that day the Sun will conjunct Newsom’s Ascendant and natal Pluto, square his Mars and oppose transiting Neptune. The day the Sun conjuncts your Ascendant is usually a good day, but all the other stuff points in the opposite direction. It describes a difficult time in which the influence of Neptune will be paramount.

Newsom’s secondary progressed chart for Sept. 14 is more positive, with Jupiter conjunct his natal Venus and the progressed Moon trine both. These aspects might be enough to keep Newsom in office, but I wouldn’t count on it. Despite what the polls indicate, Sept. 14 could bring a big surprise to both Gavin Newsom and the nation, and even if it doesn’t the governor’s problems will be far from over.


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