Starfire by Mary O'Gara, Ph.D., D.D.

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“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.”
—Jim Tully

Mary O'Gara

Mary O’Gara is a financial astrologer and certified life/creativity coach who work with writers, artists and small business owners. Location and relocation questions are an important part of her work with small businesses. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, and consults internationally by phone and teleconference.




Starfire - October 2016
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October 2016 - An Election Too Close to Call?
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An Election Too Close to Call?


The key to good astrological predictions is starting with the correct chart. With humans, it’s usually easy; we’re looking for first breath, and birth certificates are ordinarily close enough for a good chart. Elections are a little trickier.

The rule of thumb for an event chart is to erect it for the moment beyond which you can’t turn back.  A breathing baby is a life birth; hence, first breath. A business reaches the point of no return when it accepts its first dollar of income. For real estate, I use the time the second party signs the final documents, but Kaye Shinker found the time when the new owners got keys (and possession) to be equally accurate.

If the election is totally lopsided, you can predict an American presidential race by setting a chart for the official date. Some astrologers use the time when the first poll opens; that’s no longer on the same day as the official elections in many states, including my own New Mexico. Others use the closing of the last precinct in Hawaii; by then the electors have all been chosen.

In fact, we don’t elect a president on Election Day. We cast a popular vote, but we actually choose a slate of electors, and the electors will cast the votes for the president. Or maybe the House of Representatives will make the final choice if no candidate has 270 electoral votes.

So let’s consider possible point-of-no-return dates for the 2016 election. Present indications are that the candidates will only be a few percentage points apart on the popular vote.  One candidate could win the popular vote and the other, the electoral vote.  Or vote counts could be challenged in any precinct.  If votes are contested, the situation has to be resolved no later than December 13, 2016. By that date, all the electors have been chosen.  But it still doesn’t give us an accurate chart for predicting the election.

Electors usually vote for their party’s candidate, but tradition does not equal prediction.  In 21 states, electors are free to vote as they please.  In the other 29 states, the penalties are small, none more than $1,000.

The electoral votes have to be cast and delivered to Washington, D.C., by December 28, 2016. Congress will meet in a joint session on January 6, 2017, to count the ballots; if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, the joint session will direct the House of Representatives (voting a single vote for each state) to choose a president from among the top three contenders.

So we can’t be certain who the new president will be until January 6, 2017. My chart set for noon on January 6, 2017 (another astrolger’s convention when the time is unknown) shows the Moon with a single aspect, a trine to Mercury retrograde. When the Moon has a single aspect, there are no other factors to consider.  Mercury’s retrograde motion suggests there will be nothing new on that date.  In fact, I interpret that aspect in the election chart as if it said “Refer back to the previous event.” or, more plainly, “This election has already been held.”

The previous date would be December 28, 2016, when the elector votes are reported but not yet counted. I can predict that one candidate will receive 270 votes from the electors. I just don’t know which candidate that will be. 

If we had a precise time for the joint session of Congress’s count of the electoral votes, we’d use the Ascendant for Hillary Clinton and the Descendant for Donald Trump.  Without the correct time, any assumptions from the Ascendant are suspect.

But here’s the rationale: In any other contest, the Ascendant represents the home time and the Descendant represents the team playing on the home team’s turf. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump represent her as the insider (home team) and him as the outsider.

The December 28 chart cast for noon in Washington, D.C. has Aries rising, ruled by Mars. According to “The Mountain Astrologer”, Clinton accepted the nomination with Aries rising. Clinton’s campaign chart identifies Trump, her opponent, as Libra, the sign opposing Aries.  Venus rules Libra.  Trump clearly likes beauty and Venus, the ruler of Libra, also represents money available for personal use.

So best guess today is that Clinton will win the electoral vote, receiving at least 270 electoral votes and a clear victory.  But that’s not the end of the story. Even if my timing is perfect, we’re looking at Mars ruling Clinton’s Aries Ascendant–and it’s in bad condition in Pisces in the 12th house. Trump’s Venus ruler is in its own element in Aquarius and slightly more elevated than Mars.

We can look to the Midheaven to see the nature of the winner as leader. Both both candidates are organized and disciplined when they work. Pluto in the 10th house of leaders and rulers does suggest a president who will transform the country or change our nuclear policy.  The sign on the cusp, by the way, is Capricorn, the sign of big business but also a feminine sign.

If I had to call this election–and I’m glad I don’t–I’d have to work with the relative strengths of the candidates’ charts. And on, yeah, we know Trump’s birth data, but not Hillary’s. Good astrologers disagree on whether she was born around 8 a.m. or 8 p.m.,_Hillary

The election is too close to call today.  All I can do is vote.

Mary O’Gara, Ph.D., D.D.