Back from SCBWI
I’m fresh back from the incredible SCBWI Summer Convention here in Los Angeles, where we talked nonstop about the craft of writing and business of publishing children’s literature. The SCBWI community truly blew me away. I learned far more than I expected, bringing home over 5000 words of notes, dozens of live tweets from the relentlessly fantastic keynote speeches, and new friends I already cherish.
One of the things I learned at the conference is that as a YA author I’m never, ever supposed to tweet or blog about politics or religion. Of course, I’m about to do both now at the same time! YAAAAY!
I Couldn’t Resist
If you’ve been a longtime reader of my blog, you know that I’ve been studying astrology for over 20 years and that I’ve made some pretty astonishing predictions about elections. My current publishers were actually witnesses to those jaw-dropping predictions when we first met back in 2004. I’ve even made predictions about Obama that have come true, specifically about Sandy Hook. I then had to take a break from astrology because it had been too accurate, and I was obsessing over challenges I saw coming up in my chart. I stepped away until I could focus more on the present than the future.
But now I have returned! I’ve been fascinated by the election and really itching to find out what was going to happen come this November. If I have accurate birth data for the candidates, it’s often quite obvious from their transits what’s happening even a year off while the polls are still bouncing up and down.
The problem is that we don’t have reliable data for Hillary Clinton, and that’s really thrown a bit of a cloud over the magic 8-ball. While folks probably think it’s looking cut and dry, what with Donald Trump soiling his diaper every other minute and ever bigger GOP figures denouncing him, I still think it’s worth examining the day and aftermath of the election.
Like I said, usually it’s pretty clear what’s happening to a candidate based on his or her transits the day of and after. It was clear Kerry wasn’t going to win in 2004 because he had disappointment transits and John “I’m Secretly a Cheatin’ Ho” Edwards also had terrible family-oriented transits. Just days after my prediction, and days before the election, he announced his wife Elizabeth had breast cancer.
The transits for this election are a bit murkier, but they’re still quite telling.
No one has reliable birth data for Hillary Clinton. We know what day she was born and where, but not what time. This makes all the difference in the world. When I lived in France, it was during the 2007 election. I didn’t have to be able to speak a word of French to know that Segolene Royale was going to tumble. She had a devastating transit to her midheaven — a very sensitive point in her chart related to career and reputation that you can only calculate with a precise birth time, which was available. Meanwhile, Sarkozy had a gentle Neptune transit to his native Venus. Dude thought the world was in love with him and vice versa.
One thing we know for sure about Clinton is that she has a pleasant but very minor Venus transit, the sort she might have if she went to the museum that day and had a nice cup of tea. She also has a minor “lucky” transit, the sort you might have when you get a break on a parking ticket.
However…she has a slower but bigger transit that the famed astrologer Robert Hand might consider her big win. Uranus will be forming a trine to her natal Saturn. Here’s what he says of people experiencing it:
Whatever your motivation, you will win favor from your superiors, because they can see that you have balanced hard work and discipline on one hand with innovation and originality on the other. For this reason you may get a promotion of some kind now, which will bring you greater power and authority. But even if you achieve a new position, you are not likely to cease working for change within the system that you are part of. You will continue for some time, perhaps always, to work for reform and new ways of doing things, but always in the practical manner that got you there in the first place.
I mean, some would say this sounds like Clinton to a tee. (YMMV, ‘natch.)
And in the aftermath, she’ll see greater power and transformation in her relationships as transiting Pluto sextiles her natal Venus. All else aside, these two things alone make me think she’s going to tromp Trump.
As usual, this guy is kind of under cellophane. Unlike Clinton, we’ve got great data on him. Clearly something is upsetting him that day — big time. But when Uranus transits one’s natal Moon this way (which is the transit in question), one could argue it’s a “good” upset, like general excitement. (Chelsea Clinton has TWO major transits of this nature, one potentially quite negative.) And since the moon represents public image and Uranus sudden changes, this could easily be “You’re Hired!”
Well…except there’s a curious minor transit. His natal Mercury (representing his thoughts) moves into the 4th house, which is the lowest point in the chart, the part that rules family and home. Why would his thoughts enter that realm if he’s just become President of the United States? Atypical, I think.
What I was expecting to see was either a transit to his midheaven (see Segolene Royale) or some influence on his ascendant, which at 29 degrees Leo is LITERALLY conjunct a “royal star” — in this case, Regulus. If ever anyone was born feeling entitled from the crib, it was him, rich family or no. And since transits to the ascendant indicate a change in interaction with the world, as well as his sense of royalty (ahem), we’d know if he’d been crowned or dethroned. But no such transit exists barring an exploration of progressions, etc.
He Might Even Quit
Of course, there’s talk that Trump will quit before the election even happens. That’s a possibility as he has a major “breaking free” transit right this very second. If he doesn’t, he certainly wants to. And soon. There are simply too many restrictions in being a presidential candidate for him to cope. We’ll see if he cracks. If he does, we’re looking at another candidate’s transits and then that would change everything.
As I mentioned, Chelsea’s got some seriously insane “big sudden change” transits that day, mostly to her relationships and values. That might be due to becoming the first person in history to have had both a mother and father as POTUS. They could also, unfortunately, be related to her being beyond upset about a Trump win and her doing something foolish about it (but I can’t imagine that). Her dad, Bill Clinton, is having some nice party transits. But then, whenever I picture Bill Clinton, I see him as “The Clinton” playing his sax in the Animaniacs opening. Bill is and always has been the party, kids. Some things never change!
And then there’s Tim Kaine, who doesn’t seem to even be in this election. It’s like, “Are you even with us, Tim? Are you hiding back there playing the harmonica or something?” (Don’t get me wrong. I like the guy.) It’s not until sometime in December that Tim’s whoopass transits hit. Hard. I don’t even know if they’re entirely good. They look pretty badass, but he could be bruised deeply in the process. And then coming up on Inauguration Day, he’s experiencing a really big event: his second Saturn Return. For many people his age, this is the runup to retirement, a time of letting go of job and activities they’ve known all their lives. But since it’s Tim and this coincides with Inauguration Day, I’m really hoping Saturn is bringing more responsibility, which is something Saturn lurrrves.
Pence? Another one with partial data. I’d rather not even try.
Bernie, for what it’s worth, has a major wooo-pahteee-hooo transit on Inauguration Day. It’s like a big wedding transit, really. He’ll be feeling the Bern as he dances the night away. Celebrating a GOP defeat? Or indulging in Democrat schadenfreude? You decide!
The Aftermath Clinches It
Tim Kaine’s badass transits aside, Trump will be suffering a major depressive episode. Transiting Saturn will be crossing his natal Moon. Looks like his massive ego will be smarting from the loss. Here’s what Robert Hand has to say about that:
During this time you may withdraw from others, have difficulty in relationships — especially with women — experience depression and feel quite inferior to life’s demands. The best way to deal with this is not to take it all so seriously. Your perspective is warped, so that small matters seem too important. Do not make final decisions about your emotional life now. Wait until you can see more clearly what you have learned from this time.
He’ll also have a less powerful “optimism” transit, but not anything big enough to counter the above-mentioned blow. A second, similar transit carries into Inauguration Day. However, there’s also evidence of a big bankruptcy during that time, something that will really hit his wallet, which like the rest of the predictions in this post, wouldn’t surprise anyone.
And Then There’s Our Aftermath
Even if Clinton wins, the big mess of ugly that has lifted its slimy head and brandished its rotting fangs isn’t going away. I’ve been telling people that, given the rollout of Trump’s transits, if he stays in the race, he’s going to drag out the results as far as he can. He’s already just announced that, if he doesn’t win, he’s going to declare the election “rigged.”
But it’s the people who brought him this far that worry me. The previously unacknowledged pustule of racism, homophobia, and misogyny that’s been festering in the GOP for lo these many years has finally burst and sprayed its contagion across the land, bolstered by internet echo chambers. The Comments Section — that font of ignorance and vitriol that spews under news articles and Facebook posts alike — found its king and raised him high on their many, many, many shoulders. They’re not going to hide under rocks or behind blank avatar icons anymore.
They will have lost the battle, but not the war…