When Does the Democratic National Convention Really Start?

I’ve spent about two hours doing research into the exact time that the Democratic National Convention will officially open in Denver tomorrow, Aug. 25, and haven’t come up with a lot of hard evidence. Yes, there are official DNC “schedules” with speakers’ names, but they don’t mention times. Arghh!

I’ve learned that there are some caucuses at 10 a.m. The rules and platform get read starting at 5 p.m. and must be finished by 7 p.m.

While I came away from my Web search empty-handed, reader Sasha has unearthed a press release that shows a gavel time of 3 p.m. on Aug. 25, which could be considered the official opening of the convention. (See Sasha’s comment to this post for some good analysis.)

Since I first posted this, Sasha has written in to say that Howard Dean kicked everything off at 3:01 p.m. Bravo, Sasha! Here’s the 3:01 chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.

The chart has a 15 degree Sagittarius rising, making Jupiter in Capricorn the ruler. So far, so good. As Sasha and others have pointed out elsewhere, the chart barely misses having an ineffectual void-of-course Moon. The Moon in Gemini (talk, talk, talk) opposes intense Pluto in expansive Sagittarius. It’s part of a grand mutable cross that involves Mercury and Venus in Virgo opposing Uranus in Pisces.

With Uranus in Pisces opposing Mercury/Venus in Virgo, this promises to be the most blogged convention in the history of politics. We’ll all be feeling the love with the trines between Jupiter in Capricorn and the slew of Virgo planets.

Sitting at the midheaven in Libra, Mars is quite angular, which gives it extra oomph. This is a partnership-oriented event — the teamwork between Michelle and Barack Obama will be highlighted, and, of course, the partnership between Obama and his new vice-presidential pick Joe Biden.

The ninth house packed with Virgo planets speaks of a mission to educate (ninth house) voters that this ticket understands the concerns of the working class (Virgo). Obama can’t afford to be bogged down with the elitist image that sank John Kerrey, Michael Dukakis, and other well-meaning Democrats before him.

Despite all the good vibrations that will be coming from Denver, keep in mind that the team that bats last still can win the game. The Republicans will be holding their convention in Minneapolis from Sept. 1-4, close to the powerful Sept. 7 Jupiter station. So don’t get carried up, up, and away in the beautiful balloon taking off from Denver’s Invesco Field.


6 comments on “When Does the Democratic National Convention Really Start?

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  2. I found this in the press release section on the convention website (non time related info edited out) : http://www.demconvention.com/democrats-add-new-speakers-announce-gavel-times-for-opening-three-nights-in-denver/

    “Democrats Add New Speakers, Announce Gavel Times For Opening Three Nights in Denver
    August 19, 2008

    Democrats Add New Speakers, Announce Gavel Times For Opening Three Nights in Denver

    DENVER – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Obama for America Campaign today announced new speakers and gavel times for the opening three nights of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, to take place August 25th – 28th in Denver.

    Also today, Convention organizers announced that the Convention will gavel open at 3:00 PM Mountain/5:00 PM Eastern and gavel down at 9:00 PM Mountain/11:00 PM Eastern, Monday through Wednesday, August 25th –27th.”

    Eric Francis was using 4 PM which gave an ascendant of 28 or 29 Sagittarius which he didn’t like at all. In my Astro.com chart I used the gavel time of 3 PM MDT as the official start time which puts the ascendant at 15 Sagittarius and barely avoids moon VOC at start of convention. However, the time change doesn’t eliminate the grand square/grand cross that appears in the chart .

    Wednesday, the day of nomination, is crucial since the moon will be void of course during the latter part of the evening when the nominating period/roll call takes place. We won’t know until it’s over whether moon VOC will apply.

    Hope this helps.

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