Obama and Biden on Inauguration Day

In light of Barack Obama’s victory last week, I’m repubbing a post I first did on Aug. 23 called “Obama and Biden on Inauguration Day.” It’s below:

So much for Senator Joseph Biden telling the crew from ABC News, “No, no, no, it ain’t me babe, it ain’t me you’re looking for.” Well, the Democratic Senator from Delaware probably didn’t quote Bob Dylan, but you get my drift.

Now that Barack Obama has chosen elder statesman Biden for his vice-presidential candidate, astrologers around the world are slicing and dicing the data. Jude’s Threshold has had a post on Biden since 7:54 a.m. this morning! You have to get up pretty early to beat Jude on breaking news.

I’ve run a progressed composite with transits of Obama’s chart and Biden’s chart (Nov. 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pa. at 8:30 a.m., according to AstroDataBank) for Jan. 20, 2009, Inauguration Day. Assuming the birth times for both charts are correct, the thing to watch in the progressed composite is the moon. In this chart, it’s at 5 degrees of Sagittarius on Inauguration Day.

The progressed Moon is 4 degrees or four months (the progressed Moon moves roughly a degree a month) past a conjunction with progressed Sun. That means roughly four months or so before Jan. 20, a progressed New Moon will have occurred, signifying an important new beginning in the relationship.

Interestingly, the progressed Moon in the composite leaves Scorpio and moves into Sagittarius, the same sign as the Sun, during next week’s convention. But the New Moon doesn’t occur until Sept. 30.

I believe the change of moon signs in the progressed composite and the conjunction of the progressed Moon with the progressed Sun means the duo has a good chance of being elected President and Vice-President, respectively.

One of the most compelling aspects in this composite is the winning trine between Jupiter in Aries and Pluto in Leo, which is also conjunct the public-oriented North Node. I think this team has the power to go the distance. If Obama is elected, he will be our nation’s first President with Pluto in Virgo.

Of course, I haven’t seen the composite between Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and his vice-presidential choice, which he has yet to announce. Now that Obama has made a safe choice that the Establishment can live with, watch Saturn poster boy McCain do something radical. Will he pick a woman, or Joe Lieberman? Who can say?

But mark my words, he will fulfill the destiny of the Saturn/Uranus conjunction that will be exact on Election Day (See “Pamela and Monica Ponder the Vice-Presidency”).

Pamela Cucinell, my BlogTalkRadio collaborator, points out at AstroChatter that it probably won’t be smooth sailing for Obama and Biden, given that the announcement of the vice-presidential candidate took place under today’s Venus/Uranus opposition.

Nancy: The Astrologer Who Predicted Obama Would Win

We astrologers have taken some ribbing from commenter Carmelo and others for changing our predictions of who would win the U.S. Presidential election according to which way the political winds were blowing.

Let’s set the record straight: At least one astrologer has been saying Barack Obama all along, and that’s Nancy at Starlight News.

Congrats to you, Nancy, for getting it right, and thanks for leading us through the wilderness during the past eight years. Those reams of graph paper paid off!

All Hail Arianna Huffington, Queen of All Media!

Gian Paul, Astrology Mundo’s “Brazil bureau chief,” had predicted Nov. 4 would be a great day for Republican John McCain and conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Given that Democrat Barack Obama won the Presidential election, the media titan who is sitting pretty this morning is Arianna Huffington. She runs the liberal news aggregator, The Huffington Post, that has been pro-Obama throughout election season.

Huffington has been the subject of profiles by Astrology Mundo, Star IQ’s Michael WolfStar, and Vanity Fair. I called the Greek immigrant a modern-day Betsy Ross.

WolfStar, top-notch investigator that he is, learned that there are two birthdays reported for Huffington: July 7, 1950 and July 15, 1950. He likes the latter, and it’s available, thanks to his calculations here.

Dixville Notch Has Spoken: Obama Wins!

In the New Hampshire hamlet called Dixville Notch, where voting began at 12:01 a.m. today, Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama won with 15 votes, vs. six for Republican John McCain.

According to media reports, it’s the first time the town has voted Democratic in 40 years. That would take us back to 1968, when Republican Richard Nixon was elected. The Saturn/Uranus opposition of the mid-1960s was no longer exact in Pisces/Virgo on Election Day in 1968, but the two planets were still broadly opposed in Aries and Libra.

Over at Astrodienst, Obama’s personal horoscope for today reads: “You are inclined to make big plans and set long-range goals under this influence as well as to examine the goals you already have. The advantage you have now is your ability to see the whole picture and to think in terms of large structures.”

For McCain, Astrodienst has this to say: “Your energy level will be high, perhaps too high if you are not careful. Watch for signs of irritable impatience with others whenever things do not go exactly as you planned.”

Who do you think will win the election? I’m still canvassing for votes in the official Astrology Mundo Presidential poll so I can compare the political leanings of astrologers to the nation at large.

We’ve had some comments lately about Dixville Notch. Also on the comments front, I accidentally deleted two that I know of — one from Sasha about the death of her Little Bear and another from Jude at Jude’s Threshold. Many apologies!

Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds

Robert Phoenix has an interesting post up about the 70th anniversary of The War of the Worlds. That was when Orson Welles terrified Americans by broadcasting that aliens had landed on earth. The stunt may rate as the best Halloween prank of all time.

I recently posted about Welles because I’m reading Simon Callow’s exhaustive biography, Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu, which reveals Welles was born at 6 a.m., not 7 a.m., the time recorded by several astrology databases.

Here’s another factoid I discovered in the book, which I unfortunately had to return to the library even though I’m not finished because I’m on the road for awhile: During the 1930s, when Welles was working with John Houseman at the Federal Theater Project, Houseman’s lover was a woman who was born on the same day, the same year, and the same hour as Welles, and Houseman let everybody know the coincidence.

The book doesn’t note whether the woman, who was not named, was also born in Kenosha, Wis., the way that Welles was. As astrologers, we know that for Houseman’s lover to be Welles’ true astrological twin, she would have had to be born someplace near Welles’ birthplace in addition to sharing all the birth data.

Look Who’s Playing Saturn Now!

Princess Sparkle Pony and her Pony Pals are dissing Barack Obama for showing a little bit of gray hair. I think they’re making a mistake.

As an astrologer, here’s what I find interesting. Everybody who was talking about the opposition of Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces on Election Day was sure that GOP Presidential candidate John McCain was playing Father Time (Saturn) because of his 72 years and his white hair.

Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, was cast as revolutionary Uranus because of his skin color, his supposedly progressive policies (they look pretty centrist to me), and his Internet mojo.

But guess what’s happened as Election Day has approached? McCain has become more Uranian (read erratic) by nominating “maverick” Sarah Palin as his vice-president and suspending his campaign during the financial bailout vote. Meanwhile, Obama has kept his cool during the stock market meltdown. He’s looking more like Saturnian these days, with the gray hair, the conservative suits, and his steady manner.

Anybody who has looked at the Fall Equinox chart knows that Saturn is at the midheaven. I originally thought this meant that McCain would win because he’s older and more experienced. Now, I’m not so sure who’s Saturn and who’s Uranus.

As I promised I would (“Pluto in Virgo for President”), I cast my vote for Pluto in Virgo. The candidate with that aspect happens to be Barack Obama, and I cast an absentee ballot for him last week in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

But even though I voted for Obama, like his wife Michelle told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, he’s “gotta win me over.”

Opie Wants You to Vote for Obama

Earlier this year, after Tatum O’Neal was arrested for trying to buy crack cocaine, I did a post called “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Child Stars.”

In that post, I mentioned that the only child star that I could think of whose life didn’t turn out to be a complete disaster was Ron Howard, who played Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and then Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.

Howard morphed into a superstar Hollywood director of such films as Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code. His success as a director is partly due to his longstanding producing partnership with Ron Grazer.

Long-term alliances are a theme in Howard’s life. He’s still married to his high school sweetheart. Like Paul Newman, Howard chose to raise his family in Connecticut instead of Hollywood.

Earlier today, I was checking out Google Trends and discovered this video. Now, Yahoo! is featuring it as a news story.

Regardless of how you feel about the Presidential election, it’s a kick to see a middle-aged Howard, who is a Sun in Pisces with a Capricorn Moon, back in his old roles in an effort to urge people to vote for Barack Obama, the Democratic Presidential candidate. There are some interesting co-stars, too, but I don’t want to give everything away.

Here’s Howard’s chart, courtesy of AstroDataBank. I’ll comment on it later, but I’d love to hear what you think.

The Capricorn Conspiracy

I was just about to knock off a post about how financial astrologer Ray Merriman called the crash in oil prices ( now below $67 a barrel, down from $154 this summer) back at the United Astrology Conference, held in Denver in May, when it dawned on me that Merriman is a Capricorn.

At this year’s UAC, which Merriman helped organize, astrologer Michael Lutin made a joke that some of his favorite leaders are Capricorns: Stalin, Mao, and Merriman.

As you may know, I was born under the sign of the Goat and have devoted lots of cyber-ink to fellow Caps, including golf superstar Tiger Woods, political spouse Michelle Obama, French First Lady Carla Bruni, Hiroshima martyr Sadako Sasaki, civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, and University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self.

My husband and I were married by an Elvis impersonator who crooned Love Me Tender at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, and I’ve never found it strange that the King set up a meeting with fellow Capricorn Richard Nixon back in the day.

I was rooting for Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who has Moon in Capricorn, but he was bested by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, another Sun in Capricorn. The Phillies are playing the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series, which begins tonight at 8 p.m. (More on this match in a later post.)

The Astrology Mundo poll on “What Sign Are You?” seems to be delivering a fairly even distribution of the signs, with chatty Gemini and spiritual Pisces tied for first place the last time I looked. Given my experience at attracting fellow Capricorns, the poll should show that 90% of respondents are Caps.

Here’s the good news: This Capricorn emphasis isn’t permanent. It’s the result of expansive Jupiter going through Capricorn, which is putting natives of the Goat, including the ever-expanding Federal Reserve Bank, in the news.

Next year, Aquarians will get their 15 minutes of fame as Jupiter moves through the sign of the Water Bearer. So bear with me, I promise this site won’t be all Capricorns all the time for much longer. Plus, we’re all going to get our butts kicked when Pluto moves into Capricorn on Nov. 27 and stays there until, gulp, 2024.

Want to know more. Here’s a Michael Lutin video on Pluto in Cap.

What Happened During Your Saturn Return?

O.K., it’s official: Astrology Mundo has poll fever. My maiden effort (What’s Your Sign?) is still open for voting. However, I want to move on to another idea: Saturn Returns, especially since there’s a show at Lincoln Center with the same name.

Just in case you don’t know, your first Saturn return typically occurs around 29, the second around 58, and the third around 87.

As Saturn in Virgo moves to an opposition with Uranus in Pisces that is exact on Election Day, I think using the Web (Uranus) to talk about Saturn returns is a good way to channel the energy of this challenging aspect.

If you don’t see what happened to you in the poll or you’d like to share your Saturn return story, please use the comment form. Thanks, and many happy Saturn returns!