'96 Election Preview, Part I:
Saturn, Black Holes & Election Results

by Alex Miller-Mignone

If we view Saturn as the present administration in general, and the current president in particular, then an intriguing pattern emerges over the past three decades in regards to Saturn's Election Day position vis-a-vis black holes, and the results. Since the late 60s and physicist John Wheeler's coining of the term "black holes," at which point these Deep Space anomalies can be considered to have fully entered the collective consciousness, no sitting U.S. President has been returned with Saturn conjunct or in significant aspect to a black hole on Election Day.

Why this should be the case is easy to see when we examine the meaning and probable outworking of black-hole energies on the earth plane. Black holes, the remnants of collapsed stars which have exhausted their fuel and imploded in upon themselves, creating a supergravity so strong that not even light can escape, symbolize and evoke the volte face, a sudden, often unexpected reversal of the status quo. Uranian in temperament, they are Plutonian in their effects, often producing devastating changes and wreaking havoc upon ordered systems whenever they interact with them. They indicate points of energy drain and their connection to parallel, nonphysical realities often supplies unique, creative solutions to circumstances in this reality, like so many rabbits pulled out of these cosmic magician's hats. As such, Saturn in contact with a black hole would indicate a reversal of the status quo in Saturnian affairs, thus, a loss in a Presidential re-election bid.

If we review the election results of the past thirty years and Saturn's galactic contacts at the time, a stunning pattern asserts itself. In years with "open" seats, that is, when the incumbent was unwilling or unqualified to run (by virtue of having already served two terms), Saturn's galactic position has been weak. Nixon's victory in 1968 (following President Johnson's decision not to run) showed Saturn retrograde at 20 Aries, forming no significant aspects. Likewise, the election of 1988 in which former Vice President Bush succeeded two-term Ronald Reagan saw Saturn at 29 Sagittarius, with just a broad three-degree conjunction to the Galactic Center. In 1984, Reagan (the only U.S. President to complete two full terms since Eisenhower) was re-elected with Saturn at 18 Scorpio, unaspected galactically.

By contrast, incumbents were rejected in 1976, 1980, and 1992, with Saturn aspecting black holes. When Carter ousted Ford in 1976, Saturn was at 16 Leo exactly square BH (Black Hole) Eurydice at 16 Taurus. Carter was himself defeated by Reagan when he attempted a second term in 1980, with Saturn in the early minutes of 5 Libra conjunct a quasar and just minutes past the T-square to BH Parvati at 4 Cancer and BH Durga at 4 Capricorn. When Clinton foiled Bush's re-election attempt in 1992, Saturn was exactly conjunct BH Kybele at 12 Aquarius. The only variance from this pattern is Richard Nixon's successful re-election bid in 1972, when Saturn in Gemini opposed BH Ereshkigal at 19 Sagittarius; Nixon, of course, was forced to resign in disgrace less than two years later in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

In light of this, it may be that the most significant factor in picking a winner for Election Day 1996 is also one of the easiest to pinpoint--Saturn's galactic strength. On November 5, 1996, Saturn will be retrograde at 1 Aries, in exact opposition to BH Adonis at 1 Libra, the supermassive black hole center of Galaxy M-87, the largest anomaly of its type of which we are aware. Imaged by NASA in May of 1994, M-87, with an estimated mass two billion times that of our Sun, holds in its gravitational thrall over 130 galaxies, including our own, which is moving toward it at a (literally) astronomical rate. Adonis is active in the charts of such notable fiascos as the mysteriously vanished Mars Observer probe, Clinton's Health Care Plan debacle, and the dropping of the first atom bomb on Hiroshima, while O.J. Simpson's Venus exactly squares from 1 Cancer.

Given the size and scope of this anomaly, and the track record of Saturn in aspect to black holes, it would seem unlikely that Bill Clinton will achieve a second term as President. Black holes, however, are anything but predictable. It may be that the upsets arrive in a different form than expected or, as with Nixon in 1972, a victory followed by illness, scandal, resignation or death.

There are, of course, other contributing factors to the overall temperament of the electorate on Election Day. By looking at recent elections and the galactic points activated, we may get a flavor for the upcoming contest. 1992 was arguably one of the more active Election Days, galactically speaking. In addition to Saturn conjunct BH 12 Aquarius, the Sun was in square to this anomaly from 11 Scorpio, with the Galactic Center in semisquare (45 deg.) on their midpoint. This apparently lent force to the change in administration, while retaining a similar party balance in Congress itself.

In contrast, the mid-term elections of 1994 saw the Sun exactly opposed BH Eurydice at 16 Taurus, and a stunning reversal of party percentages ensued in the House, Senate, and Governors' mansions across the country. The Republicans swept into significant majorities in all areas, and Clinton would most certainly have been ousted if up for re-election at that time. Money was a big issue in 1994 as well, with a triple threat from all three astrological financial indicators conjoined or opposed galactics. Venus retrograde conjoined BH Dionysos at 7 Scorpio, Jupiter at 23 Scorpio opposed a black hole at 24 Taurus, and Pluto at 27 Scorpio was conjunct a quasar, indicating a greater-than-usual manifestation. In 30 of 31 Senate races, the winner was the one who spent the most money, the glaring exception being the most expensive race of all, California Senator Dianne Feinstein's successful $14 million defense against billionaire Michael Huffington, who spent $28 million of his own money on the campaign, for a total of $42 million on this one seat alone.

Peripheral celestials can help to call the "feel" of the electorate. In 1992, based upon the incidence of Mercury and Venus conjunct black holes and Jupiter conjunct a quasar, I was able to correctly forecast that young people (Mercury) and women (Venus) would be especially important to the outcome, and there would be a greater voter turn-out than usual (Jupiter/quasar). This year, Mercury and Venus conjoin information-providing pulsars, implying that polls of these same groups may be better indicators of what's in the wind than those taken of the electorate as a whole. Venus is also conjunct the North Node, suggesting that women may be especially influential in determining the country's future course.

The 1996 Election Day Sun at 13 Scorpio is again square a black hole at 13 Aquarius while conjunct Mercury/pulsar at 15 Scorpio. The election is likely to be viewed as a bellwether referendum on the direction the United States will take as it approaches the third millennium. Venus/pulsar squares a quasar at 8 Cancer, Jupiter at 13 Capricorn (sextile Sun) squares a black hole/quasar duo at 13 and 15 Libra, while Pluto at 2 Sagittarius is edging up on BHs Osiris and Isis at 3/4 Sagittarius. Money is likely to be significant again (as already evidenced by the millions Republican contender Steven Forbes spent even before the first primary) and a greater than normal voter turn-out can be expected, though probably not as great as 1992. Mars and the Moon conjoin that day on a pulsar in early Virgo; the ire of the electorate will be heard, for good or ill.

So, while my spirit quails at the thought, and common sense tells me that no one in their right mind could actually vote for that old sourpuss Bob Dole, the likely Republican nominee, galactics seem to indicate that come January 20, 1997, the band will be playing "Hail to the Chief" for the man from Russell, Kansas.

Copyright 1996 by Alex Miller-Mignone.

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[Alex Miller-Mignone is a professional writer and astrologer whose work appears frequently in astrological publications. His specialty is Deep Space Astrology, and he is the author of The Black Hole Book, available for $14 postpaid from the author. Make cheques payable to Alex Miller-Mignone and mail to: 627 S. 26th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.]

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