Who Will Be the Next U.S. President? An Astrological Analysis
July 13, 2008 by Nina Gryphon
To finish our series on the next U.S. president, today’s post will comapre the astrological charts of Barack Obama and John McCain for presidential or “royal” qualities. We have looked at their horoscopes individually, but now we can compare the candidates’ horoscopes side by side for strengths and weaknesses. There has been a great deal of debate about the candidates’ real birthtimes; all our posts take the commonly accepted times for the candidates. If the birthtimes turn out different than those currently known, all bets are off.
Barack Obama’s Horoscope: Presidential Enough?
We have looked at the “royal” characteristics in Obama’s horoscope from two ancient astrologers’ perspectives – that of William Lilly and Guido Bonatti. Their rules are similar but not the same. The analyses below sum up the findings from the previous analyses.
Obama’s Strongest Card: The Sun in Leo in the 6th house. This is not a very strong card, as the Sun is under the horizon and in a malefic house with no major aspects. The next strongest card is in even worse shape, with Mars, ruler of the 10th house of honor, in the 8th house and trine Saturn in Capricorn in the malefic 12th house. Most importantly, Obama’s horoscope does not appear to have any prominent royal stars to help lift him to the presidency. Because of the relative weakness of Obama’s chart, McCain’s horoscope would have to be weaker still for McCain to lose the 2008 election.
Obama’s Horoscope for Autumn 2008: Obama’s Venus will be active by secondary progressions, aspecting his natal Part of Fortune and conjoining the North Node. This is beneficial in general, but Venus is not one of the significators in Obama’s chart promising fame or prominence. Interestingly, his solar return for 2008 shows Jupiter in the 7th house of opponents, an interesting parallel to McCain’s 2008 solar return (see below). Again, the relative strengths of the horoscopes matter: McCain’s horoscope would have to be weaker than this to lose to Obama.
John McCain’s Horoscope: By a Hair?
McCain’s Strongest Card: Two royal stars, Spica and Hercules, are near the Ascendant and Midheaven, but barely within the acceptable orbs. Still, this is better than Obama’s horoscope, which does not have royal stars. McCain also has a very favorable (though not strictly royal) star, Canopus, right on his Midheaven. This star is also conjunct George W. Bush’s natal Sun.
McCain’s natal Mars-Jupiter trine is quite lucky as well. Mars is in the fortunate 11th house trining Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 3rd house. This configuration was active by primary direction when McCain was shot down in Vietnam and nearly died. That itself was not very lucky, but his miraculous survival against the odds certainly was.
McCain’s Horoscope for Autumn 2008: His progressed Sun trines the Midheaven in January 2008, his progressed Midheaven trines the Moon (ruler of the natal Midheaven) in April 2008, and progressed Mars trines the Moon in October 2008. The luminaries are not especially strong in McCain’s chart, but the Midheaven itself is. When the Midheaven is “lit up” by the Sun and Moon, William Lilly says that these promise “great preferment…and shall govern the Common-wealth.” Mars, again, is a fortunate planet for McCain. McCain’s solar return has Saturn on the 7th house cusp of opponents, possibly indicating misfortune for his opponent.
John McCain’s horoscope appears to be slightly more presidential and luckier than Obama’s, so assuming the candidates’ birthtimes are correct, McCain has an ever-so-slight advantage over Obama for winning the 2008 election.