The Presidential Candidates -- An Early Look
January 18, 2004
Uncertain Birth Times
Birth times are a defining issue
here, for while place and date data are documented, birth times given by astrological websites,
such as Astrodatabank and Starcats, are derived from verbal reports.
In some cases, only one person claims a birth time that was told to him/her by
the candidate, a family member or even a friend. For other
candidates, these birth times are confirmed by further reports, but those
are not necessarily independent -- they can issue from the same
source. Thus, the resulting charts may be incorrect, either
flawed by an error of a few minutes or completely wrong if off by hours..
As an example, for Dennis Kucinich, Astrodatabank
uses 10/8/46 at 5:53 PM in Cleveland, Ohio. But the resulting chart
holds so much turmoil that it's a challenge to believe.
Astrodatabank's Source Notes state, PT has birth certificate in hand. Original entry gave
source as Gauquelin Book of American Charts and Contemporary American
Horoscopes and noted that C. Ficociello gave 5:53 AM in MH Ext 4/1979.
When the 5:53 AM chart is used, it appears to be more suitable,
calling the 5:53 PM chart into question, but close examination of the
chart, planetary cycles and transits reveals that the PM time could
work. Fortunately, this extreme type of conflict appears limited to
Kucinich for this presidential race.
It is typical for birth times of political
figures to be uncertain. They don't often show birth certificates to
astrologers, and sometimes more than one birth time is "floated
around," accidentally or not, to prevent widely published
astrological reports from discrediting them or revealing their secrets.
For an unknown cause, there is no birth time information at all for John
The charts shown here have been culled from
reputable websites, and in most cases, they have already withstood intense
analysis; that is, they have been verified by comparison with known
characteristics and events (rectified). However, there's yet another
caveat. These rectifications are almost exclusively done by Western
Astrologers, who use the Tropical Zodiac, which is advanced 24 degrees
beyond celestial positions.
Due to this disconnect from the celestial map,
Western Astrology has a basic flaw, and this is aggra- vated by these
astrologers' natural devotion to their own culture's astrology.
Because of this measurement problem, Western Astrology uses the angles
between the planets (conjunction, opposition, trine...) as a
primary analytical tool, and this focuses interpretations upon psychological
tendencies. While interesting and often useful, the psychological
yardstick simply can't accurately measure definitive qualities, such as
physical characteristics, nor how the chart matches up against events in
the person's life. These are the realm of celestial-based Vedic
Astrology, and it is hoped that the rectification work done before
composing this Forecast validates these charts. Yet, it is also true
that birth times for political candidates and other public figures change
over time as they become better known and more fully investigated by the
astrological community. Consider this Forecast, then, an initial
effort which may evolve during the long race to the presidency.
Given all of these concerns, following are
highlights of the major candidates' Vedic charts, Dasas (planetary cycles)
and transits. Because of the large amount of information, I've
condensed the narratives by citing technical significations in the
charts. Please don't allow these planetary references to confuse or
distract from the plain English findings and conclusions.
Finally, this Forecast is published the day of
the Iowa Caucus to meet the deadline of an initial analysis before the
first primary, not to predict its singular outcome. The charts are
listed alphabetically to avoid the unintended
emphasis that comes with being listed either first or last: Clark,
and Lieberman. A
comparative summary at the end of this Forecast suggests how well or badly
the candidates will perform in relation to each other, political issues and, of
course, President Bush.
This is, of course, a man of great mental prowess. The Moon in the
5th house of creative intelligence in mutual aspect with wise Jupiter
brings intellectual power and a philosophical bent, as well as success in
all undertakings and wealth. Morality is also favored. However,
the Sun both illuminates and burns analytical Mercury in the 2nd house of
learning and speech, promoting mental brilliance but also bringing tunnel
vision and blind spots. Yet, because the Sun is afflicted by Ketu,
the ego is subdued or somehow repressed, and a highly spiritual nature is
given. Influences to the 2nd house from Saturn's
aspect and Ketu's positioning there further harm Mercury and can distort
the truth. Thus, Clark is duplicitous, through he doesn't intend to
be. Mars' influence in the 1st house of the self aggravates
Mercury's analytical failings by
making him willful, obstinate and fixed. He has the capability of
being his own worst enemy.
Restrictive Saturn with Rahu in the 8th house of
turmoil is difficult, assuring calamity, even downfall and often
frustrating the tremendous expansiveness given by the Jupiter/Moon
combination. Clark is "running" his 7 year Mars cycle with
a Jupiter subcycle that begin in October 2003 (see Dasas, below), just
about when he launched his candidacy. That aggressive Mars and Jupiter
the teacher both
aspect the 7th house of relationships is great for leadership, and
Jupiter's transit through the 10th house of career in Leo (government)
launched his effort with great success, so far.
The limiting factor is that Saturn is transiting
through the 8th house until September 5th of this year, which threatens
upset, perhaps due to secrets being revealed. There's also stress on
Clark's cardiac system during this transit.
During the early primaries through February,
Clark is running Mars/Jupiter/Mercury, suggesting that impulsiveness or
unveiled secrets can cause him problems. That Clark is also
lascivious is another possi- bility for his undoing. With transit Mars
and Rahu coming together in his 6th house of enemies from January 25 to
March 11, disputes are a certainty.
Yet, overall, this a
man who can confront President Bush and present a convincing
platform. He has the appearance and disposition of an eagle.
Clark could become the Democratic Party's nominee this summer.
The latter part of the campaign will be tougher
for Clark because his planetary cycles change to Mars/Saturn beginning
September 15, and this continues through the November election date.
However, he will also experience a powerfully advantageous Jupiter return
when transit Jupiter moves into his 11th house of gains August 23.
Dean, of course, arose as the frontrunner during the latter half of
December, as previously predicted someone would come forward to be seen as
a strong leader. An interesting but practically meaningless fact is
that Dean was born on November 17, 1948, just 2 days before this
Dean also has mental brilliance in Mercury being
placed in the 5th house of creative intelligence. Like Clark,
however, harms come from an aspect by Saturn and Ketu positioned with
Mercury. The mind is incredibly fast and highly intuitive due to
Ketu, and deeply focused by a philosophical Saturn. The problem with
these dual malefic influences on Dean (and Clark too) is that the mind
Dean's Moon is full and exalted in Taurus giving
him a tremendous emotional quality which shines upon the entire chart, but the 12th house position causes him
to sometimes lose the truth in speeches and debates. Like Clark,
however, this is not intentional.
The Jupiter/Mars combination in 7th house of
relationships is again great for leadership and being very social, but
this is a difficult Mars in ruling bad houses and being weak in its
posting at the very edge of the house. This Mars brings anger, the bulldog appearance and
the brash statements that have characterized his campaign.
Venus, symbolizing the wife, is in its fallen
sign of Virgo, but this weakness is offset by being in the powerful 4th
house and exchanging signs with Mercury (Virgo is ruled by Mercury,
and Libra is ruled by Venus.) This Venusian weakness manifests in Dean's wife being reclusive or otherwise unwilling to
participate in his campaign. This could turn out to be a real
liability as the race continues and her presence is missed, for even
though the First Lady is typically not determinative to a presidency, the
US has a long cultural history of her being by the President's side.
Dean has a very powerful Rahu in the 11th house
of goals and friends, and since September, Rahu has been transiting the
11th house as well. When Mars transits into the 11th house January
25 to March 11, expect some fireworks from Dean, confrontations but also
support from friends and groups.
Dean is running is 19 year Saturn cycle, and his
subcycle since February, 2001 has been Venus. These are not
auspicious Dasa planets for a presidential campaign, although Bush has also
been running his Saturn Dasa. Because Saturn represents the common man, it
does aid in connecting with the masses however.
Dean's recent slowdown has been caused by transit Saturn crossing his
Ascendant (self) since Decem- ber 19. This restriction is easing off
now, but it will recur in early May, after transit Saturn ends its
retrograde and crosses his Ascendant again.. Birthchart Saturn in the 3rd house of desires is good for
detachment, and this balances the Mars' inspired fury. That is,
Dean tends to appear more angry than he actually is.
During the early primaries, his planetary cycles
are Saturn/Venus/Mercury (8/28/02 - 2/8/04) and after February 8,
Saturn/Venus/Ketu. The former is good for creativity, but the latter
must harm the 5th house, which is also government. Yet, Dean has
done well so far in the campaign in being the spokesperson for protesting
Bush, and the Saturn/Sun cycle beginning April 15 should give him a
lift. This cycle continues through calendar 2004, although
Saturn/Sun/Saturn, from September 27 through the November election, will
truly test Dean's will and power.
Again like Clark, Dean can confront Bush and
could become the democratic nominee, if only by sheer force of will and
intellect to inspire the electorate.
that upon delineating Clark's and Dean's charts, that they share several
stellar qualities and weaknesses.
This is a nice fellow, well spoken for Mercury and Jupiter both aspecting
his 2nd house of speech and gentle and emotional in Ascendant ruler the Moon
being conjunct Ketu.
Easygoing Venus in the 6th house of enemies makes
Gephardt a natural diplomat with few enemies. The mind is strong and
focused with Mars posted in the 5th of creative intelligence, but while this
may make him hot-tempered, Gephardt naturally shies away from confrontation,
always preferring the compromise and accommodation that have brought him
success in Congress. Mercury (intellect) is poorly placed in the 8th
house, for although this position can be good for respect and fame, mercurial
Mercury vacillates too much in this powerfully destructive house, and a Mars
aspect further disturbs the intellect.
Gephardt is running is 10 year Moon cycle, and
Ketu's influence there makes him oversensitive and weakens the mind. He's
had some recent success because his subcycle is Jupiter, but this yields to Saturn
on March 4. Saturn is very difficult for Gephardt because it is very
weak in its fallen sign of Aries, and because this is the 10th house of
career, the Saturn cycle will strongly influence for him to lose support and
probably drop out of the race by the end of March. Saturn in the 10th
house can raise the person up, just to later drop him down, like former
is an interesting fellow, definitively a public servant in the Sun
(government) ruling the 10th house of career in Leo (government) and placed
in the 1st house of the self.
Like Dean, Kerry has a tremendous emotional nature
from his exalted and full Moon, and this is charged up by Mars in his 7th house of
relationships. This combination brings great initiative, bold actions,
a wealthy wife and also courage, athletic
ability and a gung ho attitude.
Like Clark, his is a Scorpio rising chart, making
Kerry both a warrior and sometimes his own worst enemy in Mars ruling both
the 1st house of the self and the 6th of enemies. However, because the
6th house is also service, Scorpio rising people are oriented
Jupiter in the 10th house of career is stimulates
sound judgment, wisdom and an excellent career, and an aspect from Mars
stimulates leadership. That transit Jupiter is also in the 10th house
is a major bonus for luck and public receptiveness. But again like
Clark, Saturn in the 8th house is both burdensome and brings turmoil,
especially since Saturn is also transiting there. That Saturn is weak
at the edge of the sign aggravates its restrictions and separative
As shown, Kerry entered his 17 year Mercury cycle
in August, but this influence is not entirely in place, for Saturn is slow
to let go. That Kerry's career continued to prosper during the 19 year
Saturn Dasa is a testament to the strength of his chart. Mercury rules
difficult houses for this chart, making it a destructive influence due to
impulse and aggression.
Kerry's had some focus issues in his campaign
because birthchart and transit Saturn both aspect Mercury in the 2nd house
of speech, and this blocking influence creates conflicts, confusion and
difficulty in making decisions. Kerry also tends to reverse
himself. Transit Mercury's recent retrograde in the 2nd house has
aggravated these issues, but this will ease off when Mercury transits out of
Sagittarius on February 2.
This is the candidate with the most suspect birth time as discussed
above. Yet, the preferred 5:53 PM birth time chart is consistent with
Kicinich's difficult childhood, his remarkable rise and fall as Mayor of
Cleveland, his interest in government and the quality of being a spiritual
With 3 planets posted in the 8th house of the
metaphysics and catastrophe, and the ruler of the 5th house of government
(the Moon) placed in the 12th house of final liberation, Kucinich is
naturally concerned with peace, non-aggression and the welfare of
humanity. That Saturn represents the masses and the common man and is
placed in the 5th house of government, adds to his populist views.
Yet, Kucinich is a fighting public servant, for his
Sun (government) rules the 6th house of enemies and service in Leo
(government), and it is placed in the 7th house of relationships. A
focus area for Kucinich's public policy is health services, for his Sun
(medical) rules the 6th of illness and is placed in Virgo, the sign of
As shown below, Kucinich is running his 20 year
Venus cycle, which is disadvantageous in Venus ruling 2 houses of
destruction and being harmed by Ketu. The current subcycle is Mars. which
gives him lots of energy, passion, drive and leadership potency but which
also causes reversals and is not supportive of public appeal. Kuninich
has fallen behind in fund raising and popularity, and his chart does not
suggest he will gain the support needed to be a contender.
This is the
third Mars' ruled chart (Scorpio Ascendant), along with Clark's and Kerry's,
which proves that in this field of 6 candidates, political warriors have
come forward to battle President Bush. (Dean should not be excluded
here, for his fighting Jupiter/Mars combination aspects the first house of
A key factor for all 3 Scorpio Ascendant
charts is restrictive Saturn transiting through the 8th house of turmoil,
although this is balanced to some degree by auspicious Jupiter transiting
the 10th house of career and the public. For Lieberman, Saturn is a
difficult planet. Saturn is very weak in its fallen sign of Aries,
which makes its transit effects similarly onerous and burdensome.
Cautious Saturn debilitated in the 6th house of enemies makes him
suspicious, perhaps even paranoid, which is why he supports the Iraq war and
is similarly hawkish on fighting terrorism and protecting Israel.
(Note Vice President Cheney has an even more difficult fallen Saturn,
explaining his seeing terrorist villains everywhere.) This violent
side to Lieberman is camouflaged by his Venus/Mercury charm (explained
below), but in siding with Bush, the militancy narrows the appeal of his candidacy.
Again, there is a potent influence for leadership
in the Jupiter/Mars combination, and this is enhanced by the Moon, giving a
superior public presence and sincere concern for the masses. A
government career is insured by the Sun (government) aspecting its own house
of Leo, where Rahu is potently placed for a big career serving the
public. Again like Clark, the Sun is conjunct Ketu, stimulating
spirituality and subduing the ego.
What sets Lieberman apart and truly makes him a
unique candidate is the Mercury/Venus combination in the 3rd house of
desires. Both of these planets were stationary (stopped in the sky)
within days of his birth, which tremendously empowers them. (It was
John F. Kennedy's stationary Mercury that made him so intellectual and
charismatic.) There's great creativity, originality and the ability to
charm, as well as a pleasant refinement not found in the other
candidates. Lieberman is a born actor. Yet, these planets in the
3rd house of desires are over-stimulated, making Lieberman impulsive and too
quick to judge, which relates to his supporting Bush in the Iraq war.
Newly in his 17 year Mercury Dasa, it is not yet at
full strength. Mercury gains that status when Lieberman enters his
Mercury/Ketu cycle on or about February 19. Mercury will thereby
increase Lieberman's impetuousness, and Ketu being conjunct his Sun, will
reduce his power to influence.
Lieberman's prospects for success are thereby
dimmed, and he will likely not recover his former strength in the polls.
It appears that Gephardt,
Kucinich and Lieberman will not survive the winter primary season.
John Edwards is an unknown for his unknown birth time. This leaves,
Clark, Dean and Kerry, which should be no surprise to anyone.
Clark and Kerry are heavyweights, in their
abilities, power and experience. They also both suffer from the
difficult Saturn transits through their 8th houses of turmoil and
catastrophe, although Clark's8th house is more afflicted than Kerry's.
Clark's Dasa cycles of Mars/Jupiter are superior to Kerry's vacillating
Mercury/Mercury, but Kerry appears to have grounded himself to his advantage
Either of these candidates could persevere in
primaries and the election in November. Howard Dean is the wild card,
as he has been since the beginning of his campaign almost a year ago.
Dean's pugnacious criticism of Bush's terrorism and domestic policies have
caught the ear of many Americans, but he is also flagrant with inconsistencies
and often shoots himself in the foot. Also, his planetary cycles of
Saturn with Venus are inauspicious, which suggests that when the voters
compare him with Clark and Kerry, as opposed to just being against Bush,
Dean will not persevere.
Yet, with Forecast predictions for Bush this winter
and spring negative, Dean could use his lightening quick and hard-hitting
criticism of Bush to gain public favor, but Clark and Kerry would use the
same strategy. On balance, Dean is less likely than Clark or Kerry to
prevail in the primaries, and Clark could be discredited. At this time
then, Kerry appears to be favored, although when 3 powerhouses like these
compete, predicting the winner 9 months from the November election is more
gambling than judgment.