US 2020 astrological election prediction realities

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Predicting the outcome of an election is a tempting exercise, but extremely difficult in practice.  In 2016 astrologers everywhere attempted to predict whether Clinton or Trump would win the November US Presidential election.  You can geek out here and read the article and comments breaking down results by whether the astrologer followed the tropical or sidereal zodiac, was US-based or international etc., but the important takeaway is that of the 90 predictions collected in the article, 62.1% predicted a Clinton win and 37.9% predicted a Trump win. These predictions were based on a nearly infinite assortment of techniques including ancient and obscure techniques such as firdaria, vertical zodiac, whatever that is, and something my friend Barry Goddard called “a non-astrological judgement that politically the more charismatic candidate usually wins.”

62.1% predicted a Clinton win; 37.9% predicted Trump would win.  This wasn’t far off from Gallup’s polling which gave Clinton a 51% chance over 32% for Trump.

After the election some astrologers attempted to blame the incorrect predictions on faulty birth data, but in this kind of prediction there are so many factors.  The individual candidates, their personalities and their planetary cycles affecting them at the time of the election.  Whether or not they connect with the People as reflected in the chart for the United States.  Which chart for the United States is used (most astrologers, myself included, use the chart from July 4 1776 but there are many others).  The mood of the People on election day.  Planetary conditions for the US chart and how the candidates fit into those conditions.

And then there’s the fact that planetary conditions are not good predictors of future events.  Saturn transits can create tests and challenges, but they don’t necessary mean a loss.  Jupiter transits can indicate good fortune, but they don’t necessarily mean a win.  I can tell you that Joe Biden has a transit right now of Jupiter in a harmonious trine to his Midheaven – the point of reputation and public life.  That’s very positive for the way he is seen right now.  He also has a challenging square from Neptune, planet of illusion and detachment, to his Midheaven.  This suggests the potential to be undermined and perhaps lose one’s focus as he reaches for greater meaning (Neptune) in his public life.  Overall, Biden’s transits and progressions are pretty favorable this year.

Donald Trump also has some favorable planetary cycles, including harmonious trines from Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto to his Midheaven of public life.  However, these same planets are challenging his natal Venus/Saturn conjunction which shows his basic insecurities about being liked.  This conjunction is in Cancer, the sign of the family, and he really only likes or trusts those in his immediate family and inner circle.  This will be challenged over the next few years with Pluto opposing those planets.

More significant, in my mind at least, is what is happening in the US chart as we approach the US Pluto return.  Transiting Pluto (destruction and regeneration) will return to its place in the US chart beginning officially in 2022, but it is within the orb of influence now.  Transiting Saturn (tests and challenges) has been triggering the US Pluto all year as part of the Capricorn trio, adding additional pressure. Pluto has made significant impacts on the US chart for the past few years and we have been seeing the Plutonic effects of the eruption of national rage for quite some time now, but this has really only set the stage for the upcoming Pluto return. Race and class wars will be amplified by the stressors of Covid-19 and related economic challenges, and the choice of President will have a huge impact on how this scenario unfolds.

On election day (November 3, 2020) four planets plus Chiron will be retrograde, and this includes Mercury.  Mercury will be squared by Saturn on that day, suggesting some negativity of thought and perhaps changes of mind on the part of the voters.  Mars will also be retrograde, in its own sign of Aries, holding on to old grudges – especially with the Sun in Scorpio.  A conjunction of Jupiter to Pluto and Saturn which has been in effect all summer will be completing its third phase, adding the likelihood of ideological conflict.  On top of the astrology, we have a president who has already said that he will not step down if he loses because that will mean the election was a fraud.

President Trump is a symbol of the conflict in the United States, not a cause.  This election is not merely a choice between two presidents, but a choice of the path that the US will take through its Pluto Return.  Will it continue to tear apart the veneer of normalcy that has covered over hundreds of years of racial strife and economic equality, forcing an eventual transformation through destruction (Pluto’s domain), or will it decide to try  repair the deep fissures through kindness and strategy?  Either way, we will have to at some point come to terms with the darkness that is at the heart of the American experience.

 

 

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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