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An Astrological Take on 2009’s Craziest Political Stories

Posted by on Wednesday, December 30 20096 Comments

astrology-crazy-2009-022009 was a pretty interesting year in politics, and a lot of important and serious stuff happened (new president, economy pulled back from the brink of collapse), but that’s not what this article is about.  We decided to focus on a specific theme in this year’s overview of events – wacky, nutty, zany, unbelievable craziness.

It was hard whittling down the craziest stories in politics from this past year down to five – there was all kinds of crazy going on – but somehow we managed to narrow things down to the following short list.


5. White House Party Crashers

BiWheel: Michaele Salahi/Indian PM Manmohan Singh at White HouseThe shameless and relentless pursuit of celebrity has been elevated to an art form by the resume-fluffing faux-socialite Salahi’s. On November 24th 2009, Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed a White House State Dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. With an impressive display of cunning and gall – armed with their own camera and makeup crew – the couple schmoozed with Washington’s elite, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, V.P. Joe Biden, and even President Obama himself.

On the night of the party, Michaele Salahi was experiencing her Venus return in Scorpio, reflecting her role as a glamorous intruder  at the swanky affair. Tareq Salahi was having a recurrence of his natal Venus  in Taurus square Jupiter in Leo, with transiting Venus in Scorpio square transiting Jupiter in Aquarius, signifying his role as both accomplice and mastermind to the bold and scandalous con.

4. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson

Bi-Wheel: Joe Wilson/Shouts "You Lie" at PresidentOn September 9th 2009, just 3 days after transiting Mercury stationed retrograde,  President Obama made a speech to a joint session of Congress about health care reform. At 8:37 pm, Obama was refuting the claim that health care reform would mean insurance for illegal immigrants. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina blurted out a loud and angry “YOU LIE!” A collective gasp of shock and disbelief was followed by a mixed chorus  of boos and cheers. As Obama paused in disbelief, Nancy Pelosi cast a glare that could freeze fire.

In typical 2009 fashion, the speech itself was  overshadowed by the outburst in media coverage. Despite Wilson’s newfound celebrity, he was formally chastised by a “resolution of disapproval” by Congress.

At the time of his outburst, the transiting Sun was applying to a conjunction with Saturn in Virgo, making a recurrence of Wilson’s natal Sun-Saturn conjunction in Leo, a reflection both of Wilson’s dramatic grandstanding interruption, and the nature of his accusation.

3. Healthcare Town Hall Protests

BiWheel: "Death Panels" remark/Heath Security ExpressWho could forget August? Congress had adjourned for the August recess after missing a deadline for instituting health care reform. Around the country politicians held town hall meetings where they were confronted by extremely angry citizens, in the process creating YouTube gold.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fanned the flames with her Facebook  statement that the Democrats’ health care plans involved the institution of sinister “death panels” that would render dispassionate “yea” or “nay” verdicts on whether elderly or disabled people were deserving of medical care at all. Despite being a wildly inaccurate claim, it was a notion that struck a chord with her supporters and soon took hold.

Palin was born with the Sun conjunct Mars and Saturn in Aquarius, and was therefore in sync with the hostile transit of Mars in Gemini square Saturn in Virgo that month. She has quite a history with Mars-Saturn transits, but that is for another post.

Fifteen years earlier, the Clintons embarked on their “Health Security Express” bus tour to promote their health care reform plans and were met with virulent protests wherever they went.  Transiting Mars was in Gemini again, having completed one full turn of its 15-year synodic cycle, this time square Saturn in Pisces, signifying forceful clashes with authority and marking the 2009 town hall phenomenon as a recurrence of the protests against the Clinton bus tour of 1994.

2.  Iran Election Protests

BiWheel: Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi Flees Coming Revolution/MahmoOn June 12th 2009, Iran held its presidential election between the traditionalist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the reform-oriented Mir-Hussein Mousavi. Against charges of voting irregularities, Ahmadinejad was declared the winner. The world stood in awe as hell broke loose on the streets of Iran in protest of was widely believed to have been a stolen election. When the government shut down the media in Iran, thousands of Iranians turned to using Twitter to broadcast what was happening. That’s right. Twitter nearly brought down the theocracy.

The protests have  continued to rock Iran to its very core, with many commentators seemingly convinced of the imminent end to the Islamic Republic as we know it. An interesting thought, considering that the Iranian Revolution erupted thirty years earlier, in 1979, making one full Saturn return in Virgo and measuring one full cycle of beginning and endings in personal and political eras.

1. Obama “Birther” Controversy

BiWheel: Lou Dobbs/Dobbs QuitsThe question of Obama’s eligibility to be President first came up during the 2008 campaign. To satisfy the nay-sayers, Obama produced his birth certificate (to the absolute delight of astrologers everywhere).

Some, however, were not satisfied. Even when the physical document had been independently investigated and deemed authentic by, they were not convinced. They said they wanted a long form birth certificate. The state of Hawaii doesn’t issue them. They claimed that Hawaii issues certificates for births abroad, which is true except that if Obama had one it would be makred with the phrase “Certificate of Birth Abroad”. The local newspaper reported his birth. Still, they do not believe. They are the Birthers.

CNN anchor Lou Dobbs raised eyebrows in July when he attempted to legitimize debate on the “Birther” issue on his nightly cable TV broadcasts.  Dobbs persisted in discussing it, even after rival network Fox had stopped, and in July he was sent a memo from CNN president Jon Klein insisting he desist.

At the height of Dobbs’ entertainment of the conspiracy theory, transiting Jupiter was conjunct Neptune in Aquarius, while Dobbs himself was born with natal Jupiter conjunct Neptune in Libra, making this period a recurrence transit for him, one that only occurs every twelve-to-thirteen years and signifies widescale delusions and disengagements from reality.

Dobbs chafed at the directives, and in November, he and CNN “parted ways”, as transiting Saturn was making a conjunction to his natal Sun in Libra, a reflection of the ending of a nearly thirty-year era, dating back to when he began working for the network when it first started in 1980, just a few months prior to the last time transiting Saturn went into Libra and made a conjunction to his natal Sun.

Could things get any crazier? Here’s to 2010!

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Patrick is an astrologer originally from High Wycombe, England. His personal practice is based on a blend of ancient and modern astrology. He is a member of the Association for Young Astrologers.

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  • Gary P Caton says:

    Entertaining and informative, Nice work!

    gotta love those recurrence transits. some people call them “phase angle returns.” Blashke actually casts a chart for them and uses it like a solar return chart.

  • Patrick Watson says:


    Yeah Robert Blaschke’s phase angle returns take things a step further. He also likes to look at the degree symbols of the Ascendant for those phase angle return charts and other things. I’m not entirely sure about that, but the idea of looking at the exact moment of the recurrence is intriguing. For now I’m just looking at the general timeframe of recurrences, and looking at transits in the context of history or biography. Thanks again for the compliments.

  • Ellen Longo says:

    Great post, Patrick. You must have had fun narrowing it down to only 5, but I think you got it right.

    I write a blog on astrology for business. I’d like to ask you about your blog writing. Practically speaking, how do you decide what to write about? The field of politics is vast, like the field of business. There is so much going on all the time in both realms. Do you have a methodology or certain rules you follow to narrow your focus? Or do you just wing it, writing about what happens to catch your attention on any given day? Or another method?

    This is a sincere request. I’d love to know your methodology.

    Ellen Longo

  • Chris Brennan says:

    We follow a highly scientific approach to the selection of article topics that involves a dart board and scraps of newspaper that were torn out of the most recent edition of the Times. Highly scientific.

  • Ellen Longo says:

    Thank you for the sage advice and keen insight into your methodology.


  • Patrick Watson says:

    Hello Ellen,

    Aside from the very scientific method mentioned by Chris, it’s a bit of a mix, at least for myself. I am a news/politics junkie by nature, so I’m reading up on the latest stories as much as I can. If I could update daily I would, but I’m still in college so sometimes even when there is a big story going on I can’t always cover it. I still try to catch the biggest stories going on, although it sometimes takes a while to understand the astrology behind a given news story because of the particular astrological methods we employ, which usually requires studying a bit of the history on the subject. So really I update when I can, but I also want to have something unique and valuable to say about something. I just keep on top of news sites like a hawk waiting for breaking news and then mine the astrology behind it. So thats pretty much it. Thanks for the compliment!

    Patrick Watson