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The Astrological Importance of Presidential Run Announcements for 2012

Posted by on Wednesday, March 2 20117 Comments

The 2012 US Presidential election campaigns will start to kick off as President Obama and Republican candidates make their official announcements that they will run, which will begin happening by this month. We must be vigilant to make sure that we record the time and place the candidates make their announcements because they can be extremely useful in determining what the themes of the contest will be, as well as who may end up being the winner. Don’t believe me? Look at the general transits for the main candidates of the 2008 election at the time of their announcements.

Theme of the 2008 presidential candidates: Saturn opposite Neptune

Announcements from presidential candidates for the 2008 election came pouring in in early 2007. In early 2007, the most noteworthy transit was Saturn opposite Neptune, which only happens every 36 years. This outer planetary transit set a kind of backdrop, an underlying theme for societies in that time. The presidential candidates who rose to the fore announced their runs at time that eerily synced with this zeitgeist.

Barack Obama

President Obama announced his run for President on February 10th 2007 in Chicago, when not only was Neptune exactly on his Ascendant, but the Sun was conjunct Neptune on his Ascendant that day. Obama has quite a history with Neptune, and for many reasons detailed in this article “Barack Obama’s Rise To Power”, Obama is a very Neptunian character. Obama also has quite a family history with the Saturn-Neptune cycle, detailed in this article “Saturn-Neptune and the Obama Family”.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton filmed her announcement to run and then posted it online from her home in New York, early on the morning of January 20th 2007. The Moon was conjunct Neptune in Aquarius that morning. She was also experiencing her Saturn return at the time, which Neptune was opposing.

It is nearly as if Obama and Hillary were the Neptune candidates, a man (the Sun) and a woman (the Moon) respectively, except that in Clinton’s personal transits, she was more affiliated with Saturn, as it was her Saturn return, and Neptune opposed it. And because she was more associated with Saturn, she lost.

John McCain

McCain formally announced his candidacy around 12:30 pm on April 25th 2007 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Moon was at 21 Leo, conjunct Saturn at 18 Leo and exactly opposite Neptune at 21 Aquarius. His candidacy was clearly against the agenda of Neptune, and more closely associated with Saturn. As we know, the contest ended up being Obama vs McCain. Or, the Sun-Neptune opposite Saturn guy vs. the Moon-Saturn opposite Neptune guy. It appears Sun contacts are stronger than Moon contacts. Or perhaps Neptune trounces Saturn? McCain was also born with Saturn opposite Neptune.

Theme of the 2008 VP candidates and 2008 Elections: Saturn opposite Uranus

As everyone and their mother knows by now, Saturn perfected its opposition to Uranus on the very day of the 2008 elections, November 4th, 2008. Still, it seemed to be quite active in the months leading up to the perfecting aspect.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden, astrologically speaking, was the ultimate candidate for responding to the Saturn-Uranus opposition. He was born at a Saturn-Uranus conjunction, and his MC/IC axis went across 19 Virgo/Pisces, the exact degrees Saturn and Uranus would occupy on election night.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin was contacted by John McCain to be his running mate on August 25th 2008. Saturn had just made a conjunction to Sarah’s natal Uranus. On the night, and even during the speech in which she officially accepted the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nomination, the Sun perfected it’s conjunction to Saturn at 11 degrees. Sarah Palin was born with the Sun conjunct Saturn.

So, what should we look for this time around?

Here are some potential candidates for themes of the 2012 election and candidates, given what happened in 2008:

Jupiter in Aries opposite Saturn in Libra

Jupiter and Saturn will be in a tight opposition from late March to early April. Also worthy to note that the Sun in Aries will oppose Saturn and conjoin Jupiter from April 4-7. The passage of healthcare reform took place at the Sun in Aries-Saturn in Libra opposition in 2010, so whoever might announce their runs for President may take up the theme of doubts and fears of the people (Saturn in Libra) against the will of the leaders (Sun, Jupiter in Aries) or fired up people and the wealthy(Sun, Jupiter in Aries) against the well-intentioned government policies in healthcare, taxes, spending (Saturn in Libra). We should expect the people who announce in this time to have Jupiter and Saturn configured in their charts, especially the opposition.

Uranus ingress into Aries, Lunar Eclipse opposite Uranus in Aries

The Sun will be conjunct Uranus at 0 Aries on March 21st. Just the day before that though on March 20th, there is a full moon opposite Uranus. This is interesting because it seems to set up candidates (the Sun and Moon) surrounded around one issue, and doesn’t appear to be part of a conflict with another planet. Since the planet is Uranus, it isn’t hard to imagine that the philosophy of these candidates will be aggressively libertarian. Candidates may have 0 Aries occupying a sensitive point in their charts or have their Sun or Moon configured with Uranus in some way. This may also have bring out announcements from candidates who were born close to eclipses (since it is a lunation square the Nodes), which includes Obama.

Neptune ingress into Pisces

Considering Obama’s strong ties to Neptune, I think the Neptune ingress in April will most likely be relevant for him. Knowing his history with the planet, all his major political success has taken place while Neptune has been in Aquarius. It is his 1st house, he became famous under Neptune’s opposition to his Sun in Leo and even became President while it was on his Ascendant. When Neptune moves into Pisces, he may lose his magic touch for good. However, once it is in Pisces, Neptune will square his Moon at 5 Gemini. This could represent one final burst of his campaign charisma, although it will be very different for him this time around. He campaigned very heavily in 2008 as an insurgent candidate against all odds and the status quo, and on the promise of hope and change.  But now that he is the President, he is the status quo, and promises of change from candidates will be talking about kicking Obama out.

Ongoing planetary configurations throughout the 2012 elections:

Saturn in Libra/Scorpio trine Neptune in Aquarius/Pisces

The old theme, Saturn-Neptune, does resurface in January and October 2012 when it forms a trine, the first aspect the two planets have formed since presidential announcements were made in early 2007.  This also may be particularly telling for Obama, because of his status as the Neptune candidate opposite Saturn in the 2008 election. So far, we can only tell that this will logically connect to his presidency, either spelling its end or the next step.

Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn

The last time these planets were conjunct was in the tumultuous 1960’s. I shan’t speculate as to what this may mean in 2012, other than that I would expect the headlines to feature people who were born at the conjunction, in the years 1964-1966, or even at the time of the last square, in the years 1932-1934.

The next step after finding out who is running and when they announced, will be finding their birthtimes. This will not be easy.

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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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  • Sonja Foxe says:

    “Reports over the weekend set the drumbeat for the official launch, which came soon after 5 a.m. on the fourth day of the fourth month, symbolic for the 44th president.
    Read more:

    Neptune on the Ascendant — again

    I did it for 5:03 am edt … 29 AQ 18 rising, neptune at 0PI00

  • Dear colleagues,
    I am delighted to discover this site. Thank you, Patrick, for putting it together. The astrological is the political, and vice versa, as we move through the next few years of the Uranus-Pluto square. I think “personality politics”is over. I go into this idea at Do other astrologers feel this way? I would welcome a discussion of the question.
    Onward into the Cardinal Cross we go,
    Jessica Murray
    San Francisco

  • Patrick Watson says:


    Thank you, although I cannot claim credit for putting it all together. I might submit a lot of articles for this blog but Chris is really the mastermind behind it. I don’t know if personality politics will ever really die out. I’m not quite sure what to think of the Uranus-Pluto square except that when viewed in context of the 60’s, (the time of the previous conjunction), it will seem like a logical next step. If someone could distill the theme of Uranus-Pluto cycles into words, through the careful study of its phases, we could understand what this square will be about and what we could expect. I also expect people who were born at the Uranus-Pluto conjunction to come to the fore, especially when the Sun makes hard aspects to the Uranus-Pluto square. Those are also the times where we will be able to isolate what is actually related to the Uranus-Pluto square from the white noise of transits. IMO.


  • Good morning, Patrick, Chris and others,
    Bill Herbst has done a fine job of breaking down the huge outer-planet transits into pieces, tracking them over the centuries for patterns of break down and revolution; also masterful is Rick Tarnas’s comparison of the mid-sixties conjunction with what we can expect upcoming. My article on the square looks at the idea of spiritual evolution:
    At the Full Moon this very day,
    Jessica M.

  • Patrick Watson says:

    Thank you very much! I will certainly look into it.

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  • Judith says:

    Your analysis of the 2008 announcements for Presidency peaked my interest, it is a very interesting analysis. My political friends are quite worried about Rick Perry’s challenge to Obama, since he is an opportunist willing to trade access to power for money and likely to attract Karl Rove’s money. I found a video of Perry’s announcement of his candidacy on the web ( he announces his bid at 1:24PM EDT in Charleston, SC.
    What I find interesting about the chart is that it has Scorpio rising like Obama’s announcement, and a grand cross of Saturn, Pluto, Uranus and Mars. I think the message both have to address is the struggle for resources. While Obama’s messages still has the theme of hope (as you mentioned in your analysis of his announcement chart) it also has the theme of faith in the fighting spirit of individual enterprise (Mars conjunct Uranus). Mars in the 8th House in Perry’s announcement chart puts the emphasis more on the fight for a larger share of resources, and the ruthless struggle for who owns what, the haves against the have nots (square Saturn). Perry’s Sun, Venus, Mercury conjunction at the MC is not in close aspect to this square, so he comes off as likeable and charismatic, but his hidden agenda is really ruthless.

    Both Romney and Perry have the June 20, 2012 Solar Eclispe at 0 degrees Gemini conjunct the Ascendent of their natal charts prior to the Republican Convention. Romney’s is within 1 degree, Perry’s is a 3 degree orb. It is also conjunct Romney’s post-natal eclipse of 8 Gemini 48. I could see these two pairing up as a team, one to attract mainstream Republicans and the other to attract the Tea Party. The placement of this eclipse in their charts is more favorable than in Obama’s, where it falls on his Moon in the 4th. Maybe a positive perspective is that it could energize the People?