Ron Paul Announces Run For President
Representative Ron Paul of Texas announced his third run for president today on Good Morning America. Unlike other presidential candidates this cycle, there was no ambiguity involving YouTube video uploads or Twitter postings. It was a good ol’-fashioned announcement on national television, which made it a lot easier for the eager astro-political spectator. So what does the time of the announcement reveal about his campaign and his chances?
When was it?
From my experience working in television news, I know that the programming schedule is only compromised in special circumstances, like sports games going over-time, presidential addresses or breaking news on the level of importance as 9/11, etc. Otherwise, the programming schedule is strictly followed to the second, counting down from 5 seconds to cue introduction graphics. I didn’t see Good Morning America first hand, but I knew that it broadcasts from New York City beginning at 7 am, so I was able to watch the show online, and I began a stopwatch from the moment the show began. Ron Paul started the sentence “I am, today, at this moment, I am officially announcing that I am a candidate for President in the Republican primary” at 7:06:39 am and finished at 7:06:44 am. As for the location, we are slightly in a quandary because Ron Paul gave his announcement via a live feed from Manchester, New Hampshire. I think it makes most sense to count where the action was being initiated from, even if it was being broadcast from New York. There may be a second or two delay, still, I would consider the official time for Ron Paul’s presidential announcement as May 13, 2011, 7:06:44 am, Manchester, New Hampshire.
Again, like Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul’s campaign will profit from the benevolence of the Mercury-Venus-Jupiter conjunction in late Aries, indicating success in fundraising, endorsements, soundbites, slogans. The conjunction makes a close trine to Paul’s Sun at 26 Leo (no birth time for Ron Paul unfortunately). Interestingly enough, when Ron Paul announced his run for President on March 12, 2007, Venus was at 24 Aries, just 3 degrees away from where it was at his announcement in 2011. And even on February 12th 1987 when he announced his run for president in the 1988 elections, Venus wasn’t at 24 Aries, but Mars was! Also worth considering is that Saturn and Neptune were opposed in the run-up to the 2008 elections, and Ron Paul himself was born at a Saturn-Neptune opposition. He may continue to resonate with Saturn and Neptune as they form a trine going into 2012.
Nodes and Eclipses
Something curious I’ve noticed so far is the angularity of the Nodes in the presidential announcement charts for the Republicans so far. Gary Johnson’s announcement was made while the South Node in Gemini was ascending. Newt Gingrich’s announcement was made while the South Node in Gemini was culminating. And now, Ron Paul’s announcement was made while the South Node in Gemini is ascending. Not only that, but the Moon is even square the (lunar) Nodes. This is generally considered to be a bad thing for the Moon to be in angular positions to the Nodes, but only because it can be so portentous due to the Nodes’ intimate association with eclipses. Obama’s announcement was about an hour away from the North Node in Sagittarius from culminating. (Also, I regretfully have no way of figuring out when Fred Karger announced his run, although I know he announced in this video on March 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. If anyone would like to take a crack at it, be my guest.)
If this is a real pattern with the Nodes, then it will be very interesting to see what happens at the upcoming eclipses. There will be a solar eclipse at 11 Gemini on June 1st, a lunar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius on June 15th, and a solar eclipse at 9 Cancer on July 1st. Of particular interest to me is the lunar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius on June 15th, since it will be closer to the South Node itself, and will be hitting the angles of the announcement charts and various natal placements of the Republican candidates who have announced so far. As for Obama, the solar eclipse at 11 Gemini on June 1st will be transiting the IC of the chart of his announcement, so I’d say the solar eclipse will be more relevant to Obama, while the lunar eclipse will be more relevant for the Republicans. Weirdly enough, there is a Republican presidential debate scheduled for June 13th, in Manchester, New Hampshire. It will be very interesting to see who comes out the victor there.
Credits to Nick Dagan Best for graphics assistance.