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Newt Gingrich’s Campaign Imploding With Exodus Of Aides

Posted by on Friday, June 10 20115 Comments

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign is in free fall after multiple aides and staffers quit this week. In fact, it’s been a pretty rocky start for Newt Gingrich overall, in complete contradiction to what I had first said based on the time of his campaign announcement. However, a while later I realized I had actually used the wrong time due to using the wrong timezone for YouTube’s API data, and I updated the post as much as I could without looking like I was trying to cover anything up. I hadn’t let myself any time to interpret the new chart, but now that I’ve heard all this bad news about his campaign, I figured I better take a look and see what was going on.

I was struck by how decent the mistaken chart looked, and prognosticated accordingly. Now that I have the actual chart of Newt Gingrich’s announcement, it’s amazing what a difference a few hours can make. In inceptions, looking at the next aspect the Moon will make usually can give you a clue as to how things could turn out. Usually you want the Moon to apply to a benefic planet like Venus or Jupiter, and avoid a malefic planet like Mars or Saturn, especially Mars during the day and Saturn at night. The Moon that had already passed a troubling aspect to Mars in the first chart is now directly applying to Mars in the actual chart (during the day). Not only that, but Mars is found in the 12th house which is traditionally associated with enemies, and Mars in itself brings conflicts and recriminations wherever it is. So the Moon’s next aspect to this Mars indicates that this could be something that could come up.

In the mistaken chart, I looked at the Mercury-Venus-Jupiter conjunction positively based on the natures of those planets, but also because the houses they ruled seemed like they could be helpful to a campaign (i.e. not the 12th or the 6th). In the actual chart, Mercury still rules the 1st and is actually better positioned in the 11th, the house of great alliances, especially those of a professional nature. However, Mercury was applying to Venus which happened to be the ruler of the 12th, the house of enemies, and also administered to Mars, also present in the 12th. Essentially the Venus-Mars mutual reception seems to indicate that at one point or another, the people there to help the cause of the campaign (Venus in Aries in 11th) would become adversarial to the candidate (Mars in Taurus in 12th).

Interestingly enough, Gingrich’s aides officially quit around midday on June 9th 2011. This was just after the first lunar return of the beginning of the campaign, when the Moon would have repeated its unfavorable trine to problem planet Mars, by which time had reached the Sun of the campaign chart, broadcasting bad news out to the media, which made it to this blog! It’s not over till its over though. As I’ve noted before, the upcoming lunar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius on June 15th will be hitting his own chart pretty significantly, and the Sun-Mercury conjunction that happens on the first real Republican debate on June 13th is hitting his Sun as well as his campaign’s Ascendant, so I don’t think all is lost for him, even though overall, the actual time of his campaign announcement does not look so auspicious as it once did.

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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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  • nicole says:

    i’m not an astrologer but i do wonder about how to choose the best time for a chart. i mean the time of his announcement isn’t necessarily the official start of the campaign – or is it?

    what about when papers were filed? do you choose what time the video was uploaded to youtube or what time he tweeted the announcement/ link to the video? what about the fact that he announced that he was going to announce the campaign? what about now that he’s announced the campaign will “begin anew on sunday?”

    just askin’.

  • Patrick Watson says:

    Hey Nicole,

    Trust me, I’m on the same page. You can see all my other articles on announcement times where I struggle with this exact issue, and sometimes candidates made it harder with pre-announcements and Twitter/Facebook postings, and announcement videos with or without an “official” announcement, etc.. The same debate exists for what counts as an official birth time for a person. First crowning, first breath, when the umbilical cord is cut, or even at conception?

    I think I’m now leaning more towards the moment of symbolic significance as the one we should pay more attention to. If the candidate had an announcement video on the internet, but then had an event where they gave what they considered to be their formal “actual” announcement, I would lean towards the latter more than the former. This was the case for Herman Cain and Tim Pawlenty. Consider what the candidates themselves seems to regard as their “official announcement”. This is also why I would tend to not take announcements of announcements too seriously.

    In cases where the video itself was the announcement, like Gingrich or Obama, I tend to think of the uploading of the video to YouTube as the time, for the reason that even when they announced the video on Facebook, the video ITSELF is the announcement, so the moment of astrological import would seem to be when that video is published. In their Facebook/Twitter announcements, they have the link to their websites, the YouTube video was already embedded. People surfing YouTube at that time would have been able to see the video before the candidates had publicized them through social media. Granted, the one potentially huge flaw in this is that a video can be uploaded to be private at first while other details about the video are set, and then switched to public, and there is not necessarily a way to know if or when that happened, other than that if it did, it had to occur between the time it was uploaded and the time it was announced on social media.

    The time papers were filed…Yes, that is a good question. Here’s my take on that: Before these people filed papers to run for President, they filed to open an exploratory committee to see if they will become a candidate, which I see as kind of the “conception” phase of a candidacy. Then they file the papers to officially be a candidate, which is when a fetus has developed into a complete person inside the womb in the third trimester, ready to be born. The announcement of the candidacy, the beginning of the campaign, would be the birth of the child.

    As for Newt’s statement that the campaign will “begin anew” tomorrow, it’ll be interesting to see if he actually phrases it as actually starting again.

    Thanks for bringing this point up, it’s a sticky one that deserves some thought.


  • nicole says:

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful response. I thought I subscribed to comments so I’d see if/when you did but no such luck. I thought about you during the debate when Michele announced her filing. lol. It’s all very interesting, but your analogy seems apt. Thanks again. Enjoying your blog.

  • Patrick Watson says:

    Hey Nicole,

    Thanks, you’re welcome. By the way, Bachmann announced that she had filed papers at 8:11 pm at the debate, but she also said she would have a formal announcement soon. So complicated haha.


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