UAC 2012 Presidential Panel Predictions
The largest astrological gathering in the world, called the United Astrology Conference, took place in New Orleans over the course of the past week, and on Tuesday it ended with a panel on the 2012 presidential election in the United States.
A similar panel took place at the previous United Astrology Conference in Denver in May of 2008, and there the six panelists unanimously predicted that Barack Obama would win the presidential election instead of his rival, John McCain.
This year’s panel took place on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM CDT in New Orleans. It was moderated by Ray Merriman, and it featured five astrologers, each representing a different astrological tradition or approach. The panelists included:
- Gary Christian, representing Uranian astrology and Cosmobiology.
- Edith Hathaway, representing Indian or Vedic astrology.
- Nina Gryphon, representing Medieval and Renaissance astrology.
- Claude Weiss, representing Modern western astrology.
- Chris Brennan, representing Hellenistic astrology, on behalf of the writers of the Political Astrology Blog.
The panelists were first asked to outline the methods they used in studying the presidential election, and then they were asked to outline their prediction for who would win the election later this year.
In the end, each panelist independently came to what was essentially the same conclusion, and the panel was unanimous in predicting that Barack Obama would be re-elected to a second term as President.
The panel concluded with some miscellaneous questions about what would happen during the rest of the election, the Mercury retrograde on election day, and other related matters.
Recording of the Panel
The panel was streamed live via webcam by Kirk Kahn, and the recording can be viewed on the website Ustream. Here are some links:
- UAC presidential panel page with bios for each of the speakers
- Part 1 of the presidential panel recording
- Part 2 of the presidential panel, with the Q & A session
The feed was dropped a few times during the panel, and so the recording will start over at those points when you watch it on Ustream. All you need to do is note the exact time in the video when it restarts, and then skip forward a few seconds from that point when you start watching it again, and then you should be able to view the entire recording.
The presidential panel got a fair amount of media coverage after it was over. The two main stories that were published and then circulated widely were by Reuters and USA Today:
- Reuters: Astrologers say celestial charts favor Obama over Romney
- USA Today: Panel of astrologers predicts Obama victory
The day after the panel Nina Gryphon was interviewed about it live on CNN’s Headline News, just after 2:00 PM EDT. We don’t have a clip for that yet, but we will post it here if we are able to get a hold of it.
More Information About the Presidential Predictions
Most of the statements made on the panel by Chris Brennan were already outlined in the Political Astrology Blog’s official predictions for the 2012 election.
Similarly, Nina Gryphon’s prediction on the panel was based on research that she outlined in an article on the presidential election on her blog a few months ago.
Photo credits to Wonder Bright.