The Astrology of the Republican National Convention
This concluded a four day convention, which culminated when Mitt Romney accepted his party’s nomination to be the Republican candidate for the presidential election in November.
It was an eventful and interesting convention from an astrological perspective, and the purpose of this article is to provide a recap of some of the main highlights.
Before I get started, I would like to thank the team of astrologers who helped me to keep track of times when important events occurred during the course of the week. Without them I would have missed some of the data that appears in this article.
The Opening Day of the 2012 Republican National Convention
The convention was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, although Hurricane Isaac forced organizers to cancel the first day of speeches and move them to Tuesday.
Despite the cancellation of most of the events originally scheduled for Monday, the organizers still decided to officially start the convention on that day.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the convention to order at 2:00 PM EDT on Monday, August 27, 2012. A few seconds later Priebus called for a recess until the following day.
Some media outlets reported at the time that calling the convention to order on Monday at 2:00 PM was required in the convention bylaws, although it was curious that the official inception of the convention ended up being a full 24 hours before any business was conducted or speeches were given. It almost struck me as the type of awkward thing that astrologers do when they are trying to start an event or a venture at a specific time due to considerations related to electional astrology.
Interestingly, calling the convention to order on the 27th rather than the 28th also made it so that the inception chart of the convention was significantly better from an electional standpoint than it would have been otherwise.
At 2:00 PM on the 27th the Moon was applying to an opposition with Venus (see chart below), which is pretty good, but at 2:00 PM on the 28th the Moon had just ingressed into Aquarius, and it was applying to a square with Mars (click to see the chart), which is highly problematic from an electional standpoint.
In point of fact, it was on the second day of the convention that started with the Moon-Mars square that the most controversy occurred during the entire week, when delegates for Ron Paul began protesting over a conflict. This was also the day when two attendees were thrown out of the convention for tossing peanuts and racial slurs at a black camerawoman from CNN.
Generally speaking it seems that the convention went pretty smoothly though, which seems to confirm that the original inception chart is the chart for the convention as a whole. Here it is:
Inception Chart for the 2012 Republican National Convention
(August 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Tampa, FL)
The chart was actually pretty good, all things considered. Sagittarius is rising, with the ruler, Jupiter, in Gemini in the 7th house. The Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd applies to an opposition with Venus in the 7th with reception, and it is ruled by a very well-placed Saturn in the 11th, in the sign of its exaltation.
Mars is conveniently hidden away in the 12th, the place of enemies, and it is somewhat powerful in its own sign, but it isn’t really afflicting any of the major players in the chart. Based on the heavy 2nd house-8th house emphasis I would expect that the chart would be particularly helpful in eliciting more donations to the campaign once the convention was finished.
One of our readers rightly pointed out on our Facebook page that the Sagittarius rising inception chart for the convention seems to accentuate Paul Ryan’s chart more than Romney’s, since Ryan also has Sagittarius rising, whereas Romney has Sagittarius on the descendant. I think that is worth re-posting their comments here, since I’m essentially in agreement with their assessment, and I think that they made a good point that worked out well later in the convention:
As far as political fortunes go, it seems to me that Paul Ryan can assert himself strongly in this convention, because he shares the same Ascendant as the RNC’s chart shown above. Mitt Romney’s own persona (Ascendant) is setting right on the convention’s Descendant. Thus Mitt Romney takes more of a passive role and lets others showcase his personality for him during the event. Without researching past connections in the Astrological record, I can only surmise that Romney’s political ambitions would be better served by having his own Ascendant rising instead of setting on the RNC’s chart.
With respect to the chart itself though, this is an example of a pretty good inception chart, and the success of the convention seems to confirm this, even despite the initial delays.
Tuesday, August 28 – Delegate Vote, Ann Romney, Chris Christie
Tuesday the 28th was the first full day of the convention, and at 5:40 PM EDT Romney officially clinched the presidential nomination when enough delegates cast their votes during the Roll Call to put him “over the top”. This essentially gave him the official nomination of the party, which he would then formally accept Thursday night. Paul Ryan received the nomination for vice president shortly after that, although we didn’t catch the time.
Late Capricorn was rising, with Saturn exalted in the 10th, square the ascendant at the moment that the delegates put Romney over the top, which is rather good, although the Moon in early Aquarius was applying to a close square with Mars in Scorpio, which is not very auspicious. See the chart to the right.
Unfortunately we don’t know if Ryan received the nomination while the ascendant was still in Capricorn, or if it had switched over into Aquarius by that point.
Update 9/2/12: A reader named Geoffrey pointed out in the comments section below that technically Romney was officially nominated at the convention by former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu prior to the roll call. This nomination was subsequently confirmed by the delegate roll call in the next 40 minutes. According to a C-SPAN clip that I found, Sununu ended his brief four-minute speech and nominated Romney at exactly 5:00 PM EDT. His nomination was then seconded by two people, and then the roll call began.
- Click here for a screencap from C-SPAN for the exact moment that Sununu said “Is my honor to nominate Mitt Romney for the office of President of the United States of America.” This confirms the 5:00 time.
- Click here to see the chart for 5:00 PM EDT, when Sununu officially nominated Romney on behalf of the convention and the party. As Geoffrey pointed out in the comments section, note that Mars is right on the degree of the MC.
Aside from the delegate roll calls, the only other major highlight Tuesday night was a speech by Ann Romney in which she did a decent job of trying to humanize her husband, Mitt.
This was followed by what seems to have been generally viewed as a somewhat disappointing keynote speech by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. It is notable that Christie, who has a close Mercury-Mars square and is known for being very forthright sometimes acerbic in his exchanges with people, came off as more muted during a speech in which the transiting Moon was conjoining his natal Saturn as he was giving it (click for chart with transits).
Wednesday, August 29 – Paul Ryan, Condoleezza Rice, and Rand Paul
The major highlight of Wednesday was the speech given by Paul Ryan at the very end of the night, which began at exactly 10:27 PM EDT.
Ryan seemed to be particularly on his game that night, completely nailing his speech, and conveying the points he wanted to convey in a very effective manner.
His natal Ascendant-Neptune conjunction was fully accentuated this night, which produced both positive and negative results. On the one hand it made him look like the ideal conservative to Republicans, almost like a conservative version of Obama, whereas Democrats afterward decried what they viewed as deceitful comments in his speech.
What was really amazing about this from an astrological perspective is that the the North Node was still at zero degrees of Sagittarius when he began his speech, right on his natal Ascendant-Neptune conjunction at the same degree. But then exactly 1 minute after his speech ended, the Node moved into Scorpio, moving off of that conjunction. It was a perfect alignment of the nodes with one of the most personal and most striking placements in his chart, fully accentuating it for one last time the night of his speech, and then as soon as it ended the nodes moved on.
See the charts to the right for Ryan’s transits at the time of his speech. The top chart shows the transits at the exact moment it began, while the bottom chart shows the transits for the moment just after the speech ended. Notice the position of the nodes in each chart.
It seems that with that speech, and also due to some other considerations that we’ve been investigating in Ryan’s chart lately, while he and Romney may not win the election in November, Ryan has essentially cemented his role as the frontrunner in the 2016 election. In short, if our previous prediction about Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016 is correct, then it looks like we now know who her challenger will be.
Aside from Ryan, Condoleezza Rice gave a very compelling and commanding speech that started at exactly 9:55 PM. She was having several very close and very interesting transits that night:
- Transiting Venus trine Sun
- Transiting Pluto conjunct North Node
- Transiting Mercury conj. Pluto
- Transiting Saturn conj. Neptune
Her speech caused a flurry of speculation about whether she would run for the presidency in 2016, and it is interesting that the same ingress that just moved the North Node off of Ryan’s ascendant that night moved it right into Rice’s Scorpio stellium. Click here to see Rice’s chart with transits for the beginning of her speech.
Aside from Ryan and Rice, although he didn’t seem to get a lot of press for his speech, we should also mention Rand Paul, who was also having some interesting nodal transits when he began his speech earlier in the day at 7:29 PM. His natal Venus is at zero Sagittarius, so this was the final day that the transiting North Node was conjoining his natal Venus.
Presumably this means that he was able to gain the type of positive national exposure that he sought from giving the speech, and it will help to boost his career and connections with important people in the future, although transiting Mars square his natal Mercury the next day seems to confirm some fallout as well, perhaps from supporters of his father who disagree with his decision to endorse Romney. Still, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him taking a more prominent role in future elections. Click here to see Rand Paul’s transits for the night of his speech.
Thursday, August 30 – Marco Rubio, and Mitt Romney
The final day of the convention was interesting because it was supposed to start at 7:00 PM account to the schedule, but then the convention wasn’t called to order until 7:30 PM, shortly after the ascendant moved into Pisces, where the Moon and Neptune were already located.
It is one of those instances where you wonder if things are just accidentally lining up well for the organizers, or if they were actively using electional astrology to time the start of events, in the same way that Reagan did in the 1980s. Unfortunately sometimes with important events like these it is impossible to tell.
I thought it was interesting that the tone of the first part of the night was very much about trying to demonstrate Romney’s compassion, with very personal stories from different parishioners from Romney’s church who he had helped. This was all taking place while Pisces was rising in Tampa, and then almost immediately after the ascendant moved from Pisces into Aries that segment ended, and a new one began that was focused on talking about Romney’s entrepreneurship.
Perhaps it is something that you really have to witness live in order to fully see the significance, but it was one of many instances throughout the convention in which the change of the ascendant from sign to sign seemed to coincide with changes in tone and focus.
Romney was introduced in a very impressive speech by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, which began at 10:14 PM EDT. Rubio was high on the list of people that Romney was considering for vice president before selecting Ryan, and his speech gives some indication of why. He was commanding and fiery, with cutting and acerbic tones similar to Chris Christie, due to the Mercury-Mars square that both have in their birth charts, although for Rubio the presence of Venus in a close conjunction with Mercury gives him an additional level of eloquence that sets him apart from the New Jersey governor.
Like several of the other leading speakers at the convention, Rubio also has some important placements in the early degrees of Sagittarius in his natal chart, making the transit of the North Node over that point this week particularly important for him. Curiously, the closest transit that he had to his natal chart when he began his speech was transiting Neptune square his natal Neptune at 1 degree and 31 minutes of Sagittarius. The transit was exact to the minute when he began his speech. Click here to see Marco Rubio’s natal chart with transits for when his speech began.
Ultimately though, despite the eloquence of Rubio’s speech, the night belonged to Mitt Romney, who came out at 10:32, and then began his speech at 10:36 PM EDT, subsequently accepting the Republican nomination for the presidency.
This was undoubtedly one of the most important nights of Romney’s life, second only to what will happen later this year on election night itself. This night might arguably be more important though, because on this night he finally achieved something that he had wanted for a long time — something that he wasn’t able to achieve four years ago when he lost the nomination to McCain.
Additionally, the night was entirely his to win or lose depending on how he did with his speech. And in the end it seemed like he knocked the ball out of the park. Regardless of one’s political affiliation, I think that it is fair to say that he looked and sounded presidential, and he certainly didn’t mess up.
Given that, and given the apparent success of the convention overall, I think that it is fair to say that Romney probably will get a decent boost to his campaign from the convention, as we suspected earlier this year in our official astrological predictions for the 2012 election.
However, the other part of our prediction based on the technique that we used was that, although Romney would come out of the summer in good shape after the convention, something goes awry in mid-October when he enters into a difficult astrological period that lasts for a month. This begins just prior to the second debate. Now that we have the official time when Romney accepted the nomination, we can take a look at the chart cast for that moment to see if it has any striking indications for the future.
Romney is the one who initiated the action at the time by beginning his speech and accepting the nomination, so he is assigned to the ascendant and the 1st house.
Interestingly, the South Node had just moved into Taurus the previous night, where it brings its primary quality of decreasing or subtracting. Also, Mars is setting right on the descendant in Scorpio, perhaps showing Romney’s opponents.
Venus is the ruler of the ascendant, representing Romney, and it is placed at 23 Cancer in the 3rd whole sign house, although right on the IC and opposite the MC. Venus is applying to a square with Saturn, which is the malefic that is contrary to the sect in this night chart, which is a classical condition of affliction or maltreatment. There is reception between the two, which lessens the severity of the affliction somewhat, but it is still a close applying square to the most difficult planet in the chart. Although Saturn is the ruler of the 10th, which may be the office that Romney seeks, ultimately can such a difficult configuration between these two significators represent success in such an endeavor?
The last point to mention here is the Moon, which is separating from Neptune, which was a prominent feature of the convention and many of its speakers, and then applying to a trine with Mars in the 7th. Here I am not entirely sure if the 7th represents Romney’s opponent, which would be Obama, or if it represents his partner, which would be Ryan. Either way, somehow it seems to show that it is the other person that the Moon is moving towards, and thus benefiting, not necessarily Romney. This doesn’t seem like a very auspicious alignment for Romney personally.
It will be interesting to see what the chart for Obama’s acceptance of his party’s nomination looks like next week, and whether it confirms or contradicts what Romney’s acceptance chart seems to imply. (Update: see our article comparing the RNC and DNC horoscopes here)
Whatever happens, it was and very memorable convention, and we are sure to see many of the people who were involved in it again for many years to come.