The 2012 Conventions: Horoscope Comparison
In this article we would like to present our analysis of the horoscopes or inception charts that we gathered over the past two weeks from each of the conventions, especially the charts for when each candidate officially accepted their party’s nomination.
We will also analyze some of the other charts associated with the conventions, to see how each convention compares to the other from an astrological perspective.
The Inception Charts for the Conventions
The convention was delayed by Hurricane Isaac, and they didn’t start having any speeches until Tuesday, August 28. However, the organizers took the unusual step of still opening the convention at the originally scheduled time on August 27, and then immediately taking a recess until the following day.
The inception chart itself was pretty good from the standpoint of electional astrology, at least considering what was available in late August.
The chart has Sagittarius rising, with Jupiter, the ruler of the ascendant, in Gemini in the 7th house. It isn’t terribly strong in Gemini, but it isn’t afflicted by either of the malefics, and it is configured by sextile to its domicile lord.
The Moon is in Capricorn in the 2nd, and it is applying to an opposition with Venus in the 8th, with reception. The Moon is also applying to a square with Saturn, although this is mitigated by the presence of reception, and the fact that it is a day chart, which makes Saturn considerably less malefic. The most difficult planet in the chart is Mars, but it is kind of sequestered away in the 12th house, where it isn’t really afflicting any other planets. All in all it is a pretty well-rounded chart.
The chart was very auspicious from the standpoint of the two primary rules of electional astrology, which are that you always try to make sure that the ruler of the ascendant and the Moon are well-placed in the chart.
In the DNC chart Capricorn was rising, and the ruler, Saturn, is exalted in Libra in the 10th whole sign house, in a day chart, in aversion to Mars, and with favorable configurations to Venus and Jupiter, which are both in a superior position. This is actually just about as well-placed as you can make Saturn according to the rules of traditional astrology, and because it rules the ascendant, it is the primary planet in the chart that represents the convention itself.
The other major planet to pay attention to in the chart is the Moon, which is also in the sign of its exaltation, Taurus, and placed in the 5th house. With Venus in Cancer, this puts the Moon and Venus in a mutual reception because they’ve exchanged signs, which gives the Moon additional strength.
One major negative point though is that the Moon is applying to an opposition with Mars, which is generally something that you would really want to avoid since this is a day chart, and thus Mars is the most difficult planet. There are a couple of mitigations though: the first is that both the Moon and Mars are dignified by sign, which according to some ancient astrologers takes the edge off of difficult configurations.
The second is that the Moon is also applying to a trine with Mercury, and what ended up happening is that the Moon completed the trine with Mercury and the opposition with Mars at the exact same time, around 4:08 a.m ET on September 5. In this way both a very difficult and a very positive configuration completed at the time time, and it is possible that Mercury interfered with what would otherwise have been a much more difficult placement in the chart.
Conclusion Regarding the Comparison of the Convention Horoscopes
Ultimately I have to give the award to the DNC here for the better inception chart for their convention. Although the RNC chart has the virtue of not having the Moon closely applying to a hard aspect with a malefic, the DNC chart has a much stronger ruler of the ascendant. And even the Moon itself in the DNC chart, although applying to Mars, is far more dignified than the RNC Moon, being both exalted and in a mutual reception with Venus.
There are a few other points that could be mentioned here, such as the different positions of Mercury, the location of the MC, or the placement of the Lot of Fortune, although most of these tend to favor the DNC chart as well, so I will gloss over them here.
Official Candidate Nominations and Delegate Roll Call
Each presidential candidate has to be nominated by someone from within the party at the convention, and then the delegates do a Roll Call and cast their votes for the nominee(s). Once the nominee gets a certain number of votes from the delegates, they become the official nominee of their party. We have the charts for both the nominations and the moment when each candidate got enough votes from the delegates to officially become the nominee for their party.
Romney – Nomination and Roll Call
The chart has Capricorn rising, with Saturn exalted in Libra in the 10th in a day chart. Very similar to the nice DNC inception chart. The downside is that the Moon is in early Aquarius, and it is closely applying to a square with Mars, which is the most malefic planet in the chart since this is a day chart.
One commenter suggested that putting Mars on the MC might have been deliberate, although I think that this would have been a mistake if it were true, because even though Mars is dignified in Scorpio, this doesn’t negate the fact that it is contrary to the sect.
The roll call took place immediately after the nomination, and at exactly 5:40 p.m. EDT Romney went “over the top” and got the necessary number of delegate votes to officially secure the Republican nomination.
The chart is virtually identical to the chart for when Sununu nominated Romney 40 minutes earlier, although I will still post it to the right for the sake of completeness.
The only difference is that Mars is no longer right on the MC, and now the ascendant is closely square Saturn.
Obama – Nomination and Roll Call
The chart has Taurus rising, with Venus at 29 Cancer in the 3rd house, in a mutual reception with the Moon, which is exalted in Taurus in the 1st.
The Moon’s next aspect is to Venus, who moves into Leo before the Moon catches up with her, which technically makes the Moon void of course according to the modern definition.
Note that Venus is in a square with Saturn, although it is separating. We will come back to this later.
The delegate roll call began shortly after Clinton’s speech ended at 11:23 p.m. Eventually Obama got the 2778 votes needed to put him “over the top” at exactly 12:09 a.m. EDT, which officially made him the nominee of the Democratic party.
At the exact moment Obama officially became the nominee Jupiter was rising right over the degree of the ascendant in Charlotte. The ruler of the ascendant, Mercury, was exalted in Virgo in the 4th house, applying to a square with Jupiter.
The Moon is not very well placed in the 12th, although it is still exalted and in a mutual reception with Venus, although void according to the modern definition.
Conclusions About the Nominations and Roll Calls
I think that the most important chart out of all of these is the one set for when the roll call put each of the candidates over the top, because this is the moment that they officially secured their party’s nomination to be the president.
It is striking that in both charts the ruler of the ascendant is in the sign of its exaltation, and in that sense both of them look pretty equally auspicious.
The shortcoming in both seems to be with the Moon placement. Romney has the Moon applying to a square with a contrary to the sect Mars, and Obama has the Moon in the 12th, void, and applying to an out of sign sextile with Venus. I could see different astrologers arguing that either one of these placements is worse than the other, insomuch as a void Moon theoretically means that what is initiated at the time comes to nothing, whereas the application of the Moon to a malefic indicates that the outcome is more actively negative.
In my own personal opinion I am not terribly concerned about the void of course Moon acting as an inhibiting factor in Obama’s nomination chart, for reasons that I outlined on day 3 of the DNC live blog. That, combined with Jupiter on the ascendant in the chart, as well as the Moon’s application to Mars in Romney’s nomination chart, leads me to give this one to Obama.
Keynote Speeches and the Ruler of the Ascendant
Many of the most important speeches during both conventions took place between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. eastern time, because this is when all of the major news networks gave each of the conventions one hour of coverage to showcase their speakers. As a result of this, and as a result of both conventions taking place on the East Coast, the majority of the most important speeches that took place during the course of the conventions began with Taurus rising. This resulted in some really striking astrological indications, which I will outline below.
First, I need to emphasize two important rules when looking at electional and inceptional charts:
- Applying aspects indicate the future, while separating aspects indicate the past.
- The planet that rules the ascendant is the primary planet in the chart that represents the one who initiated the action.
These two rules are important, because they provide us with our primary guidelines for objectively interpreting the following charts.
The RNC – Venus in Late Cancer, Applying to Square to Saturn
Chris Christie gave his keynote speech on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, beginning at exactly 10:35 p.m. EDT. His was the main speech on the first night of the convention, although he was preceded by Ann Romney, who began at 10:10 p.m. with Aries rising. Their speeches were originally supposed to be on separate nights, although they were put together due to the delay of the first day of the convention.
When Christie began the ascendant was at 2 degrees of Taurus, and Venus, the ruler of the ascendant, was at 20 Cancer, applying to a square with Saturn at 25 Libra.
The next night, on August 29, the main speech was by Paul Ryan, the vice presidential candidate. He began at exactly 10:27 p.m. EDT.
Ryan’s speech also began with early Taurus rising, now with Venus at 22 Cancer, making it a bit closer to the square with Saturn at 26 Libra.
The only other major difference is the Moon, which is now at 18 Aquarius, separating from Jupiter and applying to an opposition with Mercury.
Essentially it is the same chart though, with Taurus rising and Venus in Cancer, applying to Saturn.
On the final night of the convention, on Thursday, August 30, Mitt Romney began his speech and promptly accepted the nomination to be the Republican candidate for president at 10:36 p.m. EDT.
Again early Taurus was rising, and the ruler, Venus, was at 23 Cancer, applying to a square with Saturn at 26 Libra within 3 degrees.
The Moon had moved into Pisces, and it was separating from a conjunction with Neptune and applying to a trine with Mars in the 7th.
The problem here is that the ruler of the ascendant is applying to a difficult aspect with the most difficult planet in the chart, which is Saturn because this is a night chart. In the simplest terms this means that difficult things are developing in the future for the one who initiated the action at that time (i.e. accepting the nomination).
The Moon in early Pisces is applying to an easy aspect with a dignified Mars in Scorpio, but this isn’t necessarily helpful to Romney since it is applying to the planet that rules the 7th and the 12th, which represents opponents and enemies of Romney.
Now let’s look at the DNC charts that occurred during the 10 o’clock hour a week later.
The DNC – Venus in Late Cancer, Separating From a Square Saturn
The first night of the DNC was on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Julián Castro’s keynote speech began at 10:10 p.m. EDT, with the ascendant at 9 Taurus, and then Michelle Obama’s speech began at 10:40 p.m, with 18 Taurus rising.
At this point, in the week following the RNC, Venus had moved further along in the zodiac, and now it was at 28 Cancer, with Saturn still at 26 Libra.
So, in these two keynote speeches on the first night of the convention Venus was still the ruler of the ascendant, and it was still squaring Saturn, but now it was separating from the exact square. Thus Venus was starting to move away from the exact configuration with Saturn during the DNC speeches, whereas it had been moving towards the exact aspect with Saturn during the RNC speeches.
On the second night of the DNC, which took place on September 5, the 10 o’clock hour featured speeches from Sandra Fluke (10:00 p.m), Elizabeth Warren (10:15), and Bill Clinton (10:34).
Taurus was rising when all of these speeches began, and Venus was at the very end of the sign, at 29 degrees of Cancer.
The Moon was still in Taurus, although now void according to the modern definition.
Barack Obama – Venus in Leo
17 Taurus was rising, so Venus was again the ruler of the ascendant. However, earlier in the day Venus had moved into Leo, where it was no longer squaring Saturn by sign.
This is highly significant because this means that Obama is the only person who gave a major speech at one of the conventions, or accepted a nomination, when Taurus was rising and Venus was in Leo rather than Cancer.
Venus in Leo applies to a square with Mars at 9 Scorpio, although Mars is considerably less malefic than Saturn because it is a night chart, and Venus is also in the superior position.
The Moon is at 29 Taurus, and it applies to a tight out-of-sign sextile with Venus, the ruler of the ascendant and its domicile lord.
Conclusions About the Nomination Charts
Ultimately when you compare the two horoscopes for when Romney and Obama accepted their party’s nominations, there is one that stands out as being distinctly more auspicious than the other.
- Both charts have Taurus rising with Venus ruling the ascendant, but in Romney’s chart Venus is applying to a square with Saturn, whereas in Obama’s chart Venus is no longer afflicted by Saturn. In fact, even though Venus looks like it is applying to square Mars in Obama’s chart, it actually applies to a sextile with Jupiter before it ever catches up with Mars. So, the next application of the ruler of the ascendant in Obama’s chart is a sextile to Jupiter.
- In Romney’s chart the Moon applies to a trine with Mars in the 7th, which is his opponent’s significator. In Obama’s chart the Moon applies to a sextile with Venus, which is his own significator.
- In Romney’s chart Mercury is in Leo and applies to an out-of-sign opposition with Neptune, while in Obama’s chart Mercury is exalted in Virgo and applies to a square with Jupiter.
- In Romney’s chart the Lot of Fortune lies in the 7th house of his opponent, while in Obama’s chart Fortune is in Virgo in the 5th house and ruled by Mercury.
- While it is true that in Obama’s chart the Moon is void of course according to the modern definition, this is mitigated by the fact that it is in the sign of its exaltation, as well as the fact that it closely applies to an out-of-sign sextile with its domicile lord, Venus.
In short, the astrological charts set for when each candidate accepted their party’s nomination seem to contain a number of positive indications for Obama, and a number of negative indications for Romney.
This seems to confirm other indications we looked at earlier this year in each candidate’s birth chart, and thus it reenforces our view that Barack Obama will be reelected in November.