Uranus, the Great God of Shift, goes Direct on the 26, and all week long, as it prepares to change its course, we're caught in its astral pivot. Uranus, retrograde since May, is ready to make up for lost time. As the Patron Saint of Revolutionaries, Uranus always stirs the collective caldron. It thrives on rebellion and provocation. Soothing the situation in the Middle East won't come easy. What's more, Uranus is very busy impacting the presidential campaign. Pay attention. This Uranian light heats up the competition.
The Presidential candidates are both under the thumb of Uranus. Mr. Bush has a Chiron, Moon, Jupiter conjunction in his birth chart, in Libra, in his Third House, the home of communication. That conjunction is why he has a problem remembering the "right" word. It's also why he stops answering questions in mid sentence and launches into his carefully crafted sound bites instead. What's more, this conjunction goes for the broad stroke instead of the specifics. Currently, Uranus is trining that conjunction, fueling George's charm and making him look good--very good. But the thing about Uranus transits is they don't last. Fall in love under a Uranus transit, and you'll wake up a week, a month, or a year later, realizing you were enamored by appearances and blinded to reality. It's the astro equivalent of Beauty and the Beast. Only once Uranus stops kissing George's conjunction, the Prince turns back into the Beast.
Mr. Gore has a Pluto, Saturn, Mars conjunction in the First House of Individuality. That conjunction is why he appears stiff. Nothing loosey goosey about Al. He's serious. And while this is a difficult combo to live with, it does offer the capacity to overcome even the greatest difficulties. As Uranus opposes that configuration, the focus is on Al's personality. His formality is analyzed as a detriment, rather than viewed as a requisite presidential quality. This Uranus opposition is a test of strength. And don't think for a moment its impact is only negative. Uranus was born to surprise us, and when it is in an aspect to Mars, it provides an extraordinary potential to resist provocation. Uranus, Saturn, and Mars often coalesce into an intervention by a Higher Power. Providence could be on Al's side. Particularly if George gets cocky. Despite what pollsters and pundits would like us to believe, a presidential race isn't a personality contest. Besides, Miss Congeniality never wins the pageant.
As Uranus goes Direct, it squares Mercury. This square feeds a contradictory climate. Conversations turn brutally frank, which means the candidates can finally stop agreeing with each other and focus on the very real differences between Republicans and Democrats. Controversy, while uncomfortable, sparks clarity. Unfortunately, our cultural devotion to illusion has forced these men to be nice. Fortunately, Uranus isn't polite. It will strip away the rhetoric, get down to the real nitty gritty, and help us discern the difference between fact and fiction.
And a special note to those of you voting for Nader and framing your vote as a vote of conscience: A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. Al Gore isn't perfect. But Bush and his backers are dangerous. So don't kid yourself into thinking you're taking the high ground by casting your vote for Nader. What's your conscience gonna be tellin' you if Bush wins and appoints reactionary judges to the Supreme Court? Just picture Bush slappin' Yasir Arafat on the back and tellin' him how we do things in Texas.
Yes, corporations rule the world. But that's not going to change by voting for Nader. The only way to bring corporate power to its knees is to stop consuming its products. And hardly any of us are ready to give up our phones, cars, cosmetics, designer whatever's, or beer.
What's more, a vote for Nader is also a vote for apathy. The Republicans have gone to great lengths during this election to hide the conservative right wing arm of their party. But make no mistake, the religious right is behind Bush's curtain. The Republicans are betting you'll be fooled. Bush and Gore are not the same. Your vote matters. A lot.
The Democrats are also hiding the left wing of their party. But the Democrats are for the people--all the people, all the time. That's always been their platform. Al Gore has a long history of public service. Sure, he wants to win. He's a politician. But he actually wants to make a difference. And he's smart. Very smart. Smart enough to understand the complexity of the problems we're facing. Smart enough to know "he not busy being born is busy dying".