Well, fellow Americans, here we are bracing for what most people are calling the most important and simultaneously the most insane Presidential election of our lifetimes. The “October surprise” cliché turned into an entire month of surprises; too many in quick succession to fully assess any of them. However, there’s more than enough information available to understand that this election will also be the dirtiest we’ve seen so far, and based on how’s it’s gone so far there’s no doubt that there’s still plenty more dirt to come. Thank you Mercury in Scorpio for calling out bullshit wherever you see it; thank you Jupiter in Libra for justice coming from a higher court that says no one is above the law (okay, maybe above man-made laws, but not above laws of nature. Everyone’s judged the same in the end.)
As I anticipated earlier in the year, it’s the actual voting process that may prove to be the dirtiest fight of this election. From my article written back in June:
“In most places in the U.S., the polling places on Election Day will be open from 7 AM through 8 PM. For the east coast/Washington DC, the Moon in Aquarius will be void-of-course from 8:54 AM EST until it enters Pisces at 4:45 PM EST. The further west your time zone, the earlier the void-of-course Moon begins, so that the polling will actually start out under the Moon VOC for those on the west coast and in the mountain time zone. If you live in the central time zone and your polling place opens up after 8 AM, then you also will be affected. Generally, if there are shenanigans and such on Election Day, they will be more prevalent in the western U.S.
A Moon void-of-course phase is useful for lots of things, namely for mailing things or filing paperwork that you want to fly under the radar, unnoticed. It’s most often used for filing taxes for those hoping to avoid an audit. In the instance of a major general election, the concern I have with the majority of the voting occuring during a Moon VOC is the possibility of the continuation of the loss of votes that we’ve seen so far this year. Ballots being lost, registration mysteriously cancelled, etc. Even after the Moon changes signs, it will enter Pisces, a sign not known for its clarity in everyday matters.
Mercury is, of course, the communications planet, so its position on Election Day will play an important role. Mercury will be in Scorpio that day, which is one of my favorite signs for Mercury to be in. We do have to look at Mercury in context to the event. The natal/birth chart for the U.S., known as the Sibley chart, will see Mercury in Scorpio on its 12th house cusp for Election Day…
A Mercury transit of the 12th house is a reticent transit, one prone to either accidentally losing or intentionally concealing information. It can go either way or both ways. Given that the “glitches” in the voting process thus far haven’t seen a lot of attention, Mercury in our country’s 12th house sort of reinforces the idea that a good many votes will remain unaccounted for, whatever the reason. Mercury in Scorpio should turn us on to any shady business, so at least we won’t be in the dark about what is happening. It’s just a matter of how extensive and what we’re able to do about it.
Saturn at 15 Sagittarius is on the nation’s 12 degree Sagittarius ascendant, same conjunction as this year’s national solar return (though Saturn is at a different degree). This is a transit of major changes to image and identity, not at all surprising given the nature of the election.”
Well, here we are now, and as I thought there’s a lot of conversation of the election being rigged, as well as conversation trying to “debunk” the possibility of it being rigged. We’ve seen the WikiLeaks and the Project Veritas videos, and we’ve seen them argued as being misleading or nefarious in their own right. We’ve seen that people have been paid actors hired by government agencies to bully people at rallies and possibly at the voting places (intimidation is a form of voter supression); that people can vote in two different states; even that dead people’s Social Security numbers are being used to register to vote. Just as we seen earlier in the year in places like Arizona and New York, there are people reporting their party affililiations are being switched without consent, and sometimes registration is mysteriously cancelled. What to believe?
I believe the astrology, which I still maintain points to a lot of lost, unaccounted for, and confused or switched votes. Partly due to the Moon VOC, which has caused issues with voting before, and partly due to Mercury in Scorpio being in the American chart’s 12th house on Election Day. It’s important to know that the 12th house is the house of hidden enemies, and in the charts of countries the hidden enemies can be from abroad or homegrown either way; an enemy of the voting process is just that, whatever their origins. Interestingly, the 12th in mundane astrology can also show underground movements; we’ll see after the election if any underground movement is the cause of hijinks at the election or the catalyst for bringing our voting system up to date and more secure.
The latter of those two things is my optimistic hope here. I also wrote this back in June: “Jupiter in Libra tightly conjunct the natal Sibley Saturn and exactly sextile natal Sagittarius ascendant is an undeniably good thing. Saturn shows where something is restricted and/or limited; the transit of Jupiter conjunct Saturn shows constructive freedom of some burdens, or at least an easing up of them. It’s not easy at this point for me to see what such a positive impact resulting from the election might be, other than to say it will be tied up with a changing of the guards somehow since it occurs in the 10th house of leadership and public relations/image.” The optimist in me is hoping that one of the good things to come out of this election is mutual agreement that we need to reform the voting system. I don’t think the system is as trustworthy as mainstream media would like us to think.
Here’s an excerpt from Wired:
“Most of these machines are running Windows XP, for which Microsoft hasn’t released a security patch since April 2014. Though there’s no evidence of direct voting machine interference to date, researchers have demonstrated that many of them are susceptible to malware or, equally if not more alarming, a well-timed denial of service attack.
The extent of vulnerability isn’t just hypothetical; late last summer, Virginia decertified thousands of insecure WinVote machines. As one security researcher described it, “anyone within a half mile could have modified every vote, undetected” without “any technical expertise.”… The WinVote systems are an extreme case, but not an isolated one. Other voting machine models have potentially vulnerable wireless components… The problem is that not every state does post-election audits. And even some that require them by law, namely Pennsylvania and Kentucky, don’t actually use voter-verifiable paper trails, meaning they have no way to complete an audit… Over a dozen states still have no audit procedure at all.”
This L.A. Times article highlights issues in Pennsylvania, a battleground state:
“But computer experts says the old electronic voting machines have a hidden flaw that worries them in the event of a very close election. The machines do not produce a paper ballot or receipt, leaving nothing to be recounted if the election outcome were in doubt… ‘Pennsylvania is using technology from the ’80s made by the companies that don’t exist anymore. In computer years, that’s a very long time ago’… Gerald Feaser Jr., elections director for Dauphin County, agrees the older voting machines ‘are not sophisticated,’… ‘Could the Russians hack our website on election night? Yes,’ he said.”
CNN is as mainstream media as it gets, but they had an article worth checking out too:
“In a demo, Brian Varner showed CNNMoney how a voter access card can be hacked by a small device that reprograms the card, giving voters the ability to cast their vote as many times as they wish…’I can probably put about 400 votes in myself in less than a couple minutes and the poll workers would be none the wiser,’ Varner said.”
And, to my knowledge, there aren’t any good ways of following your vote once you’ve cast it to ensure the person you voted for is actually who was recorded as the person you voted for. (If I’m wrong and there is indeed a way of tracking your vote after voting, please let me know.) In my mind, this too needs to be a part of a reformed voting process.
Around the time we find out the results of the election, Mars will enter Aquarius and be in mutual reception to Uranus retrograde in Aries. While the lead up to the results might be fuzzy and vague, that Mars in Aquarius-Uranus in Aries mutual reception looks anarchic to me; civil unrest would be a worst case scenario but challenging any hijinks or outright corruption at the elections would be a good use of this energy, in my mind.
Also keep in mind that Saturn at 15 degrees Sagittarius on Election Day will be opposite where it was at 9/11, when Saturn was at 14 degrees Gemini. We’ve completed a half-Saturn return since 9/11 and it’s possible this Election Day will bring us something from this opposite viewpoint.