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Election 2016: It's Time to Grow Up 

Last Updated: 10/10/2016 9:06 am

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This election seems to be taking place on the level of junior high school class president, only instead of being a popularity contest, it's about who hates whom a little less than they hate someone else. The process has been reduced to voting out of fear of whomever one does not want. Those taking sides are both convinced that the world is in serious trouble if the other party wins, and both sides may be right.

This chart looks like the shrill quality of the discussion gets worse over the coming weeks, and that there is a steadily decreasing interest in understanding much at all.

The second thing that jumps out is a description of the environment that looks deceptive and mean. The conjunction of Neptune (illusion, fog, and deceit) and Nessus (karma coming back, the results of a long chain of events) describe the psychic climate. There is the genuine expectation of something dark happening. There is the open expectation of fraud.

The full effects of the internet did not set in until the smartphone showed up. This has had a dissembling effect on consciousness; everything got smaller, shallower and more subject to immediate dismissal. Another message of the internet is that nothing is real. This is the first presidential contest in the age of the pocket computer. The impact of the digital age shows up boldly in this chart. Remember that we are in the time of the Uranus-Eris conjunction, the aspect of our era in history.

The effects of this conjunction reach back to around 2011 and ahead to about 2018. They can be summed up in this quote by a philosopher named Eric McLuhan: "The body is everywhere assaulted by all of our new media, a state which has resulted in deep disorientation of intellect and destabilization of culture throughout the world. In the age of disembodied communication, the meaning and significance and experience of the body is utterly transformed and distorted."

If you're wondering about why everything everywhere seems so chaotic to the point of unraveling, you might ponder this and see if it resonates. Say the words, "deep disorientation of intellect and destabilization of culture" a few times to yourself. It's not the content of the internet but its architecture that's behind this effect.

The mind is also assaulted, primarily by the robotic factor of the Internet (the Net is one gigantic robot). The news feed tells you what you have to think about in the order you should think about it. Our machines are now our teachers of how not to think for ourselves, and in the election chart, this gets infused right into politics.

For those curious, the aspect I'm looking at is the Aquarius Moon conjunct Pallas (the body politic; the public, under the influence of politics), sextile Uranus and Eris (the internet and its effect on consciousness). That is shorthand for "the public is now fully connected directly to the internet and therefore is easier than ever to manipulate."

The chart includes a dose of dark conspiracy theory (Mars in the last degree of Capricorn), which is also about rage at corruption. The problem with that rage is it has nowhere to connect to. When it's expressed, it's usually in a partisan way (the other side is corrupt) even though everyone knows that the issue reaches across party lines.

All of this is set in an idealistic context, where there exists hope that somehow the process can work out well, and that the presidency itself is somehow a benevolent thing. There is still some association of the United States presidency with national parks, amber waves of grain and George Washington who did not chop down the cherry tree.

The Inauguration Chart

The time the new president takes office is noon on January 20 following the election. It's easy to cast the inauguration chart; we always know when it's going to happen.

Because the inauguration happens at a fixed time, the new president is always inaugurated with the Sun in Aquarius, with Taurus rising and with Capricorn on the midheaven. Everything else is variable.

Features of the 2017 inauguration include the Moon in Scorpio, many planets in Pisces, and our friend the Uranus-Eris conjunction hiding in the 12th house (which is like a veil that conceals things). My impression is that this chart is describing the concealment of something huge. There is pageantry and fanfare; there is a most excellent show. The show is the scrim that hides everything going on behind it.

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