This election has been ratcheted up for months, considered as important or more important than recent presidential elections. Indications from early voting in many states show early voting way up from normal mid-term election patterns. Voting involvement so far reflects more the levels normally seen in a presidential election.
Let’s look at what the planetary transits are showing to the USA chart. I have recently been able to verify the Sibley chart is pretty near correct, and have set this chart at exactly at 10° Sagittarius for today’s purposes.
There is a complex of transits. I’ll do my best to unravel them and make sense of them.
First, the natal Ascendant (Asc) is right around 21S58 or 22S00. So both Saturn and Pluto are in transit parallel it now. The parallel functions much the same as a conjunction, especially with an extended period when near these extremes of declination. This extends the reforms and battle for dominance that came up during Pluto’s transit conjunct the Asc from 1997 to about 2002. There is a battle to reshape the nation according to the ideals or interests of various cabals and groups. Pluto is especially representative of corporations, banking interests, and underworld types. It also represents the people’s attempt to find a new base of power in the current time. People will vote with this feeling in mind.
Pluto’s transit is through the 2nd house of personal income and holdings. So there are economic motivations very much involved in getting people to the polls and influencing how they vote. This is especially true with an added longer term aspect by progressed Pluto in near exact contra-parallel to natal Venus, more loosely to natal Mars — Venus representing women. That progressed aspect highlights a values battle still very much at work, which was activated noticeably since 9/11/2001 and the wars that ensued. Many voters still have these in mind, as well as the possible long term economic consequences of those wars. Natal Venus 23N32 and Mars 23N34 are very close together, so you can see how issues of war, personal income, men’s and women’s interests are being tested by this progressed aspect from Pluto.
Back to the transits … There are battling energies at work, because normally you’d think with Saturn representing a more conservative, law-and-order idea from voters with its transit to the Asc. However, we see that both Saturn and Pluto are contra-parallel natal Sun and Uranus. The Pluto aspect is most significant. Its contra-parallel to natal Uranus itself is very representative of change and one of the aspects that typically signifies a partisan shift in the federal government balance of power when it falls on election day. The contra-parallel by Saturn to natal Sun also represents limitations on the power exerted by the executive / center of government, since that is represented by the Sun. Saturn here contra-parallel natal Uranus is also limiting the degree of change or perceived liberty allowed.
With Saturn and Pluto both parallel natal Asc, the voters will be looking to get things under control and to further transform specific areas of how the nation functions.
Notice also that Uranus is applying towards culmination of its quincunx transit to natal Midheaven. Uranus will be at 28ARI36-Rx on January 3rd of 2019 when the next Congress is in session. That puts it clearly quincunx the Midheaven (representing government generally), which is right around 29° Virgo, and bi-quintile to natal Neptune in the 9th house of law and ideals, representing a moment of realignment with the nations ideals, probably with some litigation. These strongly indicate to me that there will be noticeable changes, most likely the Democrats regaining one house of Congress. That is more likely to be the House of Representatives. Uranus also transits sextile natal Moon, which indicates change is the mood of the people generally. This configuration of Uranus sextile natal Moon while quincunx natal Midheaven forms a transiting yod aimed at the Midheaven, which makes it — government — the focus of change, and is the strongest indicator there is a mood of change in the nation.
However, Uranus is infamously difficult to predict in terms of outcomes and all its permutations. During this quincunx transit to the Midheaven there will certainly be a change of some kind in how government operates and the most obvious answer is a partisan change in Congress, but it will likely involve more that arises in time. Intentions for change don’t always immediately translate into expected results. So especially while Uranus is in retrograde motion it is good to expect the unexpected. Those developments will shape the national conversation and media coverage going into 2019.
Look at Neptune’s transit, there will be significant confusion, manipulation, and deceit in some ways in this election. Notice it down low in the 3rd house square the Asc. There have been significant voter roll purges leading up to this election and Neptune’s transit here fits that type of malfeasance.
I don’t have it marked on the chart, but Mars’s declination is 15° south moving northward towards 0° declination. That puts it parallel natal Moon at 14S41. That means we are going to have some angry voters going to the polls, many of them angry because they are being denied access, but some will be motivated by anger at current events to go vote. As Mars’s conjunction tightens to natal Moon over the days following the election you can expect that anger to get louder. It will be within range of this conjunction for more than a week after the election. Expect media coverage of these things to be heavy with this transit occurring in the 3rd house of communication. Expect lots of stories shared online from people angry over being denied access to the polls — blogs, media coverage, etc. This will probably continue well through Mars’s transit square the Asc, at which point it joins Neptune, signifying a ‘what’s the use’ feeling among some.
Something else I did not mark on the chart is Jupiter’s transits sextile natal Midheaven and square natal Moon. The sextile to the Midheaven doesn’t say much in the way of changes or give much indication other than a generally optimistic mentality in the political actors, but the square to natal Moon says more. This transit is a moment of optimism and expansion of internal feelings that may have been latent or previously unexpressed. This is another indicator of change in the mood of voters. Notice also that Jupiter will transit conjunct natal Asc in January when the new Congress begins. That indicates some degree of ‘new start’, further indicating to me a change of the partisan balance in Washington, DC. There will be a bit more optimism at that time and some of the undercurrents of change and wranglings will have produced some results.