The First Presidential Debate


The consensus is that Romney outperformed Obama in the first presidential debate on October 3, 2012 in Denver.  Romney supporters were ecstatic at his confident polished performance.  Obama supporters were disappointed by his lackluster delivery and inadequate rebuttal of his opponent’s positions.  Can the transits for the debate tell us anything about what happened from an astrological point of view?

Below are the birth charts of each candidate with the transits for the start of the debate.  The ASC of the debate chart is 21 Aries 59 and the MC is 12 Capricorn 05.   At the end of the debate the ASC has moved to 24 Taurus 37 and the MC to 3 Aquarius 23.  In addition, the Moon had moved from 24 Taurus 21 to 25 Taurus 26.

Romney’s birth chart with debate transits around it

Romney went into the debate with the transiting Moon having recently sextiled his Sun and applying to conjoin his ASC.  Transiting Jupiter in his 1st house is fortunate and it is making a station on his natal Uranus, modern ruler of his Midheaven (career and public image).  Transiting Mars conjoins his natal Moon/Jupiter conjunction, increasing his self-confidence, poise, assertivenes and fighting spirit.  The transiting Sun has just trined his natal Venus, Midheaven, and Part of Fortune — all very fortunate indicators for career success.

And as for Obama:

Obama’s birth chart with debate transits around it

Obama’s transiting Moon in his 3rd house of communication has recently squared his natal Sun and forms a partile square to his natal Uranus during the debate — he is emotionally out of sorts.  Transiting Mars squares his natal Uranus/North Node conjunction in the 7th house (the public), indicating difficulty making connections with others.  Mars rules his Midheaven (public image) and Uranus is the modern ruler of his ASC (his personality and individual action), suggesting that his performance before the public (7th house) may not achieve the result he desires (t.Mars square natal Uranus/North Node).  Transiting Neptune rising (in contrast to Romney’s transiting Jupiter rising) indicates that Obama will come across less clearly and definitively (or more muddled and fuzzy) than he would like.

These are the factors that stand out on first glance.  There probably are many others, and I welcome readers’ comments about these two charts.

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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6 Responses to The First Presidential Debate

  1. Pam says:

    I’m a newbie, but here’s my two cents. ( Obama should have declined to a debate on such an important family date.) His T-Pluto is trine his N-Pluto in an earth sign, and the T-Moon is trine his N-Pluto on his IC. He was slow, stable, solid, stuck. Romney could hardly have picked a better date (does he have an astrologer?). He’d been electrified in mind, body and spirit for days already and was at a peak during the debate per the T-Sun trines to his N-Venus, N-PF, N-MC and N-Neptune; T-Mars’ trines to his N-Sun, N-Jupiter, and N-Moon; and Jupiter’s conjunction to his N-Uranus. The role of the moderator was important, too. I see him as Saturn conjunct Mercury in the event chart, sandwiched between Romney’s strengthened N-Jupiter/Moon and N-Neptune and opposite Obama’s N-PF and the event’s Asc.

  2. Denise says:

    Jupiter is stationary and will still have the same effect for the next debates and election day.

  3. Denise says:

    Jupiter is stationary and also trine his solar return 10th equal cusp 17Libra.

  4. Pam says:

    I’m looking forwrad to debate #2 and notice some interesting synastry between the candidates:O-Moon conjunct R-NN, square R-Mars, sextile R-Saturn; O-Mercury conjunct R-Saturn, opposite R-Venus; O-Sun conjunct R-Pluto, opposite R-PF; O-NN and Uranus square R-Jupiter and Moon. This is a town hall format, right? Mercury conjunct the Moon in the sign of the US ascendant . .. I think Obama will do much better this time (he’ll be quicker and smarter), but Romney will still “win” (his passions will be in sync with the public’s mood).

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