As we wait, on tenterhooks, for results of the New York primary later today, I've decided to play around with an old post of mine from early 2008 during that election season, adjusting the detail - just for fun. The post was titled:
Spirit of Idealism in the USA:
There's an interesting phenomenon occurring in the USA now. On first thought it seemed to me to be classic Uranus in
AquariusAries, tropically, but in the sidereal zodiac, Uranus is now in tropical Pisces. Sidereally Neptune is in Aquarius.
"Change", a keyword of Uranus and Aquarius, is the buzzword of the moment here. American youth has suddenly become avidly interested in politics, passionately supporting their almost messianic hero, presidential candidate
Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, whose message encapsulates Aquarian ideals.
The movement towards Aquarian ideals isn't only for the youth of the USA. Those left unmoved by
Obama's oratory and celebrity endorsementsBernie Sanders' proposals are enthusiastically supporting an equally determined Hillary Clinton, who passionatelydemands very little change from the way the country has been run for the last 7 years. Even the old-fashioned Republican party has taken a wee step towards more Aquarian thinking by supportingbeing shocked by the unexpected in the form of Donald Trump John McCain,who, though still something of an egomaniac warrior,is considerablyever so slightly more humanitarian (Aquarian) in his views on a scant few fronts than his party would traditionally have been.
Uranus in sidereal
AquariusPisces initially seems like an odd goodfit, but because we currently have Neptune in tropicalsidereal Aquarius and Uranus in tropicalsidereal Pisces, the two planets are in what astrologers call "mutual reception", each is in the home sign of the other. Astrologer Robert Wilkinson says (here) that mutual reception "is a very strong influence. It is as though the two planets feed each other, and grow stronger, for good or ill, in their ability to dominate those affairs in the chart." Using the siderealtropical zodiac, Neptune currently lies in CapricornPisces, mutual reception with Uranus in Aries is absent.
It's not a clear-cut choice to decide which fits the situation better, sidereal or tropical zodiac. It could be argued that Uranus in
sidereal Aquariustropical Aries is a good match for events in the USA, it could also be proposed that Neptune's influence is involved from its home sign, Pisces. In a paragraph above I used the word "messianic" quite automatically, and only later, when searching for information in my astrology books, noticed that Grant Lewi, when describing Neptune in Aquarius in his book "Astrology for the Millions" said
"There is a tendency to messianic feelings of social and economic reconstruction, perhaps an inclination towards dubious methods of accomplishing worthwhile goals (an "end justifies the means attitude")".
Rosa Brooks' article "A National Mood Swing", in the Los Angeles Times discusses the current phenomenon (see here)
In conclusion, she writes: [my deletions and additions for 2016]
"It’s far too soon to say if the newfound spirit of idealism that’s sending voters (including many independents) to the Democratic primaries in record numbers will endure, paving the way for an era of energized new social movements and reforms. But I’d bet that we really have turned a page. On the Republican side too, there’s a palpable desire for a candidate who doesn’t fit into a rigid ideological box,
one who can tap into and reflect our best instincts instead of our most craven fears.
Whether the idealistic yearning for change endures probably has little to do with who wins and who loses the Democratic nomination (or even the White House). Losses can galvanize social movements just as much as victories, and whoever wins the White House will be president of an America different from the one that greeted Bush’s inaugurations in 2001 and 2005 [ added: or Obama's in 2009 and 2013] It will be a more
hopeful, lesspartisan nation, one unitedin its rueful awareness of the ways former Bushpresidencies went wrong, a nation [hopefully] more ready to pull its socks up and get to work to put things right."
Conclusion: Tropical zodiac may describe this particular situation
more exactly than sidereal, depending on one's viewpoint, but sidereal would still describe it well enough.
Astrology aside, the hope in the hearts of everyone is surely that the phenomenon occurring here [among young voters] survives the election, then grows and blossoms, so the world and the planet itself will benefit.