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Bush and Cheney -- Crisis Before the Ides of December, 2003? by Jim Shawvan
The article which follows was posted on this web site on Oct. 30, 2003. This comment was added on Jan. 12, 2004.
Events involving Bush and Cheney around the dates given in the article were not as spectacular as I had thought they might be. Bush's birth time had worked well for timing specific events in the past (e.g., the "pretzel" incident). Cheney's birth time is not well tested, and may well be off. Thus it's possible that the timing of a crisis for both of them on the same couple of days may have been an illusion. If Cheney were born at a different time, he would go through the quotidian aspects on another date.
Note that there were considerable difficulties for both of them during those few days in December of 2003. Bush disavowed Taiwan for fear of China, thus betraying a decades-long treaty obligation and infuriating some conservatives. John Kerry, in Rolling Stone, used a four-letter word to describe what Bush and company had done in Iraq -- and Republicans were outraged, since four-letter words are terrible things, as opposed to the mass murder of Iraqis, which is insignificant in their eyes. Newt Gingrich, of all people, came out of hiding to criticize the Bush administration's actions in Iraq. The Pentagon denounced Halliburton's profiteering -- surely a first, although in January they decided it was all right after all. (I wonder who got to whom.) Also during those few days in December, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case challenging the secrecy of Cheney's erstwhile "Energy Task Force."
The only way to test predictive astrology is to make predictions and then wait to see what actually happens. Sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong. As in any other field, we can all hope to learn from our own mistakes and the mistakes of others as well.
Jim Shawvan, January 12, 2004
The original article follows, as it was posted on October 30, 2003.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, I took part in a panel discussion titled "Political Future: USA and the World" at the ISAR Conference in Anaheim, California. ISAR is the International Society for Astrological Research, and their web site is http://www.isarastrology.com -- on which site you can find two highly technical articles by Marguerite Dar Boggia (written in about 2001) regarding the stress that George W. Bush will be under in October and November of 2003. In preparation for the panel, I had reread these articles, and they had aroused my curiosity. I decided to look at Cheney's chart as well as Bush's.
As a panelist, I had just three minutes to show the audience of about four hundred astrologers that there is a serious possibility that Cheney might become president around Dec. 10, 2003, give or take a few days. Of course, there are other possible interpretations of the data, but both Cheney's chart and Bush's chart are lit up like neon signs during that period, most intensely around that date.
After three minutes were up, when I still had an alternate interpretation to offer, the audience demanded to hear it, much to my surprise. I offered as an alternate possibility that "Cheney might die at that time, leaving Bush without anyone to tell him what to do -- for about five minutes, until Wolfowitz comes over and knocks on his door."
Since then, I have become aware of an article on http://www.fromthewilderness.com which suggests yet another possibility -- namely that Cheney might be forced to resign, as Agnew was forced to do during the Nixon administration. Michael C. Ruppert, the author, believes that the CIA has already decided to get both Bush and Cheney out of office. Time will tell whether he's right.
Birth data for Bush and Cheney
George W. Bush was born at 7:26 am EDT on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, CT, according to birth record data (Rodden Rating AA) quoted on the Astrodatabank web site.
Richard B. Cheney was born at 7:30 pm CST on Jan. 30, 1941, in Lincoln, NE, according to a news story quoting birth certificate data (Rodden Rating A) and referred to on the same site.
Techniques used here: transits and three kinds of progressions (symbolic movements)
Transits are the positions of the actual planets in the sky at any given time, or their real movements through the sky.
Minor progressions equate one lunar month in transit with one year in a person's life, starting from birth. Minors are roughly 13.3 times slower than transits.
Tertiary progressions equate one day in transit with one lunar month in a person's life, starting from birth. Tertiaries are roughly 27.3 times slower than transits.
Secondary progressions (sometimes called major progressions) equate one day in transit with one year in a person's life, starting from birth. Secondaries are roughly 365 times slower than transits.
Bush's Uranus is receiving multiple afflictions in the second week of December 2003
At the time of the Full Moon on Dec. 8, 2003, one single planet in Bush's natal chart will be receiving multiple exact hard aspects in three different forms of progression as well as in transit. The probability of this happening is almost infinitesimally small. The "target" planet is his Uranus, which represents the ways in which he is different from his contemporaries, and where he might be drawn to groups with unusual goals. Uranus was conjunct the Moon's North Node at his birth, showing that Uranus represents a major direction of movement for him in this incarnation. His Uranus is in his 11th house of friends, hopes, wishes and goals, and it is the modern ruler of his 7th house of partners (and open enemies). In two widely-used house systems (Placidus and Regiomontanus), it is also the modern ruler of his 8th house, which is traditionally the "House of Death" -- but which more commonly refers to wealth coming from others, such as inheritances. The 8th house also has to do with brushes with death, as well as deep psychological issues and the process of psychological healing (for people who are ready to deal with that level of depth).
Bush's natal Uranus, on Dec. 8, 2003, will be receiving oppositions from his tertiary progressed Jupiter, his minor progressed Mars and Chiron, and transiting Pluto -- as well as a quincunx from his tertiary progressed Chiron. It will be squared by his minor progressed Moon (the fastest-
moving body in any form of progression, at about one degree per day, and hence an excellent timer). Within hours after the Full Moon on that date, the transiting Moon will conjoin his natal Uranus, and within two or three days, the transiting Sun will oppose it.
In Bush's secondary progressed chart, if one calculates the Midheaven by the very popular Solar Arc method, that Midheaven is conjoining his natal Uranus throughout the current period. However, if one uses the Mean Quotidian method, in which the progressed Midheaven makes a complete circle through the zodiac in just under a year (just as the transiting Midheaven does in just under a day), then on the morning of Dec. 10, 2003, we have the following:
-- Secondary progressed Saturn (frustration, blockage) is on the quotidian 7th-house cusp
(7th: partners, open enemies);
-- Secondary progressed Sun (the ego, vitality) is conjunct natal Mars (aggression, violence, assertiveness) on the quotidian 8th-house cusp in the Koch house system (8th: death, inheritances, brushes with death, deep psychological issues);
-- Secondary progressed Chiron (a wound, or the healing process) is on the quotidian 9th-house cusp in the Koch house system (9th: travel, foreign countries). Note that Bush is scheduled to be at a major international conference at this time.
The aspects made by the quotidian secondary progressed cusps last for only about two days, maximum.
Cheney's Mars is receiving multiple afflictions at the same time
On Dec. 8, 2003, one single planet in Cheney's natal chart will also be receiving multiple exact hard aspects in two different forms of progression as well as in transit. The probability of this happening is tiny -- and the probability that two individuals as closely involved as Cheney and Bush will have this happening by chance at the same time is unimaginably small. For Cheney, the "target" planet is his natal Mars, representing energy, drive, violence, and forcefulness, among other things. Mars is in his 4th house (home, personal life, private space) and it rules his 8th house (death, inheritances, brushes with death, deep psychological issues).
Cheney's natal Mars, on Dec. 8, will be conjoined by his tertiary progressed Moon and by the transiting Sun. It will be receiving oppositions from his minor progressed Uranus and from the transiting Moon, as well as a square from transiting Jupiter, and a quincunx from transiting Chiron (slightly wide but applying).
In Cheney's secondary progressed chart, if one calculates the Midheaven by the Solar Arc method, that Midheaven opposes his secondary progressed Mars throughout the current period. However, if one uses the Mean Quotidian method, in which the progressed Midheaven makes a complete circle through the zodiac in just under a year, then on the morning of Dec. 10, 2003, he has secondary progressed Venus on the quotidian 8th-house cusp in the Koch house system (8th: death, inheritances, brushes with death, deep psychological issues).
Also, about three days later, Cheney will have his secondary progressed Sun on the quotidian 8th-house cusp, in the Koch house system.
For serious students of astrology
For the serious astrologers among our readers, to see what's going on, run the following:
-- For George W. Bush, a four-ring chart with natal, true tertiaries, minors and transits for the time of the Full Moon on Dec. 8, 2003;
-- For Cheney, the same;
-- For each of them, a secondary progressed chart for Dec. 10, 2003, 0h EST, for the birthplace, using Koch houses. This could be a single wheel chart, so that you can see the progressed cusps. Alternatively, you can do it as a two-ring chart with the progressed chart in the center determining the cusps, and the natal in the outer ring.
I ran the secondary progressed charts using MC by Solar Arc and MC by Naibod as well as Mean Quotidian (Koch). For the Mean Quotidian charts, I used Progressed Day Length Q2 (Standard = Mean Solar Day). The Mean Quotidian method of progressing the Midheaven is by far the most revealing, since the cusps change daily (roughly a degree on the MC), but even the other two methods reinforce the issues shown by the four-ring charts.
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