The Y2000 US presidential election

The Y2000 US presidential election was the closest, most disputed and most controversial, in US history. Al Gore, the Democrat candidate was pitted against George W. Bush the Republican candidate and governor of Texas.

On November 7, 2000 Gore won the popular vote by over half a million votes but neither candidate won the 270 electoral college votes necessary for victory. Results in several states were too close to call but the election outcome hinged on Florida with 25 electoral votes.

Exit polls on the day favored Gore but as the votes were tallied Bush appeared to take the lead. A dispute (Mars) erupted over the accuracy and reliability of Florida’s election technology (Uranus); but the result was so close it triggered a statewide mandatory machine recount according to the Florida Election Code.

The Florida Supreme Court (house 9) then ordered a manual recount and extended the recount deadline; the Bush campaign appealed its decision; and the US Supreme Court (house 9) agreed to hear the case.

The Supreme Court on December 12 in a 5-4 controversial bipartisan vote ordered the recount stopped. The incomplete recount was halted and Bush was awarded Florida’s electoral college votes and declared president-elect. Al Gore conceded the election but disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Al Gore vs. George W Bush

The Y2000 US presidential election was a unique political event: Both candidates had birth certificate recorded birth times and remarkably similar birth charts and progressed charts.

Both charts have Leo on the ascendant and the same house-cusp-sign layout except for houses 5 and 11.

On November 7, 2000 both candidates had major Sun-Mars progressions. Al Gore had progressed Sun square progressed Mars and George W Bush had progressed Mars square birth chart Sun; and with Aries on the cusp of house 10 these Mars progressions directly influenced their job chances and reputations.

The Sun is the planet of politics and any progressed aspect involving the Sun influences the significance, authority and vitality. Mars is the planet of conflict and any progressed aspect involving Mars influences strife, haste and energized effort; and their high-discord progressed obstacle (square) aspects set the scene for bitter struggle and disputation.

They stimulated the power-political (Sun) and honor-position (house 10) thought-cells in their not-conscious minds; yet in an unexpected turn of events (Uranus) the election outcome was decided by a very controversial decision (Mercury) by the US Supreme Court (house 9).

Al Gore’s chart progressed to November 7, 2000

Birth data is March 31, 1948 at 12.53pm EST 38N54; 77W02 (Washington, DC)

Progressed Sun at 2 Gemini 06 in house 11 was square progressed Mars at 1 Virgo 52 – the cusp ruler of house 10 (getting the job) in house 2 (his finances).

Progressed Midheaven (his popularity) at 13 Gemini 03 and 22N22 in house 11 was sextile (opportunity) progressed Pluto at 12 Leo 44 in house 1; parallel birth chart Venus at 21N46 in house 10; and parallel progressed Jupiter at 22S56 – the cusp ruler of house 9 in house 5. 

Progressed Pluto – planet of coercion – in house 1 was sesquisquare (agitation) birth chart Jupiter (the courts) at 28 Sagittarius 37.

Progressed Mercury – planet of controversy – at 24 Gemini 04 in house 11 was conjunction progressed Uranus – planet of unexpected events – at 24 Gemini 50; and progressed Moon at 23S16 was parallel progressed Uranus at 23N30.

The Sun in Gore’s birth chart is in house 9 (the Supreme Court). It’s trine (luck) Mars, Saturn and Pluto in house 1 and opposition Neptune – the cusp ruler of house 9 in house 3; but with progressed Sun square progressed Mars the Supreme Court’s involvement in the presidential election spelt big trouble, which may have been fortuitous.

Seven years later, on October 12, 2007, Al Gore, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was the co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for ‘informing the world of the dangers (Mars) posed by climate change (Saturn).’

His chart’s astrodyne report

George W Bush’s chart progressed to November 7, 2000

Birth data is July 6 1946 at 7.26am 72W56; 41N18 (New Haven, CT)

Progressed Sun at 5 Virgo 51 and 9N22 in house 2 (his finances) was parallel birth chart Mars at 8N58 – the cusp ruler of house 10 (getting the job) in house 2; parallel progressed Jupiter at 8S39 – the cusp ruler of house 9 (the Supreme Court) in house 3; and semisextile birth chart Neptune at 5 Libra 56 – the cusp ruler of house 9 in house 3.

Progressed Mars (strife and disputation) at 12 Libra 54 in house 3 was square (obstacle) birth chart Sun at 13 Cancer 47 in house 12 (secrets, behind the scenes activity and disappointment); and progressed Moon at 12 Libra 07 was conjunction progressed Mars > peak power date was December 1, 2000.

Progressed Midheaven (his popularity) at 16 Gemini 16 in house 11 was trine (luck) birth chart Moon at 16 Libra 42 in house 3; and progressed Venus at 21 Libra 48 – the intercepted ruler of house 10 in house 3 – was trine (luck) progressed Uranus – planet of unexpected development – at 21 Gemini 26 in house 11.

And progressed Mercury at 21 Leo 06 – planet of controversy – in house 1 was conjunction birth chart Venus at 21 Leo 30; sextile (opportunity) progressed Uranus; and semisquare (friction) birth chart Neptune.

Bush has no planets in house 9. Pisces ruled by Jupiter and Neptune is on the cusp and progressed Sun in his chart on November 7, 2000 was parallel progressed Jupiter and semisextile birth chart Neptune.

His chart’s astrodyne report

In America it’s possible to win the popular vote in an election and still lose, but things become really weird when one-quarter of the people support one candidate, one-quarter support the other and the other half don’t even bother to vote.

But all things considered the two luck (trine) aspects influencing house 10 in George W Bush’s progressed chart and the harmonious Venus progressions did favor his victory in the Y2000 US presidential election.

The fact that the Supreme Court’s decision went along party lines indicates that justice in the US is open to personal bias, unlike that depicted by Major Arcanum 8 of the Sacred Tarot where the eyes of Justice are covered with a bandage to show that she weighs and strikes without taking into account the conventional differences that men and women establish for themselves.

It’s an astrological theory that the progressed aspects in the chart of a nation’s leader have a personal and national influence. So an astrology savvy electorate wouldn’t elect any political candidate. It would carefully asses the charts of all those seeking political office to see who has the best, or least worst, chart.

In George W Bush’s chart the Sun is in house 12 (secret enemies) and Uranus – planet of extremists – is the cusp ruler of house 7 (open enemies and war).

On September 30, 2000 progressed ascendant at 18 Virgo 14 moved to form a high-discord square aspect with birth chart Uranus at 19 Gemini 09 > peak power date was December 19, 2001; on March 16, 2002 the high-discord square aspect involving progressed Mars (war) and birth chart Sun reached peak power; and on September 11, 2001 America experienced a day of horror that unleashed a seemingly endless ‘war on terror’. So the question arises: Could the events of 9/11 and its aftermath been averted if George W Bush had never been elected president of the United States? 

Author: DW Sutton

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