“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra
I’m writing this Sunday morning, November 13, 2016, the weekend after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
The title of this post isn’t about What Went Wrong to allow Trump to win. I’m not ready to touch that topic, and that would take me too far afield from the subject of this website.
What Went Wrong with the astrology predictions?
The majority of astrologers I know of predicted a Clinton victory. That was also my conclusion after looking at Trump’s chart, although I did not publicly post it. I still wonder about that.
There is one predictive technique that has me particularly puzzled here, and I want to look at it precisely because it makes no sense to me.
There’s a hellenistic predictive technique called Zodiacal Releasing, which is supposed to predict peak periods of activity. Chris Brennan has done a lot of very good work to revive that technique. In that system, Trump’s most recent peak period was roughly October 2015 to June 2016.
In other words, according to Zodiacal Releasing, Donald Trump’s peak period is past now.
I do not see any way I can square that with Trump reigning as President for the next four years. In what conceivable way can the period of the Republican primaries be his peak activity, while the Presidency itself is past peak?
There are different ways to answer that, and most of the ones I have seen feel more like ducking the question. Maybe he was born a little bit later than the recorded time, so his Ascendant is different. Maybe there are other astrological factors in play that “trump” this particular technique and over-ride it. Maybe there are more negative factors at play in Hilary Clinton’s chart – but we don’t have her chart, or rather, we have too many charts since there are at least 4 birth times out there. Maybe we shouldn’t have tried to predict this particular election since the charts we have are so iffy. Maybe…
I want to ask a more fundamental question here:
Is there something about the nature of astrology itself that makes predicting things like the outcome of an election a dicey procedure at best?
I think there is.