In her posting Can Love Endure? Nancy writes:
“I have always maintained that to win a presidential election, especially a first term, Venus, the planet of love, is key. If involved in a very potent progressed aspect, it indicates that supporters are smitten and that the candidate will inspire enormous enthusiasm. Interestingly, the only two candidates, besides Obama, to have a strong Venus progression this year were Hillary Clinton (progressed Venus square the Sun) and Sarah Palin (progressed Venus conjunct Sun), both of whom elicited tremendous devotion from their followers. In the case of Obama, there were several Venusian indicators of the enormous popularity that eventually catapulted him to the White House. Unlike both Clinton and Palin, Obama was able to navigate largely unhindered by the incoherence, confusion, and/or scandal of the sabotaging Neptune.”
Sarah Palin was born 11 Feb 1964 in Idaho. This year she has had Pluto square natal Venus, Neptune square Progressed Venus, and Prog Venus in an applying square to her natal Sun. So there was plenty going on for her around Venus. I don’t think we need worry about hard or soft aspects being ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Obama continues to have Pluto opposing his natal Venus, for example, and it has challenged him (over Rev Wright, for example), and has resulted in increased popularity.
What is worrying is the possibility of Sarah the Ghastly running for President in 2012, and winning.
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The good news is that in 2012 she has much less going on around Venus. A separating square from Prog Venus to natal Saturn – this suggests that she will be old news, past her peak. And a conjunction from Prog Mars to natal Venus. This is dynamic, and suggests she will put her name forward and have some initial success. But the aspect will be separating after early April 2012.
Of course, we do not know Palin’s birth time, and therefore where her Moon and Angles are. This could make a big difference. But an initial assessment for 2012 based on her noon chart does not look promising for her.