In the stars or in the bag for Obama? As­trologers pre­dict next pres­i­dent

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Va­lerie Richard­son

DEN­VER — Even the plan­ets are align­ing for Sen. Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama, who leads Sen. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton in the race for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, was the con­sen­sus pick at the May 20 United Astrology Con­fer­ence as the can­di­date most likely to win the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“He has the sta­bil­ity, along with the karmic des­tiny, to over­turn the sta­tus quo,” said Edith Hath­away, an as­trologer from La­guna Hills, Calif.

A panel of seven as­trologers agreed that the pas­sage of Saturn in op­po­si­tion to Uranus, a phe­nom­e­non that be­gins on Elec­tion Day and last oc­curred 45 years ago, sig­ni­fies so­cial change, trans­for­ma­tion and pos­si­bly up­heaval.

As the self-de­scribed can­di­date of change, said as­trologers, Mr. Obama of Illi­nois ap­pears a more likely ar­chi­tect for trans­for­ma­tion than New York’s Mrs. Clin­ton or pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona.

The pro­nounce­ment came as wel­come news to the au­di­ence of sev­eral hun­dred as­trologers. At the start of the event, a show of hands found about 80 per­cent of the au­di­ence sup­port­ing an Obama pres­i­dency.

At one point, New York as­trologer Shelly Ack­er­man called Mr. McCain an “id­iot” and Mr. Obama a “won­der­ful hu­man be­ing,” prompt- ing mod­er­a­tor Ray­mond Mer­ri­man to com­ment on the “won­der­ful ob­jec­tiv­ity of as­trologers.”

At the same time, as­trologers warned that win­ning the pres­i­dency this year could be a mixed bless­ing. They said the Jan­uary in­au­gu­ra­tion is sched­uled for a par­tic­u­larly bad time, plan­e­tar­ily speak­ing, and urged of­fi­cials to move the event back to 12:30 p.m.

“This isn’t a ter­ri­bly for­tu­nate chart in which to be in­au­gu­rated pres­i­dent,” said as­trologer Robert Hand. “I’m enor­mously con­cerned about [Mr. Obama’s] safety.”

Mr. Mer­ri­man fore­casts pos­si­ble trou­ble even be­fore the in­augu- ra­tion. “With Saturn op­po­site Uranus on Elec­tion Day, the per­son elected on Elec­tion Day may not be the per­son who’s in­au­gu­rated in Jan­uary,” he said.

Volatile plan­e­tary events in the next few months also sig­nify pos­si­ble shifts in the pre­sump­tive pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

“There are things that could hap­pen in the next cou­ple of months that could change it from what we think it is right now,” Ms. Ack­er­man said.

As­trologer Robert Blaschke agreed, say­ing, “I think there’s a lot of un­ex­pected things that are go­ing to hap­pen be­tween now and the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion.”

More than 1,500 as­trologers gath­ered at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel here for the United Astrology Con­fer­ence, the largest such gath­er­ing in years.

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