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2016 USA Presidential Election

Jyotish Star November 2016

by Christina Collins

History will be made on November 8th. Either the former Secretary of State will become the first woman President of the United States, or a famous reality television host with a passion for bringing change will become the 45th President. We use astrology in many ways – to determine the potential of an individual with a natal chart at birth is most common, and next the Gochara the transits to a natal chart with the time periods or dasas which is predictive in nature for an individual. For events in history, we can look at birth, of individuals, of places, countries and elections. This is called Samhita (mundane).

Samhita Jyotish (Mundane Astrology) Revolves around:
World events – Events that influence large numbers of the populace.
Natal charts of political figures
Charts for the founding of cities, states and countries
The cycles of the major planets as they transit (or return to natal position) a country’s Jupiter or Saturn return for example.
Annual New Moon in Pisces Chart for the location of the country capital
Eclipse Charts and what that chart as a transit looks like over the natal chart of an elected official, candidate or country.

Astrologer’s spend extreme time researching these potential candidates, beginning from the moment they throw their hat in the ring and declare their candidacy. The most traditional dasa system is Vimshottari. Calculations are most common using 365.25 days in a year. A more ancient (before Pope Gregory and the Gregorian calendar) way is to use the 360 days in a year cycle. This will of course give a slight difference as planetary time periods begin some months earlier than with 365.25. I use 360 and have for over 20 years. Additionally different ayanamsas are in use. I use Lahiri. Many people use Fagan/Bradly (for Mundane) or B.V. Raman’s ayanamsa. (Ayanamsa is the difference in longitude between the tropical (Western) and sidereal (Jyotish and also a form of Western) zodiacs.

The charts to look at are the following:
  • The chart for the moment (and location) that a candidate declares they will run for office.
  • The chart for the moment the candidate is declared a contender to run for office
  • The chart for the moment the candidate officially accepts the nomination
  • Some use the chart for the moment the press declares the winning votes will go to a particular candidate (before it is official)
  • The natal chart of each candidate from the two main parties – Donald Trump gives an accurate time from the birth certificate. Hillary Clinton has not come forward with her bc, and there are many times in speculation – the most popular 8:02am, 8:02pm (both from hearsay) and since 2007 2:18am purportedly from her birth certificate as cited by anonomous Cook County, Chicago clerk (both in 2007 and in 2016 gleaned from two different research astrologers). I have used this time with good results since 2007. For example when Clinton was announced as the winner of the DC primary the transiting Jupiter in Leo was going over the degree of her Leo rising chart (Jupiter is Luck, and ruler of a trine for Leo rising which is good.
  • The chart for when the polls close as transits to each candidate’s natal chart
    • Some use 8:00pm, Sacramento, CA
    • Some use 8:00pm for Washington, DC moved to DC time or 23:00pm
    • A few use when the polls close in Hawaii
  • The chart for the country of election (USA)
    • The Keller Chart – with Saggitarius rising (I use this one)
    • The Scorpio rising chart
  • The chart for George Washington, the first President of the United States
    • The transits at the time of polls closing over George Washington’s chart
  • Other charts to examine:
    • Spouse of Candidate – Bill Clinton – two charts in debate Virgo rising and Cancer rising
    • Spouse of Candidate – Melania Trump – unknown birth time as well
    • Children of Candidates (usually have time) does the 9th house for father or 4th house for Mother indicate a big gain (by transit and dasa period for child) for their parent?
    • The D12 (Dwadashamsa) divisional chart for parents for each child
    • The annual solar return (Varshphal) for each candidate and poll closing transits to that chart.
    • The charts of the two name Vice Presidental candidates (and the transits at poll closing for each)
  • Once elected by vote or death of a predecessor then these charts are also cast:
    • Oath of Office for a President or Prime Minister. (when the candidate utters the words “I do” – or whatever first word is spoken by the person taking the oath) we use this chart as a transit chart with the country, and to determine what the Presidency will be like for the victorious candidate. Also in use are these type of charts:
      • Crowning of a Royal Monarch.
      • Invasion of a Country.
      • D Days (deployment, invasions)
      • V Days (victory, winning endings of wars)
    • Chart consideration of the house(s) that Saturn and Jupiter mutually aspect (at the time of the election this will be the sign Capricorn (the 7th house for both) and the sign Taurus (the 10th house for both)
      • Of course, if the 2:18 am birth time is incorrect for HRC, and the 8:02 am time correct (my 2nd favorite time) then this will be the 4th house and 8th house for Hillary, which could bring a loss (8th house, yet 5th from her Aqu. Moon) or a win (4th house mutual transit could mean she moves into a new house. Also the transit of Mars aspecting or in the 4th house usually means you either want to move, need to move or will Moon. In this case Mars, the exalted ruler of her 7th (the public) transiting her 4th house (new home).
      • This could also be another kind of loss – 4th house emotional happiness, 8th house death - with her annual Varsh (Oct 26, 2016) lagna of Taurus rising with ruler Venus in the 7th in Scorpio with Saturn (9th and 10th lords) and Cancer the 4th house sign (and Cancer the lagna for when the polls close) this could be a win in the election, and a health/longevity concern for both herself (Venus the ruler of the lagna or self, in the 7th maraka house, and ruler of the 9th (Father, Guru, Preceptor and in Vedic Husband) in the 7th maraka house (Maraka houses are 2 and 7 and can be death indicators). So both of the Clintons could have major health problems or worse in the next year. Keep in mind, divisional charts and varshaphal charts do not stand alone the natal chart must be considered. I feel it is extremely important that astrologers and their clients should examine their Varsh charts every year for an annual prediction so you can avoid the danger that has not yet come!
Predictions of the public polls and astrologers around the world, indicate that the win will be a landslide for Hillary Clinton. I think the charts indicate a closer race. And, many of the charts favor both parties, but in different ways. We have solid data for the chart of Mr. Donald Trump, but the time of birth for Hillary Clinton is in question, as her birth certificate has not yet been presented to the public.

The times in use are 8:02 am, 8:02pm, and 2:18pm. Different astrologers are using different techniques for prediction, including Vimshottari dasa. We can rely on accuracy in the chart of Trump with published birth time, however the dasa will vary depending upon whether you use the traditional 360 (the degrees of a circle) or the more recent 365.25 in use since Pope Gregory instituted the Gregorian Calendar. (I personally use 360, and have for over 20 years). I also use the 2:18pm time which I have used since 2007. Using this time, I see the Democratic candidate having a slight edge keeping in mind that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s birth time has not been yet published for the public.

Many astrolger’s believe that this will be a slam dunk wide win for the Democratic candidate. Only a few of us are of the opinion that this race will be very close. I personally feel it will be extremely close and filled will verbal conflict and opinions due to the powerful and malefic parivartana yoga between exalted Mars in Capricorn and Saturn in Scorpio (exchanging signs). This yoga can make planets act “exalted” and powerful. Powerful means strong, not necessarily “good.” So close, that Mr. Trump could actually be initally declared the victor, or the other way around.

If we use the birthtime of 2:18am for Clinton then both candidates have Leo rising. When the polls close the time will give a Cancer rising chart (the 12th house of loss for both candidates)

HRC has a solar return with Taurus rising – review of that chart shows her possible win.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Solar Return Chart:

DT has a solar return with Cancer rising – the lagna of the closing of the polls and the transiting Mercury, the ruler of his 12th house in the solar return (yet 11th house of gains from natal lagna of Leo) will be very weak and sandi at 00’34 Scorpio his 4th house of home and fixed assets. Please note, that his solar return has Mars, the yogkaraka planet (ruler of an angle and a trine) very close at 00’35 Scorpio. The status of Mars and Mercury as strong enemies makes me believe this detracts from a win for Trump. Yet his natal transits and dasas are stronger than Clintons. So this is going to be close.

USA – current USA country Varshaphal (New Moon in Pisces Chart)

In the USA annual solar return chart the Saturn Rx in Scorpio is 22’10 degrees.

Donald Trump has Moon in Scorpio at 28’08 degrees. (this forms a restriction energy or a type of sadhe sati for his chart. (in other words, in April the new moon chart as transits over his natal chart means he is currently in Sadhe Sati (the 7 ½ years of Saturn as it affects the natal moon and the houses on either side.

Even though this same Saturn is moving closer and closer to leaving Scorpio – he will still be in sadthe sati for 2 ½ more years. So we check out the binashtakavarga chart to see if the Moon can withstand the onslaught of Saturn: Moon: the sign Libra has 5 bindus (points), the sign Scorpio has 4 bindus, and the sign Saggitarius has 5 bindus. Saturn has 2 in Libra, 4 in Scorpio and 4 in Saggitarius.

This tells us that the Moon is stronger than Saturn in the first 5 years of Sadhe Sati. It is a tie at 4 bindus each for Saggitarius. So, his personal Sadthe Sati is not as dire as many people, when Saturn has more bindus than the Moon. Still when it is a tie, that still holds challenge – a conflict or fight without a winner. As Saturn moves into the sign of Saggitarius the end of next January (in 3 months, so close now) can explain why he is focused on building walls and restricting “freedom” on the Mexico border.

Hillary Clinton’s Sun is also in a form of Sadhe Sati called Surya Sadhe Sati. So we examine her bhinashtakavarga for the 2nd house from the Sun to see if the remainder of this current Saturn transit in Scorpio affects her Sun (the ruler of her rising sign) in an adverse way and we see it does:

Virgo has 3 bindus, Libra has 4 bindus and Libra has 2 bindus in the Sun’s Bhinnashtakavarga

Virgo has 5 bindus, Libra has 3 bindus and Scorpio has 4 bindus in Saturn’s bhinnashtakavarga. So you can see for each of the 7 ½ years of Surya Sade Sati Saturn is stronger than the Sun. Saturn is harsh and brings the life lessons of the house it transits through. This is one explanation of the intense scrutiny she is currently experiencing.

George Washington – First President of the United States

George Washington the 1st President had Jupiter at 18’29 Virgo the polls closing chart has Jupiter at 18’43 Virgo. He was the first President. This chart triggers Hillary Clinton’s lagna of 21’45 Leo (nearer the degree of her lagna than Mr. Trump’s whose rising sign is 6’51 Leo.)

Kala Sarpa Yoga begins soon after voting closes and will be in place during voting in Hawaii and while votes are being counted (it will break free of the degrees of the nodes on the 9th of November (late in the day). Bottom Line, unless something untoward happens to Hillary Clinton, she will be the 1st Woman elected President of the United States.

In the USA annual solar return Aries rising chart, Venus the symbol for “women” is exalted in the 12th house of loss and Mars the symbol for “men” is in Scorpio in own sign in the 8th house of death conjunct Saturn (who denies death using the Karaka rule, when a planet who rules over the same topic as the house it denies instead of gives. For example, Jupiter is the karaka for children and the 5th house is the house for children, so Jupiter posited in the 5th can deny children. Saturn rules death and the 8th house rules death – So Saturn in the 8th house denies death. Which looks better for Trump to win than Hillary, yet in most other chart comparisons Hillary comes out the winner.

So after looking over all of these chart comparisons the stronger trend looks like, unless something untoward happens to Hillary Clinton, she will be the 1st Woman elected President of the United States.

Christina Collins Biography

Christina CollinsChristina Collins, Jyotish Visharada, CVA, Jyotish Kovid, ICAS and CVA, Jyotish Vachaspati, ICAS, Jyotish Medha Pragya, ICAS and Jyotish Mahasagara from Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation 2013, is a third generation Astrologer specializing in the Vedic system. She received her honorary titles from the late Dr. B.V. Raman, former President of the ICAS (Indian Council for Astrological Sciences) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India, from CVA (Council for Vedic Astrology, USA), from the ICAS in Bangalore, from the Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation in 2013 and the Jyotish Navaratna from ACVA (American College for Vedic Astrology) in 2014.

From1997 to 2012, she was the first and sole American woman to be honored by the highly held title of Jyotish Vachaspati (Jyotish - the light bearer and Vachaspati - the one who speaks the truth and whose predictions come true. (In
Sanskrit, Vac = speech and Brihaspati is a name of Jupiter the planet of wisdom and truth. Her most recent honor from India, the Jyotish Medha Pragya title, means that consciousness has merged with Jyotish.

As a founding member, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA online), and was former Editor of the ACVA News. President of Celestial Resource (The Timing Coach) she serves corporate and private clients from students to celebrities. For the Jyotish Star you can reach her in Boulder CO at, and for consultations:

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