With Politically Charged, a monthly column by QueerCosmos astrologer and Good + good change agent Colin Bedell, you will see what is happening in the 2020 election cycle, not through the lens of any specific issue, party or scandal, but through the energy of the universe.
This month, the COVID-19 pandemic just demanded our attention and changed our behaviors. In light of this, learn about coronavirus astrology (that is, the cosmic transits that are occurring with its rise), as well as how the presumed presidential candidates are responding.
Over the past two months, news about the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has consumed news, our attention and our lives. And from an astrological perspective, the fact that the coronavirus eruption in global consciousness continued when Saturn entered Aquarius on March 21 is also compelling. See, astrologers extensively explored the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn that formed on January 11 – the same date as the Chinese government reported his first death from the new coronavirus—As a cycle that would create the destruction of the international system and the opportunity to rebuild those systems with greater clarity, responsibility and values that further support the life of the world in which we live. It turns out that we were on the right track.
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction established the framework for Saturn’s entry into Aquarius, which deals with communal love, progressive thinking and shared humanity. As far as this translates into coronavirus astrology, he started a worldwide conversation about the collective’s inextricable connection between countries through this pandemic.
Internally, COVID-19 spinning during Saturn in Aquarius provides to face imminent loss during a prolonged period of uncertainty, but also with the vision to understand that there will be life on the other side of this pandemic – and it may be wise to take steps to change how that life and culture may seem. This collective experience is accelerating America’s thinking about the limitations of a for-profit, market-based health system, while considering the need for emergency economic relief for vulnerable populations.
And so we can see here how the Saturn-Pluto conjunction highlighted America’s unfortified arenas – from its economy and jobs to its health care system and more. Pluto in Capricorn fractured what needed to be exposed and then Saturn offered an invitation to legislate and implement new economic models, health institutions, employment needs and more.
The Aquarius energy wants to remind us that many of the luminaries that have proved useful in emergency response systems are local government leaders who now have skyrocketing approval ratings. But with calls that responses to the coronavirus are likely to be central to the November presidential election, let’s review the responses of the 2020 presidential candidates to the crisis, using astrology as a lens.
How presidential candidates responded to coronavirus astrology
Current President Donald Trump has grossly underestimated the gravity of COVID-19, creating a false Gemini version of the truth and declaring promises around the competence of the American government to contain a virus that he could not in reality. The natal aspects of President Trump’s Gemini could give him a chance to seriously persist in the uncertainty of this pandemic, but instead he delivered inaccurate certainty about having the situation under control, which ended up generating a more serious situation.
But in the true dichotomous style of Gemini, he seems to submit to Capricorn Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Diseases, on extending physical distance until at least April 30. Trump also signed the $ 2 trillion stimulus package after a notable display of bipartisan support.
As for the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, just days after the primary victories in Illinois, Florida and Arizona, former Vice President and Scorpio sign Joe Biden has to deal with growing fears of cultural irrelevance as the guidelines for physical detachment beg the senator to stay in the bunker in Delaware. At the Democratic debate behind closed doors on March 15, Biden took a determined Scorpio approach and advocated “results, not a revolution”. He asked the federal government to fund treatment and testing for the coronavirus, highlighting its focus on Scorpio in the immediate circumstances that need to be addressed.
Honorable mention: Bernie Sanders
Senator Bernie Sanders, a Virgo sun sign, adamantly debated for a fully socialized health care system, just as a visionary changeable sun sign would do, although it was clear that the masses were not with him. Then, on April 8, Sanders left the Democratic race, saying that he could not “in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that he cannot win and would interfere with the important work required of us all in this difficult time” while the pandemic strikes the nation.
In February, Pluto’s transit formed a hard square with the retrograde Mars of Sanders in Aries, which may have provided more opposition and conflict in its campaign. These cosmic events also took place during the transit of Uranus in Taurus to the square of the wounded Chiron and Pluto of Sanders, creating an energy of strife, conclusion and conflict. But what is important to know here is that we probably did not see Sanders’ last in the scope of this electoral cycle, although he is not a presidential candidate. His retrograde return to Mars occurs this summer and fall, which I think means that he will contribute to shaping political conversation, even if not as a Democratic candidate.
And, election aside, although astrologers may have seen the arrival of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, we, like everyone else, never knew how COVID-19 was going to explode. So, in this prolonged state of uncertainty, could we also be surprised to have a vision that rises above polarization, returning to collective decency and creating structures that allow democratic principles of life, freedom and happiness, providing access, inclusion and opportunity for everyone? We hope so.
Want more politically charged? That is why it is important that Mercury was retrograde during Super Tuesday.