Excerpt from the Orange County Register
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, approximately 500 astrologers from as far away as India, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia and Argentina gathered at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa for a four-day conference where they made predictions on global financial markets, relationships and spiritual and karmic life phases.
A panel of six international astrologers from Turkey, Canada, Slovenia, England, Serbia and an American from La Jolla, convened to discuss and present their predictions for the 2016 presidential election.
With just one week to go, in one of the most contentious presidential elections on record, the celestial bodies have already declared a winner. The Planets are aligned for a Clinton victory. The panel unanimously tapped the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, for a return to the White House. The panel studied birth charts, election charts and planetary alignments to determine the winner.
Nick Dagan Best, a panelist from Montreal, found that Mars, Pluto and Saturn were aligned at the same point on the ecliptic, or Zodiac ring, signaling a win for Clinton. The next one is expected around 2020, he said, adding that past triple planetary alignments last century came in the midst of life-changing events.
“In 1982, the only time in her life that those planets made a conjunction was when she adopted the name Clinton,” he said. “She’s got that triple conjunction and it would just stand to reason that she would be the one in office when this occurs next.”
The only American on the dais, Edith Hathaway of La Jolla, said the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn within months of a presidential election or inauguration bodes well for whichever political party is in power at the time. Trump’s chart shows him nearing the end of the Rahu, an 18-year period of success and great heights, she said. “Typically when that ends, there’s separation and loss,” Hathaway said.
Though the six featured astrologers used different methods to come to the same conclusion, all agreed that Clinton’s time of birth, which remains in dispute, makes it harder to create her birth chart. On several occasions, Clinton has said she was born at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 26, 1947 in Chicago. She has also said she was born at 2:18 p.m.
“The problem is we have to dance around it,” said Shelley Ackerman an astrologer and spokeswoman for the event’s organizers, the International Society of Astrological Research. The issue is of such importance that Ackerman, who once obtained Bill Clinton’s birth time from his mother, created a petition that would mandate congressional candidates to release long-form birth records.
Christeen Skinner, a panelist from London, said Clinton will win the election, but may not make it to her inauguration due to her highly publicized health concerns. “I just don’t see that inauguration taking place,” she said. “There’s a big dispute about her time of birth, so it could be maybe she gets the flu. Who knows.” Skinner said Trump’s chart is steadily losing power, possibly from the “battles” he faces over allegations of sexual harassment, lawsuits and a troubled campaign.
Astrology faces criticism from skeptics, who rely more on polling data than on the cosmos. “It’s not about the stars,” said Ema Kurent, who served on the panel. “It’s about us being synchronized with planetary rhythms.”
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