This is the eighth in a series of articles examining clues to the winner of the U.S. Presidential elections in Aries Ingress horoscopes; today we look at the 2016 Presidential election. Click on the Presidential Elections tag in this post to see all articles in the series. We are examining all U.S. Presidential elections from 1880 to 2016, each time adding to our list of rules based on what we learned in a chart to determine the winner. I am discussing the 2016 presidential election today to dovetail with my earlier article on overall 2016/17 trends. We will return to the intervening election years in the next installment.

2016 Presidential Election Horoscope

We cast the Aries Ingress horoscope set for Washington, D.C. in 2016.  The Aries Ingress is a horoscope set for the moment the Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. The Sun’s entry into the first minute of the first sign represents the start of the astrological New Year.  It is a long-standing astrological tradition that the Aries Ingress horoscope predicts major events for that location or country (if set for the capital) in the upcoming twelve months.

2016 Aries Ingress. March 20, 2016. 12:30:08 AM (EDT). Washington, D.C. 2016 Presidential Election horoscope.
2016 Aries Ingress. March 20, 2016. 12:30:08 AM (EDT). Washington, D.C.

Assumptions for Each Aries Ingress Horoscope

The incumbent party is portrayed by the tenth house of the “king.”  The challenger party is the fourth house and its ruler. This is because the fourth house is the seventh from the tenth; the king’s opponent. In our Aries Ingress horoscope, we examine what is happening to each candidate’s house and house ruler to see who wins. The Aries Ingress shows which party wins the White House, not the specific candidate.

I use traditional planetary rulers of signs only (no Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).

2016 Presidential Election – Aries Ingress Analysis

1. The Incumbent Party: The tenth house is ruled by Mercury, which is at 28 Pisces. Obama’s term is coming to an end, and a new era is beginning, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. It has been my experience that a benefic on a house cusp brings success to that house. In this case, we have Jupiter and the North Node conjoining the MC.

2. The Challenger Party: The fourth house is ruled by Jupiter in Virgo, on the tenth house cusp. I have received questions about Jupiter’s involvement with the MC this year, as some think Jupiter’s proximity to the Midheaven means the challengers (the Republican party) will win. However, this has not been my experience with examining other, prior charts. A benefic strengthens the house it’s in, regardless of the house that it rules. Note that Jupiter is retrograde and therefore moving away from the MC. Even if Jupiter signified that the Republicans were about to enter the White House, the retrograde motion seems to indicate getting close but ultimately no cigar.

The closest comparison is the Aries Ingress for the 1888 presidential election, where the ruler of the tenth house is Mercury conjunct Venus in Pisces. It is said that Mercury is benefic with Venus and Jupiter and malefic with Mars and Saturn. In this case, Mercury is acting as a benefic and its presence near the fourth house cusp strengthened the challenging party’s position. That is indeed what happened; in the 1888 election, the White House switched from Democratic control to the Republican party. My conclusion is that the 2016 presidential election is similar, in that Jupiter acts as a generally helpful influence to the Democrats.

One interesting factor here is that Jupiter immediately applies to square Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter receives Saturn, but Saturn does not receive Jupiter. I have seen squares between two malefics hand over the election, but they were in mutual reception by sign. I am not convinced that Jupiter applying to Saturn is favorable for the Republicans this year, as Jupiter appears to be carrying water for the incumbent party in this chart.

Conclusion: The incumbent party (the Democratic Party) wins the 2016 Presidential election.

Outcome: TBD!