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Forget those analyzin’ white guys on your Sunday morning TV. What do Venus, Mars, Neptune, and company say about the Clinton administration? A leader’s horoscope will reflect that nation’s fortunes over the years; similarly, an institution’s horoscope– connecting the date of its inception with the leader’s chart–can be used to predict what’s on the political horizon. Crossing the inauguration date with Bill’s birthdate (see horoscope below), this is what we find in store:

Predictions: Clinton is obsessed with education, transportation, and information highways by fall, after a run of excellent luck in the summer. But wet-blanket planet Saturn socks it to him again with setbacks later this year. With the U.S.’s horoscope (July 4, 1776) plonking its Saturn on Clinton’s Libra planets, he’s learning that subtlety is a language America doesn’t understand or appreciate . . . Clinton and Gore (Aries) are under protective stars throughout the term, though there’s a rough reelection campaign in store in which the opposition attacks, then shoots itself in the foot by the eclipse of September 27, 1996 . . . George Stephanopoulos (Aquarius) is madly in love by February 1996. He’ll have to step lively, though, to avoid being the fall guy for a scandal in 1995 . . . Scorpio Hillary takes two hard knocks, November 1993 and May 1994, but also sees some stunning successes in 1994. Even Bob Dole grows extremely fond of her . . . Hillary, Bill, and Al, buoyed by the comet Chiron, slug out the eco- and health plans successfully, implementing parts by fall 1995, sooner than expected . . . Spring 1994 finds Clinton having a severe difference of opinion with a woman. She’s forced to back down . . . But the May 1994 big deficit/tax/budget upset works to his advantage . . . Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (a Moonchild–Cancer) faces bewildering choices in April and October 1996. Deceptive colleagues, personal priorities, and a sudden blast of psychedelic compassion for the underprivileged may cause him to revise his goal . . . Lloyd Bentsen and Boris Yeltsin, both tireless Aquarians, are fed up and exhausted by the stress and idiocy of politics by fall 1993. They need zzzs and plenty of carrot juice . . . On the international front, Clinton meets with high honor in Rio–he’ll preside over the booming of the North/South hemisphere’s economic and trade axis, scheduled for the second half of the nineties . . . But Clinton should stay away from Montevideo and Buenos Aires, where Pluto, astrology’s favorite wrecking ball, moves into position at the top of his horoscope (JFK‘s Pluto was on top of his horoscope in Dallas). . . .

–Debbi Kempton-Smith

Clinton’s horoscope, connecting his chart (Leo, b. August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas) with the inauguration (January 20, 1993, 11:59 a.m., Washington, D.C.): Planets on high: Mercury (smarts), Uranus (change, equal rights, high-tech modernization), and Neptune (compassion, vision, music). All signs point to a kinder, smarter, soft social democracy. Planets in opposition: Saturn (the old ways) versus comet Chiron (healing). As the planets roll, so will heads. Drug companies and doctors will gasp and clutch their wallets. Fortuna: Jupiter in the sixth house promises that universal health care and lotsa jobs will come. Lucky Jupiter knows how to orbit ’round Congress, even when Bill doesn’t.

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