Mischievous Mercury's US election trickery
Mercury's backward loop sent the US media reeling
in the face of last week's election fiasco.
Mercury's retrograde arc began on 18 October and ended on the
night of the election. CBS called for Gore just after 8:00pm EST.
Mischievous Mercury turned on its station at 9:29pm and within
half an hour, the networks turned, too. At 10:00pm the election
was declared too close to call. Then at 2:17am, the networks gave
it to Bush and Gore phoned to concede. By 3:30am it was undecided
yet again and Gore withdrew his concession. This see-saw
situation, as the vote hung in the balance, is reflected in
Mercury's placing in the last minutes of the last degree of Libra
the Scales. Mercury had moved into Libra on the morning of the
election and it entered Scorpio next day, heading for a square of
confusing Neptune a week later (November 15).
The American astrologer Caroline W. Casey has pioneered
astrology as 'Mythic News', and the election has shown that the
old god Hermes is alive and well, living as the media monkey in
the modern age. In mythology, Mercury is the Greek Hermes, the
messenger of the gods who is a thief and wheeler-dealer, a
trickster and a liar. He is the god of number and language,
associated with the Gemini Twins, and he is duplex, androgynous
In the spirit of entertainment, the networks jump the gun on
exit polls and the election becomes the media's call. Its fake
calls are a sign of fake authority, symptomatic of the wider
problem that for the media, the race matters more than the
issues. As Todd Gitlin observes, most of the absurd Bush claims
about his Texas record, and his scary understanding of
international affairs, went unquestioned and unanalysed. His
frequent gaffes and malapropisms - signs of Dubya's own suspect
Mercury - were more fun than the yawning ignorance they covered.
So what happens next? With Mercury moving into fixed and
power-hungry Scorpio, a bitter entrenchment has begun and the
world awaits some higher authority to sort out the mess. In
mythology, it is Zeus, king of the gods and the Law itself, who
silences Hermes with a nod of his head. The horoscopes of the
main players point to a Bush win but there are sure to be more
legal wrangles in the coming months. The American horoscope
suggests electoral reform but the media, the major culprit of the
fiasco, will slip away unscathed.