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by Gary Brand - written August 8, 2000,
published in the September 2000 edition of Echo* newspaper
lthough this month [September 2000] has the usual number of aspects between the planets, it has an unusually small number of "hard" or difficult aspects. You can usually tell from the description which aspects are hard.  The square, a 90° separation in the sky between two planets, is a hard aspect closely associated with Mars.  Squares (and Mars) signify tension, conflict, discontent, challenges, and friction but they are also motivating, dynamic and demanding.  The opposition, two planets at opposite points in the sky, is a hard aspect associated with Saturn.  Oppositions are divisive and obstructive, representing strains, denial, suppression, limitations and projections (like Saturn) that are often imposed or instigated by other people or circumstances to which we must respond.

The "soft" aspects are usually easy. The sextile, a 60 degree separation between two planets, is a soft aspect associated with Venus.  A sextile signifies two planets that enhance and compliment each other and it is artistic, talented, appreciative, playful and cooperative.  Another soft aspect is the trine, two planets separated in the sky by 120°, and it is Jupiter's aspect.  Trines (and Jupiter) represent opportunities, optimism, satisfaction, openness and they are fortunate (but lazy too).  With most of the planetary aspects this month in the soft category, it is generally an easy, fun month but the exceptions follow.

When the Sun forms a T-square with Jupiter and Pluto August 30 - September 5, it brings plenty of enthusiasm but also pressures or problems, especially control issues.  Jupiter opposite Pluto from August through early November signifies the drive for power, success, and control.  Obsessive/compulsive behaviors, self-righteousness, and power plays are pronounced (at times).  Instead of beating your head against the wall in frustration when Mars squares Saturn September 13 - 23, lower your expectations and don't start anything - wait for a better time.

he candidates have been chosen (George W. Bush and Al Gore).  Wonder who will win?  In most past presidential elections (1996, 1992, 1988, 1984, 1980, 1976, etc.), the winner was blatantly obvious to those who examined the birth charts of the major party candidates and the planetary influences that affected them at the time of and leading up to those elections.  In this election, there is no clear winner.  This means the vote will be close and one possibility is that the winner of the popular vote will not be the winner of the electoral vote.  Both Gore and Bush are egotists since they each have Leo rising and three planets in Leo in the first house.  Both are pie-in-the-sky speakers and thinkers with Neptune in the third house.  My distrust of Bush stems from his Sun and Saturn in the twelfth house - he plays his cards close to the chest and is a behind-the-scenes operator.  Both Bush and Gore are secretive control freaks: it's their way or the highway.  In the end, I think Gore will squeak by.  Also, Ralph Nader could get 5% of the vote and qualify for major party funding.  [After the fact note written in 2004:  We really can't call the 2000 presidential debacle an election because the outcome was decided by five people in black robes of the Supreme Court so I refer to it as the "selection of 2000."  If the Supreme Court hadn't appointed Bush president or if a recount of votes in Florida hadn't been blocked by the Florida Secretary of State, a Bush crony, Gore would probably have won the election by winning in Florida with a very small margin.]

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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