Mercury Retrograde is known to reap havoc and bring confusion to all during its planetary moonwalk. When the planet of communication, Mercury, starts slowing down in the cosmos, situations become more complex, ambiguous, and changeable here on Earth. We can expect to see that and more when Mercury ends its retrograde journey on November 3rd — the same day as the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.
Has this happened before?
The last time Mercury stationed direct on Election Day was during the 2000 election (Al Gore won the popular vote, but George W Bush took office). The days after the actual election were tempered with uncertainty, frustration, and confusion until Al Gore stepped down from the race. This was the first time in history, in a 2 person race, where the candidate that won the national popular vote, did not win the electoral college and was not sworn in as president, becoming the first president to lose the national popular vote since 1888, and only the fourth in American history. Due to a decision by The Supreme Court in the way ballots were counted in different states, George W Bush’s Presidential win was decided by the Court and not the people of the United States.
What can we expect this time?
What can we expect this time? Well, we kind of already know what’s coming based on the current environment brought on by the pandemic. Due to the number of people voting by mail for the first time, absentee (mail-in) ballots will take a usually long time to be counted and a lot of voters may not go to the polls in fear of getting COVID-19. And, we can expect that both the Democratic and Republican parties will demand a recount — no matter who the winner is.
Astrologically speaking, we can blame this on Mercury ending its retrograde journey in Libra on November 3rd. And, to be frank, what better sign to have all of this frenetic cosmic energy to transpire than Libra, who is known to be fair-minded as it is the scales of justice. We can expect the Supreme Court to step in or to have issues surrounding voter fraud.
It's all about the vibes
Oddly enough, the Moon (which gives the cosmic vibe and direction of the day) will be in Gemini on November 3rd. Mercury rules Gemini, which means that there will be added mishaps that are unforeseen. This adds a double whammy of unpredictability to the outcome of the election (especially because the Gemini Moon will be riding along with the North Node of Destiny and squaring off with elusive Neptune).
Joe Biden and Donald Trump both have heavy Mercurial energies in the career sector of their charts. Biden’s Midheaven (the top point in the chart that denotes public standing and affairs, as well as representing one’s career) is ruled by Mercury. Trump, who’s a Gemini Sun, has a Mercurial flavor and Sun intercepted in his Midheaven as well. This shows that these candidates may not even know themselves what the future holds. They may have to spend the next few days after the election making concessions and deals to decide who takes office, if the results don’t come in shortly after (which will probably be on November 6th, when Mercury squares off with authoritative Saturn).
In short, the only thing that’s certain is that this election is going to be the most memorable one in U.S. history.
Lisa Stardust is a New York City-based astrologer who helps clients navigate them through finances, relationships, and other important facets of life. Instagram @lisastardustastro Twitter @LisaStardust_ Facebook @lisastardust
But we still have to do our part!
- If You Are Voting By Mail - Fill Out Your Ballot Now!
- The Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide is here to help you fill them out correctly.
- We even have a section to help you throw a Zoom Ballot Party, so you and your friends can learn about the issues together!
- Put your ballots in the mail early or drop them at a Ballot Drop Off location.
- If You Are Voting In IRL and live in a state with early voting, get it done early.
- If You Are Voting In IRL and live in a state without early voting, cast your votes as early in the day as possible to make lines shorter for people who can only vote after work.
If we all do our part to vote as early as we can and hold our local governments accountable to count ballots as quickly as they can, hopefully, the winner will be announced swiftly.