NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Will President Barack Obama win re-election? Is the world going to end on Dec. 21, as some say the Mayan calendar predicts? Will the economy ever improve?
The 1,500 astrologers contemplating planetary alignments this week in New Orleans say- yes, no, and yes.
The astrologers, representing 30 countries, are in the city’s famed French Quarter for the United Astrology Conference held every four years.
They say their work goes beyond the entertainment of horoscopes, tarot cards, and palm readings. Instead, they rely on the in-depth study of our solar system. This year, there is no shortage of predictions.
“If you thought that the election of 2000 race was crazy, that’s nothing compared to what’s going to happen in November of 2012,” said astrologer Michael Lutin. Lutin has been an astrology columnist for Vanity Fair magazine for 25 years. “Don’t count on anything being smooth.”
That’s because Mercury — the planet of communication, tabulation, and transportation — goes into what’s known as retrograde on Nov. 6, Election Day.
In astrology, retrograde refers to the optical illusion of a planet moving backward. This illusion causes changes and disturbances in areas of life represented by that planet.
In 2000, Mercury was in retrograde when controversy swirled in Florida over the election recount that took center stage in the race. The highly anticipated vote was between George W. Bush and Al Gore in the swing state of Florida. The election outcome wasn’t known for more than a month after balloting.
“There could be tabulation problems, problems with the polling machines. Vote absentee to make sure they count your vote,” said New York City astrologer Shelley Ackerman.
Astrologers Have Been Consulted On World Issues By Many
Several high-profile figures in history used astrology, she said. Rose Mary Woods, President Richard Nixon’s secretary, passed along “national security forecasts” from astrologer Jeane Dixon to the commander-in-chief. First lady Nancy Reagan consulted with astrologer Joanne Quigley in the White House.
And during World War II, British intelligence hired an astrologer, with little success, to predict Hitler’s actions. Astrologer Kim Allen of Brooklyn, N.Y., said she has a “strong feeling” Obama will be re-elected for a second term, and she’s not alone.
“There’s a little bit of a consensus about Obama and pretty much a belief that Obama is likely to be re-elected,” said astrologer David Railey of Atlanta, who practices in the U.S. and China.
That consensus is widespread: Participants come from China, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, and Japan.
Another hot issue is the economy: Several astrologers say the next few years will be challenging, regardless of who wins the election.
“The first two decades of this century are the difficult ones, and we’re going through it no matter who’s president,” said Raymond Merriman. Merriman is a financial astrologer and a presenter at the conference. “We’ll come out of it by, I would say no later than 2020. The next decade will be good.”
Many astrologers also are quick to debunk predictions that the world will end on Dec. 21, in conjunction with the ending of one of the Mayan calendars.
“Keep making your car payments and your mortgage because there’s going to be a 2013,” said Lutin. Lutin is performing in a theatrical spoof on the subject Saturday night. “It’s not going to be doomsday. It will not be an asteroid. It’s not going to happen.”
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