Brian Oldfield, Psychic


1. What
date will Australians go to the polls for the next federal election?

Early to
mid October.

 2. Will John Howard contest the
election as Prime Minister?

Yes.

3. Who will be Prime Minister of Australia after the next federal election?

The other
bloke –- Kevin Rudd.

4. How important will the following issues be to the outcome of the next
federal election?

– National
security

4/10

– Economic
performance

7.5/10 –
Still important but not the 11/10 the government would like to make it. .


Education

8/10. There
will be a burst of fresh ideas leading up to the election but education as an
issue will eventually fade into the background.

– Health

5.5/10


Environment/Climate change

9.5/10.
Kevin Rudd could achieve exceptional results here if he deals well with this
issue.


Industrial Relations

Unsure. The
current IR laws will stand under a Rudd government but will be heavily
modified. Rudd will tread carefully here, I don’t think he’s sure what he’s
doing yet.
 
5. If John Howard does contest the next
federal election, will he retain the seat of Bennelong?

Yes.


Jeni Bethell, Tarot Reader

 

1. What
date will Australians go to the polls for the next federal election?

I just
looked at months and believe October is the most likely month – 1st, 2nd and
4th Saturdays all look strong.

2. Will John Howard contest the election as Prime Minister?

Yes. This
is the most likely outcome; otherwise I don’t believe he will contest the next
election at all.

3. Who will be Prime Minister of Australia after the next federal election?

John
Howard. And he will stay on until some time in early 2009 when he will choose
to retire.

4. How important will the following issues be to the outcome of the next
federal election?

– National
security

– Economic
performance

– Education

– Health


Environment/Climate change


Industrial Relations

The cards
suggested priority in the following order, from greatest to least:

1. Economic
performance

2. Environment/Climate
change

3. Health

4. National
Security

5. Industrial
Relations

6. Education

It appeared
many voters will be assessing very much from their own hip pockets, rather than
from altruistic considerations. 
Regarding the environment, it appeared that water (or lack of it) loomed
as the greatest concern.
 
5. If John Howard does contest the next
federal election, will he retain the seat of Bennelong?

Yes.


Claire Hennekam, Astrologer

 

1. What
date will Australians go to the polls for the next federal election?

When
looking at when “the people” will do something, we normally look to the Moon.
With the Moon being “void of course” in the chart, let’s hope the election
actually happens! A void of course Moon, which makes no more aspects before
changing into the new sign, suggests a disconnection between the people and the
matter at hand, which is an interesting observation, but not particularly
helpful towards finding a date.

So,
stretching the friendship with this horary chart, I’ve looked at when the Moon
reaches the midheaven, which could be sold as the one moment in time when the
people hold the most power. That seems to be about 12 weeks away, which lands
the proposed election day smack bang in the middle of the APEC conference.
Somewhat unlikely, but, allowing some celestial slack, a Saturday on either
side of the conference would be quite a bold and intriguing manoeuvre.

The Prime
Minister may wish to consider consulting an astrologer himself before choosing
this option, however, because such a date could be one of the few things,
astrologically speaking, that could run his ship aground this year.


2. Will John Howard contest the election
as Prime Minister?

By all
signs in the chart, yes, the current leader will be there, no sign of a
handover.

With Saturn
in Leo in the first house, just past the ascendant, the chart reflects a stern
yet somehow charismatic leader who is seen as having a stronghold on matters,
for better or worse.

The Sun
rules the Leo ascendant and it sits right on a number of fixed stars (Capella,
Phact and Bellatrix for those playing at home), which are both flattering and
fortuitous for the PM, linked to renown, wealth and even martial honour.


3. Who will be Prime Minister of
Australia after the next federal election?

If we take
the ascendant, along with neighbour Saturn, to represent Howard and the current
Government, then Neptune and Chiron, flanking the Aquarius descendent in the seventh
and six houses respectively, would surely represent Rudd,
Gillard and the Federal Opposition.

Neptune seems to sit well with a man with a vision – a set of
ideals that are in direct opposition (literally, in the chart) to the fixed,
solid Saturnine structures of Howard. That said, in election circles, Rudd
shares some of Saturn’s qualities, the ringed planet being the traditional
ruler of Aquarius, so it’s no wonder that he doesn’t always seem to be able to
follow through with his idealistic first intentions.

By this chart, the outcome seems surprisingly
straightforward. Saturn is direct, while Neptune and Chiron are retrograde –
while the latter planets continue to move forward, they appear to be going
backwards from our perspective, which never bodes well for a new political
partnership.

In addition, the Sun, representing the ascendant and
current leader, sits in the tenth house of government, showing a confident
return to power. For the opposition, Jupiter in the fourth shows them having a
fighting chance, but they are again plagued by retrograde motion – while they
may be charging forward, it doesn’t seem to be doing any good for them at the
finish line.

Finally, the Moon is in the ninth house, approaching
the midheaven, making a beeline to join the Sun in the tenth house.

But the Moon, representing the people, has something
else to say here. It is separating from a square, a hard aspect to both Saturn
and Neptune, which suggests overall disillusion with both leaders. A
Moon-Saturn square can indicate a feeling of coldness or harshness, a lack of
empathy or compassion, while Moon square
Neptune suggests possible or perceived deception.

Sadly, such a despondent lunar placement depicts a
population voting not necessarily to make a difference, but rather just to keep
the wheels turning – and in doing so, most likely ultimately turning to the
devil they know.


4. How important will the following
issues be to the outcome of the next federal election?


– National security

Housed
primarily in the tenth, national security will be of great significance, thanks
to the placement of the all-important Sun. Turning the chart to the
Opposition’s perspective, Jupiter is taking care of their approach down in the
fourth house, but retrograde motion shows them possibly having to step back on
a couple of security-related issues after having marched forward with them
somewhat prematurely.



Economic performance

The chart
shows the Government maintaining a commitment to economic performance rather
than making wild promises, preferring to work on issues of fairness and justice
that have perhaps plagued them in past. The aforementioned wild promises
potentially belong to the Opposition, with an aggressive Mars stomping its feet
in its own sign of Aries. If they’re not making their own big promises, they’ll
likely be busy tearing down those of their opponent’s.

Either way,
despite lots of talk, this will have less impact on the actual outcome than the
advertising costs would suggest.



Education

This
doesn’t stand out as a particularly big issue on paper, however the different
approaches of each party to the issue is of interest. While the Liberals seem
to be focused on how education can be funded, Labour examines how they will
fund it. The difference lies in the wording and while the Opposition are
looking for ways to come up with the money themselves (Taurus on the cusp); the
Government are just concerned with ensuring the funding is there by some means
(Scorpio, on the look-out for shared resources and “other people’s money”).



Health

This is
where those currently in power will be trying patch up old wounds, but the
likely approach will be reminiscent of a stern, father-figure rather than the
softer, almost maternal approach of their opponents.

For the
Government, this area might provide an opportunity to boost some public image
that has sagged in the past, with the house ruler, Saturn, sitting comfortably
in the first house.

Good news,
except that on the other side of the fence, the Opposition has the Moon, along
with resident Venus, on their side to sway the voters.

This is
likely to be a matter of significance for many and may be where Rudd and
Gillard win some concrete support (not to mention much-needed forward
momentum).



Environment/Climate change

This is a
dicey area to find a home for, but seemed to fit most comfortable in exactly
that – the comfy, homely fourth house. John has a lot invested in this issue,
thanks to the asteroid Vesta, and this is where he strikes the retrograde
Jupiter that may force a couple of back flips at ill-opportune times.
Unfortunately for the PM, Vesta is also retrograde, so too big an investment
here, with promises being made that can’t be kept, would be ill-advised. 

It is an
area, however, where the Opposition shines – literally! With the Sun in their
rotated fourth house, they would do well to shine a spotlight on this issue as
it is likely to be their best hope of success. A healthy trine to
Neptune
means that a focus on water issues is key, and with Mercury at the helm of this
Gemini ship, Kevin and Julia simply couldn’t talk about it enough. 



Industrial Relations

Traditionally
this belongs in the tenth house, but its direct impact on workers means that
the sixth also needs to be considered. Similar to health, this is another area
where the Liberals need to be doing some quiet repair work, while Labour needs
to be talking up how they can look after those at the coalface.

This could
end up being the deal breaker for the Opposition however, because a strong Sun
in the Liberal’s tenth house continues to win over the business world, so
talking about this one too much could draw unwanted attention to any flaws that
they were hoping to keep hidden until all’s said and done.


 
5. If John Howard does contest the next
federal election, will he retain the seat of Bennelong?

Bennelong
is John’s home within the chart, which brings us back to a retrograde Jupiter
in the fourth house of home and family. In this context however, Jupiter makes
a strong case for a win, but the retrograde motion suggests that the margin
will have slimmed down significantly – it could be a close call, perhaps even
leaving the PM with a few sleepless nights following the vote.

Peter Fray

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