Halfway between the American and the French Revolutions, in 1781, as Immanuel Kant ruminates on the meaning of Enlightenment, the planet Uranus is discovered, and taken as the cosmic torch of the revolutionary age and the collapse of the Old Order.
On the day Bernie Sanders was born, the Sun was 75 degrees from being at the perfect 180 degree opposition to Uranus. By the astrological rule of thumb, the day-for-year progression method, we infer that at the age of 75 years an unprecedented event will turn Bernie Sanders' life upside down. That much is clear.
There are no astrological indications anywhere near so powerful and apt in the charts of either Clinton or Trump on Inauguration Day or Election Day or during the periods of the conventions. But neither does Sanders have particularly happy stars on those important pre-inaugural dates. So astrologers have been hesitant to make strong calls. ... mixed signs ... ask again later.
"A GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC CAMPFIRE"
A digression: Early in the last century a group of students calling themselves Sabians were assembled around the figure of a brilliant and astonishingly handsome young Presbyterian minister named Marc Edmund Jones (1888-1980). Jones studied theology at the University of Chicago, where he held ministerial and academic positions, and, under the eminent American philosopher John Dewey, he obtained his doctorate in Philosophy at Columbia University. Eventually though he's found in sunny San Diego at the center of an esoteric society . . . out of which came a Book of Marvels: 360 pithy emblematic images, invoked through elaborate randomness, which translate the arche-numerics of the Zodiac into human concepts. They are published as The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Marc Edmund Jones, 1969, 3rd ed.
Back to the Inauguration.
When the Bernie Sanders progressed Sun reaches the opposition of Uranus it simultaneously will happen to leave the sign in which it has shone for the last 30 years (a day-for-a-year, recall) while entering the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius, precisely opposing at zero degrees 20 minutes. Sag, the image of the wise, untamed centaur embraces the revolutionary import of Uranus. The Sabian symbol of this first degree of Sagittarius is: A GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC CAMPFIRE. This is the only one of the 360 symbols with direct reference to the USA, or for that matter to any historical event. The short commentary by Jones includes this suggestive remark: "In his symbolic and periodical return to center he regrasps each potentiality of being." (pg. 211)
RETURN TO CENTER?