Comparing Party Horoscopes
The GOP Uranus and the DP Uranus are virtually exactly square each other, and both are aligned with the U.S. Midheaven. Then, the GOP Jupiter at 23º Capricorn exactly squares the DP Jupiter at 23º Libra. Both parties have a close hard aspect between Saturn and Neptune, giving both the impossible task of making their fondest beliefs and aspirations (Neptune) a political reality (Saturn). The geometric relationship between their two Saturns is also hard, an exact octile (45º), and their Neptunes are tri-octile (135º).
For all the animosity shown by their differences, these two parties have some common elements, which unifies them against third party challenges, and the rest of the world. Both have Mars in Virgo which represents their parallel attitude toward the military. Mars in Virgo means the U.S. military is to be placed at the service of the nation. The nation's Commander-in-Chief is most often a civilian. In the GOP chart, Mars is trine Jupiter in corporate Capricorn, and from this one can see the evolution of the Industrial-Military-Complex that Dwight Eisenhower warned us about.
Both the GOP and DP have Venus conjunct Saturn. Perhaps the most ominous threat to the American political system is the campaign finance debacle. Both parties are now absolutely dependent on corporate finance contributions, and from these payments arise the political agenda. National politicians, whether from the Republican or Democratic parties, can't survive without shrewd fund raising abilities, unless they're independently wealthy like John Kerry or Ross Perot.
Successful GOP candidates always have very tight planetary links to this GOP horoscope. Dwight Eisenhower (October 14, 1890), the famous World War II General, had his Mars at 14º Capricorn, exactly opposite the GOP Sun. Chiron in the U.S. is a direct symbol for military events (Chiron in the U.S. chart is located in the 6th house of military service and squares the Sun in the Pentagon chart). Eisenhower's Chiron was exactly square the GOP Pluto (orb of 0º02), which pinpoints his power base. Vesta, the asteroid denoting special intelligence services, was exactly squaring Mars in Ike's horoscope, as the two align with the GOP Sun. Ike was infamous for his promotion and use of the CIA to wage the Cold War.
Vesta played an infamous role in the Watergate break-in, the most serious secret battle (that we know about) between the Republican and Democratic Parties. On June 17, 1972 when the Watergate burglary took place, Vesta was at 15º Taurus, exactly conjunct the GOP Uranus. At the same moment, transiting Uranus at 14º Libra was squaring the GOP Sun, and transiting Pluto was conjunct the GOP Mars. Nixon himself (January 9, 1913) was elected under his promise to end the Vietnam War, but with his Pluto exactly square the GOP Mars, he found a solution by radically increasing the bombing, not withdrawing. The interested reader should also compare the elder George Bush's planets (June 12, 1924) and Gerald Ford's (July 14, 1913) for more insights into the GOP chart. George W. Bush's chart (July 6, 1946) has enormously strong connections to this GOP horoscope.