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You may have heard the story of the blind men and the elephant. It’s a parable that has been around for quite some time, and turned into
a poem by John Godfrey Saxe in the early 19th century. A group of blind men encounter an elephant, each feeling only one part, and then attempt to make sense of the whole.  e man who feels the side thinks the elephant is like a wall.  e man who holds the trunk thinks the elephant is like a snake.  e one who grabs the tail insists the elephant is like a rope.  eir individual observations are valid, but their conclusions
are wrong because they missed the big picture.
Every time I encounter astrologers asking big questions, such as who will
be the next President of the United States, I think of the blind men and the elephant. Each astrologer insists that his or her predictions are accurate, but no one sees the big picture.
The big picture is that astrology has limits.
Astrology can answer a lot of questions, but astrology can’t answer every question. Astrology can only answer questions that are speci c, precise, and have a limited set of possible answers.  e question “Who will be the next
President of the United States?” fails on all counts.
Astrologers started asking this question more than a year before any
candidates had o cially entered the race. I’m writing this in June 2016, and it’s still not a speci c enough question because there are not yet de nitive candidates for the general election. Astrology doesn’t work with hypotheticals or presumptions.
But there’s a bigger problem than the fact that the question is not yet valid. Every attempt I’ve seen to answer the question is based on the natal charts
of the candidates.
You can’t use natal charts to answer the question of who will be elected president.
 e question itself is not contained in the natal chart.  e question is objective, about mundane events.  e natal chart only contains answers to subjective
questions: experiences that directly a ect the individual.
Astrology can answer speci c questions about the future, but only if those questions can be contained
within a single chart. Attempting to use astrology to forecast the next president by looking at the natal charts of the potential candidates is pointless.  ere’s no objective standard you can use to evaluate the data and therefore no way to get a clear answer.
 is hasn’t stopped many astrologers from predicting winners and losers based on how “good” or “bad” the transits, progressions, or directions are to the charts of the potential candidates.  eir observations may be valid, but their conclusions aren’t.  ey’re describing the elephant’s tusk, not the whole elephant.
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