11/17/2012 05:27 pm ET Updated Jan 17, 2013

How to Lose an Election

"Oh! What a tangled web we weave... When first we practice to deceive!"
Walter Scott

Well, in my last article on November 1, 2012, I forecasted that President Obama would be reelected, I discussed a number of planets that would be involved in the entire political drama in November.

One of the planets on center stage was the planet Neptune. In Astrology it rules fear, deceit, deception, distortion, delusion, fraud, secrets, and scandals. Neptune also rules strange, mysterious events. Its influence brings forth an atmosphere where conspiracy theories abound. I discussed how it has been retrograde since June 4, guaranteeing that lots of treachery and deception has been going on "behind the scenes" for many months.

The other planet that I suggested would be in the drama was Mercury. It rules mental processes, thinking, and communications. It went Retrograde on November 6, assuring lots of miscommunication, a lack of mental clarity, and news that cannot be relied on. During the Retrograde period you do not get the whole truth until Mercury goes Direct, which will be November 26.

I said that "by the time Neptune goes direct on November 11, the fog will be lifted." We would clearly see the evidence of deception that had occurred. It turns out, it manifested less in fraud and more in delays where in Florida it took until November 10 for all the votes to be counted. November is not even over, and my forecast to watch for Neptunian dishonesty and deception is already bearing fruit in both the political and public arena. Let's take a closer look at those involved in either deceiving us or deceiving themselves.

In my article, I discussed how Neptune's influences had resulted in "politicians taking great license in telling the truth." I said, "The only question would be who would emerge looking more like Pinocchio?" I should have included Generals, their friends, and authors. I predicted, when Neptune went direct on November 11, the truth behind the deceptions would come out. Let's review those who have emerged looking more like "Pinocchio."

General David Petraeus admitted he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, who spent a great deal of time "em-BED-ded" with him in Afghanistan while he was in command, writing his authorized biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. Because of concern that potentially classified information, even national security secrets may have been leaked (which is very Neptunian) he was advised to resign from his post as CIA Director. And of course, he did.

Then our Neptunian scandal took on an even more interesting twist, when we learned that the FBI stumbled onto the Petraeus affair because a Tampa socialite named, Jill Kelly, reported to the FBI that she had been receiving threatening e-mails from Miss Broadwell.

"In one of the emails from Broadwell to Kelley, she accused the Florida housewife of touching 'him' [Petraeus] underneath a table, and in another email, asked if Kelley's husband was aware of her actions," apparently warning her off her lover, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It sounds like we can all be grateful that the FBI was on the job. They may have prevented a major "cat-fight" from happening.

However, closer examination of Broadwell's emails indicate that there were no overt threats. In fact, Petraeus was barely mentioned. Since "cat-fighting" is no longer considered a Federal crime, why would the FBI feel a need to jump in? To add to the confusion and give conspiracy theorists their fair due, one might ask: Since this affair was known before the election, why was it held off from public disclosure until just after the election? Is there any chance that someone might be playing politics or hiding the truth? Or, in the tradition of Neptune, being "deceptive?"

Speaking of deception, let's turn our Neptunian attention to Jill Kelly. Brian Ross of ABC News, reports, "Socialite Jill Kelley tried to cash in on her 'honorary consul' title (which boasts no official responsibilities), claiming she was a high-level representative of the South Korean government." This was a revelation disclosed by Adam Victor, President of TransGas Development systems. He said that Ms. Kelly had asked for $80 million to broker a deal with Korea, claiming, "it didn't smell right," to him. According to Victor he realized she didn't have a clue about commercial deals when she asked for the eight-figure sum for brokering any deal.

Ms. Kelly, were you trying to pull the wool over someone's eyes?

Since Neptune rules "delusion." Let's take a look and see if anyone else might be a victim of delusion. Ah... yes, Willard M. Romney. According to the Washington Times, Romney stated that President Obama won reelection because he bribed voters with government gifts. "What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney said.

Webster's dictionary defines delusion as a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary.

Apparently, Romney puts no stock in the belief that President Obama won because of his organization's superior talent for getting out the vote, and overwhelming support of most minority groups and women.

On August 27, I discussed one of his fatal flaws that would lose him the election: self-deception. Romney and his advisors deluded themselves into thinking they were doing far better than they were.

During these past five months, Neptune's influence of delusion, distortion, and misrepresentation has been the root cause for the Republican party's huge loss in this presidential election. Newsweek's David Frum (also, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush) made this point when he said, "the right-wing base [of the Republican Party] has been, fleeced, exploited, and lied to by a 'conservative entertainment complex.'"

He's right. They did a disservice to their Republican base and Tea Party constituents, by being dishonest, telling them half-truths, and lies about Obama, in order to get them to vote for Romney. Worse, as Frum says, they were "cowards." We saw evidence of that cowardice when several Senatorial and Congressional candidates made totally ignorant and offensive statements about "women and rape." High-ranking Republicans did not have the courage to speak out and severely scold them for alienating 157 million women, many of whom vote. (Please see previous definition of delusion.)

The reason why: They were filled with Neptunian fear that made them too cowardly to stand up to the "conservative entertainment complex."

That is the complex led by FOX News, and a full cast of cable TV talk show hosts, conservative bloggers, political strategists with names like: Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingram, Dick Morris, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and Karl Rove. They helped Mitt Romney lose the presidential election. Did I mention that Neptune rules lying?

And... you said you didn't believe in Astrology!

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