July 4, 1776 is America’s birthday. 1776 was a Fire Monkey year – like 2016. Did you know that the first Presidential election wasn’t held until December 1788, an Earth Monkey year?
A U.S. President serves a 4 year term. Presidential elections are held every four years. Because the first election was in a Monkey year, a precedent was set so that U.S. elections are only held in a Monkey, Rat or Dragon year.
Monkey-Rat-Dragon is a water pattern by the way. America is a country that embodies the Metal element, therefore elections are our expression.
If you study history you will see that the Chinese Zodiac branch of an election year has a significant impact on the results. Certain branches, and therefore candidates, will be assisted by the year in which the election is held.
For elections held in Monkey years, the favored ones are Snake, Monkey, Rat & Dragon. In a Rat year the Ox, Monkey, Rat & Dragon are lucky. In a Dragon year Rooster, Monkey & Rat are favored.
There are factors other than timing to consider. In general a Snake has a better chance to win than any other branch. That’s because the Snake is often the sign of a politician. The flexible Snake influences with persuasive words but will also keep their own counsel when it’s advantageous. It turns out that’s helpful when you want a powerful position. I guess Donald Trump would be the exception there. Some people are just really lucky.
But this is all pretty general. So what’s the point?
I’ve heard so many people say the only qualification they’re looking for in a candidate is “anyone who can beat Trump” that I’m concerned. I’m hoping we can go beyond that idea because that’s the attitude that brought us to where we are now. It seems like in America, we’re always ready to value anything but what we already have.
It doesn’t help that we have so many candidates right now, although I really appreciate that so many are willing to put themselves forward to help. For voters it’s confusing. I mean, I want to back a winner too, even if that’s not my only goal.
With 21 “blue” candidates having announced as of this writing, I think it would help to narrow the field by weeding out untimely candidates, based on the birth years of past U.S. Presidents.
I’ve ranked the Zodiac signs in order of the number of Presidents born under that sign from most to least. The majority were born in a Snake year.
Did you notice that Abraham Lincoln has the same year pillar as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? She’s a 1989 Earth Snake.
As always John F. Kennedy stands out – this time because he has a Snake year, Snake month and a Yin Metal day stem. He was a tricky guy from a family of politicians. As a Metal day stem person his power is in the Snake – in his ancestors and his job.
A Rat year could be discouraging for a Snake. It’s the Water!
Barack Obama was first elected in a Rat year. The Rat gets co-opted by the powerful Ox, so an Ox has a good chance of winning in a Rat year. 2020 is a Metal Rat Year.
Richard Nixon co-opted himself with his Water Ox year and month. Many would read him as Rat but not me. I only read him that way figuratively.
There were just two Dogs elected before Bill Clinton won in 1992. He seems to have started a trend that was only broken by Obama. I would attribute this succession of Dogs to timing. That is, I attribute it to the proximity of Period 8 (1995-2016) where the Earth element and an immature kind of male energy were in charge. It was a time that favored limitless aspiration and acquisition. Handsy.
Pete Buttigieg is interesting but I think a candidate born in a Dog year isn’t going to have much luck running for President in 2020. Wait for your day Dogs. It will come again.
Like electricity, too much power takes the usual checks and balances offline. When you’re powerful or popular, people hesitate to mention that your comb over has flopped or that you’re using fatal amounts of painkillers.
The versatile and creative Pig who becomes a President has the self penalty and the power. Thomas Jefferson was smart and creative but apparently (to put it lightly) he couldn’t keep it in his pants.
A Rat has no reason to help a Pig candidate in 2020. There are no Pigs running anyhow.
The Rat is the first animal in the cycle of twelve. Appropriately, our first President George Washington, was born in a Rat year – but not a Wood Rat. George may have found the weight of the power to be depressing. As a Water Rat he would be more reluctant to take on authority than a Wood Rat like Jimmy Carter or George H.W. Bush.
A person born in the year of the Rat has a good chance of being elected in a Rat year, but Beto O’Rourke turns out not to be that Rat when you read the rest of his BaZi.
Metal Tiger Dwight D. Eisenhower was a General in the U.S. Army before he was President. In his final speech as President he warned about the developing military-industrial complex. It may not have been the legacy he wanted, but I wonder if he ever realized his own role in its creation. That’s kind of a Tiger thing.
You can hardly ever count a Tiger out of the running when there’s a contest. I don’t see anything blocking a Tiger from winning in 2020.
Wood Monkey Harry S. Truman was our 33rd President. The Wood Monkey is the sign of a decision maker; could be a person who lands in what they think is a catch-22. This is a person with a dilemma.
When the decision maker is the President of the United States, the decisions have huge consequences. Might be something like making the horrible misjudgment of bombing Hiroshima. A Wood Monkey is capable of making good choices too of course.
Monkeys have been going through the wringer of late so a run for President could be too much. We’re in a water cycle of years. I think the timing is off.
Obviously it’s been a long time since we valued the type of staying power the gentle Rabbit possesses. Wood Rabbit and father of 6 children John Adams was known for his political independence or non-partisanship. The only element in his year is Wood. Just one element.
Even if we are rediscovering the value of the Rabbit’s energy the Metal Rat of 2020 suggests that Rabbits will have a penalty next year. There’s something they’ve disregarded that is going to be important.
1856 Fire Dragon Woodrow Wilson was a lawyer, professor, author and President of Princeton University – all prior to becoming the 28th U.S. President. That’s a Dragon with Sik Sun – full of ideas; meticulous with work when it interests him.
In a Rat year, a Dragon candidate will generally be better understood and has a pretty good chance of being elected.
It’s a Water Horse’s job to cease Fire. In conjunction with Abraham Lincoln, Water Horse General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union Army to victory in the Civil War prior to becoming President.
It’s hard not to think of 1978 when I think of Earth Horse Theodore Roosevelt. With his goofy mustache and glasses he was a precursor of 1970s men’s fashion. Teddy is also known for his promotion of national parks and preserving nature. In the 1970s we began to return to regarding the earth as a living being, rather than just a resource. That’s the spirit of the Earth Horse.
Don’t count the Horse out for 2020 just because he clashes with the Rat. Sometimes a clash is exactly what is needed to win big.
Metal Sheep James Madison was the oldest of 12 children. That’s excellent training for a Sheep who wants to be a leader.
Being President is not usually an aspiration of a Sheep. In fact, there’s not a single Sheep running in 2020 as of now and I would be surprised if one shows up. A Rat year doesn’t favor that.
1837 Fire Rooster Grover Cleveland is the only President to serve two terms nonconsecutively. I think his secret to success was that Yin Fire is reborn in the Rooster making the Fire Rooster more adaptable than other Roosters. They know how to stay relevant.
The Rooster is kind of in the same boat with the Monkey in 2020. There’s too much water in play for most Roosters to do more than keep up.
That covers our past Presidents. Now it’s time to rule out the untimely candidates for 2020, a Metal Rat year.
Remember, this is all about timing and not about judgment of worthiness. Sorry Bernie.