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The New York 3 Special Election: Another One Bites the Dust

On Tuesday, 13 February 2024, New York’s Third Congressional District held a special election to fill the seat vacated by serial fabulist George Santos, ousted from the US House of Representatives last December.  The election in the swing district was viewed by many as a bellwether, an omen of things to come in the general election come November.  Though polling showed a tight race, Democrat Tom Suozzi trounced Republican Mazi Pilip, 54%-46%.  The victory shifts yet another House seat from R to D, giving GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson just a two-vote majority.

Democrats being who they are, there was considerable bedwetting in advance of the vote, but progressives needn’t have worried, had they but looked above.  The Sun at 24 Aquarius was bracketed closely by asteroid Washingtonia 886 at 23 Aquarius, and asteroid House 4950 at 25 Aquarius, appropriately highlighting (Sun) the race with such momentous consequences for the US (Washingtonia) House of Representatives (House).  A square to Uranus at 19 Taurus suggested a tectonic shift in the status quo, and favored the insurgent Democrat, trying to fill a seat held by Republicans, while an exact sextile to TNO Eris 136199 at 24 Aries (named for the Greek goddess of strife and discord) indicated an angry electorate, frustrated and embarrassed by the performance of the prior occupant, unwilling to reward his Party with another win.

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A triumphant Tom Suozzi raises his arms to the heavens, as well he might – asteroid Thomas conjunct Mercury (the vote) and asteroid TRIUMF (“triumph”) gave him the win

Democrat Tom Suozzi was in the catbird seat, represented by asteroid Thomas 2555, which at 13 Aquarius was exactly conjunct Mercury, ruling the vote itself, also conjoined asteroid TRIUMF 14959 at 19 Aquarius, an asteroid named for the acronym of a Canadian research facility, but operating as its phonetic match “triumph”.  ‘Nuff said, but gilding the cosmic lily, Thomas is also involved in a Grand Trine Kite Pattern, trined to asteroid Victoria 12 at 19 Libra (named for the Roman goddess of victory) and asteroid Demokritos 6129 at 13 Gemini (celestial stand-in for “Democrat”), the String formed by Victoria’s opposition to asteroid Queen’s 5457, with the borough of Queens, NY forming part of the Third District.  This clearly shows Suozzi (Thomas), the Democrat (Demokritos), as triumphant (Victoria) in the election (Mercury) for his district (Queen’s).

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New York’s Third Congressional District, comprising parts of Queens and Nassau County; asteroid Queen’s was sextile asteroid Thomas, with asteroid Nassau in square

In addition, both Victoria and Demokritos appear at station, making them embedded factors with greater-than-typical influence, and indicating an overall winning vibe (Victoria) for Democrats generally (Demokritos).  Reinforcing the energy for Suozzi in particular is asteroid Thomas squared to asteroid Nike 307 (named for the Greek goddess of victory) at 11 Taurus, with asteroid Swasey 992 (closest phonetic match to Suozzi) at 12 Cancer in square to Victoria.  That’s winning three times over, and doubtless helped to increase Suozzi’s margin of victory.  Thomas is also widely squared asteroid Nassau 9240 at 3 Scorpio, with Nassau County forming the lion’s share of the district, giving him a local tie-in to the celestial geography.

There aren’t a lot of good identifiers for Mazi Pilip, but asteroid Masi 21795 at 26 Sagittarius exactly squared Neptune at 26 Pisces, in a T-Square with asteroid NOT 2857 at 25 Virgo; asteroid Maza 108113 at 18 Virgo widely conjoined NOT; and asteroid Masa 19618 at 5 Sagittarius squared Saturn at 7 Pisces, all tell variations of the same tale – disappointment (Neptune), loss (Saturn) and negation (NOT).

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GOP candidate Mazi Pilip was hampered by three PNAs that interacted with Neptune, Saturn and asteroid NOT on the day of the election, foreshadowing disappointment, loss and negation

It’s true that asteroids approximating her surname, Philiphe 20208 at 18 Capricorn and Philippa 977 at 11 Aries, both interact with Victoria, by square and opposition respectively, giving the Republican a shot at victory, but this was counterbalanced by Philiphe’s opposition to a pairing of asteroids Nemesis 128 and Achilles 588 at 25 and 26 Cancer, signaling ruin or destruction (Nemesis) and weakness or vulnerability (Achilles). Her placements just weren’t enough to beat back Suozzi’s superior position via asteroid Thomas, nor the rising tide of voter discontent with GOP recalcitrance and do-nothingness in Congress, where a bipartisan immigration and border security bill was just shot down in the Senate at Donald Trump’s request, the week before the special election. 

Immigration was a key issue in this race (as also predicted by the solar stellium’s square to Uranus, ruling strangers or immigrants), with so many migrants bused from Texas to the Big Apple of late, overflowing shelters, and normally favors the GOP.  But Suozzi was able to turn that conventional wisdom on its head with the Senate debacle, and gave us the unusual sight of a Democrat able to go on the offense on the immigration issue, which proved fatal to Pilip’s chances.

It’s a short-lived victory; Suozzi will have to run for re-election in November.  But step by step, slow and steady wins the race.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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Wow, I wish the skies were always this plain. Too bad there will be a rematch so soon but that’s democracy in action. Glad there were consequences for the GOP’s Santos debacle. Hope this is a sign of how things will go in November despite polls to the contrary. Thanks Alex!

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