Let’s look at the Solar Arc directed planets for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to see who has more powerful directions on Election Day, November 8, 2016. (I use these simply as a kind of progression and not with midpoint pictures.)
Donald Trump’s directed MC, relating to career and status, is conjunct his 12th house, with no major aspects to planets in his birth chart. His directed Ascendant is in his 3rd house, just past conjoining directed Mars (a high point for assertive communications). It approaches a trine to his Mercury in the 11th, but it’s a little over a degree and a half away.
Trump’s directed Sun opposite Moon, as well as his Nodes, straddle his Ascendant-Descendant axis. This is strong testimony of coming before the public and gaining much attention, and is very consistent with his campaign. Yet the South Node conjoining his 7th house cusp, which relates to the public, suggests a lack of support for a major position in the material world.
Directed Mercury from the 1st approaches a square to Uranus in his natal 10th house. The issues of communication and career excitement are brought up. But this aspect, too, is over a degree and a half from exact on election day. I’m not sure whether the more radical changes in his career that are indicated by Uranus will occur from mid to late 2017 or earlier. These are the closest aspects.
Hillary Clinton’s directions are stronger. However we must remember that her birth time is not certain, which makes aspects involving the Ascendant and Midheaven questionable. (I use her 8:02 AM chart.)
Hillary’s natal Moon square Uranus directs to angular houses, making it more prominent. Directed Uranus is less than half of a degree from conjoining her MC, and her directed Moon is in her 7th house. This combination shows both her support from women, as well as the fact that she’s breaking new ground as the first female presidential candidate from a major party. To my mind, this is a very important direction.
Hillary’s directed MC falls in her 12th house, only about 7 degrees from conjoining her Ascendant. Given the orb I use, I feel that it’s already activating her Ascendant, which is significant. It’s also just a degree from conjoining her Venus, showing the possibility of much support from behind the scenes. (Venus also rules her 6th house of service, her 7th of the public and partnerships and the 11th relating to the community.)
Solar Arc Neptune is nearly exactly trine her natal Saturn in the 9th, allowing her to reach a wide audience with her message. Similarly, her directed Jupiter in her 3rd house is within a degree of trining her Neptune in the 11th house, giving her a strong resonance with the community (11th) for her ideas (the 3rd house and Jupiter). (Directed Mercury, also in her 3rd, has passed a sextile to her natal Jupiter, but is less than a degree away, also supporting her message.)
Hillary has more close Solar Arc directions for election day than Donald. She wins this round of astrological consideration. So far we have Solar returns going to Clinton, the progressed Moon in declination to Trump and now Solar Arcs to Hillary.
I’ll look at secondary progressions for each candidate next.