Washington - It's bad news for the Romney Campaign as millions of undecided American voters head for the polls under the influence of a rare astrological aspect on the day of the US presidential election.
Tuesday sees Mercury, planet of communication and intelligence**, begin a 20-day retrograde transit of the heavens - a 'backward' movement that's unprecedented for the actual US presidential election date.
The transit is worrying Capitol Hill astrologers who point out that the last time a similar occurrence took place was just before the voting booths closed on November 7th 2000 during the Bush-Gore election fiasco.
That night a retrograde Mercury re-entered the sign of Libra from Scorpio and suddenly turned to direct motion - triggering the famous 'hanging chads' farce that eventually lead to the Supreme Court deciding on the outcome of the 43rd President of the United States vote.
Next Tuesday November 6th Mercury will be in 4-degrees Sagittarius from where its sudden pivotal turnaround commences.
That spells chaos, confusion and maybe even downright trickery as a 'parallel universe' of karmic factors suddenly bursts onto the election scene.
"Yeah, we're expecting large scale voter defections," is how one disillusioned Romney tarot card reader put it today, "that sudden Mercury aspect is a classic illustration of the Major Arcana's Zero Card called The Fool."
Vice president Joe Biden will be 70 on November 20th.
** Mercury's sudden retrograde motions are also associated with unexpected brain seizures, strokes, flashes of blinding inspiration and/or moral failure, garbled messages, acts of blatant deception/crime and tendency of exaggerating physical symptoms.