It has happened only twice in a lifetime, and it's happening again in three weeks on November 6th. Some say this event means Florida is headed for another Election Day disaster.
Hanging chads, dimpled chads, and even misaligned chads -- it's hard to forget the mess in Florida that followed the 2000 presidential election. The cause of it all could be some 48 million miles away with the planet Mercury. Some say the planet being in "retrograde" during the 2000 election is to blame for all the confusion.
In astrology, Mercury retrograde means communication, documents, and even the news media could all have issues, and all of those things went awry when Florida's electoral votes were initially called for Al Gore in 2000.
Guess what? Mercury will go retrograde again this Fall, on Election day, just as polls close on the East Coast.
To find out what that will mean for this presidential election, we came to the town of Cassadaga in Central Florida. It is the "Southern Spiritualist Camp," and some say, it's also the psychic capital of the world!
"Having to re-count the votes? That's probable," says Ginny Stern, a professional astrologer at the Cassadaga Hotel.
"There's going to be something going on that we don't expect. I can't say what because the nature of Uranus, that would be the planet affecting mercury retrograde this time, is unpredictable," Ginny tells us. "It's virtually unpredictable."
So, if we expect one candidate to win, would it be likely the other candidate would be the one to win? Ginny says, yes! "It could be something like that, or they just have to recount the votes, and it doesn't change anything but they have to do it. I don't know. I just feel that there's going to be some interesting something going on, and I'm going to watch!"
Plenty will be watching, especially Florida, with history possibly already repeating. Palm Beach County already faces the potential hand count of 60,000 misprinted ballots, and Mercury retrograde hasn't even begun!
The 1960 Presidential election also happened during Mercury retrograde. Anyone old enough may remember that election, too, was messy and confusing. John F. Kennedy won by less than one-tenth of a percent. In fact, it was so close Richard Nixon waited a whole day to concede the race.