As the 2012 election heats up, political pundits and journalists have been speculating on the future of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has said she plans to leave her post at the end of the year. Everyone wants to know what will she do next. Is she gearing up to run for president in 2016?
She says "no."
Friends say "yes."
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, told ABC News' Jake Tapper he didn't know. "Whether she does or not, who knows what will happen?" he said. "I'll say what I've said all my life. When I met her, I thought she was the most gifted person in my generation for public service."
The couple may doth protest too much, or Mrs. Clinton may simply be too busy with her job as Secretary of State, which last week put her front and center in headlines when she visited in China while the issue of dissident Chen Guangcheng was being hotly debated.
But that doesn't stop speculation about her future at home.
Consider the words of Ohio Governor John Kasich. In a response to what a political analyst said about his political future Kasich told the Columbus Dispatch last month, "You know why God made political scientists? So they could make astrologists look accurate."
Taking a cue from the governor, ABC News decided to ask the authors of The Political Astrology Blog what they see in their crystal ball in the sky.
They predict that after being Madame Secretary the next title of one of the world's most powerful and popular women may well be Madam President.
Authors Patrick Watson, Chris Brennan and Nick Dagan Best have charted Clinton's entire political life from childhood. Watson tells ABC News that there has been an astrological pattern to the Secretary's life, based on where her sun sign, Scorpio, is in a planetary cyle.
Specifically, every time Scorpio moves into her "Aquarius period," she has a successful political run. "She encountered her Aquarius period when she ran for the Senate in 2000," says Watson. "We've seen this pattern go all the way back to …the time that she and Bill Clinton lost the 1980 election but won the 1982 election. It even goes back to her election as president of her student government and even back to when she was in the 6th grade and was elected the co-caption of the safety patrol."
The astrologers say there's another political pattern as well. When Clinton's chart moves into the opposite sign, the Leo period, there's political activity that isn't nearly as successful as that co-captain of the safety patrol win. Her 2008 run for president and the period in which she decided not to run for governor of Arkansas were both during her Leo period.
The year 2016 will be an Aquarius period for Clinton, say Watson and Brennan, perfect for a presidential run.