In late June the Democrats held their midterm conference in Philadelphia. The presidential hopefuls, in their growing drive for the 1984 nomination, used this miniconvention as a "stumping ground" and showcase. Present were: Sen. Kennedy, the perennial darling, former vice president Fritz Mondale, Sens. John Glenn of Ohio, Alan Cranston of California, Ernest Hollings of South Carolina, Gary Hart of Colorado and former Florida governor Reubin Askew. Gov. Jerry Brown had planned to come, but the fruit fly and a budget crisis forced him to remain in California.

Since all of the presidential hopefuls were to address the miniconvention, scheduling became important, resulting in a fierce jockeying for the best time (the opening and the closing speeches). After all, the candidates were to be judged, like in some beauty contest, by the volume and frequency of applause. In accordance with that criterion, Kennedy won hands down, Fritz Mondale (to the surprise of many) placed a close second, with the remainder of hopefuls trailing far behind.

The Democrats departed Philadelphia pleased with the results of their miniconvention, looking forward to the elections of 1982 and 1984. National polls verified the results of their applause meter: Kennedy was still the first choice among Democrats. But to an astrologer, these eight charts of the Democratic presidential hopefuls spell nothing but disaster. Each of the eight men will lose in 1984, albeit, each for different reasons. This makes one wonder whether the Democrats have inherited a suicidal streak from the Republicans.

First of all, the chart of the president has to meet at least the following three criteria: 1) The chart of the winner has to be strongly tied with the chart of the United States; 2) The chart has to be red-hot with strong aspects that are "peaking," but not abating at the time of election; 3) It has to be strongly tied with the chart of the opponent. This last condition cannot be ascertained at this time since it is not known whether President Reagan will run again. But the first two criteria do apply, and make all those eight men losers in 1984.

To be specific:

* Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy's chart, outside of its innate problems, is so loosely connected with the country's chart as to make his candidacy ineffective. His chart does not show the drive or desire for the presidency, nor does it show the desire or strength for the responsibility of the office.

Kennedy chart is strongly aspected through the remainder of this year (especially from the end of September through the middle of November) and then again in 1983 (August and September being very crucial). The Uranus transit on his chart could bring sudden and unexpected changes, and they could easily upset his personal as well as his political life. Since they affect his chart strongly around election time, I would advise him not to take his reelection for granted. There could be an upset. If he gets reelected, then the changes that will occur in 1983 will have a strong impact on his personal life.

His chart is quite inactive in 1984, which could mean that he may refuse to run. And if he is drafted, or decides to run with such an inactive chart, the results will be nil.

* Fritz Mondale.

Mondale's chart, like Kennedy's, is connected to the U.S. chart in a very peripheral way. Such a loose connection usually denies the person having any significant impact on the fate of this country. In addition, his natal chart, also like Kennedy's, indicates a lack of sustained drive and his energies and ambition run in spurts.

In 1976, when he decided to drop out of the primaries, he said, "Basically I found I did not have the overwhelming desire to be president, which is essential for the kind of campaign that is required. I do not think that anyone should be president who is not willing to go through fire."

Mondale's chart is on the upswing this year, and "raring to go" in 1984; therefore, he may well say that he basically found out that now he has an overwhelming desire to be president. I think he will try his best to get the nomination, and if he does not, he will be very busy campaigning for someone else. His chart is strongly tied to Kennedy's chart, and since Mondale's chart is that of an "inheritor," he may inherit Kennedy's mantle in 1983 or 1984.

And yet, on election night, not even one single planet throws a spotlight on this chart, which does not bode well. It seems as if his vice presidency is the most that his chart can ever deliver.