Our Bill (as I fondly call him) is widely noted for the charm of his Libra ascendant (and an astonishing five planets in Libra!!) and his ability to schmooze with just about anyone. He is also widely known for a bad temper (Mars conjunct Neptune in Libra on the ascendant). In his biography, he wrote of his anger as quoted in the New York Times:
“I was a little disturbed by my anger, the currents of which would prove deeper and stronger in the years ahead,” Mr. Clinton wrote. “Because of the way Daddy behaved when he was angry and drunk, I associated anger with being out of control and I was determined not to lose control. Doing so could unleash the deeper, constant anger I kept locked away because I didn’t know where it came from.”
Clinton’s anger has been in the news over the past year as Mrs. Clinton’s run for President and the increasing competition from Barack Obama has become more and more intense. Reporters sense that Clinton’s anger is growing, so I had to take a look at his chart.
The progressed chart shows what we are like in the present moment, and Clinton’s progressed chart shows Mars very tightly (within 5 minutes) conjunct Mercury in the passionate sign of Scorpio. The conjunction will be partile (exact) in early February just as the Aquarius lunar eclipse on February 6 makes an extremely tight aspect (square) to this conjunction. I expect we’ll see some big fireworks then!
Clinton has also been in the “Progressed New Moon” cycle, with his progressed Moon conjunct his Sun back in December. This is a new beginning, an opportunity to begin something new, and it was at that point that Bill Clinton began to take on his wife’s campaign responsibilities with a whole new seriousness and passion. The lines between his legacy and hers are beginning to blur, with mixed results for her campaign.
When Clinton’s Moon progressed out of showy Leo into more modest Virgo in April we are likely to see him tone down some of his display of ego. But the Mars-y temper will still be there in all its glory for the remainder of the campaign.