Jesse Helms, RIP

It seems I’ve been doing a lot of obituaries lately. It’s hard to come up with good things to say about Jesse Helms, although his fans always said of him “You always knew where Jesse stood.” There’s no doubt about that.

Jesse Helms did his utmost to try to halt the progress of civil rights and would have preferred to keep North Carolina as it was back in the 1950s. He liked to say about my home town of Chapel Hill “you can fence in the whole town and call it a zoo.”

Still, Helms was a Libra and could be very charming, and to the end could not understand why black people didn’t like him. He had two signatures for conservatism that stood out: Moon in Taurus, craving stability and same-ness, and Mars in Virgo which would really like for everything to be safe and secure. Yet Neptune made a square to both the Moon and Mercury, obscuring the issues and making it difficult for him to see the world as it really was.

Jupiter sat prominently at the Midheaven (career and public life), according to , and this does make sense considering his easy rise to prominence in the public arena. Jupiter is often involved in publishing and the media, and one of Helms’s first jobs was as conservative commentator for the local radio station, making him Rush Limbaugh’s predecessor. Early in his political career his campaign literature read, “White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories?”

That prominent Libran Jupiter made a square to Pluto in Cancer, creating a compulsive (Pluto) sense of righteousness (Jupiter) that was difficult if not impossible to sway with reason. To […]

By | 2008-07-06T22:02:00+00:00 July 6th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Jesse Helms, RIP

Happy July Fourth! And a look ahead

There is a lot of disagreement among astrologers around the exact time that the United States was born. The actual declaration of independence occurred with a unanimous vote on July 2, but the actual document was not signed until July 4. You can read more about this and why I prefer the Sibley July 4 chart here, and you’ll also find my predictions for the past twelve months.

But now, let’s take a look at the US solar return chart and see what could be ahead in the coming year:

The Solar Return chart is cast for the moment that the transiting Sun returns to its place in the birthchart. The return chart gives us a hint as to the energies of the upcoming year, although no prediction of the future is set in stone.

The chart for the 2008 US Solar Return shows Sagittarius rising, with Pluto rising in the first house of identity and personality. Sagittarius is rising in the version that I prefer of the US natal chart as well and signifies the expansive colonialism of the US and the desire to spread its philosophy around the world. Pluto is retrograde, signifying the waning of power, although in the first house it is still attempting to flex the muscles of that power and show the world that the power is still present.

Uranus, planet of innovation, change and rebellion and also retrograde, is in the third house of communication and it forms a square to the ascendant, or persona. To me this seuggests that the speech and efforts of the US to communicate its goals and ideals will be out of sync (Uranus) with the rest of the world (perception of persona) and although there is an effort to make changes […]

By | 2008-07-04T10:34:00+00:00 July 4th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Happy July Fourth! And a look ahead

Profile of Barack Obama: Conclusion

Disclaimer:  Barack Obama is my choice for president.

This is part III of the series, catch up with Part I here, and Part II here.

Venus in Obama’s chart is in Cancer, the sign of the family and nurturing those we love.  Family is important to him – as is the sense of affiliation with one’s ancestral roots, as we see in the placement of his Moon in the fourth house which is ruled by Cancer.  Venus here is in the fifth house of creative self-expression, children, and sports, and we can clearly see this at work in Obama’s love of basketball, and we can suppose that Obama finds in his children an opportunity to express what he considers to be the best of himself:  this is what we strive to create in the fifth house.

Venus is trined by Neptune, and in a trine we see the positive aspects of both planets.  Where the Neptune/Jupiter square mentioned previously has a tendency towards illusion (Neptune) in one’s ideals (Jupiter), in a trine to Venus we see an enhancement of creativity as Neptune dissolves the boundaries that keep us locked in the material world, and Venus opens us up to the true beauty in life.  This combination is often found in the charts of artists and mystics.  Neptune here encourages Venus to see the best in people and dislikes conflict.
Chiron is in the first house of personal identity in Obama’s chart and forms a Grand Trine to the Venus/Neptune planets.  A Grand Trine occurs when three planets form 120 degree angles to each other, and is an aspect that brings an easy flow between the three planets.  We saw in Part I how Chiron in its role as the Wounded Healer denotes an […]

By | 2008-06-19T10:08:00+00:00 June 19th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Profile of Barack Obama: Conclusion

Profile of Barack Obama: Part Deux

(This is the continuation of an article, see Part I for the beginning.

Obama’s Mars is in Virgo, a thoughtful and cautious place for Mars to be. Mars shows the kind of drive we have and how our aggressive instinct is expressed. This is not a Mars that would go to war on a whim, or invade a country without doing its homework. Virgo needs order and security, and Mars here tends to be somewhat cautious and precise. Obama’s Mars makes a trine to Saturn, the planet of discipline, hard work and success, suggesting a hard worker who is patiently focused on the goal.

Saturn in this chart is in its own sign of Capricorn and it is retrograde. The placement of Saturn by sign and house shows where we feel we are not good enough; where we suffer from self-doubt. In Capricorn, the sign that shares Saturn’s intense focus on goals and achievement, there is a deep fear of failure that rides along with the pressure to achieve. This is exacerbated in Obama’s chart by the fact that Saturn is retrograde, and that tends to enhance the inner voice of self criticism. Because Saturn is in the twelfth house of the subconscious and the call of Spirit, the intense drive for success and achievement can become confused and made more difficult. Or, if the individual heeds the call of the Inner Self and drives his ambition along the road of seeking to improve the lives of others as the twelfth house requires, Saturn provides the material rewards for which he is so well known.

Saturn in the twelfth, traditionally the “House of Karma” or the “House of Troubles” does sometimes reveal a great inner loneliness – one’s road is solitary and fraught […]

By | 2008-06-18T14:00:00+00:00 June 18th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Profile of Barack Obama: Part Deux

Astrological profile of Barack Obama Part I

This is turning out to be longer than I thought so I’m going to serialize it. Here’s part One:

Barack Obama sprang seemingly from nowhere to become the winner of the Democratic primary run for President. Until he gave the keynote address at the Democratic convention in 2004 he was little known, but that speech propelled him into the limelight where he became the hook for the projection of the hopes and fears of Democrats.

The danger of analyzing charts for the famous is the lack of real personal knowledge that we have about them. It’s all too easy to skew the reading of the chart through the lens that colors our perception of the individual. If you don’t like Hillary Clinton, you read her Mars/Pluto square in Leo square to her Leo stellium as a desperate thirst for power. If you love her, you read in it tenacity and strength and an inability to give up.

Barack Obama has attracted an even more divergent chorus of reactions among the Democratic faithful. Some are swept up in his message of hope and inspiration; others are suspicious and worry that he is a liar. Even on the political astrology boards, many are suspicious of what they consider Obama’s Neptunian attraction and the overwhelming response of his followers, as well as the lack of specificity in Obama’s speeches during the primary season.

Without an accurate birthtime, astrologers “rectified” the chart to fit their image of the candidate. Some liked the Scorpio ascendant of the 1:06 am birthtime because they felt he was secretive about his real agenda. I liked a Libra ascendant because of Obama’s collaborative style. Now that we have an actual birth certificate released by the campaign (although the right-wing blogosphere is still claiming it’s a fake) and an […]

By | 2008-06-16T14:55:00+00:00 June 16th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Astrological profile of Barack Obama Part I
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