The astrology of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders astrologyBernie Sanders is an unusual choice for a presidential candidate.  He would be the oldest person to be elected president of the United States.  He is Jewish, and an avowed socialist.  He has no handlers and no PACs, and he is virtually ignored by mainstream media.  Yet he is gaining support in unexpected places – from liberals of course, but also from independents and even evangelicals who resonated with his speech at Liberty University.

One has to wonder why, after a long and illustrious career in Congress, does Sanders suddenly want to be President?  Perhaps a look at the astrological influences can add some insight.

Bernie Sanders (September 8, 1941, Brooklyn NY, time unknown) was born with the Sun in Virgo, the sign of service and humility.  His Sun is conjunct the North lunar Node, the point that shows us the way towards our future destiny.  Sun/North Node people typically have a sense from childhood that they have a special mission to fulfill – a particular path to walk.

We don’t know Sanders’ ascendant (rising sign) without a time of birth, but his Aries Moon shows his fiery and passionate nature, especially since is Moon aligns with Mars, the planet that energizes and motivates us, but which also adds an aggressive quality to the chart.  This is especially true because Mars is in Aries, its own sign, which essentially doubles the intensity of the assertive quality.

The Mars/Aries dynamic quality is out of sync with the humility of Virgo, and finding a way to balance those two forces has likely been one of the themes of Sanders’ life.  Sanders’ chart lacks the water element which often suggests an individual for whom empathy and compassion is difficult.  Yet he has Mercury (communication) in peace-loving Libra, suggesting that he is easily able to see another point of view even if he is unable to feel it.  And his Venus (relating to others) is in its own sign of Libra, revealing that relationships and harmony between people is very important to him.

Like many second generation Jews, Sanders’ parents were deeply affected by the holocaust and the Chiron/Pluto conjunction in his chart suggests that he would have been very sensitive to the trauma of this event in a very personal way.

Saturn (achievement and insecurity)  in the chart is in the sign of Taurus which seeks wealth and comfort.  We can see from this placement that Sanders is uncomfortable with the idea of accumulating possessions and comfortable things which could have a bearing on his socialist values.  But Uranus, the revolutionary, is at zero degrees Gemini where it most powerfully seeks new ideas of change, is in a harmonious trine to Mercury in the chart, a double signature connecting thoughts and ideas (Mercury/Gemini) with the breaking away from shackles of the old ways of looking at things (Uranus).  This is especially noted because of the out of sign conjunction (meaning the two planets are in different signs though still in alignment) from Saturn, representing the status quo, to Uranus.

So we can see Sanders’ values and motivations in the chart.  But why now?  What motivated Sanders to suddenly announce his candidacy for the very first time?

One of the forecasting tools at our disposal is a look at the “progressed” chart.  Using this tool we progress the birthchart through time.  The progressed Sun shows the type of experience we need to feel vital and alive, and the alignments made by the progressed Sun can trigger major life experiences.  Back in 2011 Sanders’ progressed Sun opposed Saturn in the progressed chart.  Because Saturn represents responsibility and achievement as well as the sense of the passage of time, I suspect that at that time Sanders felt that he was nearing the end of his ability to make a real difference in the world.

In 2011 Uranus (planet of revolution) had just entered the warrior sign of Aries, triggering a radical backlash against the status quo and power establishment all around the world.  At that time Sanders began to have a voice on the main stage of public opinion – in interviews and television appearances.  However, he continued to insist that he had no interest in running for president until 2013 when he began to put together a platform of issues for a presidential run.

His formal announcement came in the spring of 2015, just after his progressed Sun opposed Uranus in the progressed chart, triggering a radical move out of the blue as Uranus often does.  And at the same time, transiting Uranus formed a challenging square to the Sun in the (Sibley) chart of the United States, signifying a fundamental change in the values and very nature of the country.  This was a confluence of energies that opened the door for Bernie Sanders to sweep in as a viable candidate.

In 2016, transiting Pluto (destruction and regeneration) will oppose the Sun in the US chart, and the effects of this transit are already visible.  Gun violence, ideological and theological battles are tearing the country to shreds.  In addition, transiting Saturn is crossing the ascendant (persona) of the US chart, creating tests and challenges to the very identity of the country.

Pluto is in Capricorn, as it has been since 2008, tearing down (Pluto) the structures of society (Capricorn) wherever the foundations are rotting are unstable.  The structures that underpin the US political system are no longer serving the needs of the populace, and it is no accident that the non-establishment (Uranian) candidates are gaining ground.

By | 2018-01-04T08:45:01+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Politics|10 Comments


  1. Maureen Frank October 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Fascinating. I’m intrigued by his candidacy (and his chart)…would love for him to make it all the way to the white house. He reminds me of what Pope Francis is doing…brining humanity back to humans.

    • October 8, 2015 at 7:01 am - Reply

      A Sanders presidency would change everything. He had better stay out of private planes. :).

    • Kathlen Burt October 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Agree. My husband and I will be volunteering on the campaign. That is interesting about the Sun/N Node in the article.

      Kathleen Burt (astrologer)

  2. Marianne October 7, 2015 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Lynn, so glad you are posting on a regular basis again. I love your blog!

  3. Pat October 8, 2015 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Great analysis, Lynn!

    Today I read an article on The Atlantic’s website, written by Russell Banks in 1985 and for some reason never published (The Atlantic’s introduction seems deliberately vague about the circumstances). He followed Bernie around for a few days and provided a terrific character portrait. Astrological keywords and images jump out all over: non-conformist, ahead of his time, given to loud rants about injustice, organized, methodical, and lots more. He’s obviously got some Aquarius influence, whether it’s Aquarius Rising, 11th house emphasis, or a strongly placed Uranus.

    I’ve looked at some of his transits, notably his upset win in March 1981 over the long-term mayor of Burlington. The lunar nodes were in Leo (N) and Aquarius (S) at the time, and there were eclipses in January and February. It’s a pretty good bet that the nodes were either in houses 1/7 or 4/10.

    Without a birth time, though, I think you’ve covered pretty much everything we can know.

    • October 8, 2015 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Interesting Pat. I am generally suspicious of rectification but it would be a fun exercise. However you may remember what happened with Susan Boyle’s chart – we had a birth time that worked great with how we perceived her but turned out to be incorrect, and the real time didn’t work nearly so well!

      • Pat October 8, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        I totally agree with you, Lynn, and it drives me crazy when I see rectifications to “make the chart work.”

        Also, it’s a far cry from suspecting that he has some Aquarian tendencies and doing all the detailed work required for a competent rectification. I haven’t done that and won’t, because I think there’s a good chance we’ll get a birth time at some point (I’ve been trying) and that the effort will be wasted.

  4. Lisa Boldizsar March 13, 2016 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    This is what I found:
    Born: September 8, 1941, 12:27 PM
    In: Brooklyn Heights, New York (NY) (United States)
    Sun: 15°37′ Virgo AS: 25°10′ Scorpio
    Moon: 19°25′ Aries MC: 8°28′ Virgo
    Dominants: Virgo, Aries, Libra
    Saturn, Uranus, Pluto
    Houses 10, 7, 5 / Earth, Air / Cardinal
    Chinese Astrology: Metal Snake
    Numerology: Birthpath 5
    Height: Bernie Sanders is 5′ 8″ (1m73) tall
    Popularity: 37,266 clicks, 460th man, 826th celebrity

  5. Lynn March 14, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Thanks for that Lisa, but this birth time is completely unverified. According to Astrodatabank: “Bernie Sanders’ birth time is not entirely certain. I talked with a man who campaigned with Bernie Sanders in the Burlington, Vermont races 35 years ago, and was also an astrology enthusiast. According to him, working off of his memory, Bernie’s birth time was 12:27 PM EDT”

    Unless a birth time comes from a reliable source I’m afraid I’m unable to use it.

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