The astrology of Michelle Bachmann

Michelle Bachmann astrologyMichelle Bachmann was the winner of the Iowa Straw Poll this week, putting her in the forefront of the pack for the 2012 elections.  It would be a mistake to laugh off her candidacy as a joke.

Ms. Bachmann has given us a birth time, sort of: in this earlier article I wrote about the confusion over whether she was born in the morning or afternoon.  Since we don’t have a confirmation at this point I’m using the 12:08 pm chart which is close to noon and gives us a good approximation of the Moon (middle of the day) if that time isn’t accurate.

Michelle Bachman was born when the Sun was in Aries, the sign of leadership and courage.  The Sun conjoins Mercury, the planet of communication and the mental function.  Many astrologers (especially traditional ones) call this “combust” and believe that the Sun overpowers the other planet, in this case Mercury. I have not seen that to be the case – typically a Sun/Mercury conjunction denotes individuals who are exceptionally intelligent.

There’s no doubt that she has made some big gaffes in recent months.  She confused serial killer John Wayne Gacy with actor John Wayne.  She said it was the founding father’s mission to abolish slavery.  She thought Lexington and Concord, where the shot that began the Revolutionary War was fired, was in New Hampshire where she was speaking.  The list goes on and on.

These errors appear to me more based in intellectual laziness than lack of intelligence.  A Sun/Mercury conjunction in Aries can be impulsive and rash and spit out ideas before thinking them through.  A harmonious trine from expansive and confident Jupiter to the Sun/Mercury conjunction can exacerbate that.

She is a hard worker, with Mars (representing our drive and inspiration) in practical Capricorn, but Mars is opposite Uranus in the chart which generally denotes a rebellious streak.  We can see this in her biography: after leaving high school she spent a summer working on a kibbutz, not the most orthodox thing for a nice Lutheran girl to do.

Bachmann was born into a family of Lutheran Democrats, and evidently changed party affiliations while Jimmy Carter was president.  While in college, she and her new husband Marcus converted to evangelical Christianity and supported Jimmy Carter but like other conservative Christians, became a Republican in 1980 after becoming disillusioned with Carter’s liberal social “agenda.”

Jupiter is conjunct Pluto in her chart, an aspect that often denotes extreme self-righteousness and rigid (Pluto) beliefs and dogma (Jupiter).  Both planets are retrograde, so she truly believes, at the deepest level, that she is right.  About everything.  And it is this intensity (Pluto) of belief (Jupiter) that drives Michelle Bachman to want to re-inject God, or at least her vision of him, into the nation in order to save it from imminent collapse.

Jupiter and Pluto both oppose her Aquarian Moon, an aspect that denotes a complex relationship with the mother and a childhood fraught with insecurity (both represented by the Moon).  The Moon represents our emotions and shows how our feelings are expressed, and because Aquarius is a supremely rational sign, emotions are difficult to access and feelings become more remote.  Bachmann has no water in any of the personal planets in her chart, revealing her inability to access her emotions easily and with Pluto opposite the Moon there are intense emotions flowing through her system that have no easy expression.

I became very interested in Bachmann after reading of her migraines, because it is not uncommon for Aquarian Moon people to suffer from migraines.  In Aquarius the emotions are filtered through the reason of the mind.  It appears to me that emotions, having no conduit for expression, build up to a point where the pressure in the mind becomes so intense that a migraine results.

Venus (relationships) in Bachmann’s chart is in the air sign of communicative Gemini, explaining why the idea of marriage is a favorite topic of conversation for her.  Saturn opposes her Venus, which is helpful for establishing commitments but can also result in relationships that are challenging.  It is rumored that Marcus, Bachmann’s husband of 33 years, who is himself in the business of converting gays through prayer, is gay.

Michelle Bachman has no shortage of positive planetary cycles until the end of November, so she is likely to get quite a bit of traction from her Iowa win.  Personally I think it’s unlikely that she will be taken seriously enough by the Republican party leaders to be nominated, but she is driven enough to go the distance, and smart enough to know how to appeal to her market.

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By | 2011-08-17T16:31:40+00:00 August 17th, 2011|Politics|11 Comments


  1. Dyan Sohn August 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm


    Thank you SO much for this wonderful astrological analogy
    of MB. It makes so much sense, when related to the planets.

    And I totally agree about the husband. Seems so many of those who reject something so strongly in life, it is because they themselves need to embrace it within their own “true” selves.

    My first time posting, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate all of your articles and insight. Makes me feel
    grounded and understand a bit of the vast nature of our universe. It makes life make sense! What a gift:)


    • August 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

      Thanks Dyan, and Jagger, I’m not so sure you’re right about Rick Perry. I think he will probably flame out.

  2. Jagger August 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Dear Lynn, waste no time on Bachmann. She will be forgotten very soon, as she is unacceptable to quite a few of the kingmakers. The Texan is the one to watch, let’s take a look at his chart.

  3. Beth August 18, 2011 at 5:54 am

    This is marvelous and fascinating, Lynn. In a bit of interesting synchronicity, a today muses on the difference between politicians’ “gaffes” and their controversial statements founded in a personal world view.

    The latter being, as you have explained so well, a trait we can expect from Bachmann, and should attribute to stupidity at our peril.

    • August 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

      Thanks for that Beth!

  4. Jonathan August 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I don’t know that Bachmann will have the support going forward that she needs. Remember, the Iowa Caucus is not the greatest indicator of political strength. It’s a better indicator of organizational strength — the ability to bus supporters in from neighboring States — and financial strength — the ability to pay said supporters the $30 entrance fee if they promise to vote for you. In the tough economic times we’re in, $30 and all the free barbecue you can eat in exchange for a vote sounds like a pretty good deal.

    The reason I doubt she’ll be strong in the long term is simply because she is so closely aligned with the Tea Party and they honestly don’t have the strong support they claim to. In fact, a recent Poll found that their popularity lingers below that of Atheists and Muslims!

    So, the Tea Party came out to vote in Iowa — barely giving her a win over Ron Paul, of all people –, but won’t have the strength State by State to keep up the momentum.

    I still think it’s going to be Romney as Perry will, in fact, flame out.

  5. KaD August 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I wouldn’t say she ‘won’the vote exactly; more like she bought it:

  6. Mermaiden August 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Have to weigh in here, as KaD’s link will show, the Ames poll is just smoke and mirrors. Very much like a pre-season football game, except you pay $30 to cast a vote. Funny thing, she paid for, and gave away, aprox.1,500 tickets, far more than any other of the potential candidates, and barely eeked out a “win.” Regarding her extreme beliefs: See Democracy Now! video on YouTube Frances Schaffer denounces Michele Bachmann as anti-American. She was ga-ga for his father’s teachings. This is a must see to understand her extreme anti-gov’t, Biblical Law hardcore beliefs. Also agree that Perry will garner much attention for a while, but think the “real” candidate is still lurking in the darkness. Probably stockpiling tons of money from the Koch Bros, and numerous individuals who can donate millions…..i.e. corporations!! Love the site, BTW, Lynn.

  7. KaD August 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I’d like to see a profile for Ron Paul personally.

  8. Cautious Tom August 19, 2011 at 1:35 am

    @Mermaiden – Thank you for the info. It means that in all likelihood Ron Paul was the real winner. Ha, and the meadia almost completely ignore him… So let’s see his profile, yes.

    • August 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks for your comments, and I am definitely profiling Ron Paul in the next week or so!

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