Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Lipstick on the Flag The Sarah Palin Candidacy

Lipstick on the Flag The Sarah Palin Candidacy

Sarah Palin's vice-presidential candidacy raised hopes. Feminists, Hillary supporters and strong women everywhere want a woman in the White House.

Sarah Palin was their chance, maybe. But Sarah Palin's chart says she isn't the one they're looking for.

Her chart is crackling with rebellious, reformist Uranian and Aquarian energy, but this energy masks an unattractive, anti-Aquarian reality. The energy is badly skewed and bound up in dangerous aspects.

She is not a reformer in the grand tradition. Her chart shows the kind of personality that make up the basic building blocks of fascist, authoritarian governments.

Her planets suggest a dictatorial, erratic, dogmatic, self-serving person. It suggests seriously flawed, even delusional thought processes. Worse, her chart indicates a highly vindictive, vengeful persona.

It also shows someone who will do anything to further her own ideas, or ideals. For Sarah Palin, the ends justify the means.

To be sure, her chart is bristling with energy. It is just not very good energy.

This is the chart of someone who naturally seeks power. They would use any means to get it and use it arbitrarily once they had it.

I know this is strong language, but in my view the aspects in her chart justify it.

The Astrological Details

Sarah Palin's birth time is not publicly available. To avoid controversy, I used a chart cast for the moment of sunrise.

I based these my conclusions on three aspects that would show little or no change over a 24 hour period. One of the most telling aspects would grow significantly tighter in the course of a day.

The aspects I discuss take up 2/3's of the planets in her chart. This leaves little room for opposing arguments. Also, in my opinion, what we now about Sarah Palin’s behavior supports my reading of the aspects involved.

Sun Conjunct Mars and Saturn

In Sarah Palin's chart, Sun, Mars and Saturn are within 3 degrees of exact conjunction.

Sun, Mars and Saturn are not happy to be that close together. Mars is fiery and speedy. Saturn is cool, slow, ponderous, painstaking. The Sun likes stability and integrity and freedom from burdensome Saturnian constraints and Martian impulsiveness.

Theoretically, taken two at a time, Sun, Mars and Saturn can combine favorably. As a practical matter, even taken only two at a time, these bodies do not combine well. Taken together, the three produce unfortunate results.

As a practical matter ... Mars and Saturn clash and to very destructive effect, impatience warring constantly and violently with caution and prudence.

Mars and the Sun produce a dictatorial, militaristic person. The Sun and Saturn produce an authoritarian and rigid person.

The self-critical, depressing Saturn influence would trigger overcompensation and self-aggrandizement.

Overcompensation would, that is, produce a 'superiority complex' to mask a Saturn-induced inferiority complex. Frustrated, blocked Mars would produce a very bad temper.

All three energies combined produce a personality that is energetic, but also brittle, volatile, erratic and dictatorial. Sarah “Barracuda,” indeed.

Neptune Square Sun/Mars/Saturn

The Neptune square to Sun, Mars and Neptune is broad. But over a life time, this broad Neptune square would have a strong effect.

The Sun governs the ego. The ego wants to be clear and whole. Neptune clouds and dissolves the ego. Saturn likes things clear and well-reasoned. Neptune makes things confusing and speculative. Mars likes things hot and fast. Neptune makes things cool and drifty and dreamy.

More generally, a Neptune square to the Sun inclines a person to extremism and fringe ideas. To a volatile and erratic and power loving personality, the Neptune square adds an attraction to extremist, fringe ideas.

Adding a Neptune square to a Sun/Mars/Saturn conjunction makes Palin the opposite of everything calm, fair, disciplined and realistic.

Uranus Conjunct Pluto, Opposite Chiron

Sarah Palin shares the historic Uranus/Pluto conjunction that marked the 1960's. It endowed those born in the 1960's with an indomitable spirit of independence and unshakeable commitment to personal freedom. It also powered the vibrant, highly idealistic liberation and reform movements of those times.

In Palin's chart, the planets in this powerful and dynamic conjunction are retrograde and afflicted by a Chiron opposition. Chiron is within a few degrees of exact opposition to retrograde Uranus. The Chiron/Pluto opposition is virtually exact.

This would make Palin ruthless and extreme in the pursuit of her ideals.

The Chiron/Pluto opposition requires special notice. It indicates a dangerously spiteful, vindictive and vengeful character, a relentless bully. It points to someone who is not content with simple payback. Quoting Barry Goldwater, a conservative Presidential candidate of the times, it suggests someone who wants to bomb her enemies back into the stone age, bomb them until the rubble bounces.

The retrograde motion of Uranus and Pluto mute the power of the configuration somewhat, rendering it a more subjective, inward quality. But the ruthless and vengeful qualities of the Chiron/Pluto/Uranus opposition would pervade her thinking and inevitably reveal itself in her rhetoric and her actions.

Not Much Left Over

These three big and dangerous aspects absorb about 2/3's of the planetary energy in Palin's chart. They don't leave much left over for redeeming qualities.

We know from her public behavior that she is, indeed, manifesting at least some of the darker potentialities of these potentially very dark aspects.

In my view, Sarah Palin is a deeply troubled soul who should be returned to obscurity to wrestle with her many demons, not elevated to the role of Vice President of the United States.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Astrology Forecast for November 2008

Astrology Forecast for November 2008

For Everyone ~ It’s almost time to get on board. Ever so slowly, the chaos is subsiding and new possibilities are coming within reach. It will soon be time to actually do something. Between now and then, though, people have to get their minds around the situation and talk each other into cooperating on the right course to take. The astrological causes of the most recent crisis are gone and will not soon return, so it is safe to look ahead. The key is to focus on the future and agree on a plan. At times like this, when there is so much commotion and you are just beginning to develop a strategy, it is important to remember that the devil is in the details.

Sign by Sign

Aries ~ Don’t be a superhero. You and others must remember two things. You are not responsible for everything that is happening. You cannot fix it single-handedly. As intensely as you feel it, as much as it weighs on you, as tuned in as you are, it’s easy to forget that you are only one human being and your power and responsibilities are limited. The best thing to do is quietly and calmly rearrange your life and affairs as well as you can to accommodate the necessities. Above all, be realistic.

Taurus ~ Speak truth to power. You are often the driving force behind events. This month, you must be the one to urge restraint on all concerned, especially those in power. You know very well that people are tired unto death of the past and almost frantic for something new. But you also know that everyone, including those in charge, could easily charge off in the wrong direction. Use reason to develop a more sensible, realistic version of the vision that is inspiring everyone. Use your powers of persuasion to sell it.

Gemini ~ Persuade people to grow up. You are being pressured in your personal and professional life. Part of it is that the people you must turn into an effective working team have numerous bitter, irresolvable conflicts. Part of the pressure is from overly optimistic higher ups, at home and at work. They think you are just the one to bring harmony to this free-for-all. The bottom line is that you must play peacemaker, for the sake of everyone. Besides, you have to do it if you want that promotion.

Cancer ~ Balancing act. The focus this month is on maintaining relations with just about everyone you need to keep your life on track, personally, socially and professionally. Your best bet is probably to keep juggling. There’s flexibility and enough to keep everyone and everything going, for now, but there won’t be much left over. Something big must happen eventually if you want to achieve stable, secure, working relationships again. In the end, the solution probably won’t come from arguing. It might take a commitment from everyone to forgive, forget and heal.

Leo ~ Reach for the stars. Like some other Sun signs, Leo must work to keep family, friendships and work relationships whole. But you must work by convincing people to give up some of their most cherished, and outdated, illusions. Encourage people to reach into their imaginations and give life to new ideas, and to ideals they might think are unrealistic. Then convince them to share these visions. The joy they will inspire is a necessary part of the solution we all seek. Maintain confidence, and don’t let power struggles sew discord.

Virgo ~ Just say the word. The struggles you have endured in recent years have endowed you with a new ability and the right to use it. In a way that will amaze you and startle others, you are able to heal, energize and motivate others with your words. This skill will come in especially handy this month as so many people important in your life seek support and a new direction. Others might supply inspiration, common sense or balance, but Virgo can make it all come together in the real world.

Libra ~ Create a sanctuary. You are viewing the direction and the rate of change around you with deepening concern. There is no end in sight. The pace of change will not slow and you’ll have little choice but to deal with it. However, soon you will find yourself with new tools and greater power over events. Finances will improve. The changes will be easier to control. Erratic, uncooperative and demanding people will become easier to manage. Meanwhile, create a place where you can periodically retreat from the turmoil and restore yourself.

Scorpio ~ Guide the changes. For now, just hold on to the reins. Keep things moving forward and steer as steady a course as you can through this turmoil. It’s true that things are a bit much, but it would be worse if things stopped moving or if they took a wrong turn. You will very soon have to stop throwing money at problems. The money is tightening up and, anyway, it just encourages those responsible for the mess in the first place. When you can, stop bailing the boat and patch the hole.

Sagittarius ~ Lend your support. You might feel upstaged: in the middle of things, but playing second fiddle. However, you have a crucial role to play. Your ability to inspire, support and encourage is desperately needed. You are uniquely able to make the right choice seem appealing and to negotiate the necessary compromises. Maybe other people are thinking and feeling the same kinds of things, but only you can put it into the right words and invest it with just the right feeling. Help others find the courage to do the right thing.

Capricorn ~ Forward movement. By month’s end things will be ready to start moving. Both the motivation and the resources will be there. Gears that only used to grind will begin to mesh. But maybe best of all, you won’t be blindsided so often by sudden, erratic changes, or by loose cannons, those who assert their independence in the worst ways at the worst possible moment. But like a locomotive pulling (or pushing) a long train out of the station, it would be best to move slowly at first. Let momentum build.

Aquarius ~ Feeling your oats. You will experience two potent, irresistible and seemingly contradictory forces at the same time. On the one hand, you will feel the bit between your teeth. When you push, things will move. On the other hand, you will feel the need to hold back, to move more cautiously and patiently. Instead of ignoring the wiser, cooler heads, you will find yourself wanting to consult them ... and be guided by them. If you do insist on charging ahead on your own, you will find yourself pulled up short.

Pisces ~ Come down to earth. You need to start being absolutely realistic as well as visionary. You’ve been free to pursue your dreams unfettered by practical concerns in recent years. Starting about now, though, just as the gears are really starting to mesh, you will have to start proving that your plans make cold, hard sense. You could even get to like certain hard-nosed, realistic types who you might have resented in the past. Anyway, if you don’t start listening to them, you might actually get your wings clipped.