Monday, February 15, 2016

Political And Judicial Ponderings Of An Astrologer

Justice Antonin Scalia:

Justice Scalia was found dead in his room at a West Texas resort (Cibolo Creek Ranch) the morning of February 13, 2016. It’s unclear whether Justice Scalia died late the night before or if it happened very early in the morning of February 13.

Justice Scalia is a Pisces with Libra rising in his chart. His natal Sun is placed in the fifth house, accounting for his penchant for the dramatic (he loved the opera). He has a difficult t-square in his natal chart - Saturn in Pisces, Chiron in Gemini, and Neptune in Virgo. That t-square has recently been activated by transiting Saturn in Sagittarius, now making the configuration a grand cross in mutable signs. Transiting Neptune (in Pisces) is now headed into that area and is currently squaring his natal Chiron in Gemini. This astrological activity/energy is very stressful, and it seems pretty clear that Justice Scalia’s life had become stressful with some difficult circumstances.

Transiting Chiron (the wounded healer) is also in Pisces and headed toward Justice Scalia’s natal Sun (heart). The symbolism of this transit is that of a broken heart. It may well be that Justice Scalia had a heart attack (actually, that has now been confirmed).

Donald Trump:

The Donald is a Gemini with Leo rising in his natal chart. Natal Mars is conjunct his natal Ascendant in Leo. That symbolizes his machismo, bravado, and his BIG ego. It makes him a bit of a hot head. He might fly off the handle at the drop of a hat. His Gemini Sun gives him the ability to speak and to socialize. It most likely gives him his intelligence and his ability to process information quickly. His Sun is in a sextile aspect to his natal Mars/Ascendant, adding to his already enormous ego. It all adds up to a very big personality, and his stardom is understandable.

The Donald has very little earth in his chart - lots of fire and air and some water. He has plenty of confidence and energy. However, he can be lacking in matters of a practical nature. He is plenty intelligent. But, does he have enough common sense to be president? And, does he understand his own limits and those of the country? That remains to be seen. Does he have the temperament to be president? i think most of us already know the answer to that. Probably not. To say that he lacks patience is an understatement.

Senator Bernie Sanders:

Senator Sanders has recently gained quite a bit of popularity as one of the democratic nominees for president. He has a Virgo Sun, but we don’t have a good time of birth, so his Ascendant (rising sign) is unknown.

Senator Sanders has done well (some would say extremely well) in both the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. He won the New Hampshire primary by over twenty percentage points. Most pundits believe that he will find the going a bit tougher now in states with more diverse populations. The next two primaries are Nevada and South Carolina. Nevada has a large Hispanic population, and South Carolina has a large African-American population. Transits/aspects to planets in his natal chart bear this out. Saturn (in Sagittarius) is now in a square aspect to his natal Sun (in Virgo). Does that mean that he can’t win those states? No, it doesn’t. It just means that the challenges that he faces in those states will be significant. Probably, very significant. He will have to work very hard to overcome them, and he will have to be very resourceful. We’ll see what happens.

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