Jupiter in Virgo – Falling Out of Love


Jupiter is now in Virgo. Since writing this blog, the Supreme Court gave the green light for same-sex marriage. That’s a Jupiter-in-Leo love story I didn’t imagine.

Originally posted on Ohio Astrology:

Recently I reflected on Jupiter’s current transit of fire-sign Leo, a transit that will end in August when Jupiter moves into Virgo. I wasn’t sure I saw the “Leo” of this transit. Of course, Jupiter must play with the other planets which can alter the pure effect of its energy.

But then I saw this news article noting that the US birth rate rose in 2014, the first time since 2007.

Leo and the 5th house of the horoscope rule children.

Go, Leo, go.

Leo also rules love and romance, something a wee bit difficult to quantify. How many people fell in love in the last year? Did more couples dance in the moonlight? Were there more birthday parties? Were Saturdays more playful and less chore-filled than in the prior year?

Let’s hope so.

Go, Leo, go.

Transition from Leo to Virgo

Virgo is what’s called a mutable sign…

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Jim Gilmore . . . the Jackal?

Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Gilmore entered the race so late (July 30) that this political blogger planned to ignore him. Next time there’s a presidential election cycle, Mr. Gilmore, can you please show up on time?

But then . . . through unrelated research on incarcerated terrorist Carlos the Jackal, I noticed the birthday looked quite familiar. Carlos the Jackal was born six days after Gilmore.

Suggesting a Venezuelan terrorist and US politician have personality traits in common is where you can lose a lot of folks on astrology. Yet this is where it is most fascinating and reveals its greatest truths. The motivations of a politician and a terrorist may be the similar and the yet outcomes different.

Joining a nation’s military force is socially-sanctioned so any violence inflicted on acknowledged enemy is deemed appropriate. In contrast, having a personal mission and inflicting violence is illegal.

I’m guessing we’re all okay with that but life can put situations in our path where the difference isn’t always so clear. For example, if one country supports another country’s “rebels,” aren’t they agreeing that it is okay to sometimes have a personal mission? What if in your socially-sanctioned military defense organization you are asked to perform violence that doesn’t directly protect your nation? If one day your socially-sanctioned mission is perceived by others to be evil, are you personally responsible?

Astrology can explain energy and motivation which can result in different outcomes. The outer planets describe the environment and how a generation may perceive those motivations and manifestations.


Carlos the Jackal is the moniker for Venezuelan Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. If Illich doesn’t sound Hispanic to you it’s because Ramirez’ father named him after the Communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Upon being born, Ramirez was faced with idealism – forced idealism.

Both Ramirez and Gilmore were born with Neptune conjunct the sun in Libra. Libra, an air sign, is the sign of partnership and often reflects off of others to form identity. Therefore, looking at Libra life paths, it can be important to understand their external influences. Idealism attached to Libra often involves idealism of relationship.

The Neptune-in-Libra generation I refer to as the “Make Love Not War” generation although many of these babies did go to war. Remember that others lived in communes and re-invented relationship. In fact, somewhere in time romantic partnerships began to be called “relationships” and I’ve always suspected it was the Neptune-in-Libra generation that changed this.

From Gilmore’s online biographies, I can’t tell if he is idealist and, if so, how. There’s really not much about him out there. I did discover he plays the clarinet; Libra is ruled by Venus and you often find artistic behavior in the charts of Libra. Venus can also manifest as an overly strong desire for pleasure as exhibited in Ramirez’ playboy lifestyle while functioning as a terrorist.

From a timeline perspective, Ramirez was active in terrorism in the early 1970s while Gilmore was in the military serving in counterintelligence during that same time. During the mid 1970s, Uranus was in Libra (it’s in a sign for seven years) ending in September 1975. At that time, Ramirez was initiating terrorist acts that would eventually land him behind bars. According to this Encyclopedia Brittanica timeline, from the end of 1975 until the early 1980s, he was inactive due to pressure from the governments where he was living. At that time, Uranus had passed into Scorpio.

Uranus transiting Libra would have created an even stronger impulse for idealism in these two men and sudden life changes. Uranus energy is sudden like lightening and inspiring like an idea for a new invention. Uranus disrupts the system in order to create a new system. Uranus rules Aquarius which is also idealism of the mental kind. The ideologies developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are pure Uranian constructs.

Neptunian idealism, in contrast, isn’t always logical but joins people on a spiritual and/or emotional plane. The loss of self experienced during a religious ceremony or the loss of self experienced by a young girl in the early 1960s watching the Beatles live both fall under the spell of Neptune.

Ramirez was captured on August 14, 1994 when Saturn was transiting Pisces and opposite his natal Saturn in Virgo. The year 1994 is when Gilmore earned his first elected office – Attorney General of the State of Virginia. Saturn represents responsibility and authority. Ramirez became responsible for his past actions and Gilmore became responsible for the physical well-being of his state’s citizens.

According to this CNN timeline, Ramirez converted to Islam in the mid-1990s. I’m not sure if Gilmore had any change of religious, moral or ethic belief at that time, but it would have been driven by Saturn’s sense of responsibility.

Mars and Pluto

Both men have Mars and Pluto conjunct in Leo. Mars rules war and Pluto destruction and in Leo demands others honor your sense of pride – or else. Pluto in Leo is the “Me Generation” which later created the social unrest of the 1960s.

Mars and Pluto conjunct in any sign could become demanding to the point of invasion of others’ boundaries – i.e., some sort of violence. Violence isn’t always on the physical plane, of course. But violence is only one manifestation of the Mars need for action and the Pluto need for transformation.

Both Ramirez and Gilmore have a strong aggressive drive – Gilmore possibly even more with moon in fire-sign Aries (more below). While both have similar drives, the paths and outcomes are different.

Moon and Venus

While much of Ramirez’ and Gilmore’s charts are similar, two planets changed signs in those six days – moon and Venus.

Gilmore’s moon is in Aries, the fire sign opposite Libra. The Aries-Libra polarity creates a lot of confusion between self (Aries) and other (Libra). Libra reflects off of others to develop a sense of self. With this polarity, there are fluctuations of independence and dependence. It’s kind of like perennial teenager-hood where you want mom and dad to leave you alone but after they give you your allowance.

Ramirez’ moon is in Gemini. Gemini and Libra are both air signs so Ramirez was probably able to disassociate from his actions through mental constructs. This would explain Ramirez’ playboy lifestyle while at the same time creating violence for the cause of Communism. Neither Libra or Gemini are strong feelers – others’ reactions help understand the emotional territory. The only water in Ramirez’ chart is Uranus in Cancer. Since Uranus provides sudden shifts, shifts to personal emotions and family life are indicated here.

Gilmore has Venus in Scorpio, a water sign, which provides more emotional awareness. Venus changed signs a few days later so Ramirez has Venus in Sagittarius. Gilmore is looking for emotional connection while Ramirez is (and was) seeking freedom.

Saturn is currently transiting Scorpio to go back into Sagittarius. We may have a news story in the coming months about Ramirez seeking parole. Saturn in Virgo put him behind bars and I suspect Saturn in Sagittarius (square aspect) will keep him there.


Enough about the Jackal – he’s not running for President of the United States. But maybe Gilmore isn’t either as I can’t find his running-for-president website . . .

Why Gilmore waited so late to announce his candidacy is a bit of a mystery. Jupiter is transiting Leo which activates his Mars/Pluto conjunction in that sign. But Jupiter is soon to move into Virgo so I think Gilmore may be exhibiting some Libra inability to make a decision. He should have jumped in the fire while Jupiter-in-Leo was hot.

I suppose Mars in Leo, which occurs soon and lasts for a month, can sustain him for that period of time.

Jupiter in Virgo will meet up with Gilmore’s natal Saturn in Virgo about mid October. I’m expecting Jupiter will enhance Saturn’s true belief that Gilmore isn’t really perfect enough to be commander-in-chief.

Next January transiting Saturn in Sagittarius will square natal Saturn in Virgo. If Gilmore makes it past October, January is sure to bury him in the snow of New Hampshire.

With Mercury, sun and Neptune in Libra, there can be more than a little indecisiveness. That’s not a good thing for a presidential candidate. The Leo energy in his chart is good, but Jupiter in Leo has passed so it must stand on its own.

Transiting Uranus in Aries conjunct Gilmore’s natal moon would have created sudden inspiration to run for President. But that transit appears to have passed so, again, the energy is gone.

Reading about Gilmore, I learned that he ran briefly in 2008. I’m guessing that will occur here as well due to his late arrival and missed fire energy. I think by January Gilmore will be on to other pursuits.

Gilmore wants something if he is continually dipping his toe in the waters of presidential politics. But since it’s only a toe, he may want to follow the Libra energy and do something more pleasant or diplomatic.

Here’s an idea – both the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan have their national days in the sign of Libra (October 1 and October 10 respectively). China might be a good place for this Libra diplomat who wants to do something political.

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Republican Debate Prep Sheet (August 6, 2015)

When I showed my cat the chart of the first Republican debate (August 6, 9 am EDT, Cleveland, Ohio), she announced she wasn’t going to watch it.

“Neptune in Pisces is right on the ascendant,” she noticed right away. “It’s going to be a masquerade party filled with posturing, mendacity and hyperbole.”

So cynical.

“We all have a personal brand that we protect,” I reminded her. “For example, you’re called a tuxedo cat which is pretty fancy for your humble origins.”

Seeing I upset her, I reminded her that Neptune in Pisces on the ascendant may simply bring rain and fog. Cleveland gets lots of lake-effect precipitation.

“The debates are in Cleveland?” she replied, stunned. “Why aren’t we going?”

“The debates aren’t open to the public,” I informed her. “Clearly the public isn’t needed in this process.” I left it at that. Telling her that cats were welcome nowhere would have added insult to injury.

Disappointed, my feline went to play with her catnip squeaky mouse. I know it’s not Neptune that’s truly bothering her. Her favorite candidate, Rick Santorum, didn’t make the top ten that debate at 9 pm.

Astrological Prep Sheet

Political candidates get prepped by their advisors. I’m sure, quite sure, none of those advisors is an astrologer. OHA is dedicated to political public service so will provide some astrological tips to the top ten candidates.

What other kind of advice is there?

Comparing tomorrow’s chart to each of the individual could take a few days, so we’ll focus on a few planets, mostly the moon and Mercury which move fast and affect our personal relations.

Moon in Taurus

Tomorrow’s moon is in Taurus is a calm, steady placement. The moon reacts and Taurus doesn’t so it represents emotional equilibrium. Taurus is the fixed earth sign associated with money and property. While the economy is always a subject of debates, we may also get more questions about the environment.

  1. Jeb Bush – This moon is an exact conjunction to natal Jupiter in Taurus. Be prepared to explain your finances. But don’t worry – tonight will generate more money!
  2. Ben Carson – While you have lots of earth sign Virgo, natal moon in Sagittarius may want the debate to be a bit livelier than Taurus provides. Calm down horsey.
  3. Chris Christie – Ditto the Carson comments as you also have sun in Virgo and moon in Sagittarius too. And you’re alphabetically aligned as well! Be sure to talk slow without spittle.
  4. Ted Cruz – This moon is conjunct natal Saturn. Don’t wear on your sleeve your insecurities about being a poor boy.
  5. Mike Huckabee – Ouch! This moon is opposite natal moon/Saturn in Scorpio. When everyone is playing nice, don’t make a nasty comment like “Sure Mother Theresa is nice, but . . .”
  6. John Kasich – This moon is tucked between natal Venus and sun in Taurus and trine natal moon in Capricorn which promotes the energy of your being. You will make Ohio proud.
  7. Rand Paul – This moon squares natal Mercury and Saturn in Aquarius. Don’t get stuck talking about only one subject. The debate will bore you, with moon in Gemini. Don’t show it.
  8. Marco Rubio – This moon both helps and hurts you. Like Bush, plan to talk about your personal finances. By golly, talk about the environment. And don’t let the square to Mars in Aquarius make you appear obstinate.
  9. Donald Trump – Of all the candidates, you will be most bored by moon in Taurus since you have no earth in the chart. If you talk out of turn, you will simply look like a bull in a china shop. Pass notes with Carson, Christie and Paul. They will be bored too.
  10. Scott Walker – Double ouch! Taurus moon opposes your four planets in Scorpio (which includes moon). As with Huckabee’s advice, plan carefully when to issue aggressive comments that question motives.

Mercury in Leo

Mercury, the planet of communication, is in Leo tucked between Venus and Jupiter. The gregarious Leo portends that all will be nicely dressed with new haircuts and shiny hair gel. Ties should be bright.

Unfortunately Leo squares Taurus so expect a bit of stubborn pride which may focus on a single, small topic for way too long.

  1. Bush – Leo energy is opposite your Aquarian sun. Leo is self, Aquarius is other. Don’t focus too much on the groups in which you are a part.
  2. Carson – Leo provides energy to your Mars and moon so you’ll have a few moments to shine in between the boredom. Just don’t reveal your Pluto/Mars conjunction controlling nature.
  3. Christie – Leo energy trines your moon providing confidence. Remember, Leo is dignified pride, not self-righteous indignation.
  4. Cruz – Leo makes some positive aspects and some negative aspects. Leo pride will shine brightest if you talk about your partner.
  5. Huckabee – With five natal planets in Leo, you won’t need caffeine. You’re energized but the squares to your natal and the Taurus moon bring on an arrogant edge.
  6. Kasich – Leo squares Taurus. While Taurus is on your side, I’d suggest you make sure to look extra-special Leo nice. You been looking haggard and this is where Leo may get you.
  7. Paul – With natal Mars in Leo, Leo energy gives you confidence. It also makes you look focused, which you’re not.
  8. Rubio – Leo energy is a mixed bag for you. It trines Jupiter/Neptune (in Sagittarius) providing enthusiasm. It opposes natal Mars in Aquarius suggesting you’re more comfortable championing for others rather than yourself.
  9. Trump – Leo is good for you with so much fire and air, including Mars in Leo. Leo is good for hair too so hopefully that will work itself out.
  10. Walker – Yikes. Leo squares both the Taurus moon and all your Scorpio planets. Taurus is looking for peace, Leo for pride and you are seeking salvation. Figure it out.

Neptune in Pisces

Now I see why the debate is limited to ten candidates. This is a lot of work.

Neptune is a slow-moving outer planet that dissolves boundaries and allows us to peer into realms considered religious or spiritual. While that may sound intriguing or desirable for the spiritually-driven, when the ground dissolves under us, we often react in panic. Peering into the universe from the comfort of your couch through a long-lens microscope is way different than finding yourself in outer space without a spacesuit.

How do our candidates deal with dissolution?

  1. Bush – Hates it. His natal Aquarius sun and Capricorn moon seeks rules, law and order.
  2. Carson – Has a hate/love relationship with it. Sun, Mercury and Venus seek definitiveness. Moon in Sagittarius likes to break free of that, daily.
  3. Christie – Ditto Carson as he also has sun Virgo/moon Sagittarius. However, his Jupiter in Pisces likes to dissolve even more frequently.
  4. Cruz – Ignores it. His three planets in Scorpio can acknowledge it, his Neptune in Sagittarius tries to latch onto it (which isn’t possible), but the rest of the chart is focused on people and objects.
  5. Huckabee – Loves it when others dissolve and he’s the leader with sun in opposite Virgo and five planets in Leo. He’s too proud to dissolve.
  6. Kasich – Hates it. Taurus sun and Capricorn moon need control.
  7. Paul – Knows how to use it. This boy has a wide mutable grand cross (Jupiter-Pisces, Venus-Sagittarius, moon-Gemini and Uranus/Pluto-Virgo). He may dissolve from the race.
  8. Rubio – He kind of likes it. Pisces fills the gap of a mutable grand cross (Pluto-Virgo, sun-Gemini, Jupiter/Neptune-Sagittarius). Pisces gives the feeling to the cause. Pisces is also the victim.
  9. Trump – Can’t tell. I’m not sure with Uranus/sun in Gemini and moon in Sagittarius if there are any boundaries to dissolve.
  10. Walker – Has a hate/love relationship with it. Four planets in Virgo hate it and four planets in Scorpio like it when it occurs with intimate associates.

Since this Neptune-in-Pisces transit is on the horizon when the debate begins tomorrow, possibly our first question of the evening will involve environment or water concerns. I’m expecting, at least, a glass of water on each podium.

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2016 Presidential Fight Club: Walker and Kasich

When I told my tuxedo cat that Ohio Governor John Kasich was running for President, she asked if Ohio Astrology (OHA) was endorsing him.

“Why would we do that?” I asked.

She gave me a look I can only describe as dumbfounded, in that I was dumb. Finally, in the patient voice you use with a small child, she explained that we are from Ohio and Kasich is from Ohio so naturally we would endorse him.

I responded that contrary to common human behavior, we didn’t have to endorse Kasich simply because the accident of his birth and the accident of our births landed us in a defined geographic area called “Ohio.” Endorsements are serious business and we should choose a candidate to endorse that we believe could do the best for the country, even if the accident of his or her birth was in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Canada or Kenya.

“Fine,” she replied with a twitch of her tail. “Don’t complain that OHA has no funding.”

It was my turn to be dumbfounded. While I complain regularly that OHA needs funding for thorough astrological research, my loyal feline doesn’t understand that political “donations” rarely, if ever, fund astrology.

New Candidates

Since my last blog, two new candidates have entered the race – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Scott Walker

A common complaint about astrology is that it describes everyone similarly. While it’s easy to get defensive with this sort of complaint, I believe the complaint is accurate because it reveals a truth – we aren’t that different from each other. There, now let’s have some peace.

Those running for president may have some salient traits in common such as strong ego and a compulsive need to control the environment. Toss in a dose of the obsessive desire to please authority and you may have the general template of a candidate for president. Some candidates have this more, some have this less. I dare the American people to elect someone without these traits. Double dare.

Walker has four planets in Virgo (Jupiter, Pluto, Venus and Uranus), four planets in Scorpio (Mercury, sun, moon and Neptune), Mars in Capricorn and Saturn in Aries.

The chart is mostly earth (Virgo, Capricorn) and water (Scorpio). Saturn is in a fire sign – Aries – but Saturn is traditionally where we feel lack. There are no planets in air signs.

Possibly it’s time to rank and categorize our candidates rather than describing them. In terms of need for control, Walker ranks pretty darn high, maybe top. Let’s just say that if you are planning a surprise birthday party for Walker, you may want to let him know so that he can brush his hair and shine his shoes in advance. If you don’t, he will smile throughout the party then never talk to you again.

Scorpio is a fixed sign, a good omen for a presidential candidate. Scorpio with Virgo is pretty darn sharp, both smart and savvy, able to process both analytically and intuitively. The wee problem with this combination is that if Walker does notice a hair on your head is slightly out of place, he may obsess until sundown (in the year 2050) about whether or not you’re having an affair.

Walker’s astrological soup mix is good stuff for a chief executive because of this intense focus (Scorpio) and intense attention to detail (Virgo). Scorpio also has lots of old fashioned charisma, the kind where people become loyal to you for life.

If Walker were president, you could definitely drill him about the nuances of every aspect of his role and get a detailed and accurate response. That’s the detective mind in the Scorpio/Virgo combination.

Now if you broke up with him in high school, he probably sat outside your house and tracked all your visitors, did background research and left an anonymous report on your doorstep about the jerks you were dating. Scorpio/Virgo could do that too.

In our country’s current surveillance state, Walker would fit right in.

If I were one of those old-fashioned medieval astrologers (and I swear I’m not), I’d recommend that close associates of Walker always say nice things about the boss and never, ever, even subtly, subconsciously betray him. You cross this one, you are in trouble. If Walker gets to the general election, our national enemies may also want to pay attention.

The lack of fire and air in Walker’s chart means there is no balance to his serious personality. He’s serious in the morning, at lunch, at night and even in his dreams he may be unloading the dishwasher and organizing towel closets.

Fire brings enthusiasm, passion and self-confidence that don’t need external support. Air brings the ability to go with the flow, share ideas, talk to anyone about anything and change direction when needed.

Candidate Ted Cruz strikes me as second-most-serious of the candidates, not first, because he does have moon in Libra, a more pleasure-loving sign. Walker, in contrast, has moon in Virgo which relaxes by working. Work is relaxing and when you want to sit around doing nothing, Virgo gets antsy. Fill up Walker’s schedule so he has only 15 minutes a day to potty and he’s quite comfortable.

Saturn recently transited Scorpio so the last two and a half years for Walker have been emotionally and financially trying. It can be a “dark night of the soul” time for Scorpio, which is more likely to have this feeling than other signs. But the hot-coal path is now behind him and he appears refreshed.

The one-year Jupiter transit of Virgo that will begin in a couple weeks will energize his four Virgo planets. This worker bee is going to be visiting a lot of flowers – and will enjoy it. Virgo looks forward to big projects like children look forward to ice cream.

Transiting Neptune in Pisces opposes Virgo – currently Jupiter and won’t oppose Pluto/Venus/Uranus for years to come. Pisces synthesizes where Virgo analyzes. For a controlling person, the nebulous fog brought by Neptune is threatening. At this time, the nebulous is keeping its distance but in the years to come will increase in size and lack of clarity.

Transiting Pluto in Capricorn has already finished transiting Walker’s Mars in Capricorn. That transit suggests intense power struggles. If Walker has business ventures, these were affected. That has passed as well.

Walker is nothing if not prepared for this venture.

Ohio Astrology Endorses Kasich for Vice Presidential Candidate

Ohio’s governor, as expected, has received adequate coverage from OHA. That’s not to suggest bias; no, OHA tries to serve its readers, many of which live in Ohio, hence the name “Ohio Astrology.”

Here’s the Kasich archive.

While Kasich’s sun in Taurus, moon in Capricorn with a square to Mercury in Aries may be a little too blunt, a little too direct, for president, OHA thinks he’d make a fine Vice President.

Transiting Uranus is in Aries and for the next year will be conjunct Kasich’s Mercury. Mercury is communication, Uranus is sudden like lightening and Aries is impulsive like a raging fire. If Kasich were to be vice president for four or eight years, that would give time for Uranus to move off of his Mercury and he’d be able to control his impulsive outburts (Mercury square moon) more effectively.

When Uranus moves into Taurus in May 2018, it will begin its seven year transit of that sign and touch Kasich’s Jupiter, Venus and sun, in that order. Uranus is sudden enlightenment. Taurus is fixed earth. You might say Taurus likes Uranus like a mountain likes a bulldozer. If Kasich has property on a fault line, now is a good time to sell.

But that’s a few years away. The Jupiter transit of Virgo (that begins in a couple weeks and lasts for one year) will create a trine to his sun and moon and create a transiting grand trine. Grand trines bring the best, worst and most of an energy. Expect Kasich to work hard, earn lots of money and make firm steps up the ladder of achievement.

With energy like that, OHA is proud to formally endorse Kasich for Vice Presidential Candidate.

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Marketing: An Astrological Perspective

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

A couple years ago after having a rather heated discussion with a colleague, I developed a new, personal definition of marketing.

The colleague and I were discussing the results of a marketing campaign. The results were counter-intuitive and he simply did not believe them. Yet the campaign was set up correctly for a scientifically accurate result.

Our point of contention was marketing itself – what do we expect when we send marketing to people?

My own definition of marketing arising from that confrontation is: appealing to identity to affect behavior.

All marketing is an effort to make you do something. If you are buying a competitor’s product, I want you to buy mine instead. If you are buying my product, I want you to buy more of it. If you are buying as much of my product as humanly possible, I will try to reward you so that you continue this behavior. Rewarding you may cost money, but I’m ultimately trying to prevent you from ceasing use of my product.

Marketing does not use direct force, so I must persuade you to do something through various appeals. I think identity can be found in most choices, except possibly for the desperately poor where identity is overridden by true need.

Marketing then is not simply a force to sell consumer products but a force used to sell you on anything from an idea to a person to a product. Marketing, like gravity, existed before it was named. It may be useful for everyone to understand marketing since it is such a prevalent force in our lives.

Astrological Aspects

In your horoscope, you have ten planets (includes moon and Pluto) in 12 signs. Those 12 signs have geometric relationships to each other called aspects. Aspects of common focus include those considered harmonious (60-degree sextile, 120-degree trine) and those considered tense (90-degree square, 180-degree opposition). Conjunctions (0 degrees) are a bit up in the air; I suppose it depends on the planets attached.

When you hear that squares and oppositions are bad (from those ancient astrologers), you hope your own personal astrologer finds none in your chart. Yet without aspects that create friction, you find a certain lassitude or lack of drive.

The aspects, especially the frictions, are what drive us to do things like get off the couch, make dinner, paint a picture, start a business or run for president. Mars is the planet of that drive and a friction to Mars increases the need to accomplish something.

While watching a civil rights documentary several years back, I realized the fully open opposition to African Americans sharing schools with white Americans increased the resistance since it was so open. Astrologically, that is represented by the opposition aspects (180-degrees).

Today’s more subtle forms of racism are more difficult to oppose and resist because they first need to come out in into the open. In that way, they are more like an astrological square in that they create tension that is difficult to resolve because your opponent is somewhat hidden. The opponent is behind the wall, far away in an office, an economic policy or hiding in a cultural definition.

Marketing is like the astrological aspects. The more harmonious aspects are what might be termed in marketing as affinity. You find something you like and create a habit that lasts a long time.

The squares create the need to change an aspect of yourself that is unpleasant to others – bad breath, wrinkles, hair loss, acne, excess weight, working class clothes, personality clashes, letting others merge onto the freeway and tailing in the fast lane – that kind of thing. I’d say a great portion of marketing involves squares.

Oppositions aren’t usually solved by product marketing but by political marketing. Greece, for example, has a new, charismatic leader who is taking on the entire leadership of the Eurozone. There are many, fine, examples of oppositions occurring in this situation. Astrologically, oppositions seek balance since the opposing signs (such as Aries and Libra) contain the seeds of each other. Aries assertion of self can be inadvertently destructive without realizing the “other” that Libra represents. Libra other-focus can lose the sense of self through desire to mate.

Now let’s apply this to a shopping choice.

Let’s say you are in the toothpaste aisle (in the US) facing our two major brands – Crest (blue label) and Colgate (red label). Which do you pick and why? Does one taste better to you? With only two brands, is there really a choice (you can ask this of US politics as well)? Do you think about pleasing your dentist on the next visit? Is this just a habit and you can’t tell me what toothpaste you truly use? Why do you brush your teeth anyway? Do you really need fluoride in your toothpaste when it’s already in your water?

Picking toothpaste can represent sextiles (habit), trines (affinity), squares (social pressure) or oppositions (your mom is making you brush your teeth).

To read all about aspects, check out Café Astrology which, as usual, has a nice, clear write up of the aspects.

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The Ohio-New Jersey Governor Swap is Canceled

The Ohio-New Jersey Governor Swap is officially canceled as Chris Christie entered the presidential race and John Kasich is expected to enter on July 21.

Christie entered the race on June 30 with the moon in enthusiastic and fiery Sagittarius. That’s where Christie’s natal moon is placed – perfect timing for the “straight talk” public relations message. An astrologer couldn’t have planned that better after missing the sun in Taurus period (May) when all the other Virgos entered the race.

Both Christie and Kasich are known for straight talk. Let’s take a look at their straight-talking suns and moons. Christie has sun in Virgo and moon in Sagittarius. Kasich has sun in Taurus and moon in Capricorn.

Earth Signs

Christie and Kasich cover all three earth signs. They are:

Taurus is the fixed earth sign. The earth quality it brings is sensation which can also be literalness and simplicity. When folks “stop to smell the flowers,” often our minds are busy with other activities – What kind of flowers are these? Should I post a picture to Facebook letting all my friends know I stop to smell the flowers? How can I categorize these flowers? Taurus is probably the one sign that actually smells the flowers with no other purpose than the sensation of smelling. In that way, Taurus’ literal here-and-now doesn’t complicate simple acts and gets enjoyment from daily life.

Virgo is the mutable earth sign. The earth quality it brings involves health, diet and work – all of the earth components you experience daily. The Pluto in Virgo (with help of Uranus in Virgo) generation is bringing you green and sustainability movements. They also made you use hand sanitizer by making you afraid of germs (hey, your mom couldn’t do this). Virgo is ruled by Mercury so is mental like the other sign ruled by Mercury – Gemini. For Gemini, however, thought brings fun. For Virgo, thought brings worry. That’s the earth.

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign. The earth quality it brings involves work, career and authority. What’s a world without stop signs? Imagine, if you can, a world without government. Next time you complain about the government ask yourself if you truly could live without it. We do want boundaries but often rebel against those boundaries. As ruler of boundaries, Capricorn is serious, ambitious and often known for a shrewd, calculating nature. This goat is climbing up for a reason – to get to the top. Don’t forget that.

Mercury communication

Mercury, the planet of communication is in Aries for Kasich and Libra for Christie. Aries and Libra are opposite signs. Aries is fire, Libra is air.

Aries is definitely outspoken being the first fire sign and very demanding of attention to the self. Libra is the sign of the other known for seeking partnership and usually willing to sacrifice a lot to achieve balance in relationship.

Mercury in Aries yells at cops. Mercury in Libra tells you what you want to hear. Kasich’s Mercury in Aries is in square to moon in Capricorn which is what makes his irritability rise to the surface.

Who’s more the straight talker?

I vote Kasich, and not just because I’m from Ohio and he’s my governor. Straight talk can be plain boring, like Kasich. Christie’s “straight talk” is more fiery and challenging and, of course, more fun. But is he really telling it like it is?

Christie and Kasich at the dinner table

If Christie and Kasich were brothers, Thanksgiving dinner might be like this.

Christie, with moon in Sagittarius, would upset the apple cart by bringing to dinner a person of different physical, racial or economic background from the family. As this person sat at the table and the family went into uncomfortable silence deciding what conversation was appropriate, Christie would send Virgo sun criticisms about the turkey and stuffing all the while enjoying them with Sagittarian gregariousness.

Meanwhile, brother Kasich, with Capricorn moon, would take charge of getting the situation under control (a comfort zone) by bringing up a very Capricorn/Taurus conversation point that offends no one – the weather. He might later talk about relatives as that’s what often happens when family gets together as that’s what you have in common – you’re family.

After discussing the weather and departed relatives, Kasich would be sure to thank the parents (and god) for dinner as Taurus/Capricorn is both respectful and loyal. That would remind Christie to provide his thanks as fire is never outshined by earth signs and Christie’s newest bumper sticker promotes community values which involves remembering all that mom and dad truly do for you.

Later, in the corner by the bathroom, Kasich confronts Christie and asks him what the heck he is doing disrupting the charming Thanksgiving festivities. Christie defends his behavior while Kasich defends the family stability. Christie walks out in a huff calling Kasich too conservative and boring. Kasich then challenges Christie’s ideals but asking if his community values involve all or are truly selective in some way.

Need I go on?

This makes me excited for the debates.

Candidate Update

In addition to Christie, two other sheep entered the fold in the last couple weeks. Republican and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal entered the race more quietly than a cat jumping on the counter to knock over your salt shaker. I couldn’t even find his running-for-president website (it’s there now).That’s kind of surprising for a guy with sun and Mercury in Gemini. But maybe that Saturn/Venus conjunction just keeps saying, “You’re not worthy.”

Here’s the 2012 blog on Jindal.

Democrat Jim Webb has also entered the race. He’s got a nice presidential chart with lots of fixed energy. As I’m always saying, Americans like their presidents to have fixed energy. As I watch the Greek economic drama unfold with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras playing craps with his country as the ante, I decided I’m on board too with needing fixed energy (although Tsipras is a fixed fire Leo).

Here’s the blog with a write-up on Webb.

Looking at sun signs, we now have 19 candidates with 9 earth signs, 5 air, 4 water and 1 poor little fire shouting in the distance (Lincoln Chafee).

Looking at Mars, the planet that always wants to drive, we find the fire in this campaign. There are 8 fire signs, 5 water, 3 earth and 3 air.

The first debates (Republican) are in less than a month right here in Ohio. Let’s see who makes it to the podium.

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Angela Merkel’s Pluto Opposition

You read astrology blogs, you read about these things called “aspects” like sextiles and square and oppositions. But what do they mean?

Astrology like a lot of news focuses on the rich, powerful and famous simply because they are on the collective screen playing out their dramas. I can tell you about my chart and my experiences, but that doesn’t mean anything to you because you can’t see me and I’ve done nothing to warrant your attention.

A drama playing out currently is that of the Greek economy and the potential for Greece to leave the Eurozone. In this drama, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is struggling with leaders of the Eurozone. One of the most powerful of those leaders is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In novels, the hero is called the protagonist and those that oppose him or her, the antagonist. In the current Greek drama, some may call Tsipras the protagonist and Merkel the antagonist. But then again, you might have a different view and assign them the opposite roles.

Regardless of who is the hero in this drama, the characters oppose each other for both tension and development as in a good novel. Hopefully the Eurozone will have a happy ending.

Oppositions represent the energy outside of us with which we push and pull and become transformed beings. While some astrologers think of the opposition as a negative aspect, the benefit of the opposition as opposed to the square is that your problem is right in front of your eyes. Hidden or secret problems can be much more insidious.

Angela Merkel’s Pluto Opposition

Merkel has Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus and sun all in the sign of Cancer. By the way, if you haven’t sent Merkel her birthday card, you have about a week to get it to Germany.

In 2013 Pluto made a tight opposition with her Mercury and has recently passed opposition with her Jupiter. In 2021, Pluto will oppose her sun.

What’s Pluto about?

Pluto is the planet of evolution and transformation. It often transforms through destruction, but won’t if you truly plan to change your deeply-ingrained self-destructive habits, which is so easy to do . . .

Folks with Pluto (or Scorpio) prominent in their charts are powerful individuals. While Saturn is authority, Pluto is power. Pluto might wear the uniform of authority as with a police officer; or it might not, like the head of organized crime. It’s powerful with or without the uniform.

You often find Pluto types where there is a power over others such as in religion or medicine. Pluto has the capacity to handle this type of responsibility where peoples’ souls and bodies are at risk. Pluto is willing to take on the unseemly sides of life that others avoid.

If the astrological gods gave Venus (and its sign Libra) charm so she could do her mating, the gods gave Pluto (and its sign Scorpio) charisma with which to capture the concentration of others. Charisma is power.

The planet Pluto in Merkel’s horoscope is in the sign of Leo. Funny, transiting Jupiter is in Leo and will make an exact conjunction to Merkel’s natal Pluto this weekend.

So, Merkel has transiting Pluto (in Capricorn) opposite natal Jupiter (in Cancer) and transiting Jupiter (in Leo) transiting natal Pluto (in Leo).

Let’s look at Pluto oppositions with our friend Robert Hand.

Pluto transit in opposition to Jupiter is described by Hand in Planets in Transit in the first paragraph as:

The transit will make you drive yourself and others around you to attain success, excellence or preeminence in some way. It represents the drive to actualize an ideal you hold about how the world ought to be. The danger of this transit is that you may become arrogant and domineering toward those around you, as if you were a kind of superman, above all morality and law except your own. Admittedly, that is a rather extreme manifestation, but that is the danger this transit brings.

If you read about Pluto transit in trine (120 degrees considered harmonious) you also see theme of drive, but with a more positive manifestation. The first sentence reads:

At this time you will seek to make many positive reforms and changes in the world around you.

In the opposition, there is just that – an opposing force. With the trine, the forces are with you, not against you. With a trine you may want to reform people that so desire it. With an opposition you may want to reform people that prefer to stay on their present course.

Now if we look at the signs in which this is playing, it gets even more symbolic of the current situation. Cancer is a sign of belonging, associated with mothering, home, nurturing and personal consciousness. Capricorn, its opposite, is about authority, structure and law. When Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, we had a global economic collapse (which we lightly call a “recession”).

Cancer wants to belong and Capricorn wants to control and be boss. You can have only so many cooks in the kitchen. The Eurozone is struggling with Capricorn power and who belongs and what they need to do to belong.

Now for transiting Jupiter conjunct Pluto, we have the same two planets but now Jupiter is adding its energy to Pluto’s energy (called a conjunction) in the sign of Leo. Jupiter expands what it finds. In this country, the Pluto in Leo generation is the “Me Generation” of Baby Boomers that re-invented family and social life. They watched TV then formed a rebellion.

According to Hand this transiting Jupiter conjunct natal Pluto aspect brings:

. . . the urge to achieve to the forefront of your life. You will make great, even extraordinary, efforts to gain success as you personally define it. You work harder and strive to gain your objective with every ounce of energy at your disposal. Consequently, this transit often occurs just at the moment when some tremendous effort in your life bears fruit.

It sounds like it’s going to be a nice weekend for Merkel!

Hand goes on to describe this transit as a “tremendous drive to gain power.” Again, with Pluto involved, power is important. With the sign of Leo, the power revolves around pride and dignity.

Does Merkel’s Pluto opposition now make a little more sense?

Interestingly, Merkel was once the “opposition party” (is it still called that?). Now she’s the party being opposed. The tension is the same, the protagonists and antagonists shifting like a game of musical chairs.

In 2013 Pluto began its opposition of Merkel’s Mercury (which rules communication). That was the time of the last German election and the year Merkel learned her phone was tapped by the US government’s NSA. This year Pluto opposed Jupiter. In 2021, it will oppose the sun.

When Pluto moves into orb of opposing Merkel’s sun (traditionally about five degrees) in 2021, I suspect the opposition will be to Merkel’s own person, as the sun rules the self. She’ll be 67 at that time, a time when some US workers get to relax and spend all that Social Security money they saved up. Maybe Merkel will be ready for a more relaxed life after the Pluto oppositions.

I hope so. If you don’t follow Pluto’s advice, it has this way of forcing you to change.

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Columbus Fight Club: Andrew Ginther

When I told my cat that we were experiencing a political scandal right here in Columbus, she was shocked.

“What kind of scandal would happen in Columbus?” she asked.

“Political kickbacks,” I responded.

“Isn’t that called lobbying?”

If you wonder what your cat does while you’re at work all day, get a camera. I was shocked to find my feline reading astrology and politics. But now I understand why she can ask such tough questions.

I hear dogs just look out the window and sleep.

In response to her question about lobbying, we had a long discussion about the role of money in politics and whether money was politics – does the person with the most money always win? She didn’t quite agree with my idea that lobbying is simply institutionalized bribery conducted by an unacknowledged but extant aristocracy.

My cat thought that money was necessary in a political campaign, but we needed to find a way to make the money more equal among candidates.

That idea seemed quite liberal for a cat that supports Rick Santorum for President. But, then again, if we have to depend on lobbying dollars, Santorum won’t stand a chance against the behemoth candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

That’s politics.

Andrew Ginther

Andrew Ginther is the City Council member running for mayor. He won the majority (51.8%) of the vote against three other contenders during the primary in May.

Ginther was in the news late last week for being connected with a red-light camera company employee who claims to have bribed officials, including Ginther.

One man’s (or cat’s) bribery is another’s lobbying. It will be interesting to learn the difference as this story unfolds.

Ginther appears to have the birthday April 27, 1975. Sun is in Taurus. Without knowing time of birth, moon is either in late Scorpio or early Sagittarius.

Interesting moon placement – very interesting.

It just so happens, coincidentally, of course, that Saturn is transiting that very realm of the zodiac, that very border between Scorpio and Sagittarius.

Saturn transits a sign for two and a half years. It just moved from Scorpio into Sagittarius last December. Then in March it took a turn backward (called retrograde) into Scorpio.

Ginther’s moon is anywhere between 24 degrees of Scorpio and 7 degrees of Sagittarius. Saturn has been moving within these degrees since November 2014. Saturn will move forward again in September and then finally move past 7 degrees of Sagittarius in November 2015.

In other words, from last November (2014) to this November (2015) Saturn is moving back and forth like a metronome over the area where Ginther’s moon resides.

With time of birth (ohioastrology@yahoo.com), we could know what area of the chart this was affecting. With the current news item, I’d suggest it was transiting the 8th (shared money) or 12th houses (secrets and hidden enemies). It could be 10th as well as that affects reputation and public standing.

Ginther’s Neptune in Sagittarius is a definite placement as Neptune takes 15 years to move through a sign. Regardless of where moon is placed, Saturn will transit Neptune starting late December 2015.

Saturn transit Neptune, especially in a sign like Sagittarius where the idealism is high, can be depressing. Idols fall from pedestals, you realize the entire world will not convert to your religion anytime soon and you may even have some issues with the body as nothing grounds one like a body issue.

Natal Mars in Pisces and Venus in Gemini create a mutable T-square with Neptune. The very social and open side of Ginther’s personality may clamp shut with Taurus-like stubbornness when the events related to this news story come to pass.

As a political sports fan, I’d say Ginther’s apparent ease in the mayoral process and sudden scandal arising soon after the primary suggest a powerful enemy. I couldn’t find the birthdates for the two runners up (ohioastrology@yahoo.com) Zach Scott and Terry Boyd, which would be the next place to look in a political drama.

Hidden enemies are the realm of the 12th house of the horoscope so I’d guess Ginther has some activity going on there.

Jupiter is transiting Leo but will move into Virgo mid August. Right around election time, as fate would have it, Jupiter will add the missing puzzle piece of a mutable grand cross in Ginther’s chart – Venus/Mars/Neptune are the T-square; Jupiter forms the cross.

Crosses suggest tension in this case between the mutable energies. Gemini is friendship and communication; Virgo is work and health; Sagittarius is philosophy and idealism; Pisces is empathy and belief.

Ginther also has a couple interesting oppositions in his horoscope with Uranus (in Scorpio) opposing sun (in Taurus) and Jupiter (in Aries) opposing Pluto (in Libra). The sun/Uranus opposition suggests sudden impulses around money, assets, property and sex. The Jupiter/Pluto opposition suggests issues of dominance and cooperation in personal relations.

Tension and idealism are balanced in the chart through Jupiter’s trine to Neptune and the sun’s sextile (wide) to Saturn. In other words, difficult aspects are balanced by more harmonious aspects.

What will happen to Ginther?

Luckily Ginther has that nice, steady Taurus sun. Taurus isn’t really fond of being on a boat in a hurricane, but the balancing powers of Taurus should steady the ship a bit.

There does seem to be a great challenge to idealism and belief from November 2014 to December 2015. Will this come from a political downfall? Or will it come from a win but a complete change in attitude?

We’ll know in December.

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Jupiter in Virgo – Falling Out of Love

Recently I reflected on Jupiter’s current transit of fire-sign Leo, a transit that will end in August when Jupiter moves into Virgo. I wasn’t sure I saw the “Leo” of this transit. Of course, Jupiter must play with the other planets which can alter the pure effect of its energy.

But then I saw this news article noting that the US birth rate rose in 2014, the first time since 2007.

Leo and the 5th house of the horoscope rule children.

Go, Leo, go.

Leo also rules love and romance, something a wee bit difficult to quantify. How many people fell in love in the last year? Did more couples dance in the moonlight? Were there more birthday parties? Were Saturdays more playful and less chore-filled than in the prior year?

Let’s hope so.

Go, Leo, go.

Transition from Leo to Virgo

Virgo is what’s called a mutable sign – one of the three modes (the two others are cardinal and fixed). Currently Saturn is retrograde transiting the late degrees of Scorpio but will move forward again in September to pass through Sagittarius, the mutable fire sign.

Neptune is currently making a long transit of Pisces, the mutable water sign.

See where this is going?

The mutable air sign, Gemini, will probably pine for a trip into outer space as three of the four mutable signs make what’s called a T-square.

Since Jupiter travels much faster around the sun than Saturn or Neptune, it won’t be until June 2016 when Jupiter is retrograde in Virgo that a true T-square is formed between these planets. At that time, the sun and Venus will be in Gemini forming a full grand cross.

If we fell in love during Jupiter in Leo, Jupiter in Virgo might be that period after the honeymoon where the eyes clear and you rationally assess your partner. What seemed pleasurable during Leo may look like a self-destructive habit during Virgo.

Searching for reasons we fall in and out of love, I find that falling out of love is much more clearly defined than falling in love. Ideas on why we fall in love run the gamut from pheromones to finding our other half to liking someone’s hair.

Falling out of love, on the other hand, can easily be made into a list, something that is often done during divorce proceedings. I wouldn’t say divorce is Virgo, but the reasons you get divorced definitely contain the quality of discrimination.

Although I found a lot of articles on both falling in and out of love, I find this one particularly interesting. The reason we fall out of love, she reasons, is that we are human. Falling both in and out of love is normal and she recommends simply falling back in love with your spouse and offers lots of other insights on making this happen.

Articles like this touch on what astrology teaches – energies and cycles. To look at falling in or out of love as a one-time event may have us ignore the cycles that churn around us providing opportunities to fall in love regularly – maybe with the same person.

Jupiter in Virgo

Jupiter in Virgo will change the focus of expansive energy to health and work. We’ve already had some major news on the work environment with both WalMart and Target announcing wage increases for their employees.

The current focus on police and use of force began last summer near Saturn moving into Sagittarius. Virgo energy will keep this conflict alive for the next year, at least, because Virgo squares Sagittarius. I don’t think it’s a Virgo issue as much as a Sagittarian issue – do underlying beliefs create different rules for different races?

Jupiter in Virgo will correspond with most of the US presidential election. One Virgo theme that has already arisen and may be a focus of the campaign is policy on vaccinations. In recent years, due to fears of vaccinations being linked to autism, segments of the population have stopped inoculating their children.

Virgo also rules pets so we may see an increase people having pets or issues around pet health. (Could this be due to many people falling out of love?).

Virgo can bring sickness or wellness so we may see news on both – new health ideas or new illnesses. Virgo is the worrier of the zodiac so fear of illness creates great drive to understand diet and the role of vitamins and supplements. We may see new legislation around food or supplements.

Virgo is ultimately the discriminating mind so expect more research, challenges to prevailing ideas and criticism of authority. Virgo is an earth sign but does not worship authority as the other two earth signs do (Taurus and Capricorn).

When I see a movie where an average person stands up to a large corporate or government entity, I see Virgo. While Virgo doesn’t appear to have a strong ego, when they are protecting others or animals they can be fierce. Virgo fights with facts, not physical force.

In movies like Norma Rae and Silkwood we see individuals challenging large corporate entities. Possibly during Jupiter in Virgo we’ll see a return of the “u” word – union.

The Labor Films Database can help you catch up on what’s been happening in the labor force.


While falling out of love seems a dire prognostication, there are some who believe disillusionment is the greatest gift to a human. You are now seeing clearly. Illusion, no matter how pleasant, should be pierced.

Virgo is a great time for study – we often start school years in the sign of Virgo. You may decide to study up on labor, health or the role of pets and discover something truly illuminating.

You may find that something you’ve been eating or drinking for years is affecting your health in ways you haven’t understood. You may learn more about food processing and find yourself advocating for changes.

Maybe there will be a cure for one of those diseases where we’ve been raising money for research for our entire lives.

These are Virgo activities that illuminate and change lives.

Go, Virgo, go.

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Political Thoughts Floating Through Air Signs

When I told my cat that Jeb Bush formally and finally announced his run for the presidency, she cattily replied, “If this is a Clinton-Bush election, I’m not going to vote.”

That may seem a strange comment coming from a feline. It’s possible, maybe, that I gave her the idea that when I went to vote I was voting “for the both of us.”

We then had a lengthy discussion on why Bush waited so long to announce. My cat felt he did that to imply that he wasn’t from a political ruling dynasty and his nomination wasn’t a guarantee. She felt the long, pensive lead-in was staged to portray him as a regular kind of guy, the kind of guy that eats Purina from the grocery store and not the expensive stuff from Pet People.

My take was similar; the longer the wait, the more the drama. Bush has sun in Aquarius and moon in Capricorn – both signs having reputation as a bit cold. Bush needs all the drama he can get.

Yesterday’s announcement occurred with Mars and the sun conjunct in Gemini at 24 degrees. Bush’s 10th house cusp of career (using the Astrotheme chart) is at 22 degrees of Gemini meaning the sun and Mars popped in there sometime on Sunday. Mars and sun were trine Bush’s natal sun at 23 degrees of Aquarius.

Mercury was also in Gemini – in the early degrees meaning it’s transiting Bush’s 9th house. Venus transiting Leo is in Bush’s 11th house of groups and ideals.

Wow, an astrologer couldn’t have planned that better.

Air Signs

Today, Donald Trump put his name in the hat for the presidential race. Trump, as profiled here on OHA, has sun in 22 degrees of Gemini. The Mercury/sun/Mars transiting conjunction is good to him as well. The Gemini energy trines natal Jupiter in Libra.

Astrotheme’s chart for Trump has his natal sun in the 10th house. He must get especially energetic about work in June. I knew a Gemini who seemed to pick up a new job at the beginning of every summer vacation (end of May, beginning of June when sun enters Gemini).

Gemini is an air sign as are Aquarius and Libra. Four planets transiting Gemini is bringing the air signs out to play.

Trump has four planets in air (Uranus and sun in Gemini / Neptune and Jupiter in Libra). His moon, however, is in fire sign Sagittarius opposite sun in Gemini. Trump is the Newt Gingrich of the 2016 election. Gingrich also has this sun/moon opposition. Expect from Trump a bit of Gingrich big idea and unexpected and unpredictable confrontation. Trump may already be known for this. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gingrich endorsed him.

The sun will be in Gemini through Sunday so we may see some other Geminis, Libras or Aquarians jump into the race.

The Pluto Problem

Transiting Pluto in Capricorn will meet Bush’s moon in a few years. It’s still a bit out of orb and will take a while to get in orb. Moon in Capricorn likes law, order and rules and rarely expresses feelings which make them feel weak and vulnerable.

Pluto will force confrontations with power and authority and transformations of that relationship. Will this occur as president of the United States?

Trump around the same time will have Pluto opposing Saturn and Venus in Cancer. For Trump, there will be a great longing to be part of a small, loving group and not on the world stage where, frankly, people don’t truly love you they love what you represent. I’m suspecting that Trump will turn away from the Capricorn successes in life for some home cooking that he may never have received or never stopped to enjoy with his Gemini-Sagittarius need to be in constant motion.

Any More Virgos?

Our Virgo political tsunami of early May has subsided. See, May the sun is in Taurus, an earth sign and the earth signs came out to play.

June the sun is in Gemini, an air sign, and the air signs came out to play.


One Virgo still hasn’t come out to play – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The next month of earth sign energy is September (Virgo). I doubt he’ll wait until then if he decides to run.

Last Sunday Christie was interviewed on Face the Nation. The interviewer and panel all commented with admiration on Christie’s straight-talking style. Yet when asked if he planned to run for president, he replied that the process was “a linear evolutionary decision-making process.”

I had to write that down to remember it.

The actor who plays Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory says that he remembers his complicated and lengthy dialogue by writing it out on notecards. The straight-talking Christie must have had a note card somewhere or practiced that for a few hours in front of the mirror.

Virgo, Christie’s sun sign, is known for its discriminating and critical mind. Virgo does some straight-talking, for sure.

But the reputation Christie has appears to come from his moon in fiery, challenging Sagittarius. Like all fire signs, the moon in fire projects boldness and confidence, often too much because the moon is so reactive. Moon in fire can be a bit overbearing.

OHA’s write up on why the Christie card folded in 2012 isn’t because of the straight-talk, but because of the loose talk, which is definitely not the Virgo portion of his personality.

The Current Count

Currently there are 16 candidates running:

  • 8 earth signs
  • 4 water signs
  • 3 air signs
  • 1 fire sign

Fixed sun signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) often make it to the White House in this country. We currently have three fixed sun signs (Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rick Santorum).

We do, however, have 10 candidates with Mars in a fixed sign. Mars is like your sun’s backup energy and general motivator. A few without Mars in a fixed sign still have Mars in Aries (which it rules) or Capricorn (where it’s exalted).

Those with the weakest Mars placements are Rick Santorum (Pisces), Rick Perry (Libra) and Lindsey Graham (Cancer). The Mars aggressive energy has to filter through signs that are normally not openly aggressive thereby making them a bit dysfunctional. Mars doesn’t always express itself clearly or directly in these signs.

Let’s see if the sun in Cancer next Sunday brings out more water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). We’re still short on fire, but we know that fire is coming last to the political party this time around.

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