The Republican debates, if they can truly be called debates, can be likened to some of our modern forms of communication. The Republican debates, with ten (too many) participants, are like a verbal Facebook or Twitter feed. Like those feeds, you don’t really learn anything. You are baited with strong images intended to create strong reactions. It’s no surprise that Facebook is both a participant and sponsor of some debates.
Who could truly explain his or her ideas in 30 seconds on auditing the Federal Reserve (Rand Paul and Ted Cruz), security versus privacy while maintaining Constitutional rights (Rand Paul and Chris Christie), the Supreme Court rulings versus states’ rights (Mike Huckabee) or personal- versus state-mandated retirement benefits (Carla Fiorina)?
Unfortunately, we’ll probably never discuss these questions in full during the election process as the media moderators follow the the social media trends of brief and incomplete communication. Somehow debating our Constitutional rights in an increasingly private-less world is not of interest to the moderators.
The November 10 Debate
The moon, Mercury and sun will all be in the intense sign of Scorpio. Our elections occur in the sign of Scorpio and when any election nears, we feel the intensity of other’s beliefs and opinions. That’s the mud-slinging side of the emotional Scorpio because Scorpio knows where the mud lies.
But we can also plumb Scorpio’s true talent which is to get to the root of a cause to truly understand what motivates us. Emotional honesty is the true gift of Scorpio, I believe. Emotional honesty sounds nice but can easily bulldoze relationships that are not true and sturdy enough to withstand forceful shaking of the ground beneath.
Will Tuesday be emotional mud-slinging or emotional honesty?
Jupiter and Mars are in Virgo which adds force to the need for detail. All debates demand stringent detail and this will be no different. The moderators could use Virgo to their advantage and ask the details of a wacky tax plan instead of asking, “Are you nuts?”
Pluto is still in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius, where they will remain for the duration of the election cycle.
Let’s take a look at the energies by candidate. The debates will now include eight participants instead of ten (Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee were “polled” off the island).
Jeb Bush. Bush has moon in Capricorn which has a great deal of difficulty with expression. Sun in fixed air Aquarius doesn’t help either. Scorpio is unpleasant energy for Bush as it’s too revealing and Capricorn/Aquarius is both private and often unaware of its own feelings. I’m not sure why Bush isn’t taking the Richard Nixon campaign route of “Law and Order.” Nixon had sun in Capricorn and moon in Aquarius and he was elected through promoting his serious nature, not running from it. With Pluto in Capricorn destroying our financial structure and Saturn in Sagittarius limiting our trust in authority, it’s really a good time to promote the authority that Bush has naturally.
Ben Carson. I read in the New York Times that Carson is getting feisty. I always say you can fool your family, your friends, the media and even the public, but you can’t fool your astrologer. Carson has moon in Sagittarius which leads me to believe the knife story (impulsive) where the media questions it. The New York Times article also likens his behavior to Trump’s; Trump also has moon in Sagittarius – good call. In both Carson’s good boy (Virgo sun) and bad boy (Sagittarius moon) stories there is a knife. Carson is definitely playing “good knife/bad knife” to his benefit but I believe it’s the truth. The Scorpio energy is a bit too intense for both his good knife and bad knife sides. His bad knife wants to run away. The bad knife may also have other impulsive bad habits such as the need to heightened sensation which can come through ingestion of intoxicants or even gambling. The good knife wants to be perfect, a Virgo ambition.
Ted Cruz. It’s funny how Cruz is lauded as an excellent debater but yet ignored at the same time. This suggests that image overrides content and in Cruz’ own words, he’s not the kind of guy you’d want to have a beer with. That’s Cruz’ Capricorn sun talking Cruz does have moon and Uranus in Libra which, I would debate with Cruz, is exactly the type of guy you want to have a beer with. While Cruz can meet the seriousness of a Scorpio-energy evening, his detractors might want to see what that wacky Uranus/moon conjunction can truly do with the beer goggles on. The serious of nature are embarrassed when they fall on banana peels but there are definitely peels in Cruz’ life.
Carly Fiorina. Oh, my, yet another candidate with a Sagittarius moon. She, like Carson, has a Virgo sun. I suppose during the Scorpio energy we can ask about her past knife attacks. Virgo sun and Sagittarius moon are in square and strongest when defending a cause or filled with righteous indignation (which are often combined into one stew). Virgo can attack well enough with detail and truly needs no sword. As with Carson, Scorpio is too emotional and revealing for this crusader. Asking Fiorina how she feels (as opposed to how she thinks) is difficult for this tough-cookie of a former CEO. In addition, Fiorina has Saturn in Scorpio suggesting a difficulty with emotional connection. While Fiorina stands strong and proud among the men, she might have more difficulty standing with seven women should those women relate on the feeling level. Could Fiorina truly take down the Scorpionic Hillary Clinton which is her selling point?
John Kasich. In the first three debates, Kaisch’s answers could all be reduced to the simple sentence, “I did great things for Ohio.” While that’s a very important selling point, Scorpio energy wants to relate emotionally and like Bush, Kasich’s moon is in Capricorn which is not interested in sharing feeling (at all). Scorpio energy is also opposite Kasich’s Jupiter, Venus and sun in Taurus. Kasich needs to understand on Tuesday that it’s not about the “stuff” but about the feeling. In other words, tell the people you love them; don’t say, “But look what I bought you?” It’s going to be a rough night for Kasich.
Rand Paul. Well, dude, the first three debates don’t bode well for you having a chance to speak in the fourth debate on your important issues such as the Federal Reserve and constitutional rights. Maybe you can study some Twitter feeds and practice brief, uninformative speaking. Capricorn sun and Gemini moon are both students and often students of serious subjects. The Scorpio energy of the evening serves the need for serious discussion but you will also have to show emotional passion which is not in the nature of your sun, moon or Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo. However, with that Uranus/Pluto conjunction, you could really challenge those Virgo sun opponents (Carson and Fiorina).
Marco Rubio. Strong debate performances and history as a politically gifted individual (Jeb Bush’s words, I believe) suggest that the moon is in Leo (not Cancer). While Cancer is a very caring sign, Leo is more passionate and convincing of feeling, which is evident in Rubio’s responses. Sun in Gemini adds the intelligence and articulateness. The Scorpio energy is opposite Rubio’s Venus, Mercury and Saturn in Taurus. The money issues will continue to arise on Tuesday. As I’ve noted in previous blogs on Rubio, Saturn in Taurus has a sense of material lack and with Venus and Mercury also in that sign, there would be the desire to live beyond one’s means to compensate. With the Scorpio energy in flux, it may be time to express those feelings of lack. Scorpio (and Taurus) square Rubio’s Mars in Aquarius so it might be difficult to let go of the need to appear just like everyone else rather than someone who looks like everyone else while fully extended on credit.
Donald Trump. Scorpio energy is not compatible with Trump’s air- and fire-filled chart which ultimately wants to have enjoyment through sharing ideas, speech and any social interaction. Sorry, Trump, the debate will not be “fun” but I agree it could be informative and fun at the same time. Hopefully Trump won’t get too bored and isn’t caught making funny faces as Rubio is drilled about stealing from the candy jar. Trump’s first three debates were all pretty similar and I expect the fourth will be more of the same. A guy with Uranus conjunct sun in Gemini opposite moon in Sagittarius can’t take boredom for too long without a vacation. I see a vacation from the election in Trump’s future as he tires of the routine and unimaginative process of American politics. Besides, alphabetically, Trump is last.