The president has nominated a new Secretary of State (SOS) to replace Hillary Clinton – Senator John Kerry. Sounds like a good job for a man who debated George W. Bush in 2004 and proclaimed that the US should work with other countries to develop and implement foreign policy. That comment did not play well to a psychologically traumatized public (from 9/11) that accepted an almost unilateral US invasion of Iraq.
Now Kerry gets to play with others.
Looking at Kerry’s Astrotheme chart, this Sagittarian sun and way-too-many-planets in Gemini man will love, I mean love, jet setting across the world. What’s more fun for a 7th house full of Gemini than meeting new people everyday? Sagittarius and Gemini will delight in breakfast in one country, lunch on a plane and dinner in a land where you don’t speak the language.
For others, this would be hell. For Sagittarius and Gemini, “routine” is just a word in the dictionary that follows “route” and precedes “rove.”
Kerry appears to be what we call today ADD (attention deficit disorder) but back in his day might have simply been called hyperactive. Kerry’s chart reminds me a little of Newt Gingrich’s chart which is also packed with Sagittarius and Gemini energy.
Both Kerry and Gingrich would do well to become professors.
For Kerry, four planets are in Gemini – Uranus, Mars, moon and Saturn. Kerry’s chart is mostly fire and air with a very little bit of water (Venus in Scorpio) and earth (Mercury in Capricorn).
That Mercury in Capricorn may help Kerry sound like a serious statesman. He may do okay as a statesman, but ultimately Kerry is a philosopher and purveyor of information and ideas. Both Sagittarius and Gemini are mutable (i.e., flexible) signs so the ideas will change over time, as probably ideas should.
That’s nice, but how does that fare in diplomacy?
In this regard I might understand the public’s distaste for Kerry’s lengthy and detailed responses. Studied and informed thought might be great for a professor, but diplomacy really isn’t about education – it’s about politics.
While a man who’s been in office since 1985 should know politics, Sagittarius is a champion of ideals and having to make deals that are real politick and not culturally uplifting may be difficult for Kerry.
Kerry’s chart makes me believe he will like this job more than this job will like him. He may enjoy talking (and talking and talking) but may not be effective in doing more than talking and discussing and understanding the bigger picture.
Kerry will seek to understand each situation in great detail, but others may not care. I bet Kerry is already opening his dusty history books and buying a new atlas. He’s probably memorizing the capitals of foreign countries right now.
The open and blunt Sagittarius may also not care for the current Neptune in Pisces transit (which forms a T-square with Sagittarius and Gemini) which requests he make his information fit into a larger “story” that is being promoted. Kerry wants to raise consciousness more than manipulate consciousness.
Kerry will want information to be presented so the public can understand both friends and enemies and the long cultural history that has brought people to their current mindset and situations. Neptune in Pisces, on the other hand, may request Kerry relegate that information into a fairy tale of witches, and beautiful young girls and poisoned apples.
Kerry will hate this but luckily both Sagittarius and Gemini has this habit of saying what they think so we might get some goodies that the secretive Scorpio sun / Pisces moon Hillary Clinton would relish keeping from others.
For Scorpio, my knowing and you not knowing is a competitive and power advantage. For Kerry, my knowing means I should educate you.
If I were an evil astrologer (I swear I’m not), I’d tell the press to press on Kerry early in the game before he gets taken to the woodshed for slips of the tongue.
If Kerry becomes our SOS, I’m gonna keep my ears tuned. Kerry may be better than WikiLeaks. I’d really love to know what’s going on out there!