My cat, upon reading a BBC article that Mitt Romney was considering running for President in 2016, asked me a strange question.
“Are the Romney’s going to be like the Bush’s, the Clintons and the Kennedys?” she asked.
“I think you’re confused,” I told my feline. “This is the same Mitt Romney that ran in 2012. He doesn’t have a son named Mitt. The Romneys probably won’t be a political family dynasty in the near future. Dynasties start with fathers and Mitt Romney isn’t president.”
“Moreover,” I added, “The politically-threatening Kennedys are dead, some even dying by natural causes. Their dynasty is over.”
With that slightly askance stare that she has, my cat asked why Mitt Romney is running again if he lost in 2012.
We had a lengthy discussion about the lure of power, human egos and the American need for constant growth and achievement. People don’t move to the US to relax.
“But didn’t Romney’s son say that his dad didn’t even want to be president?”
Ever impressed by my cat’s political memory, I had no answer for this question. She recalled ABC article where Romney’s son Tagg stated that his father didn’t even want to be president, being a private person.
I should know better than to question the political memory of a cat that still has a 2012 “Pick Rick (Santorum)” poster over her litter box. While I hear most black cats are liberal, my feline is a true conservative.
My cat got me thinking. It’s easy to assume that in the face of defeat, Romney did some public relations claiming he didn’t want the job anyway. But why would he run again? Two defeats would surely wear down one’s self-esteem.
The Sacrificial Pisces
During the 2012 election, my cat and I spent a lot of time trying to understand if Mitt Romney truly did want to be the president of the United States.
As time has passed and the planets have moved upon their predestined cyclical orbits, a few things have changed to affect Romney.
During the 2012 election, Saturn was transiting the partnership sign of Libra. Right after the election it moved into Scorpio and about a month ago, it moved on into Sagittarius.
The last two years of Saturn in Scorpio affected Romney’s Jupiter and moon in Scorpio. Scorpio moon is already emotional and obsessive and Saturn passing would have added a dose of darkness to that already serious placement. Romney may have spent the entire transit wondering what went wrong in 2012 the way some spend two years after a romantic breakup asking the same question. Brooding is both a Scorpio and Capricorn trait. Resentment is more Capricorn while Scorpio plots some “return action.”
Saturn moving into Sagittarius might feel like a relief to Romney but he might want to think again. Using the Astrotheme chart, Saturn would be relieving his moon but moving into the 7th house of partnerships. Others are still difficult and demanding bringing on a strong sense of responsibility. In Sagittarius, others are making demands of a religious or spiritual nature. Saturn in Sagittarius might even be asking him to move abroad.
Notice since Saturn has entered Sagittarius, headlines again are focusing on differing spiritual beliefs and actions people take to force their beliefs on others. Half a Saturn cycle ago (14.5 years), Saturn was in the Sagittarius’ opposite sign of Gemini opposing Pluto which was then in Sagittarius.
This Saturn in Sagittarius transit shouldn’t be as intense at the Saturn (in Gemini) / Pluto (in Sagittarius) opposition of 2001. Pluto has moved on to Capricorn.
However, Saturn in Sagittarius will square Neptune in Pisces later in its 2.5 year cycle. I’m expecting new spiritual groups to form, some more aggressive (Sagittarius) and some more peaceful (Pisces). During this square, I’m also expecting the conversation around beliefs to be heightened, as they are currently. Saturn in Sagittarius has only just begun.
Belief is the domain of Pisces, where Romney’s sun is located (in the 11th house of ideals and groups). He also has Mars and Mercury in Pisces. Saturn in Sagittarius has already begun a square of that Mars. Saturn will travel backwards beginning in March (around the time of Romney’s birthday) and go back into Scorpio. When it goes forward again at the beginning of August, it will begin its journey toward squaring Romney’s Mercury then sun.
Whether Romney jumps in the presidential-election ring or not, he will probably put himself in the center of some of the spiritual debates. If Romney were simply a private man, I would say during this transit he would be re-assessing his own belief system. Neptune will take a while to reach his sun and hopefully by then he will have spiritual peace of the sort that will allow him to simply be.
Reading the news stories on Romney’s plans to run, I think he will face a less accommodating press than he did in 2012. Romney may want to read up on why Pisces is the sign of “self undoing” and think about how best to experience this Saturn-in-Sagittarius and Neptune-in-Pisces spiritual quest.
A good starting point may be to ask himself, “Do I truly want to be president?”