The Sarah Palin
The Rising Rant
NewsScope; September 21, 2009; The current cover story in Time magazine features controversial political commentator Glenn Beck, a "mad man" with a gift for exploiting fear and paranoia. "He is the hottest thing in the political-rant racket, left or right." Unmentioned in the Time piece is that Beck called Obama a racist during his FoxTV segment, which resulted in a massive advertiser boycott.
Glenn Beck was born with his Aquarius Sun conjunct Mars and Saturn (February 10, 1964; Mount Vernon, WA; time unknown), giving him the same anger and control issues as Sarah Palin, who was born the day after Beck. Typical of the socially-minded Aquarian, both have turned their personal angst into large-scale issues. Since their Sun-Mars-Saturn is also conjunct the U.S. Moon, they have both reached a national audience.
In the broader celestial scheme, the outer planets Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are now entering into a T-square formation. Last week Saturn and Uranus were exactly opposite, and now Saturn is advancing into its first square with Pluto, becoming exact on November 15. As detailed by
Richard Tarnas in Cosmos and Psyche, Saturn-Pluto combinations are historically associated with the empowerment of conservatism, often accompanied by totalitarian impulses, organized violence, and oppression.
In the U.S., we can anticipate a rise in angry reactionaries who oppose the Uranian changes espoused by Team Obama. The last time Saturn, Uranus and Pluto were dynamically aligned was in the mid-1960s, when the Uranus-Pluto conjunction opposed Saturn. At the time, profound social and political unrest was experienced throughout the global village. We can expect no less this time around....
Here's the astrological view of Sarah Palin, as chronicled in recent NewsScope articles:
her rectified birth time, astro-twin Glenn Beck, daughter Bristol, and backer David Koch.
Sarah Palin's Rectified Birth Time
NewsScope, September 20, 2010; Sarah Palin's appearance in Iowa last Friday, plus the recent success of her favorite Tea Party candidates, makes her the GOP's leading contender for the 2012 presidential race. Yet she remains highly controversial and more idealistic than knowledgeable on the issues. Will she run? Astrologers can't really say without an accurate birth time, and the times offered are unsourced and make little astrological sense.
For the sake of argument, I'm proposing a 4:55 pm birth time (February 11, 1964; Sandpoint, Idaho). This gives her proud, outgoing Leo Rising and places her Sun-Mars-Saturn triple conjunction right on the Descendant. An angular Mars accounts for her athleticism and her in-your-face political commentaries. With Taurus at her Midheaven, Venus becomes the ruler of her professional life, which is in assertive Aries and unusually well-aspected.
Sarah eloped with her high-school sweetheart Todd Palin on August 29, 1988 to spare her parents the expense of a "big white wedding". This life-changing event took place as transiting Pluto was conjunct her fourth house cusp, suggesting the dramatic departure from her home. Also, transiting Jupiter was favorably conjunct her progressed Midheaven, while her progressed Ascendant was trine her natal Midheaven.
John McCain picked Palin as his running mate on August 27, 2008. At the time, her progressed Midheaven (her evolving career point) was favorably trine her 7th house Saturn (symbolizing an older partner). Currently, transiting Sedna is in a long term square to her Sun, identifying her with the vain, avenging goddess from the Alaskan Arctic. Over the next two years, Palin's Venus gets activated by major transits and progressions, so we can expect to see much more of her as the 2012 election season draws near.
David Koch's Tea Party
NewsScope, September 6, 2010; If you're like billionaires David and Charles Koch, you believe that politicians are merely actors playing out scripts. According to a recent article in The New Yorker*, these two co-owners of Koch Industries (the second largest private corporation in the United States) are the financial and intellectual backers of the Tea Party movement.
* This article details the Koch brothers' management of the Tea Party movement:
David Koch (May 3, 1940; Wichita, KS; time unknown) is the most politically active, having run to the right of Ronald Reagan as the Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate in 1980. His money-savvy Sun in Taurus forms harmonious trines to Ceres and Neptune in Virgo, which have inspired
him to work through charitable organizations. David Koch is widely respected in New York as a major philanthropist.
David Koch has an unusual Mars-Neptune square. His Mars at 21º Gemini is in the same location as the U.S. Mars, and his Neptune at 22º Virgo is in the same place as the U.S. Neptune. In this cosmic coincidence, he has come to represent America's energy (Mars) reliance on oil and gas (Neptune). Koch Industries takes in some $100 billion annually from the oil and gas business.
A significant configuration in his chart reveals him as a hardball political strategist: Pallas, the political asteroid, is conjunct Pluto and square Saturn. Koch's Moon in Aries trines Pallas, energizing his political instincts, but the
Pluto influence suggests that he prefers to deploy his billions under the radar. When the Tea Party was formed in April 2009, Koch's progressed Mercury and Mars were conjunct his natal Pallas, reflecting his active political engagement at the time.
uncompromising style has captured a faction of the American heartland due to their Saturn's precise conjunction with the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius.
The Aquarius planets are modified by a square to Neptune, and in this dynamic we can see their interest in restoring traditional Christian values. Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846 while it was conjunct Saturn at 25º Aquarius. This historic 1840s era was marked by the establishment of America's major homegrown religions, including Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Latter Day Saints (Mormons).
The Palin-Beck Phenomenon
NewsScope, August 30, 2010; Astro-twins Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck led a "non-political" rally in Washington D.C. last Saturday, urging the overwhelmingly white crowd to restore the nation's honor and traditional values. The event was staged at the same location (at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial) as Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, and exactly 47 years after the date – a coincidence that has led to much controversy.
Glenn Beck (February 10, 1964) and Sarah Palin (February 11, 1964) were both born with a Sun-Mars-Saturn triple conjunction in Aquarius, a combative combination prone to dealing with abstractions and ideals. Their ultra-conservative,
From these roots, it's evident that the Palin-Beck phenomenon is a manifestation of the Saturn-Neptune cycle and its connection to the U.S. Moon. Neptune in their charts is in Scorpio, the sign associated with regeneration, which in this case, they call religious restoration. Factor in Mars and we have a dynamic duo bent on spiritual warfare. They lead a political movement framed by religious dogma and the idolization of the waning Age of Pisces.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
When the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on September 20, Bristol Palin will take the floor with two-time winner Mark Ballas. Although she's only 19, Bristol had already ruffled the national media by being Sarah Palin's pregnant and unmarried daughter. Like many y-
geners, after an unsuccessful attempt to live on her own, Bristol has moved back in with her parents.
Bristol Palin was born during the New Moon in Libra (October 18, 1990; Wasilla, Alaska; time unknown), with a Mercury-Venus conjunction adding to her Libran charm and social awareness. Mars in Gemini trines her Venus, giving her plenty of sex appeal and adding to her popularity. Generally, Venus and Mars in harmony promise a keen sense of rhythm – an essential ingredient for ballroom dancing.
However, in Bristol's case, her Venus also squares Saturn, which can have a stifling influence on her ability to freely express herself. We can see how a fluid Mars and challenging Saturn have shaped her life so far. She began her sexual experiences at an early age, got pregnant, and has felt the consequences ever since. Venus conjunct vocal Mercury has led to her professional stint as a spokesperson advocating abstinence.
Mark Ballas (May 24, 1986; Houston, TX; time unknown) has natal planets that push her buttons. His Sun and Chiron in Gemini resonate with her Mars, so that he will energize her passions and competitive spirit. His Mars is conjunct her Saturn and exactly square her Venus, indicating that he will encourage her to release her feminine inhibitions, which she'll need to do if she wants to advance through the rounds. Watch for some strong undercurrents between these two that continue well into after hours.
Sarah Palin Launches
her 2012 Campaign
NewsScope; November 23, 2009; Last Wednesday Sarah Palin launched her "Going Rogue" book tour, which looked more like a 2012 run for the presidency. The tour bus, the buttons for sale, and the thousands of fans lining up all had the feeling of a political campaign, though Palin has not said whether or not she will run, only that she's keeping her options open.
Astrologically, the surge in conservative politics on the national radar screen arrives just as Saturn and Pluto are squaring each other. This belt-tightening, restrictive Saturn-Pluto vibration was also in play when the GOP took two key governorships earlier in the month. While Palin sucked up all the political oxygen, the Republican governors were meeting quietly in Texas to plot strategy for the mid-term elections next November.
challenging aspects to her progressed Mars. Such stressful planetary situations will sustain her role as a polarizing figure.
In May 2010, transiting Jupiter and Uranus will leave Pisces and enter Aries, at which time they will also be conjunct Palin's progressed Mars and natal Venus. So here we have a grand alignment on Palin's natal Venus: her progressed Mars, plus transiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. The outer planet transits unfold in 2010 and 2011, but the progressed Mars to her Venus remains a factor into 2012. So over the next three years she will likely remain a colorful, polarizing figure and frequently in the headlines.
As described last July 6, Palin's progressed Mars is about to enter Aries and conjoin her Venus – a powerfully dynamic combination that should bring her tremendous popularity and success. However, while she's capitalizing on the conservative Saturn-Pluto square to launch her tour, Saturn and Pluto are and will be forming
On this page...
The Rising Rant Sept. 21, 2009 - The current cover story in Time magazine features controversial political commentator Glenn Beck, a "mad man" with a gift for exploiting fear and paranoia. The Palin-Beck Phenomenon August 30, 2010 - Astro-twins Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck led a "non-political" rally in Washington D.C. last Saturday, urging the overwhelmingly white crowd to restore the nation's honor and traditional values. David Koch's Tea Party Sept. 6, 2010 - If you're like billionaires David and Charles Koch, you believe that politicians are merely actors playing out scripts. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas on DWTS Sept. 6, 2010 - When the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on September 20, Bristol Palin will take the floor with two-time winner Mark Ballas.
Reader response on rectified birth time: I think Sarah Palin is a Gemini rising. I've rectified her chart to about 11am, give or take. It puts Capricorn on the 9th, which supports her religious affiliation. And of course it puts her Sun in the 10th, which thrusts her into the public eye. Saturn in general represents government, so putting that in the 10th works too. Moon Merc conjunction could be in the 9th, or on the MC.
Reader response regarding Sarah and Sedna: " Did you know that once Sarah had broken several fingers on her hands, as in the Sedna myth? Its told on pp. 37-38 of Kaylene Johnson's biography "Sarah" (c. 2008 Epicenter Press, Kenmore WA)... "As the boats made contact, Sarah's hand was smashed against the railing. She broke several fingers. Todd skiffed Sarah to shore, went back out fishing, and returned to pick her up the next day. Even with a bandaged hand she climbed back on board to help. 'I couldn't disappoint him,' Sarah said. 'No matter how cold or nauseous, you just didn't complain.'
"Watch for Palin's desperation in holding on... the Republicans cast her off after McCain, have been having a hard time getting her to 'let go'. She was their darling daughter but now with the Raven screaming down on them they just might like to beat her little fingers off the boat.....? Anyway, you might be able to tell that I am counting on the myth having some teeth, here."
for more on Sedna the Sea Goddess,
Tea Party group gets $1 million anonymous donation
from USA Today, September 21, 2010
A donor who does not want to be named has written a $1 million check to Tea Party Patriots, and the organization's national coordinators intend to push the funds out into the field by the beginning of next month -- in time to help with get-out-the-vote efforts for the Nov. 2 election.
In a Q&A with reporters at the National Press Club, Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots dropped a few hints about their benefactor: "He" is a businessman and entrepreneur, they said. Asked if he had given to other political causes, Meckler said he didn't know.
The anonymous nature of the donation was Topic A at the press conference where Meckler and Martin announced the grant. Organized as a "social welfare" group under section 501(c)4 of the tax code, the Tea Party Patriots is not regulated by federal campaign finance laws and is not required to make its funding sources public.