I had not intended to write about the presidential candidates at this juncture, but today’s Wall Street Journal article about the stylistic differences between GOP candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney was just too astrologically juicy to pass up!
The differences between the two candidates start with who they are (Sun) and how they communicate (Mercury). Huckabee has these two planets in Virgo, the sign of work and service. Second to his constant use of religion, Huckabee likes to remind people of his humble background and that “I represent a lot of folks like you who understand that the American dream is about knowing that you can start at the bottom but you don’t have to stay there.” Virgo also rules health and dietary matters. As the Journal points out, physically Huckabee is most known for losing 110 pounds.
By contrast, the Journal’s physical description of Gemini ascendant* Mitt Romney reads like an astrological textbook: “The candidate wears some shade of navy blue every day, a complement to his tanned skin. He is tall and thin, his salt-and-pepper hair gelled perfectly into place.” Romney’s Sun, Mercury, and Mars (energy) are in Pisces, Virgo’s opposite sign. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion . Last Sunday the Concord Monitor referred to Romney as “a phony.”
Looking at his horoscope, businessman and Governor Romney is an accurate reflection of the real Romney – a fiscal conservative social moderate. Republican candidate Romney is a reflection of overworking his Gemini ascendant. Gemini is a dualistic mutable sign. This means exactly what it says: Romney has twin personalities that can mutate into what he thinks people want to see. As Gemini rising, Mercury is his chart ruler. Romney was born with Mercury retrograde** in Pisces. He is really a deep thinker, but with Mercury aligned with Mars he probably feels he must take action many times before he is ready. Neptune rules his Pisces planets. With Neptune in Libra, he desires to “people please”- depending on too many people for advice instead of allowing his strong intuitive faculties to express themselves.
What I find so ironic about the two candidates is that on faith and family values, Romney walks the walk while Huckabee preaches. Romney’s Sun (self–identity) harmonizes with his Moon (family) and Jupiter (religion) in Scorpio. He really believes that religion is lived by the family. Romney’s Moon and Jupiter are in his sixth house which rules health matters. Besides personally enjoying good health, it reflects how he used his strong business skills to enact healthcare in Massachusetts. Disavowing his healthcare plan to please the party base has been a major mistake. Another mistake he’s making is not having his wife more prominent in the campaign. His chart shows Ann is a big part of who he is and a testament to his success.
The rapid rise of Mike Huckabee in the polls is attributed to the alignment of Jupiter (luck and expansion) and Pluto (power), harmonizing Huckabee’s lineup of Pluto, Mars, and Venus in Leo. Jupiter/Pluto in Sagittarius rules religion. When Jupiter entered Capricorn last week, it harmonized with his Sun. (I do not have Huckabee’s birth time, so I can only comment on planetary relationships.) Huckabee appears to be drawn to religion as a form of entertainment and career path to politics rather than living deeply held beliefs. His Leo lineup conjunct his Sun shows he probably really wanted to be a rock ‘n roll star. (He plays bass guitar in a Christian rock band called Capital Offense.) His Jupiter in Leo lets the world know how religious he is and that he likes the ceremonial and social aspects of religion best. Jupiter in Leo challenges his Saturn in Scorpio, reflecting questionable ethical practices in business, politics and religion that he would rather keep secret. (Examples: Attempting to take $70,000 in furnishings donated to the Arkansas governor’s mansion; accepting and not disclosing gifts.)
Huckabee will probably emerge as the GOP winner of the Iowa caucus next week providing that he keeps his mouth shut the day before and the day of the caucus. Romney will probably do better than the pundits think.
* The ascendant (also called the rising sign) is the zodiac sign rising on the eastern horizon at birth. (This is the sign on the first house of the horoscope, a 360 degree wheel mathematically divided into twelve house representing different areas of life.) The ascendant represents the outer appearance one projects to the world, which may or may not reflect the real you. The ascendant usually describes a person’s physical appearance and body type.
** Planets do not really move backward but appear to from Earth’s vantage point.
Wall Street Journal: “Same Party, Different Style”
Concord Monitor: “Romney should not be the next president”
The Guardian: “The Arkansas businessman who bought Governor Huckabee flowers and suits”
Mike Huckabee: August 24, 1955 time unknown Hope, AR
Mitt Romney: March 12, 1947 9:51 AM Detroit, MI