How can anybody not like the Dalai Lama? He’s a man for all seasons. He can even talk to George W. Bush, which isn’t easy to do since many of the words that Dubya uses aren’t in the dictionary. Perhaps because they are fellow Cancers, His Holiness and Bush are able to commune with each other without many words being exchanged. In the spirit of disclosure, I want to say it’s impossible for me to be objective about the Dalai Lama since his North Node is conjunct my Sun. I feel better just looking at that beatific smile on his Web site: http://www.dalailama.com.
According to our friends at AstroDataBank, the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama was born July 6, 1935 at 4:38 a.m. in Takster, Tibet. You can see the chart here: http://www.astrodatabank.com/NM/DalaiLama.htm.
Looking at the chart, it’s easy to see why the Dalai Lama is much beloved in the U.S.: His Cancer Sun is nearly exactly conjunct the U.S. Sun and in the same sign as our Cancer stellium of Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury. We love him so much that on Oct. 17, 2007, he was given the Congressional Medal of Owner and granted GWB an audience (not the other way around, the way it was reported!), much to the annoyance of the Chinese government.
Now, the Chinese are complaining about the Dalai Lama again, blaming violent protests in Tibet on the “Dalai clique.” This charge sounds ridiculous when you consider that His Holiness is one the great leaders of the nonviolence movement. (I wish I was more knowledgeable about his life, but if he ever carried a gun in his youth, I forgive him.) The remainder of the year promises to keep the Dalai Lama in the spotlight and even expose him to danger as Uranus hangs around his Midheaven, where it is opposed by Mars near the time of the Beijing Summer Olympics, which begin Aug. 8.
With a tight opposition of Moon in Virgo and Saturn in Pisces, the Dalai’s natal chart indicates separation from his homeland and family. (He left his home after the Tibetan separatist movement was quashed in 1959 and established a new headquarters in Dharamsala, India when Saturn was in Capricorn, opposing his natal Sun and Ascendant.)
As Saturn comes to conjunct his Virgo Moon the week of Aug. 12, I wonder if he won’t have to move his base of operations again, from Dharamsala, under pressure from the Indian government if the Chinese start rattling their sabers near the border. Who knows? Maybe all hell will break loose in China and the Dalai Lama will return to Tibet as transiting Saturn conjuncts his Moon. Still, I suspect that whatever comes to pass is going to leave him feeling depressed (Saturn) about his homeland (Moon).
Despite the erratic, upsetting nature of the Mars/Uranus opposition in Virgo/Pisces and followed by the Saturn/Uranus opposition in the same set of signs very close to his MC/IC, I believe His Holiness will be protected by Jupiter moving through Capricorn. This guarantees him the respect and support of many political and religious leaders around the world, not the least from his buddy and fellow Cancer GWB. I’m a mundane astrologer, not a psychic, so I don’t know what the future holds for the Dalai Lama, but I can tell you that this year promises to be a very exciting one for him. I pray that his entourage is vigilant in protecting their leader, who has done so much to advance the cause of Buddhism and peace in the West.