Aug. 29 was John McCain’s 72nd birthday and it was also the day he revealed his vice-presidential choice to the world. As anyone who reads this blog knows, I wasn’t surprised by McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin.
We’re moving to a Saturn/Uranus opposition that is exact on Election Day. Democratic candidate Barack Obama signifies Uranus to me because of his skin color and his sudden success. To balance his ticket, he picked Saturnian Senator Joe Biden, who brings lots of Washington connections and experience to the ticket.
McCain personifies Saturn because of his age and his conservatism. It seemed natural that he was going to pick a surprising (Uranus) running mate — either a woman or Democrat-turned Independent Joe Lieberman. In addition to Palin, I had speculated that Maine Senator Olympia Snowe was a possibility for astrological reasons.
Now that McCain has made his choice, everyone wants to know more about Palin, the Alaska governor who was born Feb. 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho. As expected, Jude’s Threshold came out of the gate quickly with her post on Palin.
You can read Jude’s post here.
As Jude and her commenters point out, the stellium of Neptune, North Node, and Chiron in Aquarius has been transiting Palin’s Sun/Mars/Saturn stellium in Aquarius. This can undermine her professional status, according to Reinhold Ebertin’s The Combination of Stellar Influences, but it also can signify weakness and involvement with health care.
Palin gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome, Trig Paxson, in April, and is unabashedly pro-life. Abortion wasn’t an option for her when she learned during her pregnancy that her son would have special needs.
Palin’s husband is a former employee of oil company BP but now works as a commercial fisherman (Neptune). According to Wiki, she has been a strong proponent of energy (Neptune) development in Alaska but also has helped pass new taxes on oil company profits.
Palin’s Sun/Mars/Saturn stellium in Aquarius touches the U.S. Moon, though how tight the connection is depends on which U.S. chart you use. She could get the people (Moon) “fired up,” but she could also anger (Mars) them, especially if she becomes an authority figure (Saturn) for them.
The choices that Palin has made in her life — competing in a beauty pageants (she was runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest), hunting game, and joining the National Rifle Association — promise to spark (Mars) controversy about the role of women (U.S. Moon) in our society and shine light on our stereotypes, both liberal and conservative.
Palin’s Sun/Mars/Saturn equals the U.S. Moon came into play on Sept. 1 when the McCain campaign announced that the vice-presidential nominee’s 17-year-old daughter, Bristol Palin, is pregnant. She plans to keep her child and eventually marry the father.
This turn of events continues the theme highlighted in the U.S. Summer Solstice chart: concern about teenage pregnancy. It echoes some of the brouhaha about the spate of pregnancies at Gloucester (Mass.) High School that made national headlines shortly after the Solstice.
I’ve blogged about why pregnancy is such a hot-button issue in this country. You’ll find my musings here.
McCain has made a brilliant choice with Palin. Her conservative values appeal to the Christian right, but her independent spirit and working mom ethos can help McCain pick up some Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton who can’t get themselves to vote for Obama.
The downside? Palin’s relative youth and vitality make McCain appear old by contrast. At his press conference to announce Palin, his face appeared miraculously free of wrinkles for a man of his age, but strangely immobile, perhaps because of recent Botox treatments.
Palin’s relative lack of experience drew criticism from those concerned that she doesn’t have the credentials to become President should McCain die in office.
It’s going to be an interesting election. If you divide the country along the Mississippi River, the Obama-Biden ticket represents the Eastern half of the U.S., while the McCain-Palin duo comes from the Western part.
Historically, the tensions in this country have been between North and South. Perhaps we are moving into a period where the schism is between East and West.
The late Tim Russert gets credit for coining the term Red States/Blue States to describe the divide between Republicans and Democrats. According to the Wiki, most of the Red States carried by Republicans in the last few elections are in the West, but there are many in the South.
Thanks for weighing in for us pol porn addicts. I’m half-ready to bet she never makes it onto the ballot. It’s as if the old guy married a young woman after the second date. Cynic that I am, I suspect there is a lot he doesn’t know about his stunningly pandering choice. A lot. The surprises would be just deserts for a guy who thinks a beauty contest runner-up is a HIllary equivalent. It’s like craving steak and being served a Whopper. (Or something. I’m too annoyed to make good food analogies.)
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I’d have to agree with gastropoda. I don’t think Palin is a good choice, and I’m completely baffled by why McCain picked her.
But apparently, astrology is reason enough.
Sarah Palin is a younger version of Ronald Reagan, also an Aquarian. Their views are remarkably similar.
She’s a corruption buster, not afraid to take on members of her own party (a maverick!), and very knowledgable about the executive branch of government (i.e. Governor, as opposed to being a legislator, like Obama and Biden.)
If both men and women, of all races give her a chance and hear her out, you’ll see she’s the best of either ticket.
I’ve heard her birthtime is around 11am DST, but I have not confirmation. I couldn’t comment any further until we know for sure. I’m anxious to compare her chart with Reagan’s, though.
I recently divined Mr. McCain’s chart at http://measuringhistory.com/blog/2008/08/27/presidential-election-mccain-saturn-uranus/. I concluded that the same Saturn-Uranus opposition of the 60s, repeated now through next year, pressured Mr. McCain to reform. He may have attempted to do so by picking Ms. Palin, but it seems that the opposition passing over his natal Saturn-Neptune opposition may have left if him open to the illusions of his running-mate to be.
Certainly, the Saturn-Neptune connection calls for humility that Mr. McCain seems to lack. Perhaps it will be forced upon by this questionable choice.
With McCain’s solar return affecting this, I see that he and his minions will be terribly dissappointed, since the return awards the person IF he has used his powers wisely – which he has not done whatsoever ! We have neglected things like his involvment in the Keating 5 for instance, it shows he will not be getting any rewards in this particular return~
Actually his choice of Palin shows he chose someone that wants to reverse the FEW progresses we have fought hard for ~ He has chosen someone LESS progressive than himself – a true OPPRESSOR !