As astrologers, we know that we’ll be hearing from folks from our past under a Mercury retrograde. That also applies to public figures that we don’t know personally, who can make a comeback under Merc retro.
To wit: Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York state, is featured a Q&A in the Sept. 25 week’s edition of Time Out New York. Spitzer is one of the magazine’s “New York 40.”
This makes sense as Spitzer is a Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury. The chart comes from The Reluctant Astrologer, which like Astrology Mundo uses the Regulus template designed by Ben Millbanks at Binary Moon. (Thanks again, Ben!) Check out Reluctant’s post on Spitzer.
Spitzer, as you may recall, made a lot of enemies on Wall Street by cracking down on financial shenanigans before being elected governor of New York in what seemed to be a unanimous vote. That’s how admired the guy was by the public.
Then, in March, right before I started Astrology Mundo, Spitzer was caught up in a call girl scandal and resigned to focus on his heartbroken family and so that the wheels of government could start turning again.
The specter of “Mr. Clean” being undone by a femme fatale brought operations in Albany, New York’s capital, to a complete halt as politicos and civil servants stopped working to speculate on Spitzer’s future and to indulge in a little schadenfreude, the great German word that means happiness over someone else’s misfortune. Spitzer was succeeded by his lieutenant, David Paterson, an African-American who is legally blind.
I’m not saying Spitzer’s poised for a comeback, but in the midst of the financial meltdown, I’ve seen some references in blogs to “Eliot Spitzer, where are you when we need you?”
I’m not going to defend Spitzer’s stupidity or hubris, but I do think he may ultimately rehabilitate himself. Based on astrology, he still faces some upheaval. The Uranus/Saturn opposition of Election Day squares his Gemini Sun, a formula that Reinhold Ebertin, in The Combination of Stellar Influences, says can result in “physical exposure to severe tests of strength, the power of resistance, and separation.”
I created a new category for Spitzer: “Fallen Heroes.”