Breaking News: New 11 a.m. Birth Time for John McCain

UPDATE: This May 11, 2008 post is getting a lot of Web traffic, but this isn’t the most up-to-date birth time for John McCain, nor is it my most recent post on the subject. Please see “John McCain Born at 6:25 p.m.: It’s Official,” for the latest news.

Happy Mother’s Day. I’m in New Mexico visiting my Mom. A friend just sent me a link to a John McCain TV commercial featuring the GOP candidate and his Mom that is pegged to Mother’s Day. In the commercial, McCain jokes that he was born during “happy hour.” This is pretty funny when you consider his wife Cindy inherited a Budweiser wholesaler and distributor. His Mom corrects him and says that he was actually born around 11 a.m.

Here’s the link to the commercial.

This is breaking news, because AstroDataBank and other reputable data sources have McCain’s birth time as 9 a.m. on Aug. 29, 1936 in Cocosolo, Panama. AstroDataBank says that time came from McCain’s Mom after she was telephoned by his staffers. Since McCain’s father was in the Navy (he was an Admiral, as was McCain’s grandfather) and he was born overseas, there is an official record with a time of birth somewhere. 

Here’s the AstroDataBank chart, and here’s the chart with the 11 a.m. time, courtesy of Astrodienst.

At first glance, I like the 11 a.m. time because it produces a Scorpio rising that is almost exactly sextile McCain’s Neptune in Virgo.

If you click on the campaign commercial, you’ll hear McCain’s Mom reminiscing about the 27 gift bottles of Scotch (Neptune) that were lined up on a table at “the [Officers’] Club” to greet the arrival of John McCain. Also, McCain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and became a Navy officer, which fits in with a Neptune aspect to the Ascendant. Of course,  this is also represented by the broad Neptune/Sun conjunction in the natal chart.

Neptune is also square Jupiter in Sagittarius, which could represent financial fiascoes, and McCain’s involvement with the savings and loan meltdown in the 1980s. The Arizona senator was one of the “Keating Five,” a group of legislators accused of improperly aiding Charles Keating, chairman of the failed Lincoln Savings and Loan Assn.

The new chart puts fiery, fun-loving Mars in Leo at the Midheaven. This Mars is square Uranus in Taurus, which is why McCain is known for his angry outbursts, including allegedly calling wife Cindy the “c” word in public.

Why is he getting a free ride from the media? Progressed Jupiter in Sag is moving in tandem with progressed North Node, and progressed Venus is not far behind. Basically, the guy can do no wrong right now.

The new data also puts McCain’s progressed Sun very close to the Ascendant. I’m not making any predictions here but the new chart indicates that in about six months, McCain will be more visible to the public. Here’s McCain’s new chart, with transits on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009, from Astrodienst.

Transiting Pluto in Capricorn (power, the Establishment) is on his North Node (the public) in the second house of resources that day. It looks to me as if McCain is connecting with a major source of wealth. He could be named CEO of a major entity around that time. We’ll see if it’s USA Corp.

There are some not so favorable transits happening to McCain on Inauguration Day so I’m not ready to call this a done deal by any means. The Saturn/Uranus opposition in Pisces/Virgo is sitting right on top of McCain’s natal Venus/Saturn opposition in the fifth and 10th houses.  If it’s not heart trouble, it’s girl trouble. Maybe both. Still, if McCain fails to win the presidency, he’ll be able to console himself with the wealth and power coming his way.

In the meantime, we all owe Regina at Gastriques a big thank you for ferreting out McCain’s new birth time!

Mars in Cancer: Say Bye-Bye!

I have a feeling I’m not the only one counting the hours until Mars moves into fun-loving Leo. It happens at 4:20 p.m. EDT tomorrow, May 9. We’ve been dealing with Mars in Cancer, with the exception of a month-long retrograde back into Gemini during the month of January, since Sept. 29, 2007. Enough already!

Mars is the planet of energy. In my humble opinion, it gets bogged down in family disputes when it travels through Cancer. We can’t help ourselves. We turn into screaming infants. We want our Mommy!

This infantile vibe has been amplified by the recent opposition of Jupiter in Capricorn to Mars in Cancer.

One good thing about Mars in Cancer is that it’s a good time to remodel your home or make a big move that entails sorting through all the junk you’ve accumulated over the years. Since Cancer is a water sign, any renovations that involve water — kitchen, bathroom, swimming pool — are favored.

So now that you’ve got the new pool in, have a picnic or barbecue for Mother’s Day. Mars in Leo is a fire sign, so dust off the Weber grill! Mars in Leo is going to start out squaring the Taurus Sun and move to an opposition with Neptune on June 21. But until the red planet leaves Leo on July 1, I’ve got one word for you: Party! (Please pronounce par-tay!).