Remembering Bobby Kennedy, 40 Years Later

Last night, I started doing research for a post on the 40th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s death, which is today.

I read a moving piece in the New York Daily News by his daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and then I started reading the comments. I turned off my computer when I got to this one, posted by arizonarick:

“kennedy townsend didn’t really know her father the way other people knew him. did she realize, for example, that robert kennedy was sharing marilyn monroe’s bed, along with his brother john f. kennedy? did she realize her father had a reputation as a vicious man with an ambition that soared even beyond john f. kennedy? and did she realize that his ambition may have cost him his life after he made his unrelenting attacks on the teamster’s union, jimmy hoffa and other union leaders in an attempt to gain publicity for his role as a law and order attorney general? and did she realize that robert kennedy’s efforts may have been the catalyst that got JFK killed in dallas on that fateful day in 1963? obviously not from the tone of this article…but then again it is a daughter talking about a father she obviously loved and didn’t really understand.”

It’s probably a mistake to dignify this man’s views by reprinting them here, but I decided to address his opinions directly, to bring the dark into the light the way RFK did. Arizonarick’s post is a reminder of how facts can be twisted. In my opinion, it also reflects the benighted attitude that many Americans have about morality.

As I was falling asleep last night, I started thinking to myself, “Well, what if some of these accusations are true? Do they wipe out all the good that Bobby Kennedy tried to accomplish in his life? What about bringing to light the injustice in this country, and visiting areas that had been long ignored by politicians and the government, namely the mining areas of Appalachia?”

I was wondering if arizonarick would still think Mother Teresa was a saint if he had heard that she pocketed some change that had been given to her order. Obviously, she would never have done something like that. Still, I wonder why people are so willing to throw the baby out with the bath water, to focus on a person’s flaws and totally write off the good in his character.

I’m way out of my depth here. This is an arena for theologians, philosophers, and ethicists, not armchair astrologers. 

Suffice it to say that Bobby Kennedy was a Scorpio, which rules everything that is hidden, including natural resources. So it’s fascinating that he showed solidarity with the miners who help extract coal from the earth. (In the spirit of disclosure, I am the granddaughter of a Pennsylvania coal miner, so clearly his efforts in this area resonate with me.)

Scorpio and its planetary ruler Pluto also govern the realm of hidden power. Certainly, the mob and labor had a lot of that in the 1960s. These two groups attracted RFK’s attention when he served as U.S. Attorney General and later when he presented New York State in the Senate.

Arizonarick may indeed be right. Bobbby’s efforts to fight organized crime may well have cost him and his brother, President John F. Kennedy, their lives. Maybe one day we’ll learn what really happened.

As a Scorpio, RFK was destined to explore the depths of human experience. That tendency could have extended to his personal life. Sexuality is another area ruled by Scorpio that is mostly kept hidden from public view, except when it’s being used to manipulate consumers and sell cars, alcohol, cigarettes, toothpaste, you name it.

I think we astrologers are lucky to have such a wonderful tool for understanding all the different sides of a person. Here’s Bobby’s chart, courtesy of StarIQ:

I’ll muse on the chart later. In the meantime, here is a link to a wonderful photo essay from a new book, A Time It Was: Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties, a collaboration of writer Pete Hamill and photographer Bill Eppridge that has been released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of RFK’s death.

If you have time, study the expressions on the faces of the people who surround RFK: