Hey all,

I hope everyone had as nice of a holiday break as possible! Unless, of course, you’re from outside of the U.S. and are like “Oh yeah, the States have that Thanksgiving thing…”

Anyhow, I am going to get back to Bush, but I wanted to go off track for a moment on the matter of “behavioral gaps” brought up in a recent comment.

There are few ways a person deviates from the natal chart. The most common is probably free will, typically strongest in the Fire Element due to its independent nature. And it would be pretty much impossible to find a chart with no Fire perspective whatsoever (or a lack of any other Element), due to the way the Houses spread out. But in drawing a line between a person’s natal chart and their behavior, you create a kind of relationship, which any Fire influence may consider breaking (if for no other reason than to assert independence).

To look at it another way, if I analyzed a chart and it revealed a very vain and narcissistic person, I could presume that person would not walk by a mirror without looking in to check their appearance. However, if I told them they could not (whether I mentioned astrology or not), then by an act of free will they could force themselves to bypass a mirror without looking into it. Simply knowing allows deviation due to free will. On the other hand, it is likely that once the moment of rebellion had passed, that person would continue as they always had, ensuring their appearance was as perfect as possible.

Additionally, there are some charts where behavior is hard to pin down because unpredictable behavior is the norm. Water and Fire tend towards this more than the other two Elements, and Cardinal and Mutable Modes more than Fixed. Nevertheless, even for the most erratic person could say the behavior was “predictably changeable.” Orwellian, but true.

Another source of behavioral gaps is astrology’s due to astrology’s lack of mathematical finesse. I’m setting the bar pretty high here, and other astrologers would probably not like me saying astrology lacked capability because astrology can and does give out startlingly accurate information. Nevertheless, I consider it a far cry from being refined.

Warning: Here comes the math (but not too much).

Astrology uses the planets, as well as the Sun and Moon, to map a person’s universal location. I don’t know if these things have any direct influence over psychology as such, but celestial bodies do serve as excellent points of reference. And all of these points of reference are on a revolution. That means at any given point in time they are beating a circular path around any given spot on Earth (say, where someone was born).

That path is a 360 degree circle, divided into 12 signs by astrology. But one sign doesn’t just suddenly end as another begins. Pisces doesn’t just hit a point and – whoops! – now it’s Aries. The change is a gradual transformation, as a given planet slides through Pisces it drops Aquarius traits and acquires more Aries traits, even though it is neither one (or perhaps like yellow and blue, it is a shade of green). So simply stating Pisces has a specific behavior…well, that behavior is somewhat different at the beginning, middle, and end.

That is why I use 360 degrees for a smaller measure. But even so, degrees are the smallest astrological measure I know of that can reliably define personality. What about the parts of degrees: the so-called minutes, seconds, or even parts of seconds? The planets and such aren’t just warping from degree to degree as they move around us. Math tells us that between any two points on a line there are an infinite number of points. That means Pisces at a degree of three is different from Pisces at a degree of three-and-a-half, and also different from Pisces at a degree of 3.000001. That difference must include behavior.

Am I too picky? When it is that small, does it make much of a difference? Maybe, maybe not. But there is room for behavioral gaps there.


Don Quixote For President!

I said in my last post that standard schooling can be cruel to people who have their Mercury sign in Leo. This is reflected in Bush’s own admissions that he wasn’t that great of a student, and had I examined his chart before hearing that it would have been no surprise to me. Understanding how the Mercury aspect works and understanding the Leo sign clarifies his educational difficulties, especially when viewed in relation to other aspects of his chart.

First off: the Leo Mercury alone. When it came to schooling, if Bush was not pursuing a self-determined direction (something most schools ultimately allow very little of), relating to what was being taught would be more difficult, even to the point of mental rebellion. “Sit here and learn this stuff” would not have made alot of headway unless it catered to his mind in an egocentric way. Though years away from school, this trait also applies to the on-the-job training of the Presidency.

“I don’t want to learn this. I don’t care about this. I’m going to think about something that interests me.”

Of course, people don’t really think much about what they are going to think of next, or think about how they are thinking (although, those with considerable Mutable and Air influences sometimes do). But the Leo approach sees The Self as the subject that all other things relate to, and therefore “I” and “me” are of paramount importance because that is seen as the constant variable. While it may seem hard to be anything but subjective when it comes to the thoughts in your head, there are people who trend away from subjective self-identity (one example of this could be a person who refers to him- or herself in third person). Also, not everyone self-identifies “I” in their minds very often, because there is no natural need. Yet in all probability Bush often does. This is exacerbated by his Mercury being placed in the First House, the House of self-identity, but I’ll get more into First House influences much later.

On Fixed matters, simplicity and efficiency rule, because those are stabilizing forces. Bush simplifies things in his head, which makes matters easier to deal with cognitively. This does not necessarily make him simple-minded (meaning unintelligent), although it is easy to perceive it in that way…and that perception is enjoyed by about half the nation. But I am defending Leo Mercury here more than Bush; just because there is a way to use his brain effectively does not mean he does…or ever had to.

Fixed also implies the ability to think in terms of units and teams, but the egocentric nature of thinking makes it not “I am just part of this team” but more like “I have strengths that make me a special part of the team.” Leo being Fixed, however, tends to think of others in a team as being important, too, because they also have unique contributions (Leo may be self-oriented, but it also sees reasons for other people to be egocentric as well, because of their individual strengths).

Tying that in with an ability to mentally relate to change and chaos and power (Fire orientation) makes certain team/chaos or team/power affairs simpler for him to work with. One example of this is team sports, which is very energetic and constantly in flux, yet also team-oriented and structured. War is like that, too. But Bush has a history of involvement in sports, including one of his attempts at being a businessman. Also, the constantly changing environment of the White House is something that he probably reacts well to because he has his Cabinet as a team. Again, though, he mentally identifies himself as possessing a unique central power, with everyone else in the team doing the things they do. That is front and center in his mental approach, and leads to his mentality of zero personal blame unless he was specifically responsible (it was someone else in the structure not doing things the right way).

Thinking in terms of change and power leads to thinking about how his power can cause change. He doesn’t consider outside influences as a part of him, but still thinks in terms of affecting those influences personally. He does not need to understand things as they are because if he plans to change them then there’s little point in spending a lot of time figuring it all out. After all, whatever it is, it is about to cease existing in the same way. And if you measured intelligence by the ability to cause change and create chaos, Bush would be considered brilliant. His mind knows that capability very well, for throughout his life he has mentally connected to and learned from exactly that kind of influence, however it appeared in his environment. Then again, once things start to settle, he loses interest.

Now, other planets, and especially his Libran Moon, do influence this to the contrary. His Moon sign in particular creates an emotional connection between himself and other parties. That can return him to needing to pursue a self-determined direction of thought, because his Libran Moon prompts him to work with others, creating a personal reason to mentally pursue something. As an example, he likely got through school with the aid of someone else (probably his mother). By having someone else there providing emotional support and impetus, he became more self-interested about the part he plays, which in turn aids his thinking process.

Bush’s Cancer Sun, on the other hand, would invoke a tendency to wander into daydreaming because it is a more interesting and subjective mental zone. If the subject of his attention was exciting and energetic there would be a better chance of absorption, but if it was too detailed and had little room for interpretation or multiple meanings, he would not relate to it as well. After all, if it is what it is, then why think about it if you can’t change it?

This plays well into the specific degree of Bush’s Leo Mercury (late in Leo’s 9th degree). That degree emphasizes mental meanderings that center on constant personal exploits, not unlike a mental Don Quixote ranging far and wide in pursuit of another conquest. With a Cancer sun, that increases the likelihood that such pursuits would be imaginative and faith-based rather than set within reality.

That he would bear incorrect assumptions about a war with Iraq, and rely upon fanciful reasons for waging that war, is no longer surprising to me.


Is Our Children Learning?

It has been very easy to make fun of Bush’s mental acuity. But I’ll get to that later.

Intellect is a funny thing. There are as many ways to describe intelligence, because it comes in so many forms. In natal astrology, the voice-in-your-head thinking process is denoted by Mercury. It illustrates the way a person relates to their environment through mental activity. The root of it is simply this: you are not anything in your environment, but your thoughts are your way of relating yourself to what is not you.

Learning, by extension, is Mercury-based, taking into account that we continually build mental relationships between what we already know and anything new that we experience. The planet’s influence is not limited to learning, though, because it is more a measure of how a person thinks. In that respect, it could govern something like “how to travel from Point A to Point B,” a task that can often be done by any number of methods, but involves some bit of thinking.

Because active mentality has so much to do with coordinating relationships in the mind, Air sign qualities are naturally capable in this regard. Logic in particular involves relating one concept to the next, and Air signs are heavyweights when it comes to logic. In terms of “classical” intelligence, the kind measured by intelligence quotients instead of artistic genius or cunning or experience, Air signs tend to do better. Nevertheless, there are many ways to be brilliant.

Earth also tends to do well with schooling also because our school systems rely a great deal on defining the world and refining thought in specific and practical ways. Earth is sympathetic to such means, especially when given tangibles to work with, such as visuals, hard data, and facts. For most courses, this remains the standard method.

Fire and Water signs in Mercury are not so sympathetic to schooling in that regard, but for different reasons. How we use our minds is not always compatible with the way we are taught. For Fire, the mind takes tracks that interest the individual, and so being given learning material does not help them; if they are not interested they will not absorb it well. On the other hand, find a subject that they are excited about and they can be surprisingly adept and passionate thinkers.

Water signs in Mercury, on the other hand, find more interest in what is interpretive instead of concrete. While they may shy away from anything that drowns them in facts and definitions, creative and imagination-based studies such as music, art, or writing tend to capture their attention. Unfortunately, such things are not considered as seriously intellectual as basic reading and math.

Ultimately, though, Mercury learning revolves around teaching the mind by using pathways that fit the Element. If the teaching fits that, then the subject being taught becomes a largely incidental factor. For example, an Earth Mercury could learn music just fine but if they could look at it in a well-defined and tangible way it would be particularly easy.

In terms of Mode (and keep the Elements in mind), Mutable signs tend to find complexities and detail a good thing, and tend to process things swiftly. They also grow bored if they have to wait once they’ve figured it out. But that fades, especially as advanced learning comes along and greater complexity gets involved. Cardinal signs tend to be more interested in the active, larger picture – the goals and the answers – rather than any process by which one gets there. For example, they tend to learn more from competitive behavior and learn better under deadlines and pressure, and succeed more with projects than testing. Fixed signs in Mercury may seem slower to learn than the others, if given time and a reliable method they end up knowing it – and using it – better than most anyone else, having built the relationships solidly and capably. Because of that strength, they have an easier time using the full force of mental potential once they’ve garnered the knowledge. They also do well in structured formats such as teams and learn well in environments where teaching is kept simply efficient.

Bush has a Leo Mercury (Fixed Fire), and standard schooling tends to be somewhat cruel to a Leo Mercury. But I’ll go into that in another post.


My Pet Goat, Squared

A person’s Moon Sign controls emotional reflection. What I mean by that is that anything that happens in a personal way causes an emotional reaction. This reaction could be strong or weak or middling, but as events happen to us, we reflect those events with our emotional response. Violence makes for a strong example here: for some, violence may be cause for fear or shame, for others it can result in anger or even ambition for glory. How (and how much) a person reacts to any given stimuli on an emotional level depends a lot on both the Moon sign and the nature of the stimulant.

Of course, if the Moon reflects events from the outside, it begs the question: Where does it reflect to? The answer is: to the subjective personality, which is most centrally and easily defined by the Sun Sign. Conversely, the subjective personality reflects itself on the world via the Moon sign, creating a personal ambiance and attitude that is not defined by the physical senses so much as it is perceived by feelings and impressions (further defined by one’s own Moon Sign). But this is a very internal process; even the concept of identity is too definable via stereotypes and caricatures to represent the Moon sign.

Bush’s Cancer Sun traits (as well as other internal ones) reflect off a Libran Moon, while outside events strike an emotional chord with him after being perceived through Libra. So the sign of Libra helps show what kind of emotional perceptions he receives, as well as his emotional expressions.

Libra deals with relationships, which leads to both logical thought and personal partnerships. When something profoundly emotional occurs, Bush reacts to it not as though he were alone, but as it relates to another person or a concept (again, this “we are” emotional response served him very well after 9/11, where Bush’s shock and alarm and pain was easily shared with that of the nation). This is the true hope of having him lead a bipartisan future.

It’s not that likely, though. First of all, he probably has enough partnerships among his immediate ideological associates to feel content. Libra is Cardinal, and so having many partners on the same course as he creates an emotional reinforcement for him. The foremost influence is likely to be his wife: his partner in life and emotional bonding.

Also, a desire to relate does not always translate well into an ability to do so. It is in this regard the Libran judgment usually comes in handy, by understanding what is good or bad for a course of a relationship. This means that if he already has the impression of a liberal or Democratic agenda as a flawed idea, then the emotional prod is to reject, not integrate, their preferred course. Disassociation is the more likely result, and when that is impossible, Bush will want to take the “iron fist in a velvet glove” approach, holding tight to his course while trying to calmly justify things to the Left in order to pacify them.

Bush also has a powerful split between a Cardinal Air Moon and Cardinal Water Sun. He has what astrology calls a “square” here, which is an angle that drags the personality in two directions that are incompatible without some kind of compromise. If Cardinal signs are the course setters, then which sign sets the course? Bush feels like he must turn to logic (his Libran Moon), but his strength is in emotion and faith (his Cancer Sun), not logic. If he cannot find a way to combine the two he will find himself discomforted by either approach.

Hence, the infamous My Pet Goat scenario. Bush was told America was under attack and BAM! Emotional reaction. We all had one. It was immediately reflected off Moon signs everywhere. In Bush, he related the event to himself (a HUGE relationship, with him being the President and all), and his Libra Moon would have desired the most logical and flawless course, an emotional insistence that was proportional to the severity of what was happening. But Bush was also alone: no one to ask questions, no partners, with nothing in his personal history that he could relate to on this matter. An emotional response – his Cancerian strength – held too many potential fallacies for his Libran Moon to feel comfortable with, which is an excellent example of a squared angle kind of problem for Cardinal signs. His greatest strength was countered by the fear of using it badly.

That was what was probably happening that day in that classroom. Alone and fearful of doing the wrong thing, the President froze. Simple as that. People have called it his Deer-In-Headlights look, and that is what it was. He was probably frantic to come up with any good course of action, but he needed something that could help him decide what that was in terms of good or bad, and dared not make a move until then. His paralysis was not mental or physical, but emotional.

But a short while later, after having talked to (related to) many people and found a course of action where he could lead people towards the emotions of hope and comfort, his display was nearly flawless. If such a thing were to happen again, he at least has an event in his past to relate it to, and so I doubt the Deer-In-Headlights look is coming back anytime soon.

Again, so much more could be said, but I have a feeling my posts are too long for people as it is. So I’ll leave off with this side note:

The overview method can be helpful for determining the stronger of two or more conscious influences between signs. For example, total Cardinal and Water for Bush’s Cancer Sun Sign, then Cardinal and Air for his Libra Moon sign, and see which is more likely to win in a draw. The closer the totals are to equal, the more equivalent the strength of influence. If one is markedly higher than the other, the higher one has the greater influence.


A Faith-Based President

Those words bring to mind religion, but let’s keep faith and religion apart for a moment, because you do not need the structure of religion to have faith in something. That is important to understand about G.W. Bush, because his Cancer Sun Sign has a great deal to do with faith even without religion.

The Sun Sign can be likened to a source of energy that a person draws from to power everything else. Everything about a person’s psychology runs off of the Sun Sign’s power, no matter how that energy gets changed or used along the way. This, along with the ease of figuring out a Sun Sign, is why it is so often used as the central definition for a person. Without the planets and Houses such a definition is ultimately lacking, but it still retains both its presence and its importance as a capable identifier.

For G.W. Bush, Cancer is close to midway through the sign at 13 degrees (out of 30), and therefore he possesses solid Cancerian traits at his core. Cancer is a Cardinal Water sign, a fact which can be restated in several ways. But this might be the most accurate way to put it: He has a talent for guiding belief. That power is what drives all else that comes out of his personality.

On the Water side, he understands how to deal with (and deal in) feelings, emotions, and beliefs. On this matter, he can “feel things” around him, and is comfortable with matters of faith. This is an empathic man. He also gets the concepts tied to faith and belief, and understands that meaning can be unchecked by the constraints of reality. Imagination – even fantasy – can and does overrun actuality…and if this were not true, no world of the imagination would ever come into being. Consider that the idea of a woman having many rights was “pure fantasy” 100 years ago. The “reality” was clear and constrictive: women had few of the same rights as men. Or consider the phrase: “I have a dream…”

But fantasy and dreaming can also bring self-deceit and manipulations of thought. Too much of a disassociation from reality causes problems, and from the overview of Bush’s chart, this is often true for him. Things that make no practical sense are brought to life in the imagination, even if such things are contradictory. The doublethink and oxymoronic phrases that have been ripe throughout his Presidency are examples of this. Catastrophic success? Orwell was a Cancer too, you know. Even as the two words fuse together with meaning in the mind, to realists a catastrophe and a success remain oppositional thoughts.

But there is also the Cardinal side, which means he sets faith-based courses to be obtained, and everything about the outcome of that course is given magnified importance. It is his preferred method. He gathers the beliefs of those around him and directs those faiths, to wit: tells them what to believe. He tells the country what to believe, what to have faith in. He wants the world to imagine WMDs, for he believes it, and so he speaks and acts to get the world to believe. Even if that takes some deception, it is good so long as it puts your faith in line with his, towards the achievement of his Cardinal purposes. His faiths (and his hallucinations) become infectious, sometimes by any means necessary.

He speaks not just in words and acts, but in emotion, with passion and feeling. Make fun of his articulation if you like. He’s not trying to guide by phraseology, but by manifesting emotion in others. Everyone saw that at its height in the speech right after 9/11. It was not his words. It was how he said them that bought him the loyalty that for many people remains undying. His stature tapped into the emotions of many, and the power of that faith was guided with a single, unspoken command: follow me, for I can make this right again.

I often say that Water signs manipulate, but manipulation is not bad by default. The truth is that Bush guided our faith and was a comforting leader in a time of great despair. He was uniquely well-suited for that very thing. But for almost all that followed, choosing belief over reality led to greater discordance with what was happening. Yet he still believed himself, and he called on others to have faith as well. Surrounded by those who followed him (“we all believed he had WMD”) events ceased to be reality-based and became faith-based. And here we can insert God once more. Ultimately, G.W. Bush believes that his faith is reality, his steps lead to what is fated to be, and when that is defined by his religion: all is as God wills it.

Check that out very carefully, because it is crucial to understanding Bush. The world is what he believes it to be, and he clings to that belief even as he simultaneously pushes for it to happen. It is not unlike the self-fulfilling religious philosophy for monarchs in the Middle Ages: they were kings by God’s grace, for how else could they possibly have become kings?

Emotional obsession can spring from that mentality as well, like those romantic comedies where the hero or heroine pursues the (wrong) girl or guy because he or she believes “it is fate.” And if they succeed, to them it is because It Was Meant To Be, not because of their clinging pursuit of their addiction. In the real world away from the happy endings of a story, this obsessive behavior can cause problem after problem, especially when it gets tied to self-deception.

I could write much more on this, but I’m going to wrap it up now with noting how much Cancers like their privacy. Belief and emotions can make for fragile and sensitive pursuits, so those Cardinal goals are safer when hidden, and under personal control. So few press releases, such secrecy and silence from this White House. Bush wants his methods to remain securely tucked away, carefully and quietly shielded from harm. And so I know this to be true: there are few things on this earth that would rattle the very heart of him as much as having his private world opened up for all to see.


Let's Get Started

Those who have followed politics closely are probably going to be surprised by the lack of surprise here. That’s because you already know a lot of what I plan to illustrate about G.W. Bush in the weeks to come. Sure, there will be some hidden things pulled the forefront, and some expansions on what is already known. But for the most part, I think the shock will come from the fact that you learned what I am going to say long ago, and now get to watch it unfold using techniques that exist apart from perception alone.

Just to be clear, this is all I need:

Date of birth - 7/6/46
Time of birth - 7:26 A.M. (EDT)
Place of birth - New Haven, CT (72 West 55, 41 North 18)

That’s it. Temporal and spatial data as numbers, the only information needed to get a snapshot of the universe that existed when the world population increased by one baby Bush.

I’ve already run his natal chart, and the first thing I am going to do is an overview of his conscious psychology (you can find that method here). The results are as follows:

Fire: 11
Earth: 3
Air: 8
Water: 6
Cardinal: 13
Fixed: 11
Mutable: 4

Forgetting the detail of any planetary or House sign Bush possesses, we can see that Bush leans strongly towards Fire, Cardinal, and Fixed qualities. All three of these have high ratings, and so it can be said that they dominate his way of operating. Generally speaking, he paves the way to change with Cardinal Fire, and makes that change permanent with Fixed Fire. Creates chaos, creates energy, creates power. Possibly good things, though unchecked chaos and energy is usually destructive. Additionally, Fire is individual- and self-oriented. He probably appreciates the many unique traits of America, but often places his own importance above that.

Because Fire loves individuality, he can warm up to many types of people. Because change can bring the destruction of darker things, Fire can be a beacon of hope. Even if you dislike Bush, these are very real and substantial traits to other people, and to himself.

Does having a high Cardinal make him a good leader? Well, ‘good’ is rather subjective, is it not? What he does do is pick a direction and go (with few, if any, adjustments to his plan). That is classically Cardinal.

Also clear in the numbers above are the methodology and alliances he all but ignores. Earth and Mutable qualities have decidedly low scores. As I have said before, Earth allies itself with reality and actuality and definition. It is concerned with hard truth, not blind faith.

(What’s that? Bush ignores reality? Say it isn’t so!)

But here is something: Fire leads into Earth. If you create change, you create a new reality afterwards. Bush pays little attention to reality because his focus is on recreating it. He sees reality as it exists as mostly irrelevant.

Mutable traits of adaptation and nuance and detail are de-emphasized as well. The Mutable Mode also tends to understand service and maintenance in a way the other two do not. Election Postmortem: Kerry is highly Mutable at a whopping score of about 18, and those who watched the elections saw that mega-Mutable versus Bush’s Simply Not. The contrast was blatant.

So what does this mean? As a sketch, it means that we have a public leader (Cardinal), but not a public servant (Mutable). Bush obeys his own will (Fire) far more than reality (Earth). That means the jokes about him being a puppet only hold true if the puppeteers are convincing him of what he really wants. And perhaps they are…he has enough Air to pursue some kind of relationship with those around him - even a negative one. Also note that the Water qualities are in the low-middle ground. Religion and belief is important to him, yes, but God is not placed on the same level as his own ideas.

Aside from that, you must completely trust in him. I mean, you have little choice now, and I do not say that because “the election’s over.” That has nothing to do with it. I am saying that if anyone re-elected Bush on the hope that he would change course or pay much attention to anything besides his own agenda, those people are going to be sorely disappointed. Bush and Kerry both told you so: “stay the course” in a Bush Administration, it means “more of the same.” It was one of the few truths to come out of that election. Don’t think that because Fire equals change Bush might change his way. Element is an alliance, not a way of doing things…methodology belongs to Mode. Mutable signs alter course, not Cardinal or Fixed. And success is a complete Cardinal validation…so while the other Modes may care about how much he won by, Cardinal sure doesn’t. I Won is all he needs to know how he was Right and can Keep On Going.

Anyhow, I’ll stop with the salting of wounds and dashing of hopes now. By clicking on an Element or Mode above, you can read (or refresh your memory) on what little I’ve written about the Modes and Elements already, and use the overview numbers to scale how important each one is to him. Remember, even with a lower rating in something, there is still a capacity for it. That means he can and does deal with Earthy reality and Mutable nuance every so often…though only when he must, and probably not very well. He’d rather not pay attention to it, and if using power and course-setting offers an alternative of any kind, he’ll go that route instead.

Of course, he now has great power to set his course with. They are already talking about his Administration’s “mandate” in the news.


Heya, Gee Dub...

Click to enlarge, and all that. I know, the resolution isn't going to win any prizes.


And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

My dear government...my country...I love you.

It is you, the great Eagle, who became both my mother and my father in youth. Indeed, that crest was a sterling shield which never failed to fail me. Do not think you raised me well, because you were - at best - a neglectful parent. And yet like any child I cannot escape that family connection, like unto blood. By writ of law and by truth of history, I am a child of this system, the offspring of this government and this country, the whole of which is my backyard. I have tread this land crosswise and back again, only to start again. And so I have seen your variety and your passion, your beauty and yes, even your ugliness. Even now I watch a divorce in the making that makes me want to break down in tears.

I know you. This is why I love you. And I say to you now, you have placed us all in grave danger. It appears that nothing can stop the self-inflicted wounding that is to come. And it will leave scars. Deep ones that ache in the cold winters of our age.

We will survive, but I have seen the hollow, cracked faces of "survivors." Not the victory stories of Those Who Have Overcome, but those surviving in the shadows of our gutters and our filth, for whom survival simply is. They survive though their better identity is gone, shattered until nothing but pathetic wretchedness is left behind. I have known them, I have seen them, and I have mourned the passing of what they could have been...even as no one mourned their last breath. This is the survival we have begun to face.

Not the heroic tales of some glorious recovery.

I have no more hope of turning you to a better path. Instead, I am going to help you watch and know what is being done to you. Know the mind that rules you. Because, you see, I have changed my mind about abandoning this blog. I have had a much better idea. Apart from my experience as an American in America, the most potent tool I have is the one no one would stop me from using. I do not fear any reprise, because there is no law that binds me in this matter. Few would believe it anyways. But that doesn't matter, because I have never relied on the belief of others to know what I know and do what I do. In this astrology thing, belief is irrelevant.

George W. Bush may very well become the next President. But even as he begins to ascend that throne, I will be pasting his psyche here for anyone who is interested in seeing it. Those who wish to learn how it is done can watch: this President is your case study, not unlike a frog in a biology class, picked apart in excruciating detail. Those who think this is a joke...well, they can feel free to laugh at the punchline that never comes. They always have.


Those Darn Vedics

I'm going on record here...

I've gone through That Astrology Thing using Western (aka Tropical) astrology, which I have always found to be far more effective in determining psychology than any other variation of astrology - such as Chinese or Vedic (out of India). In fact, I don't really trust Vedic natal astrology, and Chinese is on a different scale altogether...though it has its moments.

But, in my personal experience, Vedic astrology in particular tends to be far more accurate about matters of prediction than Western. I don't know if the style is better suited or what the deal is, but when it comes down to nuts and bolts, I'd say the Vedic style trumps the Western style when it comes to prediction.

So what do Vedic astrologers say?


Oh, and do note the hard absolutes in their phrases....the certainty of it. Classically Vedic. That very trait damns their personality astrology to pigeon-holing and stereotypes that often prove wrong because they leave no room for the dynamics of human psychology. But, at the same time, that makes their event-prediction skills positively stellar.


No Title Today - Except This One

To clarify on the matter of my last post: if G. W. Bush wins, this weblog will be discontinued. I will be devoting my time (and writing, and astrology) to something else.

But today I want to do a sort of overview of my style of charts interpretation, to cover the process in a sweeping scale. Hopefully, this will help those who have been reading to know what else can or should be done.

The most useful skill in natal astrology is understanding and comprehension. This is why experience doing charts cannot be undervalued. It is also why I believe knowing the nature of Elements and Modes help promote deeper understanding of the Zodiac signs. But, for a moment, I am going to set the signs aside and look at the varying aspects of astrology.

The sun, the moon, and the Houses are all present in everyone's chart, no matter what signs are there. I call them aspects, but I believe Luminaries is the more common term. Either way, they represent parts of life that all people deal with.

I mean, everyone is attracted to something (Venus), everyone has a way they perceive a lack of achievement in life (Saturn), we all have some kind of method of self-expression (3rd House) and a way of maintaining our day-to-day lives (6th House) and on and on. Understanding what a given planet or House represents to everyone is a major necessity for natal astrology. It is like a standard template with no definition. Definition will be given by the sign that ends up there.

Understanding a sign in a given place is probably the easier part, and this allows an astrologer to comprehend individual pieces of a personality. The harder part is putting it all together, because the natal psychology is interwoven and interconnected into a whole persona. For example, if a person has a Leo Sun, but Taurus rules Jupiter, then he or she may very well visualize personal growth with a non-Leo attitude: financial security, lifestyle safety, with nothing of great value risked. But that Leo Sun is still there as a central power source, giving that person strengths that are not well-suited for simplistic, "bloodless" undertakings. So even though such a person may desire that safe advancement, their skills may drive them to cut corners and answer reality with an expression of willpower.

And so the two merge. The person can be pushed hard by a Leo sun's fiery energy and sense of change, but the Taurean desire for safety tempers the pace of growth, slowing it and demanding an accounting of reality every step of the way. Saying: "Oh, you're a Leo, you take lots of risks!" can immediately feel wrong to such a person, especially if they are in the middle of some great expansion of their life. Then again, it might feel just right, especially for a Fire persona who is not often hampered by Earthy reality demands.

But what about taking the Mercury sign into account, too? That'll be important. And Mars, and Saturn, and the Tenth House, and...

Complication ensues. This is where angles and placements in Houses come in handy. These are astrological shortcuts that don't give the whole story, but allow an astrologer to zero in on personality "hotspots."

Angles work with the natural relationships between signs to point out situations where the personality gets stressed, and where it is at ease, and so on. The example above could be a square (in astrology, that is a stressful angle between two signs), because you have two Fixed Modes (Leo and Taurus) each trying to organize and construct. But Leo does it by directing energy and chaos, while Taurus does it with a well-defined sense of careful application. If you have limited resources to work with, who makes the call on how to use those resources: power or pragmatism? When one is changeable and the other is not, an internal struggle over how to use any available resource can develop easily...and given the permanency Fixed signs prefer, the decision made will have a long-term impact.

In the mind, it may fuse together, and appear like so: "I think I can do this, but I don't want to risk it unless I am pretty sure it will work." Note there: pretty sure is not good enough for Taurus, who usually wants utter certainty. Leo is diluting it to the point of pretty sure. And though Leo may be willing to Just Do It, Taurus causes some hesitation to Leo boldness, bringing in the rather un-Leolike statement: I don't want to risk it. But note also, it is not the absolute statement of won't risk it, but a leeway-giving statement: I don't want to...

Angles, though, are not the only shortcut. Looking at Planets-in-Houses is another way, which shows how planets lend their strength to a House, and vice versa. Every planet will be in a House, and multiple planets may even be in one House, an occurence which makes that House a more emphasized part of the personality.

For example, if the Sun is in the third House, it lends its strength most powerfully to expression. If the Moon is in the Seventh House, emotional issues lean upon the ebb and flow of relationships. Now, the Sun and the Moon would still affect everything else in life...not just communication or one-one interaction. If you saw the Moon was in the Third House, self-expression would certanly be tied to the person's emotional state, but that does not mean they wouldn't be emotional about love. The House a planet is in simply shows where that planet's influence gravitates most strongly. It does not make it the only place that planet has influence.

So, to be able to interpret a personality with competent skill, I'd say: understand the signs, understand the planets and Houses, et al. This helps you know the personality. To aid in dealing with the overwhelming amount of information that follows, narrow your study to the Big Stuff by learning the angles and the placements of planets in Houses.