You don’t win a presidential election in the USA
through good behavior. Americans like their presidents to be human, with the
failings of human beings. And a dose of machismo does not harm either. Presidential
candidates may try to portray a squeaky clean moral image, but looking back,
we can see that Kennedy was a womanizer, Nixon a mendacious cynic, Reagan a macho
star, and Clinton a man addicted to sexual conquests. That’s why they were
liked. Jimmy Carter was an embarrassment to the American people – and he
was truly a good man.
So what chance does presidential candidate John Kerry have, war (and anti-war)
hero, cultured Yale graduate (as indeed Bush also is), brought up in European
boarding schools with a French mother and married to cosmopolitan philanthropist
Teresa Heinz? As a rather inhibited and intellectual upper class Boston politician
he has traditionally hopeless credentials for winning against Bush. Elections
in the US are often decided by a population powerfully influenced by a rather
right-wing media, and where lack of support for guns and the death penalty (which
Kerry is against) will lose key voters.
The Bush campaign is arming itself for a devastating attack on every apparent
weakness in the character of Kerry, and judging from the challenger’s chart
there will be plenty of material to choose from.
here to see John Kerry's horoscope
Kerry was born just before sunrise with a huge full Moon descending over the
Western horizon, sandwiched between the two “malefics” Mars and Saturn.
This is a very strong constellation, but it gives Kerry a very dour, controlled
and even petty style. His seriousness and lack of spontaneity is a major obstacle
in a country where hand shaking and baby-hugging are essential ingredients on
the campaign trail. Put bluntly Kerry lacks charm and voter appeal. He thinks
too much, is too long-winded and can’t express his emotions. That is not
to say that Kerry is not experienced. He came into the Senate in 1982, and prior
to that was a key anti-Vietnam war figurehead in the seventies. Few people doubt
his integrity, and his personal war record makes Bush seem like a namby-pamby,
so the Mars/Saturn connection can work in his favor – if the time is right.
Paradoxically for a man with such a strong Saturn, Kerry likes being the center
of attention. His local newspaper the Boston Globe famously commented “Kerry
cannot go past a mirror without saying hello”. Newspapers are clever – they
certainly captured Kerry’s full moon in Gemini here. He was awarded the
nickname “Live Shot” by Massachusetts political insiders for his
relentless courting of reporters and TV stations. Obviously this is an expression
of the Sun on his Ascendant, which manifests as attention-seeking, just as it
does for the notoriously vain Italian premier Sylvio Berlusconi, who has the
same Sun position. Kerry is a man deeply unsure of his self-image, but determined
to overcome his weaknesses through a driving ambition to succeed. He has every
chance of doing this, however. What could be better than Ascendant ruler Jupiter
in Leo trine Sun in Sagittarius and in reception with it? Truly this is also
a generous and magnanimous man. Jupiter’s sextile to Saturn shows the capacity
to soften his dour and clumsy nature, to learn and to improve, and it also shows
a consummate politician with a winner mentality, who can support and improve
the society in which he is engaged.
Another charge that can be leveled at Kerry is that he is in the pockets of special
interests. Republican strategists will not be slow to analyze his voting record
over the last 22 years, and it will not be difficult to compromise Kerry as someone
influenced by lobbyists of doubtful pedigree. These charges will stick: Kerry
has Venus in Scorpio square the Pluto/Node conjunction in the 8th house. This
is a strong signature for economic corruption and secret financial machinations.
A closer look at this aspect reveals that the Sun is in semisquare to the Venus
side of this square, whilst Saturn is in semisquare to the Pluto side. In other
words the Venus/Pluto square is tightly integrated with the Saturn-influenced
Full Moon. This is a man who has dirtied his hands during the course of his political
life, and there will be damaging revelations in the months up to the election.
The most obvious apparent weakness in Kerry’s chart is the stellium in
Gemini opposite the Sun, straddling the Ascendant/Descendant axis. The Bush team
is already on to this. Witness the following remark from Bush who called his
"an interesting group with diverse opinions – for tax cuts and against
them; for NAFTA and against NAFTA; for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot
Act; in favor of liberating Iraq and opposed to it....and that's just one senator
That’s a very clever remark, and Bush managed to get in the fact that Kerry
was a Massachusetts politician – a state associated with remoteness and
Protestant aristocracy. It’s a funny remark too, as he also deftly portrays
Kerry as a man with multiple personalities – easy to recognize from his
horoscope. Full marks to Bush’s handlers on that one.
It doesn’t help that the dispositor of the Gemini stellium, Mercury, is
in very strong square to Neptune. Apart for a documented weakness for taking
different positions on the same issues over time, the Neptune square may show
a Kerry tendency to throw a smokescreen over issues, and even the risk of being
exposed as a liar. Democratic strategy on this is to portray Kerry as a man of
subtlety who can see shades of gray, but Bush will have little difficulty exposing
him as a flip-flopper without strength and conviction. Kerry’s Achilles’ heel
is the danger of being exposed from some secret economic deal and subsequently
lying about it, as it will destroy his major resource – credibility.
The most extraordinary thing about Kerry’s chart is the journey (progressive)
Mars makes during the course of his life. Retrograde at birth it was stationary
at 5 degrees from the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies, in constant conjunction
with Uranus. Vietnam was his battleground and it was with progressed Mars conjoining
Uranus that he saw action as a navy captain on the Mekong Delta. He received
his first medal for rashly ignoring orders and whilst under fire, bringing his
boat to the river bank, pursuing and killing the Vietcong soldier who had fired
grenades at the boat. He was wounded in action three times, which meant he had
the right to be repatriated, which he chose to do after just four months.
Mars was still conjoining Uranus three years later when, as spokesman for “Vietnam
Veterans Against the War” he make his now famous first major political
speech at the Senate Foreign Relations committee.
2005 is a significant year in Kerry’s life because the journey is over
for Mars. At the age of 62 it returns to the very position at 10.36 Gemini that
it occupied at Kerry’s birth – mission accomplished. From 2005 onwards
Mars enters new territory, but right now it is the story of Mars and it’s
journey which is the myth-making factor for Kerry. War was the making of Kerry,
and war will be the defining issue during the 2004 election. This is Kerry’s
trump card because via his retrograde Mars he is hooked in to the old Vietnam
story in the minds of American citizens, and, whilst the body bags are returning
from Baghdad, they are remembering.
The USA is longing for Saturn right now, and Saturn is obliging by making its
once every 30-year conjunction with the USA’s natal Sun at 13 Cancer. This
is a time of reckoning for Bush too... he has the same Sun degree. America wants
structure, not chaos. It wants protection, not vulnerability. That is why, even
though the American people traditionally prefer a lighter, folksier type, they
will be attracted to the Saturn-dominated Kerry. Advice to Kerry’s handlers – let
him capitalize on his Saturn, and avoid making clumsy attempts to change his
Of course, Kerry has been through a vast face-lifting operation already. Diagnosed
and cured of prostate cancer when Pluto transited his Ascendant and Saturn his
Descendant (his own Twin Towers), Pluto has ripped through his Sun/Moon opposition
during the grueling Democratic candidate selection process, and he has survived
and come through. Like he says, people have no idea how much of a fighter he
is. With the Pluto transit Kerry has shed much of his reserve and stiffness,
and he is reborn as a potential president. But can he win?
Compatibility with the US
The most important astrological factor for a presidential candidate is the synastry
he or she may have with the chart for the United States. The interaspects between
these two horoscopes must be marked, and they will subsequently show the actual
factors in the USA chart that will be activated during the presidency. John Kerry
has a lot going for him:
1. His Sun and Ascendant fall on the US Ascendant, and his Gemini stellium on
the US Descendant. This resonates with the foreign roots and disparate languages
of Americans, just as he himself has strong bonds to Europe.
2. His Uranus is on the US Uranus, and his North Node is on the US Node – with
the same house positions too! This is an extraordinary powerful contact, supercharged
by Kerry’s North Node/Pluto and Mars/Uranus conjunctions. It is power signature
keying in to the American dream of self-realization and freedom. It is not unconnected
with terrorism and foreign adventures, just as for Kerry it represented the bloody
initiation of Vietnam.
3. He has Mercury exactly opposite US Jupiter (and Venus), and Venus exactly
trine US Venus – which strongly suggests financial growth and favorable
business developments for the US should Kerry win the presidency.
4. His Ascendant ruler Jupiter at 27.03 Leo is exactly opposite the US Moon at
27.10 Aquarius. Whilst this may show a perception of him as a man of privilege,
it could just as easily give enormous popularity as people project there hopes
5. He has his Saturn on the US Mars. More of this later.
This is an impressive list of contacts, but he has already had success as
a senator. Can he win the presidency? The first thing to catch the eye is that
on Election Day there is a Venus/Jupiter conjunction straddling Kerry’s
MC, which is a supreme signature of victory. Curiously, his MC at 5 Libra is
exactly on Bill Clinton’s Ascendant, so there seems to be a presidential
tie-in, maybe through Hillary Clinton. However, Bush himself has a strong Moon/Jupiter
conjunction in Libra, and at the time of the inauguration in January 2005, Jupiter
is exactly on his natal Jupiter... clearly a favorable influence. On the other
hand the activation of Bush’s Jupiter/Uranus trine could show newfound
freedom, and surely he must be longing to get away from the crushing presence
of Cheney and Rumsfelt, not to mention his father.
The key to Kerry’s success or failure in the November 2nd election may
lie in the subtle influence of progressions, and they are looking good. Take
a minor factor like the proximity of Kerry’s Sun to his Ascendant. It is
curious to see that as his progressed Ascendant increases in speed through the
signs of short ascension like Aquarius, it catches up with the progressed Sun,
and will actually conjoin it during the next presidential period. Plenty of opportunity
to look at mirrors then! More powerfully this Ascendant and Sun conjunction at
20 Aquarius is just two degrees from opposing progressed Jupiter at 22 degrees
Leo, and this will become exact during the next presidential period. In fact
the Descendant progressed will conjoin radix Jupiter at the 2008 election, which
could even indicate a two-term president.
As mentioned before, Kerry’s progressed Mars returns in 2005 to its
natal position after a 62-year apprenticeship. A rare Mars return of this nature
suggests a radical change and completely new territory. As 4th house ruler, a
move to the White House might be appropriate, especially as Mars conjoins the
Furthermore Kerry’s progressed MC is at 7.01 Sagittarius at the election.
There is no reason to think that his birth time is inaccurate either... during
the course of 2003 the IC has been exactly on his Uranus, surely reflecting the
mad campaigning rush around America. His MC now trines his Leo/Aquarius nodal
axis, as it also does the US nodal axis at the same position. This indicates
a fated moment of greatness, in which the projections of the masses are fulfilled
in the person of Kerry. From 2005 to 2006 his MC trines Pluto, so if there was
ever a time when Kerry would be handling power, it is in the coming years.
Having survived the Pluto transits to his Full Moon, Kerry will experience a
long opposition from Pluto to natal Saturn during 2005. Crucially his dominating
Saturn is but two degrees from the US Mars. The USA is experiencing a rare Pluto
opposition to its Mars at a time when its progressed Mars is poised to move retrograde
for the next 80 years, showing a radical repolarization of US military might.
Just as Russia got mired in Chechnya when Pluto squared its Mars, the USA will
find itself in trouble militarily through its engagement in Iraq. The transit
of Pluto to Mars shows military cutbacks, and what better person for the USA
than a warrior made famous 30 years ago for his anti-war stance... a man with
Sun and Moon placed between Saturn and Mars? The stellium conjoining Kerry’s
Descendant shows a potential president who will be committed to international
relations and expert at them, involved in just as great a battle trying to extricate
the US military from war, as he was at the time of Vietnam.
Adrian Ross Duncan 19th April 2004.