Archive for September 4th, 2008
There are indications in the natal chart of John McCain of a hot-headed nature with the primal rage of his Moon-Pluto opposition which falls on the US natal Pluto, planet of nuclear power.
That must be why this article popped out from today’s ICH Newsletter:
‘Meet the Senator Most Likely to Start a Nuclear War: The Real McCain’
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
McCain the Maverick is a merely a fine-honed act, underscored by these kinds
of casual hypocrisies.
McCain wasn’t called a ‘maverick’ until late 1999-early 2000, you know, but his temper tantrums are legendary. When it comes to a Finger on the Button, I’d rather have someone who considers their actions first including unintended consequences than a ‘maverick’ hothead who can’t leave war behind.
And if you read my earlier post on McCain’s natal Jupiter in Sagittarius, the above-mention of ‘hypocrisy’ will be no surprise at all – if it ever was for this politician who seems to have traded past principles for the chance of occupying and shilling from the White House.
Well, that would be yours truly!
Happily I am honored to be chosen as Wandering Educator’s September Artist of the Month.
You may check out the interview where I discuss my artistic influences, background, and creative process here:
Perhaps you don’t think I HAVE a creative process, but I beg to differ! You’ll find that a varied sampling of drawings is featured within the interview so mosey over to Wandering Educators when you get a mo, okay?
Having the planet Jupiter (expansion; ideals; gambling; pushing one’s luck; faith; universal consciousness; nobility; where one perceives the unmanifest) in its own sign exalts and strengthens the jolly planet of increase.
Natally, John McCain (Aug 29, 1936) has Jupiter in the 2nd house of Earning Ability and Values (Taurus’ natural house) yet near the 3rd house cusp (17Sag28) so we may expect Jupiter’s expansive qualities to affect 3rd house Communications; Short Trips; the Lower Mind since Jupiter rules 3rd house.
So Jupiter exalted – nice, but Jupiter opposite his natural house (9th) may be part of McCain’s inability to express his own religious beliefs. Shaman Chiron (the wound; the blindspot) is in 9th house of the Higher Mind.
Jupiter is involved in some aspects of interest as well as being the focal or apex planet in a T-square:
Jupiter opposite Chiron: ‘the wizard’; intense resonance with multi-dimensional realities; occult perception that understands the essence of matter and the physical laws of the universe; a laser beam mind. (‘Chiron,’ Hand Clow.)
Saturn-Neptune = Jupiter: very upset with the ways of the world; easily upset or depressed; narrow-mindedness; sensitivity; egoism; possible liver disease (Tyl; Ebertin.)
In his excellent book, ‘Dynamics of Aspect Analysis’, Bil Tierney gives apex Jupiter in a T-SQ as one who is in search for life’s higher meaning and who is encouraged to learn tolerance, acceptance, and charitability if he is to develop a personal belief system that does not have to be defended from social attack.
This is part of his constant apology stance which began with the Keating Five affair – McCain was the senator who spilled the beans and apologized all over the place for his ‘misjudgment.’
Apex Jupiter in a MUTABLE T-square indicates one who restlessly flits from ideals, philosophy, or theory and who is a ‘guru-chaser’; the urge is for instant wisdom or speedy enlightenment; a central problem is a desire to aquire special privileges and benefits without exerting much effort to merit them (perfect for Politics!); commitment to ideologies may be diffcult to sustain over an extended period of time; a ‘roving’ spirit that seeks variety; partnership conflicts may be triggered by indecisiveness and irresponsibility – conflicts then tend to be ignored, side-tracked, or ‘wished away.’
So the vacillation of the Mutable quality is amplied here by Jupiter. But if used constructively, this apex Jupiter can indicate an exceptional teacher, intelligent administrator, and one who acts as an enlightened political spokesperson for the populace.
For McCain’s misjudgment issues, let’s look at his Jupiter square Saturn and Jupiter square Neptune…
Jup SQ Saturn (in Pisces – a karmic planet in a karmic sign – regret over past mistakes): may exercise faulty judgment esp in relation to finances and business affairs which cause problems in the profession; humility; resistance encountered from superiors and may endure indignities for the sake of job security; early lack of confidence from the father; no easy road to victory; bittersweet destiny; may over-promise or sign contracts beyond limits of abilities; inner conflicts within one’s moral outlook – principle vs expediency.
Jup SQ Neptune: the ‘builds castles in the air’ aspect; very creative but needs self-discipline to use effectively; over-extends self; clouded vision, lines of reason distorted; open to deception; can be ‘the fall guy’ when rules are broken esp when dealing with classified info; unconsciously reveals secrets when speaking; religious or occult discussions should be avoided due to temperamental inability to defend positions; over-indulgence causes problems; prone toward romantic escapades; wooliness and gullibility when dealing with harsh realities; dream world leads to rude awakening.
Mars trine Jupiter: physical resources well-integrated (this helps him now with physical pains which would have keeled over most other guys by now); very energetic; talent plus luck; an honorable temperament; ‘easy come easy go’ attittude may cause carelessness in money issues; political talent; an optimist; an opportunist.
Alan Oken gives this trine as: ‘The True Believer’ and says it confers a practical interest in religious and philosophical matters. (If so, McCain ain’t sayin’ much about it.)
With Mercury in head-strong Aries, the senator announced his presidential candidacy on Feb 28, 2007 – on the David Letterman Show – in the midst of his last Jupiter Return which was a three-fer all through 2007: Feb 7; June 4; Oct 6.
So what does *Jupiter in fiery Sag confer?
In its own sign, Jupiter may express his essential nature most purely although he is still modifed by aspects, house placements, etc, as mentioned above. Lack of a strong Saturn increases these tendencies…I say this because Saturn is problematic in Watery Pisces.
Yet Saturn in Pisces = ‘stillness of spirit’ and supports McCain’s mystical interests.
Jup in Sag people are the positive thinkers of the world, the visionaries and dreamers (ex: Dale Carnegie, John Templeton; William Blake; Vincent van Gogh; Phil Donahue; Hillary Clinton.) Since Jupiter tends to feed upon himself, the expansive tendencies are even more prominent when placed in Sagittarius, sign of The Seeker.
Cautions would be arrogance and hypocrisy – but these are two traits Politics would be lost without.
Is America in for another political ’bubble world’? White House occupancy creates them anyway as does Capitol Hill – for distant realms are the natural habitat for this idealistic Jupiter. At its best, there are tolerance and broad-mindedness, but there is a reliance upon self-justification (the afore-mentioned ‘apology tactic’ successfully employed with the Keating Five scandal and also concerning his MLK Day apology…apologizing is an integral part of his strategy.)
Possessing a noble character, a high moral tone may be adopted when disapproving of others. The Good News: there is profound power for taking positive actions.
However John McCain expresses his exalted Jupiter we know that the dynamics in his natal chart – in his psyche – are greatly enhanced and increased by his Sagittarian Jupiter.
But exactly what far-reaching Quest the man is on and how it will affect the American people - those are the real questions concerning Jupiterian candidate John McCain.
partial notes on Jupiter from ’Exploring Jupiter: Progress, Prosperity, and Potential’ by Stephen Arroyo.
John McCain’s natal chart with a few notes may be seen here:
Check Pages list in sidebar for notes on the Airy natal Jupiter of Barack Obama.
Wednesday night in his address to the RNC, Mitt Romney said, “We need change all right – change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington!”
Now he couldn’t be referring to evacuating the residents of DC, so if he means politically, is he not aware that ‘conservative’ Republicans have been in control these long long eight years?
TIME has an article by Nancy Gibbs on ‘Sarah Palin’s Breakout Night’:
A magazine called, TIME…the very name is so Saturnian, isn’t it?
Being almost as unversed in Freemasonic principles as I can possibly be, one of the best resources I’ve found for Masonic information is Greg Stewart’s blog, Masonic Traveler.
Tonight as Sara Palin speaks behind me on my TV, I got to wondering what Greg was up to on his blog these days and found an interesting post there on Freemasonry being based on Hermetic teachings, and citing The Seven Principles as found in The Kybalion (published 1908, Paul Foster Case.)
Most astrologers know of Hermes Trismegistus, ancient scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt.
Hermes, as we familiarly call him these days, is thought to have been a contemporary of Abraham, and is now often used in Astrology charts to signify a trickster element, or as something of a magician. (Tris-’megitus’ – magistus – magi – magician.) And in mundane charts I often use it to signify those with occult interests, for obvious reasons.
As Greg mentions, all western esoteric teachings are believed to have come from Hermes’ writings and teachings, so Hermes is impossible to discount if one is a novice of Astrology, modern or ancient.
So if you’d like a Freemason’s view of these teachings and principles, check out Greg’s writing on the subject which he will be expanding upon as he may.
And if you’re not an Astrology novice and have haplessly happened upon this post, remember that many of America’s Founders were of the Freesmasonry persuasion!
Traditionally the American attitude leans toward optimism, not pessimism. Campaign 2008? it really really IS about the economy, stupid. For the most part.
And since I know that ‘idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem’, and noticing that none of the Economic Houses of John McCain are in my neighborhood, I thought you might wish to check out this article:
McCain is in his winter years, he’s out of touch, he’s been rich a long time, and he admits to knowing little about economic issues…all of which make him unaffordable for the American people along with the Republican Party’s drunken sailor ways under which we’re already suffering. Four MORE?
Now partisans, before you fuss - no Democratic hat is worn here either. This blogger prefers wearing an American Hat at all times – and not just during a political Convention when it sounds good as a slogan.
“Country First” indeed.