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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, two-term lieutenant governor of Maryland and Robert Kennedy’s oldest daughter, is one of two women seriously mentioned as Al Gore’s running mate.

When her uncle, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s father wrote her a letter that now hangs on the wall in her home. “Be kind and work for your country,” Robert Kennedy wrote, “As the eldest of the Kennedy children you have a special responsibility now.” It appears Townsend has taken her father’s words to heart.

Though Townsend’s politics have always been more progressive and her signature issues very different from those dominating the more centrist Democratic party of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, she just might be Gore’s ticket into the White House.

Townsend’s View of Life

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was born July 4, 1951, at 10:00 pm in Greenwich, Connecticut, when the progressive and social sign of Aquarius was on the Ascendant. Her view of life is colored by a heightened sense of her social role as an individual. From the Aquarian perspective, it is inappropriate to conduct life solely for the purpose of bolstering personal security and power—something larger than the individual must to be considered. It is Townsend’s natural inclination to act in accordance with what she feels supports and improves the condition of mankind as a whole.

Additionally Uranus, the planet most associated with Aquarius, is conjunct her Cancer Sun, revealing an individualist (Sun-Uranus conjunction) who is (Sun) electrified (Uranus) by her hope and her vision of a new future (Uranus).

The prevailing theme of her politics is civil engagement. During her political career she has promoted character education in schools and led a crusade to make community service a requirement for high school graduation. She talks of politics as a means of “unleashing the enormous power that exists in each person to make a contribution.”

Echoing her uncle John, Townsend’s politics “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Gore’s View of Life

Gore’s view is almost 180 degrees removed from that of Townsend. Gore has Leo on the Ascendant. His view of life is far more personal. Gore is not so much focused on the betterment of mankind as on his own need to be seen as a special individual. Gore’s instincts are to listen to the pollsters, reinvent himself daily and act in accordance with what might garner the most votes.

The addition of Townsend to the Democratic ticket would spark interplay between these two opposing views. Townsend’s authenticity would broaden Gore’s perspective and promote a more enlightened social agenda for the Democratic party.

The Nation’s Nurturer

Townsend has five planets in Cancer (Mars, Uranus, Sun, Moon and Mercury). You could say her primary mission in life is to take care of people. Dominated by Cancer energy, Townsend is rooted in the habits and traditions of her heritage. But hers is an unusual heritage. The Kennedys are instilled with a dedication to family, country and public service. Their politics have always been progressive and focused on the disadvantaged members of our society.

With her Moon (emotions) in Cancer, the sign of deep, heartfelt connections, Townsend lives in a world of feelings and easily connects to and is touched by the emotions of others. This is quite different from Gore, whose Moon is in Capricorn, a sign that manages and controls. Capricorn is the sign opposite Cancer. It flattens Gore’s emotional response, and he appears stoic, unaffected and out of touch with the needs of the general public. Once again, what Gore lacks, Townsend could offer. She would offset Gore’s stiffness with her soft sensitivity and connect him to the feelings of the people.

The Nation’s Alpha Male

Gore wants to be the leader, which is appropriate for a man with an Aries Sun, since fiery Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. And though his Aries Sun certainly indicates the potential to be a pioneering visionary and lead America and the world into the new millennium, it appears he has, for the most part, been unable to actualize the potential revealed in his chart. Once again, Kathleen Townsend could compensate. She has expansive, optimistic Jupiter in Aries, very close to the same degree as Gore’s Aries Sun, indicating her presence would stimulate and expand Gore’s Aries boldness, vision and pioneering spirit, and perhaps pull him out of the quagmire of political traditions and rhetoric that continue to bog him down.

Will Opposites Attract?

Gore says he has two requirements of his running mate. Number one: The candidate would be able to assume the presidency. Number two: The president and vice president should be able to get along. Astrology reveals that while Townsend would compensate for many of Gore’s weaknesses and instill him with the confidence to to embrace his Aries Sun and bring much-needed freshness to the White House, she and Gore will likely disagree on issues. But their ability to present each other with or challenging views can only serve to create a leadership that would better serve the needs of the entire country.

As each political party panders to the middle, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find any real differences between Republicans and Democrats. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is a refreshing voice that echoes the vision of Camelot and should appeal to the untapped idealism of young voters, as well as to those of us who still remember that utopian dream.

As for her ability to be president, the art of politics and the vision of Camelot live on in her blood and in her horoscope.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pat Lantz is a practicing astrologer currently researching the use of astrology as a developmental tool with infants and toddlers. Contact Pat to participate in this study or for information about developmental astrology.

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