one historic decision, Vice President Al
Gore took some of the spring out of the Republicans’ post-convention
“bounce.” In choosing Senator Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, as his
running mate, he both advanced the cause of civil rights and further distanced
himself from the moral taint of the Clinton administration. But is America
ready for a Jewish vice president? How odd it seems to have to ask, and
yet the anti-Semitic fringe has already made its hateful voice heard.
The spotlight is on Senator Lieberman, and he will be anaylized from every
angle throughout the campaign by the press and
the public. So, not to be outdone, let’s see how he stands up to astrological
Sense of Self
Lieberman was born on February 24, 1942, in Stamford, Connecticut. A source
close to his family gives a birth time of 7:00 am EWT. (Editor's Note: Since this article was published, StarIQ has received two additional conflicting birth times for Joe Lieberman. When we are able to confirm which is correct, we will adjust his chart accordingly.) This means he was
born around sunrise, so his Pisces Sun is in his First House. The First
House is, in many respects, the most personal house. It rules the character,
the physical appearance and the sense of self. Planets in the First House
are hard to hide. They usually manifest markedly, making a strong initial
Sun in the First House often signifies a highly-developed sense of self
and purpose. These people personify the solar qualities of leadership
and authority. They can also seem “selfish” and domineering, depending
on the signs involved and the overall nature of the chart. With his Sun
in the flowing, compassionate sign of Pisces, Lieberman’s leadership seems
more instinctive and natural, but don’t be deceived! This is a man with
Man With a Plan
moves quickly to the front. He won his first office, a state Senate seat,
beating out the sitting majority leader, when he was only 28 years old.
Ten years later, after serving as the Connecticut attorney general, he
won his U.S. Senate seat in a dramatic upset victory over Republican Senator
Lowell Weicker. Lieberman fast became a power within the Senate, wielding
considerable moral and political influence. He was the first Democratic
senator to publicly denounce President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.
He packs a lot of ambition in that Pisces package, but within the spirituality
and depth of the sign lies the real secret of his success.
is a deeply religious man. He is a practicing Orthodox Jew, who not only
keeps the weekly Sabbath, but also observes the strict kosher dietary
laws. His moral stature sets him apart from the pack, adding weight to
his convictions as they resonate within the comparatively shallow, secular
halls of Congress. He’s no Piscean pipe-dreamer, either. With the planets
Mars, Saturn and Uranus in the down-to-earth sign of Taurus, his feet
are planted firmly on the ground, but his Pisces spirituality permeates
and inspires his earthly actions.
Time of His Life
time has come. With so many significant transits taking place in his chart now,
this truly is “the time of his life.” Transiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus,
Neptune and Pluto are all making direct contacts
to his natal chart, drawing public attention his way. The recent Saturn-Jupiter
conjunction in May, as powerful a timing indicator as any,
brought these two planetary giants together exactly on Lieberman's natal
Saturn-Mars conjunction in Taurus.
during the fall campaign, transiting Jupiter will also be returning to
the place it held at his birth, 11 degrees Gemini. There it will slow
to a halt and turn retrograde, doubly inscribing its influence. Both Saturn
and Jupiter operate within the political and economic spheres, their motions
shaping the ever-changing balance between liberal (Jupiter) and conservative
(Saturn), expansion (Jupiter) and recession (Saturn). They represent polarized
opposites whose timeless interplay defines and structures our social institutions.
Both Jupiter and Saturn are pointing right to Lieberman now, giving him
an important role to play in the development of our political culture.
he participates in the presidential campaign, he will also be running
for re-election to the Senate in Connecticut, where he is a heavy favorite.
Theoretically, he can’t lose. Come November, he will either be the new
vice president, or remain a powerful member of the Senate, with increased
stature and significance.
election he wins, with transiting Neptune conjunct his natal Venus in
Aquarius, this inspired and determined Pisces has already accomplished
something of benefit for everyone. Neptune is the planet of the underdog,
particularly in Aquarius, which is a sign of “the common people.” As Neptune
contacts Lieberman’s natal Venus, he has become an attractive symbol of
hope and social acceptance. By serving as the first Jewish candidate for
such a high office, drawing all the flak from the hate groups and holding
up under the pressure and intrusions, he will bring down yet another barrier
in the quest for equality. If America is ready for a Jewish vice president,
then maybe some day soon, we’ll be ready for a black, or a woman, an Asian
or a Hispanic to serve in the highest office in the land. Either way,
we all win.