W. Bush has chosen Richard
Cheney as his running mate for the coming November presidential
election. Bush's Sun is in Cancer and Cheney's is in Aquarius, and though
these signs aren't famous for compatibility, Bush's planets in the
air sign Libra and Cheney's Moon in empathetic Pisces tell a different story—
one of an enduring, comfortable partnership.
Look at George W.
George W. Bush was born with a Cancer Sun placed in the
Twelfth House of his natal chart. The motivations and true nature of Twelfth House Sun
people are often hidden from the casual observer, and this seems to be
the case with Bush. Cancer is a cardinal sign, always seeking to initiate
and lead, and yet unlike other cardinal signs, such as forthright
Aries or ambitious Capricorn, the Cancer approach is often indirect and less
obvious, though certainly no less effective.
the square aspect indicates conflict, and this aspect by Neptune (confusion,
illusion) in the Third House to Bush’s Sun further reinforces the possibility
of being misunderstood by those around him. It is not surprising that
people underestimate this formidable Texan. He is thought by many to be
less a political candidate than a second chance at the presidency for
his father, and the similarities are certainly striking between the two
men. It is easy to dismiss the younger George as a carbon copy of his
dad, and yet his chart suggests a much more dynamic, independent and creative
drive at work.
reveals a fundamental, psychological urge to control, nurture and preserve
(Cancer) institutions (Twelfth House), both literally and figuratively.
Deep waters of family and tribe run through George W., and his conservative
stance in politics springs from this well of strong emotional attachment
to tradition, history and familial ties. Saturn, also positioned in the
Twelfth House, adds a serious sense of responsibility toward maintaining
those attachments with history and his elders, and a partner like Cheney,
with his greater age, experience and wisdom appeals tremendously to Bush
on that level.
of Neptune in Libra to the Sun from the Third House suggests that George
W. may not be consciously aware of the underlying psychological bedrock
of his conservatism; and yet the presence of the whole Libra stellium,
squaring both Sun and Saturn and placed in the house representing the
conscious mind, suggests that he has been challenged in this arena and
has had to temper(Libra) those emotional, conservative defenses
(Cancer). This has resulted in a moderate
approach that is removed from the radical right and more in tune with
our society as it is today.
Most astrologers agree that a positive relationship between the Moon of
one person and the Sun of another is one of the best indications of true
harmony in a relationship. Bush and Cheney each have the Sun trine the
other's Moon, so this effect is doubled in their case. Even if others
don't always understand what motivates the real George W. Bush, Cheney,
with his sensitive, intuitive Pisces Moon, certainly does; and of course,
Bush’s airy, Libra Moon is quite at home with the Aquarian Cheney. Dick
Cheney is a natural choice for a running mate by George Bush, and makes
the presidential hopeful’s intuitive (Moon) grasp of good relationship
mechanics (Libra) obvious.
As a Libra
Moon, Bush seeks to surround himself with balance, beauty, justice and
harmonious relationships. In fact, good relationships are central to his
emotional happiness, and not only does he crave these, but he is very
intuitive when it comes to forming them. Jupiter, also in Libra, expands
Bush's tendency to seek harmony, moving those desires out of the strictly
personal realm into a more social consciousness. By Jupiter’s trine aspect
to Uranus in the Eleventh House, this extends to large groups of people
and "the common man" (Eleventh House), giving Bush a much broader
perspective and focus than simple personal gain, and creating an emphasis
on society that the Aquarian Cheney can fully relate to.
an Aquarian Sun, thrives on numerous relationships with people, and is
certainly no slouch at "winning friends and influencing people,"
either, and so the two men have a similar style and direction. An intuitive
understanding (Moon) of his own unique ability to reform (Uranus) society
(Eleventh House) is suggested in George W.'s chart, and is reflected in
his obvious confidence in his own ability to lead the U.S. as its president
(Leo Ascendant). What is often mistaken by his opponents for the arrogance
of privilege is possibly nothing more than an innate understanding of
his own powerful leadership skills, something Cheney clearly respects.
secretary of defense was a good choice for Bush not just because he is
well-liked and respected, bringing a high political “curb appeal” with
him, but because his long political career seems to fill in the gaps of
military and hands-on Washington experience the younger Bush lacks. In addition to the Sun-Moon connnections between the two charts, there are other ties between the two men. With even a casual
glance at the two chart wheels we can see that Cheney’s
planets “fill in” the blank spots on Bush’s chart, promising a well-rounded,
mutually stimulating relationship. Certainly the opposition of Cheney’s
Sun to Bush’s First House Leo planets allows Cheney to lend his wisdom and experience
to the partnership by providing a counterpoint, something quite welcome and familiar to Bush.
being a simple puppet for his father or his party, it appears that George
W. Bush has his own powerful reasons for seeking the presidency; and while
his philosophies may have been learned at the knee of George Bush, Sr.,
the prominent Leo First House of George W. reveals a strong and independent
character unlikely to be satisfied in the shadow of his famous father
or anyone else, and that includes Dick Cheney.
is without some tension, and the tight square from Cheney's Saturn-Jupiter
conjunction in Taurus to Bush's Mercury-Pluto conjunction in Leo suggests
that Cheney's very fixed (Taurus), traditional (Saturn) philosophy (Jupiter)
will no doubt clash with Bush's creative, personal, more dynamic approach
(Leo) and his consuming desire (Pluto) to communicate these ideas. But
all things considered, should the two end up in the White House after
the coming election, we can be sure that theirs will be a long-lasting
and productive alliance.
W. Bush: Not a Greek God, an American Icon
Cheney: A Saturn-Ruled Aquarian