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On May 31, 2000, Rick Lazio, a little-known U.S. representative from Long Island, New York, catapulted into the national spotlight when he replaced New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani as the Republican Party’s candidate in the New York senatorial race against Hillary Rodham Clinton. More than four months later, most New Yorkers still do not really know who Rick Lazio the man is, nor how he stands on the issues, even though he is a key figure in the country’s most visible campaign outside the presidential election.

From Boy Wonder to Bully

This mystery might have something to do with the position of his Sun in Pisces, a mutable water sign, best known for its elusive, idealistic and dreamy qualities. On the positive side, Lazio’s boyish looks, endearing smile and affable personality (traits often found in Pisceans), initially gave him the same high poll numbers Giuliani had, and for a while it looked as if he might actually give Rodham Clinton a run for her money.

Where she often appeared harsh and not quite in tune with her adopted state, Lazio presented a comfortable and smiling figure, one who was completely secure in relating to his fellow New Yorkers. In his four terms in the House of Representatives, Republican Lazio managed to be loyal to his party, even while voting pro-choice. In contrast to many in his party, he also zealously supported key environmental issues—particularly the protection and cleanup of the Long Island Sound so important to his constituency in Bay Shore.

Rather than continuing to build on the advantage of his positive image, Lazio changed midstream (the way Pisceans often do), bombarding Mrs. Clinton with attack after attack. These tactics seemed to reach a peak during their September 13 debate as he pressed verbal attacks on Clinton while invading her space physically when he had the opportunity. In fact, the video clip from this debate played most often on subsequent news programs shows Lazio standing at Clinton’s podium, leaning over her (he is quite a bit taller), flaunting a piece of paper in her face and demanding she sign it.

The incident was supposed to drive home to viewers Lazio’s contention that Clinton is an unprincipled politician who depends on loosely regulated “soft money” campaign donations while Lazio supposedly does not. However, this incident (and indeed his performance as a whole) only made many think he was both immature and a bit of a bully. Within days, the polls began to shift noticeably in Clinton’s favor.

Saturn and Sharks

Lazio’s transformation from a gentle, sweet-faced minnow to a hungry, overwrought shark can be seen in the combination of his Sun in Pisces and Moon in Capricorn. Since the Moon rules emotions and responses, it is no surprise that when presented with a cool, composed opponent like Hillary Clinton, the cold and ruthless side of Capricorn begins to dominate Lazio’s actions.

Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, symbolizes structure (and stricture) and moral judgment, and this position brings out Lazio’s insensitive and preachy side. In fact, Saturn, the great moralist, plays a large part in Lazio’s personality. Both the Moon and Mars are placed in the sign of the mountain goat, and the Sun in Pisces is squared by Saturn in Sagittarius. Underneath the sweet demeanor lies a stern taskmaster who shows his opponents no mercy. Unfortunately, his opponent is a woman, so this type of tactic has to be used with finesse, and at just the right times, a fact which seemed to escape Lazio.

Aries Digs In

While Saturn certainly contributed to Lazio’s seeming ruthlessness during the first debate, his sudden switch into attack mode can be seen not only in the cold Capricorn Moon and Mars, but in the position of Mercury, the planet of communication, in Mars-ruled Aries, a sign characterized by aggression, arrogance and directness. Those who expected sweetness and light were surprised by Lazio’s accusatory, assertive, angry manner. Like many people with Mercury in Aries, Lazio gave New Yorkers the impression that he spoke without thinking in the heat of the debate. The usual Piscean reaction would be to feel bad and apologize, but with his Pisces Sun squaring Saturn in Sagittarius, Lazio did just the opposite, showing absolutely no regret for his actions.

To soften his image and correct any damage done at the debate, Lazio could have immediately reverted to that sweet, charming guy with the ideal American family—a nurse wife, and two young girls. Instead, public criticism only entrenched him more firmly in shark mode. Like some Pisceans, he needed someone to take him by the hand and tell him either to lighten up or grow up.

During the second debate with Clinton, which took place on Sunday morning, October 8, Lazio did just that. By speaking softly yet firmly, and listening attentively, he utilized the most positive attributes of his gentle Sun in Pisces and even-tempered Moon in Capricorn. According to most polls, Clinton is still ahead, but Lazio is no longer too far behind.

If he learns the hard lessons of the past month, Lazio could prove to be a worthy contender for the job of New York senator.  Otherwise, election day—which has transiting  Mercury conjunct his Jupiter, and transiting Venus conjunct Saturn—will simply turn out to be just another day for Rick Lazio.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ronnie Dreyer is an internationally-known astrological consultant, lecturer and teacher based in New York City and the author of several books, columns, articles and book reviews. She lectures extensively for astrology groups & national conferences, and conducts ongoing courses & workshops in Vedic astrology. She co-founded one of the first astrological computer services in Holland where she lived for ten years and was Astro*Carto*Graphy's Dutch distributor. Ronnie was AFAN's secretary from 1992-1998 and is currently its presiding officer. She is editor of the NCGR memberletter. She is on the Board of Directors of ACT. In 1994, she received the Jyotish Kovid award from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, and in 1998 received the Jim Lewis Community Service Award from AFAN.

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