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Astrology by Hand Week 35

Our New President

We have a new president now, and it might be interesting to look at something in his chart and see what comes out of it. But before going on, I just want to say that I was not and am not a supporter of George W. Bush, but I will be as even-handed as possible in what I say here (no pun intended).

George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946, at 7:26 am EDT in New Haven, Connecticut. I do not have the source of this chart, but it does seem to be the one generally used. What I want to focus on here is something in his chart that seems to be inconsistent with his becoming president, at least according to most conventional astrology. George W. Bush has a Twelfth House Sun!

What Is a House?

For those who are beginners in astrology, let me say the following: Almost everyone knows that there are twelve signs in the zodiac. But there are also twelve houses. These are used to divide the chart into sections based on the degree of the zodiac rising in east. They indicate areas of life in which the planets and signs manifest themselves. To determine the houses, we need to know not only the exact time of birth, but also the latitude and longitude of the birthplace. The date, time and place comprise a complete set of birth data. Without all three of these we cannot determine where the twelve houses are and what is in them.

George W. has 7 degrees and 7 minutes of the sign Leo rising. His Sun is at 13 degrees and 47 minutes of Cancer. Now astrologers do not completely agree on the best way to divide the chart into houses, but in George W.’s case almost all systems would agree that Bush’s Sun is in the Twelfth House.

What’s Wrong With a Twelfth House Sun?

So what’s the problem? The Twelfth House has a pretty bad reputation in astrology. It is supposed to signify things like “self-undoing,” imprisonment, secrets in general, secret enemies, seclusion and generally being withdrawn from the world, and it is usually regarded as being one of the worst houses in the chart. But to be fair, it is also said to signify enlightenment, spiritual retreat and a very high regard for all things mystical and spiritual.

But whatever it may indicate, it is generally agreed that the Sun in the Twelfth House is not very good for someone who has to be out and about in the world the way a politician has to be, nor is it supposed to be good for being in charge or command. Alan Leo, who wrote at the beginning of the twentieth century, did say that a Twelfth House Sun could indicate someone who starts out life in difficulty and gradually achieves success by his or her own efforts.

So George W. Bush has become president despite a Sun that is supposed to indicate a withdrawn, secretive nature, who does not like to be in the limelight. But here he is in the ultimate limelight. What is going on here?

We do know some things about his life and behavior. He values his privacy, and apparently more so than most presidents. All through the campaign he went home to his ranch every weekend and did not interact with the media any more than necessary during those times. But this is also a characteristic of a home-loving Cancer. Where is his Twelfth House Sun?

It may be too early to tell, but it seems clear that Bush does not exhibit the extreme qualities of the Twelfth House. He is not a recluse, and obviously does have a capacity for a public life. However, at the same time, the public does not really know who George W. Bush is. For example, during the campaign he made a point of not clearly distinguishing himself from Al Gore except on issues such as religion and personal integrity, things he rightly or wrongly attacked Gore for not having. But on other issues he was extremely unclear even when he took a position. This is a Twelfth House quality.

The Twelfth House Sun and the Current Administration

I suggest that what we are going to see during his administration will be the following: 1) George W. Bush will continue to carry on as much of his private life as possible away from the media. 2) More than is usual, the public will have little idea of what is going in Bush’s administration. 3) What we see is not quite what we are going to get.

I have long suspected that Bush is not so much going to be the head of our government as the public head of a committee that will actually be in charge. Some of the other members of that committee will have almost as much influence as Bush. None of these things need be negative in terms of the outcome, but I think that we can say that Bush’s administration is going to be one of the less straightforward and less open ones in our history. Given some of the things that have happened over the last several administrations, that may be saying a lot.

Next week I will take another astrological look at our new president.



Rob Hand, author of Planets in Transit and other works, is now involved in the translation and publication of texts regarding ancient and medieval astrology through ARHAT Media Inc.
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Other StarIQ articles by Rob Hand:

  • Astrology by Hand 13   7/3/2003
  • Astrology by Hand 1   4/10/2003
  • Astrology by Hand 14   8/11/2001
  • Astrology by Hand 13   8/4/2001
  • Astrology by Hand 11   7/21/2001
  • Astrology by Hand 46   5/5/2001

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