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Astrology Horoscope: Jesse JacksonReverend Jesse Jackson (born October 8, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina at 2:15 pm) has been a familiar and controversial figure for more than thirty years. Loved by many, hated by some, this ordained minister has fought passionately and tirelessly to uplift and empower the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised. As altruistic as he is outspoken, Jackson has inspired countless inner-city children around the United States to “just say no” when it comes to alcohol, drugs and premarital sex. So when news broke recently that Jackson had fathered a child out of wedlock in May 1999, it created a crisis that rocked his professional image and family life.

Inner Man and Outer World: Sun-Mars Opposition

The tug of war between his public reputation and private behavior is illustrated in Jackson’s horoscope through two notable oppositions: Libra Sun opposite Mars in Aries, and Scorpio Venus opposite Saturn and Uranus in Taurus. Formed when two planets are 180 degrees apart, oppositions represent two forces taking turns at center stage.

Jackson is a deeply caring individual capable of uniting people of all persuasions and mediating disputes when others cannot. This is a classical characteristic of his Sun sign Libra, symbolized by the scales of justice and ruled by compassionate Venus. In dedicating his life to civil rights causes at home and abroad, Jackson, founder of the Rainbow Coalition, gives tirelessly to others, perhaps as a way to balance and harmonize the conflicting elements in his own horoscope.

Action-oriented Mars, strengthened in its own sign of Aries, makes Jackson’s essential humanity come through loud and clear, and gives the kind of relentless energy he used in pursuing his two runs for the presidency in the 1980s. While its opposition to the Sun can fuel anger at the world around him, it also makes him a dedicated fighter for humanitarian causes, and an unstoppable crusader against poverty and injustice. But this same signature in the chart can foster conceit, arrogance and a powerful libido that, in recent years, has veered out of control.

Pleasure, Guilt and Redemption: The Venus Roller Coaster

The other opposition, and the one reflective of his present dilemma, centers on Venus in Scorpio, a placement that makes his capacity for love (Venus) boundless and intense, and potentially self-destructive. This same passion that drives Jackson’s need to help others can also affect him as a man, suggesting a raw, powerful and unbridled sexuality. On a positive note, the opposition from responsible, hardworking Saturn shows strong family ties, with a longstanding marriage that produced five children. But it also means that his work comes first, taking him away from home for long stretches of time. Add independent and eccentric Uranus to the mix, and you have someone who may go back and forth between taking the moral high ground (Saturn), and indulging a periodic need for sensual pleasures and romantic variety (Uranus).

As a public figure, and a minister striving to provide moral inspiration to others, Jackson has no doubt struggled mightily with this other side of himself. With spiritual Neptune sextiling Venus and trining the Saturn-Uranus conjunction, Jackson’s faith will undoubtedly see him through this current crisis, as it probably has at other times in his life.

On the Ropes, or the Comeback Kid?

Once his extramarital affair was revealed in January 2001, an event corresponding with transiting Saturn approaching the Venus configuration, Jackson announced that he had been providing financial support to both mother and child. At the same time, he removed himself from the public arena to heal his wounds and make amends with his family. But within less than a week, Jackson and his family appeared to rebound, making a series of public appearances. When asked why he reemerged so quickly, his answer was, “The ground is no place for a champion.”

As current astrological factors warn of trouble ahead, Jackson may come to regret that response. Saturn continues to activate the Venus configuration until the end of April. In March, Venus stations on Jackson’s headstrong Mars before it retrogrades, meaning more unhappy consequences could flow from his actions. Fight them though he might, by early next year, when Uranus squares the Venus Saturn opposition, he may look less like a champ and more like the punch-drunk fighter hunkering against the ropes to ward off the blows of a strong and determined opponent. Trying to control the situation with anger, denial or egotism will make it all the worse, and his biggest struggle will be with himself. There is hope (along with light) for Jesse Jackson at the end of the personal tunnel he’s created for himself, as he now faces his contradictions and chooses how to express them in the future.

 

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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