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Astrology by Hand Week 37

“Good” and “Bad”

Before I continue with George W. Bush, I want to say something about the words “good” and “bad” as used in last week’s column in order to forestall emails raising objections. Nothing in astrology is either inherently good or bad. It is all a matter of how it is used. But some combinations are easier to use than others. Some are very difficult indeed, requiring a great deal of skill in their use, so much so in fact that most people do not use them very well. These were traditionally regarded as “bad” combinations. Other combinations are very easy to use and these were regarded as “good” combinations. The key point for us here is that receptions, in which a planet makes a significant angle or aspect to the rulers of its sign, make more difficult combinations into less difficult or even easy ones.

Back to Bush and Triplicities

Last week, we talked about the two most well-known types of rulership, domicile (or sign) and exaltation. Most people who have studied astrology know about these two. What most of you probably do not know, unless you have studied traditional astrology, is that groups of signs called triplicities also have rulers. Here is a table that lists the triplicities and their rulers.

Day Ruler Night Ruler
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Sun  Jupiter
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn  Venus  Moon
Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Saturn Mercury
Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Mars  Mars

The terms “day ruler” and “night ruler” refer to whether a chart is a daytime chart with the Sun above the horizon, or a nighttime chart with the Sun below the horizon. No modern planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) are involved in this system. Triplicity rulership is not as potent as rulership by sign and exaltation, but it is potent.

Astrology Horoscope: G.W. BushLet’s look at George W. Bush’s Midheaven. The Midheaven, or M.C., is the highest point in the chart. Bush’s is located at 24 degrees of Aries. What are the rulers of Aries? (See last week's table.) The domicile, or sign ruler, is Mars. The exaltation ruler is the Sun. Since this is a daytime chart (the Sun is in the Twelfth House, and is therefore above the horizon), the Sun is the triplicity ruler as well.

This means that the Sun is the ruler of Bush’s M.C. twice, while Mars is the ruler only once. According to traditional astrology this makes the Sun the true ruler of the M.C., more so than Mars. Now the M.C. has to do with career and social status. Through this, his Twelfth House Sun has just acquired a significance that we did not see previously.

Now Bush’s Ascendant, or rising degree, is 7 degrees of Leo. Leo is also ruled by the Sun, both as domicile ruler and triplicity ruler. (There is no exaltation ruler of Leo.) In traditional astrology, when two points (the Ascendant and the M.C. in this case) are ruled by the same planet, those two points are strongly connected. In this manner, Bush’s way of showing himself to the world (Ascendant) and his career drives and drive for social significance (M.C.) are both ruled by the Sun, and thereby connected. And to cap things off, the three fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, are traditionally called royal signs. This was meant quite literally. I think that the picture is becoming clear.

Back to the Reception

Now let’s look at the Moon-Jupiter combination. It is in the Third House, which has to do with communications. The Moon rules the public, and Jupiter is usually a positive and easy energy. Generally, people with Moon-Jupiter combinations are well-liked, and have little difficulty in understanding other people’s moods. This is the formation that receives the Sun in the Twelfth House, since Bush’s Sun is in Cancer, the sign that is ruled by the Moon. Now I would still contend with this Twelfth House Sun that we really do not know George W. Bush, but the way the Sun is combined with the Moon and Jupiter largely overcomes that insofar as it might be a problem. We may not know who he his, but enough people do not have a problem with that so he has become president.

When we add Mercury and Pluto together in this First House and nearby to Venus, we can see someone with a strong drive to power, the ability to communicate and the ability to charm. I do believe that his Twelfth House Sun will eventually create difficulties in such a public role, but I do see how he has gotten there.



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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