by Hand Week 44
Astrology of Richard Cheney's Health
we introduced Dick
Cheney's chart and looked at astrological reasons why he has
taken such a large role in the Bush
administration. This week we will look at the astrological indications
of his health problems.
first factor that speaks to his health problems is his Sun in the Sixth
House, 90 degrees (square) from Saturn. The Sixth House is a house of
health and illness as well as a house of work and service. Cheney’s Sun
is also in the sign of its detriment.
that every planet rules a sign and is especially well off when placed
in that sign. However, the reverse is true when a planet is placed in
the sign opposite to the one it rules. That is the sign of its detriment.
A planet has trouble expressing its true nature when it is in that sign.
The Sun “rules” Leo, therefore, it is in its detriment in the opposite
sign Aquarius, Cheney’s Sun sign.
mean everyone with the Sun in Aquarius has a “bad” Sun? No! But it does
mean that the Sun may have trouble expressing its own nature strongly
and completely. The Sun signifies physical energy in general and the heart
and circulatory system in particular. With the Sun in the house of
illness 90 degrees away from Saturn, the planet of restriction and blockage,
and I think you can begin to see the picture. Cheney’s recent heart problems
have come from blockages that keep recurring in the coronary artery.
Virgo rising, which is ruled by Mercury. The Ascending sign and its ruler
have to do with the physical body. And Mercury, the ruler, is in the Sixth
House, close to 90 degrees from Uranus. Uranus has to do with sudden upsets
and shocks, in this case to the body. So we have another indicator here
of the possible frailty of his body with regard to sudden physiological
events. This combination also suggests that Cheney may have a tendency
to scatter his energies or use too much nervous energy. This comes from
the fact that both Mercury and Uranus have to do with the nerves, and
both have a tendency to scatter energy.
to Be Careful
times of major changes and events by means of transits. This consists
of looking to see where the planets are in the zodiac at any given time
and comparing them to where they are in the birth chart. When a planet
makes an important angle to a position occupied by a planet in the birth
chart, this is called a transit. There are transits that most people experience
as positive and easy, and there are transits that most people experience
as being difficult. But no transit ever absolutely guarantees a
particular result, good or bad, especially if the native lives in such
a way as to transmute the energies of difficult transits into something
creative and useful. If the native does not, the more troublesome manifestations
of difficult transits are likely to occur.
case, during the most intense period of the election and the time of uncertainty
that followed right up to the present time, transiting Saturn has been
on Cheney’s Midheaven, the point that has the most to do with the career
and its demands. For most people this is a time when the career becomes
demanding and has especially great rewards. Cheney seems to know this,
and has worked incredibly hard, even despite the two heart “incidents.”
on November 22, 2000 and March 5, 2001. During this period, Neptune has
been moving into a 90-degree angle to his Jupiter, and more importantly,
Saturn. From there, Neptune will move to transit the Sun by conjunction.
In addition, Uranus has recently made a 90-degree angle with Cheney’s
natal Uranus. The Neptune-Saturn and the Uranus-Uranus transits were both
very close to exact during the second heart incident in March. Neptune
tends to weaken the physical body and to make it more vulnerable, while
Uranus indicates sudden crises.
March through early August, Mars will be crossing its own position in
Cheney’s birth chart three times. This can indicate an illness, especially
something connected with the blood such as the circulatory system, veins
and arteries. Therefore, this entire period is one in which Cheney should
But the transits
get most intense from February of next year through July, when Pluto will
be crossing his natal Mars, and Neptune will be crossing his natal Sun.
Mars rules Aries, which is the sign on Cheney’s Eighth House cusp. This is
a house of major transformations, and these can include life-threatening
events. Neptune tends to weaken the Sun, which, as we have said, has to
do with the cardiovascular system in general. These transits are, therefore,
both threats to his health, and they continue on through the end of 2003.
From an astrological
point of view, it is clear that Cheney does need to slow down. Nothing
is inevitable, but one must cooperate with astrological indications and
learn to flow with them. Simply ignoring them is not the best way to make
things turn out well. We hope that from whatever source his guidance may
come, Cheney does indeed slow down so that his body may heal properly.
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