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Astrology by Hand Week 45

Ariel Sharon and the Palestinian Crisis

This week we are going to look at the current prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon. He is of particular interest not only because of his involvement in what seems to be the unending Arab-Israeli conflict, but because in that conflict he is widely perceived as a hawk. Many believe that his appointment as prime minister means that peace is further away than ever.

Ariel Sharon’s birth data is from Lois Rodden’s Astrodatabank: February 27, 1928; at 7:36 am EET in Kafr Malal, in what was then Palestine. The coordinates are given as 32N11 and 34E54. The time is indicated as being “from memory,” and may be up to a half hour off. This could be critical to the chart because in the half hour before birth, the rising sign changed from Pisces to Aries. However, I believe that the chart for this time is close to the correct time and that he does have Aries rising. Here’s why I think so.

Astrology Horoscope: Ariel SharonThe given time gives Sharon a Twelfth House Sun. As we have already seen with President Bush, a Twelfth House Sun is no barrier to becoming successful or famous. But Aries rising makes Mars a ruler of the Ascendant, which is appropriate for someone with not only a military background, but a military style as well. This time also gives him a rising degree that is straddled by Uranus just above the horizon and Jupiter just below. The Uranus gives him a brusque demeanor, impatient of the niceties of everyday diplomatic language, while the Jupiter in Aries gives him the appearance of being large, imposing and dominant. Furthermore, Mars, the planetary ruler of his Ascendant, is in Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation. This is the ultimate military Mars, and it is in the Tenth House of career (although on the cusp of the Eleventh).

The Twelfth House Sun simply tells us that there is much to Sharon that we do not see. Specifically, I believe that Sharon exemplifies a common pattern found in men with the Sun in Pisces or Cancer, a pattern that is reinforced by other factors in the chart as well. (Note to any male readers with this Sun placement: this pattern is not by any means inevitable and tends to occur in males with a very traditional masculine upbringing.)

Pisces and Cancer are the most female of all of the signs of the zodiac. And note that I said “female,” not “effeminate.” There is a difference! Both signs indicate an extreme sensitivity, and their natives normally develop a rich, inner emotional life. However, this very sensitivity causes difficulty for men who exhibit it, and who are not encouraged to develop it in a positive manner. As a result, many men with this placement go in the opposite direction and develop an exaggerated kind of macho behavior and what appears to be an unfeeling shell to protect themselves.

If the Pisces or Cancer Sun is in the Twelfth House, this makes that much easier to do, because then we have a much stronger appearing and more traditionally masculine fire sign rising, Aries in the case of the Pisces Twelfth House Sun, Leo in the case of Cancer. (George W. Bush with his Twelfth House Sun in Cancer may be another example of this syndrome, although his Cancer Sun is a bit more obvious in his behavior than Sharon’s Pisces Sun.) I am sure that in his personal and domestic life, where it is safe for him to do so, Sharon can be very emotional and sentimental. But to the outer world he will always appear the hard, strong man, the classic alpha male.

Another combination in Sharon’s chart that reinforces the difference between an inner sensitivity and an outer hardness is the Moon in close square to Neptune. At the moment he was born, the square was getting closer. This means that the combination was intensifying at the time of his birth. This configuration can either increase one’s sensitivity to the feelings of others, or result in a peculiar kind of emotional confusion and lack of clarity.

The Moon-Neptune square is in turn reinforced by Sharon’s natal Mercury moving backward (retrograde) in Pisces. Mercury’s next aspect (after it crosses into Aquarius) will be an opposition to Neptune. All of this indicates that his thought patterns are not necessarily logical, rational or obvious to other people. If I were negotiating with Sharon on any issue that he holds dear, I would not rely on sheer logic to make my case. If he does not feel that something is right, if his gut does not tell him so, he will not be easy to persuade by logic or facts.

So this is the man who is heading the government of Israel during these times. Is the world in greater trouble for this, or will Sharon surprise us as other conservatives have done by doing exactly what conservatives would not allow liberals to do? Next week we will look at the transits.



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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