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As we've seen over the past few weeks, President-elect Bush has chosen several members of his father's team to serve in his own cabinet. Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld are among those we'll be seeing in the news again once Bush takes office, and all of them have extensive experience in the administrative branch of government.

Of the names we've heard Bush announce as he scrambles to assemble his own team on short notice, however, there's one that's rung especially familiar with Americans, one man who somehow seems to have earned respect, admiration and confidence across party lines: General Colin Powell.

Called "a genuine American hero" by Bush at the news conference announcing his appointment as Secretary of State (Newsweek, December 25, 2000), Powell certainly is just that. He has a reputation that's well deserved, and not just for his role in the Gulf War. He's been involved in government for decades—in fact, his name was frequently mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. But it's not just his military or political abilities that have made him famous. Powell has also been turned into something of a folk hero or living legend by those who admire him, due to his work with the underprivileged, most recently with the group America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth.

A Natural Warrior

Astrology Horoscope: Colin PowellSo what's the astrology behind this man of war who's somehow also come to be known as a kind-hearted, sensitive champion of the underdog? Well, it's no surprise that Powell is an Aries, the sign that's owned by Mars, the ancient god of war. Aries is a veritable bullet of red-hot energy, as aggressive, combative and bold as a sign could possibly be. Aries doesn’t like to lose, as Aries Al Gore proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. In short, it's the perfect astrological Sun sign for a fighter, a career military man in particular.

Powell's Aries Sun comes complete with a commanding voice to match. He has communicative Mercury in Aries, the planet we use to express our Sun's mission. With both planets in this confrontative sign, it's small wonder that Powell can "silence a strategy session just by clearing his throat" (also according to Newsweek), even if he didn't have Pluto, the planet of power and control, attached to that Mercury. Aries alone is a force to be reckoned with. Add Pluto, and you've just upgraded that force from a handgun to an army.

It's obvious that Powell has chosen the right career path, the real "job" of the Sun in all our charts. Since Mars is associated with his Sun sign Aries, it's also a good idea to take a look at the condition of the red planet in his chart. It, too, is in a fire sign like Aries—expansive, long-distance Sagittarius, yet another perfect "tool" for someone who'll be dealing with foreign powers and far-off military situations.

Cautious and Organized

But in addition to all that showy fire, there's a lot more to Powell that doesn’t meet the eye immediately. Take, for example, something that's called the "Powell Doctrine," the general's famous reluctance to send troops into a situation that's anything less than a sure bet for the U.S. The ability to wait and see belongs to Saturn—and if Aries is a fast-acting warrior, Saturn is a careful, methodical general, an expert at organizing strategy of all kinds. Saturn, in fact, is the only planet strong enough to hold back Aries planets that are always eager to pull the trigger, sometimes before they've even aimed.

Powell's own Saturn, in the sign of Pisces, is well equipped for waiting, fortunately, as it is in an easy trine to potent Pluto in Cancer, the most secretive planet of all. In short, this trine combines wisdom with the ability to take charge behind the scenes, and it certainly shows where Powell's quiet power comes from. Add in contacts from Jupiter to Pluto and Saturn and you’ve got someone who will take time to make a decision, but once it’s made, will carry it out big time. Jupiter doesn’t know any other way to act. Powell's Jupiter is also somewhat restrained, since it's in practical Capricorn, the sign that Saturn owns. So although he'll open the gates of hell once he's convinced it's the right thing to do, this is one general who won't recommend force unless it's justifiable, and again, unless victory is a guarantee, in his own mind, at least.

In all, regardless of which political party you call your own, here may be the real "uniter" in Bush's cabinet, the man whose ability to capture admiration and respect across party lines could help to pull our divided nation together. Powell's Saturn-Pluto trine points to the potential to act on principles rather than political motivations, and his reputation thus far certainly bears that fact out. With sturdy, respectable Saturn set to touch base through cooperative sextiles with that same Pluto-Saturn trine over the next few months, he's certainly going to be off to a great start.




Kim Rogers-Gallagher is a well known columnist, lecturer and author of Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain and Astrology for the Light Side of the Future(ACS Publications).

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