Senator John McCain has been described by his colleagues in the
United States Senate as having a volatile temper, and reportedly
strikes out at others quickly and unexpectedly.
aspect that is notorious for creating fire and brimstone in a chart
is McCain’s placement of Mars (aggression) in fiery Leo, which squares—or makes a difficult
and unharmonious angle—to McCain’s Uranus (volatility) in earthy Taurus. Since
both Leo and Taurus are in fixed signs, it’s also a pretty good
bet that he can be about as stubborn as you can get from time to
signs are rigid in their thinking and inclined to be unwilling to
change their opinions very easily. Since this fixity is shown through
McCain’s male energy—his masculinity—it’s fairly clear that he wouldn’t
back down from a good fight.
McCain was born August 29, 1936, at 9:00 am in the Panama Canal
Zone. His father and his grandfather were navy admirals. John was
raised as a “navy brat,” and true to his genes, he went to Annapolis
and became a naval flyer.
plane was shot down in Vietnam, and he became a prisoner
of war for five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton,” one of the
most vicious North Vietnamese prisons. He was severely injured when
he ejected from his aircraft, and he continues to have trouble with
of his fellow senators have implied that McCain’s temper is a result
of his prisoner of war experience. In fact, several have implied
that he is a little “nuts” because of the imprisonment.
an effort to rebut that suggestion, McCain recently released all
of his medical records, which date back to his infancy, because he
was born in a naval hospital. Annual follow-ups since his release
from the navy have given him a clean bill of health. Doctors report
that he has shown little, if any, after-effect of the ordeal.
John McCain’s point of view, his outbursts of temper are probably
based more on righteous indignation than anything else. This is
exemplified by the fact that he has the preacher's planet Jupiter in the moralistic sign of Sagittarius. The down side is that this placement is that
one can be somewhat self-righteous and given to think his or her opinions are
based on divine inspiration.
fires of religion, love and most every emotion can be fanned to
a high fervor with this placement.
He “Lose It” In the Primaries?
has been quite successful at laughing off the comments about his
temper. He has a quick wit, common with those with strong Virgo
placements in their chart. McCain has his Sun in Virgo as well as sociable Venus next to sensitive Neptune in the same sign. The Venus-Neptune conjunction is commonly associated with a high degree of sensitivity in relationships. McCain may be explosive, but would likely care strongly about any hurt feelings he evokes in others. Virgo, too, is an analytical
sign, and its wit can be self-depreciating—a trait that could help
him offset the accusations about his temper.
way he is handling the temper issue is probably the best approach for now. But the question still remains on the public’s
mind—will he lose his temper at the most inopportune time if he
is elected president?
needs to be careful during the primaries that he doesn’t just up
and “lose it” with fellow candidates. Angry behavior suggests resentment,
and people never warm to that behavior.
one were to do a forecast chart on McCain, we’d see that he doesn’t
have a great many transits (triggers from planets moving through
the zodiac that make angles to planets in his natal chart) coming
up that would exacerbate his temper. While he may be a bit “testy”
from time to time, he probably won’t go off the deep end either.
Keeping his cool will definitely help him in the long run.
He Win Despite The Temper?
would appear that McCain may win at least one primary. It will be
a squeaker, but New Hampshire may come through for him. After that,
it will be difficult to get other large victories.
McCain’s talents, luck and charisma, however, it’s a good bet that
he will at least come up with the Vice Presidential nod, if he’ll
have it. Perhaps that will be the best test of his temper. Can he
play second fiddle with the grace and charm his chart suggests,
he give in to his Mars-Uranus aspect and pitch a fit because he
didn’t win first place? Only McCain can answer that one.