Putin (pronounced Poo-teen) was born with four planets in Libra, all
of which form a square aspect (90-degree angle) to the planet Uranus.
For a nation so out-of-balance, it is fascinating to see the astrological
symbol for the scales—Libra—personified so specifically in the new
president of Russia. The fact that it will take a form of soft revolution
to strike a balance in new Russia is what Putin is all about. From
a silent, gray, non-descript shadow in the earliest days of his career,
he has arrived at his new position, and is emerging with a sense of
self-confidence, calm power and an apparent vision for the Russian
this stellium of planets in Libra, first we see the Sun and Saturn
together. This accounts for his rather unglamourous image in his late
twenties and thirties. Putin's Sun (heroic nature) coupled with Saturn
(authority) shows him to be a man of tremendous ambition, patience
and fortitude, who, as a mature man, now emanates confidence, authority
and gravitas. Rising up through the ranks from secret-security and
spy-work in the KGB, Vladimir's appearance as successor to Yeltsin
is likely a well-calculated ascension in status and power.
mother died of cancer in 1998, and his father, also called
Vladimir, died before Putin became acting president. His
father is said to have declared on his death bed, "My son
is like a czar!"* A son living out his father's dream, his
father's will and symbolically becoming his father in another
incarnation is a Sun-Saturn legacy straight out of ancient
mythic parental origins. (See George Bush's paternal link
a Greek God, but an American Icon.)
two other planets in the Libra stellium, Neptune and Mercury,
account for his shapeshifting from blue-collar deep mole
in the KGB, and his linguistic and socially-manipulative
abilities—he is many things to many people, and can reinterpret
symbols and history, or at least skew people's memory of
history. His desire not only to be liked, but also revered
and perceived as both a political and spiritual leader,
is also part of the Neptune aspect of his chart.
is the first Russian leader since Czar Nicholas II to be
a born and lifetime member of the Russian Orthodox Church.
His office has a portrait of St. Peter, the founding saint
of his birthplace, behind him. His obeisance to both church
and state is the combination of three of the planets in
Libra: Sun, Saturn and Neptune. Neptune is the religious
visionary, Saturn the prime authority and his Sun declares
his intent to embody all of the potentials of supreme authority—both
God and the state.
the Sun-Saturn and Mercury-Neptune, his inner nature becomes
more complex: Putin has class, intelligence and an aura
of mystery about him. It is a natural characteristic of
Saturnian people to appear dark and interesting, even when
they aren't. That the sign of Libra is the primary agent
of both his ego and persona gives him innate class, diplomacy
and the ability to bend toward whatever public attitude
will serve him, both domestically and internationally. This
combination of planetary influences symbolizes beautifully
the merger of the state, the military and the church.
Putin has risen from the bowels of the KGB—a position of
heroic proportions from Russian standards—working as a spy
and a security expert, to become a star. He is attracted
to and quickly accepted by powerful individuals because
of his Libran charm and inherent ability to absorb all sides
and modify extremes. That he comes from St. Petersburg and
not Moscow says much for his caste in the Russian social
hierarchy—it is a more cosmopolitan, elitist and educated
city from which the finest of the KGB were drawn. It was,
and likely will become again, the window to Europe and the
tenacity of purpose (Sun) and plodding, steady, focused
ambition (Saturn) coupled with his vision (Neptune) and
dexterity in communicating the “right” information (Mercury)
is a good base from which to launch a new vision. What that
vision actually is remains as mysterious as Putin's persona.
square of his Libra stellium to the revolutionary planet
Uranus leads one to believe that Putin is a wild-card. There
is an unstable element in his nature. Absolutely anything
could happen under his dictates. Uranus gives him an unsettling
characteristic—a volatility that would arise under threat
to his independence. He could launch a total revolution
on the turn of a ruble; he could create a split in the country
more profound than it has experienced before; he could change
from the charming diplomat to a ruthless dictator. The element
of uncertainty is hardwired into his system, and thus, one
should not be too invested in his rhetoric.
John. "The Logic of Vladimir Putin." The New York Times Magazine.
March 19, 2000.