The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Saturn = 010
Uranus = 30
Moon = 152
Pluto = 220
Sun = 232
Venus = 310
Mercury = 311
Neptune = 322
[Least-aspected Saturn] [Uranus]
Most of the questions about Mr. Clinton and his future ... can be best understood with one larger concept in mind: He is always changing but never changes [...] His political instincts since his days as a student politician at Georgetown have always been toward moderation, trying to find ways to ease the tension between establishment traditions and progressive change.
–David Maraniss, International Herald Tribune1
“The change I seek ... isn’t liberal or conservative. It’s different and it’s both.”
President Clinton’s Primary Transcendental, Saturn, is in a vertical, Midheaven position along the northeast coast of the United States. His Secondary Transcendental, Uranus, is in a vertical, Midheaven position over the western U.S. In addition, Tertiary Moon is positioned in a vertical, Midheaven line over eastern Alaska; therefore, all three key Transcendentals touch the continental United States.
Like several other politicians with a Transcendental Uranus (Nixon, Indira Gandhi, Catherine the Great), Clinton had to weather extreme “reversals of fortune” (Secondary Uranus). He also experienced “unexpected comebacks” (Uranus). Early on, the latter quality earned him the moniker, “The Comeback Kid” (Secondary Uranus).
As is the case with many other American presidents,2 Saturn was his least aspected planet. Traditionally, Saturn symbolizes “grave responsibility toward the social collective” and the ability to work within “institutional and governmental structures.”
Like Catherine the Great and Indira Gandhi, Clinton “reversed” his own “agenda for change.” In the face of “intransigent status quo forces” (Primary Saturn), at the beginning of his presidency he was unable to institute some of his more liberal platforms (a situation similar to Catherine’s). While he “recognized the power of the status quo” and attempted to adapt to it by “working within institutional networks” (Saturn), he also attempted to “promote innovative change, new methodologies, and reformations” (Secondary Uranus): essentially, to “introduce novel / yet institutionally approved and collectively maintained regulations and structures” (Secondary Uranus / Primary Saturn).3
Clinton’s most aspected or Leading Planets (indicative of areas in life where we may overreach, act with hubris, and suffer a fall from grace) describe several of his more difficult-to-manage character traits. His “numerous / sexual / escapades” (Secondary Leader Mercury / Leading Mars / Tertiary Leader, Venus) resulted in “self-victimization4 and -delusion” (Leading Neptune), especially once these affairs were exploited by right-wing reactionary forces attempting to destabilize his presidency. Another “difficult-to-manage” Leading Planet energy was exemplified by his inability to master an appropriate means of displaying anger (Leading Mars). His few public displays of temper–such as the time he banged his fist on the presidential podium–always drew intense criticism and disapproval.
1. International Herald Tribune, November 7, 1996, p. 2 (reprinted from the Washington Post Service).
2. LAP Saturn / Pluto occur in U.S. presidential births far more frequently than any other planets.
3. Echoing this Uranus / Saturn Transcendental pairing, biographer David Maraniss notes: “There was talk during his first term about the struggle in his soul between the two sides of Bill Clinton, symbolized by two aides who detested one another, the liberal Harold Ickes, his deputy chief of staff, and the utterly pragmatic Dick Morris, the political consultant.” International Herald Tribune, November 7, 1996, p. 2.
In an insightful response to my essay on Clinton, author Linda Reid recently remarked: “I always see the Uranus / Saturn ‘struggle’ as the mark of the Promethean man.” Posted on “Festival” (Internet) on October 13, 1998, and reproduced here with the kind permission of Linda Reid. See her Crossing the Threshold: The Astrology of Dreaming (Penguin).
“Although Uranus’s meaning is so well established in astrological circles that its name has come to be synonymous with the character of its actual manifestations rather than with its mythological namesake, I believe that recognition of the archetypal identity of the astrological Uranus with the mythic Prometheus can radically expand and deepen our understanding of this planet’s meaning.” Richard Tarnas, cited by Gerry Goddard in “Uranus, Prometheus, or just plain Herschel: A response to Robert Chandler’s Reply to Richard Tarnas,” The Astrological Journal, May/June 1996, vol. 38, no. 3.
4. “President Clinton spoke today of the pain of ‘self-inflicted wounds,’ the struggle for redemption and the path toward forgiveness.” Ceci Connolly, “Clinton Talks of ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds’,” Washington Post, Saturday, August 29, 1998, p. A01.
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
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