PRLog - Feb. 4, 2012 - CHICAGO -- Zipping through the zodiac is a powerful way to get nonpartisan astrological political analysis. Here's an astrological roundup of the four major contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, based on their Sun signs, by astrologer Anne Nordhaus Bike of ANB Communications (http://www.anbcommunications.com)
Mitt Romney (drawing by Chuck Senties).
Newt Gingrich is a Gemini, born 17 June. That gives him a quick mind and a gift for communication.
With Gemini, things generally come in twos because it's the sign of the Twins; that duality often manifests as someone having two personalities ("good twin/bad twin"), two careers (often both at once), or even two major hobbies. Gingrich has two children, for example; he also has admitted to being involved with two women at once at times in his life.
When misused, Gemini energy may be expressed as savage verbal attack, relentless criticism, being less than truthful, talking out of both sides (that's the two again) of one's mouth, and using words to manipulate others. Gemini also gives a talent for word play and performance--
Being ruled by Mercury, Gemini is often "mercurial" and restless. There also may be a tendency to skim the surface because this air sign is the lightest sign of the zodiac: one of Gingrich's projects experienced scandal, and he admitted to not paying attention to the details. Sometimes Gemini may have difficulty maturing and aging gracefully because this sign's youthful quality finds it hard to "set aside childish things" when the time comes to move forward in life.
U.S. presidents who were Geminis: John F. Kennedy, the elder George Bush.
Ron Paul is a Leo, born 20 August. That gives him a big heart and a gift for leadership.
With Leo, life takes on a charismatic and regal air because this is the sign of the royal Lion. It's also a fire sign, which brings strong, hot energy (and often emotional drama). Leo often manifests as someone who likes to lead, be in the spotlight, and give orders; Paul is an MD, one of very few who have served in Congress, and accustomed to being in charge and literally giving medical "orders".
When misused, Leo energy may be expressed as a big ego (the titles of Paul's newsletters include his own name), bossing others around, holding oneself superior to others, feeling a right to all the finer things in life, and fiery attacks of rage against those who disagree or refuse to bend to the Lion's will.
At the same time, the Lion can be surprisingly sensitive; the royal antics usually hide someone deeply insecure who has a strong emotional need for attention. There also may be a tendency to be stubborn (this is a fixed sign, after all); the upside is that this sign usually is deeply loyal--Paul has been married to the same person since 1957.
Leo is ruled by the Sun and is associated with the metal gold. Paul originally decided to enter politics when the U.S. gave up the gold standard. Also, he was involved in a coin business for many years, and he once introduced legislation called the "Sunlight Rule."
U.S. presidents who were Leos: Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney is a Pisces, born 12 March. That gives him a sensitive soul and a gift for spirituality.
With Pisces, life takes on a watery, sensitive cast because this is the sign of the Fish (actually, two fish bound together, with one pulling upstream and the other wanting to float downstream). This sign often manifests as someone who struggles between the low road of materialism, addiction, and martyrdom and the high road of spirituality, compassion, and tolerance. In Romney's case, spirituality often has been expressed through his religious background, and he has been extremely active in this area; compassion might be deduced from his push for universal health care coverage in Massachusetts.
When misused, this urge to spirituality and oneness may be expressed as trying to create a perfect society by controlling others, often based on religious dogma. Although Pisces often may be naive about money, this sign's imagination and creativity may allow Pisceans to become extremely rich (Romney's net worth is huge; Steve Jobs was a Pisces, too).
Romney appears to have avoided money issues by tapping Pisces's opposite sign, Virgo: instead of dreamy ideals (Pisces), he deals in data, data, data (Virgo) and absolutely avoids risks (Virgo, and earth signs in general, tend to this avoidance).
As a mutable sign, Pisces is highly adaptable, and this sign has a need to help and serve, so consulting is a natural career choice. As can be seen in Romney's career and life, the Pisces ability to adapt and be everything to everyone, however, makes this sign slippery, an enigma, and extremely hard to pin down. Pisces also generally is secretive and private; note the unwillingness to reveal financial information.
Pisces also excels in the arts and loves glamour and spectacle. Romney often gives presentations rather than speeches, he played a major role in the 2002 winter Olympics, and he retains a fondness for France after time there as a young man.
U.S. presidents who were Pisceses: George Washington, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, and Grover Cleveland.
Rick Santorum is a Taurus, born 10 May. That gives him enduring strength and a gift for understanding the physical world.
With Taurus, life takes on a practical, steady feeling because this is the sign of the Bull. This energy often manifests as someone who values security and dependability, dislikes change, and gains notice for persistence rather than brilliance. In Santorum's case, this tendency can be seen in his social and religious conservatism, his generally cautious stance on fiscal policy, and his "hawkish" views on foreign affairs.
When misused, the Bull's strength and fixed nature (this is a fixed sign) can be expressed as stubbornness, bullying, and a pugnacious, in-your-face communication style--all of which can be seen in Santorum's background, from his "Join the Fight!" slogan in 1994, to his confrontational nature as a child, to his defense of prisoner mistreatment via "enhanced interrogation."
At the same time, Taurus may become a fighter for underdogs: Santorum sided with Democrats on legislation to prohibit replacing striking workers and was involved in exposing members of Congress involved in the House banking scandal.
Yet Taurus may engage in the same behavior as those it criticizes (and its criticism often comes out in a hamfisted, clumsy way, as can be seen in Santorum's numerous verbal gaffes). As just one example, witness Santorum's past problems with residency issues, despite winning his first race after criticizing his incumbent opponent for living outside the district.
U.S. presidents who were Tauruses: James Monroe, James Buchanan, Ulysses Grant, Harry Truman.
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Anne Nordhaus-Bike is president of ANB Communications, www.anbcommunications.com. The author of the award-winning Living in Harmony astrology column for the Gazette newspaper in Chicago, she has won several journalism awards and in 1997 was added to the "Wall of Fame" of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
In 2011, Anne's astrology and art book, Follow the Sun: A Simple Way to Use Astrology for Living in Harmony, was published.
Since 2002, Anne has dedicated most of her efforts to writing, astrology, art, and performance. She frequently combines her talents to create multimedia works. Today, ANB Communications offers writing, astrology, art, and music videos and short films inspired by nature and by spiritual and mystical subjects. These products are designed to help clients live in harmony physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.