This week we explore the chart of Dick Cheney, a vice president who seems to be doing most of the real work of the Bush presidency. His birth data has become available from Lois Rodden’s Astrodatabank.
Cheney was born January 30, 1941, at 7:30 pm in Lincoln, Nebraska. His Sun (self) is in airy, electric Aquarius, his Moon (emotions) is in sensitive Pisces and his Ascendant (his public face) is in detail-oriented Virgo. The first thing that I noticed when I looked at his chart is that Cheney’s birthday is the same day (different year of course) as Franklin Delano Roosevelt (born January 30, 1882, at 8:45 pm LMT in Hyde Park, New York).
Cheney’s and Roosevelt’s Suns are within one degree of each other. Cheney’s Sun is 10 Aquarius 48 minutes and FDR’s was 11 degrees and 8 minutes. Although they have different degrees on their Ascendants, the rising signs are the same, Virgo. The similarities do not stop there. Both of them were born within a year of a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Taurus, both charts have Jupiter and Saturn still in Taurus and the Saturns are about two degrees away from each other. This means that both of them have the Sun square (a harsh 90-degree angle) restrictive Saturn. Both men have their Moons in water signs, FDR in Cancer and Cheney in Pisces, and both have rebellious Uranus very near an angle, FDR just above the rising degree and Cheney’s just past the Midheaven, or culminating degree, the point of career.
With all of this one would expect some degree of similarity between them. Well, obviously there is. Both have spent long periods of time in public service, and one became president and the other a vice president. Also, FDR was under secretary of the navy, and Cheney was secretary of defense under the previous Bush administration.
Obviously there is also a major difference. FDR was a liberal; Cheney is a conservative. How can we see this difference? FDR’s Uranus is near his Ascendant, which would make him personally something of a Uranian, i.e., rebel, non-traditional, etc. Cheney’s is near the Midheaven, which would not make him personally Uranian, but would give that quality to his career. A Uranian career could be an unconventional one, which is not especially the case with Cheney, or it could signify a career in which Uranian (sudden, unexpected, disruptive) events occur. (Whether this latter is true remains to be seen, but see the chart of the Bush inauguration given a couple of weeks ago.) Also, Cheney’s Midheaven is in Taurus, an earth sign that is usually a bit more conservative than Gemini, the sign on the Midheaven in FDR’s chart.
Like FDR, Cheney is obviously a workaholic, and it is very clear that Cheney is shouldering far more of the work of being president than any other vice president in history, to the extent that it is not at all clear who is really in charge. As I have indicated before in these columns, Bush looks like a front man for a group of people running the country, and Cheney is the most important man in that group, at least as far as the actual work done is concerned.
These qualities are found in Cheney’s chart through the following placements:
1) The Sun in the Sixth House square Saturn. The Sixth House is the house of work and service.
2) The square to Saturn makes the Sun even more work-oriented and also indicates a high-degree of perfectionism. The Sun is also square Jupiter, which is conjunct Saturn. Jupiter and Saturn combined are generally representative of big business, and Cheney does have strong connections with the business community.
3) The Ascendant in Virgo can also make one an avid worker and often confers a self-effacing quality that makes one content to be a worker behind the scenes or in a supporting role.
4) And finally, this is also all supported by the fact that Mercury, the ruler of his rising degree in Virgo, is also in the Sixth House of work and service.
Now, all of this is true about FDR’s chart as well, except for the close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and FDR's Sun is in the Fifth House rather than the Sixth. But FDR would not have been content to be second in command. What made FDR so different from Cheney? FDR had action-oriented Mars conjunct the Midheaven, which made him too independent to be a second in command, and also made him a brilliant war leader.
None of this would be a problem if it were not for the fact that Cheney’s health does not appear to be up to the burden laid upon him. It is not just a matter of his having a heart condition. Cheney had his first heart attack at the age of 37, has had quadruple bypass surgery and has had two heart “incidents” since the beginning of the presidential campaign. One was last fall, and the other happened a few weeks ago. These recent heart episodes along with his past history show a chronic heart condition, not mere isolated incidents. No one has any way of knowing whether he will be well or fall ill at any time.
We introduced Dick Cheney's chart and looked at astrological reasons why he has taken such a large role in the Bush administration. Now, we will look at the astrological indications of his health problems.
The first factor that speaks to his health problems is his Sun in the Sixth House, 90 degrees (square) from Saturn. The Sixth House is a house of health and illness as well as a house of work and service. Cheney’s Sun is also in the sign of its detriment.
Remember that every planet rules a sign and is especially well off when placed in that sign. However, the reverse is true when a planet is placed in the sign opposite to the one it rules. That is the sign of its detriment. A planet has trouble expressing its true nature when it is in that sign. The Sun “rules” Leo, therefore, it is in its detriment in the opposite sign Aquarius, Cheney’s Sun sign.
Does this mean everyone with the Sun in Aquarius has a “bad” Sun? No! But it does mean that the Sun may have trouble expressing its own nature strongly and completely. The Sun signifies physical energy in general and the heart and circulatory system in particular. With the Sun in the house of illness 90 degrees away from Saturn, the planet of restriction and blockage, and I think you can begin to see the picture. Cheney’s recent heart problems have come from blockages that keep recurring in the coronary artery.
Cheney has Virgo rising, which is ruled by Mercury. The Ascending sign and its ruler have to do with the physical body. And Mercury, the ruler, is in the Sixth House, close to 90 degrees from Uranus. Uranus has to do with sudden upsets and shocks, in this case to the body. So we have another indicator here of the possible frailty of his body with regard to sudden physiological events. This combination also suggests that Cheney may have a tendency to scatter his energies or use too much nervous energy. This comes from the fact that both Mercury and Uranus have to do with the nerves, and both have a tendency to scatter energy.
We judge times of major changes and events by means of transits. This consists of looking to see where the planets are in the zodiac at any given time and comparing them to where they are in the birth chart. When a planet makes an important angle to a position occupied by a planet in the birth chart, this is called a transit. There are transits that most people experience as positive and easy, and there are transits that most people experience as being difficult. But no transit ever absolutely guarantees a particular result, good or bad, especially if the native lives in such a way as to transmute the energies of difficult transits into something creative and useful. If the native does not, the more troublesome manifestations of difficult transits are likely to occur.
In Cheney’s case, during the most intense period of the election and the time of uncertainty that followed right up to the present time, transiting Saturn has been on Cheney’s Midheaven, the point that has the most to do with the career and its demands. For most people this is a time when the career becomes demanding and has especially great rewards. Cheney seems to know this, and has worked incredibly hard, even despite the two heart “incidents.”
These were on November 22, 2000 and March 5, 2001. During this period, Neptune has been moving into a 90-degree angle to his Jupiter, and more importantly, Saturn. From there, Neptune will move to transit the Sun by conjunction. In addition, Uranus has recently made a 90-degree angle with Cheney’s natal Uranus. The Neptune-Saturn and the Uranus-Uranus transits were both very close to exact during the second heart incident in March. Neptune tends to weaken the physical body and to make it more vulnerable, while Uranus indicates sudden crises.
From late March through early August, Mars will be crossing its own position in Cheney’s birth chart three times. This can indicate an illness, especially something connected with the blood such as the circulatory system, veins and arteries. Therefore, this entire period is one in which Cheney should be careful.
But the transits get most intense from February of next year through July, when Pluto will be crossing his natal Mars, and Neptune will be crossing his natal Sun. Mars rules Aries, which is the sign on Cheney’s Eighth House cusp. This is a house of major transformations, and these can include life-threatening events. Neptune tends to weaken the Sun, which, as we have said, has to do with the cardiovascular system in general. These transits are, therefore, both threats to his health, and they continue on through the end of 2003.
From an astrological point of view, it is clear that Cheney does need to slow down. Nothing is inevitable, but one must cooperate with astrological indications and learn to flow with them. Simply ignoring them is not the best way to make things turn out well. We hope that from whatever source his guidance may come, Cheney does indeed slow down so that his body may heal properly.
Robert Hand is one of the world's most famous and renowned astrologers. He takes a special interest in the philosophical dimensions of astrology and is quite dedicated to computer programming. Currently he is fully engaged for Arhat Media as an editor, translator and publisher of ancient astrological writings. Rob Hand lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rob is an honor graduate from Brandeis University, with honors in history, and went on for graduate work in the History of Science at Princeton. Rob began an astrology practice in 1972 and as success came, he began traveling world wide as a full time professional astrologer. In 2013, he was designated as a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) by The Catholic University of America.
27-May-2018, 03:39 UT/GMT
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