by Robert Wilkinson
Since this extraordinary woman looms large on the current political landscape and she recently had a birthday, I thought we could take a new look at this force majure in our nation's government. In this article we'll examine some elements in her astrological chart so we can better understand her personality, and as election 2008 draws closer, we'll revisit her progressions and transits to see what the future holds for this Senator from New York.
Before we examine the birth chart of this very complex woman, we have a problem with conflicting birth times. Hillary has stated she was born at 8 pm. However, her mom states she was born in the morning. I have run into this before, and it does make a significant difference in the Ascendant, or rising sign. I'm not clear how Hillary knows her birth hour other than from her mother, but it is possible that her information is in fact more accurate than her mom's.
In the 35 years I've been doing astrology, my experience is that occasionally parents and even birth certificates can be incorrect. Sometimes parents can get mixed up about which child was born when, and often they simply don't remember. In these cases, I try to find out if there is a baby book available with the time, or maybe a relative who can remember when they first heard that a person was born.
The birth certificate is often incorrect due to hospital personnel rounding the birth time up or down. Other times they get it totally wrong. For example, my mom told me that the first birth certificate the hospital issued on me stated that I was a girl with red hair born in 1950 when actually I was blond, obviously a male (I HOPE the doctors and nurses knew how to figure that one out!), born 1951. While I understand getting the hair color wrong, I would think it is very difficult to get gender and year wrong. Go figure.
The birth time determines the Ascendant, or rising sign. The Ascendant gives indications of the self image as well as the physical appearance. If she was born at 8 pm, then she has 30 degrees Gemini rising, whereas a chart done for 8:02 am sets her Ascendant at 23 degrees of Scorpio. Based on thousands of charts I've done, she has the facial features of a Gemini, and there are other reasons why I prefer the Gemini rising chart. And since we aren't certain, I'll examine the chart considering factors that have nothing to do with her Ascendant sign.
That said, here's Hillary!
Anyone with a Moon in Pisces should take care that in their sensitivity they don't pick up negative or unfortunate corrosive emotional thoughtforms from the collective consciousness. With her Pisces Moon, Hillary feels things in the environment that others don't notice. The strong Scorpio-Pisces combination shows that she has a strong need for a private, sacred space where she can retreat to process her powerful and deep feelings.
Scorpio is a Warrior-Guardian. It is an intense sign, does not suffer fools gladly, and has no problem digging deep to find what they need. They have a talent that enables them to get down to the nitty-gritty of things in a hurry, but occasionally they go too far and end up emotionally crashing. Scorpios need to learn how to dance on the edge without going over the edge, and also when and how to back off from a challenge so they live to fight another day. If they can learn to simplify things, they'll enjoy life more while staying clear about boundaries and values.
Hillary Clinton also has a major conjunction in Leo involving Mars, Pluto, and Saturn, which is an extremely intense stellium. These planets are in challenging aspect relationship to some of her Scorpio planets, indicating a powerful ability for practical assessment of situations and people, but also difficulties in figuring out the right means to her ends without trivialities deflecting or distracting her. From time to time she is hindered by narrow minded advisors and getting too pessimistic if the information, communication, or insight is too rigid or inflexible. This can be corrected if she cultivates her strength in establishing a "spiritual rapport" with those with whom she can be more easy, natural, playful, or creative.
Her sense of irony is strong, and helps her communicate through cutting to the chase. With strong Leo, caring for and defending children is very favorable. She should cultivate her pioneering, trail blazing instincts, as well as communication systems and a sense of having others close at hand to achieve true long-term security.
The Venus square Pluto indicates that when she gets deflected or isn't able to get the results she wants or cannot bring things to a successful conclusion, it's because weird, dishonest, coercive, or peculiar people are interfering with her ability to achieve her goals. When that's happening, she needs to focus on simple steps to achieve the tasks, and be more friendly so her allies can see a bigger picture and the greatest good for the greatest number. She also has a great ability to mediate between different competing interests, and knows how to relate them to shared goals, desires, or common ends.
The unpredictable factor in the chart is her retrograde Uranus in Gemini. This makes her a forerunner of the future, and harbinger of change, here to free herself and others from obsolete security anchors. Very few will ever get close to this extraordinarily complex woman, as she wants a little distance between herself and others. This can frustrate her Scorpionic need for more intense connectedness with others and activities that make life more robust. She'll always have many acquaintences, and throughout her life she's been extraordinarily independent, brilliant, high strung, and curious, always looking for new ideas and information which often is not very organized. Pluto is now in a long term opposition to her Uranus, so she's begun several years of fairly dramatic developments that will become more intense as time goes by.
She has no use for superficial people or thinking. Her take on things is so deep and incisive that she can get frustrated when she can't find the exact way to communicate the image or idea she sees. She needs to realize that when others don't get what she's communicating she should value her unique take on what she sees, and focus on the useful but overlooked information that completes the picture. Her strength is in understanding the nuances. With Uranus and Mercury both retrograde in her chart, what she sees and what she hears will never be all there is to explore, know, or communicate.
Her whole life she has had to unlearn the opinions and attitudes she collects from others. She is most unhappy when she is trying to make her life fit a role or idea that she's already transcended, or has become meaningless. No single role will ever satisfy her need for diversity and variety in exploring the unique discoveries she finds, and she needs to remember that if she's unhappy, it's a challenge to embrace a greater or larger role unique to her abilities and process. Also, since she's not bound to the usual forms of logic, order, and discipline, she shouldn't feel like she has to make sense to others, but instead appreciate her unique insights.
She's more sensitive than a lot of people think, and notices things in the physical and psychic environment that others are not aware of. She is highly sensitive to activities at a distance due to her advanced intuition, but needs to grow more detached in how she communicates, and how she perceives others do or don't comprehend. If she wants to achieve her goals quickly and with maximum effectiveness, she should envision the goal as precisely as possible, then work backwards, hopscotching through various steps back to her present position. If she works from A to Z to M to R to B to X to C and so forth, she will find that she has a plan that will help her not get deflected by a lot of irrelevant or tangential elements and issues.
Her affairs progress quickly when she doesn't cling to obsolete ideas and ideals or cling to information no longer up to date. Her charts indicates that she decides first, feels second, and thinks last of all. She harmonizes her process when she gets new and timely ideas, perpectives, and interpretations, and her illumination involves encouraging cooperation through building community structures that though particular to one are celebrated by many. She is also illuminated through shared social or collective values and resources that assist a deep communion between her and others, and provides a powerful emotional magnetism so others can retain and value the experience.
She must learn to rise to unusual or unique opportunities that take her by surprise, and be direct in deciding how to respond to demands on her unique abilities. She has a talent for knowing what has broad general appeal to others, and should maintain simplicity, efficiency, and flexibility while cutting through inertia and indifference. She's been through a productive and stable time, and things are now taking a major turn due to Saturn's influence, which is an article in itself. Let's just say this is a major turning point where she's realizing what she can live with and what she can't, and determining what her next 30 years are all about.