November 27, 20112 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker

 To briefly recap from Part I, posted Nov. 16, we’re looking at Governor Scott Walker’s personal astrological indicators of fate and how they led up to the drive to recall him as governor of Wisconsin. What drove him to it? Could it have been avoided?

This post will focus on, in the verbiage of fate, the “what is written” part of Walker’s astrological boilerplate, which is, so to speak, the astrological poker hand he was dealt and the arsenal of skills and strategies he brings to the game. The far more volatile elements of fate—the tipping points created by ongoing choices as to how to apply those skills—will be covered in the next post, Part III.

Here are some brief highlights of what Walker brings to his game.

  • His Mars in Capricorn gives him his drive for success and his Saturn in Aries gives him a desire for personal autonomy and authority over others, an authority that can be rigidly exercised. The fact that these two planets are in what we call “mutual reception”—placed in each other’s signs—is like pouring gasoline on a fire making him not just ambitious but VERY ambitious with an added itch for power and control that just has to be scratched. That’s not all. His Saturn and Mars are in a tight square. Squares mean he will regularly have conflicts forcing him to deal with how to satisfy his need for achievement and authority and how he will or will not balance it with responsible actions. The following astrological configuration tells us the work environment he is most likely to seek to exercise this need.
  • Walker has a tight conjunction of Pluto (power), Venus (desire) and Uranus (unconventional departures from the norm). This not only underscores his Saturn Mars drive for control, it also means he is able to employ unusual means to achieve and exercise power. This placement is in Virgo which is the humble sign of service, and Walker’s career choices have been predominantly those that put him in government and other human services employment. Given his choice to fulfill his personal ambition and recognition in a field in which the majority working in it are what is termed “other oriented,” one must ask if another reason he chose that career path is because such environments provide a much less crowded path to the top than would a more competitive corporate setting.
  • Walker’s Sun, Moon, Mercury and Neptune are all in Scorpio bestowing him with a gift for strategy, the ability to see all aspects of a situation, stubbornness that equals that of its opposite sign Taurus, a Herculean endurance to withstand killer pressure, and a strong need for secrecy concealed behind a hard to penetrate poker face. (Add this to his Saturn in Aries which can also produce a mask the person can hide behind.) And guess what else? Scorpio also has strong desire for control. There we have it—ding ding ding—a trifecta of ambition to power. Scorpio also has a tremendous capacity for regeneration, rising out of its own ashes which their lives often produce in volumes, I might add. Long after the less hearty are mowed down Scorpio is still prowling the battle field. These reported mortal clashes are what ultimately shape and reveal Scorpio’s remarkable capacity for compassion and deep healing.

So that’s the hand he was dealt, the cards he plays with. My next post in Part III will deal with why he chose to play those cards the way he did. We’ll look at the key astrological influences acting as potential game changers in 2009 when he mapped out both his campaign for governor of Wisconsin and how to become one of the rising stars of the national GOP. However, the planet that was dominant in his chart during that time, Neptune, is one that can and does lead many astray if they aren’t well grounded, and sometimes even if they are. Did he have choices to act differently? As they say in Wisconsin and other northern parts, “You betcha.” We’ll look at that next.

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Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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  1. Bill Manville says:

    you’ll make a believer of me yet.
    the best part is as you say above, translating it all into simple, believable language
    love and kisses, Bill

  2. Jim Hennum says:

    One important note about that mutual reception. Mars is exalted in Capricorn, so it assists that Saturn need for authority over others. However, Saturn is in it’s fall in Aries, so it is unable to assist Mars in its drive for success (i.e. where “success” is defined in his case as creating long-term draconian changes in the law). Mars being exalted in Capricorn means it can pretty much work well enough without Saturn’s assistance. However, I wonder if the dragging weight of that Saturn is like a huge boulder on one shoulder, not only hindering, but also tilting his frame out of balance, metaphorically.

    Mars in Capricorn seeks to build something that will withstand the test of time. It would appear that Walker’s attempt to do so via vanquishing the power of the unions has been thwarted by that Saturn “hunchback” that threw him off course. Imagine the good he could have accomplished with a Saturn that was in a healthy state!

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