First of all, my heartfelt thanks are going out to everyone who contributed donations and words of compassionate support in response to my house having burned down on Labor Day. It has definitely been helping me in navigating these next uncertain phases of my life.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Astrological Tensions
Leading to Great Strength
As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, my intention for my next article was to write an Astrological Update on the Astrology of the USA. It was probably going to have a title somewhat like: Battle for the Soul of America.
Well, I would say with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that battle is now in full swing.
I will still write that article about the US, and I imagine this new Supreme Court Justice scenario will enter into the considerations there.
Here, however, I would like to share a general view of some of the components I can see in RBG’s Astrological chart that would give some explanation of what made her ‘tick,’ and why her life was the way it was.
First of all, this is a necessarily more general analysis than normal because we don’t have a birth time for her. So, we know the flavor of her characters, the planets in their different signs. And we know the relationships of her characters with each other, the angular aspects between her planets.
We don’t know the ‘Houses,’ the areas of life or the various ‘stages’ where her characters were performing. And we don’t know the very important Ascendant or Mid-Heaven.
That being said, one can still see a lot.
Her Sun, her soul essence, was in the sign of Pisces. Hilarion says something rather heavy about Pisces. He says the Pisces individual is someone that, in some previous lifetime, went through an experience of emotional pain that was so great that it led them to having taken their own life.
This past-life experience gives them, in this life, an echoing memory of a certain pain or sadness, that doesn’t have to relate to anything in this life. Although we are always given additional baggage.
Hilarion says that this previous experience also gives the Pisces a capacity to make of their heart a well of compassion for the needs of others. And he says that that is their best way out of their sadness.
Pisces individuals have to avoid two temptations. One is to try to escape the harshness of life, through Neptunian temptations (Neptune rules Pisces) such as too much drugs or alcohol, or watching TV all of the time, or sleeping too much. Basically, a tendency to want to blur the rough edges of life.
The other temptation is in relation to the fact that it is a hard world to be a Pisces. Being a Pisces makes one very emotionally sensitive and therefore vulnerable. And this is a hard world to be emotionally vulnerable. So often, when I do a chart Reading for a Pisces, it appears that, if there is anything in the chart that they can identify with instead of being a Pisces, they will. They will be their Capricorn Moon or their Leo Rising, or anything to try to pretend they are not a Pisces. That, however, is not who they really are, and it is not what their real gift and beauty is. And not uncommonly, they may marry a drug addict or alcoholic. If you don’t own your Pisces vulnerability, you will find someone else to live it for you.
I usually end this discussion with a Pisces client by presenting to them the names of three well known Pisces individuals. Each individual is completely different from the others but is definitely a classic Pisces ‘type.’
First of all, it bears noting that Pisces’ ruling planet, Neptune, is also the planet of spirituality and non-rational states of consciousness. I always tell Pisces that they are ‘closet mystics,’ until they ‘come out.’
The first Pisces is George Harrison of the Beatles. George Harrison was, however, the most spiritual of the Beatles. He is the one who brought them to India. Later he organized the very first charitable-aid rock concert, the ‘Live Aid’ concert for Bangladesh.
His song: ‘My Guitar Gently Weeps, ’ however? Oh, that song is sooo Pisces.
The second Pisces individual is more of a later generation: Kurt Cobain. But it’s all there, drugs and alcohol, emotional sensitivity and angst and, unfortunately, suicide.
And then there is a Pisces we all know, at least in the U.S., and yet, Pisces is the last sign in the world that you would guess for this guy. Mitt Romney is a Pisces. Pisces would certainly not be my first guess for Mitt Romney. He has, however, Gemini Rising, and it seems clear to me that he is pretty completely identified with his clever, intelligent, witty, critical, analytical Gemini mental energies, in more or less denial of his Pisces vulnerabilities.
And yet, what did he say about people who won’t vote for him? He said it was because they see themselves as ‘victims.’ I suspect a little projection going on there.
That being said, I bet he is quite sincere in his spiritual faith and probably quite nice to ladies in his church.
Coming back to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She also had Venus in Pisces, adding to the emotional sensitivity of her Pisces Sun.
Obviously, she was someone that was motivated by deep compassion for those who were suffering from prejudice, abuse, and discrimination.
There is, however, a deeper, more personal story here.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a ‘stellium’ of planets, Mars, Neptune, and Jupiter in Virgo, all in various degrees of opposition to her Pisces planets. This is the configuration that serves as the underlying dynamic for the theme of this article. A theme that I hope can be a lesson for all of us, a theme of tensions later becoming great strengths.
There was quite a bit of Pisces-like emotional pain and suffering in RBG’s early life. Her older sister died of meningitis at age 6 when Ruth was only 14 months old. Her mother died of Cancer when she was 17, only days before her High School Graduation Ceremony, which she could not attend as a result of her mother’s death.
And later, one can only imagine how vulnerable she must have felt in being one of the few women pursuing an education and a career in law at the time that she did.
She went to Harvard where she was the first woman to serve on the editorial staff of the Harvard Law Review. She later graduated from the Columbia Law school having tied for first place in her class. Regardless of her accomplishments, however, she found great difficulty finding a job in the legal field because she was a woman and a mother.
Clearly these earlier and later events would add to the underlying memory of pain, suffering and vulnerability which a Pisces Sun person is always carrying with them anyway.
The Virgo planets, however, would give her a powerful intellectual, analytical capacity, and the ability to be cognizant of vast amounts of details.
Placed between her Mars in Virgo and her Jupiter in Virgo, however, was her Pisces-ruling planet, Neptune. So, even in her intellectual pursuit of practical capabilities she would never be far from having to use those capabilities in service to the cause of compassion and sensitivity.
Nonetheless, I would expect that in her early life she would have used the analytical capabilities of her Virgo planets to escape, perhaps even dissociate from, her Piscean pain and vulnerability.
This, perhaps, would have inspired her to launch herself on a path of intellectual prowess, and the courage to endure great challenges in forging into the, as yet, unconquered new frontiers of a male-dominated legal world.
It should be noted that in addition to the Virgo mentally, analytically oriented planets, she had Mercury in Aries of which Hilarion says:
Considerable mental energy will be present which can be put to good use once the person learns to control the mind, to keep it in a single channel long enough to accomplish something. The basic lesson here is to achieve mental control. (End Quote)
This Mercury was in positive aspect to Saturn in Aquarius. Aquarius being an air sign, Saturn here is also oriented to mental capabilities as well.
This Saturn/Mercury aspect would endow her with not only Aries-mental force and power, but also Saturnian committed, dedicated, hard work, discipline and the willingness to ‘hang in for the long haul.’ And it would certainly provide some highly beneficial mental control and discipline of that Mercury in Aries mental energy.
And yet, I think it was her embrace of, and integration and mastery of, her Pisces/Virgo tensions that lead to her special capabilities and accomplishments. With that integration she could maintain a true compassion and sensitivity in an emotional Piscean sense, while applying Virgoan intellectual endeavors in trying to rectify the suffering and injustice that she witnessed.
Whereas, in other individuals, when these kinds of conflictual energies are not healed and integrated, it is not uncommon for them to deny the Pisces vulnerability and try to exclusively identify with the Virgo intellect. This can make them highly intellectual, but display a cold, cynical criticism and to have little patience with emotionally irrational, impractical, ‘flaky’ people.
And when the Pisces vulnerability within them inevitably becomes triggered, there can be a complete loss of intellectual acumen and an over-indulgence in red wine or other Neptunian escapist pursuits, and to externally manifest Virgo-like highly critical individuals or institutions to serve as the cause of their suffering.
RBG, herself, however, was known for her deep love of opera. I’m sure that would have served as a great Piscean/Neptunian respite from the Virgoan minutiae of legal judicial briefs. A respite which is certainly much healthier for one’s liver than copious amounts of red wine!
May she now be blessed with whatever wonderful opera they have in Heaven.