It was my intention to crank out quick, albeit brief, Astrological analyses of the Birth Charts of both Mike Pence and Kamala Harris and get them out today in time for the Vice-Presidential Debate tonight.
However, I could quickly see that there was too much material that I wanted to share with you to be able to accomplish that.
So, I’ve decided to limit today’s chore to writing about Mike Pence.
His article will be a bit shorter than Kamala Harris’ chart Reading. Largely because we don’t have an accurate birthtime for Mike Pence, so I can only access about half of the available information. Although, there is a lot to say about that half.
We do know that, being born on June 7th, he has the Sun in Gemini, and it is conjunct Mercury in Gemini.
Someone who is Gemini is someone who has developed mental abilities at a very high degree in previous lives and used those mental abilities in the service of others, and they have a potential connection to those mental abilities in this life.
Their challenge is to integrate their higher mind energies with their lower everyday thinking mind energies. Failing that they can be mentally scattered or mentally and/or verbally critical and abusive.
Having that Sun in Gemini conjunct Mercury in Gemini is just going to increase those qualities. Here is what Hilarion* says about Mercury in Gemini:
Gemini Mercury here if afflicted promotes the essential Gemini failings: scattered forces and using the tongue to hurt others. The basic lesson is to curb the hurtful tongue. If positively aspected, Mercury gives versatility, good conversational ability, a gift for expression and sometimes linguistic abilities.
There is a reason why Mike Pence doesn’t always seem like a quick-witted edgy Gemini, but I will return to that.
When we Astrologers don’t have an accurate birthtime we cast what is called a ‘Solar Chart’ set for the standard time of 12:00 pm. This still leaves us uncertain as to the actual Rising Sign, the Midheaven, or the houses. The only planet that would be likely to change signs during different times of the same day is the very fast-moving Moon.
At 12 pm Mike Pence has the Moon at the very end of Gemini, which I can’t imagine to be true. If he had Sun, Mercury and Moon in Gemini the guy would never shut up. I am convinced that he was born later in the day which would give him a Cancer Moon. Something in alignment in his own way with his support for the work of the Evangelical group: ‘Focus on the Family.’
The reason that Mike Pence doesn’t seem to be a Gemini is only partly because in his childhood he had to be a Cancer. I’m sure it would have something to do with that unknown Rising Sign or Midheaven.
But there is another factor at play here. Something I learned while studying with the noted Astrologer and author, Liz Greene. She said that if two people are in a relationship and they have the same Sun sign, but one of them is stronger at owning the energies of their Sun Sign, the weaker one will let the stronger one express their Sun energies and the weaker one will identify with something else in their chart. This is quite notably common in parent/child relationships.
Well, guess who is a Gemini and clearly much stronger at being that constantly talking/communicating, edgy/critical Gemini energy expression? Mr. Donald J. Trump, born 7 days later on June 14th.
When you listen to Mike Pence when he was a radio show host you can hear his Gemini energy left to its own devices. Although he did describe his radio show as ‘Rush Limbaugh on decaf.’ That probably had more to do with his quality described as ‘Midwest Nice.’
He does have other subduing elements in his chart, however, particularly involved in a conflict between Mars/Venus conjunct in Leo being square to Neptune.
But clearly, since becoming Vice President as part of the ‘Trump Show’ about all he can do is be a clever side-stepping apologist for Trump policies, statements and behaviors. The only time when he seems to command communicative initiative is when he is preaching to various Republican/conservative ‘choirs.’
He has had transiting Neptune squaring his Sun this year and it can be seen in that, even when he has finally been assigned a real job as head of the Corona Virus task force, I suspect that not one of us can cite an example of his expressing anything of unique intellectual authoritative note the whole time, compared to the overwhelming volume of statements about the pandemic seared into public memory as expressed by President Trump.
Difficult Neptune aspects are always going to create a test along the lines of confusion, delusion, victimhood and martyrdom and a ‘test of faith.’
Neptune tension, however, is something that Mike Pence’s soul has accepted to work on and grow through this entire lifetime in its position and aspects in his Natal Birthchart.
There is a major configuration of karmic tension in his chart and, interesting to note, Donald J. Trump shows up there as well.
Now, Mike Pence’s Neptune has both positive and negative aspects.
In positive aspect, Neptune will engender unconditional love, compassion, mystical states of consciousness, and appreciation for music and art. And Pence has his in positive aspect to both transformative Pluto and hard-working Saturn in Capricorn.
It was only today that I discovered that Mike Pence was actually raised as a German/Irish Catholic Democrat who idealized John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King in his youth.
Those would be normal places to suspect some positive Neptune idealistic qualities to manifest, at least for those of us on the Left.
It wasn’t until he went away to college that he started to find inspiration in the conservatism of Ronald Reagan. And in that time period he also became an Evangelical Born-Again Christian. He states the specific time of his conversion as being at a particular music concert in Kentucky. I would say that sounds very Neptunian.
Now, in the past, I have been known to say that I actually envy ‘Born Again Christians,’ especially their really strong quality of fellowship they generally have with each other. And, I actually agree with them. I do believe to really be spiritually ‘saved’ you have to surrender yourself to Christ. The problem is, their definition of Christ is way too narrow and simplistic for me.
This is something relatable to what my Kabbalah teacher stated: “The Ego makes a wonderful Servant. It makes a terrible Master.”
The tension with Mike Pence’s Neptune, I think, gives some insight into what would make him prone to wanting to be born again.
His Neptune is square to a Mars/Venus conjunction in Leo, and quite widely to Uranus in Leo. Here is what Hilarion says about his Venus and Mars in Leo placements:
Leo Venus in this sign afflicted will give great idealism to the love nature, but by the same token can lead to great disappointments when the flaws of the adored person begin to show up. The main lesson is to see, with eyes unclouded by idealistic self-deceptions, that all on the earth have weaknesses and failings, and to love them even with all their flaws.
Leo This sign has its greatest problem in arrogance and pride. Mars here, when afflicted, gives a tendency to escalate arrogance into actual dislike or disdain for others. There is a tendency to have a chip on the shoulder, and to be quite antagonistic to those whose interests conflict with one’s own. Often dislikes are taken to others for no apparent reason — merely that “he rubs me the wrong way”.
The major lesson for Mars afflicted in Leo is to be more accepting of others, and to control the feelings of antagonism. (End Quotes)
Now I’m not going to go in-depth to the comments relatable to Mike Pence’s love-life. Although, I will share something later when we discuss his Jupiter in Scorpio.
But first, how would this Neptune square Venus/Mars in Leo reflect his political and religious life?
Those of you who read my last article about Ruth Bader Ginsburg may remember my discussion as to the fact that, until we heal and integrate both ends of a difficult aspect, the tendency is to project one end or another on someone else, which will give some explanation to past relationships you look back on and go: “Why did I ever get with someone like that?.”
I think it will also give some explanation to different phases of your life.
For example, when the leader (Leo) President John F. Kennedy asked us to surrender our egoic desires in compassion for the needs of the greater whole (Neptune) by telling us to: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country,” I would say that Mike Pence and a large portion of the country were willing to allow ourselves to be Neptunian.
However, during the Reagan era, the Neptunian self-effacing qualities of President Jimmy Carter had fallen into disfavor and now the government came to be seen as a force that should unfetter the self-oriented ambitions of American businesses and individuals. As was stated in that time period: Greed is good.
That unfettered materialistic greed, however, would not sit so well among those who had been touched by some Neptunian spirituality and religion.
On the other hand, the Evangelical belief in Prosperity Theology which is defined in this way in Wikipedia:
Prosperity theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, the gospel of success, or seed faith)[A] is a religious belief among some Protestant Christians that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth (End Quote)
Would be one way to reconcile these two seemingly opposed dichotomies.
However, having known some ‘born agains,’ I have noticed a certain pattern which is certainly relatable to Mike Pence’s chart and his life.
In addition to having Mars and Venus in Leo, Mike Pence also has Uranus in Leo, of which Hilarion says:
Inwardly this placement denotes a love nature which is unusual and lopsided in some way. (End Quote)
And he has Jupiter in Scorpio of which Hilarion says:
Scorpio In Scorpio, ruled by Mars and Pluto, Jupiter promotes an excessive interest in the sensation/sexual outlet for energy. Afflicted, Jupiter here will cause the mind to play ceaselessly with the sexual fantasies and will tend to cause the individual to seek out this form of experience to an excessive degree. The major lesson is to moderate and control this tendency. (End Quote)
Well, I would imagine that, left to their own devices, that Venus, Mars, and Uranus, all in Leo, along with Jupiter in Scorpio could make Mike Pence into quite the ‘party boy.’ No wonder he refuses to be alone in a room with a woman who is not his wife.
Now that famous statement in the canon of Mike Pence is quite telling in itself. Many good moral Christian men could easily harbor the same sentiments. The need to make such a strong statement publicly brings to mind the Shakespearean epithet: “Me thinks ye dost protest too much.”
Clearly, his Neptunian religiosity gives him a hedge of protection from his own propensity to be self-involved and arrogant and emotionally/sexually indulgent.
I do think that Mike Pence uses his Leo energy and his positive Neptune/Saturn energy to protect the rights of those whom he sees as Neptunian victims such as the religious beliefs of Evangelicals and the rights of the unborn etc.
But this also makes him prone to some Neptunian confusion, illusion and delusion around his own sexuality and emotional nature, but especially the emotional reality of women who may want to seek to have an abortion, LGBTQ individuals who might not want to be discriminated against or forced to have ‘conversion therapy’, or the various other victims of Pence’s conservative policies.
Now it has been pretty difficult for Mike Pence to overindulge in his arrogant Mars in Leo because guess who else has Mars in Leo? Donald J. Trump. Trump is also pretty good at actually having lived out some of the Venus/Uranus in Leo, Jupiter in Scorpio energies, which, as far as I know, Mike Pence has been able to keep under wraps.
I think, until recently, Mike Pence has been happy to let Trump play out his Sun in Gemini and Mars in Leo while he has been biding his time in the ‘wings.’
This year, however, Uranus has been opposing and squaring both ends of his Neptune-Mars/Venus tensions and I think this is relatable to the sudden, surprise (Uranian) tensions affecting both Donald Trump and his whole administration this year.
On January 20, 2021, Saturn will be squaring and opposing his Mars/Venus-Neptune Square. Somehow, although I am admittedly biased, I can’t sense that that foretells of a joyous upbeat day.
* ’Astrology Plus by Hilarion’, the book which I am always quoting from and has been out of print for some time, is now available as an EBook on Amazon.
* Hilarion’s ‘Nations’ EBook is also available on Amazon