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The Contenders: Wayne MessamMessamWayneImage

Wayne Messam announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination  for president on March 28. I missed it because I was busy preparing for a trip on that day. I may have also missed it because it didn’t seem to get much news coverage. Apparently, the field of contenders has become so crowded that the addition of one more is not considered major event.

Messam is the mayor of Miramir, Florida, a populous suburb of Miami. Before that he ran a construction company and before that he was a football player at Florida State. The jump from mayor to President of the United States might seem audacious but Messam’s Gemini Sun forms a close square to  Jupiter. With that aspect, he is someone who thinks big and being audacious comes naturally. (Click on Wayne Messam to see a horoscope done for noon on his date of birth.)

The Contenders: Eric Swalwell Jr.

One has to wonder what people entering the Democratic primary at this point are thinking. We have a field that is nearing 20 announced or presumed candidates, most of whom are polling in the single digits. Unless you have a mega-donor in your back pocket or delusions of grandeur, what hope could you have of making your message heard?

The latest addition to the herd in California Congressman, Eric Swalwell Jr. Swalwell is young and looks like someone who might be cast as POTUS in a cheap action movie. His positions on issues are consistently liberal and he has established himself as a leader among the younger representatives in the House. If he weren’t running against 20 people with similar resumes, he might be considered a sure thing.

Of course, we do not have a time of birth for Swalwell. (Click on Eric Swalwell to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth.) He is a Scorpio by Sun sign with the Moon in Pisces. This would normally mark him as a highly emotional person, but Swalwell’s Sun is conjunct Uranus and his Moon is likely trine Mercury. Uranus and Mercury are two of the least emotional and most rational planets in the solar system. So his emotionality mixed with a fair amount of idealism and intelligence.

Julian Assange Gets ArrestedAssangeJulianImage

Many of us woke up this morning to the image of a bearded Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police. For those who see Assange as a champion of free speech and transparency in government, the reaction to this image was probably outrage. For those who blame him for helping get Donald Trump elected, the reaction was probably “it’s about time.” Meanwhile, those of us in both camps just felt confused.

Assange is a Cancer by Sun sign and Cancer people often straddle the line between lovable and insufferable, between good and bad. Even with the best intentions and the highest principles their methods are always colored and their motivations complicated by personal issues and emotional complexities. In a Cancer person’s most heroic and compassionate moments, it is not rare to find elements of spite and selfishness. In Assange's case, this subjectivity is increased by the fact that his Cancer Sun in in the Eighth House and his Moon is in Scorpio.

The Contenders: Tim Ryan

It seems like every time I think I’m done with this series another candidate announces or  I discover a candidate who is so far back in the pack that I previously missed him or her. Tim Ryan fits into the prior category. A congressman from Ohio, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on television on Apr. 4.

Ryan is a guy with deep, working class roots who comes from a the state that has produced more presidents than any other. He started out as a conservative Democrat but he has gradually moved to the left in recent years. Because of this movement, Ryan is billing himself as a candidate who understands both sides of the political divide and as someone who can bring conservatives and liberals together.

What we can see in a partial horoscope for Ryan (click on Tim Ryan to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth) is that he is a Cancer by Sun sign. Cancer people have no problem with change. They see it as a natural part of life. They typically follow their feelings, and what might feel right in one set of circumstances often feels totally wrong in another.