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“The Squad”: Rashida Tlaib and Ayana Pressley

Lately the news has been full of references to “The Squad”, four progressive congresswomen who have set themselves against the status quo and Nancy Pelosi, and who have more recently become a favorite punching bag for Donald Trump and the object of xenophobic chants at his rallies.


I have already written about two of these women, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (click on the names to see the articles) so I decided it was only fair that I look at the charts of the other two: Rashida Tlaib and Ayana Pressley. Of course, we don’t have a time of birth for these women so I've done partial horoscopes done for noon on their date of birth. (Click on Rashida Tlaib and Ayana Pressley to see the charts.)


The first thing I notice was that these two women came from an older generation than Omar and A.O.C. Tlaib and Pressley are from the generation with Neptune in Sagittarius and Pluto in Libra. This is an idealistic generation. A lot of the young men and women who joined the U.S. military after 9/11 were from this generation. Of course, so were the young men who perpetrated that attack.


Following the Moon: July 16, 2019MoonImagePurple

In my analysis of the New Moon (and eclipse) chart for July 2 (click here to see the article and the chart) I had predicted that there would be some sort of sensational revelation in the news. I also thought that the situation on the Mexican border would be getting more attention. We got both, with the Epstein affair blowing up the internet and reports from a congressional delegation decrying the conditions in which immigrant are being housed. Even Mike Pence was forced to hold his nose when he toured a facility.


Fortunately, the wide aspect between Mars and Uranus in that chart did not produce a worsening of the situation between the U.S. and Iran, though the announcement that Iran was upping the game in its nuclear program was certainly not helpful. Also, my hope that, with the eclipse taking place in the Ninth House of philosophy, we would have a thoughtful review of the great principles on which this country was founded, proved to be dead wrong. Instead we ended the lunation period with the President tweeting what many regard as racist insults at congresswomen.


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House Divided: Pelosi vs. A.O.C.

The party in with the majority in either the House or the Senate has the power, but that power often comes with some complications. You have to get everyone to agree on how to use the power. Republicans struggled with this during the last years of the Obama administration and, to some extent, during the first years of Donald Trump. Now it’s the Democrat’s turn.


The battle that has been brewing for a while between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and some of the younger, more liberal representatives has recently become more open. These younger reps are mostly women and their leader (at least in the eyes of the press) is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (a.k.a. A.O.C.). I thought it might be interesting to see what the horoscopes of Pelosi and A.O.C. have to tell us about this conflict.


Unfortunately, we don’t have a time of birth for Nancy Pelosi. (Click on Nancy Pelosi to see a partial horoscope done for noon on her date of birth) but we know that she is an Aries by Sun sign with the Moon in Scorpio. This is a fighting combination. Aries fights in the open, trading punch for punch. Scorpio fights behind the scenes, always waiting for an opening. During her long career in politics, Pelosi and proved to be a capable warrior on both levels.


The Contenders: Tom SteyerSteyerTomImage

We had one of our contenders, Eric Swalwell, drop out last week and very quickly another has taken his place. Tom Steyer is a billionaire who made his money by managing other people’s money. More recently, he has become a noted philanthropist and a vocal advocate for several liberal causes. He is probably most known for his self-funded campaign for the impeachment of Donald Trump.


Steyer is a Cancer by Sun sign. Depending on his time of birth, he may also have the Moon in Cancer. (Click on Tom Steyer to see a partial horoscope done for noon on his date of birth.) The fact that he is a Cancer and has Mercury and (possibly) the Moon trine Neptune indicates that Steyer's compassion for people less fortunate than himself is genuine. However, it also indicates that his goals might not always be realistic.


Steyer was born at the end of the first wave of the baby boom generation, with Pluto in Leo and Neptune in Libra. (Click here to see my generational breakdown of the candidates.) However, with the exception of Marianne Williamson, he is the only candidate from this generation who does not have a long record of public service. Steyer is famous for giving money to support liberal policies but he’s never had to make decisions regarding their implementation.