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The Contenders: Bernie SanderssanderBImage

Bernie Sanders has not yet announced his intentions to run for the presidential nomination in 2020 but everyone seems to expect him to. The guy has both the Moon and Mars in Aries, so it’s hard to imagine him passing up a good fight (Click on Bernie Sanders to see a chart done of noon on his date of birth.)


Considering his surprising performance in the 2016 primary, Sanders would seem the be the favorite among our contenders, but there are concerns about his age. He's from the Neptune in Virgo generation which predates the first wave of Baby Boomer (with Neptune in Libra). By Nov. 2020 he will be 79. A lot of Democrats would prefer to see a younger face.


When you’re dealing with someone with Mars and the Moon in Aries, age is not a consideration. While Sagittarius is the “forever young” sign, Aries is the “never grew up” sign. People with a lot of Aries energy in their charts simply refuse to acknowledge the fact that they are aging. Of course, refusing to acknowledge something doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening.


As I see it, the key to Bernie Sanders horoscope is the fact that he has the Sun in Virgo is square Jupiter. (Click on Bernie Sanders to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth.) When Jupiter squares the Sun it expands the ego. This is a person who must be heard, who sees himself as up for any challenge. However, with the Sun in Virgo, that egocentric bluster comes at you with an air of humility and a matter-of-fact practicality. People respond to Sanders because he is supremely confident and yet, somehow, he’s not a dick about it.


Since there is no reliable information about Sander’s time of birth, I’m in the same position about his candidacy in 2020 as I was in 2016. I can only see part of the picture. However, the part I can see raises some serious questions about his chances for success.


Right now transiting Neptune is opposed to Sander’s natal Sun. This aspect was with an orb of a degree and a half when the scandal about sexual discrimination and harassment in Sanders' 2016 campaign erupted. It is not unusual for a person to find themselves apologizing during a hard Neptune transit, as Sanders did, but at least he was apologizing for actions done by others.


This aspect has not gone away. In fact, it is going to be a factor for the rest of the year. This doesn’t necessarily mean more scandals associated with Sanders. Neptune has other tricks up its sleeve. Accidents, bad planning, misstatements are also associated with Neptune transits. However, considering Sanders’ age, health problem are also a possibility.


At the same time that this is going on, Pluto is moving into a square aspect to both Venus and Mars in Sanders’ natal chart. Pluto brings blockage and frustration. Since we do not have a complete horoscope for Bernie, we can’t say where those blockages will occur but, wherever they occur, they can’t be good for his candidacy. And this Pluto aspect will continue into 2020.


Those of you who have been following this series religiously (and why wouldn’t you) will recall that I wrote that Kirsten Gillibrand was facing a hard transit from Neptune in 2019, while Tulsi Gabbard was dealing with a hard transit from Pluto. Sanders is facing both these aspects at the same time. This leads me to believe that he will not enter the race (perhaps citing health concerns) or that he will enter and fall far short of his spectacular 2016 showing.

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