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Ender’s Node (of the Moon)

I read Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel, Ender’s Game several years ago and enjoyed it. It’s about a boy in the future whose method of dealing with bullies (he kills them) gets him recruited into an elite interstellar fighting force. The book was very popular and a movie based on the book is to be released in November.

The author or Ender’s Game, however, is not so popular, at least not in certain circles. Card has been a vocal critic of homosexuality, what he calls the “gay agenda” and gay marriage. He once wrote that he would gladly take part in the violent overthrow of any government that approved of gay marriage. His remarks have caused some groups to threaten a boycott of the movie.

We don’t have a time of birth for Orson Scott Card, but a look at his noon chart is a little surprising. (Click here to see his horoscope charted for noon.) He has the Sun, Mercury and Venus all in Virgo. Virgo people are generally realists with acutely observant and flexible minds. They are not usually prone to doctrinaire thinking. However, there is one aspect in Card’s chart that might explain his behavior. His Mercury is in a close conjunction with the South Node of the Moon.

The Nodes of the Moon are the point in the sky where the orbit of the Moon around the Earth intersects the apparent orbit of the Sun. They are associated in both Indian astrology and some branches of Western astrology with karma and fate. I am currently researching aspects to the Nodes of the Moon and what I’ve found out about conjunctions of Mercury to the South Node is quite interesting.

In my research I’ve come across many people with this conjunction who are or were guilty of obsessive, wrong-headed and one-track thinking. One example is the chess champion Bobby Fischer, noted for his anti-Semitic and anti-American rants. (After 9/11, he sent a letter of congratulations to Osama Bin Laden.) Another is John Hinckley, who shot a President because he thought it would get the attention of a certain female celebrity he had been stalking. I could cite several more examples, but I think you get the picture.

Mercury conjunct the South Node is not always a negative indicator. It also appears in the horoscopes of people like Bruce Springsteen and Steven Spielberg, who found their vocation very early their lives and pursued it with dogged persistence. But, it does seem to also be an aspect that makes us want to scream “what was he (or she) thinking?”

Recently, Card wrote a blog in which he compared President Obama to Hitler and predicted (in what he called a thought experiment) a near future in which the President would recruit unemployed, urban (read African-American) youths into a national police force that would become his version of the SS.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to watch, Ender’s Game. On the one hand, I liked the book. On the other, I find the opinions of its author odious. However, as long as Orson Scott Card keeps doing things like this that reinforce my research into the Nodes of the Moon, I can’t really dislike the guy.

So, have any of you had experience with Mercury conjunct the South Node of the Moon in the natal horoscope? (I’m using a five degree orb.) If so, let me know if your observations are similar to or different from mine.

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