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I have to admit that I didn’t vote for Mitt Romney in 2012, but that doesn’t mean that I had no respect for him. Sure, he was a privileged white guy who looked upon the poor and people who just hadn’t “tried” hard enough, he was still a man who was true to his faith and who understood that politics in the art of compromise. He was a traditional Republican who believed in fiscal frugality and lightly restrained capitalism. Even if I didn’t totally agree with those ideas, I was willing to recognize their merits.

That version of the Republican Party died with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. In 2018 Mitt Romney thought he could bring it back and he ran for the Senate. But what he found after he won the seat disappointed him. While his fellow Republican Senators were willing to denigrate Trump in private, in public they tripped over one another in declaring their undying fealty to the new president. For a deeply religious Pisces like Romney, who had been raised in the stern, “good vs. evil” culture of Mormonism, that kind of blatant hypocrisy simply did not compute.

The turning point for Romney can on Jan. 6, 2021 when supporters of Donald Trump, who had just heard the almost ex-President declare that it was up to them to stop Congress from validating the results of the 2020 election, attacked the Capitol Building of the United States. What was happening in Romney’s horoscope that day was an important Saturn Cycle aspect. Saturn was opposed to his natal Saturn (Click on Mitt Romeny to see his chart.) These transits always coincide with a major shift in either a person’s inner or outer life. For Mitt Romney it was both.

The beginning to Mitt Romney’s falling out with the Republican Party began nearly a year earlier. In Feb. 2020 Romney was the only Republican Senator to vote to remove Donald Trump from office in the impeachment trial of that year. A true to sign Pisces, Romney had not arrived at this decision easily. He had looked to others for guidance. He had listened to his peers in the Senate, to his wife and his staff and, of course, he had prayed. Romney understood that the decision he was making would alienate him from many of his fellow Republicans but he felt a moral responsibility to follow his conscience.

At that time transiting Uranus was square Romney’s natal Saturn. He made a Uranian divergence from the pack because of his own moral imperative. However, this sort of aspect rarely represents a final judgement. Romney still felt that there were still people in his party who could be persuaded to his point of view.

Romney was forewarned that the “Stop The Steal” rally on Jan. 6 would likely to turn into an assault on the Capitol Building. He forwarded this information to the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, but McConnell never responded. Of course, those warnings turned out to be all too true and Romney and the 49 other Senators found themselves cowering in the Senate chambers as MAGA protesters ransacked the Capitol Building. Romney apparently pointed a finger at some of Trump’s diehard supporters and let them know that what was happening was their fault.

For a brief moment after the January 6 riot it seemed that Mitt Romney had been vindicated. Several Republican leaders, including Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy spoke out against President Trump’s behavior. Then Romney saw some of those same leaders, along with many of the Senators who had been hiding beneath their desks on Jan. 6, throwing themselves at Donald Trump’s feet in contrition.

At this point Mitt Romney finally conceded that his Republican Party no longer existed. In Sept. 2023 Mitt Romney announced that he would not seek reelection to the Senate. The seeds of this decision had no doubt been sown when Saturn opposed his natal Saturn on Jan. 6, 2021. Saturn transits typically coincide with tests of our abilities, our aspirations and our integrity. To many in in the Republican Party, including Romney's constituents in Utah, Mitt Romney failed that test. I tend to see it otherwise.

 

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