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Nikki Haley Looks for Her Power

When Nikki Haley announced her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Valentine’s Day in 2023 transiting Saturn was nearing a square to her natal Saturn, one of the classic Saturn Cycle aspects. (Click here to see a horoscope done for noon on Nikki Haley’s date of birth.) Her timing was certainly auspicious. That’s one reason that, nearly one year later, she is the only contender for that nomination still standing, other than Donald Trump.

Saturn Cycle aspects mark important transition points in your life. For Nikki Haley that transition was her first steps onto the national political stage. She had already received some notoriety and governor of South Carolina and as Trump’s representative to the United Nations, but now she was vying for the top job.

However, there was something else going on in Haley’s horoscope that day. Transiting Pluto was beginning its slow movement across the degree of her natal Sun (which is somewhere between 29 degrees 14 of Capricorn and 0 degrees 15 of Aquarius). While Saturn would continue its motion into the early degrees of Pisces, leaving the square to Haley’s natal Saturn behind, this Pluto transit was going to be with her for a long while.

Through Saturn we deal with the real world and our place in it. Pluto influence, on the other hand, runs deeper. It seeps down into our subconscious, down to the level where our transient individuality meets the eternal. At that level we encounter a power that is beyond our understanding. At the level of our everyday lives that power is often translates into of societal movements and and other large scale changes in which the agency of the individual seems to be of little account.

There are two things you can do during a Pluto transit like this. You can set yourself against the transformative changes that are coming and, in most cases, be overwhelmed by them, or you can seek your place in the flow of those changes. With the former your individual power will generally end up flattened. With the latter, your power is enhanced and expanded.

Right now, Nikki Haley seems destined to be flattened by the seemingly unbreakable hold that Donald Trump has over the Republican Party. However, with Pluto you always have to look at the big picture. Pluto’s conjunction to her Sun is going to continue to be a factor throughout 2024 and into 2025. In other words, Haley’s encounter with power is not going to end with the South Carolina primary.

I’m fairly confident that Haley’s Sun sign is Capricorn. If not, she still has her natal Sun is a close trine to Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. Capricorns play the long game. Donald Trump isn’t going to be around forever, and neither is his version of Republican politics. Haley may well be flattened by the Trumpian wave of power that she is now facing, but there will be other waves and when they come, Nikki Haley will be in a position to ride them. She will find her power, and we're probably going to hear about it.


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