Governor Bobby Jindal’s Birth Time Revealed
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal released his birth certificate. It indicates that he was born at 12:27 pm on June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Why did he release it? Last time a “birther” bill got to a governor to sign into law, it was vetoed. Jindal has indicated if such a bill reached his desk that he would sign it. This in turn prompted probing questions about the hypocrisy of Jindal being interested in the birthplaces of public servants when his own citizenship status could be in doubt. Jindal’s parents are both Indian, and while he was conceived in India he was born in the United States. Depending on your outlook/level of intelligence this makes him a natural-born citizen or a so-called “anchor baby”. Jindal, now perhaps knowing how Obama must have felt, decided to release his birth certificate to silence the doubters. Good luck with that one. Again, astrologers must begrudgingly thank the gods for this “birther” idiocy. Luckily for us, we now have a chart for this potential presidential candidate and have a chance to verify it. Let’s take a look.
His Ascendant is at 11 degrees and 49 minutes of the nerdy sign of Virgo, ruled by a powerful Mercury in its home of Gemini in the 10th whole sign place. This is a policy wonk par excellence. So far, so good. Something useful to consider when trying to verify a birth time is by considering sect analysis. Specifically, by focusing on whether the transits of Mars or Saturn tend to be more difficult for the native. According to sect theory, if Jindal was born during the day, this would make Mars the more problematic malefic in his chart. In Jindal’s chart, Mars is conspicuously conjunct the North Node. While I do not have a specific interpretation for this position, Mars’ involvement with the Nodes appears to figure in interestingly with the following transits that appear to corroborate the birth time indicated on his birth certificate. This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive vetting of the birth time, but I believe what makes these examples worth considering is that Governor Jindal is a very accomplished man, and has rarely suffered defeat or serious scandal. This is what makes the following events stand out in his career as times of public losses and embarrassments.
November 15, 2003, Jindal Loses Louisiana Gubernatorial Election
Jindal had been doing well in the polls until the last leg of the campaign. Due to intense attack ads and the possibility of racist attitudes towards the potential first Indian American governor, Jindal lost by a narrow margin. Mars is interestingly positioned at 13 Pisces, very close to his Descendant. Additionally, the Nodes across 20 Taurus-Scorpio are just about square his natal Mars at 16 Aquarius. The degrees spanning 20 Taurus-Scorpio also happen to be the Nodes of Mars. While it was a loss for him, it didn’t completely derail his political career, in fact it kind of kicked it off. This blessing in disguise is perhaps indicated by Jupiter transiting around the degree of his Ascendant.
July 23, 2008, Jindal Not Selected as McCain’s Running Mate
Since his election loss in 2003, Jindal did very well for himself, winning election to the House of Representatives, and was finally elected Governor. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Jindal’s name frequently came up as a possible vice presidential candidate. He was among McCain’s top picks, but on July 23rd, he announced that he had not been picked. On that day, Mars is found at 13 Virgo, opposite the degree of his election loss in 2003, very close to Jindal’s Ascendant. Weirdly enough, the Nodes spanned across 18 Aquarius-Leo, fairly close to his own natal Nodes across 15 Aquarius-Leo, and square the position of the Nodes from his election defeat in 2003.
February 24, 2009, Jindal Gives Crappy Republican Response to Obama’s Address to Congress
Although this transit does not necessarily need the birth time to be understood, it now makes more sense in light of the other two events in Jindal’s life. Jindal was selected to give the Republican response to the President’s address to a joint session of Congress about the stimulus bill. It was a big opportunity for Jindal to cement a national reputation. At precisely 10:09 pm from the Governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge, he started speaking and started bombing. It turned out to be a disaster, as his stilted, awkward delivery was mocked and criticized all over the news. Mars was at 15 Aquarius, very close to his Mars return. Just a week before the speech, Mars conjoined the North Node at 9 Aquarius, a recurrence of his natal Mars-North Node conjunction in Aquarius.
The involvement of the Nodes with Mars seemed to bring a public dimension to his misfortunes. Indeed, Jindal experiences any given type of Mars transit once every 2 years, but they only became news headlines once the Nodes were involved, and all because of his natal Mars-North Node conjunction. Thanks for the birth certificate Bobby, I think this is legit! Hopefully this starts a trend for all candidates for public office to publish their birth certificates, it would make all our lives easier.
Credits to Nick Dagan Best for graphics assistance.