The Astrology of Rick Santorum’s “Google Problem”
Now that Rick Santorum is running for President, what will inevitably become more prominent in the news is Santorum’s long-standing “Google problem”. I figured I would pre-empt all the chatter about it that might occur in the comments of this blog by providing some astrological points of interest about this story. If you have no idea what I am talking about, be prepared to lose your innocence and google “Santorum”. Look at the first search result. Good. Now you’re ready to read this article.
It all started with controversial comments then-Senator Santorum made in an AP interview about his conservative views on homosexuality, which was published on April 20th 2003. Santorum was widely criticized for his remarks, replete with calls for him to step down. It was a major controversy for Santorum. It was appropriate then that he was at his Saturn half-return, the planet of hardships and criticism. Someone who took particular exception to Santorum was sex advice columnist Dan Savage, who is himself gay. He held a contest on his blog for his readers to come up with a new definition for ‘santorum’ as a noun, specifically one that was associated with something sexual, the grosser the better. On June 12th 2003, the winning definition was announced. It is interesting that nearly 8 years to the day (a Venus cycle), Santorum has announced his presidential run.
It wouldn’t be until a few months later that Savage created the website ‘spreadingsantorum.com’ which would become the source of Santorum’s Google problem. That website was created on November 11th 2003. Savage called on other bloggers to link to the site to increase traffic, and by January 2004, his site was the first search result on Google, and has been there ever since. On the day the website was launched, the transiting Sun was conjunct the South Node, aligned with Santorum’s Sun, where a lunar eclipse had just occurred 5 days before. Additionally, it was created when Mars was near the same degree as Santorum’s, which is appropriate for the attack on Santorum it represented. Even more strangely, Google itself was started on September 15th 1997, where Mars is found at 20 Scorpio, opposed to Santorum’s Sun, as well as conjunct the website’s Sun. And now, on the day Santorum announces his presidential run, Mars is with Santorum’s Sun at 19 Taurus.
I think it’s interesting that at the time he got into the controversy over the remarks as well as the time the site was launched coincide with transits involving Saturn and Mars, as they are supposed to be the malefic planets which cause problems for people. A Google problem indeed!