The Astrology of the “Weinergate” Scandal
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) confessed and apologized yesterday for his culpability in the “Weinergate” scandal. Turns out he actually did tweet a young woman a picture of his…weiner…bulging through his underwear. Apparently there are other photos and at least 5 other women he has flirted with online in the past 3 years. Let’s see what insights astrology offers.
We might be able to find more explanations with a birth time, but even with just using his birthdate (September 4th, 1964, Brooklyn, New York) there are still some interesting things to consider here. Weiner was born with Venus conjunct Mars. This is commonly associated with a high sex drive, loves and passions expressed through aggression, as well as transgressions in love, or more broadly transgressions against society’s expectations. We’ll see this play out in some of the key transits related to the scandal.
Weiner proposed to Huma Abedin (Hillary Clinton’s top aide) on May 23rd, 2009. On this date, Venus is conjunct Mars, just like in his natal chart. Interestingly, the wedding was officiated by Bill Clinton, someone who was involved in probably one of the greatest sex scandals ever, whose transgressions in love indirectly affected Weiner’s wife Huma who was the top aide to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton, like Anthony Weiner, was also born with Venus conjunct Mars. (Clinton’s first sexual encounter with Monica Lewinsky also occurred under a Venus-Mars conjunction). Let’s just say Hillary knows all too well how Huma must feel right now. The news about Weiner’s lewd tweet broke on May 27th 2011. And again, Venus was conjunct Mars! It is also important to note that the wedding took place on July 10th 2010, a day before a solar eclipse at 19 Cancer. This is important because it is nearly a year later, and it’s eclipse season again. Weiner has even nervously joked that he hopes his marriage can survive its first anniversary. On June 1st 2011, there was a solar eclipse at 11 Gemini, which squared Weiner’s Sun-Uranus-Pluto conjunction from 10-13 Virgo. At this time, Weiner insisted the tweet was the result of a hacking, but he raised suspicions by not definitively denying that the photo was of him. This nearly reminds me of the transit of when the former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer’s scandal broke, when a Sun-Uranus conjunction in the sky squared Spitzer’s own Uranus. (Oh, and Spitzer was born with Venus conjunct Mars as well in case you were wondering.)
Finally on June 6th 2011, in a tearful press conference, Weiner admitted his guilt. Mercury in Gemini was square his Mercury in Virgo at the time of the announcement. I don’t think this is all we’re going to hear about the story, especially by the time of the upcoming solar eclipse on July 1st 2011 at 9 Cancer. It is the eclipse most related to the one that occurred just before his wedding nearly exactly a year earlier, but it also bears important relationships to Weiner’s own chart. Weiner was born with the Sun conjunct both Uranus and Pluto, and the upcoming eclipse features the Sun square Uranus and opposite Pluto, so it stands to reason that he will resonate with this figure in a remarkable way, and it has particularly ominous indications for his marriage.
If anyone can find out Huma Abedin’s birthdate that would be really great! I was only able to find that she was born sometime in 1976. She has no Twitter account so I wasn’t able to see Weiner wish her a happy birthday or anything on his Twitter. Also, if anyone is interested, you can retrieve Weiner’s birth time because New York has an open records policy, as long as you indicate you are using it for research purposes. It would cost at least $23.30 to order it through VitalChek.com. Go!
UPDATE 6/17/2011: Weiner resigned on June 16th, 2011, the day after the lunar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius. We still do not have his birth time even though it just requires someone to go get it through VitalCheck.com for “informational purposes” and pay $23.30 . Doesn’t look like we’re going to get Huma Abedin’s birth date without a bit of effort. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, so there may be a birth notice in the Kalamazoo Gazette, but the online archives only go back to 2005. I contacted the newspaper to ask if someone in their staff could go through the birth notices of all the 1976 editions to find out the birth date. This would probably not be the easiest task in the world so I asked how much it might cost. Probably a long shot, plus I have no money. I have yet to hear back from them, I guess we’ll see. A birth time will be even harder to come by for Abedin because Michigan has a fairly strict birth records policy. The time is almost certainly printed on her certificate, but only she has the ability to request a copy of it. Even if Michigan had an open records policy, we still wouldn’t be able to request her birth certificate without knowing the date.