Michele Bachmann Announces Run for President
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann formally announced her run for President at 9:14 am on June 27th 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. In yet another challenge for astrologers, her “formal” announcement was not her first announcement at 8:11 pm on June 13th 2011 in Goffstown, New Hampshire at the Republican presidential debate. For the status on Michele Bachmann’s birth time, check out the updates on Bachmann’s section in the Status of the 2012 Presidential Candidates’ Birth Times article. Here are her two announcement charts for your consideration:
Bachman Officially a Candidate: Mercury Superior Conjunction
At the June 13th Republican presidential debate, people were wondering what the deal was with Bachmann, since she was still an undeclared candidate participating in a presidential debate. At 8:11 pm, she revealed that she had filed the necessary paperwork that day and that she was officially a candidate for President, but she said she would have a formal announcement of her candidacy soon. ??? Don’t quite know what to make of this informal announcement in which she is clearly a real candidate – at a presidential debate! I do know that the transits for her are pretty interesting. While we may not have her birth time (yet), we do know that she was having a Sun-Mercury recurrence – she was born at a Mercury superior conjunction, and the day of her paperwork filing to become a candidate and her participation in the Republican debate also happened at a Mercury superior conjunction. On this basis, at the time in this article I said ” To me this indicates that she will be in her element, as the phase of Mercury in the sky is the same as it was at the time she was born.” She certainly was in her element, as her uncharacteristically strong performance in the debate catapulted her to near-frontrunner status, nipping at Mitt Romney’s heels. Mercury is after all, the talker. This was no ordinary Sun-Mercury recurrence for her, since it was conjunct the Nodes, and thus involves the drama and significance of eclipses. (Check out the solar eclipse of May 2012 at 0 Gemini, lands right on her Venus and Romney’s Ascendant.) Not only was the Sun-Mercury conjunction conjunct the Nodes, but just like the announcements of Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney, she announced when the Nodes were angular.
Bachmann “Formally” Announces Candidacy: Mercury Heliacally Rises
Now…what to do about her “formal” announcement. I don’t really know…without the birth time it’s hard to tell if she is having important transits, whereas it was very obvious even without birth times that she was having an important transit that night. In some ways it just represents the next step for Bachmann since the debate at the superior conjunction. The next phase Mercury makes after a superior conjunction with the Sun is that it emerges from the beams of the Sun, making a heliacal rising. It was just yesterday after sunset on June 26th 2011 that Mercury could be seen for the first time since it disappeared on April 2nd 2011. I know this from an extremely useful piece of software developed by Alcyone simply called “Planetary Lunar and Stellar Visibility” which you can download for free from their site. (Thanks Alcyone!) You can’t see if a planet is heliacally rising or setting just by looking at a chart, although a traditional figure, a not-bad-but-still-imprecise average of 15 degrees of separation from the Sun is used, which is why it helps to have the program. Traditionally, heliacal risings and settings of planets would be expected to coincide with the emergence and disappearance of certain topics. Mercury is a planet pretty closely associated with the activities of elections and politics, but it appears to be personal for Bachmann since she was born at the superior conjunction. It’s kind of interesting then that her candidacy was in essence “conceived” at the Mercury superior conjunction, while it was “born” at Mercury’s heliacal rising, it’s emergence from the beams of the Sun. To see how heliacal risings work with other planets, read this great article by Gary Caton here. The only other notes I have about her formal announcement time is that its kind of interesting that the Ascendant of the announcement occurred close to the degree of her Jupiter, while transiting Jupiter had just been crossed by the Midheaven. Jupiter might be bringing in a lot of cash and goodwill for her, and perhaps a bit of luck. She’ll probably need it though, as Saturn will oppose her Sun-Mercury conjunction in September-October 2011, which will probably be a difficult and challenging period for her.
Bachmann is a serious contender now, and something tells me we’d better keep an eye on Mercury throughout this process, especially for her.