Mitt Romney and a History of Saturn: Part II
This is the second part of a 2-part article on Mitt Romney and his history with Saturn transits. I would strongly advise you read the first part here before reading this article. In the first half I covered how Saturn’s hard aspects to Romney’s natal Saturn coincided with major points of development in his career, including his early influences and his careers in business and politics. It didn’t provide the whole story, so here are some more points of interest concerning Saturn in different aspects of Romney’s life and career, including his defeats, marriage, and his parents. There are almost certainly more that I am not seeing or have not yet discovered, take a look.
Saturn Conjunct Mars: Mitt Romney attends 1964 RNC
Under Saturn transiting opposite his Mars, 17-year old Mitt Romney seemed to get a preview about the rough and tumble of politics and the consequences of sticking to your beliefs against a political tide. Mitt was present at the 1964 Republican National Convention (held on July 13th-16th 1964) where he saw his father go to war against the conservative Barry Goldwater and fought courageously for civil rights to be added into the Republican party plank. His attempts ultimately failed, and George Romney was dismayed that his party had officially drifted away from its civil-rights minded Lincoln roots. Romney’s support of civil rights was even more remarkable given the pre-1978 Mormon doctrine on black people. How this event might have impacted the young Romney is interesting to think about, especially when you consider the other instances of defeat that Romney himself would encounter 30 years later in 1994, as well as in 2008 .
Saturn Conjunct Mars: 1994 Senate Race Against Ted Kennedy
1994 was a very Republican year at the ballot box after various controversies in the beginning of President Clinton’s term. Even Ted Kennedy was vulnerable in Massachusetts. Romney was itching to get into politics, and the Massachusetts GOP needed a fresh face against Kennedy. Romney was of a more moderate and independent breed, he’d only officially switched his party registration from Independent to Republican in October of 1993. He was just what they thought they needed. In the debates, Romney presented himself as a better advocate of liberal causes than even Ted Kennedy, which would plague him later. He approached his campaign the same way he approached business with the “Bain Way”, which turned out to be too careful and calculated for the storms of politics. His father relished the opportunity to hit the stump a final time in his life to advocate for the candidacy of his favorite son, but he could see that Mitt was losing. He urged Mitt to use his own instincts and rely less on advisers, advice which Mitt took on too late in the campaign to make a difference. Ted Kennedy got back on form and there was no stopping him. Kennedy wound up being one of the few Democrats to hold their seat while the Republican Revolution swept the nation. The day after losing the election on November 8th 1994, Romney went right back to work at Bain Capital as if nothing had happened, but privately the defeat anguished him. He couldn’t bear the thought that one of the last memories his idol, his father would have of him would be one of failure. He vowed that he would not run again unless he was absolutely sure he could win.
Saturn Opposite Mars: Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign
Romney was now a former Governor of Massachusetts aspiring to the highest office in the land. The similarities between Romney and his father were remarkable, but there was one key difference. Mitt Romney saw his father’s blunt honesty and unwillingness to adapt his beliefs (however principled) to changing political circumstances as the cause of his defeats. So Mitt traded in his father’s Biden-like rambling openness for super slick sound bites, and his principled steadfastness for political survival. Romney had been tacking to the right throughout his governorship, and the unquestionably conservative 2008 presidential candidate Romney was a far cry from the 1994 Romney who argued positions to the left of Kennedy. The media noticed, and the videos from the 1994 debate performances were played over and over again. “Political adaptability” turned into “political expediency”. When his true position on abortion became unclear, it created a path for Mike Huckabee to make surprisingly good showings in the early primaries, while McCain and Romney split the rest of the votes. While the “flip-flop” charge seemed to stick, distrust of Mormonism and questionable claims that he saw his father march with Martin Luther King Jr. also factored into his flagging campaign. Interestingly enough, his quote about how he saw his father march alongside MLK came from a Boston Herald American article published sometime in 1978, which was the last time Saturn was opposed Romney’s Mars. Historically in Republican politics, voters tend to be give losers a second chance, and there is a long pattern of waiting “turns” for the nomination. In 2008, that was John McCain, who came close to beating Bush in the Republican primary in 2000, and soon McCain developed an aura of inevitability. Romney had to spend millions of his own money financing his campaign but he finally realized there was no path forward. On February 7th 2008, Romney suspended his campaign as Saturn conjoined his Mars.
Mitt Romney knew Ann Davies since childhood, but Mitt saw her in a new light when they reconnected at a party on March 21st, 1965, and he asked her out for their first date. He helped her plan her 16th birthday party which was less than a month away, where they danced for the first time. Venus, the planet of romance and unions, has a synodic recurrence of 8 years, nearly exactly. Every 4 years, Venus will be in the same position zodiacally, but on the other side of the Sun. Ann Davies was born at a Sun-Venus superior conjunction in Aries, so the day of her 16th birthday was an essentially perfect recurrence of her natal Sun-Venus superior conjunction in late Aries. They became a couple and informally agreed to get married at their graduation in June of that year, in anticipation of their separation when Romney would go to Stanford University for a year.
They wrote to each other and tried to keep in touch as often as they could. After a year at Stanford, Romney had reached the age of 19, and was mandated by his Mormon faith to go on a mission for 30 months to convert people to Mormonism. His assignment was in France. I will go into detail about the astrology of his time in France, but I’m skipping over that right now to stay on the topic of his marriage. He was dreadfully lonely in foreign France and missed Ann dreadfully. Ann began to be interested in other boys, which crushed Mitt when he read that in one of her letters. As soon as he came back to the United States on December 23rd 1968, he proposed and she accepted. They were married in the Mormon church in Salt Lake City, on March 21st 1969, purposely on the 4th anniversary of the party where they reconnected. This of course means that Venus was coming round to the opposite part of its cycle as it was 4 years before, retrograde in Aries. Venus was retrograde at the degree of Ann’s Venus.
Okay, neat Venus stuff. So what does this have to do with Saturn? Well Venus was also conjunct Saturn on the day of their marriage, and while that could be read as the beginning of a strong commitment based on love, it could also promise some hard times, difficulties, distance and separation. While Mitt was campaigning for his mother’s Senate race, Ann was taking care of their first child. While he was climbing the corporate ladder at Bain, she was taking care of their 5 children. And it certainly isn’t hard to imagine the toll a political career can take on a family and a marriage. However, their most significant challenge would come 30 years after their marriage, when Saturn would return back to where it was at the time of their marriage. It was “just before Thanksgiving” in 1998 that Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which Mitt would describe as the worst day of his life. The latest the diagnosis could have happened is November 25th 1998. We do not know for certain the precise date, but anywhere in late November 1998, Saturn was at 27 Aries, just 2 degrees away from where Venus and Saturn were at her marriage, and 1 degree away from her own Sun and Venus.
This technically doesn’t involve Saturn as far as I can tell, but it was so interesting I had to include it. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the fact that Romney would be the first Mormon to have a serious shot of winning the Presidency, and some blamed his defeat on the voters’ distrust of Mormonism. The first Mormon to run for President however was the founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith announced his run for President on February 8th 1844. When Romney announced his presidential run on February 13th 2007, the Sun, Venus and Neptune were all virtually at the same positions as they were on the day Joseph Smith announced his run for President. In fact, the Sun-Neptune recurrence of Joseph Smith’s announcement is even close to when Romney suspended his campaign on February 7th 2008. Joseph Smith’s run and the end of Romney’s 2008 campaign are basically exactly 164 years apart, which is very close to a full Neptune cycle, and there they are, the Sun and Neptune are conjunct in Aquarius at virtually the exact same degrees. Now I’m not saying that Romney is a reincarnation of Joseph Smith or anything like that, but Mitt Romney is certainly one of the highest profile Mormons in the world. Whether he likes it or not he is now in some sense a spokesperson for it of the kind Joseph Smith apparently envisioned for there to be by running for President. Indeed, Joseph Smith wrote on February 8th 1844: “I would not have suffered my name to have been used by my friends on anywise as President of the United States, or candidate for that office, if I and my friends could have had the privilege of enjoying our religious and civil rights as American citizens, even those rights which the Constitution guarantees unto all her citizens alike. But this as a people we have been denied from the beginning. Persecution has rolled upon our heads from time to time, from portions of the United States, like peals of thunder, because of our religion; and no portion of this Government as yet has stepped forward for our relief. And in view of these things, I feel it to be my right and privilege to obtain what influence and power I can, lawfully, in the United States, for the protection of injured innocence.” Another interesting Neptune connection here is that Romney’s father was born at a Sun-Neptune conjunction, and even announced his own candidacy for President when the Sun was conjunct Neptune at 24-25 Scorpio, which is fairly close to squaring the degrees of the Sun and Neptune of Smith’s and Mitt’s runs.
Lenore Romney died on July 7th 1998 when Saturn was at 2 Taurus- exactly square Romney’s Saturn at 2 Leo. Interestingly enough, it was also nearly an exact Saturn return of when Lenore announced her candidacy for the Senate, when Saturn was at 4 Taurus. Although Mitt was close with his mother, he was arguably closer to his father. George Romney died on July 26th 1995. Not only was transiting Saturn approaching Mitt’s natal Sun at the time of the unfortunate news, but the transiting Sun was also conjunct Mitt’s own natal Saturn. Not only was George Romney close to his third Saturn return, but it was also the Saturn return of when Mitt left for France to begin his Mormon mission. In 1966, Mitt left his father. A Saturn cycle later in 1995, George left his son. To this day, the usually robotic Mitt can get uncharacteristically choked up when talking about his family, especially his father, who he clearly loved very much.
These sorts of transits and the way they appear to repeatedly conspire with events and trends relevant to their purported astrological meaning, especially according to principles of birth chart interpretation, leave me to bewilderedly conclude that something is going on here with this whole astrology thing. I hope I have convinced you of the same.