Mars Retrograde in Virgo and the 2012 Primary Elections
Mars is about to go retrograde right in the middle of the 2012 primary election season. Mars retrogrades happen approximately every 2 years, as Mars, the Earth and the Sun align in that order. Due to the relative motion of the Earth, Mars appears to make a loop in the sky, and it becomes brightest at its opposition with the Sun. There are 7 distinct areas of the zodiac where Mars goes retrograde, and about every 15 years, a Mars retrograde will happen in the same part of the zodiac, gradually shifting backward through the signs. In astrology, Mars is a malefic destructive planet, signifying aggression and conflict, as well as boldness and courage. Mars retrogrades are known for signifying notable conflicts, unusual victories and losses. Virtually all of the 2012 presidential candidates have natal placements that connect to the upcoming Mars retrograde which leads me to believe the early primary season will be especially interesting to watch.
Here’s a rundown of the upcoming Mars retrograde cycle:
- Pre-retrograde shadow period begins: December 3rd 2011, Mars at 3 Virgo.
- Retrograde station: January 23rd 2012, Mars at 23 Virgo.
- Opposition with the Sun: March 3rd 2012, Mars at 13 Virgo.
- Direct station: April 13th 2012, Mars at 3 Virgo.
- Post-retrograde shadow period ends: June 20th 2012, Mars at 23 Virgo.
As the 2012 GOP candidates trickled into the race, I began to notice a common feature for nearly all of them: they were about to experience hard transits from the lunar nodes transiting across mid-to-late Gemini-Sagittarius, and the lunar nodes were angular at the specific times of their announcements. Their first debate took place right at a Sun-Mercury conjunction at 21 Gemini and right before a lunar eclipse at 23 Sagittarius, which all of their charts connected with, seemingly locking them in to the contest. This also puts them all in the line of fire of the Mars retrograde from 23-3 Virgo early next year in the middle of the primaries.
- Mitt Romney: Sun at 21 Pisces, Mercury conjunct Mars at 13 Pisces
- Ron Paul: Venus at 22 Virgo, Mercury at 7 Virgo opposite Saturn at 7 Pisces, Neptune at 14 Virgo
- Newt Gingrich: Sun at 26 Gemini opposite Moon at 25 Sagittarius, Saturn at 17 Gemini
- Rick Santorum: Saturn at 24 Sagittarius, Mars at 10 Pisces
- Rick Perry: Sun at 13 Pisces opposite Moon and Saturn at 16 Virgo
- Jon Huntsman: Mercury at 12 Pisces, Venus at 13 Pisces
- Michele Bachmann: She is the only one without a planet affected by the Mars retrograde, although if she was born at 12:06 am, then the Mars retrograde station would be at her zenith.
- Barack Obama: Mars at 22 Virgo, Moon at 3 Gemini square Pluto at 6 Virgo
Yes, Obama has Mars just one degree away from where Mars will station retrograde. His Moon is also square the degree at which Mars will station direct. For a lot of factors, it’s hard to spin this one positively. 15 years ago, Mars went retrograde over Obama’s Mars in a very different part of his career. He had just been sworn in as a new Illinois state senator, a true political naivete. On March 13th, 1997, he introduced one of his first pieces of legislation- a bill to make a directory of community college graduates to be available to local employers looking to hire. Obama was going to learn the hard way what it really took to make a bill pass through Illinois politics, as evidenced by the response Obama received from Rickey Hendon, a fellow Democratic senator.
HENDON: Senator, could you correctly pronounce your name for me? I’m having a little trouble with it.
HENDON: Is that Irish?
OBAMA: It will be when I run countywide.
HENDON: That was a good joke, but this bill’s still going to die. This directory, would that have those 1-800 sex line numbers in this directory?
OBAMA: I apologize. I wasn’t paying Senator Hendon any attention.
HENDON: Well, clearly, as poorly as this legislation is drafted, you didn’t pay it much attention either. My question was: Are the 1-800 sex line numbers going to be in this directory?
OBAMA: Not—not—basically this idea comes out of the South Side community colleges. I don’t know what you’re doing on the West Side community colleges. But we probably won’t be including that in our directory for the students.
HENDON: . . . Let me just say this, and to the bill: I seem to remember a very lovely Senator by the name of Palmer—much easier to pronounce than Obama—and she always had cookies and nice things to say, and you don’t have anything to give us around your desk. How do you expect to get votes? And—and you don’t even wear nice perfume like Senator Palmer did. . . . I’m missing Senator Palmer because of these weak replacements with these tired bills that makes absolutely no sense. I . . . I definitely urge a No vote. Whatever your name is.
Freshman hazing apparently doesn’t end in college. However, the tension between the two was real, culminating in a shoving match where the two had to be physically separated, on June 11th 2002. (It was a Sun-Saturn conjunction square Obama’s Mars). What’s harder to figure out is what the return of this part of the Mars cycle might mean for Obama during the 2012 primaries. I’m tempted to think that during the 1997 Mars retrograde transit was about Obama’s first encounters with real enemies, wanton opposition, in a political context. In some way, the primary season will be a return to Obama’s first months as an elected official.
‘Why should we care so much about this Mars retrograde?’ you might ask. Well, where do you think Mars will be on the date of the 2012 elections, November 6th, 2012? 22 Sagittarius.