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about Moon/Mercury chart similarities for Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney, was planned for publication last summer. I put it
aside to broaden the scope of forecast work.
However, with the rising tide of criticism,
primarily now about terrorism and the Iraq war, but also truly
imminent concerning domestic policies, it is useful to examine how
these three key players operate. Learning how Bush, Rumsfeld and
Cheney think and act will be helpful in understanding of the
continuing unfolding of this truly historic period.
Moon with Mercury
Rumsfeld and Cheney all have the Moon in full connection with Mercury
in their charts. This section describes these planets and how
they relate in combination.
Moon is the perceptional mind, how we perceive an interact with the
world. It is a intrinsically worldly influence in describing the
benefits in life a person may achieve and giving public awareness. The Moon is also
extremely variable, as reflected in its waxing and waning and fast
passage through the constellations (signs).
Mercury is the intellect, how we analyze
information. Mercury is also variable but in a different way
than the Moon. Mercury is mutable, like its metal which flows,
and it takes on the influence of planets with which it
associates. Mercury has no ethical underpinning to guide its
judgments and goals.
Below are three ways to view the
First, the Moon and Mercury have a mixed or troubled
relationship in Vedic Astrology. As concerns whether the Moon
and Mercury are friends or
(whether they support or harm each other), the Moon is a friend to
Mercury, but Mercury is an enemy to the Moon. The Moon can
support Mercury with perception, but Mercury distorts lunar
Another way to view these two planets is
through the Lunar Nakshatra (one of the Moon's 27 houses) of
Mrigrashira. (Note: the Moon is generally a female symbol but in
ancient scriptures, it is sometimes a male symbol.)
The Vedic mythology about Mrigrashira involves the Moon god,
Somaís attraction to Jupiterís wife, Tara.He seduced her, they eloped, and the gods were forced
to intervene, persuading Tara to return to Jupiter.But, Tara was pregnant.The child when born was named Buddha (Mercury). In the Vedas, the ancient Vedic scriptures, it says, Out
of the Moon, the mind was born.Thus, Mercuryís intellect was created out of
the Moonís perceptional mind.The myth ends happily, for the child Mercury was so
beautiful and charming, Jupiter adopted him.Thus, following turmoil, a new relationship is created
to reflect a new beginning.
Implicit here is the immorality resulting from the Moon's desiring and seducing Tara. This myth also
establishes the linkage between the Moon and Mercury, one which is
both highly personal and intense, since the Moon is the father to
third approach is to understand, by means of their significations, how the
Moon and Mercury influence each other. The Moon is perception
and also worldly benefits, as stated above. Mercury is the analyst,
the mind's calculator. When these planets signifying the two
parts of the mind combine, a
concentrated intellect naturally results. The Moon's awareness
of worldly information incites Mercury to distinguish opportunities
and imagine gains. Mercury therefore constantly and ceaselessly
plots and schemes to gain the Moon's worldly benefits. In turn,
the Moon's earthly pleasures and public discernment are colored by
Mercury to manipulative desire. The unified Mercury/Moon mind is
focused for personal material gain. It is a difficult
combination, not just for the excessive mental intensity but also
because it distracts from personal growth.
Another group of mental planetary and house
influences comes into play here: 2nd house of truth, 4th house emotions, 5th house morality,
9th house of higher
knowledge, Jupiter's wisdom and Venus's compassion. Moon/Mercury overrides these
other mental significators and also takes them over for personal
gain. Still, if these other mental significators are relatively
intact in the chart, the Moon/Mercury person may achieve a great deal
personally and still make a positive contribution to society.
However, if these other mental areas of the chart are weak or
afflicted, Moon/Mercury will incorporate the resulting mental aberrations
in a selfish or dysfunctional agenda -- like Cheney's being driven to paranoia by
hatred of foreigners and greed.
In my experience with clients' charts,
whenever I see Moon/Mercury, I suggest the people always be inmersed in mental pursuits to productively use their tremendous
Moon/Mercury mental focus. For young people with this
combination, I encourage them to complete college and graduate school
work as a productive use of mental resources (and where they may learn
about ethics), for their rapacious
minds would otherwise propel them into disreputable activities.
Bush's core allies and strategists are Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Vice
President Cheney. All three men share the Moon and Mercury in full
connection. This term means
that the planets are either conjunct (Cheney) or exchange signs (Bush
and Rumsfeld). The former means the planets sit in one house,
and the latter describes the Moon sitting in a sign owned by Mercury,
and Mercury sitting in Cancer, owned by the Moon. Although full
connection is self defining, it
is worthwhile explaining that this means the two planets are so
intricately entwined that their significations are fused, like alloys in a metal.
For each man, the life consists of mental
gymnastics for gain, and this takes the form of plotting and
scheming, as stated above. Conniving and conspiring are other
useful terms here, for in each chart, the other mental significators
are badly harmed. Although planetary relationships among their
charts must draw them together, simply having the Moon/Mercury in
combination gives an underlying affinity,
The chart for each man and his attendant
planetary cycles are shown below, along with summary observations:
The Moon/Mercury connection.
and the Moon exchange signs, which means Mercury sits in Cancer
(ruled by the Moon) and the Moon sits in Virgo (ruled by
The Moon in
the 3rd house brings desire for power which is expanded by
Jupiter and made heartless by an aspect from Saturn, the planet
colored by emotion in ruling the 3rd house of desires and the
12th of loss, and it too is hardened by harsh Saturn.
The Moon/Mercury mind focuses upon acquiring
and wielding power at the expense of others.
was elected under a powerful Saturn with Rahu* planetary
cycle. Now under Saturn with Jupiter, his aspirations have
grown, but powerful enemies reveal Bush's lies, and a loss of
personal power bars his usual vengeance against them.
(*Rahu is an eclipse point in
Vedic Astrology an in mythology is the head of a serpent signifying
worldly cravings and desires.)
Bush, the Moon and Mercury exchange signs.
The Moon sits in the 10th house of the
public, giving Rumsfeld the intuitive ability to please, but in
ruling the evil 8th house of life and death, he takes no
Mercury rules the 10th house of the
public and sits in the 8th house, stimulating his blunt and
often shocking statements, which he gets away with lunar charm.
With so much 8th house (the house of
life and death, Rumsfeld is obsessed with violence.
appointed during his Saturn with Jupiter cycle, and his Saturn
also signifies death. Now in Mercury, he contradicts
himself and is caught by increasingly hateful statements.
chart with Bush's, and you'll see their Mercurys and Moons are
in the same sign, indicating they think alike and that Bush is
receptive to Rumsfeld's violent agenda.
Moon and Mercury are conjunct -- they sit in the same house.
Cheney's Moon rules the 12th house of
distant places, and his Mercury rules two money houses, the
2nd and 11th. With the Moon and Mercury in the 7th house,
he gains wealth through foreign partnerships.
Cheney's Saturn is fallen in the 9th of philos- ophy with wise
Jupiter, which it destroys in a plan- etary war. Saturn is
suspicion, bringing a fearful philosophy, and in ruling the 6th
house of foreig- ners, Cheney directs his animosity overseas.
Since May 2001, Cheney has been in his
paranoid Venus with Saturn cycle.
in the 2nd house of learning gives him a peculiar
imagination, and this Rahu sits exactly on top of Bush's
Moon. Cheney thereby influences Bush with his paranoid
The Amoral Trio
three men share a Moon/Mercury egocentric mental focus, and both
Rumsfeld and Cheney have major influence over Bush, who, after all,
came to the Presidency with little background and benefits from
Notable is that each chart has a powerfully
destructive Saturn, and all three men were running Saturn in their
cycles during the the formative period of Bush's administration, when
the invasion of Iraq was estab- lished as the priority.
Also significant, although not discussed in
the abbreviated comments by each chart, is that for all three charts,
the 2nd house of speech is injured, bringing dishonesty, and that the
8th house of secrets is powerful. Combining these significations
with the Moon/Mercury plotting and scheming for gain, they have come
together like a band of thieves to sell
an plan based on lies and to protect a secret agenda.