Many articles, volumes, films and TV series have been written about the life, and death, of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
So what, in astrological terms, might be deduced from his birth chart – why is he such an icon, even now?
Potential or fate?
I believe astrology is largely about potential, not necessarily fate. There is freedom of choice. But choices have consequences.
When he was born, Libra was on the ascendant. His ruler, Venus, is in Gemini in the 9th house, along with his Gemini Sun nearby.
So in basic terms, this pretty much describes the man and the President we know. The easy charm, the affability. He is intelligent, sociable, diplomatic, approachable, highly inquisitive and able to relate to a wide range of people. Not bad qualities for America’s first TV President.
This also correlates with his successes in diplomacy, his liking for peace. Examples of this are the creation of the Peace Corps, his seeking of detente with the Soviet Union following the Cuban Missile Crisis, his willingness to try to accommodate all sides most of the time.
And his Sun and Venus in the 9th house indicates the importance of foreign matters and the world at large to him, as a man and a President.
But of course, he was also known as a great speech maker, a prerequisite for any politician who want to go places.
Great Speech Maker
If we look to his Mercury (speaking/communication) it is conjunct Mars in Taurus (the Bull rules the throat) in the 8th house. Jupiter is nearby too and is ruler of his third house of communication.
Here are the strong, optimistic, expansive, yet ultimately practical mental qualities he was noted for, like, for instance, setting America on course for the Moon.
Here also is the powerful, ‘bullish’ voice we have all heard, one of the most distinctive political voices of the last century.
Few Presidents made as many famous speeches in three short years, such as the one in Berlin in 1963. Here too, is his bravery and generosity; from the 8th house he was willing to speak up about difficult policy decisions that might change the security status quo.
Grasp of Detail
This conjunction is trine the Moon in Virgo in the 12th house. This hints at an inner fastidiousness to the nature, that could be put to good use mentally; a great need for, and grasp of, detail. Again, a perfect quality for a successful politician.
So, we can see that underneath the easy charm, there is a practicality and courage too. He wanted to get things done.
Some have said that if he hadn’t gone into politics, he might have become a famous writer. Well, he did write some books, but had he chosen this other career path, I think one can see he might well have been famous for that too.
Saturn is fairly close to the midheaven (career) in Cancer.
Saturn Weighs Heavy
Saturn is not ‘happy’ in Cancer, hinting at potential for emotional struggles, especially positioned quite prominently high up in the chart. This would tend to bring very hard, demanding difficulties and responsibilities that could expose the individual at times.
This is a difficult position for any well known individual, but here we’re looking at the most powerful man in the world.
Had he lived, assuming he would have gone onto a second term, my bet would be that he would have dedicated himself to writing – quite possibly his first love.
copyright Leofwine Tanner 2019
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