The Astrological Chart
of John F. Kerry

Do his planets describe a man at war with himself or a Man for All Seasons?

On May 1, 2004, at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, Tonight Show host Jay Leno poked fun at the likely Democratic presidential candidate by saying, "If John Kerry is elected, he would be the first president to deliver the State of the Union address


the rebuttal."

Ha, good one!

Astrologically speaking, Leno's barb captured John Kerry's inner life to a T. While critics call him wishy-washy, his fans say he sees all sides of an issue. Both have a point, and Kerry himself might agree. Kerry's star chart resembles a one-man courtroom drama complete with a petitioner, respondent, prosecutor, defendant, judge, and jury. Some say he's always seeking approval, but his chart paints a picture of a man at ideological war with himself, ever in the midst of an internal struggle for truth and right action. It isn't easy. But could Kerry's lifelong habit of seeing multiple sides to every issue be "just the ticket" come November?

John Forbes Kerry was born on a full moon on Dec. 11, 1943 at 8:03 A.M. MWT in Denver, Colorado. He has the Sun in Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, and the Moon in Gemini. (A "full moon" is when the Sun and Moon oppose one other at 180 degrees, describing a person with an ongoing internalized challenge of coping with and finding the balance between 2 opposing points of view.) Not surprisingly, in school as a budding statesman, Kerry excelled at debate.

The 180° polarity of Gemini/Sagittarius is the axis of thought, communication, and education: it's the mundane `lower' mind versus the higher mind. In short, it's the "Great Debate of Life": What are we here for and who--

if anyone


--is running the show? This way of perceiving the world may be seen as Kerry's weakness, but it also might represent the zeitgeist of our times and our nation's struggle for ethical maturity.

John Kerry and the U.S.A. Chart

All U.S. presidents have charts that connect to the horoscope of the nation which is derived from the commonly accepted birth time of the Republic (July 4, 1776 at 5:10 P.M., Philadelphia). Kerry's connections to America's chart are quite striking.

The chart that most astrologers use for the U.S.A. has Sagittarius rising (some astrologers use one with Gemini rising). Either way, Kerry's jumping Gemini/Sagittarius polarity is as enthusiastically American as apple pie. And this pattern appears often in politics. Not surprisingly, that very polarity has been present in the charts of many U.S. presidents. Though three previous presidents were Sagittarians (Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, and Franklin Pierce--ancestor of Barbara Bush) and only two were Gemini (John F. Kennedy and George Bush, Sr.), quite a number have had either Gemini or Sagittarius rising

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Shelley L. Ackerman
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