Donald Sterling is a bad person.
There are a lot of people who will excuse racism by saying something like “well, everyone’s a little racist.” Personally, I don’t think so. But even if everyone is a little bit racist, using that argument to excuse it is pretty inadequate. It’s like saying “well, everyone gets gas once in a while… so let one rip in a crowded elevator, why not?”
You yourself may be a perfectly decent person who occasionally gets the urge to strangle whoever is holding up the line at the cashier in front of you, but that doesn’t give you license to do so. You are free to think and feel whatever you like (I like to think), but acting on some things would just make you a bad person.
LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a bad person.
Donald Sterling (born April 26, 1934, time unknown, Chicago Illinois) is presumably not stupid. After all, he came from a fairly undistinguished immigrant background, became a lawyer, and eventually accumulated a net worth of just under $2 billion. Something like that takes some brainpower. Nonetheless, as you have noticed through the years, just because you are a good person doesn’t mean you will profit… and sometimes bad people will make a fortune. And, like I said, Donald Sterling is a bad person.
It is entirely possible to get through one’s entire life as a bad person without being caught at it. However, sometimes fate and the planets will conspired to reveal a bad person for what they are, and this is what has happened with Mr. Sterling recently. On April 25th of this year, a recording was revealed of a conversation involving Mr. Sterling in which he sincerely spewed a number of disparaging things about black people in a conversation with his girlfriend, who ironically is part black herself. I won’t going to detail: if you need to know, you can look these things up for yourself elsewhere.
Now, what kind of transits was Donald Sterling having that would make his private ugliness suddenly so public? Setting aside the obvious… Donald Sterling is a bad person… Let’s have a look at the transits the calls all this to go public.
Even without knowing his time of birth we still know that Uranus in the birth chart represents one’s individual will, and individuality. Whatever rules or constraints life has presented you with, Uranus is where you get your urge to kick against them. And as it turns out, the lunar eclipse of April 15th fell very close to Donald’s natal Uranus.
He also has a Mercury – Jupiter opposition in his birth chart, with Mercury at 18° Aries and Jupiter at 16° Libra. Regardless of the sign placements, a Mercury – Jupiter opposition will tend to make a person more then willing to voice their opinions, whatever those opinions may be. And when both those planets are squared by Pluto, a person has an even harder time holding back.
Now, if you are reading this and thinking “hey, the Cardinal Grand Cross is having a major effect on that Mercury – Jupiter opposition,” you be absolutely correct. And if you are reading this and thinking “no wonder Donald Sterling revealed himself to be a bad person by opening his fat yap,” you’d be absolutely correct again.
This is not the first time that Donald Sterling has been publicly revealed to be a racist. In August 2006 the US Justice Department sued for housing discrimination. It was claimed that he wouldn’t rent to no one Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood, because (according to the lawsuit, Koreans “will live in whatever conditions he gives them and still pay the rent without complaint.” He also wouldn’t rent properties in Beverly Hills to black folks, because “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”
Yeah, like I said… Donald Sterling is a bad person.
This happened right as transiting Saturn was passing right over his South Node, which is often an indicator that current circumstances are catching up to your past attitudes. Although we don’t know his time of birth, it’s also quite possible that the previous solar eclipse that year was opposite his Moon. Fortunately for Mr. Sterling, the settlement he had to pay out was just a little under $3 million, plus about $5 million in the plaintiffs legal fees. That sort of thing is a drop in the bucket if you are a rich, bad person like Mr. Sterling… but it should have served as a lesson to him.
He was also subject to an employment discrimination case in February 2009, once again a matter based on race. Donald Sterling was not experiencing any particular difficult transits at that time, and the suit was dismissed. It should be noted though that an eclipse that month was very closely squaring his Sun.
For the record: I am now writing this on the day of the solar eclipse in Taurus, which falls close to Donald Sterling’s natal Sun. Tomorrow, the NBA will be holding a press conference at 2 PM Eastern time to make an announcement about its investigation into Mr. Sterling.
Now, the question I have to ask myself is, should I avoid making any pronouncements about the outcome of that press conference for Donald Sterling? Is it possible I’m foreseeing a bad outcome for him just because I think he is a bad person?
Or should I just look at the chart… and observe that the Ascendant for the scheduled press conference time is opposite Donald Sterling’s Saturn, that Donald Sterling is currently going through his Saturn Square, and the transiting Midheaven for that press conference is square Donald’s Nodes… and predict that it is going to be a very, very bad day for Donald Sterling?
Oh, whom I kidding? Donald Sterling is going to get it, and he deserves it, because Donald Sterling is a bad person.