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Astrology and Politics

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 9:27 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Nancy Reagan’s interest in astrology is probably the most famous modern-day example in which politics meets astrology. The Washington Post archives reflect 51 articles since 1987 that contain the search terms “Nancy,” “Reagan” and “astrology,” and I doubt these articles are complimentary.

Thus, I was surprised to find that the Washington Post’s summary of the Senate vote on the Allard Amendment (discussed here) breaks down the vote by party, state, region, boomer status, gender, and astrological sign.

I can’t imagine why the Washington Post would break down Congressional votes by astrological sign … but I’m not surprised to learn that Barack Obama is a Leo.


11 Responses to “Astrology and Politics”

  1. “I’m not surprised to learn that Barack Obama is a Leo.”

    Really? I’m shocked and amazed that he is not a Gemini. In fact, I would have bet money on it.

    Scott (7b485d)

  2. if uranus is in trine with cancer, you need to see a doctor.

    assistant devil's advocate (809dea)

  3. My sign is the $.

    C. Norris (051d62)

  4. It’s always amusing to me that astrology is stupid when Republicans reference it, but no one seems to have much to say about this incidence! “Leo” indeed.

    Let’s see. BO is a Leo. America is a Cancer. So let’s check out that “Romance Horoscope,” shall we?

    When Cancer and Leo make a love match, they understand and know how to satisfy basic emotional needs within one another. Both these Signs require dedication and tender, loving care, but while Cancer seeks stability and emotional harmony, Leo craves heartfelt compliments and sincere admiration. Both are strongly loyal, even to the point of possessiveness, Cancer for safety’s sake, Leo for the sake of their self-confidence. They are also both committed to a enduring, rewarding connection. Since their desires are similar, a Cancer and a Leo may fill very important voids in each other’s lives.

    Both Leo and Cancer prefer comfort and security, and they prefer both on a grand scale. Cancer and Leo enjoy a lovely home and a close-knit family. Leo provides the flair and the passion, and Cancer brings to the home a sensitive but intense instinct to nurture. Leo is the bigger and bolder and more vivid of this couple, the picture of majesty and status. Because both Signs are so strong-minded, these two must always work attentively to understand and accept one another.

    The intense and emotional Moon (Emotion) rules Cancer, while the bright, bold Sun (the Self) rules Leo. The Sun is about ego and self, radiating warmth and light, and vibrant Leo indeed radiates this kind of energy and enthusiasm. The Moon concerns itself with nurturing, with creating and maintaining emotional connections. This combination of masculine and feminine energy is why the Sun and the Moon adore and sustain one another other as they do. The Sun represents life, and The Moon cultivation and growth; as long as they are mindful of their inherent differences, their combination can be a positive one.

    Scary, huh?

    Eric Blair (2708f4)

  5. I’ve always thought the ideal mate was one whose sign is “Yield”!

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  6. It’s always amusing to me that astrology is stupid when Republicans reference it, but no one seems to have much to say about this incidence! “Leo” indeed.

    Astrological Readings (e0c882)

  7. Bill Clinton is also a Leo! Wouldn’t you think Hillary would get along better with Obama then she does! Or is it just the battle of Scorpio VS Leo

    T Chretien (71923c)

  8. The only presadents that wher Gemini are JFK, and Bush(senoir.)

    Eden_hummel (cdbea1)

  9. If you want to knw more about Obama’s and Palin’s respective astrological charts, go to

    rpm (18fed4)

  10. Obama is a Leo, but has a Gemini Moon. So the person who thought he had to be a Gemini is partly right.

    m7 (cd6230)

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