Todd Akin Horoscope

Todd Akin Horoscope

Todd Akin

Todd Akin is a U.S. politician from the Republican Party. In a TV interview on August 19 2012, he got himself into trouble by making dumb comments about rape and pregnancy. Akin was arguing against allowing rape victims access to abortions, even suggesting that women who are really raped don’t get pregnant, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” [wiki]. His opinion is not supported by the medical or scientific community. Todd Akin was born on July 5, 1947 in New York City. We have no time of birth for him but I have rectified his horoscope based on the position of the Moon and some current transits.

Todd Akin Horoscope

Todd Akin Horoscope

Even without the birth time, we see that his Mercury was triggered by Mars conjunct Saturn of August 15. Mercury rules the rational intellect and speech. To state the first sentence from Robert Hand (Planets in Transit, p.335) for the Saturn square Mercury transit, “This can be a time of difficulties in communicating with others and of problems arising from a serious conflict of viewpoints.” Mars also square his Mercury, exact on the day of his interview, August 19, inflamed the negative nature of the Saturn transit, causing him to speak before thinking and causing great anger and hurt to others.

Todd Akin’s Mercury is conjunct the fixed star Procyon. Ebertin said of Procyon, “Rise and success are found with it, but fall from high position later, is indicated.” Robson said that this star with Mercury gives “minor position of management under Government, trouble and scandal through opposite sex”. This scandal through women is exactly what has happened when his Mercury was under stress from the Mars Saturn conjunction.

The reason I rectified the chart for the morning was because it placed his Moon on a star giving the same problems. Robson’s interpretation for the Moon on the star Dabih is: “Successful in business but retires under a cloud, favorable for wealth, influential position but scarcely realizes ambitions, trouble through opposite sex, deserved criticism and censure.”

Further tweaking of the birth time puts the Ascendant with Mercury, also on the star Procyon. The preceding New Moon at 25 Leo fell between his Ascendant and Mercury. Transiting Uranus was also on his Midheaven, causing a major upset to his career and public profile.

59 thoughts on “Todd Akin Horoscope

  1. The concensus here in the U.S. is that Akin has likely cost Republicans the Senate and may very likely cost Romney the state of Missouri and possibly the election.

    That’s why all the Republicans are totally bent out of shape over this.

    • I’m not surprised at all. I wondered weather he would have to resign in disgrace.

      • Akin already missed the deadline to file papers in order to resign and keep his name off the Missouri ballot.

        Now the only way he can be removed is by court order either initiated by Akin himself under pressure from the GOP or by the GOP itself by September 25th. In either one of those cases, Akin has to pay for the reprinting of all ballots in Missouri which would amount to millions of dollars.

        So I doubt Akin’s going to drop out. This will drag on until November.

          • Have you done Romney’s chart? I wish that man would get some balls! He’s like a pastel-colored polyester leisure suit and just as interesting. I was hoping with the addition of Paul Ryan to the ticket we might actually discuss something other than the state of my vagina, lol; apparently not possible in the US.

            • Jaime thank you for the chart. It was terrific to read your explanations and *extremely* entertaining and informative to read the comments. I appreciate your time and response.

              Is it possible to look at the chart of Gary Johnson, the Repub-turned-Libertarian’s chart, perhaps, in the future? I would do it, except I am an astrology newbie, lol. He is an independent voice who is solidly centrist, a dying breed in the US, alas.
              It’s unfortunate the media won’t give him any attention.

              Governor Johnson is what Romney was when Romney was governor of MA. For anyone to be elected in MA, they would have to be liberal and compassionate and open-minded, well-educated. It seemed to Romney was all these things and then he became the pander-king. A pity. It seems he has to dumb-down and smother his life force in order not frighten the scared rabbits of his party. A pity.

              His chart certainly seems as he presents himself.

  2. The disturbing fact is Akin just said what many Republicans privately believe. More than 40 current members of Congress do not believe in abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and Akin and VP candidate Paul Ryan weren’t the only ones trying to narrow the scope of what constitutes rape.

    The GOP platform will include resolutions supporting life, no matter what (rape, incest, a mother’s health).

    I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. The war on women currently raging on in US politics will be in full force between now and election day. Whether or not Akin is the fall guy remains to be seen. It’s a downright frightening time in US history now.

    • Yep, so much for separation of church and state. We are in for a similar thing in Australia with the conservative opposition leader being one of those religious fanatics trying to push their twisted belief system onto everyone else.

    • I am really amazed at the terminology here (it’s also my job to try and find the right word), what an invention the term ‘pro-life’ is! Instead of saying anti-abortion, you put a positive prefix beside an already positive word sush as life and there you have it! I mean, pro-life, who can say no to life?! Whereas, the point here really is that these people are bent on telling everyone else how to live their lives and what they should do with their bodies. They’re by no means the only ones and it may sound like only a detail, I know, but it makes me really angry to twist language out of shape like this. There are lots of other examples too, but I’ve been following this debate on the net and the thing about shaping this term just came back to me.

        • […] “recognize the inherent right to life of every innocent human being, from conception until natural death, without discrimination.”
          Ok, yes, this is the kind of staff that can me go on a rant! ‘Lemonade out of lemons’ hey? How close have you been to your body being abused and your heart shattered lady?! It amaaaaaazes me how people stick their noses into other people’s business, without having the slightest clue about their pain and still believe they’re entitled to enforce their own opinion on everybody.
          On the other hand, it’s one of these issues that forces even the most diplomatic and cosiderate Libra (which I am most definitely not, despite having my NN there, on Arcturus) to get off the fence and take a stand. It’s a good be-aware-of-your-Mars exercise, even for a piss-ass Mars in Pisces like mine, really useful in the world we live in!
          No choice FFS! Mah!

  3. Fascinating angle on the Fixed Stars, particularly the Moon.

    I looked at Akin’s chart too – I saw transiting Mercury sitting in the middle of his Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Leo and thought “something has been unearthed”. Mercury as exhumer. I got a vision of all sorts of dark stuff being buried in there and that Mercury has got his shovel out. His own party appear publicly (I say that deliberately) to want to shut him up – and keep him away from the forthcoming Republican Party convention (Eris, anybody?) Privately, Mitt Romney has reportedly met the doctor who is the source of this “theory”.

    He’s also got the North Node at 0 Gemini – currently squared by Neptune and the Sun – and the site of an eclipse earlier this year. He’s having a reverse nodal return, thought by Celeste Teal to mean separations.

    I think you’re right about the Cancer rising and a 12th house Sun. And there’s a distinct Aries look which would fit the midheaven. He seems to want people to see him as a warrior. That would put Uranus right on his Midheaven by transit, so yes – I’d agree!

    I’m going to stick my neck out here and say he’s staying because he knows full well he has the party’s support, despite the well-orchestrated public condemnation. There’s a press report today – not denied – that Romney has met (privately) the doctor behind this “theory” during the 2012 campaign. The doctor isn’t denying it.

    • Good point about transiting Mercury, i didn’t look into that much detail but it seems very important, very dark between Saturn and Pluto for sure. Would you believe Eris in his chart is 6.58 Aries, on the proposed MC?

      • I did look at Eris earlier, Jamie but that was before I saw your chart and didn’t make the connection. The unwelcome guest at the Party, indeed and if it is right on the MC, it’s almost how he wants to be seen. I wonder. There’s more to come on this story, I know it.

  4. Hi,

    His comments don’t surprise really, US is a hot pot of religious indoctrinations…sadly. So many people,not just with incumbents or newibeis on the political system…but your average Joe….Religion cuckolds so many souls globally, but even more so in US….its sad.

    Rape is one of the most vile of personal affronts or attacks. If a pregnancy should occur from a rape encounter… it would be born of the negative of :hate ,anger and ‘harm’…. There is no good that comes from those energies.

    That aside,when we accept that ‘all is as is should be, exactly right now,;’ then we desire less to change the reason, and hence force the outcome….we begin to understand that all happens for various reasons,,,]]often so deep, at soul levels, life times deep, that in this tiny moment of time, we cannot change all those vibrational energies. they have a reason for being…. peace

    Much peace

    • I suppose this brings up the topic of fate versus free free. It may have been fate that Hitler was born and he went on some personal rampage, but we didn’t have to accept it and the allies sacrifices so much to wipe him off the face of the earth. Like wise it might be fate that someone gets raped, but they should have the right to do something about it too.

  5. Interesting is the opposition between Ceres and Chiron, square Mercury and Moon (if Moon position proves accurate). This forms a grand cross. Archetypes of motherhood, healing, wounding, gains and losses on those ideals and issues.

    The Sabian for 29 Aries (Ceres) = “A Duck Pond and Its Brood”

    A nice symbol, indicating the need to bring larger than life consciousness down to practical reality. Only nice, if one respects “reality”. This could also be interpreted as one who contours one’s own pond to suit one’s brood, perhaps ? Regardless, it’s a significant symbol for one seeking political status within its “brood”.

    Another American feminist gags out loud, as this news hits the fan. I never heard of the man until he made a pitiful apology for his comment early Tuesday.

    With opinions like that, one wonders what skeletons lurk in his closet. Not that I wish he receive another moment in the lime-light.

    • Yes I saw that cross you mentioned but wasn’t sure how to interpret Ceres in there, she must have something to do with the topic. Marina is looking into a possible association with Ceres and menopause. If he was born anytime before Noon then the Moon would be square Chiron by less than 5 degrees.

      • Ceres, particularly if in his 10th, would be ideals of motherhood and mothering as part of his public persona. Given Ceres’ mythology, there are necessary “breaks” in the relationship ~ when mother and child become separated. Then, there is a re-joining, under different terms. It’s easy to glance at Ceres as “ultimate mother”, but necessary to understand the crises implied by ideal mothering and the possible harsh realities that challenge that ideal.

        I find Chiron opposing in the chart rather startling and revealing. This person’s wounds have everything to do with the “mothering/nurture/rescue/drama/deals” in his own biography (which I am not familiar with).

        I’ll put my neck out here, and guess that he was “saved” from immanent death, as an infant and therefore has learned to treasure his own existence via a matriarchal story passed down “through” him. Perhaps he was the illegitimate offspring of a transgressed mother. He honors this in his political rhetoric as a glorification of the parent-child scenario, which was a dicey one for himself, but not a situation he can publicly admit to.

        He’s turned “Mother” into a fantasy/fairy-tale of infallibility and consummate blame. His support of a proposal that there are distinct categories of rape with varying degrees of self-determination as to the outcome of “the crime”, is absolutely appalling.

        This person has no empathy for women.

        I do hope his ghastly expression brings the election race to an early closure. One can hope.

  6. When I got the Darkstar email and saw it was about Mr. Aiken, I said a little prayer. The prayer was, O please, god, don’t let Mr. Aiken be a Cancer. Well, of course he is! And it has been mentioned in the above posts that he may have Cancer rising as well. It figures. A man who really want to be a woman, a mommy. Since he can’t he will control women instead.

    I’m a five natal-planet Cancer and I am so ashamed this man is my sign (sigh). But I must admit, I felt he was.

    No matter what is happening in the US every election will always boil down tot two things: 1. Abortion; and 2. Gay marriage. Alwaysalwayswalways. The US voters are getting screwed because none of the important issues (such as unemployment, Social Security/Medicare running out/jobs being outsourced overseas, the discrepancy between rich and poor growing, the demolition of what’s left of the middle class will be discussed. Instead, the pols will say rape or abortion and the voters come to heel, get all obsessed over it and then vote or don’t vote and don’t pay attention to anything else.

    Your buttons are being pushed, US voters! Demand Better!

    The only sane candidate out there is Gary Johnson, who is running as a Libertarian. He is prochoice, pro civil union and pro-legalization of medical marijuana, for starters. He’s the former governor of the state of New Mexico; his service stopped only by term limitations. Look him up. He’s what the Repub party USED to be before they went insane.

    Jaime, thanks for this info. I wonder if it’s possible to do a predictive chart of who will actually win the US election.

      • Thanks again, Jaime. Really interesting stuff. I will keep an eye out for President Obama’s chart and the US chart. Best to you.

    • I’m ashamed i grew up in Missouri and just moved back. This makes me want to go running for the hills and suspect everyone in the midwest really is batshit. u don’t really know, they r really tightlipped about about politics/social issues and talk about little else except what a wonderful place they live to raise a family, which is a boat that is easily rocked but shall not be rocked. That’s all i know. So u really need to take into account the environment in which he has thrived not just his astrological sign.

      • mayb that just makes it the stronghold of the great american illusion, we’re nice, we luv god & family, and NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THE WAY WE DO THINGS.

        • and while i’m blathering on: if local constituents disown him, it may be less about what he said, and more about being embarassed that what he said was so externally controversial. “everything’s up to date in” Missouri [whack ur neighbor to shutup and tell ’em 2smile 4 the camera].

  7. Akin’s 12/hs/of undoing…gemini/venus/uranius/conq is rather Dr. strangelove, creepy gynecologist…along w/ womens issue cancer AC he probably thinks himself an authority…and to a certian extent he was drawing from the femminist doctrine of the 70s…mercury/cancer blend of past & furure. SO an ‘expert’ on womens’ definations talks about ‘ligitimate rape’ unbeknownest to him he’s useing an archaic meaning. poor slob. So where is the female compassion for yet again a guy who absolutely steps in it?
    He acted on his Aquarius moon, voting against Bush on Bush’s pet projects… His apology was great entertainment I actually start to like this guy. daughters and all
    He has jupiter/scorpio in supportive trine to cancer/sun gemini NN sextile ingress.
    also he looks like me.

    todd, unfortunate 1st name as it denotes death by hitting

    • Makes me think how many otherwise normal or nice people waste their talent because they have been brainwashed from an early age by religious doctrine.

  8. Well, I was catching up on this news yesterday and was rather hoping that you Jamie would look at Akin’s astrology. Wow …. talk about enlightening (Cancerian sun, Cancer rising, Chiron square moon … if the rectified birth time correct, transiting mercury conjunct and smack bang in the middle of Saturn/Pluto …. well spotted Moira … and then the Ceres opposition Neptune).

    I laughed out loud when I read your opening sentence HD. If it makes you feel any better an ex-friend of mine shared Akin’s birth date. She was also subjected to rape by her own husband, whom she left.

    The absurdity of Akin’s remarks aside (“forcible rape”? – and he doesn’t understand basic human biology), even more shocking is the reality that many pro-lifers-‘NO CHOICE’ lobbyists believe that abortion after rape is misdirected anger and can never be justified. It’s astonishing that many, Akin included, feel they have the authority to deny women the right to be in charge of their own bodies. In addition, if these anti-abortion lobbyists/Christian fundamentalists understood some of the mechanism of reincarnation they would all topple from their soapboxes – the soul is in charge of its destiny, with some souls often choosing not to be fully present within the foetus until very close to the birth. (The frequent argument by some of these ‘pro-lifers’ being that a foetus from conception is a human being). Then there is the issue that women who CHOOSE to keep their baby even after rape, are subjected to inappropriate legislation in many American states that allows the rapist father visitation and custody rights should they so seek it. There is a lot wrong here.

    I’m sorry Lucy, just looking at this man’s image for a few seconds makes me feel very uneasy. I’ve not seen his ‘apology’ but would it not have been just the usual political stunt. The astrology is where the truth is here.

  9. I’m actually anti-feminist… hate the fact women play mens sport. can you imagine men insisting on synchronized swimming? hairy legs above the water? women are ridiculous in football, baseball & soccer as men mock. Offer girls fashion designe, international dance,(clog, river, ballet), animal and child care, flower arranging, etiquette… we one up the men in our own realm.

    • Well not to make light of the issue of rape/abortion or to veer away from the topic of Todd Akin …. why not synchronised swimming for men? Hairy legs is fine with me, and the bare chests … I mean aerial work would be more spectacular. Ever seen a male ballet dancer in flight? Soccer – I have a female relative who plays in our national team, and a family member who makes women’s clothing. The freedom to choose as long as we’re not hurting others?

    • I’d say ur a proponent of traditional gender roles, which really is distinct from feminism which is more about men and women taking equal responsibility and being given credit/held accountable 4 doing so, in whatever realm they choose. Dislike of women playing soccer is a personal preference. I certainly rather play soccer than ‘clog’.

      • and if men were expected to play female sport? actually ‘sport’ and female are opposit as women have the sense to shun ‘glory’ for material gain.

        In the western worlds women have rights, so be kind to the less able men….

        • I don’t know by which account ‘sport’ and ‘female’ are opposite, but I distinctly remember seeing a lot of women in the Olympics recently. Many of them having both glory and, seemingly, ‘material gain’ as in money from being good at what they do. I don’t know where the glory vs material gain observation comes from, but it is most certainly not a general truth.
          Then again, one can zoom in or zoom out wherever they personally choose.

  10. Is anyone going to do the astrology for the RNC on Monday?
    I think what all the weather issues, and Everything else,
    Uranus will be starring?

  11. bummer ~ you’re Missouri local. Can you dig up any biographical data on Akin ?

    Lucy ~ male competition swimmers “shave”. It streamlines their speed in the water. LOL, women who shave must move quicker through the ether around them!

    ~ ~ ~

    I also note that Sun is opposite Lilith. I’m sure Marina has spotted this. Sun trines Chiron. Lilith sextiles Chiron. A need to manage the inner turmoil of the repressed “divine feminine”. Cancers are very good managers (I am one). Male Cancers have a tendency to idealize the feminine, in my experience. They project much of their own anima onto an idealized, symbolic vision of feminine perfection. And, as a Cancer myself, I add that Cancer ASC (if this chart is accurate) is the most whining position of the zodiac. I write this in all sympathy, but with many years of chart observation. A Cancer ASC perpetually feels “wronged” by others. Does he feel persecuted/suffocated/disappointed by women, via the Lilith opposition?

    Akin apparently hasn’t been utilizing the Chiron function described by the Sun and Lilith’s aspects to it. But his cards are being trumped in spades ~ transiting Pluto’s ingressing to his Sun, and certainly within orb of aspect for preludes to several years requiring he place his cards on the table. Dude is in for a reckoning with the Darth Lord.

    M.

    • nothing more than u can find on wikipedia.
      Key excerpts: Akin was born in New York City, the son of Nancy Perry (née Bigelow) and Rev. Paul Bigelow Akin. He moved to St. Louis and attended John Burroughs School. After graduating, he attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts where he earned a degree in management engineering, and in 1984 he earned a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. During college he was member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

      From 1972 to 1980, Akin served in the Missouri National Guard.[1] After his military career, he took up work at IBM as an engineer and later became a manager at Laclede Steel Company.

      Akin was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 1988. In 12 years in the state house, Akin voted for carrying concealed weapons, voted against the parks and soils sales tax, voted against the 1993 tax increase and education spending increase.[8] Akin sponsored legislation to prohibit casino companies from contributing to Missouri state lawmakers.[9] In 1995, he fought Democrat Governor Mel Carnahan on state-funding for abortion, which Akin opposed.

      Akin has an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

      • he was elected a US MO representative in 2000 (the 2nd congressional district of 9, primarily consisting of the suburbs north and west of St. Louis…. blame them), winning 55 percent of the vote. He never faced another contest even that close, and was reelected FIVE times.

        • Thanks for the data, bummer.:-)

          There’s something about adherence to traditional “family values” here, that smells like a rat in the pantry.

  12. The implication of this idiotic and hateful comment about a woman’s body having ways ‘to shut rape down’ disturbs me deeply: Atkin (and many Republicans who share his views) suggests that a woman who becomes pregnant as result of rape somehow ‘wanted it’, perhaps even orchestrated the event, and was clearly turned on by the process.

    Of course Atkin doesn’t consider that a woman’s body ‘yielding to the attack’ is in itself a defense mechanism, with a clear evolutionary imperative: the body protecting itself from deeper damage. To Atkin, this yeilding implies consent, whether conscious or not: only dirty sluts get pregnant as a result of rape, and they deserve what’s coming to them.

    Idiotic pseudo-science aside, it’s the tone of authority that really gets me – Mr. Atkin taking it upon himself to be a spokesperson for rape victims everywhere, because he’s clearly earned the right to clarify the biology of rape, and enlighten the public.

    I also find Atkin’s choice of words – ‘process’ and ‘shut down’ – disturbing, as they divorce rape from the emotional and psychological trauma inflicted, re-defining it as some quotidian inevitability that ‘just happens,’ and can be elegantly diverted by good Christian women whose bodies magically seal themselves).

    The fact that misogyny is so entrenched in the American psyche, and is manipulated as a tool – an emotional hot-button – when election time rolls around, makes me glad to be an ex-pat in Spain, far far away from people like Todd Akin.

    By the way, his Ceres in the 10th, opposing his Chiron, suggests somebody with a twisted Jesus complex in enlightening the American people on issues pertaining to motherhood and reproduction.

    Creepy gynecologist indeed!

      • I’ve been looking for a decent WordPress plugin which allows people to edit their own comments but none I’ve found so far seem to work.

        • Hah, Jamie!

          Only the Administrator or Editor of a communal blog, can edit contributed material. Once we send it out, we’re doomed to its conclusions, unless it’s our own site.

          This, based on very recent research into a multi-person writing blog I’m interested in starting.

    • SCR ~ Your response beautifully sums up all the presumptive points. Nicely written, and a great notation on the Ceres-Chiron opposition. Instead of an expected sympathy or empathy regarding the violence of rape, he projects blame onto the victim and becomes an accuser.

      I hear the tape recorder in my mind, replaying the parental admonishment of my youth: “You made your bed, now you’ll lie in it.”

      If there is justice, Akin will suffer the opportunity to lie in his.

    • “The fact that misogyny is so entrenched in the American psyche, and is manipulated as a tool – an emotional hot-button when election time rolls around, makes me glad to be an ex-pat in Spain, far far away from people like Todd Akin”

      I think that if misogyny was truly entrenched in the American psyche, there would not be the mass outrage about Akin’s comments. Nor would abortion be legal. As Aries Sun Capricorn Moon states in the first comment in this thread, “The concensus here in the U.S. is that Akin has likely cost Republicans the Senate and may very likely cost Romney the state of Missouri and possibly the election.”

      I am in no way defending Akin’s stupid comments but I think that it’s based on a radical political/religious ideology about abortion, rather than hatred towards women. I am concerned about the overuse and abuse of the word misogyny which is often manipulated as a tool – and used as an emotional hot-button by radical feminists when a scandal erupts to generalize all men as women haters and all women as victims.

  13. I think there is insight from politics for astrology but if my comments and opinions are not welcome on this website, I will discontinue posting them.

    • There’s certainly insight from all venues through astrology. I do find it pertinent to think astrologically in an astrological forum, but that might just be me. THIS is why I hate debating politics, in any living room.

      Regards,
      Moira

  14. Pitifully, Helen, I’m standing in the middle of North Carolina of the USA and I am only one of two human beings here who’ve been present at the same cup of coffee for a conversation about Akin’s comments since Thursday. Your presumption that America is in a state of “mass outrage” is based on your particular sociological experience. Most of the folks I know are hoping they have enough sheckles for the kids’ flashdrives by the time school starts on Monday. Bless their hearts, the big-bad macrocosm is whirling away without their attention ~ but that’s the way it is in microcosmic middle America.

    If some people do not scream for justice at the top of their lungs ~ others may never know there was a whisper to hear.

    And, by the way, everytime I turn around in America, the threat that abortion will be re-criminalized lurks in the election booth. You seem privileged to live in a microcosm of social enlightenment. Unfortunately, many of the rest of us have to keep moving the Sysiphian globe up the perpetual mountain of obliquity. This, to ensure personal freedom of choice is not incrementally curtailed by any white-laced curtain domain of politicos in the vast, random windows of America.

    Helen, in all respect, have you taken an astrological glance at Akin’s chart ? Akin doesn’t think his views about abortion are “radical political/religious ideology”. He thinks they’re mainstream. THAT’S what is so scary about his comments.

    Respectfully,
    Moira

    • Moira, I noticed that you completely ignored my main point which was the use and misuse of the word misogyny. I wonder why that is the case?

      • I intentionally avoided it. I don’t accept your position that “misogyny” has been overly-exploited in this case. If anything, “misogyny” has been promoted by your post. I was attempting to address some particulars, and trying to stay on astrological tack. I don’t engage in this site’s commentary to engage in political debates ~ unless directly required to do so.

        There are other forums for political debates.

  15. personally I love scorpio/jupiter as it takes the depth of scorpio into scientifc realms, aquarius/moon another emotionally objective favorate and good-to-go party-wise…his problems stem from smartest-man-in-the-room syndrome, cancer/mercury is used to having penetrating charm, gemini/venus/uranius/cong is the wit, or witless?

    spain is clearly the least misogynist country in the world….dressing men up in flashy tights to be gored.

    • Yes – bull-fighting is vulgar and something I´ll never understand. Most of my younger students I´ve talked to about it find it repugnant. It´s no longer practiced in Catalonia, where I live, and many other Spanish states have outlawed it as well, but unfortunately it continues in parts of Spain, like Andulusia. Spanish culture is quite eclectic, and the image of Spain that many people have – flamenco, bull-fighting, machismo – is non existent in most parts of the country. Every culture has its positives and negatives, but I’ve always appreciated the sexual tolerance here, and the emphasis on supportive networks of friends and families. Spain has a family-oriented Cancer moon, but a lot of Scorpio too (including the North Node) and I think it´s going to be an intersting fall here as the current North Node hits Scorpio.

  16. ‘Radical feminist’ is the last term I´d use to identify myself with, or any of the women I know who are concerned and outraged by Akin´s comments.

    As somebody who became pregnant at age 16 as the result of a rape, his comments unfortunately hit an emotional hot-button in my life, and perhaps this bias renders me incapable of bringing up my views in a balanced way.

    I agree that misogyny is a loaded word, and has the capability of tarring men as a brutish hoard of horny pack animals (but isn´t ‘radical feminist’ just as reductive?). In any event, radicalism isn´t the sentiment I wanted to convey at all: I have a loving father, beautiful and sensitive male friends, and a boyfriend who makes me feel like a million bucks. My opinion of the men in my life couldn’t be higher.

    Nevertheless, when people like Todd Akin who have enormous power to conflate their views with the mainstream, as Moria mentioned, speak such a load of misinformed trash, I feel compelled to speak out in anger, and feel alarmed at the greater implications in terms of women’s reproductive rights.

    The same debate cropped up a few months ago in Canada – a conservative MP wanted to put the idea of re-criminalizing abortion to the vote, and although our Prime Minister did not wish to bring that idea any further than verbal debate, the sentiment is alive and well in certain pockets of Canada – the bible belt in particular.

    Furthermore, from what I understand of sonogram laws in the USA, certain states, like Texas, have made it obligatory that women see or listen to a description of the sonogram, and the doctor must offer to play the audio of the foetal heartbeat. This is an insulting and intrusive law (literally, when you think of the penetration of the camera, which in itself is like a second rape) whose sole purpose seems to be to harass women and block them from exercising their constitutional right, at a time when they may be emotionally shattered.

    Again, It´s generally not my style to bring in such a personal angle when debating these issues, but I feel compelled to speak about my experience: when I finally managed to organize an abortion out of town, which was very difficult as a 16 year-old living in rural British Columbia, I enlisted the help of a friend with a car and we prepared to drive to the nearest city. As we were pulling out of the drive way, my friend’s boyfriend called her: he was screaming over the phone, threatening to walk over to my parent’s place (both of them are pro-life), tell them what was happening, and effectively shut that whole process down; he felt it was his duty as a Christian to save the child. Eventually, my friend managed to calm him down, and I went through with it, but it took years to get over the trauma of that altercation, not to mention everything else. Had something like the sonogram laws been in effect where I lived, I may have lost the force of my conviction against this ritualized shameing enacted by a man or a women in a position of authority, and my life would be very different now.

    Do I live my life feeling like a victim? Not at all. Do I hate the person who raped me or the boyfriend of my friend who tried to prevent me from getting the abortion? Again, not at all.

    Helen, I agree with you completely that a radical political/religious ideology poses the biggest threat in terms of a woman’s right to choose in the States (Canada, too), and Todd Akin is preaching to that choir; nevertheless, the ways in which this ideology is being translated into law, such as the sonogram law I mentioned, speak of both polarized religious views and a desire to shame women when they are their most vulnerable.

    Sorry about the lack of astrological content here, but I felt obliged to address some of what Helen Chiron mentioned.

    • SCR thank you very much for sharing such an vulnerable part of your experience and voicing your opinion. Great comment, really, many thanks!

      • Cheers, Kasey. Thanks for the support. These things are always better out than in, as I see it.

    • SCR, I apologize for any hurt I have caused you. Thank you for sharing your experience and I am very truly sorry to hear about your experience. I in no way mean to belittle rape. I also in no way defend Akins’s comments or his right wing radical politics/ ideology. We owe a great deal to Feminism for many of the profound rights and freedoms that women have gained and I realize that for this reason it is sacrosanct.

      I have a special interest in radical feminism and the comment I made was not to say that you are a radical feminist but to express a concern about radical feminist’s use of the term misogyny which I often notice and do not agree with. This word is proliferating into the mainstream which I find concerning too. My local university teaches a course on misogyny in the gender/women studies program which I find problematic in many ways but won’t go into here. I have an interest in understanding these Uranus Square Pluto years and how they may impact radicalism which I feel has flourished since the 1960s.

      • Helen, No worries at all, and thank you for clarifying your position (unfortunately, with online forums, it’s very difficult to get tone across). In any case, I wasn’t particularly hurt by your words, I just wanted to clarify why Todd Akin´s recent comments angered me so, and if I came across as hostile, I blame Mars square my decan this week! It’s been getting me in some hot water as of late.

        I agree that words like misogyny are problematic, and damning if you want to explore the complexity of an issue. My use of misogyny in the first comment was downright lazy, and I’m always glad to have the chance to reconsider the language I use in the ‘heat of the moment’, and why.

        On another note, I’m not sure if this was mentioned, but Todd Akin has radical feminist Eris conjunct his MC in a very tight orb. Transiting Uranus would have activated that conjunction in the past month, triggering the opposition to Neptune, sitting on his IC. This echoes what Moira mentioned about high ideals and obfuscation regarding motherhood and home and hearth, and how to balance these ideals with an increasingly complex and interconnected world, in which the old dichotomies simply don’t hold water.

        Perhaps he’s trying to reconcile his fantasy of the nuclear family that was torn up in Eris fashion during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 60´s, with the wild and gritty side of the divine feminine that has become more mainstream since the rise of feminism. Nevertheless, instead of embracing her, he seems to want to wring all her darkness out, and keep her docile, in apron strings.

        Now he’s sublimating these childhood issues/wounds in a political career that addresses radical feminism, and the rupturing of the nuclear family. Neptune, thus activated by Uranus, has the potential now of disintegrating his career (and Mitt Romney´s by proxy?), and his self-identity too, with the natal Neptune square to his Sun. If his career survives the aforementioned comments, perhaps he’ll think twice before getting into fisty-cuffs again with the ‘queen of chaotic fate’ as Marina described her.

        Regards,
        SCR

  17. Being from and living in Missouri, all I can say is that we are truly embarrassed with Todd Akin. My apologies to all.

    • Don’t apologize ~ energize! It’s provident to be able to identify your opponent’s traits and shadow zones. You and bummer in Missouri have been handed wings of steel, as far as I can glean !

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