Making personal sense of external chaos causes people to seek support from many sources, including astrology.
Even presidents extend their net of advisers during unusual circumstances, although none admit to consulting astrologers. An interesting coincidence, however, is that a certain planetary influence during President George W. Bush’s tenure in power last occurred during Richard M. Nixon’s tumultuous, waning days of presidency.
This astrological phenomenon and others during Nixon’s era were scrutinized and analyzed in an in-depth article published by eminent international astrologer Joyce Levine. That article, in another interesting coincidence, is getting another look prompted, in part, by the release of the new movie Frost/Nixon.
Had Nixon an astrologer among advisers, his inevitable stamp on history might have been different. Read more in the article, “An Astrological Look at Watergate & President Richard Nixon's Downfall,” which first appeared in the Spring 2004 issue of Geocosmic Journal produced by the National Council for Geocosmic Research. The article is available online.
Levine, a professional astrologer and life coach, explains how planets and stars indicated Nixon’s problems. For example, Saturn, the planet of duty, order, restrictions and delays, was in Gemini and Cancer during Nixon’s presidency (as well as George W. Bush’s tour of office).
When Levine examined Nixon’s astrological chart, she cross-examined it with the astrological chart for the United States. The specifics are these:
• Richard Nixon was born January 9, 1913, at 9:35 PM, in Fullerton Township, Calif.
• The chart used for the United States is July 4, 1776, at 2:17 AM, in Philadelphia, Penn.
A close look at the astrological chart for Nixon gives the following clues, Levine says:
• A liking for covert operations and an obsessive need for control;
• Shrewd, insightful, paranoid and combative characteristics;
• Naïve, loyal to friends and soft spot for subordinates;
• Can be easily duped.
Combined with the United States chart, the Watergate Scandal exposure was inevitable. Some of the chronology and explanations in the article include these:
June 1972: the arrest of the wire-tapping crew occurred when planets were in position in the United States chart to 1) undermine authority and 2) expose finances. Investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in part cracked the conspiracy by following the money.
May to July 1973: Planets in Nixon’s chart contradicted planets in the nation’s chart. The need for order and control fought with the need for freedom (exposure). By many accounts, Nixon's behavior became erratic and unpredictable.
Late 1973: An astrological aspect that occurs only once in 360 years portends the possibility of a leader's fall from power. A second aspect—again, occurring only once in 35 years—reveals deceptions. Both rare aspects occurred during Nixon's tenure of office.
January 1974: It’s the wrong time for covert operations, based on planetary placement.
August 9, 1974: Nixon resigns.
The planet Saturn, so prevalent during Nixon’s era, is the planet that gives out what a person deserves, one way or the other, Levine says. Nixon, symbolized by the sun in the United States’ chart, had been caught red-handed and paid the price.
For more information about the article, or about Levine’s political or celebrity analysis, visit the website and check out the section on articles.
About Joyce Levine
Joyce Levine (joycelevine.com) is an international astrologer with 30 years of experience working with individuals and businesses. An officer of NCGR and president of its Boston chapter, Joyce has Level IV NCGR certification--the highest possible--and professional certification from the American Federation of Astrologers since 1979. She is the author of “Breakthrough Astrology: Transform Yourself and Your World” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Astrological Interpretation,” as well as two audio self-help series. Consultations include her customized reports, “AstroAnalysis, The Report That Will Save You Years of Therapy.”