George Bush's birth data: 6th July 1946, 7.26am, New Haven, Connecticut.
There are plenty of rumours going round that GWB is back on the bottle, or taking anti-depressants that suppress mood swings (natal Sun in 12th House Cancer) but also suppress mental clarity. A report, for example, by Capitol Hill Blue (in 2004!) is quite convincing that this is what is actually going on. What impresses me about some of these US websites is that they are clearly not politically slanted - you can read assessments of GWB that are professional, informed and compassionate, drawing conclusions based on his behaviour that we have all observed.
GWB is not a strong man, and how the hell could he cope with the pressures that come with being President of the USA? Particularly when it is all going wrong for him?
Anyway, time for some astrology. Incidentally, I like to keep my astrology simple, if only because I stop believing it when it gets too complicated. I can do transits, and I can just about do Progressions, and I don't like to stray too far from the Sun, Moon and Angles.
George Bush gave up drinking in 1986. This was the year in which Pluto in Scorpio squared his Ascendant at 7.07 Leo, and the year before Pluto squared itself at 10.35 Leo (also important, as he has Pluto Rising).
In 2001, Neptune opposed his Ascendant, beginning a new phase of the cycle that began in 1986. This was the first year of his Presidency, and the extraordinary pressures that come with it. For purely astrological reasons, we have to suppose some sort of dissolution of the transformation that 1986 had brought about.
For some people, this would be positive. In Bush's case, given that he did not seem to have dealt with the underlying problems that had caused his alcoholism in the 1st place, but had rather replaced them with a rigid belief in 'God', I think he would have found the personality he had constructed not equal to the pressures he was now under. Hence, under Neptune's influence first on his Asc in 2001 and then on Pluto in 2002, there would have been a gradual dissolution and, because it was Neptune and because that was his history, a return to drink and possibly other drugs.
The reports are that it is Condoleeza Rice who is holding the show together, there are very few aides he will now speak to, he won't speak to his father, his language and temper become violent very easily.... the list goes on. His lack of connection to Hurricane Katrina was something we could all see, and indicates someone who is no longer quite with us.
He has had what I think has been a very painful transit for him this year, between about March and July: the Saturn-Chiron opposition sitting along his Asc/Desc axis. This axis, as we have seen, is associated with his struggle with alcohol (probably because of natal Pluto's presence), and natally Chiron is conjunct his Moon and square to his Sun. So Chiron transits would hit him hard, and in this case Chiron is hitting the addiction area, and being brought into manifestation by Saturn. If he was in a situation of less pressure, you could see some kind of an awareness as a possibility. But with the natural pressures of his job, and with the hopelessness of his dream project, Iraq, and with his low standing at home, this transit can only have made things a lot worse for him.
I think we have probably moved on from the early years of his Presidency when he was a danger to the world. He now seems unequal to the real danger that Iran poses. He is no longer a figure of fun in the way that he was. Rather, we seem to have a President who is personally unable to cope with the job, who is probably back on the booze in a big way, and around him a massive and continual cover-up operation is going on.
GWB has Chiron conjunct Jupiter, both conjunct Moon and square Sun. Jupiter has in some ways made his life easy for him - privileged upbringing, sidling out of National Service, an easy ascent in politics. But Chiron can often mean one is some sort of sacrificial scapegoat (like Clinton who, with a Venus-Jupiter-Chiron conjunction, was scapegoated around his relations with women.) I think that GWB has firstly been a sacrifice to his family's ambitions, and this is where a lot of his problems stem from - the fact/rumour that he is no longer speaking to his father is very significant.
But he may yet become a sacrifice on a wider scale, particularly with natal Jupiter conjunct his Chiron. He still has 2 and 1/2 years of a lame-duck Presidency to get through. If during this period Iraq becomes widely acknowledged for the disaster that it is, it will be GWB who gets the blame. Because Chiron is so central to his Chart, he could get hammered much worse than ever happened to Clinton. And with reason. I don't rule out the possibility that he may not make it through his second term in office.
Neptune is also associated with sacrifice. On the US Gemini Rising Chart, the upcoming Saturn-Neptune opposition will hit the US Moon (at 18 Aquarius) as well as the MC (at 14 Aquarius). The conditions do seem set for the sacrifice of George W Bush.
George Bush Astrology