Last week Bill Clinton issued a statement through a spokesman that "he is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States ". He then proceeded to miss the public show of unity in New Hampshire between his wife and Barack Obama. The statement alone was enough to say that actually he doesn’t want to support Obama, and that he is miffed.
The headlines yesterday were: ‘Obama and Bill Clinton end chill’. The basis for this seems to be that Obama rang Bill Clinton and had a “terrific conversation” according to an Obama spokesman. According to the Clinton spokesman, “he said he was keen to campaign for Mr Obama.”
So Clinton is still going through the motions, he has yet to say anything personally, let alone anything fulsome. He is still miffed.
According to the Telegraph yesterday, they have “learned that the former president's rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronising attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence.
A second source said that the former president has kept his distance because he still does not believe Mr Obama can win the election.”
Again we have: “But his lingering fury has shocked his friends. A senior Democrat who worked for Clinton told the Telegraph: "He's been angry for a while. But everyone thought he would get over it. He hasn't. I've spoken to a couple of people who he's been in contact with and he is mad as hell.
"He's saying he's not going to reach out, that Obama has to come to him. One person told me that Bill said Obama would have to quote kiss my ass close quote, if he wants his support.
"You can't talk like that about Obama - he's the nominee of your party, not some house boy you can order around.”
Bill Clinton is mad on behalf of his wife, who seems to be getting over her disappointment a lot better than he is. It is absolutely necessary that she does so, and quickly, if she wants to have a political future, and if she cares about the Democrat party.
These kinds of big disappointments are very interesting. There is something you desperately want to have, you have spent years working towards it, and just when it seems to be within reach it is snatched away from you. It is such a big experience. You may spend years, even the rest of your life, feeling betrayed and bitter.
Ted Heath, the Tory PM from 1970-74, spent the rest of his life in a sulk after Margaret Thatcher won the leadership of the party off him. Right to the end he did not have a good word to say about her. He never got over it, he seemed to have learned nothing. He certainly showed the Cancerian ability to bear a grudge.
Gordon Brown, the current UK PM, never got over the fact that Tony Blair beat him to the leadership to which he, with Moon-Pluto in Leo, felt entitled. He spent the next 13 years treating Blair as a provisional and temporary leader, until he finally got his way last year. Since then the leadership has quickly turned to ashes for him.
Personal ambition is natural and human, but in the end we have to get over it, because it conflicts with the nature of life itself, which is not always going to deliver us what we want. If we want to be happy, if we want to be real, we need to align ourselves with how things are, not how we want them to be. It is natural yet deluded to try to control reality. And it’s very hard work.
Politicians who get to the top tend to have unusually intense desires – or they wouldn’t be there – and it can be correspondingly difficult for them when those desires are thwarted.
So these times of deep frustration are also correspondingly the times when we can change the most and learn the most, because so much of us is engaged and so passionately. I feel glad for Bill Clinton. He has had his share of success, and now he has an opportunity to purify his motivations. The raw egotism that is one of his drives has been revealed, if he cares to look at it. He may well be dealing with this disappointment for the rest of his life, as self-knowledge does not seem to be a natural attribute of politicians. But it may eventually mellow him, he may come to recognise that you can’t control these events, and that what matters most is that the right things happen, rather than who it is that gets them to happen.
For now, it is just as well that America is a democracy, because I don't have much doubt that in other times the Clintons would have had Obama despatched, and would have felt quite justified in doing so. Bill Clinton as Lady Macbeth?
With Neptune Rising, Bill Clinton is not easy to know, nor is it easy for him to know himself. But the present situation I think tells us a lot about him. He is a Leo. What we are seeing is the classic case of wounded pride, of the Leo sense of entitlement being frustrated. OK it is his wife and not him, but he is the alpha-male Lion, and she belongs to his Pride. It seems to me that he is treating her as a sort of possession, as part of his own dreams of dynastic glory. OK, you may be disappointed on your wife’s behalf, that is understandable. But if anyone is going to have a trauma about it, it should be the person it is happening to, not the spouse. There is a strange psychology here, but as we have always known, the Clintons have a strange relationship.
I think the answer probably lies in Bill’s 8th House Moon in Taurus, which is square to his Sun. Venus is the planet we use to attract partners and to keep romance in the relationship. But in a long-term relationship, the woman becomes the Moon in the man’s chart, and the man becomes the Sun in the woman’s chart.
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So Hillary is Bill’s 8th House Moon in Taurus. The 8th is Pluto’s House, and so it is not surprising that he has attracted a Scorpio wife. Hillary is to a considerable extent an externalisation of his Moon, and the square to the Sun shows that it is not an easy relationship.
Leo shines, it is optimistic and life-giving and talented and individual, all qualities that we can see in Bill. But Leos can also coast on their talents and their brilliance: it can come too young and too easily, and they can come to feel that as long as they keep getting the applause and recognition, everything is OK. They can, in this sense, be emotionally superficial.
And this is what that square is about, for Moon in the 8th demands emotional depth and intensity. Hillary, as a Scorpio, acts out this intensity for Bill while he shines in the limelight. He is the one who is seen as the feel-good factor through his Sun in Leo and Venus-Neptune Rising in Libra. She is the one who is seen as hard and ambitious, the Scorpio. But this defeat of Hillary by Obama has revealed the Scorpionic side to Bill. It is not just the wounded pride of the Leo. It is the frustrated desire for power of his 8th House Moon, as embodied in Hillary.
There is a complicating factor, which is Mars. Bill is known for his temper. This is not surprising, as he has Mars (anger) Rising (easily and immediately expressed) conjunct to Neptune (hard to control). Hillary has a buttoned up Mars-Saturn conjunction, though no doubt in private she can give vent to Scorpio rage (Sun in Scorpio; Mars conjunct Pluto). So I think that Bill probably ‘does’ anger for Hillary on a regular basis, and part of his anger about the Obama defeat is actually Hillary’s anger which is going unexpressed – partly, of course, for political reasons.
Bill has not always honoured his Moon. Being 8th House, the theme of sexual betrayal is possible. As President, and on the road to it, he dragged Hillary through the greatest possible public humiliation in the exposure of his affairs. And it expressed the square from his Sun to his Moon, it was almost like it was an ongoing attempt by his Sun to keep his Moon subservient. But you don’t do this to Scorpio/8th House, for sooner or later revenge will be exacted, fully commensurate to what has been perpetrated.
This square perhaps also explains the compulsive nature of Bill’s sexual behaviour. Yes, as a Leo you feel you have a right to a harem, and with Venus-Neptune Rising in Libra you can pull the girls and end up in bed without quite knowing how it happened. But on its own this doesn’t have to be compulsive, it may be something you can take or leave. I think it is the Sun square to the Moon, the basic war in Bill Clinton’s personality, that explains the compulsiveness. As a talented and shining Leo with Neptune Rising in Libra, you don’t want all the dark nasty stuff, especially if it turns out to be your own. So shove that Plutonic Moon out onto your wife and then keep dishonouring it to keep it in its place. And let others see her as the hard, ruthless ambitious one. With her Node at 24 Taurus conjunct Bill’s Moon, Hillary has a lot of necessary learning through being part of all this.
Bill Clinton’s Moon is also square to Hillary’s Mars-Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Leo, which expresses her personal political ambitions. This square suggests that while on the one hand he is very involved in her ambitions, that involvement is not entirely healthy, as we have seen.
On the one hand Bill wants Hillary to succeed. On the other hand he has more than demonstrated a capacity, even perhaps a desire, to repeatedly and publicly humiliate her. He doesn’t quite know what to do with his Moon. He wants to use it, if he can, to further his own dynastic ambitions. Yet he also feels a need to keep it in its place.
Bill has viewed Hillary as an adjunct to his own ambitions. This is a large part of the reason they have stayed together. (And remember it has suited Hillary also in this respect, she is not simply the ‘wronged’ one). With the possibility of her ever being President now seeming remote, does he have any more use for her? Will their marriage last? This seems a brutal thing to say, but we are in ruthless Scorpio territory here, where there is no room for pretence. And what will Hillary want to do with her life?
Certainly from Bill’s point of view the relationship with Hillary is changing, whether or not he yet knows it. Neptune is this year concluding a squaring transit to his Moon at 20.18 Taurus, and the outcome has been what feels to him like a betrayal of his wife by Barack Obama (his rationalisations about Obama not being able to appeal to voters ring hollow in the light of the opinion polls.) With Sun in Leo and Moon in Taurus, Bill Clinton is a very fixed personality. And the long-term, fixed hopes and ambitions of political power and dynasty are being dissolved by Neptune, firstly through his wife (Moon), and then more consciously and personally over the next few years as Neptune makes an opposition to his Sun at 26 Leo.
Also over the next few years Pluto will square firstly his Desc at 5.30 Aries, and then his Venus at 11 Libra. So there is and will be deep change in his relationship to Hillary, and I think we have to see the failure of her presidential ambitions as the starting point of that. Eventually, maybe, he will blame Hillary rather than Obama. Perhaps one day he will not blame anyone and see it just as something that happened. Then he will have learned something, and probably also be less divided in himself between his Sun and Moon.
In the early to mid 90s it was Pluto which hard aspected Bill’s Moon and Sun. This reflected his rise to power, and also the public humiliations of Hillary. 15 years later, as Neptune moves in for another round, Bill is feeling humiliated and disempowered. There is a kind of justice in that: like I said, when Pluto/Scorpio is involved, sooner or later there will be commensurate retribution. But it is not divine whimsy, it is natural law, so we can learn from it.
The Obama-Bill-Hillary nexus is riddled with Leo and Scorpio/Pluto: the pride and desire to be eminent of Leo, the lust for power, and knowledge of its workings, of Scorpio. Hillary has Sun and Venus in Scorpio, and a Mars-Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Leo. Bill has Sun in Leo and Moon in the 8th. Obama has Sun in Leo and Moon square to Pluto. So it is the same archetypes that are active in all 3 of these people in a drama that probably has years to run.
Bill is less Scorpionic than Hillary or Obama because his Scorpionic component is Moon in the 8th. House placements do not in themselves give us the quality of that House: it is rather that we find ourselves in that arena, and so need to learn its ways. If Bill had Moon in Scorpio instead of sensual Taurus, his relationship with Hillary would be less projective, for he would find it easier to own his ruthlessness and lust for power. Hillary and Obama are probably less complicated in this respect; though with his Moon in airy Gemini square to Pluto, we may find that Obama also has a complex relationship with his wife. People talk about how strong and solid she is; so maybe also he lets her wear the trousers in certain unwholesome respects. She may come to be seen as being a power behind the throne in ways we’d rather she wasn’t.
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Whatever happens to Bill and Hillary’s marriage in the next few years (we don’t have a birthtime for Hillary, so it’s hard to judge from her side), what we can feel sure of is that Bill will continue to have an intense relationship with Obama, for better or for worse. This is due to their strong synastry. Apart from them both being Leos with Air Ascendants, strong Neptunes and Scorpionic Moons, we find the following:
(1) Remarkably, Bill’s Sun widely squares Obama’s Moon, and Obama’s Sun widely squares Bill’s Moon. (This is strong, somewhat difficult, but the looseness makes it workable and possibly creative.)
(2) Bill’s Sun conjunct Obama’s Node-Uranus (this thing’s ‘meant’ to be.)
(3) Bill’s Sun conjunct (wide) Obama’s Desc, from the 7th (there’s a partnership possible here.)
(4) Obama’s Sun conjunct Bill’s Pluto (power is involved; maybe Bill will come to see Obama as a political heir.)
(5) Bill’s Moon conjunct (wide) Obama’s IC. Obama's Moon trine Bill's Asc-Venus-Neptune (they’ll be able to schmooze with each other!)
(6) Obama’s Venus conjunct Bill’s MC (Bill, as we know is both Venusian and susceptible to it, so it won't be too hard for Obama to get Bill on board.)
(7) Obama’s Venus opposite Bill’s Mars (I won’t go there!)
(8) Bill's Prog Asc is at 27 Scorpio, and will be moving in on Obama's natal MC at 29 Scorpio over the next few years (personal involvement by Bill in Obama's career).
So get over it, Bill! You have a job to do!