The recent elevation of Barack Obama to the Democratic contender for the 2008 presidential elections in the USA has been linked by some commentators to the Age of Aquarius. For many people the 1960s and 70s was the Age of Aquarius (see The Aquarian age did not begin in the 1960’s or ’70s). I decided to have a look at the relationship between US presidents and the generational markers within the Age of Aquarius.
While most people now about the Aquarian age, and some people know that the Age of Aquarius follows the Age of Pisces, very few people realize that within the Age of Aquarius are twelve sub-ages. These sub-ages last approximately 179 years each. Within the sub-ages are twelve micro-ages per sub-age. These micro-ages are approximately fifteen years each. These fifteen years micro-ages provide the generational markers that identify one generation from the next.
As a classic example, between 1940 and 1955 was the Sagittarius micro-age. Sagittarius is associated with archetypal themes of expansion, growth, optimism and good luck. This Sagittarian micro-age correlates to the Baby Boomer generation. The Baby Boomer generation is considered to apply to those people born from 1946 to the early 60s – a period slightly longer than 15 years and slightly out of phase of the Sagittarius micro-age by about six years. Anything that booms can be related to Sagittarius unless it is the boom of a gun.
I discovered some interesting correlations when all the US presidents are examined, commencing with George Washington. Either the voting public has preferences to specific generations or specific generations are over-represented amongst politicians that run and win the presidency (or vice presidency). For example 42% of all presidents were born in Air generations (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). 30% of presidents were born in Fire generations (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) while only 16% were born in Water (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and 12% in Earth (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn).
There are an unequal number of Earth, Air Fire and Water generations available and the weighted average is 27% for each of Air, Fire and Earth while Water is 20%. This indicates that the worse performing element is definitely Earth at 12% which is 15% below average (Water at 16% is only 4% below average). This disparity between Air and Fire to Water and particularly Earth tentatively indicates that politicians are drawn more from Air and Fire generations and slightly less than average from Water and significantly below average for Earth. Alternatively the voting public prefer candidates from the Air and Fire generations over the Water and especially Earth generations.
Whatever the case, Air indicates intelligence and intellect while Fire indicates dynamism, drive and leadership. Perhaps these qualities are stamped upon presidents from these Air and Fire generations. Water and Earth signs indicate empathy, sensitivity and compassion respectively. These generational traits are at a low ebb in US presidents to date, especially the qualities of practicality and sensibility.
Examining the zodiacal signs associated with the generations indicates that more presidents are born in Aquarian generations than any other sign. 19% or almost one in five presidents were born in an Aquarian generation whereas from a random statistical analysis only 12.5% of presidents should be born in an Aquarian generation.
There are only two possible Aquarian generations that presidents have been born – the first is 1746-1761 and the second 1910-1925. In the 18th century Aquarian generation are presidents Monroe and Madison. In the 20th century Aquarius generation are George Bush senior, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and John Kennedy.
There may be an urban myth that Aquarius breeds a radical and rebellious nature, similar to those revolutionary times of the 1960s and 70s, but this is only one possibility associated with Aquarius. Aquarius indicates strong civic responsibility regardless of the side of politics. Aquarius engenders fascism as much as democracy and personal freedoms. There are always two sides to each zodiacal sign. Regardless of the political leanings of the politicians, somehow far more politicians born in Aquarian generations get elected president compared to the average.
This brings us to the current scenario of Barack Obama and John McCain – and to this I will add Hillary Clinton. Hilary Clinton comes from the Baby Boomer generation ruled by Sagittarius. Presidents born in Sagittarian generations are about average in numbers. Sagittarian generation presidents are presidents Buren, Tyler, Taylor, Bill Clinton and George W Bush.
John McCain was born in a Capricorn generation. Capricorn generations significantly under perform with only 7% of presidents from a Capricorn generation when the weighted average should be 12.5%. There are only three presidents from a Capricorn generation all born in the 18th century – John Quincy Adams, General Jackson and William Harrison.
Barack Obama was born into a Scorpio generation and is only one of two signs that have never had a president (the other sign is Virgo) but this is due to a statistical anomaly as there has not been a Scorpio micro-age available since the formation of the USA until the Scorpio micro-age 1955-1970. Therefore no conclusion whatsoever can be drawn from Barack Obama’s birth in a Scorpio generation.
Therefore Barack Obama is the wild card in the draw. Capricorn generational presidents appear below average and we don’t have any idea how Scorpio will perform except possibly from the fact that Scorpio is a Water sign. Water signs do perform slightly below average but John McCain’s Earth sign is at the bottom of the totem pole.
The only other inference is that Barack Obama is born in the generation that coincided with the student revolution, anti-war and sexual revolution of the 1960s that carried over into the 1970s. Scorpio is a sign of revolution (on a bad day) and change you can believe in on a good day. How much of these Scorpio associations are insinuated into Barack’s Scorpio generation is anyone’s guess?
There are also finer generational markers within the micro-age generations based on decans. Each micro-age generation of 15 years has three decans of five years. These decan influences provide a favoring or color to the major generational influence. For example both George W Bush and Bill Clinton (and Hillary Clinton) came from the Leo decan of the Sagittarian Baby Boomers. Leo implies strong leadership (both good and bad) and support to mainstream values. Leo does not like to rock the boat because Leo believes it is the boat!
John McCain’s decan influence is Capricorn – the same as his generational sign thus strengthening his Capricorn credentials. Only one President to date has been born in both a Capricorn generation and Capricorn decan – President William Harrison (b.1773 – d.1841). President William Harrison shares some uncanny traits with John McCain. Harrison was ex-military, gaining distinction in fighting the American Indians and as a general in the War of 1812.
President Harrison was also the oldest president until Ronald Reagan. Interestingly Capricorn is the sign that rules old age and the elderly. Unfortunately for President William Harrison he died thirty-one days into his term – the briefest presidency in the history of the office. No other US president was born in a Capricorn decan of any other generation.
Barack Obama was born in the Pisces decan of the Scorpio generation. The only other presidents who were born in Pisces decans (but not in Scorpio generations) are Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland and LBJ. Thomas Jefferson was an intellectual and apart from his civic responsibilities he was a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author and inventor. Pisces is a dual sign (represented by two fish swimming in opposite direction) and so when Pisces is strong the field of action is split. Jefferson was obviously interested in more than just politics.
Grover Cleveland had an image of purity and “… possessed honesty, courage, firmness, independence, and common sense. But he possessed them to a degree other men do not.” Cleveland was a Democrat island in a sea of Republican presidents that ruled from 1860 to 1912 – except for Cleveland. Cleveland is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms – perhaps this is the manifestation of Pisces duality?
LBJ won a resounding victory in 1964 on a platform extolling the “Great Society” legislation that included civil rights laws, health care for the elderly and poor, aid to education, and the “War on Poverty.” His reputation on the political Left was significantly tarnished by escalating the war in Viet Nam. Pisces is also the sign related to social security, charity and compassion as well as bureaucracy (big government) and self-made problems. LBJ also demonstrated the Pisces duality with successful domestic policies and fatal foreign policies in Viet Nam.
If the Pisces influence on Barack Obama’s generation manifests and if he wins office we should expect a two edged sword associated with the dual-bodied sign of Pisces.
The only other way of understanding Barack’s Scorpio generation is to examine those presidents that were born in the opposite generation – Taurus. Only two presidents were born in a Taurus generation – Coolidge and Hoover. Coincidentally both were born in the Virgo decans within their Taurus generation, also directly opposite Barack Obama. Therefore presidents Coolidge and Hoover come from diametrically opposite generations compared to Obama.
Republican Coolidge (1923-29) was anti-union, anti-big government, avoided scandals, and was very popular with the electorate when he left office. He promoted the values of the average person and was fondly remembered by President Reagan’s administration – especially for the fact that Coolidge left the free market economy to itself.
President Coolidge was succeeded by the Republican President Hoover (1929-33). Hoover was more interventionist than Coolidge and believed that social and economic problems could be solved by technical solutions. However Hoover was unable to provide any real solutions to the Great Depression. Furthermore opposition to Prohibition during his presidency ensured that Hoover was only a one term president.
As a sign Taurus is conservative, unable to evolve or change, and prefers to keep things as they are rather than risk any turmoil. Both Coolidge’s and Hoover’s presidencies support the insinuation that Taurus generations promote Taurus’ qualities. If Taurus breeds Republicanism and passiveness it should be expected that Obama’s generation is more to the Left and pro-active in promoting change.
What is the mood of the US public? The preference for strong leadership of Clinton and Bush junior is a continuing factor but less evident than in the last two elections. Americans still want a strong leader, and the strong showing of Hillary Clinton’s supporters demonstrates this aptly as Clinton’s generation markers are the same as her husband and Bush junior.
However the world is in a transition stage between Leo and Cancer micro-age influences and an increasing number of Americans will be looking for a president with sensitivity and diplomacy. Cancer is opposite John McCain’s Capricorn generational signature, and while he would profile a leader with backbone, this is not what Americans are moving towards in their favorite characteristics for the new president. Public opinion is growing in strength to the detriment of a leader who goes against public opinion for their personal belief in what is best for the country. Thus Obama is also favored over McCain in this respect.
Finally within the current micro-age influence, the decan influence is moving from basically Pisces in the 2004 election to Pisces/Scorpio in the 2008 election. Under Pisces the American public is always captivated by spin, propaganda, superficiality and anything that promotes the American Dream. Pisces remains strong, but has recently been slightly eclipsed by the incoming Scorpio decan. The Scorpio decan must favor a president from Obama’s Scorpio generation as the new Scorpio decan demands change and evolution.
The American public does not want a revolution. They want a leader with enough strength or leadership to maintain mainstream values, at least pay lip service to the American Dream but make some changes. This we have Obama’s slogan “change we can believe in”. The incoming Scorpio thrust will be much more powerful than the average micro-age decan influence as it resonates with the powerful Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148). Scorpio is always synonymous to unsettled times, revolutions, terrorism and vented pent up frustrations. The main stage for this new Scorpio influence will stretch from 2009/10 to 2014/5. Therefore any incoming president will have to deal with deep and intense issues over the coming few years.
The sub-periods of the Aquarian age favors Obama’s generation over McCain’s generation in the 2008 election, but this is not a prediction or pronouncement that Obama will beat McCain.