Governor Haley Barbour stirred up quite a controversy when he pardoned 199 prisoners, including murders and perpetrators of other violent crimes. Attorney General Jim Hood commented that the pardons are “a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and Gov. Barbour should be ashamed.”
The most pardons in question were dated 10 Jan 2012. Governor Barbour was born on 22 October 1947 in Yazoo City, MI, (32° N 51′ 23″, 90° W 24′ 27″). The time of birth is unknown, so I cast a sunrise chart using equal houses for Jackson, MI, which is reasonably close to his birth place. As in the chart of the late Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, there is a tremendous amount of fixity, suggesting that he is rather stubborn, unyielding, inflexible, slow to change his opinion, strong-willed, and persistent.
Around the outside of Barbour’s sunrise birth chart are the transits for the day of the most recent pardons (his last day in office). It is always enlightening to see what transits are in effect when a notable person makes the news.
There are two very close transits on the day he left office and gave his notorious pardons: 1) transiting Saturn conjunct natal Sun, and 2) transiting Neptune square natal Jupiter. Under the circumstances, the standard interpretations for these transits are quite remarkable.
CafeAstrology.com says of Saturn conjunct Sun, which typically occurs only twice in one’s lifetime:
“When Saturn transits conjunct the Sun, our level of maturity, realism, and responsibility come up for inspection. The goals we have set for ourselves, as well as our very character, are now re-evaluated for strength and purpose, and tested against reality. Saturn has a way of slowing down our life, as if it is forcing us to take a really good look at it.”
In his Essays on the Foundations of Astrology (p. 46), C.E.O. Carter says that Neptune causes trouble when it contacts other planets: “It tends to create illusions and destroy the sense of reality. It blurs the clarity of one’s perceptions, throwing a haze over the actual.” The Solar Fire astrology program interprets transiting Neptune square Jupiter as:
“Your usual powers of discrimination are clouded during this time. Although your intentions are good, there is a lack of sound judgement in your actions. This transit stimulates your emotions and feelings of altruism, but fails to provide a mechanism to put on the brakes.”
You can’t make this stuff up. These are the two most prominent transiting aspects in Haley Barbour’s chart this January (2012). How apt can astrological symbolism get?
Barbour’s pardons are also instructive with regard to the Golden Dawn tarot symbolism. His natal Jupiter lies in the 3rd decan of Scorpio, associated with the 7 of Cups, and transiting Neptune makes a dexter square from the 3rd decan of Aquarius, associated with the 7 of Swords. Here is a pictorial representation with tarot cards of transiting Neptune dexter square natal Jupiter in Barbour’s chart:
The guy with the swords is transiting Neptune casting a dexter square aspect to Barbour’s natal Jupiter in Scorpio (the guy lost in thought sitting above the women in the pool of water and trying to decide who to pardon). Astrologer Andrew Bevan at Astronor.com says the following about dexter aspects:
“When an aspect is dexter is just like a right-hand punch; full of force and major impact. The action is clear and deliberate, making an obvious case. The marks are there. Whatever the aspects signifies will be evident in a most determined, decisive and pronounced manner. With the dexter aspect there is both intent and delivery.” (In short, dexter aspects are very powerful because they go with the flow of the primary movement of the heavens around the earth from the geocentric perspective.)
Angel Paths says this about the 7 of Cups: “We will always be tempted to do things that we will later regret, and we will find ourselves weak-willed when it comes to choosing what we know is the right course of action.”
And the Keen tarot site says that the 7 of Swords reveals “issues of breaking free, doing things your own way and abandoning group ideals. … There is also an element of haste in this card, an indicator of moving fast in a decision making process.”