Like most Americans, I was appalled by Rush Limbaugh’s recent diatribe against women. As reported in the NY Daily News, after calling witness Sandra Fluke a “slut” for wanting insurance coverage for birth control, the vile Limbaugh said:
“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
I wondered where in his chart such a petty mind and foul mouth could be located. If Rick Santorum is seeking to ferret out Satan (the father of lies) in America, I think Rush Limbaugh is a good candidate (though Santorum might regard Rush as a modern-day saint who speaks the truth of his god.) To be fair, I think Santorum would probably reject calling for increased internet porn, even if it advanced his god’s agenda. Limbaugh’s comments do create a problem for the Republicans (who must number some civil and decent people among their ranks) because for years Rush has been the spokesperson for the soul of the Republican party. Limbaugh has finally stated publicly that the Emperor has no clothes and, in doing so, has caught the Republican leadership with their pants down.
Limbaugh’s birth data appears fairly reliable.
My main interest in this post is Limbaugh’s communication style, which should be revealed by his 3rd house, its ruler, and by Mercury – the natural symbol of speech. His 3rd house cusp in Aries suggests a fairly aggressive warrior-like style. Mars rules Aries and is posited in his 1st house in Aquarius. The ruler of the 3rd in the 1st suggests that his manner of speaking is core to his sense of identity. What he says may be eccentric, independent, and rebellious (the Aquarius influence). He has a strong drive for self-expression. His verbal pronouncements may be unpredictable and appeal to a group of like-minded individuals. Mars also rules his MC, so his speech and self-expression ares closely tied to his profession and how he seeks to make his mark on the world.
3rd-ruler Mars in the 1st closely opposes Pluto in Leo in the 7th, giving his speech an even more aggressive tinge. Pluto is a planet of power and domination, often prominent in charts of people who abuse or have been abused. In mythology Pluto/Hades abducted Persephone and carried her to his underworld domain where he forcibly raped her. Pluto clearly had no respect for the rights or dignity of women. Mars opposing Pluto from the 1st to the 7th house could indicate problems maintaining a marital relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.
Mercury (the natural ruler of speech) in conservative Capricorn in the 11th is stationary, as is Saturn exalted in Libra in the 8th of excrement and death. His 8th house is ruled by Mercury. Saturn and Mercury are both stationary and in square, which probably symbolizes the harshness of his extreme conservatism. With Mercury opposite Uranus in Cancer, these three planets form a powerful T-square pattern. Mercury opposite Uranus often indicates an extremely willful nature that seeks to impose its opinions on others. The square from this opposition to Saturn in the 8th of excrement may be one of the indicators of his filthy mouth. Mercury happens to rule his 5th house of sexual enjoyment, so it is not surprising that he views women who engage in sex as “sluts,” to use his own words.
A final note: Limbaugh’s Mars, ruler of his 3rd of communication and his 10th of career, falls in the third decan of Aquarius associated by the Golden Dawn with the tarot’s 7 of Swords. The tarot blog Shades of Midnight comments:
“Sometimes, this could also point to a career in research as depicted by the act of gathering up the swords (Air: ideas, mental concepts), or work in which written and spoken communication figure prominently. There is the possibility of sabotage through communication as well as a warning to not get embroiled in office politics, given this card’s association with deception and skulduggery.” (italics mine)
7 of Swords from the Osho Zen tarot
With reference to the 7 of Swords, Osho’s The White Lotus (Chapter 10) says: “These two kinds of cunning people [politicians and priests] have dominated humanity. And they found out very early on that if you want to dominate humanity, make it weak, make it feel guilty, make it feel unworthy. Destroy its dignity, take all glory away from it, humiliate it. And they have found such subtle ways of humiliation that they don’t come in the picture at all; they leave it to you to humiliate yourself, to destroy yourself. They have taught you a kind of slow suicide.”