The HBO film “Game Change” aired on Saturday 10 March 2012 and revealed a portrait of an ill-prepared Sarah Palin who became unhinged under the pressure of a national campaign. What the movie made clear was that Ms. Palin lives in an alternate reality in which facts don’t matter and belief is supreme. Can her disregard of historical reality in favor of personal opinion and religious fundamentalism be seen in her chart?
The best documented source gives Palin a birth time of 6 p.m. on 11 February 1964 in Sandpoint, ID. This time, reported in her hometown newspaper, may be an approximation but it is the best we have at the moment. Here is the chart:
Palin has Virgo rising, which is consistent with her schoolmarm looks and manner of dress. Uranus in Virgo in the 1st makes her a “maverick” like her running mate, John McCain. Pluto in Virgo in the first could account for her bulldog or pitbull intensity.
The ASC, Uranus and Pluto are all disposed by Mercury in Aquarius in the 5th. Mercury in Aquarius usually indicates unusual and strongly held opinions. It can be a marker of a scientific mind but here Mercury is closely conjoined with the Moon, so her thinking and her emotions are intimately connected. She thinks what she feels, and what she feels she thinks is right. Mercury in the 5th suggests a strong interest in fun, recreation, creativity, drama, acting, beauty, and children.
ASC-ruler Mercury (speech, thinking, communication) in the 5th house (drama) is trine the MC. She is a skilled communicator and a gifted actress. Mercury is also sextile Venus in Aries in the 8th, giving her a feisty manner of speech (Aries) and a great deal of charm (Venus).
Venus happens to rule her Libra 3rd house of thinking and communication. Venus sextile the MC suggests that her communications skills are a great asset in her career. She knows how to connect with her base, and they receive her well (Venus).
Neptune in Scorpio in the 3rd suggests that illusion and belief play a strong role in her thought processes. Unfortunately, Neptune is afflicted by squares to the Sun, Mars and Saturn, which form a stellium in Aquarius in the unfortunate 6th house. Aquarius can be very self-willed, eccentric, and stubborn in its opinions. Neptune deals with alternate realities and, when afflicted, suggests victim/martyr issues. The Sun rules her 12th house of illusion, and Mars and Saturn rule the 9th of religion and higher mind by domicile and exaltation respectively. The square from this stellium in Aquarius thus reveals how her belief system clouds her rational mind.
The Golden Dawn associates the middle decan of Scorpio (where Neptune resides in the 3rd house of mind in Palin’s chart) with the 6 of Cups. In the 3rd house, it suggests that pleasure and memories from childhood are often on her mind. Here is that card from the Jolanda tarot:
According to biddytarot.com: “The Six of Cups is a card of childhood, nostalgia, naïve happiness, and generosity. You want to return to the happy memories of your past, whether as a child, teenager or adult. Oftentimes, though, these memories are indeed a thing of the past and reflect aspects of your life that have since vanished. You may feel that the only way to connect to this happiness is to escape into the past where you can reflect on your happy and beautiful memories, instead of dealing with current challenges.”