Libertarian Rand Paul


A recent article identified three main characteristics of self-identified libertarians. According to Understanding Libertarian Morality: The Psychological Dispositions of Self-Identified Libertarians,

“Compared to self-identified liberals and conservatives, libertarians showed

  1. stronger endorsement of individual liberty as their foremost guiding principle, and weaker endorsement of all other moral principles;
  2. a relatively cerebral as opposed to emotional cognitive style; and
  3. lower interdependence and social relatedness. “

Rand Paul identifies himself as a libertarian and a constitutional conservative.  He is a member of the Tea Party movement and a contender for the Republican nomination for U.S. President in 2016.  I wondered whether these three traits (individual liberty, cerebral cognitive style, low inter-dependence) showed up in his chart.  Rand Paul was born on January 7, 1963 in Pittsburgh, PA, time and ASC unknown.  Here is his Noon chart with solar sign houses.

Rand Paul, Noon chart, time unknown, 7 Jan 1963, Pittsburgh, Air predominant element.

Rand Paul, Noon chart, time unknown, 7 Jan 1963, Pittsburgh, Air predominant element.

The time is not known, so unfortunately we can’t work with the ASC.  Looking at just the planets, we find the following distribution of elements and modalities:

Rand Paul, Mutable Air predominates in his planetary placements.

Rand Paul, Mutable Air (cerebral Gemini) predominates in his planetary placements.  Cardinal Water (interdependent Cancer) is weakest.

Judging by Paul’s planetary placements, he has a primarily cerebral versus emotional cognitive style.  Cerebral Air is his strongest element, whereas emotional Water is his weakest element.  Air is associated with a mental and theoretic approach; water is associated with empathy and inter-dependence, traits in which he may be lacking due to the de-emphasis of Water in his chart. Mutable Air is typified by the mental sign Gemini, his chart signature.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which in Paul’s chart, lies in detached, objective Aquarius where it conjoins Saturn, the ruler of this Sun sign.  This Mercury/Saturn conjunction in mentally abstract Aquarius suggests a strongly cerebral cognitive style at the expense of emotions.

The Moon, primary symbol of emotions, lies in mental Gemini where she is ruled by Mercury conjunct Saturn in Aquarius.  As you can see in the above graph, Paul’s least prominent element and modality is Cardinal Water, which is typified by Cancer — the sign of mothering, nurturing, and emotional connection with others.  Caring for the helpless and needy is not his strong suit; in fact, it’s his weakest suit, according to his planetary placements.

Paul’s strong belief in individual liberty as the main guiding principle is probably shown by Mars unaspected in Leo.  Mars wants to do what he wants without restrictions from others.  Leo wants to be King of the Jungle, ruling others, and his own boss as well.  Sun is Capricorn can be very ambitious and self-reliant. Capricorn is often willing to ignore the needs to others to get to the top of the mountain.

As for inter-dependence and social relatedness, usually shown by Venus and the Moon, there is not strong evidence of either.  Moon in cerebral Gemini lies quincunx the Sun and in sesquisquare to Mercury — not much feeling for others here.  Venus in Sagittarius loves new adventures and favors personal independence in all matters.  The only aspect Venus forms with another planet is a square to Uranus, which Solar Fire delineates as, “you are willful and see anyone else’s claim on you as an obstacle to your freedom of self-expression” — how libertarian can you get?

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About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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3 Responses to Libertarian Rand Paul

  1. james says:

    thanks for this post tony! i find this very interesting as it relates to the elements. i had heard that water is the last element. until you get to the water, you haven’t covered all the bases, lol.. it is almost like their are people that are missing a certain element in their personalities as opposed to having it under developed, but maybe it is much the same. i think of what the water element represents and how it basically sums up aspects of those last 2 points that define a ‘libertarian” – emotional cognitive style and interdependence and social connectedness. as a society we seem to value analytical abilities over the ability to see something from a deeper place not only captured in the objective, material world that is so much of the focus of science and stuff. people need other people much more then they need stuff.. some seem to have lost sight of this.. someone with saturn in water might have an especially acute sense of this too fwiw.. cheers james

  2. james says:

    edit – i see i wrote that up wrong. what i meant was the definition of libertarian seems to be an absence of what defines the water element.. too bad there wasn’t an edit feature to wordpress blog sites posting options…

  3. James,
    I understood what you meant.
    Tony

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