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
- stronger endorsement of individual liberty as their foremost guiding principle, and weaker endorsement of all other moral principles;
- a relatively cerebral as opposed to emotional cognitive style; and
- 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.
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:
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?