Michael Gerard Grimm (born February 7, 1970), the U.S. Representative for New York’s 11th congressional district, came to national attention on 28 January 2014 when he threatened to break reporter Michael Scotto in half and throw him off the balcony of the U.S. Capitol Building. Grimm’s threat came in response to Scotto’s insistence on questioning him about his campaign finance controversies. When I heard this story on the news, I assumed that Rep. Grimm must have been born with an afflicted Mars which correlated with his hair-trigger temper.
Sure enough, a quick glace at his chart revealed a powerful Mars in Aries closely opposed by Uranus in Libra. (Another notable with natal Mars opposite Uranus is Chris Brown who allegedly beat up his sweetheart Rihanna in 2009.) Mars/Uranus symbolizes the impulsive release of aggressive energy. A typical delineation of natal Mars opposite Uranus reads as follows:
“Cooperating with others is not your strong point! You are often brutally frank and abrupt with people, and can be quite impersonal when you are pursuing a desired goal. You may have an explosive temper when your will is blocked.” – CafeAstrology.com
Michael Grimm made headlines again this week when, on 28 April 2014, he was indicted on 20 counts of fraud as a result of a two-year investigation of his campaign financing. He is being accused of federal mail, wire and tax fraud involving a restaurant he operated before he entered Congress. According to the Huffington Post: “Grimm claims the government framed him. He says investigators couldn’t make a campaign finance case against him stick, so they trumped up the fraud accusations. He said he is the victim of a ‘political witch hunt.'”
Whether the charges are trumped up or valid remains to be seen. The government will have to prove its case in court. Astrologically, I wondered whether the current scandal would show up in his chart. Not knowing Grimm’s birth time, I cast a sunrise chart for New York City and looked at its current solar return. Here are the charts superimposed.
Sunrise Natal Chart superimposed on 2014 Solar Return for NYC
The most angular planet in this combination is natal Saturn on the DSC of the solar return chart. A prominent Saturn suggests a difficult year characterized by frustrations and limitations. Natal Saturn opposes natal Jupiter across the solar return horizon, suggesting that his expansive energies are being blocked by restrictive Saturn this year. An angular Saturn in the SR often symbolizes that the time has come to pay the piper.
SR Uranus in the 6th closely opposes natal Uranus in the 12th. This Uranus opposition to its birth position is the classical “mid-life crisis” aspect which often marks a period of major readjustment and rethinking of of our life’s purpose.
The SR chart has a Scorpio Ascendant with SR Mars in the 12th house of scandal, confinement and undoing. His natal Mars conjoins SR Uranus at the cusp of the 6th house and opposes SR Uranus at the cusp of the 12th house. This configuration implies unexpected misfortune as a result of self-sabotaging behaviors.
Grimm’s afflicted Mars appears to have gotten him into difficulties in the past, and Mars achieves special prominence this year (2014) through its rulership of the sunrise chart’s solar return ASC. Mars in the 12th certainly fits his current situation of involvement in a scandal which could result in time spent prison — all 12th house matters. Mars in Libra also seems apt because Libra is associated with the Scales of Justice.
A look at relevant tarot cards (based on the Golden Dawn associations) give a visual clue to the key factors in his solar return. Below are the 4 of Swords (last decan of Libra where SR Mars resides) and the Justice card (associated with Libra) from the Snowland tarot deck (used with permission).