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OK by popular demand, I give you Rick Perry's chart. Now, I don't know if this birth time is accurate. It is running around the astrology boards and it is alleged to have been checked out with the county board but again let's hope it is correct.
This time would place his South Node in Libra in the 5th house. The South Node is where we are coming from karmicly, the identity that we carry over from previous lives. Libra is the sign of "the other" - they are karmicly addicted to being in motion, and of relating to others and the social reality of others. Basically what a Libra South Node person is saying "who am I unless you tell me who I am?" They must reflect in other people's eyes. They tend to co-dependence. Being an air sign it is hard for Libra to know boundaries.
The fifth house is the house of creativity and personal expression. A Libra 5th house person screams accept me for how unique I am - see how interesting I am - see me - please - see me! Remember the 5th house is the house which vibrates to the sign of Leo - the king of the jungle, the astrological narcissist.
Perry's South Node is conjunct a retrograded Neptune, Mars, Juno and Saturn. His Moon is also there - it is the only thing NOT retrograded in the fifth house. His past lives were characterized by an illusionary attachment to some aggressive or even militaristic group. Since Saturn, Moon and Juno are still in Virgo - this was some fierce dedication - service to something in a big way. Retrogrades are a pause for karma -an additional lesson learned. A retrograded Neptune is a call to rework spiritual values and awareness - how is that going, Rick old boy? Retrograded Juno is asking us to look at the relationships - the things we are loyal too and Mars in retrograde asks us to rework our thoughts on aggressive, drive and assertion.
Perry started out a Democrat but was convinced by Rove, et al to switch. He saw the tide changing in the South and in order to stay attached, to get the positive feedback and acceptance via votes (all very Libra qualities ) he embraced the views and became the center of (5th house Leo) radical right wing.
His North Node -where he should be moving in this lifetime is Aries in the 11th house - the house of group activities. He needs to be working on becoming a group leader of some group, humanitarian activities. The humanitarian comes in from the Aquarius influence of the 11th house. Now if you read this blog with any regularity you may surmise that I am a proud latte liberal. I am sorry I can't see anything humanitarian about a man who has executed more people than any other governor in Texas. To hold that record in Texas you have to really work at it.
So while he seems ensconced in his South Node still the question everyone asks me about Tea Party politicians is, do they believe this stuff or are they doing it for votes? With him I don’t' think it matters because he now believes he believes it. It is like the person who tells the same story so many times it becomes a reality for them. His Mercury is conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius in the 10th house - the house of government and society. Mercury is all about thoughts and communications and Jupiter is expansion and growth. Being grouped together and in the quirky, changeable sign of Aquarius we can see how this guy is capable of saying anything even carrying it to extremes. In fact, he likes to say things that are offbeat and shocking - and fortunately for the country he will probably going around shocking any sane thinking sentient being between now and election day.
So who is Rick Perry? Someone who is still clinging to the need to stand out and shine in a group -someone still stuck in his religious warrior past who will say or do anything as long as it keeps him in the spotlight.