She is two heartbeats away from the Presidency. Literally. As Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi would rise to the highest office in the land should the President and Vice-President die. What does her birth chart say about her? She was born with the Sun (ruling her individuality) in one of the signs most associated with leadership: Aries. She has an abundance of Aries
characteristics as Mars and Pluto, the two co-rulers of Aries, have many strong aspects. Thus, she is assertive, forceful, determined, vital, ambitious, and competitive with a natural desire to lead others. As she also has the Moon (ruling the emotions) in a Mars- and Pluto-ruled sign, Scorpio, these traits are doubly emphasized. Scorpio also confers the power to delve to the heart of a problem (in her case, a political problem) and to naturally want to transform the existing system. Because Mars and Pluto are so strong and so harmonious, the assumption can be made that she will try to bring about changes that benefit the nation, and, of course, with such a dynamic chart, the implication is that will do well in a crisis (especially as Mars, ruling the assertions, is conjunction Uranus, the planet of sudden action).
Broadly speaking, she has a strong, harmonious chart due to many strong, close aspects and angular planets. With many planets in earth signs (six), she is more practical than most Aries and likely considers political problems from a strongly pragmatic point of view. Though her chart is dynamic, her potential for success, according to her birth horoscope, lies not so much in independent behavior but in working closely with others (shown by almost all planets on the right side of her chart). She is expansive in a vibrant way due to Sagittarius (a fire sign) rising and Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, conjunct the Sun, giving her the power to be outgoing and an inclination to be a people’s person.
Her three strongest planets round a portrait of her character. Neptune, which rules the ideals, is at the Midheaven of occupation, implying she is idealistic with regard to her political goals and possibly has much spiritual faith in her ability to accomplish her goals (Neptune rules that which is spiritual). Mercury, ruling the ability to communicate, is also very strong in her chart. Mercury rules the ability to speak or write well. She has an ideal chart to debate well with Mercury conjunct Mars and Uranus and trine Pluto. Her harmonious Mercury sextile Venus gives her power to be tactful in her relationships, especially as she has many harmonious Venus aspects.
With the Sun in the Twelfth House of those less fortunate than most, she has a natural tendency to want to help those in need, such as the poor, the ill, or the downtrodden. This tendency is reinforced by Mercury, ruling her mentality, in the sympathetic, compassionate sign of Pisces in close aspect to Neptune, which rules these same traits plus empathy. Her Mercury in Pisces in close sextile to Uranus impels her to want to bring about change to help populist causes (Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius, the sign of the masses).
Also very strong in her chart is Ceres, associated by this astrologer with social concern. This astrological planet is conjunct the Midheaven of Occupation, implying deep social concern, especially with regard to her occupation. Strong trines (the most harmonious aspects) by the Moon to Mercury and the Sun imply very strong intuition. Venus, the planet of cooperation, is very harmoniously aspected, and should give her a marked ability to bring about political changes through negotiation. Her ability to inspire others through her two fire sign placements, Aries and Sagittarius, would be helpful in bringing about compromise solutions to problems.
Like all horoscopes, her chart shows potential challenges. The Moon ruling the emotions, is in close opposition (a very inharmonious aspect) to Mars (the planet of assertiveness), which might incline her to be overly assertive, impatient, or irritable (especially as her Sun and Moon are in Mars-ruled signs). Her group opposition setup of the Moon opposed to Mars, Venus, and Uranus, might incline her to mood swings (Uranus) that would interfere with relationships (Venus) and might lead to overly assertive actions (Mars).
Charm and popularity are shown in her chart by Venus, ruling the affections, trine Neptune (ruling empathy), by Venus conjunct Uranus (implying charm), and by many strong Venus aspects. The Sun in the Fifth House (and near the cusp of the Fourth house) indicates benefits through children, home, and family.
David Jones has practiced astrology for 25 years. He teaches evening classes in astrology at Bucks County Community College near Philadelphia. He has published more than 20 articles on astrological theory in such astrology journals as Aspects Magazine and Mountain Astrologer. Send comments to djonesastrologer@hotmail.