Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. We’ll get to why shortly. On 11 Aug 2020 Joe Biden (?) picked California senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. And yes, there is a question mark about who actually chose her. We’ll get to that shortly, too. The pick in some ways seems logical, but at the same time more sceptical pundits and voters are correctly asking why. The mainstream media, which is largely liberal, is lauding the pick, which is also predictable. In this post we will look at Harris’ astrology, her policies and why she was chosen. All that is a given. But there is another point that needs to be made regarding this election, toward the end of this post, and points to why this election should lay to rest any doubts as to what is at stake – and that concerns neither Trump nor Biden.
Firstly, we need to realize at the outset that the Democratic National Convention is only just getting started, so nothing is written in stone, though it would appear to be a fait accompli. Before we even start, I will say at the outset that I would not choose either candidate for president – Biden or Trump. The DNC chose the wrong man for the job, given what the people actually wanted in a candidate to oppose Trump. It just goes to show the elitism of the DNC and their disconnect from the voter base. Trump and Biden are the two faces of our two-faced one-party system.
On November 3rd we will have the illusion of a presidential election in the United States. More on that point toward the end of the post, too. No one of recent note becomes POTUS without first being thoroughly vetted by key vested interests in the outcome. The same is true for VP, and Kamala Harris fits the bill. With that in mind, we start with her chart.
Kamala Harris was born on 20 Oct 1964 in Oakland, CA at 21:28 PDT. Her chart is below (bigger).
We’ll hit the main points of Kamala Harris’ chart here for background before moving on to wider considerations, without going too much into detail. She has Libra Sun, Aries Moon and Gemini rising. Her rising sign fits with the Gemini personality of the US. It is overall a dynamic chart even if the Sun/Moon combination isn’t, and hides, beneath the softness of the Libra a hard and ambitious nature. It is what one needs to succeed in politics, at least in US politics. The several features that stand out are the elevated Saturn conjunct the MC in the 9th house and trine her Sun in the 5th house, as well as trine the North Node and Ascendant. That gives quite a bit of benefit trough the elderly and the environment.
The Saturn placement in the 9th gives her the ‘Top Cop’ label, the 9th house being concerned with the judiciary. With Saturn there it is a tough placement and makes her difficult to budge on decisions, once taken, and that along with the Sun/Moon combination. Then the picture begins to change.
Mars opposes Saturn and is square to Jupiter, with Jupiter completing a t-square with the Mars/Saturn base. Mars/Saturn gives her an unusually high opinion of herself (she called herself a “top tier candidate” in the primaries), that along with the imperious positioning of Saturn in the 9th house. Mars/Jupiter in square makes her a person willing to take risks and makes her enthusiastic, but the square to Saturn by Jupiter tends to limit ambition. However, the entire setup also defines a close midpoint in the chart, Jupiter=Mars/Saturn, which has the following connotations:
“The complete concentration of energy upon a particular objective to the entire exclusion of other interests, the ability to render quick work (satisfactorily). – The ability to destroy or eliminate something thoroughly.”
That midpoint is actually quite descriptive of her, from what we know of her so far, especially with her work in the California judiciary. It is a unique combination for success along a narrowly defined line of work. It also marks her as a person who can handle a large work load, and quickly, which would be needed in the office of VP. The last part of the description of the t-square is something which people who ended up on the wrong side of the judicial bench found out to their detriment. She was known for her immovable stance on convictions, especially of non-violent, usually drug-related offenses.
There is another t-square in the chart, formed by a Jupiter/Neptune opposition with Mars at the apex, which creates a powerful setup for moving hearts and minds. It, too, forms a midpoint combination, Mars=Jupiter/Neptune. The base opposition is found in mystics, dreamers, speculators and visionaries, realistic or not. The Mars apex makes the combination more volatile and undependable, though.
When Harris is in full flight she has the capacity to be a moving speaker. When she is upset or thrown off-balance she is prone to gaffes and missteps, which has been noted on several occasions. The preceding t-square/midpoint can be a perilous combination and is often seen in scandals. However, with the Sun/Saturn trine, the likelihood of that is much reduced.
Her Aries Moon gives Harris the desire for independence. The Moon is sextile to Saturn, making her full moon axis an ‘easy opposition’, and again bringing benefits through elders and men. It is a lucky combination, and she has certainly been lucky in life thus far. The Moon, in combination with the Sun, gives her the proverbial ‘iron fist in the velvet glove’ for which Libra can be known, and which in her case is accentuated with the Aries Moon.
There are two other midpoints worth noting regarding her relationships: Asc=Sun/Mars and Asc=Moon/Mars. Both of these point to cooperative effort and teamwork, and wholehearted devotion to a cause, as well as a propensity to take over positions of leadership. The latter midpoint also gives her more than the average contact with women, especially in leadership positions.
But perhaps the single most powerful midpoint related to her career path is MC=Mars/Uranus, within minutes of exactitude: “An inflexible character, the desire for independence, a person “putting the pistol to someone’s head“, an act of violence, extraordinary achievements. – The execution of drastic and violent measures, injury, accident, operation.” That is not my interpretation. It comes straight out of Ebertin’s work. But wait, there’s more….
Harris’ Midheaven also forms a midpoint with Mars/Pluto: “Unusual capabilities of advancement in life, self-confidence, ambition. – The misfortune to face overwhelming force without power, danger through the intervention of Higher Power.”
Given what we know about Harris’ astrology, the next question asked is why she was chosen. And the answer is very simple – Kamala Harris ticks all the boxes for a running mate:
- Of color
- Strong presentation and good optics
- Toes the establishment line on the following:
- Pro-Israel, also a plus to have a Jewish husband. AIPAC loves her.
- Pro Wall Street
- Pro strong police force
- Pro women’s reproductive rights (supports abortion)
- Pro affirmative action
- Pro gun control
- Pro immigration
- Pro LGBT rights
- Advocate of environmental protection laws
- Anti-Russia/China/Iran/North Korea and any other state with which the US disagrees, one of the reasons she gives being for human rights. In other words, she supports the MIC. Her foreign policy follows the rank and file of the Beltway.
Overall, so far, Harris shows as an establishment Democrat. On other matters, she says she opposes tax cuts to the wealthy, is pro workers’ rights and collective bargaining, advocates for six months paid family leave, supports small businesses with under 10 employees, supports the Postal Service, is pro subsidized housing, is pro Green New Deal, has stated she is against Super PACs, and is pro food stamps. Those policies sound mildly progressive, to the point that she has been cast as, “…a centrist Democrat who has shown willingness in the past to consider progressive ideas.” Those same policies just listed have also earned her the label of radical leftist (??) in some of her policies from Donald Trump. (Hint: Those are centrist policies in Europe.) That label is an old political ploy. If Biden’s pick didn’t bother Trump he wouldn’t have been so quick with the statements.
There is another point to add about her astrology. Any public figure running for such a high office and influencing millions of people will be expressing the trans-Neptunian planets in some way or another if they are positioned on key points in the chart. Harris has Ixion on her Sun. It is a placement that can produce the most derisive tone when it is activated, as a 2013 TED talk demonstrated (start at 11:30). People can and do change their minds, of course. As to whether or not she has, her comments about progressives lends support as to why she was chosen as the VP pick. The DNC has made it very clear they do not want a progressive on the ticket for the top spots.
In addition to Ixion, Kamala Harris also has a Moon/Sedna conjunction. In politics that places her in the company of Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, Jackie-O, Lyndon Larouche, Edith Wilson (wife of Woodrow Wilson) and Louis Riel (‘Father of Manitoba’). As a stand-alone aspect, it produces people who defy convention, who call for rebellion against established norms, those norms represented by the Moon. In Harris’ case, she has rebelled against her own Party’s traditional policies in certain instances – law enforcement, education, prison reform and so forth. The Democrats are traditionally known as ‘the Party of the Left’, though the appellation fell away since the Johnson years. There is no true left wing in US politics these days.
Immediately after her tap to be VP, Twitter was trending thus:
- Wall Street is happy with the pick. More neoliberal globalism.
- Biden’s cabinet will be full of Obama holdovers and primary candidates to whom he owes favors.
- Biden and Harris are the most favoured Democrat recipients of the billionaire class.
- Tech monopolies love Kemala
- Hawkish on foreign policy
- A big win for imperial feminism
- Kamala Harris is a far left radical (again, there is no ‘left’ in American politics)
- Progressive black women feel torn about Kamala
- Fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions
- Biden picked a black, female, hawkish, Wall Street-hugging lover of Israel
- Because of her mixed heritage, there are claims of something along the lines of birtherism (Hint: She’s American. Look at the birth certificate.) There is also a piece of disinformation doing the rounds on social media of her being an ‘anchor baby’ for the same reason, which is false.
- Our elections mostly determine who will be on SNL for the next four years.
And from a foreign source:
- Harris faces a major challenge in overcoming the natural warmth and charm of Mike Pence.
OK, the last one was a joke. But, the above points are a pretty good cross section of public opinion about Harris. The media is trying to present her as an ‘enthusiastic centrist’. The major concern people have about Harris is her record as the California AG, the head prosecutor for the state, especially among blacks. Black Lives Matter are not entirely happy about Biden’s choice, for obvious reasons. And black men have a real problem with Kamala Harris. As an indication, prison stocks went up after Harris was picked as VP running mate.
When Harris was chosen as the VP pick it raised $10.8 million in 4 hours for the Biden campaign. Wall Street was said to have breathed a sigh of relief with the announcement. Their reason? – because her choice as a running mate has fended off calls for tougher financial regulations that are being called for in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. That in itself tells you what you need to know about the Dems and what they would do in terms of reining in Wall Street and addressing financial corruption in Washington – in a word, nothing. This shows the establishment Democrats as having little concern for the average American household, who have seen their fortunes shrink with each passing year under our current financial system.
The pick of Harris as running mate also has foreign policy dimensions. Through her mother, Harris is already being mentioned for her connections with India, which could sway the Indian public in favour of American initiatives. This would have an anti-China dimension. The US has been trying to woo India toward an alliance that would counter China. It is questionable how far that would go, though.
Harris’ views on China are pretty cut and dried: “Harris wants the United States to reclaim its spot as a moral authority and team up with other nations to stand up for human rights…”, highlighting “China’s abysmal human rights record…and that China must respect the autonomy of Hong Kong.” Well, the Chinese do, actually. It is to their advantage, but that is another story. On the other side, she does at least acknowledge that the US needs to partner with China and that the tariffs imposed by Trump are counterproductive. In all, this is pretty standard-fare, establishment-Democrat jargon and policy.
As to Russia, she also toes the party line. She was all in on Russia-gate, claims that Russia stoked racial tensions to influence the 2016 election, claimed that ‘Russian bots’ were attacking her. Is it paranoia, politicking or an attempt at deflecting from a poor primary performance? She has, “…proposed an official “cyber doctrine” that would guide lawmakers on how to respond to cyber attacks similar to the Russian 2016 election operations.” The Russia-gate narrative has been thoroughly de-bunked (start 33:20), and was in reality a ploy to try to oust Trump from office. Needless to say, if the Dems lose the elections this sad type of story will be rolled out again, and even sadder, many Americans will believe it.
On a side note, I have read that some officials in Washington’s favorite enemy states say they hope Trump is re-elected, because he helps to promote their causes, and that, although he is unpredictable, he is easy to read. I have lost the links, unfortunately, save for the one just linked, but it goes to show that other nations are divided on the candidates, too. All this talk of ‘interference’ from ‘enemy actors’ is purely a distraction and a way to keep those states as enemies.
On Iran, Harris’ views are more amenable, though she is no friend to Iran. She would have the US re-join the JCPOA, which Trump abandoned. However, she has categorically stated that, “We must stand with Israel.” She goes on to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization, which is a group Iran supports. One nation’s freedom fighters are another’s terrorists.
Trump and Ivanka both donated to Harris’ senate run in California. Trump explained this by saying that sort of thing happens all the time. It is a way of being able to call in a favour later. It’s just politics, but it also speaks to the corruptive influence of such practices. Now we get to why all this is important, and why her pick actually has little importance to the outcome of the election
Nearly every poll has Biden ahead. Harris’ pick did not cause a jump in his polling, which should be concerning for Democrats. Polls don’t mean much, though. Polls are a way of shaping voter preferences, not reflecting them. Clinton was ahead of Trump in the polls right up to election day, and by similar margins. The swing states are still undecided, but still sway toward Trump. Nothing can be dismissed in the run-up to election day. The Republicans know their voting base well and how to influence it. The establishment Dems have become disconnected from theirs.
The fix is in on the Republican side. The Post Office is being defunded and hobbled. Mail-in votes will be ‘misplaced’ or not counted, so I will have to wonder about my vote. Mail-in votes make for a significant margin in the final count. Gerrymandering sways the Electoral College toward the Republican side by and large. And social media plays a big role in the vote, too, which the Republicans know how to game better than the Democrats. Then, one should never discount Trump. He is a master of the Media and uses it to great effect. If the Dems want to win in November, they need to get their act together and be active in making certain their supporters vote. Biden is not a shoe-in this election, not by a long shot.
In a way, it would be better for the Dems if the polls favoured Trump. It might serve as motivation for the voting base. Relying on a few big, blue states for an election win is not a good strategy and does not reflect the American heartland, where 70% of the public favors Medicare for all, free college tuition and universal health care. Trump is already trumping the Dems with his recent executive orders, which gives tax breaks to businesses (again, and Libertarians will say this puts more money in the pockets of the workers.), extending student loan deferments, extending the renter and mortgage moratorium and lowering and extending unemployment insurance. Cynics among readers will say this is an election stunt, that the orders will be rescinded after the election (except for the payroll tax), and that is probably true, but such a thing is a powerful inducement for voters. Economics determine the outcome of elections more than any single factor.
The statement was made at the outset of this post that no one makes it to the highest office in the land without first being vetted by the vested interests. Trump was no different. He is a poster child for Wall Street and the military-industrial complex. The media loves him, too. Where would their ratings be without Trump? I heard a recent interview with a laid-off farm worker who was asked if he thought Trump would drain the swamp. He replied, no, that Trump had moved the swamp into the White House, referring to all the corporate and Wall Street interests who are now there.
And as to the Democrats, another interviewee was heard to state (here for full film) that it was their policies and their failure to deliver what the voting public wanted that made people want to vote for Trump, for a simple reason: If someone promises hope and change and then does not deliver, and in fact delivers the opposite, then people will vote in protest, for something or someone completely different. This is what we see with many Trump’s supporters. But there is a warning there for them, too – he promised hope and change, also, just in another manner of speaking. He has yet to deliver.
The only true elections in America take place at the grassroots, in the coalface, as it were, where the candidate has to be out in the public and face their support or wrath. That was the real value of Bernie Sanders’ grassroots movement, regardless of what one thinks of the man. That movement is still there, and is growing. The further up the ‘voting chain’ one moves, the more illusory and scripted a campaign becomes. This campaign for president is very scripted, for anyone who knows how to read it. It favors the corporate class and Wall Street, pandering to the big donors, and promises nothing to address the concerns of the average American in the long term.
It doesn’t matter who is elected in November, given who is running. The same old policies will remain in place. What matters is what we, the public, do about the issues. There are Christians in name only who go to church on Sunday and then go home, for instance. Then, there are people who actually live the words of Jesus (or Mohammed or the Buddha) as a template for their lives. These are the activists, the people who get things done, who change the world. The people who vote every four years and go home have to be content with what they get, until they realize the value of their own discontent. Then we will see the stirring of the soul of the nation and the rise of activism.
Will these candidates, any of them, stir that sort of activism? Do they lead, as in inspiring us to act? We each have our opinion. Voting is important, true. But more than that, the nation needs active participation at all levels and sectors of society. Voting at the presidential level doesn’t change the direction of our society. Presidents change, policy remains. Only activism from the bottom up, positively applied, changes the attitudes of the establishment toward a more just society.
On a final word about Kamala Harris, she would probably make a good VP. She would be focused, and as a lawyer would know the law of the land quite well and would keep order in the Senate, over which she would preside. She works best in partnership. Just to be clear, though, she was a choice for identity politics, one of the worst failings of the Democratic Party, in that it has been commandeered and used to divide the nation. Yes, she has favourable qualities, and some not so, but look at the optics.
But perhaps the most important question to ask is, would she make a good President? This goes to the title of this post. Personally, I would have questions there, given her record. Joe Biden would be the oldest man ever elected to the office. He shows obvious signs of cognitive decline. I would have doubts about his making it through four years of office. I have read many comments to similar effect. And that worries voters, too. If Biden has to leave office, then Kamala Harris would be President. Wall Street would likely be happy, but the prospect scares many Americans. And in 2024, if she runs again, who can say? Experience and exposure means a lot. But, she ran a bad campaign when running for the presidential nomination.
There will be readers who will say that we just need to get Trump out of office. Still others will hold to Trump’s word that he will drain the swamp, that ‘we are winning!’ Democrats thought Obama was a great President. To many Democrats, the truth appears to be somewhat different now. It will be the same with Trump supporters after he goes (and he will leave, either in February or in four years). History can be a harsh judge.
In closing, Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris was indeed historic, but not without controversy. That historical precedent carries weight with some voters. But was it the right choice? Time will tell. Biden didn’t choose her alone, though. The Party apparatus chose her. There is one thing that appears to be certain: If the vote is close, no matter who wins, this election will be heavily contested. And no matter who wins, the nation will remain divided. From looking ahead in the US chart, the mood will be anything but jovial on November 4th.
Featured pic from Reuters