Astrology of the 2020 Elections: Pete Buttigieg
Part 5 of a really long series
In 2016, I saw that the astrological community was very divided on who was going to win the presidential elections, but I noticed that these astrologers had one thing in common: their predictions were driven more by bias than astrology. Hilary Clinton supporters were predicting her win, while Trump supporters predicted his win. Not once did I see a Democrat predict Trump's victory nor did a Republican predict Clinton's. For someone actually wanting to study astrology, it was very disappointing.
This election, I want to see predictions based not on bias or personal opinion, but on actual astrology. This election, I'm going to give my own take on 2019s election. It's not that I don't have any biases—I obviously do—but when it comes down to it, I'm not really for any politician, so my predictions are not based on who I want to win (there are definitely some candidates I hate less than others), but who I think is going to win. As I'm writing this, I'm still not sure—it might even be Trump (I hope not)! It depends on the birth charts, transits, progressions and return charts of everybody running. My source for presidential candidates is ballotpedia.org, and while I must confess there are a few names I haven't heard of before, I included them in an effort to be fair.
I was originally going to write one big long article about the election, but because the article got to be too long, WAY TOO LONG, I decided to separate it into parts. I'm going to analyze the charts of each candidate in alphabetical order by last name. If there's someone I'm missing, please feel free to let me know.
The Natal Chart of Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg is an American politician, with experience serving as the mayor of South Bend Indiana since 2012, and combat veteran, serving as a US Navy Reserve officer in the War in Iraq. To learn more about his plans for presidency, click here.
The Sun in Capricorn, and the Rising in Virgo, make for a very ambitious character. It should come as no surprise then that Pete Buttigieg graduated as the valedictorian of his high school before continuing his education at Harvard University and embarking on his political career. With both his Sun and Rising in Earth signs, his politics are likely to be pragmatic in nature, with a huge respect for both authority and tradition.
The Sun in the fifth house could make for a very creative person and Pete Buttigieg might love to perform, but with the Sun square Pluto and Saturn in the second house, something may be holding him back from expressing his true self. He might feel a strong need to compete or prove himself in some way. This aspect could also indicate some manipulative, secretive or controlling tendencies.
However, Mayor Pete has also got a lot of air in him, which explains politics as his choice of career rather than something not as social but just as ambitious, such as business or the sciences. With a Gemini Midheaven, it's his job and destiny to communicate with as many people as possible. With Mars in Libra, he is not likely to be much of a fighter, despite fighting in the war. Instead, the Libra stellium, which also includes Saturn and Pluto, indicate someone who likes to play middle ground and find ways to unite people on both sides of the fence. For instance, he's a Midwestern Christian, but also part of the LGBT community, and aims to find common ground with both groups. Mercury in Aquarius tells us that he's a very progressive and innovative thinker, great at coming up with new ideas and managing large groups of people. Mercury in the 6th house tells us that this is part of his daily routine.
Venus is also in Aquarius, and Retrograde. This indicates someone with "abnormal" romantic or sexual desires, a late bloomer, a person who is shy and is unable to own their sexuality until later on in life. It makes sense then that Mayor Pete did not come out as gay until he was an adult, running for his re-election campaign. Being gay is most definitely not "abnormal," but it could have made him feel rejected from society, and he may have in early years felt the need to suppress his true nature. The good news is that these feelings of rejection and oppression should make it easier to empathize with people who are going through the same things he once did, which would make him a successful politician.
Along with the air energy, the Moon in Sagittarius, in the third house, especially since it's exactly conjunct Uranus, shows a deep seated need for freedom and an eternal restlessness. Feelings of alienation, and being treated like an outcast, may be rooted deep within him. He may never truly feel at home in any one place. He may be always on the go, always changing, never settling in one career or way of being. He may seek home in different ideologies and belief systems. On a positive note, this aspect makes for a very passionate and philosophical character, a freedom fighter with deeply held convictions. It may explain his religiousness.
Pete Buttigieg's Transits
The Moon on Pete Buttigieg's Midheaven the day of the primaries suggests a high profile. Fame, name recognition, though the opposition to his natal Moon might show some discomfort or disorientation. He might not be accustomed to the amount of attention he's been receiving.
Transiting Saturn in Capricorn square his natal Saturn in Libra, however, could show some hardships, trials, challenges and difficulties, especially since Saturn is so close to his Sun.
While not seen here, Jupiter in Sagittarius is currently conjunct his natal Neptune, which may be expanding his sense of mission, purpose and spirituality. He may feel as if he's living the dream OR he could feel like he was put where he is for a larger purpose.
He also has his natal North Node at 22 degrees Cancer. The North Node is still transiting through the sign Cancer, where it has been since the beginning of the year, which means his Nodal Return must have happened around the same time he entered into the presidential race. The Nodal Return indicates a turning point in life, a point where you are brought closer to your spiritual mission. Many people undergo a reawakening of their spirituality when they experience this transit. This echoes what I said, about being brought to the presidential race for a greater purpose.
Looking at his transits for the general election, I can see that once again, the Moon will be transiting his tenth house in Gemini, putting him in the spotlight. This time, the Moon will be conjunct the North Node, meaning some sort of destiny is involved.
I also see that the most important conjunctions of the year are affecting him very directly. Saturn, here, is conjunct his natal Venus in Aquarius, and the Great Conjunction of 2020 later that year will also hit it, affecting him in a very important way. Here, we also see that Pluto and Jupiter are conjunct his Sun. Jupiter brings good luck and Pluto brings deep transformation and power. Saturn conjunct Venus by itself, however, could damper things down a little bit, potentially even making him depressed.
Neptune in his seventh could also bring confusion to his love life, or in regards to profession, the public may be confused about who Pete Buttigieg really is. There's an aura of mystery or secrecy about his campaign.
Mars in Aries opposite his Mars in Libra could bring opposition. Fights and arguments. If he does win the general election, it will be a very intense one, with a high stakes competition between him and Trump (or whoever else might win the Republican nominee).
Pete Buttigieg's Progressions
With Progressed Mars in the first house, opposite the Progressed Moon in Aries, his fighting spirit really shows during this campaign season. With Ascendant in Libra, there could be an aura of innocence about it, like he doesn't want to fight, but so long as he's competing against a wide range of Democrats in the primary, he has to, and his competitiveness is going to be at an all time high. Moon is in the seventh house, which in addition to marriage, is the house of open enemies. He has a lot of opposition this election season, which he's going to have to put a lot of effort into fighting against if he wants to win.
His Progressed Pisces Sun is in the fifth house, making it a year of fun and creativity. The Sun trine Jupiter in the second house certainly heightens his chances of having some kind of victory, especially if that victory involves lots of money, think of maybe a well funded campaign, but the square to Uranus on the cusp of the third house suggests that he may feel like an outcast. With so many candidates in the race, each one has to make an effort to stand out from the crowd. He may be doing that—to his own detriment, to the point where it weirds people out.
Progressed Venus in the fourth house square Pluto shows obsession. This could be love related, but especially with Venus as the Ascendant ruler, it could affect his campaign too. His desire to win is obsessive, and he could be throwing a lot of money into it.
Pete Buttigieg has the advantage of being born just a day before Inauguration Day, meaning the Sun will always be conjunct his Sun on the day the elected president gets sworn into office.
The only thing different about his Inauguration Day progressions, as opposed to the last chart we reviewed, is that the Moon is now in Taurus, still in the seventh house, but no longer opposite the Libra planets. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, so things should be a little bit calmer, with no longer as much opposition.
Pete Buttigieg's Return Charts
Pete Buttigieg's Solar Return for this past year is remarkably similar to his natal. His Ascendant is placed in the first decan of Virgo, just like it is natally. Here, however, the fifth house plays more of a role. Not only is the Sun there, but Mercury, Pluto, and Saturn as well, giving him a strong desire to express himself and be creative or theatrical, though considering this is Pluto and Saturn we're talking about, and considering Uranus in the ninth is almost exactly square his Sun, he might express himself in ways that the public finds unfavorable, even ways that freak people out and attract more enemies than friends.
Jupiter conjunct Venus in Jupiter's home sign of Sagittarius brings good luck anyway, but with these planets in the fourth house, the emphasis is more on his home and family life than it is his career. His love life is most certainly given a boost, but I don't know how that will affect his career, especially with both these planets square Neptune in the seventh house. There could be confusion regarding the public's perception of him, what people really think of him and what people really want from him.
The Moon in the 11th house indicates a year of networking, a year of meeting new friends and acquaintances, which is something you certainly do when you're campaigning. The Moon's trine to Neptune is beneficial, but the Moon is closely opposite Saturn in Capricorn which could make him feel lonely and isolated, and the Moon square to Mars in Aries could make him feel angry or competitive. Each planet involved in this T-square is in it's domicile, or ruling sign, showing that it's been a dominant force this year. With Moon opposite Saturn and square Mars, I would imagine that the public's opinion of him is largely unfavorable, or at least he feels it's unfavorable, taking it personally.
His Solar Return for the upcoming year, starting in January, puts the emphasis on the third house; communication, media, short journeys. He'll likely be traveling the country on his campaign, making a lot of new connections, and his name may even be widely discussed in the media (the Sun also rules the 10th house in Leo). But with Mercury square Uranus in the sixth house, there could be problems with communication as well. He may be prone to putting his foot in his mouth, saying controversial things, maybe even deliberately shocking people though not necessarily, and making enemies as a result. I don't know if he's done so yet but he may take on positions that other people find radical or "out there" in some way.
Scorpio Ascendant does show that he wields a certain amount of power. The Ascendant ruler, Mars, is in Sagittarius, sextile Mercury in Aquarius, making it easy for him to speak his mind, but square Venus in Pisces. This could cause potential problems in his love life, but if not, it could also indicate that there's trouble finding balance. He may be too assertive and Mars-like at some points, but too passive and Venus-like at other times. The goal is to find a balance between the two, but it might be something he finds hard to do.
The Moon is in Sagittarius, only one degree away from his natal Moon. I think it's interesting and significant that his Lunar Return and Solar Return should occur on the same day. What this means, I haven't figured out yet, but in any case, with Moon in the first house, it certainly is going to be an emotional year. A year of wearing his heart on his sleeve, and expressing his passions to the fullest. Moon square Venus though shows a certain degree of discomfort and potentially too much passivity or trouble getting along with women. It could be that he has trouble appealing to women voters, for whatever reason.
Wow, Pete Buttigieg's Inauguration Day Solar Return chart is very, very interesting. The Sun is exactly conjunct the Ascendant, making the year all about him. Being himself to the utmost fullest.
The Capricorn Ascendant itself shows a certain degree of poise and ambition, maybe even status or an increase in status.
The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn will take place in the first house, along with Mercury, which I take to be a symbol of good luck, or at least great power.
The Moon in the second house puts a focus on money and assets. The Moon is sextile Mercury, making it easier for him to communicate his emotions, but square Venus. There might be difficulty properly expressing his affections in a way others find relatable and real, even if he's able to do so verbally, or again, there might be difficulty appealing to women voters.
There are a lot of interesting things to unpack here, and while there's a balance of bad and good, a lot of Pete Buttigieg's aspects and transits are significant. Whether he'll win or not, I'm not yet sure, as his charts do suggest he'll be making a lot of enemies, but he's a high-profile candidate and wields a certain amount of power regardless. If he doesn't win the nominee, he could get picked for a cabinet position.