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by Gary Brand - written May 19, 2004,
published in the June 2004 edition of Echo* newspaper
The birth chart of George W. Bush is based upon the time of birth obtained from hospital records and his birth certificate (source: AstroDatabank at  This chart is in a different format than the following chart for Nixon (which shows the aspects between the planets as colored lines in the center) because that format made Mercury appear to be in the 12th house instead of the 1st house where it is actually located.

The birth chart of Richard Nixon (January 9, 1913 at 9:35 PM PST in Whittier, CA) is based upon the time of birth obtained from his birth certificate (source: AstroDatabank at
he new book, Worse Than Watergate by John W. Dean, III is the inspiration for this article.  Remember Dean?  He was Richard Nixon's Chief White House Counsel who broke the news that "Tricky Dick" Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in cover-up and who revealed incredible illegalities in Republican fund-raising practices.  Dean's book compares the abuses of the Watergate era with practices in the Bush administration.  When I heard about this book, the idea immediately came to me of comparing the birth charts of George W. Bush and Richard M. Nixon.  As I began to enumerate the parallels in their behaviors and their administrations, this article wrote itself.

What are the similarities and parallels between the birth charts of Bush (top left) and Nixon (bottom left)?  Both charts have "hard" Sun-Neptune aspects (Bush a square, Nixon an opposition) that made Nixon and makes Bush paranoid, insecure, evasive, and they avoid confrontations (unless they are completely in control).  Sun-Neptune "hard" aspects indicate addictive tendencies, a weakness for flattery, a gullible nature, and a gift for creating scandals.  Ironically, their Sun-Neptune aspects (and their Moon-Saturn squares) make their personalities hypersensitive to criticism (hence the paranoia) but not empathetic or compassionate for those who are unfortunate or suffering because these aspects indicate difficulty with such feelings.  The end justifies the means for both.

Another example of these aspects was Nixon's fear of facing the press and he held the fewest number of press conferences of any president in recent history until Bush undermined his record by holding even fewer (as of mid-2004).  Nixon wanted to control/manipulate the media and their message, evidenced by Scorpio (control) ruling his 3rd house (the media) and Mars (traditional ruler of Scorpio) opposite Pluto (control).  Bush has also attempted to control or manipulate the media, evidenced by Mercury, ruler of his 3rd house (the media), conjunct Pluto (control) in the 1st house (which represents what Bush wants or desires).  Nixon was secretive, very private and a loner, evidenced by his Sun in Capricorn in the 4th house (home and family) opposite Neptune (secrets) and most of his planets below the horizon (private).  Bush is also very private and secretive, evidenced by his Sun in Cancer (private, home and family) in the 12th house (secretive) square Neptune (secrets) and most of his planets below the horizon (private).  Bottom line - both charts indicate sneaky personalities.

Both charts have a Moon-Saturn square, giving each of them depressive tendencies, feelings of loneliness and lack of support, and a need for constant reassurance.  Between the Moon-Saturn square and the Sun-Neptune hard aspect, Nixon would not and could not accept responsibility or culpability for any wrongdoing or admit to any mistakes and gathered people around him who would also "stonewall" the press and public inquiries.  Bush is following exactly in Nixon's footsteps.  Both charts have a strong Mercury-Pluto aspect (Bush a conjunction and Nixon an opposition), which indicates stubbornness and obsession in their thinking, strong opinions, a psychological understanding of human nature, and a need to have others agree with them.

What are the parallels between the administrations of these two?  Saturn was in the sign of Cancer from August through December 1973 and again from April 1974 through May 1976.  As I pointed out in my article "Saturn Impacts U.S. Chart" that appeared in the June 2003 issue of Echo* newspaper, only one out of nine presidents (Woodrow Wilson, with the electoral vote in just one state determining the outcome) in office during a period when Saturn was in Cancer, was elected for a second term (two of the nine didn't remain in office for other reasons - Nixon resigned and FDR died).  Saturn is in Cancer during all of 2004 and, since he is no Woodrow Wilson (who campaigned for a second term on a platform of peace), I predicted in the October 2003 issue of Echo that Bush is destined to lose this November.  In 1974, before Nixon resigned the presidency in disgrace, we were in the midst of an oil embargo that resulted in record high prices, long lines, and rationing at gas stations.  Today, a gasoline problem is affecting each of us personally again - the highest prices in U.S. history.  Another parallel is that the war against Iraq is becoming just as unpopular as the Vietnam war was during Nixon's regime, and isn't it interesting how many people are now saying that Iraq is becoming "another Vietnam" - a military/political quagmire in which thousands or tens of thousands U.S. soldiers and civilians could eventually die or be permanently maimed.  Now, like then, our army is occupying a foreign country because of our foreign policy, not because they posed any threat to the U.S.  The Bush plan to invade Iraq sparked huge protests around the world, just as the continuation of the Vietnam War and Nixon's invasion of Cambodia brought together thousands to protest the ongoing carnage of American, Vietnamese and Cambodian lives.

The Nixon administration was characterized by subterfuge, wiretapping, spying on American citizens, blacklisting, a relaxing of governmental restraint on invasion of privacy through electronic eves dropping and an absence or minimization of high or morally-based standards of conduct.  Under the Bush regime, there are blacklists of people who can't fly as easily as most people because of their names.  During the Bush regime, wiretapping of U.S. citizens is more prevalent, albeit in the name of national security, than it was in Nixon's time - what makes it worse than Nixon-era abuses is that wiretaps can now be conducted without court approval!  As with Nixon, the Bush administration seems to engender repugnant conduct as witnessed by the attitudes that fostered the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.  Like Nixon, Bush and his cronies admit no responsibility or culpability - the buck quit stopping in the Oval Office with Nixon!  Another recurrent theme is the basic mistrust of the American public (the strong Mercury-Pluto aspects in their charts).  The Freedom of Information Act lost ground under Nixon and now Bush has completely gutted it using 9/11 as the excuse - witness the court battle caused by Chaney refusing to reveal what happened in the meetings he held with the energy czars.  To Nixon and Bush, knowledge is power - the less they give us, the more they retain.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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