Sen. James Jefford
Updated May 23, 2001
May 11, 1934
12:00 PM EST +5:00
Asc: Birth Time Unknown
[Biwheel: Jeffords' Natal Chart & Progressions]
Jeffords' Voting Record
Jeffords' Official Web Site
Updates, May 23, 2001
From the Associated Press --
"Jeffords, a moderate in a party of conservatives, told reporters in the
Capitol he had made up his mind about his political future and would fly
home to Vermont to make an announcement on Thursday. 'I want to
go home to my people,' he said."
Jeffords' "Ceres Connection":
"Democrats have quietly courted Jeffords in recent weeks, offering him
the chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee if he
bolts the GOP, according to sources familiar with the discussions, as
well as retention of his seat on the tax-writing Senate Finance
"It's like a funeral here," said one senior aide as the president and his high command contemplated the impact on Bush's legislative program.
Jeffords' progressed Sun and Pluto are at 24 Cancer, conjoined to the USA's natal Mercury (retrograde). Sun-Pluto represents the conscious will towards power. In combination with the USA's retrograde Mercury, Jeffords' progressed Sun-Pluto indicate a deep psychological shift; a revisioning of the use of power. Since Cancer (and Leo) relate to family loyalty (in this case the "family" of one's political affiliation), the current Gemini transits (Sun, Mercury and Saturn) are creating friction in the "family" politic. Transiting Mercury is semi-sextile the USA's retrograde Mercury (and Jeffords' progressed Sun-Pluto). This places Jeffords' squarely in the crucible of tough decision making.
The eighth house (Scorpio-Pluto's natural house) of loss, death, irrevocable change and deep psychological transformation is where we find Jeffords' Sun-Pluto progression linked to the USA's natal Mercury. Since the USA's Mercury and Jeffords' progressed Sun-Pluto conjoins Bush's natal Saturn in his 12th house of self-undoing, it is easy to see that Dubya's hard alignment with the far right of the GOP is precisely what Jeffords is protesting. Bush, hell-bent on paying off party extremists, has ditched his GOP moderate base. In light of the fact that his administration will weaken considerably via Jeffords' GOP defection, Dubya will be forced to either moderate his policies or spend the next three years in the oval office watching baseball. However, as Peter Jennings once stated, "24 hours in politics is a very long time." There are no guarantees against a democratic senator flipping over to the GOP side. I suspect that Dubya's forces will move quickly to court possible Dem defectors. Because of the volatility clearly seen in the Inauguration chart, we cannot assume that the GOP will take this one lying down. Hard line movers and shakers will extract a price by blaming Democrats for what they are too blind to see. Ruthless GOP operatives will stop at nothing to realign the Senate's majority in their favor.
It looks like Dubya and the GOP are about to experience some pain. Oh, gee. Senator James Jeffords (R-VT) is set to announce his defection from the Republican Party On Wednesday, May 23, 2001. As Jeffords rushes headlong into the arms of the Democrats, Internet and television news pundits report that the Dems have assured him safe sanctuary. He'll need it. As the ranks of Jim Baker, Barbara Olson, Karen Hughes, and Karl Rove close to plan damage control, invective delivered by specially appointed GOP spinmeisters will get ugly: Transiting Mercury in Gemini is quickly moving toward its opposition to retrograde Mars and Chiron in Sagittarius. [Exact Saturday, May 26, 2001]. Talking points derived from this planetary set-up will be appalling.
On May 25, 2001, The USA's progressed Moon reaches 26 Taurus -- Caput Algol -- which, frighteningly enough, conjoins the Democratic Party's natal Mercury and Jeffords' natal Ceres. As you will see from a quote I selected from an Associated Press article (below), the asteroid Ceres, associated with agriculture, may be the first victim in Dubya's compassionate conservative Jihad. In other words, heads are going to roll. Political heads and heads of cattle.
But wait! It gets worse! The USA's progressed Sun at 26 Aquarius squares its progressed Caput Algol Moon. Twenty-six degrees (the degree of the USA's natal Vertex - fated relationships) is supercharged by the USA's progressed Lunar Nodes:
North Node: 26 Cancer (conjunct Bush's 12th house, stealthy Saturn). South Node: 26 Capricorn (conjunct the USA's natal Pluto-crat).
Planets, whether natal, progressed or in transit to the lunar nodes set off some rather dismal political events. [See my article updating the Middle East Situation to see how nodal contacts are at work in Israel.]