A lion, goat, fish and ram: the astrology behind the presidential election 2012

A lion, goat, fish and ram: the astrology behind the presidential election 2012

Photo taken from Natal Zodiac Map is a popular astrological tool.

By Lauren Hannigan
Chameleon National Contributor

Due to rising interest on the topic of astrology, I decided to look into the horoscopes of the presidential candidates and their partners. Astrology is a study that is complex, beautiful, and enlightening.


Although astrology is often written off as a pseudo science, there must be a reason it has survived since ancient times.


Like Carl G. Jung said, “We were born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born.”
Mapping the Zodiac charts of presidential candidates and their partners is very relevant. The Romneys have been married since 1969 and the Obamas just celebrated their 20th anniversary. Astrology explains compatibility between lovers- reading the compatibility of these couples will be fascinating.


Furthermore, the future of America will be determined by whether the Leo or Pisces is dubbed President this November. Who is best suited for the job? Like the great Astrologers of the past, I look to the nighttime sky for answers.
One studies Astrology with a Natal Zodiac Map. A Natal Zodiac Map is a map of the sky including the sun, moon, stars, and planets from where and when one was born.


It describes habits, temperaments, and potential. Astrology does not predict the future.
I will only explain the most vital part of each map, which includes the sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign. For example:
1. Sun Sign:


This is the “horoscope” one would read in the newspaper. The sun travels through twelve constellations in the sky annually, creating the twelve signs of the Zodiac.


Whatever constellation the sun is “in” at birth determines this sign. It describes one’s essential self.
2. Moon Sign:


The moon changes what sign it’s “in” every few days. The quickest way to find out a moon sign is to ask Google.


The moon sign describes a person’s emotional or intimate side. This is how one acts when with family, the closest of friends, or alone.
3. Rising Sign:


This is determined by the sign that was rising over the horizon at the moment of your birth. The Rising sign describes how one acts socially or their surface personality.


Let’s see how the signs work in action.
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 pm in Hawaii. Thus, his Sun is Leo, Moon is Aquarius, and Rising is Gemini. Being a politician is a Leo’s dream! Leos love to be the center of attention; they are the proudest of the Zodiac. Leos are known for exaggerating and telling people what they want to hear- not actually what they mean.


Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro are other politician Leos. Sandra Bullock (acting is a typical Leo profession) is a Leo with an Aquarius Moon just like Obama.
Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964 in Chicago. Her sun is Capricorn, moon is Pisces, and Rising is Taurus. Capricorns are perpetual adults- they are responsible and have a work ethic like no other.


Patient and thrifty, the mountain goat represents Capricorns and their rule-following ways. Any job is the right job for a Capricorn. Other Capricorns with their moon in Pisces include Elvis Presley and JRR Tolkien.
As a couple? Expressive Leo loves drama while workaholic Capricorn likes to keep calm. They both enjoy living comfortably.


With plenty of money, this pair can work. Michelle and Barack are an A+ Zodiac Match.
Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947 in Detroit. His sun is Pisces, moon is Scorpio, and rising is Cancer.


Pisces are sensitive, emotional, and intuitive. Pisces love to serve others- social work is their ideal field. Other Pisces with a Scorpio’s moon include Elizabeth Taylor and Johnny Cash.
Ann Romney was born on April 16, 1949 making her sun Aries, moon Sagittarius, and rising Leo. The first sign of the Zodiac, Rams are perpetual youth. This is why she’s wrinkle free and bleach blonde at age 65 (maybe she’s had a little help!).


Aries are enthusiastic, bold, intimidating, and can be very self-centered. Other sun Aries and moon Sagittarius include Thomas Jefferson and Vincent Van Gogh.
And how do the Romneys fare as a couple? The emotional Pisces can woo the dominating Aries for a while but at some point the Fish is going to need nurturing the Ram can’t offer.


Astrologers agree that this match is not compatible for the long run.


In conclusion, the White House will be occupied by a Lion and Fish or Goat and Ram come November.


The stars on the days of each of their births differ as much as their political views.


Who will win the race between the Fiery Lion and Fluid Fish? Only time will tell.


Lauren Hannigan is one of the Chameleon national contributors. She attends California State University in Long Beach. To contact Lauren, email her at