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Michele Bachmann Springs Forth

The recent Newsweek cover, with a wide-eyed photo of Michele Bachmann, reminded me of Pallas Athena springing forth from Zeus’s head. (1) But then, I had already noticed that Bachmann shares Pallas Athena conjunct the Moon with the U.S. Sibly horoscope.

Bachmann was born on April 6, 1956 in Waterloo, Iowa. (2) There is a question about her birth time, so I am using a sunrise chart. (3)

The Sibly Moon is at 27° Aquarius with Pallas Athena at 26° Aquarius. The Moon was in Aquarius until 11 p.m. on Bachmann’s birthday; her natal Moon is somewhere between 18° Aquarius and 1° Pisces. (I am assuming an Aquarius Moon herein.)

Bachmann’s Pallas is at 23°Aquarius; for most of the day it was very close to the Moon. Pallas shows the strategist, the one who recognizes patterns and has creative intelligence.

Considering the Sibly Moon, there is a revolutionary spirit that resides within the heart of the American public (Moon). Bachmann has a revolutionary spirit as well. In her case, it is to return the U.S. to a government run by Christian values. Aquarius can be idealistic, visionary, and radical. Michele Bachmann has a sure vision for the country.

Radical means, “of or going to the root or origin; fundamental” or “thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms: a radical change in the policy of a company.”

She has been educated by the radical theocracy of a sect within Christianity known as Domininism, which believes that “Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions.” (4)

Bachmann has at least one very strong tie to the Sibly chart: her natal north node is at 10°59’ Sagittarius conjunct the Sibly Ascendant at 12°21’ Sagittarius.

She was born the day after Uranus stationed direct. Astrologers might say that she is deeply motivated by the urgency to express her ideas of freedom and liberty. (In fact, she is quoted in the current New Yorker profile: “If there was one word on a motivation or world view, that one word would be ‘liberty.’ ” )  (5)

Stationary Uranus (co-dispositor of the Aquarius Moon) is also opposite an exalted Mars in Capricorn and square to Neptune in Libra. Mars in aspect to Neptune can have a glamorous, hypnotic feel, and an ability to be savvy about media. (Although this is certainly true of many politicians, the New Yorker article specifically mentions that her public relations team is very careful about what clothes she is wearing when being photographed.)

I have read that her admirers are impressed by her directness and her personal conviction and sense of certainty about her views. The Sun in Aries conjunct Mercury squared by Mars in Capricorn seems to describe that well.

Another side of the Sun in superior conjunction with Mercury in Aries (squared by Mars opposite Uranus): “Part of what’s so appealing about her is that she speaks passionately and off the cuff. But she often seems to speak before she thinks, garbles words, mixes up history, or says things that don’t make sense. At some point, when more people are paying attention, she might go just a bit too far.” (6)

Without a birth time, I like to set the prenatal solar eclipse (PNSE)  chart for the place of birth to see some otherwise hidden qualities of the life. In Bachmann’s case, that solar eclipse was on December 14, 1955 at 21°30 Sagittarius, which is exactly opposite Mars and square Neptune in the Sibly chart.

Maybe this suggests her personal connection to the religious fervor that has galvanized part of the country. The Sibly Ascendant ruler, Jupiter at 5° Cancer, is at the Midheaven of the eclipse chart set for her birthplace in Waterloo.

The PNSE chart set for her birthplace has the acutely sensitive early degrees of the cardinal signs on the angles.

The Ascendant is 4°56’ Libra, an especially important degree now for Uranus (i.e., it stationed retrograde on July 9 at 4°33’ Aries). It’s like Uranus is warmly welcoming Michele Bachmann into the fray.

One more wacky Uranian note: consider this bit from her Wikipedia page (under the subhead Light Bulbs): “Bachmann introduced the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act, which would require a GAO report show that a change to fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) would have “clear economic, health and environmental benefits” prior to enforcement of lighting efficiency regulations that effectively ban conventional light bulbs.”

Your comments always welcomed! Have a good week everyone.


(1) Huffington Post

(2) Wikipedia

(3) See Patrick Watson’s blog, Michele Bachmann’s Birth Time Revealed….Sort Of

(4) A Christian Plot for Domination? by Michelle Goldberg

(5) Leap of Faith by Ryan Lizza

(6) Leap of Faith by Ryan Lizza


  1. Great article, Mary!

  2. I enjoyed your article, Mary.

    Still, it was a shock when I got to looking at her chart and thought – this looks familiar.

    I realized then – she was born 7 days after me. Obviously, I have that same sun/Merc conjunction square (widely) Mars in Cap. I will testify that I have to be careful as I can open mouth before engaging brain.

    My Moon is in Sag – I could all too easily see myself as a fundamentalist christian if life circumstances had been different.

    The best thing – I have to give Bachmann a bigger pass and realize we really are all connected.

    Good job, Mary

    • Thanks Iris,

      I try to stay neutral and not let my personal feelings (about her politics, for example) dominate…

  3. She’s reached prominence in the most surprising fashion. Quite Uranian in itself.

    That Capricorn Mars- I find sometimes it can indicate someone capable of brutality or even cold-blooded killing.

    Venus exact opposition to Saturn can also be very cold. I have read she does not accept gay people at all- has attempted to ‘convert’ them in fact. I could see her as President establishing prison camps for whoever she thinks undesirable.

    (I keep harping on it I know but…) note that Pisces/Virgo are trapped in the proposed birth chart, just as in the US Sibly, and in weaker houses: no compassion or caring here I’d venture to say.

    • Hi Carl,

      Yes, the Venus Saturn…I was thinking of that in part as her rather rigid (limited) views on love and relationship (as in the gay issue)

      Heaven help us all, as my dear mother used to say!


  4. Hi Mary, *good* column!

    I can’t help but notice that MB’s Mars is closely aligned (conjunction) to the USA Pluto and is opposite USA’s Mercury. Much of her talk and campaign messages to date are inflammatory (Mars opposite USA Mercury – inflamed speech) and rooted in that Dominionism (Mars conjoined to Pluto — ruthless control) brand of fundamentalist Christianity.

    Her Jupiter conjoined to Pluto makes her a prodigious fundraiser and in American politics, it’s “pay to play” or fall into the silent abyss.

    MB is quite sure of herself and will not be gainsaid, regardless of whether she can make the distinction between Elvis’ birthday (Jan 8) and the date of his demise (August 16)!

    • Hi Claudia,


      good point about her Mars with US Mercury Pluto..I did see a short bit on the news where she said that she did have a plan to avoid default, so I thought of her thinking of herself as a solution to our big financial mess…hut, alas, no plan has materialized..but the inflammatory rhetoric continues..(Not sure if I can cope with Perry’s chart just yet..)

      Hope the kitties are all well..

  5. January 8 – Elvis’ birth — not the smiley face that shows up!

    • It’s about time someone wrote about this.

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