Your Typical Aries
President Al Gore, born March 31, is hardly the stereotypical, type-A,
aggressive Aries. The Fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, are all
noted for extroversion. Blunt Aries is considered a very uncomplicated,
“me first,” action-oriented sign. It’s known to be impulsive and direct—an
"act now, think later" personality.
what happened to Gore? For starters, a person’s astrological identity
is more than just his or her Sun sign. Astrologers use the birth positions
of the Moon and planets as well as other factors in a detailed personal
Moon Is the Most Human Thing About Us
When Al Gore
took his first breath on March 31, 1948 at 12:53 pm in Washington, D.C.,
the Moon was in the sign of Capricorn. Aries plunges in, but Capricorn
waits until a plan is in place. Of all the astrological signs, it is the
one most concerned with consequences.
On the positive
side, such caution may be linked to an instinctive sense of duty, a trait
responsible leadership requires. However, a Capricorn Moon can indicate
chronic inhibition rooted in fear of failure. The least emotive of signs,
Capricorn resists the natural fluctuation of moods astrology associates
with the Moon.
Capricorn Moon Can Restrict an Aries Sun
The Earth signs, Capricorn,
Taurus and Virgo, all share a rather dry and generally undemonstrative
nature. Gore’s much ridiculed wooden demeanor can in part be explained
by his stilted earth Moon sign. Even his attempts to express himself more
aggressively by raising his voice and gesturing emphatically often appear
unconvincing and forced. The conflicting urges of Aries’ “Just do it!”
and Capricorn’s “Are you sure you’re ready?” also contribute to Gore’s
of a Capricorn Moon could hold in check the impetuousness of Aries. A
president with some built in restraint would be a welcome change. Unfortunately,
the start-stop pattern of Aries and Capricorn is not likely to engender
confidence in voters. Gore’s campaign already has restarted itself and
relocated its headquarters to Tennessee.
Sheds Light on How Gore Thinks and Communicates
Al Gore was
born with Mercury, the planet of thinking, in Pisces, a water sign capable
of both inspiration and confusion. Like the other two water signs, Cancer
and Scorpio, Pisces “feels” the experience of life, but on a far more
complex level of receptiveness. The cognitive function of Mercury is challenged
to translate a wider range of information in Pisces. Experience tends
to be received and stored indiscriminately. Both muddled thinking and
erroneous communication can result.
embarrassing claim to be the “inventor of the Internet” and his comments
that he and wife Tipper were the couple Love Story was
modeled after, shows what can go awry. Gore has tried to explain these
gaffs as due to fatigue, but having Mercury in Pisces may require having
to say you’re sorry, again and again.
Inspirational Side of Mercury in Pisces
environmental testament Earth in the Balance is an example
of the visionary capacity of a Pisces Mercury. His sensitive treatment
of a very complex subject shows what an inspired Mercury in Pisces can
do. “Spirit” is the word embedded in “inspiration,” and likewise found
in Gore’s subtitle “Ecology and the Human Spirit.”
The much touted mystical attributes of Pisces are evident in Gore’s writing,
especially his closing comments about our environmental future when he
says, “the place to start is with faith,” and further on, “I believe that
faith is the primary force that enables us to choose meaning and direction
and then hold to it despite all the buffeting chaos in life."
The birth position of Mercury also shows one’s style of communication.
In interviews and smaller, more intimate gatherings, Gore’s voice tends
to have a reassuring empathetic quality. Reflective and thoughtful when
at ease, he conveys a sense of genuine caring and compassion. But, when
rushed, Gore can become flustered. He seems less comfortable addressing
large audiences and compensates by raising the volume of his voice. Rather
than trying to project his voice, he would probably do better by drawing
others in with a lower, more natural tone.
and Capricorn Tend to Dampen the Fire of Gore’s Aries Sun
In his heart
of hearts (Sun in Aries), Gore would probably like to be more aggressive
and direct, but would that ring true for him? His Pisces Mercury adds empathy
and imagination, while his Capricorn Moon brings restraint, both very un-Aries
traits. Yet, a balanced combination of Aries’ pioneering edge, Capricorn’s
sense of duty and Pisces’ compassion suggests a range of power, commitment
and caring that could serve the nation well.
Mercury in Pisces and his Capricorn Moon show how lunar and planetary
placements can significantly modify the expression of the Sun. In the
negative sense, Gore’s Capricorn awkwardness and his Pisces lack of clarity
dilute the blunt, straightforward urges of Aries.