Margaret Thatcher has led a remarkable life as the only woman to lead a major Western democracy. With the Sun, Mars (asc-ruler) and Mercury (MC-ruler) all in Libra, even those strongly opposed to her political views are prepared to accept that she took the Libran principles of organised strategy and distinguished statesmanship to their highest level. Responding to the call of the scales, Thatcher qualified as a lawyer, specialising in taxation issues before developing her career in politics. She exhibited less of the Libran tendency towards vacillation due to the stern presence of Saturn on the ascendant, and the Moon's elevated conjunction with Regulus, a fixed star that indicates a rigid adherence to principles and a natural inclination to lead. This Moon-Regulus conjunction was a factor that Thatcher shared with Winston Churchill, to whom her rigid adherence to policy has often been compared.
Thatcher's ascendant falls upon the Southern Scale of the constellation Libra, a fixed star with a Mars-Saturn influence that indicates many difficulties but success through Mars related activities. Support for her qualities as a leader reached a peak following her uncompromising stance that led to victory in the Falklands crisis. Her critics would claim that she was harsh or uncaring in her politics, but with such a strong emphasis on air and fire, Thatcher would naturally formulate her policies upon a logical basis, and would have no hesitancy in fighting for what she believed in. Such traits make it difficult to convey a warm and sympathetic public image and Thatcher will leave her mark as a great and ultimately respected leader, rather than a popular and much loved one.
Data source: Charles Harvey, letter from 10 Downing Street.
"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing", wrote Oscar Wilde, literally articulating the trine between the Sun in Libra and Saturn on the Midheaven. Wilde achieved lasting glory for his acerbic humour and shockingly caustic philosophical observances, fully expressing the opposition between Scorpionic MC-ruler Mercury and Uranus (Moon is in square), with Mars, his 3rd house ruler, in Sagittarius. But he is also remembered for his poetic vision denoted by the trine between Mercury and Neptune on the descendant.
Ruled by Venus, Librans are prone to difficulties caused by 'excess of venery', and with Neptune in Pisces on the 7th house cusp, Wilde was particularly susceptible to sacrifices and an idealistic attitude towards the loved one. Neptune's square to Saturn on the midheaven reflected the disappointment, disillusionment and downfall that eventually developed. He suffered the painful humiliation of being rejected by society following his imprisonment for indecency and shortly afterwards died of a syphilis related illness. The square of the Sun to Jupiter in the 5th house indicates an immoderate and ostentatious disposition towards love affairs and self-indulgences, and whilst Venus in Libra is on the sextile of Mars, it translates its influence between the two malefics that stand in opposition across the MC-IC axis. Such exuberance made Wilde an easy target for attacks concerning his sexuality, but with the Sun ruling the 12th house he was also a victim of his own mistakes which led to self-undoing. Ultimately, the Moon square Uranus made Wilde notable for standing apart from the crowd and he will be remembered, not only for his literary output, cutting wit and flamboyant confidence, but also for his tender weaknesses.
Data source: Astro-Data II by Lois Rodden | Quote source: The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
The exploration of sexual attraction on-screen runs as a theme through Michael Douglas's Hollywood career. Off screen too, the emphasis of Libran planets brings relationship issues to the fore. Venus conjunct Mars in Libra suggests 'playboy' tendencies - a natural response to a combination that offers good looks, an easy ability to flirt and charm, a wide appreciation of beauty, and a drive to explore it in all its forms. The problem for Douglas is that Venus rules the 7th house of partnerships and the 12th house of 'self-undoing', where it sits, ready to exploit any sexual transgressions to his disadvantage.
The Libran Sun conjunct Neptune signifies an illusionist, capable of living up to the dream and believing it himself. With the Sun ruling the Midheaven this is perfect for a successful actor, but it suggests sensitivity to addictions and confusion over issues connected with self-identity. The Capricorn Moon is in square, so there is always a danger that wealth and ambition act as substitute goal posts in evaluating self-worth, but the idealistic Neptunian Sun rejects this and Douglas is challenged to confront many false realities.
Mars, as ruler of the Scorpio ascendant reveals Douglas to be a character of great emotional depth with strong drives and ruthless passions; but in Libra Mars is detrimented, its outlets are shallow and frustrating. He may have developed a gift for asserting himself through diplomacy, but a deeper part of him yearns for the thrill of conflict. With Mars trine Uranus in Gemini, Douglas is capable of brilliant strategy and manipulative mind games, but he walks a tight rope with Uranus on the 8th house cusp - there is always the danger of volatile, self-destructive traits that arise from his need to break free of moulds he doesn't genuinely relate to.
Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones has her Midheaven and four planets elevated in Libra. They all fall under the rulership of Venus, which in this chart is grounded in earth and tied into a grand trine involving angular Mars and Saturn.
Sagittarius rises and the ascendant ruler Jupiter, along with all the Libran planets, is located in the 9th house of philosophical reasoning. This gives Catherine a wonderful ability to see things from the bigger picture and besides adorning her with beauty, charm and grace, describes her as broad-minded, fun loving, sociable and easy going.
Catherine's light and breezy Libran Sun is out of synch with her deeply emotional Piscean Moon however, and with Pluto aspecting both there are dramatic and painful periods of soul-searching beneath the surface. Venus is also afflicted by its location in the 8th house of loss. Though Michael and Catherine both appear to live up to the Libran image of easy harmony, Catherine takes her relationships very seriously and they become the source of hard work and dedication, where she fights to hold her ground.
The numerous contacts between the charts of Catherine and Michael (they were born on the same birthday so their Suns are conjunct), indicate the strength and importance of their relationship. Some of the contacts portray the obvious attraction : Michael's Venus falls on Catherine's Midheaven, her Venus trines his Moon; but many other contacts are challenging and convey mixed blessings. Catherine's Mars, for example, falls on Michael's Moon, and with that Venus in trine it is easy to see how he would be emotionally attracted to her feisty spirit and energising charisma. But Michael's Moon is square to their Suns, Catherine's is in opposition, and the two Moons are square to each other. Either way, they have much to learn and gain from each other. In Catherine's case, Venus as Midheaven ruler, on the trine to Saturn and Mars in Capricorn clearly reflects the elevation of professional status through marriage to an older man.
Data source: Frank Clifford, British Entertainers
, received by letter from Catherine.
Mohandas Ghandi, known as Mahatma, (great soul), typified the Libran quest for finding harmony in a world of polarised extremes. Not only is his Sun in Libra, but the Moon on the square of the Venus/Mars - Jupiter/Pluto opposition depicts an image of finely held balance which only absolute focus will preserve. Ghandi's early life was filled with trial; he studied law in England but was ineffective in his early cases, and admitted to being an unfair husband who struggled to provide for his family. His 12th house Sun would suggest difficulties in expressing self-interests effectively, but Ghandi later found strength in ego-suppression as a spiritual philosophy. He was greatly affected by the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, which advocated worldly detachment and renunciation. He took up vegetarianism and celibacy, despite the fact that he was a natural flirt and viewed sex as a constant temptation.
It was following a humiliating personal experience of racial inequality that he decided to make a stand and commit his life to fighting for his own rights and those of others through a policy of non-violence. With Uranus on the Midheaven, which is ruled by the Moon, he could easily connect to issues concerning social division and was capable of shaking the collective status quo. As the Midheaven ruler, the Moon and its involvement in that powerful T-square attracted great forces of support and opposition, and Ghandi underwent several periods of imprisonment and unfair hostile reaction which only served to highlight his cause.
The assignation of Ghandi (by a Hindu gunman, 1/30/1948, 5:41 pm, Delhi), shook the world, but assured his place in history as one of the great martyrs in the fight for social freedom and equality. Although the Sun appears weak and feeble in this chart, the Libran challenge of acting as an agent of equilibrium and justice, was fully expressed in his life.
© Deborah Houlding, 21/09/03