Senator Arlen Specter, who formally announced his switch to the Democratic Party yesterday, Apr 28, 2009, was born in Wichita, Kansas on Feb 12, 1930, birth time unknown.
Yesterday, as what some would say was a long overdue formal announcement of the moderate Republican's party re-affiliation (Specter was a Dem in his earlier days) transiting Jupiter 23AQ37 was conjunct his natal Sun 23AQ21 (using a Sun-conj-MC chart set for 12:43:42 pm CST) and his natal Venus 24AQ49.
This gives Sen. Specter a self-satisfied Sun-Venus conj natally which indicates one who loves to be loved and liked, and will adjust his personality to assure this. It's a self-dramatizing combination which can have a pompous air due to thinking that his mere presence is enough to merit everyone's attention.
Jupiter-to-Sun signifies a culmination of something begun 12 years before (Jupiter's orbit appr 12 years long) and those who know more of the senator's career and life than I do may know what this refers to - I do know from his Wiki bio that he ended his stint as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Jan 3, 1997 (which may not qualify since it was an ending in itself.)
Jupiter's expansive tendencies to one's ego (Sun) indicates that whatever was begun 12 years ago must now move to a higher level (not NWO plans, I hope) or come to an end. Recognition and honor come along easily with this Jupiter transit but it's better not to get carried away with one's own self-importance now....perhaps an impossible task for a politician, especially one born with a Sun-Venus conjunction!
Jupiter to natal Venus shows an increased desire for luxury, and that there's been an establishment of an important alliance - with Pres. Obama is the obvious guess especially since the president is said to have promised Sen. Specter that he will campaign on his behalf in Pennsylvania in 2010.
Also yesterday, the transiting midpoint of the speculation pair, Jupiter/Neptune 24AQ55 is sitting upon the senator's natal Sun and Venus so we have two pictures...any, all, or none may apply...
Jupiter/Neptune = Venus: optimism in relationship.
Jup/Nep = Sun: trying to capture the essence of things; following a dream (not a NWO dream, I hope); feeling the spirit; potentially misguided states (not PA, I hope); speculation (better political chances as a Dem?); irresponsibility; deceiving or being deceived. (Tyl; Ebertin.)
More current transits include:
natal Mercury 27Cap18 (conj US natal Pluto - in fact, Specter was born in 1930, the year of Pluto's discovery, so his natal degree is the Discovery degree of Pluto - his 17Can52 Rx); tr Sun 8Tau30 at noon is snugged between his NN 5Tau44 and Chiron 9Tau54 indicating something fated and with a wounding quality about his party affiliation switch. Perhaps he dealt a long-coming (North Node) wound (Chiron) to the R Party and may have been feeling wounded (under appreciated) himself.
So here's a midpoint picture in effect for some months now...
Tr Nep/Pluto = n Mercury: communications are other than they appear; deception as a strategy; loss of centering; nervous weakness; many plans incapable of realisation; thinking and acting while under strange influences.
(I noticed that Elizabeth on The View this morning mentioned plaintively that Sen. Specter had said a month ago that he would remain Republican. So much for a politician's promises, eh? Maybe a diss to his pompousness occurred!)
US natal Pluto now has tr Pluto/Chiron midpoint conjunct it and tr Neptune/Pluto midpoint is there as well...Nep/Plu being the signature of the Robber Baron class, Plu/Chiron being plutocrats who oppress with disenfranchisement, fascism, totalitarianism, corporatism, racism, the ruthless list goes on.
Another of yesterday's links with Sen. Specter's natal chart is Mars 4AQ40 being triggered by tr NN...a time when meetings are held to get the job done.
Well, Sen. Specter is a fighter, we know that, so his switch of loyalties - assuming he's not operating as a Trojan horse against the D Party - should be interesting to watch and will perhaps help his prospects in his next re-election battle.
But I have yet to forget Specter's role on the Warren Commission and its whitewashing of the true culprits in the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy, when a major coup of our government was successfully enjoined.
And saboteur Pluto, with Neptune's obfuscating help, continues bedeviling and undermining America today.