Of Myth and Matriarch: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
by Jude Cowell
You'll find basic information on the life of Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy, plus, her natal horoscope at Astrodatabank if you're interested though a more in depth portrait of the lady who gave birth to nine children--two who became US Senators and one, a martyred President--may be found in a newly released book, Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch. Hopefully the book is reality-based rather than joining a long list of Kennedy Myth-makers in print.
With an uncertain birth time of 7:00 pm est, Rose was born on July 22, 1890 in Boston, Massachusetts, and, according to her, born "just before sunset" and "no later than 7:00 pm."
At 7:00 pm on that date in Boston, we find 27Cap26 rising (along with US natal Pluto suggesting links to powerful behind-the-scenes actors including Popes) which makes cold, responsible Saturn her chart-ruler. The Sun had just entered royal Leo (00Leo03), and the Moon was @5Lib33, which is apparently the natal Ascendant of the man she later married, Joseph P. Kennedy. If their ASC-Moon link is accurate, it tallies with his seeing her as 'Mother' with a capital M, and jives with a husband who dallied with other women to satisfy his baser instincts, actress Gloria Swanson being most notable among them.
Rose's Sun Leo-Moon Libra, a Fire-Air 'live wire' blend of hot and cool, indicates bluster and bombast, lots of ideas, and a tendency toward Utopian idealism. Mrs. Kennedy probably considered herself as one who "knew what's good for" everyone with her decidedly moralistic streak enhanced by a lifelong devotion to Catholicism.
A social being, an ability to strike up a conversation with anyone gave her gregariousness though she could also be argumentative. (Natal Mercury conjunct Sun.) A compelling quality of youthfulness appealed yet she was rather superficial emotionally with her Airy Moon. Known for charm and graciousness, Rose was very creative, loved luxury, and really wanted the best for everyone. A mixture of diplomacy and bossiness was finessed by this intellectually curious matriarch who didn't mind giving orders ('delegating') because someone had to do it. Especially with a husband who kept running off to Hollywood to make movies and lollygag about with glamorous actresses in their satin boudoirs!
Here are Rose Kennedy's Images for Integration for her Sun Leo-Moon Libra personality blend (conscious mind + the unconscious) from the Harveys' Sun Sign-Moon Sign which seem quite descriptive--see what you think:
"Jeeves the butler welcomes Bertie home with a jolly party of artists, important personages, and eccentric friends...A monarch discusses poetry with a visiting diplomat...The Actors' Guild stages a political rally."