Under the Sun, Over the Moon: Eric Holder's Personality
by Jude Cowell
If you're curious, Attorney General Eric Holder's Wiki page tells much of his personal and professional history such as his appointment to the DC Superior Court by Ronald Reagan in 1988, his work during the Clinton administration, and his brief service under George W. Bush.
Of course nowadays, his term as Attorney General under the Obama administration's Department of Justice is in the news for its many scandals (if that they all be) concerning the Bush-instituted Fast and Furious gun-running program, the current AP-James Rosen tracking, and IRS 'Targetgate'. The GOP will do anything and level any charge to undermine the character and administration of President Obama which makes their investigations of Eric Holder and others suspiciously political in nature.
Yes, Atty Gen. Holder has been within the sights of the Republican Party for years and his opposition to the Bush-Cheney 'Patriot Act' is only one example of the flea under the GOP saddle when it comes to Eric Holder, the first man of color to serve as US Attorney General.
An Astro-Peek begins...
Born on January 21, 1951 in the Bronx, NY during a Neptune Station Retrograde (19Lib32), Eric Holder's natal Sun position (00AQ51 at noon since his birth hour is unknown to me) conjoins US Inaugural Sun every time a new president is sworn into office. ('1AQ" = "An Old Adobe Mission" which reminds me in part of the Cross of Lorraine but that's another story and way beyond the meager scope of today's post.)
Fortunately for my purposes, the Moon remained in Cancer for the duration of Jan 21, 1951 so we may be confident of his Sun AQ-Moon Cancer personality blend, an ethereal, misty Air-Water combination of 'divine discontent'.
If you visit his Wiki page linked above and scroll to 'Awards', you'll find that he once received a "Visionary" award and this Sun-Moon combo supports the compliment with its 'far-reaching imagination' tone. A progressive thinker yet emotionally old-fashioned, Atty Gen. Holder has a well-developed and compassionate social conscience underpinned by a Piscean Jupiter (Jupiter's sign tells how one relates to others.) Natal Saturn is Rx yet exalted in Libra, sign of the Scales of Justice (DoJ!), and idealism with democratic leanings is evident.
His Aquarian side can be naive as he studies others with a detached air, and his Cancerian Moon is very home and 'homeland' oriented to the point of clannishness. This Sun-Moon blend gives him the ability to rationalize any irrational actions he might take and a deep devotion to the truth can hardly help but be compromised while working in the environs of the US government and cynical, jaded Washington DC.
All in all, Atty Gen. Holder's personality is one of friendliness and warmth yet with a 'keep the door open' sort of escapist attitude that suits his Justice Department position--and working with devious politicians--quite well.
His Sun AQ-Moon Cancer blend of lofty emotions and ideals is shared natally by FDR and by Lord Byron who asserted that, "The best of prophets of the future is the past."
Now for the 'Images for Integration' for Sun AQ-Moon Cancer, the second of which always curdles my fondue into a hot mess:
"A social worker bypasses bureaucracy to save a mother and child...A childhood memory becomes the basis of a new world order." (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvery.)
Born during a Saturn-Uranus square (4A12), Holder is well suited for working in large institutions though fear of unfamiliar situations may hinder progress somewhat. The only major applying aspect to natal Sun is a helpful trine from law-abiding Saturn which provides him with the ability to know how to take advantage of opportunities that come along. Law, politics, market speculation--these and other management positions come naturally with a Sun-Saturn trine individual and his advanced education has made these fields of endeavor possible. He is a sustaining force within relationships and his Venus-Neptune trine adds imagination and a generosity in his judgments of others.
For quirkiness, we may look to a separating opposition between Mercury (6Cap31, where powerful manipulator Pluto has visited of late giving conditions intensity and a deepening awareness of other people's motives--and of course, Mercury-Pluto relates to surveillance, spying, investigation, research, eccentric opinions, and propaganda of a political kind) and The Witness and Rebel, Uranus (6Can29 Rx.) A Mercury-Uranus opposition gives him a 'genius for incurring the wrath of others' (Pelletier), a tendency to refuse to compromise, and bluntness in speech. This opposition indicates that some may consider Holder to be strange, unreliable, arrogant, and/or conceited about his mental abilities. (Republican interrogator Darrel Issa comes to mind.)
Before closing, let's also consider two midpoint pictures which remain in force no matter the birth hour used; any, all, or none may apply, and I emphasize the first one because it's a doozy involving conservative Saturn, progressive Uranus, and powerful wealth-hoarder Pluto, the Spy:
1. Saturn-Uranus = Pluto: upheaval to protect assets; fear of loss; rebellion (Tyl): brutality or violence; harm through major force; desire to overcome difficult situations via extraordinary efforts (Ebertin); concealing changes to activities; termination of extreme practices which hinder progress (ending the Fast and Furious program? jc); drastic changes in a previously liberal atmosphere; rigid inflexibility replaces adaptation (Munkasey.)
2. Mars-NN = Jupiter: enthusiasm (Tyl); working well with others; sociability; success through teamwork (Ebertin); ability to read politics at meetings or among friends and to use this to advance your interests and causes; the desire to study law (Munkasey).
Well, there's my brief, incomplete astro-peek at Attorney General Eric Holder. I won't add any links to the 'scandalous' news stories he's featured in because you know which rocks they're under and because you can toss a reluctant astrologer in any direction these days and easily find such scoops for yourself!