Americans Have Drunk at This Barr Before
by Jude Cowell
Time, as they say, is precious and yours truly never relishes spending hours on a Political Astrology topic or event which may or may not come to pass, or may turn out to be moot. However, since Trump will be Trump, here goes: William Barr held the position of US Attorney General under GHWB (1991-1993--Bush Sr lost re-election) and various other governmental posts in the past as well as overseeing the investigation of the December 21, 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Today is the disaster's 30th anniversary and my heart goes out to the family and friends of its victims and to the good people of Scotland, one of my ancestral homes.
Said to be the front-runner for Trump's new AG post who will 'oversee' (aka, sabotage) the Mueller investigation into Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign, Mr. Barr wrote a memo on June 8, 2018 which was copied to acting AG Rod Rosenstein in which Barr dissed the Mueller investigation, supported Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, and, like Matt Whitaker's antics to impress Trump, reads like a job application full of Barr's personal views. Yet the Republican Mr. Rosenstein seems to have confidence that the Republican Mr. Barr's June 8th dissing against Mr. Mueller's work won't present a problem to Barr's senate confirmation or to his holding of the AG post. That's if Barr is confirmed as US AG, hence my fuss about spending time on Bill Barr's astrological credentials.
Cosmic Weather of June 8, 2018: (Air-Fire) Sun Gemini-Moon Aries: shared by Robert Morley whose famous quote may just apply to both Barr and Trump, "Show me a man who enjoyed his schooldays and I will show you a bully and a bore." This blend of energies reveals potentials for egotism, riding roughshod over others, a sense of partiality, the tendency to monopolize conversations, and people who are insensitive to the feelings of others. Its Image for Integration may describe both men as well: "A nimble-footed street fighter dodges his way to victory over all comers" (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, the Harveys). Additionally, on that day the Sun-Uranus midpoint electrified Mr. Trump's natal Midheaven (MC = the Goal or Aspiration) which formed a midpoint picture of 'reformers with far-reaching plans' and 'hopeful triumph for the ego' (Ebertin; Tyl)
So here are a few astro-notes concerning William Barr, born on May 23, 1950 in New York City, NY, hour unknown. A 'noon' horoscope shows his Sun in early Gemini and Moon in mid-Leo, an Air-Fire 'live wire' personality blend of energies showing him to be an 'ideas man' and a natural communicator. Since Mr. Barr shares this natal blend with poet Walt Whitman, perhaps a quote from the bard also applies to Bill Barr as we know it does to Big T, "I celebrate myself; I sing myself." Although not by degree, Barr and Trump do share the 'live wire' Air-Fire combo although, as you know, Sun-Gemini Trump's natal Moon is in Sagittarius rather than Leo. A possibility is that they and their inborn egotism will be too much alike to get along for the duration since both love to take center stage. Quarrels are a certainty if not at first, then later on as Barr works with chaos-lover Trump.
Bill Barr's Planetary Aspects
Mr. Barr has revealed that he would accept the Trump AG job (if confirmed) out of a 'sense of duty' and this is supported by his conservative-leaning Jupiter-Saturn opposition across the victim-savior Virgo-Pisces axis. Of course, Jupiter's expansion principle vs Saturn's restriction principle keeps our Solar System's planets in their courses, and in Political Astrology, we expect in America that Jupiter-Saturn 'checks and balances' will be the objective of every government official, with the sorry exception of Donald Trump and his cult followers and enablers.
Now on a personal level, a Jupiter-Saturn opposition suggests inner moral conflicts, plus, relationship problems, yet maturity (he's a senior) usually improves such difficulties. However, Barr's Venus-Neptune opposition implies clandestine romances and secret loves which further complicate his personal relationships. Technology is vastly intrusive since he played the AG role, so we'll see if anything scandalous turns up, perhaps during or around the time of his confirmation hearing, assuming it's held.
As for a legal career, his Jupiter-Uranus trine is fortunate for it gives Barr a keen sense of judgment and an ability to apply his intuition in practical matters while possibly being a genius in some sphere of life. (imho, let his genius be The Law and not 'Trump's law' invented so that autocrat Donald can perpetrate whatever he likes and get away with it.) Of course, such alleged 'genius' may play a crucial role in the matter of Mr. Mueller continuing his investigation into Trump's activities, unimpeded by an AG of any stripe or bias. Once Mr. Barr knows all details of the matter, we'll see what 'his genius' asserts then.
Now there are other beneficial trines within Barr's natal horoscope but one aspect that stands out to me in relation to his proposed AG position is a Mercury-Pluto square, an aspect that tends toward negative traits such as sarcasm and criticism of others, and aids him to understand the weak points of vulnerability in other people. It also suggests deep-rooted neuroses (an overpowering father? see his PE, below) yet a Mercury-Saturn trine hopefully mitigates these negative traits somewhat (in public at least!) and provides Mr. Barr with a measure of common sense and a good head for business (he left his positions at Verizon Communications in 2008).
So Sun Gemini-Moon Leo describes 'the eternal child' (like man-baby Trump) with fantasies of royal blood and a flair for self-dramatization. Barr, like Trump, is a natural salesperson (ex: his June 8th memo?) who won't compromise on important issues (ruh-roh for Trump patronage!) and has a strong need for flattery (just like you-know-who). Bill Barr is a haughty, stubborn individualist so clashes with a similar Donald Trump may be expected. Both pursue plans fanatically (Barr's Mercury-Pluto = Uranus in self-protective Cancer, sign of tribalism, nationalism, and patriotism) and both men seem to be on the same page as far as the legality of Trump's executive power overreach and an alleged ability to float 'above the law.' This combo's 'Image for Integration': "A king holds court and surprises his audience by joining the mandolin player in a duet of song and story" (Sun Sign-Moon Sign.) You note the "king" and the word "court" which loudly echo Trump's natal chart with royal Regulus, the king or kingmaker, rising with his me-first Mars in royal Leo. Yet we must remember the caution attached to Regulus: that if revenge is not avoided, all that has been gained will be taken away (Brady).
The Prenatal Eclipse ('PE") of William Barr
Mr. Barr's PE occurred on March 18, 1950 @27Pis27 in the 6 North Saros Series. 6N Themes: relationships to authority figures, a need to take responsibility and control and to accept commitments due to another person's unreliability (or via the inability to be confirmed by the US Senate: Matt Whitaker). A 6 North Solar Eclipse last manifested on April 19, 2004 @30Aries, a degree area now activated off and on by transit Uranus; a 6N eclipse next occurs on April 30, 2022 @10Taurus.
Well, there's my brief consideration of the natal planets and personality of William Barr. Highly recommended for more details is expert astrologer Marjorie Orr's assessment of Bill Barr's noon horoscope (shown) along with composite charts of Barr/Trump and Barr/Mueller: visit Marjorie's William Barr - AG nominee - edgy fit with Trump.
And for brief bio details check out the AJC article Who is William Pelham Barr: 5 things to know.
Plus, for fun you may wish to check out Mr. Barr's father Donald Barr (1921--2004) and the Barr family ancestry!
Above photo: William Barr as Atty General DOJ [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons