While the shell-shocked Democratic party, in disarray after the 2014 midterm election trouncing, professes itself “Ready for Hillary” as their presidential nominee for 2016, a dark horse contender sits quietly in the wings, perhaps awaiting the perfect moment to announce her candidacy.
Elizabeth Warren, now the senior senator from Massachusetts, has quickly gained a reputation as one of the very few nationally recognized Democratic politicians with an actual message, and capable of connecting with the economic populism that once made the party great.
A former Harvard Law professor, Warren’s experience with bankruptcy law propelled her into government service, first as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to administer the TARP, or Troubled Asset Relief Program, which bailed out the banking system in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse which they created.
Warren went on to serve as Assistant to the President in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, established to rein in the banks and their predatory lending practices. But her brutally harsh and frank assessment of the damage done by financial institutions won her many Republican enemies on Capitol Hill, and in 2011 Warren’s nomination to head the new agency was scratched at the post, as unlikely to win Senate confirmation.
Frustrated by DC politicians, Warren determined to become one herself, challenging sitting Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (who had taken the late Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election in 2010) in his 2012 re-election bid. Shortly after announcing her candidacy, a campaign video went viral on the Internet, wherein Warren made the case for the wealthiest Americans paying more taxes, denying the allegation that this amounted to “class warfare.”
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. … You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
Her growing popularity led to a prime speaking slot at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where she “opened” for Bill Clinton. That November she defeated Brown with 54% of the vote, becoming Massachusetts’ first female senator. Appointed to the Banking Committee, Warren lost no time ruffling feathers, when in February 2013 she publically chastised government regulators, asking when they had last prosecuted banks for any wrongdoing, and opining that “too big to fail” seemed to have become “too big for trial.” Her statements again went viral, with more than a million hits in a few days.
Warren followed this up the next month when questioning Treasury Department officials about their failure to bring charges against international banking conglomerate HSBC for its money laundering practices with drug cartels:
[I]f you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you’re going to go to jail… But evidently, if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your own bed at night.
Warren supports an increase in the federal minimum wage; introduced legislation allowing students to borrow at 0.75% interest, like the banks; and argues for increased regulations and penalties for financial institutions run amok. She proved herself a popular speaker and a valuable fundraising resource in the 2014 midterm elections, helping Democratic candidates in close races across the country. Her practical, common sense, take-no-prisoners style has made her the darling of the Progressive Left, but so far she has staunchly denied any intention of running for the presidency in 2016.
In November 2014, Warren was added to the Democratic congressional leadership, being named by outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as the first Strategic Advisor of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, a position created just for her.
Born 22 June 1949, to Pauline and Donald Herring in Oklahoma City (no time available), Warren is the youngest of four siblings, and the only girl. Her father suffered a heart attack when she was 12, and his ongoing health issues threw the family into fiscal chaos, creating a first-hand understanding of the dynamic such crises can create for middle-class families. She and her first husband, Jim Warren, a high school sweetheart who became a NASA engineer, had two children before divorcing in 1978. She married Bruce Mann, a Harvard law professor, in 1980, but retained her surname, and didn’t become a full-time faculty member there until 1995.
The guiding feature of her birth chart is an exact Sun/Uranus conjunction at 0 Cancer, showing her as a natural reformer, rebel, and iconoclast, strongly focused on equality and fairness, with a desire to shake things up and make waves. There can be a forceful intellect conferred by this combination, with an innate ability to bring abstract or complex ideas into common parlance, to make these accessible to all.
Her Sun at 0 Cancer puts her squarely in the “world axis” of zero degrees of Cardinal Signs, a placement often described as the point where “the personal becomes political.” It is also exactly squared to the supermassive Black Hole at the center of Galaxy M-87 at 0 Libra, the largest anomaly of its type of which we are aware, holding more than 100 subsidiary galaxies in its gravitational thrall. This point is incredibly powerful and magnetic, a source of Warren’s instant popularity and her ability to manage or manipulate events to provoke outcomes she desires, for good or ill.
The Sun is further modified by two close aspects to major planets and a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, indicating some special or fated task or mission. The reinforcing aspects, giving Warren a core of steel, are a tight semisquare to Pluto at 14 Leo, conveying power and depth of focus, and a sextile to Saturn at 1 Virgo, indicating a strong sense of responsibility, maturity, “spine”, and a natural authority which allows her to succeed at whatever she chooses.
The Sun lies at the apex of a Yod formed by inconjunct aspects to Jupiter at 0 Aquarius and Chiron at 4 Sagittarius. Jupiter’s influence here is paramount, as a classical planet and the tighter of the two aspects, and perfectly reflects her background in academia and law, as well as the pull toward politics which developed later in life. All these areas are Jupiter-ruled, and her fifth Jupiter Return, occurring in January 2009, “reset” her Jupiter function and roughly coincided with her entry into the political sphere as TARP overseer.
Jupiter also governs banking, and with Chiron in the mix there is a sense that she has a fated role to play in healing the wounds from those institutions, as well as being an indicator that her life as a politician may show a maverick streak. Jupiter is the truth-teller, and Warren certainly doesn’t shy away from speaking home truths to power and calling things as she sees them.
That 1 Virgo Saturn also widely squares a close conjunction of Mars and Mercury at 8 and 10 Gemini, the source of her somewhat pugnacious communication style. Warren is a fighter, and the causes she chooses to fight for can be seen in her solar contacts (her latest book, A Fighting Chance, was released in April 2014). Brusque and clearly not one to suffer fools gladly, Warren picks her words precisely (the Saturn influence), and picks her battles carefully. Mercury in its ruling sign is detailed and facile, but needs Mars to keep it plugging away at the task without distraction, and Saturn to keep it focused on the objective, honing its approach until the goal is attained. The Mars/Mercury pairing is also trined Neptune at 12 Libra, suggesting an ability to tailor her argument to her audience, to pour oil on troubled waters when she deems it necessary, and to think creatively out of the box, with little effort.
A remarkable number of PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) flesh out the details of Warren’s biography. Born Elizabeth Ann Herring, asteroid Elisabetha (#412) at 2 Aries squares the Sun, while asteroid Elizabethann (#4502), combining both names in one, conjoins her 18 Cancer Venus from 17 Cancer, a common occurrence where one’s own PNAs are involved. There is no asteroid “Herring,” but there is a Warren (#5597), and its placement at 29 Pisces in square to the Sun and conjoined Elisabetha shows a natural affinity for persons with that surname, as well as supplying a cosmic rationale for why she became so identified with it that she kept it after her divorce and remarriage.
Asteroid James (#2335) also conjoins Warren from 25 Pisces, bringing together both names of her first spouse, while second hubby Bruce Mann is represented by asteroid Mann (#8382) at 17 Capricorn, which closely opposes Venus/Elizabethann, another common position for a partner’s PNA. Her son Alexander appears as asteroid Alexandra (#54, the feminine variant of the name), which at 3 Cancer conjoins her Sun, indicating a close connection; daughter Amelia appears at 29 Capricorn, conjunct Jupiter and inconjunct the Sun.
Warrens’ governmental bona fides can be determined by PNA placements as well. Remarkably, asteroid Senator (#8603) at 16 Taurus falls roughly on the Elisabetha/Warren – Sun midpoint, in semisquare to each, implying that Warren has found the perfect role for her. Senator is also on the midpoint of a trine between asteroid Massachusetts (#4547), the state she represents, at 19 Pisces and Venus at 18 Cancer, identifying her as its first female (Venus) Senator. (Asteroid Scott, for her senate seat opponent Scott Brown, falls at 15 Pisces, also conjunct Massachusetts, while asteroid Brown falls at 29 Leo, conjunct restrictive, limiting Saturn at 1 Virgo.) Asteroid America at 22 Cancer conjoins Venus, suggesting a deeply felt love of country, and signaling possible involvement with the nation’s financial matters as well, with Venus ruling money (her Sun also conjoins the USA Venus at 3 Cancer).
Asteroid Washingtonia at 5 Scorpio is trine the Sun, square Jupiter, and sextile Saturn, with which it forms a Yod with Eris at 7 Aries at its Apex. The solar trine suggests the nation’s capital as a natural outlet for the Sun’s energies; the square to Jupiter indicates some degree of shake-up or friction when interacting with its politics; the sextile to Saturn shows the potential for a career in government work; and the Yod with Eris at its Apex identifies Warren as a rabble-rousing troublemaker (in the best sense of that term) of the first water, when she becomes directly involved in DC. Eris can be a champion of the oppressed and downtrodden, those marginalized or forgotten, and at the apex of this Yod combined with the nation’s capital and its government, this suggests a powerfully fated or predestined role for Warren at the center of things nationally.
Perhaps most intriguing is the placement of asteroid Whitehouse (#4036). At 27 Cancer, this exactly opposes the nation’s natal Pluto, its power center, at 27 Capricorn. The potential for a massive shake-up in the system is apparent with this combination, but it may be one which is only possible if Warren someday finds herself seated in the Oval Office.
And what are the chances of that? A Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015, just about the time she’d need to throw her hat in the ring for 2016, falls at 29 Pisces, exactly conjunct asteroid Warren in her birth chart, and trined Whitehouse, highlighting her personally and perhaps opening a glide path (trine) to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Saturn’s retrograde station at 4 Sagittarius comes just a week earlier, and ignites her Chiron exactly, emphasizing the need for healing in government, and the necessity of a maverick to bring that into being. A pair of Lunar Eclipses in September 2015 and March 2016, at 4 and 3 Libra respectively, activates that natal Sun/Uranus conjunction, adding further cosmic pressure for the reformer-in-chief to make a power play.
For now, we’ll have to take Elizabeth Warren at her emphatically stated word that she has no intention of seeking higher office in 2016. But you never know…