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Constitutional Astrology: Presidential Virgos

August 24, 2011 by Sayeh Hormozi


For many, the stars (the ones made of hydrogen and helium) serve as a GPS for life. Should I go on that blind date? Should I ask my boss for that raise? Well, is Mercury in retrograde?

The constitutional astrologers here at Constitution Daily (yes, we exist) take a radical new approach to the zodiac: What does your sign say, not about the future but about the past?

While many will still look to political pundits (also often  filled with gas) to comprehend current events, we watch as the planets shift and the moons of Jupiter align to help you make sense of it all. Visit this space each month to find out your historical horoscope and the U.S. Presidents who share your sign.

Virgo ( August 23 to September 22)

With an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale hitting the east coast on the first day of its reign, it’s clear that Virgo means business this month. It’s time to shake things up in your life! Have you been thinking about switching careers to follow your passion? Do you keep imagining telling a certain someone how you feel about them? Go for it!

With the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, this is the month for chasing your dreams. Do you have a cause for which you feel passionately? Take up the spirit of that Civil Rights March on Washington, and band together with others who feel strongly about the same things you do. Together, your voices are stronger, louder and more likely to be heard.

Presidential Virgos

  • William Howard Taft, born September 15, 1857
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), born August 27, 1908

If you look up Virgo in the dictionary, you might find a picture of William Howard Taft. A close friend and confidant of President Theodore Roosevelt, Taft embodies the typical characteristics of the sign. Known for being passive, Virgos tend to shy away from leadership roles. Taft was no shrinking violet, but it took the prompting of his mother and wife to stoke his ambition. And in 1908, when Roosevelt decided not to run for another term, he pushed Taft forward for the nomination. The presidency was only the second elective office Taft had ever held. "If  I were now presiding in the Supreme Court ... I should feel entirely at home," he wrote, "but [here] I feel just a bit like a fish out of water ... I pinch myself every little while to make myself realize that it is all true." The presidency took its toll on Taft's good humor. He was the first incumbent president to lose his second bid for office.

President Johnson turns the Virgo paradigm on its head. His reputation as a direct and opinionated rabble-rouser preceded him. He described his time as Vice President under JFK as the worst of his long and varied political career due to the mostly ceremonial role he played in that office. A mover and shaker, he wanted to be in the thick of the big decisions that mattered. Although the Vietnam War shadowed his presidency, Johnshon worked intensely to bring about the Great Society and pass landmark civil rights legislation. Among his many initiatives were VISTA, Head Start, the Job Corps and Medicare.

So perhaps the lesson these men can teach us is that although it may be more comfortable for us to keep routine and leave the big decisions to others, taking up the cause ourselves is the stuff that really changes lives, and makes dreams happen.

When she is not star-gazing Sayeh Hormozi is Senior Manager for International & Civic Engagement at the National Constitution Center.

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