Reading the Stars:
Signatures in the Heavens
This site is presented in the spirit of
royal astrologer of the late Middle Ages.
Rush Limbaugh: You Gotta Have
Heart or You Ought To
many people may want to have nothing to do with Mr. Limbaugh, he is
certainly a force to be aware of. He helps mold the news and sometimes
make the news. Limbaugh, like all of us, might want to become more
aware of himself as well.
The chart presented shows his natal
planets on the inner circle and the transiting ones at the time of his
recent chest pain and hospitalization.
Let’s consider a few notes regarding his natal placements:
His Midheaven is in Scorpio which points out his penetrating, probing,
twisting and “life-and-death” crusade with the public - certainly on
his own terms. The Eagle being another incarnation of Scorpio may help
explain his efforts to lead his American brothers and dittoheads.
His Horizon is at 0 degrees of Aquarius-Leo. That makes the writer want
to question if he is really an Aquarian by Ascendant. Birth four
minutes earlier would have given him a Capricorn Ascendant. Could he
really be a Zero?
It may be more generous to consider him having
a Capricorn-Aquarius Ascendant giving him the opportunities and
obligations of both. Like many of us, Limbaugh is a host of
contradictions and polarities, many of which he and you and I do not
• Limbaugh has three major planets - Venus and Mars
in AQUARIUS and Jupiter in PISCES - in the first house of self. This
again suggests the potential for a divided self (two signs in the house
of self). Expansive Jupiter in that house may help explain his big body
(300 pounds at one point) and his equally big ego.
• At the same
time, Limbaugh’s Sun is in the 12th house. A perfect place for a radio
commentator. He can hide out there while he broadcasts to the world.
Limbaugh’s Moon is conjunct his North Node in Pisces in the second
house of personal resources. His mental-emotional (Moon) nature is
certainly Water controlled. Drugs and alcohol are natural challenges
His penchant for telling people to make their own way
is explained while he is fulfilling his destiny to make his own via the
second house placements.
• I almost forgot. Limbaugh has four
retrograde planets. For him, retrograde might be another name for
conservative, or ultra-conservative. Reactionary might be another
fitting label to put retrograde into political terms.
• One more
thing, to top it off. Note that Mr. Limbaugh has the sign of the
terrorist - Juno - very close to his Midheaven. That cigar can have
lots of uses.
Now, let’s look at transits:
As in the
outer world, there is a lot going on in Limbaugh’s life as suggested in
his personal transits - leading to chest pains and hospitalization just
before the New Year.
• Transiting Mars is conjunct Pluto in Leo
in the 7th. Limbaugh is a man of bombast and high energy and excess.
But, these two passing together add extra stress. They can be
energizing sometimes, explosive at other. Remember, Leo rules the heart.
The two oppose his natal Mars in the first. Dueling swords maybe. While
battling in the name of truth, justice and the American way, Limbaugh
is fighting himself especially in recent moments.
• He has
Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron along with the Black Moon transiting his
first house of self. Further stress just over his shoulder. The first
three - to the author’s view - are implicated in the swine flu epidemic
which has manifestations much wider and subtler than straightforward
• Rebellious, irregular Uranus has been transiting his North Node in
the 2nd house.
At the same time, his transiting North Node has been passing his natal
Sun in 12th. Prompting major shifts within his bodily frame. (The nodes
frame the body as well as the life as a whole.)
Saturn is transiting his natal Saturn in the 8th house. His second
Saturn Return. Quite likely, Limbaugh thought he was going to die with
all these energies beaming in on his large but finite frame and
persona. Saturn Returns are big deals. Affecting his 8th house makes
for a potentially lfe changing moment.
Rush Limbaugh is just a
mortal, whatever he may imagine or try to tell us. You and I can be a
little more than mortal by forgiving his rational and irrational
exuberance, human errs, and intolerances.
Why was his heart the focus of his problem? How come the
doctors told him “there is nothing wrong with your heart?”
very good questions. Most likely, Limbaugh was having a host of
symptoms at the time of his hospitalization. His heart (chest) was the
most important in his mind. (People go to doctors for all sorts of
problems, but head, heart, skin and genital problems get them to
medical attention much more quickly. The threat of death, derangement,
disfiguration and dysfunction can move even the toughest soul for help.)
is experiencing a focus of energies through Mars passing over natal
Pluto in Leo with transiting planets opposing which should have some
impact on his heart center.
In any case, he made his way to
medical care. Their tests did not discover any solid, tangible,
measurable changes in his body. Nothing had crystallized into organic
disease. Fortunate for him.
Medicine does not do well with discovering and explaining functional
problems. Which most of our ailments amount to.
was “wrong” except on an energetic level. But, it wasn’t wrong in any
case. Energy was meeting energy which we humans really are.
is what astrology is all about. Medical astrology is just another angle
on the same theme, for Rush Limbaugh and the rest of us humans.