McCarthy Fills Cantor’s Shoes

When Virginia’s Eric Cantor lost his primary contest to an upstart Tea Party candidate in early June, the political world erupted into a massive, hyperventilating fit from the shock. Establishment Republicans feared the complete demise of a GOP consumed by the bizarre, uncompromising, and self-righteous fringe. Immigration reform was declared dead, as pundits assumed Cantor’s support of this provocative issue the cause of his collapse. Needless to say, while the wailing and gnashing of teeth expressed the dismay of mainstream Republicans, those on the extreme right were ecstatic.

How ironic then that the man chosen to replace Cantor was Kevin McCarthy, a non-Tea Party conservative who also supports immigration reform and is seen as a generally nice guy and not a rabid ideologue.  Many wonder how the mild-mannered Californian will handle the high stress, demanding job of House Majority Leader. They may be in for a surprise.mccarthy

McCarthy was born on January 26, 1965, in the midst of the Uranus/Pluto conjunction, the astrological signifier of the transformative tumult of the 1960’s. Although his chart eases that intense knot of energy by placing it within a tight grand trine in earth signs, it is the extraordinary potency found in the chart’s progressions from 2014 through mid-2018 that is of particular interest. Moreover, the transits of both Uranus and Pluto in 2014 and 2015 will be further electrifying an already powerful mix.

In McCarthy’s chart, the Uranus (14Virgo13)/ Pluto (15Virgo56) conjunction is currently being crossed by both progressed retrograde Mars and converse progressed Mars. Progressed Mars is also crossing progressed Pluto, while converse Mars is also crossing converse Uranus. All of this is happening at 14-15 degrees Virgo. In addition, the converse Sun (15Sagitarrius) is squaring natal Pluto, converse Mars, and natal Uranus during the period from early 2014 through early 2016. What all of this suggests is that McCarthy will become increasingly and uncharacteristically aggressive and engaged in world-shifting power struggles from 2014 through mid-2018. Moreover, as transiting Uranus quincunxes these potentized degrees and transiting Pluto trines them during 2014 and 2015, we will see this already volatile energy pumped up on steroids. The first round of this has already transpired with transiting Uranus (sudden upsets and unexpected changes) activating the converse Sun square to converse and natal Pluto (power struggles and transformation) at exactly the time of the primary election and its immediate aftermath.

The next big trigger, again coming from transiting Uranus, will again activate converse Sun square Pluto during all of August, followed by transiting Uranus triggering progressed Mars conjunct progressed Pluto, converse Sun square to converse Mars, and converse Mars conjunct converse Uranus, from September 1 through October 3. This combination suggests an exceptionally combative, take-no-prisoners McCarthy will step up in September to push the House GOP agenda at that time. Given the recently announced scheme to “sue the president”, it is not hard to imagine we may see some of the drama from this conjured up fight played out at that time, conveniently a few months before the election.

The next big trigger of this extraordinary Mars/Sun/Uranus/Pluto configuration will come from January through June 2015, when transiting Pluto will trine and transiting Uranus will quincunx most of these overlapping progressions. McCarthy will again be at the top of his game and very aggressive, manipulative, and willing to push the envelope of accepted norms quite far (Uranus). There is also likely to be a great deal of frustration for him during much of the same period (January through April) with the Saturn station square to his natal Saturn (3Pisces57) and possibly conjunct his Moon at some point during those months (3 Sagittarius at noon, no birth time).

Although there are three progressions in McCarthy’s chart involving Mars that will continue through 2016, two into early 2017, and one all the way through July 2018, the final big trigger to these aspects comes at the end of 2015 from a trine by transiting Pluto. This suggests one of those end-of-the-year legislative hit squads attempting to push through very conservative legislation, with McCarthy very much in the midst of the brawl.  So much for that nice, affable guy from California.

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