Who is Joe Biden?

Scorpio 2020

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Joe Biden – Photo by Gage Skidmore – Wikimedia commons

Very soon we should know who the next president of the US will be. One of the contenders is Joe Biden. So what does astrology have to say about the kind of man he is? Pennsylvania is one of the US states that will be crucial in the outcome of the 2020 elections. Biden was born there, and he keeps mentioning the fact that he was born in Scranton. I am always reminded of an old song of Harry Chapin (included below) when I hear this. It’s amazing how many place names in the US are in songs, so they feel familiar to us. But back to the matter at hand. Joe is hoping that his connection with the state will help him to get votes there. Maybe it will, even though he left it when he was 10 years old.

What is Joe’s calling?

In my work as a vocational astrologer, I look at what people love to do. I think the Sun in the chart, and the aspects to it, show how each of us can shine in the world. What does the world want from us? What could the world ask of Joe and expect that he could do well? Thank heavens this time around, astrologers don’t have to argue about birth times, as Joe has one that seems to be reliable. Not that it matters much for this issue, as the Sun and the aspects will not be affected by a birth time.

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Natal chart for Joe Biden.

Scorpio Joe

Yes, it’s his month – he’s a Scorpio. If you read my Virgo 2020 post you’ll know that Scorpio is a sign that scores reasonably well with presidents, although it is not at the top when you measure who fought and won elections. But it is better than Gemini – Trump’s sign. The fact that elections are in Scorpio time is probably helpful to Joe, but nowhere near enough to necessarily give him a victory, as that is only a flavour of the day. And anyway, much of the voting has already taken place.

So who is Joe Biden?

He has the sign of Scorpio strongly featured along with the 12th house. Several presidents have had the Sun in the 12th house, including George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Jimmy Carter. That is a good placement for serving in an emotional way – attuning to the needs of the people and perhaps having a background of true faith. It should give a focus on compassionate leadership.

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Scorpio image from pxfuel

His Scorpio Sun has the added flavours of Mercury, Venus, Ceres, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune — that’s quite a list. To work well, he must be passionate about what he does, and he wants to compromise and bring people together by communicating. He really does want to cross the aisle. Scorpio is called to lead in an emotional way by digging down to the core of an issue. To fix the cause and not the symptom and to really make a difference. He is happy taking control.

The Jupiter flavour means he will have a talent for seeing the big picture and be a good political strategist, although this also gives him a ‘foot-in-mouth’ image of making gaffes, helped along by his Sagittarius ascendant. However, it is frequently the signature of a good analytical politician. If he believes in something, his vision could make it happen. Although he could be judgemental. And Scorpios can be sneaky, and very private. Seeing the real Joe is not so straightforward.

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Obama endorses Joe Biden – during their time together they clearly laughed a lot. A bromance it was often called! Biden’s tactile Taurus moon shows in many of their photos together. I can imagine that got him into trouble in this #metoo world. Photo Olivier Douliery

Leading and serving

He wants to have influence as a leader, and still serve. Obama has this too, but where Obama wanted practical results, with Joe it is more about creating a feeling. That can be tricky, however, it means he can really tune in to what the populace needs and wants. With that Uranian spark he is also an innovator, and a change-agent. Underneath I think he is quite a rebel! And he probably has some good ideas for the future, especially when it comes to the environment, and the rights of the disenfranchised.

Unlike his opponent, he is liberal in his views and is happy to work with people from all walks of life. This is what the world wants from him, however the question remains as to whether he could do all this. It’s a big ask. And it depends how conscious he is of his talents and his own life process. And, of course, whether voters give him the opportunity. I offered my thoughts on that in the Virgo post mentioned. It’s a tough call, as I think it really is a vote for the soul of America, and not about standpoints.

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris in 2020

Other talents

Normally I look to Venus to ascertain extra talents that someone might have, but with Joe there are no new ones, as his Sun and Venus are together. This is a major aspect of his chart. I think this shows a man happy to be in the spotlight in a Scorpio kind of way — perhaps the power behind the throne? — and one of strong moral values. Trust and loyalty will be very important to him. His life is one in which the values of decency, considering other people, and working together play a strong part. By all accounts he is a true diplomat as well as a natty dresser! I think many might underestimate him due to his ability to be ‘nice’.

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Joe Biden in his signature aviator sunglasses and one of his favourites – a dark blue tailored suit. photo Agnes Levine Flickr 2015.

Those children

Joe Biden has had a very sad life when it comes to his family. He lost his wife and young daughter just before Christmas the year he was first elected to the US Senate. He took his seat at the tender age of 30, just two weeks after the car accident that took their lives and left his two young sons in hospital. His son Beau died of cancer in 2015. He has two remaining children, one from his second marriage to Jill, Ashley, who is a social worker, activist and fashion designer, and the one in the news at the moment, Hunter.

Joe is dedicated to his family and is involved in his children’s and grand-children’s lives, so losing family members must have been especially painful to him. He has had his own health scares too, so he is living the true Scorpio life of ‘no highs without the lows.’ And that includes politically.

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The Biden extended family in 2011 photo DNC

Sons and fathers

Should fathers be responsible for their sons’ actions? Sometimes you’d think Hunter Biden was running for president. Hunter’s an Aquarian, so perhaps he should! (See my Virgo post) That probably makes him the one that goes his own way in the family, and that has got him into trouble sometimes, including fathering a child out of wedlock. In a Catholic family that could have been difficult, especially as he was taken to court to prove paternity. But of course, in the US, the accusations about the Biden family are about money.

Children in a chart

In a horoscope, the fifth house represents children. Joe has a Taurus Moon in this house, however the 5th house starts in Aries, which could mean that he can disagree with his kids. What he needs, is to have stability and financial security, and he has probably passed that need on to his children. I think this shows him as a solid ‘huggy’ parent. One who loves to do simple things with his family, such as enjoying nature or a good meal. Joe is now a wealthy man, but hasn’t always been so. Therefore he is likely to want his children to be financially secure too. Perhaps Hunter, who is also very wealthy, picked up this trait from his father.

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Joe Biden with his son Hunter – photo Reuters

Hunter Biden is not only an Aquarian, he is strongly Uranian too, probably making him the renegade in the family. He might have earned his fortune in a way that is less comfortable for Joe. They are very different in character and I can imagine they often argue about who is right! I wrote a post a while back about the sins of the fathers, which discussed Anders Breivik, where I asked: ‘… should fathers feel guilty about their children?’ I’m not so sure that children should be used as an election issue, particularly when the children are aged 50, as Hunter is! When should we stop being responsible for our kids?

The ages of man

This year Joe will turn 78, which, in the Huber Age Point system I use, means he will return to the 2nd phase of his horoscope. From 72 – 78, the system suggests we revisit age 0-6 — the me-centred phase — where we build our personality and image, and the second time around this is done with a more conscious will. Interestingly, Trump is in this phase.

From November 20th, 2020, Biden will repeat age 6-12, (78 is the new 6?) a time where we must learn to understand the real world. As this is the Taurus phase, in the older 2nd-time-around version we want to get finances under control and produce concrete results. He will certainly have to do that for the country if he wins!

Wishing the US a peaceful, fair and safe election.

Faye Blake

Interesting websites of the Month

An interesting article from 2013 on Joe Biden.

A fact check on Hunter – but who fact-checks the fact-checkers?

Joe the ice-cream guy

For balance – here’s my post on Trump

And one on Trump and Hillary Clinton, a very different contest.

Song mentioned above – Joe’s home town.

Quotes of the month

All from Joe Biden

“There used to be an old bad joke. I hope it’s not so much a good joke anymore. ‘Everybody’s from Scranton; no one’s in Scranton.”

“In this world, emotion has become suspect – the accepted style is smooth, antiseptic and passionless.”

“I used to stutter really badly. Everybody thinks it’s funny. And it’s not funny. It’s not.”

“Just talk to me as a father – not what the Constitution says. What do you feel?”

“In my heart, I’m confident I could make a good president.”

And my favourite …
“If I don’t run for president, we’ll all be OK.”

For astrologers

Joe Biden  – November 20, 1942, 8:30 am, Scranton, PA.

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