Constitutional Astrology: Presidential Libras

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.

Libra (September 23 to October 22)

With autumn in full swing, so are the scales of Libra. Typically depicted by the Roman goddess of justice, Astraea, holding its scales, Libra is the sign of balance and truth. Is it possible that you’ve been a little judgmental lately? Perhaps a little unfair to someone? With Libra in your orbit during the next four weeks, there’s no better time to really think about how open and balanced you’ve been in your treatment of others recently. Perhaps reach out to the newcomer at work, and invite her to join you for lunch. Notice someone’s not getting a fair shake? Channel Libra, and say something.  In being fair to others, you’ll feel your entire outlook on life brighten up a bit.

And with all this talk of truth and justice, it’s no surprise that the federal judiciary was created during Libra’s reign. On September 23rd 1789, Congress adopted the Judiciary Act, creating the Supreme Court of the United States, which will begin its new term next week. The act outlined that the SCOTUS would consist of one chief justice and 5 associate justices, and be divided into districts and circuits. It also established the office of Attorney General.

Presidential Libras

  • Rutherford B. Hayes - October 4, 1822
  • Chester A. Arthur - October 5, 1829
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower - October 14, 1890
  • Jimmy Carter - October 1, 1924

No two presidents embody the essence of Libra’s pursuit of truth and honesty like Rutherford B. Hayes and Jimmy Carter. Although Hayes assumed the presidency under a cloud of suspicion for election fraud, he was widely known for his unwavering, non-partisan, straight and narrow disposition. He made it his mission to clean up Grant’s legacy of corruption in the White House, and in true Libra fashion he appointed a Democrat, who opposed his election, to his cabinet for balance.

Like Hayes, Carter was also known for his strong moral compass. The two men  shared the Libra-like reputation of strict honesty and idealism, and for a desire to bring decency back to the Oval Office. The epitome of the American dream, Carter was a peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia, turned Annapolis graduate, turned President of the United States–exemplifying the power of honest, hard work.

Chester A. Arthur is an interesting zodiac study to say the least. Early on in his life, he stayed true to his Libra roots, and was known for his honesty and for championing civil rights. Later, however, as he became more entrenched in politics, he fastened himself to the New York Republican machine and became an adept administrator of federal patronage, and the campaign funds and workers it provided. So adept in fact that a reformist President Hayes fired him from his position as New York Customs House Collector, the largest single source of patronage in the nation at the time. But when the assasination of President Garfield unexpectedly placed Arthur in the White House, he surprised everyone by leaving behind his machine past and himself becoming a champion of civil service reform. It’s said that until the day before he died, when he burned all evidence of past breaches of the public trust, he was regretful of his early political habits. In the end, his Libra imbued conscience was the victor after all.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, on the other hand, came and went with his reputation intact. He assumed the presidency as revered war hero and left office as one of the most popular living Americans.

All of these men show us that we all could benefit from being a little more like Libra. That fairness and truth are integral in the pursuit of happiness. So try a little more of it in your life, if you’re not already. Honesty after all, is said to be the best policy.

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

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