An article in Forbes, 12 Leadership Qualities of an Often Overlooked President, discusses John Adams and his leadership style — https://goo.gl/QqgKRn.
John Adams was not the most popular president, but he had an impeccable work ethic, clear vision and persistent drive that no one denied was genuine. He was considered to be an authentic leader who believed in government, law and education. He also believed in doing the right thing and fighting for what was right. He always sought common ground with his adversaries. He was a master at bringing a unified force to most any situation. He’s not the most celebrated president but he might be the most respected as a leader.
The million dollar question is how do the current list of candidates compare to John Adams? Do we even want someone like John Adams in this political climate? How would he as one of our founding fathers handle the today’s political chaos? It’s important to get focused and clear on our expectations for the role of President. Perhaps a good start is to write a job description to use as a guide during the selection process.
Vacancy Announcement – President of the United States (based on President John Adams)
We are currently conducting a nationwide search for a strong Leader with clear vision and integrity to serve the United States over the next 4 years. To be considered you must clearly demonstrate a sound track record of authentic leadership, commitment to beliefs, sacrifice for others and honesty. A job description for the President might read something like this:
- Excellent communication, i.e., speaking, listening, writing. Includes interpersonal and connecting with others.
- Value education in self and country. Naturally curious. Never stops learning.
- Honest/Ethical – strive for excellent reputation
- Recognize weaknesses
- Ready to serve the country. Sacrifice whatever necessary.
- Persistent – don’t give up
- Does the right thing and fights for what is right regardless of popularity.
- Demonstrates ability to commit and follow through no matter how hard.
- Believes in basic human rights for all, i.e., life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
John Adams chart
How does John Adams’ natal chart compare to this description? There’s a Neptune Uranus opposition, a generational aspect. However, it conjuncts the MC-IC which makes it a driving force in his life. His vision, dream and sacrifices he made (Neptune) for freedom (Uranus) must be carried out into the world.
His belief about the world was formed early, Jupiter is in Capricorn in his 4th house. His father demanded he go to college to study law. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, brings a strong sense of morality and ethics to the outer world in the 9th house of higher education and justice. With Saturn in opposition to Mercury in Scorpio, it was mandatory for him to be well read, educated and smart. He was viewed as an intellectual as was his wife.
His chart shows a mutual reception (MA Libra and Venus Scorpio) which disposes the entire chart. Each planet is in the other’s sign that it rules, not an easy mutual reception to balance. He encountered many difficult and challenging people where he had to argue his point relentlessly in order to persuade people to meet him half way. With Mars in his 1st house, he would fight for what he believed to be fair (Libra). He fought for basic human rights for the country.
Venus shows the intense people and situations he encountered. As an attorney, he accepted an unpopular appointment to defend British soldiers. He accepted the role because he believed in law and that everyone was entitled to a fair trial. As a representative from Massachusetts in the Continental Congress, he argued, debated and eventually persuaded the majority of states to vote for independence.
Armed with our John Adams inspired job description, how do the current roster of candidates compare? First, Donald Trump would be making a career change to become President. Does he have transferrable skills for this role? What about his innate talents? Who is this man anyway? We all feel we know the public Donald Trump, but is that the real Donald?
His chart shows a number of significant stand outs such as Mars on his Leo Ascendant and SU, UR, NN in Gemini in the 10th house. This suggests a very strong, unique approach to leadership. This is someone who must be in charge, make his own decisions and fight to defend them. Does this indicate he’s a great leader? What other leadership qualities does the chart show? Does he view leadership as an opportunity to serve the country as President Adams did?
No one would argue the powerful placement of his Mars in Leo on his Ascendant. We watch as he hammers away at any and all adversaries. His 10th house Sun sends instructions to the warrior planet to guard his reputation and authority by openly attacking those who disagree. With Mars on the Ascendant, he wants to come out on top in any confrontation.
The trine from Jupiter to Uranus, NN and the Sun exudes confidence, optimism and tremendous faith in himself. On the negative side, it’s all-knowing with a refusal to listen to differing points of view. Who does he turn to when he needs advice?
A challenging placement in his chart is Saturn conjunct Venus. Saturn is in detriment in Cancer and exerts tremendous pressure on Venus to work and earn her keep. Venus must prove her worth through success. The problem with proving your worth is that it becomes a trap. Feeling worthy starts within so if this is the case with Trump, he’ll never satisfy himself by looking externally. This pattern fits the addict who needs more and more to feel satisfied. It doesn’t help that Venus rules his MC.
The only planets he has in feminine signs are intercepted in Cancer in the 11th house. The rest of his chart shows extraverted, masculine energy. Mars in Leo on the Ascendant suggests a strong macho persona. Chances are good that for whatever reason, the childhood environment did not support or acknowledge the outward expression of his emotional needs. Of course those needs don’t simply vanish. They become internalized through the interceptions. Does this mean there’s a softer side to Trump that is reserved for those closest to him or does he deny his emotional needs and project them onto others? Perhaps he has mastered the art of emotional control which would be one approach to working with this dynamic. No doubt he connects with his followers on an emotional level. They claim they feel left out, overlooked and rejected, all typical responses to Saturn conjunct Venus in Cancer in the 11th. In short, their needs have been denied and they become the recipients for Donald’s projections. What message of hope and inspiration does he have for the people who don’t relate to this?
Mercury’s job as dispositor of Gemini is to help the Sun carry out its mission. Therefore, communication is key to advancing Donald’s reputation. Mercury also rules the 11th house from its intercepted position in Cancer. Neptune in the 2nd house squares Mercury. Neptune represents our dreams and illusions. Neptune allows us to escape reality and visit the make believe land of our imagination. In challenging aspect to Mercury, Neptune brings an intoxicating influence to the planet of communication. In a jam? Here’s a great story that will blow everyone away. It works like a charm in any type of sales situation because the person doing the selling is able to intuitively connect with what the prospective buyer wants to hear. He can magically paint a picture with words that is so believable and convincing, the potential buyer feels he’s part of the story. Mercury supports the overall mission of the 11th house by saying whatever is necessary to gather support for the overall agenda of the Sun. Trump’s strength is negotiating and acquiring large deals that bring in enormous amounts of money. His vision for doing so is likely very strong. Does this make him qualified to step into the role of President?
None of Trump’s natal planets fall in earth signs which in itself indicates an out of balance chart. The lack of earth is a possible red flag that needs to be addressed. Planets in earth help ground the rest of the chart and point to a focused, committed and responsible individual. They sometimes point to a strong desire to serve in meaningful ways.
Any chart is a valuable tool to use during the vetting process. It helps the interviewer understand which direction to take with the conversation. Important points to explore are his beliefs about the world and to understand his highest vision for the country. How does he resolve differences? Who does he turn to for advice? Who are his role models? What is his mission in life? How will he as President carry out his mission? How does he relax and take care of himself? How important is education and should it be made affordable? How ready is Donald Trump to step into the role of President and serve the people of the United States?
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