New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing perhaps the toughest battle of his political career because of a scandal conducted by his aides to cause traffic jams in Fort Lee (the Mayor there did not support Christie in his last election), where several people are alleged to have died because emergency help could not get through. The lawmaker is facing a probe into those actions and if it is discovered he knew of his aides actions, he could be impeached or face criminal charges. Emails have been found implicating Cristie's Deputy Chief of Staff and a Port Authority official and a major abuse of power investigation begs the question; did Governor Christie know or condone the situation that deliberately caused the traffic problems.
Christie was born September 6, 1962 a practical Virgo with his Sun, Pluto and Mercury in this sign, and his Mars falls at 8 degrees of Cancer. He is considered a down to earth guy, overall.
If I had to sum up in one word, or rather two words what is happening in his chart right now, those words would be Uranus-Pluto! Uranus-Pluto is part of a grand cross that currently exists in his chart. A grand cross is a configuration that looks like an X. There are two 180 degree opposition and four 90 degree squares. A grand cross can bring major lifetimes change in an individual's chart. The planets involved in Cristie's chart are Mars(action), Mercury (communication and the media), Uranus (sudden-unexpected) and Pluto (power struggles/transformation).
I frequently write about the affects of the Uranus-Pluto square in an individual's chart, and many of those who call are under this influence these days, and perhaps some of those reading this blog are in this group. If so, you know who you are, and this is yet another public example of how powerful the Uranus-Pluto square really is and how events are bound to occur under this influence. If you have Cardinal planets (Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries) it is not a question of if your chart will be affected, it is only a matter of when.
At the time of this post (January 2014) Christie is coming under the beneficial rays of Jupiter sextiling his Sun, and over the next few months his Pluto and Mars. This planetary help goes through about April until Jupiter moves on and is no longer aspecting anything in his chart. Jupiter in a chart always bring a certain amount of protection. Venus goes direct at the end of January and this aspects his Sun as well in a favorable way.
By April 2014 he comes under the influence of Neptune and this is a woozy, confusing influence that has taken many a politician down. Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, lies and deception and scandal (often) in the case of a politician.
April-September 2014 will be a difficult period for Christie as Neptune forms a T-square in his chart, (another major configuration involving 3 planets). Neptune will conjunct Jupiter in his 7th house of partners, and this transit can being up confusion incidents around anyone he considers a partner-personal or professional. He may feel sorry for the wrong people, but it is not an aspect to trust! Partners may prove unreliable, untrustworthy, or impossible to deal with or may be involved in scandal, or involve him in scandal.
Neptune's T-square, conjuncts Jupiter and opposes Pluto, while squaring his moon which shows the population he governs and a lack of confidence or displeasure by the population.
We are at a disadvantage without his time of birth, therefore we do not know the degree of his moon in Sagittarius (or ascendant). It is possible Neptune is square his moon now, as the moon rules women and his Deputy Chief of Staff who instigated the affair is female. Using 12 noon as a birth time, his moon falls about 6 degrees placing Neptune's square to it in early spring. It's not a matter of if, only when.
Neptune begins its two year opposition to Pluto this spring, and this is a convoluted transit that is generational in nature and the native may feel discouraged, cheated, and sometimes we are surprised by the intensity of what lies in our own subconscious mind. Issues generally take many twists and turns before resolution and his issues will lie with those he considers partners. It's going to be a rough year.
For the past year and a half Neptune has been opposing Uranus from his house of partners and this transit generally ends with being disappointed by someone, and it appears this transit has played out exactly as it generally does.
It is not for me to accuse or pronounce a verdict of guilty or innocent. That is for others and political life always lends itself to those who will try.
Voters don't always have long memories though, and it's a long time before there is another Presidential election, since he is considered a contender for the Republican nomination. In terms of politics it's a century away.