By: Brad Kronen
A most fateful and significant date in the life of security chief supreme, David Petraeus. Not only is November 9th the date when the 4 Star General submitted his resignation as Director of the CIA to the President of the United States, that day also marks the birth of the person who brought about the military leader's fall into disgrace, since the 9th of November is the birthday of Mr. Petraeus' mistress, Paula Broadwell.
Astrologically, being born during the 2nd week of November makes Ms. Broadwell a Scorpio, and she isn't the only one.
With his date of birth being 2 days prior to Paula Broadwell's, November 7th to be exact, the military commander who was laden with such high hopes which now have all been reduced to heaping piles of lost potential and regret was also born beneath the sign represented by both the Scorpion and The Phoenix of mythological legend.
Like Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus is a Scorpio as well.
The sex scandal between David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, which most assuredly stands to be one of the most notoriously incriminating of its kind of the 21st century, that is at present still unfolding with more and more stupefying intrigue and an ever growing cast of characters with each passing day, has at its core - 2 Scorpios.
Fascinatingly, the actions taken by these 2 Scorpios, both with others and amongst themselves, are being uncovered and thoroughly investigated not only while the Sun is currently placed in the same sign which both protaganists of this news making tryst were born under, but far more karmicly pertinent and cosmicly unsurprising, while The Lord of Karma, better known as the planet Saturn, is presently positioned in this same sign known for its emotional depth and extreme intensity.
Saturn – Society's Watchdog
Astrologically, each of the planets of our Solar System affect, or “rule” over particular areas of human life. Some heavenly bodies are associated predominantly with their positive influences over the residents of Earth. Others, like the ringed planet most especially, are known strictly for their negative traits. Saturn is considered to be the “Task Master” of the Solar System and rules over the most challenging aspects of human existence such as restriction, loss, hardship, and pain. But just as I teach that everything in the Universe holds both the Yin and Yang, or positive and negative energies of potential, I firmly believe the ringed planet is Mankind's greatest astrological teacher. Saturn reinforces its influences of difficulty in a most constructive manner through the most memorable of karmic learning tools otherwise known as “Life's Lessons Learned the Hard Way”.
Despite the utilization of such sobering teaching methods, along with bearing various dark and weighty titles of cosmic significance like “The Great Malefic” and “The Lord of Karma”, I personally view the influences of the planet Saturn very much like a societal watchdog for the residents of Planet Earth.
At any given moment, the ringed planet is positioned in one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac and takes roughly 2 ½ to 3 years to travel through each sign in its entirety. It is during those nearly 3 years of transitory travel through each Zodiacal sign that Saturn acts as a societal beacon for our world. The Great Malefic will take the unevolved traits of whichever sign it is positioned in at any given moment and will make them society's standards as to how we humans should NOT behave or act during the duration of its transitory visit through that particular sign.
This is very much the case with The Lord of Karma's current placement in the Heavens.
On October 6th, Saturn entered the sign of Scorpio and shall remain there for the next 2 ½ years until December 23rd, 2014. With Scorpio being the sign that rules over human sexuality and all things sexual, it stands to follow that over the next few years, the majority of newsworthy human trangressions will be of a Scorpionic nature.
In other words, the sex scandal is all the sinful rage these days.
Less than 2 weeks after The Lord of Karma's entrance into Scorpio, a sex scandal of truly shocking proportions emerged which grabbed the attention of the national press. It was revealed on October 18th that 30 years of never before seen reports of sexual misconduct were being released to the public for the first time occurring within the age old American institution of The Boy Scouts.
Non-Sexual Scorpionic Traits? Yeah, Right!
Earlier I mentioned how everything has the potential to tap into the Universal energies of Yin/Yang, Positive/Negative, Evolved/Unevolved. Keeping that cosmic theory in mind, a Zodiacal sign cannot be wholly focused on just one aspect of human life. Therefore, I regret to announce that the sign of Scorpio isn't concerned strictly with just matters of a sexual nature.
However, if one had to reduce the forces of Life which truly motivate this intense and most emotionally deep of signs down to a bare minimum, 2 come to mind. Intriguingly, both utilize Sex as a favored weapon of attraction: Power and Desire.
The Power of Attraction and The Attraction of Power
Scorpios have an inherent sense of Power and instinctively know who wields it and who doesn't. Intrinsically aware that Knowledge is one the greatest forms of Power, only the Scorpio's closest friends and family know a fair portion of who they really are. To the world the Scorpio doesn't know, they are enigmatic, mysterious, and unless allowed access, impossible to get to know.
Have a secret to tell that must be kept confidential at all costs? Tell a Scorpio, they'll literally keep it to the grave.
Mystery, Power, Secrets – Required traits for someone to be extremely well versed in if they want to head an institution like the CIA, and who better than a Scorpio like David Petraeus to do it.
Unfortunately, the Scorpio would encounter another of his kind who was so drawn to Power, her desire to be near it would be all consuming.
The Phoenix & The Flames of Desire
Most are not aware the sign of Scorpio has 2 astrological representations – the Scorpion and the Phoenix. Where many a Scorpion can be overcome by the force of Power, through either abuse or misuse, the mythological Phoenix is a creature which resurrects itself into re-birth by its ability to overcome the Flames of Desire.
Legend speaks of this other worldly bird being comprised of the very thing which takes its life – Fire. The winged creature can put up with its inherent fiery nature for just so long before extinguishing itself into a pile of disintegrated ash.
This mythological tale can be readily applied to those born beneath the sign of Scorpio. The Scorpio has an inherent awareness of the force of Desire early on in life, and knows that unless they utilize some form of control and inner strength, they'll be pulled down by their desires like a leaf in a whirlpool.
Unfortunately for Paula Broadwell, that Scorpionic inner awareness was absent.
A Sun That Didn't Know How To Set
In Astrology, when a planet has no aspects or inter-relation with any of the other planets, it is categorized as being “unaspected”. An unaspected planet is a force unto itself. Because it has no give or take by interacting with any of the other heavenly bodies at the time of a person's birth, an unaspected planet acts independently, and the traits associated with that planet behave on their own accord. Said another way, the unaspected planet operates over a person with a dynamic of influence that is seperate from the rest of the individual's personality as a whole.
Unaspected planets unto themselves are relatively uncommon, but amongst the residents of our Solar System, an unaspected Sun is truly quite rare. The Sun is astrologically considered a planet and because other heavenly bodies lie between the Earth and the Sun, namely Mercury and Venus, the center of our Solar System almost always is aspected to one or more of the other planets. Not only is an unaspected Sun extremely rare, by virtue of its uncommonness it is also considered to be a marking that is highly karmic as well.
On that fateful day of November 9th, Paula Broadwell's Scorpionic Sun was unaspected at the time of her birth.
The Sun astrologically represents an individual's ego or overall sense of Self. When a person is born with an unaspected Sun, their sense of self is either missing or dormant, causing some to seek a self identity by mirroring the strongest qualities they see in the personalities of others. But even though the Sun is unaspected, it still is very much present within an individual's psyche. Quite often, the traits of the sign the Sun is placed in at the time of a person's birth have a life of their own, almost as if that individual is comprised of 2 seperate entities: the Self that is unaspected and that which makes up the remainder.
Many times, the traits of a person's unaspected Sun will be triggered by another who has one of their planets in close aspect to it.
For Paula Broadwell, her Scorpionic sense of Self was triggered awake upon meeting a strong and enigmatic man of power whose Sun was a mere 2 degrees away from hers.
Meeting a high powered general who had access to much of the world's top secret information had an allure that must have been addictively intoxicating to a woman born with an unaspected Sun in Scorpio. With her Scorpionic sense of self ignited and awakened, Ms. Broadwell's attraction to the flames of Desire acted on its own accord, with nothing to subvert her from self immolation.
Hence, the unevolved Scorpionic traits of jealousy and over possessiveness are the very things that got Paula Broadwell caught, and exposed her affair with one of the most powerful military men in the world who had clearance to many of humanity's most highly classified secrets.
With the world being told of this secretive tryst between 2 Scorpios of such high repute and notoriety, the Lord of Karma is sending the rest of us an exemplary message during its transit through the sign of the Scorpion that no one is immune from the flames of Desire.
….Not even 4 Star generals.