The media has been having an orgy, feasting on the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. Does astrology show our obsession with him? Of course.
Kennedy’s South Node in his 9th house closely conjoins the U.S. Sun. Judith Hill says in her book, The Lunar Nodes, that the Sun entity (the U.S. in this case) “…may cause you grief or trouble at some point. Or sometimes they drain you.” This seems appropriate, if understated, for Kennedy. Obviously he would not have been killed had he not been president of the U.S.! Hill also suggests that “It can be a karmic bond.” For us, the country as a whole, Kennedy as a South Node person seems to be someone that strikes us to the core; we don’t seem to be able to let go of him. Since the Nodes are diametrically opposed, those who want to know more about his position (North Node) or his at times creepy lifestyle (South Node) are both fascinated.
The natal connection existed for a long time. But why is it gaining momentum now? Not all anniversaries are celebrated. Transiting Pluto is within a degree of conjoining JFK’s natal North Node in Capricorn, dredging up his past. To once again quote Judith Hill on this combination, “Pluto brings very deep, intense energy… Some individuals may experience an enhancement of personal powers… Your dharma may be pointed out…” And Pluto can be obsessive.
Of course, these are just a few of the many connections between Kennedy’s horoscope, the U.S. chart and current transits. One symbol that I like is his Mars in Taurus conjunct his 8th house, representing the eternal (Taurus) flame (Mars) at his gravesite (after death – 8th house), being activated now by the transit of Saturn in Scorpio.
But enough already! Let’s put this guy to rest.
There have been a lot of books lately on the Nodes. I haven’t read them all, but I highly recommend Judith Hill’s excellent book, The Lunar Nodes (Stellium Press, 2009). It describes eastern, western and contemporary approaches, natal placements and transits. She really speaks from her own and client’s experiences. It has a great Table of Contents and Bibliography though unfortunately no Index. Buy it at Amazon.com: The Lunar Nodes: Your Key to Excellent Chart Interpretation