Vladimir Putin's Horoscope: Let's Talk
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
The current President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was born on October 7, 1952 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a Libra Sun with a Gemini Moon and Scorpio rising.
In his birth chart, an unusual cluster of four planets—including his Libra Sun—is tightly packed into the most enigmatic and secretive of the 12 astrological houses. This cluster of planets is called a “stellium,” and in astrology it means focus so intense and distilled it yields genius. This four-planet stellium is in Libra, the sign of politics and law.
Astrology shows Putin to be a deeply secretive, committed political genius. He worked 16 years for the Soviet Union’s intelligence agency, the KGB. That’s consistent with his rising sign Scorpio, which favors careers accomplished alone or in places hidden from view. Rising Scorpios make good surgeons, writers, plumbers, detectives, monks, morticians, chemists, and secret agents.
Putin left the KGB to enter politics, a better fit for his ambition.
Libra With Scorpio Rising and a Gemini Moon
Pluto in Leo, and a Teflon Moon
The volatile planet Pluto, creator and destroyer, governs Putin’s natal chart. His focused and commanding Plutonian nature is visible in his steely expression and the way he maintains his power. Under various titles he has led Russia since 1999. Keywords for a midheaven Pluto like his, in the sign Leo and precisely on the Moon’s South Node, include “cruel” and “predatory.” Pluto can also conjure whole new worlds from nothing. A very different personality also born with Pluto at the midheaven is the pop star Prince. He seemed to shift the universe. Some liken him to a god. Putin, a political superstar, shifts the universe from behind the scenes.
Of course Pluto is only one factor in Putin’s natal horoscope. A Gemini Moon makes Putin less rigid and more personable than he looks, and he likes to chat. This Moon placement also grants him the Gemini “Teflon” advantage: No accusation sticks. Yet his Moon is isolated, lacking even one link to any other planet in his chart. His emotional life is in a locked compartment, and you should know why.
But Isn't Libra About Peace and Harmony?
Putin’s grandmother was murdered and his soldier uncles killed in World War II. His father was grievously wounded. Two older brothers died young. The Soviet Union corralled and brutalized even its own people before and after the war, and Putin, born in its aftermath, grew up where no one feels like a winner.
Putin has been anti-communist since boyhood. A bratty kid, he decided in sixth grade to excel in studies and martial arts. In college he studied law. He is well qualified for his present job.
In a big surprise, Putin was appointed prime minister of Russia in August 1999, under a solar eclipse that cast its long shadow from Britain to Bangladesh. He became Russia’s president in 2000 and again in 2004. In 2008 he had a friend elected president and then switched jobs with him, sidestepping a two-term limit. He won elections in 2012 and 2018. Presidential terms are now six years long and Putin can duck the two-term limit by changing his title. (Who will tell him no, or call for his impeachment?) His leadership coincides with bloody conflicts in states ruled before 1989 by the Soviet Union: the Ukraine, Georgia, the Crimea. Russia wants them back because they are oil- and mineral-rich.
Opposition leaders and critics have died or been murdered in mystifying ways.
Aren’t Librans lovers of peace and harmony? The fact is that astrology has ignored Libra’s judgmental side. Librans love or hate based on their knack for judging. Negative Librans put everyone on trial. Your local Libran co-worker gossips about pilferers or slackers, but to “keep the peace” will not report them to the boss. For household “crimes” such as leaving a glass on the kitchen counter, they dole out “justice” or demand “atonement,” aggressively or with the silent treatment. They define what crimes and justice are. Other factors in a chart show whether this behavior is potentially malignant.
Given Putin's backstory, we can safely say he's pitiless, but his face is sad; Putin doesn't grin like Stalin. He'd prefer not to kill. But he'd say it's about keeping the peace.
Putin Knows You're Reading This
Politics, beset by history and special interests, will draw out any Sun sign’s shadow side, each sign expressing it differently. Putin’s Libra Sun is coupled for life with slow, weighty Saturn. Putin’s self and soul are invested in a long-term plan that is not pretty but practical, and he intends to realize it through the Libran domain of politics.
Putin’s Mercury, planet of the mind, aligns with Neptune, planet of dreams and prophecy, so his dream isn't about bankrolls; it's a vision. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un raves about his own greatness. Putin is equally vain, having Venus in the house of self, but doesn’t rave. He speaks and acts rationally. He understands, for example, that the European Union is not his enemy but essential to Russia’s economy.
Yes, he once ran around shirtless, but do not underestimate this man. Pluto at a chart’s midheaven signals an unusually potent character. His term in office was and will be successful in ways we can hardly imagine. Program bots to send inflammatory messages to rig a U.S. election—really? Yes, really. Some Russian hacker, maybe Edward Snowden, knows you are reading this right now.
Black Moon Lilith, a troubling astral body, appears in Putin’s chart within five degrees of Pluto and is in fact closer than Pluto to the chart’s midheaven. Lilith exposes our inner sociopath (we all have one). Putin’s drives for power and secrecy seem at odds, but those two traits combined are useful when dealing with greed and corruption, which repel Putin not at all. Pluto governs any kind of underground. Here is where the predator kicks in.
Why Capitalists Love Putin
Mars, source of energy, is in Putin’s astrological house of money and possessions. Money is not his object but a means to an end. While the Soviet Union was crumbling and capitalists snatched up formerly nationalized industries such as oil and gas—sources of energy—Putin saw how it pays when politicians and capitalists are friends. Running a country rich in oil and the world’s largest reserves of natural gas attracts those moneyed enough to visit Moscow and say hello. President Trump on his visit to North Korea made Kim agree to let Russia build a pipeline through his country, for a price. Win-win!
Putin hands out money and favors like baby pacifiers to folks who think money is the most important thing. He knows better. While they pocket their money, and he pockets his, Putin is envisioning ever-expanding power, meaner armies, a Russian darknet, while the one percent is counting its windfall and yelling to Alexa.
You’ll notice the president of Russia doesn’t travel much, considering his Mars in Sagittarius and Gemini Moon, but he’s sensitive to travel stress, shown by the planet Uranus in Cancer in aspect to his Libran stellium. People come to him, anyway. He’s like a spider in the center of a web. He’s the master of the game.
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