Rob Ford – Power, Addiction, and the Nodes of the Moon
Rob Ford’s astrology chart is a striking example of the power of the lunar nodes and their most dramatic manifestation – solar and lunar eclipses – to wreak havoc in the lives of those whose charts they strongly influence.
The nodes of the Moon – Rahu and Ketu – are the two points where the orbit of the Moon around the Earth intersects with the plane of the ecliptic, the plane created by the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The nodes are used in both Western and Vedic astrology, but their meanings are totally different in the two systems. The meanings ascribed here are from the Vedic system.
There does not seem to be any official recorded birth time for Rob Ford, although a search of the internet shows a time of 4:00am on May 28, 1969. This is most likely a time given from memory by himself , a relative or close friend. But the chart for that time does not show any correspondence with his life. But if the time is shifted back only 15 munutes to 3:45am, everything falls into place.
This gives a chart with sidereal Pisces rising with Venus and Rahu (the north node of the Moon) in the 1st house, and the Moon, Ketu (the south node) and Jupiter opposite these in the 7th house in Virgo. The Moon, Venus and Jupiter, who all influence the 1st house – the physical body – are all ‘kapha’ type planets in Ayurvedic terms, and tend towards an overweight body. Having all 3 kapha planets strongly influencing the 1st house and 1st lord Jupiter, his weight problem is difficult to control in the extreme!
The Moon, planet of public involvement, aspects the 1st house, and associates with Jupiter, who is the lord of the chart (representing Ford himself), and of the 10th house of career – a clear indication of career involving the public.
Benefic Venus, who is exalted in Pisces, is the lord of the 3rd house of younger siblings, and its location in the 1st house shows the positive involvement of RF’s younger brother Doug in his political career. Venus also forms Malavya Yoga from both the ascendant and the Moon, indicating great success in career. The Moon and Jupiter, as lords of the 5th, 1st, and 10th houses form two Raja (royal) yogas, further indicating success in career.
Rahu, the north node of the Moon, sits in the 1st house and is associated with great ambition and desire for poser – clearly the case in Ford’s life. But Rahu is also known for a tendency towards addictions and phobias, a trait that is magnified by Rahu’s influence on the Moon (the instinctive mind), and Jupiter, the lord of the chart.
Ketu, the south node of the Moon, is very close (less than 1° away) from Jupiter, the lord of the chart, and as such has a very powerful influence on Ford. Ketu is highly unstable in nature, and can be duplicitous and prone to violence. RF’s angry, misogynistic and homophobic tirades, and his repeated denials of any kind of problem with addictions, is a clear indication of Ketu’s powerful influence.
Addictions usually involve the 8th house and / or its lord, and the Moon. In Ford’s chart, the lord of the 8th house is a very powerful pleasure-seeking Venus, who sits in the 1st, associates with the addictive Rahu, and aspects the Moon and 1st lord Jupiter. The 8th house is aspected by a debilitated malefic Saturn from the 2nd house, which rules eating and drinking habits. All of these factors combine to show a personality tending strongly towards addiction, excess, and bad eating and drinking habits.
These aspects are so strong and so firmly entrenched in his basic nature that it is unlikely that Ford will be able to ‘conquer’ his addictive tendencies with a short stay in rehab. It will be a life-long struggle for him, and will require much time and effort to manage in even a minimally effective way.
But why is this situation come to a crisis level at this time? For the last more than 2 years, malefic Saturn has been transiting sidereal Libra, which is RF’s 8th house of addiction and scandal. Not only that, but Rahu, planet of addictions, has also been transiting his Libra 8th with Saturn for the last 1 ½ years. The Saturn influence is critically important as he is currently in a 19 year Saturn dasha (life cycle). The influence of the 8th house became even stronger in early February when he started a 3 year sub-cycle of Venus, the lord of the 8th house.
For timing considerations, the secondary and tertiary progressed systems can also be quite useful. Presently, secondary progressed (P2) Venus is almost exactly conjuct his natal Mars, inflaming his 8th house addictive tendencies, and the P2 Moon is shortly coming into an exact square with the P2 nodes of the Moon, amplifying their negative linfluence on his emotional mind.
Another striking trigger was the transit of 8th lord Venus over natal Rahu at 3:20pm on WednesdayApril 30th, the very time the scandal was breaking.
But the eclipses raise the crisis to a whole new level. The most dramatic of these is the eclipse of the Sun that occurred on Tuesday April 29th at 2:17am. This eclipse was located at 14 Aries 08. RF’s P2 Saturn was at 14 Aries 09! And the fact that he is in a Satrun life cycle is the icing on the cake, so to speak. It was RF’s drunken rant (debilitated Satrun in the 2nd house of food and drink) that triggered the crisis.
On Thursday May 1st at 2:00am, the Sun came into exact opposition to an eclipse of the Sun that happened last November 3rd at 16 Libra 44. This opposition and the P2 Saturn / solar eclipse conjunction are both on his 2nd / 8th house axis of drinking, addiction and scandal.
In addition, there was a pre-natal eclipse of the Moon at 19 Pisces 00 about 8 weeks before he was born, and at the time the scandal broke, transit Pluto was squaring this eclipse point from 19 Sag 27, and transit Uranus was conjuncting it at 20 Pis 02. Pre-natal eclipses ‘sensitize’ points of the zodiac at which they happen, and when progressed or transiting planets closely conjunct, oppose or square these points, distressing events can happen in a person’s life.
Ford will be in a Saturn – Venus life cycle until April 2017. But the fact that there will be eclipses at 20 Pisces and 19 Virgo next October and April, affecting the very sensitive points mentioned above, more than ensure that Ford’s life will be ‘colorful’ to say the least, for quite some time to come.