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Politically Charged: The Astrological Compatibility of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden

Colin Bedell

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With Politically Charged, a monthly column by QueerCosmos astrologer and Well+Good Changemaker Colin Bedell, you’ll get a look at what’s happening where the political and astrological spheres converge. Read more stories from Politically Charged

Who would have thought that after Senator Kamala Harris said, “That little girl was me…” to former Vice President Joe Biden during a June 2019 Democratic primary debate, the two would team up, and she would become the the first South Asian and Black woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket? Well, it may not be so surprising—as far as the astrological compatibility of Harris and Biden is concerned, at least. Senator Harris’s Gemini rising sign stands at in polar opposition to Biden’s Sagittarius rising, and, perhaps her speaking her truth to Biden’s Sagittarius candor-loving heart during that debate sealed the deal.

Though not the first Black woman to be nominated for this position (Charlotta Bass was the 1952 Progressive Party nominee), Harris is the first on a major party ticket—and the very notion of firsts and leadership is embedded within Harris’ astrology. Born on October 20th, 1964, at 9:28 a.m. in Oakland, California, Harris took her first breath under the Aries full moon. Aries is the first sign in the zodiac, and it only shines under Libra season. Aries and Libra are two of the four cardinal signs, which gives their people extraordinary leadership potential and bravery in breaking the status quo.

As a Libra sun—the sign of the balanced scales and, of course, the universal symbol for jurisprudence—it makes all the astrological sense that Harris pursued a career in law. She passed the California bar exam in 1990, just before her first Saturn return—a pivotal astrological phase when the universe tasks a person between 28 and 30 years old with existential challenges that essentially force them to grow up—and became a prosecutor, kicking off her complicated relationship with the criminal-justice system.

For context, Rodney King was a victim of police brutality by Los Angeles county police department officers in 1991. And in 1992, when all four police officers involved were acquitted of charges, riots in Los Angeles began while Saturn was in Aquarius. These demonstrations confronted the realities of police brutality, specifically its implications on Black people in America. California law-enforcement policies—where Harris has served in a number of California public offices including attorney general—disproportionately impacted Black people, and still do: “Their incarceration rate remains more than five times their share of California’s population,” The Los Angeles Times reported in 2019.

So how does the history of Harris’ first Saturn return factor into her second, happening during a Saturn transit in Aquarius from December 2020 through March 2022? When Saturn returns to the exact position of our natal chart, it’s presumed that our work will be validated or deeply complicated by this task-master planet, which demands integrity and accountability.

With that in mind, it would make sense that Harris’s values could undergo a renewal. She may change her stances on prison reform and criminal-justice reform from her first Saturn return in light of the current uprising of the Black Lives Matter movement. After all, if this year has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is forever—especially views that aren’t life-sustaining or promoting of greater equity for all. Given that Harris’s Aries moon means she doesn’t cling to the past, there’s great opportunity for rebirth of ideas and updated policies; after all, heart-centered Aries has “no past” as the first sign in the zodiac.

The synastry—an astrology term describing the comparison between charts—of Harris and Biden shows compelling potential for a fantastic partnership.

This “eyes toward the future” headspace factors into the astrological compatibility of Harris and Biden. Their synastry—an astrology term describing the comparison between charts—shows compelling potential for a fantastic partnership. Both Biden and Harris have sun-moon oppositions, because they were each born under a full moon. Biden’s transformative Scorpio sun opposes his stable Taurus moon (while, as a reminder, Harris’s Libra sun opposes her Aries moon). When two polarity signs come together, they have an opportunity to move beyond dilemma and paradox into a place of unity and win/win situations for all parties.

As the country becomes increasingly polarized, Biden and Harris, are an apt team to put in charge. Each of their charts show they are programmed to handle diametric tensions, find ways to amplify voices that have long been silenced, and ensure those who need support most are heard. The result? We may find more of the shared humanity to connect us all.

The transiting nodes of fate, active in both Biden’s and Harris’s charts, also support this work. The north node, which represents our fate, is in Gemini, the ruler of Harris’ rising sign. And the south node, representative of our lessons, is in Sagittarius, which rules Biden’s rising sign. These polarity signs ask us to detail the intricacies of the circumstances that need to change while living from a vision of what’s possible.

When interviewed in 2009 by the SF Gate, Harris’s cardinal energy shined when she said her motto is, “you may be the first, but make sure you’re not the last.” If elected—as the first in so many respects—the astrological compatibility of Harris and Biden, combined with the “renewal” energy of Harris’s second Saturn return, shows potential to strike many positive and effectual “firsts” in a county that needs healing and peace.

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