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Personalities By The Planets

Radoslaw Sikorski

On the day I was born
All the nurses gathered round
To gaze in wide wonder
At the joy they had found.

The head nurse spoke up,
Said ‘Leave this one alone’ –
She could tell right away
That I was bad to the bone.”
— “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood*

“Bad” is a relative term. Depending on your politics, religion, or sensitivities, being radical, outspoken, opinionated, controversial, bold, impetuous, or passionate could make someone “bad,” or “good.”

Whether good or bad, Radoslaw Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister, certainly caused a stir on the day he was born.

Sikorski was born on February 23, 1963, (birth time unknown) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, with the Sun at 4* Pisces opposing Uranus at 3* Virgo. This aspect is the theme of Sikorski’s life: he is extremely independent, finds it hard to compromise his sense of self in order to harmonize with others, and clashes with others whom he finds to be domineering or controlling. But having the Sun and Jupiter in Pisces mellows the strident tone of this aspect and motivates him to apply these traits to securing justice for all.

Sikorski is motivated to advance the causes in which he believes by Mercury in Aquarius opposing Mars in Leo. This aspect gives him a very sharp mind, enabling him to read people’s motives accurately. He oozes self-assurance and is very outspoken about his values and opinions. It can make him seem intimidating or crude at times.

But combined with Venus sextile Jupiter, his Mercury-Mars aspect makes him a shrewd and sensitive, yet tough, negotiator – he knows exactly how to target his message to either hit his opponent’s soft spot or push their screaming-panic button, depending on the effect he wants to have in order to accomplish his objective. Even when he’s being “bad,” people are mesmerized by him.

The Venus-Jupiter sextile softens his rough edges, especially when dealing with the ladies or politicians whom he needs to woo. But this sextile reveals a deep need to increase justice for the downtrodden – with Saturn in Aquarius, he has a sense of stern responsibility to defend others. This Saturn influence, combined with Sun opposing Uranus, and Mercury opposing Mars, gives him the stamina to endure any amount of mudslinging or hardship to fight for what he feels is right.

His Achilles’ heel is the T-square formed by Mars 8* Leo opposing Saturn 16* Aquarius, squared by Neptune 15* Scorpio. He can be tempted to rationalize the use of unscrupulous tactics to further his passions and his own power, convincing himself that this is for the common good.

2017 is an important turning point for Sikorski. This can be seen not just from his own natal chart, but by comparing his chart to the chart for Poland. In late summer to early fall of 2017, Uranus will conjunct his progressed Sun at 28* Aries, and form a T-square to his natal Nodes at 27* Cancer-Capricorn. Jupiter at 27* Libra will oppose the Uranus-progressed Sun pair. This will be a time of a radical reorientation of his life, with unexpected events forcing him to change course. Jupiter will challenge him, but with the personal strength and passion indicated by his natal chart, he will see this as his opportunity to take a position of power, and he actively pursues it.

In Poland’s chart, for September 26, 2017, transiting Neptune 12* Pisces opposes natal Mars and transiting Mars, both at 13* Virgo, forming a T-square with the natal Moon 10* Gemini. The progressed Moon at 21* Gemini is opposed by transiting Moon and Saturn at 22* Sagittarius.

The Polish people see the need for a strong leader at this time. Aspects to Sikorski’s chart indicate that they see him as the man to provide that: transiting Moon-Saturn 22* Sagittarius trine progressed Moon-Saturn 21* Aquarius, and transiting Sun 3* Libra opposing his progressed Jupiter 3* Aries.

The hidden downside is that Sikorski’s natal Pluto is at the same position as Poland’s natal Mars in Virgo. In 2017, Neptune opposes them, and forms a T-square with Poland’s natal Moon. People may be disappointed with Sikorski’s performance later on, due to some unsavory circumstances.

*It is interesting to note that Mr. Sikorski and Mr. Thorogood share almost the same birthday: Mr. Thorogood was born on February 24, 1950.

Mary Schoeppel