Harry S. Truman, President of the USA from 1945 to 1953, lived The American Dream. He was no Ivy League graduate. In his youth he attended High School and some evening classes at a local School of Law. His farmer parents were unable to finance 4 years of college. Harry Truman's first jobs included timekeeper, bank clerk and farm worker. He joined the National Guard in 1905, and when the USA entered World War 1 Truman was promoted to Captain and served in France. After the war he and a friend opened a haberdashery store, which failed in the recession.
Harry S. Truman's political career began after serving as judge in County Court from 1922.
In 1934, a Democrat, he was elected to the US Senate. By 1944, he was nominated to run as Vice President for Franklin D. Roosevelt. 82 days after being sworn in as VP, President Roosevelt died unexpectedly. President Harry S. Truman became the USA's 33rd president on 12 April 1945. At the time, the new President told reporters, "I felt like the Moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me."
Below is his natal chart (centre ring), along with a chart for Washington DC on 12 April 1945 (outer ring). He was born 8 May 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. Time of birth according to Astrotheme was 4pm.
Astrology can be seen in action here!
Transiting Uranus, planet of unexpected change was at 10 Gemini, exactly conjoining Truman's natal Saturn - planet of career, laws, authority. Transiting Saturn at 5 Cancer conjoined natal Venus at 3 Cancer. It is well documented by his personal letters that he hated being separated from his beloved wife and daughter - Saturn conjoining Venus seems to reflect the future in this regard, for they were often separated by his demanding duties as President: Saturn= career/status restriction, affecting Venus = love, harmony, relatedness.
Truman's natal Mercury(communication) and natal Pluto (transformation and sometimes death) are at 00 and 01 Gemini - an eery reflection of the nightmare in his future. It was his word (Mercury) which gave the order, late in World War 2 after victory in Europe, for the dropping of atomic bombs (Pluto) on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese cities devoted to war work. Hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, immediate and eventual were the result. Japan had refused to surrender, but after this surrender quickly followed.
President Truman made that difficult and frightening decision. He always stood by it. Whether it was right or wrong is not for us to judge. We cannot know for how much longer the Japanese would have continued to fight, or how many Americans and allies would have died at their hands, and in their prison camps. In my own humble opinion we ought not to even set ourselves up as judges. The only thing we, in the 21st century, should be doing is trying to ensure that nothing comparable ever needs to happen again.
The USA's 33rd president led his nation through the final stages of World War II and early years of the Cold War. He vigorously opposed Soviet expansionism in Europe and sent U.S. forces to turn back a communist invasion of South Korea. He wiped out segregation in the military, expanded the Social Security program initiated by President F.D. Roosevelt.
He also brought in a Fair Employment Practices Act, and a public housing and slum clearance program, a higher minimum wage; these became known as his "Fair Deal". President Truman was determined that his nation’s growing economy would provide increased opportunities for all Americans, particularly those with low incomes.
"The buck stops here", and "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" are President Truman's words, still often quoted some 60 years on.
As the cover of this DVD declares, he was "A simple man. A Legendary President."