"As Fontaine says somewhere in there, 'Each man is three men: What he thinks he is, what others think he is and what he really is.'"Those lines are spoken by Christopher Leiningen (Charlton Heston) in the movie Naked Jungle. He purports to quote from Jean de la Fontaine, but I've been unable to pinpoint exactly where Jean de la Fontaine, a famous 17th century French poet who specialised in writing fables, actually wrote that sentence. A much later individual, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French critic journalist and novelist is quoted as follows:
Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.Whether Karr was inspired by Fontaine, parodied something he found within a Fontaine fable, or whether Fontaine has been wrongly credited remains a mystery (to me anyway).
What brought me to these ponderings was a blog post at Daily Grand and Sundry (C) identifying "The Three Men of Obama". The blogger does so with accompanying photographs - go see!
I saw an opportunity, as an exercise, to identify Obama's "3 men" from his natal chart. Here goes:
What others think he is
In astrology the "lens" through which a person is seen/and sees the world is represented by the sign and degree rising over the horizon at time of birth. If Astrodatabank has the accurate time, taken from the President's birth certificate: 7:24 PM - Aquarius was rising, at around 18 degrees = 2nd decanate of Aquarius ruled by Gemini. Through this lens he is seen as intellectually sharp, a humanitarian, a good communicator (from the Gemini decanate), somewhat inflexible/stubborn (Aquarius is a fixed sign).
The ascending degree is in challenging square aspect to Neptune in Scorpio which adds a hint of secrecy from Scorpio, and illusion/delusion from Neptune to the perception of this man both from his perspective and ours.
What he actually is, the core of the man is represented by the sign in which Sun was found at time of birth. In Obama's case: Leo, around 12 degrees - second decanate - the Sagittarius decanate.
Leo is a Fixed sign, as is his Aquarius ascendant, so an additional indication of inflexibility and a stubborn streak. Mercury (his mental processes), Uranus (ruler of his ascending sign) and North Node of the Moon (a sensitive point in the chart) are all also in Leo, adding very strong emphasis to everything Leo represents.
A straight Leo Sun (i.e. with no conflicting aspects) indicates a person of well-developed ego, sometimes tending towards narcissism or egocentricity, a strong urge to lead or be prominent in some sphere. There's a kindliness and general brightness in the Leo personality too, and Leo's link to children/family (via the 5th house connection) can mean that his children represent, to him, an extension of himself.
The Sagittarius "flavour" of Obama's Leo Sun, coming from Leo's 2nd decanate, adds a love of freedom, urge to "get away from it all" (via travel or vacation), and a tendency to exaggerate.
His Sun, Mercury, and ascendant are all challenged by a square (90 degree) aspect from Neptune at 8 Scorpio. In astrology Neptune has the reputation of manifesting as illusion, delusion, fogginess. In Scorpio there's an element of secrecy, passion/sex involved too. This challenging aspect could skew Leo's clarity considerably, bringing about a definite "delusion of grandeur" effect, not upheld by fact, and an element of secrecy pervading everything.
What he thinks he is
If Astrodatabank's time of birth for Obama is accurate, his natal Moon (his inner self) was in Gemini's first decanate (pure Gemini). Gemini is a Mutable sign - he sees himself as far more flexible than his Sun and ascendant indicate. His inner core sees himself as a brilliant and clever communicator, able to fit within any environment....chameleon-like, in fact. In Obama's chart his core outer self's Leo Sun and Mercury are challenged by that square aspect from Neptune, his inner self, his natal Gemini Moon is in quincunx (150 degree) aspect to Neptune in Scorpio. Quincunx is an uncomfortable aspect between two incompatible signs, Gemini and Scorpio - first decanate of both, so pure Gemini and pure Scorpio, the clever communicator and the illusional, prone to secrecy Scorpio Neptune, itch and scratch within his inner core.
Similar indications of delusion/illusion and secrecy apply to what he thinks he is, what he really is and what others think he is.