It’s easy to forget in all the fuss about the youngest ever congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that her main asset is her mind (Mercury on the MC). Her evisceration of the campaign finance laws this week demonstrated her razor sharp intelligence and ability to get to the heart of an issue fast. She is not just young, charismatic and dedicated, she is brilliant.
AOC is a member of the “Berlin Wall” generation, born with a triple conjunction of revolutionary Uranus, practical Saturn and idealistic Neptune in Capricorn. These folks were born within a tight period, November 1988 through February 1991, when Saturn was last in Capricorn, and the Wall came down. They are all having their Saturn Returns — watch out world because this crew means serious business.
But in AOC’s case, this conjunction opposes Jupiter, her chart ruler, in patriotic Cancer. Indeed her Jupiter conjoins the USA’s Sun.
Her chart is dominated by a Cardinal Grand Cross. Now this configuration is really tough, and it can stop you from getting anywhere in life as you are pulled in different directions. Getting a balance can be almost impossible, but if you can find that harmony, you are unstoppable.
Last year, as AOC transformed from bartender to congresswoman, Saturn was activating that entire Grand Cross.
AOC is, of course, a Libra Sun, one of the most political signs, the sign represented by the scales of justice. Indeed she is a warrior for justice, with fiery Mars in Libra on her Midheaven.
Of course, Mars conjunct Mercury in Libra would be likely to give you a sharp legal mind, and a powerful ability to argue. This is balanced by her fiery Moon in Aries right on her IC. Her mother is probably quite a woman. Mars at the top of the chart is brave, and so is Moon in Aries. AOC has had to do battle to get where she is right now. She’s sacrificed a huge chunk of privacy to achieve her goals so far.
Her Instagram feed about her first week in congress was a pioneering piece of public communication — classic Aries Moon opposite Libra Mercury. She made us all feel as if we were right there with her.
I have looked at two other clients charts this week with Moon-Pallas conjunctions — and interestingly, like AOC, they are both extremely popular. This might be worth looking into further.
AOC has a facility for public speaking — Mercury in Libra on the MC.
One of the words most often used about her is “revolutionary” — maybe not a surprise with Uranus Rising, and a Sagittarian Ascendant. And that’s a powerful ascendant anyway, 15° Sag can sometimes give enough charisma to fill a stadium — Shania Twain, Elvis, Elton John, Bob Marley. The chart ruler, Jupiter, is also exalted when it’s in Cancer, which gives the whole chart even more energy.
So AOC is getting a lot of attention right now, with Jupiter transiting her first house, and her Saturn Return in full swing. Although Saturn is now past the actual exact Return, he’s still busy empowering her chart. And Saturn is, of course, all about rules, regulation and the holding people to account. Indeed, AOC, despite her youth, seems to be embodying Saturn in the US Congress now, as she chases down Pluto. She’s been a lesson in how to do a Saturn Return — take responsibility.
Next year, Jupiter will follow Saturn’s footsteps in Capricorn and there will be more work for her to do.
AOC’s chart is demanding, powerful and stressful — but there is a planet that shows us her way to destress. Venus nestled safely in her 12th house alleviates the tension in the Grand Cross. Looking at this, I wondered if she was a religious person, and in fact she does seem to be a practicing Catholic. She wrote this article for the Jesuit Review. Her private faith will help keep her connected to the people (the Moon), and her mission (the MC).
On a lighter Venusian note, she’s also the first congresswoman to Instagram her multi-step beauty regime.
Watch her in action here.