What is Boss Astrology? It’s like, when you look at a birth chart, what are you looking at in terms of success indicators? There are a few classics here – a crowded 10th house or 5th house, for creatives. A strong Mars, particularly one augmented by Saturn. Mars is ambition and guts – tempered by the wisdom of sagacious Saturn, it functions really well. Jupiter with anything lends extra luck and audacity.
But i actually crunched the birth charts of several of the top C.E.O.s and came up with some interesting findings, not all of them the ones that we would expect. Now there are two frustrations here, obviously. The first is that most of these people do not have out-there birth times, so we can’t collect as much data as would be desirable. The second is that obviously there are many ways to lead and be a boss person without being the C.E.O. of a global corporation AND I am not saying that this automatically bestows ‘goodness’ upon them.
But the leaders of the worlds most profitable companies presumably have some management nous and so their astrological details should be telling. There were predictably a lot of Mars in Capricorn people and when Mars was not in Capricorn (where it is exalted) it was in aspect to Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. Mars-Saturn is also seen a lot in military leaders.
Less predictably, a lot of these leaders have Mercury Retrograde (never let anyone imply that is a handicap again) and their Sun square Saturn – that is interesting as SO many astrological textbooks have awful definitions of this aspect; life is a struggle, they are their own worst enemy, they will lack the courage to shine their light etc. And yet a crazy high ratio of these C.E.O.s have it. So driven people? Maybe.
It reminds me of a study i read about that was done in Australia but is broadly relevant across the first world. In total confidentiality, about 200 very successful people were interviewed about their childhoods and influences. The men all routinely had ‘good’ childhoods, supportive families, a strong focus on team sports and high marks. The women? Not so much. Many had survived abuse and succeeded despite their early influences, not because of them. The study concluded that the grit which enabled them to get through their youth had shaped a persona strong enough to combat entrenched patriarchal attitudes. They were fortified.
Whereas men with similar backgrounds tended to act out delinquently. The female side of this equation makes me think of Saturn squares – they will always make you stronger, in the way that a muscle which is put under tension (as in weight lifting or the harder yoga poses) will respond by becoming more powerful.
So here are the key astrological signatures of some top biz peeps ( I am focusing more on hierarchical success herek, rather than entrepreneurs, although a few are included.) And remember, we don’t know most of these peeps birth time so are having to look at key aspects, without the Midheaven. But i still think there is a lot to learn from these folk.
Joy Mangano is the single mother (Aquarius) turned mop multi millionaire portrayed brilliantly by Jennifer Lawrence in the movie Joy. Key astrological signatures – Mercury Retrograde, conjunct her Aquarius Sun and opposite Jupiter in Leo. So with that going on, when you do get going, you go big. She stayed friends with her ex-husband, making him a part of her company to keep him close to her kids and because (she says) he makes a better friend than a husband. That feels super Aqua Sun opposite Jupiter. It’s canny too as what better way to avoid a troublesome lawsuit than to keep him on your payroll, managed, so to speak. Mangano has the classic wealth indicator: Jupiter conjunct Pluto, the so-called “mogul aspect.” Remember, whether it is natal or via transit/progression and no matter what style of aspect, Jupiter-Pluto is always $$$.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, is Capricorn Sun + Mars – that actually is a classic go-getter. As a toddler, he dismantled his own cot with a screwdriver. A few years later he rigged the smoke detector in his bedroom to keep his siblings out of the room. So, ingenuity, obviously. He also has Mercury in Capricorn (retrograde) and trined by Uranus. So easy flow of innovative ideas – now he’s doing drones – that are not rejected out of hand by the usually conservative Capricorn Mercury because…Retrograde?
Sheryl Sandberg – the C.E.O. of Facebook and author of the influential female leadership tome, Lean In, has Mercury Direct but bang on Uranus and Jupiter in Libra. So Mercury is showing up here as a theme, right? Mercury in Aquarius (Mangano) is similar to Mercury-Uranus (Bezos and Sandberg). Steve Jobs (Apple) had Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius – ‘think different’ indeed. It was also square his Saturn.
Larry Page, the CEO of Google, has the exalted Mars in Capricorn (hard-driving work ethic and boss vibe, always) with Mercury Retro in Pisces squared by Saturn. Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise is one of the most powerful and controversial (Sun conjunct Uranus) women in business. She’s got a helpful Mars trine Saturn AND Pluto squares them both.
Are you seeing a pattern here? Mercury Retrograde and Saturn squares – both traditionally seen as not so hot – are showing up again and again in these classic success stories.
Ursula Burns – the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company (Xerox) is a Virgo, with Mars in Taurus trine her Sun AND Saturn squaring it. A hefty Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in early Scorpio brings the visionary. Oprah Winfrey is another Sun-Saturn square person, FYI.
Les Moonves, the long-time head of CBS – has a nice strong Mars, conjunct Pluto and is yet another Mercury Retro boss person.
Bill Gates – one of the few of these peeps we have a birth time for – has his Aries Moon conjunct his Midheaven (and i betcha most of the people above have equally potent Midheaven aspects), the hefty mogul aspect of Jupiter-Pluto and Saturn square them both.
So if you were somehow astrologically engineer the perfect ‘boss’ person – you would be wanting a Mercury Retrograde, some energy around the Midheaven, a Mars in Aries/Capricorn or energized by Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and a nifty Sun-Saturn square.
Never resent your Saturn and Capricorn stuff. I literally just got an email about a person named Lars Sorensen, head of a Danish pharmaceutical company, who has been named the most successful CEO by Harvard Business Review. I have no birth chart for him but going off his birthday, it’s there immediately – Mars in Capricorn and Mercury conjunct Saturn.
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