(This page shows the results of 3 tallies. If you prefer instead, see a table of the zodiac signs of all the U.S. Presidents.)
The most prevalent zodiac signs among U.S. Presidents may surprise you. Here are 3 different tallies of U.S. Presidents’ zodiac signs.
As of today, October 29, 2012, Barack Obama is the 44th president. However, there have been a total of 43 men elected president because Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd & the 24th president. Our tallies don’t make the mistake of including Grover Cleveland twice. *See the bottom of this page to see which presidents are excluded from each tally.
Tally 1: Midheaven (M.C.) Signs Only
The M.C. sign definitely influences a career as public as the presidency. For a public figure who is seen mostly on TV rather than in person, the midheaven sign will be the most noticeable, even more so than the rising sign. Generally, you have to have some close contact with a person in order to notice the rising sign. So, this first tally counts just the midheaven sign of the presidents.
Cancer is the most prevalent midheaven sign among U.S. presidents. Cancer leads presidential M.C. signs. Also, look at the tally by elements and qualities. Water signs and cardinal signs are in the lead. This corroborates the fact that America has preferred a Cancer midheaven sign. Cancer is the cardinal water sign of the zodiac. See the following 3 graphs.
Is Cancer Zodiac Sign Surprising Among U.S. Presidents?
It turns out that the United States of America has a Cancer sun sign, with a small stellium in Cancer. (U.S.A. was officially born on July 4, 1776, Philadelphia, PA.) Given this information, it’s not surprising that America loves presidents with a strong Cancer influence. The M.C. sign leans toward describing the type of work they do as presidents. Capricorn and Cancer are both parental archetypes, guiding, nurturing and protecting. (Capricorn midheaven signs are in 2nd place, which is also high. Capricorn is the classic executive/CEO sign.) It’s very fitting for these two signs to be well represented among presidential midheaven signs.
Tally 2: Rising Signs Only
The tally of only the Rising (ascendant) signs tells a different story. Libra is the most prevalent Rising sign among U.S. presidents, with Taurus and Virgo tied at second place.
Why Libra, Taurus & Virgo Rising?
Why are Libra, Taurus, and Virgo most prevalent among presidential rising signs? Rising signs show, above all, our appearance. Apparently, U.S.A. wants presidents to appear attractive, dependable and smart, in that order. Libra Rising are the most “beautiful” people. Virgo Rising are the “smartest-looking” people. Libra and Virgo both have a tendency to submit to others, or at least, appear to submit. They appear friendly and helpful. They are both somewhat “people-pleasers.” Taurus, while not a people-pleaser, has a calming effect on people. Taurus Rising appears as a rock-solid, dependable co-worker. They automatically give people a feeling of security. When problems arise and everybody else flies off the handle, Taurus Rising calmly provides solutions. Drab Capricorn ranks low among rising signs, but it ranks the high where it counts: the action-oriented, career-focused M.C. (See graph above.)
Is Scorpio Rising So Scary?
Not even one U.S. president has had Scorpio rising. I have 3 theories about this. First, it may be that U.S.A. doesn’t want a sexy president. Second, Americans aren’t ready to trust a president that is so predisposed to extreme secrecy. Scorpio Rising people appear to be hiding something even when they are not. It’s been said that Scorpio Rising generates fear in others. (Scorpio’s secrecy is really just a protective instinct. It’s not anything to be afraid of.) Third, it may be that Scorpio Rising people are not at all interested in the office of U.S. President. In fact, they do not like to be put on display. They prefer to wield low-key, subliminal power. To see the zero-count for Scorpio rising, see the graph “Rising Signs of U.S. Presidents”, shown above.
Tally 3: Sun & Moon Signs Together
Tallying only Sun & Moon signs is misleading because they are like an underlying “frame” that is shaped and molded by the rest of the birth chart. The sun sign is not usually publicly noticeable in people. The sun and moon signs can easily be hidden from public view. The Rising and M.C. signs are more obviously & publicly noticeable. That’s why the M.C. & rising signs are more telling of political careers, and why we discussed them first. Anyhow, here is the tally of the sun and moon signs, together, of the U.S. presidents.
For U.S. Presidents, the sun & moon sign combination can be seen as an underlying motive or underlying strength.
Among all the sun & moon signs of U.S. Presidents, Capricorn and Taurus are tied as the most prevalent with 10 counts each. Scorpio is in 2nd place with 9 counts.
Underlying Motive or Strength Of U.S. Presidents
Based on the most prevalent signs among the suns and moons, I can make a few generalizations about what drives U.S. Presidents. These may also be qualities that Americans have come to expect of the President.
U.S. Presidents are unafraid of hard work (Taurus), and even motivated by it (Capricorn). They have a capacity to lead, control, and even manipulate others (Capricorn & Scorpio). They have keen perseverance, willpower, and emotional strength (Scorpio & Taurus). Being their enemy would prove dangerous and/or fatal (Scorpio). They are admirable people to have on one’s side (Taurus, Capricorn, Scorpio). They are loyal.
Fire Signs Need Not Apply
Earth, water, and air signs are pretty well represented in all three tallies. This favors a combination of dependable earth, compassionate water, and witty, airy intelligence. Fire signs ranked lowest among all three tallies. Which fire sign had the lowest average? Aries. Apparently, America wants a leader who can be in control of him/herself more than an Aries is comfortable with. Aries will not be subdued. (The Aries strength for fearless risk-taking can make you one of the most successful entrepreneurs or business types. It’s just not what the American people have voted for in a President.)
*For Tally 1 and Tally 2, we excluded these 4 presidents due to a discrepancy or lack of a birth time:
- Thomas Jefferson
- Martin Van Buren
- Franklin Pierce
- James Buchanan
For Tally 3, we excluded the Moon signs of these 5 presidents due to the Moon changing signs on the day they were born, in addition to discrepancies with their birth times:
- Andrew Jackson
- Martin Van Buren
- John Tyler
- Franklin Pierce
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
See the list of birth times that we used for the tallies.