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Bernie Sanders on the Wisdom Wheel

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Today I’m rounding out a series of posts in which we put the 2016 presidential candidates on the Wisdom Wheel. Full disclosure: I’m registered as an independent. These portraits do not endorse any particular candidate. Instead, I want to see and share what the Wheel has to say.

Who are these politicians? What are their strengths? Weaknesses? What universal, human challenges can they expect in the upcoming years? A person’s Birth Law and their current position on the Wheel can shed light on these questions.

Nine months ago, when I wrote my first blog post about presidential candidates, I never imagined Donald Trump would trounce 15 other Republicans to become the presumptive GOP candidate. I’m still shaking my head over that outcome and I’m not the only one. This Cycle has taught me to expect the unexpected. Will we see a third party or independent candidate emerge? Who knows.

What if Bernie Sanders ran as an independent? He’s the longest serving independent in US congressional history. Born on September 8, Bernie’s Birth Law is Journey, like all other Virgos. This Law is situated in the southwest quadrant, between the domain of Teachers and Healers. So if Bernie lives to his highest potential, his Journey should both teach us and heal us. This Law is also positioned between Higher Purpose and Trust. Arguably, he is the most Trust-worthy candidate, staying true to his “socialist” stump speech throughout his political tenure. Old videos prove his consistency to his beliefs. Bernie getting arrested when protesting on behalf of civil rights. Clips of Bernie explaining why he refused to vote for the war in Iraq. This has been his lifelong Journey.

Bernie’s Journey and his politics are recognizable and resonate with more people now than ever. He’s for universal health care, ending corporate welfare, addressing income inequality by raising minimum wage, reforming campaign finance rules, offering parental leave, and protecting LGBTQ rights.

Surrender balances Journey. This means Surrender is his challenge. In Bernie’s case, we’re seeing this play out in his supporters who chant “Bernie or Bust”. Some believe the time is nigh for Bernie to surrender his presidential bid. Is it too early to Surrender? Too late? Who or what is the most noble cause or person to Surrender to? These are all important Surrender questions and it will be interesting to see how Bernie addresses them.

When he turns 75 this September, Bernie will live under the Law of Cycles on the spirit side of the Wheel. Fitting that he is now part of a moment where the flaws in our (political) Cycles are being exposed. Maybe it’s time for a radical re-write of the American political establishment. This is the message many voters are clamoring for on both sides of the party spectrum.

As citizens, it’s important to remember that we have a stake. With our ballots, we make our Choice.

during the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton and the Law of Clarity

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After surviving the House Benghazi hearings on Friday, today Hillary Clinton celebrates her 68th birthday.

That means her Birth Law is Clarity. Like all Scorpios, she’s situated between the Healer and Visionary archetypes, a good combination for a leader.

A great skill of Clarity-born people is their ability to see through problems and invent solutions others may miss. Extremely perceptive, these individuals can also be manipulative, calculating and exploitative if they turn their virtues into vices. Some might say that Hillary’s shrewd move to Chappaqua, NY and subsequent win of a Senate seat reflect these traits of a sly Clarity-born politician.

Clarity sits beside the Law of Higher Purpose on the Wheel. So it comes as no surprise that Hillary has managed to aim high and pursue her ambitions amidst scandals she and her husband Bill Clinton have weathered.

Beauty is her Balancer. With Clarity, it’s easier to perceive Beauty. Beauty as a Balancer reminds us to seek Beauty, rather than its opposite.

During 2015, she’s lived under the Journey Law, a good place to consider one’s path and legacy. This is something we’re witnessing as she makes her second bid for the US presidency.

Today, she begins carrying the Law of Forgiveness. And it seems the press and the GOP have forgiven her for her role in Benghazi. Will she will offer Forgiveness to her political attackers? Personally, I think it’s a necessary quality for good leaders.

What are your thoughts on Hillary? We’d love to hear your insights and experiences under the Laws of Clarity and Forgiveness, too.

To learn more about Clarity and the other 35 Laws, check out our Law Booklets. And if you don’t know your Birth Law yet, discover it here for free!

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump on the Wisdom Wheel

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We’re launching a new series of posts, in which we put the 2016 presidential candidates on the Wisdom Wheel. Full disclosure: I’m registered as an independent. These portraits do not endorse any particular candidate. Instead, I want to see and share what the Wheel has to say.

Who are these politicians? What are their strengths? Weaknesses? What universal, human challenges can they expect in the upcoming years? A person’s Birth Law and their current position on the Wheel can shed light on these questions.

Born June 14, Donald Trump’s Birth Law is Eternal Present. An Air sign, he has a gift for using his breath to spread news and encourage trends. “You’re fired!” How could we forget his catchphrase on the successful The Apprentice television series?

At their best, these folks are breaths of fresh air. Trump embodies this, speaking his mind, telling it like it is. Political correctness be damned. No wonder many find this refreshing in a presidential candidate.

But flightiness and broken promises can be the downfall of these folks. Three wives and four bankruptcy filings so far… these are some of the promises Trump has failed to keep.

At 69, he currently lives under the Law of Pure Potential. Does his potential measure up to the job of President of the United States of America? Many doubt he has what it takes to be president. Next year, he’ll live under the Law of Power (we all do at age 70 as we pass through the Wheel of Life).

From the ages of 69-71, we’re also transiting the Western quadrant of Wheel. Here inner work and healing take priority. Deep internal development rarely transpires in front of cameras on the campaign trail. In the Western quadrant, our sense of Higher Purpose also takes center stage (we pass through the West at ages 15-17 and again at 42-44 — other times we grapple with Higher Purpose). Trump declares his Higher Purpose is to “make America great again” — his campaign slogan. This relates to healing, but perhaps Trump should focus on his own healing rather than the nation’s. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, American male life expectancy is 76.4 years. Trump may live longer and do better by being more humble and less combative during these next 3 years. After facing his demons in the West, he’d make a better leader.

President or not, over the next 10 years the Wheel indicates his spiritual life should take precedence. If we’re lucky to live long enough, spirituality becomes our focal point at ages 72-80.

What are your thoughts on Trump, the Law of Eternal Present and the Western quadrant? We invite you to join the discussion below!