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By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot Reader
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Lance Armstrong & American Exceptionalism
Having lived several years in Europe, in nations which, although considerably smaller in size and power in no way consider themselves unequal or inferior to the United States, I am well aware of how it feels for them to listen to exclamations of what is termed “American Exceptionalism.” We have all heard the exuberant boasts of how “we’re the best, and we’re going to be number one” in this, that, and the other thing. There is no other nation on the planet that has this same kind of superiority self-obsession.
This is so prevalent in our dialogue that we barely notice it. Imagine, however, how this sounds to people in other nations.
Now I do ascribe to this sense of there being something special about the U.S. and in fact the Ascended Master Hilarion, who you know I am quite fond of, says that in many ways the United States of America is the greatest nation there was. (Although he says Canada will be the first country to move into the ways of the New Age.)
Nonetheless, I’ve always ascribed the American tendency to boast about her greatness and ram it down the throats of other nations as relatable to our Sagittarian Rising, of which Hilarion says:
Sagittarius This sign rising will tend to make the individual see himself as upright, honest and morally strong, whether true or not. It will also give him a yearning to "see the world" through travel. There may even be in the self-picture some aspect of the "Wandering Jew" syndrome. In its effect upon the life, Sagittarius rising often delays marriage or causes there to be more than one marriage-like relationship, usually because of a tendency to cling to the youthfulness and adventurousness of the sign Sagittarius for many years after others have abandoned the excitement of their youthful dreams. This is not by any means to criticize the tendency of retaining a youthful outlook. Indeed, most people in the world now take up far too serious and heavy an attitude to life at an early age, turning their backs on the sense of fun and excitement which the Creator intended man to carry with him all his days.
Now we definitely have that enthusiasm and never ceasing youthful vitality, but that line: ‘make the individual see himself as upright, honest and morally strong, whether true or not,’ is the telling one.
For example, another statement we were fed in all of our school books was ‘Manifest Destiny.’ The accepted belief that the original Thirteen Colonies were destined by God to expand their boundaries from the Atlantic to the Pacific. An inspiring belief unless you happen to be a Native American.
The story of Lance Armstrong does seem to me to be a very American story, having to be the best and being a bit delusional about the ways in which he goes about getting there. It has made me wonder if he himself has Sagittarius Rising. For him to have engaged in his dishonorable practices, leaving his brother cyclists in the dust year after year, with total denial, attacking his detractors including former friends and colleagues, suing newspapers for libel and confessing to Oprah last night that he never felt he was doing anything wrong, there has to be something in his chart that would explain that.
Unfortunately we don’t have an accurate birth time for Lance to be able to determine his Rising Sign. I did find, however the Astrological signature I was suspecting, an exuberant but delusionary Sagittarian theme.
Lance does have his Sun in Virgo conjunct to Pluto so he is going to be comfortable with, and likely to experience, complete death/rebirth scenarios, along with a comfort of living with deep secret hidden realities
The configuration which jumped right out at me when I first looked at his chart, however, is his Jupiter in Sagittarius, conjunct Neptune and both opposite to Saturn. In this time period transiting Neptune in the sky has been squaring the Jupiter and the Natal Neptune and will soon be squaring his Saturn. This is why it is now time for him to be vulnerable to all that this configuration has entailed for him in this life.
Jupiter in Sagittarius is very strong because Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. It will create as Hilarion says: “a love of adventure and travel, and generally a youthful and optimistic attitude toward life. “
But this is what Hilarion says about the potential effects of Neptune:
The planet Neptune in astrology relates to all that is connected with the sea, water, dissolving, sapping the strength or substance of a thing, illusion, deception and escapism. In a sense, the watery film which Neptune casts over anything it touches causes difficulty in perceiving clearly the real nature of the thing. Those who have Neptune or its sign Pisces prominent in their charts will invariably find a difficulty in perceiving clearly some aspect of themselves.
The position of this watery planet in a birth chart gives a clue to the areas where the native is likely to be confused or misled,
This enthusiastic Jupiter in Sagittarius conjunct to Neptune is what gives Lance Armstrong his propensity for delusional self-righteousness. In his answers to Oprah last night he said that, with his doping, he never felt he was doing anything wrong or was cheating.
Now I think the opposition to Saturn, representing rules, restrictions, authority etc. is also an important part of this scenario which is now coming to a head here.
Most of you have heard my oft-repeated refrain of the Neptune induced ‘victim/victimizer program’ such that if you don’t want to be a victim you have to be a victimizer and vice versa. And the only way out is the positive side of Neptune: unconditional love, forgiveness and spiritual surrender, where there are no victims or victimizers but just all of us frightened little girls and boys doing the best they can.
When this exuberant, compassionate Jupiterian/Neptunian energy is healed and integrated with the Saturnian realistic dedication, Lance can do great things, like overcome testicular Cancer and start his ‘Live Strong’ foundation
But when he is deceiving or feeling victimized (Jupiter/Neptune) by the authorities (Saturn), making it such that he has to be so Saturn himself with complete cool logical denial of his deceptions and applies the authoritative power of the Courts towards those who would accuse him of such deceptions we see how poorly he has accepted, healed and integrated these opposing components of himself.
Most commentators have noted Lance’s lack of emotion, protective body language and cool demeanor in his interview last night. One expert said that his covering his mouth over and over while speaking shows that he is still holding back the whole truth. I think he is still using Saturn to not fully own and accept the full ramifications of the delusional Jupiter/Neptune in his chart and in himself.
Neptune squaring the Jupiter and Neptune in recent times has been what has stirred this all up, leading him to seek confession with our unofficial Great Mother Oprah, hoping for forgiveness and redemption. Whether he really deserves it or not is something only he knows within his own soul.
Betsy Andreu, the wife of a former teammate and friend of Lance’s who had to testify in court to having heard Lance confess to his Cancer doctors that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, was vilified by Lance, called crazy and a vindictive bitch. In a recent interview she said that Lance is a major manipulator of the media. When she was asked if he was a sociopath, she said no, but that he was delusional.
She also said:
That exchange (with Oprah) has me furious,” Andreu said. “This was a guy who used to be my friend and he decimated me. He could have come clean. He owed it to me. He owes it to the sport that he destroyed. And he didn’t give it to us.”
I think Lance Armstrong’s Virgo analytical mind and his Saturn in airy mental Gemini is what he has been using to deny and disassociate from his Jupiter/Neptune delusions. The transiting Neptune tension on the Saturn doesn’t peak for another year. I think we will see that cool controlled Saturnian part of him having to really dissolve and let go, probably with some Saturnian forces more Saturnian than he is bearing upon him. We will also get to see how last night, in spite of all of his confessing, he was still lying to us, and to himself.
Hopefully on the other side of all of this he will be a better man.