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Zipping through the zodiac is a powerful way to get nonpartisan astrological political analysis. Here's an astrological roundup of the four major contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, based on their Sun signs.

Old Glory by Anne Nordhaus-Bike

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is a Gemini, born 17 June. That gives him a quick mind and a gift for communication. 

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With Gemini, things generally come in twos because it's the sign of the Twins; that duality often manifests as someone having two personalities ("good twin/bad twin"), two careers (often both at once), or even two major hobbies. Gingrich has two children, for example; he also has admitted to being involved with two women at once at times in his life. 

When misused, Gemini energy may be expressed as savage verbal attack, relentless criticism, being less than truthful, talking out of both sides (that's the two again) of one's mouth, and using words to manipulate others. Gemini also gives a talent for word play and performance--note that two of Gingrich's businesses are Gingrich Productions and Gingrich Communications. 

Being ruled by Mercury, Gemini is often "mercurial" and restless. There also may be a tendency to skim the surface because this air sign is the lightest sign of the zodiac: one of Gingrich's projects experienced scandal, and he admitted to not paying attention to the details. Sometimes Gemini may have difficulty maturing and aging gracefully because this sign's youthful quality finds it hard to "set aside childish things" when the time comes to move forward in life. 

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U.S. presidents who were Geminis: John F. Kennedy, the elder George Bush.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a Leo, born 20 August. That gives him a big heart and a gift for leadership. 

With Leo, life takes on a charismatic and regal air because this is the sign of the royal Lion. It's also a fire sign, which brings strong, hot energy (and often emotional drama). Leo often manifests as someone who likes to lead, be in the spotlight, and give orders; Paul is an MD, one of very few who have served in Congress, and accustomed to being in charge and literally giving medical "orders". 

When misused, Leo energy may be expressed as a big ego (the titles of Paul's newsletters include his own name), bossing others around, holding oneself superior to others, feeling a right to all the finer things in life, and fiery attacks of rage against those who disagree or refuse to bend to the Lion's will. 

At the same time, the Lion can be surprisingly sensitive; the royal antics usually hide someone deeply insecure who has a strong emotional need for attention. There also may be a tendency to be stubborn (this is a fixed sign, after all); the upside is that this sign usually is deeply loyal--Paul has been married to the same person since 1957. 

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Leo is ruled by the Sun and is associated with the metal gold. Paul originally decided to enter politics when the U.S. gave up the gold standard. Also, he was involved in a coin business for many years, and he once introduced legislation called the "Sunlight Rule." 

U.S. presidents who were Leos: Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney 

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Anne Nordhaus-Bike is president of ANB Communications. The author of the award-winning Living in Harmony astrology column for the Gazette newspaper in Chicago, she has won several journalism awards and in 1997 was added to the "Wall of Fame" of the (more...)

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