In recent weeks Alexander Haig (born Dec. 2, 1924) became a former secretary of state, while George Shultz (born Dec. 13, 1920) became the secretary of state-designate. Both men have their sun in Sagittarius, and yet they couldn' be more different -- which proves again how misleading an evaluation based only on a sun sign can be.
In the wake of Haig's sudden resignation, many hypotheses were given as precipitating factors, and it was not clear whether Haig was fired or had resigned. This last query -- did he, or did he not? -- was almost paraphrasing the famous hair-coloring ad; and President Reagan in his press conference, like the hairdresser in the ad, was the only one who knew, and he wouldn't tell.
The chart of Alexander Haig, however, provides us with two clues as to what might have happened. I mentioned both of them in my column November 11: "Haig needs to be given autonomy and total responsibility for a project, since he does not believe in collective thinking. If he can present his project to President Reagan, as the sole author of that project, and if he is sure that it is President Reagan, who as his authority figure, either accepts or rejects it, he will have no problem, even if his idea is dropped.
"But if he feels it is someone on a lower level . . . who is passing the ultimate judgment, it will be very difficult for him to operate . . . for while Alexander Haig can submit easily to the highest office, he will never submit to anyone whom he does not accept as his authority figure. Under such circumstances he will become a tiger. His chart shows a great deal of stress in 1982, and he should watch his health."
And so, one can speculate that Haig, who not only considered himself but who also was considered to be the most knowledgeable man in the field of foreign affairs in this administration, was not about to alter his views and accept any direction from people he considered less knowledgeable than himself. But Haig still might have handled things in a more rational way, if it were not for the nerve-racking transit on his chart that began about six weeks ago and will last another two or three months.
The aspects make a person extremely high strung and at times almost irrational. And even though in a few months Haig may deeply regret what he did, for the sake of his health it is better that he is not currently engaged in any strenuous mental activity.
With George Shultz soon to become Secretary of State (once he is confirmed by the Senate), many people are wondering what kind of secretary of state he will make. How much will he differ from Alexander Haig and in which areas? His chart provides some additional clues.
I say additional clues, for much is already known about him. He had an illustrious career in the government; he is known for his honesty and integrity that was sorely tested during the Nixon presidency; he is known to be pragmatic; he gets along with people and is a good team player. It is also said he will get along with President Reagan much better than Haig ever could.
The charts of President Reagan and of Shultz are more congenial. In addition, Shultz likes to enlighten people, to share his knowledge (he would make an excellent teacher, patient and kind). Unlike Haig, who because of his chart would make any person feel somewhat inferior, George Shultz loves for people to partake of everything he knows and his knowledge does not make him feel superior.
It will be much easier for President Reagan to ask questions of Shultz in the areas in which he may not yet have expertise -- something that I am sure he could never do with Haig.
Shultz's chart also shows an extraordinary gift that is rarely found: It indicates that Shultz is superb on utilizing to the fullest not only his own but other peoples' resources. Moreover, he can see them in people and situations that others have given up as hopeless and lost. He also has a gift that will bring those resources to play in ways that are novel, bold and daring. He is superb in matching the supply with demand.
And because of that unique gift, I feel he will make an excellent secretary of state -- because he will be sensitive to our needs and the needs of other countries, and he will be able to find some creative way to satisfy both sides. Economics, more than ideology, will play a strong part in his perception of a problem, since he probably feels that satisfied people are happy people, and happy people do not make wars.
His current aspects indicate sudden changes, relocation and stress that are occuring. This stress abates somewhat after the middle of August, but reoccurs again in full force from the middle of October through the middle of November.