Ever since Yuri V. Andropov became the Soviet Union's new Communist Party general secretary, the press has been awash with articles describing him. We were told his career had been in government or party service; that he was a bureaucrat who rose through the ranks; that while ambassador to Hungary he was instrumental in orchestrating the suppression of the Hungarian revolution; that for 15 years he was the head of KGB and as such he successfully suppressed dissident movements in the U.S.S.R.
We were told he is very intelligent, openminded, diplomatic; that he is urbane, suave, "westernized"; that he speaks English, is a bibliophile, loves jazz and modern art.
Several Kremlinologists have offered their views on the kind of a leader he will be and what this may portend for the future of U.S.-Soviet relations. Some have said Andropov is a ruthless and cruel man who will be a hard-liner both at home and abroad. Others have said he will seek rapprochement with other countries, including the United States.
With so many divergent opinions, it might be interesting to examine his chart to see what kind of a man he is and what kind of a leader he will be.
Andropov was born on June 15, 1914, and has his Sun in Gemini. By itself, the chart of Andropov is excellent, indicating a totally integrated man. But because no one is "an island unto himself," every person's chart must be read within the context of the society into which he was born. A society will channel a person's development by providing the opportunities and by imposing the strictures of its mores and ideology.
The preponderance of Cancer planets on Andropov's chart indicates he is a man of tradition who believes in preserving the status quo. He is deeply patriotic and will faithfully uphold and defend the foundations of his country. He is a family-oriented man, protective and nurturing.
He is an idealistic, intuitive and compassionate man who would like to extend a helping hand to all the downtrodden of the world. Within the context of his society, this compassion and idealism make him a firm believer in communistic principles and a faithful upholder of the Communist credo. This combination of ideology and compassion explains his actions as the head of the KGB, such as in the successful repression of dissidents, where the punishment was much more humane than purges, death penalties or labor in frozen Siberia.
His chart indicates a well-balanced man who does not believe in extremes. He prefers conciliation to confrontation. He is very diplomatic and would make an excellent mediator. He has a very strong sense of duty, and, ultimately, it is that sense of duty that resolves any dilemma.
He is master of using the resources of other people, as well as his own, and would have made a good economist. He hates waste of any kind.
Despite rumors about his health, he has great physical stamina and a resolve of strong will.
His chart shows great appreciation for all music (not just jazz), for all art (not just modern art), and for ballet, opera and theater.
Within the strictures of his ideology, he likes things that are different and slightly offbeat. To top it all, he is also very lucky.
And, on the basis of the charts, we can deduce the kind of a leader he will be.
On the domestic scene, he will try to raise the standard of living for the Russian people. This will be the most important thing on his agenda.
He believes in the power of the military and will try to maintain its strength, but not at the expense of other things. He wants military power for protection, and he will try to attain a balance between military might and economic development.
This is a chart of a man who wants consolidation, smooth operation, functionality and efficiency.
In foreign affairs, he will seek rapprochement rather than confrontation, and he will try to improve U.S.-Soviet relations. His compassion for the downtrodden will make him increase Soviet activity with Third World countries, and he will be helpful and simpatico with any brewing revolutions.
He will actively seek trade agreements. He will try to improve the economic situation in satellite countries. He may even permit some "capitalistic influence," as long as the satellites strictly adhere to communist ideology.
Because of his desire for the status quo, he may be open to some disarmament talks with the United States. In fact, he may find himself in a position similar to that of Richard Nixon during his presidency. Nixon, because of his impeccable anticommunist credentials, was trusted to negotiate with Russians and to open relations with China. Andropov might be trusted to make some accommodation with the United States.
All in all, the Andropov chart is much more integrated than the charts of his predecessors. But we should never forget that a man with identical chart, born in the United States, would also be partriotic with both a love for status quo and a desire for modernization. But just because such an American would love the Bolshoi, collect Russian records and speak some Russian, we would not expect him to abandon his beliefs in democracy and in democratic institutions. We should keep that in mind with Andropov.
Andropov's chart shows a curious thing -- it indicates he was in power behind the scenes for the past year, and the current appointment by the Central Committee only made the hidden situation visible.