Breaking news: the gay Internet community worked its normal magic and found Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s time of birth. Specifically, Twitter user @lipandbone took it upon themselves to personally email Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s staff, who replied with a correct time of birth. Why would anyone be interested in this information? Well, a time of birth is essential when it comes to the accuracy of a natal chart, which is essentially a picture of the sky at the time you were born.
While it’s possible to finagle a version of a person’s birth chart without their exact birth time in order to find out what signs the planets were in on the day they were born, a time of birth is the final ingredient that allows astrologers (and their software) to pinpoint the sign that was rising on the horizon, which “organizes” the chart into the exact houses. As you learn more about astrology, you understand not just what it means when a planet is in a specific sign, but also what these houses mean and this information is pretty crucial.
All of these ingredients together (plus a lot more) make up a birth chart — which is why astrologers are often champing at the bit for the accurate birth times of public figures and it's also why astrology-savvy people might not-so-casually ask you for your birth time on a first date.
OK, so what is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s sign?
Like her fellow Bronx native Cardi B, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is a Libra sun with an Aries moon. That’s a super powerful air-and-fire combo. In fact, if you look at her chart, all of Ocasio-Cortez’s personal planets are either fire or air. By personal planets, I mean the sun (the core of the chart), the Moon (your emotions, habits, instincts), Mercury (how you communicate and develop ideas), Venus (how you express affection and value), and Mars (how you take action).
When someone has all of these planets — plus her rising (Sagittarius) — in fire and air, it creates a person who is passionate and action-oriented, an idea-driven communicator with a strong grasp of intangibles. Elementally, fire and air feed each other and make each other stronger: The challenge for anyone with this combination is making sure they’re grounded.
Of course, there’s a caveat: Astrology rarely explains everything about a person and similar energy can manifest differently in anyone depending upon their upbringing, how they identify, their background, genetics, predisposition, life trauma, and privilege. This is always important to remember. While astrology presents a set of tools to work with, it’s not meant to be didactic; we don’t use it to say, “You are this sign, so you are this way.” It’s more like, “Here’s some energy you can work with.” Regardless of the caveat, let's see how this all plays out in her chart.
What else does AOC’s chart tell us?
She’s a coalition builder, who puts her money where her mouth is.
There are some DIY firebrand politicians who are more than happy going their own way for their entire careers (a few folks currently in the Democratic presidential pool come to mind). And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We need some people in every field who are comfortable standing on their own and sometimes being that sole, unrelenting voice.
But we also need visionaries who want to build a coalition — and that is all over AOC’s chart. She’s got that spine of steel and emotional firepower to withstand attacks (hello, Aries moon), but her Libra sun — the core of her being — is driven toward harmony and consensus, toward bringing everyone to the table. Her sun is also right next to Mars, the planet of action, which gives her an extra dose of courage and makes it not at all surprising that she was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Libra is known for being a peacemaker, but a better phrase might be coalition builder. In her first few months in office, she has taken bold steps toward progressive change with the Green New Deal and she’s worked to bring others to the table and alter the tenor of the national conversation.
And her social media posts with fellow freshmen Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley are nothing short of #ShineTheory.
She cares about her roots and wears her heart on her sleeve.
Born and bred in the Bronx, AOC won her election in large part because she showed that she knew her home in a way that the incumbent congressman no longer did — for example, she had election materials available in six languages, including Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin, not just in English. In New York's Congressional District 14, which is 48 percent Latinx, her campaign embedded Spanish and the Puerto Rican flag, a nod to her family’s lineage, into her branding. (She also does epic things like inviting Bronx natives Desus and Mero to her office to set up a bodega.)
Fire moons, generally, are not known for wanting to stick close to home, but the IC (the Imum Coeli) is the base of the chart; it’s all about family, home, roots, and knowing where you came from. No matter what the sign of the moon is, if it is located right on the IC, this is someone for whom roots are everything — even if the relationship is one to be worked through early in life.
AOC’s Aries Moon indicates that she’s emotionally fed by a certain amount of independence, self-determination, and spontaneity — and certainly the fact that she ran for Congress at 29 shows this. But that independence always finds a way home.
She’s a great teacher and can make learning fun.
So many Millennials feel like AOC is a politician for the 21st century, because she’s one of us. She understands how to disseminate policy to the masses, how to bring desperately needed, important changes (addressing climate change) that young people are clambering for, and how to spread those ideas like wildfire across social media. A lot of that understanding is generational, but a lot of it is also pure Sagittarius — a quick and ready understanding of what information is going to play well on a broad scale, with insight into how best to teach it to the mainstream.
Sagittarius is the sign of the professor and AOC has often found herself in that role — like when she literally was brought in to teach House Democrats how to use Twitter. Your rising is how you “do” your sun sign, how you express it. So all that Libra sun is going through the raging Sagittarius wildfire that wants to roam and spread ideas, that wants to teach and find the Truth, with a capital T. That, in its highest calling, absolutely cannot be bought by corporate interests. Sound like any congresswoman you know?
Plus, she’s got Venus, the planet of love and value, in Sagittarius, so AOC has a knack for expressing herself in a particularly charming way.
If she got elected during her Saturn Return, she can basically do anything.
Guess who had her Saturn Return during her election? AOC beat her Republican opponent on November 6, 2018 — just as she was going through one of the most crucial astrological events a person can experience. Her Saturn is at 5 degrees of Capricorn, and Saturn was at 5 degrees of Capricorn from November 2–13, 2018.
Sometimes, astrology will just make your jaw drop.
Saturn is the planet of time and responsibility. When Saturn first returns to the point where it was in your chart when you were born (which typically occurs sometime between the ages of 28 and 30), it indicates a time of challenge and maturing. Major questions get asked, typically about career and how you are taking responsibility in your own life and in the lives of those you care about. AOC aced hers with flying colors.
Basically, this is her year.
Keep in mind that the planets are constantly moving in the sky — hence, why we read our [horoscopes] every day (https://www.allure.com/topic/horoscopes). The birth chart is a snapshot of the sky when you were born, but the planets, of course, keep moving (or transiting) the sky. When a planet bumps up against a part of your birth chart where things live, it gets especially activated.
Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, is currently in Sagittarius — where it has been since AOC was elected in November. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, which means it is also AOC’s chart ruler. This is an extraordinarily positive transit that will bring a lot of attention to her public image. It’s no surprise that she’s everywhere because a Jupiter transit through the first house really draws attention. If we had to guess, we’d also wager that this year will raise her courage and self-confidence to even higher levels.
Jupiter will be in Sagittarius until December 2. We can’t wait to see what AOC accomplishes during her first year in office with this lucky planet by her side.
Read more about astrology:
- [What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You](https://www.allure.com/story/venus-birth-chart-planet-of-love
- The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac
- A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Tarot Cards and Their Meanings
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