On the evening of September 19, 2020 the news erupted that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. Twitter posts exploded with references in the Jewish tradition that to die on the eve of Shabbat is considered a good omen; also that the Talmud suggests the death of a woman on Rosh Hashanah makes her a “tzaddika”, Hebrew for a righteous and just person.

The chart of the death announcement has Aries Rising with the Gemini North Node in the 3rd house (this is Gemini’s natural house with its emphasis on communication). Her granddaughter reported that RBG said “My most fervent wish is that I not be replaced until a new president is installed”.

Since Mars (symbolizes action, desire, aggression, drive) is at present retrograde in the sign of Aries, the passions unleashed with her death know no bounds. The president questioned the veracity of her last wish. Since Mercury (planet of communications) goes retrograde in mid October, we can expect continual undercurrents and eruptions that stem from her death.

RBG died right before the Autumn Equinox, when we look back at what sparked the Spring Equinox (the zodiacal start of the New Year). At that time, NYC turned the lights off on Broadway because of COVID-19 and the city shut down. NYS drew a hard line to save lives while so many parts of the US called COVID-19 a hoax.

As we reflect on these 6 months, there are 200,000+ deaths in the USA. How will we integrate this information as we look forward to gage the next 6 months? The Libra Sun at 0° opens the Autumn Equinox; Libra is the sign symbolized by the scales of a balance because it seeks reciprocity, equality and the exchange of ideas. At the time of this equinox, the Moon was in Sagittarius, which symbolizes among other things, justice and the legal system. The Moon equals the mood of the people, so many recognize this time as critical. 

RBG was asked on NPR about enlarging the SC: “Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time. If anything, [it] would make the court look partisan. It would be that — one side saying, ‘When we’re in power, we’re going to enlarge the number of judges, so we would have more people who would vote the way we want them to.”

Perhaps she recognized the value in an equal number of justices with conflicting views. There is wisdom in a balanced SC; she held a friendship with Scalia which reflected that.

The exact time of RBG’s birth is unknown, but we do know she was a Pisces Sun with a Scorpio Moon. Venus was also in Pisces, which emphasized her love for style and the arts. Her North Node in Pisces conjunct Ceres speaks to a lifelong journey to craft greater justice, especially for those overlooked because they held up domestic needs.

RBG had absolutely gorgeous eyes, a feature of those with strong Pisces. A diminutive woman, she nonetheless wielded the classic Piscean soft hammer. She quietly pounded her point and when it was not taken into account she drafted a compelling dissent; an Aries Mercury with Mars in Virgo does not require many words, yet hits her mark.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s love of opera hits several points in her chart, Pisces, Scorpio and the strong Pluto influence.

When asked in 2017 what she thought about the moniker Notorious RBG, Ginsburg replied “People ask me, ‘don’t you feel uncomfortable with a name like the Notorious RBG? Why should I feel uncomfortable? We have a lot in common. First and foremost, we were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York.”

Ginsburg also told Charlie Rose she was fully aware of who Notorious B.I.G. was and thought the comparison “seems altogether natural.” This reaction makes sense in regard to her Scorpio Moon which indicates a long memory and allegiance to NYC’s immigrant population. She enjoyed the edge the name gave her. The Scorpio Moon and her Sun trine Pluto are planetary positions that cemented her deep commitment to lasting legacy.

This commitment reflected in the sharp blade of justice and provided her tenacity of dissent.

I looked at Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s natal horoscope and death chart to understand the timing of her loss. This is a big discussion. But to touch on small bites, RBG outlived health conditions that put far younger people out in far less time. Her Scorpio Moon gave her tremendous regenerative ability, as did the Sun trine Pluto.

Some people faulted her for not retiring during Obama’s presidency, but when we look at the Garland debacle, we know that her retirement might have been met with the same brick wall in the Senate.

Timing is everything in astrology and although a shock to many and an opportunity to others, the death of RBG demands a response. She has been freed of the human toll that she carried for so long. She was proud to be an icon and her light is bright. Those who honor her legacy must pick up the torch that she laid down.

Although we don’t know the exact degree of RBG’s Scorpio Moon, the noon time places it at 12°22’. Since Mercury goes retrograde at 11°Scorpio 40’, it seems likely that this coupled with retrograde Mars is going to keep passions high through the election.

Election 2020 stands to reach epic proportions to rival any operatic drama.