Media Man: Stephen K. Bannon

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Bannon is almost mythic.  He was a Navy SEAL, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, a Hollywood filmmaker, producer of many Seinfeld episodes, which he owns, Breitbart publisher and now a senior advisor for President Donald J. Trump.

After a few years at Goldman Sachs, Bannon, in 1990, launched his boutique investment bank, Bannon, and Company and helped Huffington Post go IPO.   In between Goldman and being bought out by Societe Generale,  he ran Biosphere II after its initial failure because scientists had created a glut of organic material like peat and compost in the soil inside the domes that set off an explosive growth of oxygen-eating bacteria.  Bannon was integral to rekeying focus on how to balance that bacteria, so the Biosphere project could be sustainable and successful.

From there, he became an executive producer of movies that ranged from the Oscar-nominated “Titus,” starring Anthony Hopkins, to the Cold War documentary “In the Face of Evil,” and many early episodes of Seinfeld.

He met Andrew Breitbart when Breitbart, also a resident of Southern California, was launching his eponymous news website in the early 2000s. The two joined forces, and the networked Bannon provided office space as well as investors.

In 2012, following Breitbart’s sudden death from heart failure at age 43, Bannon took over as executive chairman of the website and oversaw its relaunch. Today, Breitbart News draws an estimated 21 million unique visitors per month.  It was a central web force in generating animosity toward House Speaker John Boehner, eventually driving the Speaker from office.

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There is no known birth time for Mr. Bannon’s birth date of November 27, 1953, in Norfolk Virginia, so we have rectified it to 02.07 Aquarius that in the Morinean house system shows up in the Twelfth House naturally owned by Pisces and ruled by Jupiter &  Pluto.¹  It has a poignant symbol of a “Deserter from the Navy”   that Marc Jones writes “symbolises his independence carried to the point of rebellion for the sake of the immediate liberation of the spirit.”

He is a deviated bowl temperament type, a rather rare group that occurs when one planet is greater than 30 degrees away from the next grouping but still falls within the same hemisphere (see the gap between Mars and the Moon).  All of his planets are in the Western portion of the map, making him an experience junkie who captures activities that have initiated by others and then brings them to consummation

Another rarity he has, is his Unaspected Saturn in the Ninth House suggesting that he makes up his mind on imporant issues in an all or nothing manner particularly if he senses he cannot get his objective done.  Click here to read more about Bannon & Unaspected Planets.

His 03 Aquarius Ascendant suggests that Bannon is an extreme individualist, with a disregard of the consequences of his liberation from the constraints of the societal polemic.  This makes him a demanding personality that “does not flourish into responsible action”¹ until the native is much older and gets his “wake up call.”  That call would literally be his separated Moon, ruled by the Archangel Gabriel, and exact to fixed star Regulus at 28 Leo, that called him out of  selfish stupor.

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Vintage cross cut sequoia tree

             Leo 28 is a tree felled and sawed and a symbol of employment of the lesser for the greater good and the individuals ability to rise in a crisis to the center of attention by pressing forward the functions and necessities valuable to overall life.  The Keyword is Immediacy and suggests positivitely man’s enthusiastic emphasis to mobilize those around him, but negatively tells of popular disregard by of other’s  lack of vision.

On the other side of the “gap” is Bannon’s Mars at 16 Libra “a boat landing washed away” that heralds the sudden awakening which from the many accounts online — there is no written biography of him — suggest happened about thirteen years ago when he became a born-again Roman Catholic thanks to the efforts of actor-evangelist James Patrick Caviezel.

                                             A stellium of planets dominates

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Image of Falling Swirling Autumnal Leaves

Bannon’s Part of Fortune is 25 Libra,  “The information stored in an autumn leaf.”  This symbol  is all about man’s resourceful usage of his creativity.  It is part of large stellium that begins with dutiful Neptune and ends with his egoistic Sun.  It is hard to get away from Bannon’s strong personality and the mitigating effect the stellium has on his deficits:  he is able to overcome them and bounce back though he does pay a cost, if not monetarily, at least in personal feelings and relationships.

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the Jane Austen book Club, movie snap

His first square to  Uranus in the sixth house (23 Cancer).  It has the symbol of a “literary society,” rather apropos for a Media Mogul particularly as literature has gone beyond the printed book into electronic media.

It hints that his prodigious intellectual and aesthetic abilities allow him to command many different areas successfully but it also implies that not everyone will agree with his outsized recompensation or his contributions.  Pettiness, jealousy and back biting all mar the picture.

The Uranian literary society is the semi-sextile to his Pluto / Moon conjunction in his seventh house.  This agreement between the three planets is not to Bannon’s advantage; chances are his partners have a hard time living up to his expectations, and he is far too critical and exacting for their peace of mind.  Perhaps this aspect is the reasons for his two acrimonious divorces.Sagittarius 06

That sextile in the partnership house brings us back to the Part of Fortune of the Autumnal Leaf and the square his Sun at  06 Sagittarius for a continuing game of cricket.  Like Sir Donald the great batsman himself, Mr. Bannon learns from his mistakes; squares are strict teachers that force the native to do their work.  Alas not everyone shows sportsmanship in losing or the willingness to learn from them,  as he does himself.

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In the  Morinus House System, proposed by Morin de Villefranche, a seventeenth-century astrologer, the astrological houses are divided equally onto the equator thus separating the Rising Sign from the Rising Degree.  Australian astrologer David Cope fixed that problem with his Meridian system.  Both systems can be used in any lattitude unlike the Porphry, Placidus, Koch and Regiomontus.  See our article on House systems for more including an example chart of Wendell Wilkie here.

This means several things:  first, the ascendant is not always either on the cusp of the first house or in the first house and two, there are not any intercepted houses.  Author Tracy Porter from a post in 1996,  likes intercepted houses and writes about their value here; we humbly disagree and have dropped them for the most part.


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