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.

The Chart

bannonThere is no known birth time for Mr Bannon and so we  have rectified it to 03 Aquarius .  It has a poignant symbol of a “Deserter from the Navy.”    transformations him a very western, opportunistic, person.

His Sun at Sagittarius 06 is the only planet in the Eastern hemisphere, and as a singleton works as the handle for his bucket.

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.  He has a demanding personality that Dr. Marc Edmund Jones writes  “does not flourish into responsible action” until the native is much older.  His Mars in the eighth house of transformation agrees with that assessment, 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-activist James Caviezel.

                                     Focal Determinator

The Sun, the bucket handle in his chart, is also his focal determinator — a configuration in a chart that all other elements are subordinate.  For him, it receives the symbol of  “A game of cricket” suggesting an “insatiable desire strengthen his personal character” from the various experiences of every endeavor that he finds himself.

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.

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.

That sextile in the partnership house brings us back to the Part of Fortune of the Autumnal Leaf and the square to his bucket handle 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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