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Confirming Rex Tillerson



 

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Mrs and Mrs Tillerson and daughter Jill

Forbes Magazine rates Rex Tillerson as the 24th most important person in business for 2016.President-elect Donald Trump must have agreed, as he tapped Mr. Tillerson over his staunch friend ex-Mayor of New York City,  Rudolph Guiliani, for the Secretary of State post.   Guiliani was later tapped by Trump to be Cybersecurity chief.

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Information on Mr. Tillerson is slight.  He started his career at ExxonMobil in 1975 after graduating from University of Texas at Austin with a B.S.Civil Engineering degree and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

       TILLERSON AT EXXONMOBIL

He became CEO of his only employer in 2006.

He is friends with Bush family, also Texas-based, and oil men.  He has close ties to the most influential person on FORBES’ list, Vladimir Putin,  ruler of Russia and former KGB operative, whom Tillerson knew in the 1990s when he led Exxon’s interests in Russia.  Since being made CEO, Exxon has recovered from a steep drop in its stock price showing some business savvy.  He reaches Exxon’s mandatory retirement age of 65 in March 2017, but retires today,  December 31, 2016.  He will be succeeded by Darren W. Woods, age 51.

He has close ties to the most influential person on FORBES’ list, Vladimir Putin,  ruler of Russia and former KGB operative, whom Tillerson knew in the 1990s when he led Exxon’s interests in Russia.  Since being made CEO, Exxon has recovered from a steep drop in its stock price showing some business savvy.  He reaches Exxon’s mandatory retirement age of 65 in March 2017, but retires today,  December 31, 2016.  He will be succeeded by Darren Woods currently a Senior Vice President with the firm.

Since being made CEO, Exxon has recovered from a steep drop in its stock price showing some business savvy.  He reaches Exxon’s mandatory retirement age of 65 in March 2017, but retires today,  December 31, 2016.  He will be succeeded by Darren Woods,  and if successfully confirmed by Congress Tillerson will be the next Secretary of State.

Tillerson considers himself a devout Christian and has supported the US Boy Scouts all of his life, becoming an Eagle Scout in 1962 at ten years of age.  He is also a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award recipient and past national president of the Boy Scouts of America.

He told at the National Convention of Eagle Scouts that they are special because they have personal integrity.

“People trust you. They count on you,” he said to the nearly 5,000 Eagle Scouts gathered. “Your personal integrity, once established and earned, people don’t have to think about it. They know. They know you. They know you’ll do the right thing every time.”

Mr. Tillerson has been married twice and has four children.  The first time to his college sweetheart that ended in divorce, and the second time to Renda St. Clair, that has been far more successful.   Obviously, not much to go by, so let’s see what the Chart can fill in.

                      Astrological Overview

Horoscopes can be divided many ways depending upon the astrological methodology, but Marc Edmund Jones emphasized that the basics could do the bulk of the work, and  the four quadratures,  the three tripliciities  and four hemispheres.   Quadratures are fixed, cardinal and mutable; triplicities are the four elements and hemispheres are the quadrants of the circle.

Mr. Tillerson has no earth in his chart which is rather odd for a man whose undergraduate degree in civil engineering, building large public or commercial works. While the elements of fire and water dominant (he has four planets in each), they are geomatriac opposites and clash and take each other out, leaving the Air & lack of Earth in his chart prominence. This is best seen with the Saturn and Neptune conjunction in his seventh house, generally an image of dutiful fidelity, now in Air becomes a reaction against being fenced in by marital requirements.

Perhaps that is why the first marriage to his school sweetheart Jamie Henry resulted in dissolution, while his second nuptials to Renda St. Clair in 1984 has been more rewarding.  Finally, in the twelfth house,  controlled by the Diana and Aphrodite, {the Moon and Venus}  one speculates if that is not an aspect of a man wedded to his job.

                                Locomotive Temperament Type

Mr. Tillerson is a mutable locomotive temperament type  because his Grand Trine s found in mutable signs.  Locomotives like a steam engine do not back up, they go forward and momentum is their keyword.  Here we see Tillerson instead of retiring out to the golf course, picking up a whole other career as US State Department head, based on  personal relationships that he made at ExxonMobil.

His high focus planet is Mars in the 8th House of legacies, which tells that Tillerson is a man highly inspired by leaving behind an enduring legacy built, like President-elect Trump,  with his own particular imprint.  [Mars is in the nineteenth degree of Scorpio, which is his eighth house; traditionally Mars rules Scorpio and so is naturally dignified here giving Tillerson some impetus.]

rex's yod.pngThe Sabian Symbol for his Mars illustrates this point as “A parrot listening and then talking.”  MEJ writes that such a degree when activated favorably, is when the native rejects aspects of himself that he finds useless and creates others in their stead, that are useful to his overall purpose.  For Tillerson, that purpose is found in his Part of Fortune, traditionally considered a point important for overall career success,  at 29 Aries, A Celestial Choir Signing, or the desire to use all of his abilities to their fullest.

Reading his Forbes biography,  Tillerson’s career at ExxonMobil   went from oil fields of Texas and Oklahoma to the deserts of Saudi Arabia  and then to the tundra and Byzantine cities of Russia.

                                                                               The  tightest T-Cross

Tillerson’s s focal planet is Mars and directly opposite both his  Mercury and Jupiter in the first house creating a T-Cross, that planetary pattern that accents the stresses that one has to bear.  Not all temperament types have T-Crosses, but locomotives typically do.

For Tillerson, the Mars-Mercury/Jupiter cross ends with a release of Uranus in his fourth house [in his chart under Gemini]  suggesting that his method of dealing with the strains of creating his personal legacy is by forgoing a conventional home life.   Instead, for Tillerson home is the proverbial where his hat lays, and with a Sagittarius midheaven, that could just be about anywhere.

Uranus is at 10 Gemini, the symbol of an Airplane Falling, which MEJ writes is man’s independence from the same nourishment that most other men have accepted as a limitation.

                                                 The Boy Scouts Yod

Yods like T-Crosses do not appear in every chart, but Rex Tillerson has one which we think is rather crucial to understanding him.  Yods show skills that the native need to perfect and then used in a constructive and selfless way. 

The skills that the native uses are shown by the sextile planets, while the challenges are demonstrated by the quincunxes.  The apex planet demonstrates the native’s personal mission. In Tillerson’s layout, this is at 20 Leo in his Fifth House  which rules children and creativity.  Leo rules this-this house showing  the importance of leadership in its sphere.   This is symbolized,  by Tillerson’s ongoing commitment to the Boy Scouts.

         ROUNDUP

So will he be approved by Congress?  Yes, we think so.  Will he be a good Secretary of State, if we define good as effective, honest and diligent, all aspects point to yes but remember locomotives do tend to have their view of things and they may be a some amount of dissonance within the Administration that will make for a bumpy ride..

Update:  The Senate on Wednesday, February 1, 2017  confirmed former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, sending him to the State Department.  Career officials mount a formal protest against Mr. Trump’s immigration initiative stating that he U.S. faces a complex set of foreign-policy challenges for which his team is unprepared.

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