General Petraeus: A Metaphysical Profile

It’s hard to avoid this story if you watch the news – It’s all over the place.

Personally, I don’t really know yet how the details of this man’s personal life really affect how he did his job… but I understand why he stepped down. And given the way the information of the affair came out, Seth Meyer’s most recent Weekend Update comes to mind.

“It’s official, you can’t get away with it [having affairs in the digital age]. The head of the CIA couldn’t get away with it. ”


~ Seth Meyer’s, Weekend Update SNL

I’ve been following the reports on this scandal and, as per usual, while many find the details surrounding the story intriguing, I’m more interested in the actual timing of this story because Saturn, the Karmic planet, just moved into Scorpio on October 5th, 2012 and it’ll be there until September 17th, 2015.

While watching NBC’s Nightly News (I love Brian Williams!), I had this feeling that General Petraeus might actually be a Scorpio. After a quick google search revealing his birthday to be November 7, 1952, my feelings were validated.

November 7th, 1952. His life path number is 11+7+1952 = 8.  If you add 11 and 7, you get 9. In numerology, adding the number 9 does nothing to add value to the remaining numbers so we can disregard it in the calculation. 1952 reduces to 8.

Wow. A scorpio ruled by the number 8. And his attitude number (the sum of his month and day of birth) is 9. What a powerful combination!

It’s no wonder he’s always been such a well-respected man in such a position of power. The number 8 as a life path number denotes characteristics of perseverance, an extremely hardworking nature (because nothing worth anything ever comes easy to an 8), and the ability to withstand an exorbitant amount of pressure while priding themselves on being honest.

His attitude number of 9 presents him to others as a man with the ability to add finesse to delicate situations, and he works very well with others. He’s a natural leader. He’s humble, and he’ll get the job done at any cost, without showing another how difficult the task was to accomplish.

So you’re thinking ‘what does all of this mean?’ Well, let’s break it down:

Because of it’s distance from the Sun, Saturn travels around the Sun at what seems like a much slower rate than a planet much closer to the Sun – like Mercury. So while it’s moving around in it’s rotation, the duration of it’s stay in a particular Zodiac sign is much longer than Mercury, or Venus.

Zodiac signs don’t move – they’re just areas that are mapped out in our solar system.

When these planets move through these signs, the characteristics of these signs mingle with the characteristics of these planets, and then depending on our astrological signs, we are affected.

Saturn represents all things associated with Karma. In other words, the lessons Saturn teach us are meant to make us stronger. Sometimes, these lessons are punishing, and painful. It’s kind of a ‘bootcamp’ like planet. If there is some weakness in you, Saturn will put you in situations that force you to deal with them, and strengthen them.

Scorpio is associated with mystery, secrets, sex, death and shared money. With Saturn interacting with Scorpio, these areas of a Scorpio’s life will be under the microscope. If Scorpio is your Sun Sign, or your Ascendant, this affects you in a profound way.

As evidenced by ‘The Emperor’ card, General Petraeus will have an uncomfortable road ahead of him. His foundation, and to some degree his credibility, will need to be reestablished.  Ruled by the number 4, this card indicates that even though his friends and allies will come to his aid, he will have a very uncomfortable bout of anxiety associated with this indiscretion. There are, however, some career opportunities ahead for General Petraeus that will actually be a good fit.

The lesson of Saturn’s special focus on Scorpio right now, along with the Emperor card I pulled (upside down) for him is simple; much like a table with four legs, if all legs are strong, the table can carry a substantial amount burden. If even one of the legs is weak, the table will give way.

General Petraeus, if you happen to be reading this, don’t worry – You’ll be alright. This ordeal illuminated some of the things you swept under the rug, and the process of cleaning it up will actually strengthen you. And it won’t be the worst thing you’ve ever lived through, however you will carry the lesson with you for the rest of your life. Keep your head held high, pay attention, and continue onward.