"An Astrologer with a knowledge of Medicine could get a hell of a blog entry out of this Trig Palin business."
-Matthew The Astrologer
It surprises me a little that in a US Election season where health care is (as always) an issue, and a leadership candidate has a true, harrowing tale of a medical emergency to tell, that someone or other hasn't made a bigger deal about it. Alaska Governor (and Republican VP candidate) Sarah Palin has quite the story to tell around the birth of her youngest child, Trig Palin. Governor Palin is being held up by conservative fundamentalists as a shining example for pro-lifers everywhere as the mother of a Down's Syndrome child.
Or is she?
A) Proceed to the nearest hospital (Dallas has several excellent hospitals, and money is no object) and give birth.
B) Go to the airport, get in a plane, and fly to Anchorage Alaska. Once there, you literally drive past Anchorage Regional Hospital and Providence Hospital (which has the highest rated maternity care in the State) and then head for Wasilia (population: about 60,000) for a total travel time of nearly 24 hours to give birth at Mat-Su Hospital.
...A small-town hospital which, by the way, has no record of The State Governor having given birth there that day. You think they'd notice somethng like that.
There's a rumour going around that Trig Palin is in fact the child of Gov. Palin's daughter Bristol. Bristol has been seen a lot publicly lately... "publicly" in the sense that she is usually backstage handling the baby while Governor Palin is making an appearance. And I haven't been able to find any record of Bristol talking excitedly (or dejectedly) to any of her friends about the impending pregnancy. And neither will you, mostly because Bristol Palin was out of school for almost the entire pregnancy with an alleged case of mononucleosis.
By the way: the usual recovery time for mono? Three or four months.
***Astrologically... even without a time of birth for Sarah Palin, you'd expect to see something exciting going on transit-wise for the Governor around then. Here's what was happening at the time:
Transiting Mars squaring natal Jupiter, trining natal Neptune.
Transiting Saturn quincunxing natal Venus.
Transiting Uranus: no major aspects.
Transiting Neptune conjunct natal Sun/Mars/Saturn conjunction.
Transiting Pluto square natal Venus.
Now, without the proper time of birth, we can't know the house placements and rulerships in Governor Palin's chart. But we can tell there was a hell of a lot of Neptune... shadowy, nebulous, deceptive Neptune... going on at that time. Which seems appropriate. But of course (given the verified publicly-known facts on the matter) Sarah Palin must either be lying about having given birth to Trig Palin, or is telling the truth about being near-criminally stupid about a pregnancy. Her fifth pregnancy. All very... Neptunian.
Either way, I don't think this is the political role-model American women were begging for.
The Daily Kos.
UPDATE: Bristol apparently really is pregnant (either again or for the first time). And apparently she's five months pregnant. Trig was born April 18th this year, so it is possible for Bristol to have birthed both children. Or maybe this is Bristol's first pregnancy, and she's merely a living example of what happens when fundamentalists pressure Republican leaders to take sex education out of public schools. Either way (as previously reported here,) the Big Star of The Show at Day One if the Republican National Convention is still definitely Uranus.)