Politics. Politics. Politics. Everyone in the United States hasn’t been as passionate about politics since probably around 1776 (I’m sad and sorry to say). It’s both a good and a bad thing. But I don’t want to talk about the geopolitical ramifications of the G7 Summit taking place in Italy. I want to talk about something much more important …
I know several, very important climate change and economic policies are being discussed at the G7 Summit, but a lot of attention was spotlighted (spotlit?) on Trudeau and Macron’s little stroll through this picturesque and colorful garden overlooking the Mediterranean from the cliff-top town of Taormina in Sicily. Put these two photogenic and striking-looking gentlemen in armor and they’d fit right into Game of Thrones, don’t you think?
Of course, they don’t look too shabby in black and white either.
As it turns out President Macron was born on December 21st while Prime Minister Trudeau was born on December 25th. I know nothing about astrology, nor do I put any heed into it, but I thought it interesting how close their birthdays are. So, I decided to do a bit of research (just for fun).
Both of these world leaders were born on/near the Sagittarius Capricorn cusp which is also known as the “Cusp of Prophecy.” Hm. I thought. What does that mean?
According to one website, those born during the Cusp of Prophecy are “outgoing and friendly, but also reliable and responsible. They are always prepared to do their best at any endeavor, and would especially excel at an adventurous career related to language or travel.” I don’t know about the reliable part (yet), but the other characteristics seem applicable (so far). As partners on the cusp, both gentlemen are also deemed to value intelligence. (That’s good to know. Let’s keep exploring.)
Another website delved into their individual psyches. “Sagittarius (Macron’s astrological sign) is a mental sign, focused on philosophy and learning, always in search for unity, synthesis and that universal truth. Capricorn (Trudeau’s astrological sign) is the logical continuance of Sagittarius, as a practical tool which uses knowledge. If they don’t find each other stupid (LOL), they will click in the same wavelength without much trouble and discover they share a certain depth and curiosity which isn’t obvious at first glance. Still, most of their values differ greatly and their needs are often far off. While one of them values freedom, width and creativity, the other values practicality, responsibility and focus.“
Well, that last part doesn’t sound too good … “their values differ greatly?” Which one of them values freedom, width and creativity and which of them values practicality, responsibility and focus?” The first website said they are both responsible humans who are always prepared to do their best, which sounds to me like they’re both pretty darn focused. PM Trudeau seems fairly creative building a pillow fort in his office last week, so we’ll give that attribute to him.
But then, Macron just took office so maybe we should give him a chance to catch up, don’t ya think?
Responsibility, focus, creativity … What’s next? Let’s take a look at width. What the heck does width mean? Without more context, it sounds rather obscure to me. Does it mean a person who values width lives his life to the fullest? Or does it refer to the width of his intelligence, his generosity or perhaps his vision? Maybe in order to live one’s life to the fullest, you must employ all your gifts to the max? Taking that as an assumption, I’d say these two gents are both doing their best to utilize all their talents in very full lives.
Practicality. Common Sense. Gumption. Horse sense. Because we gave creativity to Trudeau, we’ll let Macron have this one.
Finally, there’s freedom. Who doesn’t value the right to act, speak or think without restraint? Ugh. Let’s not really answer that question. I’m calling this one a tie.
The last website I checked out talked about the positive and negative traits of those born under the Cusp of Prophecy. A few of the positive traits associated with these gentleman are reliability, loyalty, self-reliance, ambition, playfulness and charm. Check, check, check, check, check and check.
Now for the bad news. They are supposedly short-tempered, aggressive, impulsive and blunt. I could see short-temperedness being a problem in politics (cough. cough.); however, I also believe most politicians and world leaders learn how to deal with this facet of their personality, if they even possess it.
Aggressiveness is not necessarily a bad leadership trait if wielded responsibly, and we already know these two leaders revere their authority.
Another word for impulsive is instinctive which I consider to be a very important attribute to posses whether you’re a world leader or citizen of the world. Of course, if you have bad instincts, I can’t help you there.
Bluntness. What’s wrong with being blunt as long as you’re also tactful? That takes care of that.
All silliness aside, despite whatever differences these young world leaders may have, I hope they’re able to rely on each other as they guide their respective countries into the future – a future I hope is bright, prosperous, prudent and full of photo ops for us all to enjoy.
At the end of my short research trip, I came across a fun little tidbit worth mentioning, regarding the popularity of Justin Trudeau selfies – particularly the popularity of taking pictures with a cardboard cutout of the GQ PM. As you can see below, even the Tories couldn’t resist.
Of course, that got me to thinking about a pocket-sized Trudeau and a pocket-sized Macron. For those of you who appreciate that kind of thing, here you go: