Charting Sam

The Portland mayor’s rise and fall is spelled out in the stars.

By Shon Clark September 10, 2009 Published in the October 2009 issue of Portland Monthly

September 3, 1963

Sam Adams is born in Whitehall, Montana.

PROFILE You have an intense need to balance your reality with the reality of the group. Sure, we all see both sides. But for you this will be a lifelong process, complete with loud failures and quiet victories.

March 24, 2005

Sun conjunction to Venus

THE PREDICTION An important day. You experience a significant near-miss on a personal level. It’s not a failure, by any means: the near-miss is merely making room for a more satisfying personal victory later, perhaps as early as May of this year or as late as June 20.
THE REALITY Commissioner Adams meets Beau Breedlove, an aide in a state legislator’s office. Breedlove gives Adams a card with his number, but Adams soon loses it.

March 31, 2005

Sun conjunction to Venus

THE PREDICTION This day begins a period of tension and preparation. The real work begins. Others’ opinions aren’t important. Instead, it is time to use the hard-learned powers of diplomacy.
THE REALITY Adams calls the legislator’s office for Breedlove’s number, then calls him.

April 13-30, 2005

Sun conjunction to Venus

THE PREDICTION This is a time of doing—and of slow-building luck. This luck is born of reflection, action, and intention. But watch out for “garbage in/garbage out”—the difficulties of this period reflect deeds ill-spoken.
THE REALITY Adams and Breedlove phone and text each other 50 times and eventually meet for lunch at Macaroni Grill. Breedlove says Adams kisses him afterward at a traffic light in the mayor’s car.

May 20, 2008

Great tension between Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune

THE PREDICTION Opportunity presents itself today. On one level, it represents a long-sought goal or desire. But it also carries lasting and unexpected consequences. Danger: desire will create the illusion of freedom or safety. Neither is true.
THE REALITY Adams beats Sho Dozono in the primary election, winning the mayor’s seat.

January 1, 2009

Mercury and Jupiter conjunction

THE PREDICTION Change is in the air. Expectations from the past are reconsidered and re-evaluated at an alarming rate. You are under tremendous pressure to perform and to provide solutions. In the public eye, trust is rewarded and second-guessing is met with swift condemnation.
THE REALITY Commissioner Adams takes the oath to become Mayor Adams.

January 15, 2009

Moon and Saturn conjunction, both at 120 degrees to the Sun

THE PREDICTION Decisions over the past several weeks produce a very challenging situation. Accusations concerning loyalty, judgment, and ethics are on the table. Hold the course and stick to your internal compass.
THE REALITY Willamette Week reporters interview Adams about his relationship with Breedlove. Adams lies numerous times in the 38-minute conversation.

January 19, 2009

Sun moving out of Capricorn, into Aquarius and conjunction with Jupiter

THE PREDICTION After a dark struggle, the light at the end of the tunnel has arrived. Now is the time for the truth to come out and to clear the air—even if the way of revealing is uncomfortable. It’s time for your visionary nature to take off.
THE REALITY Adams confesses the relationship to Willamette Week and sends out a press release apologizing.

June 22, 2009

Sun enters Cancer and opposes Pluto

THE PREDICTION Huge pressure has been on you for many months now, forcing you to dig deep to apply your natural sense of right and wrong to the world. All of the work has paid off, big-time. Now it is time to step into the next adventure.
THE REALITY Oregon Attorney General John Kroger clears Mayor Adams of criminal wrongdoing in his affair with Breedlove.

October 5, 2009

Mercury conjunction with Saturn

THE PREDICTION This is a time of completion for you. Whether this is a successful culmination of hard work or just the end of one phase and the start of another depends on how you look at it. Above all, remember that luck is on your side.
THE REALITY Deadline for signatures to be collected in the campaign to recall the mayor.

November 6, 2012

Mercury goes retrograde in one day

THE PREDICTION You are ready to open a new chapter in your personal life that will invite sweeping and long-lasting changes. Shortly, these changes will affect the lives of a great many people.
THE REALITY Election day.

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