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 Giuliani, for the Secretary of State post.   Trump later made him Cybersecurity chief.

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


Mr. Tillerson became CEO of his only employer in 2006. He is friends with Bush family, also Texas-based, and many oil men and 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 his shrewd business savvy but he reaches Exxon’s mandatory retirement age of 65 in March 2017, and so retires today,  December 31, 2016.  Darren W. Woods, age 51 is Tillerson’s successor at Exxon whether or not he receives Congressional approval for his  Secretary of State nominations.

Tillerson considers himself a devout Christian.  He has supported the US Boy Scouts all of his life, becoming an Eagle Scout in 1962 when he was ten years old.  He is also a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award recipient and past national president of the Boy Scouts of America and told  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 5,000 Eagle Scouts gathered. “Your personal integrity, once established and earned, people don’t have to think about it. They know you and they know you’ll do the right thing every time.”

Rex Tillerson

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.

                      Astrological Overview

Horoscopes are many ways depending upon the astrological method, but Marc Edmund Jones emphasized that the basic qualities of the chart  could do the bulk of the work, and  they are  the four quadratures,  the three triplicities  and four hemispheres.  Quadratures are the astrological traits  of the signs, liked  fixed, cardinal or mutable, each sign has one and only one of these natures.  Then there are the triplicities, that are again singular, as signs belong to one of the four elements,.  Last are the hemispheres and quadrants that are the physical divisions of the circle  — a hemisphere being the halves that the map is broken into and quadrants those halfs halved again.  In these cases we look at the dominant and empty portions for direction.

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. Instead the elements of fire and water dominant it  (he has four planets in each), but they are polar opposites that clash and take each other out, giving the Air & lack of Earth in his chart prominence. This is best seen with the Saturn and Neptune conjunction in his seventh housean image of dutiful fidelity, but in Air (Libra is intercepted in this chart) and so 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. In the twelfth house,  controlled by the Diana and Aphrodite, {the Moon and Venus}  one can speculate if this is not a horoscope of a man wedded to his job.


                                Locomotive Temperament Type

Mr. Tillerson is a mutable locomotive temperament type because his Grand Trine is found in mutable signs.  Locomotives,  like motorcycles, do not back up, but instead go forward and circle to turn around:  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 he made at ExxonMobil.

His high focus planet is Mars in the 8th House of legacies, which tells that Tillerson is a man 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, that is his eighth house.  In Medieval astrology, Mars rules Scorpio and is thus dignified here giving Tillerson some impetus to assert his own agenda.]

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The Sabian Symbol for his Mars illustrates this point as “A parrot listening and then talking.”  MEJ writes that such a degree when activated favorably 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, a mathematically derived point that emphasizes life’s purpose  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.  It would seem that at least geographically, he stretched himself to his utmost.

                                                                               The  tightest T-Cross

Tillerson’s s focal planet is Mars and 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 usually 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 challenges are demonstrated by the quincunxes.  The apex planet shows 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 and is s symbolized  by Tillerson’s ongoing commitment to the Boy Scouts.


Will Congress approve him?  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 have their view of things (see above the caveat on Mars in Scorpio and agendae) so there may be a some amount of dissonance within the Administration.

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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