A Brief Biography of Jimmy Carter, plus his Horoscope

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Jimmy Carter, America's 39th president, was considered to have had a failed presidency, but some of his accomplishments were in fact momentous.

Early life

James Earl Carter, Jr. was born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia, to James Earl Carter, Sr., a successful local businessman and investor in agricultural lands, and Bessie Lillian Carter, a nurse. Jimmy's father was a staunch segregationist, but he allowed his young son to play with the neighboring black children, which was a rare occurrence at the time.

Jimmy was the eldest of four children. As a child in school he was a hard-working student who loved to read. In high school he played on the Plains High School basketball team, joined the Future Farmers of America, and developed a fondness for woodworking. At thirteen, his father gave him an acre of farmland, where he grew, packaged and sold peanuts, and with his profits he purchased a section of tenant housing and rented it out.

Education, and his naval career

At eighteen Jimmy Carter enrolled at Georgia Southwestern College in nearby Americus, and he took additional courses in mathematics at Georgia Tech. In 1943, he was admitted to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. While there, he was introduced by his sister Ruth Carter to Rosalynn Smith, who he would marry in 1946. From 1946 to 1953, he and Rosalynn were stationed in Virginia, Hawaii, Connecticut and California. After being promoted to full lieutenant, he completed qualification for a submarine command, where he applied for the navy's fledgling nuclear submarine program run by Admiral Hyman Rickover. Much later, Carter would say that, apart from his parents, Rickover had the greatest influence on him.

Jimmy's father Earl died in July, 1953, prompting him to reluctantly give up his plans for a naval career in favor of returning to Plains to take over the family business. He resigned his commission and was honorably discharged from the Navy on October 9, 1953, just after his 29th birthday.

Entering politics

Carter returned to a Plains inflamed by racial tension after the US Supreme Court decision ruling segregation unconstitutional in 1954. He was in favor of racial tolerance and integration, and when he refused to join the town's White Citizens Council the members boycotted his peanut warehouse. Subsequently, he kept his feelings to himself to avoid making enemies.

He served two two-year terms in the Georgia State Senate before losing a race for Congress in 1966. Running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1968, he came in third in the primary and forced a runoff between ultra-conservative segregationist Lester Maddox and liberal Ellis Arnall, which Maddox won.

Securing the nomination in 1970, Carter campaigned playing both sides of the fence, seeking both the black vote and the votes of racists. He met with the African-American leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andrew Young, but he also praised George Wallace and invited him to come to Georgia to speak.

Once elected, Carter made civil rights a priority, appointing several African-Americans to key posts in his administration. He placed portraits of Dr. King and other black leaders in the capitol building. According to Wikipedia, he "pushed reforms through the legislature to provide equal state aid to schools in the wealthy and poor areas of Georgia, set up community centers for mentally handicapped children, and increased educational programs for convicts. He took pride in his programs for the appointment of judges and state government officials. Under this program, all such appointments were based on merit, rather than political influence."

Presidency

Jimmy Carter served as president during inflationary and recessionary times, which resulted in many viewing his as a failed presidency. Nevertheless, he can be credited with some singular achievements, the most notable of which were the Camp David Accords, when he brought together Menachim Begin and Anwar Sadat to broker a treaty of peace between Israel and Egypt. Recently interviewed by Jon Stewart, Carter remembered that for the first two days of their meeting, Sadat and Begin continually "yelled at each other. I then sent Begin to a cabin at one end of the grounds and Sadat to one at the other and I ran back and forth between them."

Carter is also credited with signing the SALT II nuclear arms reduction treaty with Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev, and with giving the Panama Canal back to its rightful owners.

Unfortunately for the president, in November, 1979, a group of Iranian students took over the American embassy in Teheran and held 52 American diplomats and citizens as hostages for the next 444 days, until Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president. (It has only recently come to light that Reagan's camp negotiated with Teheran, illegally, to secure a promise to continue to hold the hostages until Reagan was sworn in.)

Carter ordered a boycott of the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which was a highly controversial move.

Post presidency

While both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have spent their post-presidential years trotting around giving speeches at $200,000 a pop, Jimmy Carter has been indefatigable as a missionary for peace and justice throughout the world.

Soon after leaving the presidency, Carter could be observed pounding nails, helping to build houses for the poor through Habitat for Humanity.

In 1982, he established The Carter Center, a non-profit, non-governmental charitable institution headquartered in Atlanta which promotes democracy around the world, mediates conflicts, monitors elections to keep them fair, and works to diminish and eliminate such diseases as Guinea worm disease, river blindness, malaria, trachoma and other afflictions. The Center also works to improve nutrition through increased crop production in Africa. (Source: Wikipedia)

The work of the Carter Center has succeeded in virtually eliminating the scourge of Guinea worm disease, from an estimated 3.5 million cases in 1986 to 148 reported cases in 2013.

Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, for his efforts "to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

His horoscope

Jimmy Carter has the Sun in the socially conscious and fair-minded sign of Libra in the twelfth house, and Libra is also his rising sign. The Sun in the twelfth house always beckons the native to consecrate his or her life to a cause greater than self. It invites the native to serve selflessly in order to make his or her world a better place.

Libra is the sign of the conciliator, the arbitrator, the promoter of cooperative effort, the lover of peace. Carter's success in brokering a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel was a singularly Libra achievement, and the former president, now in his nineties, still works tirelessly to promote peace and justice all over the world. It must also be said that Carter's successful courting of both African-Americans and segregationists in his 1970 gubernatorial campaign by playing both sides of the fence is also a singularly Libra achievement.

The ruler of any individual's horoscope is the planet which rules the ascendant or rising sign. In Carter's case that planet is Venus. Placed in the tenth house, it destined him to live his adult life in the public eye. Carter defines himself (first house - ascendant) by what he can achieve in the world (ruler of the first house in the tenth).

Carter's strong religious faith - he is "born-again" - is seen by Pluto's placement in the ninth house, revealing a passionate and powerful (Pluto) personal faith (ninth house), which is reinforced by Jupiter's placement in Sagittarius.

The former president's actions not only as president, but ever since, have been characterized by the extreme idealism seen in the conjunction of Venus and Neptune. In the tenth house, ruling one's public life, that idealism is on display for everyone to see. Moreover, Mars in Aquarius reveals a person who takes action (Mars) to promote humanitarian concerns (Aquarius).

Mercury in strong aspect to Uranus (a close opposition) signifies very high intelligence.

Saturn in the first house, close to the ascendant, shows that he learned adult-type responsibility as a child, while his Scorpio Moon, in exact trine aspect (120 degrees) to his ninth house Pluto, shows a passionate commitment (Scorpio) to his beliefs and a life-long walk along the high road of integrity and principle (ninth house).

At ninety, Jimmy Carter is the longest-lived ex-president in American history, and he shows no signs of slowing down. No one has been more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than he.

Link: Jimmy Carter, Consummate Humanitarian

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author avatar Paul Lines
17th Jan 2015 (#)

An incredible and well presented insight into the man and his life Steve. Great work

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Paul. I really appreciate that.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jan 2015 (#)

As always, your horoscope offers great insight to the person. I have shared this information on Jimmy Carter on Facebook

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Mark. I appreciate your doing that.

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author avatar viewgreen
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Awesome article and thank you for charging a piece of knowledge about one of the US President biography. Wonderful horoscope. :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you viewgreen.

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author avatar M G Singh
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Great post Steve, but in the East Carter is thought of as a weak president.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Not as weak as he was made out to be. The Camp David accords were a great achievement, and the work he has done since is extremely admirable.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jan 2015 (#)

I have always thought that Carter's defeat by Reagan was an unfortunate move on the part of the United States.

I am amazed to learn that the Republicans were "at it again" in terms of shady dealings that Nixon would have been proud of!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jan 2015 (#)

The Republicans are always engaged in shady dealings.

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author avatar Harris Mungai
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Well done Steve,Jimmy is remembered the world over for his efforts to try finding peaceful to conflicts,thank you for this share.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Harris.

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author avatar Shamarie
17th Jan 2015 (#)

I always felt President Carter was one of the best U.S. Presidents we ever had! We can only imagine what the country would have been like if he got re-elected in 1980.

Thanks for sharing a great article on Carter, Steve!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jan 2015 (#)

I'm in total agreement with you Shamarie. Carter would not have set the country on the 'greed is good' path that Reagan did.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Jan 2015 (#)

good write up. How do you do your images because I see that I have to say the images I own but I don't own wikimedia commmons?

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author avatar Retired
18th Jan 2015 (#)

An absorbing and informative article Steve. Thank you.

I have my Sun in 12th House Libra too. It's amazing the difference 22 years and some significant planetry movements can make.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Indeed it is. Thank you Lewis.

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author avatar Retired
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Great job, Steve. I find your astrology readings of public figures fascinating and insightful! :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you rama devi. I appreciate that. :)

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