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What can astrology tell us about American politics?

I might have thought the answer to that question was “nothing,” but it seems I would have been wrong.

Tony Vallencourt has an interesting post on his econball blog. He tallies the astrological sign of members of the U.S. House of Representatives. This exercise is inspired by the work of Anders Ericsson and others; they find that month of birth has an important impact on later success in a variety of activities such as professional soccer and hockey. We recently wrote about this work in a New York Times column.

It turns out that the astrologoical signs of the politicians are quite skewed, with Gemini, Cancer, Libra, and Virgo over-represented.

Anyone have ideas why that might be?

(While you are at Tony’s webpage, check out some of his other interesting posts, including one on the Coke/Pepsi stolen secrets where he argues much the same point as I did here on this blog — but Tony posted first.)