Barack Obama ascended to the presidency on a platform of “hope and change” and a desire to transform America. Voters bought into it – twice. Who is this beguiling man whose past has been – and remains – shrouded in mystery? From the time he won the nomination until the election, hardly any time was spent vetting candidate Obama. The manic desire to see this man become America’s first black president overwhelmed the mainstream media’s professional integrity, and they settled for becoming his enablers and appendages to the Democrat Party. The fact that Obama might have been constitutionally unqualified to become president was of no concern even to large segments of the Republican Party, and those who dared to criticize his radical background or question his place of birth were quickly labeled “racist” or “birthers.” But if mystery still surrounds the president’s background, there is less mystery from an astrological viewpoint.
Skeptics will argue that astrology is not a legitimate basis from which to judge an individual. But a skeptic‘s job is to doubt and dismiss. It is not my intent to try and validate astrology, but rather to use this valuable tool to present a unique overview of the president and his presidency as well as the upcoming presidential election. In essence, we are dealing with a Celestial Clock whose ‘hands’ comprise the luminaries – the Sun and the Moon – and the 8 planets. Every human at the time and place of birth is coordinated with this clock, and the event can then be viewed in the form of a horoscope or natal chart which is actually a snapshot of the heavens at that particular moment in time. Let us look at Obama’s chart as it relates to his presidency.
First, his ascending sign, the lens from which he views life, is in Aquarius; independent, erratic, eccentric, or far-sighted. It is unemotional and can be described sort of this way: a lover of humanity but extremely selective about people!
Pundits, critics, and even supporters alike keep waiting for Mr. Obama to become a leader. That may be expecting too much of him – although were he to be handed better scripts he might at least be able to act the part. His natal Sun is in Leo, and correlates with a lover of the dramatic, a showman, and someone who enjoys the trappings of royalty. Its symbol, the lion, suggests majesty – and a mighty roar but with little substance behind it. His Mercury – the way he communicates or expresses himself – is also in the regal sign of Leo, reinforcing his talents for emoting, for indulging in make-believe, and his fun-loving, pleasure -oriented nature. He is someone who would rather be a monarch than a president, preferring to rule than lead. And that might explain his preference to act by executive order rather than consult Congress. His Moon, which stands for personality – as opposed to the Sun and individuality – is in Taurus, and can denote a bull-headed stubbornness. It can also mean someone dominated in childhood by a rigid, opinionated mother, or someone who clings to lost causes out of loyalty. Venus, the way an individual seeks love, in his chart is in Cancer, and is often attracted to thin-skinned, or easily offended or otherwise clinging love objects. At best it’s ‘sensitive,’ or nurturing. Also, with his Venus in Cancer he thrives on the love/adoration he receives from crowds on the campaign and fund-raising trails. His Mars in Virgo, on the other hand, is analytical, and critical rather than emotional. It can make the individual seem detached, and even cold or indifferent. It is in stark contrast to his warmer, theatrical Leo side.
There are three other planets that round out this mini- presidential portrait. First, his Jupiter in Aquarius– the spiritual or philosophical side of his nature – indicates a non-traditional or open approach to religion. While Islam was the professed faith of his youth, he later adopted a radical form of Christianity under the guidance of his mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Second, his Neptune is in Scorpio, and Neptune is the planet that correlates with the theatre, and make-believe, and it figures prominently in his natal chart. But a transit of Neptune in Scorpio (and each sign spends 14 years in Neptune) brought about the Sexual Revolution mentality of the sixties and seventies, and, among other activities, it correlates with drugs and violence. Depending upon the individual’s particular moral fiber, he/she becomes mired – or inspired. In his book, Obama reveals that he was a voracious partaker of the drug culture, opting out of the real world for one of escapism and fantasy. Neptune, artistic and altruistic at one level, has the capacity to deceive by pretense or self-delusion. This is the sign of the dreamer of what might be and not what is.
Finally, Mr. Obama’s Saturn in the sign of Capricorn points to a father figure who was either a strict disciplinarian or a man aloof or dismissive, with a need to dominate. In Obama’s chart, Saturn forms what is called “a Grand Trine” with two other planets, and it is considered to be a very lucky signature and correlates with great ease. In other words it tends to laziness since the individual never really has to work hard for anything. Everything seems to fall into the lucky individual’s lap.
Now having delineated some of the features that correlate with Obama’s natal chart, we need to look at how his chart fits into two other natal charts: those of his first and second terms. Now we are talking about what is called ‘horary astrology’ – charts for events rather than individuals – and the moment that a president is sworn into office, the event is born of that moment, and, as Carl Jung explained it, “whatever is born or done at this moment of time, has the quality of this moment of time.” But here’s what is so fascinating: Mr. Obama may be the first president in our history to be sworn in four times: twice in 2009, and twice in 2013.
Traditionally, every president takes the oath of office on January 20 at noon, except when that date falls on a Sunday, in which case the ceremony is held on Monday. In January of 2009 Obama was sworn in at noon, but due to a semantic glitch by Justice Roberts in the administration of the oath of office, officials feared that the president’s authority could be challenged on a technicality. Rather than face what these individuals perceived to be a possible threat to his presidency, Mr. Obama was sworn in privately the following day at 7:35 P.M. – which then overrode the first oath. Now the picture was dramatically different, and for the new president that semantic glitch turned out to be fortunate because the new chart formed was so favorable it enabled him to pass Obamacare – his signature legislation. This new chart also gave Mr. Obama so much ease and leeway to act that he literally ruled over all he surveyed. Interestingly, the prominent signature planet in this chart was Saturn in the sign of Virgo, and if you can visualize the pattern of this chart as a basket, Saturn was its handle. Saturn governs restrictions and limitations and rules and regulations, and there has been nothing his administration does not want to regulate. But this does not appear to be entirely Mr. Obama calling all the shots; it suggests that the new president was beholden to, and comfortable with taking orders from unnamed power brokers. As a whole, there was no real opposition from Congress, but under the radar, the ‘proletariat’ (the Moon in Sagittarius) began to get restless, and signs of disenchantment started to appear behind the scenes. In general, however, the president inherited a lucky chart for his first term, but had he assumed office the day before how different history might have been. It would have meant all the emphasis was on serious foreign affairs, but Mr. Obama’s ‘foreign affairs’ consisted mostly of overseas travel to pay court to kings and rulers. How fortunate he was for that lucky glitch in taking the first oath.
Then in his second term there were also two swearings-in. He took the first oath privately, with few in attendance on Sunday, January 20, and then for the public he repeated the ceremony on Monday, January 21. It is this second oath we are now seeing playing out. This time he was not so lucky. The emphasis is on foreign affairs, his weakest suit. His foreign policy, missing in action, is a disaster because he is not qualified by nature to take charge of events as the chart demands. We have two more years of this administration playing out, and since Mr. Obama has no stomach for his role as commander-in-chief, these will be perilous times indeed. From the various signatures in the chart itself, the relationship between the chief executive, the media and the military, will be tested to the limits. It does not look like a happy ending, with such powerful forces arrayed against the president’s authority.
Looking ahead to the election of 2016, the new chart will be formed at noon on January 20, 2017. This chart presents something relatively unique: the Sun (the chief executive) is not buttressed by either Mercury (print media) or Neptune (TV) as it has so often been in the past. It means a different kind of president, and if we are lucky a man/woman with enough integrity and strength of character to resist the traditional “slings and arrows” the mainstream media will aim against anyone not of their political persuasion. But an esoteric signature, the Part of Fortune, falls in the Tenth House, the chief executive’s house, and God willing, the ultimate choice of president will eventually benefit everyone – except those fractious individuals who revel in anarchy and have an abnormal desire to exert their own power. And with several planets in Capricorn, when entitlements and benefits are cut – as they will surely have to be no matter who wins – there may be sporadic outbursts of rebellion – or calculated riots – such as were seen In two entitlement societies, Greece and France. The outcome, of course, will depend on how well the new president manages his chart –and stays the course.
Since we have few clues as to who will even run let alone win in 2016, the only thing we know is that if this individual takes the oath of office on the traditional day he or she will face challenges of a wholly different nature. First of all, Congress, and the masses, i.e. the electorate, as well as women in general, will play a more prominent role. The mainstream media will awaken from its long stupor, and if the right president is elected, they will not be able to run roughshod over the new president as they have done successfully ever since the Nixon era. This will be a people’s presidency and, though it cannot happen all at once – considering the horrendous debt this and previous administrations have generated – there will be a concerted effort to rein in profligate spending. With a lucky Jupiter correlating with freedom and liberty and justice, in the Sixth House – a service oriented house – there should be a significant rise in jobs and employment opportunities. Human nature, however, does not turn on a dime – and the quest for self-aggrandizement, and power from opposition forces, never ceases in politics, it just changes hands. It is the responsibility of an awakened and determined electorate to make a difference. Otherwise inertial will invite the wrong people to the party.
With regard to foreign affairs, there is one transit to be aware of, no matter who the president is, and that is Uranus, the planet of upheaval, anarchy, and independence. It is in the sign of Aries, ruled by hot-headed, passionate Mars, and indicates that we will have almost 7 more years to cope with young revolutionaries of all stripes and para-military types behaving unpredictably and ruthlessly, and coming from all countries. Some groups will insist they are searching for freedom, and indeed there will be legitimate groups that come under this umbrella, but foreign born groups such as ISIS, who have at their core a desire for a Caliphate and world domination no matter how long it takes, will succeed or fail to the extent that this new president succeeds or fails. And for that reason they are far more dangerous than those racial outbursts ,promoted by agitators, that get blown out of proportion in media coverage. But in general, with a chief executive who has the vision and moral clarity, the chart indicates that foreign affairs will substantially improve under the leadership of a true chief executive. If however, an ill-informed electorate, too lazy to educate themselves, and susceptible to propaganda rather than the truth, sends the wrong man or women to the White House, it will mean that Americans will have nobody to blame but themselves.
To sum up, then, this new 2017 chart in general suggests a turning to more traditional methods of governing in all institutions. For some this will be painful, since we have found ourselves for so long mired in a culture where good – such as respect for life – is considered wrong-headed and anti-women, and killing the unborn is accepted as a Constitutional right. Respect for God and Christianity have come under heavy attack, more so in this administration than almost any other. But removing God from all public institutions means the government intends to be unfettered by any moral strictures, citing separation of church and state as a feeble excuse. But according to this new chart, reforms will nevertheless be initiated if for no other reason than spiritual Neptune will be in the gentle sign of Pisces for 14 years; enough time to affect a generation of youngsters. But bringing God back into public life will depend heavily on the resolve of this new president and Congress. In a way, the chart for 2017 suggests an anti-establishment figure, since the Sun stands alone. And for this reason, even if she were to win the nomination, it does not favor someone like Hillary Clinton.
Finally, the chart has no axes to grind, morally or politically. It is what it is, and some human will have to fit in and take control and direct the action. This chart also cannot predict whether an individual attains office in a close election by corrupt voting practices, and that has certainly happened many times. But generally speaking , with the chart’s Saturn in Sagittarius ’responsible management’ rather than a mindless need to control and dominate everyone and everything will be back in fashion. While it may not happen all at once, with the right leadership, it will come to pass. Meanwhile, batten down the hatches, really rough seas still lie ahead.
Alexandra Mark, Ph.D.
(Author: Astrology for the Aquarian Age; Marriage: Made in Heaven; The Pied Pipers of Sex; and Let’s Get Martha: How the Feds Went Crime Shopping. The author has produced a scientific, double-blind statistical study of Marriage and Divorce.)