Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Barrack Obama's Natal Chart

Barrack Obama's Natal Chart

I was frankly amazed by the strength of Barrack Obama's natal chart. Obama has the chart of a mature, experienced, competent soul and an authentic human being. (I'm trying to avoid saying "old soul.") His natal charts indicate that he has the makings of an excellent president.

In brief, there is a surprising degree of harmony between Obama’s assets and the tasks he must achieve in this life time. Many of the claims he made by Obama himself and his supporters are supported in his natal chart. His chart also suggests that many of the admirable traits he exhibited during his campaign are genuine.

His chart is framed by a series of trines and sextiles. This makes it easy for him to manifest his intentions and desires.

Obama’s natal chart is a fertile mix of assets and challenges. He has much to learn but much to give. His assets and challenges are nicely balanced, though, nicely interrelated. His life is one of accomplishment, service and learning.
There is also a constructive, smooth interrelationship between the assets and challenges. The hard aspects dovetail nicely with the supportive aspects. His strengths and weaknesses form a synergy. The reciprocity between strength and weakness suggests a graceful and productive learning process. It will benefit Obama as a person, but it will also benefit those with whom he is associated and those he serves.

Astrological Points of Interest

There is a grand trine between Venus, Chiron and Neptune in Obama's chart. Neptune is near his mid-heaven in the 9th house. Chiron is in his 1st house. And Venus is in his romantic, flirtatious fifth house. This grand trine is not so powerful as to be overwhelming. But it does create about Obama a resilient, gently supportive aura that others find healing and uplifting.

Jupiter and Saturn form a gentle conjunction. This conjunction is close enough to blend these potentially conflicting energies productively, but not close enough to make them clash. The considerable positive potential of the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction is bolstered by trines from both the Moon and Mars.

These influences would make Obama thoughtful, deliberative, even analytic. It would also make him patient. But the trine from Mars would make him act decisively when the time came.

The calm, deliberative patient persona Obama showed in his campaign is deeply rooted in his nature.

One of the most interesting features of his chart is the stellium on the cusp of his 7nth house. Sun, Uranus and the Moon's north node are all clustered there. For Obama, achieving change, or reform, through teams or groups of other people is his life purpose. And his personality would naturally tend to support this life goal.

Obama's chart includes a Chiron/Pluto opposition. Chiron is also near his south node, both in his 1st house.

These placements indicate that Obama is very sensitive to insults and personal affronts. He has it somewhere in him to be a bully or to act out of a sense of victimization. With his south node so closely involved, playing the angry black man, for example, would be his downfall, however. But his behavior to date suggests that he knows this well.

Given the strong Uranus and Pluto influences, he would also respond strongly to offenses against principle and to offenses against others.

His north node is very strongly placed, though. Also, the strength of his Jupiter/Saturn/Moon/Mars relationships dilute any possible vindictiveness arising from the Pluto/Chiron opposition.

However, given the other strengths in his chart, Obama is likely to right wrongs against himself or another in a way that everyone would consider fair and just.

Obama would indeed tend to remember an offense, against himself or someone else. He would want to make it right and would not forget about it until it was. All of the above would tend to make him a true crusader.

Finally, Quaoar (creative chaos) and Ixion (betrayal of public trust) are together in Libra, in his 9th house. This suggests that Obama can, in fact, work with undemocratic leaders in innovative and constructive ways. His oft declared intention to talk with undemocratic, problematic world leaders is found on something deep and positive in his nature. It is not born of political naïveté.


In June, I posted a piece called "Obama's Electoral Prospects." In this post I discussed a very exact and very worrisome Saturn/Pluto conjunction. But I refused to speculate about what this explosive, destructive aspect might indicate, pending real evidence of its possible meaning.

I now think it is possible to offer an interpretation of that aspect. On
November 23, 2008, the Los Angeles Times posted an article entitled:

"White extremists lash out over election of first black president" with the subheading "The Ku Klux Klan is emerging from decades of disorganization and obscurity, and the turnaround is acutely evident -- more than 200 hate-related incidents have been reported since the Nov. 4 election."

The article states: "Barely three weeks since America elected its first black president, noose hangings, racist graffiti and death threats have struck dozens of towns across the country.

"More than 200 such incidents -- including cross burnings, assassination betting pools and effigies of President-elect Barack Obama -- have been reported, according to law enforcement authorities and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups."

This, I think, explains the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Obama's electoral chart and I offer it as an explanation of its meaning.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Astrology Forecast for December 2008

Astrology Forecast for December 2008

For Everyone ~ Many doors will close, many windows will open. If you have been hoping, or fearing, that some situation in your life would come to an end, the wait is over. It won’t be a single thing that ends it. Obstacles will arise across the board. The end will be final and its implications far-reaching, and, ultimately, much for the best. This might leave some of us a little stymied. It shouldn't catch any of us completely by surprise, though. At the same time, many especially promising new possibilities will arise. These emerging possibilities will have great momentum behind them and they promise lasting, wide-ranging benefits. For the vast majority of us, the endings will be welcome and the new possibilities will bring hope.

Sign by Sign

Aries ~ Hunker down and work around it. Right now, everything seems to depend on fulfilling obligations and proving that you are capable and worthy of people’s respect. The weight and the difficulty of your responsibilities is very great. Gaining the approval and respect of others is also harder than it once seemed. It doesn’t seem fair. But your home base, your base of operations, is safe and secure. You can easily work around some big issues without having to solve them completely. Do your best for now without worrying overly much what others think.

Taurus ~ Serious is the new playful. You have to be careful. What you say is now being taken more seriously. Cast off remarks, things you thought were jokes, could easily get you in hot water. Brief, seemingly casual encounters can now have serious and lasting consequences. Worse, these things can have an effect on your income. It is time to take yourself more seriously, too. Figure out who you really are, how you want people to take you. Fashion a new public persona that won’t make slips that can cause trouble later.

Gemini ~ Focus on home and family. This month, almost everything affects the home, and vice-versa. Even small things that affect the home can have surprisingly big consequences. Seemingly small changes in the home will affect your life outside the home, too. Most of the issues revolve around everyday actions that used to be OK but really aren’t anymore. Greater thoughtfulness and personal responsibility are now expected in just about every area. Gemini has a special role in getting the delicate message out to others. Tact is required. Mistakes will take a lot of effort to fix.

Cancer ~ Fight pessimism. This December, those hyperactive Cancerian intuitions will be working overtime. Much of what you are picking up will be worry-making. Cancerians do tend to worry too much, but this time it’s more serious. Excessive worry can now undermine everything important in your life. First, don’t mistake all the pessimism for your own. Lots of it is coming from others. Second, don’t put up with it. Demand that people be calm and realistic around you. Shed responsibilities that don’t belong to you. Make sure your own garden is well-tended.

Leo ~ Total makeover. You have arrived at a major financial turning point. Economic avenues you have been pursuing are now blocked. Every aspect of your financial life is affected. You will likely need to use Leo’s famous theatrical ability to fashion a new identity, one that better suits the needs of employers and the expectations of people around you. The planets are also pointing you in the direction of more idealistic and selfless involvement with others. These days, being more sympathetic and idealistic will lead to greater income. Go with what’s new.

Virgo ~ Virgo in charge. Everybody will be looking to Virgo for direction. You will probably be so busy you won't notice how influential you’ve become or how eagerly people seek your advice. What you have to say might also seem sort of downbeat or stern, a “shape up or ship out” kind of message. However, people already know they need to make some serious ‘adjustments.’ They will be focusing on the helpful part of what you say and be grateful for it. For your part, expect significant improvements in all key areas.

Libra ~ Special access. Librans are especially well situated to witness the turbulence, the urgency and the frustration that is affecting the world around them. You feel it deeply, too. However, Librans also have a special link to the source of change. You understand its meaning. You understand the ideals that are driving reform and sense the direction it must go in, maybe better than the reformers themselves. You can see light through the clouds and sense a way through mounting obstacles. Others will be grateful for your realistic advice.

Scorpio ~ Higher ideals. The reason you cannot quite see your way through mounting obstacles is that the goals and aspirations that currently inspire you are not high enough. This is one of those rare times when raising your sights, being more openly idealistic, spiritual and humanitarian will bring immediate and practical benefit. It will open a path where none exists right now. Begin at home. You and family members will benefit immediately if you re-think shared goals. Set them on a more openly idealistic level. Inspiration will come with surprising ease and clarity.

Sagittarius ~ Relief. Sagittarians can all breathe a huge sigh of relief. A very difficult time in your life is now over. The positive, supportive energies you know are there will now come to the fore. It is true that hardship and strain are everywhere. Many around you are facing tough choices. You have probably felt at odds with authority figures, of late, too. But those same authority figures now count on your cooperation as they seek solutions for everyone. Stalled ambitions will begin to move forward soon. Life will be easier.

Capricorn ~ Shifting gears. Energy levels, especially nervous energy levels, are increasing dramatically. Long stalled projects are finally getting the green light. The gears of power are turning more smoothly. Your personal input is in high demand. There are very hopeful signs on the financial front. At the same time, though, you might notice the ground doesn’t feel quite so solid beneath your feet. Profound life changes are in the works. The long and the short of it is, with so much going on, Capricorn had best schedule a lot more downtime.

Aquarius ~ Time for financial discipline. The planets have turned a corner where your financial life is concerned. A delicate, intricate web of relations ties you to the financial world. Messages are now traveling to you along every subtle thread in this web. These messages will continue to come. It is time to take a long hard look at long-term financial issues, things like pension savings, investments, insurance and mortgages. This month, the planets support gracious communication with people in key financial areas. But don’t ignore the underlying tone of urgency.

Pisces ~ Explore. You presently have a comfortable situation, but in your heart you know it can’t last. Pressure is coming from everywhere to strike out, to do something, to establish a more active and viable lifestyle. You also suspect that familiar, comfortable relationships are holding you back. The cost of just hanging on will continue to rise. You can continue to tread water without really meeting the challenge, but the issues won’t go away. Career and finances will stagnate. Take advantage of gracious and considerate offers to branch out.