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Now what? – An overview of the first months of Barak Obama’s mandate

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Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 Presidential Elections has been anticipated in astrological circles for some time. For a number of astrological reasons – namely his natal chart and his current primary directions – he was expected to win. And so he did.

Obama became the first Democrat president in 8 years and the first black president ever. His victory is, in many senses, remarkable. His intelligence, charisma and competence seem quite obvious, but he inherited a difficult and indeed explosive situation. He now faces complex problems in the political, economical and social areas – and the decisions he makes as the president of the USA will resonate worldwide.

So, what can we expect from the first six months of his presidency?

The study of the solar ingresses for this period gives us the answer.

Obama was elected on November 4th still under the Libra Ingress of 22nd September, but he will be inaugurated on January 20th under the Capricorn Ingress of 21st December.  The Libra Ingress chart clearly points to a difficult economical situation – which is no surprise given the economical crisis the world is presently facing. The ruler of the 2nd house of resources, Saturn, is placed in the 10th of government, thus establishing an obvious connection between economy and government. In the overall context, the chart is not very promising.

As to the Capricorn Ingress, the economical perspectives seem to be somewhat improved. The ruler of the Ascendant, Jupiter, is in the 2nd cusp in Capricorn, thus pointing to the major concern of the country during that time: the economy. As Jupiter is in the sign of its fall, the economic condition is, obviously, weak. But the scenery is somewhat promising, as the North Node and Venus are placed in the 2nd house, in Aquarius. We might therefore expect some kind of amelioration in that country’s economical situation. As Venus rules of the 10th (government), we can see clearly the government’s focus on the economy. Additionally, the position of Saturn, the 2nd house ruler in the 9th, suggests some kind of change in the law with the purpose of rectifying the present difficulties.

It is no surprise to find the Moon in the 10th house, suggesting a popular and consensual government. The Moon’s conjunction to Spica, a benefic star, reinforces this situation. In this period, President Obama enjoys great popularity and the acceptance of the great majority of the public. However, one cannot dismiss the conjunction of the Sun and Mars to the Ascendant, a strong enough (and malefic enough) aspect to contradict most of the above-mentioned positive significators. As Mars is angular and placed in the fiery sign of Sagittarius, it suggests strong and loud protests. Mars rules the 4th and the 11th, so these protests are most likely to originate from Congress (11th) about issues related to territory, agriculture, real-estate, and mineral resources (oil?) (4th). Notwithstanding, the President’s popularity remains and his position is strong, although he stands on shaky foundations.

This delicate balance is disturbed by the time of the Aries Ingress, as the “new president euphoria” fades away and the country faces harsh realities. Economy is once again the main issue, as indicated by debilitated Venus, ruler of the 2nd, in the Ascendant. The insecurity of the situation becomes more evident now, and therefore the government is weakened. The Moon is again in the 10th, but this time it is debilitated in Capricorn. Saturn, the 10th ruler, is cadent in the 6th House, which further weakens the government position. All this suggests a fall from grace.

The opposition of debilitated Mercury (ruler of the 3rd) to Saturn can also suggest that the President will be under attack by the media, with innuendo and malicious criticism.

The retrograde condition of Venus in the Ascendant and of Saturn, ruler of the 10th, suggests that the government will probably have to retreat from some of their political projects. Nonetheless, the strong position of Jupiter in the 11th house of its joy, with the Part of Fortune and the North Node are positive indicators and show a general sense of confidence in the future. The following ingresses, of Cancer and Libra, seem to confirm these expectations by showing a slow but steady improvement in the USA’s economy. This will be dealt with in future posts.

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