Chart: Barack Obama

29 03 2009

Like the last two American Presidents, Mr Obama is a man of the 12th house. With the 12th house the public is never going to know the full truth of the man, who has Ascendant ruler Saturn placed therein. Both GW Bush and Bill Clinton had Ascendant ruler placed in the 12th house, and to a certain extent it is possible to say that their downfall was in each case caused by their own actions, though one might argue that both previous presidents never really “fell” from office, having both completed the terms that they had set out to complete, and not wanting to do more. While in Clinton´s chart the secrets going on were of an amorous nature what with Venus and Mars well placed together in Venus´s domicile, and in GW´s chart it was a Cancer Sun under the influence of a strong 2nd house Mars bringing forth the need to protect and defend using force, Obama´s 12th house dynamic is different.

Obama´s chart contains many aspects, and not just the obvious longitudinal aspects, it is in fact stacked with parallels and contra-parallels, which means that there is hidden energy which is not visible in the man´s face and words, but ought to be visible through actions.

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The first thing to take note of is that Capricorn Saturn although accidentally debilitated through being 12th house, retrograde, and slow in motion does have essential dignity by domicile and by terms. The meaning to garner from this is that the man himself is a strong person with good mind, aptitude and self-control, a person of dignity and character with strong sense of self and goals. The traditional view is that Saturn has joy in the 12th house. However, for the purposes of the natal chart having AC ruler in the 12th is without question an indication of misfortune. The accidental debility of Saturn here indicates misfortune despite the planet´s strength.

Jaques Chirac is also a 12th house Saturn with Aquarius Rising, and Saturn placed in Aquarius. And although Chirac´s Saturn is not accidentally debilitated the way Obama´s is, it is possible that Obama like Chirac, manages to keep all problems and secrets behind closed doors and out of the public´s knowledge.

Jupiter is obviously conjunct and parallel to Saturn in the chart, ruler of house 2 and of the 11th, but unlike the myth of Jupiter the benefactor, Obama´s Jupiter is not only peregrine but highly accidentally debilitated also. The 2nd house rules finance and income, and the 11th rules groups, societies and non governmental organisations, these things will be dragging Mr Obama throughout his presidency as they are simply a big (Jupiter) problem and will be until the end, as indeed the man has stated.

The hidden personality of Obama is revealed by Parallels of declination. Saturn as mentioned in parallel with Jupiter gives the person optimism and expansive goals, as well as opportunity. But this is one planet. Saturn is also in direct aspect to Venus, Mercury and Pluto. The strongest is to Venus, which is testament to the regard people hold for him, does he have charisma? A lot of people see this in him, Venus rules the 3rd and the 8th houses, so his words and voice are the conveyor of that persuasiveness and ease, but in more mundane terms he is likely to support primary education and schools because this 3rd house link, Venus as ruler of 8th is testament to being loved in a time of crisis. Mercury adds yet more complication, because it is parallel to Venus and contraparallel to both Saturn and Jupiter. Ruler of the 5th and the 8th is in opposition to ruler of the second and 11th. It may come to signify conflict between personal resources and joint resources, and between groups and individuals, Obama is clearly on the side of personal resources and the societies and vested interests, however this is the losing side. This Mercury contra-parallel signifies furthermore that Barack has a keen mind whatever the appearances of things may be, he will be one step ahead of the crowd.

The final contra-parallel is Pluto, symbol of real power and transformation. There are a lot of people that say that Obama has no power of his own and that he is merely a puppet like the rest of the presidents since JFK. They may be right because of the weakness of Saturn in the 12th, and the fact that Saturn is in fact challenging Pluto rather than harmonising with it. But it is possible, that as with the USA itself, Pluto contraparallel could symbolise real unadulterated power, the kind of power that kings or dictators may weild.

Mars may be a further indication of this, with Mars in accidental strength and ruler of the MC, Obama´s Saturn with all of its other aspects may be able to control and harness the energy of Mars the way GW Bush wasn´t able to. There is no question that Obama will be involved in the affairs of war with such a powerful and strong Mars which is in fact the strongest planet in his chart despite peregrination followed by Venus. Perhaps the final thing to note about Obama is the Sun Neptune square, it indicates that the public, 7th ruler will always be under great illusions with Obama, as will the allies  to America and her enemies.





McCain vs. Obama

28 09 2008

This game is all about personality and very little about actual policy. It has always been like this. Since when does any politician ever do what they say? Things always come up, and the people in power do what they can to try and handle it. So, what do you need to be President of the United States of America, apart from helpful friends hidden in the halls and chambers of power? Personality.

Natal Chart Analysis

McCain has Libra rising with 1st house ruler Venus placed in its Fall in Virgo in the 12th house. This is a very poor placement for the individual person. However, this Venus is in Mutual reception with Mercury. Which means that much of the trouble is averted and the poor placement of Venus is greatly elevated. In some respects this is a fine combination because Mercury in Libra will consider and be very diplomatic, while Venus in Virgo will have an excellent grasp of the facts while also being a very good analyst.

One thing that is interesting with McCain’s chart is the position of Uranus in Taurus, the planet’s supposed Fall sign. This is in line with the conservative nature of the man although it does not deny him Uranian characteristics, because his natal Sun is in a trine with the planet. Venus’s opposition of Saturn from the natal sixth house is a sign of steadfastness and solidness. Generally this is a very hard aspect signifying toughness in love, and a cold unfeeling nature. The Capricorn Moon confirms this.

Barack Obama has a dignified Saturn and a dignified Sun. Chart ruler is Uranus and Saturn. Uranus is placed in Leo, which is its detriment. These two planets are inconjunct, which is a powerful sign that Obama is able to link up traditional forces with forward thinking and a changing world. Obama has natal Sun placed in the 6th house square Neptune, G.W. Bush has Sun square Neptune. So let’s not fool ourselves into believing that Mr Obama is any less capable of deception, or being deceived by forces and powers, (Neptune in Scorpio in 9th house of politics,) which may want to use him for their own ends.

Mars and War

Both Obama and McCain have a prominent Mars. McCain has Mars placed in the 10th house which reverberates with his military background. That Mars is also in an exuberant trine with Sagittarius Jupiter and a tense square with Uranus. If elected McCain may see more hostile action as the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth.

Obama’s natal Mars is placed in Virgo (like G.W. Bush) but it is strongly held in check by a very strong Saturn trine in Earth signs. The only other possible problem for Obama’s Mars is the semi-square with that Scorpio Neptune. There could be actions which are taken on misinformation or for the wrong reasons again. Obama’s Mars is placed in the Angular 7th house making it accidentally dignified, yet it is also fairly close to the cusp of the 8th house signifying actions which bring about death and destruction. Either way, both charts pose their own particular set of circumstances and problems.





Mars Signs

27 09 2008

Mars Leo

Mars in tropical Leo is peregrine for the first 20 degrees of this sign. Between 25 and 30 degrees Mars has terms, and between 20 and 30 degrees of tropical Leo Mars has face. These are small dignities which allow Mars some degree of essential dignity. The first twenty degrees of this sign being peregrine for Mars results in a Mars that has about the same dignity as Mars in Gemini.

Mars the warrior in Leo desires recognition for its bravery and victories, even though those victories are unlikely to be very great in themselves. In spite of this, the Sun confers heat onto Mars here and allows it the potential to be centre of attention and on central stage. An analogy might be of a Martian actor  playing a great king and being victorious on stage, on the stage his ego is satisfied, but off stage he reverts to his “normal” character, which is that of actor and not necessarily aggressive, assertive or victorious in real life. So in a sense he steals the spotlight, directing the heroic and brave deeds of the character onto himself.

The real essence of this position though is manifested through what might be termed as a fighter who is given by the Sun all of the fame and centre of attention, in the form of a King or Emperor at war. Mars is always a good fighter, but not always a good King. In Leo therefore Mars the King is not always a “just” King, but one who is prone to tyranny and tempestuousness. In Aries, the Sun is exalted, because Mars´s decisiveness and speed allows any King or hero to be victorious with speed and alacrity. Mars however, does not appreciate being in the spotlight all of the time, its actions under the beam of Leo become pre-meditated and always with the knowledge of having an audience, and while the performance might have been good, it might not be spontaneous or even authentic. Leo Mars is forced by, the Sun into donning all of the trappings and decorations of Nobility. But in reality Mars knows that all of this is fancy and not very meaningful.

Mars fights in the hot Sun in Leo. It is no surprise then that his judgement can become clouded by the excessive heat. When Kings take to the battlefield and lead the army instead of their generals they can make foolish mistakes based on desire for spectacular Victory. On the other hand when Mars has the dignity of fighting beside his King his pride and self esteem is brought right up and so the war is given a quality which is Noble and meaningful to him.

Some people with Leo Mars: Emperor Hirohito, George Clooney, Hillary Clinton, Frank Sinatra, Anthony Keidis, Donald Trump, Amy Winehouse, Max Robespierre, John McCain, Quentin Tarantino, Serena Williams, Neil Young, Jet Li, William Blake, W. B. Yeats, Boris Yeltsin, Phillipe II of France, Emperor Caligula

Mars Virgo

Mars in tropical Virgo has terms in the last 6 degrees of that sign and is peregrine in the rest, which is almost identical to the dignity of Mars in Sagittarius and Aquarius. Mars is in Mercury´s terrain in Virgo. The nature of Virgo is dry and cold, it is a changing sign, but nonetheless it is of the Earth triplicity. Virgo has rulership over physicians, nurses, clerks, employees, work and health as well as over horticulture and harvest.

When Mars is in Virgo he is out in the field. He is either out in the field cutting the wheat and bringing it in before separating it from the chaff, which takes a certain amount of skill and forethought in order not to waste time. Or he is out in the field curing patients, listening to their symptoms and working out just where and when to draw blood, to cut, to remove and to patch back up all in the name of service.

Mars has to be at war all the time, he must see something which is worth living for in the moment, and with Mercury telling him what to do in Earth he is all ready and willing to battle smart and clever against a stupid and slow enemy who he is happy to confuse through speed, though not so much cunning, because Virgo is a sign which inclines towards honesty, being Earth.

Mars in Virgo at war is equiped with mercury´s lightness and ease with words. This Mars is not interested in fighting the good fight like Aries Mars, in fact this position does not give Mars that much strength to fight a one on one mano a mano combat. Under Mercury´s leadership Mars makes the best of the field, he works out where the enemy is weak through intelligence and uses that knowledge in order to be victorious. This Mars is not heavily armoured. He must use knowledge to gain advantage, and like a warrior physician he will cut out the offending cancer, in order to gain victory, to defeat and capture the leader of the invador rather than fight and suffer heavy losses. Because of Virgo Mars´s lightness of foot and ease of movement, he is able to conquer rapidly and move on to defeat the next opponent equally as fast, all with the knowledge and rulership given to him by Mercury of books, libraries, maps and meadows.

Sexually. Mars in Virgo is not in essential debility, he does have terms here, and is neither detriment or fall. OK, this placement inclines towards being shy. If you are interested in a Mars Virgo you must put this person at ease before making any moves, they value honesty, being natural and acting in a natural way, so any actions, words or sexual language which does not seem spontaneous will make them nervous. And when Mars Virgo is nervous they are turned off. Mars Virgo is turned on and off like a light bulb. This is due mostly to the mercurial nature of Virgo, the sexual thoughts are compartmentalised and filed away in perfect order, so for Mars in Virgo there is a time and a place for everything, uncertainty can be a turn off, so make an appointment. Also Mars Virgo may sometimes think that they are sexually inadequate, physically not good enough, this is Virgo being critical, but it also means that they are capable of knowing everything that there is to know on the subject, whether or not they get the chance to put it into practice. They need to feel it in their mind first before translating it into a bodily sensation. The right words which are honest and thoughtful will help this person to feel confident and clear about what is desired of them. This person must know what the situation is, what it is that you want in very clear terms so that they feel there is no doubt, or confusion. Confusion makes Virgo Mars stressed an unhappy.

There are many examples of Mars Virgo being heroic, doing things which are warlike, brave and bold. This placement does not have to take its queue from anyone else, though at times it does like to check over what it’s doing just to make sure that the job is being done properly. “Is that OK?”…”did you like that?”… “I’m not sure I did it right, can you tell me what you’d like and be more specific?” These can be some of the questions that Mars Virgo will ask when called upon to do something, for someone else or even for themselves. They don’t think that they are good enough. Even when they are.

Mars Virgo is a fine placement considering that Mercury like Mars has special affinity with the mind and the brain. This placement can be found in people who are strategists, and who are successful at using words to attack and defeat their opponents. Jacques Chirac, George W. Bush, Lyndon B. Johnson, Barack Obama, Henry VIII and Napoleon Bonaparte are among politicians with this placement, and they are no push-overs.

The charisma of Mars Virgo is associated with these people’s movements, their bodily presence which is one of the significators of Virgo, and with Mars there it invigorates these people giving them a certain nervous energy which is charismatic and forceful on the one hand, but also endearing on the other, for it is still obvious that they only want to please and “be good enough.” Virgo Mars is lack of confidence of Virgo, mixed with confidence of Mars. Johnny Depp, Britney Spears, Princess Diana, Silvester Stalone, Charles Manson, Jeff Buckley, James Brown, John Bonham, David Schwimmer Matt Damon, Will Smith, Thom Yorke, Ernest Hemingway, Emily Bronte and believe it or not Wayne Rooney all have Mars Virgo.

Mars Libra

Mars in Libra is placed in his detriment. Libra amongst other things signifies beautiful surroundings, a woman’s bedroom, a decorated dinning hall or restaurant with violins playing in the background, and like Taurus it generally signifies women and girls. Mars signifies aggression and fighting. Put the two together in any number of combinations and you have behaviour which is not suitable, which is contradictory. You have a bar room brawl in the beautiful dinner hall, you have your ladies bedroom filled with “man things” power tools and dirty motorbike parts, you have the cherub like violinists at the wedding playing Iron Maiden instead of Vivaldi.

This is Detriment for Mars. If this combination appears in a Man’s chart women will be agressive with him, or he will simply have marital relations which are filled with argument and fighting. If this combination appears in a woman’s natal chart, she will likely be agressive in relationships, and the men that she will be attracted to will be weak in some way.

George Orwell possessed Mars in Libra in the 1st house. He was a writer, not exactly the macho type, sophisticated and intellectual, yet he did voluntarily go and fight in a war. The war was in the name of peace, Mars in Libra likes to fight for peace. For Orwell though his side lost, the Fascists won and totalitarianism took over. This Mars is a very unhappy Mars, because it craves peace and security, but finds none. Orwell’s books are filled with a foreboding violence, with actions and violence that disturbs peace, that destroys any sense of security.

Mars Scorpio

Mars possesses Rulership, triplicity by day and night, terms in the first 6 degrees, and face in the first 10 degrees, making it the strongest place for Mars in the entire Tropical Zodiac. Having notriplicity in Aries, Scorpio Mars can be said to be most dignified in Scorpio under its night time rulership.

The Nature and reputation of Mars in Scorpio is powerful and myths and legends have been borne out of this placement. There is no doubt that when Mars is found in his own domain his ability to win and fight is second to none. Having said this, Scorpio is Mars´s night timerulership which means that by preference this Mars fights by night, when the darkness and cold gives him the advantage.

Part of the advantage of Mars in Scorpio is the ray of Scorpio contains elements of Pluto traditional lord of the dead and the underworld. In this sense Mars is given a psychological advantage which is not necessarily physical strength, but an advantage of knowing exactly how to defeat and win against their enemies through, primarily fear. But this fear is not bluff, the fear that precedes this Mars is due to Mars´s incisive and brutal actions. Of course in Scorpio Mars is a dealer of death, however, this is its dignity and therefore the death that is dealt and given by this Mars is just and destined. Mars here in a sense serves up a karmic judgement that has been previously decided in Libra.

It is often necessary for Nature to kill and destroy in order to regenerate and renew itself. Scorpio Mars is given this task and is best at it. Often the energy of Scorpio is hidden, is dormant and appears to be soft, and nonthreatening, this is one of its advantages. In fact even the public image of Mars in Scorpio can be deceiving, because Scorpio is a sign which generally shuns the spotlight and shuns any artificiality. The result is that Mars in Scorpio is able to fight his battles in total privacy, sometimes without his enemy even being aware of anything until the final minute, due again to the night timerulership . But this is not to say that Mars is either underhand, scheming, or in any kind of dishonest or morally wrong place in his actions. Because of his dignity it is his duty to carry out such activities, to kill if necessary, to finish and to destroy that which is weak and has not purpose.

Death is necessary and the bottom line in any war situation. Mars in Scorpio is aware of this. Mars in Scorpio would rather live, because he is attached to life and is born with survival instinct. Mars at war here is at war in the dark, he is also at war in difficult terrain, which is both cold and wet, possibly even at sea, but more likely taking full use of the desert´s lack of water in order to let his enemies die of thirst while he fills up in little oasis of which only he knows the location. Of course Scorpio Mars´s toughness is often brought about through testing, Scorpio has a way of putting pressure on Mars here so that he is given difficult and sometimes catastrophic times of testing where it appears that he is totally wiped out. However this is part of the psychology of the sign in which Mars is well placed to be “reborn” and renewed with full veteran experience and that advantage once again of having been through disaster which his enemies have not.

Examples of Mars in Scorpio: Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, George Washington, JRR Tolkien

Mars Sagittarius

Mars has terms in the last 5 degrees of Sagittarius. He is peregrine in the rest of this hot moist sign. Although sharing the same elemental nature as Aries that of heat and moisture, both of these signs are actually not the most comfortable for Mars who rules bytriplicity the Water element and therefore is most dignified in Tropical Scorpio.

The Peregrination of Mars in the first 25 degrees of this sign is due in part because of Jupiter´s extreme desire for travel, Mars, in its strongest sign ofrulership Scorpio, is actually of a fixed nature and although a great starter and fighter requires staying power, like that of Capricorn the Cardinal Earth sign. In Jupiter´s domain Mars is so restless and moving with each and every spontaneous chance to travel, that anything he does see, create, conquer or achieve in this sign is done by chance, by luck and inspiration and he is not therefore able to sustain the achievement or keep hold of the conquest for very long.

Mars in Sagittarius is in a religious setting, he is fighting his battles on sacred ground. Mars is given the garb of a holy warrior, a priest, evangelical, and his mission in this respect is one in which his power and violence walks on unstable and difficult ground. Thecrusader of course goes off with huge enthusiasm to fight on behalf of God, to find some exotic spiritual realm and gain for himself forgiveness and a place in heaven for his actions. But on his crusade he finds that he in reality is simply killing and not really doing anything which leads to spiritual growth and so is destined to be disappointed with the entire holy war.

Having said this, the energy of Mars is given an expansive and extroverted quality which is often fortunate uunder the guidance of Jupiter. Adventures will always be action packed, filled with events, even though they may be violent events. Likewise this Mars may not actually fight physically, but may take a moral stance or ideology and use it in order to fight. This is the position of the Evangelist who goes out aggressively and aims to conquer and take more people into his moral framework simply by conversion and demonstrating strong conviction. After all the last 5 degrees of this sign are mild dignity for Mars who will have success and respect for actions and conviction in this area.

Traditionally Sagittarius fought using a bow and arrow and rode a horse. The Mongol Hordes as well as the Native American Nations were stronglySagittarian for there ability to race across entire continents in short weeks conquering and burning what they found in their wake. Naturally they were unable to keep hold of their conquests even though they may have been entirely undefeated what they left behind would have been forgotten and left to the elements in trueSagittarian fashion.





The New World Economy

20 09 2008

Financial meltdown is occurring

Financial meltdown is occurring. This is not scaremongering, this is happening around our heads right here, right now. Banks are going bankrupt. Prices are rising, jobs are being lost, people are losing their homes. The figures we know are just the tip of the iceberg. And just because it is happening slowly, with politicians and commentators debating whether it really is as bad as all that, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

Alistair Darling the Chancellor, the man in charge of the UK economy, said “these are the worst economic conditions for 60 years.” Why would a man in charge of keeping confidence in the world’s Financial Capital, London go and say such a panic inciting thing like that? 60 years ago, there was food rationing, people were starving in the UK, people were entitled to one cup of flour, a spoon of sugar, and a slice of bacon each day.

To look around Great Britain today, you would think that Alistair Darling was making a ridiculous joke, in bad taste considering what the post war generation had available to them. There is wealth, there are huge supermarkets filled with variety, as well as quantity of food, there are jobs, and there are warm centrally heated houses.

But Darling wasn’t speaking of now, of the visible. Darling was talking about what is unseen, like a cobra beneath the night sheets. Just what is there lurking in the shadows to make the man in charge of the worlds most vibrant economy shudder and throw out warning signals? It’s like he’s insuring himself against what’s inevitably going to happen, trying to give a little cover for when the questions come home asking “why didn’t you warn us?” So he can sleep safer in the knowledge that he did warn but people did nothing to try and avert. Is Darling playing the doctor warning the obese that they are in for some health problems in the not too distant future? This is what it sounds like.

Some of the sources of the problems are easy to discern, some of them are complex, and even economists are debating amongst themselves. But whatever the actual reasons, the recession of all recessions is on its way, like a storm surge far out to sea, with the first waves already beginning to splash in the faces of the coastal dwellers.

Economies are not based on the gold standard. This is one of the reasons for the huge wealth wastage. If money is not really based on anything more than paper, there are implications. People and especially lenders and bankers are unaware of its true value. Part of the problem of the American credit crisis was this fact. It mirrors, Rome’s melting down of its gold and silver only to mix in ever increasing amounts of worthless copper and other cheap metals in their money supply during the years when their military and conquests were costing them more than the sum of their empire. Money that is based on debt rather than real wealth is worthless.





Write to me

14 09 2008

For the last five years I’ve been

Searching for you, but I didn’t know it

No I didn’t know it, no I didn’t know it, in everyone’s

Eyes it was always yours that I was

Looking for, and now I can see them

I thought I saw you last month,

But I wasn’t sure if it was you or not

It was on that day that I realised it

Was always you, you from the beginning that I want.

How did I not see that you loved me back then?

Was I so blind? I was blind. I remember you

So well, everything about you, your voice

Your eyes, your hair, your laugh, and I

Remember we laughed a lot.

And I still feel your warmth five years on

Because no one compared, no one came close,

And I am in a cold place now, but the

Thought of you is like the melting of ice in

The hot Sun.

I can’t really say or think of anything else,

Except that your name is on my

Lips most days now. I don’t hope for

Anything great, I don’t ask for

Anything from you now.

All I want is to know that you are

There somewhere, and if you’re not happy

Maybe I could joke and we’d laugh like

We used to.

You should know that I’m no Gatsby, And

I’m no Moulder either, my faith is strong

But it isn’t misguided. I wouldn’t be

Searching now if I knew deep down that you

Didn’t want me to.

I saw you at that Wedding, And I knew it was

You, And I let you go just like I did

Back then. But that wasn’t how it was meant

To end, because I know that you have

Been thinking of me.