Whilst Sarkozy is not popular in France; neither is Obama popular in the USA. Republicans hate him; never have the States been so divided. But even many Democrats are bitterly disappointed in him, saying he has caved in to Republican demands and watered down Democrat policies, social, environmental and political. This deep disappointment in Obama has always been on the agenda, for, with his Sun square Neptune, he has always embodied impossible hopes. But it is unlikely that he is weak either, for Saturn, the ruler of his Aquarian ascendant, is strong in Capricorn, and his Sun is strong in Leo. But the Sun in the 6th house shows a man motivated to tone down ego needs to make work go smoothly, and his Saturn trine Mars in Virgo, is very, very pragmatic. He is obviously supremely intelligent, with Moon in Gemini sextile Mercury on the one hand and trine Jupiter on the other. But the fact that Moon is in Gemini in the 4th house of home and country, and square Pluto reflects not only his split childhood, where is grandmother looked after him more than his mother, but also the polarized country that he rules.
Barack Obama. August 4th, 1961. 19.24HonoluluAS 18.03 AQ
The horoscope for the USA (Note 1) has Venus at 3.06 and Jupiter at 5.50 Cancer, and these positions have been hammered by the transiting Pluto opposition and Uranus square. No wonder theUSis in crisis, and Obama along with the country. But in 2012 this crisis must abate, because the transits will be over. This suggests that many of Obama’s economic initiatives will appear to work, and the economy will improve. So, whileEuropegets deeper into trouble, theUSAwill emerge a little stronger.
At the election in November 2012 people will remember that Obama has had his successes, particularly the elimination of Osama bin Laden, and his ability to extract US troops from two wars Bush bequeathed him. TheUSAhas its IC at 1.03 Aries, and the transit of Uranus over this point has symbolized this unique man who has come into the White House, as well as the uncertainty affecting theUSgovernment. As the election approaches, some things will settle down.
By the time of the election,Neptuneis in Pisces in a long-term trine to Saturn in Scorpio, and this is a more left-wing than right-wing signature, showing a collective need for social reform and concern for the underprivileged.
US election 2012: November 6th, 2012. 6.00New YorkAS 7.08 SC
The Moon in Leo crosses over Obama’s Sun during Election Day making a sextile to Venus in Libra on the one side, and Jupiter in Gemini on the other… in other words the two benefics are favorably aspecting his Sun, and the Moon focuses this. Jupiter will have conjoined his Moon earlier in the year, suggesting that he has once again managed his grass roots supporters expertly. Mercury is stationary retrograde, which means its square to Neptune will repeat twice more, so it is not difficult to imagine a lot of claims of fraud, particularly with voting systems and disenfranchisement.
But otherwise it is an unremarkable chart. When Obama was elected in 2008, there was an exact and extremely rare opposition between Saturn and Uranus, which was very appropriate for a change in political structures and the victory of the new and young. Even Obamas own chart shows little drama as 2012 draws to a close. The progressed Mars, which squares his Saturn from 2011-2012 reflecting the hard struggles of the current period, is over. There are no major transits until Neptune squares his Moon in 2013 (though it is very close in the summer of 2012). The terrible Uranus/Pluto sesqui squares to his Ascendant are over, as are the aspects to his Venus. This is not Sarkozy, with the Uranus/Pluto exactly hitting natal Moon/Mars. And precisely because so little is happening, my guess is that he will be re-elected, because if he is re-elected nothing much changes.
However his Ascendant progressed will be at 22.16 Aries and coming uncomfortably close to a square to progressed Saturn retrograde at 23.12 Capricorn, which is an indication of insurmountable obstacles. But probably this reflects difficulties in his next term, and by the time progressed Ascendant squares natal Saturn at 25.19 towards the end of his second term, then he will have become ineffective.
But whoever becomes president of the United Stateson Americafrom January 20th 2013 to January 19th 2017 is not to be envied, and here’s why. The progressed Sun of theUSA moves in square to its Uranus progressed at the end of 2011, and will make the exact square to radix Uranus at the time of the November 2012 election. There is going to be profound discontent amongst the people at the time of the election. This politically polarized country will become more and more difficult to rule as President, and civil disobedience will be on the rise. What makes this really serious is that transit Uranus will also square theUS Sun from April 2014 to February 2015, simultaneously opposing the US Saturn in Libra – Congress. Pluto is of course involved too, and will oppose theUS sun from March 2014 to October 2015. This is quite catastrophic for the President and Congress, and theUSA will become ungovernable at this time.
Adrian Ross Duncan 9th September 2011
Note 1. Using the Sibley chart July 4th, 1776, 17.10.40 Philadelphia AS 12.21 SG