Another approach to understanding what has happened and what may happen to any organization is by examining the planetary alignments in the leadership. As I mentioned in Part 3 of the 2011 General Forecast, Mundane or Worldly Astrology will not only look to the conditions in a national chart or company chart, but will also look at the planetary indications in the charts of its leaders as well. This tradition is very ancient and astrologers at the courts of kings and emperors would follow the precept that "as the king's fortunes go, so goes the kingdom". So, for the United States at this time, what can we discern about its future from the indications in Barack Obama's chart?
It is not my intention here to analyze Barack Obama's chart except insofar as to point out the relevant features that are being activated by transits at this time. Perhaps, at a later date, we will come back and take a more thorough look at what his chart indicates for him (and us). The most important facts to note are that he is a Leo, with a Moon in Gemini and he has Aquarius rising.
Just as in the analysis of the USA chart, we cannot look ahead at 2011 without looking back to what the US President has just experienced, (and we, in a very real sense, experienced through him).
In 2010 there were, of course, many alignments in Barack Obama's chart, but what were the most significant? We do not want to minutely examine each configuration; we want to see what were the major themes invoked during the year. Moreover, we need to look at these major alignments with reference to what they indicate about his experience as the head of a nation and not in terms of his personal life or experience.
Pluto Inconjunct Obama's Moon (Jan. 2, Jul. 26, Oct. 31)
Pluto inconjunct the Moon will bring about a challenging experience for a leader as they seek to connect with, relate to and mirror the mood of their time. The moon rules "the public" or the people in mundane astrology and is reflective of public opinion and beliefs. The transit of Pluto would have created a kind of disconnect between the public and Obama. He would have experienced a sense that there were energies or forces in play (Pluto) that were making it hard for the people to connect with him, and he with them. Pluto would indicate that this was caused by a cathartic release of very deep energies from the collective unconscious, with particular emphasis on matters about power and control. The challenge for Obama would have been neither to "lose" control, nor become "over" controlling. Instead, the opportunity would have been to reestablish a healthy balance between his own will and self-control as he grappled with the forces being unleashed from the collective. At the same time Obama would have gained more insight into the attempt by elements in society to assert their control, (often through hidden means (Pluto) or subterfuge), as those elements attempted to sway the feelings (mood) of the public. The aspect would have demanded the utmost in intelligence, tolerance and humility as he dealt with often inchoate forces bubbling up from deep within the American psyche.
Neptune Conjunct Obama's Lunar South Node (Mar. 18, Aug. 20, Jan. 18, 2011)
Neptune passing over Obama's Lunar South Node might not seem to be such a significant transit to some. However, when we take into account the fact that it also the exact same position of the Moon in the chart of the United States, well then our attention should be riveted.
This alignment reveals that one of the signature transits for 2010-11 in the US chart (that I did not analyze in previous entries) was the Conjunction of Neptune to the Moon in the US chart. I did this because I thought it would be more interesting to see these two transit events together, (Neptune Conjunct US Moon, Neptune conjunct Obama's South Node), so as to better illustrate what it indicated for the US in 2010 on into the beginning of 2011.
The Aquarian Moon in the US chart is very significant; especially since it is the planetary ruler of the Sun Sign (Cancer) and for the other planets in Cancer which are Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. This means that the Cancer energies of the US are tuned to an Aquarian sensibility.
The Moon represents the people of a nation's chart, so the defining feature of the American people and its mass consciousness will reflect Aquarian traits. The Aquarian temperament is one that endows that being with a tremendous need to be unique, independent and free; while at the same time creating an equally strong desire to be part of some association or group whose vision and ideals are directed towards bringing about a better world. The US Moon in Aquarius helps create the distinguishing feature at the founding of this country, that true friends (Aquarius) come together in fellowship to help support one another in the realization of one another's hopes, dreams and aspirations.
These ideals can either take the form of an Aquarian dream to go back to a "golden age" or seek to leap ahead to the next, (and that is why it is said that Aquarians are either 50 years behind or 50 years ahead of their time). They feel themselves to be special and apart, yet wish to bring about this vision of a better world; the paradox being that in the very unique contributions that they offer to the present time they end up reaffirming that they are, well, different.
It would certainly seem that among the many of the distinguishing features of the American people the one that stands out is their distinct sense of being special; whether it be the Pilgrims seeking to create a "New Jerusalem", or the Founding Fathers creating a "New Order for the Centuries", or the westward migration driven by the call of a "Manifest Destiny", or the feeling that it is "Morning in America again", time and time again there has been this sense that the place and purpose of America is special. That this was the nation that would "break" the bonds of the past and offer a place where anyone could become whatever they wanted to be; here is where a person could reinvent themselves and pursue their dreams.
Obama's South Node
The South Node in anyone's chart represents what many might call "karma". (Though, in a more exact understanding, one should call the whole chart one's karma). The South Node is what the soul brings in from many past lives, a mixture of the feelings, thoughts, actions and inactions gathered together now into this life. It represents the accumulation of one's habitual way of being, the path that is easiest to take.
The present life is founded upon this accumulated experience, but can also be limited by it. We need to draw upon our past patterns to help us now, but if we unconsciously do so and fail to fulfill our challenge to grow, then the South Node will indicate how the soul will hold itself back from its opportunities to develop spiritually now, a development that is indicated by their Dharma (as revealed by the North Node). The South Node should be a foundation for new growth in this life, as the North Node will indicate how the soul might best accomplish their development in this life.
Obama's South Node is in Aquarius and is placed in his First House. (Which means his North Node is in Leo in his 7th House). The Aquarian South Node predisposes him to have a default response to detach himself from his surroundings, to be aloof and cerebral, to be different. The capacity to be committed to social ideals and human advancement is very strong; his challenge is to understand the demands of right leadership, how to inspire others to believe in themselves by staying connected and not detaching. The placement in his First House indicates that his true path in life is to be involved in bringing his Aquarian past understanding of social consciousness into all of his relationships; Obama's life is to be a life devoted to others. The more he can "forget" himself and help others to believe in their dreams, then to that same extent will he realize the Dharmic Truth of Leo that a leader must sacrifice the ego in order to fulfill their true life's work.
Neptune Conjunct America's Moon & Neptune Conjunct Obama's Lunar South Node
With Neptune, the ruler of Pisces going over the Moon in the United States chart, we would expect heightened emotional sensitivities with greater displays of compassion by the public. But that could also be accompanied by maudlin sentimentalities, victimization and displays of (false) martyrdom within the mood of the times as well. The challenge for Obama with Neptune on his South Node was to stay passionately engaged as a leader while drawing upon his capacity to understand the challenge of this moment for America dispassionately. But with Neptune on his Karmic past, the question of whether he would fall back and withdraw into a detached state, or rise to the occasion and draw upon that past to inspire and lead, well that was Obama's karmic test in 2010.
Certainly a significant force that was driving the story to provide universal health care was this manifestation of compassion indicated with Neptune aligning with the US the Moon. But equally to be expected were the dramatic displays of feelings of victimization and cries denouncing this very same effort as socialism or communism. With Neptune crossing Obama's South Node at the very same time, he was influenced to tap into the karmic energies of his past and either retreat into detachment (he was certainly accused of that) or display inspired leadership (that seemed to be lacking).
Again with Neptune ruling the Oceans and Oil, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout also occurred during the first passage of Neptune to the Moon and Obama's node. The response to this tragedy also seemed to lack the required depth of understanding and inspiration.
Yet the final passing of Neptune over the Moon and Obama's node brought the country together and elevated Obama into a leadership moment as he attempted to bind and heal a people horrified by the tragedy of violence in Tucson. Here we found the American people reeling from a senseless act that required a leader to provide context and meaning.
Saturn Square Obama's Venus (Nov.16, 2009, Mar. 15, 2010, Aug. 10)
Again we find a connection between Obama's chart and that of United States. Obama has his Venus at just under 2° of Cancer, while the United States has its Venus at just over 3° of Cancer. That means when one is experiencing a transit over Venus, the other will too. I mentioned this transit in an earlier posting on the Transits to the USA chart. With Venus ruling values and the appreciation of self-worth, the transit of Saturn to Obama's Venus was much the same as to the United States; they both were going through a period of not feeling worthy, valuable or appreciated. In short they were not "feeling the love" during this period. Perhaps this, in combination with the Neptune transit to his Node, accounted for the seeming deficit of leadership skills in the earlier part of the year.
Next we will turn to an examination of the major alignments in Obama's chart as regards the implications they have for the United States in 2011.