by Robert Wilkinson
While there has been rampant speculation about Barack Obama's true birth time, it should have been dispelled when he released his birth certificate where his exact birth time is listed. Barack Obama was born 4 August, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at exactly 7:24 pm. It is definitive that he has 19 Aquarius as his Ascendant. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is portentous for what confronts the 44th President of the United States. For astrologers who want a glimpse of his chart, a jpeg is at the bottom of this article.
This will not be an exhaustive study of the chart of a remarkable man, since that could fill an entire book. Today we'll look at some of the salient features of his chart so that we may understand who is at the helm of the United States government. Given that we already have seen his cool and calm in the face of slander and mockery, we already know something of his character. Today we will examine some primary elements that are backdrop to his obvious personality traits and explore other inner factors of this great man.
That he has the potential to be a historical figure of enormous stature is shown by Jupiter and Saturn in the 12th house, with Saturn in its home sign of Capricorn closely conjunct Jupiter at the first degree of Aquarius. That degree is one of "the immortalization of an ideal," and the building of "civilizing institutions" that will be the spiritual touchstones for future generations.
Saturn's degree shows that he deeply understands the "downward flow" of subtle spiritual energies in their most natural forms, as 26 Capricorn has associations with "inexhaustible soul resources," "transcendence of spirit over body and environment," and "lightness of understanding." In the 12th it shows a very heavy burden, as well as a profound universal wisdom. Conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius, it shows a visionary altruism and a karma of world service to whatever degree the being is willing to prepare for.
Whenever Jupiter and Saturn are conjunct in a birth chart, it shows a promise of great effectiveness within the social and cultural matrix of the person's time, place, and field of choice. This conjunction is strongly aspected by a Mercury opposition from 3 degrees of Leo, a trine from his Moon at 4 Gemini, as well as a trine from Mars at 23 Virgo. This gives an interesting balance of Earth and Air, which is indicative of his cool demeanor and practical bent with an eye to details and specifics as to how to do something. Though some trines are "out of sign," that only makes the blending more interesting and cross-referencing.
The conjunction expresses itself through Mercury, indicating a challenge to find the right means to coordinate the process in order to communicate the vision and purpose, and not get lost in irrelevancies or the narrower challenges to the vision. It offers a gift of knowing how to persuade others to his conception of things through being able empathically to see any issue as others do and through practical persistence work them to his conception of the larger purpose and vision. This is an aspect of the disciplined mind focusing on larger ideals once the opposition no longer creates inner polarizations. That is one reason why he seems to be able to maneuver through external oppositions without saying or doing unfortunate things.
His self-confidence and manner of expression is shown by the Moon in Gemini, sextile its ruler Mercury in Leo. This gives an adaptable yet inspiring means of expression, one who is always sifting through ways of saying the core of what must be said on his own terms. The house placement of his Mercury and Mars as they aspect his Neptune indicates that as long as he is clear about which of many roles he must play in different circumstances, he'll make great progress in reversing various types of decay in his world. Though he sometimes gets very discouraged and may even want to go a different direction than in the past, he's dedicated to serving a greater practical good that benefits others in substantial ways.
The Sun in Leo in the 6th shows a born public leader who knows how to serve, It's wide conjunction with Uranus conjunct the North Node in Leo in the 7th is a very powerful force that pulls him into his line of greatest evolutionary development. It clearly shows he and his equally remarkable wife Michelle Obama are on the same page. She helps him grow into his nobility, integrity, and sense of the higher order that must be made manifest in his life and relationships. Through his equals he will come to a "revelation of worth" via spiritual linkages through forms of emotional distress, and the blessings that come after the death of useless things.
Aquarius rising is a progressive iconoclast who identifies personally with higher ideals. The 19th degree symbolizes a technique to rise to some challenge that is out of control, which certainly describes the financial and social meltdown of the United States at present that evokes memories of both the Great Depression and the cultural clash of the 1960s. We read that this degree is one of an "exaggeration of life problems, which reveals to man his real stature and which expands him," and requires "indomitability," "faith," and mobilizing every faculty at one's disposal to bring some very destructive circumstances under control.
(A brief note regarding the financial meltdown - from Ronald Reagan through Dubya, more wealth was transferred in the US from We The People to the top 1% of the wealthy elites than at any time since 1920-1929. Statistics now indicate that we stand at a similar concentration of income to the extremely wealthy relative to the poor as we did in 1928. Perhaps when enough wealth is accumulated by the greedy few, it sets the stage for long term financial collapse and the resulting poverty and suffering of millions. If it set the stage for Roosevelt to create the middle class then, perhaps it now sets the stage for the restoration of the middle class under Barack Obama.)
There are quite a few septile series aspects in Barack Obama's chart. Moon triseptile Neptune, Mercury septile Mars, Venus septile Uranus and widely triseptile Saturn, and Jupiter triseptile Uranus are all prominent. I won't discuss each of these separately (that's at least 5 pages!) though taken together they indicate a being who often finds himself unexpectedly at the crossroads of various levels of "destiny," where choices are made and events are set into motion determining the future course of how personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal dimensions of life events operate.
He is here to participate in various kinds of non-rational interpersonal cooperative collective group endeavors that involve diverse forms of training, resoluteness, faith in self, valor, mastery, and facing aroused primal energies to test his and others' "moral strength." He is a master planner with great discipline and a deep value for the concept of sacrifice, doesn't believe in waste or extravagance, and believes everything must be put to purposeful use. His Saturn provides the patience his Jupiter requires, and his visionary Jupiter helps pull his Saturn out of excessively narrow pragmatic views.
He feels, then thinks, then decides. Thus he is not impulsive in the least, and concentrates on the singular fact or act that is needed to move things to the immediate next step. He has an excellent balance of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water in his makeup, showing adeptship in moving between inspiration, practicality, idealism, and deep feelings.
I'll do a more exhaustive report on his progressions in the future. For now, though, it's important to note that his progressed Moon is conjunct his Ascendant. This is a time in life when there are important realizations about needs and what a person really cares about, a point in the life when crucial decisions are made that affect the life for many years to come. It is also why increasingly as his campaign has progressed he has become the embodiment of the "public pulse" demonstrating the theme of "Management" on an actional level.
That the progressed Moon conjuncts his South Node shows that for the next year he will have to fall back on the line of least resistance, demonstrating the growth he'll set into motion through the North Node in Leo. He's been building, growing, and learning for almost a decade, and by late 2009 he'll begin many years of releasing that which has been built. Of particular importance will be when the progressed Moon makes double triseptiles to his Mercury septile Mars in July-August 2009 indicating a big fork in the road leading to the transfigurations and higher awareness and connectedness he'll experience between mid-August and early October 2009.
In February-March 2009 the Progressed Moon will form biseptiles to his natal Moon triseptile Neptune, which I believe will be a dramatic presentation of diverse public works addressing the needs of the people to reverse the decay indicated by Neptune in Scorpio. He is a born reformer, and knows how to incarnate an antiphonic response to grim circumstances. Expect the themes of those months to be turning disappointment into appreciation of small opportunities through cultivating resilience and strength, and finding ways of turning misfortune into potential through self-knowledge, self-appreciation, and eagerness to learn.
Through August he is turning inward to find new understanding and compassion, feels very deeply and personally, and is learning how to give up old three dimensional views and searches by stabilizing his view on a higher level where he can see the larger interrelationships between things. He is learning that intelligence is supreme in dominating circumstances and has been tested to show objective self control. He is finding leaders in every realm who are his equals and pull him into his line of greatest evolution, and capturing forms of sustainment in the larger "wholes of existence."
August 2009 begins an extraordinary year for him, even more so than the past one. It will be difficult in many ways, but also a high point as well. Through will power he will recreate himself and the country through realizing just how independent we can be from old inertias, he'll mobilize the young in ways that haven't been seen in a generation or more, and will employ timeless symbols to show what is dead, what is alive, and how the forms of our existence both conceal and reveal the truth of what IS.
By August his Sun will enter the final degree of Virgo, which as you know has been a major influence for everyone the past several years due to Eclipses triggering that specific degree for years to come. To refresh you, it is a point of "joy of enlisting in a task which broadens the life horizon," and a "willing rising to the occasion" to "escape from a narrow destiny." It will be active in his chart through August 2010, after which his progressed Sun enters Libra, promising a transfiguration of major proportions that shows the "entrance into a greater spiritual reality."
We shall explore these themes and more in future articles. For now, enjoy exploring his chart for yourself and pondering on some of the points raised here.
Copyright © 2008 Robert Wilkinson