The second Obama administration has begun with a series of events that indicate the harsh and angry tone likely during the next four years. The vituperative and petty GOP attacks against Secretary of Defense-nominee Chuck Hagel, a former Senator and fellow Republican, for essentially espousing the foreign policy of the president, have been labeled “unprecedented”. So too is the attempt to filibuster his nomination by extraordinary and absurd demands for financial minutia, as well as copies of any speech he may have given in the past several years.
More recently, the fierce questioning and angry protests during the nomination hearing of John Brennan to head the CIA, have been compounded by the unanticipated exposure of a memo legally justifying the killing of Americans overseas who are deeply involved in the leadership of Al Qaeda. Meanwhile, after four years of President Obama’s relatively effective drone war targeting terrorists, there is now suddenly erupting, mostly from the Left, outraged questioning about the morality of these strikes and the killing of American-al Qaeda leaders without due process.
This pattern of conflict between the people and the administration’s more aggressive polices may be seen in the Inaugural chart in the first house Moon (19Taurus36) square to the tenth house Mars (20Aquarius13). This natal Inaugural aspect is made even more dangerous with natal Uranus (5Aries14) at the midpoint of the Moon and Mars, as well as semisquare to both, implying sudden and powerful attacks that can be very destabilizing and transformative. With the progressed Moon reaching the exact square to Mars as of February 9 and triggered by the transit of the Sun to natal Inaugural Mars on February 7 and February 8, we have seen the energy of this aspect come to life in the past few weeks and especially the past few days. Although the dramatic contention from this aspect is likely to dissipate after February 9, the transiting Node is moving to square Inaugural Mars from February 11 through February 22, which may heighten some of the Obama administration’s more assertive tendencies over the next few weeks.
There are several other circumstances that also point to the combative energy patterns of the second term. On January 30, Israel bombed inside Syria to thwart an arms shipment to Hezbollah in Lebanon. More recently, Israel has indicated it will not hesitate to aggressively destroy any weapons shipments with the same destination. Although clearly understandable and justified from Israel’s perspective, there is nonetheless fear that further attacks could escalate into a wider Middle Eastern war, especially with Syria already embroiled in a civil war that is threatening to spill over its borders.
The past few weeks have also seen a significant spike in conflict in Iraq along the fractious line of the old Sunni/Shiite rivalry. Moreover, under the culmination of tension in the Inaugural chart on February 8 and 9, we have had yet another climate change-induced super storm: a historically huge and crippling snow storm in the North East.
The irritability and anger of the Moon/Mars square is likely to be an ongoing issue during the second Obama term. It will often be ignited by sudden, unexpected (Uranus) events, such as the appearance of the controversial memo. Attacks may be political or stem from some element of citizen outrage or dissatisfaction, or they may be in the international arena directly impacting American interests or American friends. Severe climate change events are also likely. The mood will be far edgier and harsher than in the first term. None of this is unexpected given the potency of the full force of the Uranus/Pluto square that is still unfolding over the next two years, but it is underlined and further defined by these configurations in the Inaugural chart.
On the positive side, there are three natal aspects in the Inaugural chart that will build in strength through progression during defined periods in this term, and that point to support for the president in the midst of some agitated and difficult times. The progressed Inaugural Ascendant will trine natal Venus (14Capricorn27) from early August 2013 through early May 2014. Progressed Mercury will move into a trine with natal Inaugural Jupiter (6Gemini28) from late November 2014 through early July 2015. And finally, progressed Venus will move to trine the natal Inaugural Moon (19Taurus35) from late May 2016 until the next Inauguration.
The latter aspect, along with several in Obama’s natal chart (progressed Venus conjunct natal Pluto, solar arc Venus conjunct natal Uranus, solar arc Pluto square natal Jupiter), suggests a significant degree of popularity during the president’s last year in office after weathering the slings and arrows of the Uranus/Pluto square and all the turmoil and transformation it will have let loose. I consider this cluster of uplifting aspects in Obama’s chart in 2016 a very hopeful sign for the country, pointing to the US getting through the fireworks and disruptions of an historical Uranus/Pluto configuration successfully and effectively, despite any difficulties along the way.