For the moment, the unyielding grip of partisan gridlock seems to have loosened a bit. There is some actual hope for a budget resolution that would carry us to September 2015 and ease some of the strangulation of the sequester cuts. Despite some recalcitrant opposition, most in Congress remain optimistic that a bipartisan achievement will be concluded. In addition, several nominees for both court and administration positions are finally finding their way through the Senate, largely due to the recent rule change limiting the scope of the filibuster.
The shifts we are now witnessing have come about as a result of right-wing extremism in Congress pushing things so far that their no-holds-barred obstructionism carried within it the seeds of its own destruction. The two-week government shutdown in October, resulting from Congress’ failure to appropriate necessary funds, was largely blamed on Republicans and infuriated almost everyone. Most of the GOP deeply fear the potential political peril of a repeat performance. Moreover, the extravagant and chronic overuse of the filibuster by Senate Republicans went several bridges too far by halting virtually everything that was attempted in that august body. The Democrats finally took action to thwart that pernicious abuse of Senate rules.
Extremism leading to overreach and eventual transformation is largely the domain of Pluto, which is predominant in the US chart during its 16-year sojourn in Capricorn and especially now during the years of the Uranus/Pluto square (2011 – 2015). Additionally, there are transits of Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto in the 113th Congress chart from late 2013 through the duration of the term in December 2014.
Most notably, the transit of Pluto stationary conjunct the Sun in the Congress chart (13Capricorn29) simultaneous to its opposition to the US Sun (13Cancer19) from February through May 2014, portends a time of enormous power struggle potentially between the president and the Congress, between the parties in Congress, within constituencies within each party in Congress, and/or between the US government and a perceived threat in the world. Any or all of these options are possible. There are likely to be extremist positions that push way beyond what is rational. There will be an undercurrent of anxiety or feeling of threat if vigilance is not maintained against the perceived opposition. And, with the addition of Uranus square to the Congress MC in February (10Capricorn31) and square the Congress Sun in April 2014, we can also expect sudden, unexpected events that awaken people to these dangerous issues and precipitate transformative action.
December 2013, which precedes the coming planetary tumult of early 2014, has its own many disparate threads. It began with Saturn square President Obama’s Ascendant (18Aquarius03) and sesquisquare the US Venus (3Cancer06) through December 9. For the president, this transit manifested largely in the sorrow and loss over the death Nelson Mandela, who had been a highly significant and inspiring figure in Obama’s life. For the country, the difficulties suggested by this Saturn transit were seen in the wide swath of ice and snow storms that caused havoc across much of the US.
President Obama is now enjoying a minor Jupiter transit, quincunx his Ascendant (18Aquarius03) while semisquare to his Moon (3Gemini21). This coincides with the bipartisan budget in Congress and the passage of some of his long-stalled nominees. The beneficial impact will dissipate after December 16.
As of December 13, the administration will enter the first Saturn transit opposite the Inaugural Moon (19Taurus38) followed by Saturn square to Inaugural Mars (20Aquarius13), which will cover from December 13 through December 30. It seems likely there will be some serious obstruction and frustration encountered, perhaps over the newly-minted deal with Iran or over some other unforeseen issue. Moreover, the Saturn square to Inaugural Mars is simultaneous to the multiple translations of the Uranus/Pluto square by Mars, the Sun and Mercury between December 22 and January 1, pointing to an upsurge of erupting situations throughout the globe. These situations are likely present to serious difficulty for the Obama administration during the final weeks of 2013.