This is a difficult summer for President Obama, perhaps the worst time of his presidency. People are already speaking of him in the past tense, and of how he has been effectively shackled by the unhinged and unrepentant political forces of the Right. Even the conservatives of the Supreme Court can no longer distinguish a political manipulation from a true test of religious liberty. Witness the Hobby Lobby case, one which would never have existed if the president were White and a Republican. Never, ever.
On the domestic front, Obama has lost two important Supreme Court cases, one intended to further erode his most important legislation to date, the Affordable Care Act, and the other intended to weaken a potential countermeasure to the perfidiously filibustering Senate minority that blocks everything, no matter the urgency to the nation. In addition, immigration reform is dead, unable to even come up for a vote in the House, where the lunatics clearly run the asylum.
In the international realm, where a president has more autonomy, the world is becoming increasingly destabilized, with a growing maelstrom of war threatening a wider and wider swath of territory in the Middle East. The uber-radical ISIS is likely to hold its newly carved nation-state drawn from the festering carnage in Iraq and Syria, with a Sunni/Shiite confrontation building along the road to Baghdad to determine the ultimate border. Moreover, the decades-long battle between Israel and the Palestinians is heating up again, while the Ukrainian civil war keeps bursting through the containment of any attempted ceasefire.
There is little the President can do in these situations beyond heedlessly jumping in with guns blazing and flag waving, something he is loath to attempt due to his awareness of the dangerous trap such a policy would set in motion. But the Hawks on the Right have no such compunction against the profligate use of American military power. To them, America should always be the heroic sheriff bringing democracy to the Wild West of the World. They seem to forget how that has turned out, repeatedly, in the past several decades.
Most of the amped-up struggles for domination by political and military movements of the past few years and the more recent transformation of borders and power structures can be attributed to the Uranus/Pluto square of 2011 through 2015, which has been acutely intensified from January through June 2014 by additional transits of Jupiter and Mars. It is during this current six-month period that the Ukrainian upheaval emerged, largely provoked by Russia, and the Sunni radical group ISIS managed to take over enough territory to declare a Caliphate in the name of Islam. Despite growls from many quarters over what Obama has failed to achieve during his presidency, it might be more appropriate to appreciate how his caution and foresight have thus far safely navigated the dangerous waters of these times. History may well report that one of his greatest achievements will have been the prevention of us jumping heedlessly into another war.
Although the Mars translation during June of the Uranus/Pluto square is now behind us, July is bringing its own set of significantly agitated circumstances. Just as another violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians heats up, we are in the midst of a solar translation of the Uranus/Pluto square, with the Sun opposite Pluto followed by the Sun square Uranus from July 3 through July 8. The Moon will further trigger this on July 5. It should also be noted that Hurricane Arthur is occurring during the Sun/Pluto opposition.
From July 16 through July 19, transiting Mars will be square to the transiting Sun, and from July 18 through July 20, this Sun/Mars square will be in an exact hard aspect to the US Pluto (27Capricorn33), signifying American power (economic and/or military) will be somehow challenged and incited. The Mars/Jupiter square from July 29 through August 1 will also be a time to watch for increasingly reckless or violent events.
During the entire period from June 13 through August 3, President Obama is under a long, slow Saturn transit sesquiquadrate his Venus (1Cancer47), pointing to flagging poll numbers, a series of frustrations and difficulties with few good options, and a somber mood. He will be helped to some degree by the offsetting good fortune and optimism of Jupiter from July 15 through July 31, as this planet of opposes his natal Jupiter, conjuncts his Mercury, and sextiles his Moon.
From July 24 through August 24, the tertiary progressed Sun in the Inaugural chart will conjunct natal Mars (20Aquarius13) and semisquare natal Uranus (5Aries14). It seems likely this will activate some major and unexpected confrontations with the administration, which itself is likely to be quite assertive during this period.
The period from August 12 through September 1 may be especially difficult for the president and the country. Transiting Saturn will be making its final square to Obama’s Ascendant (18Aquairus03) while it also makes a sesquiquadrate to US Venus (3Cancer03). There will also be a transiting Mars/Saturn conjunction from August 23 through August 25, likely to exacerbate circumstances. We may see a particularly brutal storm during this period or some other national story that describes an upsetting and stressful situation which weighs heavily upon the president.