On September 22, the US, with the assistance of several Arab allies, began conducting air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria. And, as is the usual response to President Obama’s leadership, there has been a barrage of second guessing and complaints that he should have done much more, much sooner. We saw this oft-repeated pattern during the 2008 campaign, when people wanted him to be more aggressive with Hillary and then with McCain. He won that election. We saw this in his refusal to do a much-demanded executive order to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, while he insisted on legislation that would make the change permanent. Again, he was ultimately successful. We see this in his waiting until after the election before signing an executive order on immigration, with the final, slim hope that the Congress might pass something more permanent once political considerations are past, as well as with the legitimate attempt to protect Democrats running in red states, given the subsequent impact their loss would have on a number of issues. And we see the same pattern now, as the war against ISIS unfolds.
While many had been chafing at the bit for the bombing inside Iraq to begin, the president waited until a more inclusive and hopefully more effective government was chosen before proceeding. Subsequently, as the clamoring to bomb inside Syria reached a fevered pitch, the president waited until the strong participation of moderate Sunni nations in the coalition was assured before he began. His timing, almost always, is more measured and his consideration of the consequences of his actions more comprehensive than is the general mood of the politicians and the public. Although his success rate tends to be quite good, the somewhat unhinged second guessing almost always continues unabated, at least until success is assured. With the current war, it could take a while before the jury is in.
In the president’s chart, we find Mars (22Virgo34) trine Saturn (25Capricorn20), describing a thoughtful, meticulous, slow, steady, and effective approach to accomplishing goals. Interestingly, Obama’s Virgo Mars is in a tight square with the US Gemini Mars (21Gemini33), which indicates that the collective US impulse is generally to move at a faster and less considered pace than this president is likely to move. In addition, Obama’s Saturn (25Capricorn20) is in a close conjunction with the US Pluto (27Capricorn33). Thus, he tends to slow down, discipline, and focus (Saturn) the US projection of power (Pluto) in the world. Although, this can ultimately lead to a more permanent and comprehensive result, it may tend to frustrate many during the implementation.
It seems useful at this point to take a closer look at the president’s chart with regard to what indications may be found that help us understand the trajectory of the current conflict. The big caveat is, of course, that other significant developments, especially the coming election, will be difficult to tease out from the indicators of the ongoing confrontation with ISIS.
The good news is that the long and difficult period from late May through about September 1, 2014, during which the president was heavily criticized for just about everything and already being talked about as a lame duck, is now behind us. As this relentless and stressful Saturn station in a sesquiquadrate to his Venus (1Cancer47) and square to his Ascendant (18Aquarius03) waned, the president moved into the first crossing of Jupiter to his Sun (12Leo33) in mid-September. This Jupiter transit to Obama’s Sun in September, following immediately after the August tertiary Sun conjunction to Mars (20Aquarius13) in the Inaugural chart are the indicators of the president’s shift from cautious thoughtfulness to an active war footing. In other words, he moved from the inhibiting and stressful aura of Saturn to the more expansive and effective experience of Jupiter combined with the forceful assertiveness of Mars.
Not only will Jupiter be crossing the president’s Sun again next spring during a month-long station from March 15 to April 11, but it will soon be opposed to his Ascendant (18Aquarius03) and semisquare to his Venus (1Cancer47), as well as opposed to the Ascendant of his solar return (20Leo57). These combine to intermittently cover the period from September 25 to November 5, 2014, and again in parts of January and early February 2015, and finally from late May through June 2015. These will be followed by its crossing of his Uranus (25Leo16) and Node (27Leo18) in the second half of July 2015. These multiple Jupiter transits, taken together, point to several periods of success, expansion of effort, and optimism over the coming year.
In addition, we can see the Commander-in-chief role taking a firmer hold on the president as his tertiary progressed Mars moves to oppose his natal Ascendant (18Aquarius03) from late October 2014 through early January 2015, followed by his tertiary Sun conjunct tertiary Mars (exact around 18Leo53) from mid-January through mid-March 2015. These two tertiary progressions in the president’s chart involving the warrior planet Mars are almost exactly simultaneous to the final protracted chapter of the Uranus/Pluto square from November 2014 to mid-March 2015. Moreover, this increase in the more aggressive role of the military commander is also paralleled in the Inaugural chart with the tertiary progressed Node moving into a square with natal Mars (20Aquarius13) from November 2014 to early November 2015. These multiple tertiary Mars progressions are the clearest signifiers of a more military posture of President Obama and his administration over the coming months.
In the more immediate future, the final three months of 2014 seem likely to be filled with drama, some of which will be political confrontations and election issues, some will relate to the war against ISIS, and some seems likely to be some kind of random act of violence or weather/natural event. Given the overlapping situations, it is difficult to predict the coming elections. There are a few aspects, however, that point to some significant strain for the president and his administration right around the election that lead me to see a strong chance of a loss of the Senate. Transiting Saturn will be sextile Obama’s natal Saturn (25Capricorn20) from November 4 through 13, triggering the year-long solar arc Moon opposition to his natal Saturn that will culminate in April 2015. This suggests some sadness and frustration for him during those days. Moreover, transiting Saturn will also be square to his natal Uranus (25Leo16) from November 2 to November 13, pointing to some limitations on his ability to act as freely as he would like.
Transiting Pluto on November 9 through mid-December 2014 will be moving into its final quincunx with President Obama’s Sun (12Leo33), pointing to some very stressful power struggles during that month, which seem likely to be both with the Congress as well as with our foreign terrorist foe. That will no doubt be the period when Congress finally votes on the war. In addition, if Congress continues to refuse to act on immigration after the election, the president will sign an executive order on the issue, potentially lighting up another firestorm. The powerful Mars translation of the Uranus/Pluto square from November 10 to November 13 could indicate some severe political confrontations in the aftermath of the election, as well as the usual increase in storms, accidents, aggressive confrontations, and random violence.
It should be noted that in addition to Pluto quincunx the president’s Sun in November and December, transiting Uranus will be in a station in a trine to his Sun at the same time. This Uranus/Pluto combination in the president’s chart points to him being at the epicenter of the transformation presently taking hold of the world in the form of the historical Uranus/Pluto square. Clearly, he is central to the push for a grand coalition to confront and degrade the extremists, as well as assuming leadership of the form of the confrontation itself. Both planets were also aspecting his Sun when he worked to build a coalition of sanctions against Russia last spring over its interference and aggression in Ukraine.
Needless to say, this magnified role on the world stage for both the president and the nation does not come without a cost, not only to America but to all who have joined her. Already, the terrorists have responded with several choreographed videos of beheadings, as well as sent instructions worldwide to their cohorts to attack Westerners and kill them. Any who oppose these deranged criminals are in the line of fire. It may be that the most likely times when these acts of retaliation harm Americans directly will come when Saturn adversely impacts both the president’s chart and the US chart. Again, this is always with the caveat that these indicators may point to a more random stressful event, such as a major storm or significant accident, which is upsetting and takes over the news cycle for a few days.
As was mentioned in my previous article, one such period of heightened strain or upset in the US is likely during the last 10 days of November when Saturn makes a square to the US Moon (27Aquarius12), coincidental with Pluto in a semisquare to the same degree. These same two planets will also be in aspect to President Obama’s North Node (27Leo18) pointing to the added level of stress and responsibility that he will feel during the events signified.
Beginning in the second half of January 2015, transiting Saturn will move to oppose the president’s Moon (3Gemini21), nearly simultaneous to its quincunx to the US Venus (3Cancer06). This double transit will come again during the second half of April and the second half of October 2015. The first of these two crossing are somewhat coincidental with transiting Pluto square to the US Saturn (14Libra48), while the third comes during the anxiety and stress indicated by the final crossing of Pluto opposite the US Sun. These three periods seem to me to be the most likely times when painful events, potentially but not exclusively, stemming from this war may erupt into the national awareness. By 2016, the issue seems greatly reduced.
The Obama administration has warned repeatedly that the newly unleashed war against the extremist group ISIS will take some time, clearly contrasting itself with the Bush administration’s glib promise of victory within a few easy weeks. Unfortunately, the painful memory of the past twelve years of devastating cost in lives and treasure continues to haunt Americans, and many fear that the current situation will become an endless quagmire. Astrologically, the most dramatic period of this conflict seems likely to extend from the present through March 2015, with a continuing confrontation extending through most of 2015. After that, the key indications in the US chart that point to a heightened power struggle and a magnified role of the US on the world stage – the transiting Uranus/Pluto square in hard aspect to the US Sun and the US Saturn – will be behind us, suggesting calmer waters ultimately will prevail.