This is a very troubled time for the Obama administration. On the domestic front, the president’s signature accomplishment – comprehensive and affordable health care – has been severely hobbled coming out of the gate. The glitchy healthcare.gov website makes it almost impossible to sign up and is in danger of seeming little more than fodder for late-night comedians. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people are being told that their current policies have been discontinued and must be replaced, despite early promises to the contrary from the president.
To be fair, the healthcare website is repairable, and this is now in process. Moreover, insurance companies who are canceling policies because they are not up to the new standard must offer alternative options in a timely manner. But none of this prevents perennially outraged Republicans, the masters of creating hyperbolic and politically destructive attack narratives, of gleefully describing gross dysfunction and dark intention, as they attempt to land a figurative shiv in the heart of their favorite villain, the current president of the United States.
On the world stage, there is widespread fury in Europe and Asia due to reports of pervasive wiretapping by the NSA. Although President Obama claims not to have been informed until recently about the extent of this activity, his purported lack of awareness is barely better than any knowing culpability. By melding this story conveniently with the president’s ignorance of expected health-care rollout problems, critics of the administration are loudly decrying his incompetence and cluelessness. Whatever happened to the Ninja President who presided over the demise of bin Laden?
There are several astrological indicators of the administration’s present struggles. From mid-August 2013 through January 7, 2014, Obama is under the final, extended crossing of Neptune square to his Moon (3Gemini21). This is likely to become even stronger from mid-November through early January. Neptune’s transits tend to bring an aura of confusion, incompetence and sometimes dishonesty, as well as unrealistic expectation followed by a deflating disappointment. Given the already noteworthy Neptune (8Scorpio36) square to the Sun (12Leo33) in the president’s natal chart, huge expectations have always surrounded Obama, often leading people to project their own hopes onto him and then become disappointed when he doesn’t live up to their fantasies. The current Neptune transit is magnifying this unrealistic expectation/disappointment syndrome through early January, as well as the widespread perception of inattention and dysfunction.
A great deal of Saturn activity in various forms is also intensifying this season’s difficulties, most notably in the Obama second-term Inaugural chart. Generally speaking, the January 2013 chart describes a four-year period of significant tension and difficulty. The very tight Moon/Mars square points to a pervasive mood of anger and irritability towards the administration. The Saturn opposition to the Ascendant, creating a loose T-square with the Moon/Mars configuration, points to serious frustration for the president and relentless opposition to his efforts. Uranus at the midpoint of the Moon/Mars square, as well as the waxing Uranus/Pluto square triggered by varying transits during the term, suggest severe power struggles, powerful rebellions and a potential for some periods of unexpected and sudden upheaval.
As of October and continuing through December 2013, Saturn began a three-month series of transits to the Inaugural chart, which together suggest one of the more difficult periods the administration will encounter. Early in October, Saturn returned to its own place (10Scorpio48) and then moved to oppose the Inaugural Ascendant (12Taurus43), together covering most of the month. Additionally, the Inaugural tertiary progressed Sun is currently square to natal and progressed Saturn from mid-October through December 1. As we have seen, these aspects have brought the two-week government shutdown, the brinkmanship of the debt ceiling fight, the very problematic launch of the president’s health care plan, and the fury of our allies over NSA eavesdropping.
November promises its own set of difficulties with the progressed US Moon conjunction to progressed US Saturn (3Scorpio11), most notably triggered when crossed by the Mercury station from November 3 to November 13. This combination would seem to describe something stressful for the country more than another brutal chapter of the ongoing partisan trench warfare.
It is more likely that vitriolic attacks on the president and against the efforts of his administration will resume in full force in December, with Saturn moving to square the president’s Ascendant (18Aquarius03) during the first 9 days of the month, followed by the Saturn opposition to the Inaugural Moon from December 13 through December 23 and square Inaugural Mars from December 20 through December 30. The latter two transits point to enormous anger and conflict involving the administration, and some very painful compromise of its agenda. The Saturn opposition to the Inaugural Moon may be particularly oppressive due to its triggering of the May 2013 solar eclipse. Moreover, the last 10 days of the month will include powerful activations of the Uranus/Pluto square by Mars, the Sun and Mercury, suggesting some very disruptive and violent events in the world that will initially be difficult for the president to effectively respond to (Saturn square Inaugural Mars). Although 2014 promises a great deal of drama and turmoil in many areas, these latter months of 2013 may be remembered for their own set of enormous frustration and difficulty, much of it partisan in nature.