Regular readers will recall that since this year’s Aries ingress chart for the United States had Sagittarius rising, that chart governed the six months from the spring to the autumn equinox. As that interval draws to an end, it’s interesting to glance back over the points made in the post covering that chart. The speculative bubble showed up on cue, though it was not in the stock market—shale gas and shale oil, boosted into the limelight by supposedly new “fracking” techniques (which have been in common use in the oil patch for forty years) and marketed with the same sort of meretricious hype used not that long ago to push worthless real estate investments, turned out to be the speculative vehicle du jour. The inevitable aftermath is already on its way—a point that will be discussed in more detail shortly.
The vacuum at the top of the American political system also remained fixed in place, though Obama’s advisers managed to avoid the open quarrels that the spring chart suggested were likely. Over the last six months, the presidential leadership that’s been missing in action since Obama’s inauguration has continued to play a lively game of “Where’s Waldo?” with the American people. The Republicans, for their part, failed to do much of anything with the opportunities thus handed them, a point which goes to show that even the most promising horoscope can’t make up for the basic incompetence that is so pervasive and bipartisan a fact of American political life these days.
Many of these same themes remain in place for the next six months, but there’s another major factor that appears in the Libra ingress chart. Here it is:
We can begin, as usual, with the basics. The head of state in a mundane chart is indicated by the planet ruling the midheaven, and also by the Sun. In this case it’s a moot point, since the midheaven falls in Leo, the Sun’s domicile. The Sun is in the 11th house, which in mundane charts represents the national legislature; thus it’s safe to say that the next six months of absentee leadership from the White House will be even more subject to the whims and conflicts of Congress than before.
The Sun is in its fall in Libra, but that’s always the case in a chart cast for this season and so can be disregarded. What can’t be disregarded is the ugly T-square aspect made by the Sun with the planets Pluto, in the second house, and Uranus in the fifth. This is an applying aspect, and thus represents an influence that will increase in strength over the period covered by the chart. Uranus, the planet of radical change, is in the fifth house of speculation, and Pluto, the ruler of hidden things, is in the second house of money; the most likely interpretation is a major economic crack-up in which a great deal of corruption and fiscal fraud is abruptly revealed. Given the Obama administration’s close ties to the financial industry, it doesn’t take an astrologer to suggest that Obama himself may be far too close to these financial improprieties for his own political comfort.
The second and fifth house cusps, interestingly, are both ruled by Jupiter in this chart. Jupiter is in a fascinating position, less than a degree off the cusp of the eighth house—the house of death. The sort of event that so often kicked off financial crises a century ago, with the sound of a self-administered bullet whistling through a financier’s skull serving to announce the collapse of some great and fraudulent scheme, comes forcefully to mind; this may not be what happens, but a close eye on the obituaries may be worthwhile. Notice also the trine between Jupiter and Mercury, the planet ruling the eighth house cusp; whatever happens, it will be a media sensation, and it’s not impossible that some Mercurial industry will be involved in the process.
The people of a nation in a mundane chart are indicated by the the planet ruling the ascendant, and the Moon. The ascendant’s in Scorpio, and Mars—the traditional ruler of Scorpio—is sitting right up against the first house cusp; it’s a safe bet that the popular mood over the next six months will be unusually bellicose. Some of that aggression is going to be channeled straight at Obama and his administration, for the Moon—the secondary significator of the people—is in the second house, applying hard to a square with Obama’s Sun. The Moon in the second house is also a traditional indicator of volatility in the economic sector, by the way.
Normally this sort of chart would be bad news for an incumbent president, but the Republicans have gone out of their way to make life easy for Obama in the upcoming election season. The party out of power is represented in a mundane chart by the planet ruling the cusp of the fourth house, which in this case is Saturn; there he is in the twelfth house, the weakest position in the chart, exalted in Libra but in the last, essentially powerless degrees of that sign, with Obama’s significator perched at the beginning of the same sign.
The GOP, in other words, remains stuck in reactive mode, allowing Obama to set the terms of the debate, and failing to convince much of anyone that they can actually offer any sort of alternative to Obama’s policies—which themselves, please note, were copied almost word for word from those of George W. Bush. They stand to gain from the economic crisis (Saturn trine Uranus) and may well win more support from the people (Moon sextile Saturn). Still, that twelfth house position does not suggest a change of presidents any time soon, so the odds are that Romney will continue to run a feeble campaign, and Obama will win four more years by default.
There may be a little more to it than that. Mars in one of the angles of a mundane chart is a traditional sign of war, and Mars in the first house, conjunct the ascendant, is as strong a sign of this sort as could be expected. It’s very likely that the United States will go to war in the next six months; it will be a popular war—Mars’ placement in the first house, ruling the sign on the ascendant, shows that—and a victorious one, at least in the near term—Mars in his domicile in Scorpio shows that.
The other side? That’s indicated by the ruler of the cusp of the seventh house, which is Venus. Venus in this chart is dignified by term, a minor dignity, and weakened by being in the cadent 9th house. An applying square between Mars and Venus suggests that the war will be against one of those nations that most Americans think of as a hostile power. It’s hard to get precise indications of individual nations from a mundane chart, but if I were the government of Iran, I would walk very, very carefully for the next six months, and do nothing that might bring down an American military response. As the economic crisis tightens its grip, it’s very likely Obama will flail around for any available option to distract the American people from his record of nonleadership, and posturing in front of a victorious army certainly worked for his predecessor.
One way or another, it will be an interesting six months. A nice victorious war may get Obama his reelection, if it happens soon enough, or it may deflect criticism from him for a few months during the economic crisis, but it’s not going to do a thing to solve, or even defer, the increasingly difficult problems facing the United States. As those problems continue to suffer from malign neglect, expect the pace of crisis to pick up—with troubling consequences in the year to come.