Born with the planet Uranus strongly defined in Obama’s destiny, he’s finally in a position, as President of the United States, to be an instrument for change. Uranus is the planet that influences us to think outside the box, and not just accept conditions, because ‘that’s the way they always were.’ When strong in our charts we have a greater willingness and ability to think for ourselves... and choose the path that is best, rather than the one defined by customs or the society in which we live. For those who do not have Uranus strong... it can feel a little threatening, and to them, those people who do work with the Uranus energy are seen as trouble-makers... and disruptive.
With Aquarius Rising and Uranus as ruler angular and conjunct his North Node (his Karmic path), being where he is, is a position Obama has been working towards for many lifetimes of intention. For lifetimes he has perceived injustices in the world, but did not have the capacity to do anything about it. Now with his Sun, Uranus and North Node in Leo, he has attained a strong leadership position founded on principles of democracy, hope and change.
This quarter, Aquarius is also Rising in the Ingress Chart when calculated for the US in Washington, DC, very close to Obama’s natal Ascendant. With Jupiter (justice), Chiron (the capacity to heal those who have been wounded, or left out) and Neptune (compassion, and equal rights for all), are all rising in the sign of Aquarius (we are all of the same group, all in this together). With these so closely aligned to Obama’s Ascendant, this is a good time for him to make his move, make his mark.
On the other side of the spectrum, representing those who probably are feeling threatened by the impending changes... changes that are necessary and inevitable... sits Retrograde Mercury (confused, misleading and misunderstood information) conjunct Saturn (refusing to consider any other point of view, narrow minded, conservative & limited perception). The combination of these will tend towards thinking that is very one-sided and narrow, simplifying complex problems and issues into simple, and misleading terms that have simple answers. It also tends towards indignation and a feeling of self-righteous superiority when other people present alternative perspectives to their ideas. Mercury rules the 4th (the opposing party) and 5th (famous people in the media - Gemini) houses in the Ingress Chart, as well as the 12th (secret enemies) and the 1st (home grown enemies) houses.
For Obama to compromise or even listen to those individuals who seek to take him down, and are not at all interested in compromising or achieving productive change would be a mistake. Bill Moyers addressed just this issue back on September 4th:
...we've posted on our website an essay by the media scholar Henry Giroux. He describes the growing domination of hate radio as one of the crucial elements in a "culture of cruelty" increasingly marked by overt racism, hostility and disdain for others, coupled with a simmering threat of mob violence toward any political figure who believes health care reform is the most vital of safety nets, especially now that the central issue of life and politics is no longer about working to get ahead, but struggling simply to survive.
Poor Obama. He came to town preaching the religion of nice. But every time he bows politely, the harder the Republicans kick him.
No one's ever conquered Washington politics by constantly saying "pretty please" to the guys trying to cut your throat.
Pluto is now in Capricorn. Pluto destroys structures that are no longer working, and ideally, allows for the transformation and rebuilding of new structures. Capricorn represents the infrastructure, the bare bones of the society, and so we will see previously powerful structures, such as seen in governments and corporations, crumbling and collapsing. This is Pluto’s work, which will be helped along next year when Uranus enters Aries, and later this October/November when Saturn enters Libra. With the collapse of structures will also come a lot of rebuilding. And restructuring. So Bill Moyers also urged:
Let's get on with it, Mr. President. We're up the proverbial creek with spaghetti as our paddle. This health care thing could have been the crossing of the Delaware, the turning point in the next American Revolution — the moment we put the mercenaries to rout, as General Washington did the Hessians at Trenton. We could have stamped our victory "Made in the USA." We could have said to the world, "Look what we did!" And we could have turned to each other and said, "Thank you."
This health care thing is make or break for your leadership, but for us, it's life and death. No more Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. President. We need a fighter.
Unfortunately for us, Mars the warrior planet, is in the sensitive and retreating sign of Cancer. Not a fighting sign. There will be a lot of simmering anger... but not a lot of it coming from the President... he's identified this quarter with that Jupiter (justice, confidence, and a deep faith), rising in the Ingress Chart... which means that our Mr. Nice Guy president, does indeed have the control, the ability to be an instrument for change... not by fighting... but simply by doing what is right, and just, and standing on the side of truth. All for one, and one for all (Aquarius), when he speaks this Fall, and what he does, will be with all of us in mind.