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'The Audacity of Hope' (2006)
by John Townley
We attempted a look at Barack Obama’s chart without a birth time last year, and then again when we seemed to have got a popular one (1:06 PM). Now that we have yet another one (from his allegedly true birth certificate posted here), it’s time for another, re-revised look at what the difference might mean.
For the basics, we quote what we already have said:
His most standout qualities among the ever-swelling horserace of potential presidential hopefuls are his leadership stellium of Mercury, Sun, and Uranus in Leo and his uniquely broadening and historical Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. You remember that conjunction — the one where elected presidents either die in office or come really close to it. It represents times of social upheaval and change, and those born with it have the capacity to deal with those kinds of changing times, because they have both the new and hopeful (Jupiter) and the old and reliable (Saturn) mixed together. And, in Obama’s case, certainly Mars trine Saturn and the Moon trine Jupiter are tied by the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction into a wide mixed-element (earth and air) grand trine, showing remarkable talent and easy access to both sides of every social issue. The icing on the cake is Mercury in the middle of it opposing that Jupiter-Saturn, making the whole pattern a highly energized Cupid’s Bow (or Kite). You put up a set of conflicting self-interests, and bang, he’s got the solution and the plan right in his pocket — like he was born with it, which he was.
Just as important is the shape of the chart itself — he’s got what’s called a “locomotive” pattern led by the Moon, which means he just naturally steps in and lets his feelings lead the way, and everyone just naturally seems to agree with him. He’s a mover and a shaker in every sense of the word. He’s always rolling with the current and he pulls it along after him once he’s in motion.
Now, with a birth time giving him an Aquarius Ascendant and a flexible Gemini Moon in sextile to Mercury, we see a further mask, a multi-appeal image (Aquarius is also the sign of the U.S. national Moon) that is backed by an easily repositioned and effortlessly intelligent response. He can take both sides on an issue without seeming to flip-flop. Is this about an ability to compromise, or a talent for dissembling? The capacity to synthesize from depth, or a faculty for fooling people? With that Aquarius Ascendant, it can be both, a talent Aquarius-Sun FDR often demonstrated. His composite with the U.S. chart looks excellent, and certainly more favored at election time than McCain’s. For more on the two, see our full article.
Current events: His progressed chart over the next year will be highlighting the grand trine, with a Moon-Sun trine laid on top of it. But most of all, Neptune will be on his Ascendant throughout the coming months, right up through the general election, so what anyone is seeing there may as much be a projection as a reality. We won’t know what that turns out to be until after the decision has already been made.