Inauguration Times For Obama and Biden
Posted by Chris Brennan on Tuesday, January 20 2009
Electrifying Events Written In The Stars
January 20, 2009
Electrifying, riveting—in the stars and on the Washington D.C. mall. One couple impulsively flew all the way from France to witness the inaugural because they wanted to be at the scene of this historic occasion. There were no rooms available in any hotels, so they just stayed up all night — and then stood out in the cold waiting for the swearing-in. About two million people joined them. Most amazing is the impact that the inauguration of Barack Obama has had on people around the world
The new optimism has been a long time coming. With the clarion call ringing in our ears: “This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind.” MLKing Jr. What we are witnessing is Western Wisdom in action — a country returning to the humanitarian principles of brotherhood upon which it was founded.
How many realize that it is not patriotism and national pride that engulfs us during these moments? We serve ourselves and humanity better by not emphasizing patriotism and nationalism over universal brotherhood. It is the common and universal principle of love that resonates in our hearts and in those around the globe.
The natal chart for the inauguration clearly describes the event and portends what we may expect from the new administration. First, the North node of the Moon is in the tenth house at the Midheaven. It is conjunct Jupiter and the Sun and Mercury. The North Node and this stellium of planets define this specific inauguration. The Sun at the midheaven in Capricorn happens every year at this moment, by design, but this year the North Node points to the expression and expansion of Aquarian principles and ideals. This stellium of planets is closely sextile to the Moon which is in Scorpio (regeneration) in the seventh house (of partnership and contracts) and is void of course. Traditionally, a void of course Moon advises that anything begun at this time will require major adjustments later. If this president-elect had sought the opinion of an astrologer and been advised to delay his oath of office one hour, we might wonder how successful he would have been in asking to have this request granted. President Clinton’s oath of office for his second term technically came under a void-of-course Moon, although it was applying to a quincunx to Jupiter. One individual that I know stated that his natal void-of-course Moon just meant that he was free to make anything he wanted of his life.
As compensation, the part of fortune is conjunct Venus in the eleventh (Aquarian) house of organizations and friends, auguring well for diplomatic efforts to improve America’s image around the world. Also from the eleventh house there is a beautiful sextile between Uranus/Venus and Mars. Venus rules the Ascendant. Thereby, the outward expression of this administration is brotherhood and charismatic leadership. Both Venus and Mars are exalted in their signs — Venus in Pisces and Mars in Capricorn, and they are enhanced from Mars forming a trine to Saturn in the fifth house. (creativity) It will be necessary to use all of our creative efforts and energies to solve the problems of our imprudence, but we should avoid getting too hung up on method or process.
Neptune and Chiron (the wounded healer) in the 10th house in Aquarius give some hope for the healing of the world and our wounded planet and for overcoming non-Aquarian distractions, but it will require hard work and patience with time not being on our side as evidenced by the square aspect to the Moon and the quincunx to Saturn.
Stated positively, there will be a humanitarian solidarity and a love of truth — to the point of sacrifice. Our weaknesses can become our strengths with proper discernment and persistence.
Along the same theme, we have been experiencing an on-going opposition between Saturn and Uranus. There will be conservative vs. progressive issues challenging some of the creative ideas, and these will have to be resolved. The close-orb sextile between exalted Mars and exalted Venus/Uranus offers clues to the redeeming possibilities. The exaltation of Mars, is like having a very good harness on a powerful beast. Power and restraint and an artfully intuitive, charismatic, highly principled leader will be the key.
The closest and very important aspect which must not be ignored is Pluto (destiny and massive, undeniable, subtle change) at the midpoint of the Moon and Mercury. Pluto is in the house that it naturally rules, the eighth house (regeneration), and it is now in the sign of Capricorn where it will remain for about 15 years. Have we changed our leader and our ideas about leadership? YES. That couldn’t be clearer—in or off of the chart. The Moon represents our physical infrastructure and also the public. Because the Moon in the sign of Scorpio is in the seventh house and is ruler of the fourth, it signifies the regeneration of and newly formed alliances. We will gain from this administration new images concerning our roots and our sources of sustenance. Mercury represents communication and commerce; it is in the inventive, innovative sign of Aquarius. Some big, slow, subtle changes and some rapid unexpected changes await us.
What we have seen at the inaugural event gives a preview of what has been set in motion. We asked for change. Change is what we will have. We are entering the Aquarian age; we may believe that we are already in it.
- Elizabeth Ray
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Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as delivered.
OBAMA: My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers ... our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."
America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.
Live blogging on the day of Obama’s inauguration. They are running at little bit behind schedule as of 11:30 am EST. MSNBC is reporting that they are 20 minutes behind schedule.
According to the constitution Obama technically becomes the President at exactly noon, regardless of if he is sworn in at that point. Nick Dagan Best pointed out that Mars was on the MC as all of the former presidents started coming out. Obama finally came out and was announced at 11:43 am, EST. Rick Warren’s invocation began at 11:48 am. Invocation ended at 11:53, then Aretha Franklin got up and stage and began singing My Country Tis of Thee a few seconds later. She finished singing at 11:56, then Robert Bennet came out and introduced Supreme Court Justice John Stevens. Biden starts taking oath at 11:57 am. Finished at 11:58. Musical performance begins at that point. It starts off as a somewhat a somewhat somber and striking strings performance, and then becomes a bit more upbeat. Its rather beautiful. Wolf Blitzer announces on CNN during the musical interlude that even though Obama has not yet taken the oath, since it has just passed noon he is now officially the president of theUnited States
Musical performance ends at 12:04. The Chief Justice comes out. Obama starts taking the oath at 12:04. There are a few Mercury retrograde stumbles. (Commentators on CNN later point out that it was Chief Justice Roberts who messed up the oath by rearranging the placement of the word ‘faithfully’, and this rearranging is what caused Obama to stumble since he knew what the oath was supposed to be.) Obama finishes and becomes the president at like exactly 12:06 pm. He begins his speech shortly thereafter. The MC moves into Aquarius at about 11:16, right during his speech, hitting the Mercury-Sun conjunction. His speech culminated and ended right at 12:26, with Jupiter on the MC, the Moon just about to ingress into Sagittarius, and Neptune at the zenith. A poet gets up and begins to read a poem. The Moon ingresses into Sagittarius and the MC hits Jupiter exactly about halfway through her poem. Her poem ends at 12:32, and is followed immediately by the benediction. The benediction ends at 12:37 and the ceremony concludes with the singing of the national anthem. This concludes and Obama begins to depart at 12:40. Bush departs on a helicopter at 12:56. Obama starts signing his first documents such as cabinet appointments at 1:03 pm, with Gemini rising.
Joseph Biden was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States at exactly 11:58 AM. Barack Obama was sworn in as the President of the United States at exactly 12:06 PM.
The now famous Mercury retrograde stumble over the inaugural oath forced Barack Obama to silence any constitutional criticisms by retaking the oath a second time. This has thrown the astrological community into a bit of a tizzy about which chart signifies the actual beginning of Obama’s presidency, since astrologers will base many predictions about the future of his presidency on astrological alignments at the moment that he took office.
It seems possible that this will be one astrological debate that could conceivably continue for quite some time to come, and in light of that we will present some of the most common arguments in favor of considering the second oath chart as the beginning of his presidency, as well as the counterarguments in favor of using the original time and date of the inauguration as the true chart for the Obama presidency.
The hope is that this will settle any lingering doubts over the matter, and help to establish a community standard for the chart, both in our work here on the Political Astrology Blog, and in the work of others.
The first most common argument that seems to be made in favor of using the second oath chart is that Obama is not President until he swears the Oath with the exact words. Therefore the correct chart for the beginning of his Presidency is when he swears the exact wording of the Oath.
On the one hand, it is true that the Constitution says that the President cannot “enter on the execution of his office” without saying the oath”
Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:–”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
- Article II, Section I of the US Constitution
However, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution somewhat overrides the oath as the beginning of the presidency:
The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3rd day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
- Amendment XX, Section 1 of the US Constitution
This means that Obama could have been back in Hawaii watching a football game at noon on January 20th and his term would still begin at that exact time. This effectively means that the swearing of the oath does not signify the beginning of his term, even if it is legally required for him to say it.
Technically this could be interpreted to mean that Obama cannot “execute” the office of the Presidency until he has said the oath, as the Constitution requires, however he had in fact acted as the President and signed a number of executive orders into effect for a full day before he took the oath a second time. Does this mean that any actions Obama made before the do-over were unconstitutional? This does not seem to be the case, and so far no one seems too concerned with that, because he wasn’t forced to re-do any official presidential business after swearing the oath again.
Yes, it does. But only as a chart of a do-over. In the chart for the second oath of office Virgo is rising and Mercury retrograde is ruling the ascendant, with Saturn in the 1st house.
Mercury retrograde periods are widely known by astrologers as times for miscommunication, stirring up controversy, legal matters, and especially do-overs. Saturn is the planet which signifies doubt, caution, and fear.
After the flubbed oath at the Inauguration, some constitutional experts, including Obama, were concerned that without having said the exact words many would believe he wasn’t really sworn in as the President, and so out of “an abundance of caution”, Obama took the precaution of re-swearing the Oath. As a result, this chart merely reflects Obama re-doing the Oath, and the concern about having to re-do the Oath in general. However, his term had already begun, regardless of the oath.
Whether it was to the letter of the law or not, the ceremony held on January 20th around noon was the moment that Obama assumed presidential responsibilities, the beginning of his presidential term, not at the re-do.
The second most common argument in favor of using the second oath chart is that the Void of Course Moon at the initial swearing in did exactly what it was supposed to do, insomuch as nothing came of the first oath, so he had to do it again.
The Void of Course Moon has many different definitions aside from the modern one, and for many traditional astrologers the Moon was not technically Void of Course at the Inauguration because it was closely applying to Mercury, the Sun and Jupiter.
It is also worth pointing out that even according to the modern definition, the Moon was “Void of Course” at the moment of Obama’s announcement of his presidential candidacy, yet something certainly came of that matter. He became the President!
Of course, this is conveniently ignored by those who attribute the “void of course” Moon to Obama having to re-swear the oath. It is also hard to ignore the parallelism of the Moon being in late Scorpio around his Midheaven at both the time he first announced his candidacy to be President, and the time he was sworn in as President. Biden took his oath with the exact words in the exact same timeframe, yet he, the purported master of verbal gaffes, did not have to reswear his oath. The fact that Mercury was retrogade, a mere hour after the Mercury inferior conjunction with the Sun, is sufficient enough of an explanation for why there had to be a re-do.
The third most common argument in favor of using the chart for the second oath is simply based on the opinion that the chart of the second swearing in is better than the first. This argument is mainly based on the notion that the condition of the Moon is somewhat improved in the second chart, simply because it is no longer “void of course” and in Scorpio.
The problem with this argument is that much of what made the original inauguration time so remarkable in the first place is completely lost in the second chart for the re-swearing of the oath, and in fact the second chart seems to be much more inauspicious than the first when using some of the common rules of electional astrology.
At noon on January 20th, the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune were all in Aquarius in the 10th house, the highest point in the sky, reflective of governments, authority and leadership. A heavy 10th house emphasis is something you might expect to see in the inception chart of a presidency, and many of these planets were closely conjunct Obama’s own natal Aquarius placements. Additionally, both the Sun and the Moon are angular, in the 10th and 7th respectively, and the ruler of the ascendant is an exalted Venus in Pisces in the 11th (as it has been for several other presidencies).
However, at 7:35 pm on January 21st, there is nothing in the 10th house. The emphasis of Aquarius has been moved to the anemic 6th house, the place of illness. The ruler of the 1st and 10th is Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, backing up into a conjunction with Mars. The Sun and Moon are cadent and angular, in the 6th and 4th respectively.
Even the much touted Moon in mid-Sagittarius, which is no longer void of course in the chart, is closely applying to form a T-square with the difficult Venus-Uranus-Saturn opposition, which arguably leaves the Moon no better off than it was when it was void in Scorpio.
There is nothing particularly striking or positive about this chart, except the fact that the Virgo/Mercury retrograde emphasis reflects the overly cautious or even nitpicky need to re-do the oath. Clearly the former chart is more reflective of the beginning of a new presidential administration, while the latter is not.
With all of the pro and con arguments laid out in this way, the answer to the question surrounding the controversy about the correct presidential chart for the Obama administration becomes quite clear. The noon chart for Janauary 20th was not only the most significant chart from a legal perspective, but also from a symbolic perspective. It clearly reflects the historical importance of what took place that day, as well as some of the major challenges that Obama and his administration will face. Ultimately only time will tell which chart responds best to transits, progressions and other timing techniques during the course of his presidency, although it already seems abundantly clear which chart that will be.
Posted by Patrick Watson on Thursday, January 8 2009
It is hard to understate the importance and magnitude of the most remarkable political event of recent times: The rise of Barack Obama. In just four years he went from being a state senator to President of the United States of America. The world has largely placed their hopes for a better place in this man. For someone who seemed destined to get to where he is, one can only wonder, to what end?
To understand what the major themes of his presidency may be, we have to understand how he got there. To understand that, we have to go right back to the beginning - the time Barack Obama was born.
What follows is by no means a comprehensive analysis of Obama’s chart, but rather we’re focusing on two characteristics of his chart that seem particularly relevant to his meteoric rise to power.
1) Obama was born while the Sun in Leo was square Neptune in Scorpio. The Sun, the symbol of authority is near a 90 degree separation with Neptune, the planet of transcendental collectivism. This describes his charisma, his ability to mesmerize the masses, to be a projection of people’s dreams and ideals, the celebrity and messianic persona and iconography surrounding him, and the potential to be a visionary leader.
2) He was also born a week before an annular solar eclipse at 18 degrees and 31 minutes of Leo. His horizonal axis at the moment of his birth spans across 18 degrees and 3 minutes Aquarius/Leo. Not only was his post-natal lunation a solar eclipse, marking a new chapter in time, but he was born with his angles aligned near to the exact minute of the eclipse, seemingly locking him into a role of extreme importance in world affairs in the future. There are not many charts out there like this. Eclipses mark out general chapters in time, beginning a kind of story arc that lasts through to the next eclipse series, and this can be clearly seen in Obama’s life.
These are the most prominent signatures in his chart that are directly relevant to his miraculous ascent.
When these same astronomical conditions reappeared in the sky, the potentials of the time he was born materialized.
The potential of his Sun square Neptune laid dormant until Neptune would again form a hard aspect to his Sun, the opposition. Neptune began to oppose Obama’s Sun in mid-2002 to the end of 2004. This is precisely when he began to think about making a run for the US Senate in 2002, became a national figure with his Democratic National Convention speech, and got elected to the Senate in 2004.
On April 8th, 2004, Obama campaigned with John Kerry at a fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. Kerry came away from the encounter impressed, and kept him in mind for a slot at the convention. It is worth noting that this encounter happened only a couple of days after Mercury had stationed retrograde, which is an interesting co-incidence that we will revisit again shortly.
Less than a month after the meeting between Obama and Kerry, on May 4th, 2004, a lunar eclipse occurred at 15 Scorpio, square Neptune at 15 Aquarius. This would be particularly relevant for Obama because of his responsiveness to eclipses, as well as his natal Sun-Neptune configuration. This eclipse occured during the timeframe that Kerry’s team was discussing potential speakers for the upcoming convention.
By mid-June, the list had been narrowed down to two, and just before the July weekend, Obama was notified that he would be the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
Shortly after 9 pm, on July 27th, 2004, in Boston, Massachusetts, Obama walked onto the stage. The Barack Obama that the world knows was born on the stage that night. In just 17 minutes, he had rocked the political world to its core.
In red, you can see the transiting Sun was square the Nodes, midway between eclipses. What was started at the previous eclipse came into focus when the Sun squared the Nodes. Also the Sun and Nodes were in hard aspect to Obama’s natal Neptune. In blue you can see that during this whole time period, tranistingNeptune was in opposition to Obama’s Sun, bringing him about into the public consciousness. People were touched and moved by the speech, Democrats and Republicans alike. Immediately after the speech, speculation about his future in the party as a possible presidential candidate was already at a dull roar.
On November 2nd, 2004, Obama was elected into the US Senate by 70%, the largest margin in the history of Illinois. At the time the transiting Sun was conjunct his own natal Neptune, while the transiting Sun itself was square to transiting Neptune in the sky, just like in his natal chart, and all this was happening while Neptune was opposed to his natal Sun. This also happened 6 days after a lunar eclipse at 5 Taurus, opposite Obama’s natal Neptune. He was clearly on to something.
Senator Dick Durbin would later recal Barack Obama’s Senate campaign:
I’m thinking, what’s going on here? Something’s happened- this is no longer about Barack Obama running for the Senate; this is something bigger. 
Indeed, it was.
Now that Neptune was done opposing Obama’s Sun, it began hovering around his Ascendant throughout the year of 2006 and into 2007, and it was in this period of time that Obama dared to embark on his boldest political venture yet. On a chilly morning in Springfield, Illinois, Barack Obama announced he was running for the Presidency of the United States.
The clearest indicator that Obama was considering a White House run was his appearance at Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, a political event traditionally attended by presidential hopefuls in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses.  The Sun was conjunct the Nodes at the time, 10 days after a lunar eclipse and 6 days before a solar eclipse.
On February 10th, 2007, Barack Obama officially announced his presidential candidacy. 
This happened while the Sun was conjunct Neptune on his Ascendant. Obama himself really put it best:
And if you will join me in this improbable quest, if you feel destiny calling, and see as I see, a future of endless possibility stretching before us; if you sense, as I sense, that the time is now to shake off our slumber, and slough off our fear, and make good on the debt we owe past and future generations, then I’m ready to take up the cause, and march with you, and work with you. Together, starting today, let us finish the work that needs to be done, and usher in a new birth of freedom on this Earth.
This speech, as well as future ones that he gave during the course of the campaign, expressed the very epitome of Neptune in Aquarius. At the time the Moon was culminating on his Midheaven, just like the Moon was culminating in the sky at the time of his DNC speech.
Super Tuesday was the day when 22 states had their primaries and caucuses simultaneously. It was supposed to be the contest that would effectively make Hillary Clinton the nominee and push Obama out of the race. However, the transits were stacked in Obama’s favor.
It was just two days away from a solar eclipse, which was less than half a degree off Obama’s ascendant, with the Sun conjunct Neptune in the sky on his Ascendant again, just like on the day he first announced his run, and a Mercury inferior conjunction.
Instead of winning, he made a better than expected showing. Hillary had not been able to seal the deal on February 5th, and this ultimately led to the demise of her campaign. From then on Obama was unstoppable. “Obamania” was at a fever pitch. A long and bruising battle ensued until everyone was sick of hearing the words “change”, “bitter”, “superdelegates” and “Florigan”.
Hillary roared back from the dead on several occasions but on June 3rd, 2008, Obama finally captured the nomination. On June 7th, the day of a Mercury inferior conjunction, Hillary finally conceded defeat and offered her support to Obama.
The next eclipse series established the beginning of the general election campaign.
On August 16th, a lunar eclipse occurred at 24 Aquarius, conjunct transiting Neptune. Just 5 days later, Obama said he had made his selection for Vice President. Two days after that, he presented Joe Biden as his running mate.
Five days later, on August 28th, 2008, in Denver, Colorado, Obama was officially nominated as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate. At the very hour of his speech, the Nodes were on his horizonal axis, and the Moon was conjunct his natal Sun.
He must have thought it was strange, that just 4 years ago, he gave a speech at the convention as an unknown, and 4 years later, he was accepting the presidential nomination at the convention.
On November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, the first biracial President in the country’s history. The world rejoiced, and not just because it was a new president who wasn’t Bush. He represented something people would have thought impossible just a few years ago. The impossible was now possible.
On Election Night, Obama gave his victory speech in Grant Park. The transiting Sun was conjunct his natal Neptune, square the Nodes, midway between eclipses, just like on the night of his 2004 DNC speech, while the Nodes were conjunct his Sun, cementing his role as a world leader.
This date just by itself deserves its own post, as it would serve as a sort of natal chart for Obama’s first term in office. According to the Constitution, the Inauguration will take place at noon on January 20th, 2009 at the Capitol Building in Washington DC.
It will take place at a Sun-Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. The Moon will be back on his Midheaven, just like when he formally announced his run. And of course, right before another eclipse series, just 6 days away from a solar eclipse square his natal Neptune. That is followed by a lunar eclipse at 20 Leo, opposite Neptune, going across his horizonal axis again. Maybe his presidency really will be about making the impossible, possible.
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