Why are Barak Obama and Joe Biden attracted to one another? It’s chemistry! And it can be seen with a comparison of their horoscopes. When planets in one horoscope makes contact aspects with the planets in another chart, it facilitates relationship potentials. This does not guarantee that the relationship will be long-lasting or even that there will be a relationship at all. It simply means that if there is an interest in developing connections between two people, the planet’s characteristics and meanings become indicative of the interaction that will develop.
Here is what to look for between two charts being analysed: One planet or more in Conjunction with a planet in the related chart within 1 degree of orb. And/or, one planet or more in Opposition to a planet in the related chart within 1 degree of orb.
In Chart 1, Biden’s Uranus is making a Conjunction aspect with Obama’s Moon. This helps Obama absorb, through his feelings, the unique and intelligent contribution of Biden’s advice. Biden’s Jupiter makes an Opposition to Obama’s Saturn, which receives the older man’s direction in a mature and sensitive manner. It is rather obvious by these aspects that Obama depended quite heavily on his second-in-command, for information and guidance. And Biden experienced much gratification in being Obama’s right-hand-man, shown by the personally gratifying presence of Jupiter stimulated and being stimulated by an Opposition between charts.
In the reverse, showing Joe Biden in the inner wheel and Obama’s chart in the outer of Chart 2, we see that Obama’s Moon lies directly on Biden’s 7th house cusp. Here is a delightful indication of an emotionally reciprocal appreciation for the partnership, as the 7th house is the place of partnership. Biden’s Uranus Conjunct his own Descendant shows that the native draws unique and unusual partners. Obama’s Moon, meaning his feelings, are inspired by Biden’s special brand of genius – represented by Uranus.
The blue lines in chart 2 show a very unique configuration. Biden’s Progressed Sun has come to make an Opposition to Obama’s Natal Sun. Often it is seen that an active relationship occurs when an individual’s Progressed planet moves to make an aspect with another individual’s Natal planet. It is especially powerful when it is the same planet and when it is the Opposition aspect. The Conjunction aspect is strong when people are together, but the Opposition aspect actually has the energy to draw and keep together the dynamic between the two parties involved.
Here in chart 3 and also in the ephemeris graph, we see that Obama’s Progressed Jupiter is slowing down to make a slightly wide orb Opposition to Joe Biden’s Natal Jupiter. Here is the Progression that has been in effect over the years they spent together in the White House. A mutual planet is at play again between these individuals, and again it is the Opposition aspect that attracts and holds the relationship in balance. And this is great testimony to the Jupiterian good fortune bestowed upon them by the mysterious maneuvers revealed through the dynamic progressions. It is a overt give-and-take, sharing of potentials, made possible through the outreaching Greater Benefic Jupiter.
The ephemeris graph shows Jupiter Stationary Direct in correspondence to Barak Obama’s reelection year at the age of 52. Again true-to-form, Jupiter’s good fortune presented the pair with a second term of office as President and Vice President of the United States of America. Stations in Progression are always a sign of great adjustment and change. In this case it was not so much change, but a great boost in morale for the team of two. This gave Obama the confidence that he had the support of the nation behind him, and he could now go forward with assurance, synchronous with Jupiter’s going Direct, to continue bringing benefits when and where he could, to those to whom he was in service – the American people.
A side note first: Take a look at Trump’s right hand which indicates the conscious mind and outward interaction with others in hand analysis. When the fingers are held closely together, there is a tendency to keep one’s own council and to hold one’s true thoughts and feelings private. It also reveals one who does not let money flow easily through his hands. The little finger or “pinky” positioned away from the others denotes one who acts independently of environmental pressures. It’s a person wanting to run with the ball and not be caught-up with pleasing the needs and desires of others.
An event that marks the beginning of affairs in the life of a person or nation is described by the potentials of its corresponding horoscope until the entity is dissolved. As well, the chart of an individual who is appointed as the head of an organization or government, lends, so to speak, their horoscope to that entity as a surrogate leader. In the case of the 45th President of the United States, we will need to follow the actions of that leading individual, and track those actions, point by point, with the planetary aspects of his natal chart that correspond to events throughout his term of office. We will follow the dynamic features of the Inaugural chart as well, and take note of the auspicious signs of change that can be charted through significant Transits and Progressions.
First we will discuss the potentials of the 2017 US inauguration chart which shows very interesting promise. There is a powerful T-cross that brings forward a Point Focus Pluto that will be slowing to Station Retrograde on April 21, 2017 at 19:24 Capricorn in the Sabian degree of; A hidden choir singing.* On September 29 of this year, Pluto will Station to go Direct at 16:51 Capricorn in a 4 degree orb of Opposition with the US natal Sun. At the same time, it will complete a T-cross by forming a Square to the US natal Saturn in the 2nd house. The Sabian degree is 15 Libra, Circular Paths.**
Pluto in Point Focus of a T-cross creates a situation that is almost out of control of those who are in control. Pluto is a planet that rules all the isms and collective accumulation of knowledge and experience. It rules all things that are below the level of the conscious mind as well as all things that transcend the conditioned mind. Extremes are its typical self-expression, and this can be seen in the total dedication to their own perspectives, of all who are on either side of the political aisle. The nation is polarized, because of a matter of the division of beliefs and ideals. The pompous name-calling and verbal degradation handed out by the new president in order to get votes has created the massive backlash seen in the protests that took place worldwide the day after his inauguration.
There are already reversals, which is a Pluto type of behavior, in the promises made during the Trump campaign. For example: instead of keeping the Clintons at a distance at the inaugural luncheon, which would be keeping in line with his promise to initiate an investigation into Hillary’s alleged email mishandlings, there was actually praising and considerations given to them as a gesture of comradery, as if none of the threats and rantings in the campaign matter now that he’s reached his goal. This is typical Pluto behavior, inspite of the Keyword Probity for a heightened meaning of the planet in Progressions. At this point we are discussing a Transit, but the meanings can overlap when convenient. Watching the coming Transits will be very captivating entertainment indeed. However, the real point in any definition of Pluto is getting to the bottom of truth. Be it the truth found in the facts of general experience, or truth as it relates to the integrity of moral and transcendental character.
The Grand Sextile, shown by the faint green lines, as well as the T-cross in the chart shows that there is the potential for forward moving and supported ease in getting things done for this new administration. Venus, the ruler of the ascendant is in Sexile with the ascendant, as well as in Sextile to Point Focus Pluto. Then there is the Sextile from Pluto to the Moon, which makes Trines to Neptune and Venus. These two Focal Determinators, the T-cross and Grand Sextile, define a complex of planetary cooperation in the whiplash of release of potentials of the first mentioned, that ultimately leads to a chain-linked efficiency in carrying out of plans.
The Moon makes no challenging Oppositions to other planets, but the Sun does make a Square to the Moon’s position in the 6th house of troublesome concerns and the accompanying extreme effort needed to get things accomplished. There is an equal balance between the “sweet” aspects and the harsh. And although the planets of moral character, Jupiter and Saturn, are in Sextile in this event chart of January 20th, both Trump and the US charts are under the influence of a Sharp Destiny because this pair is in Square in their natal wheels.
The consciousness sustains itself in one of two principle forms. Either by a life with its determination already set on or before birth indicating a SHARP DESTINY or the LOOSE DESTINY where there is little predestined in its development. The Conjunction, Square and Opposition of the pair of Motivation, Jupiter and Saturn, are a sharp destiny. The Sextile and Trine of the two planets point to a loose destiny.
Here is what Marc Jones has to say about the Sharp Destiny when the pair are in Square aspect, as in Trump’s and the US charts:
“Jupiter and Saturn in square aspect indicate an ordering of life’s fundamental motives through which the native usually suffers very immediate consequences of even the least neglect or abuse of his own potentials. He finds he must fight continuously for the ideals in which he has come to take the most consistent interest, and also learns that his conscious well-being is wholly dependent on the moral struggles in which he becomes involved almost inevitably at every stage of his experience. . . . . Personal existence under this configuration can become either a great opportunity or else a gradual disintegration of the soul in the very core of itself.” (page 124, Essentials of Astrological Analysis)
Other posts on the subject of Sharp Destiny can be found through placing Sharp Destiny in the search on this blog.
Now for a look at the horoscope with the 4 wheels of the Trump, US, Trump Progressions and Inaugural Transit charts. The most outstanding feature of this conglomerate is the Progression of Trump’s Uranus making a Conjunction with the Mars in the US chart. It also activates his own chart with a Progressed Opposition to his Natal Moon and a Conjunction with his Natal Sun. Basically this Uranus Transit stimulates the potentials of his Natal Sun/Moon Opposition. The planets of Vitality are at odds with each other and this manifests in inner conflict as to where to put one’s energies to work. Although it may seem that Trump has a handle on his daily affairs, in reality, there is a constant struggle going on internally that is most often not apparent to the casual observer.
Here is what Marc Jones has to say about the Opposition of the Lights:
“. . . . . an inherent over-conscientiousness of self tends to defeat the native in everything he attempts. This is due primarily to a vacillation between conflicting requirements of his will or purpose on the one side, and his feelings or more immediate and transient inclinations on the other.” (page 116, Essentials of Astrological Analysis)
As well, Uranus in Trump’s horoscope is in High Focus and so this Progression is all the more important. Since Uranus is a slow moving planet this is a circumstance and stress that will remain throughout his term and beyond.
The Mars, as well as all the other planets in the US chart represent the American people. Their initiative (Mars) and their concern and reaction to crises is found in its position in the interrelating wheels, and that is that it is at the crux of Trump’s natal and Progressed dynamic. It is not surprising that with Trump’s unusual (Uranus) behavior prior to election, that the masses (Point Focus Pluto in the Inaugural chart) have come to protest in anger (Mar) his policy promises. His basic core self indicated by the Sun that is catching all the simulation from the Moon Opposite to the US Mars and Progressed Uranus, is in 23 degrees of Gemini with a Sabian Symbol of, Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree. The original symbol seen by Elsie Wheeler is, Three fledglings, secure in their nest high in the tree, already reveal the deep pride of their heritage. Sounds a bit more exclusive and truly representative of Trump’s high class life style than the edited Marc Jones version.
The symbol’s keyword is ELEVATION. Its positive expression is, “an unconditioned creativity exalted to the point of complete freedom from any immediate involvement.” Its negative expression is, “psychological witlessness and a false sense of release of responsibility.” These positive and negative expressions show clearly that Trump does not feel the necessity to live by the rules other citizens of the US are subject to. This, because of his privileged upbringing that had him up a tree since birth. It remains to be seen if he will reveal his tax returns as other presidents in the past were compelled to do. Here is the power and insight that can be gleaned through the use of the Sabian Symbols integrated with the other essential components of the horoscope.
Shown with the faint red lines, and as mentioned above, the Transit of Pluto in wide orb of Opposition to the US Sun degree and Squaring its Natal Saturn puts an emphasis on the Purpose of the American people (Sun) as well as a serious look at its own moral standing in the eyes of the world at large. This is indicated by the US Saturn that has become temporarily in Point Focus while Pluto makes its important Transit Squaring it. The Saturn Sabian Symbol degree becomes front and center for a time, and its degree is Libra 15, Circular paths. The symbol in its entirety can be read below. The symbol’s reference to, Man and his world may seem completely at variance with each other at some point of crisis, but inevitably everything falls into place., shows that in spite of difficulties that will constantly be a part of Trump’s administration, there is hope that all will turn out well. The general public and their concerns, as the US Saturn represents in the chart, will keep its eye on developments. The promise to do so came forth through the masses’ nationwide message sent out to all on the day after Trump officially took office. That message was synchronous with the event’s Point Focus Pluto. Trump’s followers and loyals have only to wait and see if the man they have empowered is the man that will come through in the end.
*CAPRICORN 20 A hidden choir singing This is a symbol of the eternal music of the spheres, and is an emphasis on the ideality of experience as at root a symphony of cosmic reconciliations. The differences of individual character which have contributed to a person’s initiative and a conscious selfhood are here brought to their point of ultimate and single source in an over-all existence, and each and every element of inharmony is reordered as a participating distinctiveness of the whole. All men are at one in the universal pattern. The keyword is WORSHIP. When positive, the degree is a unique gift for establishing a common interest and making it a power for the good of all, and when negative, personal aloofness and lukewarm loyalties. **LIBRA 15 Circular paths This is a symbol of subjective fulfillment through a thoroughness of participation in experience, here dramatized by every individual’s gift for remaining true to himself at center. There are interminable repetitions in the events of personal life, but the consciousness ever holds to its orbit and the realization must remain constant. Man and his world may seem completely at variance with each other at some point of crisis, but inevitably everything falls into place. The keyword is CONGRUITY. When positive, the degree is a rather extraordinary facility in self-adjustment or practical reorientation, and when negative, a tendency to think in circles and to lose all perspective in inconsequentialities.
Planetary Patterns form as planets aggregate in unique groupings while orbiting the Sun. Seen from the Earth’s perspective, these seven recognizable shapes are the matrix for the five major aspects in astrology; the Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine and Opposition. The patterns are in constant flux, due to the varying speeds of the planets themselves. The three very slow-moving outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, represent the base notes of the solar system so to speak, and they chart the gradual development of evolving life on Earth. They identify the nature of humanity’s group orientations, as they transform from religious and culturally cloistered pockets of activity which Jupiter and Saturn represent, to a broader and more universal and all-inclusive conscious self-awareness. In some respects, they are the unconscious motivating forces at work in humanity’s evolution from darkness to Light. But for the seeker of life’s meaning, they encourage an upward movement from subterranean levels of autonomic behavior to elevated and refined states of conscious being.
The outer planets are the harbingers of consciousness transformation, which then becomes the stable foundation of Universal Mind. In contrast, the swifter moving planets are associated with the more personal attributes of human character, and point to habits of daily living and convenience. The diagram above shows examples of the ideal formations of the seven Planetary Patterns.
These seven basic Planetary Patterns represent humanity’s diverse modes of responding to life as a whole. That is why they are also called Temperament Types. They refer to human emotional and behavioral responses to local environmental stimulus, and to the world and universe in general. To identify the way in which an individual is prone to view and respond to outer conditions, one must identify the pattern of the planets in their particular horoscope. This can be challenging at times when the planetary groupings take on a kaleidoscopic imagery as they move out of and into succeeding patterns. The mass of humanity does not wait for an ideal pattern to form in the solar system when they incarnate. But with a bit of analytical work on the chart, the Temperament Type can be identified and used as a tool to decipher potentialities.
The simplest transition from one pattern to another can be seen in regards to the Bowl shape as it morphs into the Bucket pattern. The Moon is the swiftest of the moving bodies in the astrological solar system. It cycles the Signs of the Year (zodiac) once a month, and it plays the role of the Handle of a Bucket pattern when opposite the Bowl segment. It becomes the Bowl Temperament once again when it moves back into the more populated half circle. The challenge in defining this Temperament comes when the Moon as a Handle is not quite perpendicular to the center of the Bowl. Further analysis brings into play the nuances of the Temperament. The chapter on the Temperament Types in The Essentials of Astrological Analysis will assist in understanding the fine details of the seven Types.
How do the planets and their electromagnetic fields relate to the morphogenetic field? The answer to this question is: They relatein every way. It is an ancient concept that energy fields influence organic life on Earth. This topic is now being revisited by Rupert Sheldrake, the controversial biologist who bravely goes where conventional science fears to tread. Sheldrake professes that there is an ethereal and intelligent, unseen unified field that gives rise to visible form. As an astrologer, I would like to point out that it is the Sun, Moon and planetary fieldsthat are the morphogenetic source and matrix itself, and the colorful graph of orbiting planets suggests how those individual fields might overlap and synergize. The field, or plasma, acts as an ever-developing potential; a molecular/chemical “instruction” for life on Earth. Observing life events and experiences, in correspondence to planetary movements in a horoscope, reveals the binding relationship between the two factors.
Our physical bodies resonate to the morphing solar system’s fields. They do so through our central energy system known by the Sanskrit term Chakras. The Chakras are circular and spiraling vortexes that have specific vibratory frequencies that instantaneously, through the ether or plasma, give substance to conscious mind – also known as consciousness or conscious self-awareness. These are the Macro and Micro elements of life in coalescence. All things vibrate with life energy and magnetism. And the human body too, exudes electromagnetic frequencies to take part in the complex play of forces in which we live and have our being.
Since we are discussing Planetary Patterns and how they give substance and nuance to the morphogenetic field, it would be convenient to use the example of Rupert Sheldrake’s chart to identify one of the Temperament Types. Sheldrake’s horoscope is a Bucket pattern that deviates slightly from the ideal or norm. There is the necessary single planet set off by itself that becomes the High Focus Handle of the chart, but the Bowl segment does not have a Delimiting Rim Opposition to make it ideal. Although Marc Edmund Jones considers the Bucket Temperament Type to include those shapes where the bowl segment has no delimiting Rim, this departure from the ideal has lead to the alternative title Funnel Temperament. This term facilitates a more literal expression of the way in which this Temperament functions without a Rim. The term Funnel was made popular by the Humanistic branch of Astrology during the 1970’s. When there is no Rim Opposition, the contents of the bowl are not stymied on there way to self-expression, and the unencumbered energies are funneled directly to and through the nature of the Handle or Spout planet (see chart #1). This High Focus single planet, with its sign and house placement, is considered the point of release of talents that assists the native in the manifestation of his potentials. Here is where he develops a “handle” on the entirety of his personal gifts and accomplishments, and thus has a focused outlet for his purpose in life.
Sheldrake’s High Focus Moon is in the 2nd house of personal resources and in the sign of Discrimination. The Moon gathers and channels his highly selective discoveries into the domain of his own personal psyche. Then with the facilitating exact Opposition to the Sun in the 8th house of other people’s resources and approval, he manages to share the contents of his otherwise private worldview. And as Oppositions often show, there will be times when his shared knowledge receives approval, contrasted with times of rejection from those who find it hard to comprehend the illusive nature of Sheldrake’s mission and message.
Note that Venus and Neptune, buttress the funnel’s contents with a Trine over the line of the sign. This allows the free-flowing nature of the 120 degree aspect to easily empty its contents toward the High Focus Moon Spout, with its keyword INTENSE. The Core Opposition, shown with red lines, thus becomes more prominent in an interpretation, because of the lack of distracting and challenging co-aspects. The Bucket or Funnel Pattern identifies a person with an profound objective; on a definitive mission to accomplish. And Sheldrake is certainly an example of one with a overwhelming drive to carry his cause to its final destination of public awareness of unseen forces. And he accomplishes his mission, through his revealing demonstrations of the subtle powers of receptivity that the Moon so well represents.
See Sheldrake’s demonstrations at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIozVT-IM14 The Temperament TypeGraph below with the red and green lines shows that the Bundle has the possibility of a Trigger Square Focal Determinator and a High Focus Leading planet, shown with the red circle. The See-Saw ideally has both core and rim Oppositions and a High Focus Leading or Cutting planet. The Bowl has the potential for a T-cross Focal Determinator and has a High Focus Leading planet. The hemisphere occupation of planets also determines the degree of the Temperament’s personal development. The Bucket has the potential for both a Grand Cross and Grand Trine, with core and rim Oppositions – its Handle planet becoming Point Focus. The Locomotive has the possibility of a Grand Trine, a core Opposition and High Focus Leading planet. The Splay is based on the Grand Trine, but can have a T-cross and High Focus Reins planet when there is only one planet in one of the three segments. The Splash has the possibility of having all quadratures represented by as many as 5 Oppositions. There can be a Grand Trine, Grand Cross, T-cross, but no Leading planet. For more detailed information on Temperament Types, read The Essentials of Astrological Analysis by Marc Edmund Jones. Chapter 2, page 27.