Criticism and Correction
Those were the words of Barack Obama, the next president of the United States when formally meeting with his predecessors. Incorrect. I realize he's frightened and nervous - Who wouldn't be? - but the cocky kid persona is ridiculously inappropriate for the occasion and indicative of the path ahead. He has Saturn retrograde in Capricorn and a long journey through his life trying to deal with the systems he gets entrapped within. Learning how to relate to the establishment is a large part of his destiny and he's just getting started.
It's been said that people should wait and see what he does. But isn't that just the reactive stance that got us here? His magnificent achievement in getting elected as the first American president of African descent should not be underestimated, and he will go down in history. But Obama has a lot to learn and it's not too soon to get started. If society begins the task, carefully criticizing immediately, the people can shape the young man as he grows and could influence the path the country takes at this difficult time. The decaying system will have to give way as Pluto transits Capricorn, nothing is impervious to energy and force. How it's directed tells the tale.
The nation, as usual, with her four Cancer planets, is hoping for the next leader to magically take care of her problems and be the parent she always craves. However, Pluto in Capricorn is about to spend a generation opposite these planets urging the people to wiggle out of the parent-child relationship and become adult citizens, and even ideally to take the parental role themselves. One of the requirements of democracy is that people make accurate and excellent analyses of their leaders on an ongoing basis. The idea is to learn to avoid the extreme fear of authority, the insane conspiracy beliefs, the escape altogether from responsible assessment, the creation of the omnipotent parent, and the blind worship of iconic figures. A mature relationship with the government is a birthright of this country with her natal Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra in the 10th house. An amazing opportunity has presented itself now, and maybe it won't be missed. There could be great agitation as a prelude, though, and an increase in the childish tantrum mode the country is so accustomed to. Courage in confronting the leadership is the best tool. We elected them, after all. They work for us. And god knows, we pay them well on top of their stealing.
The last time Uranus was in Aries, Pluto was in Cancer and the leader at the end, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was one of the most worshipped parental figures in history. Pictures of him hung on the walls of American homes countrywide. What he said, they did. But this time, with Pluto in Capricorn, I think a reversal might be in order. The young president is inexperienced, a child himself, so what better time to learn than now? Obama won't get there without our direction. And he's scheduled to grow up, too, with Pluto transiting opposite his Cancer Venus in the 5th. His acquiescence to (fear of) the status quo is another large part of the problem and that should be soundly addressed as well. Without time and hard earned lessons, Saturn in Capricorn does not feel confident in the seat of power no matter how much he appears otherwise. The commoners are also on the road to the seat of power through trial, error, and correction.
The problems of a lifetime since this country was born won't be leaving with George Bush and won't be solved by the next man. The first place she'll be tested is when Pluto comes to Venus and Jupiter and the Cancer-Capricorn, child-adult lessons begin in earnest. The sooner the people face their discontent, the sooner the repairs can come, and one of the biggest problems is the juvenile need for entertainment and cheap drama which the sorry cast of political characters is all too eager to act out. Venus covers most of the USA fifth house of fun and games, and rules the 10th house of the executive, so the time has arrived to reach out for Capricorn discipline. It's not a joke anymore. The South Node is in Leo in both the Congressional charts and the inaugural one, with Saturn in the 5th of the inaugural, and the start of the session was an infantile circus once again, as is often the case with the melodramatic Leo SN. People are still saying how much fun all the fights between the parties are going to be, along with the exciting intrigues and personal agonies. Other people are hurting for real and want a better government.
Soon the North Node goes into Capricorn and the South into Cancer, and there will be no better time in the world for the country to take a look at her childish behavior and make her decisions. There will be a major conjunction in Capricorn in 2020 which could yield good results in this department if the work is begun now and the tone gets serious. The people need to take charge of this government. Or wait another 250 years. Either way. Responsible criticism if applied consistently can prevent more severe forms of punishment down the road, which seldom work, once the behaviors are so ingrained. Mold now while you can. No cocky kids in the White House unless they're pre-pubescent.