Thursday, February 12, 2009

Life is a Wiggle

Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and Capricorn
~I was sick — sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence — the dread sentence of death — was the last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears. After that, the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum. It conveyed to my soul the idea of revolution.
~I at length felt that I was free. The surcingle hung in ribands from my body. But the stroke of the pendulum already pressed upon my bosom. It had divided the serge of the robe. It had cut through the linen beneath. Twice again it swung, and a sharp sense of pain shot through every nerve. But the moment of escape had arrived. At a wave of my hand my deliverers hurried tumultuously away. With a steady movement — cautious, sidelong, shrinking, and slow — I slid from the embrace of the bandage and beyond the reach of the scimitar. For the moment, at least, I was free.
~The Inquisitorial vengeance had been hurried by my two-fold escape, and there was to be no more dallying with the King of Terrors. The room had been square. I saw that two of its iron angles were now acute — two, consequently, obtuse. The fearful difference quickly increased with a low rumbling or moaning sound. In an instant the apartment had shifted its form into that of a lozenge. But the alteration stopped not here — I neither hoped nor desired it to stop. I could have clasped the red walls to my bosom as a garment of eternal peace. "Death," I said, "any death but that of the pit!" Fool! might I have not known that into the pit it was the object of the burning iron to urge me? Could I resist its glow? Or if even that, could I withstand its pressure? And now, flatter and flatter grew the lozenge, with a rapidity that left me no time for contemplation. Its centre, and of course, its greatest width, came just over the yawning gulf. I shrank back — but the closing walls pressed me resistlessly onward. At length for my seared and writhing body there was no longer an inch of foothold on the firm floor of the prison. I struggled no more, but the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long, and final scream of despair. I felt that I tottered upon the brink — I averted my eyes —
From The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

In this story which takes place during the Inquisition, the character is imprisoned in a cell with a gaping pit, a swinging blade descending from above, and once freed from the pendulum -- closing walls. This aptly describes the condition of life, albeit in extreme and unpleasant terms, where one entrapment leads to another, death being the escape, so we assume.
Life begins with a wiggle as the tail-whipping sperm cell pushes his way past the egg's boundary with a force impossible to comprehend. In a sense, the walls close in when the human grows in the womb, squirming and kicking, then it's thrust through a small chamber with such strength as to squeeze the head of the fetus into a monstrous object, finding liberation at birth only to be entrapped again within the confines of the body now having to learn to survive on its own with all its unending demands. We're stuck maintaining the rebellious body and its desire to make more bodies forever. Captives of time and space.
The nucleus of a cell also remains trapped until the moment of division when it immediately becomes confined again. Humans can't live without these cells and their strict boundaries, yet they seek freedom and revolution throughout life, setting the stage for the Saturn-Uranus configuration so prevalent in the years ahead. Pressure builds, as in Poe's story, until the moment of release comes, and the new space entered becomes the next cell -- the next enclosure stimulating the desire for escape. Sometimes I think that the moment of liberation is so sublime that humans intentionally, if subconsciously, create mini-prisons lifelong in order to wiggle out and experience the sensation of freedom. Even coming home at the end of the day and getting out of restrictive street clothing is such a moment. The digestive process is one of tightening and loosening in perfect rhythm, as what comes in must come out.
With Saturn-Uranus, both actions are inevitable. Increasing clamps and escapes coming on and off. Where is the source of release? Everyone knows the next cell is ahead, also with its built-in exits as the story unfolds. There is no one Grand Liberator as there is no Grand Inquisitor. The dynamic between the two entities continues all through the 16 years of Pluto in Capricorn, and is followed by further study in these phenomena when Pluto transits Aquarius.
So the question of fate versus free will is bound to be pondered with predestined Saturn and unpredictable Uranus. For those who cling to order, Uranian urges might prove to be unnerving, while those who resist restriction will find Saturn's heavy hand hard to bear, especially when the same old thing keeps turning around and around like the circular passage of time. How much freedom one finds is equal to how much one needs. Collectively we are only as free as the dissident confined to his jail cell, or the child sold into slavery, but also as free as the farmer fleeing the tornado or the human released from disease.
This tells me that rather than some magical times of liberation, there could be a more inclusive understanding of what freedom really is. It only functions in contrast to enclosure. If one wants one, one must have the other. In the end, maybe the structure will continue to define the boundaries society lives within, sometimes terribly oppressive, sometimes less so, while some savor the moments of breakthrough as they come. People can learn to live with or without the panic that often accompanies sudden tightening, and remember that loosening is not permanent. Perhaps the real liberation will arrive with knowledge and acceptance of limitations knowing the ability to maneuver is always there. "I know" are the keywords of Aquarius. One can wiggle out of most of what is, eventually, while wiggling into the next place within the larger structure. Close in and push. Open and release. Press and pull. In and out. Yin and yang. The Grand Squeeze that gets the creature through the passageway from birth to death.

The ultimate achievement is locating the oppressor, the intention of Pluto's search through Capricorn, mistakenly thought to be the person outside or some perceived figure(s) of divine control. Once the jailor is pinpointed, some liberation can truly be enacted, the natural confinements of living notwithstanding.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh, nicely done! esp. after the exchanges yesterday.

We project onto all authority figures (ahem, Obama) that which we refuse to wrestle with in our own orb. Once we accept our limits as our own, we will know freedom to change our world.


12/2/09 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

humans intentionally, if subconsciously, create mini-prisons lifelong in order to wiggle out and experience the sensation of freedom.

Oh wow, is that ever food for thought. It would explain the need for "escapism" and recreational activities and substances. Notice the word "recreation" which in this context is a noun. "a pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment." It has its roots in the Middle English ME recreacioun (< MF recreation) < L recreātiōn- (s. of recreātiō) restoration, recovery, etc.

Which brings us back to re-creating that sense of freedom? :o)

12/2/09 8:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great article once again JM. Enjoy your perspective. I think my escapism is looking at all of life's little injustices and laughing. Here for example, I steal from the boys at Hillbuzz once again, but find this piece irresistable!

"Obama bumps his head boarding chopper.....What bothers us, though, is that the media does NOT treat Obama and Bush fairly when it comes to this sort of thing. If Bush bumped his head on a helicopter door, it would be replayed over and over again to belittle and humiliate him. Obama does it, and everyone ignores it.

The same way, last week, when Obama tried to walk through an Oval Office window, instead of using the door.

A window.

That he thought was a door.

But was a window.

Bush, in Beijing some time ago, tried to walk through an actual door, but that door was mistakenly locked. And the media eviscerated him.

For trying to walk through a door.

That he had seen other people walk through.

That was just recently locked.

While Obama tries to walk through a window, in his own home.

If you treated Bush one way, because you as the news media decided that was the way to treat the President of the United States, you need to treat his successor the exact same way — regardless of if he is part-black or not.

Fair is fair."

I happen to believe that one of the manifstations of Saturn Uranus will be a restructuring of the MSM as more and more people simply refuse to accept the slanted influences and biased handling of cogent cultural discourse. I once explored the affects of the Saturn Uranus cycle on American political history. It may also be interesting to analyze its affects on the fourth estate.

Tseka I looked at the link and can't quite figure out how to link to a simple file I have. The article was on several web sites but that was long ago and well archived, can't find it.

12/2/09 11:36 AM  
Blogger PSW said...

Awarness and perception. You know your own reality and the reality of those around you only if you let the light in to become aware. Perception of your situation is the ultimate test.
I travel with Hermes now across the continent to my new reality. I listen to him as I cross boundaries and I watch the visage become pastoral into the heartland of America. With an over aspected Uranus I am always seeing the light and the restless urges throw me down path after path. I laugh at my incompleteness. I laugh at the seeming contentment of the masses. Which of these is hubris?
It feels good to be cast out and aware. The collective 'under the influence' leaps from hero to hero, hope to hope looking for the savior. The list is endless and Obama is but one pillar.
How destructive will the forces of Pluto be in the coming months and where will he peer into your world to weed out the oppressor? The subconcious knows...are you willing to carry the torch down into the underworld to read and listen to it? Sometimes even I fear his answer...

12/2/09 11:37 AM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

Isn't this just like setting up challenges for yourself? The challenge\commitment is also a "mini-prison". You learn something (hopefully) from your experience of it, and often grow stronger in some way.

Part of my greatly lessened need for accomplishment is my recognition that this process is the same for various types of challenges and accomplishments. I've already accomplished some extremely difficult things, some extremely dangerous things, and some extremely committing things, and some outrageously pleasurable things and I hold them as a glass to new experiences. If the new "mini-prison" does not intrigue or challenge in some new way I'm not interested.

12/2/09 11:39 AM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

This instantly reminded me of the second part of this Joseph Campbell quote:

The psyche knows how to heal, but it hurts. Sometimes the healing hurts more than the initial injury, but if you can survive it, you'll be stronger, because you've found a larger base. Every commitment is a narrowing, and when that commitment fails, you have to get back to a larger base and have the strength to hold onto it.

The first part of the quote is a clue as to why we seek our prisons.

12/2/09 11:47 AM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

We bind our wounds...

12/2/09 11:50 AM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

We project onto all authority figures (ahem, Obama) that which we refuse to wrestle with in our own orb. Once we accept our limits as our own, we will know freedom to change our world.

This made me think of the way some of you are feeling about Obama in terms of something Castaneda wrote about the "petty tyrant". This really makes the best sense if you read the entire segment. the fire from within here. This excerpt is where I was drawn:

One of the first concerns of warriors is to free that energy in order to face the unknown with it. The action of rechanneling that energy is impeccability.
The most effective strategy for rechanneling that energy consists of six elements that interplay with one another. Five of them are called the attributes of warriorship: control, discipline, forbearance, timing, and will . They pertain to the world of the warrior who is fighting to lose self-importance. The sixth element, which is perhaps the most important of all, pertains to the outside world and is called the petty tyrant.
A petty tyrant is a tormentor. Someone who either holds the power of life and death over warriors or simply annoys them to distraction.
Petty tyrants teach us detachment. The ingredients of the new seers' strategy shows how efficient and clever is the device of using a petty tyrant. The strategy not only gets rid of self-importance; it also prepares warriors for the final realization...The other four belong to the known, exactly where the petty tyrants are lodged. In fact, what turns human beings into petty tyrants is precisely the obsessive manipulation of the known.
The interplay of all the five attributes of warriorship is done only by seers who are also impeccable warriors and have mastery over will . Such an interplay is a supreme maneuver that cannot be performed on the daily human stage.
Four attributes are all that is needed to deal with the worst of petty tyrants, provided, of course, that a petty tyrant has been found. The petty tyrant is the outside element, the one we cannot control and the element that is perhaps the most important of them all. The warrior who stumbles on a petty tyrant is a lucky one. You're fortunate if you come upon one in your path, because if you don't you have to go out and look for one.
If seers can hold their own in facing petty tyrants, they can certainly face the unknown with impunity, and then they can even stand the presence of the unknowable.

12/2/09 12:03 PM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

This concept of the "petty tyrant" I think is also why I'm personally undisturbed by Obama or whatever he is or isn't. I've fully processed this experience with petty overlords consciously on another, prolonged, much more personal occasion. It no longer engages me as I've already figured it out.

12/2/09 12:09 PM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

The funny thing is that now that I've succeeded at being tormented by "petty tyrants" and processing through it. I'm now working on the reverse. I'm in the superior position. This is playing out in work and in certain relationships. I'm adjusting to holding greatly increased power and finding out how to deal with ignorance in myself and others while managing it. One of the most irritating things right now is people imitating me instead of finding their own way... This is exasperating me -my current lesson.

12/2/09 12:27 PM  
Blogger jm said...

M, I agree, I've always taken the philosophical view and I used to rail against those who blamed the authority figure, but I've softened, and now I think that's part of the process. The outer figure is only a representative so we can use it in the search, especially if we make the break. So now I allow for the anger more than I used to. Resenting Obama is going to be a necessary part for most who come to a little bit of freedom in the coming transits. Projection is OK if we're aware. Anger has to have a hook temporarily.

12/2/09 2:46 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe, I love you. You are the first who has responded to this, one of my all time favorite theories. And you've added a great thought. The idea of recovery within these confines is a fantastic one. And life is all about contrasts. That's what we do. I think we're about to learn that concerning wealth. It's like breathing, experiencing these opposites.

12/2/09 2:51 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Chiron, I totally agree with you about the Bush and Obama and I think it's an important point, since it was horribly wrong for Bush to wage war, but for Obama, it's right.

Fair is fair.

Yes, indeed.

I also agree about the MSM, maybe when Pluto opposes Mercury. There's a reason for what we're doing here.

Saturn Uranus cycle on American political history. It may also be interesting to analyze its affects on the fourth estate.

I'm interested in this.

Feel free to post your stuff. You can do it in increments if it's too much at once. People are learning so much so a little bit at a time might work.

12/2/09 2:58 PM  
Blogger jm said...

PSW!!!! So soon???? I'm thrilled!

Obama is but one pillar.
How destructive will the forces of Pluto be in the coming months and where will he peer into your world to weed out the oppressor? The subconscious knows...are you willing to carry the torch down into the underworld to read and listen to it? Sometimes even I fear his answer...

Great comment from your journey. Wonderful questions. I think the reasoned intellectual meetings we're having here will help a great deal in contrast to the hyper-emotional dish of the day. Uranus will keep us aware.

So good to see you out there laughing in the world of the brave! Hermes is one of my favorites. By far, since I travel through my mind so extensively.

12/2/09 3:07 PM  
Blogger jm said...

We bind our wounds...

Nice. I do think we're in charge. Always have.

12/2/09 3:10 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm OK with loving the leader, hating him, or being indifferent. They're all right. Even worse, is doubting yourself. It looks like the times have delivered a figure with which we can work and discover ourselves in the quest for our own leadership, which no one has mastered yet, or I don't think we'd be here. The roads are many, and Hermes is thought to be a hermaphrodite, so he probably allows for any variation on the trip.

I feel a step closer to seeing the value in each one's individual approach, as a result of these recent discussions. I find myself changing my former rigid approach and have now become immensely curious as to where I'll land. If I do.

One president to another is one trap to another, a metaphor for our own experiences. I think creatively navigating each one is smart.

We all have a father in the psyche, that our external leaders resemble in varying degrees. So it's always a great opportunity to engage, and as Pluto transits Capricorn, I'd bet many of us are going to develop new relationships with this figure, especially as Uranus directs us to ourselves and our own autonomy. On the other hand, there probably is a collective figure and that could be the most interesting one of all to be revealed.

I've never experienced anything like this. The group analyses of our collective experience as we go in real time. Absolutely amazing and enriching. Something about alternative wealth with Pluto.

12/2/09 3:36 PM  
Blogger PSW said...

I'm somewhere out in the middle still miles from the destination but the journey has already set me free.
It is truth to understand now...rigidity in form will make the requirement of letting go so much more difficult. Hermes understood to wait until the powers had exposed their intent and then movement and trickery would serve in manifesting a new and poetic path.
Pluto is gathering dark clouds and the forces that will emerge we cannot control but listening to the whispering voice of the Hermetic god brings me solace and will help us find our way when we have carried our heavy burden from within and let go...
I feel as you do, this is incredible to watch unfold and to share in the experience.

12/2/09 4:48 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I so love Hermes.

Hermes understood to wait until the powers had exposed their intent and then movement and trickery would serve in manifesting a new and poetic path.

And I love this. Your input is wonderful, PSW.

I've written several articles on Hermes as guide in the crossroads and his guile and trickery as a way to reroute one correctly. He provides safety for the traveler by preventing the too-worn path from being followed. His trickery lies partly in his ability to turn on a dime and change direction instantly. So beautifully nimble.

Another thing to keep in mind about Mercury is that he was the only god allowed into Pluto's realm and still return to the surface. His job as courier is vital to human existence and there is nowhere he is afraid to go. Perhaps as ruler of communication in cyberspace, Hermes is already getting us through the Pluto transit.

I am especially attuned to Hermes having Venus-Uranus in Gemini in my 3rd house. Mercury there too. Venus rules my Taurus NN, so the contentment I seek comes through poetic translation of experience and communication with others. This is perfect.

Say hello to the Mississippi River for me!

Uranus is now exactly square USA Mars in Gemini, so Hermes is on the scene and we are traveling. Two weeks. Strap on your wings. And don't forget to hoist the mainsail since Uranus is tossing on the Piscean seas. Collective emotion and all.

12/2/09 5:20 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Sharp inhale, what a gripping story.
Exhale, what amazing treasures inside JM's salon.

It keeps getting richer and richer.

12/2/09 6:27 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

m.p.k said...

We bind our wounds...


12/2/09 6:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ok. Hopefully I won't bore anyone, and I hope its in no way a retread of other profiles, but here is my 2 cents on the Obama chart.

12/2/09 7:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...



A word about me, I have practiced astrological counseling for over twenty years and also have read the Tarot for almost as long. I believe that those who practice Astrology should seek to achieve a balance in all things.... The movement and interaction of the planets and stars are neither all good nor all bad. How they play out in a life is determined more by the free will of the individual than by the transit du jour.

Of course, of prime interest these days has been the burning topic dominating the news of the upcoming presidential elections, and the race for the White House. John McCain for the Republican nomination, and Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. Recently, astrologers were purportedly gifted a rare advantage in analysis, a birth certificate for Barack Obama. Some controversy surrounds this document. However for the sake of interpretation and in comparison to other astrologer’s analysis, let’s proceed under the assumption that the information is credible. Therefore, Barack Obama, born on August 4th, 1961 at 7:24 PM in Honolulu, Hawaii has an interesting chart, if not an overtly inspiring one.

What immediately stands out is the strong, Fixed Quadruplicity signature of the chart. Traditionally an indicator of a determined and self reliant individual who can gets things accomplished, the native having such a preponderance of points and planets weighted in the Fixed quality can also be an individual predisposed to inertia with a stubborn and inflexible temperament. Strange that an individual who has based his entire political campaign on the theme of change himself sports an astrological signature of changelessness and dogma. Yet it supports an acute and profound mind able to parse a topic or an argument precisely. Such individuals wear their sense of pride fashionably that masks a certain fascination with the accumulation of power. His Aquarian ascendant does much to add grace and refinement not only to the physique but also to the overall persona. The danger here though is a degree of mental sloth, someone proceeding on cruise control.

Barack’s Leo Sun is posited in his sixth house. Of course, the classic interpretation here is one of a workaholic. Someone destined to always toil in the fields or someone who works tirelessly. However I believe another classic interpretation of this placement may be more apt. That is one who is begotten by an obscure father or one who is fatherless. Considering his father’s abandonment of his American wife and her child, this solar placement rings true. The bell tolls twice here when it becomes apparent that this Leo Sun not only falls in the house of nocturnal decline, but that it is also rather unaspected. A waning square to Neptune in the 9th, and an applying opposition to the Ascendant add layers of complexity to the underlying psyche at work. This 6th house placement not only indicates the eternal disciple, someone who continually refines himself and also continually critiques his own performance. But then the square to Neptune shades this immensely, considering that this is an aspect of an inferiority complex, or someone who finds a need to constantly defend one’s ideals, dreams, objectives and motivations. This is the chameleon personified. Lob a critique his way, sit back, and watch the colors change. Or maybe this is a simple indicator; note the ninth/sixth house coupling, of being a lawyer.

His Mercury is also placed in the 6th house in its Fall in Leo. Of course there are two sides to the coin with this placement as with all others. Skilled in the art of persuasion, these natives are natural promoters and showmen, gilded tongued carnival barkers or charmed know it alls, mentally active but sporting a certain degree of intellectual arrogance. Heightened by a sixth house placement accentuating strong communicative skills, Mercury remains ill dignified here, in a Saturn term; it is somewhat troublesome, indicating a pre-disposition to boasting or lying or at least malleable and inconstant in opinion and position. Shaded by a waning conjunction to the Sun, wide by ten degrees, it is pulled into a fascinating T square. It is in stark opposition to an oddly protective 12th house retrograde Aquarian Jupiter by two degrees. This combination is akin to sprinkling kosher salt onto smoked bacon. Jupiter in the 12th is the classic angel on the shoulder influence, impinged by retro gradation, and activated whenever Jupiter goes retrograde by transit; granting counseling skills, heightened introspection, and good fortune. The Aquarian influence contributes magnetic charm and ample opportunity to express independent, idealistic and rather optimistic beliefs that often express the innate nobility of man. However the opposition can also indicate certain tendencies to promise more than can be delivered or even to see the broad perspective of a situation, but with an inability to follow through with the necessary details to achieve the desired objective.

That tight Mercury Jupiter opposition is also squared into a formidable T square by a Scorpionic Neptune posited in the ninth. Welcome to Disneyland! To one child Disneyland can be a stimulating and creative backdrop in which to act out ideas with panache and artistic flair. To another it is an escapist quagmire for self delusion and well woven and purposeful lies. In all actuality, it is in all probability a dash of both, blended to a craftily fashioned version of one’s own little world, patterned into the psyche and activated when the open leg of the T square is triggered by a transiting planet. It also could easily indicate escapism of a more venal kind such as drugs, sex or alcohol. Given the frank admission in his biography of drug experimentation, one only need look to the ephemeris to determine when this T square has cliqued into gear. In 1976, for example, when transiting Jupiter triggered the opened leg of the T, Saturn conjuncted natal Mercury and the Sun, and Uranus conjuncted natal Neptune, which could indicate one probable period of self induced crisis.

Let’s not overlook the rest of this telling T square. The Sun and Saturn also play a part in this configuration. Both are widely placed to the three major players but are pulled into the energy flow of the pattern by house placement. A word about T squares. They are the steely action indicators in many charts. The most seasoned and accomplished individuals in many a professional field have T squares emblazoned prominently somewhere in their charts. The unbridled energy of the T is often a harder task master than the toughest coach in challenging a native to overcome obstacles and inner demons. With Neptune being the focal axis of the T itself, it is noteworthy to find it also squared by Barack’s sixth house Sun. This is another classic aspect, often indicating an absent father or a parental figure that has been over idolized or over demonized. Formative years may have been disrupted for one reason or another and the native grapples with building a solid identity, often lapsing into episodes of day dreaming or pointless idealism. Associating with shadowy figures from the wrong side of the tracks, maintaining addictive behaviors, secret affairs or other escapist tendencies are not out of the ordinary for natives with this aspect. We know that Barack made concerted efforts to discover his roots and to bond with an absent father in an overt effort to establish his personal legacy. However, it is also a bit bothersome to consider that the Neptune, the focalized apex of this T square, is additionally stressed by a Square from the Sun, and has ruler ship over the second house of values and resources.

The final actor in this T square drama is the traditional ruler of this chart, Saturn. Saturn is the co-ruler of Aquarius, and the pre-Uranian ruler of that sign. With Aquarius on the ascendant, Saturn is Barack’s chart ruler. Furthermore Saturn is one of the planets involved in this chart’s most exact aspect, the quincunx to Uranus, co-ruler of Aquarius. Saturn is also posited at twenty five degrees in its ruler ship of Capricorn, in its own term, in the twelfth house conjunct Jupiter. Saturn takes precedence over Mercury, the night ruler of the chart, increasing Obama’s 12th house secretive tendency to act conservatively. Keep in mind that Saturn in a day chart is discipline, balance and justice. Saturn in a night chart acts more with repression. According to medievalists, Saturn posited in the 12th house could actually be a positive influence for the native if it was dignified, in a masculine sign and diurnal. Here we find Saturn dignified, but feminine and nocturnal. So we cannot attribute too harmonious a vibe to this position. Rather it indicates a tendency for the native to be reserved, somewhat suspicious, and to appear aloof and rather resistant to change. Also there exists the possibility that the native could exercise certain neglect in some responsibilities. Its strength in this chart is its ruler ship of the 12th with Capricorn on the cusp affording some stamina in opposing personal enemies, and perhaps giving the ability to turn the tables on those who oppose this native’s best interests.

However, Saturn here really is both well aspected yet also afflicted. On one hand graced with a trine from Mars and Ceres, yet on the other it rests at the apex of a finger of God from Uranus and Venus. So he is graced with a natural ability to counsel and nurture through action in a well organized methodical manner. Remember the chair holding for Hillary? But he is also challenged with the need to adjust himself to accommodate necessary internal or external changes that may force themselves upon him to a point where they are not within his control. This is a strong and significant inconjunct. Since this not only exemplifies symbolically the struggle to break free against all rules or limitations on freedom, but also in turn imposes those very same limits upon the individual’s sense of freedom itself. Barack honestly feels the need to talk “change” may wish change, can feel change, but will act uncomfortably to blend into the landscape of the status quo in neat camouflage. The need here is to accommodate balance. Not easily done under these energies, since we are never comfortable with either energy. Interestingly on the very day of the election Uranus and Saturn will be in exact opposition in the general skies not only echoing this energy found in Barack’s natal chart, but also setting off his natal Mars and Saturn by transit. The quincunx to Venus is less problematic since it rather plays out in the sphere of personal relationships where the native is never sure that he is able to shoulder enough responsibility to maintain equilibrium in a relationship. But note these two aspects integrate into a Finger of God focused on that Saturn in the 12th. My read here is that this man is more traditional, more conservative than what he has crafted for his political persona. He will surreptitiously adjust as needed to the landscape despite what is expected.

At the same time, Saturn enjoys a wide opposition from Mercury. I rather discount the traditional interpretation of this aspect which attributes a strict self censoring to the way the individual communicates. I think rather that in this case there is a certain self consciousness in his skills in effectively relaying ideas to others. This influence has manifest in his cautious construction of speeches with structured rhetoric evoking well thought out rationale. Moreover despite this skill there remains a need for positive feedback and admiration. There is also a quincunx from both the north node and the black moon not only indicating that adjustments may be needed to popular will, but also simultaneously indicating a thirst for power at work. There are also karmic aspects with these placements that have a rather dark side as to the native’s fate.

What have we not reflected upon at this point? Oh so much! The inherent rebelliousness inherent in the Uranus square the MC; that charming, compassionate and generous Moon trine Jupiter enhancing friendships, and also marriage; a super enhancement of the two benefics in a less than one degree inconjunct between Venus and Jupiter conferring luck, grace, success and attraction; a wide but still viable super enhancement of Jupiter inconjunct Pluto, granting money and power. But finally, we turn to the most interesting of the aspect configurations in the entire chart. We find another T square.

This one is anchored by a very tight opposition from a 1st house natal Chiron in Pisces to a 7th house Pluto in Virgo, both being squared by an applying Gemini Moon in the 4th. Yikes! This nervous Moon has issues from childhood, although adaptable, clever and witty, decisiveness and focus is not a strong suit. The Pluto square is problematic since it usually indicates deep seated emotional detritus, karmic issues needing adjustment, issues of abandonment or loss, obsessions, lack of trust and kinetic and super charged issues with women. Usually emotional needs are urgent and often manifest as power struggles of some kind. Anonymous physical stimulation is also a trait that could catalyze during transits that set off this aspect. The 4th 7th house involvement here does nothing to minimize these potential complications. This is not an aspect that allows easy relationships. The square to Chiron compounds the issues, effectively an aspect of the ‘persecution’ complex, or in turn here is a person who can smother and mother at the same time. The Pluto Chiron opposition simply adds more complex layers of guazzo to the configuration. This is a wound of some type, a loss, or abandonment. Sometimes it can indicate the sign of a healer. But as one astrological treatise asserts, “You may flirt with death in an unconscious desire to transcend, transform and overcome the fear”. The native would have had to have experienced a series of transformative personal sagas that integrate these energies and allow for a metamorphosis into a shamanic spirit. Chiron and Pluto are spiritual brothers and echo on the same harmonic plane. Such an opposition in square to the Moon is a dark challenge to the soul. The antithesis to the shaman is quite possible if the energies have not integrated well. The perfect mythic archetype exists in the popular culture of the twentieth century of all those misdirected energies, Darth Vader. This is the Jedi knight who was engulfed by the dark side in an effort to overcome the struggles with inner weaknesses and to save the object of his love; a platonic substitution for the wound of the missing father and lost mother. I find it rather fascinating that the open end of this T square is firmly in the 10th house. Both the challenge and the potential balance to these energies comes from career and recognition, the attempt to resolve the internal dilemma through the exercise of sheer power.

So we are left with an astrological Mirepoix, as with all human beings. There are gifts and challenges, angels and demons, benefits and baggage. Can any of this indicate a great leader or an abject failure? Of course not. Nor could positive or challenging aspects, or symbolic synastrics integrated in comparison to a nation’s chart determine who would be the best captain of that nation’s fate at any given time. What this does allow is a snapshot of the traits that an individual would bring with them into the forefront of the national psyche. Sometimes it is far easier to look back at a particular person in the context of their time in history and to astrologically characterize their overall persona, leadership and character than it is to project the possibilities for a time and place yet to happen. To quote the Cosmic Muffin, “It is a wise man who rules the stars, a fool who is ruled by them.....”

© 2008 CHIRON

12/2/09 7:30 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

welcome to Disneyland indeed! I think you and I have been standing on the same side of the road for a long time. I get car sick so those "fun rides" are out of the question for me.

You offer an interesting analysis and bring a unique way of describing your astro-take on Mr. Obama. Thanks for sharing it.

12/2/09 7:59 PM  
Blogger jm said...

OK. Well, that should cover Obama. Thanks Chiron.

I think basically that he's done what he was destined to do by breaking the barrier and getting elected, and that his administration might not be outstanding. He's weak at this point which is exactly right. We need to find our own strength and weak leadership is indicated. There's a huge class struggle before us and that will have to be faced outside of personalities. All those at the top now are exactly that. The establishment. So their moves will represent their interests until we get new people in power over a period of many years. This is going to be slow.

There could be strong leadership in 2020 when the Capricorn conjunction comes, but it will represent the change from within that won't be happening any time soon, and will take quite a bit of failure to reach.

What we have going politically now is far beyond this man and this is the direction I'd like to go, because I think we will soon realize that we, as a society, have a new phase coming that none of these present people are in charge of. He's much like a child, but I don't see the purpose of training him now when we are moving ahead without them.

This is the freedom I sense. The recognition of some control over our own destinies, both individually and as a country with the Pluto return and a chance to rewrite our script, including a different relationship with power. Some internal revolution is part of the path, but how that unfolds can't be predicted.

It will take the entire opposition of the US Cancer stellium to mature enough for this reponsibility.

13/2/09 1:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JM. yes that is correct. You parallel the sentiments expressed by Joni Patry, the accomplished Vedic astrologer. Her recent article for February on her site is a good read and very insightful.

13/2/09 6:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

PS Your very welcome Tseka.

13/2/09 7:30 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Very good, Chiron. Thanks. I agree completely with the blame factor and one thing that I find encouraging is the obstacle to hanging Bush and his people from the nearest tree. It's not going to happen and won't create any jobs. Nor loosen the restrictions on our liberties that are encroaching. So maybe in some small way the collective is understanding the uselessness of revenge. They're being forced to it seems. I expected the hate to continue for ages but maybe pressing problems will intervene. A little.

One positive development would be for the proponents of spiritual light and divine love to look at that aspect of their behavior. If they really mean it, it extends to all humans. They might not forgive, but neverending hate goes against all that love is trying to accomplish.

13/2/09 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is staggeringly good food for thought. Thanks!!!
(I'm also reminded of a funny conversation with my Dad once. I said "One Day, There Will Be No Freedom But Inside Your MInd." To which he replied drily: "Don't worry. They're working on it."

Bwah ha ha! Mercury in Scorpio can't be beat, they are rulers of the one-liners I think.
Thanks again, jm.

14/2/09 1:31 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Your dad.

14/2/09 2:40 AM  

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