ISSUE NO. 49.
VAN Archive - www.Zyntara.com
This month we have focused on the US Presidential Inauguration and Barack
Obama's predictive work as that event, the changing of power in the USA,
is imminent. However, we are aware that events in Gaza are also of
overwhelming magnitude at this time. There is next month a large gathering
of planets in Capricorn which we will focus on in the next issue and we
are optimistic that it may suggest an end to the crisis in Gaza.
28th February London, UK
A place and a time:
the inauguration of US Presidents
Furthermore if we broaden our astrological palate via visual astrology,
another level of repetition is revealed.
Every latitude has an annual pattern where at any time there will be two stars – the helical rising and the heliacal setting stars - which govern the essence of place and time. It is a little like a piece of music in that, at any one time, a piece of the melody will be playing but it is only over the whole year that the entire melody is played.
There are two ways of working with this “melody of place”. The first is to look at the whole tune to understand how certain dates and events seem to repeat for a place. For example, on 2 September, 1666, the Great Fire of London erupted and nearly destroyed the city. Nearly 300 years later the London Blitz of WWII began on 7 September, 1940, and once again the city was nearly destroyed. Indeed for London early September is a difficult time of year, for the heliacal rising star is Alphard, the Heart of the Serpent, and is associated with 'emotional upheavals and/or distress, criminal activity' . For most years this manifests as a ripple in the events of the city. Occasionally a difficult planetary combination will come together with difficult stars, in these two instances it was Saturn-Neptune, and the intensity of the “melody” at that time will come to light.
The second way of working with this pattern of time, date and place is to consider the nature of the refrain when a nation or a community intentionally places a repeating event at a set calendar date and place.
The US Presidential Inaugurations
The important historical event of the inauguration  of a president of the USA is such a repeating event. However, the set date and place has changed since the first inauguration in 1789. When George Washington became the first US president, he was inaugurated on 30 April, 1789, in Wall Street, New York City. After that inauguration the event was moved to Philadelphia, PA, and the date was changed to 4 March (or the 5 March if 4 March was a Sunday). It was then moved to Washington for the 1801 inauguration of Thomas Jefferson. Having settled on that place in 1933, the date was changed from 4 March to 20 January, unless it falls on a Sunday and then the inauguration is held on the 21 January. This came into effect for the second inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The importance of this shift in the inauguration date or place is that it leads to a change in the heliacal rising and setting stars for the event. Effectively this means that the nation is placing the ideal of the presidency into different symphonies, different patterns. Such changes, therefore, are reflective of the changes in the people’s expectation of the role of the US president.
The first inauguration - George Washington
Washington was inaugurated on 30 April, 1789, in New York, NY. His
inauguration's heliacal rising and setting stars are as follows:
This is the star refrain that repeats itself every year for New York, NY, for that date. Here we see that the ritual of the first presidency was planted in a rich, supportive soil. The act of creating a republic and a president was a noble idea, an idea full of dreams held together by ideals which united people, a bold venture, a pathway to peace, the victory of self-government after the military matters of the American War of Independence. This was a good day and a good place for George Washington to stand on a balcony on Wall Street and take the oath of office. It gave the fledgling nation the best chance to grow into its dreams.
Having established the first president, the new republic enshrined in its constitution a set date for inaugurations. In order to allow enough time for officials to gather elections results after election day, as well as for candidates to make the long journey in the winter months to the north of the country, it was decided that the inauguration would be held on 4 March, unless that was a Sunday and then it was held on 5 March. George Washington’s second inauguration date was therefore 4 March in Philadelphia.
This changed the stellar themes of the inauguration chart and reflects a change in the expectations of the nation concerning the role or the nature of the president. This is a vastly different theme to the 4 March date. Gone is the idealism and nobility, the belief in honour and correctness, and it is replaced with a different melody.
This stellar melody will remain unchanged until either precession shifts the heliacal rising or setting stars for this date and this place (and this will not occur until the year 2201), or the US changes the date or place of the presidential inaugurations.
The reason for making this change in 1937 can be understood in the light of the increase of communication technology from WWII onwards. However, what it brings in with its heliacal rising star is a real threat of scandal and rumors which potentially erode the president’s position. It also adds an increase in the cult of the individual via the heliacal setting star - Capella, to be seen to be independently-minded. However, it is important to remember that not all presidents will be hounded by scandal and rumours and not all presidents will be strongly independently-minded, for this is the potential into which the individual inauguration charts are placed.
Inauguration charts and stars
Each inauguration will produce it own particular horoscope which is part of the larger pattern and also supported or stressed by certain star and planet parans. Such charts linked with their star parans do, I believe, overshadow the individual president’s natal chart, as the position is larger than the man. It is possible to take an inauguration chart with its background theme and star and planet parans and gain an insight into how history will judge a particular president.
This chart contains Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn, the sign of Jupiter’s fall and they are stressed in the chart by their location on the MC, if the inauguration occurred close to noon. The background star theme for this time and place already contains the potential for scandal or rumours as Acumen, one of the stings of the Scorpion, is the heliacal rising star governing that time period and place. So in this instance the stellar theme has been reflected in the inauguration chart with Mercury-Jupiter but with the Jupiter in fall, thus the presidency itself is open to being marred by scandal and rumour .
Thus the first point of which the visual astrologer needs to be aware is that all inauguration charts will be strongly influenced by the stellar theme into which they are placed. The other key point is the nature of the individual presidency will be reflected in the actual inauguration chart itself, as shown above with Richard Nixon.
Obama’s Inauguration on the 20
So whilst we can expect it to pick up on the themes of rumour and scandal, as that is one of the major themes of being inaugurated at this time and in this place, it will probably not be an eroding influence on the presidency. There is a real potential that this term of Obama’s presidency will be remembered as one where much is revealed, where light is shone into some previously hidden places. We will not just be looking at policy changes or changes in the political philosophy of the presidency but also the unexpected being revealed, a great scandal being unearthed, a truth coming to light.
Another major feature of the chart is a Venus-Uranus conjunction which is in opposition to Saturn in Virgo. The Saturn is Mercury-ruled, so as the truth is revealed, it is done so via this opposition. There are many stars in paran to this opposition and they are:
There are other aspects in this chart and all of star parans and aspects are important, so those readers who own Starlight can explore these for themselves. However, I have focused on the Mercury theme in this chart as this amplifies the background theme of rumour and scandal.
History will remember this presidential term as one filled with revelations which may shake the very foundations of the USA, if not other nations. Such revelations are beginning to surface concerning the economy but according to this inauguration chart, the economic news is only the beginning. Meanwhile Obama himself will suffer personal losses or feel almost crushed by the weight of his office.
1.Meanings from Starlight Software.
2. Inauguration is defined in this article as the organised ceremony of the president elect taking the oath of office. This is different to a swearing-in which occurs upon the death of the incumbent president and is held as soon as possible at the location of the vice-president, or next in succession to the presidency.
This example is taken from a longer article see: Brady, Bernadette
(2008). "The Stars and Stripes" in From Here to There. Editor
Martin Davis. Bournemouth, UK:
What helps a Crown Prince become a King? What rites of passage must he undergo to galvanise the metal to make is strong enough to lead a country? As we approach the Inauguration, we can consider Barack Obama’s first year in office as that liminal space where the Crown Prince (the president elect) becomes a King (president) taking on the mantle of rulership. Thus his predictive work, via transits to his natal chart in conjunction with his Visual Astrology and fixed star parans, will not only indicate what lies ahead of Obama in his first year in office but the fiery furnace through which he must walk in order for him to wear the crown.
position as Crown Prince in Obama’s natal chart
Obama’s autobiography ‘Dreams From My Father’  displays both sides of this coin. His instable appetite to find out who he is, to seek out his barely-known father and his family of origin allows him to question his culture, his race and his identity as an African American. In so doing he recognizes how he creates opportunities to make changes at the grass roots level of the community.
Horoscopically. In his natal chart
Jupiter opposes Mercury in Leo in the 6th house. Mercury in Leo can be
charismatic or arrogant. Sited in the 6th house, he can use his voice to
inspire others or dogmatically insist on a course of action. In opposition
with Jupiter it can find wise solutions or become excessive.
The paran to Jupiter allows us to calibrate this charisma/arrogance needle. Indeed it was the presidential election that allowed him to use this Mercury-Vega ability to full effect and to enthuse and motivate people from a broad range of backgrounds. So this Mercury-Jupiter aspect across the 6th-12th service axis of his chart suggests that he has the ability to keep his finger on the pulse of the country via its legal system (Jupiter in the 12th house), give it a voice (Mercury-Jupiter) that is persuasive (Mercury-Vega) and create opportunities (Jupiter-Mirach) to find a third perspective (Mercury opposition Jupiter).
Reinforcing these transits are Obama’s star parans to his natal Uranus. As noted in the November 2008 issue of the Visual Astrology Newsletter, Uranus seeks change through the voice of the common person rising up to be heard in rebellion, thus causing revolution :
Working with under-resourced groups and helping them to gain skills, resources and hence self-empowerment gives him great satisfaction, so this transit may see him bring into law ideas for change that seem quite radical but which have worked in other areas of the community. Such parans suggest that this coming year is one where he can gain ground in finding and possibly implementing new solutions to old problems.
power to rule
The first paran is self-explanatory. Pluto seeks change through intensity and irrevocable alteration, and as its first touch opposes Venus across the 5th-11th axis of immortality at the time of the Inauguration, this is clearly the overt imprimatur of the country giving him the power to reign. However, as he takes on this mantle, so throughout 2009 he wrestles with the nature of power, loyalty, trust and bonds, even issues of betrayal - and taking into account what Bernadette has written above, such a betrayal may have more to do with political issues being uncovered than his personal issues. The second paran reinforces the natal Venus water trine to Neptune, the talent for empathy, for listening, and for compassion. ‘Dreams From My Father’ was flooded with him listening to people’s stories as he sought better understanding of his own background. It was also emphasized by Obama in his speech after winning the Presidential election (Tuesday 4th November, 2008):
So what helps a Crown Prince become a King?
It would seem that, like any new Crown Prince, this year for Obama is one where he must learn how to wield the sword of power (transiting Pluto opposition Venus) as he implements new ways of doing things (transiting Jupiter crossing the Ascendant and opposing Uranus). Both transits are oppositions, so it is in the resistance, in the debates and in the discussions that he learns the strengths to take risks. However, it is in looking at the visual astrology and the parans that sit underneath these transits, we see the depths and recognize the strengths.
1. Obama, Barack (2007) Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Edinburgh, UK: Canongate Books.
2. All outer planet and star paran meanings have been taken from: Brady, Bernadette (2008). Star and Planet Combinations. Bournemouth, UK: Wessex Astrologer.
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