Vice-President Joe Biden was sworn in promptly at noon, leaving him officially President until Barack Obama took the oath 6 minutes later. (At least that’s what Katie Couric said!)
Astrologers everywhere were hoping that somehow the Inauguration would be delayed from its official time of noon on Jan. 20, until 12:30. That’s when the moon moves into upbeat Sagittarius from intense Scorpio.
Instead, we’ve got a chart for the new Administration that has a “void-of-course” Moon at 29 degrees of Scorpio. It’s in the seventh house of partnerships and open enemies.
When the moon is VOC, it will not make any more aspects before changing signs. To astrologers, this signifies that the new President will be hindered or hamstrung in some way.
Also hurting the chances for real change are a Mercury retrograde, which means all the information about the situation isn’t known. The Winged Messenger is conjunct the Sun nearly to the minute, a debilitating aspect that medieval astrologers called “combust.”
Here’s the link to the Inaugural chart, set at 12:06 p.m. in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20.
With a Taurus rising, lovely Venus is the ruler of the chart. It’s in idealistic Pisces in the progressive 11th house, conjunct erratic Uranus and opposing stern Saturn in Virgo. I suspect there will be a lot of interest from Congress (11th house) in improving the health and welfare (Virgo) of children (fifth house).
There’s a wonderful lineup in Aquarius in the 10th house of the Presidency that includes Jupiter, suggesting the example that Obama would have the U.S. set for the world in terms of social justice and proper action.
It will take a long time, I suspect, for our neighbors on the planet to forget such low moments in U.S. history as “waterboarding.” But at least we’ve got a leader who says he’s committed to playing by the rules. Nuff said!