The Astrology of President Obama’s Inauguration

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!

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15 comments on “The Astrology of President Obama’s Inauguration

  1. All that Aquarius energy on top with with no place to go. I’d follow this progressed moon closely. Within a week, it will ingress into Sag, and within a month aspect that Merc/Sun conjunction– this won’t take long at all to come out from under.

    The Venus aspect is interesting, and does bring a flair of Camelot to this, though it being caught up in the major Sat/Uran oppo means that the beautiful surface has turbulence below.

    But I come back to all this Aquarius energy– Neptune, Jupiter & Chiron — of the chart, and the ruler of the chart in Pisces.

    With the moon VOC and Merc Rx, I don’t know if you noticed, but Obama made a number of gaffes while he was saying the oath. It was if he hadn’t practiced it at all, or just went blank. At one point, he couldn’t even remember the next words, and finally finished it up with putting a sentence backwards. The tension between he and the Chief Justice was palpable. Was the CJ not supposed to say “Hussein”? As Obama got really thrown there for a loop.

  2. I have to point out that the new US President takes office January 20 th, at 12.00 p.m., even if he hadn’t taken the oath . So, the void-of-course Moon couldn’t have been avoided by further delay. What was interesting is that the Supreme Court Judge -evidentely not President Obama – messed up the word of the oath. How Mercury in retrograde is that ?

  3. I wonder how astrology plays out to how Obama will actually support the middle class and labor unions? I have great concerns that Obama will sell out to wall street and the usual suspect plunders. will an equal pay law with teeth be passed? will strengthened supports to union organizing be passed? will Obama come out and say that layoffs at this time, for a profitable company, is unamerican? or will he work for big business instead of all the people that showed up in the Mall?

    accountability and volunteerism and work to do for all is all fine and good, but why has no one talked about greater regulation on the forces that got us into this mess? what about accountability of the crooks and heads of corporations?

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  5. Great column! We’ll have to watch if our new President is hamstrung, and one of his first challenges will be how much he gets the banks and the financial world going.

    I agree with you that his stance on torture — and IMO, his reference in the speech about not seeing any clash of ideals between safety and liberty — portend good things. While I’ve already had my first conversation with somebody who was a downer after the speech, I’m holding out some hope and vowing patience. My goodness, this has gotta be different from Dubya and Darth Cheney!

    Will look forward to your continued astrological read on President Obama’s first days in office.

  6. Hi, I’m skeptical of whether the vaunted “VOC” moon or Merc Rx had anything to do with the bumbling Chief Justice making two mistakes with the oath that tripped Obama up. Roberts is a big jerk, and probably hated being there, and has been known to be shrill in the past.

    VOC moon is a sham of an astrological idea anyhow, and should be removed from the lexicon.

  7. kohout77, I agree, and would call to go even further with this outing of worthless aspects. Off with Mercury Rx as being anything noteworthy too. Nothing can be deemed as meaning anything if it calls into question the excellent prognosis for Obama’s luck.

  8. Hah, astrology works again:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/20/MNAF15E20I.DTL

    Experts say Obama should retake the oath

    “In giving the oath, Roberts misplaced the word “faithfully,” at which point Obama paused quizzically. Roberts then corrected himself, but Obama repeated the words as Roberts initially said them.

    A do-over “would take him 30 seconds, he can do it in private, it’s not a big deal, and he ought to do it just to be safe,” said Boston University constitutional scholar and Supreme Court watcher Jack Beermann. “It’s an open question whether he’s president until he takes the proper oath.”

    The courts would probably never hear a challenge, and some might argue that Obama automatically took office at noon because that’s when President Bush left the office. But because the procedure is so explicitly prescribed in the Constitution, Beermann said if he were Obama’s lawyer, he would recommend retaking it, just as two previous presidents, Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur, did under similar circumstances….”

    Were Coolidge or Arthur under VOC Mercury Rx conditions too!?!?

  9. It happened, and we don’t know the time!

    Obama retakes oath of office after flub

    WASHINGTON – After the flub heard around the world, President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office. Again. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Obama on Wednesday night at the White House — a rare do-over.
    …This time, the scene was the White House Map Room in front of a small group of reporters, not the Capitol platform before the whole watching world.”

    Anyone know which reporters so we can find out the time?

  10. Here’s the time (from Jonathan Martin):

    Roberts came down to the White House and put on his black robe on Obama’s first full day in office for an unprecedented do-over at 7:35 in the Map Room

    Obama joked about the turn of events.

    “We decided it was so much fun . . . ” he said while awaiting Roberts.

    When the Chief Justice asked if Obama was ready, the president cracked: “I am, and we’re going to do it very slowly.”

    This time, the recitation jibed perfectly with the prescribed oath and took 25 seconds. Obama raised his right hand and kept his left at his side. There was no Bible, Lincoln or otherwise.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17778.html

  11. Hi Monica,

    Maybe the adminstration heard you and all of the other astrolgers as Justice Roberts flubbed up the oath. Mr. Obama is being urged by Constitutional Scholars to take the oath again for the sake of technicality.

    Perhaps you could suggest a good time and date for him. We need all the help we can get.

  12. Hey, that’s really interesting. I didn’t know that. I’ve been on vacation from my day job and staying away from the papers and the Internet to give myself a real break. Obviously, I did watch the Inauguration.

    Speaking of redoing ceremonies, I have some friends who got married in New Mexico under a Merc retrograde, then came to New York and had a ceremony at city hall later on. I’ve always viewed that as their real wedding chart.

    If, in fact, the oath was administered again, I think that’s the real Inaugural chart. Yes, I know the scholars are going to say that Obama became President at noon under the Constitution, etc., but this is very intriguing.

    I’ve gotta run now, but I’m going to check this out. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention.

  13. I just ran a chart for the re-do of his oath. It’s utterly fascinating with 0 degree ascendent, appropriate for a new beginning, a Sag moon and Jupiter/Neptune in the 6th house. The other interesting part is that all the planets are below the horizon, making me wonder what that means for public image, etc. Saturn is straddling the cusp between the 1st and the 2nd, self and resources. Seems appropriate for such hard times, n’est pas? The Saturn/Uranus opposition is already manifesting itself as bi-partisan support for the latest stimulus package is falling apart.

  14. Nancy — Thanks for writing. I think Obama came across very Saturn-in-the-first today when he made fun of Washingtonians for canceling school because of a few inches of snow. “Back in Chicago, the kids would be out playing at recess in this kind of weather,” he said. He’s telling us to toughen up. — Monica

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