Part 18 Tomorrow's news today - Obama's progressed chart
Dennis Sutton February 2009

The vibrations being transmitted by the planets in the sky operate through human agents and their most significant go-between is the President of the USA. President Obama has a political agenda and his character (as mapped by his birthchart) deals with problems and attracts new events. His top priority is to get the US economy back on a growth track via infrastructure work (Mars and Saturn), mortgage refinance assistance (Saturn and the 8th house) and other programs that promote job growth (Jupiter-Saturn and the 10th house). And then he has to deal with a dangerous and tricky international situation. The progressed aspects forming in his chart over the next four years detail a time-line of events and conditions that he will attract.

Progressed Mercury (talk, words and controversy) is conjunct progressed Mars (strife, war, military matters, manufacturing, infrastructure work and energetic action) in the 8th house (taxes, mortgage relief, public spending and debt) till May 2010.

Progressed Mercury (talk and rhetoric) in the 8th house (debts and tax-matters) and ruler of the 6th (labour and employees) had moved to form a high-discord obstacle (square) aspect with progressed Saturn (unemployment) in the 12th house (relief) in January 2008. The economic dilemma that helped him win the Presidency was mapped by this aspect. In his chart Mercury is the ruler of the 6th house (employment) and Saturn is the planet of recession, contraction, loss and fear. In December 2008 it was revealed that the US had been in recession since December 2007. The aspect finishes in September 2009.

Progressed Mars (strife, war, military matters, manufacturing, infrastructure work and risk) in the 8th house (the credit crisis, taxes, tax-cuts, mortgage relief and tax-payer funded spending) is square progressed Saturn (recession, work, unemployment and security problems) in the 12th house (relief work, hospitals and prisons) till August 2010. The aspect reaches its peak date on March 3, 2009. In Obama's birthchart Mars and Saturn form a trine aspect and progressed Saturn has moved to form a progressed trine aspect with birthchart Mars. Mars is the planet of energy and Saturn is the planet of work and Obama has the energy to work long and hard, but success will not be immediate. The trine aspect indicates a luck potential when the energy and initiative creatively merge with patience and careful planning. Mars and Saturn are naturally discordant and the harmony of the birthchart trine is decreased by 75% - and the discord of their progressed square is increased by 75%. This high-level of discord measures the severity of the problems facing the employment and manufacturing sectors.

Progressed Mars (strife, war, military-matters, manufacturing and dissension) in the 8th house (revenue raising, tax relief, mortgage relief, debt and death) is semisquare progressed Pluto (threats, coercion, drastic developments and persuasion) in the 7th house (foreign policy, war, enemies and opponents) till March 2011. The aspect reaches its peak date on August 29, 2009. It stimulates the 8th house, but is more inclined to map saber rattling and coercive action due to the other country's threats and intimidations. (Mars was conjunct Pluto in the sky on December 28, 2008 when Israel launched an air attack on Hamas; and in September 2009 progressed Mars in the Aquarian Age chart moves to form a semisquare aspect with birthchart Pluto.) Progressed Mercury (important announcements) in the 8th house (the level of debt, taxes, the mortgage crisis and death) is semisquare progressed Pluto (threats, coercion and corruption) in the 7th house (antagonists and enemies) till December 2009. It peaks on February 2, 2009 and adds discordant (friction) stimulation to the 7th and 8th houses.

Progressed Venus (peace moves and Hillary Clinton?) in the 7th house (foreign policy, war and open enmity) is semisextile progressed Sun in the 8th house (tax matters, revenue raising, the debt and mortgage crisis and medicare) till October 2016. This weak but harmonious aspect is perfect on August 2, 2012 and, all things considered, Obama will need every bit of harmony and every bit of Sun energy his chart can muster.

Obama was elected on platform of change and progressed Venus (peace moves, social matters and Hillary Clinton?) conjunct progressed Uranus (sudden change, extreme action, unexpected developments, extremists and exposé) in the 7th house (foreign policy, international relations, war and open enemies) till May 2010 signals big change. This highly unpredictable astrological event will be perfect on July 11, 2009. Venus, the peacemaker, will play a prominent role in the proceedings and Uranus - the human change-agent - will strike with cataclysmic suddenness. The aspect marks for changes in US foreign policy and in her relations with foreign powers: And for sensational developments at the peace talks. Uranus in Obama's birthchart is high in discord so the change potential indicated by the aspect may not be as fortunate as it appears.

On September 11, 2009 progressed Mercury (talk, debate and decision-making) in the 8th house (the debt crisis and taxes) moves to form an opportunity (sextile) aspect with birthchart Uranus (sudden changes and innovations) in the 7th house (foreign policy and relations with foreign powers). The aspect finishes in August 2011 and reaches its peak date on July 18, 2010. It marks for original thinking and changes to foreign policy. The harmony supports 8th house mundane matters - mortgage relief, tax reform and health insurance coverage.

On September 30, 2009 progressed Mercury (talk, lip-service and newspapers) in the 8th house (the debt crisis, taxes, medicare and death) moves to form a high-discord obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Saturn (recession, unemployment and security problems) in the 12th house (relief work, prisons and hospitals). The aspect peaks on August 6, 2010 and finishes on June 20, 2011. In the birthchart Mercury and Saturn form a high-discord opposition aspect and during 2008 when progressed Mercury moved to form a square aspect with progressed Saturn the banking credit crisis (Jupiter) set off a chain of economic problems (Saturn). And it is safe to say that progressed Mercury square birthchart Saturn represents phase 2 of the economic and financial crisis. (When a progressed aspect repeats itself the event which started on the first progressed aspect usually goes through further development - or a second phase - under the second progressed aspect.)

On July 3, 2010 progressed Sun (politics, power and authority) in the 8th house (the debt and financial crisis) and cusp ruler of the 7th house (the world community) moves to form a high-harmony luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Jupiter - the planet of finances, hope and optimism - in the 12th house (the hospital and prison systems and relief for the oppressed and unemployed). The aspect finishes in July 2012 and reaches its peak date on July 11, 2011. This is also repeat aspect. It first occurred during 2007-2008 when it sourced the luck that allowed Obama to win the presidency and coincided with the financial-banking crisis. At that time Obama was not in a leadership position, but now he is. It must be emphasized that this is a very 'lucky' aspect and the increased harmony, due to Jupiter's birthchart harmony and the harmony of the trine aspect, will translate into success and good-fortune. All going well, Obama, with the wind in his sails, will achieve many of his political goals. Other high-discord aspects in operation at the same time mark for employment and economic problems and the signs in the sky during 2011 are not favourable, but considerable improvement on the financial and banking fronts can be expected. Whatever the situation at this time Obama will provide good, honest leadership and his message of hope will ring loud and clear.

On September 4, 2010 progressed Mars (strife, energetic action, military matters, war and manufacturing) in the 8th house (debts, death and taxes) moves to form an opportunity (sextile) aspect with birthchart Uranus (sudden developments and change) in the 7th house (war and relations with foreign powers). The aspect finishes in August 2013 and reaches its peak date on March 4, 2012. The stimulation to the 7th house at this time marks for major changes to foreign policy, but the threat of war can't be ignored. Whatever gains are made will have to be fought for - Mars marks for strife, force and conflict.

On October 7, 2010 progressed Mars (military matters, aggressive action, strife, conflict, infection and accidents) in the 8th house (tax matters, debt and mortgage relief) moves to form a high-discord (obstacle) square aspect with birthchart Saturn (unemployment problems, recession, bankruptcies, security problems and not much fun) in the 12th house (relief work, charity, hospitals, the prison system and Guantanamo Bay). The aspect finishes in October 2013 and reaches its peak date on April 6, 2012. This is another repeat aspect and three (3) high-powered aspects that influenced Obama's life during 2008 and 2009 are once again influence his life during 2011 and 2012. The Mars-Saturn-square discord is critical and the level of discord measures the degree of difficulty. Success is dependent upon the effective use of the available energy, persistence and careful planning. Mars provides the resilience when the going gets tough and it doesn't get much tougher than this.

On June 15, 2011 progressed Sun (power and authority) in the 8th house (taxes, debt, debt relief and social security) moves to form a discordant obstacle (square) aspect with Venus (gratuities, gifts and social events) in the 5th house (Wall Street, the market, schools and his children.) The aspect finishes in June 2013 and reaches its peak date on June 22, 2012. This is a very emotional aspect and the progressed discord it generates will undermine his authority. The events coming through the 5th hand 8th houses are beyond his control. It's presumed that his daughters are well secured.

On June 16, 2011 progressed Mercury (talk, rhetoric and jaw-boning) in the 8th house (debts, revenue raising and the other country's money) moves to form a discordant obstacle (square) aspect with progressed Jupiter (capitalism, banks and finances) in the 12th house (relief work, hospitals, prisons and crime). Mercury is opposition Jupiter in the birthchart and this discordant stimulation to Jupiter will tend towards extravagant decision-making, unwise spending and problems for the banking and financial sectors. This aspect finishes in April 2013 and peaks on May 7, 2012. It puts the two financial houses under stress. On January 3, 2012 progressed Sun (politics and power) in the 8th house (the debt situation, mortgage relief and taxes) moves to form an opportunity (sextile) aspect with birthchart Mercury (talk, talk and more talk) in the 6th house (labour, the work-force and employment market). The aspect finishes in January 2014 and peaks on January 10, 2013. It favours an improved employment situation with jobs growth and more people finding work.

Personal matters

Progressed Venus (emotional matters, relations with loved ones and his children) is conjunct progressed Uranus (something sudden and personal change) in the 7th house (marriage) till May 2010. This emotionally disruptive aspect will be perfect on July 11, 2009. It marks for changes in his relations with his wife and children (due to his new job as President). Venus rules the 5th house (his children) and Uranus rules the 1st house (him).

On February 15, 2010 progressed Asc (personality and health matters) moves to form a high-discord obstacle (square) aspect with progressed Saturn (work, responsibility, economy or loss). It finishes in August 2011 and reaches its peak date on November 15, 2010, but this is dependent upon a precise birthtime. This is a not-good health indicator and with the 6th house planets active by progression Obama needs to guard against health problems most likely due to dietary deficiencies, a stressful work load and his heavy-duty responsibilities as President. The weak birthchart Sun marks for low-level vitality.

On February 7, 2011 progressed Asc (personal matters and health) moves to form a high discord separation (opposition) aspect with progressed Mars (strife, haste and increased energetic activity). It finishes in March 2014 and reaches its peak date on August 22, 2012, but like any aspect involving the Ascendant the accuracy of the start, peak and finish dates is dependent on an accurate birthtime. This is not a good-health indicator and infections and accidents can occur. At this time Obama is running on adrenalin, haste and a sense of urgency and he needs to slow, down, be patient and do some gardening (Moon).

On August 24, 2011 progressed Asc (health and personal matters) moves to form a harmonious luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Uranus (unexpected developments and sudden changes) in the 7th house (his marriage and wife). This progressed aspect activates a birthchart opposition and separation rather than luck is indicated. It finishes in March 2013 and reaches its peak date on May 27, 2012.

On September 9, 2011 progressed Asc (personality, health and personal matters) moves to form a high-discord obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Saturn (work, heavy-duty responsibility and loss) in the 12th house (disappointment and remorse). It finishes in March 2013 and reaches its peak date on June 13, 2012. Some 'loss' experience at this time will take its toll on Obama's health and wellbeing. By taking the time to relax in a social atmosphere he can off-set any tendency towards adrenal gland exhaustion - and the associated health difficulties.