Barack Obama is 48 today. Happy Birthday Mr. President!
What will the year hold for Obama? A look at his Solar Return chart can give us some clues.
A Solar Return chart is drawn up at the exact moment that the Sun enters the same degree of the astrological sign that it occupied at birth. Each one of us experiences a Solar Return every year on our birthday – or within a day of it. The Solar Return chart maps the energies that are available for the one year period it takes for the Sun to come back around to that exact point again. It can help us know how to navigate the upcoming year and understand what areas of our lives will be impacted.
Obama’s Solar Return chart contains a couple of standout features. First, the Solar Return conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius across his natal 1st House of “Self”, and opposite his Uranus in the 7th House of “Other” indicates that this will be a year very much dedicated to his learning a new way to present his beliefs, his woundedness, and his “savior” role – not surprising for someone recently elected President. With this configuration a great deal of emphasis is being put on Obama’s way of relating, and lessons he must learn in that arena. It is quite likely that the President’s Achilles heel will be exposed this year. He may also experience surprises around who opposes him or he may suddenly encounter deceptive opposition that he in no way expects. Because of the proximity of the Triple Aquarians to his South Node, it is likely that wounding from Obama’s past will come back up for re-evaluation and hopefully healing, rather than further wounding. The best case scenario, is that Obama learns invaluable lessons around how to balance his new way of relating to those close to him (both intimates and enemies) with the new paradigms around belief system, national wounds, religion, money, and spirituality that people all over the world are demanding. If he can do this, he can be the bridge to the future that much of the world is expecting him to be.
The second stand out configuration is that Natal Mars is at the midpoint of the Solar Return Saturn opposition to Solar Return Uranus. This is not a feel good combination, and could represent strong forces from the right trying diligently and persistently to suppress the actions that Obama intends to make. Saturn represents the status-quo and tradition, while Mars represents the will and how we take action to bring that will about. Uranus is the energy that ushers in the rebellious new paradigm shifts that change us forever. With Saturn and Uranus opposed to each other, we literally have a battle of darkness and light – or status-quo versus “the new way”. With Obama’s Mars in the middle of these warring energies, he is bound to either find the balance between them and negotiate change that doesn’t crash the system, or be pushed and pulled between them until he breaks. From what I can tell of Obama, he will be able to take the high road, but there will be a high price to pay in terms of compromising his own will, and learning to keep his frustration at manageable levels. Combine this Saturn/Mars /Uranus aspect with a square from Solar Return Mars to Natal Mars, and we could have a situation in which Obama feels intense tension to force his own will, yet being simultaneously feeling forced to learn to reign in his ego and learn a different tact. He is likely to feel repressed by forces of incredible opposition all year – creating enormous tension that has to have an outlet. This tension results in enormous frustration, irritability, and temper at worst, and learning the real meaning of disciplined energy at best. (An example of this energy at play at the moment is the conspiracy theory of the “birthers” who are demanding that Obama provide an additional birth certificate proving his citizenship of the U.S. This group of crazed righters seems to be getting bigger and louder in the last 3 months. This “birther” situation also plays into the Triple Aquarians sitting on his South Node bringing up the past in unexpected ways, mentioned previously.)
A third very relevant aspect in Obama’s Solar Return chart is the Solar Return Pluto exactly opposing the Natal Venus. Here is the demand from the Universe that Obama must purify his values system, and purge anything from it that at all reeks of rot. Pluto requires powerful, profound transformation wherever it touches, and for Barack Obama via Venus, that means values, relationships, and money. Obama’s Venus is almost exactly aligned with Venus in the chart of the United States – they’re about 2 degrees apart. So while Obama undergoes personal values changes and evolution, so do we as a country. This is a true new birth. Expect this year to be filled with labor pains, both for Obama and for the economy of our country.
The good news for Obama this year, is that while it will be challenging and likely filled with opposition, he has the ability to work with the available energy to maintain his high hopes, his ideals, and his optimism (expressed by Jupiter near his Ascendant), opportunities for healing and bridging (Chiron near the Ascendant), and the ability to evolve his tremendous charisma and deep spiritual connection that many of us have latched onto as our own source of hope for the future (Neptune near the Ascendant).