Yes, we're hearing a lot of pros and cons about Pres. Obama's 9-day European-Asian-Iraq tour which completed in the early hours of Wednesday, April 8 (today, 2009) and while a large and disappointed audience may await the president, moneybags Jupiter's Sabian Symbol in today's sunrise chart (set for Washington DC, edt) is telling as well..."A Woman Disappointed and Disillusioned."
In America, Jupiter signifies the Republican Party and its adherents, yet if any female politician on Capitol Hill is feeling 'disappointed' now because of the results (or lack of) from Mr. Obama's trip, my question has to be: why didn't she feel that way about our coup'd government (heisting us blind) years before today?
At '28 Aries' is communicator of (hopefully) good news, Mercury, rising after the Sun (18Ari44 - sunrise 6:46:07 am edt) with chart-ruler Venus at Aries Point of Prominence and Fame...00Ari59 Rx.
Venus: "1Ari"..."A Woman Has Arisen from the Ocean, a Seal Is Embracing Her." Could this specifically refer to Michelle Obama's and Queen Elizabeth's displays of affection? Suits me.
Yet like many astrologers, I always tend to envision America in relation to this word picture, with the Statue of Liberty being our Venusian 'goddess' of copper, the metal of Venus. Also, Venus is US natal chart-ruler (of the Sibly chart - 5:10 pm lmt, July 4, 1776.)
With the chart's ruler retrograde, delays are afoot, and with (sunrise) IC at 10Can24, America's natal Venus, Jupiter, and Sun in Cancer are at the Foundation of the chart (or in the basement!) Powerful 'secret hand' Pluto in 9th house is most-elevated planet.
Anyway, our president 'came home'...Cancer at its natural spot (IC) with US natal Sun in Cancer = 'the leader.'
And US natal Mercury '25Can' Rx is in 4th house as well...'25Can'..."A Man Wrapped in an Invisible Mantle of Power"...which always sounds to me like the supposedly mysterious man who rode into Thomas Jefferson's garden late one night and delivered the design for the Great Seal of the United States as Jefferson and Franklin 'struggled' to come up with a good one.
This seal-delivering incident is said to be connected with Adam Weishaupt (the dark, caped horseman? or a messenger from him?) and his then-new Illuminati Society (Bavarian) which he organized in May, 1776.
The signs of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are thus shared with America's Ura-Nep-Plu signs...Gemini, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Yet these days, after studying charts, reading about politics and other mysteries, and blogging here on Stars Over Washington since Oct 16, 2005, I tend to think of the Great Seal of the United States and the mysterious riddle of its obverse (hidden) side as representing a watershed moment of transition toward the 'Novus Ordo Seclorum' - printed right there under our noses and tied in closely with America's much-vaunted 'Manifest Destiny' we hear so much about but with little honesty to encumber, or hinder, the legend.
For a quick view of the Great Seal, check the back of a US dollar bill, if you have one handy...the 13-step pyramid of power with its all-seeing eye of Horus awaits you.
One of the major factors in today's sunrise/solar chart (with the rising Sun signifying 'the leader' in a national chart - or to a chart relating to the president as we do here) is the Cardinal T-square of energies between Moon 4Lib11 opposite Venus 00Ari59 Rx squaring apex (focal planet) Pluto 3Cap18 Rx in 9th house of Foreign Travel and Distant Lands...
*Apex Pluto in a Cardinal (outgoing~initiating~outwardly directed energy) T-square (two planets opposing one another which both square a third point or planet) is an intense and powerful person or group with a willful desire to fulfill ambitions through manipulation, force, and subversive actions resulting in abuse of power.
This apex Pluto is the high-powered executive - or cartel - who demands penetrating insight into all crucial phases of operation (and I would guess that Pres. Obama journeyed abroad to the Old World to provide just that, among other things. Such a charade we're fed!)
Open contempt or resentment may be exhibited toward anyone who attempts to share control or power, and active confrontation may result. The Cardinal quality of the T-square makes this intense plutonian energy difficult to hide so that people in the environment quite easily 'pick up' on it as it shows its 'hand' more than it usually does.
There's a flavor of 'explosive endings make way for new starts' to this plutonian T-square, and the media honchos and reporters (reporters = Mercury '28 Aries' of 'disappointed audiences') may be the ones who squawk the loudest to fulfill their masters' desires for control, manipulation of public opinion, and power.
Midpoint picture formed by the T-square...
Moon-Venus = Pluto complications and a waste of emotions.
Welcome home, Mr. President. Sorry it has to be under these conditions.
* Apex Pluto in Cardinal T-square: Dynamics of Aspect Analysis, Bil Tierney.
Midpoint picture: Noel Tyl.