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Showing posts with label Solar Returns. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Solar Returns. Show all posts

Jun 22, 2013

America's Birthday: US Solar Return 2013 (a 4th house affair)

Happy Birthday, America! US Solar Return July 5, 2013 @12:22:15 am edt

by Jude Cowell

Yes, Independence Day has rolled around again in spite of all rumors to the contrary! America turns two-hundred-thirty-seven years old just after midnight on July 5, 2013 when the Sun returns to its natal position of July 4, 1776. I tend to use America's 'Sibly' natal chart for that date at 5:10 pm LMT, Philadelphia, PA, though I prefer to relocate our national Return horoscopes to Washington DC (after looking at charts set for Philly, too.)

Below is a snippet of our Solar Return (SR) 2013 horoscope which makes plain that domestic issues and concerns (exs: Real Estate; Security) are front and center with a full 4th house of Jupiter, Sun, and Mercury Rx. As you see, the people's Moon @9Gem23 is in 2nd house of Earning Ability, Values, and the National Treasury. And since the Moon conjoins US natal Uranus (8Gem55), our revolutionary planet, we may expect that excitement, unrest, protests, strikes, and other political activities continue along with concerns such as domestic spying (Mercury-ruled Gemini, Moon conjunct 3rd cusp and US natal Uranus, the planet of Technology, Moon-ruled Cancer on the IC, etc.)

Plus, you notice that warring activist Mars @24Gem17 in the 3rd house of Communications, Neighborhoods, and the Lower Mind has recently returned to his degree in the US natal chart. In fact, as of June, Summer 2013 is replete with the US Planetary Returns of Venus, Jupiter, Mars (as noted), Sun (seen here), and Mercury in August so that 5 new cycles of activity begin in the US.

So! If you wish a much fuller analysis of America's Solar Return 2013 Horoscope on the level of Political Astrology--as seen through my common-good lens--a Stars Over Washington Report is now available for ordering via PayPal to be electronically delivered to the email account with which it was purchased. This is a 19/20-page PDF suitable for printing and remains current for one year until America's next Solar Return in July 2014. See PayPal link at top of sidebar.

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Because through our nation's Solar Return year, we may watch planets conjoin SR planets and reach peaks of activity that inspire real-world events as transits and progressions conjoin and cross the Angles of our Solar Return horoscope, enter new houses, and form aspects to other planets and points along the way.

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Thanks, and Wishing America Many Happy Returns,

Jude, your reluctant astrologer & Daughter of the Revolution!

Aug 1, 2011

Horoscopes: Obama's Solar Return 2011 w his Sec Full Moon

The Solar Return 2011 Horoscope of President Barack Obama w Sec Full Moon

by Jude Cowell

President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 pm AHST and the Sun returns to natal position this year on August 5, 2011 at 3:07:01 am edt; the Solar Return chart (SR) below, is relocated to the White House.

Here's his SR 2011 horoscope; please click to enlarge:

(Blog Note: the above image of the President's SR 2011 is a re-upload since its original posting mysteriously 'disappeared' from its slot. Hopefully it will now remain in this post. And since I'm just getting the hang of a new scanner--with too many bells & whistles--you may have to click-to-enlarge the image for better viewing. Thanks! jc)

Original text continues here:

Solar Return charts describe an entire year until one's next birthday and may be divided into quarterly sections for timing purposes with the Angular houses representing the first 4 months of the solar year (counting from the date of the return chart, here August 5th), the succedent houses (2,5,8,11) showing the next 4 months (here December 2011, January, February, March 2012), and the cadent houses (3,6,9,12) indicating conditions in the last 4 months before his August 2012 birthday.

As you know, there are many considerations when reading a SR chart such as:

angular planets (and the one closest to an angle: here it's Pluto conjunct Descendant (powerful/manipulative/wealthy partners), next is Mars conjunct Ascendant--their opposition is first-up for Mr. Obama who now deals with the GOP debt ceiling/default stand-off with Republicans determined to protect the rich man's purse: update 7.31: tentative debt deal announced @ 8:40 pm edt with US natal Moon rising--possible votes in House and Senate today, 8.1.11), the house of and aspects to natal Sun (here in 2nd house with evaluating Venus showing money and Treasury concerns continuing into December 2011 and beyond), the sign, house, and aspects of the SR Moon (here in Libra in the 5th H of Risk-Taking), the first natal planet to rise (here Mr. Obama's natal Venus has just risen and is conjoined by activist Mars, grumpy in Cancer), SR planets aspecting the natal and progressed charts, SR house rulers (of course), hemispheric emphases, where natal planets fall in the SR chart, and other factors to fill out the SR picture.

President Obama's SR 2011 hemispheric emphases: 5/5 for public and private sectors (balanced), and the edge is slightly on the Self-Directed side with 6 planets in the eastern hemisphere, 4 on the western side of Others.

Of course, the SR chart must always be compared to natal and progressed charts and a fuller picture is gained by considering the year's worth of Lunar Return charts along with the SR.

Just four days after the president's birthday, on August 8, 2011, the revolutionary Uranus/Pluto square perfects most closely with Mars @ 3Can25--just crossing this SR ASC. Click to view the horoscope. Societal issues from their conjunctions of the mid-60s surface for dynamic resolution or worsening. Mars crossing his SR 2011 ASC highlights that period as a time for action and may be explosive and/or full of zeal, especially since Mars opposes power-mad Pluto.

SR 2011 Midpoint Pictures

So if you've read this blog before, you know I favor the use of planetary midpoint pictures and here, the first four have been in effect for weeks for all of us but are personalized for Mr. Obama during his SR 2011 year; any, all, or none may apply and are subject to activation from transits and progressions:

Mars/Pluto = Uranus (in Aries, Uranus = Utopians): brutality; sudden disasters of great consequence; stirring up or altering conditions.

Jupiter/Neptune = Uranus: sudden recognition of a difficult situation; imagination v reality; coming down to earth with a bump.

Jupiter/NN = Neptune: instability; unreliability; indecision or vacillation; disappointment; getting sober again.

Saturn/Neptune = NN: common or joint suffering; mourning.

A mdpt picture particular to the president's SR 2011 chart:

Pluto/ASC = Uranus: constant anxiety and restlessness; extraordinary upsets and incidents; accidents.

(Mdpt pics: Ebertin; Munkasey; Tyl.)

Planetary patterns include a 'double' YOD (Sun/Saturn = MC; Venus/Saturn = MC, with both indicating separation and isolation, part of the job description for any US president; tr Saturn square natal Sun is a time (here, for all of his SR 2011 year) of inhibiting people (not good for the ego), challenges that bring delays, sobering events, rules and red-tape annoyances, and determination toward goals being seriously tested. This is an echo of our US natal Sun/Saturn square, and blockages from or by legal actions are implied.

Also there is a Kite pattern with Neptune and Chiron as the 'tail', and a Mystic Rectangle ('practial mysticism') involving Mercury, Pluto, Mars/ASC, and shaman Chiron (in process of a Chiron Return to Mr. Obama's first house Chiron in Pisces.)

Mercury 1Vir00 Rx opposes Neptune 00Pis00 Rx--about to return to late degrees of Aquarius--which indicates a time of falling victim to competitors' subversive tactics. Yes, I know--this describes his entire presidency so far, but we can expect political games and tricks of Rs v Ds to continue as the 2012 campaign heats up. (And no, we don't need Astrology to tell us that!)

SR 2011 Sun in SR 2nd H indicates a continuing emphasis on financial matters for the president with asteroid Cupido (Corporatism; The Family; The Syndicate) @ 12Can58 conjunct US natal Sun (the leader) and parallel Mr. Obama's SR 2011 Mars, still out-of-bounds (OOBs) and in Fall in Cancer where the Testy One tends to be emotionally touchy--it doesn't take much to set him off.

The Solar Return Moon denotes the emotional tone of his year along with the type of daily and domestic matters he will deal with. In Libra, SR Moon reflects: harmony in domestic conditions along with sensitivity in detecting imbalances in the environment, the number of social events may increase, women play more important roles in the proceedings, and cooperation is the key word.

SR Moon in SR 5th house brings change, fluctuation, or transition in any or all 5th H matters (children, risk-taking/gambling, creative pursuits, romance) along with emotional dependency on relationships, and/or a tendency to be unrealistic about partnerships or unions. Libra is an Air sign which resonates well with Mr. Obama's Airy natal Moon in communicative Gemini. Sounds like his emotional weather for the year will be an improvement over the solar implications for ego battering, or ego challenging at the least.

Another thing about SR Mars 1Can17 (besides the fact that it conjoins the president's natal Venus to the minute): this martian catalyst 'reaches forward' to November 2011 and squares Mr. Obama's Secondary Full Moon @ 1Ari11 on November 6, 2011. Below is the horoscope of his Sec Full Moon, the timer for just how far one may stretch or expand into the outer world in appr. 28-year increments, from New Moon to New Moon. How the timing of his Sec Full Moon plays into Mr. Obama being elected for a second term is uncertain for I believe that if the powers-that-be want him for a second term, they're have him. But how would a second term go for him after 'peaking' in November 2011?

Well, as we see now, our US Sec Full Moon 4Vir10, which occurred on December 24, 2008, has marked a time of dimming light for America and a reining in of our expansionist tendencies. And of course, Financial Collapse 2008 marks the obvious beginning of our decline though it was years coming. Perhaps the tentative 'debt-default deal' allegedly reached last evening between Congress and the White House (and yet to be passed by both Houses) well describes America's 2008 Sec Full Moon condition for it places limits on US financial over-spending including military budget cuts.

So here you see the Sec Full Moon horoscope; please click to enlarge; you may be interested in the notes, lower right, with a few details on the president's progressed inconjunction between the Aries Moon and Venus in Virgo. Another inconjunct (quincunx) appears between Sec Jupiter 27Cap19 (conjunct US n Pluto 27:33 Rx) and Sec Uranus 28Leo19 (conjunct his Sec NN...Uran/NN = radical or reformist political groups.)

Jupiter inconj Uranus indicates that adjustments are required between political aims (Ura/NN) and financial (2nd H) and societal conditions necessary to pull them off. These finances and conditions involve partnerships (7th H) with the Jupiter/Pluto connection denoting those who are responsible for large projects such as war, the world banking industry and plutocrats, and global religious organizations.

As you know, this Sec Full Moon 1Ari11 conjoins the IC of the US natal chart (Sibly; 5:10 pm LMT--changes at home) with Sec Sun 1Lib11 @ US n MC (Home v Career/Public Standing.) On November 6, 2011, the transiting Moon conjoins his Sec Moon (a Progressed Moon Return) along with tr Uranus 1Ari06 Rx, with Moon/Uranus themes of excitability, changes, new lifestyles, and possibly chaotic conditions.

(The November 25, 2011 Solar Eclipse opposite his natal Gemini Moon may not help matters with its sinister undercurrent, I suspect, but that's a post for another day.)

There may be a tragic deception or illusion (Sun/Neptune = Pluto) affecting society--one potential by then, is that more info will have come out concerning the current 'debt-default deal' and its dire affects on our weakened economy and possible consequences which harm the ill, weak, young, and elderly. We'll see since it's early days on that and for the non-constitutional 'Super Congress' they've created to finagle the bill's ultimate provisions.

Well, take a look at Mr. Obama's Sec Full Moon horoscope and see what you think. We can discuss the chart more at length as November 2011 nears, if either of you wish:

ASC/DESC axis 20Can/Cap34 at critical or crisis degrees, Fixed Stars Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Twins, rise with their 'dark twin-light twin' vibe which may be said to describe in part President Obama's mixed parental heritage. Moon in Mars-ruled Aries indicates rashness or over-eagerness, a personal will influenced by feelings, and/or a lust for power.

Sun in Libra (1:11) is @ the Sec Full Moon's Point of Illumination opposite, a unconscious point of awareness. Sun in Libra denotes sociableness, adaptation, constancy or a lack of firmness, diplomacy, the importance of partnerships, and being motivated by a public spirit. He is independent yet needs others!

Until Sec Moon reaches Taurus in 2+ years after Nov 2011, the combo of Sun Lib/Moon Aries (Air-Fire, whereas his natal Sun Leo/Moon Gem = Fire-Air) gives President Obama a restless and willful nature, a sense of justice, and an entertaining personality with a feisty but cool-headed aura. He can really defend the underdog with this combination, but will he?

An awkward stubbornness when reaching one's limits is evident with this Sun/Moon combo which does not bode well for acceptance of the Nov 2011 Sec Full Moon as marking the natural limit of his expansion into the world--but perhaps his 'cooler head' will prevail within himself on that score and realism will set in. Or, perhaps Mr. Obama will ignore this portent and lose his re-election bid in 2012, an outcome which must be determined by many other astrological and societal factors which are outside the scope of today's column.

Natally, Sun Lib/Moon Aries is shared by two people who illustrate glimmers of Politics within these famous quotes:

"Hell hath no fury like a liberal scorned." - Dick Gregory

"A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man." - E. E. Cummings



Resources: Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey; Identifying Planetary Triggers, Celeste Teal.

Dec 31, 2009

Obama Presidency's 2010 Solar Return sparks new analysis

Chart shown: 2010 Solar Return to the Inauguration 2009 chart, Washington, DC.

On Jan 20, 2010, the second year of Barack Obama's toddler presidency begins thus marking its first 'birthday' as noted in Astrology as a Solar Return for which I shall assume are obvious reasons.

A few days ago I posted an article here with the same horoscope displayed of the 2010 Solar Return to the 2009 Inauguration chart of Jan 20, 2009 (12:00 pm est Capitol Building, DC) so we could see how Year 2 might go along. Blogging time was brief and so it was a meager analysis on my end.

Jan 20, 2009 was, you may remember, an extremely frigid day in our nation's capital so Aretha Franklin wore a vervy new hat. Additionally, Hope sprang eternal in people's hearts if they had them.

Well, I'm pleased as can be to start off the New Year here on SO'W with a Guest Post by Jonathan W who modestly describes himself an Astrology beginner (we are all novices!), an author, screenwriter, and actor. His talents abound and Astrology is, I believe, one of them, for Jonathan has written an analysis of the 2010 Solar Return of the presidency of Barack Obama which I recommend to you, Mars Rx rising and all!

My original post is linked below. I now happily turn you over to Jonathan whose insights into the 2010 Solar Return chart may spark thoughts and provoke comments which are outcomes most welcome on this blog:

The 2010 Solar Return of the Obama Presidency by Jonathan W

What's interesting is how many retrograde planets are on the cusp of a House! One can expect the dismantling of goals Obama had assumed were a done deal -- Sixth House cusp obviously indicating Health Care Reform -- as well as the discovery that his ambitious plans are balancing on a slippery slope.

To have the ruler of the Midheaven, Mars -- in my view, Obama's attempt to appear less thoughtful and more of a tough Commander in Chief -- retrograde on the Ascendant suggests his efforts will either backfire or be stymied or frustrated.

Whatever the case, he'll find it very difficult to sell this "tough" version of himself due to the Public's reluctance to buy it -- illustrated in the Moon/Saturn opposition, that Aries Moon's square to Pluto/Mercury, and Saturn in Libra's overall insistence on authenticity and sincerity.

Add both Mars and then Mercury (important in the selling of the message) retrograde, the Cardinal t-square energies challenging Saturn's authority and Pluto/Mercury's hunger to mold the message with the Public Moon not buying any of it, and the chart just SCREAMS frustration! We could even end up with another version of his infamous Primary-era "Can I just eat my waffles in peace?" quote.

This Mars retrograde square Pluto/Mercury also suggests his efforts militarily (in Afghanistan?) will not pan out and will instead severely challenge his ability to spin this version of a War Leader Obama successfully.

But that Mars on the Ascendant and ruling the Midheaven is determined to be Commander in Chief even if that Moon feels more comfortable with -- or at least buys more readily -- the more thoughtful, feminine aspects of this Administration (Moon sextile Venus). Or maybe even the actual women in this Administration!

Perhaps importantly, Uranus on the cusp of the 9th may also indicate unexpected surprises from those overseas who are emotionally (Moon) and angrily/energetically (Moon in Aries) at odds with our Government (Saturn) and will challenge authority (Cardinal t-square) in ways that tap into and use power and perhaps even martyrdom (Pluto). And Mercury in the mix clearly suggests travel, Pluto hints at things done in the dark under the radar and the Cardinal energies allude to action, not planning. Action. This, too, can make it frustrating for Obama as that Retrograde Mars may make it difficult to respond effectively or the response will backfire and make things worse.

It is interesting that we find ourselves "revisiting" terrorism during Mercury's retrograde, though. Is this a foreshadowing of that Pluto/Mercury attempt to tap into our Fears via their relationship with the 6th/12th axis, the 12th in Cancer ruled by the Moon? Will the Government (Saturn) in this New Year attempt to more stringently control (Pluto) our movement or how we move (Mercury) in response to whatever Uranus on the 9th cusp might throw at us? Will Obama's response be more Draconian rules and regulations (Saturn square Pluto/Mercury) which we'll fight against (Cardinal t-square)?

(I'm trying not to notice the supportive sextile between Uranus and the North Node in Capricorn. If Obama and his handlers believe a "terrorist attack" will earn him support much like Bush got post-2001, they don't know much about Retrograde Mars, Saturn in Libra's abhorrence of anything inauthentic and insincere, and Uranus' tendency to be both unpredictable as well as impossible to control. Add to that the stutter-step of an inconjunct between the North Node and Neptune/Chiron -- and the Moon inconjunct Neptune/Chiron as well -- and the reaction from the People may be more a visceral anger (Moon in Aries square Pluto/Mercury) at Government (Saturn) than overwhelming support and gratitude that Obama "protected" us. Remember, this Moon has a relationship with caring Venus, not hyper-macho Mars.)

It'll be an uphill battle for Obama, though, as Mars Retrograde on the Ascendant can also strongly suggest a sapping of energy and drive.

Just recently, Obama revealed that this first year in office has left him "exhausted". Retrograde Mars on the Ascendant can suggest as well a tendency toward accidents, clumsiness, possibly even something involving surgery. And with the 8th spotlighted by Jupiter/Neptune, that's certainly possible.

The main thing in this chart is that Retrograde Mars. Being on the most important angle of the chart, the frustration, the inability to succeed quickly, the draining and sapping of energy ... all of those will be hallmarks of this year in Office for The One. In today's world of 24-hour media and a Public which is finally seeing beneath the Neptunian Allure of the Primary-era Obama, a struggling President unable to act effectively is exactly what we don't want or need to see.

"This thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down." ~ Mary Pickford


Thanks, Jonathan! And Happy New Year, New York!

2010 Solar Return to the 2009 Inauguration chart.