It was Barack Obama who began the cock-up over the Presidential oath by interrupting the Chief Justice before he had finished the first sentence. From there it all went pear-shaped. It was good for human reasons to see Obama making a mistake, because he is normally so sure-footed. He looks and behaves very much like a Capricorn. His only planet in Capricorn is Saturn, which is one reason I think Saturn is very important – along with Jupiter – when considering Obama as President.
This cock-up meant that Obama took the oath for a second time a day later, out of “an abundance of caution”, and only then began signing Presidential documents.
So which oath-taking should we use as the chart for his Presidency? This question will no doubt occupy astrologers for decades to come.
It seems clear to me that we have 2 charts, each with its own validity. It is useful to compare them with the July 2nd and the July 4th charts for the USA itself. On July 2nd 1776, Congress voted for Independence, and so this is when the US legally came into existence. On July 4th 1776, Independence was publicly declared, and this was the point at which, as far as the people were concerned, the US was born.
The same applies to the 2 Presidential oaths. After the first oath, Obama was President as far as the people of the nation were concerned. After the second oath, he was President in a legal sense.
But America defines itself as being ruled by the will of the people. This is why it is the Sibly Chart of July 4th that is the main chart for the USA, rather than the legal chart of July 2nd. And this is also why, in my view, it is the chart for the first oath-taking that will remain the principal chart for Obama’s Presidency: because it was from that point that the people considered him to be their President.
I wrote about this chart on 16 Jan and 21 Jan and it means, in my view, that the Void Moon of the first chart remains important. Obama's Presidency may therefore be interrupted in some way, but he may also initiate great things in the time that he has. The historical evidence points strongly to this pattern, but in astrology nothing is ever a certainty. With mundane charts, however, there is a greater collective presence, and so less free will, and predictions from such charts therefore have a greater degree of certainty about them.
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I have had a couple of further thoughts on this chart, which found their way into my comments section. Firstly, a Vedic astrologer considered the Mercury retrograde to be a bad thing. Vedic astrology seems to operate in a more fatalistic way than modern western astrology, and I do not necessarily view Mercury Retrograde as a hindrance. It certainly seems to be a hindrance if you are beginning a venture, which is what Obama is doing. BUT… look at the Houses that Mercury rules in the Inauguration Chart. It rules the Second House of the economy, and the Sixth House of jobs. Obama is not primarily embarking on a major new initiative in these areas: rather, he has a big fixing and sorting task to do first before he can get to the point of new growth. And this is exactly what Mercury retrograde is good for. It’s crap for starting things, but good for fixing things. We could hardly have asked for a better placement!
My other thought, which came to me while having a nap, was to do with Sun in Aquarius sextile Moon right at the end of Scorpio. Here we see the leader (the Sun) in a good relationship with the people (Moon), but particularly the black people, due to Scorpio’s association with the unacknowledged shadow side of the psyche, and therefore with the historical place of black people in US society. But the Moon is right at the end of Scorpio. So we have this leader with his vision for the future (Aquarius) leading his people out of their long sojourn in Scorpio and into the bright expanded horizons of Sagittarius. Wonderful!