Part I.

As the comment stream on the previous post indicates, the astrology, like any sign system, can be read whichever way. Will the new administration bring chaos or restitution for the past? We’ll know soon enough, but for now, I know which candidate speaks more clearly, seriously and effectively to me. Language isn’t everything, but how much worse off are we when we can only communicate at the level of a four-year-old (no offence to four-year-olds)? Do we want him back, even if we could?

“So I analyzed that and decided I didn’t want to be the president during a depression greater than the Great Depression, or the beginning of a depression greater than the Great Depression.”—Washington D.C., Dec. 18, 2008

Don’t misunderestimate me, I’m not saying Obama’s perfect — no one is — but at least he isn’t pretending to be. That’s one step closer to sanity, if you ask me. It’s up to the rest of us to try and keep him there. It’s odd when people assume their work is done once the candidate is elected. The whole point of democracy is the process of accountability . One of the problems with the previous administration is most of those who prided themselves on being the thinking world rolled over and played dead.

Here’s Eric Francis’ take on the inauguration chart, Mercury retrograde section excerpted here:

Things never go as planned with Mercury retrograde; never is a strong word and I am using it consciously. Things don’t necessarily go badly under Mercury retrograde, but the plan changes. Events and information can be confusing, and it’s difficult to get to the essence of the problem. It’s difficult to plan for. Retrogrades tend to go particularly poorly if you don’t have a little money stashed away and if you don’t take care of your computer, your car and other basic technology devices.

I checked inauguration charts going back to Nixon in 1969. Mercury is always in Capricorn or Aquarius when the new president is sworn in; more often it’s in Capricorn. It’s only been retrograde twice in that time: when Nixon was inaugurated in 1969, and when Daddy Bush was inaugurated in 1989; both times it was in Aquarius when retrograde. It’s never been in a configuration even close to what we’re witnessing now, with Mercury at the edge of a sign, so at least that symbolism fits the picture: we are in unique, edgy and unpredictable days.

Mercury rules the chart’s 2nd house, that of values and wealth. It’s about to change signs moving backwards, from Aquarius to Capricorn, which is a good symbol of a recession.

But it also speaks to mentality. The president, in part represented by the Sun conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius, is a progressive person who has cloaked himself as a moderate, kind of like George Bush did: a radical conservative who claimed to be a moderate. The public, for its part, is reticent to express its progressive values, even though it may have them deep down on some personal level. We need to be moving deeper into Aquarius, and we are reluctant to do so.

Looked at another way, the money (Mercury, ruler of the 2nd) is going toward the corporations (Capricorn) and not the people (Aquarius). But the money is merely a reflection of values. We are still way too enamored of megamultinational companies for our vittles. We need a national movement of making our own soup, and getting rid of frozen microwavable.

The ‘loony liberals’ said to have voted Obama in are often painted as naive and short-sighted, I don’t think it is possible to be less naive and short-sighted than the lunacy the incumbent has already shoved in our faces. And what about the rest of the world who had to sit there and take it, even though they didn’t vote him? The ‘inexperienced’ argument is just as spurious — I suppose GWB had a lot of experience playing cowboys and villains in kindergarten before he was elected.

The inauguration chart may be portentous, but that alone doesn’t plunge us into darkness. Only our thoughts and deeds will.

Update, 18 January 2009: Astrotabletalk provides even more food for thought here.

Update, 20 January 2009:
Evolutionary astrologer, Dena Decastro, does a thorough step-by-step reading of Obama’s natal chart in synastry with the inauguration chart in her podcast. She has a very simple and direct style that I like.

Also, a detailed and positive reading of the retrograde Mercury and VOC moon in the inauguration chart by Patrick Watson on his Political Astrology Blog.