In the horoscope of a country, the Sun, along with the planet associated with the sign on the cusp of the Tenth house (and any planet within the Tenth house) represents the king, emperor, dictator, or as in the case of the USA – the presiding executive administrator – id est: the president. Thus, in the birth chart of the USA, with Libra on the cusp of the Tenth house, and Saturn being positioned in the Tenth house, the president is represented by the Sun, and the planets Venus and Saturn.
Whether it is birth charts of individuals or any other type of event, the planets, by their placement in differing degrees, signs and houses, will vary in their relative strength to one another. Within the tools of the astrologer is a means to determine this relative strength, and likewise, determine the planet which becomes the most dominant factor in the chart.
Astrologically speaking, in the USA’s birth chart there is a rational explanation for the irrational phenomenon of the American publics’ hero-worship of the presidency. To begin, the Sun is found in the sign of Cancer, and in the Seventh house, and this is cause for the president to be seen as the nation’s chief diplomat and negotiator, and by its placement in Cancer, lays the foundation for the perceived parental nature of the presidency. But the Sun is considerably debilitated in the USA’s nativity, and yields to Venus, which also resides in Cancer and in the Seventh. Venus reinforces those aforementioned Sun-influenced characteristics, but bears an additional influence causing the American public to romanticize over both the president (whomever it may be at the time) as well as the office of the presidency (as in what it is perceived that the office itself stands for). Obviously, this romanticism results in unrealistic expectations of the presidency, and a subsequent disappointment with the performance of the officeholder. The last of the planets representing the presidency in the USA’s nativity is Saturn, and being exalted in the sign of Libra, its relative strength is double that of Venus, thereby making it the most influential planet regarding the presidency. With this Saturn-in-Libra influence being so strong, the image most Americans will hold in their minds of the president is that of a male figure, and to that, one who is tall, preferably lean, and austere. By this stellar influence, the president is expected to be fair and even handed, and above all – a strong authority figure – like that of a father.
“Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.”
–Herbert Spencer, Social Statistics, IV
By themselves, these stellar influences affecting the presidency are not a problem, but do become a problem when combined with the fact that – and with a failing number of exceptions – we as a nation, are becoming very weak-willed. With freedom and liberty comes responsibility and accountability, and our culture now weakens exponentially with hedonistic selfishness. In the minds of lazy, weak men and women, life is seen as being better lived under the authority of something akin to a benevolent dictator and, provided it is the weaklings’ preferred party at the helm, the legal constraints of presidential power can be seen as archaic, irrelevant, or perhaps even obstructive.
Astrologically, the USA can survive with a Saturnal figure as president, provided that figure operates within his Constitutional boundaries. But clearly, the USA cannot continue to survive with this sort of a figure taking it upon his or her self to “lead” the American public in his or her own ideological agenda, especially when being backed by the self/special-interests of either the Democrats or the Republicans, and the lawlessness for which they both are enablers.
In the year 2012 We the People need to elect to the office of the presidency a man or woman whose loyalties are first to the American people – and the cause of liberty – with these loyalties placed long before that man or woman’s allegiance to any party. The ideal man or woman for the presidency will demonstrate a character that is a model for us all, and not just a model for one particular party. This candidate will be free of family-financial empires which will gain by having a family member in the presidency (and this applies to their friendships, too) and their aspirations will be modest. This candidate will also exhibit a love for America which is elevated above any ideology, desire for global empire, Malthusian fears, or religious beliefs. But above all, this candidate must demonstrate that they recognize that their role as president will be to execute the will of We the People!
Lastly, in our search for an appropriate officeholder, I believe that we must make use of the amazing insight given to mankind through the stars. It is my belief that much can be learned about the temperament and disposition of a potential officeholder (as well as those past and present officeholders) through analysis of that individual’s nativity in relation to the nativity of the USA, and we may obtain insight as to what sort of effect that person’s holding office will have on the country. It would be foolish not to make use of this information! (And we should apply this same criteria to any man or woman seeking office in the US government.)
For We the People, the critical first step we must take is to abandon all political-party loyalties that cause us to put the respective party’s interests above those of the United States of America, as a whole. Second to that, America must reign in its collective romanticism of the presidency, and remember that we are electing an administrator, and not a monarch or a parent.
PRESIDENTIAL BIRTH CHART ANALYSIS IN RELATION TO USA:
With his Jupiter in the USA’s First house, the American public would never forget that George Herbert Walker Bush had come from a very privileged background. Saturn retrograde in his own chart would compose into the Tenth house of the USA, yielding Bush some measure of power, but always revealing his darkest secrets for public scrutiny. With Bush’s Mars in square to USA’s Twelfth house cusp, he was given the opportunity to act like a ‘broker’ of the USA’s secrets (coinciding with his tenure as Director of CIA) but as this aspect is malefic, I question if this was done for the benefit of USA, or for the benefit of his own self-interests.
The relationship of GHW Bush’s nativity to that of the USA reveals a number of very disturbing influences. Beginning with Bush’s Pluto, which is conjunct to the USA’s Sun, and casts a square to USA’s Saturn, I would say that, at one time or another, it is likely that he had, at the very least, worked to undermine, or manipulate, those presidents before him. Worse still, Bush’s Saturn is squaring USA’s Pluto, essentially doubling the power of this influence. (The Saturn-Pluto square can even suggest acts of violence.) Next, Bush’s Sun in conjunction to USA’s Mars, and combined with Bush’s Uranus in square to USA’s Mars, served as a clear indicator that, under this President, the USA would certainly find itself at war. Added to that the aforementioned Saturn-Pluto influence, that war would result in widespread violence, death and destruction. If there is an astrologically-identifiable legacy for the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush, it is one of increased debt for America, his having placed his own interests above those of the USA, and a costly and destructive war.
William Jefferson Clinton loved being President, and as seen by the large number of his planets in the USA’s Tenth house (a stellium) a good portion of the American public loved having him as President. But as Clinton’s Sun was semi-square to the USA’s Sun, his ability to impose his own agenda on the USA was limited. Clinton’s Uranus in conjunction to USA’s Mars (and in the Seventh house) reveals the almost inescapable destiny with some sort of warfare (the military action against Yugoslavia). Sadly, Clinton’s Sun squares the USA’s Twelfth house cusp, and his Uranus is quindecile the same point – influences which have placed him in the center of conspiracy and intrigue such as death of Vincent Foster, the espionage of Wen Ho Lee, and a long list of mysterious deaths surrounding his personal and professional sphere of acquaintance.
On its own, the nativity of George Walker Bush serves as a lesson as to who not to elect to public office (the figure is a classic example of that of a demagogue). When combined with the nativity of the USA, the resulting figure is utterly disturbing. Beginning with Bush’s natal Sun in nearly an exact conjunction to the USA’s own Sun, and supported by his Jupiter in the USA’s Tenth house (and in conjunction to USA’s Saturn) we can observe how Bush held such undeniable control over country. But as Bush’s Sun is in square to USA’s Saturn, that undeniable control would ultimately lead to public recognition of an abuse of power.
Like Clinton before him, Bush’s Uranus is conjunct to USA’s Mars – a clear sign that under this President the USA would go to war. But in Bush’s case, the influence is doubled due to his own Mars being in square to USA’s Uranus. Worse still, Bush’s Saturn in nearly exact opposition forewarned of the incredible destruction and loss of life that would occur during military action under his command. Moreover, this same Saturn-Pluto influence was a harbinger of the unimaginable dollar-cost of military operations under his command, as well as the long-term damaging effects of the war-debt (remember the compounding interest) on the USA.
Sadly, this chart reveals nothing good to have come from a George Walker Bush presidency, but indicates a legacy of violence, waste, and a yoke of eternal debt-slavery placed upon the American people.
With so much controversy about the correct birth place of Barrack Hussein Obama, I think that any sane astrologer will have some trepidation in casting his birth-chart based upon the information available. However, when analyzing his nativity in relation to that of the USA I am not dependent upon an accurate ascending degree, or even a pinpoint position of the Moon. (Though it would be nice to have this information for gaining further insight!) However, looking at the chart based upon the widely accepted birth place and time (Honolulu, HI and at 7:24 pm, AHST) I will state that, if it is accurate, President Obama is a man with many, many secrets. He is also a man who, during the course of his life, will accumulate and encounter many powerful enemies – some whom may wish him physical harm. Unlike Bush before him, Obama does not have an undeniable control over the USA. In fact, rather than Obama running the country, as the President’s Sun is semi-sextile to the USA’s Sun, I would say that it is more likely that the presidency is running Obama.
Like Bush before him, Obama’s nativity in relation to that of the USA is disturbing. With his Mars squaring USA’s Mars, and his Pluto squaring USA’s Uranus, there is certainly the possibility for violence during his watch, but this influence relates more to something akin to a civil war, or violent revolution or uprising. In this same vein, there is a troubling square from Obama’s Uranus (posited on the USA’s Ninth house cusp, and thus relating to foreign relations or involvement of foreign entities) to the USA’s Twelfth house cusp, which suggests secret dealings with – or plots/conspiracies by – radical-minded individuals. But worse still, like Bush before him, there is a foreboding relationship between Obama’s Saturn, and USA’s Pluto (a close conjunction). This combination can be interpreted as an eventuality of mass-violence and wide-spread destruction occurring during Obama’s watch, or as the conjunction is in the USA’s Second house, it can also be interpreted as a devastation of USA’s assets, resources, and currency. (Both interpretations can be correct, too.)
It may turn out to be quite fortunate for the USA that during President Obama’s term, transiting Saturn is occupying the country’s Tenth house, which relates to an environment of absolute scrutiny of the office of the presidency.