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Yeah, Aquarius!

Tomorrow is the big day and the symbolism of the Inaugural Sun conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius is blazing brightly over the land and being reported all over the media.

There are many polls, blogs and interviews about the vivid sense of optimism and hope felt around the country. For example (Happy Birthday, Dr. King) a CNN poll found that more than “two-thirds of African-Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for race relations has been fulfilled”. (This is sharply up from a survey in early 2008, when, as astrologers remember, Jupiter was in Capricorn.)

There’s a multi-media feature on the N.Y. Times web site featuring “What are your hopes for Obama?” Responses have been organized into 29 “hopes” which have both written and audio comments from more than 200 people in 14 states. (The listed “hopes”, by the way, include such topics, as Ending the War, College Tuition, Border Security, Environment, etc. You can add a comment to an existing topic, or add a new category of “hope.”)

What a great demonstration of Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron and the North Node in Aquarius. (The Sun, with its vigor and purpose, enters the sign today at 2:41 pm (PT). Aquarius, of course, is the sign of the zodiac that relishes community and communication, and has the technological wits to pull it off for everyone.

As far as Mercury being retrograde, which many people have asked me about, I think it’s clear that the Obama administration will be going back over (and re-thinking) decisions and policies made by the Bush administration. When at its best, Jupiter in Aquarius is concerned with civil rights and human liberty. The Sun is high in the sky with Jupiter at noon tomorrow, and Mr. Obama has Jupiter in Aquarius in his natal horoscope.

Regarding his early appointments, although progressives are not universally happy with Obama’s choices thus far, I think the Aquarian concern for social justice and human rights will get some much-needed airtime. On January 5, Greg Gordon of McClatchy Newspapers wrote:

“In filling four senior Justice Department positions Monday, President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he intends to roll back Bush administration counter-terrorism policies authorizing harsh interrogation techniques, warrantless spying and indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects. The most startling shift was Obama’s pick of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen to take charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, the unit that’s churned out the legal opinions that provided a foundation for expanding President George W. Bush’s national security powers.”

I also looked back at how often Mercury has been retrograde for presidential inaugurations, since we know it happens three or four times a year. In the 20th century, Mercury was retrograde at nine inaugurations, the most recent being that of George Bush, Sr., in 1989. Since it was direct for Clinton’s two terms, and George W. Bush’s two terms, perhaps it is not a stretch to think of this new administration as looking back over both of these presidency’s to rethink direction and policy.

In any event, it is not a rare thing for Mercury to be retrograde on Inauguration day. It might, in fact, be an interesting (and painstaking!) study to look back at the administrations that did have Mercury retrograde, and look at what happened during those terms when Mercury went direct, and when it returned to the degree of the retrograde station (sometimes referred to as the “shadow period”).

In that line of thinking, we can watch for shifts in tone in this new administration around February 1, when Mercury goes direct, and again on February 21 when Mercury gets back to 8° Aquarius, the degree it turned retrograde in January.

In the meantime, onward and upwards, may the celebration continue and be of benefit to all!


  1. I laughed a bit at Mercury when the new President took the Oath of Office as spoken by Chief Justice Roberts…there were a few slightly mangled lines… A bit of harmless fun from the trickster!

    When I first started watching live coverage, I was also surprised as the announcer said the event was about a half hour behind schedule. We knew the Moon would enter Sagittarius at 12:30 pm and the joke was of course that if the oath were postponed until 12:30, we could be sure they had an astrologer on staff.

    The time was, in fact 12:05 pm…

  2. There’s a new chart to consider. According to NY Times online:

    “The president and the chief justice stood in the Map Room of the White House at 7:35 p.m. as they took a second run at the constitutional oath.”

    This was today, Jan. 21, 2009

  3. Earlier I had posted a comment that a rune reading my friends and I did indicated that the Void of Course moon would be avoided due to some kind of delay of the inaugeration. YAHOO! We believe this development fulfills the prediction.

  4. Yes Alice, very good!

    The Moon is all the way into happier Sag for the redone oath..

  5. Here’s a great comment from Gloria Star:

    Tem and all,
    Yes, I just ran the chart last night when I heard the news. Amazing how astrologers got their wish! If you notice, precise Virgo is the Ascendant of the redux oath event. And how fascinating that retrograde Mercury is moving back toward the MC of the original flubbed oath!
    But what I like most, is Venus nearing the perfect conjunction to a 7th House Uranus, sextile a 5th House Mars. That tells quite a story for the potentials of creative and strong approaches to both social issues and investment potentials.
    Gotta love astrology!
    Joy and light,

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