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The exact alignment of Saturn in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces (2008-2010) for the first time on Election Day indicated that no matter who was elected President of the United States, the true purpose of the winner’s job would be to clean up the mess accumulated during previous administrations as these signs represent the transition from the ending of one cycle to the beginning of a new one.(1)
Saturn in Virgo represents old issues and the status quo who have engineered the system to work efficiently for them at the expense of the majority. Like a water filter that needs to be replaced because the water flow has become restricted to a small and slow stream, Uranus in Pisces recognizes that by changing the filter, water will once again flow out of the faucet in a rapid and strong stream so there’s enough for everyone.
Mars is the planetary energy of war, the military, and weaponry. As the Commander-in-Chief of the US military, the President approves what the nation’s military involvements and strategies should be. The USA was born with Mars in Gemini in the sector of the chart representing our relationships with other nations. Mars here represents taking an active and aggressive stance toward relationships, reflecting the numerous US military bases throughout the world, and our current wars on twin fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mars forms a challenging alignment to Neptune in Virgo in the sector of the USA chart that represents foreign lands and foreign people as well as philosophical and religious beliefs. Neptune’s energy can be elusive and foggy, creating confusing and unclear military objectives. Mars square Neptune prefers to rely on faith that military action will be successful versus the reality of facts, fundamentals, and finances. Neptune rules drugs, oil, and communism. It also represents idealistic beliefs and the “excuse” needed to “justify” and “sell” war to the public. We’ve had wars on communism, wars to access/protect oil, and the war on drugs.(2)
It is this setup in the USA chart that explains why the military strategy of the last several decades has been based on the premise of fighting our enemies on their home turf. Both Gemini and Virgo are ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. Neptune rules propaganda and the world of illusion and deception. The President and the military want to convince the public that waging war abroad will prevent our enemies from attacking us here at home. Yet we have experienced “twin” incidents within the last month of attacks and security breaches coming from within. Army Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 30 at Fort Hood November 5 when the Army and FBI knew he had sought to establish ties with al Qaeda.(3) Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashing the White House state dinner November 24 played out the USA Mars/Neptune square through the aggressive effort of individuals seeking Neptunian glamour while illustrating how easy it would be for someone with malevolent objectives to harm the President.(4)
The irony of this military strategy is that Neptune is about breaking down boundaries and borders. Neptune energy demonstrates how everyone and everything is interconnected.(5) In the “war on drugs,” guns are easily obtained in the US and smuggled into Mexico by the drug cartels. These guns will be used in states that border Mexico to commit kidnappings and killings on people in the US involved in the drug trade while also taking the lives of innocent people who happen to live in the neighborhood. The Mars/Neptune alignment reflects the belief that has developed into a religious fervor that not only should there be no barriers placed on acquiring guns, but neither should there be any boundaries on where people can carry them.
Barack Obama was born with Mars in Virgo exactly conjoining the USA Neptune and squaring the USA Mars. It is his job to take action to clean up the wars and economic mess inherited from his predecessors (Saturn) in order to make the changes needed to move the nation forward (Uranus). With Mars in Virgo in a harmonious alignment with natal Saturn in Capricorn, the President can shift the USA’s Mars/Neptune to precise and realistic strategies to deal with our foes. Or he could choose to waste his energies and continue on a path similar to his predecessors.
Uranus in Pisces turning direct today opposite the President’s Mars and the USA Neptune along with the Full Moon in Gemini conjoining the USA’s natal Uranus in the sector of military personnel brings sudden change and new awareness regarding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Uranus calls for unusual and radical tactics that break free from traditional strategies. With the USA’s natal Uranus harmonizing with Saturn in Libra, the strategy must match that of the enemy. Hit and retreat. A guerrilla enemy must be fought with a guerilla force.
Saturn rules history, and at the time of 9-11, Saturn in Gemini was opposite Pluto in Sagittarius, reflecting the USA had entered a recession. When the first plane hit the World Trade Center, Pluto in Sagittarius exactly conjoined the USA Ascendant(6), reflecting the nation’s profound loss and the repercussions that would affect the nation in the years to come. Saturn in Gemini opposite Pluto in Sagittarius indicated that the multiple attacks were executed by terrorists who had trained and come from abroad. At the time the first plane hit the Twin Towers, Pluto and Saturn prominently appeared over Afghanistan and Pakistan when the transiting planets that day are displayed on a world map.
The Bush Administration had been planning on ousting the Taliban from Afghanistan prior to 9-11, and on October 7(7), US and allied special forces began bombing targets in Afghanistan, hunting for Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda operatives, believed to be hiding along the Afghan/Pakistan border. Only two decades ago, the US had provided aid and training to the Mujahedeen (“those who engage in jihad”- which included bin Laden) who were fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
The US military dubbed the war in Afghanistan “Operation Enduring Freedom” (OEF-A) and the only thing that has been enduring is the length of the US involvement in Afghanistan. With Saturn retrograde in Gemini and Mercury retrograde in Libra, the mission in Afghanistan has shifted from capturing the terrorists to full blown war and “nation building.” Venus in Virgo conjoining the USA Neptune/Mars reflects that the US military and even the DEA is fighting the drug trade in Afghanistan. Venus squaring Saturn and Pluto at the time reflects the unknown amount of money that has been poured into this operation and the corrupt and fraudulent government of President Hamid Karzai.
In mid 2006, the USA’s progressed(8) Mars turned retrograde for the next 80 years, reflecting the public’s decreasing support for war. The USA’s progressed Mars conjoining the progressed Mercury of the OEF-A chart indicates that a review and reexamination of our military actions in Afghanistan and around the globe is long overdue.
Saturn and Pluto squaring the USA Venus now indicate that the cost of expanding the war can no longer be operated “off budget.” Republicans and “conservative” Democrats who have done everything possible to kill healthcare reform because they are “concerned about the deficit” are also against any tax increases. Saturn squaring Pluto is forcing what’s been kept off budget to become part of the deficit. Pluto rules taxes, and now these members of Congress could be forced to put their money where their mouth is and vote for a war tax if they want to avoid being portrayed as total hypocrites. The power of the purse could end up becoming the biggest deterrent to war when there are so many important domestic priorities that could help Americans and the nation begin to recover from the fallout of the financial crisis.
Uranus stationing direct today to the USA Mars/Neptune is a wakeup call that we can no longer afford war. Nor can we afford to “liberate” countries operated by corrupt governments and extremist groups when we have not dealt with the war within.
Mars will be retrograde December 20 to March 10. New military endeavors launched during this time are less likely to turn out as planned and can backfire on the initiator. Mars retrograde would favor a retreat rather than an escalation of troops.
We lost the war in Vietnam and the Soviets lost the war in Afghanistan. First President Obama must succinctly state what the objective is and what the exit strategy is. I think the only way the US has any chance of achieving the public’s perceived objective (i.e. get the terrorists responsible for 9/11) would be to have special forces engaging in guerrilla warfare and forget about nation building and drug enforcement activities.
Courage and confidence describes the energy of Leo. During the time Mars is in Leo it will be conjoining President Obama’s natal Sun. It takes more courage and confidence for a leader to know when to stop a war than when to start it. Perhaps President Obama will consider that as he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize next week.
(1) As an example, the Sun in these signs each year marks a transition period as they end the old quarter and season. (In the northern hemisphere, the Sun in Virgo marks the end of summer and the Sun in Pisces the end of winter.)
(2) Virgo rules health. With Mars squaring Neptune in Virgo, every major dis-ease has been elevated to war status - “war on cancer, heart disease,” etc. War does not heal.
(3) 1:30 PM CST Ft. Hood, TX. The Moon in Gemini was conjoining the USA Mars/Neptune. Hasan was born September 8, 1970 (time unknown Arlington, VA) with Mars square Neptune. Hasan’s natal Mercury in Virgo conjoins the USA Neptune and Ft. Hood’s natal Sun. (Ft. Hood was founded on September 18, 1942 time unknown.)
(4) Uranus in Pisces opposing the USA Neptune/Mars now. The transit of Venus square Neptune at the time reflects the couple’s intentions were for personal publicity and financial gain.
(5) Neptune in Aquarius since 1998 represents how the growth of the internet has broken down all types of boundaries and barriers.
(6) USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM Philadelphia, PA. On September 11, 2001 the first attack on the World Trade Center occurred at 8:46 AM EDT. The Ascendant is the zodiac sign (Sagittarius) rising on the eastern horizon at the time the USA was born.
(7) October 7, 2001 12:27 PM EDT Washington, DC (8:57 PM AFT in Kabul).
(8) A mathematical calculation that moves the planets forward in time.
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Barack Obama: August 4, 1961 7:24 PM Honolulu, Hawaii