by Hand Week 39
we began to look at the chart of George
W. Bush's inauguration. As the inauguration is the beginning
of the new administration, so its chart should show us more about the
course of the new presidency. We concluded by looking a bit at his Seventh
House Mars. Let’s look again at that placement.
is very close to 90 degrees (square) away from Mercury in the
Tenth House and a little further away from 90 degrees to Uranus, also in the Tenth.
A look at the chart will show that Mercury is going from the exact square
aspect (90 degrees) of Mars to the conjunction (being in the same degree)
with Uranus. Mars in the Seventh is also approaching its 90 degree aspect
In the astrology
of beginnings, or inception charts, this indicates something growing in
intensity rather than passing away, and that will manifest in the future.
If the planets were moving away from the aspects, it would represent a
condition present at the time but passing away.
House placement of Mercury and Uranus (the house of status and reputation
as well as career) indicates that at some point the actions of open opponents
(Mars in the Seventh) are going to cause a sudden and unexpected change
in the status or reputation of this administration. Are these opponents
domestic or foreign? I say this because the Seventh House can mean foreign
enemies as well as domestic opponents.
To look for
foreign factors we also examine the Ninth House. That house rules foreign countries
and persons. But it contains no planets and is ruled by Saturn (Saturn
rules the sign Capricorn which is found on the cusp of the Ninth).
is in the First House, which represents the administration, not its opponents.
This suggests that the administration will be on top of foreign affairs
to a reasonable degree despite its apparent weakness (as of this writing)
in that area. And it certainly does not indicate that the main opponents
of this administration are foreign. Rather there seems to be some kind
of identity or affinity between the Bush regime and foreign elements.
(Remember Bush the Elder and the “New World Order”?)
Jimmy Carter was inaugurated with Uranus setting (placed in the Seventh
House), indicating open opponents, moving into a square (90 degrees) with
Saturn, which ruled the Ninth House in that chart. His opposition was
largely created by the actions of a foreign power, Iran.
Danger of the Combination
But let us
cut to the heart of the matter. Many astrologers regard this combination
of Mars, Mercury and Uranus as “dangerous.” They fear that as in many
other cases where the election year is divisible by twenty, (1840, 1860,
1880, 1900, 1920, 1940, 1960), this administration may be ended before
its time by natural death or assassination.
are many complicated issues here, I have done some research into the inaugural
charts of these presidencies. What I have found is that inaugural charts
do not clearly show the deaths of those presidents. In Kennedy’s case,
for example, we had Neptune setting (in the Seventh House) at the inaugural,
and Mercury was 90 degrees from it in the Tenth House.
show the confusion and mystery surrounding what happened to Kennedy, but
even more clearly I believe it shows the gap between the image and reality
of “Camelot.” The more we know about the Kennedy era, the more it becomes
clear that there was much going on behind the scenes that the people had
no idea about, even more than is usually the case with presidencies.
Significance of Mercury
rule out the possibility of violence or foreign war based on Bush’s inauguration
chart, but relatively straightforward astrology suggests something quite
different. Mercury, which is moving from 90 degrees to Mars to a conjunction
with Uranus, tells us that the opposition to Bush’s presidency is going
to become more militant (Mars) and lead to some Uranian (sudden) event
in the status of this administration because of something ruled by Mercury.
In this chart, Mercury rules the Second House (Gemini) and is a co-ruler of the
Fifth House (Virgo is intercepted in the Fifth). The Second House is finance and the Fifth is markets in which
stocks and commodities are traded. This leads me to think that Bush’s
opposition will be fueled by financial problems and his fiscal policies.
At this time,
Bush is promoting a rather large tax cut that will result in more money
being saved by the wealthy than the middle class. In Reagan’s
era something like this also happened. At that time, spending was not
reduced and the result was that we acquired the largest debt in the history
of this country. The rich, instead of paying taxes, were allowed to lend
money at interest to the government, and the payment of that debt was
left to future administrations and generations. I think that the Bush
regime is planning something of the same kind. But with current
economic conditions he may not be able to get away with it.
this combination of planets suggests that the Bush administration may
experience a sudden loss of status resulting from increased domestic opposition
due to fiscal and financial maneuvers that don’t quite work out. Bush’s
own birth chart does not, I believe, support a more violent reading of
this combination. In JFK’s birth chart there was also a combination of
Mercury, Mars and Uranus, but it was in his birth chart, not the chart
of his inauguration. Bush’s chart contains no such indication of violence.
we are going to begin with a new topic.