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Astrology by Hand

A column by Robert Hand

George W. Bush continued: Beginnings

In the last weeks we have looked at the chart of George W. Bush to see what it might show us about his presidency.

Now we are going to look at another kind of chart that might tell us something much more specific about his presidency. A natal chart tells us about a person generally, not just what kind of career he or she might have. What we need is a chart of this presidency itself, the chart of President Bush’s inauguration.

In astrology, everything has a beginning, and one of the main principles of astrology is that a chart erected for the beginning of something should tell us something about what has begun. The inauguration of a president is just such a beginning. It is the birth of a presidency.

Conveniently for us as astrologers, since the second inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, each new term begins precisely at noon on January 20 of the year after the election. Prior to 1937, the term began on March 4 at noon. There is some argument about whether one should use the actual swearing in ceremony or the exact noon time, but the two are usually so close that there is little real difficulty.

InaugurationThe chart used here is erected for precisely noon EST for Washington, D.C. (I used Koch houses.) We find the sign of Taurus rising. In fact, because the inauguration occurs at about the same time on the same day of each inaugural year, these charts have all had Taurus rising since F.D.R. The main thing that changes each time is where the planets are located.

It is said that the Tenth House represents the presidency or persons in power in most charts erected for political events. However, I would argue that since this is the chart of an administration, the administration itself is the First House because the First House always stands for whatever it is that is being “born.” The Tenth House (the area at the top of the chart) will stand for the reputation and standing of the administration.

In the First House we have Saturn rising. This is a very clear indication of a conservative presidency. This is not going to be a “centrist” administration, at least not on issues that are “hot buttons” for the Right. This may not be very clear to the general public, however, because the inaugural chart has foggy Neptune in the Tenth House, indicating that the reputation and standing of this presidency are not going to be clearly defined.

Mars Setting

But the most interesting thing in this chart that has caused the most comment among astrologers is what is happening in the Seventh House. This is the place in the chart where planets are just setting. Here we find Mars in Scorpio fairly close to setting, which means it is closely opposing the rising degree. This area of the chart stands for both partners and open opponents. Given the fiery and combative nature of Mars (god of war, etc.), this looks more like opponents than partners. Also, Mars is in Scorpio, one of the signs it rules in traditional astrology, and in fact the rulership that it is supposed to prefer. This means that the opponents are strong and perhaps ruthless.

Mars also rules Aries, which is on the Twelfth House cusp. This is the house of secrets and hidden things. This suggests that the open opponents of this presidency are not entirely “open” and that secret forces may be operating behind the scenes here. For the more paranoid among us this is ample fuel.

We cannot assume, based on this chart, that the opponents of this presidency are limited to Democrats, by the way. The fact that a strong Mars is in its own sign in the Seventh House actually suggests someone of a military background. Perhaps John McCain? As of this writing, he is preparing to cause a certain amount of trouble for Bush over campaign finance reform. But there are of course many other possibilities. For example, is Colin Powell the ally of this administration that he seems to be?

Of course, nothing can be taken by itself in astrology. The Mars in the Seventh of this chart also makes significant combinations or aspects to other planets, and these both add and subtract from the thrust of the Seventh House Mars.

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.

Mars 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 to Uranus.

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.

The Tenth 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).

Saturn itself 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”?)

By contrast, 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.

The 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 pisible by twenty, (1840, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1920, 1940, 1960), this administration may be ended before its time by natural death or assassination.

While there 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.

This may 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.

The Significance of Mercury

I cannot 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.

In conclusion, 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.

About Robert Hand

Robert Hand is one of the world's most famous and renowned astrologers. He takes a special interest in the philosophical dimensions of astrology and is quite dedicated to computer programming. Currently he is fully engaged for Arhat Media as an editor, translator and publisher of ancient astrological writings. Rob Hand lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Rob is an honor graduate from Brandeis University, with honors in history, and went on for graduate work in the History of Science at Princeton. Rob began an astrology practice in 1972 and as success came, he began traveling world wide as a full time professional astrologer. In 2013, he was designated as a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) by The Catholic University of America.

Current Planets
29-Sep-2016, 19:47 UT/GMT
Sun75'14"2s49
Moon2350'42"3n23
Mercury1919' 8"5n26
Venus733'54"14s11
Mars137'57"25s51
Jupiter422'57"0n44
Saturn1131'56"20s44
Uranus237'58"r8n24
Neptune954'55"r8s40
Pluto1455'47"21s24
TrueNode1241'57"r6n48
Chiron2216'12"r0n57
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