A fun spin on serious cosmic stuff! Wendell C. Perry has 40 years experience studying astrology and how it impacts personalities & relationships. He's written two books & published articles in astrology magazines. He's happy to share this website so that you, too, can have fun with astrology to help you in everyday life!
During the last few day of the Obama administration his approval rating has soared to 57%. This is actually somewhat lower than his highest approval rating of 67%. This was Obama’s rating just a few days after his inauguration. It’s interesting that the peaks of Obama’s popularity occurred at the beginning and the end of his administration. In between it was another matter.
A comparison between Barack Obama’s horoscope and the Sibley chart for the signing of the Declaration of Independence (click here to see a double chart) explains this. In that chart, Obama’s Venus is just a degree and a half away from the U.S. Venus. This is an aspect of mutual affection. Obama loves his country and, at least for a time, his country loved him.
When I gave this title to a previous article, I thought I was being funny, but recent events have given this bit of whimsy a more serious tone. The documents that came out this week claiming that Russia had information on Donald Trump that they could use to blackmail him made the pulp fiction notion of a U.S. President at the mercy of a foreign power seem all too plausible.
Of course, the dossier in question has been largely discredited, even though it came from a British source that was considered reliable enough to get the attention of John McCain. McCain wanted to start Senate hearing on the dossier, but settled for passing it on to intelligence officials instead. Both Obama and Trump were briefed on the information. Trump and Putin were both quick to call the accusations ludicrous.
Sunday night, as she was receiving a special award at the Golden Globe ceremony, Meryl Streep made remarks critical of our President-Elect. She recalled how Trump had mimicked a disabled reporter during a campaign speech. Trump’s action and remarks were televised and broadcast to the world, but he adamantly denies that it happened. Now Meryl Streep has become Public Enemy #1.
How do you go from being one of the most beloved and award-winning actresses of our time to becoming an object of scorn and rebuke? Astrologically, all it takes is the proper alignment of a couple of planets. In Streep’s horoscope (click here to see a double chart for Streep and the aspect during her speech) transiting Pluto is nearing an opposition to her natal Venus. At the time of her speech, the Sun was conjunct Pluto and almost exactly opposed to her natal Venus.
Yesterday Donald Trump was finally forced to admit that the hack on the computer files of the Democratic National Committee was not only carried out by operatives working for the Russian government, but was very likely ordered by Vladimir Putin himself. Considering the scorn that he has heaped on the C.I.A. and their claims of Russian involvement over the past few months, this was a huge change in direction.
The aspect responsible for this change was the opposition of transiting Saturn to his Sun. Saturn dishes up reality, and when it is in conflict with the Sun, that reality often represents a direct challenge to the ego. Trump was quick to say that this interference by the Russians did not have an effect on the outcome of the election. Implicit in that claim is an awareness that the majority of American who voted against him might have a different view.
Hard aspects from Saturn to the Sun often coincide with blows to our self-confidence and physical vitality. Realities that we have previously ignored rise up to block our progress. As a candidate Trump as able to blithely deny realities and move forward as if they didn’t exist. Now, as President, he is finding that this approach no longer applies.