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Saturn Challenges Mr. Obama

In November transiting Saturn moves into a square aspect with Barack Obama’s natal Saturn. This aspect represents a crucial step forward in his personal life history and, because of his position, the history of the country.176px-official portrait of barack obama

This Saturn square is part of a broader cycle. Every seven years transiting Saturn makes an angular aspect to its natal position in the horoscope. As I point out in my book, Saturn Cycles: Mapping the Changes in Your Life, each link in these Saturn cycles represents an important passage in our development as a mature adult and as a contributing member of the social order into which we have been born. Saturn’s job is to challenge us, to push us to the edge of our abilities. If we are able to meet the challenges Saturn brings us then, quite often, these aspects coincide with important milestones in our career or public life. However, if we fail or try to avoid the challenges, then these passages are fraught with misery and frustration.

A Quick Look at the Horoscope of Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is the only person among the several candidates currently seeking the Republican nomination for president for whom we have a complete horoscope. He is also, in the estimation of many, the front-runner. So let’s take a moment to look at his chart.

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Romney is a Pisces by Sun sign, and he has both Mercury and Mars in that sign. He has Gemini Rising and the Moon in Scorpio in an almost exact conjunction with Jupiter. Fixed and Mutable signs are well represented in his horoscope but Cardinal signs are not. He has nothing in any of the Earth signs.

Romney’s greatest strength is his ability to adapt to new circumstance and still hold tight to his core values. Though known for his business acumen, he is more a problem-solver than an entrepreneur. He is skilled at adapting his own ideas so that they can be applied to a variety of situations. However, this flexibility only applies to real world problems. The conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter in Scorpio show that Romney is a “true believer” who hold tight to a set of inviolate moral principles, in this case his Mormon faith.

The Imperfect Couple:

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

There has been much speculation recently about the relationship of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Much of it stems from the discrepancy in their ages. Kutcher is 33 and Moore is close to 50. If the genders were reversed, of course, this would not seem odd at all but, when it is a man who is married to a woman almost twenty years his senior, the world takes notice.

demi moore and ashton kutcher copyFrom an astrological point of view, however, what makes this relationship odd is not the difference in age; it’s the difference in signs. Demi Moore was born with four planets in Scorpio and the Moon directly across the chart in Taurus. We do not have a time of birth for Kutcher, but we know he has four planets in Aquarius, which forms a “square” or 90 degree aspect to both Scorpio and Taurus. It is a general astrological principle that signs that are 90 degrees apart tend to repel one another. For two people beginning a romantic relationship, having Sun signs that are 90 degrees apart is usually “strike one.” Having a group of planets at right angles is strike two, three and maybe even four.

This Week’s Astrology Lesson: Bringing the Elements and the Qualities Togethersigns image

In previous articles I discussed two way of categorizing the twelve signs of the Zodiac.  First of all, each of the signs is assigned to one of the four Elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Then each is assigned to one of the three Qualities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. When we combine these two systems we not only have the most basic descriptions of the signs, we also see the true beauty of astrology.

Each sign of the Zodiac represents a different combination of the Elements and the Qualities, as is shown in this chart.