Barack Obama is currently experiencing an interesting transit.  A transit is a movement of a planet in the sky that affects a planet or other thing in Obama’s chart, inciting change in him.  This one is a movement of Jupiter across his Ascendant, a transit that enhances a person’s self-confidence and charisma and casts a sort of glow over them.  What does this mean for him and his nation?  Let’s take the pieces of this apart and examine each one.

Click here to have a look at Obama’s chart:  Barack Obama Natal Chart

What The Ascendant Means
A person’s Ascendant is like the front door to them.  It is their surface, the mask they wear.  It is the quality of their appearance and it is the first thing you encounter when you meet them one-on-one.  The Ascendant is a powerful part of human personality and it’s one reason why sun-sign astrology doesn’t work very well.  A Pisces with Aries rising (or “ascending”) will be a very different sort of Pisces than one that has Taurus rising.  Since all twelve signs rise every day, the Rising/Ascending sign changes every two hours and cannot be determined from a person’s birthdate alone.  Barack Obama’s Ascendant, which is Aquarius, is the part of his chart being affected by Jupiter.  Obama’s Aquarian Ascendant will make him social, progressive and tolerant towards others, making it easy for him to mix with a wide variety of people.  This is so in his natal chart, before Jupiter even comes along to improve things.

What Jupiter Means
Jolly Jupiter is the bringer of good luck.  Natives of his sign, Sagittarius, know that luck is not a matter of happenstance, it is a natural outgrowth of Jupiterian ways of being, such as gregariousness, optimism, cheerfulness and being open to possibilities.  Opportunities have a way of popping up when Jupiter is around and the smart individual will jump on them.

What It Means When Jupiter Crosses The Ascendant
When Jupiter crosses a person’s Ascendant, they embody and express Jupiterian traits.  During this transit Obama will naturally radiate charisma and easily engender confidence in others.  It’s a time when he’s likely to feel confident and expansive and thus be “lucky” and have others respond well to him.  Things just seem to go his way.  Everyone experiences this transit once every twelve years and if Obama were here in my office, I would ask him what he experienced twelve years ago, the last time Jupiter crossed his Ascendant.  This year’s events could well hearken back to that period.

Timing
This transit has three passes, the first as Jupiter crosses Obama’s Ascendant in a forward-moving direction, the second as Jupiter crosses it again while moving backward (retrograde) and the third and final forward-moving pass.  Each pass should beef up his popularity.
Pass 1:  March 26-31, 2009  (Jupiter is direct, or forward-moving)
Pass 2:  Sept 10-20, 2009  (Jupiter is retrograde, or backward-moving)
Pass 3:  Nov 5-15, 2009  (Jupiter is direct, or forward-moving)

Why Do We Care?
Having a lucky, charismatic leader is good for a country because that leader stands for us in world politics.  In the case of Obama, we get the benefit of a representative who right now is particularly persuasive on our behalf and engenders friendship between the U.S.A. and other nations.

It’s Good To Be The King, Uh . . . President
In particular, this transit should greatly help President Obama’s diplomatic endeavors.  He will more easily be able to establish goodwill, maintain rapport and inspire confidence in world leaders he meets with personally and such international meetings held during the three passes listed above should go well for him and by extension for us his citizens.  This will help him to restore peace and forward a benevolent agenda for United States foreign policy.  Jupiter’s present placement in Aquarius puts an emphasis on brotherhood and democracy.  As long as President Obama stands as a voice for many voices, and has the character to back up Jupiter’s glowy promise, his endeavors will likely meet with success.

From March 6th through April 17th, Venus is traveling retrograde (i.e. backwards) through our skies.  The Venus retrograde period is a time for reevaluating your relationships and your capacity for love.  While Venus is retrograde, notice the places where you are drawn into your relationships’ darkness and notice the ways you might find increased intimacy there.

The retrograde journey of Venus is depicted in the Mesopotamian tale of the descent of Inanna into the underworld.  It is the story of a journey into the dark places in relationship, an attempt to recover lost love.  During her descent, Inanna was stopped seven times, at seven gates.  Each time, she had to remove one item from her person and leave it behind so she could go on.  Any or all of these items might have symbolic meaning for your explorations during this Venus retrograde period.

At The Fifth Gate, the Gatekeeper Demands Inanna’s Ring
The ring is a contract.  The gift of a ring seals a bond between two.  It is the physical reminder of an agreement to marry, to share one’s life with another and to hold fidelity.  A ring symbolizes a pledge, a vow, a promise.

Promises are hard to keep—that is their nature.  A promise to love and remain true to someone is easy to speak when the heart feels that love; but when the heart is out of touch with love—this is where the work begins.  The ring is there as a reminder that love once was spontaneous, and that the work of getting back in touch with that love is worth doing.

Inanna’s mate has left her and gone to the dark underworld.  She is following him there to reclaim the love they once had.  He is lost in the dark, suffering:  love has died.  She cannot make him love her again and to forcibly remind him of his promise to love her would be cruel and would not reawaken spontaneous affection.  In an earlier post, I hinted that Inanna cannot afford, while in the underworld, to take the attitude of victim.  To hold the beloved to the letter of their promise when the heart of their promise is suffering is to beat him over the head with that promise.  “But you promised!” is a poor welcome back into relationship.

The Gatekeeper Asks:
Have you made a pledge or vow?  Have you promised to love forever and did you have any idea what you were promising?  Is it now much harder to maintain that love?

Are you willing to honor your promise and do the work of reawakening the love that first inspired the promise?  How can you make love sustainable?

Yes, the ring is a promise, but it may not be the promise it first seemed to be.  Rather than the promise to love someone forever, perhaps it’s the promise to bring yourself back to love, again and again, as many times as is necessary for love to reawaken and flourish.

For more about Inanna’s journey and what happened at the other gates, look at Venus Retrograde: Descent Into Love’s Darkness.  I’ll post about the sixth gate in about a week.

We’re in the middle of a Venus retrograde period, lasting from March 6th to April 17th.  Today is the day in Venus’ backwards journey that she conjuncts the Sun.  The Sun sheds light into the dark corners and brings illumination to Venus’s domain, which is the domain of relationships.

Have you been struggling in your relationship, lost in the dark and seeking to restore intimacy that was lost?  Today look for special insight.  It could arise spontaneously from within or it could come from conversation with other people.  Look for a new understanding that reframes your relationship or how you behave in it.  This insight could come anytime between March 25th and 29th.

Inanna’s journey may not be completely over, but perhaps today she has gained a renewed sense of purpose which can carry her the rest of the way.

For background on Venus retrograde and Inanna’s descent to the underworld in search of her lost love, read Venus Retrograde: Descent Into Love’s Darkness.  And for the fifth gate, look here.

From March 6th through April 17th, Venus is traveling retrograde (i.e. backwards) through our skies.  The Venus retrograde period is a time for reevaluating your relationships and your capacity for love.  While Venus is retrograde, notice the places where you are drawn into your relationships’ darkness and notice the ways you might find increased intimacy there.

The retrograde journey of Venus is depicted in the Mesopotamian tale of the descent of Inanna into the underworld.  It is the story of a journey into the dark places in relationship, an attempt to recover lost love.  During her descent, Inanna was stopped seven times, at seven gates.  Each time, she had to remove one item from her person and leave it behind so she could go on.  Any or all of these items might have symbolic meaning for your explorations during this Venus retrograde period.

At The Fourth Gate, the Gatekeeper Demands the Gems Inanna Wears on Her Breast
Inanna’s gems represent decoration, charm and distraction.  They draw attention to Inanna’s feminine assets.  They sparkle and delight the eye, as if to say “but look how cute I am!”  The gems are a way to seduce and persuade instead of really relating.  They are a distraction from what is really going on.

When you feel you are losing a battle, do you switch tactics to seduction or enticement?  Do you need to look good in front of your partner?  The gems are distracting decorations that draw attention to your good parts rather than your flaws.  What might happen if you stopped trying to look good—to your partner or to anyone?

The Gatekeeper Asks:
Are you willing to let go of looking good?  Are you willing to let all of yourself be seen, not just the attractive parts?

By extension, do you need your relationship to look good in front of others?  Are you more focused on surface or substance?

Put the gems down.  Leave them at this gate.  Looking good no longer matters.

For more about Inanna’s journey and what happened at the other gates, look at Venus Retrograde: Descent Into Love’s Darkness.  The next phase in Inanna’s journey is Relationship Epiphany Day.

From March 6th through April 17th, Venus is traveling retrograde (i.e. backwards) through our skies.  The Venus retrograde period is a time for reevaluating your relationships and your capacity for love.  While Venus is retrograde, notice the places where you are drawn into your relationships’ darkness and notice the ways you might find increased intimacy there.

The retrograde journey of Venus is depicted in the Mesopotamian tale of the descent of Inanna into the underworld.  It is the story of a journey into the dark places in relationship, an attempt to recover lost love.  During her descent, Inanna was stopped seven times, at seven gates.  Each time, she had to remove one item from her person and leave it behind so she could go on.  Any or all of these items might have symbolic meaning for your explorations during this Venus retrograde period.

At The Third Gate, the Gatekeeper Demands Inanna’s Necklace
A necklace covers the throat, which symbolizes Inanna’s voice.  A person’s voice is at once an aspect of her selfhood and a medium for connecting with others.  To have a voice in a matter is to speak your mind truly, honestly and completely, leaving nothing out.  However, to connect with others, you must modulate your voice, soften it and consider the other’s point of view when you speak, so that your words can be heard.  You must also be prepared to listen, because communication is not just speaking—it is also hearing.

Inanna’s necklace covers her voice, thus muting her message.  She might well be using the necklace to sweeten her voice, to persuade and manipulate and avoid speaking her truth.  Or she may be using her words as weapons to sting and hurt.  Either way, the necklace is in the way of her truth and the Gatekeeper says it must go.  And if Inanna is struggling to speak, then chances are good she is having trouble hearing too.

The Gatekeeper Asks: 
Would you rather speak charming words than tell the truth?  Do you habitually decorate your communication so that you can persuade without conflict?  Have you gotten comfortable withholding the truth—do you need to speak what you have been holding back?  Are you ready now to say all that is in your heart and mind?  Put aside any anger at having to hold back, because to hold back has always been your own choice, not forced by your partner.  Your truth is your own responsibility.

When you speak, can you do it in a way that allows your truth to be truly heard by your partner?  Are you listening to your partner’s voice?  Do both of you have as much say as you need to have in the matter?

Communication is love and withheld communication is withheld love.  Talk it all out, uncover every stone to reveal every unsaid thought, but don’t stop at revealing what’s painful, dark and ugly.  Persist beyond that to the heart of the matter.  Something beautiful is buried underneath all those unspoken words.  When you are ready to confess (out loud) that all your defenses are powerless in the face of real, authentic love, then you have truly taken the necklace off.

For more about Inanna’s journey and what happened at the other gates, look at Venus Retrograde: Descent Into Love’s Darkness.  I’ll post about the fourth gate in about a week.

Why Are Pisceans Chameleons?
Neptune types* have the tendency to be chameleons, to “match energies” with others, or become what others expect or want them to be.  This enables them to blend in anywhere they want to.  A Piscean can be the life of the party or fade into the woodwork, as they choose, and may appear very differently to others from one meeting to another.

What makes a child of Neptune this way?  Pisceans are impressionable and, being water, will reflect or show the shape of whomever they are around.  When a Piscean is young, this trait can be out of control, so that the Piscean has very little sense of himself as an individual.  When he is with others, he is discovering the parts of himself that match the people he is around.  When he is alone, he may not be sure who he is at all.

Late-Blooming Pisces
As a Piscean matures, she will find that her choice of companions is crucial to her identity cohesion and self-esteem.  If she’s smart, she’ll choose companions that are good for her, that bring her a truer sense of herself, rather than pulling her in too many conflicting directions.  This is inherently a challenge for a Pisces, since she feels like she could be anyone.  As she ages further, she will discover that she really is someone unto herself, and she finds the solid core of herself to identify with, be and express.  But this takes time.  It starts coming together really well only after age 40.  And if by then too many escapist habits are in place, it may never happen at all.

Neptune is a profound god to bow to and requires much of his children.  His teachings take time and experience to unfold.  Neptune’s natives need time to mature and are late bloomers.  This is normal and natural for them.  Their peak will be in midlife.

Why It’s Actually A Good Thing
The upside of the Piscean impressionability is that Pisceans are naturally expert in establishing rapport.  They do this by intuiting another person’s behavior-, thought- and feeling-patterns and then matching those patterns.  This makes for brilliant therapists and healers, great coaches and teachers and absolutely stunning actors.  Pisces takes mimicry one step further and can actually, for a time, become the person they are imitating.  How do they do it?

A Pisces type will bring to the fore whatever part of himself matches whoever he is talking to and deemphasize parts of himself that don’t match.  In doing so, he can take the form of an ideal person the other is dreaming of.  A Piscean usually doesn’t realize he is doing this and frequently his motivation, at least initially, is enthusiasm for the other person.  Another part of his motivation is to avoid the other person’s judgment and to enjoy and share the pleasurable feeling of merging with another by understanding them from the inside.  This creates rapport and engenders trust in the other person, because the Piscean is willing to walk a mile in their moccasins and in fact may already be doing so without being asked.

Loss Of Self And Its Repurcussions
Unfortunately, this is exactly the way a Pisces person can lose themselves in others.  Taken too far, this matching and merging creates a false sense of connection.  The connection is false because it is based on a temporary arrangement of personality parts, and will often result in a backlash when the Pisces (belatedly) discovers they feel stretched out of shape and decides they’ve had enough.  Then the Pisces will snap back, sometimes strongly, angrily asserting their selfhood and boundaries, not realizing they at least partially caused the problem.  On other occasions, the Piscean withdrawal is gentle, a mere fading away that is not noticed until it is complete.

This causes unexpected casualties.  To a person who has been relating with a Piscean, the whole process can feel as if he is standing on the beach and the Piscean is a large, seemingly gentle wave which flowed up and over them, sending runnels into every corner, crack and crevice of their personality and filling them up.  That person who is experiencing Piscean rapport, understanding and compassion may feel seen and understood in a deeper way than ever before in their life.  Because the process of Piscean merging is so gradual and so unspoken, it’s easy for that person to take the Pisces for granted.  When the Piscean pulls away, it can leave the other person feeling bereft and tugged strongly off-center.  The Piscean may perceive this and feel sad but also feel that there is nothing they can do about it while still maintaining their own center.

Many Pisceans hurt the people closest to them with this vague, gentle way of merging and then floating away, leaving a trail of disillusioned lovers behind them.  It happens a lot in youth, and then Pisceans figure out what they are doing and stop, or at least do it less.

Live Consciously And Choose Your Companions Wisely
Certainly it is hard to be a Piscean, but that’s no reason to be a victim of your own nature.  Being aware of these tendencies is half the battle.  The other half is to be responsible in how you handle your connections with other people.  Go into each situation knowing that you’re a chameleon and be ready to show more of yourself, not just the parts you think others will like, approve of and resonate with.  It is uncomfortable to hold to your center against the tide of other people’s disapproval and disappointment, but it is a skill necessary for building identity and becoming a coherent self.

Choose companions you want to become more like and allow your friendships to shape you into the person you choose to be.  Along the way you will learn to be that person, and to be relaxed, unapologetic and unafraid about it.  You will never lose your ability to gain rapport with others, but the day will come when you no longer do it unconsciously or compulsively, but do it out of choice from a calm, centered self.  On that day, instead of being a little boat tossed on the ocean, you will at last be the ocean, with all its power and vast beauty.
_____
* Neptune types are people who feel Piscean because they have Neptune, Pisces’ ruler, placed strongly in their chart.  You don’t have to be an actual Pisces (sun sign) to feel like one.

Find out more about getting a reading
Or see what kinds of readings are available. 

Birthday Gift for you: 
If your birthday is approaching or recent 
and you want an empowering look at the year ahead, click to
schedule a 
Birthday Reading and receive a free gift with it.

From March 6th through April 17th, Venus is traveling retrograde (i.e. backwards) through our skies.  The Venus retrograde period is a time for reevaluating your relationships and your capacity for love.  While Venus is retrograde, notice the places where you are drawn into your relationships’ darkness and notice the ways you might find increased intimacy there.

The retrograde journey of Venus is depicted in the Mesopotamian tale of the descent of Inanna into the underworld.  It is the story of a journey into the dark places in relationship, an attempt to recover lost love.  During her descent, Inanna was stopped seven times, at seven gates.  Each time, she had to remove one item from her person and leave it behind so she could go on.  Any or all of these items might have symbolic meaning for your explorations during this Venus retrograde period.

At The Second Gate, the Gatekeeper Demands Inanna’s Scepter
A scepter symbolizes force and the willingness to use it.  A scepter is a threat, a way to control behavior.

Most people who bother to be in a relationship want it to continue and almost everybody feels a fear of abandonment, however well concealed it might be.  If a relationship is seen as a contract to stay together and bond, then a threat of withdrawing love, attention or compassion is a powerful one.

This kind of threat is most effective when it is hidden; when seen in the light of day, it is clear what it is—a way to control.  But a loving relationship is no place for coercion, whether obvious or veiled.

The Gatekeeper Asks: 
What threat are you secretly holding over the head of your lover?  Are you eagerly planning to withdraw something (love, support, nurturance, attention) if they don’t give in to what you want?  Have you figured out what they prize most about the relationship, in anticipation of someday needing such a withdrawal?

To the one who is holding the scepter, the lover looks like an enemy and holding out a threat seems necessary, perhaps even for the survival of the relationship.  But what if fear itself is the real enemy, dividing you from this precious person that you love and don’t happen to always agree with?  What if letting go of control had nothing to do with the survival of yourself or of your relationship?

Can you let the threat go?  Are you ready to acknowledge that you have absolutely no control over what your partner does, not really, and that you never have?  Do not try to sneak past this gate—you cannot pretend to let go of control.  You have to actually do it.

Remember Where You Are
At this point, we’re deep into the underworld and it’s not a game anymore.  These feelings and thoughts are very uncomfortable to look at.  Congratulations for doing it.  This examining of the dark corners of how you conduct your relationships is the very work that will re-infuse your relationship with life after the dark period is past.

For more about Inanna’s journey and what happened at the other gates, look at Venus Retrograde: Descent Into Love’s Darkness.  I’ll post about the third gate in about a week.

From March 6th through April 17th, Venus is traveling retrograde (i.e. backwards) through our skies.  The Venus retrograde period is a time for reevaluating your relationships and your capacity for love.  While Venus is retrograde, notice the places where you are drawn into your relationships’ darkness and notice the ways you might find increased intimacy there.

The retrograde journey of Venus is depicted in the Mesopotamian tale of the descent of Inanna into the underworld.  It is the story of a journey into the dark places in relationship, an attempt to recover lost love.  During her descent, Inanna was stopped seven times, at seven gates.  Each time, she had to remove one item from her person and leave it behind so she could go on.  Any or all of these items might have symbolic meaning for your explorations during this Venus retrograde period.

At The First Gate, the Gatekeeper Demands Inanna’s Crown
A crown symbolizes wisdom, age and status.  Inanna’s crown is the emblem of her queenhood.  In giving up her crown, she must give up her superior position.  She must acknowledge that to be queen in someone’s heart is a privilege that is earned, not a right to be expected.  She must also acknowledge that nobility obligates her to be generous and kind.  Using her status to win relationship arguments is contrary to her goal of intimacy.  Why would anyone allow someone with such arrogance and superiority into their deep, dark underworld?  She must let go of being right and this is only the beginning of what she must let go.

The Gatekeeper Asks: 
Are there places in your relationships where you are prevented from intimacy by your own superiority?  Do you cling to a superior position, rather than let yourself be on the same level as the one you love?  Would you rather be right than close?  Does it feel that you cannot be both and must choose between them?  Leave the crown at this gate and you’ll take one more step on the journey to real intimacy, by leveling with your partner.

For more about Inanna’s journey and what happened at the other gates, look at Venus Retrograde: Descent Into Love’s Darkness.  I’ll post about the second gate in about a week.

Few things explain the dualities and contradictions inherent in the Pisces nature like the story of the Two Fish.

Tale of the Two Fish
Once upon a time, there were two fish.  Perhaps they were brothers, perhaps they were even twins, but for whatever reason, these fish were linked.  There was a cord running from the mouth of one fish to the mouth of the other.  Neither could go far without his brother accompanying him.

One of these fish was visionary.  He spent his days gazing upstream into the realms of future possibility.  Occasionally he spotted beautiful castles that he wanted to occupy, communities of fish he wanted to join, and dreamed of himself as central and chief among the forces of good in the future.  One day he became so inspired that he took off and began swimming upstream, against the strong current.

The other fish was lazy.  He liked comfort and he indulged the dreaming of the first fish as long as it felt good, but had no interest in doing the work necessary to actually build that beautiful castle or go out and meet those interesting fish or become even the tiniest bit of his potential.  He preferred to stick his head deep into the mud, seeking food and avoiding the light of day.

The activity and struggle of the first fish was disturbing to the second fish.  “What on earth are you doing?” asked Fish Two.  “I’ve seen something tremendous,” said Fish One, “and I must swim towards it.”  “But it’s so much work!” said Fish Two, “I’d rather stay here.  Fantasy was better than reality.”  The two could not agree and that would have been fine, except that they were linked, like two parts of a single person.

The fish needed a resolution to this problem, so they swam to visit the Wise Old Sturgeon.  “Ah yes,” he said, “I have seen this before.  Can’t get anything done and can’t rest either, can you?  I know what you need.”  He then whispered Piscean secrets into their ears.

Here is what the Sturgeon said:
Acknowledge that the urge to stagnate is within you.  Greet your lazy side and welcome it.  Give it a nod and a wink.  If you don’t, you will never attain the life you dream of.  Get plenty of rest, relaxation and time for doing nothing in particular.  Now you’ve fed the second fish, which is important, because if you don’t, he will thwart you.

Then, feed the first fish.  Feed him on dreams, fantasies and beautiful imaginative creations.  Let yourself daydream at least a little each day, on purpose.  For what is a Pisces without their dreams?  And in each dream, look for the seed in the center of it that is doable.  Because the first fish demands that you move toward your visions of the ideal and that you participate in them, you must live them out in some way.  If you find that seed and grow it, then your dreams do not have to take you away from the world you share with other people, away into escape.  Instead, you bring your dreams into the world and make it a better place for yourself and everyone.  This is the ultimate way to fill the Pisces soul with satisfaction and happiness.

Find out more about getting a reading
Or see what kinds of readings are available. 

Birthday Gift for you: 
If your birthday is approaching or recent 
and you want an empowering look at the year ahead, click to
schedule a 
Birthday Reading and receive a free gift with it.

Astrology blogger since 2007

A Playground Brawl: August 2017’s Solar Eclipse

The Sun and the Moon will meet in the sign of Leo and will form a trine with Ura

August 21, 2017 read more

The King vs. the People: August 2017’s Lunar Eclipse

The Lunar Eclipse on August 7 features the Moon in Aquarius, with Mars in Leo br

August 9, 2017 read more

READ OUR YELP REVIEWS

Sign up for Pandora newsletter