Future Trends for the Bush Administration
Notes – and more on Neptune in Aquarius
- Personal Note to Readers
- List of Charts
- Notes on Technique
- Neptune and Aquarius
I first looked at this chart back at the time of the election debacle, when, perhaps like many other astrologers, I was having a difficult time picking a clear winner between Bush and Gore; because in many important respects they're astrological twins (same Ascendant, same Midheaven). In the end I had to concede that Bush would carry the day because his Cancer Sun conjuncts the nation's Sun, and it is aspected by both the ruler and exalted ruler of Cancer, namely, Moon and Jupiter, and because he had more favourable secondary progressions. Even so, this seemed more like fate than victory.
Anyway, at the time I realised that it didn't really matter who 'won' the election because I could get a good idea what the next President's administration would be like by looking at the inauguration chart...perhaps write something definitive about that. But one look at the chart filled me with a sense of dread. I put it away, said to myself "the world is going to pot", and obstinately (as is my nature) refused to follow current affairs, stopped reading about astrology, stopped doing astrology (except for routine work), and hoped it would all go away.
Well, as the events of the last few weeks show, the potential of this chart is actually coming to pass. Now I can throw my hat into the ring as a commentator instead of as an harbinger of doom...but in either case, as I now realise, I shouldn't worry about such things because, after all, who takes any notice of this stuff anyway?
The interpretations in this article are my own. I have not read any of the what by now must be many thousands of pronouncements on this topic by other astrologers. Theoretically, if they are using the same charts they should be saying much the same thing as me despite the fact that I employ some different techniques in reading the charts. Finally, the attitudes and opinions expressed in the article, (and any errors or omissions) also are my own and in no way reflect those of Astrology on the Web or the other practitioners connected to this site.
List of Charts|
Bush Inauguration: Jan 20 2001, Noon EST, Washington D.C., 38N54 77W02
USA Government: Nov 15 1777, Noon LMT, York PA, 39N58 76W44
USA (Silby Chart): Jul 4 1776, 05:10 PM LMT, Philadelphia PA, 39N57 75W10
George W. Bush: Jul 6 1946, 07:26 AM EDT, New Haven CT, 41N07 72W56
Modern Iraq: Jul 14 1958, 05:30 AM BAT, Baghdad Iraq, 33N20 44E26
Stars & Stripes: Jun 14 1777, 4:35:02 AM LMT, York PA
US Federal Reserve: Dec 23 1913, 6:02 PM EST, Washington D.C.
Attack on Pentagon: Sep 11 2001, 09:30 AM EDT, Washington D.C.
Attack on Pearl Harbour: Dec 7 1941, 07:09:52 AM LMT, Washington D.C.
Saturn/Uranus: Feb 13 1988, 00:49 GMT, Washington D.C.
Saturn/Pluto: Nov 8 1982, 01:51 GMT, Washington D.C.
June Solar Eclipse: Jun 21 2001, 12:04 GMT, Washington D.C.
December Solar Eclipse: Dec 14 2001, 20:52 GMT, Washington D.C.
1999 Solar Eclipse: Aug 11 1999, 2:18:32 PM 3E, Izmit Turkey, 40N45 29E52
Notes on Technique
Technically my approach is a mix of traditional and modern – while the charts are presented in the modern format, using the Koch house system, my interpretations are informed by the traditional whole-sign house approach. This may be a little confusing for some readers, but basically it means is that the signs ARE the houses. The sign rising is the 1st House, regardless of what degree is on the Ascendant. As such, any planets in the rising sign are 1st House planets regardless of whether they appear to be located in the 12th House of the modern chart. The other main difference with this approach is that the Midheaven is not the cusp of the 10th House, rather, as a power point representative of the chart's worldly concerns, it can fall in the 9th, 10th, or 11th sign/house.
The upshot of this approach is that the cusps, if they are to be used at all, are seen not as division markers between houses, but as power points within whole-sign houses. Of course, the really significant difference of this approach comes out in the reading of house rulerships; for instance, the ruler of the Midheaven will not necessarily be the same as the ruler of the 10th House.
I also favour traditional orbs and give precedence to traditional rulerships over modern co-rulers of Scorpio, Aquarius, and Pisces, but don't discount the powerful influence of the latter (experience and logic says one can't afford to ignore the long-term, universal, influence of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto upon mass-consciousness of the modern world). Fixed stars are used where appropriate although, except for the most malefic of these like Algol, I favour their use only when they are visible in the night sky for the place and time of year under consideration. Finally, while I can't offer any reasonable argument for using asteroids, they too seem to 'work' in that they add additional rather than critical information. Nonetheless, Chiron figures prominently in most mundane charts since its discovery back in the 70's, so this asteroid is included in my interpretations as a matter of course.
Neptune and Neptune in Aquarius
The principle of Neptune is the dissolution of boundaries, as such it represents any energy or any person or any state of mind which does this.
High Neptunian states of mind include: receptivity, inspiration, spirituality. People operating at this level will display: sympathetic understanding, charity, and self-sacrifice. The lowest include: impressionability, delusion, illusion. People operating at this level will display: confusion, deception, and paranoia.
Neptunian events are usually chaotic in nature and often bring misery, grief, and bereavement in their wake.
A strong Neptune influence makes people prone to victimisation, either through their own actions and/or the actions of others, that is, through: intoxication, self-undoing, suicide, or through, sedition, fraud, embezzlement, or bankruptcy.
In terms of social activity, Neptune rules: secrets, confidential matters, secret worries, work done in seclusion or in private, hidden things (the occult), imprisonment, and confinement.
People ruled by Neptune: film actors, poets, dancers, ballet, photographers, mysterious persons, surrogates, spiritual counsellors, mediums, those who tend the sick or mentally ill, those who work with criminals or confined persons, those who work with liquids, drug addicts, alcoholics, slaves, orphans, frauds and spies.
Other energies and things of a Neptunian nature are: chaos, nebulousness, fading, diffusion, entropy, decay, merging and fusing, anything artificial, substitutes, fog, mist, the oceans, ships, gas, oil, liquids, chemicals, solvents, poisons, drugs. (Adapted from Louis, 1991: 421)
Possible Negative and Positive Effects of Neptune in Aquarius
Neptune fully entered the Saturn/Uranus ruled fixed air sign of Aquarius in late November 1998, and by the time of Bush's inauguration it was at 6° Aquarius. While Neptune in Aquarius energy was forcefully unleashed by the great eclipse of August 1999, this energy was already manifesting in general cultural trends from late 1998, for example: angels (winged spirits) appearing as a common motif on cards, wrapping paper, and prints; the burgeoning popularity of Feng Shui (the spiritually ordered arrangement of space); a slew of movies on 'supernatural' and 'what if' themes, and so forth.
At the level of the individual, Neptune in Aquarius represents people who have a negative or contrary view of life. So it represents those people who are easily swayed by others, as well as those insincere types who prey upon such people. Neptune in Aquarius brings about a clouding of consciousness, foggy thinking, (such that impressionable people are easily seduced by untenable utopian or spiritual ideals) and unrealistic goals, or the fraudulent schemes — perpetrated by criminals, tricksters or those of doubtful character. Spies who work under assumed identities are prime Neptunian examples of the latter.
At a social level, Neptune in Aquarius can represent the weakening or actual dissolution or death of loosely affiliated groups of people; like a suburban neighbourhood or a group of tourists or commuters, especially those travelling by air or sea.
It can also be an indication of some deception, fraud, or trickery that affects a whole community or nation, and which results in a large segment of the population feeling disengaged from their society and its leaders. Corporate bankruptcies and dubious election 'victories' are good examples of this effect.
More abstractly, it can stand for the undermining of lofty humanitarian ideals or new, innovative schemes and of any enterprise which is founded on such ideals and schemes. Concretely it can represent chaotic conditions in public corporations and modern technology, especially those involving the supply of electricity, the electronic communication of thoughts and ideas (telecommunications and computers in general, and the internet in particular) and air and sea travel. We've already seen problems with electricity supply in California, the ridiculously over inflated dot-com boom and subsequent bust, and the advent of more virulent computer viruses. Continuing outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (an airborne virus) are another example.
Neptune in Aquarius is also an indicator of inclement weather where both wind and water are involved, eg., cyclones. Of course, with Uranus also in Aquarius, we'd see sudden and catastrophic upsets in all these areas when both Uranus and Neptune are activated by transit. Note that Uranus and Neptune are often linked to revolutionary and idealistic movements or beliefs, while the pairing of Uranus and Neptune represents "the elimination of waking consciousness".
This was so at the lunar eclipse on August 8 1998 when two US Embassies in East Africa were bombed. At the time of the bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam the Moon was midway between retrograde Uranus and retrograde Neptune in Aquarius, while all three planets squared Saturn in Taurus. With the Moon activating this pair and bringing Saturn into the combination we saw, in keeping with the symbolism of this combination: shady, misguided religious fanatics perpetrating sudden attacks in a foreign country, and against foreigners, with the intention of destroying buildings in order to inflict painful losses on large numbers of people
More positively, Neptune in Aquarius will move some people to selfless service, or self-sacrifice, on behalf of their fellows and those who have been victimised. So, while Neptune's stay in Aquarius will be characterised by tragic events in which groups of people suffer, such events can serve to unify a community or nation by bringing about an widespread outpouring of sensitivity, compassion, and/or spirituality in response to that suffering.
At the political level we'll see examples of the idealisation of the Aquarian principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, yet at the same time there will be a consensus of opinion that it is necessary to curtail certain rights and freedoms of the individual.