Starfire by Mary O'Gara, Ph.D., D.D.

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“There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.”
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Mary O'Gara

Mary O’Gara is a financial astrologer and certified life/creativity coach who work with writers, artists and small business owners. Location and relocation questions are an important part of her work with small businesses. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, and consults internationally by phone and teleconference.




Starfire - February 2017
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February 2017 - Behind the Scenes: The Presidency without Politics
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Behind the Scenes: The Presidency without Politics

Americans inaugurate a new president every four years. The inauguration schedule is tied to our Constitution and its 20th amendment.

Since 1933, presidents have been inaugurated at noon on January 20th. (Before 1933, inauguration day was March 4th. The original constitution (signed in 1787 and ratified in 1788) designated March 4th 1789 as the first day in which our country was governed under the new Constitution. ).

The Inauguration chart is determined by the Constitution and is timed by constitutional edicts, not by the personalities of the presidential candidates or the political parties. It’s our closest look behind the scenes at trends and events that would arise no matter who was President.

Why does it matter? Presidents and parties often claim credit for situations that would come to fruition in the natural course of events. We remember periods of time as the Obama presidency or “when Kennedy was president”, but those time periods had their own energy underlying and supporting or undermining presidential efforts.

The chart shows the president and executive branch of government in the 10th house, with 26 Capricorn 13 on the cusp. Congress (both houses) is shown by the 11th house with 28 Aquarius on the cusp, and the judiciary is shown by the 9th house with 6 Capricorn 03 on the cusp. (The 9th and 10th houses have their cusps in the same sign and are tied together in some significant way during this presidency.)

When a series of charts (such as the inaugurations) are set for the same day, time and place (with only the year changing), signs and houses become less important than planets. We have a critical degree (26 Capricorn) on the midheaven, but this is neither the first nor the last presidency to work through crises.

Notice that the real power in this chart is in the 11th house. Speeches and tweets aside, Congress holds the real power. Congress’s 11th house is ruled by Uranus (surprises in institutions, probably in this case surprises in closed door negotiations); its co-ruler is Saturn, restricting money in the 8th house. The best way to follow real power in Washington during the next four years is to follow the funding; the president can decree, but decrees are frequently empty promises until Congress provides the funding.

The 11th house is also the house with the most activity. Think of planets as verbs, doers and actions. Congress’s house has three planets–Neptune for idealism, Venus for money and Mars for (probably) contentions and war zones. Mars could also represent Congressional investigations because they penetrate the lack of clarity around matters of national concern.
The President has luck (the part of fortune) on his side–and the president always (by virtue of having the Sun in the 10th house) has the ability to lead from the heart in ways no other branch can rival. He may, however, find himself more dependent on Congress than his predecessor. Major projects like the wall between the United States and Mexico, overhauling the health system, and rebuilding the infrastructure are all heavily dependent on Congressional action.

If you’re looking for transformational change, look to the Supreme Court and the judiciary. Mercury in Capricorn suggests clear and business-favoring decrees while Pluto promises lasting changes, and perhaps unexpected social changes. Saturn, restriction and accountability, also rules the Supreme Court; expect well-defined but not necessarily sweeping decisions. This court will pick its battles.

Uranus in the 12th (and ruling Congress in the 11th house) confirms changes in health care–and Congress is especially likely to focus on ways to cut overall health care costs. It’s reasonable to expect cost reduction to be an important part of whatever new health plans Congress votes into law this year.

The best news, I think, is that Jupiter and the Moon in the 6th house suggest a government that’s going back to work. The triple rulership of Saturn and the fact that eight of the 10 planets are above the horizon both suggest a more transparent government than in some administrations (Yes, warts and all.) Jupiter and the Moon are in the house which is the 9th from the Midheaven, suggesting that the President will, in fact, work effectively with Congress overall. Not smoothly, but effectively. And effective is the promise and premise of Capricorn.

Mary O’Gara, Ph.D., D.D.