The Astrology of Barack Obama

Barack Obama has his Ascendant in Aquarius. Indeed, he is often described as “too cool”, and lacking in emotion. Aquarius Ascendants are emotionally detached, intellectual, friendly, and skilled at the art of debate. They have the ability to be both friendly and aloof. The fact that he can remain objective and doesn’t let his emotions get the best of him helps him tremendously when it comes to debating.

Obama has his natal Uranus (in Leo), and Mars and Pluto (in Virgo) in his 7th house or partnerships and open enemies. The people he attracts are usually independent and intellectual (Uranus), intense/controlling/transformational (Pluto), and/or aggressive (Mars). While his relationships are intense and passionate, they are also unique and allow for both partners to retain their sense of independence. In addition, Uranus rules his chart (since his Ascendant is in Aquarius), so having this planet in his 7th reinforces the fact that he is partnership oriented and might define himself through his relationships. Also, Uranus in this house would suggest a love for all of humanity and treating others as equals, regardless of social status, race, looks, etc..

Obama’s Sun and Mercury are in his 6th house, in the sign, Leo. Solar Lions are known for their charisma and natural ability to lead. They are inspiring people, and seek to improve the world around them. With Mercury in this sign as well, Obama speaks with authority, and his words attract attention. Mercury in Leo individuals are great motivational speakers. Obama is direct and straight to the point, while at the same time charming and intriguing. With his Sun and Mercury in the 6th house, Obama is a workaholic. He has a strong need to be productive, and is “service” oriented. He is a dependable, helpful person with a strong work-ethic. With Mercury and the Sun in this house, he might have nervous tension and anxiety- no wonder he smoked!

Obama’s Venus is in Cancer in his fifth, which indicates a love of fun, romance, and game-playing. Indeed, during his presidency, he was known to have taken in quite a few basketball games and made several trips to the golf course! This placement also indicates having beautiful daughters, of which he has two!

Obama’s Moon is conjunct his IC in the 4th house. He has strong ties to his family and his roots, and needs a secure home to come home to after a long day. His relationship with his mother is especially important to him. Obama’s Moon is in Gemini. Lunar Geminians are quick-witted and emotionally detached. These people are fact collectors, and are curious about the world around them. They have the uncanny ability of being able to tell what other people want to hear. This placement suggests he is an excellent debater, as he is mentally alert and quick-witted.

Obama’s Jupiter and Saturn conjunction are located in his 12th house. Having Jupiter in the 12th indicates Obama needs his alone time, and may keep his religious and spiritual views as private as possible. He has great faith in the future. This position also suggests the native has a “guardian angel”, watching over him and helping him through difficult periods. He loves humanity, and desires to help the unfortunate. Saturn in this house often indicates an absent father (his father was not a part of Obama’s life). It also indicates a need to serve the less fortunate.

These two planets in the 12th oppose Obama’s Mercury in the 6th house, which reinforces his need to feel helpful and be of service to others. The conflict here lies between the need to help others in contrast to the need for solitude. However, Obama’s planets are heavily concentrated in the right side of his chart, which indicates that his relationships with others are more important to him than his own needs.

Jupiter opposing his Mercury suggests he may be prone to exaggeration, while Saturn opposing his Mercury would indicate self-censoring when it comes to verbal expression. Jupiter and Saturn are opposite in many ways. While the Mercury-Saturn aspect indicates he chooses his words carefully and is careful about what he reveals to others, the Mercury-Jupiter opposition indicates he can be reckless in jumping to conclusions. This aspect can produce a see-saw effect between logical thinking and overly idealistic though processes. I see both in Obama; he is not always quick to answer, and he often “uhs” and “ahs” between words. At the same time, he is very idealistic and makes big plans and big promises.

If these two aspects weren’t enough, Neptune also squares his natal Mercury! His Neptune is located in his 9th house, which suggests an inclination towards travel, religion and higher education. He is very intuitive, as well as philosophical and prophetic. With the square to Mercury, Obama might find it hard to take a hard stance on anything. This aspect also indicates someone whose communication may have many pauses or digressions. This aspect tends to cloud logical thinking in favor of imagination and creativity. I suppose this is why he often uses a teleprompter! Nevertheless, this aspect indicates someone who is a great story-teller with a flair for drama. He has the ability to “read” people, without them having to say a thing.

In addition to squaring his Mercury, Obama’s 9th house Neptune also squares his natal Sun. This would add to Obama’s idealistic stance in government. He easily trusts people, and is sensitive to the suffering of others, which makes him susceptible to being taken advantage of. This aspect often denotes a distant or absent father figure, and the native having a glorified view of his father. People with this aspect often engage in self-destructive tendencies, but Obama’s chart has enough positive Saturn aspects to keep him in check.

Finally, Obama’s natal Chiron is located in his first house. You can usually pick out a 1st house Chiron person by observing if they have any scars on their face. There are a few unusual scars on Obama’s head, but I am unsure of their origin. Having Chiron in the 1st house also indicates someone who puts the needs of others ahead of his own. He is wonderful at giving others advice, yet has trouble following the same advice. This reinforces Obama’s desire to fight for the underdog and make the world a better place.


Barack Obama Natal Chart
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