What happened to Obama in the debate??
One thing everyone can agree on is that Barack Obama is a powerful speaker with an exceptional command of the English language and a preacher-like ability to inspire the emotions. Yet he was universally declared the loser in the first presidential debate on October 3, 2012. So what happened? You can catch up on my astrological profile of Obama here in part I, and here in part II. With the Sun and Mercury in Leo, the sign of charisma and zest for life, Obama has a sunny disposition and a confident manner of speaking. Aquarius is rising in the chart, reflecting his famous detachment and “Spock”-like qualities. But the astrological factor being activated currently is that he is in his Chiron Return. Chiron is a small planet that was discovered in the late 1970s, and for some reason it, more than any of the other “minor” planets, has a powerful astrological effect. Chiron in the chart shows where we are wounded, and how deeply those wounds run. Planetary cycles involving Chiron will bring up those all wounds so that they can be re-experienced and released. In Obama’s chart, Chiron is very strongly placed: in the first house of personal identity (reflecting the wound to his sense of self) and squares the Moon (emotions, inner world). Chiron/Moon people are typically extremely sensitive emotionally and since Pluto is tied into the system as well (opposite Chiron and squaring the Moon), the process of identifying these old wounds and healing is a lifelong effort. At around age 51 we all experience the “Chiron Return,” which happens when Chiron returns to its place in the birthchart. This can be a time of incredible emotional release – it […]