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by Gary Brand - written June 23, 2004,
published in the July 2004 edition of Echo* newspaper,
with an addition written September 18, 2001

2001 Bush inauguration chart Chart of the 2001 Bush inauguration on January 20, 2001 at 12:03 PM EST (the time that he was actually sworn into office).
Once in a while, I have reason to review what I have written in my Echo* columns and, in doing so, I ran across the article I wrote on February 4, 2001 (that was published in the March 2001 issue of Echo), shortly after Bush's 2001-2004 term began and seven months before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  A few sentences were omitted to save space but they were not significant.  Comments or explanations added for this article are in brackets.  Otherwise, it is the verbatim interpretation I gave in February 2001 (except the last paragraph, which was written on September 18, 2001).

n astrology, we consider the inauguration of a president's term to be a "birth" and an astrological chart erected for that moment represents what that term will hold.  The zodiac sign on the eastern horizon and the portion of the sky we call the "first house" represent general conditions and the public's attitudes toward the administration.  Saturn and Jupiter are in the first house [of the inauguration chart].  Jupiter means expansion, prosperity, optimism, and overconfidence while Saturn means contraction, recession, pessimism, and cautiousness.  These two planets are opposites in nature so the public will be divided - favorable in the polls on one subject, unfavorable on another and variable in their attitudes over time.

It is no coincidence that inaugurations occur at high noon.  At this time of day, the Sun and Mercury are near the highest point in their daily arc and are usually in the portion of the sky astrologers call the tenth house.  This house represents the presidency, his administration and his reputation more than any other sector of the sky.  No doubt Benjamin Franklin had this in mind when he selected the astrological chart for George Washington's inauguration.  The Bush inauguration chart has the Sun, Mercury, Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius in the tenth house.  His administration will want to do some things differently but will rebel against pressure.  Mercury is conjunct Uranus in the tenth so he has drawn intelligent people around him.  The chart has Sun conjunct Neptune, symbolic of idealism, but it's also illusionary and secretive [italics added].  The Moon/Pluto conjunction square Venus and Mars in Scorpio means they will attempt to keep a lot of their actions away from public scrutiny but with all but two planets above the horizon, we will find out anyway.

Mars in this inauguration chart is very powerful.  It represents the armed forces, aggression and is the planet of war and strife [italics added].  Unfortunately for the country, it was on the western horizon - the point in the chart symbolic of international relations, disputes and treaties.  This is a contentious placement and signals a military build-up.  It also symbolizes an intolerance of opposition, whether domestic or from abroad.  Mars is square Mercury and Uranus indicating a strong tendency to take surprising or independent actions and to argue.

[The following was published in the October 2001 issue of Echo and was written on September 18, 2001, one week after September 11].  In the U.S. birth chart (July 4, 1776), transiting Saturn will conjoin U.S. Uranus so over the coming months we will likely see a radical decline in air travel (Uranus) and the sacrifice of some our individual freedoms (Uranus) on the alter of fear (Saturn), in the name of national security (Saturn).  [The grossly misnamed "Patriot Act" was passed shortly after this was written.]  In June-July 2002, Saturn will transit U.S. Mars.  In addition, the solar eclipse on December 14 [2001] is opposite U.S. Mars, a classic symbol of warfare or attacks and of impulsive actions.  If the U.S. government chooses war (Mars), loss of life and suffering (Saturn) will be great and will likely leave this country with more frustration (Saturn/Mars) and anguish than vindication (Mars).  What can we do as individuals?  Help those who have been victimized by terrorism in this country and abroad.  Pray for and work toward peace in the Middle East.  Pray that the leaders of this government and other nations carefully and deliberately avoid inflicting pain and suffering on innocent victims in the process of bringing those responsible for terrorism to justice.  [Elect John Kerry as President].

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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