As I mentioned in last week's post, Neptune dominated the Republican convention, but Saturn ruled the Democratic one. The inception chart for the DNC had 20 degrees of Capricorn rising, with ruler Saturn exalted in Libra, square to Venus in Cancer in the 7th house of public image. Venus was in mutual reception with the Taurus Moon oppose the Midheaven, which means that women and women’s issues also are a strong focus in this chart (reflected in the attention given during the convention to Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Sandra Fluke and women’s rights).
Saturn is the planet of governance, stability, practicality and tradition. It rules Capricorn, and also is the traditional ruler of Aquarius. It is the archetypal “Father Time” (which fits right in with the message of “we need more time” that was repeated by both former President Clinton and President Obama). In traditional astrology, Saturn is seen as a “malific”, planet, one that brings “bad luck and trouble”. Certainly it can bring restriction, inhibition, difficulty, delays, and disappointments. But above all, Saturn is the Teacher. It is not inherently malific, it simply delineates and holds the boundaries and limitations of time and space. It defines the arena within which physical existence is created from the matrix of universal Consciousness. Like any good teacher, Saturn challenges, but it also rewards, and can bring lasting gains — advancement built on a solid foundation, recognition for work well done, and the paradoxical freedom that comes only after you learn to function skillfully within limitations.
Michelle Obama has a Capricorn Sun in her natal chart, and possibly an Aquarian Moon, though we don’t know her birth time. (We astrologers want to see Michelle’s birth certificate!) Saturn is at home in Aquarius, widely conjunct Venus, and there is probably a conjunction between her Moon and Venus, whether that Moon is in Aquarius or Pisces. So, at least four, probably five, planets in her chart, including her Sun and Saturn itself, are in signs ruled by Saturn. The First Lady’s progress through life has been notably Saturnian in its accomplishments. She had a solid, conservative upbringing, and a sterling academic career beginning in high school, through Princeton, to the J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her career in the public sector and academic administration also reflected Saturnian goals and accomplishments.
Her speech at the DNC on the opening night was a “grand slam” to quote CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (and if there was rather more fuss about her dress than about any male politician’s clothing, well, to my mind that says as much about just how snoringly dull men’s clothing is as it does about holding women to a different standard). Anyway, transiting Venus ruled the event chart of the speech (Taurus was rising when she began speaking), opposing her Capricorn Sun, while transiting Neptune conjuncted her natal Venus — both aspects refer to beauty, glamour and being in the spotlight, and also highlight women’s issues.
Transiting Saturn was exactly square her natal Sun, which reinforces my point about Saturn bringing rewards to those who learn its lessons. Saturn to the Sun, even in a challenging aspect like a square, can bring recognition and acclaim as often as it brings censure or rejection. Its gifts are not random, though. They are bestowed on those who, like the First Lady, have made the effort and done the work. Nonetheless, a square of Saturn to the Sun is always a challenging aspect in one way or another, and it’s an easy guess that she is under no small amount of stress at the moment.