Based on the recorded information obtained from his birth
certificate, Senator Obama’s birth details are as follows:
Senator Barack Obama
Birth Date: August 4, 1961
Birth Time: 7:24 PM (AHST)
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii (21.31 N; 157.8 W)
Senator McCain’s exact birth time is unavailable and is
therefore estimated to be about 9 AM (EST).
Senator John McCain
Birth Date: August 29, 1936
Birth Time: 9:00 AM (EST)
Birth Place: Cocosolo, Panama (9.385 N; 79.86
This analysis is based on the sidereal (fixed) zodiac
system and the method of interpretation is mostly according to Vedic astrology.
Senator Barack Obama
Senator Barack Obama was born under Capricorn ascendant
(rising sign). In his natal chart he has an exalted Taurus Moon in the fourth
house (the house of success, mother, home and family life), and Saturn, being in
Capricorn, rules the first house. However,
Saturn also occupies the twelfth house, the house of separation and migration,
and this is reflected in two facts: his fortune is not at the place of his birth but far away from
it, and in his childhood his family (his mother- the fourth house exalted Moon)
moved to Indonesia where he lived for few years. Jupiter joins Saturn in
Capricorn and the twelfth house. Being retrograde at the time of his birth,
Jupiter becomes exalted in Capricorn. The
brilliance of the exalted Jupiter is further strengthened by transmission of
Jupiter’s power of knowledge to the oratory Mercury in the sixth house.
The presence of both Jupiter and Saturn in the twelfth house provides
Senator Obama life experiences that transform him to a spiritual and
philosophical person later in his life. His two lovely daughters and his wife
Michelle are the manifestation of Venus in the fifth house (the house of
children) and the exalted Moon (the ruler of the 7th house – the
house of spouse) in the fourth house, respectively.
Obama’s Sidereal Natal Chart
backdrop of a wonderful family-oriented private and academic type of
personality, Senator Obama’s birth chart clearly shows a presence of another
force or undercurrent that propels him toward public life.
This force is the manifestation of four major planets in the seventh
house of his natal chart: Uranus, Rahu (North lunar node), Pluto, and Mars. All
four planets are malefic and occupy the sidereal zodiac sign Leo. Typically, malefic planets in the seventh house indicate
challenges when it comes to dealing with one’s superiors, one’s spouse, and
large groups of people (the “masses”).
However, within Senator Obama’s ninefold natal chart, all of these
planets occupy prominent and auspicious houses.
Obama’s Ninefold Natal Chart
This fact seems to
provide him with a creative energy to successfully overcome the usual challenges
associated with malefic planets in the seventh house.
In addition, Pluto occupies the first, Mars the fifth, Uranus the ninth,
and Rahu the tenth house in his ninefold natal chart.
Pluto is the planet of transformation and change. In Obama’s case, not
only has his personality been evolving, but this personality also serves as a
vehicle for Pluto’s transforming energy. This will manifest itself in the
transformation of society, nations, and the world.
Along with Pluto, the warrior Mars, and diplomatic and shrewd Uranus form
trines in the ninefold natal chart while the Karmic Rahu is positioned in the
tenth house to deliver the results for Pluto’s evolutionary transformation.
Also, note that his ninefold natal ascendant is Leo—the sign in which
all these planets reside in the seventh house of his natal chart. This is why
Senator Obama’s chart confirms that this man has the potential to become the
leader of the most powerful country in the world.
Based on the Senator McCain’s estimated birth time of
9:00 AM he was born under Virgo ascendant (rising sign). The ascendant ruler
Mercury in the twelfth house aspected by the sixth house ruler Saturn seems to
confirm his confinement experience as a POW during the Vietnam war.
The exalted Virgo Mercury makes him eternally optimistic. The placement
of the eleventh house Moon in the fourth house confirms that he is blessed with
a caring and loving mother, and she was responsible in shaping his life from his
early years. Uranus in the seventh and Mars in the tenth house in his natal
chart form a very challenging and powerful square. This square is responsible
for all the up and downs in his political and public life careers.
This square has also given him the strength to fight for worthy causes
for people (the seventh house). While Jupiter in the second house reflects his
birth in a well to do and large family with a happy childhood, the lunar nodes
forming squares with the Mercury in his natal chart sometimes manifests in the
awkwardness he has had when dealing with people.
McCain’s Sidereal Natal Chart
Both Mars and Pluto in the tenth house of his natal chart
mean the strong possibility of military service and a career in politics. The
fact that the Scorpio Rahu is in the third house --the house of courage,
adventure and achievement – and the third house ruler being Mars, makes him a
successful politician and a popular senator.
McCain’s Ninefold Natal Chart
Interestingly, Senator McCain and Senator Obama share the
same ninefold natal ascendant— Leo. Additional
similarities between the ninefold natal charts of both Senators include Pluto,
the planet of politics and transformation, in the ascendant, and Mars, the
planet of leadership, courage and independence in the fifth house.
But McCain’s pursuit of presidential power is reflected in a
Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the ninefold ascendant, and a Saturn-Rahu
conjunction in the ninefold eleventh house. As pointed out earlier, Pluto,
Uranus, Rahu, Mars, and Saturn are planets of politics and leaderships and they
are interrelated with each other either through conjunctions, trines, sextiles
or oppositions. McCain’s chart
confirms that he has a potential of becoming a leader of the most advanced and
powerful country in the world.
On the election day (November 4) evening the planets that
influence Senator Obama’s day (as highlighted in blue in the progressive chart
for that day) are: Uranus, Rahu, Moon and Jupiter. Note that in his natal
chart Moon trines Jupiter, and Uranus and Rahu conjunct with each other in the
seventh house of his natal chart. In his progressive chart for that day,
Uranus is in the seventh house, Rahu and Moon in the sixth house, and Jupiter in
the fifth house. In the corresponding ninefold progressive chart Uranus is in
the tenth, Jupiter in the fourth and Rahu in the twelfth.
Both Senator Obama
and Senator McCain’s Progressive Chart
planets for Mr. Obama are highlighted in Blue
those for Mr. McCain in Red)
Both Senator Obama and
Senator McCain’s Ninefold Progressive
planets for Mr. Obama are highlighted in Blue
those for Mr. McCain in Red)
Uranus represents a challenging situation for Senator
Obama on the election day as it makes an exact opposition to Saturn. But Rahu,
Jupiter and Moon are favorably placed for him that evening.
On the evening of election day (November 4) the planets
that influence Senator McCain’s day (as highlighted in red in the progressive
chart for that day) are: Pluto, Saturn, and Mars. In his progressive chart
for that day Pluto is in the fifth, Saturn is in the first and Mars is in the
third house. In the corresponding ninefold progressive chart Pluto is in the
tenth, Saturn in the fourth, and Mars in the eleventh house. Thus, while
Mars is favorably placed for him on the election day, Saturn in the first house
of his progressive chart and the opposition of Pluto and Saturn in the ninthfold
progressive chart certainly pose strong challenges for him to succeed.
The natal charts of each candidate are remarkably similar
in strength, but in a head-to-head comparison Senator Obama’s chart seems to
have a slight edge over that of Senator McCain's chart. This is because the
placement of Rahu and Uranus in their respective ninefold natal charts favors
When comparing their progressive charts on election day,
both are so close to each other (both have equally favorably placed planets)
that it's a virtual tie.
Now let us compare their planetary transits for the
election day. The respective transits are summarized as follows:
Transits for Senator Obama
On election day transiting Pluto trines his natal Rahu.
Rahu opposes natal Sun. What does this mean?
Because Rahu is Obama’s operating planet and it
auspiciously aspects Pluto in a trine, Rahu’s position is strengthened (note
both of these planets occupy the seventh house of his natal chart) in the area
of politics. But transiting Rahu’s opposition with Obama’s natal Sun is not
favorable. However, the Sun is in
the third house of the progressive chart, which minimizes the negative influence
of the transiting Rahu’s opposition to his natal Sun.
Transits for Senator McCain
Since Pluto, Saturn and Mars are the (operating) planets
likely to influence the Senator on election night, the important transits are:
transiting Pluto conjuncts his natal Rahu, transiting Uranus conjuncts his natal
Saturn and transiting Saturn conjuncts his natal Neptune.
While transiting Saturn’s conjunction with McCain’s
natal Neptune is auspicious, transiting Pluto’s conjunction with his natal
Rahu is not favorable at all since in his natal chart they form a quincunx. The
conjunction of transiting Uranus with his natal Saturn is neutral.
Thus from planetary transit standpoint, it seems to me
that neither of them has a solid edge over the other. No wonder this race is going to be so close! And it's likely
to be extremely tight.
However, in the light of important planetary
configurations on November 4, 2008 as listed below:
Uranus-Saturn direct and ninefold
Pluto-Saturn ninefold opposition
Pluto-Uranus ninefold conjunction
Mars-Neptune direct and ninefold
Sun-Rahu/Ketu (lunar nodes) squares,
the outcome of the election may turnout to be unthinkable.
The Uranus-Saturn exact opposition occurs on the Election
Day (which has never happened before). Uranus was discovered around the time the
United States was born. Therefore, the characteristics of the US nation, as a
whole, are very similar, if not identical to that of Uranus, and the destiny of
the US is very much governed by Uranus and to some extent by Saturn.
At the time of the election, Uranus will be in sidereal Aquarius, the
sign ruled by Saturn; therefore, these two planets become even more significant
in influencing the fate and future of the US on the Election Day, November 4,
2008. Since some of the
characteristics of Uranus include: suddenness, drama, eccentricity and being
very forceful, I would not be surprised if the happenings around the Election
Day would reflect these characteristics. In
addition, Saturn qualities tend to resemble conservatism while Uranus qualities
identify with liberal principles. Therefore, the race is likely to be a very
close one with a dramatic finish. It is as if history has been waiting for all
these years to witness this truly unique and historic moment of a huge
transformation. As a result, our norms of morality will undergo a change to a
totally different setting.
Furthermore, by taking into account the Pluto-Saturn
ninefold opposition, (chaos, destruction followed by irreversible
transformation), and the Pluto-Uranus ninefold conjunction (premature death
followed by a new beginning), there is an outside chance that the ultimate
winner (the one who gets sworn in as President in January) may not be the one of
these two nominees. In addition,
the Mars-Neptune square may become responsible for a disclosure of a political
secret and the Sun’s squares with the lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu, may manifest
in a tragic event.
Finally, as far as the winner between Senator Obama and
Senator McCain is concerned, despite a close race, I would not be surprised if
Senator Obama manages to eke out a narrow victory over his rival as planetary
transits on the election day slightly favor Senator Obama.