I like to start Natal Readings by giving an overview of a person's psychology. I feel it's beneficial for people to understand how their mind works, because it makes it easier to identify thought patterns as they happen. It helps identify unproductive desires and letting them go, ultimately supporting the development of a permanent state of equanimity throughout a person’s life. To give you an idea on what this part of the Natal Reading can reveal, let’s go through parts of Obama’s psychology.
A person’s psychology is determined by 3 things: the ascendant (the point rising in the East at the time of birth), and the Sun and the Moon. In this post we will be focusing on his ascendant and Sun.
Obama’s ascendant (the top diamond where it says “As”) is in Capricorn, which makes him a pragmatic and hardworking person. There are two planets in the ascendant: Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn, the planet of hard work and discipline, emphasizes his pragmatic and diligent qualities to another level, while Jupiter in Capricorn makes him feel like he is never knowledgeable enough. These planets form a unique cocktail that make him an industrious scholar, like a college professor surrounded with books.
The ascendant is in a Nakshatra (constellation) called Dhanishtha. These Nakshatras are 27 constellations in the sky that overlap the 12 signs. Because these constellations are smaller, each sign has multiple Nakshatras. Dhanishtha’s desire is to “revolve around the summit of the Gods”, and so makes the person aspire to be among elite and famous in society. This manifested in Obama’s life as pushing him to become President. Herein lies the beauty of these Nakshatras - without them, an astrologer may have predicted that the chart’s ascendant shows the psychology of a college professor. It’s only with Dhanishtha can we flesh out Obama’s ambitious nature.
Obama’s Jupiter and Saturn are in Uttara Ashadha, symbolized by the tusk of an elephant. This is related to the story of how Ganesha broke off his tusk and used it as a pen to write the Mahabharata, because he couldn’t find a pen nearby (!) This brings writing and analytical ability into Obama’s life, and he probably writes to clarify his thoughts.
His Sun is in the house of partnerships, and is in a Nakshatra called Ashlesha. Ashlesha’s Shakti or energy is the power to poison. It is symbolized by a coiled snake, and its desire it overcome enemies. When applied to the house of partnerships, this is exactly what a politician would have to go through - constantly dealing with shifting alliances and toxic partnerships.
Putting everything together, Obama’s ascendant shows an intelligent, well-read, and hardworking person, and a person that also has the drive and determination required to rise to the top of his chosen field. His Sun in Ashlesha shows political savvy, and brings the ability to overcome his political rivals and opponents. This psychological combination shows a leader who makes decisions after careful deliberation, and also only after considering all the consequences. These are are wonderful psychological traits to have in a leader, making Obama a competent leader.