Out of Time & Space Astrology

Happy 50th Birthday, Mr. President, August 4! May the Goddess strengthen your spine.

Leo/Leo Rising* (July 22-Aug 22): A collateral benefit from the birther controversy was Mr. Obama placed his short form birth certificate on his official website almost 4 years ago. We, astrologers, nearly pissed our collective pants in joy. We could study his chart without having to vet how accurate the birth time was (FYI, I like the time to be within 15 minutes either way). As a Leo born near sunset, our president looks opposite (Aquarius rising) than he sees himself. He is seen as an exile, outsider and genius (Aquarius), but he really wants to operate from higher, heart centered, noble ideals (Leo). (Can you say bipartisanship?) You are ending a cycle that begun late August, 2009. What you have swept under the rug is coming out for all to see. It’d be better to stand by your convictions than to cave under the pressure of those you believe have less to lose than you. You’re born to learn courage which means you can behave so brilliantly to think you’re above or can maneuver around conflict. Letting pressure out in small bursts is better than one dramatic explosion (mostly).

Virgo/Virgo Rising* (Aug 22-Sept 22): Our somewhat esteemed leader has Mars (self-assertion) in your sign. Meaning? He fights like you direct your life. Huh? Mars represents the primal side of our nature, the adrenaline of ‘fight or flight’ response, the yang energy of self-direction and self-actualization. Like you, Mr. O has a cerebral connection to his root desires. Pundits love to say, “He plays chess, when others are playing checkers” However, sometimes life needs simplicity, not layers of intricate thought. With Mars entering the softer, embryo-like waters of Cancer (Aug 3-Sept 18), be prepared for a shift in rhetoric, from the carnival atmosphere to the highly irrational and tribal. Your lesson will be to use your brain to calm the heated feelings, and use your heart to inspire the best in all of us. The last 7 weeks, you were taken to task by anyone who wanted authority over, but not, with you. Lay down your innate pickiness to see how you may create mutually beneficial relationships as you fight for your shared ideals.

Libra/Libra Rising* (Sep 23-Oct 22): Like everyone our President does not have planets (teachers) in every sign (there are 12 signs and 9 planets, 2 dwarves that I count). Even though he has nothing in Libra, he still has a strong affinity with being Peacemaker, Negotiator or Conciliator-In Chief (depending on your political perspective). Through his wife he gets a calming and homespun influence (he has Venus in Cancer, the sign of the mother). When he speaks, you can tell his accent comes from her Midwestern (or possibly his mother’s Kansas) dialect. Whatever. Your lesson this week is to watch yourself and how you trust others to have your best interests, a bit too much. Particularly in the area of career and professional reputation, you will have to fight (or at least figure out an angle or strategy) for your recognition. Maybe read “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu for tips.

Scorpio/Scorpio Rising* (Oct 23-Nov 21): Our POTUS has Neptune in Scorpio. Neptune, discovered in 1846, heralded in the Spiritualist Movement (Bahai, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormons, etc.). Mediumship is said to begin with the Fox sisters in 1848, the same year the Communists Manifesto was written by Marx and Engels. Scorpio, you know you work with other people’s resources, Neptune heightens and ensures everyone gets a piece of the pie, as the move on up ala The Jeffersons. Count on the God of the seas to make clear issues vague. Our soul’s evolution (and BHO has certainly caused us all to grow, no matter where you are on the political spectrum) depends on the ethically gray areas. And, Scorpio knows much about the deep, dark and dank of human nature. Expect a more fiery Obama this year (could he have any less demonstrable fire? Read Aquarius for clues). You’ll possess a bit more hot water emanating from you for the next 7 weeks. To soothe your savage beast searching for redemption, travel for pleasure is a good bet to break with your rigid routines. If you cannot physically manage it, then read something that is controversial with an open mind.

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Sagittarius/Sagittarius Rising* (Nov 22-Dec 19): Mr. President has no planets in your sign, but he has your ruler, Jupiter in ‘live and let live’ Aquarius in the best area for protection from one’s enemies. Mr. Obama has received more death threats than any other president. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that there’s a faction of us for whom it is a moment to moment thinker’s reality when it comes to thoughts of death. Many of us have little to no control of what we think. And when an “other” is involved we think the worse. Violence begets more violence. Some believe he is the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln, and we are going through a second Civil War, so to speak. (The legislation creating the US Secret Service was on Lincoln’s desk the night he was assassinated.) Would a soul who identifies with President Lincoln have a Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, that is, be too conflict averse? If you rock the boat too much, you get assassinated? And, then who is today’s Jefferson Davis? Through your far seeing visions, you are to remind us to keep it simple, but ask the provocative questions. Help us realize what we have to lose when we do not work together. You have immense powers of persuasion, use them to build goodwill amongst divisive factors (particularly at work).

Capricorn/Capricorn Rising* (Dec 21-Jan 19): The most powerful planet in President Obama’s chart is Saturn. Saturn loves (as much as he’s into PDA) Capricorn. The innate wisdom, patience and integrity blossoms through your sign. It is located in his 12th house of hidden fears, self-undoing and private enemies, but what you work on diligently Saturn rewards. Mr. Obama appears to take little delight in conflict. The discouraging of disharmony ringed Saturn keeps any flares of temper under strict control. The need for belonging, simply because you exist will be a major motivating factor until the end of summer. Your characteristic of escaping into work will not, um, work. You must come home to face the personal squabbles you either ignore or control, as if these are your only two responses. Grow more from your heart, and then you will see a myriad of responses waiting in the wings. Let gravity keep the parts of you that you want to be down, down…yet, when it is time to fly like a Red Tailed Hawk competing with the Great Horned Owl (your wing man, pun intended), please do so. Search for and accept messages from the unlikeliest of places.

Aquarius/Aquarius Rising*(Jan 20-Feb 19): President Barack Obama has Aquarius rising. The two rulers of your sign Saturn (past) and Uranus (future) are locked in an exact adjusting angle of perfection and service in his natal chart. Good for us, as we must leave something of the past behind in order to create a more equalized future. For example, his position of Marriage Equality is “evolving”. If I were a one issue voter, I would have not voted in 2008. As an Aquarian, you must learn to see possible futures while accepting where we are in the present. Sure, it seems as if he has the patience of Job. I maintain with an Aquarian mask (rising), he has played the role of outsider from birth. As a defense mechanism, he has to be cool, detached and above it all. Sounds like some of your traits, huh? Well, he looks like you are. Your self-esteem can sometimes be wobbly. But, once you look backwards to see your accomplishments while lessening reliance on your conditioning, a certain genius shines. Your closest peers will tell you if you go to extremes of trying to convince us about the future you see. Expect folk from your past to attempt to start a new conversation regarding the formation of unique alliances. We’ll talk more next week.

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Pisces/Pisces Rising (Feb 18-Mar 20): As our President turns 50 years old, there is a planetoid, Chiron that he has in Pisces. He takes 50.7 years to travel around the Sun. His return to his natal place means that BHO will be looking to heal large emotional and spiritual wounds. Chiron is known from his mythological story as “The Wounded Healer”. Many indigenous cultures healers suffer from a malady that they learn to heal in others, you know, shamans and such. We are all being taken on a journey that releases our strong tie to time and space. You already live in two worlds, spiritual and material. I say it is your faith that needs healing. If it is not all inclusive and accepting, back to the freaking drawing board. Maybe, Mr. Obama’s religion is ‘bipartisanship’. That’s a generous interpretation, I know. However, you have a responsibility to synthesize many different belief modality into what works for the largest number of open hearted people. It is the opening of their hearts that is your challenge, and, until September 18, undiluted expressed joy seals the healing deal for you and yours.

Aries/Aries Rising* (Mar 21-Apr 19): Barack the Vote (saw it on a t-shirt this weekend) has Juno (the Roman Goddess of marriage) in Aries. Juno symbolizes our idea of commitment and fidelity. In a man’s chart, it can represent the type of woman he’s likely to marry. Who’d argue that Michelle Obama is direct, clear and independent (Aries traits)? With her biceps, who’d arm wrestle or argue with her? I would not. Expect some notable defensive language protecting her husband to come from her by year’s end. With passionate and self-actualizing Mars acting all coy in challenging Cancer, you could be off your ‘take no prisoners’ game. The sensitive and concerned answer wins the day, the damsel or the dude. Decide if you are going to use Juno (and her beloved proud peacock) to read your relationships’ weather for war and defense or pride and joy. The atmosphere you create, own it, please. You see when you take responsibility to do what you see is the right thing, all is well. Be married to how you impact others, first. Then, you may reflect on what needs changing.

Taurus/Taurus Rising* (Apr 20-May 21): Our POTUS has female centered dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta in your sign. Mr. Obama has a well defined relationship to our planet (no matter how Republican-lite he seems on Cap and Trade). Ceres, goddess of the grain, lends her name to cereal. She had the enmeshed relationship with her daughter, Persephone before Pluto abducted her into the underworld. Then, she went on strike, winter ensued. Vesta lends her name to the vestal virgins. So, there’s an intense drive toward perfecting your value and relationship to your physical body, an obsession, even. In Roman times, if a vestal virgin broke her vows, usually she was sentenced to death. Ouch, damn patriarchs! Today, you have a tenuous relationship with money, possessions and the body. What are you willing to sacrifice in order to make yourself whole? How can you focus on your career without developing tunnel vision and over compartmentalizing your life? Realize any codependent relationships will be challenged by the fall, so work on keeping your individual self intact.

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Gemini/Gemini Rising* (May 21-Jun 20): Hello, twins, would you arrange for me to have 15 minutes or so with our leader, Mr. Obama? You have the capacity to run interference and represent any interest you choose, that’s why I’m asking you. When in public life, it is your Moon sign that people respond to. The Moon sign runs the way we feel and pick up on subconscious clues about others. Hail to the chief, he has his Moon in Gemini. The masses feel through a leader’s moon. That’s one reason why he had to create a “Fight the Smears” website to deal with all the misinformation circulating about him. You know how much you can move info around, being all adaptable and moving air, no? Gossip, libel, slander and town crier fall under your control. Also, writing and some incredible observational comedy too are within your grasp. BHO didn’t need no ghostwriter for his two books (hello, shadow Palin). With Mercury in retrograde until the 26th, expect to be of more than two minds about almost everything. Give your mind a break through physical activity. If you must think, write it down. Time to witness your thoughts so you can surrender to the thoughts that bring you the most…you fill in the blank, you creative wonder you. If you must lie, make sure it’s not to yourself. And, know when to cease gathering information, please.

Cancer/Cancer Rising* (Jun 21-July 21): Loving Venus supports our chilled President through your initiating water sign. Getting us started in all kinds of intimacy, that’s you. As Venus runs the receptive and affection part of love, she gives us a sense of self worth through our relationships. Our associations matter. With her ties to south side Chicago, Ms. Obama’s warmth, family ties and food advocacy are very Cancerian. FYI, (most heterosexual men live out their Venus sign through the women surrounding them.) You like the President have some reversals of values happening. What you used to enjoy, you could no longer. Where you felt weak, you are realizing you have strength. The person you will begin to shock is yourself. Like the mythology of Venus, risk being caught under a metal net with your lover, show the affection you crave to receive. Send Mr. Obama the energy to set any and all records straight, as you do the same in your private life.

*The Rising Sign a.k.a. Ascendant represents your approach to life and the mask you wear. Read that sign as well to get additional information on what’s in store this week.


What does an undergraduate degree in Corporation Finance and a law degree and license have to do with astrology, tarot and numerology? Everything and nothing. How Taoist is that? The Pitch is proud to bring back Quan Tracy Cherry, and his nearly 7 years of writing experience, including a weekly column for The Pitch, the Edge, eKC and 417 Magazine, plus appearances on 95.7 FM, Live 365 Internet Radio and Channel 5 news.

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Quan shares space at Boulevard Yoga & Healing Arts in the Crossroads Arts District, where he practices Vinyasa Yoga as well as receives acupuncture treatments.  He has immense interest in Chinese Astrology, I Ching and Feng Shui, and is committed to integrating Chinese Medicine and Astrological Healing. 

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