The Sun is conjoined Mars in the tenth house of the chart and inconjunct Saturn in the last degree of Scorpio. This indicates that there will be a lot of focus on aggressive and warlike behavior in this country in the next few months. We know that Obama has plans to send at least 500 more troops to Iraq to help train the army there as well as continuing its bombing of ISIS targets. Supporting the Saudi bombing of Yemen has also been happening the past couple of months. Many of the Republican candidates for president as well as John Mc Cain, are suggesting troops on the ground in Iraq and this theme no doubt will be a part of their foreign policy.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders, who has an Aries Moon conjunct Mars, is touring the country with his populous message of increasing the minimum wage, making the big banks accountable, and working on the infrastructure. Hillary Clinton is advocating voter rights in every state as a huge priority. The battle over immigration with Obama’s plan for the dreamers and others, as well as the closing of many of the detention centers continues.
Venus and Jupiter are also conjunct in Leo with Juno and the Moon there too. They are making a grand trine with Uranus in Aries and Pallas Athena in Sagittarius. Summer brings many art and music festivals throughout the country and travels to places for outdoor festivals. However, the Moon in 29 degrees of Leo is square to Saturn retrograde in 29 Scorpio, which indicates the ongoing problems with womens’ issues, especially abortion rights in several states such as Texas. Pluto in 14 Capricorn is inconjunct Venus and Jupiter, adding to the theme of equal rights and pay for women, as well as the Plutonian theme of police brutality in so many states, which has become a huge issue for the USA now.
Mercury in Gemini is in the 9th house; it squares Neptune and makes a grand trine with Ceres in Aquarius as well as the north node in Libra. Trade agreements with other countries and Obama’s efforts to pass the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) seem to contain a lot of false and sketchy information. Mercury is the chart ruler with Virgo rising; 23 degrees of Virgo conjoins natal Neptune in the US chart (July 4, 1776, at 5:10 PM, Philadelphia) and square our natal Mars in the seventh house. Though we may be under the constant illusion of helping other countries promote democracy, achieving this through drone strikes and bombing does not seem to be working. Perhaps the Venus Jupiter conjunction will help lift spirits and add a stronger dimension to creative ventures as we enter the new season.