Cirque du Obama has just opened its newest jewel of illusion (and we’re not talking the eponymous “O”). Well, maybe not so new, but an iteration of an ongoing spectacle. Its that sticky birth issue. I’m torn between the synthetic being option and the pass around miscegenation model, born and bred to assume the position he now occupies. But the latest wrinkle around his paternity is not where he was born, but who the father was. We’ve heard the options and just in case you haven’t, let’s bring out the unusual suspects; Barack Obama senior, Frank Marshall Davis, his grandfather and even Michael Rockefeller, fathering Obama vis-a-vis the South Pacific connection (New Guinea/Indonesia). The Rockefeller connection is fairly interesting, since the last democrat that occupied the oval office was also said to be sired by a Rockefeller. Ever see “The Devil’s Advocate?” So who is the new mystery progenitor of seed? None other than Malcolm X.
I recently ran across a blog post on The Terrible Truth. The author, Marsha Trowbidge came up with the math and in her mind, the smoking gun. In this scenario, Obama is a Scorpio. Let’s look at Trowbridge’s claims and then lets see how the date she ascribes to Obama plays out in the solar chart and if astrology might play a role in rectifying the mystery of birth.
Trowbridge believes that Obama was born on 10/28/59 in New York city as ” Bâri′ M. Shabazz.” The “M” stands for Malik. Here is how Trowbridge breaks down the three names;
Bâri′ – Muslim name meaning “Of Allah”. According to Islam, God as al-Bâri′ is the creator of all: http://www.harunyahya.com/isim_sunum/bari.html “al-Bâri′: The Maker, The Producer, The Evolver, The Maker From Nothing … Bâri′ denotes the way the One [my emphasis] works with substances, often creating from existing matter, making and evolving that which is free and clear of any other thing, free and clear of imperfections.”
“Malik / Malachi – Names most sacred to Malcolm. “Lord”, “Master”, ‘Sovereign”, “King” … Malik is Arabic for Malachi [Messenger of God]. “
Shabazz was X’s chosen last name.
Trowbridge contends that “Bari” was changed to “Barry” which he was known as at various stages in his life; “Soetero,” “Obama.”. And she believes that as he got closer to his political aspirations, that having a traditional Muslim name would interfere with his electability, which caused him to adopt the name of Barack. Apparently Barack Obama senior was an exchange student that stayed with Malcolm X in New York. BO sr’s dad was a revolutionary war hero in Kenya. Hussein Onyango Obama was a leader in the Mau-Mau revolution. Malcolm X lauded HOO’s efforts during his speeches in Harlem in the 50’s. So B.O. has a connection to Malcolm via his “birth father.”
Typical of Scorpio backtracking, its not the birth certificate that Trowbridge builds her case around, but of the death certificate of Bari Shabazz. Here is what she came up with from a simple query on Intellius.
Trowbridge contends that Obama killed off the Bari Shabazz persona symbolically in August of 1994 to run for the Chicago state senate seat that was occupied by Alice Palmer, who Obama worked for. There could be no traceable connection to Obama’s radical roots. So bye bye Bari/Barry, hello, Barack.
Let’s indulge Trowbridge for a moment and say that her fact finding “might” be true. What does astrology say about this?
If we look at the two charts of Bari and Malcolm X side-by-side in a synastry chart, there are some key aspects that surface, but are they enough to determine paternity?
When we look at the chart, the first aspects that jump out is the opposition of X’s Moon/Mercury and Bari’s Sun/Mars/Neptune. The opposition usually confers separation and distance. The Moon is a nurturing aspect, usually assigned to the Mother, but here, its clear that either X’s feminine aspect is removed from Bari’s life or perhaps the true identity of the mother. One might conclude that Bari’s mother would be Betty Shabazz, but that’s not a given, especially since that all the other Shabazz/X children were all girls. But perhaps what the anoretically challenged Aries Moon at 29 degrees is symbolic of is an unstable and volatile relationship with maternity or the maternal source. The Aries Moon is almost always hot, but at 29 degrees its cooling and nearly coalescing, from lava flows of emotion into hard and grounded land, volcanically arriving at 0 degrees Taurus. Mercury is there as well, this however is in Taurus. This represents communication at a distance. There seems to be some sort of instruction or the passing on of vital info in absentia. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any communication, only perhaps remote and distant. They are not the only oppositions in play.
The Sun and Venus of X, oppose the Mercury and Jupiter of Bari. Jupiter at 4 degrees Sag and Mercury at 26 degrees Scorpio. We see distance in not just communicating Mercury/Sun (second time) but also in relating. Venus opposition Jupiter creates a sort of idealism in space as a result of the opposition. The connection is not grounded in reality but exists in a suspended form of amber idolization. Lastly, there is the Saturn/Mars opposition. Mars in Cancer (X) is passive and again, seems to suggest a type of conflict between action and emotion, which we saw in the previous, Moon/Mars opposition. Mars in Cancer is in its detriment and opposed by the sturdier and more enduring Saturn in Capricorn. Mars gives way to Saturn and the legacy of Capricorn. But while Mars suffers in the short attention span of history, it has plenty of influence in the trine of Bari’s Mars/Sun/Neptune. There seems to be here, a direct link, tight degree/orbs with the male principle between the two.
When looking at the two charts, side-by-side, based on the oppositions (distance) and some strong trines (genetic inheritance) one could seriously make a case for both connection and disconnection. What about the new chart for Obama, if he is indeed Bari Shabazz?
Mars (4 degrees), Sun (4 degrees) and Neptune (8 degrees) are all conjunct in Scorpio in this chart. The order of the planets is key here. Neptune leads. It is what people would see first, lead blocking as it were for Mars and the Sun. In essence, what people experience is the religiosity and almost supernatural power of Neptune in Scorpio. Its inspirational and yet there is a darkness with Neptune in Scorp. There’s also a great deal of charisma and magnetism inherent here. But behind Neptune is that powerful Sun/Mars conjunction. Those two, so close, are deeply invested in power. Sun and Mars here are warlike, even though Mars is exalted, it is deeply invested and attached to the ego (Sun). The need for power and the personality’s connection to it is great. But people may not suspect that nor see it initially in the individual. In fact, they may miss it altogether, due to the magically deceptive Neptune out front.
Conjunctions are not bad, but when they get within 3 degrees, the energy gets intense, especially if one of those planets is the Sun. The ability to separate and differentiate, identity form desire, power and ego is very difficult with this fixed conjunction.
Now one of the challenges that astrologers have is taking aspects and then wrapping them around a person or issue in order to fit a prescribed position. But this type of alignment is very close to what we’ve seen in Obama. What were people attracted to when he ran for president? It was his magnetism. His charisma. It was his ability to sell himself as a nearly messianic figure, where people wanted so desperately to project their own hopes, dreams, and aspirations onto him. This is incredibly Neptunian.
In one of my very first charts with Obama, before his birth info came out, I had him pegged as a Scorpio rising, with Neptune on or near his ascendant. When the August notice of birth surfaced, it changed his ascendant. But here we go, Neptune rising, at least in our perception, makes a very important re-appearance. So it makes sense from a level of how people not just perceived Obama, but also, in many ways, how they were seduced.
Behind the shadow of Neptune, Mars and the Sun are a volatile force and intense force. I’ve already mentioned their uneasy proximity with one another, but how would they manifest? Obama, was essentially elected on a platform of peace. He told Americans that he would bring the troops home from Iraq and close Guantanamo and to date, not only has he done neither, he (through Elena Kagan) fought to keep Gitmo open. He committed more troops to Afghanistan and escalated the incursion in Pakistan. In what would really be a telling aspect if this piece by Trowbridge was true, is the Libya invasion. What did Obama promote in what for all intents and purposes was a clear end around and abrogation of the War Powers Act? By throwing in with NATO, he proclaimed that we were; “Leading from behind.” Isn’t this very similar to the Sun and Mars, hidden behind Neptune? Leading from behind?
So now, we have to ask; What does it all mean? And if its true, then why was this allowed to happen? If it’s not true and is simply one of those strange and random anomalies that will be part of one of the strangest presidential legacies ever, what are we to determine from this? Well, like all things here on this plane of existence, its ultimately up to “you” to decide.