As a card-carrying member of CND in an earlier incarnation, I was very pleased to hear that Barack Obama announced Friday that he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had agreed to nuclear cuts.  The Sunday Observer this morning is full of praise for Obama, on this and other issues: “suddenly the rest of the enormous canvas on which the modern US president operates seems broken with shafts of light”.  Over on that beacon of astrological rigour “Nancy’s Blog” she comments: “Nothing like a Mars station to make Obama seem really tough and on top of his game to the world: first opposite his Jupiter for the first three weeks of March and then slowly all this week through next Tuesday conjunct his Mercury.”  Saturn is also trine his Jupiter, cementing his reputation as a man of principle.  What President Obama brings to the U.S. chart is that his Mars stimulates the Neptune (spirituality) of the U.S. chart.  It is interesting that the proposed plan was announced on Friday when the Sun was square to Pluto (which represents nuclear energy).  That is a good example of turning around a difficult aspect to bring it up to its highest expression.  Life goes on, and tomorrow Venus is sextile Neptune which is good for setting social and romantic ideals, fine-tuning what you believe in heartwise.  The Moon is at the full in Libra in the early hours of Tuesday (30th), when you may be able to keep things on an even keel, and take one step towards peace, with whoever else is attuned and staying up to watch her.  This Moon aligns with two fixed stars in the constellation of Virgo: Vindiematrix and Porrima, both of which relate to the assimilation of new ideas, according to “Starlight Elixirs” by Michael Smulkis and Fred Rubenfeld.  The light of stars is further illuminated in my interview this week with Kim Gould who works with the Human Design System.  The link to her website is currently down, but do persist as it will be well worthwhile. On Wednesday Venus glides into Taurus, leaving the wrangles but also the passion of Aries behind her.  She will be on home territory, home and dry and earthed.  She will be relieved, but some might find her more dull and boring.  She will be able to get on with her gardening, and moneymaking, and doing things in her own groove in her own patch.  It will be easier for her to focus on what matters to her.  If you are strongly Venusian you will enjoy the naturalness and harmony of Venus in Taurus.  On April Fool’s Day Thursday 1st,  Mercury sextiles Neptune, not a good day to try any tricks because it’s a sublime day to reveal truth and separate it out from illusion.  The antics of Derren Brown, David Blaine and other illusionists would be irrelevant.  On Friday 2nd, Mercury enters Taurus, so Venus acquires a helper in tending her garden, and one who can help her to articulate her feelings.  Good influences for writing nature poetry, documentation, public speaking or anything which allies feeling and written or verbal expression.  Things may get a little out of hand on Saturday 3rd though, with Venus squaring Mars.  There may be some tittle tattle about Venus and her gardener, and Mars may experience a little jealousy.  The tabloids will have a field day.  Can Venus redeem her reputation?  Tune in next week to find out.