When faced with real issues in life astrology is only the last resort to many people. Yet for millions around the world, it is what gives hope and support to carry on from day to day. Astrology doesn’t stand on firm grounds when questioned based on logic and hard scientific principles, but thanks to modern computing software, subjectivity of astrology pundits at least is removed.

It is quite easy for anyone to be an astrologer these days. All you need to do is to download and install a free piece ofsoftware written by Narasimha Rao, an ex software engineer from PictureTel Corporation and feed some basic information like a place, date and time of birth of a person in to it. If you have some basic understanding of the tenants of Vedic Astrology, it could really add to the fun.

So pondering on the question of the birth of Barack Obama, which has been a matter of controversy in the past and which is recently resurrected, it was intriguing to see what the software will produce. The personal details of celebrities were always difficult to obtain, but thanks to the controversy, the long form birth certificate President Obama was published and is available on the US President’s website for anyone interested. According to this document also available here he was born in Honolulu on the 4th of august 1961 at 7.24 PM., which is the basic data used to give it a whirl for the fun of it.

A lot of what the software output is really for the expert astrologer but there is also some plain English which states the qualities and positions in life the person will achieve.

Results ascribed to yoga
Brief definition of yoga
Wandering leader of
free spirit
Saturn in a kendra
in moolatrikona or own or exaltation sign
Enjoys comforts, king or an equal
Planets other than Moon in 2nd and 12th from Sun
Nipuna (Budha-Aditya)
Skillful, expert,
well-known and respected
Sun and Mercury
together or in mutual 7ths
Intelligent, wealthy and famous
Planets other than Sun in 2nd from Moon
characterless, may be imprisoned
Seven planets in 5
King or an equal and happy
Planets in own/exaltation sign in kendras/konas and strong lagna lord
King, principled,
warrior, prosperous, strong, kind
Lagna lord, his
disposior, latter’s rasi & navamsa dispositors are all in own/exaltation
sign or kendra/kona
Fortunate and high achiever
Conjunction, aspect or exchange of 1st/9th lords
Success and
Same planet owns a
kendra and a kona
Maha Yogada
Power, authority and wealth
Associated with lagna, GL and HL (by aspect, conjunction or ownership)
Yogada (HL)
Wealth and
Associated with
lagna and HL (by aspect, conjunction or ownership)
Yogada (HL)
Wealth and prosperity
Associated with lagna and HL (by aspect, conjunction or ownership)
Maha Yogada
Power, authority
and wealth
Associated with
lagna, GL and HL (by aspect, conjunction or ownership)
Successful and high achivements
Lagna lord aspects lagna from own/exaltation sign and 6th/8th/12th
lord is debilitated
Viparita Raja Yoga
Success after
pressures or someone else’s losses
The 6th, 8th and
12th lords in conjunction or samasaptaka
Raja Sambandha
Very intelligent minister
Atma karaka and amatya karaka conjoining
Raja Sambandha
An associate liked
by a king
Amatya karaka in a
kendra/kona from atma karaka
Very rich
Saturn in Cp lagna, conjoined or aspected by Mars, Jupiter

Now Barack Obama might have been born or not as stated in the certificate, but the results certainly reveal a lucky individual with some qualities worthy of a president of the United States.

For a discerning believer in vedic astrology, there are also some important and obvious indications in his birth chart like the excellent positions of the planets, enough to explain why he has become the first Black President of the US or why he succeeded in bringing justice to the victims of a great US tragedy.

Obviously for those clamouring about his worthiness to be a US president, despite being born and delivered to a white female citizen of the United States of America, this is no answer, but for lovers of astrology, there is enough evidence.

Article first published as Does Vedic Astrology Solve the Question of the Birth of President Barack Obama? on Technorati.