For months now, we have been drowning in a deluge of non-stop coverage of the bluster, bullying, and braggadocio of Donald Trump.  It has not been possible to turn on cable news, or, for that matter, any TV news show, without being accosted by an endless stream of video and discussion of The Donald. Across the nation, his larger-than-life personality has become ubiquitous, just as it has been in New York for decades, where his name is arrogantly stamped in bold letters across a multitude of the phallic-shaped buildings of the metropolitan skyline. You would literally have to be blind to avoid his grandiose presence.

Although Trump knows virtually nothing about policy or government, he is a master at manipulating the media and magnifying his image. Much like a junkie craving his fix, Trump’s need for attention and self-aggrandizement is overwhelming, and ultimately dispositive of both morality and good judgment. Through skillful manipulation of shocking statements, outrage, and fear, he manages to keep the public eye on himself at all times, sucking the oxygen away from any other candidate and all other news stories, while constantly feeding his voracious narcissism.

But before we see this needy, attention-grabbing buffoonery as only a Trumpian pathology, we should note its contamination of the entire political process. Both the media and the politically-interested public have become subsumed by The Donald’s dysfunction.  Indeed, we have also become addicts of a sort, hopelessly hooked on the unending psychodrama of Trump’s campaign, on the daily dose of outrage and shock, and on being witness to boundary after boundary of expected decorum being shredded. It is titillating, it is exciting, and it is horrifying, much like a top-rated Hollywood production or the best of reality TV. One might even say that Trump has co-opted the entire political process into one big reality TV show.

Even more alarming, The Donald has successfully projected himself onto the national stage as larger-than-life and immeasurably powerful.  He is all the pundits talk about, he is on every front page every day, and – this is the most crucial – he is beginning to feel inevitable, like the daily fix we cannot do without even if it appalls us.

Put another way, imagine for a moment this race was suddenly between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. After the dizzying whirlwind ride we have experienced in the last several months, switching from all Trump all the time to Hillary versus Jeb might feel like we were going from a daily diet of chocolate mousse to one of unseasoned canned spinach. One is exotic, intriguing and rich but very bad for your health; the other is mildly beneficial, somewhat tasteless, and rather boring. The danger for us today is that we are hooked on a steady diet of the mousse, dulling our taste for all else, even while this rich chocolate confection is making us sick.  Sober has never been as much fun as going on a bender, but it does allow us to nurture our relationships, further our goals, and fulfill our responsibilities. The mindless bender can only lead to disaster, but we need to look in the mirror before we have any hope of stopping it.

 

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Probably the most signficant astrological signature in Trump’s chart pointing to his current success and popularity on the stage of presidential politics is his progressed Sun conjunct his natal Ascendant (29Leo55), which itself is conjunct the fixed star Regulus.  In the heart of the constellation of the Lion, Regulus is known as the “royal star”, conferring an aura of royalty and honor upon the individual. With the progressed Sun there, waxing from July 2015 through July 2016, Trump has emerged full force on the national scene as if he were manifesting some form of American kingship: arrogant, regal, and authoritarian. Although this progression will begin to wane in August, it will gain some extra energy from mid-July through October 10 by the transit of Pluto sesquiquadrate to the natal Ascendant. Pluto, however, is a double-edged sword, and will bring an uncomfortable measure of power struggle into the mix.

Also hugely benefitting Trump has been the transit of Jupiter through Virgo, which was in square to his stellium in Gemini (Uranus, Node, Sun), as well as square to his Moon in Sagittarius during the first months of the primary season. The final crossing of this very beneficial, expansive, and success-inducing transit will occur from July 18 through August 5, essentially during and just after the high drama of the Republican convention, essentially sealing the deal for the presumptive GOP nominee.

In a few days, however, problems will begin to emerge for Trump as the most vulnerable part of his chart begins to get agitated. In his natal chart, Trump has a Saturn/Venus conjunction in Cancer, which points to a rather brittle and stressed emotional reality. This configuration is probably the source of his bottomless need for praise, approval, and attention, as well as describing an acute hypersensitivity to criticism, possibly in reaction to some kind of very deep, early childhood emotional wound or perceived lack of love and empathy.  As of May 23 and running through September 10, transiting Uranus will be square to Trump’s natal Saturn (23Cancer48). This suggests many sudden and stressful attacks that irritate and upset him and may throw him off his game, most likely from negative campaign ads and public figures denouncing him. This transit will be especially active from June 14 through June 19 and June 29 through July 10, during which transiting Mars will be trine natal Saturn, as well as from July 28 through September 10, the last most potent part of this crossing.

Adding to the bruising nature of the Uranus transit to natal Saturn will be another transit, that of Saturn sesquiquadrate natal Venus (25Cancer44), from August 13 through September 17. Owing to the natal conjunction, any Saturn transit to Venus can be especially difficult, and this is a protracted crossing of five weeks duration. Again, it implies criticisms and personal challenges that cut deeply and are very distressing to the hitherto seemingly indestructible Donald. My sense, from these two transits to Trump’s natal Venus/Saturn conjunction, is that political attacks will erode some of his popularity, and his Teflon image of invulnerability will be greatly diminished during August and September.

October may be a little easier for Trump, and he may seem to gain back at least some momentum. Tertiary Sun will be conjunct tertiary Neptune, creating large and unrealistic expectations. In addition, tertiary Venus will be conjunct his natal Ascendant right up to Election Day, pointing to successful political rallies and some increase in poll numbers, making the candidate feel loved by the adoring crowds. Noteworthy is that this energy dissipates quickly as of the day of the election.

Beginning around November 6 and building through November, Trump’s progressed Moon will be moving to conjunct his natal Saturn, again intensifying his deepest insecurities and a feeling of loss. This uncomfortable and stressful transit will be further strengthened by the transiting Node semisquare to natal Saturn from November 14 through November 26.

December 2016 and January 2017 also contain tertiary Venus conjunct tertiary Saturn (12/8 to 1/7) and transiting Saturn conjunct natal South Node and natal Moon as well as opposite natal Sun (12/18 to 1/14). Taken together, these transits suggest a generally melancholy period, with upsets, frustrations, and severe limits on goals and expectations. In sum, the configurations  in Trump’s chart seem unlikely to correspond to the exciting and celebratory early days of a presidential win nor do they imply the taking over of enormous executive power.

 

It seems that Donald Trump has managed to co-opt the entire political process with a horrifying, addicting reality show. What we thought was a wild summer blockbuster that would quickly fade in the sober consideration of the fall, now has the durability and feel of a lurid, no-longer-amusing combination of Sharknado and Survivor. At first it was entertaining; now it is becoming a pernicious and ugly contagion. The anti-immigrant fervor fueled by Trump is rising;  violence is being committed in his name;  the White Supremacist movement has adopted him;  and he has humiliated and verbally abused the most beloved and respected Hispanic journalist in the country. Trump’s rhetoric is becoming edgier and nastier, and his supporters love it.

When I first looked at Trump’s chart, I didn’t go any further than September. The initial indicators of his success shifted in mid-August, when the criticism and push-back from the establishment began, and then seemed to become increasingly muted after the middle of September when the tertiary progressed Jupiter conjunct his Moon (21Sagittarius12) would begin to fade. Moreover, the Saturn transit square to his Ascendant (29Leo55) for the first half of September indicated some definite frustrations and complications, which will no doubt come. But I should have looked further.trump

Beginning in the third week of November 2015, and continuing with only some occasional breaks until August 5, 2016, will be a series of very potent Jupiter transits –  square Trump’s Uranus (17Gemini53), square his Node (20Gemini48), square his Moon (21Sagittarius12), and square his Sun (22Gemini55). This multi-pronged transit suggests success and optimism and is very strong in the early primary months, as well as during and just after the GOP Convention. Moreover, transiting Uranus will be opposite his Jupiter (17Libra27) from late December 2015 through mid-February 2016, and progressed Moon will be square progressed Venus (15Libra13) in April, as well as square natal Jupiter in June. All of this suggests popularity and a very strong, expansive and successful period from November 2015 through August 5. It seems very possible that Trump will either win the Republican nomination outright or run as a Third Party candidate.

There are, however, also some indications of serious stress from late May through mid-September 2016, pointing to some serious triggers of Trump’s thin-skinned irritability which stems from his natal Saturn/Venus conjunction in Cancer. This may be when the GOP establishment does its best to oust him and/or the criticisms from the media and the Democrats start to really get under his skin. Transiting Uranus will make a long station square to his natal Saturn (23Cancer48) from late May through mid-September. Moreover, the transit of Saturn close to a station sesquiquadrate his natal Venus (25Cancer44), triggering his natal Saturn/Venus conjunction and stabbing his already over-reactive narcissism in the heart, is likely to be very difficult. This will be most notable from June 22 through July 9 and August 13 through September 17. Note that the second half of this prolonged Saturn/Venus transit comes after the uplifting Jupiter energy has passed.

The planetary alignment in October 2016 certainly suggests campaigning, with tertiary Venus conjunct the Ascendant through November 8 (Election Day) and tertiary Sun conjunct tertiary Neptune through October. These suggest a happy time surrounded by supporters, with grandiose and illusory plans.

After Election Day it is a different story. There are a multitude of Saturn transits and progressions involving Saturn that point to a clear loss. Progressed Moon will conjunct natal Saturn from November 6 through December 2; tertiary Venus will conjunct tertiary Saturn from December 8 through January 7; transiting Saturn will cross the South Node and the Moon and oppose the Sun covering the period from December 18 to January 14. And interestingly, converse Moon will square natal Mars from December 4 through early January, suggesting aggression and irritability. Thus, we see an angry and upset Trump after the election, despite his months of blustering and delusional fantasies of taking over the country and molding it into his image.

26th Apr, 2016

April 26 Primaries

The most interesting astrological event of today and tomorrow is the Mercury station, which suggests some difficulties with the scheduled primaries. There is likely to be one or more of the following: extremely long lines, significant delays, possible recounts, missing ballots, and/or potentially other issues that take several days to resolve.

Hillary looks relatively strong with the Moon in semisquare to her natal Venus (square tertiary Pluto and nearing a sextile with transiting Pluto) from roughly 9:30 to 11:30 PM. Bernie has transiting Venus quincunx his Neptune, suggesting he may have some unrealistic expectations through around 10 AM Wednesday. In addition, today is the last day of transiting Saturn square to his Sun, which has had a frustrating and disappointing impact for the past two months despite the enormous strides this campaign has made. The end of this transit may indicate a shift from fighting for the nomination to fighting to impact the party platform.

Bernie is also now under transiting Uranus opposite his natal Venus (April 24 to May 12) triggered by transiting Mars from April 27 to May 3. Uranus is already the prevailing planet in his quixotic campaign for the presidency, pushing him towards an uncompromising and defiant posture and identifying him with the spirit of a revolution. The current Uranus transit opposite Venus thus further strengthens the potent progressed Sun opposite natal Uranus (impacting all of 2016), and will become even more strident when transiting Uranus moves to conjunct natal Mars from May 21 to June 15. His insistence on some measure of control of the party platform in exchange for his political support seems unlikely to dim any time soon, and may escalate by late May.

On the GOP side, Trump is clearly the one favored in today’s primaries. The transit of Venus trine his Mars, as well as the Sun semisquare his natal Sun will carry the day. Cruz will once again get the short end of the stick. The transiting Moon will be sesquiquadrate to his natal Saturn, which is currently receiving a sesquiquadrate from progressed Venus and an opposition from solar arc Pluto, from roughly 8:30 to 10:30 PM. Thus, both of these unpleasant progressions will be triggered just as the returns come in.

Of interest, today’s Washington Post carried an editorial that covered something I have been talking about for months. Essentially, Trump revs up his followers sense of victimhood, using it to justify a rather nasty, self-righteous, anything-goes anger and retaliation which has become his signature in this campaign. One might even say that he presents himself as the “rescuer” to their aggrieved role of collective “victim”, thereby creating a perfect manifestation of the victim/ persecutor/rescuer triangle of dysfunction.

 

 

17th Apr, 2016

New York Primary

In a few days, the New York primary will take place. It seems likely, as the polls predict, that Hillary Clinton will win with a sizable margin, and Bernie will lose. The aspect that has been plaguing Bernie since early February, the Saturn square to his Sun, has continued to hold him back in gaining enough delegates to seriously challenge Clinton despite his huge crowds. This frustrating alignment will be activated on Tuesday and into early Wednesday with the transit of the Sun (00Taurus23 at 9 PM) sesquiquadrate Sanders’ natal Sun (15Virgo36), as well as sesquiquadrate transiting Saturn (15 Sagittarius52 r). Clinton, on the other hand, will benefit from the same transit of the Sun which will quincunx her natal Jupiter (00Sagittarius31).

On the GOP side, Trump is predicted by the polls to win big, and Cruz is predicted to do quite poorly. But Trump will still have transiting Mars sesquiquadrate his natal Saturn (23Cancer49) through April 22, which has been plaguing him all month, as well as transiting Mars quincunx his natal Mercury (8Cancer51) through April 21. Mars is currently retrograde and moving very slowly, at 8Sagittarius51 on Tuesday.  This complicated configuration describes Trump’s current experience of being treated unfairly (Mars/Saturn) and being quite angry about it (Mars/Mercury). With these aspects still so powerful, a fully satisfying outcome to the New York primary fro Trump is in question. Again, perhaps he will feel cheated by the reality of the delegate math.

Interestingly, Cruz, who is number three in the polls, will benefit from the transit of the Sun trine his natal Sun/progressed Venus conjunction (00Capricorn32 using noon birth time), as well as the transit of Venus quincunx his natal Venus through the night of the election. Will he do better than expected, at least in thwarting Trump’s seemingly inevitable rise? It seems possible given the numbers.

4th Apr, 2016

Wisconsin Primary

Much is being made of tomorrow’s Wisconsin primary.  Will it blunt the seeming inevitability of the Trump juggernaut? Will it further strengthen the Bernie Sanders opposition to Hillary Clinton? The pundits are claiming that the answer is yes to both of these questions. I am not so sure.

Certainly, on the Republican side, there are some contradictory indications. On the one hand, Trump is running into some headwinds in April. The Mars station at 8Sagittarius53, sits in a sesquiquadrate to natal Saturn (23Cancer49), from April 3 through April 22, as well as a quincunx to natal Mercury (8Cancer51), currently square to progressed Mars, and running from April 4 through April 21. These combine to make Trump more irritable, angrier, more impulsive, as well as more hypersensitive to criticism and peevish than usual during April. Looks like the circus will be on steroids this month!

On the other hand, Trump is also under a station of Pluto square his Jupiter from mid-February through April, magnifying his reach and his success, and this is strongly activated by the transiting Sun opposite natal Jupiter (17Libra27) from mid-afternoon April 5 through mid-afternoon April 6, just in time for the Wisconsin primary.  Moreover, his progressed Moon (14 Cancer) is currently square to progressed Venus (14Libra) and triggered by a sextile from transiting Jupiter (14Virgo). It is hard to see a big loss under these planets. Perhaps he will manage to tie the delegate count, which is all anyone cares about these days.

I do not have a birth time for Ted Cruz which makes precise prediction almost impossible, but, from what I can tell, using a generic noon birth time, there is a strong positive indication through about 10:30 PM on April 5, overlapped by trouble beginning to build in the afternoon of April 5 through early afternoon April 6. The positive energy comes from the transit of Venus square Cruz’s Sun (00Capricorn32), currently conjunct progressed Venus, through approximately 10:30 PM on April 5. It is possible he will be declared the winner by that time. The Moon further triggers this by 3 AM. This combination is a very positive indicator.

However, Cruz is also under a transiting Saturn sesquiquadrate to his natal Saturn (16Taurus18), which is itself currently under a sesquiquadrate from progressed Venus. This problematic configuration is triggered by transiting Venus from mid-afternoon April 5 through early afternoon April 6. Moreover, the transiting Moon will further trigger this Venus/Saturn combination from around midnight to 4 AM on April 6. Could he be declared the winner and yet win so few delegates more than Trump that the primary is rendered moot? Could the final count be challenged? We will know by late tomorrow night.

On the Democratic side, Bernie is favored to win at the present time. But Hillary has transiting Mercury, Venus and the Moon all aspecting her Jupiter (00Sagittarius31), suggesting some very optimistic and positive feelings. Moreover, Bernie is under transiting Saturn square to his natal Sun (15Virgo36), triggered by the transit of Mercury sesquiquadrate his Sun through around 7 AM on the 6th, suggesting obstacles and setbacks. Moreover, transiting Mars is semisquare his Mars (23Aries41) from April 2 through April 12, suggesting aggression and irritability. I do not see a big delegate haul in this equation.

 

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