As Donald Trump’s campaign continues its downward spiral into incoherence and increasingly bizarre attacks on anyone who dares to disagree, there is a parallel downward shift in his poll numbers. This trend will continue unabated through September 17, with the Uranus transit square to his natal Saturn (23Cancer48) and the Saturn transit sesquiquadrate his natal Venus (25Cancer44), in combination covering all of August and the first half of September.
The hypersensitivity, irritability, and paranoia of this extreme activation of his very vulnerable natal Saturn/Venus conjunction is being further exacerbated by the transit of Pluto sesquiquadrate his natal Ascendant (29Leo55), which adds to the feeling of deep distrust and the experience of a power struggle for survival. This transit has been building in strength since mid-July and will continue through the first days of October. Moreover, it will be strongly activated during and just after the first debate (9/26) by a trine from Mars to the Ascendant, suggesting some angry push backs during and after the first debate.
The Moon conjunct to Trump’s Mars during the morning of 9/27 adds to the picture of an angry post-debate response. In addition, the slow-moving transit of Mercury square to Trump’s Uranus (17Gemini54) on 9/26 through early 9/28, as well as the longer transit of Uranus sextile his natal Sun (22Gemini52), suggests a stronger than usual dose of Trump shenanigans – unexpected attacks from out of left field that completely change the conversation. My sense is that he doesn’t do well in the first debate but attempts to change the subject with vicious and unfounded attacks that suck up the post-debate oxygen. Nothing new here.
The second debate (10/9) seems to go better for Trump, with the Sun transiting his Jupiter (17Libra27) and Venus sextile his Moon (21Sagittarius12). This points to the beginning of a small shift in his favor, enough for him to begin to think he could win. His tertiary Sun will conjunct tertiary Neptune for all of October, adding to the tendency toward grandiose and unfounded expectations. Moreover, tertiary Venus will be conjunct his natal Ascendant from October 10 to Election Day, November 8, pointing to some tightening in the polls. Both of these tertiary progressions are in effect during the third debate as well (10/19) as the second.
The good news for those of us horrified by this man on the national stage is that Trump’s progressed Moon will move to conjunct natal Saturn beginning on November 6, continuing through early December, and triggered on the morning after the election by the transiting Moon, and from November 14 through November 26 by the transiting Node. This progressed Moon conjunction to natal Saturn seems the most significant aspect indicating defeat, melancholy, and a more general emotional contraction for a full month during and after the election.
As for Hillary, things continue fairly steadily but with a bump up in attractiveness and popularity from September 6 through October 16 and again from November 1 through December 11. These dates are due to a strengthening of Venus energies at various times. Some of this includes various activations of the tertiary progressed Pluto square to natal Venus, a multi-year progression that adds to her charisma, especially when triggered by faster moving planets. There will also be a tertiary Venus conjunction with tertiary Sun from September 23 through October 16, notably coinciding with the first two debates (9/26 and 10/9). The second debate is also followed by a transit of Venus over Hillary’s Mercury/Ascendant conjunction. Thus, the second debate seems to go well for both candidates.
The final crossing of Pluto sextile Hillary’s natal Venus (16Scorpio14) from November 1 through December 12, activating the tertiary Pluto square natal Venus and triggered by a trine from the Moon on the morning of November 9, point to a flush of happiness and attraction right at the time of the election and immediately following. There will also be a transit of Jupiter sextile to natal Mars and a sextile of transiting Mars to natal Jupiter during and just after the election, pointing to optimism and success.
As I have said repeatedly, it is quite probable that Hillary Clinton will win the presidential election but will confront significant obstacles from a Republican Congress or a non-filibuster-proof Democratic Senate and a Republican House. Somehow, Republicans always seem to draw the wrong conclusions from their losses and are likely to yet again put their political ambitions and their corporate donors over the country. But at least the possibility of a President Trump will begin to dissipate from the American imagination and be remembered as more of a temporary, albeit frightening, nightmare. The nation and the world will be able rest easy once again. For this, we can be very grateful.