There is a strangely dystopian feel in today’s America, as if we are in some bizarre futuristic reality. Indeed, a creeping authoritarianism seems to be taking hold, while we are endlessly distracted by the appalling reality show of Trump Unhinged. We keep missing the important, life-altering stories, while our eyes are glued to the stupefying circus.
The star of the show is, of course, the impulsive, blatantly dishonest, uncontrollable, unpredictable man at the center, Donald Trump. Unfortunately, he is also the president, thereby giving him almost limitless power to wreak havoc. Many of the policies he is pushing upon us are not based in a realistic understanding of various situations, but instead are based in paranoid delusions of wild dangers and evil conspiracies. This leads to enormously expensive, wasteful, and often harmful plans being enacted, while the real problems are either ignored or made far worse.
A wall on the Mexican border will do little to actually stop illegal immigration while being a gargantuan waste of resources that could be put to use elsewhere. Proposed funding for this boondoggle is likely to be syphoned from the Coast Guard, FEMA, and the TSA, among other crucial services. The ill-conceived Muslim ban actually threatens our national security by ratcheting up anger, resentment, and hatred against the US. The hunt for and expulsion of illegal immigrants is breaking up families, hurting American-born children, and often sending away those who have done no harm, not to mention the increased expense of forcefully and precipitously expelling productive members of society. The absurd accusation claiming President Obama had “wiretapped” the Trump campaign has only served to overwhelm the media which should be covering the proposed and deeply problematic GOP replacement for Obamacare, the very real threat of North Korea, and the simmering fury engendered by the Muslim ban. At times, one wonders if this is purposeful distraction or just more unhinged narcissistic paranoia.
Meanwhile, almost 40% of the country seems to be enthralled in a cult-like worship of all things Trump. Whatever he says is taken as truth, no matter how crazy it may sound to the rest of us and no matter what evidence is presented to the contrary. His followers have essentially been drawn into a bubble of distorted reality, and, much like the followers of any cult, they are captivated by the grandiose delusions of a charismatic and narcissistic leader. Moreover, he has successfully inoculated himself from any media revelations, claiming repeatedly for months now that the mainstream press are liars. In addition, his supporters are used as leverage against a supine Republican Congress that fears more for their own jobs than for the country.
Astrologically, the planet associated with deception, delusion, and dishonesty is Neptune. When strong, it can create widespread confusion, misdirection, and unrealistic expectations. Under Neptune, the perception of reality is often twisted by what one wants to see rather than being based on the facts on the ground. Illusions look like reality, while reality seems confused and murky.
In the US chart, the progressed Sun has been in Pisces, Neptune’s sign, since late 2004 and will remain there until early November 2034. This has increased the tendency to religious and partisan extremes, as well as the highly emotional and changeable reaction to many news stories. The progressed Pisces Sun provides a background theme for other more specific events that unfold over time.
This Neptunian flavor of reality engendered by the progressed Pisces Sun is especially potent when strong progressions and transits intensify its influence. It is at these times when the population or some part of it can be swept away with some form of unrealistic expectation or misperceptions. Needless to say, we are currently in such a time. Beginning in 2016, from late March through July and returning in 2017 from late February through March 22, transiting Neptune has been and continues to be conjunct the US progressed Sun (12 Pisces). The first period was when the Trump movement, based in his grandiose proclamations of how he would rescue the victimized masses, began sweeping the nation. The second, current period is when his delusional and unhinged tendencies are becoming increasingly obvious.
The transit of Neptune conjunct the progressed US Sun will return the summer of 2017, from July 28 through September 3, and then again in 2018, from January 15 through February 18, as well as from September 14, 2018, through January 10, 2019. It is worth looking deeper into each of these time periods to see what other planetary indicators are simultaneously part of the story.
The current phase of transiting Neptune conjunct the US progressed Sun, from February 22 through March 22, has been accompanied in part by the transit of Jupiter opposite transiting Uranus (2/20 to 3/3), as well as transiting Uranus opposite Inaugural Jupiter (2/20 to 3/13). These configurations point to the rapidly changing, dramatic, unexpected, and transformative events that have been overwhelming the news cycles. Largely consuming all of them, however, are the illusions, deceptions, and confusion of Neptune.
In addition, using the 12Sagittarius57 rising US chart (5:12PM), we also find the progressed Moon conjunct the Ascendant (2/20 to 3/18), which itself is receiving a square from transiting Neptune (3/9 to 4/4), thereby adding to the confused and unrealistic mood in the country at present. The progressed Moon conjunct the Ascendant, moreover, points to the deep changes currently taking hold in the country.
The next crossing of Neptune to the US progressed Sun will be from July 28 through September 3. This comes in the midst of what is likely to be an exceptionally challenging and problematic period for the country and for Mr. Trump. Transiting Saturn will be stationing opposite the US Mars (21Gemini23), square to US Neptune (22Virgo25), and sesquiquadrate US Node (6Leo36), as well as conjunct Trump’s Moon (21Sagittarius12) and opposite his Sun (22Gemini56). The entire length of these extraordinarily difficult Saturn transits extends from June 24 to October 12, 2017. The addition of the progressed Sun/Neptune theme, from late July to early September, suggests wild emotions, great disillusionment, and extreme feelings of loss and confusion. It is possible this period may serve to deflate the larger-than-life image of himself (Neptune) that Trump has instilled in his followers. It is certain that some of his grandiose plans will hit the brick wall of reality (Saturn) during this time.
Transiting Neptune will cross the US progressed Sun again in 2018, from January 15 through February 18, as well as from September 14 through January 10, 2019. Both periods coincide with Saturn transits opposite US Venus (3Cancer06) and US Jupiter (5Cancer56), suggesting contractions and difficulties financially. The multiple Saturn transits to US Venus may also point to periods of grief in the US over deeply upsetting events of national interest. Late July through early October 2018 is particularly susceptible. The added progressed Sun/Neptune energy adds distrust and disillusionment towards the president (US Sun) at that time, as well as confusion over national goals.
Although the influence of Neptune may be exciting and energizing in its initial phases, it is ultimately corrosive and deflating. Unrealistic expectations collide with the limitations and irrefutability of the facts on the ground. The grandiose delusions that are woven into the Trump persona and the wild expectations he has engendered ultimately contain the seeds of their own unraveling. Moreover, he has created policies to thwart a disturbingly paranoid perception of dangers, threats, and conspiracies, while leaving the real problems to fester or be shortchanged while we wrestle with phantoms. As the multiple Saturn transits unfold in the next few years, it seems likely that a fierce a relentless reality will begin to break down, piece by piece, the multiple layers of Trumpworld delusion.