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.
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.