Glittering promises rained down upon the massive crowds, like candy tossed by Santa at a Christmas parade. To these bespelled and gullible throngs, dying industries would be revived, bringing back millions of well-paying jobs. Healthcare would be universal, cheap, and generous. All those nasty foreigners that are stealing our country would be expelled. And the greedy, corrupt government that wants to take our freedom and our money would be cleansed. Just hitch your wagon to that of the very rich, very successful, powerhouse Donald Trump, and everything would be “terrific” once again.
The repeated slogans that played on grievances and offered a shimmering mirage of the coming “greatness” became fuel for the raging bonfire of 2016’s Trumpmania. “Lock her up”, “Lying press”, “Dishonest Hillary”, “Build a wall”, “Repeal and replace”, “Forgotten men and women”, and “Drain the swamp” kept the conflagration of rage and unbridled hope burning.
Now, as winter winds into spring, the stars are still shining brightly in the eyes of most of the cultish Trump worshipers, but the reality of his agenda is beginning to bleed through. The proposed replacement of Obamacare, known alternatively as Trumpcare or Ryancare, promises to rip health coverage away from 24 million people over the next decade, while offering billions in huge tax cuts for the super-rich. The orgy of regulation destruction set upon by Trump and his minions will save the global corporatists and their stockholders billions but will unharness massive pollution of the air and water, while cavalierly fueling the growing destruction of climate change. Moreover, the Trump agenda includes cutting Medicaid, food and housing support for the poor, as well as science research and financial protections, all while lowering taxes on the wealthy and subsidizing a massive military buildup and a useless wall on the southern border. As for “draining the swamp”, Trump’s cabinet is mostly a cadre of multi-billionaires and the politicians who supported and were subsidized by them.
The consistent thread through all of this is who benefits from these policies. Beyond the manipulative lip-service given to the Trumpophiles, the invariable winners in the real world are the mega-corporations and the billionaire class, and most especially the fossil fuel industry and the weapons manufacturers. As is well known, deregulation and tax cuts for the rich have been the lifeblood of Republican policy makers for decades, and they are more obvious than ever in the Trump budget and health care proposals. As the fog lifts, draining the swamp has morphed into swelling the swamp, all the better to smother the whole country with its fetid stench.
The larger context for the rise of corporatist power in the US today is the waxing Pluto return in the US chart which will be exact throughout much of 2022. Pluto in a natal chart describes an overwhelming, almost compulsive need to take things to an extreme, eventually leading to a profound transformation. Using the Sagittarius rising version of the US chart, Pluto (27Capricorn33) is in the second house, which describes the intense drive for material wealth and the near sacredness of capitalism in the US, as well as the huge pockets of hidden wealth and wielded power among the billionaire class. The coming Pluto return in 2022 is focusing increasing intensity on this position of Pluto, expanding the wealth and the unbridled greed of the oligarchs, as well as leading to an implosion of some kind and a major reset of this process during 2022. It is worth noting that during 2020, from February through most of November, transiting Saturn will cross US Pluto three times, suggesting some leashing of US Pluto during that year and therefore constraining the manifold efforts toward unbridled corporatism, and likely Donald Trump, during that period.
In the more immediate future, the month of April is a cause for concern. From April 5 through April 21, there will be a protracted Venus station (26Pisces54) square to a Saturn station (27Sagittarius43). It seems likely there will be some ongoing story during that time of loss or sorrow, with unfolding chapters highlighted when transits to 27 degrees from other positions trigger this configuration (4/8, 4/15- 4/17). With Donald Trump’s second crossing of his Jupiter return from April 6 through April 13, we may see him opportunistically trying to capitalize on the initial events with some limited success. Thus far, I have not been able to find any chart with 27 degrees of the mutable signs prominent, not among Trump staff, the US chart, major politicians, or news media. This suggests the most dramatic events will either be very localized in the US and/or impacting a foreign nation. Nonetheless, the protracted Saturn/Venus square suggests something quite difficult and deeply stressful somewhere, and we will have to wait to see where and how it unfolds.