Before I discuss the final debate, the dramatic planetary alignments leading up to it are worth discussing. We are already feeling the impact of the building Mars/Pluto conjunction which will move into its most potent phase from around 8 PM (EDT) Monday, October 17, through around 10:45 AM on Wednesday, October 19. This conjunction promises an increase in aggression, explosions, wild weather, and vicious violence worldwide. We have already seen a firebombing of a Republican office in North Carolina, as well as the commencement of what promises to be a brutal clash for the recapture of Mosul over the coming days.
This potent conjunction (exact at 15Capricorn03) will also square Donald Trump’s Chiron (14Libra55) most intensively throughout Monday and Tuesday and culminating around 1 AM on Wednesday, October 19. We can expect further wounding to his campaign and a continuation of his decompensating emotional state.
For Hillary, this same Mars/Pluto conjunction will be semisquare her Jupiter (00Sagittarius31). Essentially, Mars will trigger the much longer transit of Pluto semisquare her Jupiter which runs through mid-November. The current Mars semisquare to Hillary’s Jupiter will build during October 18 and continue throughout the debate until approximately 11 PM EDT. This suggests that Hillary will be expansive, forceful, and compelling in her debate performance, and will generally benefit from Trump’s troubles in the pre-debate time period.
Also significant for Hillary during the debate and thereafter is the transit of Mars sextile her natal Venus (16Scorpio14) on October 19 and throughout the 20th, and which will be further activated during the morning of October 20 by the transit of the Moon in sesquiquadrate natal Venus. These configurations suggests an increase in personal charisma and contentment that goes through the debate and continues into the post-debate discussion for the following 24 hours.
For Trump, the first 20 minutes of the debate may bring some significant and damaging upset, after which he may manage to calm himself somewhat. It is during the pre-debate hour and the first 20 minutes of on-air time that the transiting Moon will oppose his natal Moon (21Sagittarius12) and square transiting Chiron, activating the current transit of Chiron square his Moon that began in late September and will continue right through early January. This is a long-term transit that suggests emotional turmoil and wounding.
On the positive side for Trump, the transiting Jupiter will be square to his natal Mercury (8Cancer52) for a few days through around 5 PM EDT on Thursday, October 20, stimulating his optimism, brashness, and declarations of success. However, as of mid-morning on Thursday, transiting Mercury will move into a square with his natal Saturn for the duration of the day, indicating negativity and criticism increasingly seep into the general coverage and the debate results. Combined with Trump’s tertiary Sun square to tertiary Neptune during all of October, the tendency for grandiose delusion and disappointment will be strong.