The big political news story of the past few days has been Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for the position of running mate. The media pundits all agree that this is a wonderful choice, a perfect balancing of the impulsive, unrestrained real estate mogul with the pristine priggishness of the ultra-conservative Pence. But much like having a glass of milk along with an inexhaustible supply of 120-proof, rot-gut whisky, this won’t mitigate the damage even a bit.
As predicted on this site almost a year ago, Trump is about to become the GOP’s presidential nominee. As also predicted, unlike during the primaries, Trump’s many missteps, as well as the growing and sharper political attacks and media exposes, were able to draw some significant blood from late May through early July, during the transit of Uranus square to Trump’s Saturn (23Cancer48) and Saturn sesquiquadrate his Venus (25Cancer44).
We now return to planetary indicators that are similar to those in the primaries: transiting Jupiter will square Trump’s Node, Moon, and Sun for their final crossing from July 18 through August 5. It is likely his poll numbers will briefly rise, and he will look a bit more palatable to the GOP voter. But as of July 28, Uranus will go retrograde and be once again waxing into a square with Trump’s Saturn through September 10. As of August 13, transiting Saturn will move again to sesquiquadrate Trump’s Venus through September 17. Thus, we will again see many formidable and effective attacks, as well as many cringe-inducing missteps that adversely impact his prospects during August and the first half of September.
There may be some positive moments and popularity during the final month leading to the election, with tertiary Venus conjunct Trump’s Ascendant, (29Leo55), but circumstances rapidly go downhill with the election and its aftermath, when the dominant indicator is Saturn. As of November 6, his progressed Moon moves to conjunct natal Saturn through early December. This will be sharply triggered by the transiting Node from November 14 to 26. Moreover, transiting Saturn will move to oppose natal Uranus (17Gemini54) followed by its conjunction with his South Node (20Sagittarius48), conjunction with his Moon (21Sagittarius12), and opposition with his Sun (22Gemini56), consecutively from November 23 to January 14. Taken together, these suggest an unhappy and frustrating period, not what one would expect following a big victory or an increase in power commensurate with winning the presidency.
But just to be sure, we needed to see what the VP candidate’s chart looked like before the final definitive prediction could be made. And truly, the Heavens have rained down joy upon us. From November 4 through November 18, transiting Saturn will oppose Pence’s Sun (16Gemini12), adding a frustrating and stressful push to the tension already there from the transiting Pluto in quincunx to his Sun that runs from November 1 through December 10. Moreover, transiting Saturn will be sesquiquadrate to Pence’s Venus (00Leo48) from November 4 through November 14, triggering the already difficult multi-year progressed Saturn quincunx to natal Venus in his chart. This latter configuration combining progressed Saturn, transiting Saturn, and natal Venus points to a lack of popularity and rising criticism during and after the election, more indicative of defeat than any kind of victory.
And one final nail in the coffin of the Trump candidacy shows up in his daughter Ivanka’s chart, in which the protracted transit of Pluto square to her natal Saturn (9/26 to 11/26) will be strongly activated by transiting Saturn sextile natal Saturn (15Libra48) from 11/1 to 11/14. Transiting Saturn will also cross her natal Venus/Neptune conjunction (22 to 23 Sagittarius) for much of January, a sure sign of disillusion and loss.
Although the larger-than-life Trump has made this election experience more like the obsessive binge watching of an embarrassing reality show than a discussion of the nation’s true circumstances and future prospects, we need to pull it together and focus on the upcoming Senate and Congressional races as much as possible. Otherwise, a Hillary presidency will be ripe for sabotage from the same repugnant characters who have been plotting against President Obama since day one. After all, the GOP motto these days is party and self-interest over country every time. If only the American voter could see that painful truth.