At long last, the primary season is effectively over. Hillary Clinton garnered huge victories in California and New Jersey, as well as winning in New Mexico and South Dakota. Her masterful speech, highlighting her achievement as the first woman to win a party’s nomination, was a triumph she shared with all women, of all ages and all races, as well as with the fathers, brothers, and sons in their lives. My sense is that Bernie Sanders may take another week or so to let go, moving from aggressive revolutionary (Uranus conjunct his Mars) to magnanimous unifier (Jupiter conjunct his Sun), on or around June 15. But the dye is now cast, and there will be no turning back. This leaves us with the final, ultimate battle: Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton.
As for Donald Trump, once again he has surprised us. We were treated to a real spectacle on primary night when Donald finally acquiesced to his handlers and became, for a moment, Donald the Castrated. Like the castrati of old who were robbed of their testicles so that they could sing as their masters wished, Donald performed for the Republican Establishment that night, rather than for his rabid base. As consistently horrifying as Donald the Unhinged is to those of us who have not drunk the KoolAid, the robotic, emasculated version of The Donald we witnessed during his carefully crafted speech was not only alarming but truly bizarre, with his characteristic swagger, bluster, viciousness, and racism carefully excised so as not to intimidate the party poobahs. My head is still spinning. Nonetheless, we should remember that this was a momentary image manipulation, and there is little doubt the real Donald Trump, the nasty snake oil salesman and King of Tweets we have come to know all too well, will soon re-emerge.
Hopefully, the media and the Clinton campaign will continue to push the unsavory saga of Trump University, although Trump himself will attempt to avoid it like the kryptonite that it is. This story has the potential to be the real turning point in the whole campaign. Ironically, Trump’s racist rants against the judge presiding over the case, though they have caused a huge wave of upset across the country and among the GOP establishment, were initially intended as a diversion from the real issue that truly threatens his campaign.
Indeed, the tale of Trump University is a perfect analogy to the Trump presidential campaign. In essence, it is about people in need being ruthlessly manipulated, guaranteed riches and success, by a world-class huckster who in reality was offering nothing but empty promises and grandiose dreams. The whole thing was a masterful marketing promotion with no real substance to back it up, just like the Trump campaign.
The danger of the Trump University story is that it is easy to understand and easy to relate to. The snake oil Trump sold at Trump University and the snake oil he sells now derives its potency from his glorified name, his blustery confidence, and his bragged-about brilliance. To those who join with him, he offers an irresistible fantasy: a share in the wealth and success he generates just because of who he is. But, ultimately, the only winner is Trump’s perpetual need for self-aggrandizement. If it ever becomes clear to his followers that he is nothing but a snake oil salesman, with a polished veneer barely masking his greed and self-absorption, his support will vanish.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, offers us a steady, resolute and solid sense of purpose. In the same way that the Grandmother is the dependable backbone of the family and can be trusted when difficulties strike, I see Hillary as fulfilling the most positive aspects of this archetype. She may not have the charisma of The Donald, but she projects a deep concern, wisdom, and a steady caring for all who live in this country, as well as the ferociousness of the lioness defending her cubs. Her attacks on Trump come from a deep realization of the true danger he represents to the nation and the world. Moreover, despite the recent focus on a few high-priced speeches to Wall Street, Clinton’s entire life has been about public service. For decades, she has worked tirelessly on children’s issues, civil rights issues, women’s issues, health care, poverty and more. Her drive to be President is a natural outgrowth of her inner imperative for public service, as it should be, rather than the ultimate in self-aggrandizement that fuels her opponent.
Trump has been struggling with the transit of Uranus square to his Saturn (23Cancer48) since late May. The agitation and stress implied by this crossing will continue to intensify through July 10, due to the addition of transiting Mars trine natal Saturn for much of the period from June 14 through July 10, as well as transiting Saturn sesquiquadrate natal Venus (25Cancer44) from June 22 through July 9. During this time, we can expect further well-honed criticism and focused attacks to be heaped on the very thin-skinned Trump, likely to deeply upset him and again precipitate a multitude of irritable, angry, and possibly unhinged responses. Someone with the significant mental imbalance he has thus far exhibited during the campaign (causing many, including myself, to suggest a Narcissistic Personality Disorder) tends to decompensate under severe stress. This is one of many reasons that he should be disqualified from the presidential race and never permitted to enter the enormous pressure and high-stakes reality of life as president.
Nonetheless, the period from July 18 through August 5 will bring to Trump a series of Jupiter transits that seem likely to smooth the waters and generally bring him through a successful convention as the GOP’s presidential nominee. By August, however, Uranus will go back into a waxing square with Trump’s Saturn through September 10, and transiting Saturn will move again to sesquiquadrate his Venus from August 13 through September 17. This is likely to bring another period, from August through mid-September, of very effective attacks against Trump that get under his skin and possibly cause him to respond angrily and impulsively.
He may fare better during October until the election, enjoying the adulation and the crowds described by tertiary progressed Venus conjunct his Ascendant. The Venus/Ascendant combination might even suggest a female running mate, since it points to an increase in female energy in his immediate environment. The tertiary progressed Sun will be conjunct tertiary Neptune for most of October as well, pointing to the grandiose illusion of possibly becoming president.
I continue to think that Trump’s presidential bid will fail. His progressed Moon will move into a one-degree orb of conjunction with his natal Saturn as of November 6 for a month, intensified by the transiting Node semisquare to Saturn from November 14 through 26. These suggest sadness, loss, and general emotional contraction. This will be followed by multiple Saturn transits from December 18 through January 14 and again for the first half of February. These signal a sharp decrease in power, prestige, and popularity.
Currently, Hillary Clinton is greatly enjoying the powerful strengthening of her natal Venus (16Scorpio14), due to a transiting Pluto sextile, a transiting Node sextile, and, as of June 15 through June 25, transiting Jupiter sextile. These aspects will carry her through July 5th, suggesting popularity, increasing poll numbers, and a likely resolution with Bernie Sanders. There are no significantly stressful aspects in her chart between now and the election, with a more or less ongoing stream of mild but steady strengthening of the beneficent and optimistic Jupiter through mid-February 2017 (transiting Pluto semisquare natal Jupiter, transiting Jupiter opposite natal Moon, tertiary Jupiter opposite natal Mars and then opposite natal Pluto). Moreover, the transit of Pluto sextile her natal Venus will return from November 1 through December 11 again boosting her popularity and warm support. I firmly believe that the good Grandma who we can always depend on to have our backs will easily trounce the nasty, self-absorbed snake oil salesman and send him packing.