Donald Trump continues to suck all the oxygen out of the Republican primary campaign. Compared to his commanding and brazen performance, the other candidates look like pygmies, barely visible amidst the vast wreckage of Trump’s rhetorical combat zone. Some would optimistically counter that the loud-mouthed real estate mogul makes even the most extreme of the other GOP presidential wannabes seem sane by comparison, but since no one is paying them any attention, it hardly matters.
The latest polls put Trump at 24%, double that of the next two contenders, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. It is no wonder, since Trump is masterfully channeling the GOP Id, with all its brash lack of restraint, arrogant smugness, and gleeful aggression. His supporters are like the groupies of the class bully, enjoying an unhinged and unscrupulous empowerment by proxy. So how long can we expect this wild ride to continue?
Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946, at 10:54 AM, in Queens, New York. His Ascendant is 29Leo58 conjunct Regulus, an extremely potent fixed star known as the “Little King in the Heart of the Lion”, and conferring a sense of royalty and power. His Ascendant is also in a close conjunction with natal Mars (26Leo46), adding an audacious and aggressive edge to his personality. Noteworthy in July through the second week of August 2015 is the double of transit of Jupiter and Venus across the Mars and Ascendant positions, with Venus actually stationary on Trump’s Regulus/Ascendant conjunction. This period of heightened Jupiter and Venus activity is bringing enormous success, notoriety, and popularity during July and early August, especially as it is also activating the progressed Sun conjunction to the Ascendant which continues through July 2016.
An additional contributor to Trump’s current political triumph is the tertiary progression (one day equals one month calculation) of Jupiter conjunct his natal Moon (21Sagittarius12) which covers the period from January 2015 through mid-September 2015. This configuration is being further stimulated in July by a trine from transiting Uranus, and will be increasingly strengthened by Mars from July 24 through 26.. Thus, we can see that Trump’s present popularity is likely to peak by somewhere between late July and the middle of August, after which these various energies will begin to dissipate.
Interestingly, Trump’s progressed Moon will move into a square with natal Neptune (5Libra50) during most of August, followed by a square to progressed Neptune for all of September and the first days of October. This suggests a period of unrealistic expectation, self-delusion, and disappointment in August and September. The Saturn transit square to his Ascendant from September 1 through September 18 points to the time when the limitations of the reality-based world press upon The Donald, and the air is likely to finally go out of his balloon. Mid-September is also the end of the tertiary Jupiter conjunction to Trump’s Moon and may signal the real close of this crazy chapter, which will have already begun to unravel during the second half of August.