It has been an especially lethal and tumultuous week in the world, from the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Turkey, to the terrorist attacks in Berlin and Jordan, the explosion at a fireworks factory in Mexico, the hijacking of a Libyan plane, and the crash of a Russian military jet. Not to be outdone in contributing to this increasingly dangerous instability, Donald Trump cavalierly tweeted about expanding America’s nuclear arsenal, freaking out just about everyone.
Much of this added stress can be attributed to the first crossing of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition, which builds in strength from December 18 through December 26, dissipating thereafter. This aspect is likely to still have enough impact to be triggered by the Moon square to both planets late on December 29 through the very early hours of December 30, suggesting a final wave of unexpected, potent, and transformative events. The transit of Mars from December 29 to December 31 in an opposition to the October 1 solar eclipse point (9Virgo21) and square to US Uranus (8Gemini55) also suggests violent and turbulent events in that period. Moreover, the Saturn transit opposite US Mars (21Gemini23) from December 25 to January 1 and square to US Neptune (22Virgo25) from January 2 to January 11 points to significant circumstances that will directly and adversely impact the US.
The president-elect is also currently under some difficult and emotionally upsetting aspects, with transiting Saturn conjunct his Moon (21Sagittiarus 12) from December 21 to December 30. There is news of him shuttering the Trump foundation and closing development deals in order to avoid the impending conflict of interest controversies once he is sworn in. Given the planets, this is no doubt very distressing for him. He is also likely very disturbed by the US abstaining from the vote at the UN condemning Israeli settlements, an action which clearly and directly ignored his imperious demands on the issue. As we all know, he does not like to be thwarted.
Frustrations and difficulties will continue for Trump when transiting Saturn moves to oppose his Sun (22Gemini56) from January 7 to January 15. Whether the issues that will surface at this time are the same as those implied by the Saturn square to US Neptune that impacts the US or whether they will simply run parallel is yet to be determined.
After Trump has become president, however, these Saturn aspects – conjunct his Moon, opposite his Sun, opposite US Mars, and square US Neptune – will return in greater strength, from June 24 to October 12, 2017. This three and a half month period will very likely be extremely stressful, complicated, and troublesome for the country and its new president. We may get some hints as to how this will play out during the next few weeks. We can also assume that the first week of September 2017 will be particularly disruptive and unsettling due to the very strong triggering of the August 21 solar eclipse point (28Leo53).
As for the next crossing of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition, we can again anticipate a series of wild, transformative, and unexpected circumstances, from February 20 to March 3, with the most dangerous being from February 25 to February 27 when transiting Mars conjunct transiting Uranus opposes transiting Jupiter. During the leadership of President Obama, I always felt I could trust my president to respond to the inevitable crises of the world with a thoughtful, deliberative approach, one that took into account the consequences that various actions might create. This will no longer be the case after January 20.