It seems quite likely that Donald Trump will overwhelm and outshine everyone else at Tuesday’s first Republican debate. Subsequently, he will crest for a few more days, and then, like the well-known Icarus of Greek mythology, fly too near the sun. For now, Jupiter is on his Ascendant (29Leo58), strengthened by transiting Mercury at the time of the debate and its immediate aftermath. But this powerful combination seems destined to be more swan song than political launch. By mid-August, as the effectiveness of Trump’s larger-than-life bluster starts to dim, the insubstantiality and empty expectation of progressed Moon square to Neptune will begin to take hold. Increasingly, the emptiness of the man behind the curtain will become obvious, even to those who join him in raging against the machine.


As for Joe Biden, it seems unlikely that he will run for the presidency. He is still very much in the midst of the overwhelming grief of the loss of his son, indicated by the Saturn station conjunct his Venus from June through August. This very stressful and difficult transit has been alleviated briefly by the crossing of Jupiter square to his Sun/Venus conjunction from July 26 to August 3, but until Jupiter’s brief crossing square Biden’s Ascendant from August 21 through August 27, the emotionally contracting Saturn will be dominant. This suggests a mood far different than that needed for a campaign.


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.

July Musings

Chiron in a chart points to a wound that never heals.  In the US, first on any list of wounds that seem never to fully heal would be our history of vicious and violent racism.  Using the Sagittarius rising version of the US chart, we find Chiron in the 4th house in Aries, currently receiving a long station from transiting Uranus, from late May through August 2015. What this suggests is sudden, powerful, and transformative events that agitate and then transform a deep reservoir of pain that exists within the national family . Clearly, the Charleston Church Massacre falls within this narrative, as well as the numerous and less notorious church arsons in the South that have followed in recent weeks. The dramatic shift in attitude towards the Confederate flag also falls within this Uranus/Chiron discussion. Although the entire period of the Uranus station is likely to agitate painful tensions among the squabbling siblings of the American family, and racist issues in particular, further dates to watch are July 10, during the Sun opposition to Uranus, and July 24 through July 26, during the likely violent Mars square to Uranus.

Also noteworthy during July is the building stress of the Saturn/Pluto semisquare, which extends from mid-May through mid-August. As of June 27 and extending through August 10,  Saturn is also sitting in a protracted sesquiquadrate to the US Sun (13Cancer19). This will be joined by the Pluto opposition to the US Sun as of July 3, which itself extends until November 2 before beginning to dissipate.  Thus, the tensions, power struggles, and difficulties of the Saturn/Pluto semisquare are likely to increasingly impact the US from late June through mid-August.  We have already seen the impact of the Saturn/Pluto aspect in the increase in terrorist events throughout the world in recent weeks, as well as in the increasingly aggressive military push-back of ISIS.  July seems likely to be a very dangerous month in regard to these issues, in particular during July 4 through July 5 (Sun opposite Pluto, sesquiquadrate Saturn) and during July 13 through July 15 (Mars and  Mercury opposite Pluto and sesquiquadrate Saturn).

Although there will quite possibly be some upsetting fallout following the July 12 to July 15 events, with the Saturn station continuing very close to its aspect to the US Sun for several weeks, it seems likely that President Obama will handle the situation in a way that gains broad support. Jupiter will be transiting his natal Uranus and North Node from July 15 through July 28, suggesting a significantly positive response to his actions.



June Discussion Thread

A couple of thoughts:

The protracted and stressful Saturn/Pluto semisquare is now with us until mid-August, bringing angst, contraction of goals, and many frustrations and setbacks. The Saturn station sits on Joe Biden’s Venus/Sun conjunction, and we are already seeing the profound grief this is causing with the loss of his son. We are also already seeing the signs of the difficulty and complications this aspect will be causing to our foreign policy, as many of the administration’s foreign policy people are hit by this compound transit. This aspect also hits the US Sun and Vladimir Putin’s Sun, suggesting cross purposes and increasing tension between the US and Russia with both parties unhappy about it.

Thus, we can expect: difficulties in the war with ISIS, difficulties with Russia, stress within the administration including Kerry’s injury and Biden’s profound loss, all of these from the first of June through mid-August, with particular exacerbation July 5 to July 17.

Discussion Thread

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