Donald Trump has taken everyone by surprise. His presidential campaign has not only been in the spotlight for his drastic and inflammatory remarks, and the violence at his rallies, he’s been alarmingly successful.
In the minds of many, a Trump Presidency is something of a farcical global apocalypse to contemplate. One would have thought that in this day and age it should not be possible for anyone to get this far, with this level of support, selling this crass and brutal ‘American Greatness’. And yet, so it is.
But let’s look at the astrology as objectively as possible. See below Trump’s Tropical/Placidus chart on the left (typical western settings) and the Sidereal/Whole House chart on the right (typical Vedic astrology settings).
Donald Trump entered this world, just in time for a total lunar eclipse – yes, there were omens! – on the 14th of June 1946, at 10:54 am, in Queens, New York. His birth data is rated as “AA” (from birth certificate) on astro.com’s astrodatabank, and thus highly likely to be accurate. It’s an update from a widely used previous time of 9:51 am, which was rated “A” (from memory), and which placed his Ascendant at 17 degrees of Tropical Leo.
So far this updated data’s Ascendant of 29 degrees Tropical Leo- on the fixed star Regulus- does seem to work. Interestingly enough, for one thing, it brings Mars closer to the Ascending degree, and by my reckoning, Mars remains every bit as much in the 1st House. Trump is brash, aggressive, competitive; plain and simple.
His Progressed Sun has just lately arrived at a Conjunction to his Ascendant (and Regulus). He’s ready to rule; this reaffirms around this year of his the life, the ‘Trump as King’ narrative he’s managed to get us all embroiled in.
Kenneth Johnson desribes Regulus, as if it were written for Trump:
“The Greeks regarded Regulus as a mixture of Mars and Jupiter (it is slightly reddish in color), and wrote that those who have this star prominent are esteemed, commanding, independent, outspoken, great-souled and honor-loving, often wealthy and born leaders of men. There is a certain amount of Martian contentiousness or quarrelsomeness involved.
Similarly, the lunar mansion of Magha, marked primarily by Regulus, is said to produce natives who are kingly, proud, larger than life, restless, ambitious, wealthy, arrogant, and (once again) born leaders. The Hindu tradition adds that they are more often than not conservative as leaders (think of Winston Churchill, with his Moon conjunct Regulus). This star would have marked the summer solstice in 3000 BCE.”
No doubt having Mars on the Ascendant in Leo (Tropical or Sidereal in this case) goes a long way towards reinforcing these indications of quarrelsomeness and contentiousness in Regulus Rising. But Mars is the Raja Yoga Karaka (roughly, ‘kingly union significator’), and thus a great benefic for every Leo Ascendant. This elevated status of Mars for the Leo Ascendant is a result of Mars being simultaneously lord of the Angular 4th House (containing Scorpio) and the ‘Dharmic” 9th House (containing Aries). Therefore, the powerful placement of Mars in Trump’s 1st House (by Jyotish rules in the sign of a friend), contributes to his ability to succeed through his forceful character.
Looking at his chart through the Sidereal lens, I’d note that Moon in Sidereal Scorpio does nothing to abate the martian tone of his personality expression (like Saddam Hussein in this particular), and it may arguably contribute to his knack for offending women with his abrasive and insensitive manner.
While the Moon gains some strength and benefit from being at home in the 4th House (a factor that would support real estate ownership, thanks in large measure to the Moon’s strong dispositor), she suffers debilitation in Sidereal Scorpio.
Note the following by James Braha on specifically a Waxing Moon in the 4th House, which Donald has:
“This is the best position for the Moon, as it gets dik bala, or directional strength in the 4th House. The person will be happy and content. He will be close to his mother and benefit from her. The mother will be fortunate and long lived. The person will have a good heart and be very kind and tender. He will be fortunate in owning fine homes and all kinds of conveyances (cars, boats, planes, etc.). He will enjoy many comforts and luxuries…. The person will be sensitive to the cares of masses and interested in protecting them. He will inherit maternal or ancestral property or wealth. He may gain from farming, agriculture or landscaping”
This is in many respects a remarkably accurate interpretation. Even the unassuming statement that he ‘will be happy and content‘ is worth reflecting on. Moon in the 4th so effectivly reinforces his innate self acceptance (cause his mama loved him), that it reinforces his external confidence (already overty strong with Sun in the 10th, and Mars in the 1st). The specific and clear reference to real estate and conveyances speaks for itself.
It’s interesting to note Braha’s observation that a waxing Moon in the 4th indicates ‘caring for masses and wanting to protect them‘. Certainly a whole swathe of the masses seem to be feeling the love. Of course it speaks of arguably a genuine element of good old fashioned family values in Trump. Moon in the 4th with Sun in the 10th makes it easy for Trump to be a ‘strong and caring father figure’ to those less concerned with rational and well articulated political policies.
James Braha, going into greater detail than one normally finds in astrological ‘cookbooks’:
“If the Moon is in Scorpio in the 4th House…The person will be mean or cruel hearted. He may have problems or diseases of the heart.. The person will lose or sell fixed assets at different points in his life… He will not have been breast-fed”
Was Trump breast-fed? I don’t know, and even if he was, its really more a symbol of a deficiency or maladjustment in what should otherwise be a zone of the chart that relates to our capacity for tender caring, for a sense of belonging and community and all those sweet instincts. I guess in this respect Trump is well mirrored in a large number his supporters; salt of the earth types, (‘deplorables‘, as Hillary put it) who love tribe and nation so fiercely that it makes them a little unruly at rallies. They’re ‘passionate’, Trump concedes, because they really love their country. And yet, it does look a little ‘mean or cruel hearted’, when you say you wanna punch someone in the face, for example.
He’s a rough diamond, our Donald.
As far as Sun Signs go, Trump’s Sun in Sidereal Taurus seems an obvious reference to his practical and acquisitive instincts, but there are several other factors indicating his capacity to generate and amass wealth. Jupiter, a natural benefic, is lord of the 5th House, and located in the 2nd of money and property. In the Jyotish paradigm any planet ruling a “Kona” House (1st, 5th or 9th) becomes thereby something of a benefic. So, Jupiter’s benefic status is assured and reinforced for the Leo Ascendant on that account. Jupiter is not particularly well placed in Virgo though, it’s true, but Mercury, Jupiter’s dispositor, is in its own sign, somewhat strengthening Jupiter on that account.
Mercury’s rulership of both the 2nd and 11th makes it a key significator of finances and income for every Leo Ascendant. Trump’s Mercury being in Sidereal Gemini in the 11th House therefor has important financial implications. The 11th House is every bit as much a ‘money house’ as is the 2nd, and in Jyotish several ‘Dhana Yogas’, or ‘combinations for wealth‘, require that the lord of the 11th House be located in the 11th, with other supportive factors, such as strong 5th and 9th lords. In this context Trump’s Mars as 9th lord, in a congenial sign, and in the 1st House, supports his ‘luck’.
If indeed the Ascending degree of 29 Tropical Leo be true, transiting Uranus and Pluto, combined with the eclipses of 8 October 2014 and 4 April 2015, would have been quite tightly aspecting his Ascendant by 45 degree multiple aspects (semi-square and sesquiquadrate); in fact, we could view it as Trump’s Ascendant on the transiting Uranus/Pluto Midpoint, at various times in 2014 and particularly 2015. These eclipses in a sense merely amplified that Uranus/Pluto stirring.Could this be something of an ‘awakening to destiny as an agent for revolution‘ (as the same planetary events seem to have done for Vladimir Putin, via their aspects to his natal Sun, for example)? Looks like this got Trump started, or rather, ignited, with a sense of purpose. Even now, in the latter half of 2016, transiting Pluto remains within a degree of Sesquiquadrate (135 degree angle to) his Ascendant.
Ok, now here’s something of an astrological revelation. Donald Trump ends 18 years of Rahu Dasha and commences the 16 years of Jupiter Dasha days after the election of the President of the USA in November 2016! That’s uncanny timing for a major ‘changing of the guard’ in his life.
Does this mean he will win the election and become President of the USA? It certainly is marking the end of 2016 as a major turning point in his life. He won’t be the same after this, whether he wins or loses. And, I’d cautiously predict, that he will become a better person in the years ahead as a result of this awakening of Jupiter, whether he’s running the world, or simply minding his own chain of restaurants and golf courses. The end of 2016 brings to an end for Trump 18 years of the Dragon’s Head in the 10th House. While Rahu in the 10th House may indicate professional success, ambition, and worldly power, Rahu’s nature is inherently turbulent, and tamasic. Jupiter, by contrast, is satvic, or ‘pure’. He will always be what and who he is – a rather coarse and boorish bloke – but even so, such virtue and wisdom as he is capable of may well reveal itself in his Jupiter Dasha.
The fact that Trump has a Jupiter Return as he enters Jupiter Dasha, which from there forms a Trine aspect to his Sun, does nothing to weaken his prospects at the and of 2016, and January 2017, when the new President of the USA will be sworn in.
We do not have an official birth time for Hillary Clinton. There are a number of conflicting reports. Among the most credible contenders is a birth time of just after 8:00am. I have not immersed myself in trying to resolve this mystery, but at this stage I consider this 8:00am time (more than one source quotes that time within a few minutes) to be fairly convincing. By Jyotish Sidereal/Whole House settings the Sun is located in the 1st House, Saturn is in the 10th House, with Mars, in Cardinal signs. The Sun, however, is debilitated, as is Mars. She is viewed my many as ruthless.
This is somewhat obvious from the tight Mars/Pluto Conjunction, regardless of which sign it’s in, but Mars being debilitated can point to a cowardly or underhanded use of force. Rightly or wrongly, she has been accused of rather malicious and nefarious acts, such untimely and suspicious deaths of many significant individuals when they were on the brink of exposing or testifying against her. Her role in the instigation and fostering of needless wars, have led many to feel that she would do little as President of the USA to reverse the many controversial and ill conceived military and political entanglements of America on the world stage. The simmering tensions between Russia and America could easily escalate under her stewardship, whereas, curiously, Putin and Trump have already established a very cordial relationship. Yes, Trump may be something of a buffoon, but Hillary’s no less ‘crooked’, and its not a given that hers is a better hand at the helm.
The debilitation of Hillary’s Sun is to some degree ‘cancelled’ by the great potency of Venus in her Jyotish chart: Lord of the 1st in its own sign, and located in the 1st. It greatly enhances her capacity to gain prominence, popularity and influence (Mohandas Gandhi had Venus is Sidereal Libra in the 1st).
Saturn is the ‘Raja Yoga Karaka’ for every Libra Ascendant, making Saturn the best planet and a great benefic for her. Her Saturn in the 10th becomes particularly capable of raising her to great heights (Hitler had the same pattern: Sidereal Libra Ascendant with Saturn in the 1oth House). The 10th Lord, Moon, is located in the 5th House in Aquarius. It is in fact in Mutual Reception with Saturn. This creates an extremely powerful ‘yoga’ for professional and political success. [and incidentally nice pretty daughter; Moon in the 5th. See also Obama’s Jyotish chart’s Moon in 5th]
So, yes, she has some very powerful features in her chart that could raise her up, and have raised her already to a level where is appears to be just about above the law. But her position is not unassailable. She is in Sun Dasha from 2015 to 2021. Just recently Congress served a subpoena on the FBI to provide complete and unredacted documentation on investigations into Hillary. This says a lot in itself. Her reputation and credibility are being questioned at the highest level, literally bringing different limbs of goverment into conflict with each other.
A debilitated planet in the 1st House, apart from harming your reputation, can also harm your body. Hillary recently collapsed at a gathering, feeding growing concerns about her health. It has even been speculated that she may have to withdraw. See below her Progressions for September 2016.
Her progressed Sun has just passed a Square to natal Neptune and is applying to an exact Square to progressed Neptune. The progressed Moon has just lately arrived at a Conjunction with natal Neptune, bring the entire progressed Sun-Neptune Square into particularly sharp focus between roughly August and October 2016. That it could harm her health would not come as a surprise to astrologers. It also complicates this pivotal final stage of her campaign.
I won’t claim to know what will happen, but it appears to me, astrologically, that Trump is stronger right now, than Hillary. But that said, it’s tempting to assume that the election date (8 November 2016), and the day or two thereafter when the results are finalized, as well as the Presidential Inauguration (20 January 2017), would look clearly better for one of them than the other.
Looking it these dates more closely seems to me to favor Hillary. It really isn’t a clear cut situation.
On the 8th of November Hillary will have tr.Moon in the 5th, approaching a lunar return (which properly occurs on the 10th). She has a Mercury Return immediately before the election (which an 8am birth would conspicuously place on her Ascendant). She’s bound to be busy and doing a lot of speaking. In itself this Mercury Return is quite useful, but it is Square her Saturn. She may be more than a little anxious perhaps?
Soon after the election, around the time the results would be emerging, tr.Mercury is Quincunx her natal Uranus, which could be ‘surprise news’ of an upsetting kind, or possibly a technical emergency, or it may simply be nervous over stimulation? tr.Mercury is at that time also Square her Node axis, which could translate into important public announcements and speeches.
Trump has Venus all over his Sun and Moon a day or two before the election, which can be cheerful enough. Smiles, perhaps, for the camera. But then soon after tr.Mercury is Quincunx his Sun and Trine his Saturn, pretty much on the day of the election itself. Awkwardly humbling information or statements? Is this a concession speech, or is he just complaining about something?
Hillary has tr.Mars Sextile her natal Jupiter, which becomes exact a day or two after the election. This, I must confess, is a strong ‘victory signature’ (somewhat reinforced by the concurrent Lunar Return in her natal 5th). At that same time Trump has tr.Mars Quincunx Ascendant, and, apparently on the 10th of November tr.Mercury Squares his Mars. Is he angry, insulting or even threatening then, or just tense and busy?
A few weeks later, on the 20th of January 2017, at the time of the inauguration ceremony, it’s intriguing to see that Trump has tr.Jupiter very closely Trine his natal Sun (which by itself would seem like a perfect time to be crowned), but tr.Saturn opposes his Sun while Conjunct his Moon around that time also! It’s certainly not an unimportant and uneventful time for him. Saturn Conjunct Moon is arguably here worse than Saturn opposing Sun. It can make for self-pity (and note that Trump has progressed Moon Conjunct Natal Saturn, exact between the time of the election and the inauguration). Transiting Mars Squares his Sun and Moon a day or two prior to the inauguration date. Is he throwing a tantrum? He’s certainly looking cross, or very virulent and forceful.
The Moon is in Tropical Scorpio/Sidereal Libra on the 20th of January 2017; in Hillary’s 1st House by Whole Sign houses. She may well be ‘shining’, or having a public moment. It can place her in the spotlight. Tr.Mercury is Semi-Square her natal Mercury, and possibly her Ascendant also. An oath? A speech?
During the early part of January of 2017 tr.Jupiter is Sextile Hillary’s Saturn. That normally means you’re about ready for a ‘promotion’. The elders and authorities like your work and assist you in laying your plans. At that time tr.Saturn is also Trine her natal Saturn.
Hillary’s Moon is tightly Square both Trumps Sun and Moon. Around the time of the inauguration transiting Mars and Saturn are in hard aspect to all of these. Could the loser be acrimoniously venting, or privately seething? They could certainly hiss at each other around then, given half the chance.
It’s not an easy one to call, but I think Hillary takes it, perhaps even by dubious stealth (she managed to so with Bernie Sanders, it seems). Trump may complain bitterly, and who knows, perhaps rightly.
If Trump wins, which perhaps he should (not on the basis of any great merit of his, only in comparison to his ‘Crooked Hillary‘), then I expect he will suffer some other create personal loss as a result of his Sade Sati; Saturn’s Transit over his Moon. I expect that he will lose the election, and yet I do not expect Hillary to have a very easy time in the early part of her likely presidency. She may for a time remain harassed by the threat of legal proceedings against her. In fact, with her being in the Dasha period of a debilitated Sun (under which Bill Gates too, fell foul state institutions), she may struggle to maintain an unopposed authority, and may have to fend off many challengers.
It may well happen that Trump turns to fairly constructive socially orientated work after the election. Transiting Saturn Conjunct Moon and Opposting Sun is big milestone in a person’s life. It can sometimes be a great triumph at the end of a Herculean effort, but it is more often a lesson in acceptance and surrender. If he wins, he will certainly feel the grave weight of his responsibility, which can only be a good and formative thing, for him, and any possible Trump presidency.
In closing, I light a candle of rememberance for Bernie Sanders, the real chosen President of America, if you ask me. Annointed by a ‘dove’, no less, when Venus came, in a blink, to greet the Jupiter-Saturn Square and eclipse of March 2016. Truly, Bernie, with his noble Sun in Sidereal Leo heart, and the humanity of Moon in Sidereal Pisces, stood for much of the change the world is begging for. Change that some rather calculated people in this world fight tooth and nail to forestall. The dice was loaded. And now, countless Americans are faced with a very uncomfortable choice. Things aint right!
And yet, it was beautiful and meaningful to watch Transiting Jupiter – Guru in the language of Vedic astrology – pirouette around Bernie’s Sun at the peak of his campaign, while both were Trine Pluto, and to see inspired leadership in action, and inspired, hopeful people in support. His parting message: Run for office and become the visionary leaders of tomorrow. You’re a lion too.
As Pushkar Baba once framed it in Rishikesh, ‘GOD means Go On Duty‘.