Dear Friends, Clients and Subscribers,
I thought that Halloween, a few days before the election might be a good time to resend this slightly edited article I wrote about Trump when he was still in the competition for the Republican nomination in 2016 as I had promised earlier. You might say it is the scariest thing I could quickly ‘dish up’ for Halloween.
I think you can see how things that were apparent in his Astrological chart back in 2016 are all very well-known now, through our experience of him in these past years of his Presidency.
Donald Trump: My Astrological View
In full disclosure: I admit to having personally benefitted from the largesse of the Trump Corporation. During the years that I lived in New York City I discovered that the cleanest, most grandiose and freely available rest rooms in mid-town Manhattan were at the Trump Tower, and I availed myself of those facilities on numerous occasions. 🙂
In preparation for writing this article I purchased and spent several days reading the Trump biography: “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success” by Michael D’Antonio, and I will incorporate several quotes from that book. I wanted to give a well-researched treatment to this article.
Who is Donald Trump really? Here is a quote from Michael Antonio’s book:
But who is Donald Trump really? Even those close to him are perplexed by this question as evidenced by this quote from his ex-wife Ivana Trump:
“Ivana readily recalls happier episodes from the early years of her marriage to Donald, and the details of her successes as his business partner…. But when I ask what she thinks motivates her former husband, she struggles to answer and says, ‘I think he wants to be noticed.’ A moment later, when I ask if she feels she has ‘figured out’ Donald, she first says, ‘Yeah, I figured it out,’ then adds, ‘Well, I really don’t know.’ “ (End Quote)
Those of us familiar with the depth and potential of Modern Astrology know it is the tool par excellence to gain insight into the complexity and personal karmic experience of an individual.
The question I am most interested in addressing now are: What does his Astrology chart really say about him?
First of all, for those of you who may not be familiar with my personal approach to Astrology, I want to state that I rely heavily upon the Karmic Astrology information published in the book: ‘Astrology Plus’*, which was channeled through the mediumship of Maurice Cooke from the Ascended Master Hilarion. This very specific, personal, karmic information provides insights not available from any other source. I will therefore be quoting directly from this book to share with you these unique personal insights.
On initial glance it is easy to recognize that Donald Trump was destined to be wealthy. One of the most positively aspected planets in his chart is his Jupiter, the planet of optimism, confidence, luck and fortune, in his Second House of money, finances, love and affection.
For Jupiter in the 2nd Hilarion says:
The placement of a benefic planet in the second sector (Venus and Jupiter are the Lesser and Greater Benefics, respectively) always calls into the life a protective influence over the “material resources” of the native. (End Quote)
This Jupiter is in positive aspect to his Moon and therefore relatable to the luck of having been born into a family which would have some degree of affluence.
But, Jupiter in the 2nd also indicates:
Second House Jupiter in the second sector suggests that love will be a strong part of the individual’s life. If heavily afflicted however, Jupiter in the second will not give the full measure of affectional fulfillment, until the native learns to de-escalate his exaggerated view of sensual gratification. (End Quote)
Now sensual gratification can obviously be sex, food, money and the things that money can buy.
‘The Donald,” as he was named by his 2nd wife, has been known, especially in his earlier days, to have been quite the ‘womanizer.’ He never took to alcohol or drugs but readily admitted to his passion for beautiful women.
“Trump sought to bond over guy talk, said Dowd, almost to the point of annoyance. The man talks and talks and talks – about sports and women. The amount of conversation about sex and women is endless.”
According to his 2nd wife, Marla Maples:
“I saw a real positive light in him, but money and power truly got in the way of the love that we had, to be very honest; if anything, it destroyed it.”
Donald Trump’s problems in the arena of money and finances and love and affection, i.e. the 2nd House, don’t really come so much from this Jupiter. I would say they derive more from his Neptune, also in the Second House, but square, in tension with, his Mercury. Neptune in the 2nd can give one great faith and trust around money, but it can also give a propensity for confusion, illusion, deception, victimhood and martyrdom, in this case, around love and money.
The Mercury end of this tension is in Cancer, of which Hilarion says:
Mercury here if afflicted will make it very difficult for the rational mental processes to operate independently of and unaffected by the emotional life. Negative feelings and emotions will have a way of muddying up the reasoning ability. The main lesson is to separate thought from emotional influences. (End Quote)
Neptune squaring that Mercury is going to heighten the negative Neptunian influence upon what Donald Trump thinks or says, especially around love and money. Of course, his experience has been a mixture of the two.
He has often referred to the world as ‘vicious’ and life is about ‘survival’ and all there are only the ‘winners’ and the ‘losers.’
In his book: Trump: The Art of the Comeback he depicted women as sexually voracious ‘killers’ who traded their beauty to dominate men. As he stated:
“The most difficult aspect of the prenuptial agreement is informing your future wife (or husband): I love you very much, but just in case things don’t work out, this is what you will get in the divorce. There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else. The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp. There is also the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her.”
“People are really vicious, and no place are they more vicious than in their relationships with the opposite sex.”
A bit of fearful, Neptunian victim/victimizerness involving sex and money I would say.
This confusion around love and money is also relatable to the title of his biography ‘Never Enough.’ In fact, the main thrust of the 348 pages of this biography is the convoluted journey of Trumpian financial machinations involving both the Neptunian creative imagination and faith; and incredible Neptunian deception, manipulation, illusion and victimhood. Besides various sleight of hand tricks enabling him to force financial suffering upon his creditors and stockholders through bankruptcies which allowed him to personally escape virtually unscathed, there is also his aggressive victimization of anyone in the way of his financial ambitions.
There is also another frequently appearing phenomenon. An easy way for a journalist to evoke the anger, resentment and vicious attacks from Donald Trump is for them to state that he is not anywhere near as wealthy as he claims to be.
The Mercury end of the Neptune/Mercury tension is in the Eleventh House, which Hilarion has re-categorized as the house of karma with former enemies. As Donald has three planets in this house it is clearly a significant part of his karmic lessons in this life.
These factors, however, do not really explain the incredible ambition, aggressivity, and the secret, hidden insecurity behind it all. Let us now look at other revelatory factors.
First of all, Donald Trump is a Gemini, someone who has in previous lives developed mental abilities at a high degree and level and has used them in the service of others, and has a potential connection to these kinds of qualities in this life. The Gemini’s challenge is to integrate their Higher Mind with their lower everyday thinking mind, otherwise:
“along with the gift comes a responsibility. In the case of Gemini, it is to learn to manifest the mind energy in a way which does not allow the energy to become dissipated and scattered, and which is not turned against others in the form of verbal attacks. Gemini, with its rulership by Mercury, is often compared to the child phase of human development. Many Gemini individuals remain to some extent at an immature level in terms of the mind energies which they possess. It is commonly observed that children, regardless of Sun-sign, tend to be scattered in their activities, with short attention spans and a difficulty in applying themselves to any long-term task with perseverance. This is due to the inability of the immature brain to get into phase with the higher mind impulses. It is also observed that children, particularly when having to live with siblings, develop habits of verbal abuse against each other — often as an alternative form of conflict because the parents inhibit them from actual physical combat. In other Sun-signs where the mind energies are not so strongly present, a point is usually reached where these tendencies are overcome. But in the Gemini, there is so much mental energy that it is much harder, even in maturity, to conquer these negative expressions of the Gemini pattern. Those who fail are found to be either verbally abusive or scattered in their energies, or both.”
Trump’s Sun in Gemini is in opposition to his Moon in Sagittarius (thus he was born during the tension of a Full Moon). This Gemini/Sagittarius tension is recognizable in the rapid, acerbic, self-righteous criticality he instantly launches towards any attacker. This aggressivity, however, is greatly pumped-up by his Mars in Leo:
“Leo This sign has its greatest problem in arrogance and pride. Mars here, when afflicted, gives a tendency to escalate arrogance into actual dislike or disdain for others. There is a tendency to have a chip on the shoulder, and to be quite antagonistic to those whose interests conflict with one’s own. Often dislikes are taken to others for no apparent reason — merely that “he rubs me the wrong way”.
The major lesson for Mars afflicted in Leo is to be more accepting of others, and to control the feelings of antagonism.”
This proud, arrogant Mars in Leo is technically in his Twelfth House, but it is tightly conjunct to his Ascendant, cusp of his First House of Self-Image, and therefore easily recognizable as having its influence pulled into that First House as well, of which Hilarion says:
“When Mars is located in the first house, it is certain that the self-picture is colored by the notions of maleness, assertiveness and athleticism. If afflicted, Mars in the first will bring a strong tendency to conflict with others, to “rub them the wrong way”. The lesson is simply to moderate the assertiveness and aggression to the point where the relationships with others are no longer disrupted by these traits”.
Trump admits to this aggressive capacity being a major component of his life since early childhood. In speaking about the reasons why his parents sent him to a private military school when he was in the 8th grade:
“Well, I was very rebellious and my parents thought it would be a good idea. I was very rebellious.
I was a very rebellious kind of person. I don’t like to talk about it, actually. But I was a very rebellious person and very set in my ways.
I loved to fight. I always loved to fight.
All types of fights. Any kind of fight. I loved it, including physical, and I was always the best athlete.”
Donald actually gave his second grade music teacher a black eye:
“Because I didn’t think he knew anything about music.”
“When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.”
But now to the more scary part. What, to my mind, clearly fuels the ambition and the aggressivity on a deeper psychological/karmic level is something relatable to what Hilarion says about Trump’s
Sun in the Tenth House, and his Leo Ascendant.
This is what Hilarion says about his Sun in the 10th House:
When the Sun is located in the tenth sector of a Natus, its meaning is that the individual has a strong drive to “project a role” into the world, to achieve something, to make his mark. This tendency is a habit built up in past lives of accomplishment.
Another practical meaning of this placement relates to the parents. Almost without exception, one with the Sun in the tenth will have come under the strong, dominating influence of one of his parents, and this relationship will have been responsible for re-kindling, in this life, the old predilection for worldly success which was assembled in past earth-experiences.
From a lesson point of view, this solar placement shows a need to learn to be true to one’s own inner essence, and not to compromise that truth for the sake of success. The more afflicted is the sun, the more that lesson needs to be learned.
Karmically, the sun in the tenth sector requires the individual to pass through stages of uncertainty and worry in connection with his “role in life”. The degree of affliction to the sun speaks of the seriousness of these episodes. Under great affliction, the Sun here will show one who never seems able to establish the career role he yearns for.” (End Quotes)
For those of you who aren’t that aware of the likely influence of Donald’s father, Fred Trump, it is here easily recognizable as resonant with ‘one with the Sun in the tenth will have come under the strong, dominating influence of one of his parents, and this relationship will have been responsible for re-kindling, in this life, the old predilection for worldly success which was assembled in past earth-experiences, ‘ in these quotes:
“As a boy he had watched his father’s developments rise from rubble-strewn earth to become solid structures of brick and steel that housed thousands of families.”
“He told Scott Pelly that his father was ‘a tough cookie’ – a strict, ‘no-nonsense kind of guy.”
“My father was a businessperson that expected tremendous success out of me.”
“I learned about toughness in a very tough business,” he wrote, from his father, Fred. Whether negotiating with suppliers and building contractors or overseeing work on job sites, Fred was an “unbelievably demanding taskmaster” who “would just pound and pound and pound.”
“He had to be better than his father. We were sent here (the military school) to be the best of the best, and we knew what our job was. “
In studying the fuller story of his childhood, however, I think we can recognize another major ‘father-figure’ influence in his childhood in the guise of Theodore Dobias, Trump’s sports coach and ‘drill sergeant’ at the military school he attended:
“Donald Trump came to regard Ted Dobias as his first real role model, aside from his father. Dobias helped him to adapt and thrive in an environment where macho concepts of strength and masculinity prevailed.”
“I coached baseball and football, and I taught them that winning wasn’t everything, it was the only thing….Donald picked right up on this. He would tell his teammates, ‘We’re out here for a purpose. To win.’ He always had to be number one, in everything. He was a conniver even then. A real pain in the ass. He would do anything to win.”
This 10th house tendency to validate oneself in terms of your ‘role’ instead of who you really are, along with some of that Neptunian delusion around love, sex and money would easily relate to these comments by Trump himself:
“I am the creator of my own comic book, and I love living in it.”
“Not the quarry, but the chase; not the trophy, but the race’ inspires Trump. ‘The same assets that excite me in the chase, often, once they are acquired, leave me bored. For me…the important thing is the getting, not the having.’ ‘It’s all in the hunt and once you get it, it loses some of its energy. I think competitive, successful men feel that way about women.”
“I was bored when she (Trump’s 2nd wife Marla Maples) was walking down the aisle. I kept thinking: What the hell am I doing here? I was so deep into my business stuff. I couldn’t think of anything else.”
“In the winter of his life, Donald Trump remains fully committed to his pursuits, which include fighting, consuming, and marking the planet with his name. He finds nothing shameful in this but, when prodded, will admit to just a bit of self-doubt. In one of our talks he asks, ‘Have you ever heard of Peggy Lee? ‘Is That All There Is?’ It’s a great song because I’ve had these tremendous successes and then I’m off to the next one because it’s, like, ‘Huh, is that all there is? That’s a great song”
Now, however, I come to what to me is the scariest part of Donald Trump’s Astrology Chart. That is his Leo Ascendant, something he shares with George W. Bush and Sarah Palin.
First of all, there is a large difference between having the Sun in Leo and having a Leo Ascendant. Basically, the Sun is who you are, your soul essence. The Ascendant is who you ‘think’ you are, the way you will tend to see yourself. This is why it is often easier to guess someone’s Ascendant or Rising sign than their Sun Sign.
In many cases, according to Hilarion, the Ascendant is arranged to bring in a quality which is not a component of the soul. This is the case with a Leo Ascendant.
Here is Hilarion’s pronouncement for the Leo Ascendant:
Leo When the sign Leo rises, there will be a tendency for the self-picture to be colored by the notions of elegance, specialness and superiority. A proudness will often be felt internally, even though it usually does not manifest. The reason for giving this Ascendant to an individual is to prompt him to think better of himself than he is in the habit of doing when in incarnation. The rulership by the Sun thus lends to the individual certain bolstering influences in terms of how he sees himself, which are intended to teach him not to underestimate his own worth and not to feel inferior to others. In view of this explanation, it will be understood that those with Leo rising will often find that they are torn between thinking little and thinking a lot of themselves. Through the experience of this inner battle, it is hoped that they will ultimately learn that each person is complete and worthy in his own right, and that none are either superior or inferior.
Trump, in fact, has additional factors which, to my mind, make him scarier than Bush (George W. Bush also has a Leo Ascendant). One factor is Donald Trump’s Mars in Leo conjuncting that Leo Ascendant. This is recognizable as the ‘hair-trigger’ counter-aggressivity he has been programmed to use to counter any appeared threat to his own insecure self-image. The fact that he was born pre-programmed with these qualities is why they were evident in his character from such an early age.
Now, people can come to terms with these factors and, in fact, most of my clients with Leo Rising are well aware of the fact that they are not as strong as they appear. This, however, requires conscious awareness, honesty and humility. Donald Trump, however, has uttered what, to my mind, are rather frightening statements for someone with Leo Rising to say:
“Trump has offered his observations about the Peggy Lee line to other interviewers (re: the song: Is That All There Is?) which makes me think that he keeps it in reserve for a moment when he’s supposed to demonstrate self-awareness. Later when I read over a transcript of the interview, it becomes obvious that what he says next is more telling. Referring to Lee’s lyric I say, ‘Do you ask yourself that sometimes too?’ He replies: ‘No I don’t want to think about it! I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see. I don’t like to analyze myself.”
Obviously, Trump has invested rather heavily into the denial that protects him from facing his insecurities within himself.
Whether he wins the Republican nomination depends on what the Republicans do, and what it says about them. And, whether he wins the Presidency following a capture of the nomination depends upon us, and what it says about us.
* ’Astrology Plus by Hilarion’, the book which I am always quoting from and has been out of print for some time, is now available as an EBook on Amazon.
* Hilarion’s ‘Nations’ EBook is also available on Amazon