This week I wanted to look at the horoscope for the moment when Trump was declared the winner in the November 8th election. This is the chart of the President-elect of the United States (PEOTUS). Due to the closeness of the race, Trump was actually declared the winner first by Associated Press at 2.31 a.m. in the early morning of the 9th. But the first major television network that declared him the President-elect was Fox at 2.40 a.m. The other networks quickly followed suit a few minutes later. As a median time, I will use the Fox call at 2.40 a.m. as my working chart for the moment when America and world realized that Donald Trump was the new president. The total Ascendant range between the different media calls is about three degrees (4 Virgo - 7 Virgo)
We can see how this chart works by seeing the transit hits of significant events in his administration. Trump's controversial and defeated travel ban against Muslims occurred on January 27 just as transiting Mars (5 Pisces) conjoined the Descendant (7th house cusp) and thereby opposed the Ascendant exactly. Mars to the Ascendant is a perfect astrological indication for the conflict and disputes which Trump faced as a result of this disastrous and reviled policy roll-out.
One of Trump's high points thus far was his speech to Congress on February 28 when he appeared more moderate and presidential. Not surprisingly, we can see that the horoscope enjoyed a few nice hits that day. Venus and Moon (18 Pisces) were exactly opposite Jupiter at 18 Virgo. Venus and the Moon are related to social approval and happiness while Jupiter symbolizes justice and “right action”. More broadly, Jupiter represents positive events in keeping with Trump’s well-received speech. The Sun’s conjunction with Ketu (South Lunar Node) may be interpreted as reflecting the unexpected or surprising quality to the speech after Trump had been roundly criticized for his chaotic approach to governing. Transiting Mercury was also conjunct the Moon symbolizing communication with the people, perhaps with an added emotional dimension.
Other events are also visible such as the Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian investigation on March 3 when Mars (1 Aries) exactly cast its 8th house/210 degree aspect to natal Mercury (0 Scorpio). The following day Trump issued his infamous wiretap accusation against Obama. This occurred when the transiting Sun (20 Aquarius) was exactly square the natal Saturn (21 Scorpio).
These hits are a nice confirmation that this chart does work and can be useful for predicting future trends in the Trump administration. But the best confirmation in that regard is that nasty Saturn is sitting on the natal Venus (2 Sagittarius). The first two months of the Trump presidency has been rocky to say the least. He’s unpopular outside of his base of core supporters and there is a sense that the other shoe may drop at any time whether it’s Russia-related or tax-related or something else. Saturn-Venus conjunctions reflect a loss of happiness through constraint and restriction.
The special problem here with this PEOTUS chart is that Saturn is slowing down now ahead of its retrograde station on April 6th. This means that Saturn has been conjunct Venus for most of his presidency and will continue to be conjunct after the station for several more weeks into the month of May. While Saturn has its useful side towards getting things done which is arguably true with Trump, a station is usually just too much Saturn for any planet to handle constructively. It is one big reason why the Trump presidency rife with problems and scandals and why it is so unpopular. Thus, this Saturn-Venus hit confirms the difficult Inauguration horoscope, as well as the current Saturn affliction in the USA chart and also the ongoing Saturn problem in Trump's personal chart. All the charts show that the incoming administration would have a difficult time of it out of the gate.
The next few weeks are unlikely to bring an improvement in Trump's fortunes. In fact, they will likely get worse. There are few things that bear watching in this PEOTUS chart.
March 16-17 (later this week). Trump could run into more legal troubles as the Sun squares Saturn and both will align closely with the angles and Venus in the chart. The Sun-Saturn pairing suggests problems with authority and when you're President, authority is usually legal in nature, either the courts, the FBI or some other agency. It's also possible that Congress may find new objections to the proposed health care bill.
March 22-23. A sharp conflict or military action is more likely as Mars aligns with natal Rahu. This may not be bad news for him politically, however.
April 1. A policy success is quite possible as the Sun opposes Jupiter while Venus aligns with the Ascendant/Descendant.
April 13. Venus stations in alignment with Saturn and highlights the natal Venus affliction. This could be bad economic news or just more headaches for Trump.
April 19-20. Transiting Mars, Sun and Venus all align with the natal Mars (6 Capricorn) in the PEOTUS chart. And given the powerful placement of the natal Mars, all those planets align with the Ascendant. This is a potentially serious development that could further undermine the Trump presidency.
Late April and May: Transiting Rahu will conjoin the equal 12th house cusp. Depending on whether one uses the True or Mean Node, this hit could take place over a span of several weeks. This is a time when scandals and secrets are more likely to come to light and be very damaging. If the Congressional Russia investigation is going to find anything on Trump, I would think it will come out at this time. Even if they find something, I don't think it's likely that Trump will be blamed.
Nov 4 2018. Trump and the GOP are very likely to lose big in the midterms. The multiple afflictions in this chart could even mean they lose both Houses of Congress. Saturn is exactly aspecting the Moon by its full-strength 3rd house aspect while Ketu is conjunct Mars. Jupiter is helpful here on the 3rd house cusp but the balance of the chart suggests a significant loss. And if the Democrats can win both Houses, the impeachment of Trump becomes more likely. But it's a long time between now and November 2018. I'll post updates on this fascinating PEOTUS chart as events warrant.
Weekly Market Forecast
US stocks have generally moved slightly lower since last week's market forecast. The Dow slipped under 21,000 last week and remains there this week. This mildly negative outcome was not surprising as I thought the Mars-Node alignment this week could put stocks under pressure. Indian stocks have fared somewhat better after strong state election results in Uttar Pradesh bolstered the Modi government and its reform agenda. As a result, the Sensex is trading back above 29,000.
All eyes are on Janet Yellen today as the Fed releases its latest policy statement on the economy. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates although its forward guidance may be more important for the market. The planets tilt bearish for the rest of the week so I would think the market may not like with the Fed says. Thursday's Mars-Mercury alignment looks bearish and Friday's Sun-Saturn square also looks problematic. Early next week also seems to give the edge to the bears as Venus aligns with Mars on Monday. Could this finally be the start of the long-awaited correction? We shall see.
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