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Even the Stars Say Trump’s Presidency Will Be a Bumpy Ride
The stars in Trump’s inauguration chart show that he doesn’t have much planetary support other than his sense of self, bravado and ego.
As an astrologer, I often times look to the practice of astrology to understand more about the planetary energies at play and the potential energetic role they play in my own personal narrative, as well as the global consciousness. Below, I take a deep look at the chart of the inauguration of President Donald Trump to see what I could decode.
I don’t use astrology to “predict” the future. I believe in free will, and I believe that astrology is a tool for understanding energy, not predicting what will or will not happen. As an astrologer, I am trying to see what energies are at play, and how we can use these for collective gain, freedom, healing and harmony.
That said, I will interpret the chart and talk about what I see happening right now.
The first thing to point out is the 10th House which, in astrology, is the house of career. The inauguration is about a career change for the President as he accepts a new position to be the leader of the free world.
In the 10th house of career we see the Sun, which is in Aquarius. (The inauguration always has the Sun in the sign of Aquarius, because it’s held on the same date, in the same location, every time.) Trump’s inauguration chart shows the Sun alone in the 10th house. The sun is the self, and what the self represents. The sun is the only planet supporting Trump’s career house in this important chart, and shows that he doesn’t have much planetary support other than his sense of self, bravado and ego.
When President Barack Obama was first inaugurated in 2009, the 10th house contained many planets, including Mercury, Jupiter, Chiron and the True Node. These planets may symbolize a President who is wonderful at speaking and communicating (Mercury), who is a benefactor and expansive-minded in his thinking (Jupiter) and is looking to heal collective wounds (Chiron). Obama’s inauguration chart showed us that there was a real sense of planetary and energetic movement and motion in these areas, and that his presidency facilitated many efforts around these themes.
Now let’s move on to the Moon, which rules the emotional vibration of the chart. Donald Trump’s inauguration has the Moon in Scorpio, which can be a highly sensitive, melancholy and intense placement. Major boundaries are often put up with Scorpio Moons, and there is a sense of suspicion and overwhelming emotion that accompany this placement.
By way of comparison, in Obama’s inaugural chart, the Moon is right on the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius at the 29th degree. This degree is often seen as a powerful and fated point that comes with its fair share of struggle. We may recall that Obama struggled a lot in the beginning of his presidency with support from congress and the senate, and this placement may have hinted at that, as it’s in the seventh house of relationships.
Obama’s inaugural Moon is also right on the cusp of Sagittarius, a very forward-thinking and progressive sign, showing that that energy was transforming out of Scorpio and into the energy of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a philosophical and truth-seeking sign. Sag wants to make changes to expand, rejuvenate and be free. It is ruled by Jupiter, a planet of expansion, which is in sharp contrast to Trump’s inaugural Moon in the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio often wants to fight fiercely, brood, and is ruled by Mars, the planet of war. Scorpio can often put up so many boundaries it’s difficult to “get through” emotionally or get to the logical point of view with something.
The next key piece to point out is how flush with planetary energy the 11th house is in Trump’s inauguration chart. The 11th house represents community, groups and social activity. In the 2017 inaugural chart we have Mars, Chiron, Venus and Neptune all in the 11th house, showing a lot of action and movement with these planets in these areas.
To quote Eric Francis on his recent Planet Waves FM program, “It is the house of community, social groups and constructs. And you have Venus, the planet of women. You have Chiron, the wounded healer, who, in this placement, represents where our collective wounds are. You have Neptune, which is the planet of inspiration, confusion and illusion, and Mars, the planet of action.” You can see these planets are all crowded together, working together to create a public community that understands and support femininity, which is wounded and learning to heal and is ready to take action against the confusion and chaos that is happening.
Now, let’s compare this busy house to Obama’s 2009 inaugural chart, where the career house is the one holding most of the planetary energy. We see Obama carrying the collective wounds with Chiron, the communication energy with Mercury, the energy of the self with the Sun, and expansion and goodwill with Jupiter. In his chart we see that Obama was the one transmuting the change and doing the alchemical work in his presidency, not the public (as with Trump’s chart). Now the transformation has shifted, and the alchemy of healing wounds, inspiring and standing up to confusion is upon the public at large. We the people are carrying the planets of the wounded this time.
The ninth house is an important place to look as well. The ninth house can rule grand vision, law, philosophies and governing. In Trump’s inaugural chart, we see Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn. Pluto is an intense planet, and is often seen as the harbinger of major change and destruction of old ideals, beliefs or systems. Pluto is destructive only because it creates massive change, like the Tower card in the Tarot. So for anything that is shaky, Pluto is like a like a tornado rolling through a small town: any foundation that is weak or rotted will get blown apart as it travels though.
Pluto brings our collective shadow and repression — which has been bubbling under the surface for years now — into the light. We have Pluto in Capricorn, dredging up long-held shadow material and pummeling the foundations that it rests upon. The inaugural chart highlights this unearthing of repressed shadow material, and Pluto in Capricorn (as I’ve written about before) is set to create major change in these areas. Nothing feels the same after a major Pluto transit. It can turn life upside down and act like a “dark night of the soul,” and I think we are all feeling that collectively. Pluto destroys what is no longer working so that we can rebuild better and be stronger than before.
I believe that after Pluto in Capricorn, things may never be the same in our government structures, which could be a good thing. Pluto in Capricorn is making a huge amount of potential energy available to us to tear down old, oppressive structures of the patriarchy and colonization so that we can create something new and non-toxic. Bear in mind, with Pluto, things tend to get worse before they get better, however, and we are only feeling the beginning of these big changes right now. Pluto in Capricorn stays with us until 2023, so we can expect major shifts and breakdowns until roughly then. Now, more than ever, I believe it’s possible to harness energy for positive change.
Lastly, Trump’s inauguration chart includes Uranus in Aries, which many astrologers predicted to be a harbinger of radical change for the world. Uranus is the planet of rebellion, of doing things differently, of bucking tradition and celebration of individuality. Uranus in the fierce fire sign of Aries is a powerful catalyst for forceful and unexpected surprises.
Eric Francis also recently pointed out to us on Planet Waves FM that Uranus settled into Aries with the Fukushima incident in March 2011, which happened on the day that Uranus officially entered into Aries. This should give you an idea of the intense power of Uranus in Aries, which is looking to not just push through old boundaries but to obliterate them. To quote Evolving Door Astrology: “While you’re under Uranus’ influence, it can feel like you’re in the middle of a cyclone with the world spinning around you! The first impulse is usually to find the nearest rock to crawl under. When you realize that even rocks can get tossed around by the Uranian tornado, the next urge is often to reach out and try to stop it all or at least slow it down, but that’s about the worst thing you can do. The best way to handle this energy is to become centered and grounded, and allow it to spin around you, while you move with it and stay (relatively) safe inside the eye of the hurricane. Easier said than done — but it can be done!”
It can be done. It can be done by staying in our self-care, nurturing our inner witch, and educating and motivating ourselves and each other. Also of note. Uranus will be in Aries until March of 2019. The present has no limit, on both sides of the coin. We have as much power to change things for the better as they do for the worse. We can’t and won’t give up.
–Love and Solidarity, The Mystical Sister