The Donald: America’s Shadow Steps Out Of The Looking Glass (P1)
Donald Trump has been on TV since 2004, sitting at a big desk with the stars and stripes behind him. He wasn’t the president then, just pretending to be a boss on the reality TV show The Apprentice. He looked menacing and said, “You’re fired”, and rewarded contestants if they were “good”, and appeared to be in charge of something important.
Now he has stepped through the screen and will soon — if all goes according to plan — be sitting in the real Oval Office, making real decisions that affect the lives of millions of real people around the world. (Neptune in Pisces, preceded by Uranus in Pisces)
Brilliant, well done everyone. Big round of applause for the cast and crew. Can we all go home now please? Oh what? We’re actually not in Oz any more? This is Kansas.
The whole system is to blame for allowing a hollow man such as Donald Trump this close to the levers of power.
I have just read this interview with psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung in 1938 in which he discusses the psychology of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. He is particularly interesting on Hitler, someone he was able to observe first hand. He points out that Hitler does represent the German people — a shadow side of them. He calls him a “medicine man” — voicing collective desire, irrational, the lowest common denominator.
Every nation and every person has a shadow. There’s no shame in it. Part of our life’s struggle is to recognise and integrate the shadow because, as well as being a place of darkness and irrationality, it can be a source of creative wonder. Indeed, art is often quite simply a shadow projection, and so much the better for it. But what happens when a person channels the shadow of a nation and is given the opportunity to act on it.
The President of the US reflects a set of values and ideas back to the people. So for example, Obama reflected back fairness, intelligence, grace and humour. America at its best. Reagan reflected a similar set of values: grace, humour, fairness, but instead of the intelligence, he apparently, had “common sense”. These two men were at opposite sides of the political spectrum but nevertheless there’s a similarity in what they projected, which showed Americans a side of themselves they liked.
We come to Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is representative of all that we hold dear: money. Or, rather, he is representative of greed for money. We common people may not be able to match Trump’s piggy bank, but we can match his piggishness.” — PJ O’Rourke
And there, my friends, you have it. Donald Trump is a distillation of American grabbiness. This is the manifest destiny to take what you want — including pussy. But what if that pussy happens to belong to Columbia herself?
The shadow unleashed is a destructive force. It can devour the other parts of the person — or nation.
It’s interesting that the tightest aspect between the US chart and that of Donald Trump is Saturn-Chiron in Libra. The American Saturn is exalted in Libra: equality is a core part of American identity. Yet we all know that this equality (Libra) is an ambition (Saturn again) rather than a fact. Indeed America was built on the oppression of Africans, native people and, yes, the poor and desperate from Europe and the rest of the world. Manifest Destiny was a fancy way of saying stealing land from the natives.
Not only is this the closest contact between the US and Trump, but Jupiter, the planet that magnifies and exaggerates, was on this point on the day of the election. So this connection between Trump and the US was highly active. Well, it may be true that some people who voted for Trump were America’s Chirons — maverick, wounded, left behind — and it is also true that he ran as a “maverick” candidate.
Trump and his family on their golden thrones are the living embodiment of inequality. Somehow instead of being repulsed by the parade of Trumpescu vulgarity, Americans were hypnotised by it. They were hypnotised by the misogyny, the ugliness, the coarseness, the venality. The shadow.
There is even more Chiron going on.
The US Chiron is at 20° Aries. Uranus, the Awakener, is at 21° Aries by transit (last time Uranus was in this area was during the Great Depression). Chiron might be a nation’s wound, in this case, it’s in the sign of individualism — and “rugged individualism”.
“Rugged individualism was a phrase used often by Herbert Hoover during his time as president. It refers to the idea that each individual should be able to help themselves out, and that the government does not need to involve itself in people’s economic lives nor in national economics in general. It is often associated with Social Darwinism or an “up-by-the-bootstraps” philosophy.” Wikipedia
Hoover’s presidency ended with the Great Depression. (Uranus in Aries: 1927-1934). But in fact the idea is still with us now — and in some ways Trump exemplifies this. Furthermore, he is a highly visible Uranian type (Sun, NN, Uranus conjunct in Gemini) — erratic, charismatic, revolutionary.
The Rugged Individualist is not going to pay taxes. He’s not a respecter of rules. I expect Trump identifies with this American archetype: his Sagittarian Moon exactly trines the US Chiron, and his Solar stellium sextiles it.
And the American people, represented by the Moon in Aquarius, stare into Trump’s snakey Mars on the Ascendant. The opposition is just one degree apart. Mars on the Ascendant dominates by bullying. At its best it’s highly energetic, and it’s worst, brutal. We saw that Mars stalking Hillary Clinton in the debates. This is the god of anger. This anger shines straight into the US Moon, and bounces right back out again.
America is in existential danger. Pluto, the destroyer, opposes the US Sun for the first time. If you wind the clock back to before the Declaration of Independence which is the moment astrologers date as the “birth” of the USA, Pluto was at this point in 1768, when martial law was declared in the colony.
Uranus, the planet of change, is on the US Chiron, and Saturn (the Grim Reaper) has just crossed the Ascendant for the first time since the late 1980s. Chiron will soon cross the IC for the first time since 1968/9.
Today, that Jupiter on Chiron squares tr Pluto and the US natal Sun.