La Bromance: Emmanuel & Donald
There’s nothing surprising to an astrologer about the singular affinity of Presidents Macron and Trump. Indeed, their synastry is excellent. They flatter and reflect each other — one polishing the other’s shine.
Furthermore, the fact that they seem to hold opposite opinions on just about everything from free trade to emigration, women’s rights to climate change is also written in the charts. And therein lies the mutual fascination.
Emmanuel Macron, France’s ambitious, arrogant, clever, young president was born with and extraordinary and special Sun in the very final degree of the expansive sign of Sagittarius, where all that is best and worst about that big-hearted sign is amplified. His wife (and coach) tells him he talks too much and he needs to keep it pithy. Now wonder she has to remind him of that, as a Sagittarian Mercury is likely to go on and on.
I’ve remarked before though that Mercury Rx is often unusually smart, an auto-didact who reaches his or her own conclusions about the world by thinking ideas through thoroughly. M. Macron is not interested in received opinions; his own are quite enough.
Sagittarians at their best are optimistic, generous, internationalist, philosophical, persuasive, even visionary. Macron has displayed all these characteristics already in his premiership. They are also arrogant, gamblers, poor listeners, and overly-theoretical. We shall see…
Macron is Jupiterian thanks to the mass of planets in Sagittarius, but his chart ruler his ambitious Saturn in prissy Virgo — evident in his perfect Virgoan self-presentation. And despite his expansive nature, he’s attracted to Daddy figures and macho men as per Saturn and Mars in the 7th house of relationships. He’s had various older mentors who have helped him climb France’s gilded poltical ladder.
(With Capricorn Rising and Saturn Rx in the 7th, no wonder he married a woman old enough to be his mother. He would have been 15 going on 42 as a teenager. Even now, he has that odd air of the boy-wonder.)
Despite the talk of “testosterone” in the discussion of the two leaders encounters, neither man comes across as exactly “manly”, which is interesting since they both have Mars in Leo — a placement which could turn manliness into a performance. Trump seems red-faced and aggressive, which you’d expect with Mars Rising. But Macron’s Mars is retrograde in Leo. His masculinity is much more discreet. Also, despite all that Sagittarian energy, he probably has extraordinary self-control and stamina with that Mars.
In fact, Macron’s Sagittarian overkill is reined in by four important planets in retrograde — Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. These give him a lot of patience and an ability to out-think other people. That Rx Jupiter is in patriotic Cancer opposite his Sun — no wonder his vision is large, and his patriotism extends to the whole of Europe. But again, this shows a tendency to overstretch.
As I write this, the North Node — the eclipse point — is cruising directly over Macron’s Mars. His trip to America is a big gamble — appropriately for such an uber-Sagittarian — and it will prove to be a turning point for his potency — for better or worse.
Clearly, he is positioning himself not just as the leader of Europe but also of the liberal, centrist, democratic “West”. Sagittarians do think big.
As far as he can be, Trump probably is truly personally charmed by the young whippersnapper. Macron’s fun Venus in Sagittarius — and his sense of humour is obviously one of his saving graces — is right on Trump’s wild Sagittarian Moon. Let’s not forget that Trump has had two foreign wives, and his mother was an immigrant, and all his grandparents were born in Europe. Trump’s whole “America First” schtick is partly a result of the conflict between his Gemini Sun and that international Sagittarian Moon. He’s always felt like a foreigner himself, and deep-down he identifies with Europeans. This may also be a factor in his apparent racism.
Of course, when Macron’s Venus touches Trump’s Moon, the old man feels at home with this good-looking Frenchman, so much so that he flicks an invisible bit of dandruff of that immaculate jacket. That gesture was more intimate than anything we’ve seen Trump do with Melania or even Barron for that matter.
But Macron is playing with fire. Trump was born on an eclipse — and he can eclipse people who get too close to his Sun-Moon opposition.
One of the most important aspects these two share is an opposition between Uranus and the Moon. This is a sign of a disruptor of status quo— and it’s a fact that both men won national elections as the “outside” candidate. Both men like to surprise and shock. Macron’s Uranus-Moon is currently getting a dose of Jupiterian energy, and he is certainly causing a lot of upset at home, attempting to break the railway unions, one of France’s most powerful labour organisations. But his star is certainly on the rise at the moment as Jupiter climbs to the top of his chart this year. He’s feeling lucky.
Trump, however, is probably feeling pretty gloomy, as Jupiter scuds through the bottom of his chart and Saturn opposes his Mercury.
Now, here’s a thing. Macron’s Mars is right on Trump’s dangerous Pluto — nuclear, criminal, powerful. These two planets are both warlike and they are right under the North Node. Let’s hope Macron is a restraining hand with that retrograde planet.
There are some interesting essential differences too. One of Donald Trump’s great motivations in life is “family” — the Trump name and legacy. You can see this in his Venus-Saturn conjunction in that most tribal sign Cancer and his Moon strongly place in the fourth house. Macron’s motivations are much less personal: they are universal and idealistic — Venus in Sagittarius, Uranus and Neptune sandwiching the MC. This may be something they just can’t understand about each other.