Trump’s Worst Week

“Commentators said the past week was the worst endured by any US president in living memory and warned that, as Trump becomes increasingly isolated and volatile, the situation could rapidly deteriorate – especially if he is tested by an international crisis”

~ Observer, 30th July 2017

Re-winding to Friday July 21st, Donald appointed Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director.  White House staff come and go, under Trump, but this one gave an arresting interview on our British television screens with Emily Maitlis (mentioned last week as one of those who didn’t quite make £100,000 p.a.).  “Can he be for real?” we wondered (in this house, anyway).

Scaramucci is an ambitious Sun in Capricorn, with Mars and Mercury also in that sign.  His flamboyance may be due to a square between his Sun and Jupiter, but also Uranus trine his Sun (so he is not a typical or staid Capricornian).  The power in his chart comes from an almost exact double trine from Sun and Mercury in Capricorn to Pluto and Uranus in Virgo.  Like Trump, he has Venus conjunct Saturn.  Saturn rules Trump’s 6th House of Employees, so the conjunction may reflect his unsentimental ability to dispatch them, and Scaramucci seems to emulate his style in some ways.  The Guardian have called him a Mini-Me.

On Wednesday morning (oh, it seems such a long week already; so much has happened) Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people working in the military, which did not go down well at home or abroad.  That was the stuff of talk shows all day long on the radio (we were travelling most of the day).  Could our eyebrows rise any higher?  There was a surreal and ironic juxtaposition here with it being the 50 year celebration of homosexuals being decriminalized.  Taking a look at Trump’s transits for midweek, we find Jupiter on his Chiron (he is purging, but does he know what is toxic?), Saturn on his Moon (he is depressed, but does he know it?) and Pluto squares his Jupiter (megalomania running amok).

Meanwhile, Scaramucci was targeting Reince Preibus, Trump’s Chief of Staff of six months, over leaks, calling him a “…paranoid schizophrenic”, a term most people would not use lightly. Priebus was removed, with Jupiter on his Uranus (surprise, surprise) and Pluto square his Uranus (explosive situation).  With Chiron now close to his Sun, this may prove helpful to his sanity.

Republican John McCain has had quite a week or two.  On 14th July he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.  On 20th July it was disclosed that he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  By Thursday 27th July he was back at the Senate voting against the repeal of Obamacare, much to Donald’s chagrin.  On the subject of healthcare legislation, Scaramucci commented this week: “I don’t know if he’s going to get what he wants next week. But he’s going to get what he wants eventually. Because this guy always gets what he wants. OK? What I know about President Trump is that … he’s got very, very good karma.”  It was revealed soon after this that Scaramucci’s wife Dierdre had filed for divorce while 9 months pregnant, which may be a non sequitur, but keeps the soap opera drama going.

Donald Trump’s karma saved the most dramatic for the end of the week, with his North Korean nemesis Kim Jong Un deciding to trial another nuclear missile launch, and declaring that North Korea had the capacity to fire anywhere in the U.S.  As dramas go, this international crisis has to be top in the league of seriousness.  I have two charts for President Kim Jong Un of North Korea.  The first, for 1983, reveals a current transit of Uranus opposite his Pluto, which is destructive enough.  The second, for 1984, shows much more suitable transits for such an event:  Pluto on his Sun (trigger happy), Uranus opposite his Mars (unpredictable) and Chiron square his Neptune (slightly unhinged).  By now, Jupiter was exactly conjunct Trump’s natal Jupiter (a Jupiter Return) in Libra, as well as the aspects reported for midweek.  Donald may be at his most reckless, arrogant and careless.  How will he react, we wonder, to Kim Jong Un’s irrationality…

Meanwhile, in Newsweek, an article was published about the upcoming eclipses in August and how they will affect Donald Trump’s chart.  The eclipse of 21st August falls directly on Donald’s Ascendant/Mars.  Astrologer Wade Caves is reported to have commented on the subject, among others:

 “The effects of the coming eclipse could take time to show up, according to astrologers’ claims. Caves believes the impact will appear over the next two years because the eclipse will take around two hours to cross the continent (for a solar eclipse, astrologers interpret each hour as a year). The result could be “a loss of a leader in some sense,” he says, whether literal or symbolic. ‘It seems to me very possible that by this time next year, we’re looking at the reality of Trump not being in office.’ ”

Astrologically, as in other ways, Donald Trump’s days may be numbered.


Today, Venus squares Chiron, so it is a day for looking at our relationship issues, where we might be looking at the source of any emotional wounds, such as separations from the past and longings for reconnection.

We also have a sextile between Venus and Uranus, so there is an openness to new forms of relationship, and surprise twists and turns, such as re-meeting old flames or people revealing new sides of their character.

Tomorrow, Venus enters Cancer, and we may collectively reveal our softer side.  Perhaps a story about a child in the headlines brings tears to the hardest of hearts.  Venus stays in Cancer until 26th August, so during that time we may be more prey to sentimentality or even emotional blackmail.  We need to be conscious about our emotional boundaries, and keep clear about distinguishing our own emotions from those of others, or from the collective.

Skip to Thursday (3rd August) and we find that Uranus is stationary, prior to turning retrograde.  The capricious element of the unexpected is capable of surprising us, and we may need to take a U-turn, at least temporarily, in some aspect of our ambitions.  Will Donald Trump effect another hiring and firing on that day?

It will be clear on Thursday that there are stirrings for change in the air, but the capacity for the most dramatic change this week belongs to Friday (4th) with the recurrence of the square between Jupiter and Pluto.  I associate this square with the triggering of Brexit in March this year, and although the TV news and newspapers are still full of this subject, I am disinclined to dwell on it.  Nevertheless, it may be an issue that is hard to ignore on Friday, e.g. there may be some unsettling standoff.  Already prospective candidates for the next leadership of the Conservative Party are being mooted (David Davis, Jacob Rees Mogg!) but the safest option for the Tories still seems to let Theresa May take the flack of Brexit.  Internationally, it may be a day of direct confrontation between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (i.e. something may be said…let’s keep it to a war of words, gentlemen).

In our own lives, there may be a power struggle or standoff which may be an issue of long standing, but nearer understanding.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – love on the line
  • Tomorrow – emotion
  • Thursday – U-turns
  • Friday – power dramas