(This commentary was first published in January 2017. It was revised and expanded in May 2017 to provide a more comprehensive and readable explanation of Donald Trump’s progressed chart. His life story is the logical outcome of his character, as revealed by his birthchart, operating in an environmental setting. Major progressed aspects time when major life events can occur. The aspect is inevitable but the event isn’t. As US President the events ruled by the houses in his birthchart expand to embrace events involving America’s mundane agenda.)
After winning the US presidency Donald Trump – the man who promised to make America great again – has to prove himself. Boastful rhetoric won’t get the job done and with little political experience he’s got big problems. The biggest one involves his distorted sense of self importance. It emerges from the Sun thought-cell group in his not-conscious mind and with Leo, his dominant sign, he’s inclined to believe that he should have a position of importance far beyond any he is capable of properly fulfilling. He sees himself as the star of the show and has no interest in playing a supporting role. His life has been a quest for power and no matter what he will never relinquish the political power he has now acquired. He is versatile (Gemini) but making political, economic and social decisions of immense national and international significance will require more than business talent and the ability to make a bucket load of bucks.
Another problem is his changeableness. In typical Gemini fashion he keeps changing his mind. To be precise it’s the thoughts streaming in from his not-conscious mind that keep changing so a thought he has on Monday can be changed by a thought he has on Friday. And this constant changing drives other people nuts.
And then there’s his impulsive urge to tweet that has already locked in as a not-conscious habit. He just can’t help himself. A tweet, which makes a private thought public, is a house 9 experience and house 9 in Trump’s birthchart has Aries on the cusp. Its ruler Mars, the planet of impulsivity, strife, belligerence and vulgarity, is in house 12 (secret information, secret enemies, secret deals and self-undoing) conjunction the ascendant (him). So he has this powerful urge to tweet and it’s going to get him into a lot of strife.
Donald Trump’s progressed chart – December 31, 2017
Ongoing long-time progressed aspects
Progressed Uranus in house 10 (his job as President, business interests, reputation and popularity) is opposition (separation) birthchart Moon in house 4 (his home-life at the White House and real-estate interests). Uranus is the planet of rugged individualism, eccentricity, extreme behavior, sudden change, unexpected developments, shocks, startling revelations, protests and technology. Its psychological correlate is the Individualistic urge – his desire to be different – and progressed aspects involving Uranus influence Trump’s life through something sudden, a human agency and change. Its location in house 10 signs for sudden changes influencing his job, business interests, reputation and popularity. (House 10 in mundane affairs rules a country’s leader, business activity and standing on the world stage.) Uranus is cusp ruler (Aquarius) of house 6 (his job performance, work environment, employees and White House staff); and cusp ruler (Aquarius) of house 7 (foreign powers, partners, open enemies and his wife). And when Uranus is activated by progression the human agency that instigates the sudden change is ruled by one of these houses and their life-matters and activities experience change.
The Moon is the planet of mental activity, feelings, hunches, guesses and moods. Its psychological correlate is the domestic urge and progressed aspects involving the Moon affect Trump’s mental attitude, domestic life and everyday affairs. It’s location in house 4 signs for fluctuations and many small changes affecting his home-life at the White House, real estate interests and later-life in general. (House 4 in mundane affairs rules housing, a country’s land and territories, mining, farming, weather events, natural disasters and environmental issues.) The Moon (Cancer intercepted) is co-ruler of house 11 (his friends and Congress). And when the Moon is activated by progression his mental attitude, domestic life and everyday affairs are affected by these people and life-matters.
Progressed Uranus opposition birthchart Moon – the worst aspect in his chart – is having a disturbing influence on Trump’s mind and his less thoughtful mental activity. His mind can be in turmoil and his thinking can be erratic and unreasonable. The aspect signs for sudden changes affecting his job as president, business life and public standing; a disrupted work environment; discontentment with staff; startling revelations by employees; bizarre relations with foreign powers and extreme developments due to their actions. Uranus played an influential role in his unexpected win in the 2016 Presidential election. The aspect reached peak power in April 2014 and has many years to run.
Progressed Jupiter – the planet of finances, plenty, trade, the legal system, courts, joviality and optimism – in house 3 (communications, newspapers and neighboring countries) – is square (obstacle) birthchart Saturn – the planet of crystallizing conservatism, rear-vision thinking, protectionism, walls, work, responsibility, economy or loss – in house 11 (his friends, allies, Senate and Congress). This aspect impairs his financial/business acumen and signs for financial losses, misplaced optimism, legal problems, planning problems, delays, big worries, fear and selfishness. It indicates that the great wall will never be built, ongoing problems with the courts and loss due to unwise trade deals. The US Congress and Senate will feature prominently in what eventuates. The aspect reached peak power in February 2016 and will finish in August 2022. (Jupiter is square Saturn in the US chart.)
Three Mars progressions influence 2017
Mars is the planet of strife, conflict, rows, fights, belligerence and vulgarity. Its psychological correlate is the aggressive urge and progressed aspects involving Mars attract strife, haste and energized effort. Aggression is characterized by forceful action, assertiveness, impulsivity, recklessness and anger. And with Mars conjunction the ascendant in his birthchart these traits are a permanent feature of Trump’s personality.
Mars is in house 12. The activities and life-matters it rules include secret deals, secret information, secret talks, crime, criminals, secret enemies, restriction, sorrow, disappointment, self-undoing and the influence of invisible intelligences. (In mundane affairs house 12 rules the FBI, CIA, behind the scenes activity, secret investigations, hospitals, goals, illegals, unemployment and relief measures.) Mars is cusp ruler (Aries) of house 9. The life-matters and activities it rules include television, radio, social media, publicly expressed opinions, tweeting, legal matters, court cases, overseas trips, philosophy and religion). (In mundane affairs house 9 rules the Supreme Court, constitution and legal matters.) Progressed Mars is now in house 2 (his personal finances and possessions). And when Mars is activated by progression the strife, conflict, disputation, haste and energized effort centers around the life-matters, activities and people ruled by these houses.
Progressed Mars in house 2 (his personal finances and possessions) is square (obstacle) birthchart Mercury in house 11 (his friends, allies, Congress and Senate). Mercury is the planet of reasoned thought, decision-making, words, language-skills and talking. Its psychological correlate is the intellectual urge and progressed aspects involving Mercury stimulate Trump’s intellectual urge and influence his cerebral activity and facility and accuracy of expression.
This high discord aspect marks for impulsive thinking, hostile thoughts, reckless decision-making, hasty judgments and unreliable advice from friends and associates and with Mars ruling house 9 his private thoughts become public via angry tweets. Mercury rules the press, journalists and science and Trump is at war with sections of the media (the New York Times and CNN) and engaged in a war on science. And with Mars in house 12 he’s embroiled in a conflict with the FBI. The square aspect indicates that he’s unlikely to win any of the battles. He’s also fighting allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 US Presidential campaign.
Progressed Mars square birthchart Mercury reached peak power in May 2016 and will finish December 2017. It played an influential role in his Presidential campaign when his hostile and insulting rhetoric was warmly received by an angry electorate discontent with existing conditions. But with Mars in house 12 many of his claims and allegations will come back to haunt him.
Progressed Mars is sesquisquare (agitation) birthchart Midheaven (his honor, business and publicity). Mars rules manufacturing and Trump has promised to revive America’s manufacturing sector. But this Mars progression indicates that his destructive aggressive behavior is adversely affecting his honor and attracting bad publicity. It’s causing him reputational damage and the White House will find itself in damage control.
And progressed Mars is sextile (opportunity) progressed Pluto in house 12. Pluto is the planet of groups, threats, intimidation, bully-boy tactics, criminal activity, nuclear weapons and drastic situations. Its psychological correlate is the universal welfare urge – the desire to contribute something worthwhile to the common good – and progressed aspects involving Pluto stimulate Trump’s universal welfare urge into activity and influence his life through groups, subtle force and cooperation or coercion. Pluto’s location in house 12 signs for coercive control of his thoughts by subtle (invisible) forces. This fortunate aspect indicates that Trump has the opportunity to work with groups to further universal welfare. On the world stage he’s offering to cooperate with other countries in the fight against ISIS and terrorism and to reign in North Korea’s nuclear threat (Pluto), but with a powerful Uranus he’s an individualist who has difficulty cooperating with groups and the FBI (house 12) is a group. The US media have ganged up on him (Pluto) and have divided (Pluto) into groups who support and oppose him. This aspect has a fortunate (sextile) potential and will reap some positive outcomes but with Mars and Pluto in house 12 the success will be limited and disappointing.
Progressed Midheaven is conjunction progressed Saturn
Progressed Midheaven (his honor, business and publicity) is conjunction (prominence) progressed Saturn in house 12. Saturn is the planet of fear, worry, safety measures, self-interest, caution, careful planning and failure. Its psychological correlate is the security urge and progressed aspects involving Saturn stimulate Trump’s security urge into activity and attract work, responsibility, economy or loss. (In mundane affairs Saturn rules the climate, weather events, floods, droughts, protectionism, coal and the farming and mining sectors.) Birthchart Saturn is in house 11 (his friends, supporters, hopes, Congress and Senate) and is co-ruler (Capricorn intercepted) of house 5 (his children and risk-life), co-ruler (Aquarius) of house 6 (work, employees, White House staff and sickness) and co-ruler (Aquarius) of house 7 (open enemies, disputes, war and relations with foreign powers and partners). And when Saturn is involved in a progressed aspect the work, responsibility, economy or loss that comes into Trump’s life involves the life-matters, activities and people ruled by houses 11, 12, 7, 6 and 5. The aspect’s precise start, peak and finish dates require a precise birth time but as it stands it started in November 2016, reaches peak power in January 2018 and finishes in March 2019.
Saturn is sextile (opportunity) the Midheaven in his birthchart but their progressed conjunction will attract heavy burdens that will test Donald Trump to the limit. It signs for big losses; poor relations with Congress; loss through the actions of Congress, the Senate, foreign powers and partners; bitter disappointment and a lower than low public approval rating. It indicates that Trump will be swamped by problems that stymie his administration. (In the USA chart, based on its not quite precise birth time, progressed Midheaven moves to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Saturn in December 2017. It reaches peak power in December 2018 and finishes in December 2019. And this progressed aspect in both charts certainly signs for major Saturn events and developments for the country and its President during 2018.)
On June 30, 2017 progressed Venus moves to form a conjunction (prominence) aspect with birthchart Jupiter. Venus is the planet of social fun, love, affection, joy, mirth and aesthetic appreciation. Its psychological correlate is the social urge and progressed aspects involving Venus stimulate Trump’s social urge into activity and influence his emotions, social relations and artistic appreciation. Birthchart Venus is in house 11 (his friends, associates and Congress) and is cusp ruler (Taurus) of house 10 (his job as President, business activities, honor and reputation) and cusp ruler (Libra) of house 3 (his siblings and private thoughts.) Progressed Venus is in house 2 (his personal finances and possessions) and when Venus is activated by progression his social life and affections are influenced by these people and life-matters.
Jupiter is the planet of finances, wealth, legal matters, law-makers and judges. Its psychological correlate is the religious urge and progressed aspects involving Jupiter influence Trump’s life through abundance, increased optimism and joviality. Birthchart Jupiter is in house 2 (his finances and possessions) and is cusp ruler (Sagittarius) of house 5 (his speculative ventures, risk-taking and children). Progressed Jupiter is in house 3 (his private thoughts, written documents and memos and relations with the press) and when Jupiter is activated by progression the abundance, joviality and increased optimism he experiences influence, and are influenced by, these life-matters.
Progressed Venus conjunction birthchart Jupiter reaches peak power in June 2018 and it’s inviting Trump to have a jolly good time and it could be a life saver. But Venus in his birthchart is conjunction Saturn and progressed Jupiter is square birthchart Saturn and Saturn – the planet of struggle, burdens, grievances and regret – is focusing his attention on the actions of the US Senate and Congress. Jupiter in house 2 is the source of Trump’s financial abundance and his Jupiter thought-cells are devoted to making money. Whether their intent translates into financial prosperity for the US remains to be seen but one thing is for certain. Under this progressed aspect Donald Trump will be making lots of money – for himself.
Donald Trump’s Major Moon progressions in 2017
A Major Moon progression can stimulate a major progressed aspect and fine-tune the timing of the major events it maps.
On January 20, 2017 when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 46th US president progressed Moon in house 11 (hopes and wishes) is conjunction birthchart Venus. Venus is cusp ruler of house 10 – honor and high-office.
On January 22 progressed Moon moves to form a semisextile aspect with birthchart Mars. It reaches peak power on February 16 and stimulates progressed Mars square birthchart Mercury and progressed Mars sextile birthchart Pluto.
On February 8 progressed Moon moves to form a parallel aspect with birthchart Uranus. It reaches peak power on July 29 and stimulates progressed Uranus opposition birthchart Moon.
On March 4 progressed Moon moves to form a parallel aspect with birthchart Venus. It reaches peak power on August 15 and stimulates progressed Venus conjunction birthchart Jupiter that starts on June 30.
On May 3 progressed Moon moves to form a semisextile aspect with progressed Sun. It reaches peak power on May 31 and gives Trump’s sense of self-importance a boost.
On June 12 progressed Moon moves to form a conjunction aspect with progressed Midheaven. And on June 24 the Moon moves to form a conjunction aspect with progressed Saturn. These aspects reach their peak power around July 9 and July 20 respectively and stimulate the progressed MC-progressed Saturn conjunction. They fine-tune the timing of major Saturn events.
On June 24 progressed Moon moves to house 12, but this date requires a precise birth time so it won’t be precise. The major Moon’s stay in house 12 will stimulate its life-matters – his secret life, secret deals, secret enemies, relations with the CIA and FBI, restriction and disappointment etc – and bring them into prominence.
On June 28 progressed Moon moves to form a friction (semisquare) aspect with birthchart Uranus. It reaches peak power on July 24 and stimulates progressed Uranus opposition birthchart Moon.
On September 12 progressed Moon moves to form an opportunity (sextile) aspect with birthchart Neptune – planet of schemes, deception, lies and fake-news. It reaches peak power on October 8. (Sub-major Neptune events are indicated as Neptune isn’t involved in a major progressed aspect.)
On September 21 progressed Moon moves to form a sesquisquare aspect with birthchart Moon. And on September 24 it moves to form a semisquare aspect with progressed Uranus. These aspects reach peak power on October 17 and October 20 respectively and stimulate progressed Uranus opposition birthchart Moon. Uranus forecasts exposés, startling revelations, big shocks, disturbing developments and radical actions.
On September 29 progressed Moon moves to form a parallel aspect with birthchart Saturn. It reaches peak power on January 31, 2018. It stimulates progressed Midheaven conjunction progressed Saturn and fine-tunes the timing of major Saturn events.
On October 10 progressed Moon moves to form a sextile aspect with progressed Neptune – planet of complexity, confusion and uncertainty. It reaches peak power on November 7. (Sub-major Neptune events are indicated as Neptune isn’t involved in a major progressed aspect.)
On November 5 progressed Moon moves to form a semisquare aspect with birthchart Sun – planet of authority, power and self-esteem. It reaches peak power on December 1 and signs for events involving his authority, popularity and approval rating.
And on November 29 progressed Moon moves to form a semisextile aspect with birthchart Mercury. It reaches peak power on December 25. (Progressed Mars square birthchart Mercury ends on December 6 and there are no Mercury progressions in Trump’s chart after that date.)