What Makes Trump Tick?

Trump’s Archetypal Astrology role — King of the Mountain

As I puzzled over the astrology chart of Donald Trump to find out why he was elected President, a coincidental pop-up in my email lead me to a part of the puzzle: In 1995, 21 years before Trump was elected President, one of my great spiritual teachers, Ram Dass, gave us this peek into the future we were creating:

“In the fog of our collective denial, while we were idolizing TV programs like Dynasty and Dallas, we placed on our altars people who are masters of playing games like King of the Mountain*-- men like Donald Trump.”

Ram Dass pointed out, as other awakened scholars have since then, that many Americans are now in the same collective denial that put Hitler on the altars of the Germans. We’re reserving our compassion for a special few. We’re armouring ourselves with rationalizations.

Thus, we set the stage for someone who is loudly boosting in the media about making marginally lawful million dollar deals using sleight of hand, and underhanded, bargaining tactics. We gave Trump the lead role as a great and powerful Oz. He played it well as a television star on “Art of the Deal.”

  • Greed looked like power

  • Abuse of that power looked like cleverness

  • Cleverness became a disguise for manipulation

Thus entered on the world’s stage a star-crossed President Trump, who’s routinely tempted to take a devious course of action in the face of opposition or adversity.

*King of the Mountain is a children's game, the object of which is to stay on top of a large hill or pile as the "King of the Hill". Other players attempt to knock the current King off the pile and take their place, thus becoming the new King of the Hill.

What pattern was formed in the stars overhead when Trump was born?

I watch the stars above us, and the synchronicities sparkling on the ground we walk. Together, they light our minds and mark our true Path.

What I’m sharing with you is what I see written in the stars for Trump. His traits, talents, challenges and destiny are encoded in the pattern the stars formed at his birth. Like all of us, what seems random or even fated is actually the unfolding of his own soul’s code, written and directed by his true Self. I’m simply reading its vibrational language.

When we realize that our soul’s plan was already seeded in us before we took birth in a body, then we can find acceptance and tolerance of even the most aberrant and puzzling behaviors in ourselves and in others.

Astrologically, Trump was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a golden horseshoe around his neck. An unusually generous Jupiter in Trump’s natal chart colors his thinking with brilliant sunrises of optimism— lots and lots of it. Leaping to conclusions, Trump pole vaults over the messes he makes. He gets away with it like an artful dodger— continually sideswiping disaster with a final hour bailout of dumb luck.

Many astrologers, including myself, predicted that Trump would lose the presidential election in 2016. We based it on a maleficent alignment of the stars with Trump’s birth chart. Indeed, election day looked like a sad event for Trump.

With 2020 hindsight, I see that being elected president was destined to be one of the worse things that has ever happened to Trump.

The hope of redemption that is in his soul’s code is meant to lead Trump to introspection, so that he can confront his own fears— the dark corners of his mind where he is utterly lost and suspects he’s unlovable. It’s where he knows, or will come to know, he’s faking it by bullying, bravado and grandiosity.

So far, Trump hasn’t shown himself to be particularly introspective, unwilling to look at his shadow. Therefore these two particularly destructive traits continue unchecked:

  • Jaw-Dropping Cluelessness

  • No Experiential Learning Curve

Jaw-Dropping Cluelessness

Before becoming the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump was best known for his gilded lifestyle, his business reality show “The Apprentice” and his 1980s-era Wall Street Bible, “The Art of the Deal.” But Ken Fuchs, the director of a dealmaking TV show, “Shark Tank,” says the leader of the free world wouldn’t make the cut on his program. “He’s just not smart enough.” 

Is Trump simply clueless? His astrological pattern shows us that he has difficulty when it comes to matters of secrecy. Not that he disclose confidential information deliberately, it just seems to happen.

Why? There is a type of absent-mindedness, and mental disorganization concerning details, that indicate an unintentional unreliability.

A type of emotional rigidity, which refuses to listen to reason and chooses immediate emotional gratification at all cost, is fueled by his desire for exotic experiences and excitement.

No Experiential Learning Curve

In the news July 15, 2019: In yet another blatantly racist remark, Trump has publicly said that four Democratic congresswomen should “go back to where they originally came from.” Conveniently leaping over the truth— that three were born in America and all are American citizens.

In a valiant effort to understand Trump’s latest faux paux (out and out bigotry), a reporter writes: “This is pure idiocy.”

And Trump has been in office 2 years and 176 days. It’s not his first rodeo! [Someone is actually has a live countdown for how long Trump has been in office. http://howlonghasdonaldtrumpbeenpresident.com/]

Stunning feats of stupidity, coming from a man with above average intelligence, makes me wonder— is this intentional?

His astrology chart says, “No!”

We all have what Carl Jung called a “shadow.” A blind spot in our persona that trips us up because it’s unconscious. But those blind spots are the challenges our soul wants us to overcome. Most of us bounce around, in and out of our shadow, until we collect enough painful experiences to wake up, to shine the light of reason on our internal troublemakers.

But, some of us refuse to look. All of us refuse to look sometimes.

If Trump’s shadowy blind spot had a name, it would be “unintentional unreliability.”

Trump’s idiocy is unintentional? Yep. Midnight tweets, international blunders and fake news rants tell us that Trump is living in his shadow! Carl Jung had a term for being perpetually caught in your shadow— neurosis.

Again, that’s why there’s no learning curve.

Get-more have-more never-enough!

When caught in the ego’s trap, which is get-more have-more never-enough, any of one of us can become sick with hatred, greed or malice. Whether it manifests as depressive self-hatred, or is projected onto others as justified blame, it’s glued to us by guilt.

Understanding this helps me forgive myself and others, at the same time I stay vigilant about the dangers surrounding a man like Trump. I’m not saying he’s a victim of his fate, i.e. “he was born this way!” Rather, he has free will, as we all do, to choose his thoughts and attitudes.

Trump's likely to inherit money or just find himself in very favorable financial conditions and situations. The good news is e has great optimism, good intuition and flashes of inspiration that enable him to take advantage of opportunities that other people might not even notice.

Foot-in-mouth disease

There’s a trickster loose in Donald Trump’s mind. A mercurial thinker who doesn’t consult reason or logic before spewing instamatic proclamations to the whole wide world.

America’s President has foot-in-mouth disease due to an unfortunate placement of his Sagittarius Moon. Trump operates from his impulsive gut reactions, which aren’t subject to any filters. Thoughts race through his brain, bypassing reason and logic, and fly out of his mouth. Like being struck by lightning while standing in a pool of water.

Unfortunately, there’s no experiential learning curve for lightning strikes. Unpredictable and unattached to each other, Trump’s erratic moods swings are at best uniquely exciting and at worse are out-and-out grandiosity.

Plus, lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Disjointed and destructive, Trump’s capricious tweets are uncensored emotional blasts from his uncontainable rage. It’s simple addition, not armchair psychology, to tally up his tweets as evidence of narcissistic wounding, a punctured fissure in a hot air balloon of suppressed rage.

The planet Mercury in a chart symbolizes communication and thought patterns. See if you think this fits Trump:

Mercury in the sign of Cancer (Trump) indicates a mind influenced by deep-seated emotional patterns that cause him to look at some facts and ignore others. The obvious result of this type of cognition is bias, prejudice and interference with objective thinking.

We have a president who is tweeting his way to destruction. Blatantly and without regard for the consequences, he makes announcements that are at best meaningless and are at worst a narcissistic self-will-run-riot— “it’s true because I say it’s true.”

Trump’s offensive use of tweets and impromptu public speeches may be the gun he’s unwittingly using to shoot himself in the foot.

Committed today, totally indifferent tomorrow.

Steve Bannon was shouting the loudest when Trump said he was going to fire Comey, “that would be the worst mistake in modern political history!” Bannon was literally screaming.

What’s with firing so many people? He may think he’s looking for loyalty in his partnerships, but in fact he’s not interested in any partnership or agreement that is binding.

He has no intention of giving up his right to have things his own way. Therefore his relationships are unstable, not because someone else has been disloyal, but because of his own unpredictable and unreliable behavior.

With Venus the goddess of love in a tense relationship with the god of lightning, Trump is likely to have unstable relationships, often due to excitement-seeking. This can lead to swift reverses in which he can be committed to one thing or person today and totally indifferent to it tomorrow.

His emotional retorts are spurred by unpredictable surges of emotions that destabilize his ability to navigate the nuances of interpersonal relationships--most of which require a delicate diplomacy.

Perhaps his vocabulary has more competent words than “fake” “sloppy” or “nut job.” Perhaps his IQ is genius. The point is-- his cannot access it.

If he has the ability to be competent, it’s drowned out when his emotions overwhelm him.

But so far all I see is the wannabe superhero role he’s playing as King or Emperor or the Joker right out of Batman:

The Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it!

Good Fortune and plain old dumb luck bails him out right when he needs it. In his stars, Trump was meant to bring blessings into this world. Silver spoons and extra helpings of Joyous Jupiter symbolize the energy of generosity of spirit and the impartial good will of a happily optimistic soul.

Trump has the ability for taking a down-to-earth approach in dealing with problems, and generally he’s practical when it comes to helping others.

What went wrong?

Emotional Perverseness and Instability

There must be senators, congressmen and white house staffers going home every night mumbling to themselves, “Well, certainly we’ve seen the worst of it. Surely he won’t do that again!”  

With Uranus, the mythological god of lightning, opposing Trump’s Sagittarius Moon, there’s an emotional perverseness and instability that leads to frequent and unexpected changes in mood and attitude which are very confusing to other people.

Undependability and unpredictability exasperate friends, colleagues (Comey) and partners (wife) who try to avoid Trump as much as possible. Even his new and somewhat sudden acquaintances, like Asian and Russian heads of state, will not last long.

Jaw-dropping shock by a large number of incredulous Americans is happening on a daily basis. Seasoned reporters for conscientious news outlets, who might try to write an unbiased account of Trump’s latest idiocy or midnight tweet, are thrown by Trump’s inability to learn from his own mistakes.

It would be lunacy on our part to adapt, to get used to, the foolhardy ignorance of the behavior of the President of the United States. The stakes are too high to ignore it.

Sabotaged by his own unconscious mind, Trump keeps fashioning his own hangman’s noose out of tweets and ludicrously imprudent declarations that are often lies.

I had hoped that there was method in his madness when he’s said things like, “I’ve got the biggest nuclear hotbutton.” Really?!

What can stabilize these erratic behaviors?

Let me put on my psychotherapist’s hat and say, there is a way in which we can see the lies or truths we’ve refused to acknowledge about ourselves. How? It’s by looking at the projections coming (or leaking) from our unconscious mind. Often, to get rid of something I feel guilty about, I “see” my fault as belonging to someone else. “Afterall, I never would have done that if he’d only …”

Like movie projectors to a blank screen, we “see” them on the world’s stage in the events and people around us. It’s a sleight of hand trick we use to shift the blame and guilt we feel onto someone or something else. It works.

It works as long as we’re willing to be deceived.

It’s possible that Trump could learn to submit to the advice of others and try to maintain positive relationships? We can hope. However, he will only do this if he decides it's not worth putting up with everyone's disapproval.

Trump has a depressive inclination to feel unloved and unappreciated. He craves attention, in any form, as a demonstration that he is loved and appreciated.

Think about the way Trump was so obsessed with how many people attended his inauguration. Can you see the self-defeating pattern of being so eager for love and approval that, when you think you don’t have it, you throw some sort of hissy fit? Or, when alone, you wallow in the messy bog of self pity which only serves to drive people further away from you? A vicious cycle.

Depression and self-defeating negativity calls my attention to the placement in the astrology chart where the planet Saturn is housed.

The ringed planet Saturn, an archetype symbolic of the stern and oppressive father, loves to set limits and build fences. I have called Saturn a wet blanket. But Saturn also acts like the skeletal system does for the organs in our body. He maintains the necessary structure and organization of a system.

Saturn in Donald Trump's astrology chart is exactly conjunct Venus, the goddess of love. This is the aspect often found in the astrological charts of talented artists. It's a gift for spatial relations and music because it gives a good sense of rhythm, harmony and melody.

Saturn gives Trump good mathematical ability. Few would question that Trump is quick with numbers and can make money (and also lose it—see above). He has a strong ambition for money and a desire to enhance his financial status through partnerships.

This combination of Venus and Saturn also gives a sense of justice and fair play-- it’s in there somewhere!

So is Trump’s pride in being an American.

Patriotism or Chauvinism?

Did you see the picture of Trump hugging the American flag? He means it. He loves his country. Emphasis on his.

Trump is a patriot whose good intentions are to support America, and indeed make her strong— but there’s a narcissistic twist.

He has a propensity to take things very personally and to be easily influenced by emotional appeals to exert his power. When patriotism is exaggerated through such a subjective lens, it becomes chauvinism— an intemperate pride and belligerent belief in his own, and by association America’s, superiority. Warranted or not.

Also on this dark side, there can be a tendency to use others to gratify his own emotional and financial needs.

He has a strong dislike of restraints so he will insist on his personal freedom to do as he pleases--another indicator of excitement-seeking and frequent travel that is usually decided upon quite suddenly.

Trump wants to be an active leader of the GOP, but he’s much more suited to liberal policies than conservative ones. Rather than uphold the laissez-faire republican platform of less government interference in the workings of the free market, Trump likes to exercise his executive power to reform and remake that status quo.

It’s in his stars: He thoughtlessly and deliberately flaunts convention just for the sake of causing excitement by stirring up controversy.

An Inconvenient Integrity

This guy can be untruthful without consciously realizing it! We've seen evidence of this over and over when Trump himself seems to be shocked and surprised by the negative reactions he gets to his decisions and behaviors.

Responsible reporters from reputable newspapers are cataloging Trump’s lies by logically fact-checking the details— what is actually the truth. As of June, 2019, watchdogs have catalogued over 10,000 blatant lies coming directly from Trump. Incredulous, they ask:

“How can such a smart guy appear so stupid?”

Another blind-spot that is particularly heinous, especially when it comes to his relationships with women, is the inner tension between Venus and Jupiter in his natal chart. No matter what else is in the horoscope, this aspect produces:

  • over-indulgence

  • conceit

  • debauchery

  • a general lack of appreciation of the true value of things and people

He thinks of himself as mentally exceptional, and it’s true that he does have unusual talents. But he does not use them wisely, and frankly he's not as smart or talented as he thinks he is.

A strong erratic impatience gets in the way of any sustained effort. So even if he does have a genius idea, he does not have the patience to implement it.

Do we have 498.3 miles to go?

The stars have set the stage with a metaphorical drama — the building of a wall. Everything we need to know about the macrocosm is encapsulated in this one microcosmic example— to build, or not to build, a wall.

As of May, 2019, Trump's 500-mile wall promise of completion by 2020 leaves 498.3 miles to go. On April 30, 2019, the US Customs and Border Patrol reported that of the 1.57 billion in funding allocated by Congress last year, only 1.7 miles of fencing has been reconstructed or repaired. (hint: there’s nothing new)

The White House Press Secretary, appearing on Fox News, in a blatant lie announced that over a hundred miles of fence had been completed. Exact figure she gave was 115. Then she also announced the 500 miles will be completed by the end of the year.

Trump made a political show of unveiling a reconstructed piece of wall in California. This hoax looked like good publicity except that the renovated not-new section of wall was begun under the Obama Administration.

If you’d paid good money to watch this on the big screen in your favorite theatre, would you walk out? Would you be glued to it by jaw-dropping incredibility? Staying in your seat because surely this will have a redeeming plot twist and a happy ending?

This is where I love to consult the stars. Their patterns are a clear and clean mirror of the foggy view I have on here on earth.

“It may be true, as Lincoln supposed, that ”you can't fool all the people all the time,” but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.” [Will and Ariel Durant; The Sun.June 2019. Issue 522]

The Times Are Changing— For The Better

For the next 7 years, lessons in valuing the truth will put hurdles on the road ahead for Trump— and for all of us.

Since freedom-loving Uranus, the god of lightning, entered the sign of practical Taurus on March 6, 2019, we can expect sudden out-of-the-blue changes in what we value.

This 7-year itch planet (Uranus spends 7 years in one zodiac sign) was last in Taurus in 1935, a time of shifting values. For example: there was a build up of political and territorial tensions that would lead to WWII; Germany passed the Nuremberg laws to strip Jews of their civil rights; Persia is renamed as Iran; Years of economic depression continued in America with unemployment at 20.1%; President Roosevelt signed the US Social Security Act.

“When things were very bad his soul just crawled behind his heart and curled up and went to sleep”

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings











Posted on January 13, 2019 .