I had to wonder: who is this Donald Trump? Were the signs of his wall-building wanker-ness already clear at birth and apparent in his birth chart?
It appears the answer may be Oh, yes.
For me, Astrology is not about reading ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ aspects; it’s simply about aspects. Every planet, placement or aspect can have a ‘low’ or ‘high’ expression: if we undertake an internal (or spiritual) journey which forces us to face ourselves and rebalance the heavier signatures in our chart, we will eventually be able to express that astrological combination in a very different way than before. Long story short: someone else born with the same aspects could take the high road and end up nothing like Donald Trump. In fact, his chart has some brilliant aspects, if he were better placed as a soul to take advantage of them.
Keeping that in mind, let’s check out Donald Drumpf.
Donald Trump’s Birth Chart
The first thing that strikes me when looking at Donald Trump’s birth chart is his Leo Ascendant. This shouldn’t be a big shocker. He loves to perform, so much so that it is hard to distinguish ‘him’ from the performance. Can we be sure that there’s a man inside of all that tangerine man-flesh?
He is the full expression of the shadow side, or lower expression, of Leo: dramatically expressive with more than an extra dose of ‘me-me-me’. He’s the ultimate trope-tastic taskmaster, keeping comedians, political cartoonists and news commentators gainfully employed and struggling to keep up with his showman antics.
Being that Leo is on the Ascendant (conjunct Mars – more on that in a sec), the Ascendant ruler is the Sun itself, super charging his 11th House Gemini Sun. Again, this is not a surprise, considering this is a man who loves to talk as often and as dramatically (Leo Ascendant) as we can stand it.
It may also lend talent in negotiations and contracts, which we’ve seen throughout Donald’s life as he continues to dig deeper holes financially and somehow finds a way to pole-vault himself back out of ruin and into the limelight (further helped by Jupiter in Libra).
Finding the Sun in the 11th House of ‘Good Spirits’ shows that Donald got ahead by working with his social circle, things we know to be true from his sizable inheritance and wealthy network of friends.
His Sun is conjunct Uranus. Sun-Uranus people have a tendency to shock others and to constantly reinvent themselves; with this placement happening in Gemini, the King of communication, his shocking outbursts can also be seen as a birthright instead of the irritating habit of a spoiled child (actually, it can be both). A strong Uranus can lead to innovation, but can also show a foolhardy risk-taking nature, which has shown up in his various business escapades. It’s the very same placement which may have encouraged ‘the Donald’ to reinvent himself as Presidential material.
Having the Sun conjunct the North Node is interesting, as this means he was born during an eclipse. Eclipses conjunct the Sun are very powerful indeed, and its house placement shows an area of deep-seated hunger or appetite. My feeling is in the 11th House this means Donald wants group acceptance/appreciation, which he aims to achieve through communication, networking and contracts.
Lynn Hayes goes deeper about the lunar eclipse birth aspect here: “In a lunar eclipse, the instincts and emotion of the Moon are eclipsed by the Solar conscious energy of the Sun. […] People born under a total eclipse carry the intense emotional energy with them, though these lunar instincts may remain hidden for much of their lifetime until they are forced to emerge through some kind of confrontation.”
So in other words, Donald’s Sagittarius Moon, which *may* be terribly well-meaning and concerned with the good of all, is quite literally eclipsed by the intense desire of his Gemini Sun to grandstand à la Leo, coupled with the Uranian need to shock others or break with tradition.
Donald’s Gemini Sun is opposite his Sagittarius Moon. This is a pretty strong signature in the birth chart and can mean there was a distance from the mother or that in general, he may have a difficult time in relationships. There may be a deep-seated sense of having been rejected, or not receiving enough love. This is also seen in the presence of Saturn conjunct Venus in the 12th House, which seems to predict his difficult love life.
Now, for the Mars conjunct the Ascendant piece.
In traditional Astrology, Mars is malefic. It’s the planet of ambition, courage, fighting and swordsmanship. It’s a tiny, fast-moving angry planet; the glyph for Mars is an arrow (or sword). Which makes Mars an uncomfortable bedfellow for its placement in Leo, who loves to love and be loved in return. Since Donald was born in the daytime, there is an extra level of punch to his Mars. The light side of this indicates an intense drive and ambition, which we can see quite easily in Donald’s life. Lazy he is not, even if he has dubious means for getting what he wants.
The darker side of this placement creates a tangled tension between his ambitions and the need for approval. Mars conjunct the Ascendant on its own is not a difficult placement at all, but with Saturn/Venus in the 12th House (substantially altering the viability of romantic relationships), and his Sun opposite the Moon (which makes familial relationships, particularly the Mother, difficult), I feel that Donald has channeled the natural, human need for love outwards onto the public and his 11th house Gemini Sun.
I don’t feel that there is a ‘wound’ in Donald’s chart from which this desire springs but rather it’s a forceful signature that has had its fires stoked by a combination of aspects.
Donald wants to be loved but forces it down our throats like a loaded skewer.
Yes, he needs to be loved, but normal love will never be enough: it needs to be full-on, prostrate adulation, whether from his wife or the world.
Good, bad or indifferent, this is Trump.
A talker, a performer, a lover of being loved. A lucky son of a bitch, and an aggressively smug one at that.
Just remember that his little Sword (oh yes, that one) might cut you if you get too close to dismantling the Emperor’s double-breasted suit (Hello, Megyn Kelly!…and Ivana!…and Rosie O’Donnell!…and!…).
So that’s all folks. There is so much more to this guy and his chart, but I’ll leave it here for now.
Note that I use a method of astrology called ‘whole houses’ which is a traditional approach to reading charts. I find it the clearest and most useful way of making astrological interpretations. Other charts show Donald with a 10th House Sun (life in the public eye) and 2nd House placements (assets, real estate). Both are worth a gander and show most of the same aspects, albeit with slightly different house placements.
Does he stand a chance in the Presidential race? Read an astrologer’s thoughts on his chances here.
Picture credit: Petar Pismetrovic