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The Trump syndrome – magnifying underlying fears

I’ve been pondering on the Trump phenomenon, global chaos, migrants and general unease. It seems too much to be ascribed to a waning Uranus Pluto square though no doubt its’ disruptive influence has played its part over the past four years. [This is me thinking on paper so not necessarily conclusive.]

At a reasonably trivial level the tr Saturn square tr Neptune in orb early and late 2015 (i.e. now) and running till late 2016 is panicky, neurotic, distrusting, suspicious, paranoid. Often it is associated with poor, sick people or epidemics. The epidemic this time round appears to be more mental than physical (at the moment) – at least for the general public, as opposed to refugees who probably are at risk of disease. The tendency with Saturn Neptune is to worry more than the situation merits. Trump is almost certainly exploiting this.

However what is happening out in the world is hugely significant. A UN report out today says 2015 will see forced displacement worldwide exceeding 60 million for the first time – 1 in every 122 humans is someone who has been forced to flee their homes. Developing countries bordering conflict zones will host the majority of refugees and the report warned of growing “resentment” and “politicization of refugees”.

When you look back to the triple conjunction in Capricorn in the late 1980s/early 1990s, which was the most massive astrological phenomenon for nearly 150 years, the world was hopeful – the Berlin Wall came down in late 1989 releasing East Europeans from decades under the communist boot; and Nelson Mandela was released from prison in early 1990, ushering in what felt like a brave new world. Except that Bush Senior was embroiled in the first Gulf War, so business as usual for the USA.

It may well be that transiting Pluto in Capricorn now moving across the degrees of that triple conjunction is contributing to the break-down of what had been built up. Russia has gone back to the bad old days; South Africa is practically a failed state.

The USA was thrown off balance by the collapse of their old enemy in the USSR and it took them a decade to find a new one in Islamists. There is a peculiarity in the American temperament of desperately needing a bad guy to hate, more so than most countries, perhaps due to being a nation of immigrants. Though they also have their internal haters – the militia, anti-government types who don’t occur in quite such toxic form in other western countries. The USA 1776 chart is predominantly Water Air which is a fairly unstable combination – a difficulty in balancing emotional responses with rational ones.

The war-tainted Saturn opposition Pluto in 2001/2003 brought GWB, 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq – which arguably led to a good deal of the present chaos in the Middle East. [Though the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement in which the Brits and French carved up the Middle East and betrayed the Arabs in the first instance, also has its part to play – on a Saturn Pluto conjunction in Cancer.]

The Saturn Uranus opposition and Pluto moving into Capricorn in 2008 brought the perfect storm of a financial collapse. Although accompanying that was the election of Barack Obama on a wave of American and global euphoria and enthusiasm and on an anti-war ticket. His distaste for war-mongering left the world without a superpower. Into the vacuum stepped ISIL and Putin.

I’m not much wiser at the end of this. Except that vast migrations of people are typically associated with the aftermath of triple conjunctions.

Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces are both also historically significant in Muslim history – the spread of empires etc. And I would have to say personally my blood runs cold at the prospect of a religious faith (frankly any of them) taking over which denigrates women and pushes back on hard-won liberal principles. There is starting to be a kick-back even in laissez-faire UK which has been lazily tolerant of intolerant elements up till now.

The rise of Trump is a black comedy but he is plugging into deeper fears which a good many people hold and have been too scared to express.

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