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Trump’s Empathy Tour

The verdict is in on President Trump’s visit to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, the two cities struck by mass shootings this week, is in and it is not good. After what was reported to be a positive visit to Dayton, the President lashed out via twitter (where else) at Dayton’s mayor and Senator Sherrod. Then, in El Paso, victims still in the hospital refused to talk to him and two people who had already been released were brought back for the photo op. Through it all, Trump has complained about press coverage and categorically denied that his rhetoric has anything to do with these violent acts.

In the President’s defense, empathy is not typically a strength for Sun sign Geminis, particularly those with Leo rising and Venus conjunct Saturn. I doubt that anyone with a similar horoscope would have been totally at ease in such circumstances. What makes Trump’s situation worse is the fact that he has Mars conjunct his Ascendant. He gets mad, and that Martian anger flows directly through his thumps and into the twittersphere. (Click on Donald Trump to see his horoscope.)


Right now, transiting Mars is in Leo getting ready to pass over both Trump’s natal Mars and his Ascendant. This tells us that the President’s anger is only going to increase in the coming days. (The aspects will continue through next week.) And he has so much to be angry about. Half the country is calling him a racist, China has decided to play hardball, Kim Jong Un has proved to be a very bad friend and people are leaving his administration in droves.

In my last Following the Moon analysis I predicted that this would be a bad two weeks for the President. This has certainly been the case. Even with congress on vacation, he can’t catch a break. The only good thing happening in Trump’s chart right now is the fact that transiting Jupiter has stopped its retrograde motion and is now moving toward another pass over his Moon and opposite his Sun. This aspect was pretty good to Trump back in April (when the Mueller Report was released) but this next pass won’t happen until late October. Until then, he’ on his own.

Speaking of transits, when I wrote about the Democratic debate at the end of the July, I said that If Beto O’Rourke was able to tap into the energy of the conjunction of Mars to his Venus, as aspect that was still a couple degrees away from being exact at that time, he might be able to move beyond being adorable and show some spunk. That didn’t happen during the debate, but the aspect did complete on the day the press started asking O’Rourke about Trump and the shooting in El Paso. As you might recall, Beto got a little snippy. The funny thing is that even when he’s cussing, O’Rourke is still adorable.