Few people have received as much attention as Donald Trump in recent months. People around the world are puzzled by him. His astrological chart has some interesting features that I want to share with you.
What stands out in Trump’s chart is the strong placement of his lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu. In fact, his Vedic astrological chart is dominated by them.
Rahu & Ketu: Keys to Understanding Trump
In order to understand Donald Trump’s chart, we must first have a basic understanding of Rahu and Ketu.
The lunar nodes are not actual planets. They are points created when the Moon’s orbit intersects with the plane of the ecliptic. These points are very powerful because they can eclipse the Sun and the Moon. This is why the lunar nodes are known as shadow planets. It is this shadow that we see at the time of an eclipse.
In fact, Donald Trump was born during a lunar eclipse. His natal Moon is with Ketu in Scorpio and his Sun is with Rahu in Taurus. The lunar nodes are always exactly opposite (180 degrees) from one another. All the planets Donald Trump’s chart are placed within 180 degrees and flanked on both sides by Rahu/Sun and Ketu/Moon. The Sun, the ruler of his Leo Ascendant, is placed with Rahu. All of these factors, lead to Rahu and Ketu having a strong influence in Trump’s life.
The Story of Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Mythology
The mythological story of Rahu and Ketu gives us insights into the meaning of the Lunar nodes.
Naga Vasuki was a big serpent and a demon. The Gods were at war with the demons for the control of the universe and in order to win the battle they needed to find the Divine nectar of Immortality. Naga Vasuki offered to help the Gods find this nectar. He allowed the Gods to use his body as a rope, which they tied around Mount Mandara and used as a rod.They churned the ocean and eventually, after many trials, the Divine nectar came out of the ocean.
The churning of the ocean. Painting from circa 1860
The Gods and the Demons had a party afterwards. The Gods distracted the demons while the Divine Nectar was passed around. They made a strong point out of keeping the nectar away from the Demons because they feared that the Demons would destroy the Earth if it came into their possession.
Naga Vasuki was cleverer than the other demons and entered the party disguised and sat down between the Sun and the Moon. After a while the Sun and the Moon noticed his disguise and exposed him. Lord Vishnu, the creator of the universe, became very upset and threw his sword at Naga Vasuki. This caused the serpent’s head to fall off.
Because Naga Vasuki had already received some of the nectar of Immortality he did not die but became two creatures. The head is known as Rahu and the body without the head is known as Ketu. Since that time the Lunar nodes are bitter enemies with the Sun and the Moon and try to swallow them whenever they get close (they succeed during eclipses, when either the Sun or the Moon is conjunct Rahu or Ketu).
Rahu and Ketu in Trump’s Chart
Donald Trump – Born June 14, 1946 at Jamaica, New York at 10:54
The lunar nodes in the chart of Donald Trump are powerfully placed. As Rahu (the head of the serpent) represents our material desires; a well placed Rahu can give great worldly success such as wealth, fame and power. Rahu, in the chart of Donald Trump, is placed in the sign of Taurus, an earth sign expressing abundance. Rahu in Taurus is often connected to wealth.
The planets release their energy during their astrological time period in the individual chart. Donald Trump has been in a Rahu period for almost 18 years. The Rahu/Sun conjunction is placed in Donald’s 10th house. The 10th house is the area where we act out the desire to have an impact on the word. Rahu is well placed in the 10th house and the strength of Donald’s Rahu is obvious when you consider his life as a businessman, as an entertainer, and now as the Republican candidate for President. While some of his business practices can be questioned – and Rahu can be manipulative and deceptive – nonetheless he has achieved much in an outward Rahu way.
The Out of-the-Box Thinker & the Outsider
When Rahu or Ketu dominates, a person behaves and thinks “out of the box”. The lunar nodes are not real planets and people represented by them often seem like “outsiders”. Some members of the Republican Party have considered Donald Trump an imposter from the start. One by one they are realizing they can’t control him , wishing that he was not their representative.
It is interesting that Donald Trump is pointing his finger at others who can also be represented by Rahu: foreigners, immigrants, illegal immigrants, people with different ethnic backgrounds, even handicapped people have been maligned by Trump.
Someone born during a lunar eclipse may exhibit a mind that lacks clarity. Their mind may even reveal darkness at times. The spiritual person counteracts this by facing their inner demons and develops self honesty and a respect for truth. A less evolved person will blame and project their anger and hatred on others. There is a tendency to turn other people into scapegoats for all the inadequacies they fear and dislike.
An active Rahu will also activate Ketu. The lunar nodes are not only placed opposite to one another, they also have opposite qualities. Whereas Rahu represents karmic desires projected into the present life, Ketu carries the karmic burden of the past, which can create a desire to be liberated from it. This is why Ketu also represents yogis, monks and nuns, those seeking inner enlightenment and renunciation from the world. However, for the person caught up in worldly affairs Ketu’s influence can create disappointments, disillusionment, doubts and world weariness.
Transits for Donald Trump
The Stormy End of Rahu Dasha
The end of a Rahu period (or dasha) is said to be stormy and difficult. Donald Trump is at the end of his Rahu period and Mars is his sub period. His natal Mars is strong in Leo, his first house, giving him warrior like qualities. Currently Rahu is transiting Leo and over his Mars in his first house, making him very competitive and larger than life. However, according to some of the classic astrological texts, a person might lose everything he has gained during a Rahu period when he comes to the end of it.
Along with Saturn’s transit in Scorpio, Mars has also been transiting Scorpio for many months. This is influencing Donald Trump’s Ketu / Moon in Scorpio. Just like a wiggling tail of a serpent, his mind is unpredictable and there can be an extra sting in his comments during this time.
Donald Trump is in Sade Sati
For more than a year and a half Donald Trump has been in the midst of Sade Sati, a very difficult transit when Saturn goes over the Moon. The Moon wants security and Saturn adds responsibility and a sense of restriction. Donald Trump wants to throw out illegal immigrants, create strict borders, and limit immigration and foreign trade. “Make America Safe Again” and “Make America Great Again” alludes to returning to a better past. Surely terrorism is a horrible reality today but is it ever possible to return to the past?
Less Support from Jupiter Since August
While the benefic Jupiter was transiting Leo, which is Donald’s first house, he was protected by this benevolent planet. Since Jupiter has moved into Virgo in August, and left Leo, his support has been diminishing. He has continually made one controversial statement after another. Some say he is self destructive. Donald Trump, always a winner in his own eyes, has begun to accept that he might lose the election. Perhaps he doesn’t really mind. He has been totally involved in competing and winning the race, but actually winning the final race involves daunting responsibilities for the next four years.
Jupiter Period Begins One Week after Election
Much can still happen. There will be two eclipses in September which can cause new things to surface. Shortly after the election, on November 16th, Donald’s Rahu period ends and his Jupiter period begins. This period will last for 16 years and Donald Trump’s experience of Jupiter is connected to wealth in his chart. His wealth will likely increase and his influence will probably not end whether or not he becomes the president. Donald’s Jupiter aspects his 10th house (activities that have an impact on the world). Perhaps his allies will continue what he started. Perhaps he will also reap the benefits of his name and fame and write his memoirs. Certainly others will write many books about him as well.
Healing the Split Between Rahu & Ketu
Donald Trump’s story provides us with an important lesson about the outward moving principles of desires and ego attachment.
We all have Rahu and Ketu in our charts and we need to connect to both of their principles in order to have more balance. There is a need for healing the split between these two opposite forces. An example of this type of healing would be to work on expanding a spiritual awareness (Ketu) while offering a service to this world (Rahu). Not because of ego and self-gratification, but for the benefit of humanity and the soul.
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