On 25 June in my article “A time of Fire and Water – a debilitating mixture for the world” I said that from June 22nd until Aug 9th Mars would transit the sign of Cancer.

Mars is a fire planet and Cancer a water sign – these two elements don’t mix well. Mars is debilitated when it is in Cancer and unable to express its true nature. I said that this would be like: “an aggressive person being forced to be somewhere that makes them feel tense – it’s not a happy combination and can result in violent outbursts”.

I did a reading for how this would affect the USA and came up with several predictions and warnings, which mostly ended up being about its leader, President Donald Trump. Now that Mars has come out of Cancer, this is a good time to see how these predictions played out.

Reading:

An ill-considered choice and the discarding of meaningful offers. You feel the need to go it alone. There is an instinct to put your own needs first. This is not a time when people want to reach out to others, even allies.

Comment:

In a leaked memo from Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to the US, about Donald Trump’s abandoning of the Iran nuclear deal, he said:

“…the administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons – it was Obama’s deal.

“Moreover, they can’t articulate any ‘day-after’ strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region.”

Reading:

Forceful events are about to take you by storm. There will be pointless misfortune that you may find difficult to cope with.

Comment:

The mass shootings on 3-4 August in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio left 31 dead, and forced Trump to admit that background checks for gun purchases were needed. If he is really serious about this, it will put him at loggerheads with the National Rifle Association (NRA) – one of the biggest financial backers for Republican candidates – who oppose virtually every form of gun regulation, including background checks.

Trump had a rather mixed reception when he visited both Dayton and El Paso. The traditional presidential role in such tragic circumstances is to offer comfort and solace at a time of national tragedy. But in El Paso the day seemed to just show fresh evidence of Trump’s inability to strike a note of unity and empathy.

On a day when Trump had vowed to tone down his rhetoric and help the country, he did the opposite and laced his visits to both Dayton and El Paso, with a series of Tweets attacking local leaders.

By the time the President arrived in Dayton, he was frustrated that these attacks had resulted in more news coverage than the cheery reception he received at a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, the first stop on his trip. He is said to have screamed at his aides to begin producing proof that the people of El Paso were happy to see him.

Reading:

A leader who shows vulnerability and may exhibit destructive behaviour. Compromise is the key to dealing with the situation.

Comment:

Previous to the recent mass shootings, Trump had come under fire for his comments that even members of his own party called racist, as he appeared to revel in the viciousness of his brawl with the four progressive congresswomen who have become the young faces of the Democratic Party.

He stated that these women hated America and that Ilhan Omar, Democratic Representative of Minnesota, sympathized with Al Qaeda. She remarked that, “He’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color”. She went on to say, “This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms, or it is happening on national TV, and now it’s reached the White House garden”.

During a rally in May, when talking about migrants crossing the US/Mexican border illegally, he asked the crowd, “How do we stop these people?” “Shoot them”, one attendee shouted. At which Trump laughed.

Trump has denied responsibility for inciting violence within American communities, yet there are cases where mostly white men have invoked Trump’s name or rhetoric in connection with violent acts and threats of violence.

Reading:

Frustration in creative projects. Celebrations can be delayed. A leader who will not listen without prejudice.

Comment:

One major frustration for the Trump regime must be its lack of clear-cut foreign policy successes, especially in recent months.

  • Trump has pulled out of nuclear agreements with Russia and Iran, yet the better deals he predicted seem as remote as ever; indeed, nuclear weapons proliferation looks likely to accelerate.
  • The “maximum pressure” strategy against Iran is intended to change the Tehran government’s behaviour in the region and end their uranium enrichment programme. So far, the strategy is backfiring. Iran is stepping up its nuclear programme. It has become more aggressive in the Persian Gulf and it has rejected overtures from intermediaries offering talks with Trump.
  • Trump’s efforts to oust Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela a few months ago failed and his subsequent attempts to strangle its economy so far show no sign of achieving their political objective.
  • So far, Trump’s proudest diplomatic achievement was to become the first US president to meet a North Korean leader. Yet, this great photo-op gesture is looking increasingly hollow, as Kim Jong-un is steadily building up his nuclear arsenal and has resumed testing of missiles.
  • Last March, Trump was able to hail the fall of Islamic State ‘caliphate’ in Syria, yet this success has been tarnished by a recent Pentagon inspector general report saying that Isis had “solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria”.
  • The Trump administration has recently claimed to be close to an agreement with the Taliban, which should clear the way for a major withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan by the end of Trump’s first term. Yet, a spike in violence, with 1,500 civilian casualties in July alone, has revealed the tenuous nature of such negotiations.
  • Trump has relentlessly portrayed himself as uniquely able to strike deals with foreign leaders. The absence so far of the promised deal with China, the imposition of tariffs and the prospect of a worsening trade war will directly hit US consumers and producers.

According to Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama’s speechwriter and foreign policy adviser, “What is interesting is that in every one of these issues, Trump saw a domestic political benefit: getting tough on China, Iran, on Venezuela, with voters in Florida in mind, the spectacle of meeting Kim Jong-un. But whatever short-term benefit there was has been more than eclipsed by the long-term mess he has created.”

My updated reading for this is: Change the way you present yourself to the outside world. You need to lay low.

Reading:

Obstinacy and a refusal to face certain problems that you know have been partly created by your own attitude.

Comment:

“After El Paso, we can no longer ignore Trump’s role in inspiring mass shootings” and other such headlines appeared, especially after the El Paso shootings.

A manifesto written by the El Paso mass killer and posted shortly before his attack is full of the hateful ideas and rhetoric that have flourished under Trump. It declares the imminent attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion,” accuses Democrats of “pandering to the Hispanic voting bloc,” rails against “traitors,” and condemns “race mixing” and “interracial unions.” “Yet another reason to send them back,” the manifesto says.

Trump has repeatedly referred to an “invasion” at the southern border; Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and Syrian refugees as “snakes”; accused his critics of treason on many occasions; and has told four elected women of colour to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.”

Reading:

Resist the temptation to display anger and resentment.

Comment:

In a batch of leaked cables, the UK ambassador to the US Kim Darroch described President Donald Trump’s administration as “inept” and said that, despite being president, Trump “radiates insecurity.”

Trump seemed to confirm Darroch’s assessment when he tweeted, “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well … thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him.”

Comfortable Mars, more comfortable Trump?

Having now moved into Leo, a fire sign, Mars is in a more comfortable position and is no longer debilitated.

Let’s see what effect this will have on President Trump and whether his various projects will no longer be frustrated.