Trigger Warning: If you’re a Trump fan, you might still find some things useful in this article, but you should know I rip on him because it is my constitutional right and because he totally deserves it. I don’t kiss rings, least of all for a person as honestly despicable as Donald Trump. If you can’t handle it, you can go back to your safe space.
Uranus is so often described as the planet of rebellion, but we usually only understand that from the perspective of the rebellions we sympathize with. But sometimes, the rebellion happens against you. If there is anything the events of the past few years has shown us, it’s that Uranus is truly the planet of ‘fuck you’. Spinning on a rotational axis so extreme that it practically rolls around the Sun, Uranus gives a middle finger to the rest of the planets as well. The question with Uranus from here on out that I’m going to be asking myself is, who is it saying ‘fuck you’ to now?
Over the course of this Uranus-Pluto square, Uranus has radicalized Pluto and Pluto has been empowering Uranus. In many countries, this Uranus-Pluto dynamic has been reflected in the individuals that have been at the center of many of the most dramatic developments in the world. In Syria, Assad was born during a Sun-Uranus-Pluto conjunction. In the UK, Nigel Farage, an architect of the Brexit referendum, was born with Uranus and Pluto rising. In Russia, Vladimir Putin was born with the Sun square Uranus while Pluto was culminating, while Dmitry Medvedev was born with the Sun-Uranus-Pluto conjunction. In France, the ascendant Marine Le Pen was born during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, while her father Jean-Marie Le Pen was born during the previous Uranus-Pluto square.
And now it has hit the United States in a distinctly American way with the improbable election of Donald Trump.
- Uranus in Gemini 1607-1614 – Jamestown established on 5/14/1607, the very day Uranus entered Gemini.
- Uranus in Gemini 1690-1697 – Glorious Revolution
- Uranus in Gemini 1774-1781 – American Revolutionary War
- Uranus in Gemini 1858-1865 – American Civil War
- Uranus in Gemini 1942-1949 – WWII
- Uranus in Gemini 2026-2033 – Something fun I’m sure. Read more about these Uranus in Gemini periods here.
Not only was Donald Trump born during the Uranus in Gemini period, but he was also born at a lunar eclipse closely configured with Uranus. This lunar eclipse preceded the births of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. It’s a very “American” eclipse. Weirdly, the day Trump was born was the same day the United States government proposed the Baruch Plan to the United Nations. The US offered to destroy all its nuclear weapons in exchange for guarantees from all other countries they would not produce any, and agree to a system of inspections. The plan was foiled by the suspicions of Soviet Russia, and its failure ultimately led to a dangerous nuclear arms race. Yay.
How weird it is that a life that came into the world on that day would be Donald Trump’s? A man who just happens not to be trusted to be responsible with nuclear weapons and displays a baffling admiration for Russian autocrats? Trump was a ‘fuck you’ to national security officials. He’s a ‘fuck you’ to liberals, he’s a ‘fuck you’ to conservatives, he’s a ‘fuck you’ to pollsters, a ‘fuck you’ to the majority of voters, a ‘fuck you’ to minorities, intellectuals, scientists, and hey, even most astrologers. Finally, Trump will be a ‘fuck you’ to the people who unwisely voted for him. Donald Trump is America’s ‘fuck you’. In short, he is Uranus empowered by Pluto. Currently, Uranus is a cosmic troll who makes your life hell if you ignore them and worse if you engage them. How do you beat Uranus? Not easily.
Something interesting about Trump is that because his Sun and Moon are aligned with Uranus, the transits of Uranus have ended up being significant for his identity. In fact, each time Uranus enters a new sign, he undergoes a kind of makeover into a new type of Donald Trump. Like a Pokemon evolution. Trumpmon or something. I just deleted a whole paragraph where I was going to go on a tangent about what Donald Trump would be like if he were a Pokemon, but now you can imagine how awesome it was going to be instead. Anyway. I’m going to start with Uranus in Virgo because we don’t know too much about the young Donald Trump beyond the fact that he was, as you might have guessed, a little shit.
Uranus in Virgo, Trump the Cadet: October 1961 – September 1968
He was such a little shit that he was sent away to military school in the fall of 1959. It took him a long time to get used to the strict environment, and he had issues with insubordination. However, by the time Uranus entered Virgo (near the start of his sophomore year), Trump learned how to succeed in this regimented environment, achieving high grades, success in sports and even won medals for neatness. And of course, with an Ascendant perhaps having just squeaked into Virgo, he would win a freaking medal for neatness of all things.
Uranus in Libra, Trump the Manhattan Bachelor: September 1968-November 1974
Trump graduated from Wharton in May 1968. He continued to work for his father in the Trump Organization, but he had his eye on entering the Manhattan real estate market. He finally moved to Manhattan in 1971. With Venus ruling Uranus’s stay in Libra, one of the first things he did was join an elite New York socialite club imaginatively called “Le Club”, and it wasn’t French. He described it as the place where you would see “a wealthy seventy-five-year-old guy walk in with three blondes from Sweden”, so in other words, a perfect place for Donald Fucking Trump. He described the social, business and political connections he would make through this club which would help him achieve making more money to fill the gaping void in his soul, and more importantly to meet the lawyer who would save his racist ass.
The Department of Justice sued the Trump Organization for racial discrimination on October 15th 1973, when the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Libra. His defense? He didn’t know about the Fair Housing Act. Trump’s lawyer Roy Cohn (yeah, that Roy Cohn) managed to finagle a settlement without a formal acknowledgment of wrongdoing. And this is why the justice system is amazing and totally fair.
Uranus in Scorpio, Trump the Family Man: November 1974 – November 1981 – Celebrity
Scorpio contains his IC, and it was in the summer of 1976 that he met his first wife Ivana and started his own family. Appropriately for the 4th house, his plans for building Trump Tower (his permanent residence in New York City) were approved by the city on October 19th 1979, and construction began in January 1980, when Uranus was conjunct his IC at 24 Scorpio.
Uranus in Sagittarius, Trump the Real Estate Celebrity Wunderkind: November 1981-February 1988
With Jupiter ruling Uranus in Sagittarius, the 80’s were a good time for Donald Trump. It was when he became a celebrity, the king of real estate in New York. It’s when his name started appearing in gold on skyscrapers which is completely normal. It was also the time of his Uranus Opposition, so he did the whole mid-life crisis thing, taking up a mistress, building a tower to live in and naming it after himself, y’know, the usual stuff. Trump Tower opened for business on November 30th 1983, when the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Sagittarius.
Uranus in Capricorn, Trump the Tabloid Figure: February 1988-April 1995
Uranus’s transit through Capricorn was honestly not that great. It’s ruled by Saturn after all, and it opposed his Mercury, Venus and Saturn over this time period. It was a time Trump experienced some big business failures and his first bankruptcy. On top of that was his tawdry personal life: a drawn out and dramatic divorce from Ivana and a short marriage and surprise pregnancy with his mistress Marla Maples. And in fact, his marriage to Ivana blew up in a very public way on December 31st 1990, when his wife and mistress had a confrontation in front of him in a restaurant in Aspen. And yes, the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Capricorn. Basically Trump was in the tabloids a lot, and not for reasons to celebrate. (Are there ever any reasons to celebrate?)
Uranus in Aquarius, Trump the Pageant Creep – April 1995-March 2003
It hardly mattered, because Trump was already well on his way down the white trash rabbit hole, and he would ride it all the way down. In 1996, Trump kicked off his obsession with models with the purchase of the Miss Universe pageant. In this period he also formed his own model management company. Why? Because he’s a “model-fucker”. In the course of his involvement with the fashion industry, he met a model named Melania Knauss, who he is currently married to.
In his first year of managing the Miss Universe pageant, Trump complained that the Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado gained too much weight. Having struggled with eating disorders, Machado requested Trump provide her with support from nutritionists and personal trainers. Instead, he sent her to a gym, surprising her with an army of cameras to somehow make her visit to a gym a news story with inexplicably cruel cosmos-based puns. This act of cruelty took place on January 29th 1997, when the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Aquarius.
Uranus in Pisces, Trump the Reality TV Star: March 2003 – March 2011
Uranus ingressed into Pisces right as Trump was making preparations for a little TV show called The Apprentice. Uranus’ transit through Pisces gave Trump a new persona – that of a reality TV star. One of his most interesting Sun-Uranus recurrence transits in this time was when the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Pisces in 2009 – On March 18th 2009, Trump joined Twitter. Normally I’d never consider this to be a significant event for anyone. But with Trump?…Yeah. His Twitter is unfortunately a yuuuge deal.
Uranus in Aries, Trump the Birther/Politician/General Scourge: March 12th 2011-May 15th 2018
Uranus ingressed into Aries shortly before Trump remade himself as a proponent of the racist birther conspiracy theory against Obama. He made his first birther comments on The View, on March 23rd 2011, when the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Aries. One thing led to another, and now he’s President and stuff. Oh, and the day he announced his campaign by demeaning Mexicans was literally the day before the perfect Uranus return of January 30th 1933, the day Hitler assumed power, serious h/t to Ed Tamplin for that. The next day a white supremacist named Dylann Roof killed 9 innocent black people in a church in Charleston. I’m not saying they’re actually connected to each other. But I am saying that the timing is not accidental.
Throughout his campaign, he has retweeted white supremacists, taken his sweet time pretending he doesn’t know who David Duke is, courts the overtly white supremacist corners of the internet and has had literal neo-Nazis holding events in his honor giving Nazi salutes saying “Hail Trump”. One wonders when exactly a Hitler comparison can no longer be considered a Reductio ad Hitlerum. Uranus in Aries in hard aspect with Pluto, just like before, is liberating and revolutionizing the impulses of Mars: hatred and division.
Uranus in Taurus, Trump the ??? – May 15th 2018 – July 2025
That this Uranus ingress will be occurring in the middle of Trump’s first term is interesting – whatever it is, it should be noticeable, a new tack, a new identity for Trump will emerge. Taurus contains his Midheaven, and even the simplest interpretation of Uranus transiting the sign of the 10th is interesting to consider: sudden or surprising changes in one’s career.
It will also be interesting to watch his wife Melania, since she has the Sun at 6 Taurus, which Uranus will reach starting in July 2019. That she would be having a Sun-Uranus conjunction by transit when her husband has a Sun-Uranus conjunction natally – what could this be about? And if Trump gets there, he’ll have his Uranus return in Gemini in August 2029. Perhaps that’s when we’ll see what Trump is ultimately about, although if past is prologue for the US and Uranus in Gemini, we may have a lot more to worry about than just Trump.
So, Uranus? Fuck you too!