If you tormented yourself, as I did, and watched all 80 minutes of last week’s press conference with President Trump, you may have caught him saying, “I love this.”
But I’m having a good time. Tomorrow, they will say, Donald Trump rants and raves at the press. I’m not ranting and raving. I’m telling you you’re dishonest people, but I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it, but tomorrow’s headlines are going to be Donald Trump, rants and rants. I’m not ranting. Go ahead —
Gemini sun Trump is ruled by the planet Mercury, which rules communication. On Mercury, Café Astrology writes:
Mercury not only rules communication, it represents coordination. Thought processes, ideas, and sensory information from both conscious and unconscious sources all need to be coordinated and understood. Mercury analyzes, sorts, groups, and makes sense of things. How do we handle nervous energy? How do we express and convey our thoughts? How do we approach others and information in order to learn and exchange ideas?
When we are “acting out” our Mercury, we are inquisitive, curious, communicative, and versatile. On the negative side, we can be high-strung or nervous, nit-picky, indecisive, and overly technical.
While Trump’s attack on the media is causing fear of despotic elimination of the press, both physical and astrological evidence suggest otherwise.
The media, like Trump, is ruled by Mercury. Trump is the media, Trump is one of them. This money-back guarantee astrological (and political) prediction is that the influence of the media will grow and Trump will have more press conferences than any other president. In fact, it was pointed out on Washington Week that Trump called on more news organizations (17) than past presidents.
If Trump is here, Mercury is here.
Trump the Puer
During the press conference, Trump expressed the verbal agility of Mercury that allows it, if desired, to function as the trickster, or con artist. However, it’s not really the con artist that Trump is channeling. Another aspect of Mercury, one less discussed, is more prevalent in his performance – Mercury as puer aeternus, or eternal youth.
The definition from Wikipedia seems to describe the situation well:
In psychology, it is an older person whose emotional life has remained at an adolescent level. The puer typically leads a provisional life, due to the fear of being caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. He covets independence and freedom, opposes boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable.
While researching Mercury as puer, I happened upon excerpts for a book that now in on my reading list entitled Perpetual Adolescence: Jungian Analyses of American Media, Literature, and Pop Culture. In this work, the puer is compared to the senex, or the old man (who may be wise but definitely of the established order). The senex for Trump is the establishment, including Hillary Clinton (where have I heard that name?) who is in political time ancient history but that he mentioned several times during the conference.
Trump as president is the puer in an impossible situation from which he can’t escape. The media is his escape and he will mostly likely turn to the media again and again. It’s his senex advisors, I suspect, who try to keep him far from both Twitter and Meet the Press.
Trump reminds me of a colleague’s daughter who once visited us in the office. Cute, charming and open, this elementary school girl spoke to many of us and inadvertently revealed that mommy had a vaginal infection and was going to find another job, among other things. Those are the two I remember most.
Trump’s senex overseers were probably cringing that he mentioned global nuclear war after being asked about a Russian spy ship off the US coast (hey, why isn’t the press covering this?) like a child revealing dinner-table conversation. Yes, Donnie, we know nuclear war would blow up the planet and there are arms are in the hands of those without nation-state stability and it’s very, very scary. Let’s not talk about it.
The most representative individual of this Gemini/puer energy is Frédéric Bourdin who is portrayed in the move The Imposter.
Bourdin combined both Gemini sun ability to convince with words and Pisces moon (conjunct Jupiter) ability to imitate and tap into the emotional context of a situation. He’s truly amazing.
In his mid 20s, Bourdin, who is French, was able to imitate a teenager from another culture (American) convincing a European court, a family and the FBI of his identity. Most of Bourdin’s imitations at that time were as teenagers.
It’s clear the puer in Bourdin could not accept growing up. He simply wanted to remain a teenager and found a way to do it. Just act like a teenager – use all the words, actions and emotions of a teenager and the rest of the world buys in. In fact, the tagline for the movie is “There are two sides to every lie.”
President Trump also wants to remain a juvenile and has been aided in this by his wealthy upbringing and . . . the media. Every juvenile fart and burp must be covered because that is the media’s responsibility. They are stuck in a Mercury trap. It’s unfair to not report actual events but if the events are ridiculously unimportant or misleading, what do they do?
Not all Geminis are Trump
Astrology, like Mercury, categorizes and organizes. Because Trump is portraying Gemini traits doesn’t mean that all Geminis act like Trump. This flaw in astrological logic is one of the reasons astrology is dismissed in American life – American focus on individuality despises being categorized. Yet the core energy is the same although its manifestations are many.
Gemini can categorize all of the insects of the world or it can categorize all of the actions of your romantic relationship. The former brings knowledge to the world; the latter drives an emotional partner crazy. Gemini’s desire to compartmentalize life creates emotional distance with others.
As with Trump’s foe Hillary Clinton, close friends and companions portray a different individual than the one we see in the news. For Clinton they described her Pisces moon warmth. With Trump, they describe his Gemini sun and Cancer Venus charm.
Trump’s horoscope has more than Gemini sun. Uranus was also in Gemini when he was born adding impulsiveness to his Gemini nature. Adding energy to an already volatile combination is Sagittarius moon opposing sun/Uranus. This describes the lack of control we see with Trump.
If Trump had Uranus conjunct sun opposing moon in some other sign, say Taurus, the impulsive nature would still be there but focused differently. Taurus is earth and fixed so the energy would be focused on practical, physical matters with strong beliefs.
Yet, in his impossible situation which he can’t escape, no matter how many weekends he spends in Palm Beach nurturing his Venus in Cancer (water sign), Trump’s puer is begging for release.
Who is the senex in Trump’s world?
The senex in Trump’s world is definitely not the media. They are his friends and he loves them (he said so). Gemini rules friends and neighbors.
Senex is the entire government. Peter Pan Trump has dropped himself into a land that he thought was Neverland and where he would be the supreme ruler who everyone loved and admired. Even the average American could have told him the president doesn’t have as much power as it would seem. What is happening to Trump happens to every president, if you’ve been watching (and reading).
Trump has not grown up, even though Joe Biden asked him to; the senex in his new life that will force him to grow up has not yet emerged. Astrologically Saturn is the senex and transiting Saturn in Sagittarius has been conjunct his moon and opposing his sun, which demands the emotional restraint Trump hates.
Saturn is transiting Sagittarius for another year and will continue to request maturity from Sagittarius sun and moon persons. The impulsive Trump is facing his senex and his army of bureaucrats head on. The senex that matures Trump may emerge from one of the older, more seasoned areas of government, one of those dark places we don’t talk about at the dinner table.
Thanks for such a great analysis. I’ve just found your blog recently and enjoy your comprehensive viewpoints. I haven’t seen much about the fact that his natal Mercury is Out of Bounds. I think the OOB demonstrates and compliments ‘bigly’ his self regard, his perceptions, his mouth, as unbound by social and even global norms. For someone so Mercury driven, he is so inarticulate, so without vocabulary. I don’t think the OOB Mercury explains that part since many quite articulate people share that. Any thoughts on this?
Interesting question – I’ve wondered if he’s more articulate in private. But I also see in his speech patterns another trait not normally associated with him – obsequiousness – “a fawning attentiveness” which can come from Mercury and is a desire to tell you what you want to hear. His compliments are equally as empty as his insults but all are superlative. If you’re prey to flattery, he’s your guy. I’m linking an interesting article that argues Trump is articulate because he speaks simply which is considered sincere. I think George W. Bush was seen in a similar light.
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