My astrology is eclectic, and I am ready to give every technique a go. One of my favourite approaches to astrology is midpoints. This involves looking at the hard aspects to the various midpoints in a chart. For example, let’s look at Donald Trump’s Mars midpoints: MA=JU/NE=SA/AR=A/M.
The midpoint tree only includes the midpoints that are closely aspected by Mars. We can see that Mars makes a 45-degree aspect to the Jupiter-Neptune midpoint, with an 8 minute orb, a 90-degree aspect to the Saturn-Aries point midpoint, again with an 8 degree orb, and a 45-degree aspect to the Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint. If the birth time was exact, the orb of this last aspect would be 23 minutes.
At this stage, some people might be confused by what I mean by the Aries point. It is zero degrees Aries, and it’s an important point in Uranian astrology. Everyone has zero degrees Aries in their chart, and obviously it is always in the same place – zero degrees Aries. It is not a personal point like the Ascendant and the Midheaven. Instead it represents the Earth in general, and how we relate to global events and trends. In terms of Donald Trump, one of the midpoints closely aspected by Mars involves the Aries point, and this can help us to understand what kind of energy the man channels.
Mars represents the way we assert ourselves. Trump has Mars on the Jupiter-Neptune midpoint. Jupiter and Neptune can be spiritual, but their combination can also be the cause of fantasy . Or in modern parlance, it’s about chasing unicorns. In the past Trump has had big ideas about business, which in many cases have turned to dust.
Reinhold Ebertin, in The Combination of Stellar Influences, wrote as follows about Mars on the Jupiter/Neptune midpoint: “Unreliability, proneness to irresponsible acting, the tendency to rely on others… the act of speculating”. Trump goes rushing into things, without thinking through the consequences. And it gets worse. Alfred Witte, in his Rules for Planetary Pictures, wrote the following: “Beautiful outer appearance, but inside foul. Activities with negative results, ending with losses. Worm-eaten fruits”. On the surface Trump’s actions might seem magnificient, but actually they are counterproductive. But you have to dig below the surface, and see the worm at the core.
The next midpoint in the chain is Mars on the Saturn-Aries midpoint. One might see this as the consequences of the actions described by the previous midpoint, Mars on Jupiter-Neptune. The planet Saturn can relate to delays, difficulties and frustrations, and Aries relates to the world in general. Things slow down, or they just don’t happen. Or one’s attempts to make things happen run off the rails. Witte sees Mars on the Saturn-Aries midpoint in terms of employment: “End of a job. The time for laying off work. Messages of death. Suspension of work”.
Donald Trump’s cathchphrase, when he fronted The Apprentice, was “You’re fired”, and this perhaps sums it up. Jobs can also be lost through mismanagement, for example Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City. And now, in early 2019, we have the government shut down, which Trump seems to be enjoying, with his comment that “I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing. I don’t call it a shutdown…”. Furthermore, Trump was reported as saying that he was happy for the shutdown to continue for years, if need be.
The third midpoint is Mars on the Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint. According to Charles Harvey and Mike Harding, in their book Working with Astrology, planets on the Sun-Moon and Ascendant-Midheaven midpoints are important. They represent a theme of a chart. Trump has Mars on the Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint, assuming his birth time is accurate. This midpoint would indicate that wherever he is, in time and space, he expresses his Mars – dynamic, aggressive, truculent.
We can then put the midpoints into a story. Donald trump takes an ill-advised initiative, based on a faulty understanding of the facts (MA=JU/NE), he runs into difficulties, which often lead to people losing their job (MA=SA/AR), he then comes out fighting, blaming everyone but himself (MA=A/M). Put another way, he does something unwise, runs into trouble, and then tries to heroically solve the problem that he himself created.
In terms of the government shutdown, one could argue that it is shown by Saturn transiting his Mars midpoints. On January 4 2019 transiting Saturn made an exact 135-degree aspect to Trump’s Mars. On January 3 the Democrats took over the House of Representatives, meaning that Trump lost some of his power. And on January 4 he made his comment the was prepared for the government to be shut down for months if not years.
Finally, since early 2018 solar arc directed Uranus has been conjunct Trump’s natal Mars. It is current very close to his Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint. His desire for excitement and drama is stronger than usual, and the prospects for agreement and compromise are minimal. Plus ça change.