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With his orange face, orange hair and smokin’  tagline – YOU’RE FIRED! – I wondered how much elemental fire we would actually find in the chart of “The Donald.” Turns out, there’s quite a bit, but also a great deal more, which is why we’re going to take a look at the natal chart of America’s most visible and ridiculous tycoon. Here’s the chart, followed by a quick read.

Donald Trump

If you’ve been reading the newsletter over the past couple of years, you’ll recall the importance of temperament. It is considered to be a permanent and largely unchangeable aspect of ourselves. The best description I’ve ever heard of it is also the simplest: temperament is the cloth from which we’re cut. Think of the essential difference between a silk skirt and a wool skirt. They have a different essence, a different materiality.

In Trump’s chart, the main temperament is choleric (hot & dry), thus: controlling, dictating, forceful. But there is a secondary temperament, which is sanguine (hot & wet), thus: persuasive, energetic, engaging.

While most of us associate Trump more with the choleric characteristics, it’s undeniable that he can talk up a storm. And it makes sense that there would be a sanguine side to a person who’s written a book called “The Art of the Deal”. Fact is, you can’t make a deal without being able to talk a good game.

Next, the Ascendant and its ruler. Here we see Leo rising. Leo: the lion, the king, royalty, the person who wants attention. And before we even look at the Ascendant ruler, which is the Sun, check out what’s right on the Ascendant: Mars, planet of war, of action (right side, marked with an exclamation point).  A critical placement – and one he shares with Beyonce – fiery Mars right on fiery Ascendant suggests someone who burns with a lot of passion.

Moving to the Sun (ruler of the Ascendant and marked at the top of the chart) and the Moon in Sagittarius (another fire sign, marked at the bottom of the chart), we have a combination that suggests a drive to be influential, to make their opinions and ideas known.

Strongest planet in the chart? Without a doubt, it’s Mars, whose placement on the Ascendant gives it a lot of force and suggests someone who is ready for a challenge. But that Ascendant becomes even more important and powerful when we realize it is conjunct the fixed star, Regulus.  What does Regulus symbolize? Named by Copernicus (yes, that old guy Copernicus!) it means “little king” and is associated with ambition. When well-aspected as it is, it will “raise the person to high positions in life and denotes successful activity, prominence and wealth”. Maybe it’s not surprise that when he was a kid, his brothers and sisters called Trump “the Great I Am”!


Imagine a city filled with powerful women and men. Every day they wake up, ride through the streets in black limousines and gather together to make decisions that affect millions, even billions of human beings. As these power brokers stride  through marble hallways, they are surrounded, surrounded in the most unexpected places by astrological symbols. Is the city described above from a fairy tale? No, it’s Washington, DC.

Of course, readers of Dan Brown mysteries will be familiar with this idea of secret symbols all over the city, but in this book, “The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital,” David Ovason takes the matter much further. At heart, his theory is that the city’s federal triangle – the Washington Monument, the Capitol and the White House – were built to align three prominent fixed stars: Regulus, Spica and Arcturus. Why the emphasis on fixed stars? The idea is that the power of these stars – and Spica, particularly so – will pour down their beneficial effects when strategically placed in a chart such as this.

In addition, the timing for the placement of the corner stones for these buildings consistently use the sign of Virgo as a theme, but for what reason? Ovason claims that the men who made these decisions about the timing – most of them initiates of the secret order of Masonry – wished to take advantage of Virgo’s associations with purity and redemption. The sheaf of wheat that we see associated with Virgo symbolizes abundance and the Bread of Life. According to the author there are over 20 zodiacs in government buildings around the city, and even more can be found in meetings rooms, stairways, interiors and so on.

Great Hall


Ovason’s book is more than 500 pages long, readable but also dense with references to traditional astrology, secret societies and the like. For our purposes, let’s take at one idea: the importance of Virgo (and hence the fixed star Spica in the chart). Below are the three charts for the buildings in question: Capitol, White House and Washington Monument. To make it easier, I’ve placed these charts one inside the other.

Washington DC Virgo 

Where is Virgo? As you can see, by the notes that I’ve made, there is indeed a Virgo theme running through all three. Significantly, the planets involved are all on or very near Spica at 22 degrees. Starting from the city’s first marker here’s what we have:

1st chart: Virgo ascending with Jupiter conjunct the Ascendant  and Spica

2nd chart: Virgo on the 9th house with Moon and the North Node conjunct the cusp and Spica

3rd chart: Virgo on the 9th house with Sun on the cusp, close to Spica

So across the three charts we have Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, North Node, Ascendant and Midheaven all in Virgo, many of them close to the degree of Spica. Is it really deliberate? Were the Mason’s designing a “city on the hill” that would be a beacon to the world? Maybe and maybe not. I’m sure probability experts could argue that this emphasis on Virgo is not that improbable, that it could have just happened by accident. Yet it feels like more than just a coincidence. The cynical question would be: what good came of it, look at Washington DC today, which is home to rabid politicians, a bad basketfall franchise and my brother-in-law, (who’s a real piece of work). On the other hand, in less than 300 years this place rose from the soil to become one of the most powerful locations on the earth. And whether that’s coincidence or the power of Virgo and the fixed star Spica is up to each person to decide.