Saturday, May 14, 2016

Stray thoughts about Donald Trump..."What rough beast..."

Would Donald Trump have become the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for General Election 2016 if media - TV, radio, online news and opinion websites (e.g. Huffington Post)- had ignored more of his bletherings, rudeness and racism? When a child "acts up", attention-seeking, isn't the best way to deal with that to ignore it? Day after day, month after month, at Huffington Post one could hardly help but notice at least 5,6,7,8 photographs and lead headings about him on the front page; same applied to every similar media outlet, and no doubt to every TV and radio show with a political slant.

Trump, with Leo rising (one keyword for Leo happens to be 'child-like') acts like an overgrown attention-seeking child most of the time, but he does have, or seek, the potentiality of bringing down more problems on our heads than any screaming naughty child ever could. He also, of course, offered TV, radio, news sites lots of endless click-bait - thereby hangs the crux of the tale. Media are not interested in what's good for "We the People" - they're interested only in numbers - of $$$$$$$$$$$, of viewers, readers, and of clicks on articles and photographs.

I've avoided blogging about Trump and his astrology, but he has unavoidably been mentioned. I especially keep in mind what I discovered, when researching Fixed Stars in Leo, i.e. that Trump has Regulus on his ascendant.

The Latin name, Regulus, was first used by Copernicus as a diminutive of its earlier form, Rex meaning King, a title likely originating from Regulus's brilliance in past centuries, and its ancient proximity to the summer solstice. The star became a natural symbol for glory. It was said by Lilly to show 'a generous and civil disposition, ambition and the desire to rule. The direction of the MC, Ascendant, Sun or Moon to the star indicates a time of increased fortune, happiness and reputation, and suggests support from eminent figures....' (see here).

Regulus is no longer in zodiac sign Leo, but moved into the first degree of Virgo a few years ago.

There are countless takes on Trump's natal chart around the internet, I've read many, but usually have come away with the same gut-feeling - everything we're interested in, in 2016, points to Regulus. The rest of it has relevance, of course, to his personal life and lifestyle, his business dealings, his Gemini/trickster persona from natal Sun, his softer Cancerian "needy" side we have yet to see much of - other than in his need for never-ending attention. But when it comes to his aim to achieve what has to be seen as one of the world's most powerful positions, President of the USA, I'd say that only Regulus relates specifically to that. Before I knew anything at all about Trump's natal chart, or even his birth date, after watching the very first Republican debate on TV, with a string of, I think 8 participants, I turned to husband and said "There was only one born leader on that stage - sadly it was Donald Trump."

There's no guarantee that being a born leader inevitably indicates development into a good leader, nor a successful leader. I open my Dictionary of Wit, Wisdom & Satire at "L", look under "Leader" to find the first definition, of a half dozen or so, reads:
"One who never permits his followers to discover that he is as dumb as they are." (Rochester Times-Union).
That fits Trump better than most of the other definitions...or does it?

Here's an article to encourage upstanding neck-hair:
Donald Trump will win in a landslide. *The mind behind ‘Dilbert’ explains why.
By Michael Cavna, March 21.

SCOTT ADAMS remembers just how the game turned. He was young and improving at chess, but the masterful kid across the board would outmaneuver Adams till the game seemed a runaway. Now, this kid didn’t want to just beat Adams; he wanted to embarrass him. “So after he’d picked away three-fourths of my pieces and I was discouraged,” Adams recounts, “he would offer to turn the board around and play with my pieces.” And then effectively “win” again.

On those occasions, Scott Adams, the creator of “Dilbert,” got insight into the type of personality that loves not only the challenge of game strategy, but also the thrill of overwhelming the competition. It is the sport of meticulously plotted domination.

And that is part of why Adams believes Donald Trump will win the presidency. In a landslide.
Donald Trump will win in a landslide. *The mind behind ‘Dilbert’ explains why..........

I've had this poem among my bookmarks for years - it rings bells now:

by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


mike said...

Trump had political, presidential ambition since 1988 [ ], but was never condoned by the electorate until now. There is a resonance with the collective at this time, at least those that view him favorably. I think it's less about The Donald and more about his hot air filling a vacuum. There seem to be many that want to breathe-in that hot air. Trump's incessant news coverage has vilified him, or better said, allowed Trump to denigrate himself. I would never say that the media has painted a pretty portrait of Trump. As you pointed-out, even in the Republican debates he took center stage with his outlandishness. Do we blame the debate moderators and-or hosts for giving him a perverse platform and media coverage?

I'm typically not one to place much blame on the media, except to say that true, investigative journalism tends to be a lost cause, though it still exists should one know where to find it. The media caters to the public's interests, which has become increasingly shallow and vacuous. I put the media that we bash, but follow, in the same category as the corporations that we all love to hate, yet the majority of Americans work for these very corporations...a bit ironic. Most of us dislike the media, yet are glued to the babble. I plead guilty. The Trump stink-bombs attract me, verifying my repulsion of him...I can't seem to turn my eyes-ears away when the media presents yet another of his atrocious statements.

I suspect his natal astrology is only a small part of his rise. It's the same natal astrology that has been there all along in his failed political attempts since 1988. The astrological transits that began in 2008, Saturn-Uranus-Pluto T-square, then Uranus-Pluto square, and now Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune, have greatly affected us. Add the USA natal chart and transits, particularly the Pluto return, Pluto's current position, which opposes the USA's natal Sun and squares natal Saturn.

Astrologically, I evaluated that Trump would have his downfall last March...he did have difficulties at that time, but rebounded stronger than ever. Both Trump and Bernie will be affected by the new Moon of June 4th, which is part of a grand cross at 14* mutable signs: transiting Moon-Venus-Sun conjunct in Gemini, square Jupiter-N Node and Neptune-S Node, opposed Saturn.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Thanks for your own thoughts of Trump and Trumpism.

The question of media vs public is a bit like the chicken and egg question. I blame media more than the people, you tend the other way, blaming the people, I think. I definitely believe that, had Trump's shenanigans been ignored more by mass media, early on, he'd not be in the position he is now. Trouble is, we'd likely be seeing a Ted Cruz nomination. :-/ Maybe it was for the....?best? after all.

If Donald Trump did become President Trump, in spite of all obstacles put in his way by RNC, how much power would he actually have? He'd be up against congress, in respect of his most ridiculous proposals - especially difficult for him if Democrats make gains in House and Senate (thanks in great part to Bernie's coat-tails). The SCOTUS question is always with us, but again his recommendations would have to be approved by congress. As long as Dems make gains in House and Senate, a Prez Trump would be hamstrung, much as Prez Obama has been at times. Militarily he could be no worse than Clinton - maybe even a better bet, some say. One really, really bad aspect of a President Trump would be the dreadful perception of him by other nations.

His natal Regulus has been there all along - yes. It has taken its time to light up fully, maybe because of his other astrological attributes causing problems - but light up it has, eventually, when it found receptive audiences in Americans who are sick and tired of rule by The Establishment. Bernie found similar reception, but working from his own honesty and integrity - the exact opposite of Donald Trump. Kind of poetic really ain't it?

mike (again) said...

Another difference between The Bern and The Donald is idolatry:
"Sanders drew a parallel between his supporters and those of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. 'See, there are people voting for Donald Trump, thinking he's going to do it all,' the Vermont senator said. 'Wrong! The only way that real change every takes place is when millions of people stand up and fight back. That's what this campaign is about.'"

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ Yes, that's what Bernie's campaign is about. Regarding Trump's and Clinton's campaigns - Simon & Garfunkel had it about right:

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose

( from Mrs Robinson)

As someone at naked capitalism website wrote today:

“Because the Clintons are appalling doesn’t make Trump appealing”

And the response was...."Very true, and vice versa."


anyjazz said...

If Trump were only five years old today, he would be standing in a corner with a paddled bum.

Twilight said...

anyjazz ~ LOL! I needed translation. Paddling, in English English, involves taking off one's shoes and socks and walking into the shallow part of the sea, from a beach.
In American English I now understand that a paddle, is what in England is something akin to a table tennis bat (in shape), and can be used to deliver a well-felt slap to a certain part of the anatomy. O..o..kay! Yes I agree, and a slap upside the head wouldn't go amiss either. But all of that mini-violence is un-PC to the n-th degree in 2016.