Astrology of Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon astrology“He was born angry, he was born fighting. This is just who the guy has always been.” (Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green)

Steve Bannon is in the news again.  After failing in his attempt to use the Trump presidency to take down the GOP establishment, he has now turned against Donald Trump in a new book, resulting in a firestorm of fury from the White House.  Since Bannon rose to fame in 2012 as the director of Breitbart News, his rage has been directed at immigrants and immigration, Islam and Muslims, Hillary Clinton, to name only a few.  His incendiary philosophies led a Breitbart colleague to comment, ““If there’s an explosion or a fire somewhere, Steve’s probably nearby with some matches.”  An ex-employee called Bannon “a seriously sinister figure.”

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Bannon is the kind of character that makes me want to look into his astrological chart to see why he behaves as he does – what motivates him.  Unfortunately there is not a known birth time for Bannon so we are missing some key pieces of information, but there is enough here for us to sink our teeth into.

Steve Bannon was born with the Sun in Sagittarius, the sign of ideology, religion, philosophy and expansive thought and goals.  His Sun makes no (major) aspect to any other planet, suggesting that he tends to operate as a loner and may have had difficulty fitting in, even as a child.  His Leo Moon (emotional needs) craves attention and validation from others, but it is locked in a death match with Pluto, planet of obsession, death and power.  This dynamic suggests a challenging home life in childhood and since he was the middle child of five, this planetary placement suggests that he struggled to be seen by the parents and acted out for attention.

Mars is the planet that we typically associate with anger and rage – it is the force of assertiveness and motivation that when thwarted is transformed into a monster of resentment and outrage.  Bannon’s Mars is in the peace loving sign of Libra, making it more difficult to express one’s needs and desires outwardly. The fact that Chiron, denoting psycho-spiritual wounding, is in a challenging aspect to his Mars echoes the difficulty that his weak Mars has created in his life.  This is an individual that found it difficult to get what he wanted out of life and became more and more frustrated as a result, to the point where the rage could no longer be contained.  Uranus, planet of radical behavior, is also in stressful aspect to Mars, encouraging this reactionary approach to self-expression and reflecting the incendiary nature of the comments made about him by those who know him well.

This combination of planetary frustration made him restless and unable to stay in one career for very long.  He joined the navy but was restless, and during his Saturn Return graduated from Harvard business school.  He joined Goldman Sachs but left soon after to start his own investment firm. He financed films until he became bored with that, and then started making films himself.

With Mercury in Scorpio, he is an intense thinker with strongly held opinions.  His Scorpio Venus means that relationships for him are all or nothing.  This is a chart that holds a lot of power, and also the undoing of the individual if he is consumed by this power.

One interesting factoid in the chart is the challenging inconjunct between the Black Moon Lilith and Saturn, denoting a deeply held distrust and fear of women.  He has been married three times for short periods, and one of his wives charged him with domestic violence.

The challenging dance between Uranus (breaking up the status quo and fostering rebellion and radical behavior) and Pluto (destroying the old paradigm and forcing the rebuilding of a new one) triggered this Mars system in Bannon’s chart between 2015 and 2018 as the Trump campaign was unfolding.  Trump and Bannon have a lot of links between their charts which intensifies the connection between them. Trump’s ascendant falls right on Bannon’s Moon, so Bannon must have felt that Trump understood him. Trump’s Sun falls right on Bannon’s Jupiter so Trump must have felt that Bannon could help expand his agenda. But Trump’s Mars falls on Bannon’s Pluto, which means that power issues were inescapable.

As Bannon continues to rage against the political machine, he will soon find he has no machine of his own with which to fight his petty wars.  Though he is still in charge of Breitbart News, rumors of his imminent ouster are rampant.  Still, Bannon will enjoy a number of empowering Jupiter transits over the next year which will serve only to expand his confidence and encourage his brand of schoolyard bullying no matter which pulpit he chooses to use.

By | 2018-01-07T17:59:44+00:00 January 5th, 2018|People, Politics|7 Comments

The real astrology chart for the US – 2017 version

Sibly astrology chart

This post is updated from previous articles. 

Any person, place or event with a date of origination has an astrological chart. Humans have birthdates, companies have incorporation dates, and countries have their own dates of origination (we call this “mundane” astrology). Mundane charts are not always easy to define since we must accurately pinpoint the exact time at which the current incarnation of the place began.

The chart for the United States that is most typically used is called the Sibly chart which uses a date of July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and has Sagittarius on the ascendant (Sagittarius “rising”).

A Scorpio chart used by many astrologers uses a date of November 15, 1777 when the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were signed.   Other charts use the date that the Constitution was signed. There are also Gemini rising charts (including this one which uses a rectified time that is unsubstantiated in fact), a Virgo rising chart that uses a time when the signers convened to discuss the details of the terms,  and a rarely used chart for July 2nd when a resolution to declare independence was adopted.  This was famously the day that John Adams declared to be the birth of the nation, “to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”  

There are also a few adherents to a Scorpio ascendant that some say is based on the fact that the clocktower on the back of a $100 bill was set to 2:22 pm.  But if you look carefully at the image you’ll see that it could also be read as 4:10 pm and in fact Wikipedia says that the Department of Bureau and Engraving says that the time is 4:10 pm (although I could find nothing to corroborate this).

Still, the relevance of the time on the clock tower is difficult to gauge in terms of establishing a proper horoscope for the United States.  Benton Bobrick’s masterwork The Fated Sky includes a scholarly discussion of the time when the signing of the Declaration of Independence was completed:

According to the Philadelphia Historical Society, ‘the Declaration was graced with its first signature (Hancock’s) at approximately five o’clock in the afternoon after which the members all went off to dine.’

This biography of John Hancock corroborates this, using an approximation of “late in the afternoon” as the time when the Declaration was approved and Hancock affixed his signature.  The date of July Fourth was adopted as Independence Day first in Philadelphia in 1777, and quickly spread throughout the colonies, firmly establishing this date as the birthdate of the United States.

The July 4th astrological chart was first drawn by Ebenezer Sibly, an English astrologer who was alive at the time and as a Freemason would have been associated with the Freemason founding fathers.  Sibly was well practiced in the field of mundane astrology, known for his accurate political predictions regarding both the American and French revolutions. It is not a huge leap to imagine that his Freemason brethren in the new nation would have sought the advice of a competent astrologer in order to determine the optimum time for signing the Declaration.

There is a synchronicity to astrology that cannot be understood with logic. The fact that the date of July 4th was adopted so easily and so universally as the birthdate of the nation makes it easy to adopt this date as the astrological birth date.  The time is not so simple to discover nearly 250 years later, but the fact that the Sibly chart has become the predominant chart suggests that it is the one which resonates most strongly with the national consciousness.


By | 2017-10-02T08:51:16+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Favorite posts, Featured posts, Politics|2 Comments

Donald Trump astrological update: The “Will He Quit?” edition

If you haven’t already done so, you will probably want to read my profile of Mr. Trump from last year here.  Please note that this post is for astrological interest only and is not intended to disparage.)

The presidency of Donald Trump is now well underway, and it has been an interesting one.  Mr. Trump recently admitted that being President is harder than he thought it would be. As I wrote in my earlier post, Mr. Trump’s chart has Mars in Leo right on the Leo ascendant, a powerful influence that reflects his need to shine in the spotlight and be admired..  Mars is the planet of aggression and independence – Mars does not like to be thwarted or regulated and neither does Mr. Trump.

We would expect someone with Trump’s supreme confidence to have a strong Jupiter component, and we see that Jupiter (planet of good luck and self-righteousness) in the 2nd house of money in a harmonious trine to the Sun.  This trine of Jupiter to the Sun tends to bestow a sense of having been chosen by the gods – there is a tendency towards luck and the kind of success that comes from an abundance of positive thinking.  His Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius Moon helps to cement that super-confidence into a belief system that is virtually unshakeable.

However, there are no planets in earth elements in Trump’s birth chart which would help to ground him and give him a practical sense of moving through the world.  He is all fire and air – energy, enthusiasm and ideas.

One tool that astrologers use for forecasting is the progressed chart which shows how the individual is progressing through time.  In Trump’s progressed chart, the Midheaven (career and public life) is moving towards an alignment with Saturn (tests and challenges).  This influence causes an individual to look more seriously on their life and desire to take on a greater role with more authority – however, there are challenges to be met with Saturn involved.

Click here for chart.  Beginning in December and January Saturn began a cycle affecting other areas of his chart as well, triggering the Full Moon lunar eclipse in his chart which challenges all of his ideas of who he thinks he is.  The Full Moon personality tends to be larger than life, and because that dynamic is also an eclipse there is an unmasking of the emotions that can be difficult to manage. This Saturn cycle will last throughout 2017.

Beginning in May we will see (and are already seeing) a shakeup (Uranus) in the relationships and alliances (Venus) that Trump has surrounded himself with.  At the same time, harmonious aspects to Mars (aggression) enhances his boldness and desire to act swiftly and without much aforethought although the influence of Saturn will frustrate his efforts to act freely.

I don’t really see anything in these planetary cycles to suggest that the frustration will become severe enough to cause him to quit the presidency.  If he does survive this first year, a challenging square from Saturn (frustration) to Neptune (confusion) will erode his confidence and clarity and make it difficult to find a clear path.  This planetary cycle is usually accompanied by a recommendation not to make major decisions, but of course this will not be possible for the president of the United States.

Let’s not forget that the US Pluto Return will begin in 2020-2021 (just a few short years away), and talk of a constitutional crisis is not surprising.  Pluto cycles tend to bring about intense change and the collapse of systems together with the re-emergence of new ones.  The changes that are occurring in the US political system are merely a harbinger of those changes still to come.



By | 2017-05-22T21:10:11+00:00 May 12th, 2017|People, Politics|9 Comments

Jupiter square Pluto, Phase II: the Death of Truth

War on Truth Jupiter square PlutoJupiter and Pluto are locked in a battle of wills in the sky right now – the second phase of the challenging square (90 degree) aspect that began last November.

Jupiter and Pluto both have something to do with the idea of truth.  Jupiter, a personal planet,  represents our own individual truth – the philosophies and ideas about truth (theology) that we formulate for ourselves and then share with others in religions or through publishing these ideas.  Pluto, a transformational planet,  is concerned more with Ultimate Truth – a Truth that is beyond any of our individual ideas of what is true, but the real Truth of life and death.

Under this Jupiter/Pluto alignment we have seen an increase in “fake news” – both real and imagined – and an ever decreasing burring of the line between truth and fiction.  Truth  is seen to be a lie, and lies are seen as the truth to the point where Time Magazine’s new issue asks “Is Truth [Jupiter] Dead [Pluto]“?

Under the square between Jupiter and Pluto the President of the United States has declared a war (Pluto) on media (Jupiter) and declares most news (Jupiter) as being lies (Pluto) unless it’s complimentary of him.

A recent “fake news” story about a Hillary Clinton’s involvement in an alleged child sexual abuse ring operating out of a pizza parlor dubbed Pizzagate circulated widely before it was debunked by Alex Jones himself who perpetrated the story.  However, 50 people gathered in DC to protest the fact that the so-called scandal was ignored by the media and refused to believe that the story wasn’t true.

Evidence of a War on Truth is everywhere and from viewpoints all across the spectrum:

The final square formation between Jupiter and Pluto will occur in August 2017.  It’s difficult to imagine where we will go from here – will we ever return to a world in which there is an understandable Truth to which we can all agree?  About anything?

By | 2017-03-27T12:42:52+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Life, Politics|11 Comments

Pluto returns in the Roman Empire: A history lesson

roman empire astrologyPlanetary returns are typically very significant times in a person’s life.  The first return of Mars to its place in the birthchart just after the age of two marks the “terrible twos” – the returns of Saturn at age 28-30 and 56-60 mark major shifts of focus from youth to achievement (first return), and then from achievement to retreat (second return).

Nations also have astrological charts, and therefore also have planetary returns but there is none so significant as the Pluto return.  Pluto takes 244 years to traverse its path around the Sun, and so the Pluto return occurs every 244 years or so.  I always find it interesting to examine historical data in order to attempt predictions about what could occur during the the US Pluto return which will take place around 2020, but I was unable to find one country whose current government was in existence 244 years ago.

Because Pluto’s domain has to do with power, corruption, destruction and regeneration, we would expect that governments which do not have a strong foundation would experience some kind of collapse or major transformation during these times.

There are a few empires whose influence have lasted through at least one Pluto return, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Roman empire.  The Roman empire was established in 27 bce and lasted until the abdication of the last emperor in 476 ce after the second Pluto return.  (It’s interesting to note that a major crisis does not always occur at the time of a major planetary cycle – often the planetary cycle sets the wheels in motion for the crisis to occur in the years following the planetary event.)

The first Pluto return occurred around 216-222 ce.  This was the period of the Severan dynasty, the last lineage of the original Principate founded in 27 bce.  The Roman empire was no stranger to political corruption, assassination and brutality, but under the Pluto return every emperor in this dynasty was assassinated or murdered.

The collapse of this dynasty in 235 ce marked the beginning of a period of anarchy and the separation of the empire into several competing states, also known as the Crisis of the Third Century.  Out of this crisis grew a second phase of the empire from Principate to Dominate – a conversion of the emperor from merely a head of state to a more powerful despot – literally translated as “lord and master.”  This concentration of power was seen as necessary to unite the empire once again.

The second Pluto return took place between 461-467 ce, shortly before the revolt and deposition of the last emperor which marks the end of the Roman empire in 476 ce.

An astrology chart of a nation or empire uses a date of inception, and this is often a constitution or some other kind of formalizing document creating a new government.  The signing of the United States Constitution is used as the astrology chart for the US.  Under President Trump, there has been a great deal of talk about a “constitutional crisis” occurring if the Executive branch decides to defy the system of checks and balances established in the Constitution.  For example, if the Executive branch ignores the decisions of the Justice department and exerts its authority in ways that have been ruled unconstitutional, this would threaten the power of the constitution to govern and the government could collapse.

It’s too early to predict what could happen as we approach the US Pluto return.  But astrologers are not surprised at the turn the government has taken.   Pluto also presides over the exposure of the dark underbelly of society and darkness in general – the darkness must be exposed before it can be eradicated.  So I would expect more of the nastiness of the past few years as we approach the peak of the Pluto cycle in 2020.

Pluto plays a critical role in human development and progress as it exposes the functions and structures which need to be destroyed and rebuilt in order to operate smoothly.  It is not to be feared but honored for its power and wisdom in steering the ship of humanity’s journey on the proper course.

By | 2017-03-20T09:18:40+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Politics|16 Comments