Astrologer Shelley Ackerman has kindly been posting the data for the nomination of the two major presidential candidates in the US election on Facebook. Donald Trump’s nomination took place July 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm in Cleveland Ohio, and Hillary Clinton’s nomination took place July 28, 2016 at 10:47 pm in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
The use of an astrological chart for an event is called “mundane astrology” and it is not my particular specialty. Still, it can provide some helpful insight into the energies behind events and help to increase our understanding. The chart for the nomination and acceptance of the candidacy IS the chart for the candidacy itself.
The nomination chart for Donald Trump has the first degree Pisces rising which is not a very strong factor in an election chart. Pisces is about letting go and surrender, it can be magical in the appropriate setting but can also denote confusion and obuscation. The Sun, at the last degree of Cancer forms not a trine but an awkward quincunx to the Moon which is another message that the machinery behind the candidacy is not working well, with unresolved conflicts and lack of harmony. The Aquarius Moon has just made a challenging square to Mars which in Scorpio which it rules is at its most powerful, harnessing the aggressive force to be utilized except that the Moon is “void of course” which is a very weak factor in an event chart and suggests that the candidacy will not gain traction and is likely to flounder.