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The U.S.A. and Its President - chapter from Forecast 2019 Book

The U.S.A. and Its President - chapter from Forecast 2019 Book

The U.S.A. and Its President - chapter from Forecast 2019 Book

Below article is a reprint a full chapter from the Forecast 2019 Book, a timely piece since Raymond Merriman is now in the middle of writing the Forecast 2020 Book. This chapter was written in November 2018, about one year ago. See below for the chapter, where Ray has added in my current thoughts in red, which show how his forecasts have unfolded for the President. This chapter will give you an idea of what to expect in next year’s book, coming out on December 16, 2019. It’s going to be quite a year for the United States and President Trump and Forecast 2020 will give you a glimpse of what to anticipate in the 2020 Presidential Election. The book will also cover financial markets, favorable and challenging times in 2020, and forecasts for the year for each sign. Enjoy this chapter from Forecast 2019 along with my commentary!




It is wonderful to be loved, but if you must choose, it is better to be feared than loved. The desire for love puts you at the mercy of those who can withhold it. Creating fear puts you on the offense. You cannot control love, but you can control fear. And this is the ultimate question of politics, indeed, of all human life: Who’s in control? William A. Galston, “Trump’s Grim Handbook for Governance,” Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2018.

As a former CEO, I can say from experience that if the leader doesn’t set the tone, no one else will…. All the ink about how both sides are to blame (for the divisiveness and negative tone in the USA) is true, but irrelevant without leadership from the top. – Stephen Brown, retired CEO of John Hancock Financial Services, Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2018.

Whether you love him or hate him — and most people do one or the other — there is no denying that President Donald Trump is having a huge impact on not only the United States of America, but the entire world, due to both his personal conduct as well as his policies and agenda. It would probably not be too far off the mark to claim that most Americans approve of his policies and executive acts that have resulted in a growing economy, reduction of onerous regulations on businesses, and a greater sense of safety and national security. But at the same time, the majority of Americans do not seem to approve of the way he behaves. They like what he has done, the changes he has brought forth in the American economy and the fact that he has “shook things up” in government, but they don’t necessarily like who he is or how he acts. They like the accomplishments, but not the means used to attain those results. This creates an inner conflict in the American psyche: how can we be prosperous and safe with such a brazen, bold, and even offensive leader? Perhaps this is the only way to act, bring about the changes in government that the American population longed for, via the election process.

Donald Trump is a very fortunate man. His birth chart has an abundance of geocosmic indicators suggesting good fortune — some might call it luck — and success. Jupiter, the planet of opportunity and good fortune sits in his second house of finances. It is stationary at birth, which means it is very strong. It also trines his Sun, the ruler of the chart (Leo rising), which is one of the most favorable aspects in astrology denoting good fortune and success. Jupiter also trines Uranus, one of the signatures of potential financial success. He is born under “lucky stars.” This is a chart of someone who has a “Midas touch,” which means anything he becomes involved with has a very good chance of succeeding. With such a strong Jupiter and Leo rising (with Mars), it also means he sees things (including himself) in terms of “great,” “large,” and “bigger than life.”

Everything is exaggerated, which is crucial to both his successes in life as well as his personal shortcomings, which include his general unpopularity with so many people in the USA and much of the rest of the world. As William Galston writes in the same article quoted above, “Mr. Trump has a consistent way of judging people. Strong is good, weak is bad. Big is impressive, small is defective. Winners are admirable, losers are contemptible. A corollary is that there is neither dishonorable victory not honorable defeat. The core of human existence is competition, not cooperation. The world is zero-sum: If I win, someone else must lose.” It is this approach that has brought him much success. It is also the reason why so many people disdain him, because most people strive for negotiations that result in win-win outcomes. Apparently, Mr. Trump does not accept that type of outcome as success. There is no such thing as a win-win. There is only the situation where if someone wins, it means someone else has to lose, and often lose badly.





Donald Trump, June 14, 1946, 10:54 AM, Queens, New York  


According to his birth certificate, which he posted online, Donald Trump was born June 14, 1946, 10:54 AM, in Queens, New York. His parents were Fred Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod. His father, Fred, died in 1999 of pneumonia after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the last six years of his life (

The competitive spirit fueling the drive to succeed and win at whatever he undertakes is clearly shown by the presence of Mars rising in Leo. This denotes someone who is likely to be brash, aggressive, and a fighter. It also denotes a very confident persona. Combined with his strong Jupiter placement referred to earlier, this can expand to overconfidence, leading to impulsive decisions and behaviors that upset others. However, if this leads him to success and victory, then the means justifies the end. In the end, Mars rising in Leo is most often about “me first,” or “I want to be the first, the best, or the greatest, at whatever I do.” When this dynamic is integrated with the good fortune and luck of a strong Jupiter placement, you get…. Donald Trump. He is who is he is. And he is not going to back down, nor is he going to change this core nature (Mars rising in Leo, Sun conjunct Uranus – “I am right” “I am confident,” “I am a winner”), although he may often change his mind as to what he believes is the best course of action to take (Sun/Uranus conjunct in Gemini).

He was also born under a lunar eclipse (Sun/Node opposite Moon), which means he is forceful and likely to have a life of conflicts with others. It also suggests a life of dramatic ups and downs, peaks and valleys, but he usually ends up on top. His Venus conjunct Saturn in Cancer indicates patriotism to his family (children), his home country, his belief in a strong national security (the strongest in the world), but it also indicates a very great need for approval and love from…. everybody, especially women. This is an area where he is not always successful. With Saturn conjunct Venus, there is a sense of not enough love, especially from women. Perhaps it has to do with the reason why women are attracted to him, for Venus rules both love and money. Sometimes it is confusing to tell the difference.



The Natal chart of Donald J. Trump

Donald J. Trumps Birth chart analysed in Forecast 2019 by Raymond. Merriman

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