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The Trump presidency.

D.H. Van den Berghe

I have seen several Western and Chinese astrology articles about Donald Trump, but all are
vague to the point of being useless.
So, some people have asked me to do a 4 pillars reading for Trump and what he may or may
not do. Will he start WW3? Will he be killed? Will he work together with Russia? Will he
deport Mexicans or Muslims? Will he build bridges and schools?

His election seems to have triggered a lot of emotions in a lot of people, ranging from worry
and fear to hope or anger So, I have waited a bit to put this out. When people are too
excited, in positive or negative way, they cannot absorb new information. When calm returns
their eyes open again. You may not like everything I write, but just read on, there is something
for every color of the spectrum, I promise

Also remember that nothing is written in stone. I will point out the most obvious patterns and
potential based on historic precedents in the light of the given 4 pillars charts. But that doesnt
guarantee those patterns will repeat themselves. It is never safe to believe anything I say.
There is no good substitute for doing your own thinking and observing.

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Before I start looking into 4 pillars charts first a few general observations.

Most presidents end up doing exactly the opposite of what they promised in some
departments. Usually not because they want to go against their promises, but often because
the circumstances do not help their plans. I think this is a kind of commentators curse, you
could call it a politicians curse.

E.g. Bush junior campaigned on no nation building and a few years later he was bringing
democracy to Iraq. Nation building in the Middle East became the dominant topic of his
presidency.
Obama promised more open and transparent government. Everything would be available on
websites. No dirty dealings outside the public view. A few years later his government was
trying to hunt down whistle-blowers like Snowden and blaming foreign hackers for election
loss. If everything had been as transparent and clean as promised then there would have
been no dirty laundry for whistle-blowers or hackers to find in the first place. But thats the
kind of practical jokes existence likes to play on our elected leaders.
Angela Wir schaffen das Merkel is now implementing measures to deport unwanted
immigrants more quickly in a bid to retain power in the upcoming election.
All a healthy man or woman can do is sit back and watch in amusement as those leaders go
on promising one thing only to end up doing the opposite months or years later.

Will Trump become the next victim of this politicians curse? We dont know, but we definitely
shouldnt rule it out. Having ideas is one thing, but time may or may not favor them. And
thats what we try to see in the 4 pillars chart. The chart of a president becomes the chart of
the country and we can see what themes will dominate his time in office. The luck period and
the annual luck can give us some idea how things are likely to evolve.

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Some observers liken Trump to Ronald Reagan who was also not a career politician and also
won rather unexpectedly. But Reagan is not the best historical look-alike in this case, that role
must go to Herbert Hoover for a number of reasons:

* Hoover was also a wealthy business man with relatively little political experience.
* He was also rather outspoken, offending opponents with sayings like shit or get off the pot.
* He was elected after 7 years of strong gains in the stock market, fueled by low interest rates
offered by the central bank, just like now.
* Hoover promised to banish poverty from the country, much like Trump talks about bringing
jobs and prosperity to all those who have not benefited from the improving economy.
* Hoover enacted import tariffs on foreign products to encourage the purchase of American-
made products, much like Trump is promising now.
* Hoover authorized the Mexican repatriation, sending between 500,000 and 2 million
Mexicans back home, much like Trump has been promising now. See:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Repatriation
* Hoover started large infrastructure works like the Hoover Dam, much like Trump is
promising now.

Thats a lot of close parallels, but there is also similarity in their 4 pillars charts (see below).
Hoover was initially blamed for the great depression, but later rehabilitated. Most of the
conditions leading to the depression were already in place well before he took office. If you
want to know more about Hoover: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Hoover

Hoovers chart can help us to understand the current situation, but lets first look at Trumps
chart:
Trump is a Yin Earth Day master born in Wood Horse month. If the hour is correct then it is a
special type chart because Yin Earth combines with the Yang Wood next to it, making the
chart completely Earth and Fire. The Earth DM is very strong.
Normally Wood attacks Earth, but here the Wood is transformed to Earth. This feature
helped Trump because it means he benefits from being attacked and criticized. It makes him
sharper and stronger. Negating him and focusing on her own program would have given
Clinton a better chance of winning, but she didnt know four pillars.
Trump is the type of person who has a knack of turning adversaries (and adversity) into allies
without their knowing. That can be very useful in business. Wood (adversary) is transformed
into Earth (parallel). Opponents defeat themselves by attacking him.

In the chart of a president the personal pillars (Day and Hour) are less important. The public
pillars (Year and Month) are giving information about the likely policies and style. The Year
pillar is most outer and has to do with foreign policy, attitude and vision about the world at
large. The Month pillar is domestic policy because month is closer to self and depicts the own
community.

So, in this chart foreign policy is Fire Dog in the Year. Dog is a born protector, defending his
territory against any kind of invader is his first priority. Dog in Year shows protectionism in all
its forms. This is already clear in Trumps speeches, so no surprises here. The Fire Dog is
really fiery and will bark strongly at any possible threat. The saying goes: barking dogs dont
bite. Thats mostly true. If a dog barks loud enough then he usually doesnt need to bite.
That is probably going to be Trumps approach and strategy towards other countries. But at
the same time dogs can be really good friends and are very loyal. Trump will probably be very
friendly towards countries that just stick to their own territory and mind their own business.
Just trying to be good neighbors will probably be the leitmotif. The Dog stops barking as soon
as the entities on the other side of the fence show they will respect his space.

Domestic policy is given by Wood Horse in the Month. Horse is highly energetic so look for a
lot of action and passion to change things locally. Wood Horse can mean fast movement and
strong enthusiasm and optimism. The danger is that when a Horse runs very fast it becomes
vulnerable and can make a nasty fall. If the Horse is not controlled then it can become a
disaster. Normally it takes Water to control strong Fire, and Water is absent in this chart. This
means Earth has to temper the Fire (Horse). The risk is overheating, over-optimism. Water
represents Wealth in this chart. What this really shows us is that Trump will try to get the
country moving with a lot of optimistic ideas, but there is actually no money (Water) for all
those ideas. That is likely to become his biggest challenge: who will pay for those plans? He
knows that there is already a mountain of national debt. Maybe he will try to renegotiate the
debt with foreign creditors, just like he would do if one of his companies or properties is
burdened with too much debt. But will the foreign creditors agree?

Fire (Horse) represents Resource in this chart. This means his domestic policy efforts will
probably have a focus on education too. And Horse suggests that large infrastructure
investments would be mostly around transportation. Think high speed trains, hyperloop, self
driving trucks and cars.

Now, lets go to Herbert Hoovers chart and see the similarities I mentioned earlier:
I dont know the birth time, but we have the Day master and the public pillars and thats most
important for this comparison. Hoover was also a Yin Earth Day master and his Year pillar is
Wood Dog. The Dog in the year shows the same protector and protectionist themes we find in
Trump and thats why they are look-alikes in those aspects.

But there are also important differences. Hoover is a weak Earth DM and the month pillar
(domestic affairs) is Water Monkey. The Monkey is not nearly as optimistic as the Horse,
monkeys can have fun but they can also become very depressed and fall very deep very fast.
This was a strong indication that Hoover ran the risk of presiding over a domestic
recession/depression and thats what happened after the crash of 1929, just 8 months after
he took office.
1929 was a year of Earth Snake. The stock market was going up like crazy (monkey) but
Snake makes a 6 combination with Monkey and that caused a sudden melt-down (Fire
melts Metal). By the end of Hoovers term there was 25% jobless rate and this was a
president who had talked about banishing poverty from the country just a few years earlier.
That was his politicians curse.

We can see the similarities with Trumps chart and with Trumps thinking, but I wouldnt expect
a repeat of the 1930s collapse of the economy because there are important differences. The
Horse can fall but is not likely to fall as deep and fast as the Monkey did. By looking at the
annual luck we can see when the Horse may fall. 2017 is a year of Fire Rooster. That plays
quite well with Trumps chart, so probably OK. But Fire melting Metal could give us a stock
market drop this year, maybe a 10% drop and likely to be temporary. 2018 is Earth Dog,
which is favorable for Trumps chart. Should be his best year. The animosity around his
election will have subsided and some of his ideas are likely to show results.
From 2019 onwards problems may start. 2019 will be Earth Pig and that brings in Water for
the first time. But probably still OK because Goat Day combines with Pig and strong Earth
controls Water, so problems are mostly small.
2020 could be another kettle of fish because that will bring a full clash with the Month pillar in
Trumps chart:

Domestic optimism (Horse in month) gets clashed in this year. This suggests significant
domestic issues, possibly economic recession or stock market crash, and maybe also health
problems for Trump.

It also means that the chart is weakened and opponents (Wood) will be more effective to
attack him.
The thing to consider is that Trump has plenty of opponents in both parties. Career politicians
do not want an outsider to their political club to be successful as a president because that
would encourage people to vote for other political outsiders in the future. Helping him to fail
will teach voters a good lesson and bring them back into the fold. But they wont want him to
fail in the first year already, because that would put most of the blame on the predecessor.
Failure that comes in the final years will be blamed on the sitting president and thats what his
opponents will be planning and hoping for. The main dangers for Trump will come from within
his own party.
I doubt he will run for a second term with this chart in 2020, but who knows.
If the economy is still OK and it is mainly health problems then he may well step aside to let
his daughter Ivanka run in his place.
If the economy is in trouble then Michele Obama could become the next president.
Its too early to tell because a lot can happen between now and 2020.

As a final observation I would say that the US needs to consider a much shorter procedure to
elect a president. We are no longer in the 18 th century when it took time to travel to every
state. We now have airplanes and internet. An almost two year campaign and the
accompanying media hysteria has the effect that many voters become too attached to their
preferred candidate winning. Then about half of the country needs two years to heal from the
shock if their candidate loses. Election stress becomes a permanent state of polarization.
Stress weakens people and over time leads to release in form of violence. Thats
undesirable. Another side effect is that democracy becomes a sordid exercise in mob power.

January 2017, Fourpillars.net