“To buy or not to buy, that is the question.” US President Donald Trump faced this apparent dilemma this week, as he floated a desire to purchase the island of Greenland from the Danes. The bizarre notion may have been prompted by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, rattling around the West Wing while on vacation from Elsinore, but initially it yielded mocking commentary from around the globe. Until Greenlanders rebuffed Trump, and the Danish Prime Minister called the idea “absurd.” Then The Donald went into full assault mode, calling the PM “nasty” and cancelling a state visit to Denmark, a NATO ally, planned for early September.
Technically owned by Denmark, but given self-rule in 1979, Greenland is the world’s largest island, lying off the eastern coast of Canada. It’s larger in area than Western Europe, but has only 56,000 inhabitants and no roads between cities, which are coastal enclaves carved from the vast ice shelf which covers 80% of the country.
Or did, until global climate change started to catch up with Greenland’s glaciers. In July 2019 alone, the hottest month on record for Greenland and the globe, Greenland’s ice sheet calved some 197 billion tons of ice; if the entire island were to melt off, the world’s sea levels would rise by 20 feet.
And that may be the key to Trump’s interest. The President is forever touting the vast wealth that could be created from North Korea’s mere 1500 miles of coastline, if they opened themselves to world markets and tourism. Greenland boasts 27,000 miles of development-ready seaside real estate; just imagine how many golf courses that translates to!
The fracas would be farcical if it weren’t so serious. The implications of a US President dissing an ally and cancelling a state visit out of pique when refused his idiotic offer, are dire indeed. But it’s just another day in the Trump White House, one which also featured repeated bashing of his predecessor; fraudulent claims of why Russia was ejected from the G8 and a passionate plea to reinstate it; assertions that victims of recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton “love their President”; and excoriations of Jewish Americans who vote Democratic as being “disloyal” to Israel.
The Greenland purchase concept first emerged on August 16th, when aides disclosed the idea that was rolling around Trump’s empty head. By Monday it was official – Trump wanted it, but Greenland’s Foreign Minister stated it was not for sale. On Tuesday, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, in office since June, characterized the idea as “absurd”, and on Wednesday, Trump called her “nasty” (a word he seems to reserve for powerful women who oppose him) and cancelled his visit to Copenhagen.
“Alas, Poor Mette! I called her ‘nasty.’” I wondered how all this would show in the skies. There’s no Greenland asteroid but there is a Green, which gets us halfway there, as well as a Danmark (Danish for Denmark) and Copenhagen, its capital. I was gratified to find close or exact matches for Mette and Frederiksen (Fredrickson), so I ran a chart for Monday the 19th, when the seriousness of the offer first became apparent. Asteroid Whitehouse and Mercury have been traveling together in Leo since mid-July, prompting an even greater pace of news-making from the Oval Office than usual. Squared by Uranus in Taurus, much of this has been controversial. On the 19th, Whitehouse at 4 Leo conjoined Mercury at 11 are squared Uranus at 6 Taurus conjunct asteroid Copenhagen at 3, in a T-Square with asteroid Mette at 9 Aquarius. Whitehouse/Copenhagen shows the US administration and Danish authorities at cross-purposes, while Mette opposed clearly images the Danish PM’s opposition to the proposal.
Asteroid Green at 26 Gemini is exactly sextile the Sun at 26 Leo, pulling focus for the day, in a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, with inconjunct aspects from both to asteroid Fredrickson at 29 Capricorn. There is something fated or predestined about this interaction. This is reinforced by a second Yod, from asteroid Danmark at 15 Gemini in sextile to Mercury ay 11 Leo, both inconjunct asteroid Troemper on the Apex at 12 Capricorn. So we have referents for both the US President and the Danish Prime Minister combining with the news of the day, one sovereign nation involved, and the territory in dispute.
Trump’s native volatility and role as controversy magnet (born 14 June 1946) is well depicted in his natal Sun/Uranus conjunction at 17 and 22 Gemini, and I wasn’t surprised to find these in square to a natal grouping of TNO Chaos with Copenhagen at 24 Pisces, and a bonus of asteroid Mette at 23. Copenhagen with Chaos allows Trump to sow his patented brand of anarchy in the Danish capital, while Mette squared Sun shows the personal interaction between Trump and Frederiksen, the exchange of insulting language in “absurd” and “nasty.” The pair’s official interaction is noted in Trump’s natal Whitehouse at 4 Capricorn conjunct Fredrickson at 6, both opposing natal Mercury at 8 Cancer, representing Trump’s idiotic proposal.
Natal asteroid Danmark at 20 Taurus conjoins Trump’s MC at 24 Taurus, signaling the country’s importance to his career, status or professional image, and natal asteroid Green at 16 Aries exactly squares asteroid Nemesis at 16 Cancer, implying some level of discomfiture, downfall or ruin related to that island.
“Get thee to a penitentiary.” What might be termed “the Great Greenland Caper” is part and parcel of Trump’s ongoing attempts to distract Americans and prevent focus on his many failings, inept leadership, disastrous policies and that recession which may be looming on the horizon. But the more Trump play-acts, the more obvious his ham-fisted tactics become. In the words of the Immortal Bard: “the play’s the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.”