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Losing Their Heads: The Mars/Uranus/Algol Conjunction and the Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention begins on July 15th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.  That date just happens to coincide with the precise triple conjunction of Mars, Uranus and Fixed Star Algol, all at 26 Taurus, conjoined the 24 Taurus Midheaven of Donald J. Trump, who will accept the GOP 2024 presidential nomination during the convention.  Mars denotes resentment, anger, hatred and violence; Uranus suggests volatility, controversy, iconoclasm, fanaticism and insurrection; Algol forms the severed head of Medusa in the constellation Perseus, denoting both literal decapitation and metaphorically “losing one’s head.”  If you can think of a better celestial thumbnail sketch of the modern GOP and its felon champion, I’d like to hear it.

Some have suggested actual violence at the convention in Milwaukee, which Donald Trump termed “a horrible city” mere weeks before his coronation there, stemming from this triple conjunction.  That seems to me unlikely, since the GOP’s anger and viciousness is currently reserved for their opponents.  But it’s certainly remarkably apt symbolism for what makes the Party tick these days, with “retribution” the lead plank on the 2024 platform, as the nominee himself.  And it could well be a harbinger of political violence to come in this election cycle or its aftermath.  And the symbolism of losing one’s head, with the GOP in thrall to a man who has been judged civilly liable for fraud and sexual abuse, and convicted on 34 criminal counts, seems spot on.

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The 2024 RNC will unfold in Milwaukee, WI, under an exact Mars/Uranus/Algol conjunction, T-Squared Mercury and Saturn, indicating “losing one’s head” (Algol) with anger and resentment (Mars), evoking rebellion (Uranus), with rhetoric (Mercury) focused on engendering fear (Saturn) and violence (Mars again)

Republican ire will be focused on incumbent President Joe Biden, as portrayed by asteroid Bida 32014 (closest celestial referent to Biden) at 19 Taurus, conjoined Mars/Uranus/Algol.  But there may be a seed pointing to the ultimate outcome of this contest, with Bida also conjunct asteroid TRIUMF 14959 at 17 Taurus.  Not a great foreshadowing, to have your rival’s PNA (Personal-Named Asteroid) conjunct an image of ultimate, resounding success, at the moment you officially become his opponent.

The conjunction also sits at the fulcrum of a T-Square, squared asteroid MANIAC 228029 at 19 Aquarius, and Mercury at 19 Leo, accompanied by asteroids Nemesis 128 and Niobe 71 at 25 and 26 Leo.  MANIAC needs no cosmic introduction, simply referring to an out-of-control nutjob; Mercury rules conventions, speeches, party platforms, delegates and votes; Nemesis indicates vengeance and retribution; Niobe is noted for overweening pride.  So, we have an image of a bunch of haters (Mars) and fanatics (Uranus) who have lost their heads (Algol) over a prideful (Niobe) lunatic (MANIAC) who is campaigning (Mars) on a platform (Mercury) of retribution (Nemesis) and rebellion (Uranus).  Yeah, that fits.

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Donald Trump pumps his fist in victory at the 2020 RNC, but we all know how that turned out; now, with Saturn and centaur Nessus T-squared asteroid Troemper with Jupiter, and asteroid Icarus, Republicans are running a confirmed serial sex abuser (Nessus) for president (Saturn), a risky (Icarus) political strategy (Jupiter) at best

Further celestial confirmation of the RNC theme comes in the form of a Grand Cross anchored by asteroid Narcissus 37117 at 7 Scorpio, which comes to its direct station that very day, making its energies an embedded factor in the convention.  Narcissus denotes self-obsession to the point of mania, an inability to respond to others as equals, or even recognize their existence.  I must confess, I’m at a loss as to whom that might refer, but regardless, Narcissus is joined by asteroid Hybris 430 at 3 Scorpio, opposes asteroid Washingtonia at 7 Taurus, and squares Venus with asteroid Whitehouse at 4 and 10 Leo, and Pluto exact with asteroid Kassandra 114 at 1 Aquarius, accompanied by asteroid America at 9 Aquarius. 

America, Washingtonia, and Whitehouse are obvious symbols of the US, its capital, and the presidency.  Hybris is named for the Greek goddess of arrogance, exaggerated pride or self-confidence (and the root of our word “hubris”).  “Pride goeth before a fall,” as the Good Book says, perhaps reflecting the ancient Greek karmic tag-team of Hybris and Nemesis:  Hybris (pride) would set up mortals by evoking an extreme sense of self-importance, and Nemesis (ruin) would come along and knock them down to size. 

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Now a convicted felon, Trump’s step is less springy than in 2020; a Grand Cross of Pluto with asteroids America and Kassandra, opposed asteroid Whitehouse, squared asteroids Washingtonia, Hybris and Narcissus, begs the question: will the nation (America) choose an arrogant (Hybris), self-obsessed (Narcissus) criminal (Pluto) with no credibility (Kassandra) to lead the government (Washingtonia) from the Oval Office (Whitehouse)?

Kassandra relates to issues of credibility – is this individual trustworthy and reliable, honest and believable?  Pluto rules criminal activity, among other things.  Venus evokes our values:  the beliefs and principles we prize and esteem.  And indeed, the nation’s (America) values (Venus) are being tested in its search for its next leader (Whitehouse) and the form of government (Washingtonia) we condone going forward.  Will we choose the less-than-credible (Kassandra) felon (Pluto), so arrogantly (Hybris) focused on himself (Narcissus)?  Surely, having Narcissus at station for the renomination of the greatest narcissist ever to occupy the Oval Office is no more than cosmically apt, and the importance of that act for the nation is crystal clear.  But the dire symbolism doesn’t end there.

With the 23 Cancer Sun is asteroid Apophis 99942 at 22 Cancer, named for the ancient Egyptian personification of pure evil, representing chaos and darkness.  Now there’s a cautionary tale if ever there was one!  The RNC is imbued, in its very essence, with the spirit of malevolence and malignity, confusion and disorder.  Also here is asteroid Nike 307 at 17 Cancer, named for the Greek goddess of victory.  The implication of this triumvirate is that Republicans (the Sun, as the focus of the day) are focused on winning (Nike) at all costs, whatever vile, despicable, awful thing (Apophis) they need to do to ensure victory.

The solar stellium is also involved in a Grand Cross, opposed centaur Hylonome 10370 at 26 Capricorn, squared TNO Eris 136199 with centaur Chiron 2060 and asteroid Fortuna 19, at 25, 23 and 20 Aries respectively; and asteroid Sisyphus 1866 at 28 Libra.  Let’s start with the last one first. 

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The gutless RNC Chair, formerly known as Ronna Romney McDaniel, removed her maiden name from her moniker because Trump was offended by her Uncle Mitch’s opposition to his antics; asteroid Rone (for Ronna) conjoins asteroid Losse (homonym of “loss”), hopefully prefiguring the election’s outcome

Sisyphus is named for the denizen of Hades who, in expiation of his crimes on earth, is doomed to forever roll a rock uphill, only to have it roll back down again, thus necessitating an eternal repetition of the action.  It refers to multiple repeat efforts, and gives us the “political déjà vu” sense that we’ve been here, done that, in Donald Trump’s third consecutive GOP presidential nomination.  The only president with more nominations is FDR (with four), though Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Grover Cleveland were also nominated thrice consecutively. Jefferson and Jackson both failed in their first attempts, Cleveland won his first and last, but lost in the middle.  Donald Trump differentiates himself in that the others all won the popular vote as well as the Electoral College, a feat which The Donald has yet to accomplish (and likely never will).

Eris is named for the Greek goddess of strife and discord, representing populations which feel marginalized, excluded, disrespected and resentful, much like the MAGA crowd that fawns on Trumps’s every utterance.  Pervasive discontent is the theme here.  Chiron indicates a maverick, as well as an incurable wound.  Trump is certainly the former, breaking every rule and shattering every norm he can; we can only hope that his wounding applies just to the GOP, and not the country as a whole.  Fortuna is named for the goddess of fortune, but her wheel spins both ways.  Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down.  And this election will have an inverse outcome regardless – inevitably, if Trump wins, America loses, and vice versa.  Fortuna is playing both red and black on the roulette wheel here.  Hylonome is named for the loyal wife of Cyllarus, who after his death, impales herself on his spear, committing suicide in an excess of grief.   Again we see echoes of the staunch Republican support for Trump, risking suicide for the Party in running him again, and the great grief they may experience in his loss.

Donald Trump is named specifically in this self-destruction narrative, as asteroid Donn 4689 at 2 Pisces, conjoined Hylonome and also Damocles 5335, that doom hanging overhead, about to descend at any moment.  Again we have a dual image – on the one hand, of Trump (Donn) as the looming threat (Damocles) to the nation if he wins; and on the other, of great legal peril to himself if he loses, and the criminal cases pending against him go forward.

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The Sun conjoins asteroid Apophis for the RNC, a point named for the ancient Egyptian personification of pure evil, evoking chaos and darkness; a T-Square with TNO Eris (discord, strife) and asteroid Sisyphus (endless repetition) well depicts Trump’s fractious MAGA adherents (Eris) and his third run for the presidency (Sisyphus)

Consider also the placement of that Sun/Apophis/Nike conjunction in relation to Donald Trump’s birth chart.  With natal asteroids Nemesis and Bilk at 16 Cancer, and asteroid Karma exact with Saturn at 23 Cancer, the Con-in-Chief (Bilk) faces a comeuppance (Nemesis) for his prior acts (Karma) of fraud and deception (Bilk) in career matters and the presidency (both symbolized by Saturn), even as he appears triumphant (Sun) in the spotlight (Sun) of his third nomination.

Trump is also seen as asteroid Troemper 28130, his primary celestial referent.  At 17 Gemini, Troemper is finishing up its nine-week engagement with Jupiter, planet of politics and luck, now at 11 Gemini, a period which brought Trump favorable rulings from the US Supreme Court on presidential immunity, an overperformance at the first presidential debate, and now the GOP nomination.  But the luck starts to run out as July becomes August, with Troemper left with only asteroid Karma 3811 as its traveling companion, a point which has been focused on calling him to account for his misdeeds as they journeyed together for the past two years.  Currently a bit extended, with Karma out in front at 25 Gemini, Troemper will catch up with Karma in time to be just two degrees apart by November’s election.

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Not content with browbeating Ronna McDaniel into changing her name, Trump also installed his daughter-in-law Lara Trump as RNC co-chair, to keep an eye on her; asteroid Laura opposes asteroid Troemper with Jupiter, for this familial political prop (Jupiter)

In the meantime, Troemper is also getting some attention from an exact pairing of Saturn with centaur Nessus, both at 19 Pisces, in square.  Saturn is career and the office of the presidency itself, so it’s logical to find it connected to Trump’s celestial stand-in as he accepts the nomination.  But it’s also representative of restriction, loss, punishment and penalty.  Nessus is the cosmic signature of “men behaving badly,” typically in a sexual context (an arena wherein Trump finds no rival), but more broadly as a marker of anything unseemly, unacceptable or taboo (such as promising to be a dictator on day one if elected, or a national bloodbath in response to a loss).

All in all, a remarkably vivid celestial rendering of the facts on the ground for the 2024 RNC, painted in broad brush strokes as well as fine detail.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

5 comments, add yours.


Dear Alex, I just love everything you write! As far as I am concerned, Trump will never be President again! I want you to note that on Election Day the asteroid Regina is opposite Trump’s sun and conjuncts his moon. Does this indicate a female President? In September, the eclipse hits him off in a square to his sun, with a close approach of Jupiter and Requiem in Gemini, which opposes his natal moon in Sagittarius. I feel this eclipse changes everything. I think that after the election is over that Trump will be a bad memory (requiem at 26 Gemini and Memoria at 25 Virgo), Have patience with me. I am new to the asteroids. I will be 77 this month!


Wow, Alex, this is powerful! And I love Mary’s comment. Hope she’s right. It’s time for Trump to don his orange jumpsuit.


Great post, Alex! You always dig up such great asteroid connections. I love that Narcissus is at station, what a giveaway, lol! I am watching keenly to see what happens on or around July 15th and how it reverberates in the months to come as Uranus makes two more passes over Algol in October and May 2025, although thankfully without Mars there to light the fuse. Thanks and keep up the great work!

Michele Finey

Love it!

Michele Finey

Fantastic article Alex.
Interesting too that Eris stations (R) 22/7 at 25 Aries
and Chiron stations (R) 26/7 at 23 Aries
Both squaring his Venus/Saturn.

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