On 21 September 2022, New York State Attorney General Letitia James won the race to be the first to charge Donald Trump with a crime. The former US President faces legal jeopardy on a variety of fronts, and the civil suit brought against Trump, his adult children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka, and the Trump Organization may be the least harrowing, though, if successful, would devastate his business. A civil suit carries no threat of incarceration, but AG James stated in her press conference announcing the indictment that both state and federal laws were broken, and she will be making criminal referrals to both the US Attorney’s office at the Southern District of New York and the IRS.
In a 280-page indictment, James alleges more than 200 “false and misleading financial asset valuations” over a ten-year period, knowingly asserted to defraud financial and government institutions. Trump “grossly and fraudulently misstated” the value of 23 assets, sometimes inflating them to obtain bank loans, and at others devaluing assets to reap tax benefits. In her words, “This is not the Art of the Deal – it’s the art of the steal.”
As part of the lawsuit, James is seeking repayment of $250 million in allegedly ill-gotten gains; Trump and the children named in the lawsuit would be permanently barred from serving as the director of a business registered in New York state. James is also seeking to cancel the Trump Organization’s corporate certificate, which could effectively force the company to cease operations in New York.
As stated by AG James at the press conference: “This conduct cannot be brushed aside and dismissed as some sort of good-faith mistake. The statements of financial condition were greatly exaggerated, grossly inflated, objectively false, and therefore fraudulent and illegal. And as a result of that we are seeking relief, and Mr. Trump, the Trump Organization, his family – they should all be held accountable.”
This initial indictment comes as transit asteroid d’Arrest, noted for the filing of charges, detention and arrest, prepares to return to its natal degree in Donald Trump’s chart. At 16 Libra, transit d’Arrest conjoins transit asteroid Laetitia, for Letitia James, at 20 Libra, uniting the prosecutor with the indictment, and squares transit asteroid Justitia at 13 Capricorn, named for the Roman goddess of justice, bringing the New York Department of Justice into play, as well as signaling that the indictment (d’Arrest) is a just one (Justitia).
Transit d’Arrest also conjoins Trump’s natal centaur Chiron (wounding) at 14 Libra and natal Jupiter (courts and legal matters) at 17 Libra; Jupiter here also represents the extreme exaggerations and self-aggrandizement that precipitated the indictment (AG James cites as example the inflation of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property’s value from an actual $75 million to $739 million, almost a tenfold increase, and the misrepresentation of his Trump Tower apartment, claiming 30,000 square feet when the actual size is closer to 11,000), while Chiron suggests the maverick behaviors Trump engaged in with his falsifications.
Transit d’Arrest is also within orb of natal d’Arrest at 24 Libra. This places Trump within the scope of his “d’Arrest Return”, a period when a reset of natal potentials for a point occurs, reactivating and reenergizing its inherent and latent possibilities. The fact that d’Arrest is at station (it turned direct two days after his birth), making possible legal charges a major element of Trump’s biography, just reinforces its importance. It’s a factor whose time has finally come.
More to the point, transit d’Arrest is exactly squared to an exact natal conjunction of asteroids Nemesis, representing a point of ruin or undoing, often self-created, and Bilk at 16 Cancer. Bilk is named for an observatory in Dusseldorf, Germany, but acts in its English language capacity as fraud or deception, especially related to financial matters. Having these two in exact conjunction at birth plants the seeds of downfall relating to financial misconduct, which so far Trump has managed to avoid, despite manifest and manifold infractions in this sphere throughout his life. Having natal d’Arrest in square suggests legal jeopardy ensuing at some point from this combination; transit d’Arrest in exact square reiterates that now is the moment for that potential to unfold.
Beginning at 11:38 AM EDT on 21 September 2022 in Manhattan, NY, the chart for AG James’ press conference shows 26 Scorpio rising, which closely conjoins Trump’s natal IC at 24 Scorpio, with the Descendant at 26 Taurus on his natal MC at 24 Taurus. This axis has been hit by Lunar Eclipses twice in the past year, one at 27 Taurus on the MC last November, and one at 25 Scorpio on the IC in May, providing a one-two punch that affects Trump’s reputation (MC) and his internal sense of security (IC).
With the Ascendant are asteroids James at 23 Scorpio, Troemper at 27 Scorpio, Karma at 1 Sagittarius and Manhattan at 4 Sag. James and Troemper (our celestial referent for The Donald) identify the chief combatants in this legal battle, while Karma shows accountability, being called to atone for prior misdeeds, and Manhattan pinpoints the locale for the indictment. Interestingly, Karma exactly conjoins Trump’s natal asteroid Veritas, Latin for “truth”, and also conjoins natal Troemper at 2 Sagittarius – the truth about Trump is about to come out, and he’ll be paying the price. Asteroid Donn, for Donald, appears at 22 Leo, in square to the Ascendant, James and Troemper, further tying Trump to the moment and his adversary. Transit Damocles at 26 Aquarius completes a Grand Cross and represents the doom hanging overhead, about to descend at any moment.
The specifics of the charges can be seen in points aligning with the Vertical Axis of the chart, with asteroid Bilk at 2 Virgo conjoined the 9 Virgo MC, while asteroid Lie at 11 Pisces opposes Bilk, on the 9 Pisces IC. Fraud (Bilk) and deception (Lie) are the chief underlying components of the indictment, both foundational (IC) and on full display for all to see (MC); with Bilk conjoined Trump’s natal Ascendant at 29 Leo, the point governing how we are perceived by the public, others may now come to see him as the con artist he is.
The transit Sun at 28 Virgo opposes transit Neptune at 23 Pisces, with asteroids Nemesis at 23 Pisces and Themis at 19 Pisces. Nemesis again underscores the likelihood of a self-created ruin or downfall, while Neptune is the planetary ruler of deception and Themis is named for the Greek goddess of justice. This polarity forms a Grand Cross with Trump’s natal Sun at 22 Gemini and Moon at 21 Sagittarius, bringing home these energies very directly and personally to Trump.
Also with the Sun is transit Venus at 20 Virgo, representing financial matters; Venus exactly conjoins Trump’s natal asteroid Swindle, yet another indicator of fraudulent fiscal dealings. Natal Swindle squares an exact Uranus/Themis conjunction at 17 Gemini (both conjunct the natal Sun), which in itself suggests a controversy (Uranus) involving the law (Themis). This conjunction is tightly squared by transit Themis at 19 Pisces, and more broadly by transit Lie at 11 Pisces, and is exactly conjoined by transit Swindle at 17 Gemini, as well as transit asteroid Achilles, a point noted for weakness or vulnerability, at 18 Gemini (not to mention transit Mars at 16 Gemini, prefiguring the legal (Themis) battle (Mars) to ensue).
The transit Moon at 9 Leo conjoins Trump’s natal asteroid Hybris at 8 Leo and Pluto at 10 Leo. Hybris represents prideful arrogance, again leading to a fall, while Pluto indicates a devastating loss or transformation. Trump’s hubris (Hybris) in so outrageously and egregiously manipulating (Pluto) his financial filings over decades has led directly to this pending implosion (Pluto).
Transit Saturn at 19 Aquarius is widely opposed the Moon but closely conjoined natal Justitia at 18 Aquarius; the combination represents penalties (Saturn) enacted by the New York Justice Department (Justitia, in the form of Letitia James). Together, transit Saturn, Swindle/Achilles and d’Arrest/Laetitia form a Grand Trine depicting the AG’s (Laetitia) charges (d’Arrest) of fraud (Swindle) and the former president’s (Saturn, as Chief Executive) vulnerability (Achilles).
What of Trump’s codefendants, his children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka? They’re here, too, with asteroid Donn (suitable for both father and son) at 22 Leo squared Damocles at 26 Aquarius, imaging the threatened doom; asteroid Ivanka at 15 Gemini a part of the Mars/Swindle/Achilles stellium, tying her actively (Mars) to exposure (Achilles) for the fiscal shenanigans (Swindle); and asteroid Eric at 2 Libra exactly conjunct Mercury (a newsworthy event) and within orb of the Sun, throwing a spotlight on his involvement.
Natally, asteroid James at 1 Aries is semisquare Trump’s natal Lie at 17 Taurus, with natal asteroid Laetitia at 4 Taurus in square to natal Pluto at 10 Leo and semisquare Themis at 17 Gemini, theoretically making Letitia James (Laetitia, James) the ideal person to expose Trump’s lies and deception (Lie), someone powerful (Pluto) enough to finally bring him to justice (Themis).
Whatever the outcome, it won’t be the orange jumpsuit so many have hoped for, and which Donald Trump so richly deserves, but it’s a start, and there’s plenty of time, and opportunity, for that.