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Orange Is the New Wack

Has anyone else noticed that Donald Trump’s skin tone has become, if possible, even more orange than typical?  And his pronouncements stranger and stranger?  Like confusing fellow GOP nomination contender Nikki Haley with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the January 6th insurrection, opining that Joe Biden will get us into World War II, and repeatedly asserting that he beat Barack Obama in 2016?

There may be a connection.  Bronzing lotions of the type Trump obviously employs have been tested and found harmless for external use in adults if properly applied.  But is Trump applying them properly?  These chemicals have never been tested at the massive levels Trump displays, and possible seepage into the brain may account for his many verbal missteps of late.  That, or he’s using it as a bread spread, too.

OK, that’s kind of made up, for satire purposes.  But what we can prove, astrologically, is that the Cheeto-in-Chief has a native propensity for going full citrus.

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In 2016 an Irish gambling website offered odds on what particular tone Trump would effect at his inauguration; with natal asteroid Orangia conjunct the MC, his orange skin tone is the focus of all eyes

For this expose we’ll be using asteroids Orangia 1195, as closest to “orange;” Oranje-Nassau 12151, named for current ruling House of the Netherlands; Aransio 9384, for “arancia,” Italian for “orange;” Naranen 11907, for “naranja, “orange” in Spanish; Clementina 252, for that diminutive orange cousin, the clementine; and Chester 24484, for Chester Cheetah, the Cheetos mascot.  We’ll also be using the typical Donn 4689 and Troemper 28130 for Donald Trump, as well as asteroid Donald Duck 12410, for the orange-billed Disney creation, given Trump’s somewhat cartoonish appearance.

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Would you call that burnt orange or heirloom carrot? As transit asteroids Troemper and Orangia have come together in an extended conjunction for the first half of 2024, we’ve seen Trump’s pigmentation go full throttle on the citrus scale

Born 14 June 1946 at 10:54 AM EDT in Jamaica Queens, NY (Rodden Rating AA), Donald Trump has a veritable citrus grove of orange-related celestial energies prominent in the natal chart.  To begin with, asteroid Orangia at 28 Taurus crests the Midheaven at 24 Taurus, the focus of all eyes, and indeed, it’s hard to look away from Tangerine Trump when he’s been at the bronzer.  Moreover, Orangia squares the 29 Leo Ascendant, which governs how we present ourselves to others and how they see us, as well as opposed asteroid Troemper at 2 Sagittarius, for a triple threat of orange mania that’s hard to ignore.  Not to be outdone, asteroid Chester at 6 Virgo appears on the Ascendant, squaring Troemper, further evidence of the urge to cosmetically alter his natural coloring.

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That’s one radioactive Cheeto! With asteroid Chester (for the Cheetos mascot, Chester Cheetah) conjunct the Ascendant and squared natal asteroid Troemper, vivid orange is a very identifying factor for Trump

But there’s more.  Natal Oranje-Nassau at 27 Pisces broadly conjoins natal Naranen at 20 Pisces, and both square the 22 Gemini Sun, in turn conjoined by Uranus at 17 Gemini.  The squares to the Sun incline Trump to feel like orange is a valid form of self-expression, the truest essence of his inner core.  Uranus with the Sun suggests someone willing to step outside the box, to throw caution and conventionality to the winds, and risk shocking others.

Also telling, asteroid Aransio at 17 Libra, exactly conjunct Trump’s natal stationary direct Jupiter (the source of his exasperating lifelong “get out of jail free” card), is exactly opposed to asteroid Donald Duck at 17 Aries.  Here we see the temptation to go overboard, to extremes, in his quest for coloration.  If The Donald says “orange is beautiful,” then Jupiter says “agreed!  how about some more?”  Orange has been part and parcel of Trump’s image, whether it be hair or skin color, for decades at least, prompting the question of whether or not, in some weird way, Trump feels that this choice of color is linked to his incredible luck (Jupiter).

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Trump’s tangerine mania has been a continuum, a gradual progression of citrus tones on face and hair; with asteroids Oranje-Nassau and Naranen (Spanish for “orange”) in square to his Sun, orange is tied up in his self-expression

Lastly we have Clementina, which at 13 Aquarius appears at station, having turned retrograde five days before his birth.  Stationary points exert a greater-than-usual impact on the psyche or role in the biography, and with Clementina at station, the pull of the citrus is strong in this one.  Clementina also opposes natal Pluto at 10 Leo, so there may be an element of feeling that orange is bound up with Trump’s power source.

So much for the natal potential, a celestial squeeze play sufficient to give anyone the pip.  But why has it become so prominent now?

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The Trump “angry baby” balloon has been a feature of global protests for years; with natal asteroid Aransio (Italian for “orange”) conjunct Jupiter, the color orange and politics have become inevitably linked

Again we turn to the skies for answers.  The universe’s timing is always impeccable, and we see here an upsurge in Trump’s tangerine tan just as asteroid Orangia comes to conjoin Troemper in an extended conjunction lasting months.  From early December 2023 through early August 2024, Troemper and Orangia will never be more than ten degrees apart, as Donald Trump focuses on regaining the presidency and staying out of jail.  The natural link between orange and career created by the natal Orangia/MC conjunction has now become highly personal as transit Orangia teams up with Troemper in his quest to avoid the Big House by once more entering the White House.  But a friendly word of warning – if Trump continues to deepen his orange tone as the campaign unfolds, he’ll lose the white supremacist vote for sure!

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This in one pumpkin you won’t find in my Halloween collection! With asteroid Clementina at station natally, for that diminutive orange cousin, the pull of the citrus is strong in Trump’s psyche

The impetus to investigate this color change struck me on January 26th, and a quick check of the remaining citrus-related points for that date confirmed that celestial support for Tangerine Trump is offered in more ways than one.  Transit asteroids Chester and Donald Duck are traveling together, at 2 and 5 Sagittarius, uniting both cartoon characters atop Trump’s natal Troemper at 2 Sag, in square to his Ascendant/Chester combo, prompting the clownlike cosmetics.  Transit asteroid Oranje-Nassau at 14 Libra is fast-approaching another conjunction with natal Jupiter at 17 Libra, encouraging more and better bronzing, and also squared transit Donn at 13 Capricorn, perhaps influencing the timing.  Not to be outdone, transit asteroid Clementina at 15 Sagittarius squares transit Troemper at 20 Pisces, impelling a further “zest” for altering skin tones.

The Troemper-Orangia conjunction is fairly wide just now, with Orangia at 29 Pisces, but this gap is bridged by Neptune at 25 Pisces, which not only promotes illusions such as false skin coloring, but likely also has a lot to say about The Donald’s frequent mental lapses of late, ruling confusion, muddled logic and downright insanity.  Orangia is also highlighting natal Oranje-Nassau at 27 Pisces, while Troemper is aligned exactly with natal Naranen at 20 Pisces, and will pass over natal Oranje-Nassau in due course.

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Trump would do well to put the brakes on the bronzer, but with transit asteroids Chester and Donald Duck combined, atop natal Troemper, and transit asteroid Clementina squared transit Troemper with Orangia, in a T-Square with the natal Sun, don’t expect his skin tone to lighten anytime soon

There’s also another orange-related point currently at station, as in the birth chart.  Asteroid Aransio at 3 Libra is turning retrograde on January 30th, placing “orange” forefront in the collective consciousness generally, and further activating Trump personally by a sextile to natal Troemper.  Finally, transit asteroid Naranen at 28 Aries is squaring natal Venus at 25 Cancer, ruling complexions and cosmetics, in a semisquare with natal Uranus at 17 Gemini, for the unconventional choice.

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There’s only one orange item I want to see on Trump, and that’s a prison jumpsuit; transit asteroid Aransio coming to station atop natal Neptune (ruling incarceration and prisons) could be an early indicator of where his legal woes are headed

Looks like we can expect an extremely pithy, citric-acidic Primary season, with a highly juiced Trump still laying it on thick right through the July Republican National Convention, should he beat his opponents to a pulp and gain the nomination.  What a strain!

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.

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Hilarious! I have wondered if Trump suffers from carotenemia, a condition that usually results from eating a lot of carotene-rich foods like, um, carrots. But you can get it from taking large amounts of supplements like beta-carotene. Occasionally it indicates disease like hypothyroidism, diabetes, or other conditions. I do think he is in cognitive decline and his supporters are in denial. Very scary if he gets elected. Great piece, Alex! Thanks!


I’m weak with laughter…
You left out turmeric and various other orange-coloured curry flavours. These all stain absolutely EVERYTHING orange (including your fingernails if you cook with it), but on the next day the colour simply washes out. So there’s hope for getting rid of it quickly.
Some colour “experts” claim that wearing orange clothing makes you feel all energetic. Can’t you just IMAGINE the cacophany in the prison when The Donald walks in wearing his orange jumpsuit??

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