Originally published in Jan. 2017 with an update Sept. 2018 - we are moving this article up to date as of March 22 2020 for easy access relating to Mark's recent AstroScope Podcast.
Special New Introduction at the Libra-Aries Full Moon on September 24, 2018: I have chosen this time – almost 20 months since I wrote this now-clearly important article on the presidential inauguration of January 20, 2017 when transiting Eris was exactly on Donald Trump’s Sedna – to restore this information to an area of primary significance on our astrology website. The main reason is that the dramatic and devastating #metoo movement materialized around a year ago and all of this appears to be culminating now with the supposed dueling testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee – assuming they actually happen. Judge Kavanaugh (born February 12, 1965) is experiencing transiting Pluto (also stationary in the sky) on his natal Juno in a once-in-a-lifetime conjunction. This pretty much says it all from the universal-macrocosm perspective – if you understand the intrinsic meanings of Pluto and Juno. [See our Astro-Business Keys section for major themes related to Pluto and Juno.] However, in addition, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (born November 28, 1966, according to a professional astrologer’s website) has her natal Mars in late Virgo exactly united with Judge Kavanaugh’s Mars. As in the realm of physics, very often “likes repel,” and sometimes violently, rather than attract – especially when dealing with the themes of the Red Planet. Stay tuned to this online channel for a future feature on how all of this develops in the weeks ahead. Publisher – Mark Lerner
Dateline January 28 - 29, 2017 (based on a discovery on Thursday January 19, 2017, one day before the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States): While taking a loved one to a Pain Specialist late Thursday afternoon January 19, 2017 and looking over a Bi-Wheel chart of president-elect Trump’s natal chart as compared to the celestial bodies at the Oath of Office for the US presidency the following day, I made a shocking discovery – a planet far beyond Pluto (Eris) was making a precise conjunction to Donald Trump’s natal Sedna (another planet far beyond Pluto). [See Bi-Wheel chart at the end of this feature and look in the eighth house to see how Donald Trump’s Sedna, with the letters Sed in the Inner Wheel, at 22 degrees and 32 minutes of Aries is exactly (within 1 minute of arc or 1/60 of 1 degree of the zodiac) where transiting Eris, with the letters Eri in the Outer Wheel, is located.]
The reason this was so stunning to me is that although I have been working with the 4 main asteroids and goddess archetypes (Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta) since becoming an astrologer 44+ years ago in 1972, and incorporating the centaur-comet like celestial body Chiron (discovered in 1977) as well as including Sedna and Eris in almost all the chart work I do, I hadn’t realized that for the souls incarnating in the 1940s and 1950s that transiting Eris now and during the next couple of years is exactly where Sedna was located back in the 1940s and 1950s.
Therefore, not only is the new president, vice-president, the entire incoming four-year executive branch of government experiencing a potent Inaugural chart – with all of its own powerful celestial energies and various alignments, favorable and unfavorable from 2017 to January 2021 – but there is the added possibly “explosive condition” of the solar system’s current Eris placement precisely energizing-triggering-activating the Sedna archetypes-themes within the consciousness of now President Donald Trump.
And, in an extraordinary example of synchronicity, and because of the shock to tens of millions of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine for president and vice-president in 2016, hoping to see the first female president ever for our 240-year-old nation, on the day after the Inauguration there was an incredible outpouring of millions of people (organized particularly by women) marching and demonstrating around the world to oppose Donald Trump’s rise to presidential power and to reassert the importance of the feminine principle throughout modern societies, cultures and civilizations.
As I see it, there is a five-fold reason why transiting Eris conjunct natal Sedna in the birth charts for hundreds of millions of people born in the 1940s and 1950s at the present time is so important:
1. These are far-away celestial bodies that represent Collective Forces which have always been influencing human beings for eons, but their archetypes and meanings have been kept largely hidden and often distorted.
2. The conjunction itself – Eris in the sky to Sedna in individual birth charts – is exceedingly rare due to the long orbits of these planets, with Sedna’s journey around the Sun taking over 11,000 years.
3. Eris and Sedna have only been recently discovered and to be able to even place them in charts, with accurate zodiacal positions, could only have occurred within this very brief, mathematically dynamic time-period in human evolution.
4. These two slow-moving planets usually impact generations rather than individuals, but their deeply profound and psychologically sensitive themes resonate with how Humanity and the Earth need to cope with thousands of years of repression of the Feminine Principle.
5. Finally, the conjunction between Sedna for Donald Trump and Eris at the Inauguration was precise, and anything in astrological analysis that is exact carries extra significance far beyond the event itself.