Today, in honor of William Butler Yeats (born June 13th 1865 in Dublin), we explore the lasting influence of his most ubiquitous poem, “The Second Coming.”
Written in 1919, the poem is considered a towering achievement of modernist poetry. Yeats drew on Christian apocalyptic imagery to capture the violent chaos of the political turmoil in Europe at the time, and to warn of further dangers on the horizon.
So often have the poem’s phrases been incorporated into other works of art and literature that The Paris Review has called it “the most thoroughly pillaged piece of literature in English.

Gene Johnson penned this piece on President Trump’s scores via Aureas and harkened the poem as a caveat of his presidency….Read on.

Looking at the post on President Trump’s score via Aureas — they are not alone in creating a score base for each person, lots of software does this byw — I have been mulling the piece over for the past few days.   It raises a few questions, in particular, the challenge of understanding  how the incarnating soul ‘meshes’ with the planetary configurations ( the horoscope) at the moment of birth, and what happens afterward  to the person.

Alan Leo, often referred to as ‘the father of  astrology’, attempted this conundrum by saying that “the stars impel but don’t compel”.  This assertion, however, seems more like a platitude than a real answer.  Every astrologer has the problem of distinguishing the factors of social ‘conditioning’ from those related to innate soul, that is, how to separate those things that could be changed from those that cannot: a leopard cannot change its spots, but it can change where it lives and what it eats.

                      Professional Astrology IV – Cosmic Factors

Marc Jones in this lesson set Professional Astrology, page 7 second paragraph, addresses this problem.  He writes

To the average student the distinctions that have so far been made apt, unfortunately, are  little more than words: so that it is necessary to make clear the exact and true nature of man’s existence as a social being.  Analysis of his real or inner self follows in the “fourteen points”, but  is expressed through his social being,  that is after all, transient & superficial  yet also paradoxically of great personal importance.

Socially man is a conditioned animal.  His spirit, or higher self  can only be manifest through this ‘conditioned’ being.  So what is this conditioning?   To some extent it is simple stimuli-reflex, automatic animal thinking, it is habit ingrained as character.  Eventually this conditions the person but astrology does not  show the conditioned factors of being, except by implication, instead it shows the cosmic “conditions” of the individual &  what he is most in sympathy with or habituated to and it is these tendencies that establish a person’s focal determination.

That said I want to look at Trump’s personality scores & correlate  that with the Trump personality we observe, and so speculate on the e true nature of the ‘inner Trump’.


Plato quotes Socrates giving the instruction to his student’s to “know thyself”.  When one starts this process according to Yogic Philosophy they uncover a strata of themselves — several selves emerging  into the light of consciousness – a false self, and a true self that is called samskaras.   The false self is this ‘conditioned self’  is  maladaptive & engender craving, delusion, and aversion, strengthening the bonds of karma and halt the liberation of the true self (self-knowledge).  Now the adaptive &  positive samskaras generate kind and virtuous actions, birthing us more fully into the present and aligning us with divine truth.  It is with this philosophy firmly in mind, I tackle Trump’s Aureas scores.

                                                             Viewing Aureas Twice

The Parisian Aureas profile is comprised of 25 points described as personal skills.  Two sets of numbers were computed, one for an Ascendant of 20 Leo the other for an Ascendant of 29 Leo, with the objective of determining which seems to best ascendant for the President.  The majority of the scoring seems to jive reasonably well with my perception of  his behavior but the following are several traits that  seem either too low or high.

The Parisian Aureas profile is comprised of 25 points described as personal skills.  Two sets of numbers were computed, one for an Ascendant of 20 Leo the other for an Ascendant of 29 Leo, with the objective of determining which seems to best ascendant for the President.  The majority of the scoring seems to jive reasonably well with my perception of  his behavior but the following are several traits that  seem either too low or high.

Point 3: Psychology, anthropology, humanities, literature-  177/181; (150+ are high values).

  • 177 I consider too high for what this skill is evaluating. President Trump’s  seems  self-absorbed to have the capability of abstract, objective thought necessary to relate to these subjects.  He is instinctive and judges others by his gut reactions, but I don’t think is what is being measured here which leads to me the question, do they explain their methodology?

Point 6: Augmentative and aggressive speech – 32/36.  These scores are really outrageously off the mark.

  • President Trump’s  has made his mark, his name, his brand, won the  Presidency of the United States  through aggressive speech.   Listen to just a few minutes of his campaign speeches and you will find numerous outbursts of aggressive speech, like “lock her up” –
  • “I’d like to hit that guy in the face”-  “Megyn Kelly has blood coming out of her…” –  “Mika has blood coming out of her face…”  or on any morning check in on the TV news and listen to the Tweets he has put out during the night, most of which consist of threats and hostile name calling against anyone he happens to be peeved at for things said during the previous day.
  • ( He watches about 5 hours of TV news a day, so he is very aware of what is being said about him)

Point 11: Child like exuberance…154.  I agree here  but perhaps a bit too low.

  • My perception of President Trump  is that he behaves like a 19-year-old trapped in a 71-year-old man’s body; it must be obvious by now that I did not vote for him.
  •  For more on this check out our SabianEarth article on Trump and the Puer Aeternus.

Point 12: Impatience, a tendency to anger, aggressiveness – 92/90.  The ‘normal/average range’ is 75 – 125.

  • This measurement is also way off the mark in my opinion. The very low end of course.  How do I justify this?  Well, think about it, what is probably the President Trump ‘s most troubling behavior for his family and staff?  Hmmm.
  • You don’t have to think very long do you?  How bout s his addiction for Tweeting!  How many of ‘his people’ have said that “if we could only stop him from Tweeting”.  His poor wife must have said this many times.
  • Why do you think he is Tweeting at 3 AM?  Why can’t he wait to a ‘reasonable hour’ when other people are out engaged in daily life?  It is his feelings anger and impatience that have gotten the better of him and he can’t control them.  He feels that he has to ‘get even’.

Point 19: Need to be part of an organization, company, or club, make a contribution to a group  – 171/229.

  • This trait/skill implies an organizational ability, and a capacity to put aside one’s ego for the good of the group, and also an ability to facilitate cooperation among the members, and indeed, inspire group harmony and the desire to achieve a goal.  There has been absolutely no evidence of this happening in the White House so far. The place is in chaos.
  • Staffers are retaining personal lawyers to try to protect themselves ‘when it all comes down’. President Trump  and his staff should be quite honestly admonished to “Get your stories straight”. And, then there are numerous stories about the power struggles among the various personal factions in the White House  particularly the Bannon — the self made billionaire toady —  group vs the Jared — the inherited billionaire son in law–  group.
  • President Trump  in his business ventures has always ‘flown by the seat of his pants’, with no Board or organization structure to answer to. He mistakenly thinks that he can run the Presidency the same way.  He is discovering the hard way that he cannot.  This score is too high, in my opinion.

Point 20: Need for recognition and attention, status…152/229.

  • This score is right on. President Trump’s  is a magnet, a sponge for attention.  Praise and attention, even negative attention will make his day.

Point 21: independence…156/138.  Seems accurate.

Point 25: Sense of duty, obligation, conscience, guilt…238/118.

  • The 118 number may be correct, but I don’t see these traits in him beyond the normal/average range.  Why do I say this?  Anyone of us can be judged on how much of their life is spent in efforts and activities for personal gain and how much devoted to public service and helping others.  This, to me, is what this category measures.  I ask anyone to show me any evidence of President Trump ‘s public/social justice activity or interest prior to his run for the Presidency.  All I have personally seen is his obsession with promoting his ‘brand’, and money.

Some kind of Summary…Well I had two points I wanted to get across in this little essay, one, that computerized astrological interpretive programs leave a lot to be desired, and this one does too, in my opinion, and secondly, it gave me an opportunity to ‘get on my high horse’ regarding President Trump .

                                  The gyre of the Second Coming

Is it premature to invoke the specter of William Butler Yeats’s  poem The Second Coming?  The New York Times on his anniversary said that many were hearkening to its becase they believe like he did then,  that the world was on the threshold of an apocalyptic revelation &  that  the world’s trajectory were coming apart, like the frantic flight-path of a  falcon that  lost contact with the falconer and does not know the way home.  Yeats felt that after the Great War to end all Wars, World War One, that  the next age will take its character not from the gyre (vortex) of science, democracy, and speed, but from the contrary inner gyre of  primal power.  Perhaps he envisioned the rise of the Fascists — Mussolini, Stalin, Castro, Chavez and saw they would be dominating the political landscape?

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity

Maybe.  But there is a feeling that something has gone wrong and while there are many  opinions on the cause of this and the remedy, What is its source?  Was it always this way?  Did we see just a fleeting moment of real democracy in the world and now we are experiencing the inevitable return to the bully in charge?   I call upon the  Myth of Er in Plato’s Republic as a rational response.  If you have not read it yet, do so now here:  I think it’s potent.


My adventure in astrology began several decades ago while browsing in a bookstore ( a favorite pastime) where I picked up a book by the astrologer Ronald Davidson, and I was hooked. Encounters with the work of several others astrologers followed in time, among them Dane Rudhyar and Marc Edmund Jones. I was a member of the Sabian Assembly for many years and studied Marc's Sabian Astrology system. Most recently I completed Chris Brennen's Hellenistic Astrology course. It was very enlightening to discover the roots, the beginnings, of horoscopic astrology in the Hellenistic course. I feel that it enabled me to fully "round out" my understanding and practice of astrology. I would describe my approach to astrology as "eclectic", I get excited when I discover some teaching or technique that seems to work and sheds light on an area of astrology that previously has not been well understood or totally obscure. Psychological astrology is and has been an area that I have spent significant time doing, , however these days I find that the mundane/political.economic areas have attracted more of my time and attention. I enjoy writing for this blog and welcome any comments from you our readers, you are the reason for doing this.

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