URANU.S.A.: Steve Bannon and the Fourth Turning

Donald Trump and Uranus in Gemini

donald-trump-1946U.S. popular vote loser Donald Trump was born in Queens, New York at 10:54 a.m.  on June 14, 1946, with Uranus conjunct the North Node and Sun in tropical Gemini in his natal chart. Uranus, discovered in 1781, the same year the American Revolutionary War ended, takes 84-years to transit through the twelve signs of the zodiac, spending about seven years in each sign.

In 2013, I self-published an illustrated book called URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World, in which I examined U.S. political history relative to the transit of Uranus in tropical Gemini.

Uranus makes its next transit through Gemini during the years 2025-2033. Historically speaking, the passage of Uranus through Gemini has always coincided with a period during which the country is involved in a major war, the outcome of which results in the United States redefining itself. These periods were 1775-1781 (Revolutionary War), 1858-1865 (Civil War), 1941-1949 (U.S. involvement in WWII, ending with the creation of NATO).

Steve Bannon and the Fourth Turning

SiriusXM's Coverage Of The Republican National Convention Goes Gavel-to-Gavel On Wednesday, July 20Trump’s Chief Strategist, Breitbart media executive Steve Bannon is an avid enthusiast of the Fourth Turning cycle theory proposed by historians Neil Howe and William Strauss, an observation of patterns in American political and social life that change about every 20-22 years, repeating thematically about every 80-90 years.

Just as with the transit of Uranus in Gemini, their theory identifies the eighty-something year gap between the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and WWII.

Because Bannon is such a Fourth Turning keener, he is reportedly candid about what he expects is the inevitability of the U.S. getting involved in war in the not-too-distant future.

I confess, too, that I have expected a U.S. war on the scale of the aforementioned conflicts to occur between the years 2025-2033, based mostly on the expectation that this upcoming Uranus transit through tropical Gemini will repeat itself in a similar fashion to the last three. 

The difference being that either Bannon is a decade too early, or I am looking ahead a decade too late. That is, presuming Trump serves two four-year terms, he would leave office in January 2025, a few months before Uranus moves from Taurus to Gemini, and therefore presumably would not be likely to be directly responsible for an outbreak of war during the Uranus transit in Gemini. Unless, of course, he somehow winds up staying in office longer than two terms.

Here is a video clip featuring some of the interesting historical and astrological work found in URANU.S.A.:

Audio recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.

2004: George W. Bush Testifies Privately Before 9/11 Commission

George W. Bush white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Power

Fifty-seven year-old US President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney testify privately, and not under oath, before the 9/11 Commission. After the nearly four-hour meeting is over, the President explains to the press that he and Cheney testified together so that the commission could “see our body language…how we work together.”

Transiting Venus pre-retrograde is conjunct Bush’s natal Uranus and North Node in Gemini, opposite transiting Pluto in Sagittarius, signifying a symbiotic power dynamic with a close associate in presenting a united front. Transiting Jupiter is stationing direct conjunct natal Mars in Virgo, reflecting the strutting assertion of untouchable confidence.

Venus conjunct Uranus-North Node

George W. Bush astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission.

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Uranus and North Node in Gemini (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Pluto in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower right). Transiting Jupiter station direct (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left).

1986: Geraldo Rivera Opens Al Capone’s Vault

Geraldo Rivera white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Fluke

Forty-two year-old TV reporter Geraldo Rivera opens an old vault that used to belong to Chicago gangster Al Capone on live television, only to find it completely empty. The two-hour special, hyped as a spectacular, ends with an embarrassing whimper. However, he wakes the next morning to learn it had the largest audience of any broadcast in television history.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Rivera’s natal Sun in Cancer, indicating a strong show of support from the network and viewers. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is opposite natal Uranus in Gemini, while transiting Uranus in Sagittarius is opposite natal Saturn in Gemini, indicating notoriety for an unexpected reason.

Mars opposite Sun

Geraldo Rivera astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the Al Capone vault broadcast.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top center left) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center right). Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, to top right) opposite natal Uranus in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius (outer wheel, top center) opposite natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom center).

1913: Emmeline Pankhurst Sentenced to Prison

Emmeline Pankhurst white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Suffrage

Fifty-four year-old British suffragette activist Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, is found guilty of inciting a person or persons unknown to commit felony, and sentenced to three years penal servitude, following a foiled arson attempt for which she has claimed responsibility on behalf of the WSPU. She begins a difficult nine day hunger strike that results in a temporary fifteen-day release on health grounds.

Transiting Neptune is making its direct station conjunct Pankhurst’s natal Sun in Cancer, signifying the fading vitality of a righteous and determined ego, and the power of a willing martyr to a universalist cause. Transiting Mars in Pisces is square transiting Saturn and natal Uranus in Gemini, indicating a confrontation between the forces of order and change.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Emmeline Pankhurst astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her prison sentence.

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Mars in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom left) square transiting Saturn (outer wheel, bottom center) and natal Uranus (inner wheel, bottom center) in Gemini.

1971: Joe Frazier Defeats Muhammad Ali

Joe Frazier white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and the Fight of the Century

Twenty-seven year-old heavyweight champion boxer Joe Frazier defeats defrocked champion Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Dubbed the “fight of the century”, Frazier knocks Ali down in the final round with a left hook to his chin. It is the first of three bouts he will have with Ali, and the only one he will win.

Transiting Uranus is conjunct Frazier’s natal Moon in Libra, indicating elevation in recognition and social status. Transiting Neptune and Jupiter in Sagittarius are opposite natal Uranus and Mars in Gemini, signifying the national symbolic value to his triumph against an anti-establishment figure like Ali.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Joe Frazier Astrology Bi-Wheel Chart Transits for Ali Bout in 1971

Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Moon in Libra (inner wheel, top). Transiting Neptune and Jupiter in Sagittarius (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Uranus and Mars in Gemini (inner wheel, lower right)

1860: Abraham Lincoln Gives Cooper Union Speech

Abraham Lincoln Purple Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestFifty-one year-old U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln addresses a large audience at New York City’s Cooper Union, securing northeastern support for his party’s nomination in May. He will win November’s election, despite the fact that his name will be excluded from the ballot in nine southern states.

Transiting Saturn in Leo is opposite Lincoln’s natal Sun in Aquarius, signifying the divisive response to his candidacy, leading to the secession movement following his election. Transiting Uranus in Gemini is opposite natal Saturn and Neptune in Sagittarius, reflecting the obscure midwestern lawyer’s connection with the country’s mounting crisis, and his growing notoriety on the national stage.


Transiting Saturn in Leo (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Uranus in Gemini (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Saturn and Neptune in Sagittarius (inner wheel, upper left).

1988: Larry Flynt Wins Supreme Court Decision

Larry Flynt Blue Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestForty-seven year-old pornography publisher Larry Flynt wins a Supreme Court case against TV Christian evangelist Jerry Falwell, in a decision that protects satire in the First Amendment. Falwell filed a lawsuit against Flynt in 1983, after Flynt’s magazine Hustler published a fake liquor advertisement that “quotes” Falwell admitting to having sex with his mother in an outhouse.

Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars are conjunct in Capricorn, resonating with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini, indicating an unexpected verdict against the status quo. The triple conjunction is square natal Neptune in Libra, representing popular culture, signifying the decision’s lasting impact on American law and the arts.

Larry Flynt/Supreme Court 1988 Bi-Wheel

Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, right) resonate with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, left)

Video: Uranus Stations in the Solar Return Chart

URANU.S.A.: Uranus Stations in the Solar Return

In this clip, I discuss an interesting common factor between the solar return charts of three key figures in American history.

Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.

Video: Uranus and the U.S.A.


Here is a video I made to promote my non-fiction graphic novel, URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World. It is about the discovery of Uranus and the founding of the first government of the United States of America.

Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.

URANU.S.A. Print Edition On Sale Today!



At last, the print edition of URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World is on sale. Pre-sale copies will ship early this week, and new sales will be processed immediately. Please note the $27 price includes shipping costs for U.S. and Canada. I am working on making the book available internationally, stay tuned.

Here is the first in a series of promo videos I will be posting in the coming days.



My new (and first) book, URANU.S.A. is now available in ebook format.

URANU.S.A. covers the three periods in American history that coincide with the seven-year passage of the planet Uranus through tropical Gemini, which occurs once every eighty-four years. These periods happen to include the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and U.S. participation in World War II.

The book examines the story and astrology behind crucial events and the lives of central figures from these three periods, including Thomas Paine, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and others.

From the introduction:

“Uranus was found by William and Caroline Herschel, using a telescope in Bath, England, on the night of March 13, 1781 – 220 days before the British surrender at Yorktown, and 352 days before British parliament voted to end the war against the American colonies.

“The new country that emerged from revolution became what is today the oldest democratic republic in the world, a concept of government then unknown in European societies since Ancient Rome.

“The new planet was the first new orbiting body ever found in our solar system. Until the discovery of Uranus, Saturn had always marked the outermost known wandering perimeter of our universe.”

Not to be immodest, but it has to be among the top three finest non-fiction graphic novels on American history ever written by a Canadian astrologer, if I do say so myself. A fun read for astrology enthusiasts and haters alike. Dig in.