Clients are asking me about the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions which fall within the problematical Mars/Saturn period that we are in until September. As you might expect, the conventions will be a continuation of the overall tone and tenor of recent months.
For many, the Mars/Saturn days are best illustrated by the unique 2016 American presidential race and surrounding atmosphere. It has inspired descriptions like "bizarre", "disorienting", and has contributed to many people feeling like the world has gone mad. Conjunct and retrograde Mars and Saturn are incredibly powerful and continue to hold sway across the globe even as retrogration passes.
Next week's' Republican convention in Cleveland, and the Democratic convention that follows in Philadelphia have some people concerned given the "anything goes" style of functioning that has typified the election proceedings. Looking to the upcoming planetary movements, the influence of Mars and Saturn in this set-up will be intensely negative suggesting conflicts and differences within the party and different interest groups. The relationship between Mars and Saturn is such that Mars represents aggressive action, conflict, struggle and termination (of status-quo), whereas Saturn will be representing stability and continuation; it is a tug-of-war. In this contest, it appears the party element advocating Trump will likely be victorious.
No one can rule out the possibility of incident given the nature of Mars and Saturn which carry an element of unpredictability in their nature. These are challenging days any way you cut it, but the first 2 weeks of August are the more difficult period as opposed to the last 2 weeks of July.
It remains to be seen how the proposed platform drafted by the conservative faction of the party is adopted at the convention, how the party will receive Trump's choice of running mate, and if the divisive spirit that has plagued the Republicans can be healed. It's a rather tall order for a fractured party attempting to cope with the Mars/Saturn challenges.
I will speak to the Democratic convention next week.
For more information regarding the current Mars/Saturn period please see recent posts.