Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo 10/11 February – Donald Trump & Narcissism

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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo 10/11 February
There will be a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 22 degrees Leo 28 on Saturday 11 February at 11.32 am AEDT Sydney time. Leo is ruled by the Sun which rules creativity, children and romance. The positive attributes of Leo include generosity and leadership but when the scales are tipped the other way wise leadership can degenerate into authoritarianism and pride can become arrogance and narcissism. The Sun opposite the Moon is in the sign of Aquarius which governs groups, friendships, humanitarian endeavour and goals. So the drama that will play out on both a personal and collective level  will involve finding the balance between these two diametrically opposite tendencies. Both the fire sign Leo and the air sign Aquarius are fixed signs which could cause some intransigence as the ego driven Leonine energy faces off against the rebellious, individualistic Aquarian energy that refuses to bow to the Leonine authority. The impact of this lunar eclipse will be felt most by people who have planets in fixed signs – Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio around 22 degrees.

trump-muslim-banThe Inner Bully and Trump’s Mars in Leo

It may be that we are having conflict between our inner rebel and inner dictator so these internal conflicts need to be faced and resolved. On the world scene we only have to look to US President Donald Trump who has a a Leo ascendant with feisty Mars smack bang on his Leo ascendant which will be conjunct the Full Moon in Leo to see someone who is currently displaying all the worst Leonine traits, bullying the judiciary for putting a temporary halt on Trump’s very controversial immigrant travel ban. Trump has been accused by the judiciary of being autocratic synonymous with the shadow side of Leo. His actions in instantly dismissing the acting Democrat attorney general Sally Yates whom he accused of betraying him when she questioned the constitutionality of the travel reveals the mindset of a reality TV star not that of a wise temperate leader like the Leo President Barack Obama. donald_trump_president_cartoon In his latest twittermania he expressed his bile at the retail giant Nordstrom who has just announced that they are discontinuing selling his daughter, Ivanka’s fashion line due to poor sales. Expect more temper tantrums, hyperbole, ‘alternative facts’ and grandstanAding from Trump now that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the suspension of Trump’s executive order on the travel ban 3 to 0 against! Trump or as he is often referred to as “Trumpelthinskin” has personalised every action by the courts or by business that does not go his way true to the narcissistic personality – it’s me against the world!

 

 

 

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Narcissus by Caravaggio

A Clear And Present Danger Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump

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Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Eve Maram

The idea for the book, A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump, was conceived in April 2016 at the height of the US presidential primaries by the editors Steven Buser MD and Leonard Cruz MD. They approached academics and therapists asking them to contribute to it. It was first published in August 2016 and revised after Trump’s election win in November 2016 with the new title of A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of President Trump. Contributors include the Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen  of Goddesses in Every Woman fame, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, Eve Maram, a clinical and forensic psychologist and author of Psychopathy Within,  and Nathan Schwartz-Salant a Jungian analyst and author of numerous books including Borderline Personality, and Narcissism and Character Formations.

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Jean Shinoda Bolen

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Nathan Schwartz-Salant

The Trump Book Press Kit
President Trump’s victory in 2016 stunned the world and unleashed a new era in U.S. politics. Donald Trump often embodies the opposite of what many expect from a president, making it difficult for even Republican leaders to know how to respond to him. From his stubborn refusal to release his tax returns to the unprecedented cordiality he displayed to Vladimir Putin despite compelling evidence of Russia’s tampering with the 2016 election, President Trump has proven to be a shadowy figure who many, including Richard Reich, feared would consolidate power like a demagogue. His brazen, overly self-confident manner is a lightning rod for those who think anything that changes the old order is welcomed and is a warning of a clear and present danger for those who oppose him. Since taking office President Trump’s personality and its potential impact upon world affairs has become a central focus for many. Narcissism is epidemic and as Dr. Tom Singer points out, President Trump is “carrying around the longest selfie stick in the world.”

A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of President Trump assembles thoughtful, deep explorations of narcissism by bestselling authors, university professors, and practicing clinicians. The narcissist often demands that the world conform to their image in order to sustain unending adulation and praise. They are capable of viscous and coldhearted retaliation when their image is impugned. Narcissism demands to be mirrored and refuses to be challenged. Readers may recognize narcissistic features in people they know from work, the home, the entertainment industry, and politics.

President Trump’s supporters as well as his detractors may be left asking how narcissistic traits manifest in someone who becomes President of the United States of America. “Every country has the government it deserves,” said Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America. The contributors share a hope that these essays will become a mirror for the reader and for a nation called to examine itself. In the end, as Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés reminds us, “We were made for times like these.”

Product Description
The product description states:”Narcissism demands to be mirrored and refuses to be challenged. It demands acclaim, obedience, and accommodation, while disregarding others. Whether narcissism overtakes the home, the workplace, or the national stage, everyone who comes under Narcissus’s spell, both the narcissist and their subjects, suffer.

Pundits insist that politics has seldom been as polarized as it became during the 2016 election in the USA. But there is a long history of what the religious scholar, Mircea Eleade, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Henry Corbin, and C. G. Jung described as coincidentia oppositorum, the coincidence of opposites.

While Donald Trump galvanized a vast number of angry, disaffected voters, Senator Bernie Sanders mobilized enormous crowds of young voters who were intent on changing the status quo.

The contributors share a hope that these essays will become a mirror for self-examination. Gaze into the reflecting pool, but beware that you do not become absorbed in your own image and the echo of your own voice. Then let your gaze return to the world around you, to the people who share your life, to the nation and planet you inhabit. And as Dr. Estés reminds us in the closing pages, remember “We were made for times like these.”

Therefore, during this lunar eclipse in Leo, in particular on both a personal and collective level we will be given an opportunity to look into the mirror but need to be mindful of not following the fate of Narcissus becoming so self absorbed with our self image that we totally lose perspective of reality projecting all our unresolved issues onto others. We can learn much from the antics of Donald Trump and others that we encounter in our daily lives.

Sources

Leo Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
A Clear and Present Danger Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump, edited by Steven Buser & Leonard Cruz, Chiron Publications

 

 

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