In looking at the moment when the Sun is exactly opposite Mars, I immediately noticed that a Total Lunar Eclipse was about to happen (and in fact it happens later that day!).
[For astrologers who don't know what to look for, the tight conjunction of the Sun and the North Node is the first clue. And the second clue is that a Full Moon is about to occur that day.]
Side bar on direct and indirect influences
In psychology, we talk about conditioning versus modeling.
Conditioning is the result of the way a parent treats a child, I.e interacts with them. The actions of the parent towards the child directly affect the child.
Modeling, on the other hand, is how the child unconsciously mimics and models their parents moods, self-assessments, beliefs and other attributes. Each parent's own patterns indirectly affect the child, in this case.
Analogously, when transiting or progressing planets aspect a natal chart's planets, there is a direct effect.
But when the sky has attributes similar to a birth chart, without actually aspecting the birth chart, there's an indirect effect.
E.g. Everyone who has Mercury retrograde in their birth chart will be more affected when Mercury turns retrograde than those who have Mercury direct in their birth chart.
I am introducing the idea of indirect astrological influences because the day of the closest approach of Mars, and the Lunar Eclipse, echoes two themes in Donald Trump's chart.
Donald Trump was born on the day of a Lunar Eclipse, with Mars Rising (making Mars very strong).
The astronomical and astrological events of July 27th mirror his chart, and therefore should have a major impact on Donald Trump, and as a result on the entire country.
My hope is that on the day of the Mars opposition, the president thinks carefully before acting, and proceeds with caution.
Postscript: Already, the president, influenced by Putin (Rahu makes him very susceptible to influence by others), had him bad-mouthing the U.S. and alienating many his constituents. I hope that he doesn't exacerbate things in the next few days (at the height of the eclipse and Mars influence) by making other triggering statements.
The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will affect you if you have one or more planets in Leo or Aquarius between 3 degrees 45 minutes and 5 degrees 45 minutes (I.e. one degree on either side of the actual position of the Moon during the eclipse).
If the planet in your chart is in Aquarius in that degree range, you might feel inhibited, unseen, or blocked in your endeavors, while if the planet is in Leo, its themes may become exaggerated and magnified.
If you have a strong Mars in your chart -- e.g. at an angle, or alone in half the sky, or retrograde, or strong by sign -- then you may feel energized, heated up, or otherwise more fiery during the days around July 27th. Please think before you act.
The Mars animation came from SkyGazer 4.5, my favorite new astronomy program.