Britannia Rules the Waves aka BREXIT (remix)

On Wednesday, Theresa May triggered Article 50 and BREXIT begins; I would not be surprised if the UK government employed astrologers to advise as to the timing of this  – the astrological symbolism is  perfect:

  • Five planets (Venus, Sun, Uranus, Moon, Mercury)
  • Clustered in ARIES (fighting fit) – cardinal (whoosh) fire
  • Highly visible at the top of the chart (HIGH NOON)
  • with the Sun and Venus straddling the Midheaven (MC).
  • The UK people (Moon)
  • have delivered a radical and rebellious (Uranus)
  • albeit diplomatic (Venus)
  • message (Mercury)
  • through their Prime Minster (Sun)
  • that they are taking back control of their nation – regardless of the consequences (Aries).

images-1When looking at the BREXIT chart in comparison with the UK natal chart, we find that BREXIT stellium in Aries at the UK natal Descendant – SUNSET – waving a fond farewell to the EU – GOODBYE (for now).Untitled

Also, when comparing the UK natal chart (inner ring) to the BREXIT chart (outer ring) we might consider the following:

  1. BREXIT was inevitable – the BREXIT Jupiter opposition Uranus is conjunct the UK’s nodal axis (‘fated’ past/future) – The 14-year cycle involving Jupiter and Uranus is all about the Promethean Spirit – rebellion – self-determination – saying ‘no’ to the status quo. Here we find Jupiter and Uranus in opposition – 180 degrees – the extreme point of the cycle that began in 2010 (Jupiter and Uranus were conjunct together at 0 degrees Aries). Unsurprisingly, it was in 2010 that the Daily Express became the first mainstream national newspaper to demand that the UK should leave the EU and it was to become one of the fastest-growing campaigns in newspaper history. At the opposition – BREXIT – it should come as no surprise that we have just harvested fruit of the seeds sown at that 2010 Britain-out-572878conjunction.
  2. BREXIT is about the death and REBIRTH of the heart and soul of a nation (BREXIT Pluto conjunct the UK’s Sun in Capricorn in the 4th house). Yes, indeed it is that but it is also something else too – BREXIT is part of much bigger (global) picture – i.e. radical restructuring of the world order. OK, the deal here is that BREXIT happened during outgoing square – (i.e. 90 degrees – manifestation – CRISIS POINT) – of the current Pluto/Uranus (127-year) cycle, which commenced in 1965/66). It was in 1965 that Nigel Lawson said that the UK should join the Common Market (as the EU was then called) – because its only choice was between that and backward looking protectionism. But it was not long after the UK joined the EU/EEC in 1973 that the reality of that decision was to come home to roost. Even by the 1970’s the EU had made moves toward monetary union and tax harmonisation – and the English jurist, Lord Denning, explained in 1974 that EEC Law was ‘like an incoming tide’ that cannot be held back. With BREXIT, this tide has now turned – the dikes of protectionism will no longer be breached. What might this suggest about the world-wide future of the ever-growing tide of globalism? If what just happened with BREXIT is any indication, I think we now know the answer – all things both good and bad must someday, come to an end.
  3. BREXIT is also about regaining the DREAM of the UK’s once superior international network of commercial interests (BREXIT Neptune sextile UK Mars in Taurus in the 9th house – also note that the BREXIT Mars in Taurus is also conjunct the UK’s Mars in Taurus). But whether this dream of renewal is possible to achieve is highly questionable to the least because Neptune always undermines Mars’ efforts. It has been suggested (Baigent, Campion, Harvey) that the UK’s natal Mars in the 8th house in opposition to Neptune indicates all the wars fought to support the UK superior network of commercial interests – especially as a maritime power – Britannia rules the waves!? Let’s not forget that BREXIT has done nothing to change this – that Neptune/Mars natal aspect that served the UK so well for so many years remains firmly fixed in place. Perhaps UK politicians should take note that although ruling the waves again like in times gone by may no longer be a realistic possibility, Neptune also rules fishing, drugs, oil, and promotion of stock companies.Unknown
  4. There are fears that BREXIT means financial setbacks for the UK – and, at least in the short-term, and that is probably inevitable – but how bad will it be and for how long? Venus governs money – financial institutions, bankers, as well as  national resources. In in the BREXIT chart, Venus is pedalling backwards – i.e. retrograde motion. This, I fear, suggests some financial hard times ahead and, quite possibly, because the BREXIT Venus falls in the UK’s 6th house – it will be felt most by the NHS (National Health Service). Hopefully, however, this back-pedalling won’t go on for too long – it’s a given that eventually, Venus will turn and move forwards again (17 ephemeris days = 17 months?). Note also that in the BREXIT chart Mercury (science, literary works, education and the press) is making a close trine to Saturn (structure, regulations, discipline). So one way forward economically might be for the UK to introduce laws encouraging the export of education and literature – both endeavours of which the UK is already well-respected and well-known. This suggestion is echoed by the fact that the BREXIT Saturn is in the UK’s natal 3rd house (trade, education, communication) and trine the UK’s own natal Saturn in the 11th (parliament).

Forecast Gloomy for today’s Dutch Elections

Outsiders rarely follow Dutch elections but this one is special. What is at stake today is nothing less than an excellent indication of the direction in which the whole of Europe is headed – re:  the battle between ‘emboldened populism’ and the ’embattled status quo’. Some say that regardless, this election benefits Mr Geert Wilders – the Dutch equivalent of America’s Mr Donald Trump – in the sense that it has given his an ever-broader platform for broadcasting his anti-establishment and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

So which way is it most likely to go?

One way in which to forecast a nation’s future is by using an ingress chart, drawn for the moment that the Sun will enter 0 Aries (the start of the new 2017/18 solar year) set in the location of the seat of the legislature (The Hague). This forecast may be good for up to an entire year:Untitled

Because Cancer is on this chart’s ascendant, the Moon is the chart ruler – and its position and aspects are key to the entire situation.

This Moon (common people/voters) is in the 6th house (workers, illness, and armed forces) closely applying to a conjunction with Saturn (social order, national infra-structure, regulations, and controls). Moon/Saturn suggests the voters want the strengthening of national borders – Saturn is an expert at building walls and barricades. This also suggests that the mood of the people will be sombre over the coming year: Moon conjunct Saturn is bad for most purposes – especially for business and beginning new ventures.

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That Saturn rules the chart’s 9th house, brings issues of religion (as well as the legal system) to the fore; might Mr Wilder’s anti-Muslim rhetoric get him – or worse – the entire parliament – in legal hot water? Quite possibly and if so, because Saturn also rules the 7th house, this could well cause more problems in regards to foreign relations – especially in regards to foreign trade (Pluto, which governs corporate affairs as well as the secret service is this house). Sadly, it would seem that the current Dutch/Turkish flare-up might just be the first in a series.

Because this Saturn makes a (separating) trine aspect to Uranus (in the 11th house) we might expect these elections not only to herald radical change to the Dutch parliament (11th house) but also to reveal serious problems underlying how parliament functions. The 45-year cycle of Saturn/Uranus tests the delicate balance between authoritarianism and anarchism – for a flavour of what this is about – think French Revolution. The current Saturn/Uranus cycle commenced back in 1988 (28-30 Sagittarius) – and so we are now at the waning trine – this is the time of the final integration of issues/tensions raised around the time of the conjunction – perhaps in regard to Dutch model of integrating immigrants which were subject to debate in the mid 1980’s? At an rate, such radical changes as are expected in the parliament will probably not be good for business. This is because Uranus (radical change) is in opposition (face-off) with Jupiter (finance and commerce).

Finally, Neptune (strong in its own sign of Pisces) is conjunct the MC (mid-heaven), This   suggests not only confusion regarding national leadership but also perhaps underhanded and/or subversive tactics. Neptune may be collectivist and pluralist with a tendency toward left-wing – but he is also politically unrealistic  – and he is especially devious when it comes to avoiding unwanted conflict. That there will be further problems regarding national leadership  is indicated by a stellium (Mercury/Venus/Sun) in Aries in the 10th house (i.e. the government and national leaders). This suggests angry debates – some perhaps purposefully inflammatory – but be certain of one thing – everyone’s focus will be here.

In summary, regardless of any election gains made or not  by Mr Wilders, prepare for some radical, revolutionary changes with regards to the Dutch government. Chances are good these will revolve at least in part around a tighter immigration policy and somehow this will not be good for ‘business’. Expect increasing interest in tightening up the borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Greek bailout and why it’s so likely to go all wrong

imagesThe Greek bailout and why it’s so likely to go all wrong:

  • Mercury is conjunct Mars suggesting this bailout was the result of some very angry communication.
  • Not only that, but the Mercury/Mars conjunction is opposite Pluto suggesting some serious, underhanded, manipulation – Pluto is always coercive and brings out the worst in any situation – not the best energy for striking long-lasting bargains.
  • That Mercury/Mars conjunction is also trine Neptune suggesting at best disillusion (which first requires illusion) and at worst, deliberate telling of untruths. Any way you look at it, things aren’t what they look to be.
  • Jupiter is closely conjunct Venus suggesting indulgence that will be hard to control – Jupiter expands whatever it touches and Venus is known for tending to live beyond its means – especially if the conjunction is troubled by other planets.
  • Which it is – this is a close trine to Uranus which can be symbolised by the Tarot card, the Tower destroyed by lightening. This is an electric energy – highly unstable albeit idealistic and forward thinking.
  • Not only that, but that Jupiter/Venus conjunction is square Saturn – if grand plans (Jupiter) about finance (Venus) are going to be manifest (Saturn) there should not be such a seesaw between optimism and doubt. As one astrologer astutely put it, Jupiter in square aspect to Saturn suggests lack of inner conviction (a square being what it sounds like – being between a rock and a hard spot – trying to fit a round peg into a square hole).
  • But the crux of any matter in the world of mundane astrology is the position of the Moon – which in this case is in Gemini. This suggests highly spirited communication and ideas –which in and of itself isn’t bad. But one can’t eat and drink ideas – and because the moon in mundane astrology denotes the general public, we can imagine that because of the sextile of this Moon with that highly explosive Uranus, we should expect some outbreaks of political tension.bailout chart

The Pinch of Pisces

pisces-tiny-blueAccording to mundane astrologers, the conjunction of Neptune/Pluto heralds transformation on a mass scale – old empires dissolve and ancient institutions crumble.

Almost overnight art, science, and religion change direction and people change their whole outlook on life. Although the effect will be felt immediately, it will take well over 100 years until the seeds sown at the conjunction will have fully sprouted with the incoming square (the average synodic cycle of Neptune/Pluto is 492 years).

The current Neptune/Pluto cycle commenced in the 1880’s-1890’s when perceptions of ‘reality’ underwent an extreme makeover: for example – Sigmund Freud published Studies in Hysteria (a significant breakthrough in the study of the human mind) and William James published The Principles of Psychology, another boundary-pushing landmark in humanistic psychology.

In The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption, Liz Greene suggests that the Neptune/Pluto expresses itself primarily through religion.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that in 1882 (The Gay Science), Nietzsche proclaimed that ‘God is dead’?

Imagine that it’s now 2063 and that incoming square is upon us.

Not only has post humanism made redundant our most fundamental assumption that God is superior to man but also that man is in turn superior to nature. This leaves nothing left but nature and the funny thing is that the distinctions were all manmade in the first place.

If you want to learn how this all turns out, the follow this blog as, building on the work of William James, I commence my next novel  – The Pinch of Pisces.

As one character will so aptly put it:

“Today, the idea that there’s a separate God, or whatever you like to call the numen driving the universe, is clearly bunk.  It’s all a matter of perception.”