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Theresa May – is her Mars in Pisces what the UK needs?

 

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The uncertainty in the UK about the calibre of the political leadership and questionmarks over future policy vis a vis Brexit doesn’t quite have the torrid angst of the USA, but it may get there. Theresa May’s deceptive calm is under increasing scrutiny with one commentator asking whether behind her inscrutability there is actually anything to scrute. Noises and leaks out of Westminster aren’t encouraging.

I was pondering on her singleton Mars in Pisces out in a hemisphere of its own, which emphasises its strength since the energy of the other planets is channelled through it. Mars in Pisces hates confrontations and avoids direct decisive action. Her tendency is to refuse to commit until she sees which way the wind is blowing and then positions herself on the winning side. So she’s opportunistic. And her Mars is opposition Jupiter which can be calculating, self-interested, not dependable. Her Neptune isn’t too strongly aspected but may be on an angle which we don’t know without a birth time.

Certainly a Libra Sun can be indecisive, thinking all round dilemmas before coming to a judgement – and her Sun is conjunct her Jupiter/Neptune midpoint and square her Mars/Neptune – both of which point to weak will and a tendency to be overly impressionable, as well as slippery.

Where she gets her appearance of steadiness and over-control is from Saturn in obsessively conscientious Scorpio square Pluto (Venus) in Leo, which I would hazard a guess sits on her chart axis. It seems unbudgeable and indeed dislikes change at a personal level. But her Achilles Heel is that Mars opposition Jupiter which is a completely different energy. And it is under particularly undermining influences, being squared by tr Saturn this autumn and then undermined by tr Neptune for the next three years. High hopes dashed, a bubble of optimism deflated. Her Government chart is similarly afflicted till 2019.

The EU technocrats (Juncker, Barnier etc) are clearly intent on playing hardball, saying the UK will be slapped with a bill for £60 billion ($75 billion) as the cost of the divorce, for pensions and the like. The other EU countries may take a softer line since some will be keen to keep up trading links. But since the EU is incapable of coming to a coherent joint decision on anything much, it’s impossible to predict how it will play out.

The UK/EU relationship chart and the UK EEC 1973 chart (when it joined) and indeed the UK chart itself, all have the IC in early Capricorn and the Sun at 10 degrees Capricorn which tr Saturn will cross in 2018/19 – but that doesn’t seem strong enough to mark a separation of this magnitude. Though I suppose it could be seen as the end of a long run of jolting heavy aspects to these Suns and ICs as well as the UK Sun/Moon midpoint starting with tr Pluto and then tr Uranus from 2013 onwards. And tr Saturn is just the final nail in the coffin. Relations are certainly under disappointing and undermining influences especially in 2018.

On the financial front on the UK chart, following from the shock of Brexit with Solar Arc Sun square Mars exactly in June 2016; there is another collision to the national psyche of Solar Arc MC square that 8th house Mars exact in eight months time. And the Bank of England chart looks exceptionally stressed and discouraged through 2017.

One possibility is that the uncertainty drags on interminably, as has been suggested, since a divorce settlement of this scope can’t be negotiated in two years; and it depends on perhaps new France and Germany leaders emerging as well through 2017.

All too much when what we want is the stability of knowing what has to be coped with.

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Juliet Mills – older women marriages

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British-American actress Juliet Mills, daughter of Sir John Mills and sister of Haley, contracted her third marriage aged 39 in 1980, after two previous short-lived attempts, to actor Maxwell Caulfield, 18 years her junior. Everyone said it wouldn’t last but it still seems to be going strong.

Born 21 Nov 1941 10.45pm London, England, she has a 4th house Scorpio Sun Mercury with her Sun opposition a 10th house Saturn Uranus in Taurus, so intense, stubborn, erratic. She’s also got a 5th house earthy Moon Venus in Capricorn square Mars in Aries, with her Mars trine Pluto – so feisty, alternately charming and impatient, very determined. Not the easiest of charts or individuals.

Maxwell Caulfield, 23 Nov 1959 England, is a Sagittarius Sun Mercury Jupiter so utterly different from her; with a Leo/Virgo Moon which is either conjunct Uranus in Leo or Pluto in Virgo. He’s also got Mars in Scorpio conjunct her Sun and opposition her Saturn, so not the smoothest of matches. His Saturn in Capricorn also squares her Mars – so a good deal of aggravation and even unkind treatment I’d imagine on one side or the other, or both.

What pulls it together in the relationship chart is a composite Sun Venus sextile Mars; and maybe a Water Grand Trine of Moon trine Saturn trine Uranus making it a fairly closeted emotional bond that outsiders don’t understand with enough separations from busy careers to make it sustainable.

Looking at other age-gap matches: Sam Taylor-Wood, 4 March 1967, with Aaron Johnson, 13 June 1990 – there’s also a composite Sun Venus in the relationship chart and again a Water Grand Trine of Jupiter trine Uranus trine North Node; with a Cardinal Grand Square as well – not without its ups and downs and rolling crises, I imagine, but enough positive to outweigh the negative.

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, she 16 years older, also had a composite Sun Venus and a Fire Grand Trine; but Uranus opposition composite Moon and square Sun Venus wouldn’t make it easy to hold that together, which it didn’t.

Joan Collins and Percy Gibson, she 22 years older – they’ve got a morale-boosting composite Sun Jupiter Mercury, so make each other feel good, though there’s less Venus involvement in that one.

Sian Phillips with Robin Sachs, she 18 years older – their relationship chart has a Fire Grand Trine of Sun Pluto Jupiter Saturn – so felt inspiring at the start, though a composite Saturn opposition Mars Uranus indicated trouble. When it split, she admitted it hadn’t been as rosy as it appeared in interviews. Which is always the thing to watch with showbiz marriages. They gloss up the outside but what’s inside is often hair-raising even in long-lasting marriages.

David Attenborough – a colossus striding the planet

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David Attenborough has been the voice and face of natural history for an incredible 60 years on BBC and aged 90 is still going strong. After a ten year gap Planet Earth 11, the lavish BBC blockbuster which he narrates, has become the most watched nature programme. After initially resisting the idea he has come round to see climate change as a major threat.

Born 8 May 1926 (less than three weeks before HM Queen) he has, like her, an extraordinarily Fixed chart. His Taurus Sun opposes obsessively conscientious Saturn in Scorpio square a humanitarian/cross-cultural Jupiter in Aquarius opposition a creative Neptune in Leo. So a Fixed Grand Cross which gives endurance, obstinacy aplenty, a tendency to assume the world and everyone in it will adapt to him rather than the other way round. Fixed personalities hate change and would prefer to plough the same furrow for ever – which he has done extraordinarily well.

His Taurus Sun, the only Earth planet,  fits him well into the natural world.

Not surprisingly he has a strong super-star 22nd and the scientific 11th; plus breakthrough 13th; tough conditions 16th; making-mark 17th and 19th. What is intriguing is his very heavily aspected 12H, the healing harmonic. We’ll miss his mellifluous voice when he finally gives up, though like the Queen no sign yet.

Guo Chuan – an earthy approach to the ocean

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Guo Chuan was the first Chinese sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo and without stopping, setting a new record for a 40ft monohull of 138 days. He has died in the early stages of his next voyage an attempt on the 21-day solo record for the passage from San Francisco to Shanghai. It is thought he fell overboard and his body has not been found. His slogan for the project was “peace and sport”, a demonstration of friendship between Beijing and Washington, at a time of increasing tension between the two powers in the South China Sea. In one of his last radio messages he said he kept himself company by listening to a recording of his young son laughing. He called it “the most beautiful song in the world”.

He was born on 5 January 1965 and had a very earthy chart with a Capricorn Sun trine Uranus Pluto Mars in Virgo trine Jupiter in Taurus, formed into a Kite with Jupiter opposition Neptune – so very talented, attracted to danger with Mars tied into Pluto Uranus and Jupiter; and drawn by a Neptunian ideal or vision.

The earthiness of his chart reminded me of Chay Blyth, the Scottish solo yachtsman and rower. Born 14 May 1940 4.30am Hawick, Scotland, he had a Taurus Sun Uranus Mercury Saturn and Neptune in Virgo. I interviewed years ago when he set his records and he thought one thing which helped him with the dangers of solo sailing was his ‘lack of imagination’. An overloading of earth can produce a practical mind that doesn’t sail off into fantasy or paranoia and imagine the worst. It just gets on with doing what’s necessary.

Francis Chichester, an early solo sailor, 17 September 1901 had a Virgo Sun and Saturn Jupiter in Capricorn, though he had more Water in his chart.

Robin Knox-Johnston, another marine soloist, 17 March 1939 6.40am London, just to be un-useful, has a Water Fire chart with a Pisces Sun Jupiter opposition Neptune, and Pluto in Cancer; a focal point sporty Mars in Sagittarius; with only two earth planets, Neptune and Uranus.

So clearly different temperaments cope with the rigours in different ways. But not worrying about everything that could possibly go wrong, which most of us would, will be an asset.

Melania Trump – a change of style for the White House

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The new First Lady, Melania Trump, the Slovenian third wife of Donald, is a jewellery designer and former model.

Born 26 April 1970, she’s a downbeat, tightly controlled Sun Saturn in Taurus trine a Capricorn Moon with her Sun opposition Jupiter in Scorpio; with Venus in late Taurus conjunct Mars in Gemini and Venus trine Pluto and Mars trine Uranus.   Her chart has several inconjuncts – a Yod of Uranus sextile Neptune inconjunct her Sun; and Mars inconjunct Jupiter – so she will experience a fair amount of strain, the sense of not quite fitting in. It’s a fairly materialistic chart with so much earth, especially four planets in Taurus and keen-on-money Scorpio, and not exactly emotional.

She’s the polar opposite of her husband with his Air Sun and Fire Moon.

It’s quite difficult to see from the relationship chart (without her birth time) what the attraction was/is. There’s a controlling composite Sun square Pluto; a frivolous, superficial-glitter Venus trine Jupiter and perhaps Moon opposition Venus.  Her Venus Mars falls in his 10th so perhaps he found her beauty an asset.

Their wedding which was staggeringly ostentatious, saw her adorned in a $100,000 Dior dress with 300 feet of satin embroidered with 1500 rhinestones and pearls and a 13 foot train. The chart for 22 January 2005 at 7pm Palm Beach, FL has a cool Venus opposition Saturn; an intensely controlling Mars Pluto sextile an expansive Jupiter with a fairly unintegrated Moon.

They do seem fairly heated from the relationship chart this December with tr Pluto opposition the composite Mars and that repeats on and off through 2017; though with some relief from tr Uranus square Jupiter come March. She’s having highs and lows through 2017, and is facing real problems come 2018/19.

 

Roe versus Wade – heading into stormy seas

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Roe versus Wade  was the landmark US ruling asserting a woman’s right to have an abortion up to the time of foetal viability and was agreed on 22 January 1973. It now looks to be at risk of being overturned with a new pro-life (and pro-gun!) right-wing administration.

There is concern writ large on this chart at the moment from tr Saturn conjunct the Mars exactly now and tr Neptune square the Saturn and Mars through 2017/2019. 2018/19 look to be the real danger points with ferocious argument from tr Uranus square Mercury in 2018 as well as a disappointing Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Jupiter; and then in 2019 a ‘shocking  collision’ Solar Arc Mars conjunct the Sun as well as a disruptive upheaval from tr Pluto square the Uranus. If it is was ever going to be overturned this looks like the time – though it did survive through the early 1990s triple conjunction in Capricorn. But this looks if anything more serious. Saturn Pluto in Capricorn’s repressive and heavily masculine energies may just do it.

Priebus & Bannon – one works, ‘tother doesn’t

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Donald Trump’s new Chief of Staff will be seasoned Republican Reince Priebus and his Chief Strategist will be right-wing media man Stephen Bannon. Jonathan Greenblat, of the  Anti-Defamation League civil rights group, said of Bannon: “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘ al-right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists – is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house’.”

Priebus, 18 March 1972 Dover, NJ, has his Mars in Taurus exactly conjunct Trump’s MC and his Saturn in DT’s 10th, so is a reasonable working relationship; and RP’s Jupiter falls in DT’s 5th so he’ll boost Trump’s morale.

Bannon has his Jupiter in DT’s 10th conjunct his Sun Uranus so could be a morale-booster; but Bannon’s Pluto is conjunct DT’s Ascendant Mars and square DT’s MC, so he will try to control DT’s image and force him to fall in line with Bannon’s agenda. Which is unlikely to work well given that their relationship chart has tr Neptune opposition the composite Mercury Saturn Sun through 2017/2018; and a bad tempered tr Saturn square the composite Venus Mars on and off till late 2017. That chart also has a struggle-for-the-upper-hand Jupiter Pluto conjunction.

It’s a tetchy interface between Bannon and both Priebus and VP Mike Pence, so it won’t all be happy campers pulling in the same direction. With Bannon looking to be the loser.

Mexico – problems coming home to roost

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Mexico has now been put on red alert with the news that Trump wasn’t flannelling about repatriating criminal illegals. He still intends to build a wall/fence and jail those he can’t toss back.

The Mexico 15 September 1910 11pm Dolores Hidalgo chart does have Mars in late Leo so it will catch the August Solar Eclipse which sits on the MC for Mexico City. Indeed the February 2017 Pisces Eclipse conjunct Neptune will conjunct the Mexico MC Pluto; and that Eclipse chart has Mars Uranus Venus on the Ascendant opposition Jupiter square Pluto (MC) – so a crisis-ridden year.

Mexico’s relationship chart with Trump has a composite Mars Mercury Uranus in late Leo square Pluto, so it always going to be a troubled and explosive relationship – and it is certainly being keyed up before and after August 2017. With continuing aggravation as tr Uranus trines the composite Mars from May 2017 and Mercury Uranus in 2018.

Mexico’s economy has been stabilising and growing modestly in recent years though the rich poor gap is still stark; and the ongoing war with drug cartels have claimed around 80,000 lives in the decade up to 2015. Since the clamp down on Colombian cartels Mexico now dominate the illicit drug market, and control 90% of the cocaine entering the US.

2017/18 look very pressured for Mexico. Tr Saturn is exactly square the 10th house Pluto at the moment, moving on to square the Virgo Sun in 2017; with a jolting Solar Arc Uranus opposition Saturn in 2017; and an even sharper shock coming from Solar Arc Mars opposition Sun in 2018.

Trump & Netanyahu – two of a kind

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As ever, Donald Trump has been wildly erratic on the subject of Israel saying at the start of his campaign he’d do the impossible and broker a Palestine/Israel peace deal; and latterly telling the Israeli to build more settlements. And he’s being blamed for the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in the US. You can take your pick.

He’s not temperamentally a good fit with Benjamin Netanyahu since both have the bombastic, bullying Mars in Leo prominent in their charts; and BN’s Saturn is square DT’s unpredictable 10th house Uranus. Their relationship chart is argumentative with a composite Sun Mars but also with a chained-together Saturn Pluto square Moon square Node. There’s a fair amount of unrest from April 2017 onwards between them, but that could be them facing a common enemy together.

Certainly Trump’s relationship with Palestine (1988) and Gaza (1917) looks ever more disappointing and undermined.

Though there’s no saying how much Trump’s policies – if any – will be the deciding factor since he may hand day-to-day decisions over to far-right, evangelist VP Pence and others and content himself grandstanding.

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