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UK finances – a decision with a high price tag

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The pound is down to a 31 year low against the dollar and the markets are sliding further. According to the Telegraph Business Editor the FTSE 250, launched 12 Oct 1992, is a better guide to the internal economy than the FTSE 100. It is now down 13% which is getting pretty close to a crash.

That chart is not remotely cheering over the next three years. A T-square of Neptune Uranus in Capricorn opposition Mars square a Libra Sun is under assault from tr Pluto conjunct Neptune at the moment, bringing devastation and confusion. Tr Pluto then reverses back in a scary, trapped opposition to Mars twice before the autumn as well as being in a disruptive conjunction to Uranus. In 2017/18 tr Pluto will grind inexorably away in square to the Sun; with two seriously unpleasant Solar Arcs in 2018 of Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Saturn and Solar Arc Mars opposition Saturn.

Mark Carney, the level-headed Canadian in charge of the Bank of England, 16 March 1965, has tr Saturn square a whole raft of his planets – Uranus, Pluto, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Sun from now onwards, trailing through 2017. Depressing and very hard work. But what’s more disturbing is that tr Neptune is conjunct his Saturn late this July through August, and again late Sept to Jan 2017 which will be highly uncertain to put it mildly. Then over 2017/18 tr Neptune opposes his Uranus, Pluto and finally Mars – none of which looks as if he is going to be able to pull the chestnuts out of the fire. He’ll pick up confidence in 2019/20 with tr Pluto trine his Jupiter, but that could be in another job.

There’s going to be a whole lot of poor people a good deal poorer for several years if these charts hold good.

The Monarchy – can it hold up when everything else crashes down?

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With the UK ceiling falling down, there are questions about the status of the Monarchy. Not that leaving the EU will have any affect. But as representatives of the old order, they are in an anomalous situation, with much resting on the Queen’s 90 year old shoulders.

The Hanoverian monarchy was established on 1 August 1714. Edward V11 did change the family name to his father’s but since he was Victoria’s son and direct heir, the lineage did continue. That chart looks panicky and cornered in 2016/17; and thoroughly off balance by 2018. It’ll have been through heavy influences in its 300 year history but the whole period up to 2023 looks very jangled, discouraged and road-blocked.

Prince Charles does have tr Uranus conjunct his 10th house Moon in 2018 which looks like a significant change both in his career/life’s direction and relationship with his mother. And by 2023 has Solar Arc Saturn conjunct his Scorpio Sun – which coincides with the above, so there may be setbacks for the monarchy then.

Prince William has tr Uranus moving across his IC in 2018 which suggest a home/base relocation and significant changes within the family.  His life will change again radically by 2021 when his Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct his Uranus, changing his future plans and his circle of friends.

He was born on an Eclipse cycle, 2 Old North, which ends in 2036 and an astrologer once suggested that meant he’d be the last King. I’m not sure of the logic of this but usually Eclipse cycles throw up key events when they recur, ever 18 or so years.  He went to University on the last one in 2000 where he met his future bride.  Next one is 2018 which fits with tr Uranus conjunct his IC.

Around 2036 and just after, tr Saturn is conjunct his Solar Arc New Moon with tr Pluto in opposition which looks fairly major.

There’s nothing much then on the Hanoverian chart. Who knows?  Maybe just a non-sequitur.

More UK politics – blood on the walls

Mopping up extras from the smash-up on the floor at Westminster.

Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Opposition Party, 8 Jan 1967, gave the hard word to Jeremy Corbyn about not having the confidence of the parliamentary party, to zero effect. Watson with an exact 17 degree Capricorn Sun square Mars in Libra is facing another punishing eighteen months as tr Pluto is conjunct his Sun and square his Mars. High stress is not the word for it. But for all that he looks remarkably upbeat now until September with tr Uranus opposition his Sun/Jupiter; and has two further Jupiter midpoint uplifts in 2017. So not all bad. Plus a bounce in 2019 from Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct his Uranus.

His relationship chart with Corbyn always was explosive and unco-operative with a T Square onto a focal point Mars Uranus. There’s nothing much affecting the chart (without birth times) apart from a high-uncertainty tr Neptune square Saturn this year. Then there’s a separating tr Saturn conjunct composite Sun throughout 2017; with a definite jolt come 2018.

John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, even further left than Corbyn, who has been quietly laying foundations for an upward trajectory looks devastated in 2017/18 with tr Neptune opposition his Virgo Sun and tr Pluto square his afflicted Neptune. His relationship with Corbyn, will part company sharply at any time through the next eighteen months with tr Uranus square the composite Sun Venus.

On the Tory side, manoeuvring for a leadership election. Liam Fox, 22 September 1961, a Leaver, looks thoroughly jangled at the moment with tr Uranus opposition his Mars; and has a raft of undermining Saturn transits to midpoints, especially this October, followed in 2017 by Neptune  ditto. He’ll have a few ups but not too many; and a major setback in late 2017 or thereabouts.

Stephen Crabb, 20 Jan 1973, highly thought of but unknown and a Remainer, will have his moment of glory but not yet. 2019/20 look his high points with tr Pluto conjunct his Jupiter. But before then it all looks swampy and disappointing with tr Neptune square his Mars opposition Saturn in 2017/18.

Ruth Davidson, 10 Nov 1978 3.15pm Edinburgh, the Scottish Tory leader who made a good impression on television arguing for Remain, will get more power and responsibility but not perhaps until 2018/19 and thereafter as tr Saturn crosses her midheaven. She could have health issues for a year or so or be disappointed about her efforts.

PS With the Tory Leadership election now announced for September 1st/2nd – right on top of a nasty Eclipse – it would seem to favour Boris who has tr Pluto trine Jupiter then.

Pluto in Capricorn – the replay is on with the UK leading the charge

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Contemplating the UK’s about-to-self-destruct-financial -services industry on Brexit, a thought struck me. Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008 whose purpose is to bring about a complete transformation of the way governments are run and money is handled at a macro-economic level.

The Lehman Brothers/sub-prime/banking collapse happened in 2007/08, sending countries globally into a downward spiral for a few years. But the banksters didn’t end up in prison, power-hosed out of the Augean stables. They kept their bonuses, prospered and the taxpayers took the pain.

Pluto is around till 2024 and its action, as anyone who has suffered under its yoke knows, is very slow and results only come after considerable angst. It razes old structures down to ashes, leaving devastation, and only then can new growth begin. Transformation is a scary process which sweeps away old certainties and leaves what feels like a vacuum before the rebuild starts. You have to die symbolically before you can be reborn.

The UK was always going to be more at risk in this operation since it is heavily dependent on the financial sector – its industrial and manufacturing capacity having been decimated during Maggie Thatcher’s time.  Until recently it was known as the financial capital of the world.

So it may be that the UK is unwittingly leading the field into the next stage of Pluto’s deconstruction. Tearing down the old, tossing what was once great (for some) onto the scrapheap. Hopefully in preparation for making the wholesale changes that are necessary. Don’t ask me how!

Given that Brexit was as much a vote against the political establishments in Westminster and Brussels as anything, it is also the other facet of Pluto in Capricorn. Of which, to a ludicrous extent, Trump is also an example and the far-left and far-right uprisings all over Europe. All expressions of the mainstream kicking against an outdated status quo.

Seen in the broader context of Pluto in Capricorn, it begins to make more sense. Which isn’t to say it will be a) be easy; or b) turn out well. Russia tried for Perestroika and fell back into the bad old ways; Egypt went for revolution and got landed with a military dictator. Pluto’s power hungry ways are not easily diverted.

I don’t use Ingress charts much, but for what it’s worth. The Pluto Ingress of 2008 set for London has the tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting on the MC exactly now. With a focal point Mars in the 8th square a Moon opposition a 4th house Uranus – the effect will be financial and governmental with a highly rebellious, angry population. Three planets in the 2nd also amplify the financial effect.

Set for Brussels, the midheaven moves on 5 degrees which will catch the tr Saturn square later this year, but not get the tr Neptune opposition MC until 2019.It’s still financial though less markedly so; but with an even more restive domestic population since Uranus is within a degree conjunct the IC.

Washington, DC, gets a different slant with the emphasised focal point Mars on the MC and less domestic unrest.

Along the way of Pluto’s majestic and destructive sweep through Capricorn we have Uranus moving into materialistic Taurus in 2018 for seven years though never actually making the trine to Pluto.  More pertinently there is the Saturn Pluto conjunction of 2019/2020. Saturn Pluto is a winter phase, repressive, a bringer of hardship. But it is joined in 2020 by Jupiter in Capricorn which attracts material bounty.

The benefits of Pluto in Capricorn may only turn up very late in the game.

Top Gear – shock absorbers blown

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As expected (astrologically speaking) the revamped BBC Top Gear with Chris Evans in the driving seat has hit major problems with sagging ratings and now media stories of an ultimatum from co-host Matt Le Blanc that Chris Evans be removed because he shouts at staff.

Media tales need to be taken with a pinch of salt. But two things were and are abundantly clear from the astrology. Firstly that Chris Evans, 1 April 1966, with tr Pluto square his Mars in Aries was going to be facing huge frustrations, aggravation and deadlock throughout 2016/17. He’ll have a few ups in 2017 but not too many.

Matt LeBlanc, 25 July 1967 4.18 am Newton, Massachusetts, is also facing irritations and challenges though of less magnitude. What is significant is that tr Pluto is hovering on the cusp of his 7th house, moving forward from this December onwards. This is often when relationships get to breaking point, either personal or professional.

There are some things going for their relationship since CE’ Leo Moon is conjunct ML’s Jupiter. But CE’s Saturn in Pisces is conjunct ML’s Moon and MC which will have a dampening effect. CE’s Aries Sun (boosted by Mars) is also conjunct ML’s Saturn in the 10th house. So his wild and wayout approach will unsettle ML’s more disciplined approach to work.

Their relationship chart has a friendly composite Sun opposition Venus, in a sensible sextile/trine to Saturn which is fine for work. There’s also an adventurous Mars opposition Jupiter. But some difficulty communicating clearly with each other with the composite Mercury opposition Neptune and Mercury in a Grand Trine to impatient Mars trine an explosive Uranus Pluto.

Into 2017 tr Pluto will oppose the composite Jupiter which often coincides with one-upmanship struggles; at the same time it trines the afflicted Mercury which will bring intense and possibly deadlocked discussions between them. Then tr Uranus will square the composite Mars in April when there’s likely to be an explosion.

Top Gear which used to make the BBC gzillions when Clarkson was stomping around, was never a great fit for Evans. It launched 22 April 1977 and the Top Gear Pluto opposes Evans’ Sun Mars so will make him feel restricted and trapped; plus Evan’s Saturn is conjunct the Top Gear Mars which will bring a bad chemistry.

The Top Gear/ Chris Evans relationship chart has a composite Sun at 21 Aries which will get a sharp elbow this November and again in Feb 2017. That can often be a separating aspect. And may indeed come before then depending on the degree of his Moon.

UK politics – a collective nervous breakdown

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UK politics is in meltdown with the Tory leader/prime minister on his way out the door and the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, facing mass resignations from his shadow cabinet and open mutiny for his lack-lustre campaigning.

Just one more thought on the UK chart. The September Virgo Solar Eclipse at the same degree as over Princess Diana’s death, falls in the UK’s 12th house – as the country goes into the throes of what feels like a national nervous breakdown.

Of the front runners for the keys to No 10, who will be elected by Tory MPs not the electorate, the two on the face of it with most uplifting influences are Boris Johnson and Theresa May (a quiet Remainer).

TM, 1 Oct 1956, (no birth time) has a successful and confident tr Pluto trine her 17 degree Jupiter through 2016/17. That doesn’t come exact again until next January, which may be too late for an October election. Though she does have tr Uranus opposition her Jupiter/Node at the moment through till early September. Depends when the election is held, pre or post the Tory Party Conference.  She has a setback tr Saturn square her Mars in mid October; and worse from April 2017 she has tr Neptune conjunct her Mars which is panicky failure, running for a year thereafter. Mind you if she did get the job, she’d be facing several mountains to climb with a fractured party and country, and a hornets’ nest in Brussels.

Boris Johnson, 19 June 1964 2pm New York, does have tr Pluto trine his Jupiter mid June to early September and again mid October to late November. But that also pulls on his Neptune which is natally exactly opposition his Jupiter – so could be high hopes which have to sober up fast. He looks blocked and panicky for the next three months with tr Neptune in opposition to his Pluto and tr Saturn square, as he contemplates how to make good on his electioneering promises to Brexiters.

His relationship chart with the UK looks in for disappointment and unpopularity as the tr Neptune square tr Saturn and the September Solar Eclipse all home in on the composite Moon.  There’s a composite Mars opposition Neptune on this chart which suggests the relationship is good for publicity and glamour, a bit of showbiz pzazz, less so for mutually beneficial support. Though his Midheaven does sit on the UK’s midheaven so he or his ambitions will have a significant effect on the UK.

His relationship chart with the Tory Party has as much positive as negative – a friendly composite Sun Venus, though with a fair amount of irritation from Mars; some uplift from Jupiter but also a chained-together and resenting it Saturn opposition Pluto. That relationship does not look at all happy through this summer and beyond with the tr Saturn square tr Neptune hitting on the composite Sun (and the Eclipse exactly); and tr Pluto conjunct Saturn.

They may be landed with him, loose cannon or not, since it’s difficult to see how a Remainer PM could sort out negotiations with Brussels, let alone Parliament, of whom the vast majority of members are Remainers. Indeed at this stage it is difficult to see how the complex acts needed for exit will get passed by MPs who fundamentally disagree with them.

Of the others, George Osborne, 23 May 1971, looks crushed with tr Pluto conjunct his Solar Arc Jupiter Neptune opposition his SArc Sun across the next few months.

Michael Gove, 28 Aug 1967, says he won’t stand. Like Boris he looks shell-shocked over coming months with the Eclipse bouncing off his Venus in Virgo and the tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting his Sun/Uranus and Sun/Pluto midpoints. For a winner he looks pretty disconsolate.

Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership chart, 12 September 2015 11.42am, looks undermined certainly at the moment with the composite Moon getting the tr Neptune square tr Saturn and Eclipse all hitting it across the next few months. But the really de-stabilising influences don’t pick up until after tr Saturn square the composite Sun this December; and more so when tr Pluto starts to square the Uranus from March 2017 onwards for two years.

His personal chart, 26 May 1949, is due for a major upset from Uranus square his Sun, any time from late 2016, into 2017.  No birth time so exact date not known.

Northern Ireland – dragged unwillingly into an uncertain future

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Northern Ireland, having voted 55% to remain in the EU, (part of Belfast 75%), looks exceedingly unhappy over the coming two to three years.

There are two Northern Ireland charts – 7 Dec 1922 3.28pm Belfast, on joining the UK; and 28 September 1912.

The 1922 chart has a double whammy shock at the moment from Solar Arc Uranus opposition Sun; and tr Uranus square the Cancer Moon. The tr Saturn square tr Neptune and the September Solar Eclipse are all homing in on the NIrel Uranus at 9 Pisces over coming months – so high anxiety.

Tr Pluto is square the NI Saturn through 2016/17 which looks economically and emotionally depressed; with Solar Arc Saturn also opposition the Moon in 2017. And an undermining tr Neptune square Sun Mercury in 2017/18.

2018 sees the deprived/hardship Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Saturn which does not look upbeat as a major change of direction comes with tr Uranus square MC. 2019 is a financial slide with Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Venus.

The 1912 chart has a trapped, frustrated, angry tr Pluto square Mars in 2016/17; with a nervy tr Uranus square Neptune in 2017. 2018 sees tr Uranus square Uranus for a major change at the same time as the Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct Mars, which is a total roadblock.

Northern Ireland is in a different situation to Scotland, since there is the ever tendentious problem of the Eurozone Republic of Ireland. With the memory of the 20th Century troubles still looming large, the prospect of a united Ireland is a non-starter.  Economic woes plus the risks attendant on installing a ‘hard’ border with the south will no doubt be preying on their minds.

Scotland – slipping anchor?

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Nicola Sturgeon isn’t just calling for another independence referendum, she’s contacting Brussels to see how to negotiate Scotland staying in the EU. What a horlicks of a mess.

The Act of Union between Scotland and England/Wales became a reality on 1 May 1707 JC (OS). There’s substantially more aggravation on this chart than even for the IndyRef Mark 1 in 2014. Tr Uranus is conjunct the Neptune and square Mars right through into early 2017; with tr Pluto opposing Mars for implacable hostility in 2018/19. By 2018 the Solar Arc MC is conjunct the Union Moon and Solar Arc Sun will oppose the Moon by 2019 which does suggest divergent paths.

Nicola Sturgeon is aiming for a major lucky break from mid 2017 as tr Uranus opposes her Jupiter and oddly enough her relationship chart with the EU has the composite Jupiter at the same degree/sign, so they may hand her a get-out. She’s also got tr Uranus trine her MC now so a positive change of direction, with much heavy negotiation through 2017 when her Solar Arc Mercury is conjunct her Pluto.

EU in shock as UK’s subterranean Mars is triggered

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The continental media, especially German and French, are putting the blame for the Brexit debacle squarely at the feet of the EU bureaucracy and saying it’s a wake-up call. Whether that will sink into the feather-bedded, gold-plate-pensioned civil service mentality is questionable.

What is showing on the EU chart at the moment is Solar Arc Uranus square the Sun within 6 minutes of a degree (one tenth) – which is certainly a severe enough jolt. The tr Saturn square tr Neptune is also hitting on the 10 degree Pisces EU Sun/Moon midpoint this year. Tr Saturn can mean separation or divorce here; and Neptune the undermining of associations. Tr Saturn hits it one more time in July this year and tr Neptune continues on into early 2017. So it could loosen more relationships along the way.

The UK 1801 chart on a more considered look does have Solar Arc Sun exactly square the 8th house Mars, exact in three months’ time.  The anxiety is that Brexit will hit the financial services industry, in London and also Edinburgh badly. Tr Saturn is quincunx that Mars at the moment and tr Neptune will soon sextile Mars.

Mars in the 8th does represent business and international finances, but also at a psychological level points to a good deal of buried anger, which is clearly getting a sharp elbow at the moment.

The Solar Arc Midheaven will square Mars late in 2017 for another sharp shock.

What’s interesting astrologically is there is little happening to the UK MC or Solar Arc MC for such a momentous event. What is being keyed up is the Aries North Node in the 7th which at 14 Aries is opposition the UK Sun/Moon midpoint in Libra – tr Pluto returns for a final time this September/Oct to square both. That finishes a longish run of tr Uranus and tr Pluto in hard aspect so there has been an upsurge of wanting to cast off relationships which demand too much compromise. With a 7th house Node, the UK is not good anyway at one-to-one commitment, especially in Aries, which suggest soul development comes from standing alone.  Plus tr Uranus is now moving through the 7th till 2018/19.

Since the Node is on the focal point of a T Square to a 10th house 19 degree Cancer Moon opposition a 4th house 10 degree Capricorn Sun, it means that the tr Uranus square tr Pluto has been pounding right round these planets now since 2013.  The UK like the EU has an incredibly Fixed chart so doesn’t find change easy.  It took a long time for the elastic to snap.  Tr Pluto  in 2017/18 opposes the 10th house Moon which represents the ruling classes and also monarchy. So there will be huge and emotionally angst-ridden pressure for change running through this period.

Not the least of which will come from Brexit voters who now say they feel lied to and wish they could change their minds. What was Cameron thinking about?  He could at least have put a 60% threshold of voters for an exit. Two per cent isn’t enough.

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