Boris Johnson, erstwhile UK Foreign Secretary has not gone quietly into the night. But instead of amping up his anti-EU rhetoric he’s stirred the pot with comments on burkas. He doesn’t think they should be banned as in Denmark but likened them to letter-boxes and bank-robber gear. This stirred up the usual faux-outrage storm about Islamaphobia and cultural insensitivity and has led to calls from his expulsion from the Tory Party.
Happily Maajid Nawaz, the reformist Muslim has come to his rescue, suggesting the burka deserves to be “ridiculed”. He said: “This is the uniform of medieval patriarchal tyranny. It victim-blames women for their beauty. Where this is enforced it symbolises violent misogyny. I refuse to defend it.”
And an Oxford Imam, Dr Taj Hargey gave him full support in a letter to the Times. “he is justified in reminding everyone that the Wahhabi/Salafi-inspired fad of female facial masking has no Koranic legitimacy. It is, however, a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam. The burka and niqab are hideous tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim. Although this deliberate identity-concealing contraption is banned at the Kaaba in Mecca it is permitted in Britain, thus precipitating security risks, accelerating vitamin D deficiency, endorsing gender-inequality and inhibiting community cohesion.” He thinks they should be banned.
A Sky News poll, found 60% didn’t find Johnson’s remarks racist and 60% would ban the burka.
In the Westminster cock-fighting arena, it’s muttered darkly, that his intervention was a deliberate act to further his political ambitions and the responses are a proxy attack by Remainers hoping to undermine his credibility.
Born 19 June 1964 2pm New York, he has an extraordinarily Mutable chart with a communicative 9th house Sun, Venus, Mercury in Gemini, with a volcanic 8th house Mars in Gemini on the focal point of a T Square to Saturn in Pisces opposition Uranus Pluto in Virgo. He’s vibrant, stimulating and runs on very high levels of nervous tension, tending to scatter his energy and aggression in all directions at once, getting easily bored. He needs periods of rest to re-centre and certainly needs to learn to focus.
He may have miscalculated in the short-term since he’s got tr Neptune square his Sun/Mars midpoint in August which isn’t good for confidence or career (repeating Feb and Nov/Dec 2019); and even worse tr Pluto square his Mars/Saturn midpoint for the final time this September and October which is a full-on catastrophe. And November doesn’t look much better. Basically he’s pretty teeth-gritted right through till early 2020. Though he will recover some of his mojo from April 2019 with tr Pluto trine his Mars/Jupiter midpoint and that runs till late 2020.
His determined Scorpio Moon is picking up the tr Uranus opposition later this autumn and in early 2019; with Solar Arc Uranus conjunct in 2020 – so he will be even more emotional than usual.
His birth time being sound he’ll be moving into a higher-profile phase from early 2019 onwards with a dynamic change in his career in two years’ time after a setback or two with his Solar Arc MC conjunct his Uranus, having opposed his Saturn just before.
He is relatively popular in the UK despite his endless stream of mishaps though it’s an odd mix with his Mars square the UK Pluto with his Saturn conjunct and Uranus Pluto in opposition. So he’ll stir up the nation’s sense of empowerment and cause aggravation in equal measures. His Jupiter falls in the UK 8th aspecting all four UK Fixed planets so he does have an ability to rouse enthusiasm. Though his delusions of grandeur from his Jupiter opposition Neptune natally could have dire results. His midheaven falls close to the UK’s MC which will give him a sense of being in step with the country’s direction and destiny.
His relationship chart with the UK repeats the adventurous chemistry; with a controlling composite Sun trine Pluto and superficial friendliness from Jupiter sextile Venus. What is significant is a composite Mars opposition Neptune which suggests the ego-ambitions of one runs against the other’s interests. Total honesty is needed otherwise both end up weakened. And here we are.
His Solar Return from mid 2019 is dire with Mars opposition Saturn Pluto Moon; but his Return from birthday 2020 looks very successful.