EU – jolted and jangled every which way ahead



A recap on EU’s astro-state of play as they face myriad problems – Italy’s bolshie populist government facing down Brussels economic strictures heads the list; Macron, the shining hope for the future with Merkel fading, is beset with domestic woes and about to do damage to France’s deficit by buying off the ‘yellow vests’ and not pushing ahead with reforms; plus problems with Hungary, Poland – and an economic system ill-designed to cope with a recession which is heavily forecast. Brexit is a minor irritation tho’ a hard exit which robbed them of many billions would hurt. Plus elections coming in May which may not go the way the technocrats would like.

Most notable is the Solar Arc Pluto conjunct the EU 2nd house Neptune, exact in six months’ time, though likely in effect before then – financial confusion and devastation, grievous loss, perhaps scandals.

The other Solar Arc to watch for is the SA Midheaven conjunct the 12th house Pluto exact in a year’s time – which will be challenging, bring a major power struggle, perhaps the technocrats (secretive, unelected, 12th house) versus politicos –  and perhaps drag dirty dealings out into the open. This is especially likely since the 12th house Pluto is in a ruthless square to Mars.

The EU chart is aggravated exactly now being landed with Theresa May on a hopeless boomerang trip; and confused with a teeth-gritting slog through 2019. Tr Uranus will start to severely shake the EU’s very inflexible Fixed Grand Cross from mid May 2019 which will affect its finances, economic prospects and future plans. By 2020/21 the sh** will really hit the fan with tr Uranus in hard aspect to the financial 8th house Moon, and the 11th house Uranus. And tr Neptune in 2020/21 will be square the 3rd house Saturn for high uncertainty, muddles and paranoia.

The European Central Bank (ECB) chart, 1 January 1999, also shows 2020/21 as a time of maximum jeopardy with Solar Arc Mars square the ECB Uranus; and tr Uranus square the Uranus. It’s under pressure now and for the next several years with tr Pluto just off the square to its Mars, and moving in hard aspect to the Mars/Saturn midpoint for a crisis-ridden 2019/2020; with worse to follow up to 2023 as tr Pluto is conjunct the financial Venus and then square the 8th house Saturn. It’ll keep up a bullish front on 2019/2020 with tr Pluto sextile Jupiter but it’s not enough to offset the rest.


Mike Bloomberg – hopes dashed



Mike Bloomberg, 11th richest man in the world and three-time mayor of New York, is considering pitching his hat into the ring as Democrat candidate for 2020. The news has not been greeted with much joy since he’s seen as out of touch with the political moment – white, centrist Wall Street billionaire, not entirely in tune with #metoo – while the party is moving leftwards.

Born 14 February 1942 3.40 pm Brighton, Massachusetts, he has four planets in Aquarius – his Sun in the financial 8th conjunct the Moon, as well as Mercury and Venus which all sit in his 7th. He’s also got a heavyweight collection of Mars, Saturn, Uranus in Taurus in his 10th – aggressively ambitious, good executive material, quite autocratic.

He looks frustrated and blocked exactly now, with dashed hopes through 2019 and 2020 – so looks unlikely.  His Solar Return from February 2019 looks successful, but from February 2020 his career/life’s direction is directionless and undermined.

Brexit – anchors away, oops not quite



“I am the way into the city of woe,
I am the way into eternal pain,
I am the way to go among the lost.’

Dante’s circles of torment as he descends into everlasting hell is a touch melodramatic as an analogy for Brexit. As is Prometheus chained to his rock for eternity. But it’s much how it feels.

The Westminster vote forced on Theresa May against her wishes is now postponed indefinitely. If she leaves it long enough till the due date of March 29 2019 there’ll be no chance of any Plan-B Norway type deals. It’s my way or the highway – I’m really starting to dislike her more and more.

The chart for the maybe-exit has an Aries Sun exactly opposite her Libra Sun. with the Ascendant/Descendant and Mars in Taurus within orb of the conjunction/opposition to the destructive Fixed Star Algol.

The Sun is opposite the Fixed Star Vindemiatrix, the widow maker, associated with falsity, disgrace, stealing, wanton folly.

And Pluto and the Moon as well as the North Node are in aspect to Procyon, which can raise to great heights and then bring crashing down again. Pluto doesn’t get to the exact aspect until 2021.

Saturn will be exactly opposite the UK 10th house Moon for a sense of loss or separation.

That apart the Sun is square the Jupiter/Pluto midpoint for a surge of confidence and empowerment.  And Uranus will be exactly square the UK Jupiter for a feeling relief.

Jupiter is square Neptune for ‘false happiness’ – over confidence.

But who knows? It may come and go as so much in this tediously dragged out shambles has to stretch the agony out for another aeon of time.

I must say this week didn’t have much going for it in terms of the vote – felt like an empty space and so it transpired.

Serial killers – unredeemable



Serial killers aren’t exactly a cheering diversion from political mayhem but there have been two in the headlines.

Mikhail Popkov, 7 March 1964, Angarsk, Russia, known as “The Werewolf” one of Russia’s most prolific serial killers was convicted of 22 murders in 2015 and confessed to 59 additional homicides recently.

Samuel Little, 7 July 1940, Reynolds, Georgia, claims to have killed as many as 90 people; investigators claim to have linked him to at least 34 murders.

The victims in all cases were women.

Popkov is a Sun Mars in Pisces with a Sagittarius Moon; and most significantly has Pluto – and Uranus – opposing his Mars which is also trine Neptune.

Samuel Little is a Sun Cancer with a Mars Pluto conjunction in Leo square Jupiter; with a Leo Moon which is either square Jupiter Saturn or Uranus – or all three. .

Mars Pluto is the marker you’d expect to see with brutality and ruthlessness.

Both have exceptionally marked 18th Harmonics, which is often the case with multiple murderers. The 9th Harmonic is what gives pleasure, multiplied by 2 the number of conflict.

In alchemy at the end of the process of turning lead into gold (symbolically) there was always matter left at the bottom of the crucible, which they called the ‘terra damnata’ – that which had no hope of redemption or transformation.  It was thrown away as useless.

Kelly & Mattis – only one king allowed in the pack



In a classic Trump distract-and-divert-attention from bad news elsewhere (Cohen, Manafort, Flynn) he has put his long suffering chief of staff John Kelly out of his misery and ended his contract.

Kelly, 11 May 1950, a steady, disciplined Sun Mercury in Taurus trine Saturn and Mars in Virgo, was brought in to restore order to the chaos in the White House but fell foul of Trump’s need for constant turmoil and dislike of being hemmed in. Kelly’s Sun Mercury are conjunct Trump’s MC so he could have made a difference; but his Mars squared Trump’s Sun so it was always going to be a fractious interface.

Kelly looks frustrated and down-hearted at the moment, more so through 2019, so he’s clearly a glutton for punishment, or is unhappy at what he’s being forced to spectate as the year rolls on.

The next question is will James Mattis go? Trump has been muttering grumpily about him for months and has just appointed a new Chief of Joint Staffs who was not Mattis’ preference.

Born 8 September 1950, he’s a serious Sun Saturn in Virgo sextile Mars in Scorpio. His Saturn squares Trump’s Sun and Moon and will make Potus feel put down which is guaranteed to put his hackles up. Mattis has been looking terminally gloomy through this year with tr Neptune opposition his Sun and tr Pluto trine his Saturn and those influences run through 2019 as well.  He’s looking peculiarly irked and discontented now till January and on through the year he’ll be getting more frustrated and blocked in. His relationship chart with Trump has a composite Mars Neptune which is not mutually ego-supportive – one wins the other feels they lose. And in Trump’s kingdom only one ego is allowed.  That aspect is being drenched by Saturn right through this month. If Mattis survives that long in situ,  late May 2019 looks like crockery-flying time.

UK politicos – birdbrained and incapable



Running around like headless chickens, their wits fraying, the British political panjandrums across the spectrum are an embarrassment. Brexit alliances, such as they are, have fractured the left/right norms – with none of them having a coherent plan of how to resolve the most significant decision in decades.

The populace are bored, confused and just want it done and dusted. No one relishes a second referendum which would drag the agony out further and might well end up with the same result, the EU top brass having not exactly covered themselves in glory with their performance.  If no deal was always an option then civil service preparations should have been made from square one. Shades of Tony Blair not letting the military prepare before Iraq in case it gave the game away and then left them at risk because they weren’t up to speed on armoury.

What strikes me about the UK chart, apart from all the before mentioned in earlier posts, is the 3rd house Mercury and Solar Arc Mars, both of which are catching the tr Neptune square from February 2019 onwards – the all pervading fog and muddle, misspeaks and evasions will continue on till early 2020; with major aggravation and arguments and perhaps transport problems with the Solar Arc Mars conjunct the UK Mercury, exact in late 2020.

The Conservative Party 10 May 1912 chart, which is the one which works best, has a deeply-frustrated tr Pluto opposition Mars till the middle of this week; then tr Pluto opposes the Mars/Neptune midpoint – panic, paralysed activity, lack of will – until mid January; after that tr Pluto square the Neptune till mid February (repeating later in the year) – for devastation and more chaos. From mid February there’s a grim slog tr Pluto trine the Saturn in Taurus which runs on and off till late 2020. With a few emotional shocks and upheavals from May 2019 onwards into early 2020. So they’re not dragging themselves out of the mire.

Neither of the Labour Party charts looks any better. The 27 February 1900 has a panicky-failure Solar Arc Mars conjunct the Neptune now and tr Neptune is in a disempowering square to Pluto in January 2019. The late December 2019 Solar Eclipse crashes into the Saturn in Capricorn in this chart for a sharp reality check.

The 12 February 1906 LP chart looks highly-strung, maybe irrational, from now till mid February; and fairly logjammed until 2022. Which is not too surprising with an executive whose sentiments have always been anti-EU and their voters who are largely pro.

For all that the old Brit blitz spirit will manage a few blips of cheer in 2019 as they wish their politicians to perdition.

The UK/EU relationship chart will sag and struggle onwards with less and less enthusiasm through 2019 with tr Neptune square the composite Moon and opposition Jupiter; and tr Pluto square the composite Saturn.

I may be entirely wrong but I kind of stick to my earlier assessment of a crash-out in 2020.

Theresa May – dancing to a mystery tune ** Add on


Theresa May’s inner workings mystify most people. Rock-solid, not a lady for turning, yet she seems to lack a coherent vision that drives her actions, leaving the impression, in Matthew Parris’ memorable phrase, of ‘an enigma without a secret’.

Her strongest Harmonic is the 16th – putting the 16H Sun square Uranus Saturn; and linking an uncompromising and adrenaline-rush combination of Mars Uranus.

David Hamblin describes the 16H as the ‘chart of conflict’ – in which the individual is drawn to conflict as a way of resolving internal dilemmas.

Charles Harvey talks of the 16H (and 4H, 8H etc) being will-driven with a goal of personal power and backs this up by pointing to dictators for whom hard Sun Uranus aspects are the norm in their 16th harmonic charts – Mussolini, Franco, Tito, Churchill, Louis XIV and Hitler.  The 16H gives super-human endurance and stubbornness but tends to be self-destructive; can attract catastrophes, disappointments, humiliation.

May’s 8th Harmonic, (one down in the same series) is even more stark with Saturn Pluto trine Mercury trine Neptune Mars, formed into a Kite by Saturn opposition opposition Uranus. In numerology 8 is a fated number, giving an abundance of strength and stubbornness in the face of difficulties; but is generally thought unlucky, with a bumpy road to success, if it comes, which doesn’t bring happiness.

I can’t find the reference but I recollect reading (from I think Michael Harding) about a Scandanavian fisherman who survived hours in freezing waters, way beyond normal human capability. He had a strongly aspected 16th Harmonic so it does have its uses. Though I have a sense May attracts herself to – and creates – symbolically similar situations in order to work out some internal conflict as Hamblin says.

All of that sounds a million miles from the douce, church-going, grammar school, vicar’s daughter image she projects. But she was born on the same day as Gina Haspel, now head of the CIA, who has clearly also been drawn to extreme circumstances.

May’s stonewalling, no other option, no Plan B, could be seen as almost pathological – the only way to not drown is to become totally tunnel-visioned. So she’s eternally locked into unwinnable arguments which is the way she likes it.

Even Maggie Thatcher didn’t have as strong or afflicted 8/16th harmonics and she was excessively will-driven.

Additional thought: Her Mercury is conjunct the Fixed Star Scheat which can give intellectual ability though was always thought of as a malefic, related to Mars Mercury. And (thanks Hugh) her Progressed Mars is now conjunct her Mercury – and Scheat, which is associated with drowning amongst other disasters – presumably symbolically as well as literally.

Add on: Some descriptive comments after the Westminster meltdown, all from Telegraph journalists, who are Tory supporters, to flesh out the picture.

Allison Pearson: ‘a mule flogging a dead horse.’ ‘What kind of person is it who can do the most amazingly humiliating thing yet manage to show not one iota of humility? Theresa May, that’s who. “Does she not GET IT by now?’ demanded the DUP’s Nigel Dodds on Monday, expressing the widespread incredulity at the full-blown fiasco the PM had got herself – and us – into.

No, Nigel, she will never get it because she can’t. The notes on the keyboard are missing. Over the past few weeks, Mrs May has attracted supportive headlines for her formidable work rate and resilience. Fair enough, you might say, but there comes a point when the, “You have to admire her tenacity” argument gives way to, “There’s something really not right there.” To be so weirdly oblivious to how you are perceived, to stand up in Parliament and claim credit for publishing the full legal advice on the Irish backstop when you personally fought a bitter rearguard action to suppress that advice goes beyond politics into the realms of the pathological.’

Tim Stanley: “It was Mrs May’s mistakes and bad choices that led her to standing at the Dispatch box before a House largely stacked against her, rambling on about clarity like a high-operating Scientologist.“

Sherelle Jacobs: ‘The PM’s attitude to Brexit – the pathological procrastinating, the soviet-like surreptitiousness, the disgraceful lack of ambition.’ ‘For two years she has clung, white-knuckled at the coal face, committed to a mediocre deal, and for it been praised as “resilient”. ‘She has spent two years vacillating, capitulating and trying to cover up her mistakes. Her deal is 585 pages of passive resignation. It is Brexit without an active verb, change without the doing word; decline, debilitation, drift.’



William Barr – AG Nominee – edgy fit with Trump



William Barr has been nominated as Attorney General and will face confirmation hearings in January. He’s a respected Republican lawyer who served as AG under GW Bush and worked in the Reagan Administration. He’ll oversee the Mueller Investigation.

Born 23 May 1950, 11 days after Chief of Staff (for now) John Kelly, he’s a Sun Gemini with Saturn and Mars in diligent Virgo; a determined and practical Mercury in Taurus square Pluto, trine Saturn and Mars – capable of expressing himself forcefully.

For someone who’s been offered a top job, he’s not looking overly happy with an edgy, insecure tr Uranus square his Sun/Mars midpoint now till early February; and a sagging tr Neptune square his Mars/Jupiter in January eroding his self-confidence. A discouraging February into March; and into rolling catastrophes from May onwards.

His relationship chart with Trump isn’t quite as tricky as Trump with John Kelly, but there’s still an irritable, argumentative composite Sun square Mars. Which is hardly surprising since Barr’s Mars in Virgo squares Trump’s Sun Uranus and Moon. Won’t all be sweetness and light.

His relationship with Robert Mueller is volatile with a composite Mars square Uranus, which is likely to flare up at times; and not always trusting with a composite Sun square Neptune.

Theresa May – rabbit in the headlights paralysis


‘In truth, she (Theresa May) may be a haunting premonition for Britain. Having wrecked all options that rival her own, she has probably condemned the country to live out her own personal fate. That is to endure Brexit as a burden, to the bitter end through gritted teeth.’ (Sherelle Jacobs, Telegraph).

Despite losing three votes in Westminster, including one on contempt, and facing a swingeing defeat next week, she continues to battle resolutely onwards with her ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ face set in a rictus smile – or is it a rabbit-in-the-headlights paralysis? An emergency meeting with Cabinet supporters had them shifting their schedule in a hurry expecting to hear their leader’s mind. Instead of which she asked them for ideas and it finished rapidly.

Her odd temperament comes from her Saturn in obsessive Scorpio square Pluto Venus in Leo which is utterly unyielding; juxtaposed with her Libra Sun which is indecisive; her Mars opposition Jupiter which is flaky; and her Mercury midpoints which are rife with confusion. And she has three outer planets in the last anaretic degree, which will tend to make her evaluate and re-evaluate situations and then act impulsively without regard to common sense. The anaretic individual tends towards poor choices and overcompensation. She certainly overcompensates on her Fixed quality of stubbornness. When in doubt, just stonewall.

Ignoring her for a moment, the UK chart has tr Saturn moving in hard aspect to the Ascendant, the Midheaven next week after the vote and the Capricorn Sun over Christmas – so generally under a dark cloud of gloom, with undertones of flat panic as tr Saturn is also conjunct the Neptune/Pluto midpoint. All of which point to the UK’s image and direction taking a battering and running into setbacks. Luckily it won’t last beyond the New Year. And there are some glimmerings of Jupiter through 2019.

Which is more than can be said for TMay who looks to be failing this month, with tr Neptune conjunct her Mars and tr Saturn square her Sun and Solar Arc Uranus exactly now; and in catastrophe-mode from mid January onwards. Her Government chart has one piece of relief from mid December onwards, though running alongside that is a disastrous few days over New Year; and if it survives that long is into a swamp from May. Her own chart picks up career-loss influences from April 2019 onwards.

Jeremy Corbyn, who seems curiously detached from the whole debacle, is logjammed every which way in the days after the vote, highly agitated and lacklustre in January; and his Leadership chart gets a massive turn-upside-down jolt from April onwards.

He may in some odd way be part of the Theresa May Laurel and Hardy act. When Maggie Thatcher went Neil Kinnock followed soon after.

Keir Starmer, the Opposition Brexit spokesman, looks beyond horrified over Christmas; blocked and enraged mid January to mid February; but picking up more successful influences from April onwards.

A monumental cluster****.

See previous posts November 12 and October 18 2018.


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