There is to be a re-run of the Austria Presidential election on October 2nd. It is largely a ceremonial role and it had been expected that Norbert Hofer would win in May, making him the first far-right Head of State. He lost by less than 1 per cent and claimed poll irregularities.
Hofer, born 2 March 1971, represents the anti-EU Freedom Party, formerly led by neo-Nazi Jorg Haider. Hofer is a Sun Mercury in Pisces with an angry, hostile Pluto square Mars in crusading Sagittarius and trine Venus in traditional Capricorn; with a head-in the-clouds Jupiter Neptune and a cold Moon Saturn in Taurus.
He has tr Saturn square his Sun exactly at the election which is normally not good news; and a discouraging tr Pluto square his Sun/Saturn midpoint. But he’s also got tr Pluto conjunct his Jupiter/Node and tr Uranus square his Sun/Jupiter. So depends whether he accentuates the positive or the negative since he has both.
Alexander Van der Bellen, 18 Jan 1944, his opponent is Green Party and pro-EU. He’s a Sun Capricorn in a mixed Grand Trine to Mars Uranus in early Gemini trine Neptune in Libra. He looks very upbeat and successful in the aftermath from mid October onwards, though not much showing on the day itself.
The Austria 12 Nov 1918 4pm chart, does have Solar Arc Pluto square its Jupiter in patriotic Cancer which could be one indication of an upsurge of nationalist feeling. Tr Pluto is in hard aspect to both from mid October. It’s certainly an edgy time for the country with tr Uranus in aspect to its Uranus opposition Saturn – so a tug of war between the old guard and the reformers. Tr Uranus returns across the New Year to square the Austria MC, so a change of direction, perhaps prompted by financial woes since tr Saturn is moving into the 8th. 2017 looks a swampy, undermining year with Solar Arc Neptune conjunct the 7th house Sun, especially where relationships with neighbouring countries are concerned.
The relationship chart with the EU looks look separated and rocky this year and next with a disruptive tr Pluto trine Uranus; and tr Saturn conjunct the composite Sun Mercury Mars in late Oct/Nov. Plus tr Uranus opposition Saturn (which the UK also had in its relationship chart with the EU this year.) So not a smooth ride though commentators say most want to stay in the EU.