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.’