UK General Election 12 December 2019

On 12 December, the next United Kingdom general election is to be held under the provisions of the Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019. It will be two and a half years after the previous general election in June 2017. The leader of the Conservatives is Boris Johnson, and at present, he is the UK’s Prime Minister. In the following, I will try to predict if Johnson and his party will be successful in the upcoming election and if he will be able to defend his position as Prime Minister.

Usually it is helpful to consult the party leaders’ natal charts, but we do not have reliable data to erect the chart of Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition party. In cases like this, we have to rely on ingress and event charts.

Before we have a look at the event chart representing polling day, it may be helpful to remind ourselves of the current Solar Ingress chart for the UK, cast for 20th March 2019:

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In the chart above, the Moon is Lady of the Year. This indicates that the people of the UK will be heavily involved in the decision making concerning the current affairs of the United Kingdom. Luna is in Virgo, located in the 11th house, which, according to the rules of mundane astrology, represents the House of Commons. This suggests that the UK’s MPs, elected to represent the public, will express the will of the people. Anybody who followed the political news this year will be aware of the many confrontations between the House of Commons and the Government, which seems to prove the validity of the Ingress chart.

But let us now take look at the event chart, cast for the time the polling stations will open on 12 December, at 7:00am:

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With Sagittarius rising in the chart above, Jupiter is the significator of the Conservative party. Although essentially dignified by Face, Jupiter is under the sunbeams and essentially debilitated by Fall.

The Labour Party, who is in opposition, is signified by the ruler of Gemini, the sign on the 7th house cusp. This is, of course, Mercury, who is technically in the 12th house, but closely conjunct the first house cusp. Due to the 5 degree rule, we have to treat him as being located in the first house. He is also under the sunbeams and essentially debilitated by Detriment. This gives Mercury a slight disadvantage over Jupiter.

Considering that at the last elections, the Conservatives received 42% and the Labour Party 40% of the votes, I would suggest that we may see a similar picture, meaning that the Conservatives may find they will have a slight advantage over the Labour Party. I would also interpret the quite considerable level of essential debilities both party’s significators show, in the way that they will suffer significant losses of votes to either the Liberal Democrats, or the newly formed Brexit Party. (Saturn could possibly be seen as significator of the Brexit Party, and he is essentially strong, in Capricorn, his sign of rulership in the 2nd house).

Taking everything that has been discussed so far into consideration, it seems quite reasonable to assume that the Tories have a good chance of winning the elections, but will most likely be unable to get a clear working majority. If this would be the case, we would end up with another hung parliament, which means that we would be looking at another 5 years of a coalition government.

There are more astrological indicators in the chart above, which back up my proposal. The Moon, natural mundane significator of the people, is located in the 7th house, the house of the opposition. She is opposing the Sun, natural mundane astrological significator of the current prime minister, in the first house. This looks as if a high percentage of voters is not in agreement with the course of action suggested by the prime minister and Conservative Party leader, Boris Johnson. Naturally, we would find their significator in the house of the opposition party. What makes this interesting though is the fact that on 12 December, the Gemini Full Moon will be Void of Course. This means that there is the possibility that the will of the people will not be fulfilled.

Taking all this information into account, my prediction is that Boris Johnson will win the upcoming election, but that he will only be Prime Minister of a coalition government, which will frustrate the political will of many people in the United Kingdom.

Sun conjunct Mercury, 11th November 2019, an Astronomical Conjunction

On the 11th of November 2019, a transit of Mercury across the Sun will take place between 12:30 and 18:00UT. At this time, Mercury will be visible against the solar disc by obscuring a tiny part of it. After the 2019 event no further astronomical transit of Mercury will take place until December 2032.

Although this is true for the astronomical event, astrologically speaking, the symbolic conjunctions between Mercury and the Sun are by no means rare events.  Nevertheless it might be of interest to take the opportunity and have a look at this particular conjunction.

The exact astrological conjunction will take place on the 11th of November 2019 at 15:22. The chart below, cast for London, shows the event.

 

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The conjunction is placed in 18*55 Scorpio; Sun and Mercury are in a separating sextile to Saturn. With the greater malefic involved, it may be expected that this event will be of some significance.

Let us now have a closer look at Mercury. What immediately springs to mind is the fact that he is retrograde. To understand the significance of this, we may have a look at what traditional astrologers have to say about this.

Abu Ma’shar informs us in his Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology in the chapter on The Impotence of the Stars

“…  but the worst [is] the retrogradation of Venus and Mercury, particularly if they are hidden by the Sun; or [planets are] found [under the rays of the Sun or] in dark degrees.” (Dykes, Introductions to Traditional Astrology, p220).

This immediately cuts to the heart of the matter of our investigation about Mercury conjunct Sun. When applying to the conjunct with the Sun, Mercury will not only be retrograde, he will as well be under the sunbeams and later on combust. That is exactly the worst-case scenario, highlighted by Abu Ma’shar in the quote above.

To understand what this means, we have to look at the definitions of these two terms.

  • Firstly, a Planet is said to be combust when it is between 17.5 minutes and 8.5 degrees of the Sun.
  • Secondly, under the Sunbeams is a harmful area, extending from the end of combustion until a Planet is 17.5 degrees apart from the Sun.

William Lilly informs us in his Christian Astrology, that Mercury

“is cold and dry, and therefore Melancholy; with the good he is good, with the evil Planets ill; … he is author of subtlety, tricks, deceives, perjury, &c.” (CA, p77)

And Mercury will be very much afflicted on the 11th of November. We have established so far that he will be retrograde, under the sunbeams and later on, closer to perfecting the conjunction, combust. Apart from that he will be aspecting Saturn, the greater malefic.

If we put all this information together, we come to the following conclusion.

Due to his natural and also his debilitated state during the conjunction to the Sun, Mercury will not affect us in a positive, measured manner but he will rather test some of us to a high degree. There can even be some level of fanaticism expected. It is also very likely  that things will go wrong on an epic scale. Particularly electronic devices may unexpectedly malfunction, or the odd communication breakdown may occur. It is also not advisable to sign any kind of contract or agree to any binding arrangements during this transit.

Sun and Mercury are also conjunct fixed star Zubenelshamali. This is the determinant star of lunar mansion 14, al Zubana: Robson knows that this:

“hinders journeys and marriage, harvest and merchandise, favorable for redemption of captives.” [Robson, Fixed Stars and Constellations, p.72.]

It is likely that people who have Scorpio rising in their nativity or have their natal Sun or Mercury at or around 18* Scorpio will experience some of the effects of this conjunction.

The only time when the negative influence of the Sun will be turned into a more positive one is the time Mercury spends in the heart of the Sun, otherwise known as cazimi. This beneficial span of time, which is only very short, will be on 11th of November between 12:28UT and 18:16UT.

 

Total Lunar Eclipse 27 July 2018

On 27 July, at 20:21 UT, there will be a total lunar eclipse.  The entirety of this eclipse will be visible across the United Kingdom. Furthermore, it will be one of the longest of the 21st Century, lasting one hour and 43 minutes.

 

 

The chart below, cast for London, shows the event:

 

What is of particular interest here is the connection between the current eclipse chart and the UK Reorganisation chart from 1922, shown below.

 

This chart can be found in Nick Campion’s book of World Horoscopes* (p345). He writes:

“In 1922 the greater part of Ireland became independent and the UK was renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”

With the problems concerning Brexit, the ever-growing possibility of a “no-deal’ scenario and the unsolved Irish border crisis currently making daily headlines, this chart seems to be well placed to be used as a foundation chart, representing the United Kingdom in its current form.

The bi-wheel above shows the connection between the upcoming eclipse and the UK Reorganisation chart from 1922. It is noteworthy to observe that the Sun/Moon axis and the Lunar Nodal axis are tightly conjunct the foundation chart’s MC/IC axis. The eclipsed Moon and Cauda Draconis are tightly conjunct the 10th house cusp, which does not bode well for the majority of the population, to say the least. Also note the Jupiter in Scorpio conjunction, which suggests detrimental issues, hidden secrets or even shady organisations.

*Campion, Nicholas, The Book of World Horoscopes, The Wessex Astrologer, Bournemouth, 2004.

2018 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2018. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. For details about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, inception charts as well as natal charts of people in charge of the countries in question will also have to be taken into consideration. For events affecting the native on a personal level, natal-, solar return and other charts will have to be consulted. This should achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

  • Retrograde motion of the planets

  • Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits

  • Other noteworthy phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)

  • Solar and lunar eclipses

  • Solar ingress charts

For more detailed information, you may watch this space for in-depth articles to be published throughout the year. You may also follow my updates on twitter, via @StarsAndStones. For personal requests, please contact me via email; my email address can be found on the Contact Page.

Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be retrograde at times during 2018.

Mercury Rx

Will delight us, as usual, with interrupted communication, malfunction or complete failure of computers and other electronic devices and general uncertainty and confusion concerning any contracts, legal documents or agreements.

Mercury will be retrograde three times during 2018. The first phase will begin with Mercury in Aries, 0n 23 March and will end on 15 April. This will be followed by another Rx phase in Leo between 27 July and 19 August. The last Rx phase of the year will be in Sagittarius between 17 November and 6 December.

Venus Rx

Venus will be retrograde in Scorpio and Libra between 6 October and 16 November. She will remind us of a past relationship or even tempt us to have a secret affair, when she will be the morning star!

Mars Rx

Mars will turn retrograde in Aquarius on 26 November and will turn direct in Capricorn on 27 August. Which aspects of our lives will be re-enforced?

Jupiter Rx

Will remind us of his prudent side; with Jupiter’s help we are able to fulfil our potential but in his Rx phase, he demands that we obey the rules, follow our moral guidelines and show kindness and compassion.

Jupiter will be retrograde in Scorpio between 10 March and 10 July. Retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio brings a sober note to our search for justice. In this introspective time, we may want to question and reflect where we went overboard in the past.

Saturn Rx

In Sagittarius will give us a chance to re-evaluate what has become static and dogmatic in the past. It is likely that any unfinished but forgotten business will make an unexpected reappearance during this time, reminding us to bring old issues to a close.

Saturn will be retrograde between 7 April and 25 August.

Sign Ingresses and Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will move into Sagittarius on 8 November

Jupiter will sextile Saturn on 27 August

Saturn will move into Capricorn on 21 December

Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox: 20 March (10:28UT)

Summer Solstice: 21 June (04:24UT)

Autumn Equinox: 22 September (20:02UT)

Winter Solstice: 21 December (16:28UT)

Super Moons

There will be 5 Super Moons during 2018:

02 January, 02:25 AM, Full Moon in 11* 38′ Cancer
31 January, 01:27 PM Full Moon in 11* 37′ Leo
13 June, 07:44 PM New Moon in 22* 44′ Gemini
13 July, 02:48 AM New Moon in 20* 41′ Cancer
11 August, 09:59 AM New Moon in 18* 42′ Leo

 

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

There will be a partial solar eclipse on 15 February in 27* Aquarius. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to  Australia. Canada may be affected at a later date.  With  Saturn being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

An eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 27* Aquarius
Sun or Moon are in or around 27* Leo (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 27* Taurus or Scorpio (square)
27* Aquarius is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
27* Aquarius is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)
Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

There will be a partial solar eclipse on 13 July in 21* Cancer. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Poland, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Australia is likely to be affected at a later date. With the Moon being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Cancer
Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Capricorn (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Aries or Libra (square)
21* Cancer is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
21* Cancer is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

There will be a partial solar eclipse on 11 August in 19* Leo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to North and South America. The Ukraine, Turkey and Egypt are likely to be affected at a later date. With the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Leo
Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Aquarius (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Taurus or Scorpio (square)
19* Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
19* Leo is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

 Lunar Eclipses

There will be an umbral lunar eclipse on 31 January, Moon in 12*Leo, Sun in 12*Aquarius. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Finland, Russia and the Iran. With the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Leo or Aquarius rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2017/18, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. If it should be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

There will be an umbral lunar eclipse on 7 August, Moon in 5* Aquarius, Sun in 5* Leo. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to the United Kingdom. Russia and the Iran may be affected at a later date. With Saturn being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Aquarius or Leo rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2017/18, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point.

Ingress Charts

2018 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom

 

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With Virgo, a mutable sign rising, this chart will be valid for six months only . The Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into consideration, too. From the chart above, we can see that Saturn will be the Lord of the Revolution. He is prominently positioned on the 5th house cusp and is also sign ruler. Bonatti writes that Saturn on the 5th house cusp:

“… signifies the detriment of children […] and contentions with legates and heralds, and that they will not exercise well what they have business with in that year. ” (BoA p937).

A detailed analysis of all the ingress charts will be posted on my web log in due course.

2018 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

 

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington, which is representative for the United States of America. With a cardinal sign rising, this chart will be valid for a quarter of the year only. The Cancer, Libra and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into consideration, too. From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be Lord of the Revolution, which gives a first indication of what is to come. Bonatti writes about Mars  being Lord of the Revolution on the 7th house cusp, that:

“…it signifies contentions and contrarieties, and confusion in all matters, and harm for this reason. And it signifies business transactions with fraud and deception; also grief and sorrow in it ” (BoA p950)

A detailed analysis of the Aries and the Libra ingress charts for the United States will be posted on my web log in due course.