In our discussion evening yesterday Kris and I looked at the forthcoming referendum, to be held in Scotland on September 18th 2014, which asks the following simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country?
We looked at plenty of horoscopes that Kris had prepared, including those of England (the coronation of William The Conqueror in 1066), Scotland (the coronation of Malcolm II in 1005), The 1707 Act of Union and the disastrous Darien Scheme that led to it, as well as the charts of the SNP, Alex Salmond and the New Scotland, should it be voted for. In addition, we looked at the two previous Scottish devolution referenda in 1979 and 1997, the latter of which gave rise to the Scottish Parliament which was opened in July 1999.
It was notable how little transit activity there will be in September in the country charts, though quite a lot in Alex Salmond's personal horoscope.
Finally, we examined the chart cast for the close of polling on the day of the referendum, set for Edinburgh (shown below). Given that the chart ruler, Mercury, is a fitting planet for the act of putting a cross on a paper, and is in democratic Libra, the chart would seem to be radical, i.e. appropriate for the event in question.
Those present noted the Jupiter-Uranus trine in fire signs - a positive indication of a 'yes' vote, set against the idealistic but rather scattered Mars-Neptune square in Sagittarius/Pisces. Both of these outer planet aspects are applying (building up in energy) in the days before the referendum. In addition, Uranus, symbolising independence, is perhaps unfortunately placed in a fairly wide conjunction with the Moon's South Node, perhaps symbolising the perception that the spirit of independence might also be linked to a hankering for the past.
The Moon, symbolising The People in a mundane horoscope, is strong in its own sign of Cancer, suggesting that security and the future of their families will be paramount in people's minds when they come to vote. It was also noted that the chart ruler Mercury is in the sign of reasoned judgment, Libra, indicating that many people are undecided, as they try to weigh up the arguments in a rational way based on facts. However, Mercury's square to the Moon shows that strong feelings will influence or even get in the way of purely rational decisions.
Once we concluded our discussion of all the charts in question, the audience was then asked to vote with a show of hands on whether they thought Scotland would leave the United Kingdom. The result was a unanimous 'no', though most agreed that the result would be very close, thanks to the ruling planet being in Libra, the sign of perfect balance. It must be noted that the audience was predominantly English, so this may have biased the result.
From tomorrow (April 17th 2014), Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto will form a T-square at 13 degrees of Aries, Cancer and Capricorn respectively.
Next week however, on Wednesday April 23rd and Thursday 24th, Mars will join them at 13 degrees Libra. This highly unusual line-up of planets is called in astrology a Grand Cross, and usually indicates a state of great tension, stress and conflict, though with the possibility of creative resolution and transcendence. This can come about through finding a deeper common ground beneath the apparent conflict, or by undergoing a paradigm shift in which the conflict no longer assumes the importance it once had. In an individual's natal chart this can, at its worst, be a marker of great inner conflict, and its highest, of genius.
Given the nature of the planets involved and the fact that this is another milestone in the unfolding drama of the series of 7 Uranus-Pluto Squares, this pattern is fraught with potential conflict, though Mars, the astrological significator of aggression, is perhaps at it's weakest at the moment, given that it is both retrograde and in the sign of its detriment, Libra.
It is interesting to note how tied in to this patten is the birthchart of he leader of the Russian Republic, Vladimir Putin, given the escalating tension in Ukraine since their revolution in February this year. Putin's Sun at 13° Libra has been hit by Uranus and Pluto over the last few months, will over the next week be squared by Jupiter (inflating his sense of self) and then on the 23rd and 24th by Mars. Perhaps we can expect him to be at his most belligerent and warlike at this time.
The United States is also triggered by this pattern, having its Sun at 13° Cancer and Saturn at 14° Libra. Although both planets are under great stress, the Sun is at least temporarily supported by Jupiter crossing it, whilst its exalted Saturn in Libra may come down firmly on any Martian attempt to threaten its interests.
Let us hope that the tensions already apparent in the lead-up to the Grand Cross will be resolved creatively and intelligently, and that its potential for chaos not be unleashed.
Individuals with planets at 13° of cardinal signs may also be experiencing great tension at the moment, and given that these signs are associated with decisive action, this is the best way of handling such astrological energies. Anything that reduces stress, such as exercise, running, martial arts, sport, dance, massage etc will also help dissipate the tension and avoid unnecessary conflict with others.
Last Thursday Mercury ground to a halt, or at least appeared to, if you had been lucky enough to see it each night. This was its Retrograde Station, and it is now in its retrograde phase for several weeks, until Feb. 28th (longer if you include its 'shadow' period).
Mercury is not only retrograde however, but is in the sign of its fall and detriment, Pisces, which is ruled by Neptune, God of The Sea. On top of this, Mercury was also conjunct Neptune the day it went retrograde. Put together this suggests this suggests the idea of water causing disruption on a large scale, and, as usual during a Mercury Retrograde period, disruption to travel and communications is the order of the day.
Why is the UK experiencing this Mercury retrograde so intensely? Well maybe it has something to do with the retrograde station (and therefore Neptune too) being conjunct the UK 1801 chart's Pluto at 3 degrees Pisces. Thus the retrograde phase, and it's preceding and following 'shadow phases' (Jan 22nd to March 20th) could have been expected to bring chaos, transformation and tests of survival in addition to the blurring of boundaries between people and places.
No ordinary Mercury retrograde period for us in the UK, but one that touches a deep strand of feeling, calling forth a both a deeper sense of community, a Plutonian transformation in attitudes towards climate change, and a powerful response from the government. Whether these take place is in the lap of the gods howewver - or should I say Mercury?
I don't like most (new) 'Americanisms', but I can't think of a more fitting phrase than that this is a 'heads-up' re the current Uranus-Pluto square.
Uranus having entered Aries in March this year, it was bound at some time to close in on Pluto - at least, by a 90 degree angle (otherwise known as a square aspect) - which is in early Capricorn. Uranus turns retrograde in early July, meaning that the square doesn't quite perfect, i.e., reach exactitude, until June next year, but it's within 2 degrees from June 20th to September 18th this year, and it's at its closest (within 1 degree and 1 minute) in early August, which is when astrologer Hans Baker will be coming along to talk about this astrological phenomenon, which is already having all sorts of repercussions in all sorts of ways, and will continue to do so over the next 5 years, during which time it perfects an extraordinary seven times.
See Thursday 4th August, 8-10pm: 'Uranus Square Pluto: Revolutionary Imperative'.
Kris Lee and Graham Boston are astrologers who help run Aquarius Severn.
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