Click to EnlargeWhen a politician lasts and lasts as leader, you often series a whole series of either Neptune or Pluto transits that keep them in power. And whether it is Neptune or Pluto characterises their period in office. When the transits come to an end, so does their period in power. We saw this with Margaret Thatcher and Pluto, and Tony Blair and Neptune. We are probably seeing it with Barack Obama and Neptune: he came in under Neptune square MC, and looks set to continue with Neptune square Moon. The Neptune leaders are showmen and redeemers, the Pluto leaders turn around difficult situations.
Click to EnlargeMitt Romney has had Neptune squaring his Asc this year and last year, and arguably next year as well. And that is it in terms of major transits. He is unlikely to be elected US President, and if he is, it would not be a successful Presidency. His moment was the 2008 election.
Click to EnlargeDavid Cameron became the UK Prime Minister in 2010, in the early stages of Pluto squaring his Sun at 15 Libra. Pluto will still be squaring his Sun in 2015, the latest date for a general election, so he seems likely to be re-elected. However, he will run out of major Pluto transits half way through his second term as PM, so that is when he is likely to go. His leadership is clearly characterised by Pluto, in that he has a difficult economic situation to turn around and his main act has been to implement spending cuts. When it comes to Neptunian matters – such as choosing his ex-PR adviser Andy Coulson – he is liable to blunder. Obama in the US has also inherited a difficult economy, but all the same he presented himself as a redeemer, and his main early act was to institute health care reform, a Neptunian matter.
All this under the most far-reaching transit of our lifetimes, Uranus square to Pluto. It is in itself no ‘bigger’ than the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of the 1990s, or the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 1960s. It is, however, particularly ‘big’ for 3 reasons: it is the opening, dynamic square of a Uranus-Pluto cycle; there will be 7 exact squares over 4 years (beginning this June); and most importantly, it takes place in the early to mid Cardinals, which is where we find the Suns of most of the major powers. __________________________________________________ Ad Break: I offer webcam astrology readings (£60 full reading/£30 update) and written responses to specific questions (£30). Price negotiable if you’re hard up. Contact me on Dharmaruci71(at)hotmail.com. __________________________________________________ Just because it is the biggest change doesn’t mean it will be the most dramatic: you have to look to Uranus-Neptune and the fall of Russian Communism for that. We have already had plenty of drama, particularly in the form of the banking crisis, the Euro crisis and the Arab Spring. And much of that occurred because of the presence of Saturn, the planet that is able to help the outer, invisible planets become manifest. In 1989/90, Saturn conjoined Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn. In 2010, Saturn hard-aspected Uranus and Pluto from the sign of Libra.
So we can expect deep, far reaching change over the next few years as Uranus and Pluto perform their series of squares around the Suns of the major powers. But it may require hindsight to see it at all clearly. It may not be overly-dramatic. It may be incremental, adding up to a new world. It will certainly be a new world, but not necessarily ‘better’. The last Uranus-Pluto square, in the early 30s, led to a world which was by any human standards worse. There’s no particular reason to suppose that this time, however.
By the time Uranus and Pluto have really finished with each other, say in 2017, the Chinese economy will probably be well over half the size of the US economy and closing fast. Uranus-Pluto has brought a make or break moment for Europe, and too much is at stake for it not to be make, no doubt with some collateral damage such as Greece and maybe Spain or Italy, the ‘irresponsible’ southern countries. Europe will be more united, and therefore more effective as a world power: it is currently the biggest world economic power.
Brazil and India are catching up, but by 2017 there will be a clearer world order made up of 3 empires, the US, Europe and China, each with their competing spheres of influence. China will be the main imperial power in Africa.
And there will be new governments as well. Recessions change people. In France, Sarkozy’s loss is the first time a sitting president has lost in the first round of voting. The Dutch government has just fallen in a dispute over the economy. This is the Great Recession, and it looks like it has a few years to run. Much depends on Europe's debt crisis resolving. We think of recessions as undesirable. But for a while at least, priorities change. There has been a backlash against excess. Collectively we can’t help ourselves, and we will eventually get infatuated with the good times again. But now is a time for re-evaluation, and that is a good thing. We are, for now, collectively more conscious. That is not a party political statement, for neither the left nor the right has the high ground on consciousness.
There is re-evaluation, but there is also political extremism, for that is the nature of Uranus-Pluto. There is the horror of Anders Breivik in Norway, who murdered 77 people as a protest against multi-culturalism. In the UK, there has been a swing against multiculturalism, but that has some sense on its side: a re-evaluation from experience of the liberalising Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 1960s. In the US, the anti-democratic right wing of the Republican party still has ways to go. The intransigence of these extremists has already directly led to a downgrading of the US credit rating, a diminution on the world stage. During Obama’s 2nd term, Uranus-Pluto will hard aspect the US Sun at 13 Cancer. There is likely to be some kind of reckoning, with Obama claiming increased executive power in response to a stalled Congress. The US Progressed Ascendant has just moved from Leo to Virgo. The Prog Sun has already been in Pisces for about 7 years. Humility seems to be on its way.
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Meanwhile there has been a backlash against secular dictators across the Middle East. The rise of fundamentalist Islam that we have seen in recent years could take hold, for it is rooted in a reaction to the influence of foreign powers who want their oil: this pressure from outside is only likely to increase as the demand for oil continues to increase.
While its economic rise seems unstoppable, China is likely to undergo deep political change during the course of the Uranus-Pluto square. A political scandal involving the suspected murder of an Englishman (a spy?) is making headlines in a way that would have been unimaginable a few years ago. It is a significant moment. We are seeing a government emerging that is more open and accountable. I don’t think that has to mean democracy, a system we are so enamoured of in the west as some kind of evolutionary necessity. China has done very well economically so far without democracy. It is able to govern itself in a way more effectively than the cumbersome American system. I’m not anti-democracy, but in many ways it is a laughable system, asking unqualified people like you or I to decide who should run the sophisticated organisation that is government. Would you want to vote on who should be the brain surgeon at your local hospital? And should those surgeons first have to perform like monkeys to get our votes?