Netherlands – high-anxiety, but separatists not making ground

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The Netherlands has always had a vociferous anti-EU lobby led by the right-wing Geert Wilders. The country was in the European project from the start so very invested in the ideal.

There are two possible charts for Netherlands.  26 July 1581 (astrodienst) and 16 March 1815 11.47am Hague ( Doris Doane).

The second of these showed up the invasion of Germany in May 1940 much more clearly, so might be more useful. It is certainly showing depression and aggravation, mounting through 2017 and extending through 2018. Tr Saturn will conjunct its Neptune and square the Pisces Pluto Mercury Sun till Nov 2017; and tr Pluto will conjunct the 7th house Mars till late 2018.

The 1581 chart shows panic now with tr Neptune square tr Saturn in hard aspect to the Mars in Virgo now and through 2017; with a devastated, confused tr Pluto square Neptune in 2016/17; plus a road-blocked Solar Arc Pluto square Mars this year.

The 1581 chart shows more separation from the EU than the 1815 one. On this one there’s a tr Uranus opposition Mars at the moment; then reversing to square the composite Saturn early in 2017; and tr Uranus opposition the composite Sun in 2017. Plus plus plus others uneasy influences.

The 1815 chart on the other hand, while unsettled at the moment by tr Saturn square tr Neptune hitting on the Pluto and then in 2017 the financial Venus, is much less suggestive of any kind of split. Though tr Pluto is moving into the 7th which usually throws up major tensions in partnerships.

If Geert Wilders is any kind of guide, 6 Sept 1963, he doesn’t look to be winning much with tr Saturn square his Pluto Sun Venus in Virgo this autumn; and then tr Neptune in opposition to these planets for several years ahead. He’ll be bullish through 2017/18 with tr Pluto square his Jupiter in Aries; though may over-estimate his reach as tr Uranus opposes his Mars from mid year.

The Central Bank of the Netherlands, 25 March 1814, is certainly jangled and conflicted with Solar Arc Uranus opposition its Neptune this year; and tr Pluto square Mercury in 2016/17. Tr Saturn squares the financial Venus this autumn; and tr Neptune is conjunct in 2017/18 so it will be feeling the economic pain.  It goes into a major upheaval in 2019 with Solar Arc Uranus square Pluto to good effect with a successful Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct Pluto at the same time; with a cheering tr Uranus in Taurus trine Jupiter as well.


Jeremy Corbyn – for the proletariat

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The tragi-comedy of the UK political car crash continues with the Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, having resoundingly lost a vote of confidence from the Parliamentary Labour Party, then refusing to go. Is he mad or is it just another facet of Pluto in Capricorn hauling down the old structures? The electorate are a million miles apart from the Westminster bubble, and their displeasure led to the wild-card vote for Brexit. Corbyn, a 33 year veteran of Westminster, though never a corporate loyalist (to put it mildly), says he represents the people not the insular MPs.  See:

The Labour Party chart of 27 Feb 1900 seems to work better than the 1906 chart. Tr Saturn square tr Neptune are hitting on the Uranus Jupiter in Sagittarius at the moment and Neptune trails on undermining enthusiasm till late 2017. Tr Saturn also opposes Pluto, which tr Neptune squares in 2017; and then tr Saturn opposes Neptune also in 2017.  So all muddle and uncertainty and discouragement. Plus a highly emotional, angst ridden tr Pluto square Venus in 2016/17. There are failure-writ-large Solar Arcs by 2018 – Mars conjunct Neptune; Sun opposition Saturn.

Corbyn’s relationship chart with the Labour Party  has an over-controlling, love/hate Mars square Pluto; plus an idealistic, unrealistic Neptune square Venus, trine Sun.  The composite Sun picks up the tr Uranus conjunction in February of next year, which could be a parting of the ways.

Corbyn’s own chart has Solar Arc Uranus square his Sun in 2017 which certainly looks like a major shift.

Istanbul bombings – retro Mars on a Yod and the Midheaven

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The bombing at Istanbul Airport in Turkey has claimed over 40 lives with 240 injured. It occurred around 10pm on June 28 which puts the retrograde, vengeful Mars in Scorpio exactly on the midheaven, still in a stressed Yod, quincunx Uranus Moon sextile Mercury. So explosive, angry, relentlessly determined and a brutal statement. There’s also a 6th house (health) Venus (Sun) in Cancer opposition a hidden 12th house Pluto square the 3rd house Moon Uranus – causing major disruption to travel.

There have already been three bombings in Turkey this year, causing many deaths and the Ankara railway bombing last October which claimed 103 lives. The assumption is that it is ISIL behind what seems to have been a very professional atrocity.

The Turkey chart has tr Uranus exactly in opposition to the 4th house Mercury Saturn, so a major jolt. And with tr Saturn moving to square the Pisces Uranus and MC late Oct/Nov this year there may be more high tension situations to come. The September Eclipse willoppose the Uranus. Then tr Neptune will conjunct Uranus in 2017 which will be nervy, high-wire and fanatical. Almost exact at the moment also is Solar Arc Neptune conjunct the 5th house Jupiter which will undercut speculation and enjoyment, and presumably undermine the tourist trade.

Turkey is overwhelmed with crises at the moment with the Kurdish insurgency, the Syrian refugees, Russian planes flying overhead and ISIL on the rampage.

Hard-line President Recep Erdogan’s life isn’t going to get easier with his Term chart facing the September Eclipse conjunct the Sun and opposition Neptune; with next Feb’s Pisces Solar Eclipse reversing the order.  Plus tr Pluto sextile the Saturn Mars in Scorpio from 2016 to late 2018 which looks dangerous and ruthless.

Germany – left holding most of the bill

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A UK-exit will leave Germany carrying the lion’s share of the cost of propping up the ailing EU economies. They are much more tied into the EU than the UK was, given that it was largely set up to prevent another European war.

The relationship chart between Germany and the EU has a good-for-business Earth Grand Trine of Taurus Moon trine Capricorn Sun Mercury trine a Virgo North Node, formed into a Kite by Sun Mercury opposition a 10th house Pluto – so certainly an influential pairing and very controlling. No surprises Germany ended up top dog.

That relationship will be speared at soul level by the September Solar Arc conjunct the composite, heavily aspected, 12th house North Node. 2017 will be nervy and tense with tr Uranus square Neptune.  But the real problems won’t show until 2018/19 when tr Uranus moving into Taurus will hit the Fixed T Square of Uranus opposition Venus square Mars which will seriously upset the applecart.  Though may not lead to a De-exit.

The Germany country chart, with the same Libra Ascendant and axis as the UK chart is going through similar house transits – tr Pluto in the 4th = mutinous domestic population; tr Uranus in 7th = separations in close relationships; tr Saturn in 3rd – difficulties communicating with neighbours; tr Neptune in 6th – worries about employment and health costs.  But with Pluto natally in the 8th trine Sun Venus in Capricorn, they are a much more reluctant changer than the UK.

What will shift them onto a different track will be tr Uranus square their 10th house Uranus from late April 2017; backed up by a shocked and angry populace, spurred on by Solar Arc Moon conjunct Mars. Right through 2017/18 tr Pluto will square their 7th house Neptune bringing confusion, uncertainty and serious questions about the commitment of a close relationship. That way be with the UK but it may also be with France.

The Franco-German bond was always the lynch pin of the EU and while it doesn’t look like splitting it will be under severe nervous strain through the next two or three years with tr Uranus square the composite Neptune and opposition Mars early 2017 into 2018.

EU finances – cutting off their noses in spite

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For all the bluster and huff in Brussels – get thee hence and never darken our doorstep again – they are rather obscuring the fact that they are about to lose their second largest net contributor (Germany first). It will blow a considerable hole in EU finances (and banks) which are not in that great a shape to start with.

The European Central Bank (ECB) was agreed on 1 June 1998, got under way on 1 Jan 1999. Both charts look devastated in the time ahead. The 1998 chart with tr Saturn square tr Neptune hitting the 10 degree Gemini Sun this year into 2017; and early in 2017 as well tr Saturn in a deflating square to Jupiter.

The 1999 chart, probably the most relevant, has a cataclysmic tr Pluto square Mars in 2017/18; with significant tensions erupting as tr Uranus is conjunct Saturn, pitching the reformists against the status quo-ers; and square the financial Venus, jangling their Cardinal T Square.  Tr Saturn is wending its way in hard aspect round their other (Mutable) T Square of Moon opposition Mercury square Jupiter from early till late 2017 which will be discouraging as well.

TTIP – creative, controlling, grandiose and obsessively secretive



The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) was kicked off in negotiation on 7 July 2013 with the purpose of promoting trade between the US and the EU. Supposedly it would benefit the EU by 120 billion euros worth of trade; the US by 90 billion; and the rest of the world by 100 billion. The theory is to open up trade but it has been heavily criticised for the impact on labour, lowering of regulatory conditions and the secrecy under which talks have taken place.

The start chart certainly reeks of self-protectionism, secrecy and a drive for power and control –  with a Water Grand Trine of Jupiter in Cancer trine Saturn trine Neptune, formed into a Kite by a Jupiter (and Cancer Sun) opposition Pluto. There’s also an innovative quality to it with Pluto opposition Jupiter Moon Sun square Uranus.

It was intended to be all done and dusted by the end of 2014, but it is expected to take at least until 2019/2020.

2016 was always going to be a year when it received a severe shaking with the Solar Arc Pluto square Uranus exact as well as Solar Arc Uranus square Sun; plus tr Pluto continuing to drag its heels in opposition to the Sun till late this year. 2021 sees Solar Arc Pluto exactly opposition the Sun for another delay, presumably on the back of the tr Saturn Pluto which won’t make grandiose schemes easy.  It looks more upbeat come 2023 when Solar Arc Mars in conjunct Jupiter. It could be a long time coming if it happens at all. It does look very American with four planets in Cancer.

Jean Claude Juncker – the ugly face of the EU

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Jean Claude Juncker, the Luxembourgian President of the European Commission, who got the job after vociferous protests from David Cameron is getting his own back by acting the bully boy. As a consequence some are saying he’s what’s wrong with the EU and must go.

Born 9 December 1954, he is a Sun Sagittarius with Mars in Pisces square a Sagittarius Mercury, and opposition Pluto, so not backwards about venting his spleen. He’s also got a lucky Uranus Jupiter in Cancer in a can-be fanatical square to Neptune. Plus an unsentimental Saturn Venus in Scorpio.

His Solar Arc Pluto is square his Jupiter this year so he’ll be extra-bullish; with tr Pluto trine his Mars/Jupiter and square his Jupiter-Node so he won’t be short of push or confidence, too much so at times.

Tr Saturn is however aiming to conjunct his Sun come late November which will cut him back somewhat.

On his term chart, 1 Nov 2014 12am, he does have a destabilising Solar Arc Pluto square his Uranus, exact in six months’ time. But he won’t shift easy. This chart has a flamboyant Jupiter on the Leo Ascendant opposition Moon square a 4th house Saturn in Scorpio – so fixed, stubborn to the nth degree, not keen on sharing the driving seat. There’s also a ferocious Mars Pluto conjunction in the grandstanding 5th house. If he isn’t toppled by that Uranus Pluto, then 2017/18 looks riven by hostile and protracted discussions as tr Pluto squares the Term Mercury.

His relationship chart with the EU has tr Saturn square the composite Jupiter in October, then conjunct Mercury and in 2017 conjunct the composite Sun –  that won’t improve his popularity. Plus a bitterly hostile tr Pluto conjunct Mars in 2017/18. So very un-harmonious.

His relationship with David Cameron was bad with a composite Mars square Pluto. With Boris it is not much better with a composite Mars square Saturn which has tr Pluto square Mars in 2016/17 – so implacable deadlock and a diplomatic or other parting of the ways early in 2017.



UK – sacrificial victim or trail blazer

Interesting point about difficulties showing up on a chart. For example FTSE 250 heading downhill fast is all ‘the fault’ of Brexit. It would still have had lousy influences if Remain had won.

It’s a question to which there is no easy answer. Recently I did a personal chart which showed heavy tr Pluto to Mars and Sun and the person was in the middle of a murderous argument with obdurate, unpleasant and corrupt others. The individual wanted to walk away which was common sense, but as I explained those transits run on until late 2017, so the energy has to go somewhere. The likelihood is that one set of hateful circumstances will just get replaced by another, unless the individual can utilise the influences in a more constructive way – admittedly not easy with Pluto Mars Sun.

So in the case of FTSE250 the triggering mechanism, which is Brexit, is irrelevant, or is at least just one catalyst amongst other possibilities which might now not happen since Brexit has soaked up the energy.

Watching world events with an astrological perspective, it strikes me repeatedly that when there are truly difficult aspects, accident and disaster prone, you will get two or three headline examples across the globe. But there aren’t mass deaths every ten yards or even in every country. It is almost as if the fates/influences demand their price and once that is paid, they subside.  That’s a mystical way of putting it. It will clearly depend on a complexity of things, such as individual and country charts being keyed into specific influences where others are not. But it is odd.

In the Tarot, the Hanged Man or the scapegoat is the one who willingly sacrifices himself to carry away the sins of the collective. There may be an element of this archetype in play.

The UK volunteered, or was manoeuvred by a variety factors – lying politicians on all sides, ditto a dodgy media, a disheartened population – into picking up the baton of this moment in the zeitgeist and running with it. The Hanged Man is based on the Norse god Odin, who hanged himself upside down by his foot over the Well of Life for eight days and nights until enlightenment struck – pain, paralysis and then an epiphany. Roll on nirvana.

UK finances – a decision with a high price tag

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The pound is down to a 31 year low against the dollar and the markets are sliding further. According to the Telegraph Business Editor the FTSE 250, launched 12 Oct 1992, is a better guide to the internal economy than the FTSE 100. It is now down 13% which is getting pretty close to a crash.

That chart is not remotely cheering over the next three years. A T-square of Neptune Uranus in Capricorn opposition Mars square a Libra Sun is under assault from tr Pluto conjunct Neptune at the moment, bringing devastation and confusion. Tr Pluto then reverses back in a scary, trapped opposition to Mars twice before the autumn as well as being in a disruptive conjunction to Uranus. In 2017/18 tr Pluto will grind inexorably away in square to the Sun; with two seriously unpleasant Solar Arcs in 2018 of Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Saturn and Solar Arc Mars opposition Saturn.

Mark Carney, the level-headed Canadian in charge of the Bank of England, 16 March 1965, has tr Saturn square a whole raft of his planets – Uranus, Pluto, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Sun from now onwards, trailing through 2017. Depressing and very hard work. But what’s more disturbing is that tr Neptune is conjunct his Saturn late this July through August, and again late Sept to Jan 2017 which will be highly uncertain to put it mildly. Then over 2017/18 tr Neptune opposes his Uranus, Pluto and finally Mars – none of which looks as if he is going to be able to pull the chestnuts out of the fire. He’ll pick up confidence in 2019/20 with tr Pluto trine his Jupiter, but that could be in another job.

There’s going to be a whole lot of poor people a good deal poorer for several years if these charts hold good.

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