Thatcher’s Legacy, Saturn and Iron
|Thatcher: Saturn Rising|
Recently, I asked a businesswoman friend, who was complaining about bankers’ bonuses, when she thought the rot had set in.
She answered with one word: “Thatcher.”
And she’s right, what we are experiencing now, financially and socially is the result of decisions that were taken back in the 1980s. The planet of consequences, Saturn, has made one complete loop of its cycle through the Zodiac and returned to where it was in the early 1980s, to Libra, the sign of justice and balance.
So it’s interesting that The Iron Lady, the biopic of that Libran Mrs Thatcher, who became Prime Minister in 1979 should be released now, and set us all thinking about her period in power.
Thatcher has Saturn Rising in Scorpio, one of the warrior signs. Scorpio is ruled by Mars the planet of iron. Her daughter Carol wrote this about her: “I always thought of Mum as being 100% cast-iron damage proof.” It was the Russians, apparently, who dubbed her the Iron Lady.
When Saturn conjuncted Thatcher’s Midheaven at 8 Virgo, she was elected Prime Minister. It was the culmination of 30 years hard work. Saturn often brings great rewards and enormous responsibility when he crosses the MC, the angle of career and one’s public self.
As the lady said herself, “One’s life must matter.” Saturn on the MC asks us to make our lives matter; in her case to make a commitment to public life possibly at the expense of family. In the natal chart the MC is opposed to the house of home and family, so making those two parts of one’s life work together is a challenge for all of us.
When Saturn entered the sign of the scales in 1980, Thatcher was already the most hated prime minister of all time. Yet by the time Saturn left Libra 1983, she was (widely) adored and she won a resounding electoral victory.
What had happened to change her fortunes? The Falklands War. It was in some ways the perfect war: someone else started it, it was short, the objective was clear and victory was complete. Coming after the decade of decline that was Britain in the 1970s, it was a triumph and a symbol (for some) of Britannia getting back to her feet. That helped her popularity.
Thatcher, who has Mars, Sun and Mercury in Libra had spent those two two years, thanks to Saturn, getting even more steel in her already stiff backbone. Saturn favours the hard worker.
Her 1983 election victory cleared the way for her government to make sweeping economic and social reforms from which we are now suffering the results. The seeds of the extreme consumerism and unbridled capitalism were sown.
The deregulation of the City (London’s Wall Street) took place in October 1986, by which time Saturn had moved into expansive Sagittarius, where it was at 7°, exactly sextile the UK’s Libra Ascendant, which seems pivotal in the country’s economics. The Big Bang, as it was called, led directly to the swollen pay-packets of today’s “bankers”.
|Thatcher destroyed the British mining industry,|
but the miners and their families put up a hell of a fight.
And as the ruler of iron passed through Thatcher’s 12th, 1st and 2nd houses, it put yet more steel in her backbone. The left side of the chart is the personal side. She became more and more rigid, more autocratic, finally an unrestrained bully. Thatcher’s downfall came soon after Saturn passed over her North Node, the point of destiny, and into her third house of neighbours, siblings, people very, very close to you. Thatcher was despatched with a knife in the back from her own cabinet colleagues, who realised that she had become calcified.
In her natal you can see this tendency to tear things down.
Pluto, the destroyer, in Cancer, the mother exactly opposite Jupiter in Capricorn, power structures. Her Pluto is 4° from an exact opposition to the UK Sun. According to rumour, the Queen really couldn’t bear her.
Economically, we’re looking into a mysterious fog, as Neptune starts to envelop the UK’s natal Pluto, our power. (Last time that happened, of course, we came back fighting with a wonderful PR stunt called The Great Exhibition, a bit like the Silver Jubilee and hosting the Olympics, but that is another post.)
|Canary Wharf now. The Docklands Development Corporation was a|
Thatcher initiative that rebuilt a huge part of London’s
derelict East End. Now it’s the home of fat cat bankers.