Will 2012 See A Falklands Rematch?

Thursday January 5th 2012
Margaret Thatcher in her prime in 1983.

I have a few thoughts on potentials in the UK chart for 2012. Here’s one of them.

Back in 2010, I predicted riots and a royal wedding for 2011, since I thought we were likely to see some themes from 1981 repeat.* In 1981 the riots were a lot more serious and the wedding turned out to be a sham, but you can see the parallel worked.

So if it worked for 1981-2011, how about 1982-2012. History never repeats itself exactly, but I do think there’s one event to which we should pay some heed.

In 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, a British protectorate just off the coast of South America. Margaret Thatcher sent the fleet down to recapture the islands. Back then Pluto was in the UK’s first house along with Saturn. With those two heavy hitting planets on our side, the war was over very fast. The navy was a sledgehammer. Thatcher, who had been very unpopular, suddenly struck political gold.

Right now, Argentinian generals could not choose a better time to take back the Malvinas. UK Chancellor George Osborne has just decimated the navy, and the military is weak and dissipated thanks to cuts and two lengthy, draining engagements (Afghanistan and Iraq). In December 2011, South American countries united to block Falklands vessels using their ports. 

This time the power is distributed differently in the UK chart. Uranus is approaching the seventh house of friends and enemies – equals. Britain should look forward to a year of surprise moves by both partners (the EU and USA) and enemies (Argentina).  The other guys have a lot more firepower and the element of surprise. Saturn is in the first house again, hence these austere times, but he does not have the support of Pluto.

In fact, Pluto, the destroyer, is sailing dangerously close to the UK Sun and IC. This has never happened to this UK chart because it was born in 1801. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn (1767-1784), Britain gained Bengal  (via the East India Company) which set the country on the way to becoming an empire and lost America. 

My advice to David Cameron? Sell the Falklands to the highest bidder and pay off some of our national debt, please. Now that would be a radical move. And come to think of it, why stop there? Surely there are a few other islands we could flog…

*This is to do with how Saturn works in the UK chart. To read that piece, click here.

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  1. Lachesis says:

    Woah, there I was (as an early Pisces) pondering dreamily on what Neptune has in store for me next month and you hit us with this Falklands stuff (which certainly put my me-me-me-ness back in its box). I think you might be spot on about trouble in Argentina though I very much hope you’re wrong. I remember the last war all too vividly.

  2. Christina says:

    Oh I’m hoping more for a civilised exchange of cash for territory – but we do eem to have turned into such a military nation in the last ten years…

  3. KL says:

    I see what you mean. It might not be a bad result – I wonder how much the Turks and Caicos might fetch or how about Diego Garcia.

    The thing about the Falklands is that there’s a ready buyer whereas some of Britain’s overseas possessions might not find any takers.