The Death of Margaret Thatcher
|Winning her second term 1983.|
The whole country was frozen, dry and still in March and early April. In my garden, which at this time of year is usually bursting with buoyant blooms, nothing changed for weeks. This was all due to the strange, bitter weather, of course. Spring had been arrested. It was as if the whole country was waiting for something to happen.
Then Margaret Thatcher died. Momentous.
In the tidal wave of coverage about her, two words keep cropping up: passion and power. The exact opposition between dark Pluto and expansive Jupiter across the power axis – Cancer/Capricorn. These two signs are country and queen, respectively, emotional power and temporal power.
Pluto and Jupiter are in a T-square to her political Libra Sun. She sucked up strength from controversy. According to people who worked with her, she liked to argue – that was how she formed her ideas (Mercury is part of the T-square too).
Libra is supposed to be all about harmony, but in fact, this is one of the most party political signs. Thatcher’s question was always: “Is he (rarely she) one of us?” Her effect on the nation was also polarising. Both her character and her policies pitted people against each other.
Then she also has that stern, ambitious Saturn Rising in Scorpio. That must have given her tremendous focus. Scorpio excels at winnowing out everything that is “irrelevant” (including people) , and combined with Saturn, you can get real ruthlessness.
Saturn has not yet returned to the exact spot it occupies in her natal chart. There are 4 degrees to go. But I believe that the effect of transits usually starts when a planet enters the sign, so her third Saturn Return started in October.
Thatcher had glamour. Look at that Moon-Neptune conjunction in blingy Leo on the Midheaven. That lunar placement gives mass appeal, and combined with Neptune, an almost hypnotising effect. The Leo is evident in her dramatic public persona: that blond swoosh of hair, the shiny clothes, the blood red lips.
It’s not that we “get the leaders we deserve”, it’s that we get the leaders who reflect something of ourselves back at us. That’s why the Moon-Neptune conjunction is so powerful. Margaret Thatcher was one face of Britain: cold, domineering, uncompassionate; glamorous, intelligent, brave. She was a British lion.
|Thatcher had a silver screen|
But there’s something rather Sunset Boulevard about her demise in a suite at the Ritz, alone except for a carer. Matthew Parris, a great admirer of hers, has written an excellent piece in today’s Times, which points out an interesting truth. Thatcher may have been worshipped by many, but she was loved by hardly anyone at all.
The Sun was almost exactly opposite her natal Sun the day she died. So her life force was at it’s lowest ebb in the year. Mars was also opposite her Sun. Mars rules the blood, and she died of a blood clot to the brain, represented by Mercury, also opposed by Mars yesterday. It was a merciful release, of course, so no surprise to see Venus leading the way for those planets.
The Moon transited her natal Uranus on the night she died, while transiting Uranus is exactly opposite her Mars. All this speaks of a speedy and surprising end, in the end.
Of course transiting Jupiter is involved. He comes to take us home. Jupiter is on the cusp of her 8th house of death and exactly on the midpoint between her massively hard-working natal Jupiter-Saturn sextile, creating a transiting yod.
Finally, the North Node, the destiny which pulls her forward, is approaching her ascendant. The solar eclipse (traditionally the sign of the death of a leader) in May will be a few degrees from opposition to this point. She has completed her task, a journey from shopkeeper’s daughter to world leader to the mental wilderness she inhabited in her last years.
The cold dry spell has broken. It’s raining.