Politics: A Tidal Wave of Emotion
Right-wing nationalists have won the elections for the European parliament here in the UK. This is the first time a fourth party has won a nation-wide election for more than 100 years.
For anyone living in England, this victory has been quite obviously on the way, an unstoppable freight-train rolling down the tracks. Every conservative or liberal voter that I’ve spoken to — outside Oxford itself, but in the countryside — planned to vote for the UK Independence Party. It was simply a matter of UKIP not messing up too much before the election.
UKIP’s promise is Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Across Western Europe — with a few exceptions — voters have sent the same message: we don’t like the EU. In Germany and Spain far right parties took a chunk of votes. In France and Britain, far right parties won. In Greece, the winners were left, but the message was the same: we hate the EU.
Politics is all about emotion. To win an election, you need to reflect the nation’s the mood; and then you need to stoke it. This is something that Goebbels understood, of course..
Here in Britain, the people are sick of the traditional parties. The Conservatives are led by a tiny cabal of ham-faced public school boys; the Labour Party is led by the same tiny cabal that wrecked the economy; and the Liberals reneged on their promises just too outrageously.
This vote for UKIP is a protest vote, but it’s bigger than that. It’s a sea- change.
Astrologers have been waiting some time to see how the Cardinal Cross shakes down on the UK chart, since it actually hit the angles exactly a few years ago now. We can see that Gordon Brown’s time in Number 10 may have marked the beginning of an unravelling of the British political class and perhaps the electoral system. Pluto destroys first; the transformation usually trails behind.
Pluto is still within orb of the UK Sun and the IC — but he has gone past the exact conjunction and will not be returning for about 200 years.
The planet that is striking the UK chart with some force this week is Uranus — who upsets, disrupts, shakes down. Uranus is conjuncting the UK’s North Node in the house of partnerships. Despite what UKIP made have us believe, Europe is the UK’s most important trading partner by far.
Now the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage is an Aries, and guess where his Sun is — yes it lines up exactly with the UK North Node and his Sun is currently being by Uranus the Awakener. The Cardinal Cross is jet-propelling him. And he is realising a destiny to affect the destiny of this country.
Then there’s the emotional temperature in the country at the moment. Jupiter, the planet of exaggeration, and expansion is conjuncting the UK Moon. The Moon in a mundane chart is the populace, it’s the mood of the mob. The people are feeling extreme. But there’s more astrologically. That Moon in the natal chart is trine Neptune in Scorpio: this is what gives the UK it’s romantic bent, the dreaming imagination that we export so expertly in the form of books and music.
Transiting Jupiter is part of a Grand Trine in emotional water, right now — Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, Jupiter in Cancer. This is affecting everyone, but it is locking right into the UK chart. Neptune, the earth-shaker, is a little wide to be part of the current configuration, but because the UK’s natal Neptune is involved, the feelings are still large.
The body that’s really linking in from Pisces is Chiron, training both the UK Moon and Neptune from the 6th House of service and health. Well, the National Health Service is certainly being wounded (possibly mortally) at the moment, but it’s more than that. It’s that people are feeling hard done by on a personal day-to-day level which is also the province of the 6th house. So that feeds the emotions of the Moon, mix it up with idealistic Neptune and you conjure up a get-out-of-jail-free card: UKIP.
To read a previous post on the wobbling EU, click here. It’s from 2011 but still relevant.
We’ll take a closer look at Farage’s chart in another post, but one weak spot could be a lack of management skills. I’d guess that this birth time is rounded up or down.