UK Election: Striking A Balance

Sunday April 19th 2015

1950 election

1945 election

1945 election

This surreally dreary British election campaign is apparently the closest-run in a generation. The opinion polls bounce back and forth between Labour and Conservative.

From the public discourse, you might not suspect that there are serious issues to be resolved.  There’s little talk of security, the global economy, Britain’s future in a changing world, climate change or — perhaps most pressingly of all — inequality.

There is much talk of opinion polls, spin doctors and politician’s spouses. Fluff.

The rise in inequality in this country has been striking over the past 10-15 years, and it has accelerated dramatically over the last five: inequality between high-earners and the rest, between generations, and between regions. The well-off have circled the wagons it seems and are determined to keep out late entrants, including their own grandchildren.

For the past half century, two opposing forces have kept Britain’s economy in a kind of balance: socialism and free-market capitalism, represented by the two biggest parties, Labour and the Conservatives respectively.


1929 election

The Conservatives have historically gotten rid of restrictions and allowed the free flow of capital. Inevitably this system, as Thomas Piketty has pointed out, if  left unchecked, ends up with a tiny minority — the one percent — owning everything and the rest of the population working as wage slaves or less. You could argue that for much of history, that’s what the world has been like.

So to redress the balance, it’s useful to have systems of wealth redistribution — for example a national health service, minimum wage, pensions, trade unions, corporation tax, in short all the tools we recognise in modern democracies that make life a little fairer and a lot less scary. Traditionally, this was the job of the Labour party.

But socialism if left unfettered, ends up with the state controlling everything from housing to food to what you can read. You end up wrapped in red-tape and with a demoralising lack of personal freedom.

That is a highly simplified version, of course.

The switching back and forth between Labour and Conservatives since WW2 has maintained a kind sliding balance(ish). You can see this in the UK natal chart with Libra, the sign of balance, rising and the nodal axis across Libra/Aries.

Astrologically, unrestrained capitalism is Jupiter power. Jupiter, the planet of expansion, speculation, optimism and increase, requires the restraint of Saturn, who makes rules and regulations. Conversely, total state control is Saturnian.

Gen Elec plus 1801These are the two kings of the ancient astrologers. Clearly, even in Babylon a few thousand years ago, a good state was run using a balance of Jupiter and Saturn power. In the UK chart, these kings are both in the royal sign of Leo — this has served Britain reasonably well over the last 200 years. Jupiter is in the house of the rulers, and Saturn in the house of parliament. The excesses of the rulers checked by democratic institutions.

Yet over the past five years this Conservative-Liberal coalition government has been exercising austerity, and surely that is Saturnian. The cutting of jobs, taxes and social benefits, the tightening of the national belt: that is all Saturn with his sharp scythe: first in Libra (we’re all in this together), then in Scorpio (let’s pay down the debt). Restrictive Saturn has gone through the first house of identity and the second house of money during this parliament.

But some of the results of this austerity programme have been strangely Jupiterian. Jupiter has been riding rampant across southern England, inflating house prices, importing oligarchs, overpaying bankers and managers.

Another face of Jupiter is compassion and of Saturn, punishment.

In fact, the austerity programme has been a form of punishment — although not, as it turns out, for the people who created the recession, but for easy scapegoats. Saturn in Scorpio and Libra thirty years ago saw exactly the same Saturnian behaviour from a Conservative government, most memorably in the crushing of the miners’ strike and an “austerity budget” from then-Chancellor Geoffrey Howe.

44ff38aa51c834597202892bbc4a257eSo you might associate unrestrained compassion with the nanny state, and punishment with Conservative attitudes to the workers (in the broadest sense of that word). In fact then, both ends of the political spectrum must balance elements of Jupiter and Saturn.

Take a look at what’s happening to the UK chart on the day of the election. I’m using the one for 1801, which is consistently accurate for economics and politics.

The transiting North Node is just 2° from the UK Ascendant. What is more, the recent eclipse on April 4 was on the UK North Node. A door is opening for the nation, and a door is slamming shut.

The North Node can signify future direction, and a transit is a turning point, the turning of a corner. Because of how the nodes work in this chart, there will be rebalancing of partnerships within the UK and outside.

The North Node was exactly conjunct the UK Midheaven 9° Cancer at the significant 1945 election which ushered in sweeping social changes in this country, including the creation of the National Health Service.

On the day of the election, the nodal axis will be exactly squaring UK’s Midheaven — and in the opposite direction, 1° from the UK Sun. This puts a critical angle and a most crucial planet on the bendings, a significant point in any chart, but maybe especially so now, since it is this same area of the ecliptic that has been assaulted by Uranus-Pluto for three years.

So this is an important election no matter what the outcome. It’s a turning point.



Back in May 2010 at the last election, Jupiter and Saturn were opposing each other across Pisces and Virgo, hope and practical problem solving — and theoretically the Liberal Party balanced out the Tories in coalition. As soon as Saturn went into Libra — boom — we got the austerity budget. While Jupiter was in Pisces, its own sign, we heard about “Compassionate Conservatism”; when Jupiter moved into Aries, the silence was deafening.

But now the kings have moved on, and on the day of the election they will be trining each other by sign. This shows a willingness to work together, but it’s fleeting as Saturn soon moves back into Scorpio and a harsh angle to Jupiter by sign.

1929 campagaign poster


Jupiter may initially empower the rulers, by which we could assume the Westminster cabals of either Conservative or Labour, but within a few weeks it may become clear that parliament holds the whip hand during this term. Indeed, it’ll be interesting to see if that trJupiter opposition to the UK Venus helps those strong women, Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh nationalist leader Leanne Wood. Teamwork is going to be absolutely essential for the first year.

Meanwhile, trSaturn, the enforcer, will demand restraint in the following areas: immigration, transport, education, and relations with our closest neighbours — within and without the UK. Last time Saturn was in Sagittarius (1986-88), Uranus, the liberator, was there too, so it was an unusual transit. However, for much of his journey through Sagittarius in the coming two years, Saturn will be supported by Uranus in Aries, the sign of the individual. We may see personal privacy legislation and restrictions on the internet.

Looking at Cameron’s chart his best tactic is to strike fear into the heart of the public. In contrast, Miliband needs to get out of Westminster and talk directly to the people. He ought to borrow John Major’s soapbox.

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  1. Rachel says:

    Great post again, Christina! As one who lived through it and saw its effects locally, I am fascinated to learn of the connection to the Miners’ Strike. I taught in a school for 12 years in a mining village that was still suffering the after-effects of the demise of the industry some 30 years later, and from the division caused between neighbours when some could hold out no longer and went back to work, forced back by hunger and poverty. There is a parallel with zero-hours contracts and benefits sanctions for the merest fault.

    I hope that the door slamming shut is on the almost cruel cult of austerity; in a civilised society we should not have people using food banks to survive. Whatever one’s political persuasion, your analysis is very interesting and informative – thank you!

    • Christina says:

      It’s clear the Conservatives have chosen austerity for ideological reasons — not as a practical solution to real problems. It’s absolutely clear that this is connected to the transits of Saturn, which was on the UK Ascendant both times “austerity budgets” were announced — by Osborne this time around and by Howe under Thatcher in the previous Saturn cycle.

  2. Maureen Doran says:

    Thanks for such an an interesting and detailed explanation, which does make it easy to see David Cameron wearing the cloak of Saturn and his use of fear tactic so Ed Milliband needs to be Jupiter and bring in some optimism and joy…x

  3. fred says:

    I appreciate the effort of writing. But, I disagreed with the beginning and then really disagreed when you threw in the planets. I give different accounts of the planets. Particularly Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn is confusion, nothing is right, cant get it right, too much and too little, and of course deception or delusions. When as you point out, that in 2010 jupiter and saturn were in opposing signs, this caused a fall for the whole country. When these two planets contact there is a loss, something that can not be got back, although there is a wish that things will go back to better times. You are right about the trine on election day between those two planets. Something bad to happen perhaps. Another fall. BTW I would put saturn for ideology.

  4. Gil says:

    Thought-provoking post Christina (again). I wonder what your thoughts are on Ed Miliband taking on Rupert Murdoch?

    It’s immoral for a newspaper to try to fix the outcome of a general election by running biased stories and hounding its reporters for not attacking Miliband. Did this really start 4 years’ ago, as the article suggests? I’m not an astrologer, or anything like it, but would be interested to see how Miliband and Murdoch’s charts play out.


    • Christina says:

      I’ve been trying to write a post about Miliband for about a week! Maybe this will give me a way in.

      • Gil says:

        Great! I’ll look forward to it.

        • Gil says:

          Looks like Thatcher did a secret deal with Murdoch to give him control of 40% of UK press.

          • Christina says:

            “All the wretches in the subsequent hacking sagas – the predators in the red-tops, the scavengers and sleaze merchants, the blackmailers and bribers, the liars, the bullies, the cowed politicians and the bent coppers – were but the detritus of a collapse of integrity in British journalism and political life. At the root of the cruelties and extortions exposed in the recent criminal trials at the Old Bailey, was Margaret Thatcher’s reckless engorgement of the media power of her guest that January Sunday. The simple genesis of the hacking outrages is that Murdoch’s News International came to think it was above the law, because it was.” — brilliant article, thanks for the link

  5. aqua says:

    Theres really only one party offering any genuinely different solutions, and thats the Greens.
    If you go to the data for the surveys on Vote for Policies test – the overall results for the UK are 27% Labour and 21% Green – The Conservatives are last, behind UKIP 🙂