Fate, Free Will and the Referendum
Last night, I sat in one of the most magnificent private courtyards in Europe, listening to 200 musicians play the works of Ennio Morricone. The Italian composer, now 87 years old, conducted a huge choir and orchestra himself.
The heavy rains were finished. The clouds parted, the sun set lemon and violet. The lake and its mysterious wooded island became silhouettes — and the music made us cry and cheer and stamp our feet. There were four encores.
Beside me, a French student; behind me explained the films in London Italian. I heard the soft lisp of Greek and Spanish too while we sipped our Pimms at the interval.
Mars came out, then Jupiter. The sky turned ultramarine.
It felt elegiac — 60 years of Morricone’s work — and it turned out to be so.
I’m not so surprised by the outcome of the EU Referendum, but I am shocked. (For more on the chart, click here.) I hoped the nation would choose more wisely. I had hoped that the Pluto rising in the exit poll chart for yesterday’s Referendum meant transformation not “zombie apocalypse”, but this morning it seems as if England and Wales have chosen Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson’s lies.
This result has left me asking whether as a nation, we have free will, or whether the result was inevitable.
On a personal level, astrology is not fixed, but provides a structure of potential stories. We can make better choices working with the planets. Astrology helps us to deeper, more complex self-knowledge as individuals. We should be able to do the same as nations; as a human family. Many astrologers believe that we are “evolving” as humans, but in the current climate, you have to wonder.
The failure of political leadership here, and in the EU, has brought us to this point, to a decision that damages our children’s futures. It is clear that the UK is now potentially in freefall. I wrote in the previous post that the worst case scenario is a break up of this island union and indeed Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has just said Scotland will be organising another referendum. But there is an even more horrible prospect, the return to a fragmented Europe. Elizabeth Hathaway makes this point in the comments on the previous post.
It’s been evident for a long time that radical change was inevitable, but did it have to be like this?