Brexit: Pluto’s Plaything
Well, it had to happen eventually.
Prime Minister Theresa May will start the legal process of Brexit tomorrow. For the United Kingdom to leave the European Union she must “trigger” Article 50, the relevant piece of legislation, by writing an official letter to the European Commission. She has chosen to do this on March 29.
As some of you may recall, the chart for the Brexit vote on June 23, 2016 had Pluto Rising. Tomorrow’s charts also have Pluto’s fingerprints all over them.
In a nutshell, Pluto is about death and rebirth: something wiped out in order for something else to come, slash and burn. Anyone who has experienced a Pluto transit to the Sun or Moon knows this. Capricorn is the established order.
Pluto in Capricorn correlates with major changes in capitalism — and the world order. Some examples: in the 1760s and 70s (1762-1778), Britain defeated the Indian States and began the process of bringing the sub-continent under its hegemony; meanwhile America threw out the British and took its first steps as a democracy; the partition of Poland; the Industrial Revolution made some people very rich and some slaves of the machines. In the centuries that followed, English became the language of the world order, and industrial capitalism the rule.
I wonder if Theresa May has consulted an astrologer, because tomorrow is the one day of the year when the Sun will be directly opposite her own unaspected Sun. Triggering Article 50 puts the ball in the European Union court.
The tightest aspect is between Jupiter and Pluto, just a few minutes away from a perfect 90°. Jupiter in Libra could well signify legislation — and since Jupiter is retrograde, this looks like a long-drawn out process that won’t get properly started until Jupiter turns direct in June.
That square from Jupiter, the magnifier, is emphasising the power of Pluto in Capricorn, which has, frankly, been awe-inspiring over the past nine years. Pluto is wiping out the powers that be to make way for something else.
But there is a great deal more Pluto going on than this, when you see what the Lord of the Underworld is doing in the UK 1801 chart right now. These aspects are very, very close.
The South Node is passing directly over the UK Pluto — this happens every 18 years.
TrPluto is directly opposite the UK Moon — this has never happened since the chart is dated from 1801.
Traditionally, the Moon represents the common people in a chart. They appear to be in Pluto’s sights. But you could also argue that the Moon is a nation’s soul. Since this is a monarchy, we actually have a physical incarnation of the nation in the shape of the Queen herself. So it’s important to see what is happening to HM’s chart too.
A Soul is a Wheel.
A Nation’s a Soul
With a Crown at the hub
To keep it whole.
— Ted Hughes
As you can see, astrology works. The Queen’s North Node conjoins (and applies to) the nation’s Moon. Her personal destiny was, and is, aligned with the people’s.
Pluto is about to conjoin her South Node and in 2018, the Dark Lord will cross her Ascendant. At last year’s close of polls, Mars was stationing direct less than a degree from the authoritative Saturn in Scorpio that dominates her chart. Saturn on the MC, Jupiter in the 1st house: the signature of royalty. Mars’s retrograde last year was right over the Queen’s MC.
Neptune, the Lord of the Sea whose job it is to wash clean, sweep away, obliviate, is also coming up to her exalted Venus in Pisces.
So this is bound to be a period of sweeping changes for the queen — and it could be a transfer of power, or a crumbling of power.
Now one thing that’s interesting from an astrological point of view is that with or without the Brexit vote, the country would have had this significant combination of transits. The transits were not caused by the choice to leave the EU — but Theresa May (and her government) certainly seem to be acting on behalf of the gods of transformation.