France Saves Her Soul
You didn’t have to be an astrologer to predict the victory of centrist Emmanuel Macron in today’s French election — he was a clear 20 point ahead in the polls. Still it’s a relief, since Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right nationalists, also had excellent transits.
But astrology can tell us something about the energies at work — and flag up a warning. Marine Le Pen lost this stage of the war, but she’s not going anywhere soon.
Emmanuel Macron, standing as an independent at the head of a movement he started just a year ago, defeated not only Le Pen’s National Front in this election but also the two main parties that have divided power in France since World War 2 — the Republicans and the Socialists. It’s a remarkable feat and fits in with the spirit of our times. Old political paradigms have stopped working and we are seeking new ones.
Now it’s true that Macron is a member of the “elite” — a banker, educated in the tradition of the Grandes Ecoles. So he is not a total break with the past. But the elites that run Europe and France would be foolish to assume that he’s automatically “one of theirs”. His victory outside the party structures gives him freedom to create new pathways to the future. The difficulty is that with no party machinery behind him, he may not be able to make those changes happen.
This is why the National Assembly elections in June are so critical. All 577 seats are now up for grabs. Remember that Macron’s movement, En Marche!, has no seats — and the Front National has just two. There is everything to play for. Macron must make alliances with the old parties and win enough seats himself in order to wield the power he needs to run the country.
So what about the two charts. Both look like winners, but the decisive transit is probably Moon-Jupiter to Macron’s North Node — an upturn in fortune. Marine also gets a nice fillip from Jupiter Rx just above her Ascendant — and extraordinarily also to her Lunar Node, but in her case it is the South Node, which is less positive than the North Node.
What is more, the French national Sun is at 11° Libra, right on Le Pen’s South Node and Macron’s North Node — literally the past and the future. This really was a stark choice for the French — to look backwards with Le Pen, or forwards with Macron.
Notice how the Nodes in these two charts are exactly reversed. These two destinies are tightly intertwined with each other as well as with the nation. And the axis is across adversarial Libra-Aries. In the debate on French television, it was clear that Marine had finally met her match. What is more, the liberal, internationalist view which has been under attack all over the West for the last few years found a powerful advocate in the shape of Macron. His defence of an outward-looking France was fierce in the face of Le Pen’s angry, agitating verbiage.
One reason I think Le Pen may be in opposition for a long time is that by progression her Sun has recently moved into Libra — the sign of the other side — and will be there for about 30 years. She has arrived at a permanent new role. This also means that Le Pen’s Progressed Sun will hit the French Republic’s stellium over the coming years. She does speak for a certain aspect of France. Her powerful Leo Sun makes an exact sextile to the French Sun — the nation’s identity. And France is a Solar country — think of the Sun King, Napoleon, la gloire. Le Pen appeals to French pride.
But Macron’s chart makes direct contacts to an even more important point in the French chart — the Moon. In a national chart, this is the “people” — or the nation’s soul — and as a politician you need to touch that. That clever, inquisitive, deep French Moon is expanded and softened by Macron’s Jupiter in Cancer in an out of sign conjunction — but more importantly, Macron reflects back to the French people something of themselves which they like, because his Sun-Mercury sits exactly opposite that Moon.
It’s interesting that his Mercury is — according to some traditional astrology — terrible. It is retrograde and in fall. Yet, he is an excellent communicator. Perhaps the verbal torrent associated with Sagittarian Mercury is restrained by the trine from Saturn and being retrograde. I find that Mercury Rx natally often makes for deep, original thinkers, who perfectly fine or even really outstanding at speaking or writing.
Macron’s 11th-house Sun in Sagittarius truly is outward-looking. This is a sign that does not recognise national boundaries in a house that is about teamwork and co-operation. For Macron, patriotism (powerfully signalled by Jupiter in Cancer) means being a citizen of the world (Sun in Sagittarius). France will be keeping her place at the high table of diplomacy under his watch.
But he has taken on a really tough job. Transiting North Node is right on his Saturn (responsibility) and trSaturn is going across his Sagittarian planets this year. He has take on a heavy burden and the way ahead is hard. However, Saturn is his chart ruler. His much older wife — classic Saturn in he 7th house of relationships — shows just how well that works for him. She has, by all accounts, been his mentor, rock and best critic.
Macron needs to make alliances quickly — with the North Node in his 7th house of allies, trining his Sagittarian Sun over the next few weeks, he most likely will. But the Front National under Marine Le Pen just got stronger, not weaker. It’ll be interesting to see how that transit of Pluto across Le Pen’s IC works out.
France’s heart and soul are still at odds — and on a more practical level the country’s debt burden may cause serious problems over the next 18 months as the eclipses rock France’s economy. Macron’s ability to create a new future with the French people will be the key.