The Election: Jam Tomorrow, Jam Yesterday
“I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Two pence a week, and jam every other day.”
Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, “I don’t want you to hire me – and I don’t care for jam.”
“It’s very good jam,” said the Queen.
“Well, I don’t want any to-day, at any rate.”
“You couldn’t have it if you did want it,” the Queen said. “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”
“It must come sometimes to ‘jam to-day’,” Alice objected.
“No, it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every other day: to-day isn’t any other day, you know.”
“I don’t understand you,” said Alice. “It’s dreadfully confusing!”
Britain goes to the polls tomorrow — to choose between jam yesterday: the hard right government; and jam tomorrow: a hard left opposition.
The choice is essentially Conservative or Labour. As usual, the Greens and Lib-Dems, despite winning so many votes, will not have a proportionate representation in government. Nor will UKIP for that matter, although their vote has fallen off: the Conservatives do seem to have lanced that boil, or maybe it’s just the departure of Farage. In Wales and Scotland, there’s the potential to vote for the nationalists — which swung the last election against Labour in the end. Indeed, that election was ultimately won by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon — as predicted here. Both other party leaders have now left politics: she is last woman standing. In Northern Ireland, a handful of other parties, with traditional allies at Westminster, are vying for the vote and trying to figure out how to cope with the potentially dire repercussions of Brexit.
I’d better come out and say right here that it’s anything but the Conservatives for me. I think they have shown themselves to be cruel and destructive, and the country is unsafe in their hands: they seem so awfully keen to sell off the family silver. I also don’t like Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, although I agree with much of his rhetoric. He is a great rabble rouser, but the people he surrounds himself with are questionable. Well, that should make just about everyone cross! But I think it’s only fair that you know where I am coming from, because although we all try to overcome our own biases, they do have an affect.
I am curious to know what you think of the charts.
So what about the chart for the close of polls tomorrow at 10pm? This should tell us something about what to expect — and the aftermath. Remember, the Brexit chart had Pluto Rising — and then we had the Week of the Long Knives, which ended with Theresa May as Prime Minister.
This time, we have 29° Sagittarius rising. This could indicate that the result is temporary because of the lateness of the degree — or that somehow the government elected is fatally weak. This “anaretic degree” is associated with vacillation. Jupiter Rx is the chart ruler — and Jupiter is actually stationing to go direct on the following day in Libra. This is also rather indecisive. Furthermore the Lord of Expansion is on the UK’s First House South Node. Perhaps we really will have a hung parliament — which might reflect the mood of the country most accurately anyway. It all looks rather wobbly. Saturn on the ASC might suggest the status quo could stagger on for a while, but it is in the 12th House. Mars on the Desc looks like open conflict. Uranus-Saturn-NN looks like we’re still in the process of change (well, we knew that).
It’s coming up to a Full Moon — highly emotional and, in Sagittarius, adventurous — which will slip out of the 11th house (parliament or collective cohesion) and into the 12th (collective diffusion). Maybe people will vote for the more idealistic alternative with that Sag Moon. Sun in the 6th is quite positive. Is it time for the government to start serving the people?
Does the Moon-Mercury opposition suggest that the youth vote will swing things?
But there are a three other charts which show some interesting movement too.
First here’s the Conservative Party chart (from The Book of World Horoscopes). Look at Pluto, the Lord of Death and Transformation smack on that Ascendant. This is a long transit and coincides with Pluto opposing the UK Moon. Interesting that the party is currently represented by Theresa May who looks increasingly sepulchral (remember her Mars (vigour and energy) is being transited by Neptune (dissipation).
Pluto on the Ascendant could finish the party off — so that it can be reborn. Seems unlikely from here, but you never know. May herself is certainly damaged below the water line — no matter if she wins or loses the election. She’s just made too many miscalculations: from refusing to debate to cutting school lunches to calling the election in the first place; and is also just too lacking in charm for a politician. The Conservatives are notoriously ruthless when it comes to knifing their leaders.
Second here’s the Liberal Democrat Party chart, with Neptune on the Sun. Oh dear, that could be a wipe out, which is certainly what happened when Neptune was dead on the party’s 9°-Pisces MC in 2015. The party went from 57 MPs to eight in that election; and also judging by what happened when Neptune hit the Labour Sun (see below). The Lib-Dems may well have to face the fact that the rural vote in the West is lost for a generation because of the anti-Brexit stance. On the other hand, the fact that the party is led by an “out” Christian — a man of faith — could turn out to be more advantageous than at first appears. (Neptune and Pisces are associated with Christianity in particular, but faith in general).
Third, here’s the Labour Party chart. Now there are two charts for the party in The Book of World Horoscopes. Nick Campion favoured the 1906 chart when he compiled the book, but that was a long time ago, and it’s clear from recent events that Neptune has been at work on the Labour Party, so I favour the 1900 chart. (When Neptune hit the Labour Sun in 2015, the Party went into meltdown. Like the Liberals, Labour is now led by a man of faith — socialism for Corbyn seems like a religion. )
The Full Moon on the day after the election is across Labour’s Nodal axis, with the Moon on the North Node. It certainly looks like a high tide for Labour. Corbyn has had a very good election campaign — helped by the disastrous performance of Theresa May. Corbyn has come across as honest and hopeful. But Saturn is sitting on Labour’s Chiron.
Interestingly both May and Corbyn have planets at 29°, which will chime with this Close of Polls chart. Whoever wins, this looks like an “endings” government, rather than a “beginnings” one.
We will know the results soon enough — and it will be interesting to study how the results are reflected in these charts.
What do you think?