Priti Patel: Boom and Bust
In this era of crazy behaviour by politicians, when white is orange, and green is encyclopedia, the behaviour of British Minister for International Development Priti Patel still seems outré.
This summer, the minister took a “holiday” in Israel — during which she had more than 10 unauthorised meetings with top Israeli officials including Bibi himself. She forgot to bring along anyone from the Foreign Office, and she forgot to take notes, and she forgot that Britain does not recognise the annexation of the Golan Heights. She also forgot to tell anyone else in government about her freelance expedition to the Holy Land. When she came home, she thought it might be a cool idea to get the British taxpayer to fund the Israel Defence Force.
I don’t have her birth-time, but her chart is a lesson in boom and bust. It’s laid out across the Cardinal axis of Libra-Aries, which has been so powerfully stimulated since 2008, but especially since 2012, when Uranus and Pluto have been dancing around those middle degrees of Aries and Capricorn.
Before going into politics, Patel had a career in PR, promoting tobacco and alcohol. Even for the Conservative Party, she is way over there on the right. Patel was an aggressive Brexit campaigner during the leave referendum, with bulldog persistence and telegenic cheekbones. Her promotion to ministerial level was “necessary” after the Brexit vote, because the Prime Minister had to be seen to be balancing her cabinet with “remainers” and Brexiters.
Patel’s rapid rise took place during Jupiter’s transit through political Libra — touching off her Pluto (lust for power), Moon (maybe), and Uranus (unexpected luck). But oh dear, her bust is now, with Pluto squaring that Uranus.
She thinks for herself (Mercury Rx) in Aries (sharp mind but maybe one-pointed). However, her thinking is not especially rational (Mercury-Uranus opposition) and comes in bursts of inspiration. In other words, she’s inclined to excited and go off half-cocked. That Neptune-Mars conjunction in Gemini should sharpen up her thinking — and certainly makes her verbally combative — but it’s opposed by Neptune — she’s an ideologue.
Jupiter got her over-excited this year — especially during her trip to Israel when it was right on her Uranus-Mercury opposition.
Her Moon conjuncts Pluto — either wide or close since we don’t have the birth time. I’d hate to be in her sights. She’d make a relentless enemy.