Astrology of Now: The Game’s Up

Friday December 13th 2019
The Angel of Death, Evelyn de Morgan

The Angel of Death, Evelyn de Morgan

Well, mendacity, greed and cruelty won last night’s unpopularity contest. That is the Conservative party won the UK general election — in England and Wales.

It was also a victory for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction — a conjunction that means The End, as discussed in this post. The UK will now leave the European Union quickly, maybe as soon as the end of the year. This is the end of the dream of European unity. Then there will be years of unspooling and further chaos.

This process of unpicking the UK structures of government began back in 2008 with the banking crisis, continued with the Conservative return to power, austerity, the first Scottish Referendum, the Brexit vote and its subsequent mess. It’s a brutal realignment of the country’s reputation, values and future under the transit of Pluto through Capricorn, the UK’s Sun sign, and the sign of government, rules and institutions. First Pluto hit the UK IC, then the UK Sun and now it’s opposing the Moon, along with Saturn.

Pluto will not leave Capricorn until 2023, so there’s still more to lose. Saturn has come along to make concrete some of these changes, and it’s certainly been a harsh and taxing couple of years. In the coming year, 2020, with Jupiter also in Capricorn, we may start to see some of the dark fruits of Pluto’s transit ripen, too.

This longer process may be the break up of the UK itself. This has always seemed to be a possibility during the transit. Interestingly the first Scottish Referendum took place as Pluto hit the UK Sun, and it all seemed to pass OK, but Pluto works slowly and persistently, and now with the assistance of Jupiter and Saturn, he can start making real some of the promises that have been made.

The standout result of the election was the triumph of Scottish and Irish nationalists; in both regions it was almost a clean sweep. Neither Northern Ireland nor Scotland ever wanted to leave the European Union in the first place. Northern Ireland, in particular, has benefited massively from membership of a the EU.

As for the astrologers’ predictions, I think Mark Cullen and Elizabeth Hathaway got closest, but no one saw the size of the victory, except perhaps Paul Saunders, a shame he only writes on Facebook now. They all also looked at many charts.

As for my close of polls chart, I don’t think it shows a Tory victory, until you compare it to Boris Johnson’s chart, in which case the Moon is on his Sun-Venus. Even so, it’s not all that convincing. There may still be something short-lived about this situation, although at the moment I can’t see how he won’t go the whole five years, god help us.

If you compare it to the UK chart though, you can see the longer term result, which looks like that cold Saturn opposite the UK Moon — and importantly, the Nodes going across the central axis of the chart — a change of direction for the country. This nodal transit happens every 18 years.

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  1. 44 and counting says:

    Firstly – fantastic picture

    I’m struck by the line … “This is the end of the dream of European unity”.

    I don’t whether that was deliberate, or subconsciously remembered but … EU birthchart is 01 Nov 1993 with a tight Uranus-Neptune conjunction at 18Cap40

    Transiting Saturn went over it last Sunday. Harsh reality.

  2. Christina says:

    No I wasn’t thinking of that.
    Maybe just the truth.

  3. Eleonora says:

    @44 and counting
    It depends. It could also mean setting the boundaries and defining the borders. Especially since the EU-borders were always very changeable, and not clearly defined (for better or worse), to say at least. This is, of course, shown in the EU natal chart, in the same aspect you mentioned (Uranus-Neptune-conjunction in Capricorn). For example, the UK never belonged to the Schengen Area, while Norway, which is not a member of the EU, did. Also, the EU was, until now, open for new members – this is now changing.

    Furthermore, I would always put my money on the survival of someone / something, that has a Mars-Pluto-conjunction in Scorpio. It takes more then one hysterical gemini, with weird hair, to threaten THAT. (And no, two hysterical geminis with weird hair, want be enough either).

    I have to disagree here.
    European Dream? What do you exactly mean with that? There is / was an American Dream (with all the Cancer and Sag and Mars sq. Neptune in their chart), but I never heard of someone takling about the “European Dream”, unless to announce its end (which is done regulary). There never was such a thing like European Dream, in the first place. The EU is all about accepting the reality (harsh or otherwise) and dealing with it. It’s about making and accepting the compromises (Venus and Jupiter in Libra), about survival (bunch of different planets in Scorpio) and enjoying the sweet sides of the down-to-earth life (Moon in Taurus). The EU ist not just marsian – it’s venusian as well, with all that sweetness in Libra and Taurus. But it’s not a chart of a dreamer.

  4. Eleonora says:


    Okay, I see now, you wrote about “the end of the dream of European unity”, not about the “European Dream”, which is not the same. Sorry, I misinterpreted that, my criticism was not spot on.

  5. 44 and counting says:

    @Eleonora – thanks for your reply

    Good point about the Mars-Pluto in Scorpio, and of course that combination is square to its Saturn in Aqua – talk about doubling down on uncompromising.
    Ugh … I can think of lots of doomday scenarios from that … but scorpio can transform when it has to.

    2022 will be the EU’s Saturn return coinciding with Neptune in Pisces trining and softening that Mars-Pluto combo. That gives a glimmer of hope.

  6. Christina says:

    @Eleonora No probs.

  7. Monnina says:


    However, writing from Northern Ireland, on Friday the social relief here that the very scary, mendacious, greedy, cruel christian fundamentalist and loyalist paramilitary funded DUP candidates Emma Little Pengelly and Nigel Dodds were kicked out and replaced by two candidates who favour human rights, social justice and mutual tolerance, was almost physical.

    Might I suggest that this Saturn Pluto conjunction also flags the exposure and need to deal with any deep ancestral English colonial karma ?

    If so, one potential way out and forward for those of you who are in despair in England, would be to actively create and support a rainbow alliance of English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish localism against the destructive forces of centuries of exploitation represented by global capital in Elizabeth I East India Company created City of London, politically and militarily protected since 1867 by the Conservative and Unionist party.
    Let all who favour social egalitarianism, ecological sustainability and civic compassion participate in in unravelling the dark deeds of the past.

  8. SD says:

    I wonder if it may not just be the UK that unravels but England as well…..

  9. Paul Saunders says:

    Thanks very much for the kind words Christina. On looking at the horoscopes, I coubldn’t see anything but a Conservative victory – it was all there and for once I read the script well. Just you let you and everyone know that a new website from me (Astrology by Paul Saunders – is forthcoming. I’ve had awful problems in the past couple of years (thank you Saturn Pluto and Neptune) that meant that I had to pull back everyting onto Facebook. Maybe the torture is coming to an end – I hope so. More info in the new year as I relaunch…

  10. Gavin says:

    Thanks for the previous roundup of different predictions – it was interesting to see which approaches fared better.
    Looking at the way alot of traditional Labour voters apparently simply voted against Corbyn made me think it was more a Labour loss then a Tory win, so I looked at their formation chart, which didn’t provide anything striking. The chart for its precursor, the Independant Labour Party (16 Jan1893, Bradford) has some interesting transits though, with the Pluto-Sat-Ven conjunction squaring its Jupiter, and the Node opposing its Merc-Moon conjunction (I use sidereal). No way they were going to win an egg&spoon race with that going on, let alone a general election!

  11. Christina says:

    @Monnina I completely agree with you about English colonialism or, indeed Anglo-Scots colonialism. I’ve been thinking this for a while. Somehow Brexit is tied up with that. I’ve written about the East India Company somewhere on this website as it’s connected directly to the Pluto in Capricorn transit.

  12. Christina says:

    @Paul Saunders My pleasure Paul. I look forward to the new website.

  13. Christina says:

    @Gavin — which Labour Party charts do you use? I have two I think. 1901 and 1906 off the top of my head. I agree with you though, when you look at the stats. Tories got about the same number of votes as under Theresa May, Labour lost votes…

  14. Vesta says:

    Easily 5 years, and looks like they’re tearing up the rules already and seeking to make it 10 years.
    But that’s them. I also see it could be short-lived, but maybe that’s me hanging on to your words again and I don’t actually see, I’m just hoping.

    Yes to this, sadly. Not just Scotland and Ireland, but Wales too eventually. They all look increasingly attractive places to move to…
    The UK is on a downward spiral. As it falls, nations will pull away to save themselves. England is stubbornly on a road to nowhere. It’s done. The politics of hate is rooted in self-loathing. We’re seeing it play out.

    There is nothing Labour could have done to stop this. There are bigger forces at work. I agree about karma as some people have commented here, I’ve been thinking that for a while. I was just thinking the election was fated. From my own experience, (uranus/pluto squares on my DC/IC in recent years) there comes a point you realise there was nothing you could have done differently so there’s no point blaming yourself. People surviving on one meal a day actually voted for more austerity. It’s mind-boggling but there it is. You can’t argue Labour failed to sell more food to hungry people who wilfully rejected it in favour of the sunlit uplands of Brexit. Some people can’t be helped.

    People are scared of bullies, they’re especially scared of fascists, so they automatically don’t criticise the Tories and they should. Stand up to bullies. If you lay any blame at Labour, you’re victim-blaming. After what the Tories did to Labour and Corbyn with every institution and their media at war with them, blaming Labour is inexcusable. Find a way past the propaganda.

    I think this is an extremely important time. We’re at a major crossroads, choosing our paths that we will be on from now on.
    I already chose resistance. For me, the path ahead has to include fighting climate change.

  15. Lena says:

    Cop 25 was a bit of a disaster. Hope took a severe battering . Maybe another example of an ending? Greta T looked defeated as we’re many of the scientists and developing nations’ representatives. But then, pluto saturn takes no prisoners.

  16. Christina says:

    @Lena Yes, I think that was sad too. The coming Pluto-Saturn conjunction is actually a triple conjunction because it includes Ceres — the goddess of agriculture… She seems to be important in this debate, and I can’t help wondering if she’s being strong-armed.

  17. Sophie says:

    Some very interesting comments here, especially @vesta . I do believe the English as a culture have issues with masochism and self-hate. When people are not living consciously, their unacknowledged vulnerability and insecurity can lead to an identification with those who are aggressive in order to seek protection. People will herald such figures who offer a strong, unrelenting stance, even if this can and will be turned against them (see…history). With a cancer moon in the chart, you are looking at resolving dependency issues, accepting innate vulnerability and locating your own sense of strength and stability (the best integration of Cancer-Capricorn). Moving away from Europe may be a knee-jerk reaction to trying to breakaway from a place of clinging to some maternal/paternal image in order to mature and find this true identity or sense of being. Maturing and dealing with reality is not huge fun! Colonialism – a gross misuse and imbalance of power, is a product of this type of dependent culture that overcompensates its repressed insecurity by surpressing and exploiting others. I agree that England is going through a processing of its previous imbalances which have affected the entire globe. Overall, a healing is occuring but the shadow of the nation must be uncovered and explored, felt and eventually accepted and released before we can start to accept the ‘good food’ that is so very much wanted and needed.

  18. Catherine says:

    Thinking of the underlying Saturn Pluto conjunction I wonder if the cancer polarity is important. It strikes me that the last conjunction in libra birthed neoliberalism which had a lot of Aries to it (competition, individualism, inequality) and the 1948 conjunction in Leo birthed a lot of Aquarian changes. We are seeing tribalism and nativism all over the world. A lot of voters were put off by Corbyn because they saw him as a terrorist sympathiser and, well, unpatriotic. I also agree with Vesta’s comment that there are greater forces at work and it’s horrible but we just have to keep hoping that good will come out eventually.

  19. Vesta says:

    @Catherine he was involved in the Irish peace talks. It was twisted and used against him. He wasn’t the only one involved, funny how he’s the one ‘unpatriotic’. People are being told diplomacy is a bad thing, but how else do you broker peace.
    I’m not arguing, I know you’re describing what people have been led to believe. It’s just… mad.

  20. Vesta says:

    Thank you 🙂

    “I do believe the English as a culture have issues with masochism and self-hate. When people are not living consciously, their unacknowledged vulnerability and insecurity can lead to an identification with those who are aggressive in order to seek protection. People will herald such figures who offer a strong, unrelenting stance, even if this can and will be turned against them (see…history).”
    Yes, exactly. Deserves repeating. Well said. The self-hate is hard to understand. There’s also class, where a small group of people seize power and everyone else doffs their cap ‘yes, m’lord’. To me, that’s literally this election result. Ties in with what you say, people willingly giving their power away to the aggressive for the promise of protection.

    I’m still looking at voter data and analysis. So far, I see it wasn’t just Leave seats, thousands of Labour Remainers left the party. Climate crisis is an emergency, Labour have the best Green policies, and these people decided the end of the human race didn’t matter, as long as they got… what?

    I keep seeing a quote by Hannah Arendt about ‘the mob and elite’. That’s the Tories and Brexit party, who formed an alliance. Tories got their majority because the Brexit party stepped back.
    What the rest of us need to do is unite against them, an alliance of the centre and the left. We’re scattered and bickering over things that don’t matter. We’re not looking at the one thing that does – our existence.
    The right wing want to profit from climate change, they don’t care if they accelerate it as long as they make profits today. We need to find ways to release false divisions between us, unite, and stop them. We don’t have long to do it. That’s not just here in the UK, it’s everyone worldwide. An alliance of the centre and left across the world is what needs to happen. We have social media, it’s the perfect tool, if we use it properly.

  21. Gavin says:

    @Christina – the first Labour chart I looked at was 27 Feb 1900, formation of the present party, but that for the Independant Labour Party (16 Jan1893, Bradford) was clearer. Keir Hardie was representing them before amalgamating with other like-minded souls.

  22. Lena says:

    Interesting that Neo liberalism has shaped the world since Thatcher and Reagan came to power 35 yrs ago when saturn and pluto were together in Libra. This has shaped the rest of the world since. Now, is sat and pl in capricorn going to pull this down as it begins the new cycle or reinforce it? If the latter, there will be very few people around to consume the market offerings. Ergo, the market will implode. Either way there will be a market and financial collapse along with the collapse of industrial civilisation. I really can’t see the 2020s be as roaring as the last time round.

  23. anon says:

    Thanks for pointing out that Ceres will be part of the Conjunction, Christina. Would love to hear more about that.
    I am truly sorry about what is going on in your side of the pond…here rallies are scheduled tonight in every state to support impeachment.

  24. Christina says:

    @anon As well as being a couple of Geminis, our dear leaders are both eclipse babies — thriving on the eclipse energy.

  25. anon says:

    Beautiful new website. I love the daily angel quotes.

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