Dominic Cummings: Brazen Serpent
The British Prime Minister’s Machiavelli, Dominic Cummings, is in trouble — even though his “boss” is backing him.
The serpentine Cummings is a close equivalent to ex-White House advisor Steve Bannon. Indeed, they are said to be in frequent touch. Cummings’ great triumph was the Brexit campaign, during which he managed to persuade just over half British voters that leaving the EU was a jolly clever idea. And yes, he’s somehow involved in all the Cambridge Analytica stuff, which has yet to be resolved.
When Boris Johnson became prime minister Cummings came along as “special advisor”. Some people say he has more power than any elected politician — including Johnson himself.
Well, since the start of the pandemic, his advice has turned out to be deadly. We will see how history judges decisions made by the government, but there’s little doubt that their initial pursuit of “herd immunity”, championed by Cummings, cost many lives, and the lack of strategic planning for PPE, quarantine and testing, cost more.
However, this week, something turned out to be absolutely certain. Cummings flouted government health directives repeatedly. He drove halfway across the country with his sick wife, when the government advice was: “Stay at home. Save lives.” And went to stay with his elderly parents, when we were told not to visit our own relatives.
It’s extraordinarily arrogant, but then apparently he is.
Cummings chart is perfect for a spin-doctor, manipulator of data and ideas person. His is vocation, his ego, his heart, that is the Sun, is in the sign of publicity, Sagittarius, precisely conjoined by Neptune, the planet of illusion, confusion, gossip, slander. In fact, he has five planets in Sagittarius, the sign of big ideas, grand plans, and, sometimes, hot air and intellectual superiority. I expect he fully believes the myth he has created for himself (Sun-Neptune) — of his own genius (again Sagittarius territory). Also, he really doesn’t care what people think about him or say about him. Jupiter in Sag is super-confident, and it’s bolstered by all those other planets.
He’s said to be horribly rude in person — and shouty. With all those planets in Sag, perhaps that’s not surprising. He must have a huge, overwhelming personality. He’s been described as a “career psychopath”.
What’s striking about the timing of the series of revelations is the New Moon in Gemini on May 23. It was opposite his Sun-Neptune, and on his Saturn in Gemini, which makes a close and easy aspect-pattern with his politically power-hungry Pluto. In fact, Pluto eases that central opposition. Apparently one of his ambitions is to break the civil service (Pluto in Libra). As the New Moon sailed over his Saturn, the story broke that he’d run to daddy (Saturn) as soon as he got ill. This was the weekend of March 27, a few days after Saturn had entered Aquarius and started to trine his natal Saturn and Pluto.
The government defence of Cummings also centres around his own role as daddy.
‘This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it.
‘It is an insult to sacrifices made by the British people that Boris Johnson has chosen to take no action against Dominic Cummings. The public will be forgiven for thinking there is one rule for the Prime Minister’s closest adviser and another for the British people.
‘The Prime Minister’s actions have undermined confidence in his own public health message at this crucial time.’
— Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition quoted in the Daily Mail
The recent New Moon has been going over a stellium in Gemini which opposes Cummings own Sagittarius stellium. It’s just gone past Venus Rx (secrets) and Mercury (news). One of the other revelations has been that Cummings wife, a journalist, published an article about their lockdown, which seems to be, in retrospect, deliberately misleading.
Another interesting transit is Mars through Pisces, which made a hard square to Cummings natal Sag-Gem opposition, and will soon contact his own Mars in Pisces. It’s setting this whole T-square on fire. He’s bound to come out fighting, spraying shot in every direction.
If you’re not a fan of Cummings, you should be quite worried by him right now. He has a real plan (Pallas in Taurus), which the pandemic has opened up an opportunity to implement. Saturn transiting Aquarius could give him the opportunity to detonate that Pluto in Libra either now, or in December. This could be why Johnson’s not sacking him, despite his own party and the usually supportive right wing press in revolt.
The usual political manouevre would be better: sack him, and then get him back for Christmas. He’s going to be causing all kinds of scandal in 2020. Keeping him on now may bring death by a thousand cuts later. Sometimes in politics, it’s good to have made a few friends.
Remember, the eclipses of 2020 are in Sagittarius and Gemini. The first one is coming up soon (June 5) — and it’s right on that ultra-confident Jupiter in Sagittarius. Maybe, Mr Cummings is about to be brought down a peg — even if he’s survived tonight. His reputation (Jupiter) may never recover: we’re already in that eclipse zone.