Category: politicians

How To Get Ahead in Politics
One of the most noticeable phenomena of recent times is the rise of the comedian-politician. And by that I don’t mean a funny guy running the country, I mean professional comedians who turn to politics. In democracies that is.  Just the other day, a comedian called Volodymyr Zelensky won the [...]
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The Unstoppable AOC: A Mighty Saturn Return
It’s easy to forget in all the fuss about the youngest ever congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that her main asset is her mind (Mercury on the MC). Her evisceration of the campaign finance laws this week demonstrated her razor sharp intelligence and ability to get to the heart of an [...]
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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 [...]
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Double Retrograde for A Reactionary Throwback
Oh the splendidness of astrology. I was listening to that Jacob Rees-Mogg, a 48-year-old elderly schoolboy who may actually become the next leader of the British Conservative Party. He is a caricature of “posh”, with the faux self-deprecating, smooth-bumbling of an Etonian (super polite and [...]
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The Hubris of Trump
Donald Trump has an important fixed star right on his Ascendant. It is one of the four royal stars, Regulus at 29° Leo. Here is what the medieval Italian astrologer Guido Bonatti wrote about the influence of Regulus on the Ascendant. “…this alone signifies that the Native shall be a person of [...]
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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 [...]
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The Lonely Sun of Theresa May
Theresa May became Britain’s second woman Prime Minister last summer, because there was no alternative. The rest of them had done each other in. She was the last woman standing, and the country breathed a collective sigh of relief when she stepped into the breach. She seemed capable, calm, [...]
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Catch You Later, President Obama
Barack and Michelle Obama may have left the White House today, but they have certainly not left politics. In fact, Obama’s career as a world leader and elder statesman has only just begun. While he was president Obama carried a burden of huge responsibility, without always being able to wield [...]
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Venus in Pisces: Dirty Sweet
Those of you following this Venus in… series will know already that Venus is not entirely about how you look. For that we look at the Ascendant and planets aspecting it. Venus though can tell us what makes you attractive, or even what makes you beautiful. So it’s pretty interesting that the [...]
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The Donald: America’s Shadow Steps Out Of The Looking Glass (P1)
Donald Trump has been on TV since 2004, sitting at a big desk with the stars and stripes behind him. He wasn’t the president then, just pretending to be a boss on the reality TV show The Apprentice. He looked menacing and said, “You’re fired”, and rewarded contestants if they were “good”, and [...]
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USA Chart Analysis, November 9, Dawn
My friend Anton D’Abreu from Cycles of History has very kindly sent this chart analysis of transits to the chart of the United States on the day after the election. The Sibly chart (Koch) is used. Only the USA chart is analysed. All dates 2016 unless specified otherwise. Transiting houses are [...]
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Nasty Women
No matter what you think about the candidates for president in the USA, the campaign has given rise to some barnstorming feminist political speeches. It feels like a real breakthrough — a change in the weather. In astrology, we have a “nasty woman”. She’s called Black Moon Lilith, and she’s [...]
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Hillary Clinton, Dragon-Slayer
This American election is an archetypal battle, the stuff of fairytale or legend. The two sides line up, accusing each other of hatred, lying and lasciviousness; of baseness, vileness, bestiality. In their vagueness sometimes, the smears require a leap of imagination from the public. What’s [...]
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Women on Top: Venus in Power
I got excited a while ago when I noticed that Brazilian premier Dilma Rousseff, Ukraine’s ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Korean PM Park Geun-hye all have Venus in Capricorn, the sign of earthly power. I wondered if there would be more women at the top of the political tree with [...]
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2016: The Year of the Maverick
Here we are at the dawn of the Year of the Fire Monkey and already the results of the New Hampshire Primary in the United States are telling us that this could well be the year of maverick. In Chinese astrology, the Monkey is just what you’d expect — clever, quick, a trickster, a [...]
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Apollo Wins the Canadian Election
Canadians, it seems, have thrown out old and cold Saturn in favour of Apollo himself, the god of light. In other words, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party trounced Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Harper was older, colder, stiffer and meaner. Trudeau’s approach to politics? [...]
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Jeremy Corbyn, Astrology in Action
The wave of left-wing emotion that’s swept through Europe from Greece to Spain and Italy has finally found a focus on these islands in the unlikely person of Jeremy Corbyn, a softly spoken Labour backbencher. It’s been a feeling in search of a leader. Corbyn is a slight, earnest, [...]
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Marine Le Pen: Killing the Father
Tough, intelligent, focused and energetic, Marine Le Pen is France’s most charismatic politician. Compared to dreary Francois Holland and preening Nicolas Sarkozy, she has the “it” factor. Her chart ruler, Venus shines brightly in Leo. Le Pen is a serious contender for the [...]
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UK Election: Nigel Farage
I wrote this piece originally for March edition of The Astrological Journal. Like a certain Transylvanian immigrant, Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, has a habit of rising from the dead. Just when his enemies think it’s all over, there he is again climbing out of his coffin [...]
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Yanis Varoufakis
For those of you curious to see the chart of Greece’s new finance minister, here it is. There is no birth time available, so I have drawn it for sunrise. Just briefly • Take a look at the nodes. SN conjunct Mercury in Pisces. (Wonder if there’s an ancestor in holy orders.). Brains [...]
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