Today is the eve of Jupiter’s direct station so the timing of ministerial resignations by Boris Johnson and David Davis is no surprise. Jupiter’s arrival in Scorpio last October marked the breaking of the Harvey Weinstein story, pretty much to the day. Jupiter’s moves in Scorpio demand attention.
Theresa May’s moderate Libra Sun cloaks a ruthless, unyielding core. Her chart features Saturn at 29º Scorpio square Pluto 29º Leo: a severe aspect in the degrees of mastery. It's exactly what you need to navigate a country through Brexit. To say she’s tough doesn’t even begin to cover it. As I write, transiting Venus, her Sun's dispositor, conjuncts her natal Pluto at 29º Leo as if to highlight what she’s really made of.
Incidentally, Margaret Thatcher was a Libran with Saturn at 13º Scorpio rising trine Pluto in Cancer, in contrast to May's square. David Cameron is a Libran with a Saturn-Pluto opposition.
Cameron, May's predecessor, sent her to the Home Office to ‘kill her off’. She survived as Home Secretary for 6 years before taking his job. Her Saturn square Pluto is a signature of immense resilience - and revenge.
Jupiter resuming forward motion intensifies the crisis scenario. BBC assistant political editor, Norman Smith says, "I just don't think one should underestimate Mrs. May's sheer durability - you look around her cabinet table and there are bodies littered all over the place… and she is still there. Yes, her position is extraordinarily fragile and vulnerable, but it is far from game over".
Whatever your views on May, her party or Brexit, it would be unwise to underestimate a Prime Minister with an indomitable Saturnian-Plutonian character. The more dire the situation gets, the more she thrives. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “a woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”. In this case, with steel bells on.
Jupiter direct is well placed to send protective Scorpionic vibes to May’s extra-strength natal square, and can galvanise her efforts to secure a so-called ‘soft’ Brexit. Libra is the sign of the negotiator. May is aiming to secure a workable compromise. Jupiter’s course correction could enable her to come up with something that can be stomached. Scorpio rules the guts.
Stationing direct at 13º Scorpio, disposing Jupiter helpfully and precisely trines May’s natally weak retrograde Mars at 13º Pisces. A friendly Jupiter hand is a blessing to ensure that May's moves are beneficial for her and her country.
Later this week, eclipse season officially opens. Friday's partial solar eclipse carries extra weight for the U.K. as it occurs at 20º Cancer, right next to the U.K.’s Moon at 19º Cancer in the 1801 chart. Both Moons also oppose transiting Pluto at 19º Capricorn. The life-changing Scorpio motif persists. Over the coming month, there’s likely to be a distinct and powerful shift in the country’s mood as the Moon represents the people in a country's chart. Which brings us to the football.
Will this solar eclipse - a far-reaching cosmic renewal - mark the start of a new chapter in the nation’s footballing history? England’s semi-final match against Croatia on Wednesday is scheduled close to the eclipse date, as is the World Cup final itself on Sunday. How fitting it would be for 'football to come home’ under an eclipse right on our Moon, and in Cancer, the zodiac’s home and roots zone!
The Virgo emphasis in England Football Manager Gareth Southgate's chart seems to be key to his growing success. It's a polite, understated energy at odds with the macho world of football.
As a young player with Crystal Palace Youth Team, Southgate was told to 'man up or get out'. His manager was exasperated to find the teenager shaking hands with his victorious British army team opponents, thanking them for their decency, and proposing they all meet up for a pint. Southgate has a Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Libra/Scorpio. He was also mocked for his perfect diction; Mercury conjunct Pluto in Virgo.
Prior to this tournament, Southgate was known for having his own penalty against Germany saved at UEFA Euro 1996. No-one expected much of him as England manager. Now, his sensible approach with our current World Cup team is being lauded because it's working.
Southgate has grown into a clever, caring and effective leader. Virgo at its best. He helped Danny Rose to cope with and to speak out about his injury-related depression. He encouraged Fabian Delph to return home for the birth of his child even though that meant missing England's winning match against Columbia. After that game, having congratulated his own players, Southgate sought out the Columbian player whose missed penalty set up the English team's victory, and gave him a consoling hug.
Southgate has Mars at 0º of unpretentious Virgo, conjunct the fixed royal star Regulus. As one Guardian headline states, Southgate is 'more nice-dad-at-a-wedding-disco than David Beckham'. His thoughtful, emotionally intelligent leadership is garnering praise and admiration - and the results that have eluded English football for years.
The very best of luck to Southgate and his team for 'Waistcoat Wednesday'. During that game, transiting Venus, newly arrived in Virgo, will conjoin his natal Mars. While he's focused on the game, Southgate and his waistcoat's swoon factor will escalate.
The England Manager’s leadership is in marked contrast to Donald Trump’s egocentric attention-seeking. He was elected President of the U.S.A. when Regulus was on his Ascendant at 29º of flashy Leo. His upcoming visit to the U.K. later this week also coincides with July's first eclipse.
While this Friday’s eclipse doesn’t impact the Prime Minister's chart directly, July's second, and total lunar, eclipse on 27th July does. It’s on the Leo–Aquarius axis at 5º and aligns with May's Uranus in Leo–Chiron in Aquarius opposition at 6º. Transiting Mars retrograde at 3º Aquarius square transiting Uranus at 2º Taurus are in the mix too. It smells like fireworks. Mars' presence maintains the Scorpio theme. As this one is a lunar eclipse (not a begin again solar one), something is culminating here.
By the end of this month, Theresa May and English football will be somewhere very different to where they are now as the eclipses switch things up, prompted by Jupiter’s change of direction. Keep watching as the political and football games unfold over the coming weeks.