Barmy Army

It’s just not cricket…

JustnotcricketThe Barmy Army was given its name by the Australian media during the 1994-95 English cricket team’s tour down-under.  The English fans had the audacity to accompany a losing side on tour and they kept on chanting even when England was losing.

They must be barmy!

However we’re not playing cricket today.  We have our Aussie irony helmet on our heads when we suggest that our Barmy Army today are the followers of the Australian Labor Party.

The ALP has lost the election and yet the fans keep up the chant focusing on the question of who’s going to be the next leader?  As if we give a toss…

Those ambitious enough to want to lead the team, now play the humility game waiting to be nominated for the top job in the ALP, while behind the scenes it is a far different story with lobbying in the corridors, phones running hot, chits being called in.

Having access to an astrology toolkit we can make an enquiry of the players ambitions, more so than they would perhaps wish us to know.  Do keep your feet in the crease though, we are in the realm of subjective opinion not the back room of the ALP caucus.

Under the new ALP rules, nominations for the new leader of the ALP are open for seven days and under the rules agreed to on 22nd July, 2013 at Sydney’s Balmain Town Hall, the deputy leader or highest ranked House of Representatives member will serve as the interim leader until a ballot can be held to elect a new leader.

We must note that none of those nominated for leadership can take on the role of interim leader.  The process can take as long as four weeks following the nominal seven days for nominations.

LABORSo who’s ambitious enough to want the top job? There’s a raft of potential candidates for the vacancy of ALP leader as well as deputy in the next 2013 parliament.

Apart from the Senator for South Australia who incidentally has a stellar astrology chart of interest at the moment, there are a number of players already in the one-day match.  Penny Wong could change out of her test whites and lay down her baggy green cap, but perhaps not.

Here are five contenders in the dressing room, whom we can include in an enquiry, today.

  • Anthony Albanese – ex Deputy leader
  • Chris Bowen  – ex Treasurer
  • Tony Burke – ex-Immigration Minister
  • Tanya Plibersek – ex-Health Minister
  • Bill Shorten – ex-Education Minister

It is unclear who will take over the interim role, however we have the advantage of an astrology toolkit, which can give us an interesting perspective and possible outcome of any ballot ahead of time.  As we do not know when any possible ballot will be held or whether certain candidates will nominate or not, we rely on progression theory for a basis of an enquiry and bi-wheels (method) for the tension.

The inner wheels for all bi-wheels in this enquiry are the natal charts for the persons of interest; the position of the planets on a given day in time; the date of birth of each player. The outer wheels are a progression of that natal chart by solar arc – 1° for each year of life (method). We can then interpret the tension between planets in order to create our story.

The birth data for all players is on the public record, albeit none have times of birth available. This means that the all-important angles cannot be accepted as relevant for our enquiry unless otherwise nominated.  All birth times are set at noon; the central point for the natal Moon in the 24-hour period.

KR-SAIf we start with the outgoing leader Kevin Rudd, we know that the natal chart is rectified and so the angles and houses are relevant.

  • Neptune (turquoise) has progressed to square natal Sun (the ego) highlighted orange in the inner wheel.  KR will not be standing for re-election as leader.
  • Mercury (yellow) is one year short of being conjunct natal Venus (pink). Political communicator.

Venus as we know represents a social or peer group – in this case the House of Reps and Mercury is the communication planet.  Both of these planets are in the 10th house of career.  One possible interpretation could be that within the year, Rudd may leave the parliament and take up a communication role on a bigger stage, although with Venus in the mix, he would not be likely to be stepping out as a solo performer; he will remain within a group.

Our next step in this enquiry is to check who might not nominate or get through a ballot for the position of leader of the ALP.  These trio are a fine example of Neptune’s (turquoise) influence.


#1 Chris Bowen – inner wheel is natal chart and outer wheel is progressed chart.  With the Sun (orange) in play we can suggest that it is his choice not to throw his cap into the field.

  • Natal Saturn (red) represents ambition and progressed to oppose natal Sun (personal) – his role could be as the interim leader until a ballot determines an outcome.
  • Natal Mars progressed to square natal Uranus (red) – he did consider contending.
  • Natal Sun (personal) progressed to square natal Neptune (turquoise) – it is a personal choice not to run, however…

Note: natal Neptune is 6°Sagittarius and progressed Sun is 7°Pisces.  His day in the sun has passed.

#2 Bill Shorten  Looks like he will have a go with the presence of Neptune, however with Neptune in play twice in this bi-wheel, we can expect much hidden activity going on behind the scenes.

  • Natal Lunar Nodal Axis (public stage) has progressed to square natal Uranus however Uranus is 20°Virgo and Lunar nodal axis is 21°Sag. – he is still almost a year off changing his colours.
  • Natal Saturn (future ambition) opposite natal Neptune (turquoise is more of the same – timing is not right yet for his time in the field of play..
  • Natal Neptune (outer wheel turquoise) has progressed to square Saturn (ambition) – the degree of of separation identifies his internal struggles within the party.

#3 Anthony Albanese   This is a much quieter chart; if you notice – interesting to an astrologer, no less.  Again we have the orange highlighted Sun in play.  This is a more ‘open’ challenge for the position of leader and the more likely of the two to carry off the statesman role needed as opposition leader

  • Natal Sun has progressed to oppose natal Neptune – is it time for his day in the sun?  Only the ballot will answer this question.

The next pair of charts are considerably more interesting, you have to agree.  Immediately we can see Neptune out of the scene.  They are not involved in a decision requiring a ballot. By sharing their ambition, these two candidates are more likely chasing the deputy-leader position.


Of these two charts, we have been able to rectify the chart for Tanya Plibersek to a relevant time of birth.  Tony Burke remains elusive in this regard, unfortunately.  They were born just a month apart and so the interplay between outer planets and nodal axis will be very similar.

#1 Tony Burke With the South Node in the outer wheel conjunct Mercury (yellow) in the inner wheel, this is usually interpreted as a loss.

  • Lunar nodal axis has progressed to opposite natal Saturn (ambition) 4° Scorpio – ambition/timing in the public arena is now.
  • Natal Saturn (outer wheel) has progressed to square natal Lunar nodal axis – again this is  important timing in this man’s career, however…

Note: Progressed Mercury in the outer wheel is currently at 18°Sagittarius and in eighteen months it will progress to square natal Lunar nodal axis – giving voice to his ambition.  If at first you don’t succeed …

#2 Tanya Plibersek.  This is an example of how a rectified birth time can reveal a good deal more about a character.

  • Natal Saturn (red in the outer wheel) has progressed to square natal Lunar nodal axis – this is important timing in this woman’s career.
  • Natal Saturn has progressed to conjunct Ascendant – timing is now.
  • Natal Mars has progressed to conjunct the mid-heaven; the MC – boost to career.
  • Natal Mercury (yellow) progressed to square Saturn in the inner wheel – this timing of communication is ‘perfect’.
  • Jupiter (green) progressed to square natal Moon (blue) – inflating driving need of the individual. 
  • Natal Moon (blue) in the outer wheel progressed to conjunct natal Jupiter – emotionally attached to the outcome of this driving need.

nla.pic-an8263661-vIf these are to be the only players vying for leadership and deputy positions of the ALP at this time, we can suggest that the heavens are indicating no-contest in the leadership outcome and that Tanya Plibersek remains most determined in her resolve for deputy.

Whomever wins, we can suggest that the executive positions will change in 2014.

Saturn, in the role of time, will determine whether this astrologer who is not a follower of any political party,  is barmy or not…

Don’t risk the fine…

A postal vote…

Kevin Rudd opened his federal election campaign for the Labor party with the opinion polls telling us that the Liberals and Tony Abbott would win in a landslide.  As the campaign continues, the pendulum swings; opinion polls close the gap between the two parties.

pendulumWould nominating a particular date that Australia goes to the polls, make a difference to which way the pendulum swings? 

Can the planets bring the right sort of tension into play to determine whether one candidate is likely to gain favour with the voting public any more than another candidate; enough to change the possible outcome?

Election day 7th September, 2013 is marked on the calendar for all Australians, 18 years and older – voting is compulsory down under.

Not that the penalty is worth chasing up;  $20 is hardly going to break the bank for most of us, if we decide not to vote.  Aussies seem to enjoy the social duty and civil engagement, with the vast majority turning up at the booths like good little vegemites.

With a two-party preferential system in Australia, the fuss is about one of the two main parties winning the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and ruling the federal parliament for the next three years.   The Half-Senate vote is up as usual, however we won’t be on their case today.

Note: If you want a more detailed enquiry of candidates, check the menu above; Election 2013.

Basically, on the House of Reps. voting card, apart from the candidates for the two parties; Labor and Liberal, we are asked to list our preferences if our first choice weren’t to pass the post first; nominating a second preference to represent us.  So, if everybody’s first choice doesn’t add up to one person getting “50% plus one” of the overall vote in a division, then the preferences have to be counted and allocated to whomever; the person with the highest number overall, wins.

It is worth noting that if we don’t mark the card with our preference choice, then our second choice is determined by the party line. It is up to us, folks.

You may well ask why I’m focussed on the preferential voting system; well from the charts I have generated for this election (see the individual states under election in the menu above), Neptune’s making more than just a random appearance and appears to be influencing matters considerably; creating tension in many of the bi-wheels.

For those who aren’t familiar with our FA toolkit, Neptune represents the hidden aspect to things; meaning that caution is needed.  Following those considerations, I therefore suggest that the hidden vote; the preferences, are likely to determine the outcome in many of the marginal seats.

That aside, let’s view the charts through a political lens; ask the heavens about this particular date and I’m sure we can discover more if we generate a bi-wheel with the nation’s chart. So what’s in the atmosphere after the sausage sizzles and airing of strong opinions?

In Australia we generate our political astrology charts at the closing of the polls in the nation’s capital, Canberra; a planetary snapshot in the ACT at 6pm AEST.

7Sept2013click on all charts for full size

First up, the constellation Ophiuchus is immediately overhead.

  • For those of an esoteric bent, Robson’s comment is that this constellation portends a passionate, blindly good-hearted, wasteful and easily seduced nature, unseen dangers, enmity and slander ahead (10th house).
  • Pliny said that it occasioned much mortality by poisoning.
  • The Kabbalists associate Orphiuchus with the Hebrew letter Oin
  • Tarot followers, the 16th Trump The Lightning Struck Tower.
  • For an astrologer, the midheaven 16°Sagittarius is at the cusp of the 10th house, the future career for a lot of weary candidates who are to return to their mundane lives or take a seat in the future parliament of the nation; to serve their constituents.
  • The 16th degree according to the Serbian astrologer, indicates a nation’s people.  We know that Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, so there is bound to be a lot of opinions by the nation’s people.

I’d put my hand up here and comment that we couldn’t have created a more appropriate mid-heaven, given a protractor and compass.

Highlighted at the descendant (right hand side of the horizon line) we can see the Sun-Mercury-Moon; the planets we would want to see at the end of the day. The Sun is in the 6th house of everyday affairs, while Mercury and the Moon are in the 7th house of public relationships.  The planet Mercury (communication) placed between the Sun (wants) and Moon (needs) – at the setting of the sun, our wants and needs communicated.

For those who need to know, Mundane Astrology is slightly different from what we are familiar with on this FA blog; different in so much as the planets have meanings with a political bent. Murder is still on many minds, however it is a case of symbolic slaughter rather than literal, we would hope.

In particular, the Sun represents the party in power, on this occasion the ALP.  That makes sense as it is the leader of the ALP who announced the date that the election would be held; his party’s prerogative.

The Moon meanwhile, signifies the people of the nation and popular opinion; another way of describing our needs.

Other planets of significance to us are Saturn the conservative side of society as well as good old father time indicating where there is ‘the devil to pay’ on this day.  On this date in September, Saturn is conjunct the Lunar north node (on the public agenda) and in the 8th house of transformation. This would be interpreted as karmic, by some.  I hear this as another warning to be careful what you wish for, on your voting card.

Neptune signifies socialist movements and if afflicted by tension aspect – political distortion or instability. This could also be the hidden aspect of second preferences.  Pluto signifies herd mentality (a safe seat) as well as the power of the masses.

There is a point I need to address here for astrologers while we are in the realm of the planets and that is to do with the position of Venus in the election day chart. 

We know that Venus can appear in the sky as the last light to fade with Dawn – the Morning Star and when it is the first bright star after the Sun sets, we call it the Evening Star.   Well it can appear as one or the other in a chart of the heavens but obviously not as both.  So we check which side of the Sun it is on, whether it rises over the horizon before the Sun or not in order to nominate  either ‘morning’ or ’evening’ on a certain date.

The planet Venus is positioned in the chart as the ‘evening star’ on 7th September, 2013 – it rises after the Sun.

An expat astrologer has writ large about this position in the election charts of nations other than ours…  when Venus is positioned in the heavens as the ‘evening star’ it portends a change of a ruling party.

I wish to comment here that following my research, this rule of thumb does not necessarily apply in Australia. Over the last forty years of Australian federal elections, three times this prediction has been correct and twice, not.  That is not to say that it will not be correct on this occasion, I merely make comment that for Australia, it is not the be-all and end-all predictor.

I wish it were a reliable indicator, then I could check where Venus orbits in the heavens on voting day and make a motza at the tote…

As to the houses in the chart, if there are houses empty of planets, we need to consider the cusp of that house.  For example, in the chart above and all charts for bi-wheels generated for this federal election:

  • House 2 (the economy) The cusp is in the zodiac sign of Aries and so we must consider that anything in the second house has Mars energy (take action).
  • House 3 (internal transportation and communications – eg the National Broadband Network, upgrading highways, building fast trains) – Taurus is ruled by Venus (financial considerations).
  • House 9 (all things foreign and overseas – eg asylum seekers) – Scorpio is ruled by Pluto (strength)
  • House 11 (the Senate, public service, organisations) – Capricorn is ruled by Saturn (authority/conservative over socialist).

Where this knowledge will really bear fruit would be checking a candidate’s bi-wheel for election day.  It would likely reveal trends within a particular division and/or a state and territory, but that is not for us to discuss today.  So what has Australia as a nation got to add to the story?

We generate a bi-wheel (method) from the perspective of the closing of the polls (the inner wheel) and the nations birth chart on the outer wheel.  This is what we, as a nation can expect during this campaign and election process.

7Sep-AUclick on image for full size

Immediately we see that Pluto is at the bottom of the bi-wheel; the power of the masses holds the balance of this orb reminding us that we, not the parties hold the balance of power.  Our vote counts.

With Pluto at the cusp of the 4th house, we are also reminded that we have to live with the result, whether we like it or not.

  • Sun in the inner wheel (orange) the date on the calendar is in tension/ square Pluto (people’s vote) as well as conjunct the nation’s Mars (action) in the 6th house (nation’s workers).

Note:  the Australian Labor Party (ALP) membership was influenced very much by trade unions; promoting itself as a party representing the ‘working classes’ and so the 6th house would certainly be a choice of platform (house in a chart) for the ALP.

The Sun appearing in the 6th house as it does on this date therefore greatly benefits the ALP cause more so than any other planet in the chart; the Sun is the centre of our solar system.

  • Transiting Mercury (yellow) represents communication matters and transportation is square Neptune (turquoise) – distorted information about issues at home are bound to be spread pretty thick during this campaign.
  • Transiting Mercury is also square Jupiter (green)-Mercury (yellow) in the 10th house – Jupiter inflates what it touches so expect lots of porky pies about the future; promises, promises.
  • Transiting Moon in the heavens (blue) indicates public opinion is likely to be swayed in the nation’s realm of Saturn (red in the outer wheel) – scarcities, calamities, scaremongering.
  • Australia’s Sun is close to Saturn with Pluto orbiting between the two suggesting the conservative path will likely overcome this potential threats, however the susceptibility to scaremongering is present.
  • Transiting Uranus (red) portends sudden changes creating tension with this Sun-Saturn-Pluto phenomenon.  The pendulum of public opinion will swing during the campaign.

7Sept-AUS-SAWhen we progress Australia’s chart to the present-day by solar arc progression (method), our maturity as a nation reveals itself under the same stars.  The angle, cusp of the 7th house of public relationships leads the way:

  • Descendant=Moon/South Node – strengthen international relationships, war and peace issues; eg bring the troops home. Make a stand as an individual voice.
  • 6th house transiting Sun (orange) conjunct the nation’s progressed Moon – the leader needs to listen to the common man’s voice not just his advisors.
  • 7th house transiting Moon (blue) conjunct progressed Pluto and opposite Uranus in the 1st house.  Create an ongoing open dialogue with the people about alternative futures for Australia’s place in the world – parliamentary changes; a republic etc. Be open to the possibilities for change. Aspire to  lead in technological advances.
  • Transiting 10th house Pluto square 7th house Pluto – more of the last comment with this being the empowering aspect of the dialogue.


 May the people’s choice empower the nation to embrace that karmic South Node (loss to an incumbent) at the Descendant/cusp of the 7th house.  

The wheel turns and the pendulum swings…



Polling booth

Spin theory…

Would Kevin Rudd dare commit the crime of going to the polls on the eve of his wedding anniversary?  Perhaps he would consider the spoils as being an early anniversary present.

Australia is being led to a federal election and 16th November is one of the possible dates mooted; just one day before the Rudd family celebration. We have to consider all contingencies when poking around looking for a possible election date. So, which anniversary is it, Kev?

Thirty-two years is usually celebrated as a gift in the form of conveyance; a horse or a new car perhaps. A horse might not be a good idea with the old knackery just a whiff away from Bulimba, but then Kev’s plumping for residency at The Lodge. Hmmm. Go for the car Kev, I think it’s a safer bet with the missus.

The last federal election was held on 21st August 2010.  Along with various constitutional provisions this means that the 2013 election for the House of Representatives and half-Senate could take place on any Saturday in the lead up to 30th November, 2013.  I’m sure there’s lots of Saturdays that won’t fit the social calendar. So where do we start?

rudd-gillardJust last week, a caucus ballot of the Australian Labor Party dumped Australia’s first female PM, Julia Gillard in favour of Kevin Rudd, on the basis that he was more popular with the electorate and therefore would gain more votes for the party.

I don’t buy the story the ALP’s putting about, that the leadership ballot was held because it was in the best interests of the nation. That’s political spin.  Picking Kevin was much more about the cult of personality.

How people engage with the world is categorised into three qualities in astrology terms – cardinal, fixed and mutable.  Cardinal signs are the initiators who start things; Fixed are the stubborn, dogged ones who keep things going and the Mutables are those who integrate the previous two and get things ready to start the cycle again.

A quick check of the headlines of a character’s qualities can be done with the luminaries and the cusp of the first house; the personality.

  • The Sun represents the wants, the ego’s desires
  • The Moon represents the driving needs of the individual.
  • The Sun/Moon midpoint shows us how the combination of these two will manifest – the middle ground between wants and needs, where they will negotiate.
  • The Ascendant is the personality, the image we see; the face to the world, rather than the inner self of the individual.

KRNote:  Kevin Rudd’s date of birth is on the public record, but not the time.  A rectification chart has been generated for us to use, based on timed career-events from the public record using classical interpretation methods.

From what we know of Kevin Rudd’s character:

  • Virgo Sun  – mutable – the i’s must be dotted and the t’s crossed.
  • Leo Moon – fixed – needs must be met. It’s a matter of pride.
  • Virgo Sun/Moon midpoint – mutable – getting caught up in the detail can mean that he would miss the wood for the trees. Don’t forget to negotiate, Kev.
  • Capricorn Ascendant – cardinal – self motivated

From this interpretation, given his way, we can suggest that Rudd is more likely to go to the polls later (crossing all t’s and dotting all i’s) rather than early.

As to when he would serve the writs; call us to the polls, if we stick to the nitty-gritty of a classic Virgo individual, we have to consider the Commonwealth Constitution Section 28, which states that parliaments run three years from the date of the first sitting of the House of Reps. The current House sat for the first time on 28th September 2010, so the House of Reps expires on 27th September 2013.  Will he honour the tradition?

Constitution Section 32 requires that writs for an election must be issued within 10 days of the House of Reps being dissolved or expired. So if the House goes full term, writs must be issued within 10 days of the House’s expiry, which means 7th October is the last possible date for issuing writs in the life of the current parliament.

With the maximum campaign period allowed by the Commonwealth Electoral Act, this means the last possible date for a House and half-Senate election is Saturday 30th November 2013.

So what’s reining him in?  There’s school holidays and long weekends to consider; meetings and conventions.  The previous PM nominated 14th September. This is the holiest day of the year for those of the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur. I’d expect Kevin Rudd to take this into consideration and remove the date from his list.

Working backwards, we have five Saturdays in November; two in October; one in September and a couple of unlikely days in August.   In order to determine the most likely date, we have to consider spin theory; both political spin and the rotation of the planets.

AFLAs the date of the election is invariably of the PM’s choosing, we test Rudd’s natal chart against the various available dates.  This would be the more common approach to forecasting, however I would expect Australia’s natal chart to have some serious input as well.

When I drew up the first bi-wheel (method) for the incumbent PM, Kevin Rudd, the best date for a career highlight would have been on 28th September, 2013 when the Sun crossed his mid-heaven, however I am informed that this is the date of the AFL Grand Final.

With Australia being such a sporting nation this would be considered a crime, particularly in the state of Victoria, home of AFL.

As voting is compulsory in Australia, would the PM dare call an election on that date?

28Sep-AUIn political astrology, the Moon represents us; the voting public. A fickle lot, we change signs about every couple of days.  No wonder there needs to be so much polling within the electorate.

When we look to the heavens at the closing of the polls on 28th September; AFL Grand Final day, apart from the winged horse Pegasus at the ascendant at 22° Pisces, the transiting Moon is conjunct Jupiter in the zodiac sign of Cancer as well as in the 4th house – home turf.

We know that Jupiter inflates what it touches and so we can interpret this as that the voters are NOT interested, they’re staying at home. It’s footie or the nags, mate.  Listen to the people, Kev and cross that one off your list.

When I spin my bottle now, I’m down to seven dates:  24, 31 August; 7 September; 19 October and 2, 23, 30 November.  It looks like your wedding anniversary is safe, Therese.

Stepping away from fortunetelling and prediction, of these seven Saturdays there is one date in particular, which is focused heavily in the 7th house of the astrology wheel.   This revisits the culture of personality; the 1st-7th house axis – personal relationships and public relationships.  We may get very personal about our political persuasion, however our relationship with politicians is always a seventh house issue.

Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd were born just five weeks apart and so their natal charts have much in common. Looking at their birthdays, I have noticed that just two day’s prior to Tony Abbott’s date to light the candles, there’s a strong possibility that we could be at the polling booth together.  Now that would either melt the candle-wax or put the icing on his cake.

Let’s have a look at what might be in store if we go to the polls that particular Saturday in November. The perspective we are taking for our bi-wheel is closing time at the booths in the nation’s capital, Canberra.

The ascendant; the horizon, is 21° Aries.  The star Acamar is rising; the most southerly bright star in the River Eridanus.  That’s the river that Phaeton fell into when slain by Jupiter for having set the world on fire.  Robson interprets this alignment as success in public office, ecclesiastical success.  If this is to be the date of the election there are no prizes for guessing the outcome…

Note: For the following bi-wheels – the inner wheel is the closing of the polls; the outer wheel is the natal data.

The first bi-wheel is of the nation, Australia. 2NovAusIf we just focus on the main issues, how does the nation like this date?

7th house of our public relationship; the compulsory vote:

  • Transiting Sun-Mercury (red) is conjunct the Lunar nodal axis – communication in a public place on this calendar date.
  • Transit Moon (blue), representing the voting public is at the descendant – the closing of the poll

9th house usually gives an indication of the higher purpose to things, which we mere voting mortals are not privy to.

  • Venus (pink) transit conjunct Jupiter (green) – female vote greatly influences the outcome.
  • Transiting Pluto (power), highlighted red is midpoint Australia’s Sun/Saturn – pressure to change

12th house (in the mind) transiting Uranus indicating sudden changes is also square this midpoint of Sun/Saturn – clash between the new and the old; fight for individuality.

The second bi-wheel is the vote and the incumbent PM, Kevin Rudd.  2NovKRWe have a grand trine of Rudd’s Mercury conjunct transiting Mars- South node-Pluto.  Trines can cause a problem; they are self-fulfilling. His voice has been very powerfully driven.

7th house of our public relationship with this individual:

  • Transiting Sun-Mercury-Lunar nodal axis conjunct Venus – communication in a public place, our vote humbles this man.
  • Transiting Sun conjunct lunar nodal axis – this is his day in the Sun on the public stage

9th house contains the grand trine as per above and also transiting Venus, the female vote.

  • Transiting Venus (pink) in the inner wheel is square natal Sun-Mars (orange).  There is some conflict between the female voters and this man.

The third bi-wheel is the vote and the opposition leader, Tony Abbott. 2NovTAThis man represents the coalition parties and the main opposition to the ALP.  Will he be the new PM?

Note: We have been given a suggested birth time for this man as 4am, however I have not tested the accuracy. I will rectify at some stage from the events on the public record, if need be.

7th house of our public relationship with this individual:

  • Natal Mars has crossed into the 7th house – his everyday work (6th house) is now done.
  • Highlighted green midpoint Cusp=Mars/Jupiter holds a similar meaning – getting things done
  • Transiting Sun-Lunar nodal axis  (red) conjunct natal Lunar nodal axis-Sun – the public stage awaits.  His time has come.

There are many more aspects in these three bi-wheels, which could be interpreted, however I leave that for others to interpret.  The heavens have had their say.

This potential date we have interpreted here is for a federal election held in the Commonwealth of Australia on Saturday 2nd November, 2013. That’s All Souls’ Day and a busy time in the racing calendar.  Whether the PM calls it this late or not, we have to wait and see.

Whatever date we go to the polls – either a sporting event, or the nags, or religion will have to take the back seat.  Which is to be Kev?


a federal offence

So who’s  going to win the next federal election?

australia_parliamentThere is a branch of astrology totally devoted to politics and elections; and there have been some high profile politicians devoted to astrology in the past; perhaps not so much in Australia, but they’re getting savvy.

Among a nation of punters, picking the winner of the federal election is fair game, so as Australia is heading towards a federal election in September 2013, we may as well have a go ourselves.

As we reach for the stars, we can expect to be bombarded with rhetoric and opinion for months ahead; in fact ‘fairy’ dust is about to descend upon the nation.

I have no intention of discussing party-politics; am not a member of any party, never have been and wouldn’t be able to hold a conversation on the subject let alone start writing about the subject with any authority.

What we can contribute is a heavenly appraisal of the situation before us in 2013, but firstly I wish to share through the lens of hindsight, what the fates had to do with the last federal election – 21st August, 2010.

728651-leaders-debateThe leaders of both parties,  Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have their birth data on the public record – regrettably without the time of their birth, however as both were born in the UK, I was able to rectify their birth times to within a close range (needed for Moon placement).

Ms Gillard was born in Wales to British parents; the family relocated to Australia when she was five years of age; Mr Abbott was born in London, to Australian parents.

When the forthcoming date of the election was announced as being Saturday 21st August 2010, I generated charts and bi-wheels and was able to determine a general idea of what was ahead and the most likely outcome, however the timing appeared to be out by a couple of weeks.

I kept expecting the election date to be changed and then when it wasn’t, I had to wait to see why my calculations appeared to be ‘off’.

We now know that there was an impasse after the votes were counted; a deadlock, without one side or the other having enough votes to make ruling the nation a working proposition.

Over the next couple of weeks following the final count, wheeling and dealing was done behind the scenes and even in front of the cameras on occasions, with both Labor and The Coalition party leaders courting the vote of Independent MPs, until on September 7, 2010 at 4:15pm Julia Gillard announced to the media that she had the support she needed to carry the vote; she had the numbers.

How the cards had fallen was that Independent MP Bob Katter declared his support for the Liberal/National Coalition on confidence and supply and MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott declared their support for the Labor party. Julia Gillard therefore, had the majority support.

As an astrologer, I was delighted by the fact that I had event times of interest; I could cast some horoscopes.  Here is the earthly detail for the heaven’s calculations:

  • Julia Eileen Gillard born 29 September 1961, Barry, Wales, UK.
  • Event#1 Federal election – voting closed 6pm (locally) Saturday, August 21, 2010
  • Event#2 Media announcement – 4:15pm AEST (Canberra, A.C.T.) Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bi-wheels have been generated (method) and as is my want to do, I share only the tension aspects; the hard hats, rather than the bonnets and baseball caps of sextiles and trines.

On this occasion, I choose to share only the charts of Ms Gillard and the events, as my story is about the result of the election rather than the election process. Mr Abbott’s chart can be addressed in relation to the upcoming 2013 election in another post.

It is said that a week is a long time in politics; how about – two weeks and a few days? 

This is how the fates dealt the two hands:

Aussie-chartFirstly, the nation’s input. Australia became a country in its own right on 1st January, 1901;  we can create an event horoscope for the nation of Australia, a charter of its own.

Classic astrology tells us that a nation’s people are represented in such a chart by the Moon, whereas the Sun is the nature of the country as a whole.

  • The national chart of Australia reveals  the Moon (blue) in the first house; the personality. Well we are uniquely, Australian and with Taurus being the zodiac sign of the Moon – owning our own homes has been a burning ambition.  The push for a republic is revealed here as well.
  • A 29 degree Aries ascendant (red) means that the ruler of Aries, the planet Mars, is the energy and driving force.  Are Aussies go-getters or just plain pushy?
  • Mars (green) in the 5th house; fun loving and sporty.
  •  Sun (orange) in the ninth house – we are a sporting nation on the international stage.
  • The heavy duty tension between the 2nd house and the 8th house planets relates  to our primary resources being our wealth; the exploitation in our early years and the mining boom of recent years.

That’s just the basics, however we’re not living in 1901;  we can take a snapshot of what might be in the air at a future time by progressing the chart forward.  The method I prefer to use is called Solar Arc progression, which is basically ‘retain the same position of the planets’ but move them forward by one degree for every year.  This way the basic planetary interactions remain the same however the arena changes as we grow;  we retain our nature and continue with nurture…

Leaping forward to 2010, we calculate that it’s 109 years (degrees) eight months plus (minutes), but we don’t need to do the math – the computer generates it for us. Generating a bi-wheel (method) gives a feel of what’s in the air… our gallop poll from the heavens.

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Aust-SA-2010electionChart 1: A bi-wheel of the nation of Australia from the perspective of the nation’s birth as the inner wheel (January 1901) and the outer wheel is that same chart progressed to August 2010.

  • Progressed Sun is exactly conjunct the ascendant at 29 degrees Aries.  The beginning of a new era for the nation.
  • Progressed Moon (the nation’s people) has moved forward to now conjunct Australia’s Mars.  The people’s vote will be emotive and create a change (cut ties with patriarchy dominance perhaps).
  • Progressed Moon (the nation’s people) square Venus. The people’s vote is for a female leader.

Laying interpretation aside, the bi-wheel certainly indicates an important election in the country’s horoscope with the Sun crossing the threshold.

Narrowing our focus now to an individual within the nation, we create a horoscope of the event of the 2010 election as well as the natal chart for the recently nominated leader of the Labor party, Julia Gillard.  Up until this date she had not yet been elected in her own right by the people, but by the caucus of her party.  She had to win the people’s vote at a federal election.

Event-2010GillardChart 2:  This is an astrology bi-wheel from the perspective of the closing of the polls at 6pm, 21st August 2010.  The inner wheel is a freeze frame of the heavens positions at that time and the outer wheel is the natal chart of Julia Gillard.

  • The ascendant (closing of the polls) is conjunct Natal midheaven (Gillard’s cusp of the 10th house, her career) This is the high point of her career.
  • Transiting Mercury, the planet of communication (yellow) is square her Natal Moon (blue) she has the voice of the people.
  • Transiting (orange) Sun (the date of the election) is conjunct Julia Gillard’s Lunar nodal axis and her natal Uranus (red).  The date brings her to the highly public  position of prime ministerhowever the planets are in the 12th house – 6th house position.  (12th house is still in the mind, a dream and the 6th house means that work is yet to be done)…
  • Transiting Neptune (turquoise) is in this mix between the public position and the dateThis is where I saw the fly in the ointment, why the date appeared to be incorrect…  Neptune represents all that is hidden or even subterfuge and in Aquarius indicates it has to do with the ballot.

This brings us to the third chart a couple of weeks later.

Event-2010+GillardChart 3:  A bi-wheel from the perspective of the announcement two weeks later 4:15pm 7th September, 2010 reveals a different story.

  • Immediately we see that the ascendant  (red) is exactly conjunct Julia Gillard’s Lunar nodal axis and Neptune (turquoise) has also crossed the ascendant.
  • The planets are now in the 1st house – 7th house position. (1st house is personal-ego relationship and the 7th house personal-public relationships).

Her relationship as the Prime Minister can begin with the public.

  • The all-important highlighted blue in the inner wheel Moon (exact at that time and on that date) in the heavens has also moved into exact alignment between Gillard’s Lunar nodal axis.  Do I need to interpret?  I think not.  You get my drift.
  • Transit Mercury highlighted yellow (the voice of the people) is exact conjunct her natal Venus (pink).  As a woman she is accepted as leader.
  • Transit Saturn is red (Father Time and the voice of authority) and conjunct her natal Sun (orange).  She is given the mantle of authority.  It is her time.
  • Transit Venus (pink) in the inner wheel is exact conjunct natal Mars (red) in the outer wheel.  The female vote has given her the power to act. (Well I am a woman so what would you expect me to write here).

australia-coat-of-armsOn 30 January 2013, at a speech at the National Press Club, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the next federal election would be held on Saturday 14 September 2013.

PM Gillard has not yet formally advised the Governor-General, but she says that this would be done in time for the writs of election to be issued on 12 August 2013; it therefore remains possible the date could change.

Who might be standing?  Who might be sitting?  I reckon we can make a federal case of it in Pt.2 – the polling booth.