These days it is unfashionable for astrologers to predict the future. There is quite a no-no around it, for example, in the UK astrological establishment. The present and past are fine, but not the future! Even the most hardened future-phobe, however, has to be tantalised by the upcoming Uranus-Pluto square, because it interacts so strongly with the charts of all the major powers. It has, in fact, intrigued astrologers for years, whatever their future-persuasion.
The square will be taking place from the early to the middle degrees of the Cardinal signs. This aspect also occurred from the late 1920s onwards, with Uranus in Aries, as now, and with Pluto in Cancer, opposite to its present sign of Capricorn. So that square similarly affected the charts of the major powers, and look at the convulsion the world went through!
The square begins in earnest next year, when Uranus enters Aries, but it will not be exact until 2012. I think it has to mean a big shift in the balance of power (Pluto) in the world, but exactly how is open to debate. I started thinking about this (again) because of the flurry of news around the possibility that Tony Blair may become the next President of the European Council.
The post is being beefed up as of January. There is the European Commission as well as the European Council, each has a President, and it is easily possible to get confused about how it all works. The European Council, however, is the highest body within the EU, being composed of the heads of each member state. So the Presidency of this body, particularly as it will now have a 2½ year tenure instead of 6 months, and a more streamlined decision making process, potentially carries considerable clout. This could be especially so in the hands of someone like Tony Blair, for whom the red carpets come out around the world.
Back in March I wrote a piece predicting that the Uranus-Pluto square would mean the end of the EU, because there were not enough vital interests holding it together, and it is the function of Pluto to reveal such inauthenticity. What we do know is that this square will mean a convulsion for the EU one way or another, but I’m thinking now that it means the opposite: an EU that is pulling together much more strongly, and asserting its presence more on the world stage.
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Above are the 2 charts for the EU - one the Treaty that founded it, the other for the organisation itself - and both are subject to Uranus and Pluto in a big way over the coming years.
What is changing the game for the EU is not just the possibility of a transformative President (love him or hate him!), but also the rise of G2: America and China as the 2 big economic blocs. Although China is still behind Japan and Germany in wealth, it is rapidly catching up, having recently overtaken Germany as the world’s biggest exporter of manufactured goods, and equalling America in its production of greenhouse gases!
So I think with the rise of China particularly, it is make or break time for the EU in a way that it wasn’t previously. It is a competitive world, and America and China will between them decide how the world is run, and who gets the lion’s share of markets and resources, unless the EU acts as one, economically at any rate. The EU is the world’s largest economic bloc, bigger than the US, so it could wield considerable power. Culturally, the EU is made up of countries that are very different, and that is always going to place limitations on social and political integration. It was hard enough for the original 13 US states to come together as an entity, and it nearly didn’t happen, so how much harder will it be for Europe, whose countries have been separate for hundreds, even thousands, of years.
The potential for a more prominent President comes out of the Lisbon Treaty, which has to be agreed by all member states before it is ratified. This process itself shows how cumbersome the EU is, and why its future as an effective Union is a matter of debate. In the case of this Treaty, one small country, the Czech Republic, has been holding out, bringing the future of the whole Treaty into question. But now a compromise has been agreed that meets their demands, and the Treaty can go ahead.
One of their demands was to have an opt-out from the European Human Rights Charter. Otherwise they faced the possibility of land claims from thousands of Germans who were expelled after the Second World War. In case this opt-out sounds too egregious, it needs to be remembered that the UK has also negotiated this same Human Rights opt-out.
So I’m reckoning that the EU will increasingly act as one, economically and in foreign policy at any rate, because the pressure to do so is becoming unavoidable. As Pluto moves through Capricorn I think we will see a G3 world come into being, dominated by the US, China and the EU.
This is eerily similar to George Orwell’s dystopic novel 1984, where you have a world dominated by 3 big continental powers, all continually at war with another, and with populations who are extensively spied on and brainwashed by their governments. Pluto in Capricorn first of all describes the establishment of new national/continental boundaries (Capricorn) through which the balance of power (Pluto) will operate. But it also suggests increased governmental (Capricorn) power (Pluto) – and in our age, the increased ability of governments to gather information about people is a primary means of asserting this power.
In a world that is becoming a more clearly defined struggle between major powers – which we have not had since the end of the Cold War – manipulation of the population to keep them onside increases. We saw this, for example, in the US at one of the peaks of the Cold War in the 1950s, with widespread fear of nuclear attack, and the rise of McCarthyism. Again after 9/11, free speech closed down and nationalism rose.
I don’t think all this is going to be immediate, but things will gradually go that way as Pluto moves through Capricorn. I just regard it as what one would expect, rather than as a terrible betrayal of the hard-won rights and freedom and tolerance that we have achieved. That has been great, but I think it has been an anomaly, historically. How often, historically, has it been possible to openly criticise the government without fear of reprisal? Not very often at all, so I think we need to cherish this remarkable period while we can do so, and recognise that we will, at least to some extent, lose that freedom as, for now, the world moves towards a new state of struggle between major powers.
So what about Tony Blair and the EU Presidency? There has been a lot of speculation, and hopes raised, in the British Press. Labour have been lobbying in Europe for it, and the Tories have been understandably lobbying against it. As news came through yesterday that the Lisbon Treaty would most probably be ratified, the headline was that hopes were fading for Tony Blair becoming President. This happened because, quite naturally, once the issue of the President became actual, other European leaders went hang on, we want to think about this, we’re not going to be bounced into anything. So we’ll have to see what happens over the next couple of months.
As for Tony Blair, what empowered him during his time as PM was a series of major Neptune transits. This in a way is not surprising, because he is a grand performer. I found out a while ago that Blair’s father had been adopted, and his biological parents were both actors!
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While he was PM, Neptune crossed his MC and went on to hard aspect his Sun, Moon and Pluto. I predicted in 2004 that he would lose power when these transits finished, particularly the one to Pluto, and this was what happened in 2007, though I was 6 months out in my timing. Neptune described his ascent to the political stage, and his command of the crowd, but it also described the gradual seepage of power after a certain point – in fact, as it crossed his ideological Moon in Aquarius at the time of the Iraq War.
So Blair has had a rest from major Neptune transits for a couple of years, and he has been out of power. But they are due to start up again, as Neptune squares his Jupiter, Mars Ascendant conjunction over the next few years. This stellium gives him his power with words, and if he were to become President, we would see that ability back again, but on a much bigger stage. Being Gemini Ascendant, Blair’s ability has always divided people: he is a populist, he can sway the crowd, and many people quite rightly don’t want to be drawn into that kind of mass euphoria. As President of the EU, I think he would find it much harder to sway people in the way he did the British back in the 90s.
Here's my prediction for Blair: the astrology is right for him to become President, and if he does, he will serve 2 terms, totalling 5 years, while Neptune empowers him. As Neptune moves away from his Jupiter-Mars-Asc at the end of this period, so will Pluto square his Venus at 15 Aries. Venus is popularity in a politician, suggesting that, as happened in Britain, he may end up with people turining aginst him.