David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, has a fragmented chart. It is divided into 4 sets of planets, 2 of them singletons, that do not aspect, and therefore do not easily speak to, the rest of the chart.
These 4 sets are:
(1) Unaspected Sun in Libra
(2) Unaspected Mars in Leo
(3) Uranus-Pluto opposite Saturn-Chiron, in harmonious aspect to Neptune
(4) Moon-Jupiter sextile Venus and square Mercury.
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In some ways it’s a bit early to be saying much about Cameron, because we haven’t yet seen what he can do, he hasn’t been tested. Or am I making excuses, because after all he has been leader of the Tory party for some years now? Certainly I wouldn’t have held back on commenting Tony Blair at a similar stage, because he made such a big impact, even before becoming PM. And this isn’t to do with whether I agree with his politics.
David Cameron seems nice enough, and he’s no doubt competent and intelligent and he certainly seems to try hard (Virgo Rising). But you don’t feel you’re dealing with a heavyweight, someone with powerful convictions who is going to change the country. Margaret Thatcher did have this quality, in case anyone thinks I’m being politically biased!
And this brings me back to the fragmented chart. Cameron’s planets do not work together: one of his long-term tasks is to get them to do so. To have weighty convictions you need your whole being behind you, or most of it. If you are fragmented – which Cameron’s chart strongly suggests – then you can do your best to sound convincing, but people won’t buy it. This is why the Tories did not gain an overall majority at the General Election.
If we look at the charts of Blair and Thatcher, then by and large all the planets do link up. In Blair’s case, his Mars-Jupiter Rising was out on its own, and this was his undoing: it was his rigid, even religious beliefs (Jupiter) about the Iraq War (Mars) which brought him down. This is a well-known characteristic of unaspected elements in the chart: they can act as autonomous sub-personalities that cannot be reasoned with, because you are no longer dealing with an entire human being, or at least most of one. Margaret Thatcher also went down this route, and it was her unaspected Uranus which was responsible: Uranus at its worst is wilfully individualistic and rigidly ideological (but not religiously so, like Jupiter and Blair.)
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But with Blair and Thatcher, in each case most of the planets in their charts did link up with each other, enough to lend weight to their convictions. It is psychologically interesting that they both changed after some years in power, moving from being politically sensitive to not giving a damn what others thought, as described by the unaspected point that they each had. It is as if you can only shut a part of yourself out for so long, and then eventually it comes back at you in its shadow or primitive form, because it has been repressed. The next stage would be to acknowledge it and integrate it in a more helpful form. But I don’t think successful politicians are necessarily that interested in their own psychological development.
So Cameron is not really like this. There is not enough weight to any part of his chart to shut out and repress another part. This could be good, but in his case I think it makes him a bit bland and lacking in conviction.
One feature that is fascinating about his chart is that all the outer planets from Saturn onwards link up to each other, but not to any of the personal planets! On a personal level, this can make it hard to have much depth. On a political level, it is potentially disastrous (though I am not predicting that.) Politics is all about putting the personal planets at the service of the collective planets: tuning into what the collective needs and responding to that. But what if you can tune into the collective and the personal planets are not part of that? It means you can be taken over by the collective will, that what is worst in it can have free rein because you as a politician have no ability to discriminate because you as a conscious being are not involved.
This classically is what we see in Hitler’s chart (and I am NOT saying Cameron is like him.) But Hitler was born with the Neptune-Pluto conjunction of his time in the 8th House, and it did not aspect any of his personal planets. His Uranus was also unaspected. His personal planets were reasonably well joined up in themselves, particularly because of his Sun-Moon aspect.
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So it was as if this mild vegetarian who liked children turned into someone else when faced with a crowd in crisis (as Germany was); he could channel and reflect back what they wanted to hear in a ‘pure’ form, with no interference from his personality. He was a medium.
So it’s as if at some point we could start to see 2 David Camerons, a split between the PR family man who loves the NHS and the David Cameron who appears when there is a crisis (which hasn’t happened yet) and a response to the collective will is required. What is on David Cameron’s side is that Saturn is involved in his outer planet link-up. Saturn is a bridge between the inner planets and the outer planets, and gives considered form to things. So Saturn will be the moderator here, Cameron will not be an out of control medium like Hitler. But I reckon there will still be a disjunct at moments of crisis because of the lack of personal planet involvement with the collective planets. We will see less of the considered Virgo, of the coalition Libra, and more of a populist puppet.
The astrology of the next few years suggests plenty of crises worldwide – they have already begun. In Cameron’s progressed Chart, we see both the Moon and Mars activating his Uranus-Pluto opposite Saturn-Chiron.
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And this activation of his outer planets enabled him to win an election, sort of. But if and when the pressure goes up, moderating Saturn may no longer be able to hold sway, and we could see a less reasonable, less fair-minded Cameron begin to appear. What may also not help is his Moon conjunct Jupiter in Leo, which at its best has great leadership qualities, but which can easily tip over into inflation. Margaret Thatcher has Moon-Neptune in Leo, which is not entirely dissimilar: Jupiter and Neptune both rule signs (Sag/Pisces) that don't know when to stop!