Mercury Dasha – the golden years
Johnson’s 16-year Mercury Dasha began Sept. 9, 2016 (through Sept. 9, 2033). Two months prior to that, on July 13, 2016 he was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Theresa May. Though he was already a celebrity, and prominent in public life in previous years, it was not until Mercury Dasha, the major period of his Ascendant lord, that he rose to major prominence in political life, both nationally and internationally as a Cabinet Minister. He resigned from that position July 9, 2018, along other members of May’s cabinet, unhappy with her lack of progress with Brexit.
In fact, many had expected he would become Prime Minister three years earlier after David Cameron resigned on June 24, 2016. Johnson had campaigned strongly for Brexit, while many Tory MPs including Theresa May had campaigned to Remain. Johnson’s key ally and prospective campaign manager Michael Gove made a last minute switch, deciding to run for P.M. himself, and leaving Johnson at the 11th hour without the expected support. He then dropped out of the race for P.M. but was appointed to May’s Cabinet. Though Mercury Dasha was only two months away, it was still technically the last two months of the 19-year Saturn Dasha: Saturn-Jupiter-Rahu period. This is considered a treacherous passage, and similar to a very waning Moon. The last vestiges of the Saturn Dasha are still playing out, but signs of Mercury’s greatness are within sight.
Despite his jesting throughout the years, Johnson seriously wanted to be Prime Minister from a very young age, and as a child he said he wanted to be “world king.” But according to his lifetime Vimshottari Dasha sequence, Johnson’s lifelong ambition for public success would not be more fully rewarded until Mercury Dasha. In addition to being Ascendant lord well placed in the chart and in the Dharma Karma Adhipati yoga, Mercury is also Atmakaraka, planet at the highest degree of celestial longitude, and as such a very auspicious planet for one’s personal success. Even a sub-period of Mercury would be significant. Johnson was rescued from deafness with surgeries during his Rahu-Mercury period (Aug. 22, 1971 to March 11, 1974). Mercury rules over hearing and aspects the 3rd house of hearing. His successive Dashas up to Mercury Dasha showed much promise, and his first leap into a major public arena was winning the race as London mayor in May 2008 (in Saturn-Moon period). A second term four years later was considered a triumph. The Mayoral position was first created in 2000.
Source: The Washington Post, July 24, 2019. July 24, 2019, 3:18 pm, London, U.K. Source notes: Once elected by the public and/or by their party, the Prime Minister-elect goes to see the Royal Monarch. The exact moment when a person officially takes on the role of British Prime Minister is considered to be when they visit the Queen, who then instructs them to form a new government and they accept the appointment. The new P.M. then goes to 10 Downing St. to deliver their first-ever public speech as Prime Minister. With no date-stamped television footage, the closest thing to a confirmation of the exact moment is this photo of Boris Johnson with the Queen, with the clock behind her on the mantle. We know it is afternoon, and the clock appears to read 3:18. This moment is clearly symbolic of Johnson taking on the mantle of the Prime Ministership, having been voted in the previous day by his party members and winning 66% of an internal party vote. Theresa May met with the Queen separately, just before Johnson arrived, as is customary when a Prime Minister has resigned or been voted out of office. [Special thanks to Vedic astrologer Steve Stuckey for tracking down this hour and minute, including an analysis of comparable antique clocks!]
Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister
On July 24, 2019 Boris Johnson was the first Prime Minister to enter Downing Street to head a minority government on the basis of just an internal party vote. But when he called a nationwide election Dec. 12, 2019 he won a huge victory, a definite mandate from the people that pushed away Labour Party’s criticism that he was an “illegitimate” Prime Minister, both morally and politically, and standing on only a razor-thin majority, since many members of his own party had opposed him. This all changed Dec. 12, 2019 and the closer he got to his Mercury-Venus period, starting Feb. 3, 2020. He also set the Brexit date at Jan. 31, 2020, 11 pm, whereas Theresa May had previously set it for Oct. 31, 2019. Johnson then determined a nationwide election was necessary for full party support.
Johnson’s official ascent to Prime Minister began on a Wednesday, Mercury’s planetary day – from sunrise Wednesday to sunrise Thursday, and a planet associated with the business of trade and communications. Libra was rising from 1:11 pm to 4:00 pm local time, London, U.K. The Ascendant was Scorpio from 4:01 pm to 6:37 pm local time. Either Ascendant is favorable, placing the four planets in Cancer (Venus, Mercury, Sun, and Mars) either in the 10th house (Libra Ascendant) or in the 9th house (Scorpio Ascendant). With 22:24 Libra Ascendant there are five planets in angular houses, and one planet (Rahu) in a trinal house – a very strong chart, thus a strong and action-oriented administration. This is especially true with Chara (cardinal) signs angular.
The Navamsha increases even further in strength, with eight out of nine planets in angular houses (again all Chara signs), this time with Jupiter and exalted Mars in the 10th house, exalted Saturn and Ketu in the 7th house, and both Moon and Venus Vargottama (repeating in the same sign: Moon in Aries, Venus in Cancer). Both Navamsha Mars and Saturn are Digbala (best possible angular house). This indicates that in his time as Prime Minister, Johnson keeps improving and expanding his understanding of both his role and that of the U.K. – a hugely important indicator for a nation soon to be separated from the E.U. after 47 years.
The Libra Ascendant appears to be correct, and it is arresting how it reflects Boris Johnson’s birth chart, with Venus and Mercury once again prominent and closely intertwined. Once again they are both combust the Sun, though in the birth chart Mercury is in the previous sign. The July 24, 2019 chart repeats the theme of the Prime Minister’s speech being popularized and amplified; and being combust the Sun there could be some sacrifice to “the show” or “the drama.” Since both Venus and Mercury are in Cancer, an emotional water sign, the family, and the nation as family will be invoked often, and the arts (Venus) may play a significant role.
Repeating the Venus-Mercury themes from Johnson’s birth chart are the Venus-ruled Libra Ascendant and the Mercury-ruled planetary day, Wednesday. Once again Sun and Mars are also closely intertwined, and this time both Sun and Mars are Digbala, in their strongest angular positions at the top of the sky. Mars is within two degrees of the 10th house cusp. This gives excellent executive power, energy, and authority.
Mars is debilitated in Cancer, but achieves correction through its mutual exchange with the Moon (a Parivartana yoga). Moon is in Mars-ruled Aries and Mars is in Moon-ruled Cancer. In this Neecha Bhanga Raja yoga, Mars starts out with some disadvantage (working to complete Brexit after three years of delays, and a P.M. seen by his detractors as unfit for the role), but it gains in strength over time. The Moon-Mars exchange gives constant feedback and exchange between the public and the executive power, as seen by these planets in the 7th and 10th houses. Tr. Moon in Ashwini nakshatra is eager and impatient to get started. Tr. Jupiter in Scorpio aspects all four planets in Cancer in the 10th house, which confers blessing and protection, coming from Jupiter as a classic benefic planet. We will shortly consider its temporal role as 3rd and 6th lords.
Mercury is retrograde, probably reflecting the necessity for Johnson and his government to go back over some old ground that P.M. Theresa May had been treading for three years with Brexit. As 9th house lord, Mercury is also somewhat weakened by losing the Graha Yuddha (Planetary War) with Venus, since it is within one degree of Venus and loses the war due to Venus’s superior brightness in the heavens. This is less disastrous for Mercury, since Venus and Mercury are great good planetary friends, and Venus is Ascendant lord. Even so, it may be a warning that with a lot of words sure to be spoken and written by Prime Minister Johnson during his term in office (Jupiter in the 2nd house of speech aspects Mercury and all four planets in Cancer), he may have to backtrack on some promises or decisions that will be made with his typical energetic and executive forcefulness. Much expansiveness of spirit is expressed by four planets in Jupiter-ruled Punarvasu nakshatra: Rahu, Venus, Mercury, and Sun. Also, Jupiter’s strength is increased by being near its Stationary Direct degree (29’ orb) at 20:23 Scorpio. Another echo of Jupiter comes from Johnson’s natal Jupiter at 22:23 Aries, which is closely opposite (1’ orb) the July 24, 2019 chart Ascendant at 22:24 Libra.
Though Jupiter is a classic benefic and bestows protection and abundance, in a Libra Ascendant chart Jupiter is also lord of the 6th house of conflict. Thus, there is bound to be some level of conflict in moving the U.K. out of the E.U. It is probably fortunate that Saturn is strongly situated in the 3rd house on the Rahu-Ketu axis, and in fact almost exactly on the 3rd house cusp (24’ orb), emphasizing its impact. In a mundane chart, this indicates that issues of transportation, communications, the legal system, and immigration will have serious overhauls during Boris Johnson’s term as Prime Minister. Saturn gets things done, sometimes through an initial stage of pulling back or contraction. Saturn rules over Objective Reality.
Brexit – from marriage to divorce
On Aug. 1, 1961 Britain first applied for membership in the EEC (European Economic Community – a predecessor to the European Union). This was 5 ½ months after the last Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn (Feb. 18, 1961). The next JU-SA conjunction in Capricorn is Dec. 21, 2020, ten days before the Brexit transition period ends, unless it is extended prior to June 30, 2020 – the deadline for extending the transition. However, the proximity to the powerful JU-SA conjunction suggests the transition period will indeed end Dec. 31, 2020, nearly 60 years after the U.K. first applied for membership in 1961.
French President Charles DeGaulle (1958-1969) vetoed Britain’s initial application in 1961 as well as a second application in 1967; but after he left office it was finally attained on Jan. 1, 1973 with a third attempt. However, controversy surfaced in Britain on a regular basis between national sovereignty and economic expedience. This led to a national referendum in 1975 in which 67.2% of the voters affirmed their desire to remain in the Common Market, as it was then known. Even so, the controversy never truly subsided, and tensions on this issue continued to grow. Despite promises of prosperity, security, and commercial advantage, one of the E.U.’s Founding Fathers, Jean Monnet, said this in 1952:
“Europe’s nations should be led towards a superstate, without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.”
What this prominent French Leftist meant was that the new socio-political-economic community would gradually but intentionally weaken its member nation-states. And in Post-World War II Europe, it is understandable that no one wanted any European nation-state to become too powerful and aggressive ever again, especially not Germany. In fact Germany and its history is the major reason given for opposing Nationalism, i.e. national sovereignty and the strength of individual nation-states and their citizens to determine their own destiny. The new Globalism that flourished from the early 1960s was meant to counteract any possible recurrence of World War. But there were also underlying themes of One World Government nurtured by Globalists since early in the 20th century.
The first incarnation of the European Union was the European Coal and Steel Community, established July 1, 1952. There were six member nations: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Membership expanded from 1957 onward to reach 28 nations by 2016, when U.K. citizens voted to leave the E.U. – the famous Brexit vote. The urge for the U.K. to join the E.U. came initially since the British Empire was shrinking and the U.K. was falling behind the rest of Europe economically, while E.U. nations were booming at the time. Noting the importance of the 59-60 year cycle (two Saturn returns, and half of the EARTH cycle’s core 120-year period), we see the cyclical importance of 2020 as a turning point. Similarly, we note that in implementing Brexit, the anti-Globalist actions of the U.K. in protecting its nation-state were echoed in the U.S. with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Though both Trump and Johnson may seem like anomalies as politicians, they both have come to symbolize Nationalist leaders rising to power prior to a critical astrological juncture: the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of Dec. 2020. The 60 years leading up to this conjunction have been dominated largely by the forces of Globalism – until 2016.
In April 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama went to London to lecture the British people on the necessity to vote against Brexit in their June 2016 referendum. He spoke of the perils that awaited them if they did vote for Brexit. Meanwhile, U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump did not go to the U.K. to speak on Brexit, but from 2015 onward he announced his support for Nigel Farage and the Brexiteers. At the time, Obama, the Globalist was much more of a popular figure in the U.K. than Trump, the Nationalist. But with the passing of Brexit in June 2016 and the election of Trump in Nov. 2016, there was a turning point in the battle between Nationalism and Globalism. And we will soon see by Nov. and Dec. 2020 if the tide is turning more definitively to protect nation-states and their citizens from the rule of Globalists and unelected bureaucrats running Monnet’s planned “superstates.”
The continued success of Prime Minister Johnson in the U.K. and President Trump in the U.S. in 2020 and beyond has a lot to do with determining whether the nation-state survives the Globalists and Globalism. The U.S. Presidential Inauguration chart is known well in advance, and indicates a very strong president in Jan. 2021. Johnson’s chart as Prime Minister (from July 24, 2019) also shows great promise, especially comparing the timing to his birth chart as he enters his Venus-Mercury period Feb. 3, 2020. So closely coinciding with the official start of Brexit on Jan. 31st at 11 pm London time, this is highly auspicious for the success of Brexit. Along with national charts, we see the importance of the charts of ceremonial events that usher in a new national leader, along with the birth charts of national leaders. The leader’s birth chart is also a reflection of the well-being of a nation for as long as that person is in office. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke on Jan. 31, 2020 to mark the moment of the official Brexit. It was not carried on the BBC, which had lobbied for years for the Remain position, even well after the 2016 referendum for Brexit. Here is an excerpt from the P.M’s speech:
“Tonight we are leaving the European Union. For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come. And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss. And then of course there is a third group – perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end. I understand all those feelings, and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward. The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act in our great national drama. And yes it is partly about using these new powers – this recaptured sovereignty – to deliver the changes people voted for.”
From the author:
- Identifying Revolutionary Trends, lecture by the author given May 25, 2018 at the United Astrology Conference (UAC 2018) in Chicago, IL. This mp4 (PowerPoint with audio & PDF handout) runs 1 hr. 15 min. Available at https://edithhathaway.com/shop/
- Jupiter-Saturn 2020: Fulcrum of a 120-year Cycle, lecture by the author given Oct. 27, 2019 at the Future of Astrology conference, Dallas, TX. This mp4 (PowerPoint with audio) runs 2 hrs. 35 min. and includes 27 min. of Q & A with lecture attendees. Now available at https://edithhathaway.com/shop/
- Jupiter-Saturn 2020: The Tipping Point https://edithhathaway.com/jupiter-saturn-2020-the-tipping-point/#more-3050 (Dec. 21, 2019) [This article gives a broad overview of the larger Jupiter-Saturn cycles, including themes of Nationalism vs. Globalism. The last section covers how and why two events in 2016 (U.K.’s Brexit vote and the U.S. Presidential election of Donald Trump) were harbingers of a major reversal in trends preceding the JU-SA conjunction of Dec. 2020.]
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