The astrogeographic position of London, the national charts for Great Britain and an outlook on future planetary transits
London & Britain in my astrogeography blog: Astrogeographical position of the EU Parliament in Brussels, Astrogeographic position of Washington, Saturn-Neptune conjunction over London: the Great London Smog of 1952, The Great Fire of London 350 years ago, The British EU Referendum on 23 June 2016, The 3 June 2017 Terrorist Attack in London, The 2017 UK general election in astrogeography, The Grenfell Tower fire, Das Brexit Referendum aus astrologischer und astrogeographischer Sicht, The Tower of London in Scorpio with Cancer, Queen Elizabeth II`s and her predecessor`s constellations at Buckingham Palace, Astrogeographic positions of the largest cities in 1500, Die Saturn – Pluto Konjunktion 2020, The London Temple in astrogeography, Piccadilly Circus, Anteros and a 90° aspect between Aries and Cancer
Astrogeographic position for morphogenetic field level 1 which shows the supraregional and international qualities of London: The british capital and historical center of the Commonwealth London is located at 24° of aristocratic, courtly air sign Libra and 27° of conservative, hierarchical earth sign Capricorn. Unlike the capitals of super powers like Washington and Beijing which are located in highly magnetic fire sign Leo the sign of centralism itself or Moscow (Taurus, Cancer) none of the two astrogeographical coordinates of London falls in one of the major indicators of centralism (Cancer, Leo, Taurus). This may explain why London though the qualities of the place seem to support a globalistic perspective and a high importance in the overall global morphogenetic field was unable to keep the role it once had as the world´s most important capital for longer than 300 years or so. The position of London seems to lack the fixed signs. What seems to qualify london for supraregional resonance seems to be the faculties of quality management (Capricorn) in all kinds of services (Libra).
The 2 astrogeographical coordinates of London are in an exact square -an aspect of intense rension to each other. The tension deriving from this aspect may be in one or the other way problematic and contradictory. But it can also serve to provide a biotope that serves as a school of confrontation, exchange and cooperation between contradictory elements in the daily routine, exercise and training of survival!!!
Capricorn the most important astrological indicator for the effectivity and stability of government institutions, administration, laws and regulations stands for the capital status of London. Capricorn`s tendency to seek orientation through creating and following hierarchical structures explains London`s point of view as led by a reflex for concentrating on the conservation and effective use of traditional hierarchies. Capricorn has a defensive approach. It supports building fortresses, limitations and exclusive situations and tends to focus on competence and authority. Another well known reflex of Capricorn is the attempt to create a climate of exclusiveness. And Capricorn is not only traditionalistic it is the sign of history itself. In the case of London this explains why the parliament is still treated as an institution which primarily serves the king`s rule and not the people in the first place. From my astrological experience and point of view Cancer the opposite sign of Capricorn represents the actual sign of the celtic roots of english cvountryside culture and inheritance. But Cancer repesents a concentration on inner values and the emotional basis and essence of things. And that is the potential of Cancer which makes it the sign of authenticity of modern culture and individual judgement in general. Therefore Cancer is the actual sign of modernity as the process of updating form in relation to the needs of personal development. Through its astrogeographic position in Capricorn London represents the opposite to the roots of the english tradition. Capricorn focuses on the tradition and its outward formal inheritance instead. Institutions like the House of Lords or the royal family thing are clear expressions of such a tendency for formalistic traditionalism. When form is not allowed to develop the resonance between form (Capricorn) and content (Cancer) is such that the content tends to be supressed by the limitations through form. The story of the puppet Pinocchio with the wooden nose is illustrative of this topic. Such a polarity between a capital city and the culture of the country is also typical for the french capital Paris which is located in Aquarius the opposite sign of Leo (sign of french culture).
I want to mention the particular relationship of the last degrees in Capricorn for the international affairs and the world government as reflected by Dane Rudhyar`s interpetation of the Sabian Symbol for 30°Capricorn as A Secret Meeting of Men Responsible for Executive Decisions in World Affairs. This reflects the relevance of the astrogeographical position at 27° capricorn in relation to the role of London as the first global capital in the history of our planet. And it points at the important role of the “City of London” area as the seat of a world government of the globalization of capitalist rule over the world economy.
Libra stands for the higher ideals of culture. One of its “natural” habitats are royal courts as the places where the highest culture of a nation concentrates. But Libra is not focused on a particular king and on kingdom in general like the centralistic signs especially royal sign Leo the sign of kingdom or earth sign Taurus the sign of control over territories. This might even suggest that altogether London is not the site of a hyper-centralistic government in the first place like is the case with the capitals of the three superpowers or in the capital of Leo culture (french culture) Paris the original home of absolutism. Although astrogeographically Paris itself is not located in Leo the tendency for centralism (presidential rule) in the french capital derives from Leo as the main astrological indicator for french culture. For Libra the aristocratic culture itself is of higher value than the king himself. The scales are used for calculating the harmony, equality and perfect balance between opposing aspects. The ideal of Noblesse Oblige in Libra refers to the ideal of a balance between the ruler and the ruled. And even more than that: Libra implies also the reflex for service-orientation and finding out how to be useful for others. This “selfless” aspect of Libra has even led me to the conclusion that Libra represents not only the sign of angels but points at the angels themselves. But of course “selflessness” as a reflex among humans has plain materialistic roots like any other of the 12 astrologically definable basics. Libra intends to survive by trying to please others. It is the central indicator for prostitution and for using attractivity for profits and the purpose of being personally successful. At the roots of things the selflessness in Libra is simply an attempt to be sucessful and dominant just like through beauty and elegance.
Uranus` transit in a square & opposition to London between May 2016 and March 2019
The next planetary transit in a tight aspect to the astrogeographical coordinates of London will be the square as well as opposition positions of Uranus moving between 23° Aries and 0° Taurus between May 2016 and March 2019. I have described why this transit implies the probability of the British exit from the European Union since my first blog about the topic in May 2015. But of course the full impact of the Uranus transit here in regard to its fuller potentials would be more than that: a reorientation, self-finding and liberation process from dependencies on all sides. As far as Uranus is concerned a radical (from radix, radices) change literally means retracing the situation to its roots. But of course the roots of the british dependence from world politics lies not only in its relation to Europe. Or let`s say it has more than one single root. For understanding the holistic impact of a Uranus transit it is necessary to recapitulate all the factors that cause dependence. This is because Uranus and Aquarius seek abstraction. Therefore the vote against a the closer relationship with the EU is not more than a simple decision for a first practicable step in the direction of self-liberation. But of course there are other even though financially less attractive that are politically more powerful than the EU.
It has to be taken into consideration that the country can leave the EU and still be able to make good contracts with Europe, But it won`t be able to get out of the dependence from its even more powerful ally the USA in a similar way. Therefore it only appears as logical that the country would seek to live this Uranus transit by concentrating on liberation from the weaker partner although through this step naturally fullfilling the strategical aims of the stronger of its business allies. And it should be noted that the brexit comes at the moment of european negotiations with the USA about a common market system. The british decision at this moment in time during a “battle of negotiations” directly weakens the european position strengthening the american. This aspect of the decision not only questions the EU as a whole but without doubt it actually is a strong attack on its stability let alone the fact that it may cost Britain and Europe hundreds of bilions of euros. This insolidarity with the local european business partners effectivly does of course also represent an insolidarity with their people.
But during a Uranus transits such deeper analyses can`t be expected to be decisive for the voters who make their decision mainly following the emotional projections suggested by the electional campaigns which in Britain are dominated by the Rupert Murdoch`s New York Stock Exchange propaganda machine. Practically speaking: what really matters in the first place for the voters here is that taking a decision and seeking a confrontation can bring reorientation and the chance for seeing and feeling new possibilities.
The process of the Uranus transit has only just begun. It will be effective for nearly 3 more years and in two different directions. First comes the phase and effects of Uranus opposition to Westminster`s astrogeographical coordinate at 24° Libra. The second stage will be the phase when Uranus` transit in a square to the 27° Capricorn coordinate will be effective from April 2017. During this transit the position of the british government may be challenged intensely by Uranus` urge for reconnection with the spiritual plane. Although elections would make sense during that period it has to be taken into account that a new government will still have to face another 2 years of an intense process of self-liberation and searching for the country`s future perspectives. There is no stability to be expected during that period unless the decisions for emancipation and innovation are resolutely taken and put into practice. It has to be understood that the autonomy of the new government and even the british currency could get under intense pressure from global economical players and especially from the transatlantic and other business partners. It can be assumed that the country has no other choice than deciding for the common market (TTIP) with the USA and Canada at any costs. And even the standing of the mass media manipulating industries in relation to the british government, which has traditionally been too strong anyway, will surely be further strengthened. The outcome and period of stabilization is to be expected during the Pluto-Saturn-Jupiter conjunction right on the 27° Capricorn position of London during the year 2020.
Short Term Transits
Jupiter`s transit over the 24° Libra astrogeographical position of London between September 1 and October 10 2017 should bring the chance to put the Brexit decision into reality, make contracts with business partners and find positive solutions for unsettled questions.
The Pluto Transit conjunct London between February 2019 and November 2024
The next tight transit that follows will be Pluto moving between 23° Capricorn and 0° Aquarius in conjunction with London`s position at 27° Capricorn and in a square with the capital`s position at 25° Libra from February 2019 until November 2024. The climax of this plutonic process of stimulation of development through the solution of karmic and other unsolved issues is to be identified as falling in the phase of the transit of Saturn between 22° Capricorn and 0° Aquarius between January and December 2020.
The Pluto-Saturn conjunction on 12 January 2020 at 22°46` Capricorn will not take place exactly on the astrogeographical positions of London but very near. For the situation in the british capital this constellation indicates a deep transformation (Pluto) and a consolidation (Saturn in his own sign) of the process of restructuring and reorientation started by the process of the Uranus transits since May 2016.
And fascinating enough the Sun at 21°56` and Mercury at 23°13`Capricorn will be conjunct the two planets. The conjunction of the Sun and Mercury to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is to be seen as highly positive and as an indication of solutions. Read my blog about this event in german language here.
Particularly the conjunction of Jupiter with Saturn (the constellation of the golden ratio) on 0° Aquarius and still very close to the astrogeographical position of London at 27°Capricorn in December 2020 is to be seen as a decisive moment for installing a new foundation and concept for the future of the country`s politics in the 21st century. It has to be considered here that this conjunction of Jupiter Saturn with Pluto does not only effect London but like any other transit will be effective all over the planet.
There are of course many other places which on one or the other of the morphogenetic field levels in the holographic structural system have a direct resonance with the last degree of Capricorn. But as the former world capital and maybe the world capital of globalization London has the potential of having a by far more supraregional resonance than other places particularly in world politics. For a while I had the impression that it was a definite candidate for the site of a capital for the united republic of earth, although today I cannot feel that anymore because of the unfolding of neofascism and hate in the country during the brexit campaign.
The question of the National Chart
Apparently the old chart of the Union of “Britain” with Ireland or should we say “Full English Possession of Ireland” is “traditionally” used by english astrologers as the birth chart of Great Britain. That chart is calculated for the start of the administrational year 1801. The weakness of such administrational new year charts is that they all have between 5° and 10° Libra ascendant with the Sun at 10° Capricorn conjunct the Immum Coeli wether calculated for Albania, Mozambique or any other country. They are mere validity charts lacking the intense individuality of event charts. Therefore they can be valuable to some extent for understanding administrative processes but when used as national charts interpreters tend to confuse these with the deeper spiritual and emotional roots and inheritance.
The logic of the choice of the 1801 new year chart implies that the birth moment of modern Great Britain came through the territorial possession of Ireland. Apart from ignoring the right of Ireland for a national identity of its own (compare: Jonathan Swift in 1729) such a logic ignores the roots of England´s own inheritance, interior achievements and the energetical and spiritual aspects of the homeland. By using such a chart as Nationa Chart the inner roots and fourth house is replaced by defining the country`s identity through outwardly success and the country`s status in relation to other countries, The problem here is that at this point the Colonial Empire overwrites the roots and topics of the national identity, history and integrity. Great Britain was a supranational Empire – a World Empire during that era in which a globally operating financial aristocracy (globalized hypercapitalism) in London dominated the 6 inhabitable continents of our planet. To me this explains why it was possible that in the 21st century that Uranus transit could be exploited to trigger the quest for the national identity through such a confused, indoctrinated and primitively neofascist argumentation like it was done during the brexit campaign.
I can`t see that it makes sense to use the chart for the “Union” of Britain with Ireland usually calculated for 1 January 1801 as a birth chart for Modern Great Britain since by now – 2027 years later Ireland has been independent for nearly a century. Using that old chart for the “golden age” of the “British Empire” and its remains still is convincing. But the development after World War I brought a new phase in history through the independence of the larger part of Ireland. It appears to be symptomatic of the problem of the british national identity that british astrologers apparently still use that chart although the british occupation of Ireland is history. That may be explanable to some extent through the fact that England still has to hold on to Northern Ireland which until today is dominated by british settlers which complain that they can`t be “left alone” with the irish catholic population.
Relying on the chart of the colonial superpower status as something that doesn´t exist anymore feeds the pressure from the profile neurosis of the british superiority complex. This is a situation that strongly isolates Britain from the rest of the world while British pseudo-nationalism is still a quest for new colonies and not feeling superior to the rest of the world considered a state of decline.
This problem clearly marked the process England (!) had to go through during the Uranus square transit of the Brexit referendum at the point where the question of national identity arose. “Making Britain great again” willingly or not referred to the 1801 status. And all the unfelt and unreflected issues behind that were topics like the fact that England alone is still identified as the homeland of Britain, that England is ruling Wales, Scotland and the Commonwealth and still worth being identified as the colonialist superpower. And Britain is still ifentified as the heart of the anglophile empire is still the motherland of the USA and so on. Apparently the referendum had to come at the moment of the mirrorpoint conjunction of Saturn in Sagittarius the sign of expansion with Pluto in Capricorn the sign of realistic limitation in 2016. It may be that there was no other realistic way of confronting the fact that despite their nuclear weapons at the bottom of its national identity England has got to be just another small country where people have the right to decide for their own thing, plant their plants and live their lives. And this would have been the healthy root of the question where the “reclaiming sovereignty” discussion should have started. The rest simply stirred the typically british national frustration overwriting the tur positive independent self image.
“How can the 1801 chart for the full possession of Ireland be the National Chart of the modern Britain??? That chart only reveals the Pluto of the national identity – that meant England above their colonies, Wales, Scotland and the Commonwealth Nations. Astrologically going down – as a Neptune simile is nothing bad! What went down with the colonies wasn`t Venus anyway – it was foreign territories hence Pluto. Therfore – the Saturn-Pluto conjunction over London in 2020 simply indicates the end of the profile neurosis from the Empire status. Nothing bad about that – 100 years after the indpendence of Ireland – an emancipation from the colonies and being forced to take on citizens from the former colonies a.s.o..” (from a comment I wrote in the mundane astrologers facebook group in June 2017)
The National Chart for the Loss of the Colonies
Next is the chart for the British “emancipation” from Ireland with the data as mentioned in Nicholas Campion`s “Book of World Horoscopes“. He calls it a chart for the moment of a restructuring of Britain through the independence of Ireland. Although no birth chart either it provides details about the restructuring process that the country went through during the 20th century through the loss of its colonies and status as the world`s super power.
The strongest astrological constellation in this chart was was the highly dynamical gand trine of Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter in the water signs revealing emotional self-reliance and completeness as the main issues of this step in british history.
Neptune in house 4 explains the unfelt and supressed insecurity about the emancipation of Britain from it`s colonial empire which was felt as a great loss. Neptune in house 4 the house of emotional identity stands for the fear of drowning. Neptune´s position in royal fire sign Leo the sign of royal self-esteem indicates the issue of an unfullfillable urge for a dominant personality and leadership. And in the case of an island where the fear of drowning is a special matter anyway Neptune is of highest importance through its rulership over the sea.
Like in the case of the 1801 horoscope the position of the Moon in the 1922 chart fell in Cancer the indicator of the celtic roots of english culture. Apart from that inheritance Cancer as the sign of islands and coastlines is a strong indicator for the geographical situation on the british isles. And finally I personally feel that Cancer as an indicator for english culture also reflects the particularly homely and nice atmosphere of the british countryside village life which I want to recommend considering as the more realistic roots of that national identity.
The Moon of the Irish Independence Chart at 24° Cancer was in a tight square to the astrogeographic position of the british government at 25° Libra explaining the pressure under which the british government stood.
Mars shifting from Taurus to Aquarius
In the 1801 chart Mars was in Taurus the sign of conquering and possession of territory and in house 8 the house of the property of others. In the 1922 chart Mars fell in Aquarius the sign of self-finding and in house 10 the house of duties and responsibility as the conquering and endless warfare in the british colonies were coming to an end. What remained was the responsibilty for the job of distributing the conquered territories among the exploited nations – a process which came to a final end not before the 1980ies. Another change in regard to the situation of british foreign policies related to Mars in Aquarius was that the British Empire changed sides from the evil to the good- now fighting for the “good social and spiritual cause” against Nazi Germany. An experience which at least in the memory of the anglophile as well as the european community washed away a lot of the memory about the bad karma accumulated throughout british colonial history.
The Chart of the Glorious Revolution in 1689
Nicholas Campion suggested considering the moment of the swearing in of William of Orange-Nassau and his wife Queen Mary on the Bill of Rights and as the new King and Queen as the moment in which the foundation for the “modern” british constitution was laid. That idea is really convincing to me as that particular constitution at that particular time in history was really modern guaranteeing the stability of the British State over 300 years. And that process laid the foundation for the structure inside of the country making it a by far more realistic event to be considered in regard to the interior systemical topics of the British homeland.
The decision against a catholic royal family line and for a protestant rule helped prevent long-term instability and insecurity in the country through the conspiracies between the two confessions. The memory of the example of the disastrous 30-year war in Germany between lutherans and catholics in the first half of the 17th century must have been fresh at the time. And the influence of the catholic nations France and Spain and also of the Pope in Rome on british interior policy was important to be avoided. Pluto`s long-term transit between 23° Cancer and 0° Leo in a square and opposition to the astrogeographic positions of Westminster (25°Libra/27°Capricorn) explains how the pressure of pseudoreligious conspiracy and manipulation threatened the british government and kings in the last quarter of the 17th century.
The exactitude of the calculated time may be relative. But a Gemini ascendant is a logical aspect for the chart of a Bill of Rights. This is because Gemini supports the communication between opponents, personal liberty and parliamentary institutions in general. The highly dubious Mercury-Neptune conjunction and in Pisces the mothersign of corruption shows that the whole of the declaration was organized by secrete diplomacy, hidden contracts, lies, betrayal and buying consent from all directions – just the way parliaments and poliics work.
And even though the catholics had been expelled from rulership since that day the Sun as the most important planet and Mercury as ruler of the ascendant were both and even together with Neptune in Pisces the classical astrological indicator for the catholic church. That brings me back to my argumentation that I have been enforcing in this blog for several years now: Pisces represents the sign of spirituality itself and not its limitations to a single dogma or god.
Jupiter in house 10 the constellation of healing effects appeared as an extremely beneficial and highly successful aspect for the new constitution. Its position in Aquarius the sign of self-finding and reconnection with the integral dimension of the country`s fuller potential stands for the aim of optimizing the overall performance of governments from a more abstract and less regionalistic point of view. But on the other hand we should not overlook that the intensely liberalistic appeal of Jupiter´s position here was in exact square to Uranus the ruler of Jupiter´s position in Aquarius. Uranus in Taurus and in house 12 (house of abroad) represented the concentration on conquering. possessing and exploiting other countries and the dominating world trade.
The Chart for the Magna Carta
Magna Carta Libertatum “the Great Charter of the Liberties” is a declaration of rights signed by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor on 15 June 1215 (julian date). The Magna Carta promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown.
The fact that the Magna Carta was the result of a rebellion of 25 Barons against the King is reflected in the transit of Neptune at 21° Aries approaching the exact opposition to the government area at 24° Libra. The Neptune opposition to the government area reveales the king`s weakness.
The Moon (at 12:00 noon) located at 30° Capricorn occupied the astrogeographical position of London and also the resonating degree of the World Government (Sabian symbols).
The Chart of the Coronation of William the Conquerer
The astrogeographical transit of Venus at the coronation of William the Conquerer saw Venus the planet of wealth, grounding, growing roots and of relationship on the 29th degree of Capricorn and thus conjunct the position of Westminster (27° Capricorn) and right next to the 30° Capricorn resonance of London`s role as a redonator for the topics of the World Government. This particularly stimulating harmonius transit can be evaluated as intensely supportive of the growth and stabilization of the capital, central government and economic growth in the country. At the same time the absence of problematic transits of the outer planets to the astrogeographic position of the new kingdom suggests a relative stability of the institutions created through this king.
On the day of the Battle of Hastings the Sun and Venus were conjunct near the astrogeographical position of Westminster at 24° Libra and in exact square to the secon astrogeographical coordinate of 27° Capricorn. This simultaneous conjunction and square reveals the strong future position of the winning side of the Battle of Hastings at Westminster (onjunction) and the heavy threat to the ruling parties in Westminster.
List of Kings and Queens of England and their individual constellations at the palaces in Westminster and Whitehall