Astrology Think-tank: Brexit, Farage and the 1999 Grand Cross Eclipse

Astrology Think-tank: Brexit, Farage, and the 1999 Grand Cross Eclipse
The deal it seems is done and I for one am in shock. Brexit hangover. It hurts. A time to look back and reflect. The first person I want to pick up on is Nigel Farage. Farage actually entered the political arena in June 1999 through a seat in the European Parliament. This is a link to his maiden speech in which he clearly states his political aim is to take Britain out of the EU.  Many astrologers will remember the August 1999 grand cross eclipse, it was the first eclipse visible in the UK since the nineteen twenties. At the time, I published an article in the Journal of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, ‘The fixed signs are related to values, so this grand cross might be related to the breakdown of traditional structures. Saturn in Taurus makes me think of economics, and it’s transiting the UK’s eighth house (other people’s or the nation’s money). Could this be Britain in relation to the Euro ? A crisis over the pound seems inevitable. Meanwhile the rest of Europe wonders who coined the word Euro anyway (it sounds peculiarly English, and does not have a German or French ring to it !). A European Identity Crisis is on the cards !’ Vol. 41,no. 3 May/June 1999

grand cross eclipse

This was a huge eclipse and I often wondered what happened to it. This example clearly highlights one of the difficulties mundane astrologers face: Events can be highly active, be set off, but remain on the back burner until a much later date. It is Nigel Farage’s particular brand of euro-scepticism that has fueled the flames of Brexit and shaken Europe to its core. This only just occurred to me but it picks up on my concern about the effect of the current mutable cross when seen in the light of its predecessor in 0545: ‘The last time we had this exact set up of planets within orb of exactitude was in 0545  almost 1500 years ago (see horoscope below) and it also coincided with the transit of Pluto through Capricorn !! At the time, Europe was in the wake of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.’

mutable cross

Looking back on my own astrological take on events, I realize how much I have learnt particularly about the way I want to use mundane astrology. I believe I correctly identified the UK/EU axis. ‘Horoscope 1 below, shows the UK’s entry to Europe on Jan. 1 1973 (inner wheel) and for the 1975 and 2016  referendums. Striking – are the planets clustering around the 12-17 degrees Gemini mark (Saturn center wheel, Sun middle wheel (Mercury is just wide)  & Mercury in the outer wheel) and the 11-17 Sagittarius mark (Venus center wheel, Neptune middle wheel, Saturn outer wheel). The Gemini/Sagittarius axis which is particularly related to trade and to the international legal agreements that govern it, is emphasised…Boris Johnson, leader of the LEAVE campaign, has Mercury at 19 degs 19 Gemini !’ UK’s radix Mercury is at 17 Sag. 33. Clearly this axis will kick off again when Neptune in Pisces occupies these degrees.

no joy

Secondly: the wild card, Venus, UK ascendant ruler, out of bounds on the day of the vote. ‘A worrying astrological factor for the REMAIN Campaign – is that Venus ruler of the UK ascendant – is Out of Bounds on the day of the vote. A planet OOB – wants to pull away from authority (the Sun) and go its own way. Venus is on the midheaven – in Cancer – the sign of the UK Moon. This speaks to me of personal identity and of protecting what belongs to me. When threatened, Cancer draws back into its shell.’

The aim of a think-tank – and of mundane astrology in general – is to inform on things cosmic. If I had been a baru priest advising my King, then I would have been compelled to mention some worrying portents. Then, I would have looked for ways to counter balance the energy (vote Remain) because this is the way to maintain the safety and stability of the kingdom. After all, security and stability are the most important factors in maintaining and sustaining democracy.

Elizabeth Hathway, MA, DFAstrolS, Horary Craftswoman

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Liz Hathway is a British born astrologer currently based in Amsterdam. Liz studied astrology at the Kosmos in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and with well known horary astrology John Frawley. Liz also holds an MA (with distinction) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, from the University of Wales, in Lampeter, and was short-listed for the 2016 Alumni Association MA CAA Dissertation Prize.
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6 Reacties op Astrology Think-tank: Brexit, Farage and the 1999 Grand Cross Eclipse

  1. mimi zegt:

    I knew it !
    I remember being on holiday in Italy at the time and I often thought about it too, because I couldn’t find anything this eclips had caused sofar. Brilliantly deducted and analysed by you !

    I really hope the EU is going to change, but it will take its time to do that and are people willing to wait for that ?
    I wonder, could something similar be happening to the USA later this year ? Was this eclips also affecting the USA ??
    What are your thoughts ?


    • Liz Hathway zegt:

      Hi Mimi. I am fascinated by US politics. I will certainly be looking at the US election later in the year. I was following it closely – but the Brexit butted in.

  2. Brex zegt:

    Whatever will happen to Britain (let’s not predict doom or freeze by the sight of the unknown!) I have positive thoughts about the Brexit. It is a sign that something has to change the way that Europe as a whole. is ruled. I am not sure about what’s better, every european country having it’s own rules, or some kind of alliance, but the way the European Union has been built up until now, is kind of chaotic! As if the politicians were thinking: okay, as soon as we all have the Euro, the other things (laws, employment, environment) will come by itself.
    Now I have not combined politics and astrology yet, I have a love/hate relationship with politics (from: I don’t want anything to do with it, to: it’s ruling my day to day life, if you can’t beat them, join them).
    I think the problems the European community is having now, is because of the differences in the development of the different area’s that Europe, as EU, should unite. The money has been taken ‘care of’, but immediately causes problems, because the more developed countries complain about the less developed countries getting more money for farming and production. There are also huge problems concerning the different laws in different countries (which you can see now with the refugees, some countries just set up a wall to keep refugees out, while that is against European legislation!). My opinion is that they should have worked all those things out BEFORE becoming the EU. The idea itself is not bad, but man, what a mess until now. A mess that even could lead to civil war, exactly the opposite of what they intended.
    As always, the biggest problem lies in money and prosperity. People always want more, and have a hard time sharing. This is capitalist thinking (ah, now I am getting into politics 😉 and capitalism works, as long as production goes up, and there is more work than workers. Also capitalism is a dynamic system, and will collapse when business is becoming static. Now we are getting to the limits of capitalism (symbolized by the Pluto-Uranus square?) because there is not enough work for all the people, so they don’t have money to buy more products, so production will go down. But socialism on its own won’t work forever, either, I think because people primarily don’t want to share and want to compete. They rather give some money to charity and feel good about themselves than actually give a monthly percentage of their wages to the poor. In the Netherlands you can see that socialist ideas worked for quite some time (AOW, national health service) but now the capitalist settings are collapsing, the socialist comforts are dissapearing too. There is not enough work, production, savings, working people to provide the poor, the sick and the old people an acceptable living standard. I think we (or uhm the politicians, if they can put their ego’s aside for a bit) should think about a new blend of capitalism and socialism that could work in the next decades. Taking account of things as less people doing more work, the technical revolution, pollution that needs to stop. A new blend of old and new ideas together. A new blend of capitalism and socialism that fits the society that is constantly changing, and now changing more rapidly. There are a lot of innovative people and ideas!
    Anyway, I drifted off about society… (transit Neptune conjunct my Jupiter 😉 I just wanted to say that I see the Brexit as an exciting adventure and probably a better way to changes then politically freezing in a Europe that already is divided in many ways. The British are now showing this division in their politics and I think it is a little disruptive, but also honest. Let’s open our eyes and see….

  3. Liz Hathway zegt:

    Hi Brex, Thanks for your comment. I really sincerely hope you are right. I hope Europe sees that the wealth that Europe generates has to filter through from the top to the bottom. The fact that there are different laws for different countries – really makes a mockery of the Brexit argument. Brussels was not breathing down our necks all the time. We also always had a veto – and Britain even within the EU was able to keep its borders. I rather like your idea of a new blend of capitalism and socialism. As you rightly point out.. what we need is a better distribution of wealth not a race to the bottom.

    • Bregje zegt:

      Thanks! After writing this and reading your deep concerns about the (personal) consequences of the Brexit, I felt a bit awkward and thought my piece could be a bit out of place. Gladly you picked up my positive aquarian hope about the whole situation. Right now I am concerned myself because of all these British politicians suddenly leaving, this confuses me (and everybody else I guess).

  4. Isy Aweigh zegt:

    The tie back to 545 makes a lot of sense to me.

    I’m an American and the outrageous split between this devouring oligarchy and sustainable rationality is nowhere more evident than in the mishandling of the Democratic primaries. It’s dystopian in the depth of its corrupt and disgusting activities, combined with the “covering our ears lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala All Hail The Queen!” nature of the media coverage. There’s no discussion of policies or approach, just this endless chant of canned phrases, equally split between counterfactual or straw-man platitudes about one candidate and ab hominem attacks against supporters — SUPPORTERS — of the other. Very odd. Very ugly. Very weird.

    It’s only when I think of the mass hypnotism of my Trumpery Clinton country that I can really understand the Brexit vote. People just can’t stand “business as usual” any more. It’s gotten to the point where anything, absolutely anything, is better than the devils we know.

    Those are some heinous devils.

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