The UK General Election on December 12 2019 is astrologically remarkable because it occurs at the ‘peak’ of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024). [see This is the Dawning of the Aquarius Micro-Age Decan for details on this micro-age decan ] Aquarius promotes extremists and extremism at the expense of the middle ground. This is why extremists have been able to capture the American presidency, convince enough UK voters in 2016 to choose Brexit combined with a number of leaders around the world falling into line or mimicking the new breakout by the hard rightwing politicians.
Hard left politicians are also on the rise such as Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the USA. but their impact on mainstream politics has not yet materialized as the center stage has been stolen by the hard right. What is more noticeable is the civil disturbances around the world against intractable governments. At the time of publication, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile, Iraq, Pakistan, Barcelona, Holland, France, Peru and Haiti to name a few of the major outbursts against mainly unjust or inequitable government policies regardless of the democratic standing of the government. Aquarius promotes rebellion.
The current Aquarius period does have astrological precedence as the very last time Aquarius was strong, the world had to withstand Hitler, Mussolini and Franco in Europe alone. The previous Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) was three times stronger and three-time longer with the most potent time for extremists being 1925 to 1933. However, extremists under Aquarius only seem to swing mature societies and democracies initially as the new extremists tend to appear like a bolt of lightning and can catch many people unawares. Many Germans in the 1930s were magnetized by Hitler. Extremists have the ability to maintain a cult-like following, and once a cult is formed, the leader is above reproach.
In the 1920s and 30s, neither Germany, Italy or Spain had an entrenched democratic tradition, and so it was much easier for extremists to get away with denying their citizens the normal democratic rights including the rule of law as occurred in Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan. The USSR was also created by extremists due to the lack of an entrenched democratic tradition in Russia. Aquarian extremists can be on either side of politics – hard right (including fascism) or extreme left (including communism). They both tend to have the same outcome – failure.
Entrenched democracies are much harder to permanently sway as extremists only seem to have more effect on mature societies in the first half until the society wakes up and realizes that the wool has been pulled over their eyes. Extremists (on the right or left) cannot help but avoid honesty or the ethical norms of mainstream society. So the big test for the UK general election in 2019 is really a measure of the UK’s political maturity. Taking into account its heritage, the UK represents both the leading edge and anachronistic practices in its form of democratic government – after all, having a House of Lords is a duplicitous exercise in anti-democratic behavior. The UK’s first-past-the-post voting is another desecration of democracy. In our contemporary world, the delusion of democracy is as major as the myth of modernity.
With the UK general election in December at the exact upper peak of the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024), it is really a matter of the susceptibility of the UK general public to the notion that the UK would be better outside of the European Union. The lies, falsehoods and untruths that were employed by the pro-Brexiters in the 2016 referendum is widely publicized and is enough in itself to decide which side to trust – if only rationality needed to be taken into account. Even entrenched modern democracies remain enchanted with contemporary medievalism because the primary influence of Pisces in the first half of the Age of Aquarius is caused by the overflow from the Pisces age (732 BC – 1433 AD) with the strongest experience of Pisces medievalism over a 26,000 years period being 1433 AD to 2503 AD (the first half of the Age of Aquarius (1433 AD – 3574).
At our current stage within the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574), the influence of medievalism, overflowing from the Pisces age, remains more influential than Aquarius rationality. Tribalism, delusion, deceit, petty dislikes, fear of the foreign (i.e. foreigners) and so on remain highly influential around the world, including so-called modern societies with liberal-democracies, and especially in the many sham democracies around the world. This is why most advances of liberal democratic ideals over the last five centuries since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 AD are so strongly opposed because the forces of medievalism are entrenched and very strong. People are still hypnotized by belief systems.
However, many UK citizens, (plus Americans and many people in most countries) are not politically sophisticated but only know that they have been shafted by the ‘establishment’ for many decades as the end result of globalization and extreme capitalism. Voting for Brexit (or Trump) was a form of vengeance or recoil at how the world is moving ahead leaving them in the dust. This is understandable because they have been shafted and left in the dust. It is rather perverse that in retaliation they pick as their new saviors that side of politics that have created the greatest mayhem for them over the decades (and centuries). This is not accidental, as the conservative side of politics has the financial resources to twist and distort the political debate in favor of conservative politicians and parties – Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News is a classic example. It is in the best interest of the corporate elite and rich to side with the downtrodden to prevent leftwing and socialist policies improving the lot of the downtrodden – as the downtrodden are rarely politically sophisticated and tend to believe anyone selling an easy fix and who behave like a John Wayne clone.
Democracy is a complicated business, and it could easily be argued that democracy is really the dictatorship of the proletariat, as the lowest common denominator can often rule in a democracy. In the absence of leadership, Brexit and Trump can easily occur. The Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow is not the only strong astrological influence around at present – the world is currently in the most potent 7 ½ years of the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000 – 2014 – 2029), and in Cancer periods, the general public (ruled by Cancer) is in fear due to their hypersensitivity, and politicians are willing to exploit these fears. Also, Cancer will promote people to be homeland-orientated and therefore hypersensitive about refugees and immigrants ‘invading’ their country.
Unfortunately, Cancer undermines Capricorn resulting in a shortfall of real leaders and strategic goals. This is one of the main reasons why the world is going down the environmental tube leaving an utter catastrophe for the following generations because there are not enough real leaders in the world to lead the world out of this massive mess. For example, in Murdoch’s Australian press, most journalists have moved on from decades of denying climate change outright, as even blind Freddy can see unprecedented fires ravishing the land. So their new response is to say it is too late to do anything meaningful about it and what is the point of Australian doing anything when it only contributes less than 2% towards worldwide climate change anyway? There is little or no leadership in the world at present under Cancer. [see Cancer – the New Paradigm for the World ]
Finally, the world is passing through the much larger Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 -2088) of the Libra sub-age (1970m – 2148) which has two main consequential effects on modern society. Firstly, everyone wants everything now so businesses, corporations and governments are orientated towards short-termism, and secondly, ethics and morality have been thrown out with the bathwater. Sagittarius rules ethics and morality but is in detriment in a Gemini period. We even have politicians in Australia lying and misrepresenting to the general public after they have taken virtual media lessons from Donald Trump whose approach to everything is to first lie, then lie more and louder each time the lie is repudiated or proven wrong. However, their supporters adoringly look to their leader as their savior who can do no wrong, and any criticism of their leader is merely fake news. Medievalism is not only alive and strong in our so-called modern world, but it is also stronger and more influential than modernity and its trappings such as real democracy. This perverse reality, though firmly entrenched, is constantly being nibbled at the edges by rationality and democracy as Aquarius is on a slow growth curve.
There is little difference between Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump and their clones. Which way will the UK go? My astrological bet is that the UK is entering the second stage of the current Aquarius micro-age and overflow – and will adopt a slightly more nuanced, educated or rational approach to their political concerns. UK society appears to be in a period of correction from the excesses associated with Brexit. This is why Theresa May lost the Tory majority in the previous elections and neither Theresa May or Boris Johnson could enact Brexit even though they were prime ministers and ostensibly the head of the government. With December 2019 the fulcrum point for the current Aquarius period, the edge must go further to the Remainders, but only the edge.
I will be watching the results of the 2019 UK election keenly, as it provides fascinating live input into my understanding of macro-astrology. One should not have too great an expectation of the results when medievalism is so strong in the world. The biggest change within the UK should come with a second referendum on Brexit – highly favored astrologically post December 2019. However, referendum or not, this is not a good time for Leo UK.
In parallel to the absurd political machinations associated with Aquarian periods, the British royalty also usually takes a hit. Last time around it was the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, this time, so far, it is Prince Andrew and his affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein.
The UK just does not do well in Aquarian periods over the last 2,000 years – at least back as far as the defeat of the warrior-queen Boudica, followed by the War of the Roses and Britains Darkest Hour in the Second World War – all of which occurred when Aquarius was strong, one way or another. It gets much worse for the UK later this century. In the meantime, no matter which way the UK goes in relation to Brexit, it will remain a highly divided nation for at least the next 5 years while the Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 19 – Nov 24) overflow reigns. Aquarius provides the best solution in this situation – another referendum!
For an astrological analysis of the three main contenders in the UK election CLICK HERE.
“The Brexit referendum in 2016 occurred early in the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) of the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029) of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age within the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574), and all these zodiacal signs are antithetical to the signs in the astrological signature for the UK. This suggests that Brexit will bring the UK no benefits, but for the short term, it also suggests a damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t scenario due to the polarization that has occurred in the UK on this issue, very similar to the divide that has embraced the USA under President Trump. Aquarius does not favor the mainstream – it favors extremists, fringes and radicals, and politicians are taking advantage of this temporary rejection of middle-of-the-road politics in an attempt to shift the political agenda to radical or other extremist agendas. The initial impulse has mainly been towards the hard right wing and even neo-fascist side of politics – but it remains early days yet for the current Aquarius period.” Background to Brexit
On an extremely elementary level, myth is associated with Pisces and modernity with Aquarius and this dichotomy provides the crux of not only this post, but the big-picture view of our world at large. Though the world is currently in the Age of Aquarius, the overflow from the previous age of Pisces is even stronger – especially in the first half of the Age of Aquarius [see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details]. A more inclusive way to name the Age of Aquarius is the Pisces-Aquarius age, which followed the Aries-Pisces age (when Aries was more powerful than Pisces). The combination of Pisces with Aquarius means that the influence of ‘myth’ from the Pisces age overflowing into the Aquarian age is greater than the influence of modernity even though modernity is easier to perceive – which is why most people live in the delusion that we are modern.
It is extremely easy to see modernity as it is represented by electricity, computers, technology, the internet, flight and the most widespread application of various forms and quality of democracy in the world to date – with most of this evidence tangible to the eye (with only democracy being the most nebulous item in this list). Myth is a far more imprecise concept to deal with as it behaves like smoke and mirrors – what you perceive is not necessarily what exists if you can perceive anything at all!
Modernity is not a myth, the myth is that most people perceive that the world is modern without any qualification – an axiomatic situation. Modernity may be the most noticeable game in town but Pisces’ myth and other Pisces’ associations are more influential in contemporary society and current affairs compared to Aquarius archetypes. Modernity only plays the supporting role to myth, yet people believe modernity is the main focus. This surreal situation is created by Pisces – the sign of delusion, illusion and vagueness overflowing into our ‘modern’ time. Pisces is the branch we are all sitting upon as our reference point which, due to the nature of Pisces, we are generally unaware. Furthermore, Pisces promotes medievalism – the name historians gave to that period before the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century.
What is medievalism? There are a number of definitions and associations to medievalism, but in general terms, it refers to that period when there were knights in white shining armor, kings, lords, dukes, barons and so on ruled the lands either benevolently or ruthlessly via a system of feudalism that resembled slavery – another archetype belonging to Pisces. It was a time when (Pisces) Christianity had an extremely strong influence in western society where the beliefs of individuals could be classified as heretical at the whim of the church followed by punishment of one form or another – including the possibility of execution.
In medieval society, logical understanding and rationality took the back seat to knee-jerk reactions and decisions based on dogmatism, chauvinism and sectarianism rather than fact – similar to how many or most contemporary politicians and governments often operate today. Facts were scarce in medieval times, and to fill the vacuum, beliefs filled the void. The time of medievalism was known as “a period contrary to reason.”[i] Anything different was generally feared, ostracized or condemned and very little accurate information was known about the laws of physics or science. Society was marked by prejudices and taboos – females were considered inferior, and people could and would believe anything – just as many follow this pattern today.
The more correct term for the current Age of Aquarius is the Age of Pisces-Aquarius, and this indicates that while medievalism is supposedly finished, it actually has continued to exist and dominates society – though feudalism has disappeared. Another difference between contemporary society and medieval society is that our society has made some progress in extracting itself from irrationality, but the main difference is our harnessing of technology since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century. This is why historians claim that medievalism finished in the 15th century and was replaced by Early Modernity. Wikipedia states that Early Modernity, based on traditional historiography, arrived in 1453 – only 20 years after the arrival of the Age of Aquarius (or Pisces-Aquarius age). Some historians claim Early Modernity arrived in 1436[ii] – displaying a scant three year error to the correct date.
Early Modernity led to Modernity around the 18th century but while historians and people, in general, congratulate themselves on modernity, this places the focus upon mainly technological developments and ignores the root medievalism that permeates contemporary western society. Just consider that at the apex of modernity supposedly sits the USA – but about 25% of Americans refute the idea of evolution and the Big Bang about 13 billion years ago, and embrace a conception of the world that has existed for only about 6,000 years. This is not the only example of contemporary medievalism. A better description of western society since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century is that we live in the age of Techno-Medievalism.
There are so many examples of contemporary medievalism in society, and when we leave western society and examine Second and Third World countries – the medievalism jumps in magnitude. One easy way to see this is that in many Second and Third World countries, religious doctrine of one sort or another is written into law and enforceable by governments – with some ‘modern’ western countries also enforcing religious doctrines usually based on some fundamentalist Christian belief. Another classic example is President Trump – irrational, often incoherent, appearing deceptive and deceitful but supported by a very large minority of voting Americans because he promises to support their values – with most of these values based on conservative belief systems sourced from medieval outlooks.
There is a very good reason why the USA embodies technological advances and democratic practices on the one hand, and atavistic belief systems with strong fundamentalist Christian overtones on the other. The USA was settled by basically medieval Europeans who brought their medieval belief systems with them. Europe continued to evolve, but their colonizing cousins who went to America held on to many of their medieval beliefs far longer than Europeans due to their ‘isolation’ from Europe. Europe at that time was at the nexus for the cutting edge of progressive developments and European society moved on somewhat. This is similar to what many 20th-century immigrants experienced when migrating from post-war Europe to the USA, Canada, Australia and so on.
For example, so many Greeks migrated to Melbourne, Australia after the Second World War that Melbourne was labeled the third largest Greek city in the world. But when many of these Greek migrants eventually returned to Greece after many decades, they were shocked to find that the Greece culture they knew and kept alive in Melbourne no longer existed – as the Greeks in Greece had continued to evolve their culture. I have heard similar stories about Pakistanis migrating to the UK.
Unless we recognize that we are not modern but live in the Age of Techno-Medievalism, we are deluding ourselves. However, this does not mean that things do not or cannot improve – the dramatic improvements I have experienced in my lifetime are awesome. No longer does religion have a stranglehold over western legal systems as it did back in the 1950s. Then there is the sexual revolution that came out of the 1960s and the decriminalization of homosexuality, abortion and the recent judicial investigations of religious sexual deviants. Recreational, and in some cases hard drugs, have been partially or completely decriminalized or approaching a medical condition rather than a legal issue in many western nations. Even Malaysia has recently acknowledged they have lost their war on drugs and plan to decriminalize drugs. Euthanasia is seeing the light of day.
The problem with the many recent social and legal improvements is that people don’t seem to notice them – their focus remains on the ills and deficiencies of contemporary society and legal systems. By analogy, it is like entering a room that urgently needed all surfaces painted. If a painter turns up to do the job, but runs out of paint before the last wall is painted – which wall will draw your attention when you enter the room? The unpainted wall of course. This is what many progressives tend to do, not acknowledge the gains and only focusing upon the ills of society.
Modernity is a development in progress. It did not wait until the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in 1433 AD to start splashing, but with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius – Modernity got down to the serious business of modernizing the world. But, according to the astrological ages, Modernity, and all its trappings, is a process that parallels the Aquarian age and overflow (1433 – 3574 – 5697) and furthermore, its momentum will strongly extend about another seven centuries past 5697 to c.6397 AD before it starts experiencing a serious pushback (from the Leo age-decan of the distant Sagittarius age).
Based on the above, if we take the whole period where the process of modernization is under development (1433 – 6397), a period of 4,964 years, in the year 2019 we are only 586 years inside this modernizing period. This indicates that only approximately 12% of the possible modernization to come has made its impact to date. The remaining ‘necessary’ 88% of modernization remains to be tackled. This is a very low level of modernization in our world, as the medieval influence can be argued to sit at around 88%.
The world remains at the kindergarten level of modernization (and democracy) – much more is yet to come. So the big question is – what fills the gap between contemporary modernization and the level we are to achieve over the coming millennia? It is mainly Pisces archetypes with a dash of Aries. The world remains strongly influenced by the Aries age and overflow (2916 BC – 732 BC – 1433 AD) and while the momentum from this Aries epoch continues on with its male macho aggressive influence – its days are numbered. The current Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2148 – 2863) is in the process of overthrowing the vestige influence from the Aries epoch, and the recent strides females have made since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius and Libra age-decan is part of the accelerating Libra influence (which shifted into second gear in 1791). Libra is even stronger next century (when it shifts into third gear). In the meantime, we still have leaders in the world mentioning the possibility of using nuclear weapons demonstrating the ongoing legacy of violent Aries.
The Pisces epoch is defined as the Pisces age and overflow (732 BC – 1433 AD – 3574 AD), plus an additional seven centuries at the end (until it hits the might of the Virgo age-decan and especially its overflow around 2,000 years from now). Pisces is not only the sign of today, it has also passed through about 80% of its time of might and so we know a lot more about the influence of Pisces. In a nutshell, Pisces is associated with medievalism. Combine medievalism with the remnant from macho Aries and you have a popular combination for the president of the USA modeled after John Wayne. and a growing number of wannabees around the world such as the UK, Brazil and so on.
No sign is associated with only positive archetypes. The current Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2148 – 2863) at the beginning of the Age of Aquarius breeds opposition. This may help explain the developing divide of progressive versus conservatives around the world – but mainly in western society at present as each side of the debate sours with increasing frustration at either lack of progress or too much progress. Another developing divide is autocratic governments (China, Russia etc) versus the ‘free’ world. These divides will grow over the coming centuries due to the increase in influence in the Libra age-decan and overflow, especially post 2148 – though the astrology does indicate the possibility of a compromise of sorts.
The currents Libra sub-age and overflow (1970 – 2148 – 2327) is accelerating toward the 2148 high point of the first age-decan in the Age of Aquarius – the Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2148 – 2863). This suggests that all those science fiction apocalyptic or doom and gloom scenarios that have presented to us about the future are actually the transformation of our current pessimistic outlooks into the future and does not take into account the ‘softening’ of the world social and political situation associated with Libra. Libra is not associated with austerity or living in caves or ruins of cities in a post-apocalyptic world due to climate change, nuclear war etc. However, it cannot be absolutely ruled out that Libra will return the world to its garden state because humanity has wiped itself out by nuclear or environmental issues before Libra extends its influence from around 2059 onward. If we survive, things look much better in the future, if we don’t, the world will improve anyway.
All the above however remains under the long term shift in emphasis from Pisces to Aquarius, and while progressive policies may fluctuate between centuries, it does not change the fundamental outlook that progress is a slow and extremely long term process. I am sure that in the middle of the next century, progressives will still be gnashing their teeth and conservatives searching for ways to trip them up. In addition, just to complicate matters, it is absurd to think that all initiatives of progressives or liberals are ‘good’ and that conservative initiatives are bad. This is an absurd gross oversimplification that would imply that progressives are better people than conservatives.
In my decades of research, I have come to the conclusion that nearly everyone believes they are doing the right thing – and promoting the best policies or outlooks for their family, community, society, nation and world regardless of their political orientation. It is important to be able to empathize with your political opponents and understand where they are coming from – because your opponent is usually equally sincere in their beliefs as you are.
In the meantime, living in the Age of Techno-Medievalism means that we must deal with a lot of backward and regressive issues due to our early position in Modernity. There is only so much modernization that can occur in every century, and we will have to realize that the sum total of modernity cannot arrive either in our lifetimes, this century – or even this millennium.
Furthermore, progressive are not anti-medieval and conservatives pro-medieval. This black and white narrative is incorrect. Every person, group and country is a mixture of medieval and rational attributes. The Greens and progressive political parties often demonstrate adherence to medieval values in their pursuit of modern progressive objectives. A classic example is Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior and its confrontational objectives. Another example is vegans breaking into animal farms and destroying property. Is it ideal to seek idealistic solutions using yesterdays’ confrontational methods? Many progressive believe so and indicates how pervasive Pisces medievalism remains out of control in our early 21st century world.
It is not good enough having progressive policies, it is also necessary to be highly conscious in dealing with opponents. For millennia to come, every Aquarius archetype that appears will be shadowed by Pisces! We all have the court jester, a knight in white shining armor, witch persecutor or damsel in distress in each of us. Instead of resorting to medieval tribalism, it is far more rational to respect political opponents and to be conscious in any dealings with them. The views of our conservative opponents are usually a reflection of their gestational social and family environment which is rarely under their control. A conservative cannot help being a conservative any more than a progressive can help being a progressive.
In conclusion, if you are a frustrated progressive, there is very little you can do to immediately correct all the ills in society other than by voting, expressing your opinions, belonging to groups engage in progressive change, participating in peaceful demonstrations etc with the understanding that progressive policies are very slow in arriving. On a recent visit by Al Gore to Australia, he stated to the effect that:
‘expected change is much slower in coming than what is expected, but when it does come, it comes much faster than expected’
Despite the need for progressives to be more realistic in the fulfillment of their expectations, what is under our control is our interrelationships with conservative people, institutions and governments and society as a whole. Gandhi captured the astrology of our times with his non-violent resistance. Non-violence also applies to the nature of our expression and treatment of people that do not agree with us. The only limit to our personal modernization is ourselves. Modernity may remain a myth for a long time to come, but our own personal or inner modernization is something we can all work on every day. The Age of Aquarius is not going to come along and deliver to us a fantasy world on a silver platter where everything is great – that is just a typical Pisces myth.
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The Brexit referendum in 2016 occurred early in the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) of the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029) of the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age within the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574), and all these zodiacal signs are antithetical to the signs in the astrological signature for the UK. This suggests that Brexit will bring the UK no benefits, but for the short term, it also suggests a damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t scenario due to the polarization that has occurred in the UK on this issue, very similar to the divide that has embraced the USA under President Trump. Aquarius does not favor the mainstream – it favors extremists, fringes and radicals, and politicians are taking advantage of this temporary rejection of middle-of-the-road politics in an attempt to shift the political agenda to radical or other extremist agendas. The initial impulse has mainly been towards the hard right wing and even neo-fascist side of politics – but it remains early days yet for the current Aquarius period.
My final analysis of Brexit will cover the clash between UK’s astrological signature and the signs of these times, especially the Brexit referendum while this background analysis is based on examining the UK’s performance under previous Aquarius micro-age decans (and micro-ages) as far back as the end of the Age of Pisces. This allows us to find thematic and archetypal diachronic connections that can shed light on Brexit and what it really means for the UK.
Many people think that any random development, such as Brexit, is reasonable if it agrees with their personal political views. For example, is Scotland better off as a separate country or part of the UK? To answer this, it is necessary to understand where the world is heading, because even without astrology, it is obvious that the evolution of civilization does indicate a direction to this evolution, otherwise we would be viewing the murder or killing of people on TV in replication of the Roman circus where such events were considered ‘normal’ to the spectators. There is both progress and acknowledgement that much more progress needs to occur due to numerous shortcomings with society and politics. It is easy to see the benefits and direction of progress over previous centuries and millennia, but how do we project progress into the future so that we can see how present events support or detract from the where the world is heading?
This is outside the scope of this analysis, but the astrology associated with the Age of Aquarius, suggests that the world is approaching greater aggregation, coordination and synchronization with the role of individual nations being sublimated into larger global structures, in the same way over the last millennium, small kingdoms and fiefdoms were combined to form the nation states of today. Small kingdoms and fiefdoms were a problem, and these problems were overcome by their absorption into larger structures that prevented them from fighting or undermining their neighbors. The same issue now faces nation-states that are not adequately synchronized with their neighbors and the world at large, especially in key issues such as climate change, civil rights, religious freedoms, military aggression and so on. I will be updating the last chapter in my book, The Dawning – Shedding New Light on the Astrological Ages, published in 2011, with a revised outline of the future at the first opportunity.
As previously stated, the Brexit referendum in 2016 occurred early in the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) which is based on a five year micro-age decan followed by its overflow onto the following five year period like a wave [see The Age of Aquarius for Dummies]. In simple terms, the world rotates through five year micro-age decans representing all 12 zodiacal signs normally every 60 years (but with some minor variation at the cusp of sub-ages). Therefore all 12 signs are generally granted equal measure to influence events, and if this was solely the case, the world would just go around a merry-go-round with history constantly repeating itself. This means that democracy would usurp monarchs, only for monarchs to again usurp democracy ad infinitum.
However, the merry-go-round scenario is not strictly the case. It is due to resonance of these 5 years micro-age decans to larger periods that the relatively small micro-age decans are biased in their relative strengths with each other. Therefore, since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius, any Aquarius micro-age decan (and Pisces micro-age decan) will have the edge on other micro-age decans due to resonance with the Pisces Age overflow and Age of Aquarius. Every Libra micro-age decan will also be more powerful due to resonance with the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148). Since 1791, every Scorpio small period will resonate with the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2148) and so on. It is these incremental differences between one sub-period and another that provides longer term trends in society. For example, since December 2014, the ages, sub-ages and micro-ages have, for the first time in around 7,000 years, fully aligned themselves to progressive influences but alas, also instability, and this is being played out now [see A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making ].
The current Aquarius micro-age decan, and following two (Libra and Gemini micro-age decans) are more powerful than average, as each resonates with a larger period – Libra with the Libra age decan (1433 – 2148) and Gemini with the Gemini sub-age decan (1970 – 2029). The larger the parent period, the greater the resonance between periods.
Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1373 – 1378 – 1382)
This period, set toward the end of the Pisces age (732 BC – 1433 AD), replicates the Brexit Aquarius micro-age decan inasmuch it is part of a Gemini micro-age and Cancer micro-age overflow, but all larger periods are different and they were also more favorable to the British compared to the Brexit period.
The pre-Protestant English Lollards under the Oxford scholar, John Wyclif, went on the attacked against papal authority, and due to some support from the English government, he was able to instigate virtual heresy against the Roman Catholic Church. John Wyclif promoted the reading of the Bible by ordinary people, and he was instrumental in producing the Wyclif Bible translated from Latin into Middle English.[i] Wyclif also promoted the role of the king over the pope and was an iconoclast inasmuch he opposed cherished beliefs and institutions that have become erroneous or pernicious – straight out of the Aquarius cookbook.
This small Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow demonstrates how the astrology of the astrological ages mimics and correlates to historical developments. This Aquarius period promoted revolutionary Aquarian ideals, but this period is not within the Age of Aquarius, so it does not have any real momentum behind it due to lack of resonance. However, when the next similar Aquarius period occurred, it was inside the Age of Aquarius, thus strengthening each and every Aquarian archetype resulting in not just a spat with the medieval Roman Catholic Church, but an actual split creating a completely different social-religious-political structure in Europe that lasted centuries. Resonance makes a big impact.
This Aquarius period witnessed appropriately, the English Peasants Revolt (1381) under Wat Tyler, which was initiated by widespread anger against a poll tax. Tyler led his followers on a march to London, taking Maidstown, Rochester, and Canterbury along the way. They tricked their way into London, marched down Fleet Street, beheaded a judge, archbishop and 18 leading citizens, and instigated even greater fury against the Flemish community. During negotiations with the King Richard II, the London mayor mortally struck Tyler with a sword, and the revolution was over, though the king pardoned all the assailants. Nevertheless, a major revolutionary assault was made against the British government in this early Aquarius period, and this really sets the tone for these Aquarius periods.
Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1468 – 1473 – 1478)
This period occurs within the Age of Aquarius and is part of a Libra micro-age. Royalty strongly figures in this period with the murder of insane King Henry VI in the Tower of London allowing for the reinstatement of Edward IV, part of the ongoing struggle between the houses of York and Lancashire and called the War of the Roses (1455 – 1487). This was definitely a period in Britain where the British royalty and therefore the government were in gross detriment which played itself out in the War of the Roses.
The full extent of the War of the Roses was probably an attribute of the Scorpio micro-age and overflow (1448 – 1463 – 1478) with Scorpio always a troublesome sign for the Taurus British. Also, the War of the Roses occurred in the Virgo sub-age decan (1433 – 1493) with Virgo opposed to Pisces, a sign that is associated with the British. Murdering the head of government continues the theme of angst between Aquarius and Leo Britain.
Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1523 – 1528 – 1533)
This period partly replicates the Brexit Aquarius period due to its location in a Gemini micro-age. This Aquarius period is associated with the reign of King Henry VIII including the annulment of his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon and the beginning of the English Reformation – a major revolutionary event in its day. The English Reformation is considered a part of the wider European Protestant Reformation, instigated by the (German) Martin Luther in this small Aquarius period with the new Protestants breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church and rejecting the authority of the Pope, extremely appropriate for revolutionary Aquarius. In hindsight, the Reformation was an early symptom of the newly arrived Age of Aquarius promoting democracy and rejecting (Leo) leaders, as the new Protestant churches instigated a number of democratic processes associated with congregations into its structures.
Martin Luther’s role also supports the long term association of Aquarius with Germany. In this case King Henry VIII wittingly, or unwittingly, sided with the revolutionary Luther in opposing the (Leo) might of the pope and Roman Catholic Church but for purely personal self-seeking reasons. The internal turmoil created by the English Reformation lasted until the Glorious Revolution in the following similar Aquarius micro-age decan in 1688.
This Aquarius period occurred in the lead up to the peak of the Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552), and with such strong support from Taurus, and from the Capricorn quasi sub-age (1523 – 1702), another sign favorable to the British, the greatest loser here was the external Roman Catholic Church with Britain formally leaving the fold. The Roman Catholic Church has Pisces and Scorpio at the top of its totem pole, and this Aquarius period was greatly influenced by Taurus and Virgo – both antithetical to the Christian church. The Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552) is also the same period as the overlapping Virgo sub-age decan overflow – bad news for Pisces-Scorpio Christianity.
Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1582 – 1597 – 1612)
The anti-royal flavor of Aquarius quickly manifested when in 1587, Queen Elizabeth had Catholic Queen Mary beheaded. In the following year, the Spanish unleashed their invasion Armada against the British, only to have it disintegrate due to adverse weather and better tactics of the British with the Spanish losing 65 ships and 10,000 men compared to the English losing no ships and less than 100 men. Nevertheless, Queen Elizabeth scrapped with Parliament in 1593, where she asserted the monarchical right to assent or disagree with Parliament, and that religious matters and foreign affairs were the domain of the monarch. The newly elected parliamentarians from the middle class had another perspective.
The death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603 saw the thrones of England and Scotland combined under King James VI. Catholic Guy Fawkes was foiled in his attempt to kill King James VI and blow up Parliament in 1605 leading to centuries of fireworks for many British and their descendants around the world. Despite winning against the Spanish, this Aquarius period again demonstrates the traumatic events in Britain under Aquarius, and associated with a royal execution, and attempted royal murder. However, this small Aquarius period witnessed the birth of the American colonies, establishing their revolutionary spirit from birth under Aquarius.
Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1627 – 1632 – 1637)
This finds England under the reign of King Charles I (1600 – 1649) who believed in the divine right of kings, and so this Aquarius period witnessed a feud between the king and parliament with the general public opposed to his policies, especially taxation without parliamentary consent and his behavior as an absolute monarch. Ultimately this cost him his head. This is a straightforward anti-monarch period, but also a difficult period for the British as should be expected when Aquarius is strong.
Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1687 – 1692 – 1697)
The main game in town was the Glorious Revolution (1688) with the overthrow of King James II of England by a union of English Parliamentarians with the Dutch William III, Prince of Orange, who was James’s nephew and son-in-law. William’s successful invasion of England with a Dutch fleet and army led to his ascension to the throne as William III of after the Declaration of Right, leading to the Bill of Rights 1689. The initial dissent occurred due to the likelihood that King James’s Catholic son would take the British throne and therefore create the establishment of a Roman Catholic dynasty. Working with British parliamentarians, William successfully launched a large invasion fleet in 1688, and following the defeat of King James’s forces, James fled England. This revolution or invasion again indicates the ability of Aquarius to deeply undermine the integrity of Britain.
For British Catholics its effects were disastrous, both socially and politically, as for over a century Catholics were denied the right to vote and sit in Parliament; they were also denied commissions in the army, and the monarch was forbidden to be Catholic or to marry a Catholic – this latter prohibition remaining in force until 2015. Of course, the subsequent persecution of Catholics is good old Aquarius fascism. It has been argued, mainly by Whig historians, that James’s overthrow began modern English parliamentary democracy: the Bill of Rights 1689 has become one of the most important documents in the political history of Britain and never since has the monarch held absolute power.[ii]
The English Bill of Rights set out certain basic civil rights and clarified royal succession and laid down limits on the powers of the (Leo) monarch and sets out the rights of (Aquarius) Parliament, including the requirement for regular parliaments, free elections, and freedom of speech in Parliament. It sets out certain rights of individuals including the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment and reestablished the right of Protestants to have arms for their defense within the rule of law. The Bill of Rights 1689 was one of the inspirations for the Bill of Rights in the USA.[iii]
This period is the source of America’s gun-toting culture as this Aquarius period was situated in the strongest part of the Aries sub-age decan and overflow (1612 – 1672 – 1731), that influenced the early years of the British settlement of North America. While the British moved on, many Americans have held fast to Aries inspired guns as the formative period for any nation is highly influential in creating national myths.
Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1746 – 1761 – 1776)
This Aquarius period relates to the 20th century Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1940), and as a preview to the disastrous early 20th century for the UK, in this 18th century period, it ended with the beginning of the American War of Independence leading to the loss of its American colonies. This period also included the first war waged on a global scale, and therefore is a precursor to the two world wars in the 20th century. The Seven year’s War (1756 – 1763) went extremely well for the UK making the UK the dominant world power. This all occurred mainly in the first half of this Aquarius period, which coincides with the Pisces micro-age overflow (1746 – 1761) which probably astrologically accounts for this war as Europe always splits under Pisces, despite Pisces being its most influential sign.
The second half of this Aquarius period is closely aligned to the growing dissent within the Thirteen Colonies in North America leading to the beginning of the American Revolutionary War in 1775. This Aquarius period is located near the peak of the Sagittarius juggernaut associated with the massive Sagittarius quasi micro-age (1702 – 1881) which propelled the UK into the stratosphere. Nevertheless, the conditions that led to the loss of the thirteen colonies must be viewed as an unfortunate event for the British.
Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1796 – 1801)
This Aquarius period occurred in the Libra micro-age (1791 – 1806), at the very beginning of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970), and is in a period of astrological strength for the UK being at the highpoint of the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612 – 1791 – 1970), with a special positive and strong Sagittarius focus on the period 1791 – 1881. The UK jumped on to this Sagittarius period with the Industrial Revolution and then went on and created the greatest empire the world has ever experienced. Therefore, any difficulty experienced in an antithetical Aquarius micro-age decan is like a mouse being trod on by an elephant.
It is appropriate that this period commences with a quote from Thomas Paine “There is a dawn of reason rising in the world” as a salute to Aquarius, though it did not help him as he was executed in revolutionary France in 1794
The major issue that impacted the UK naturally was the French Revolution which was already in progress, but turned nasty under extremist Aquarius. The English and European royalty were naturally highly concerned that one of their members had been usurped by a popular revolution championing freedom and justice. This revolution found sympathizers in the UK who were subdued by the British government, one way or another. In response to Irish nationalists invigorated by the French Revolution, in 1791 the Protestants in Northern Ireland formed the Orange Society to protect their interests.
By 1792, reformers in England created organizations such as the Corresponding Society of London which called for male suffrage, annual parliaments, fairer land and legal systems, lower taxes, better education, prison reform and basic social security for the poor and elderly. In 1795 Britain invaded the Cape Colony in South Africa and subdued the revolutionary Boers who had already driven out the Dutch officials. In 1797 there were numerous mutinies in the Royal Navy perched to wage war against the revolutionary French.
Great Britain in 1793 orchestrated a union of European nations to protect the crowned heads of Europe against the French and demanded the French to restore their monarchy. As part of these frenetic times for European royalty and the status quo, the British instituted a savage response to dissenters in Scotland where the head judge decreed the British constitution was perfect, and therefore anyone proposing amendments was an enemy of state. Some revolutionary Scots were meeting their Irish counterparts in France.
By 1799, societies such as the Corresponding Society of London had been banned, their leaders imprisoned, trade unionists suppressed and newspaper heavily censored – to keep Aquarius’ fascist side invigorated. At the end of this period, Prime Minister William Pitt was forced to quit after suggesting to King George III that because of the dissolution of the Irish government and its amalgamation with Westminster, that British Catholics should be legally emancipated. This threw the mad king into a rage, and again we see the antipathy here between Aquarius and royalty – though he did not literally lose his head.
The Irish uprising and attempted French invasion of Ireland in 1798 was followed by the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801, and therefore the UK does have some minor inclusion of Aquarius in its astrological signature, but dwarfed by Sagittarius.
Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1856 – 1861)
This period is another partial replica of the Brexit-Aquarius period and found the UK in the midst of the Victorian era (1837 – 1901) and strategically located in Britain’s ‘Golden Years.’ (1850–1870). The main difference between the Aquarius period covering 1851 to 1860 compared to the current one (2014 – 2024) is that while both were also associated with a Cancer sub-age overflow, this 19th century Aquarian period was also at the peak of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1792 – 1851 – 1910) which magnifies the power of Cancer at least threefold (and probably nine fold) compared to 2014 to 2024. The absolutely strongest time for Cancer in this period was the period 1851 to 1881, tightly coinciding with Britain’s time of might (1850 – 1870), and substantiating the strong British association to Cancer through their Saxon roots. Therefore, it is necessary to weed out the Cancer influence that significantly contributed in pushing the UK to its greatest heights, and seek Aquarius in the cracks. This Aquarius period is therefore not the ideal comparison with the current one.
Britain fought alongside France in the Crimean War against Russia (1851 – 1856), and Russia has Aquarius high up its totem pole, and thus the most vexing military issue in the Victorian era was Russia, and nothing much has changed. Leo UK and Aquarius Russia were designed to be sparring partners. In the 1856 Treaty of Paris, Russia was prohibited from hosting a military presence in the Crimea and prevented from invading Turkey.[iv]
The Second Opium War saw Britain overpower the Qing dynasty in China and was the standard act of European imperialism and from the astrological context, (Leo) UK can be in fighting mode in any Aquarius period invoking the 7th house of opposition. Of course, the Second Opium War had the UK become the major drug pusher of the period. However, the UK was representative of the peak of European civilization, and this behavior was considered ‘normal’ at the time as Europeans considered that they were superior to other people around the world.
The most radical intellectual development appropriate to this Aquarius period was the publication by Charles Darwin of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859. The book aroused international interest and a widespread debate, with no sharp line between scientific issues and ideological, social and religious implications. Much of the initial reaction was hostile, but Darwin had to be taken seriously as a prominent and respected name in science. The major reactionary elements in this case was the Church, and demonstrates that in Aquarius periods, great leaps towards rationality can be made, but medieval reactionaries get fired up in defending their former positions of power.[v]
It is appropriate that in an Aquarius period, opposed to Leo ego, that that the human ego should be put back into its place. This ground breaking book was another major wedge driven between religions based on (Pisces) belief systems and (Aquarius) rationality. In the same way that in previous centuries, the Church opposed a Sun-centered solar system, with Charles Darwin suggesting that humans are related to chimpanzees, in both situations, it is the ego of humans that consider themselves superior and at the center of the universe that is undermined by Aquarian scientific advances. This exact same situation is replicated today in the issue of other evolved intelligent life existing elsewhere in the universe, with many promoting the statistically absurd notion that we are alone in the universe. The hairless chimpanzee always seems to extend its shelf life no matter how much progress towards rationality has occurred in the world. The hairless chimpanzee remains highly influential in world affairs until at least the end of the Pisces quasi-age in 2503 AD!
Another demonstration of Aquarius was the Indian Rebellion of 1857, known in India and Pakistan more correctly as the First War of Independence, which was a major uprising in India during 1857–58 against the rule of the British East India Company. This is a classic example of (Leo) imperial power squashing the rights of people, and treating them as second class citizens due to their different race. Unfortunately, the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow combined with the Sagittarius sub-age overflow greatly favored the imperialism of Great Britain at this point of time, who naturally considered that they were superior. A good argument can be made that the Leo aura associated with the British royalty, has over the centuries, descended to the average British person who feel that they are also somehow superior, and why would superior people need to be bound to their neighbors in the European Union?
Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 -1925 – 1940)
Apart from the calamitous two world wars, and loss of the largest empire the world has experienced to date, the prime archetypal event of the period was the abdication in 1936 by King Edward VIII. He seemed enamored by Aquarius archetypes due to his “apparent disregard for established constitutional conventions” followed by his proposal of marriage to a woman who had already been married twice – obviously a hanging offense in staid conservative UK in the 1930s. Aquarius likes tripping up staid conservatives. Due to the impossible position he found himself in, Edward VIII simply abdicated and became one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history. He appeared to have also been captivated by Hitler’s cult, and even gave a full Nazi salute in 1937 while visiting Germany.[vi] Aquarius fans the fires of fascism and progress.
However, this Aquarius period witnessed the opening scene for Britain’s “Darkest Hour”, coined by British prime minister Winston Churchill to describe the period of World War II between the Fall of France in June 1940 and the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 when the UK was under threat of imminent invasion. This says enough of the antipathy of Aquarius to the UK. This technically was not in the Aquarius micro-age decan, but it was due to the UK taking its eye off the ball in the 1930s that they almost lost their eye and ball as well. The British can be at the height of their collective stupidity in an Aquarius period, and the lead up to the Second World War was a classic example of this innate British stupidity.
To be contextually correct, the two world wars were not solely due to this Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow, but to the far more powerful Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970) with the most powerful quarter ruling the period 1910 – 1940. This already powerful Pisces sub-age decan and overflow resonated with the super-massive Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3574) and this strength of Pisces will not be replicated in the world for around another 25,000 years. Europe is primarily ruled by Pisces, but whenever Pisces is strong, not only is there a focus upon Europe, but also on the two fish swimming in opposite directions. Europe always splits under Pisces, and both world wars demonstrated again this massive and major split endemic to Europe (and passed along to the USA). World wars are not a one-in-every-hundred-year event, but require a massive astrological underpinning – though in reality, apart from Japan in the Second World War, both world wars were really two European wars of self-destruction – entirely appropriate for Pisces. Also, the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) sits at the 12th house position to Pisces.
The common themes of these Aquarius periods are: trauma, such as attempted and actual invasions and revolutions; overthrow or assault on the monarch/government (including murder, executions and abdication) and loss, such as the American colonies and British Empire – combined with the extreme loss of clarity in the lead up to the Second World War, where it tried to appease Hitler (an extremely hard right and fascist leader), and now repeating this process on a smaller scale with the same lack of clarity in holding the Brexit referendum to appease the hard right politicians in the UK. The UK, and its previous incarnations, is rarely on hallowed ground under Aquarius. There is absolutely no support to the concept that the Brexit imbroglio is a strengthening or positive step for the UK based on the previous association of Britain to previous Aquarius micro-ages or micro-age decans. The exact opposite is indicated – the UK is usually in dire circumstances in these small Aquarius periods, even though this was self-inflicted due to the Tory government under Prime Minister Cameron trying to appease the hard right politicians in his party. Prime Minister Cameron, along with many people, was shocked by the outcome of the referendum, in the same way that the majority of Americans were shocked by the election of Donald Trump as president. One attribute of Aquarius is its ability to shock. The current Aquarius period remains emergent, so expect even greater lightening bolts from December 2019 onward when it goes into its more powerful overflow mode. We have seen the effects of reactionary politics under Trump and Brexit, but the reaction to the reactionary side usually follows.
In traditional mundane astrology, the focus on nations is
usually via the horoscope associated with the creation of their most recent
constitution or formative legal documents like the Declaration of Independence
in the USA in 1776. While these are
important reference points, in macro-astrology the emphasis is not with
governments but with the society that created the government and therefore the
horoscope for the government is merely a subset of the nation’s identity. The government may act as head of a nation, but
the nation or region has its own identity independent of the government. In 1901, Australia was created from a
collection of previously independent states, but the Australian identity
existed before this date. The rambunctious
American identity existed before the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
For the ‘birth’ of a nation, region, state, city and so on,
I take its very beginning if possible.
For example, in the case of the USA, when Jamestown was first settled on
May 4, 1607, this created the first contiguous settlement leading to the modern
day for what would become the USA, but the identity or personality of the USA
was ‘born’ in 1607. Though it is not
common practice to erect a horoscope for the Jamestown settlement for the USA,
this is the approach in macro-astrology.
In the case of the UK, the first settlement is unknown, so
major events and developments provide strong hints at which signs support the
UK and its antecedent, and which signs detract.
Each sign included in the astrological signature for the UK is derived
from formative periods in its history with one sign stretching back at least
4,500 years. The purpose of providing the detailed account that produced the
astrological signature for the UK is for the purpose of analyzing Brexit and
its impact upon the UK, and even if Brexit will proceed. In macro-astrology, a virtual horoscope for
anything being investigated is desirable, and the equivalence of a horoscope is
an astrological signature. An
astrological signature is just a combination of zodiacal signs. With the United Kingdom, we start with Taurus
appropriately as a foundation for its astrological signature.
Certainly some key elements of the British psyche were put in place during the Bronze Age in Britain (2500 BC – 800 BC) closely associated with the Taurus age overflow (2916 BC – 732 BC) when agriculture first flourished and large megalithic monuments were constructed or modified, including such sites as Avebury, Stonehenge, Silbury Hill and Must Farm. The significant cultural change in the British Isles came with the arrival of the Beaker people from Europe. A recent study showed a major genetic shift in late Neolithic/early Bronze Age Britain, so that more than 90% of Britain’s Neolithic gene pool was replaced with the coming of a people genetically similar to the Beaker people of the lower-Rhine area. This was the first of many ‘Germanic’ “invasions” which has defined the English people of today. For the most part, the different waves of Germans did not invade the British Isles, they just immigrated into it at a time when the notion of borders and countries did not exist.
By around 1600 BC, the southwest of England was experiencing
a trade boom as British tin was exported across Europe. Bronze-age Britons were also skilled at
making jewelry from gold. All the
evidence suggests that Bronze Age Britain was, for the time, a stable, productive
and affluent society, and relatively peaceful before the onslaught of the Aries
age overflow (732 BC – 1433 AD). Taurus
has a place in the British national psyche.
It also helps explain why the British retain their anachronistic
monarchy as Taurus is resistant to change. They still give aristocrats
political leverage in the House of Lords.
The first well known tumultuous event in the history of the
British Isles was the Roman invasion from 43 AD to 142 AD though Rome’s
expansion into the island was limited to south of Hadrian’s Wall. The successful part of the invasion occurred
in the Scorpio sub-age overflow (8 BC – 173 AD) and this indicates that Taurus
Britannica was experiencing its ‘detriment’ under its opposite sign of Scorpio. The UK came incredibly close to being invaded
in the Second World War – which was also under a Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970),
and definitely within the Scorpio quasi sub-age (1881 – 2059). [For a detailed
explanation of age sub-periods and quasi-periods, see The Age of Aquarius for Dummies]
The successful annexation and control of Britain by Rome from 43 AD to 410 AD was primarily due to Scorpio. It should be noted that this 367 year period of Roman occupation is about half the length of an age-decan, and the most powerful age-decan during this time was the Scorpio age-decan and overflow (732 BC – 8BC – 713 AD); and its overlap with the Scorpio quasi age-decan (370 BC – 352 AD) provides the ability to divide this age-decan into quarters (732 BC – 370 BC – 8BC – 352 AD – 713 AD). The most powerful quarter is always the third quarter, in this case, covering the period 8 BC – 352 AD, relatively closely aligned to the period of Roman occupation (43 AD to 410 AD). This is no accident, as this long period of foreign control aligns with Scorpio at strength, and strongly supports the argument that the British have an affinity to Taurus – the opposite sign to Scorpio, explaining why the British experience difficult times under Scorpio such as the two world wars in the modern Scorpio quasi sub-age (1881 – 2059). In addition, Scorpio holds the influential third position on Rome’s astrological signature, after Aries (1st) and Pisces (2nd) indicating that the period 8BC – 352 AD was Ancient Rome at its peak.
The Battle of Hastings in 1066 instigates the opposite
context to the earlier Roman invasion. This was the last successful full-scale
invasion of England, in this case by the Norman-French army under William, the
Duke of Normandy, but unlike the Romans, the Normans stayed. This occurred in the Taurus sub-age overflow
(894 – 1073), a sign that should be conducive the Britannica Taurus psyche and
as a consequence, the Normans were not temporary residents like the Romans, but
became incorporated into upper British society and were very influential in the
evolution of Britain. No latter development in the evolution towards the UK has
made such a profound change to Britain as the Norman invasion, and this event
must be considered part of the positive construction of the future UK even
though nominally, an invasion is usually seen as a negative development.
Cancer is most likely part of the UK’s core astrological signature, and is probably the source of the British expression “an Englishman’s house is their castle”. However, a mere expression is insufficient bedrock for including Cancer into the UK’s astrological signature. The best supporting evidence for the association of Cancer with the UK is found in historical periods associated with Cancer. The first support comes from the Pisces age (732 BC – 1433 AD) in its Cancer quasi age-decan (352 AD – 1072) which was the period when all the final pieces were put into place for the creation of the modern UK. Romanized Britain in 352 quickly saw in the following century the departure of their Roman overlord and immigration of some Germanic tribes which fundamentally changed the language, culture and society from its more Celtic roots.
The following invasion by the Vikings a few centuries later,
again strengthened the Germanic influence as the Vikings were distantly related
to the Anglo-Saxons and could partially understand each other’s language and
basically created Old English as a result.
However, the Vikings, as with Scandinavia, are mainly associated with
Cancer, the sign of boats, and everywhere the Vikings influenced, including
Russia, were left with strong Cancer archetypes. The Viking invasion is strongly associated
with the peak of the Cancer quasi age-decan in the centuries surrounding 713s –
the highpoint of the Cancer sub-age and overflow (533 AD – 713 – 894 AD).
The (almost) final invasion of Great Britain by William the
Conqueror in 1066 provided the last major socio-political-cultural element for
modern Great Britain, but the Normans were themselves the descendants of
previous Viking invaders of Normandy, but by 1066, they had converted to
speaking French. Therefore the sign
Cancer is very strongly associated with the UK and probably its primary sign. This is supported by the fact that the UK
came into existence in 1801 following the union of Great Britain with
Ireland. 1801 was in the Cancer sub-age
decan (1791 – 1851) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) but more influenced at
this juncture by the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) and Sagittarius
sub-age decan overflow (1791 – 1851) promoting the role of Sagittarius in the
UK. The overflow period is always stronger.
There is another significant Cancer period that also demonstrates
the UK’s association to Cancer. The
Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1313 – 1373 – 1433) of the last Pisces
sub-age (1253 – 1433), especially in the overflow period (1373 – 1433) is
associated with the famous Hundred Year’s War with France (1337 – 1453), and
while this eventually turned against the British, during the Cancer period, the
war went well for England and the British aristocracy invested heavily into the
war due to their early victories and plunder – like a modern corporation
seeking new sales territory. The Hundred
Year’s War was instrumental in creating British (and French) nationalism.
England subsequently succumbed to the War of Roses following the end of this
Cancer period as the British nobility were upset with the loss of their French
landholdings resulting in civil war.
It could also be argued that the UK was at the pinnacle of
world affairs in the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910)
when ‘Brittania ruled the waves’ under Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901) and the Sun
never set on the British Empire. This
pinnacle for the UK was short lived, as only a few years after the end of this
Cancer sub-age overflow the Irish successfully revolted against British rule
(except for Northern Ireland), and the two world wars shunted the UK aside as
the USA took the mantle of age-empire of the Pisces-Aquarian age similar to
Ancient Rome ascending as age-empire of the Aries-Pisces age one age ago.
Another reason for the astrological justification of the
anachronistic British royalty is to associate the UK with Leo (and
Capricorn). The last Leo period of
strength (sub-age decan or larger) was the Leo sub-age decan and overflow (1612
– 1672 – 1731) of the Capricorn-Sagittarius sub-age (1612 -1791). It was in this period that the precursor to
the UK was formed – the Kingdom of Great Britain, commencing in 1707, which united
the kingdoms of England, including Wales, and Scotland to form a single kingdom
encompassing the whole island of Great Britain but excluding Ireland.
If the legend of King Arthur has any grounding in an
historical person, this person most likely straddled the 5th and 6th centuries
AD in an earlier Leo quasi sub-age (443 – 623 AD). King Arthur defeated
dragons, witches and so on and was the leader of a band of superheroes who took
the role of the mythological royal savior. Nearly all the modern legend about
King Arthur can be ignored as pure fiction.
If the earliest references to Arthur have any credibility then he was
probably a valiant warrior.
What was believed previously to be pertinent was that Arthur was probably involved in the early clashes with the invading Germanic tribes. There was the battle of Mount Badon (c.490 – 517) between the defending Britons and the invading Anglo-Saxons, and it is believed that this battle halted or slowed down the advancing Germans who were streaming into Great Britain and creating Saxon England that was to rule England from around 550 to 1066 – a period of 516 years. This is in the order of magnitude of an age-decan and closely aligned with the Cancer quasi age-decan (353 – 1080), a favorable sign for the UK, especially with respect to the (Cancer) immigrants but not to the authority of the (Capricorn) government. There is no evidence that the Germans that arrived in Britain at this time involved a military invasion and were not perceived as enemies by the indigenous British people.
It is worth noting that the British affinity to their queens
possibly found its inception with the warrior-queen Boudica who revolted
against the Roman Empire in 60 or 61 AD.
This occurred in a Scorpio-Libra sub-age (8 BC – 173 AD) and more
importantly in the Gemini-Aquarius sub-age decan (53 AD – 113 AD). This timeframe is astrologically equivalent
to the approaching Gemini-Aquarius sub-age decan (2029 – 2089) of the current Scorpio-Libra
sub-age (1970 – 2148). However, both the
modern and ancient periods Scorpio is more influential than Libra in the first
half of the sub-age. Whenever Aquarius
and Scorpio are strong, the British suffer or events tend to go against them. Queen Boudica failed in her revolution
against the Romans but nevertheless became a folk hero.
There is also evidence that Capricorn is part of the British
psyche explaining their profoundly conservative attitudes and approaches and
contributing to the entrenched role the Royal Family plays in British society
and politics. Also, the most successful
child of Great Britain was born in 1606 with the British colonization of North
America occurring near the 1612 peak of the Capricorn sub-age and overflow
(1433 – 1612 – 1791). Regardless of anything else, the birth of a future
age-empire is as profound a positive development as possible. For example, it could be argued that the UK’s
child saved them in the Second World War.
Astrologically, Capricorn did ‘save’ the UK in the Second
World War. Both world wars occurred
under the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940), (Aquarius rules
fascists on its dark side) and with a strong Leo association, the UK suffered
extremely with these two wars diametrically opposed to Leo. However, within just a few years after the
end of the Aquarius micro-age overflow, and with the arrival of the Capricorn
micro-age overflow (1940 – 1950), the tide was turned, and America entered the
war… and the rest is history.
“The toll exacted by the First World War can be seen in Britain’s conduct of its successor. The paralysis and weakness which gripped Whitehall as Hitler’s shadow extended first through Austria, then through Czechoslovakia, had no precedent since Tudor times.”
Britain’s Darkest Hour (June 1940 – June 1941)
combined with the 1st World War is basically associated with the
Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) within the Scorpio quasi
sub-age (1881 – 2059) and in the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148) – with all three
signs diametrically opposed the major elements in the UK’s astrological
signature. However, around October 1940
the arrival of the Capricorn-Sagittarius micro-age now had two signs favorable
to the UK and the removal of the detrimental influence of the Aquarius
micro-age and overflow (1910 – 25 – 40).
Interestingly, in an earlier Capricorn sub-age overflow
(1612 – 1791), Robert Walpole is generally regarded as the de facto first Prime
Minister of Great Britain:
“Walpole was one of the greatest politicians in British history. He played a significant role in sustaining the Whig party, safeguarding the Hanoverian succession, and defending the principles of the Glorious Revolution (1688) … He established a stable political supremacy for the Whig party and taught succeeding ministers how best to establish an effective working relationship between Crown and Parliament.”
Capricorn usually breeds strong governance which the UK has
obviously benefited from time to time.
The Capricorn sub-age overflow (1612 – 1791) experienced the
Glorious Revolution of 1688 with the overthrow of King James II of England by
William III with a Dutch fleet and army marking the last successful invasion of
England – though not of the magnitude of the Norman invasion. Though William III’s invasion cemented the
political continuity in the UK hereafter, this “invasion” occurred in the sign
opposite Cancer, a key sign for the UK.
If Capricorn and Cancer are both in the UK’s astrological signature, there
will always be inherent tensions whenever either of these signs appear. In this instance, Capricorn shores up the
head of government.
The recent Virgo micro-age (1970 – 1985) had a Capricorn
micro-age decan and overflow (May 1975 – Apr 1980 – April 1985) and this
corresponded to Margaret Thatcher being leader of the UK Conservative Party
(1975 – 1990) and Prime Minister of the UK (May 1979 – Nov 1990). Thatcher’s tenure of 11 years and 209 days as
Prime Minister was the longest since Lord Salisbury left office in 1902. She was the longest-serving British prime
minister of the 20th century, and was nicknamed the ‘Iron Lady’, that became
associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style with policies
known as Thatcherism. The tensions
between Cancer and Capricorn in the British psyche were exacerbated during
Thatcher’s time, and her anti-democratic poll tax was intended to limit the
(Cancer) general public from voting. She
is nonetheless viewed favourably in historical rankings of British prime
ministers, and her tenure constituted realignment towards neoliberal policies
in the UK. Thatcher represented hard
right politics and was closely aligned to President Reagan in the USA with
similar policies. She introduced the
new-racism to Britain
that ultimately played out in the Brexit referendum.
The Capricorn micro-age and overflow (1925 – 1940 – 1955) peaking in 1940 saw the UK at is darkest hour with the rise of fascism (under Aquarius) and the almost invasion of the UK by Hitler. This suggests that either Capricorn is part of the UK’s astrological signature, as it wasn’t defeated, or that Capricorn somehow positively resonates with the UK’s Cancer in opposition? The 19th century Capricorn micro-age decan and overflow (1866 – 1871 – 1876) appropriately saw the creation of the modern conservative party assisted by Benjamin Disraeli – twice Prime Minister of the UK during this Capricorn period. Disraeli made the Conservatives the party most identified with the glory and power of the British Empire.
The great success of the UK in the Victorian era (1819 –
1901) combined with its exalted rise due
to the profound economic effects of the Industrial Revolution commencing around
1760 suggests a strong affinity with Sagittarius as the Sagittarius quasi
sub-age (1702 – 1881) conveniently includes both the beginnings of the
Industrial Revolution and UK’s period of might.
In 1763, victory in the Seven Years’ War against France led to the
dominance of the British Empire, which was to become the foremost global power
for over a century and slowly grew to become the largest empire in history.
It was in the last Gemini sub-age and overflow (713 – 894 –
1073) that the British Isles suffered the invading Vikings and Normans. The greater strength of Cancer at that time,
due to the Cancer age-decan overflow (713 AD – 1433AD) suggests that while some
detrimental activity was in place (i.e. two major invasions), over the long
term, these were integral elements along the way into the construction of the
However, the Sagittarius connection is probably far older due to tin being associated with Jupiter, Sagittarius and Pisces. As previously stated “By around 1600 BC, the southwest of England was experiencing a trade boom as British tin was exported across Europe” which suggests that tin extraction commenced even earlier. This occurred in the Taurus-Aries age (2916 BC – 732 BC) with its significant Sagittarius age decan and overflow (2916 BC – 2188 BC – 1460 BC). Most of the famous henges were also constructed earlier in this Sagittarius period. Sagittarius therefore most likely has an entrenched pedigree in the history of ancient Britain.
Pisces & Aries
Pisces is always associated with islands, and the primary
sign for Europe is Pisces, but to be more precise, Europe is a Pisces-Aries
continent. In contrast, Ancient Rome was
ruled by Aries-Pisces indicating why Europe was able to rise out of the ashes
of the Western Roman Empire when Aries plummeted in strength and Pisces rose
due to the end of the Aries quasi age and start of the Pisces quasi age in 352
Being a part of Europe, the UK automatically has Pisces and
Aries in its sphere, but I take these as background influences. For example, the two world wars occurred in
the Pisces sub-age decan overflow (1910 – 1970) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 –
1970) but this Pisces sub-age decan overflow resonated with both the Pisces age
overflow (1433 -3574) and Pisces age-decan overflow (1433 – 2148) making this
the second most powerful Pisces time in the whole 26,000 year cycle of the ages
after the Pisces sub-age overflow (1433 – 1612). Whenever Pisces is strong, Europe usually
fractures in line with the two symbolic fish swimming in opposite directions. In the previous strongest period for Pisces in
the whole 26,000 years cycle, Europe split into Catholics versus
Protestants. Pisces does rule Europe,
but perversely splits Europe when Pisces is powerful.
The Pisces and Aries elements were handed down to the USA by
the British, and strongly contributed to the primary sign in the USA’s
signature being Pisces and the involvement of Aries in the USA’s astrological
signature produced its gun-toting culture as if the Wild West is a permanent feature
in modern America.
It is commonly stated that Britain is better under female
monarchs, and the three female monarchs touted along this line are the two
Queen Elizabeth’s and Queen Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) was queen from 1558 until 1603 and this
45 year reign is allied mainly to the Taurus sub-age decan overflow (1552 –
1612) – which also aligns with the emergent Capricorn sub-age decan, with both
periods situated in the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612). Taurus is again promoting England with the
help of Capricorn. Queen Victoria’s
reign (1837 – 1901) coincided with the Cancer sub-age decan overflow (1851 –
1910) and the Sagittarius quasi sub-age (1772 – 1881) with both signs strongly
supporting the UK.
The current Queen Elizabeth II (r.1952+ ) is the odd queen out, with the strongest age sub-period in the vicinity being Scorpio from the Scorpio sub-age decan and overflow (1910 – 2029), a sign generally antithetical to the UK. Probably the low point of her reign was the perceived shoddy treatment handed out to Princess Diana who naturally invoked the goddess Diana and this goddess’ relationship to Cancer – a key sign for the British people. It is better that later historians cast judgement upon her reign, but one thing with strong Scorpio association that has occurred during her reign, is the transformation of the formerly aloof Royal Family to a relatable family, especially following the marriages of Prince William and Prince Harry to normal people. This may ultimately be seen to be a revolutionary step for the Royal Family taking into account its antecedents back to 1066AD?
War of the Roses
(1455 – 1487) is believed to have its roots in the social and financial
troubles following the bad outcome for England from the Hundred Years War with
France. Though some conflict occurred
before 1455 and after 1487,
these 32 years is the length of a micro-age and overflow and the nominal
beginning in 1455 occurred in the Scorpio micro-age (1448 – 1463) with its
overflow (1463 – 1478). Scorpio has
already been identified as a very difficult sign for the UK due to the entrenched
Taurean nature of British society.
What may also be of relevance is that the War of the Roses
occurred only a few decades inside the new Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574) and
despite the beginning of any period in macro-astrology representing its weakest
time, it still usually makes a quick appearance, which catches everyone off
guard, especially if the sign is Aquarius.
Aquarius will undermine Leo royalty and the Leo in England’s
Also, a strange condition appears at the cusp of ages which
raises astrological tensions in its sub-ages.
For example, 1433 at the very end of the Pisces age, and midpoint of the
Pisces era (732 BC – 1433 AD – 3574), represents the penultimate expression of
Pisces in the 26,000 year cycle of ages.
But 1433 is perversely the start of the Virgo sub-age decan (1433 –
1493) of the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612).
With Virgo opposite Pisces, these diametrically opposed zodiacal energies
play out as some kind of attempt at balancing out extreme energies found at age
cusps through a grating process – like fingernails scratched across a blackboard. Usually a whole sub-age would separate these sign
conflicts. Therefore the War of the
Roses occurred under intense astrological conditions. And of course, Virgo is
opposite the background sign of Pisces in England’s and the UK’s astrological
The conclusion to the War of Roses saw the House of Tudor
the victor, under Henry VII, and the Tudors ruled England until the death of
Queen Elizabeth in 1603 – almost as the end post of the Capricorn sub-age (1433
England (1649 – 1660) under Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658) including the
execution of King Charles I in 1649, goes completely against the grain of the
British tradition against fanaticism. The
reign of Cromwell with his martial brilliance and religious fanaticism was as
alien to England as it was effective.
The first call for a such a small period is a micro-age with
the Libra-Virgo micro-age (1642 – 1657) with both signs opposing Aries and
Pisces that are supportive signs to the British Isles. However, this micro-age sits directly in the
path of the Capricorn sub-age overflow (1612 – 1791) and Capricorn sub-age
decan overflow (1612 – 1672). This
invokes the polarizing Capricorn-Cancer dipole in Britain’s signature, though
Cancer seems the dominant sign.
Interestingly, the arrival of the following Leo micro-age (1657 – 1672)
quickly witnessed the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The Commonwealth of England is merely perceived
as the Interregnum by monarchists.
However, the forensic evidence suggests that within the
Libra-Virgo micro-age (1642 – 1657) resides the Capricorn micro-age decan and
overflow (1647 – 1657) which played a major role as this relatively small
Capricorn period as it resonated from all the Capricorn overflow influences
from the preceding Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) giving this small Capricorn
micro-age decan and overflow a stature way above its nominal size and strength. This period allegorically had a magnify glass
held over it with the Capricorn light tightly focused like a laser beam on the
years 1647 to 1657.
The purpose of this exploration of the UK’s astrological signature was for determining the astrological environment surrounding the UK’s entry into the European Union in 1973 and its supposed exit on 29 March 2019. This Brexit analysis will hopefully be available soon, but I can reveal that with Scorpio, Gemini, Cancer and Aquarius key players in Brexit, that this is another intense and undermining period for the UK. Furthermore, with Gemini and Aquarius extremely powerful for the rest of the 21st century, with both signs opposing the two core signs for the UK of Sagittarius and Leo, we should not expect the equivalent of a Sunday school picnic in the years ahead.
I do maintain an ad hoc database of countries with their
supposed astrological signatures, and if I have the time, this article would be
a chapter in a book, with a chapter for each of the most significant countries
in the world. Interestingly, before
researching the above, I had included Aries, Gemini, Cancer and Leo as part of
the UK’s signature, and also allowed the possibility of Taurus and
Capricorn. Gemini is no longer included,
Taurus and Capricorn have been firmly entrenched, and Sagittarius has been
added. This demonstrates that there is
no substitute for exacting and detailed research and analysis if any
astrological clarity is to be obtained, in this case, the standard qualitative
research that fostered the creation of astrology, and its evolution of the last
two thousand years.
Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper based on a work of 1656
Every age, age-decan, sub-age and so on ‘overflows’ upon the following
period. For example the Taurus age (5122
BC – 2916 BC) is followed by the Aries age (2916 BC – 732 BC), but the
influence of the momentum from the Taurus age upon the Aries age is actually
stronger than the influence from the emergent Aries age. Therefore the Aries age and Taurus age
overflow are the same period (2916 BC – 732 BC), and this can be expressed in
another way. The combined Taurus age
overflow and Aries age can be called the Taurus-Aries age. Based on the Age of Aquarius arriving in 1433
AD, the Age of Aquarius (1433 AD – 3574 AD) can be termed the Pisces-Aquarius
age which better represents the situation in the age of Aquarius where Pisces
is the more dominant sign, especially in the first half of the Age of
Aquarius. The combined Taurus age (5122
BC – 2916 BC) and Taurus Age overflow (2916 BC – 732 BC) can also be called the
Taurus era (5122 BC – 2916 BC).