Nigel Farage and the conundrum of UKiP

The face of British politics is said to have changed dramatically this week, with one in four voters plumping for UKIP.  David Cameron has been forced to retract his earlier impression of the party as “fruitcakes and closet racists” modifying his tune to “We need to show respect for people who have taken the choice to support this party”.

What is the demographic of the voting section?  A few 80 year old women I know have found themselves voting for or sympathetic to what the party stands for, and some women find Nigel Farage personally fascinating.  There is no doubt in my mind that UKIP inherits some strands of the National Front, British National Party and EDL philosophies, and targets immigrants as being the source of our society’s ills.

The Observer leader this morning describes its voters:

“The Ukip surge is a warning.  Immediate analysis indicates that two groups, in the main, have been swayed by Farage.  They are the less qualified, working-class, older male and the lower middle class”.

So I will look at the charts of Nigel Farage, UKIP, and the UK to try to assess the astrological factors involved.

As a Sun sign Aries, Nigel Farage cuts an individualistic and almost self-sufficient figure.  On the Andrew Marr show this morning, he was very confident, straight speaking and focussed.  He has leadership qualities through that sign, but also from an exact sextile from Uranus to his North Node (karmic mission).  He has the capacity to surprise.  We do not have his birthtime, but I suspect Pluto is prominent on the angles of his chart, because of the way he rose from the ashes of the plane crash on the day of the last election declaring that he was lucky to be alive.  On that day Pluto squared his Mars (the near death experience), trined his Natal Uranus (surprise survival), and conjuncted his South Node in Capricorn  (karmically facing death).

He has lived to fight another day, and plague Cameron, whose Sun opposes his Sun natally.  The Conservative party have lost a huge proportion of their votes to UKIP, and are under pressure to hold a referendum on our membership of the EU as soon as possible.

On Thursday, the day of the election, Pluto was exactly trine the Sun in the UKIP Party chart, a sign of ultimate power.  It may mean though that this is the height of the power that they reach. Especially if it is subsequently revealed that there is no substance behind their policies, and as has been claimed, that they are a one issue party.

The same holds true astrologically for Nigel Farage, that it may prove to be his finest hour.  For Pluto is exactly trine his natal Pluto now, the Universe giving him a point of empowerment, perhaps as a karmic balancing from the air crash, where Pluto was also prominent by transit.  This reinforces the possibility that Pluto is prominent in the angularity of his natal chart. Pluto seems to pulling the strings in his life, picking him up and putting him down in a stark way.

I have just (almost finishing my blog) located a possible birthtime, attributed to Christina Rose through Marjorie Orr.  This does in fact give Pluto exactly on a Virgo Ascendant, confirming my train of thought, though I am not sure how accurate the source is.

The United Kingdom chart has some difficulties at this time, and notably the current Uranus-Pluto square links in with our natal Pluto.  Pluto currently opposes our natal Pluto, and Uranus squares our natal Pluto.  That may register as a sea-change in our politics, as has been claimed.

One thing is for certain,  many of those who voted UKIP have just had enough of present party politics and disempowerment from the EU and feeling like strangers in their own country.  Not me though, I count myself as an immigrant, having come to England as a 4-year old from Israel, my family having fled the persecution of the Jews in Baghdad.  You might then conclude I was bound to think as I do.  I would like to think one out of four comments to this blog would be from UKIP supporters, educating me about their point of view, that is if the comment count reaches four!


This morning Mercury opposes Saturn which puts a block on springing up early as you’d planned, foregoing your Sunday morning lie-in in order to catch up with your paperwork.  Your computer may be on a go-slow, your digestive system may be delicate, and the lie-in may be more healing, in order to pen an Ode to Indolence.  Keats wrote one in the 19th Century:

…O, for an age so shelter’d from annoy,

    That I may never know how change the moons,

Or hear the voice of busy common-sense!…

I wonder what he would make of the age we live in.  The news may be uninviting – you might switch on the radio, then switch it off again.  But things are likely to improve after Noon.

In the evening, Mars trines Pluto and there’s an opportunity to engage in some energetic enterprise.  Have some constructive structure in mind for the occasion, so that excess energy does not turn wild!

Tuesday (7th) morning brings a conjunction of the Sun and the South Node.  A karmic issue may be highlighted – a consequence from a past life or earlier in this lifetime.  You may recognize this from an invitation or opportunity handed to you.

Then Mercury trines Pluto – now’s the time to deal with the paperwork!  You’ll find you are extra inspired to fill in the huge box on the form entitled “Any other information that can help your cause”.  If you meet someone for a coffee you’ll be able to express what matters to you.

Wednesday (8th) brings more interesting possibilities for the mind, starting with Mercury conjunct Mars in the early hours: your dreams may be driven by the Inner Critic and may reveal anxieties.  The characters within the dream may exhibit agitation, but of course as in Jungian dream interpretation may reflect aspects of yourself.  If you wake up rattled with negative chatter, turn the phrases round to create a positive affirmation, unless you feel the dream has a deeper meaning (Mars conjunct Mercury can represent superficial chatter and concerns).

Next Mercury sextile Chiron provides some welcome information about health and healing in combining conventional and alternative medicine harmoniously.  It’s also a good aspect for problem-solving in general.  If there’s a crisis don’t panic, the solution is at hand.

This is followed and reinforced by a sextile between Mars and Chiron.  Healing energy will flow, as in hands-on healing, or healing solutions involving energy or problems connected with energy.  Awkward places can be made smooth, and square pegs may be able to fit in round holes.

On Thursday (9th) Venus goes into Gemini, which livens up the social life.  You might trust the weather enough to have an early summer barbecue, or a picnic.

Mercury conjunct the South Node could be dictating the karmic scenario however: perhaps karma with brothers, sisters, neighbours or teachers (all represented by Mercury) may be involved.

The eclipsed New Moon at 19 degrees Taurus on Friday (10th) favours gardening and gardeners, artists and musicians, and turning points in Arts projects.

Finally Saturday (11th) holds a conjunction between Mercury and the Sun at 20 degrees Taurus, reinforcing what you are trying to achieve in these areas.  19/20 degrees Taurus is a sensitive point around the end of the week, so if you have planets in this degree they may be bolstered by this influence: supportively so if you are willing to work with change, but not so supportive if you are resistant to change.

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The week in bullet points:

  • Sunday – a slow start, and a quick finish
  • Tuesday – karmic opportunity, and significant work
  • Wednesday – a brisk start (apply caution); then healing ways
  • Thursday – lighter relationships, and karmic business
  • Friday – change in the air and in the earth
  • Saturday – focussed and enlivened thought