This week’s European Referendum

“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”~ Jo Cox

The assassination of Labour MP Jo Cox this week has moved the country deeply, and drawn sympathy from all over the world.  People of all political persuasions have realized that we have lost a beautiful person of great integrity and influence for the good, and her death has brought people together.

It brought to a standstill for a few days campaigning on the European Referendum, which still hangs over us like a Sword of Damocles, due to be resolved one way or the other this Thursday.  What a relief to have that silence – we realized how toxic it had become.  It happened a couple of days before the big Saturn-Neptune square (major aspects like that cast their shadow beforehand), and it revealed the toxicity of the hatreds in our society.  That was the effect of the cloud of Saturn-Neptune; the poison on a societal level which had been stirred up over a long period of time, culminating in the tragic demise of one who had campaigned with great heart against it.  The country has paused for deep thought, and may if we are lucky bring people to their senses.

The perpetrator, Thomas Mair, apparently shouted “Britain First!” as he was murdering her.  Britain First, like UKIP, is a direct descendant of the National Front, then the BNP, whose negative emotions are founded on anger and hatred of immigrants.  The European Referendum has come about as a result of David Cameron’s fear of UKIP (and Nigel Farage).

In my 28th February 2016 blog I wrote:

“I will attempt to portray all sides of the issue, but have to nail my colours to the mast at the outset: I have always been pro-Europe (though not pro-Euro), for the same reasons that I wanted to keep the Union of Scotland and England together.  As a spiritual principle (and astrologically as a Venusian) I see it as a higher evolutionary way to strive to achieve union, cohesion, inclusiveness, and global peace.”

Today, in keeping with the semi-ban on campaigning, I will try and keep this blog very short.  There is not a lot to add from my February analysis.

About 23rd I wrote:

“Very late the night before Mercury squares Jupiter, so excitement will be high!  So will information overload.  On the following day, there is a fortuitous conjunction between the Mean North Node and Jupiter in Virgo, which may mean the right decision should be made karmically (whatever that is).

Mars will be trine David Cameron’s Chiron: his desire to heal the nation will be fired up!

Michael Gove will have Saturn trine his Saturn (stability) and Mars sextile his Uranus (excitement), so he will take the result well.

Iain Duncan Smith will have Mars squaring his Pluto, and may feel crushed to the point of being ready for a career change.

On the day of the referendum, the U.K. chart receives a trine from Saturn to its natal Chiron (Cameron fixing broken Britain?) and Jupiter squaring its natal Mercury (again, information overload).

Saturn trines the European Union chart Uranus on the day of the referendum, which implies to me that “plus ca change, plus la meme chose”!  Seriously, it implies that a proposed change may be averted.”

And for Boris Johnson?:

“So fast forward to 23rd June, and what do his prospects look like?  Astrologically, quite good, actually: Jupiter/North Node trine his Jupiter, and Pluto trines his Jupiter, forming a Grand Trine.  Moreover, Jupiter/North Node sextile his natal Neptune.  His personal standing looks good, but Saturn squares his natal Pluto and Neptune opposes his natal Pluto, so something is bothering him, at the same time.”

Nigel Farage:

“On 23rd June, like Boris, Saturn squares his natal Pluto and Neptune opposes his natal Pluto and there may be some sadness involved.  But Pluto will still be sextile his natal Neptune and the North Node will be sextile his Neptune too, so he will be at peace with his own mission, win or lose.  He won’t have any regrets.”

For Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, a dramatic shift in his karmic role looks likely, with transiting Uranus conjunct his North Node!

Jo Cox

We do not have Jo’s birth time, but the most outstanding feature of her birth chart is an exact trine between Mars and Neptune: The perfect blend of action, and sensitivity.  Her exact opposition between Uranus and Chiron may point to her sacrifice.

She was pronounced dead at 1.48 pm in Birstall.  The most exact transit was Chiron, sextile her Venus.  The most major transit was her Uranus Opposition to its natal position.  The most karmic transit was the South Node (fate) to her Jupiter (goodness and optimism).  The latter transit represents one of the most unpalatable thing about her murder: that someone who so embodied love and light could be taken away, that her time was up.  This transit reflects her natal Jupiter being closely square the Nodal Axis: that she was an example in society of goodness, and that it was a crucial part of her destiny.  She was uncompromising about doing the right thing.

Jo was beloved by her constituents, for whom she did all she could.  Friends, family and colleagues have testified to the inspiration of the way she lived her life, and all that she did.  Jo Cox embodied all the greatest qualities of her Sun sign of Cancer: caring, standing up for women and children, tenacity and sincerity.  But above all, she was a great human being and example for all politicians.

Selected Eulogies:

Doreen Lawrence: “Meeting division with compassion, resentment with generosity, and anger with love is how we make sure some good comes from her death.”

Jo’s sister: “We were brought up to see the positive in everything and everyone, and have endeavoured to do so all our lives…She only saw the good.”

Her husband Brendan:

“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.

“She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.

“Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.”


An important week in our lives leads up to a trine between Jupiter and Pluto next Sunday, an important shift in the world order.

It starts with the Full Moon in Sagittarius tomorrow at approximately 11 a.m. (in the U.K.). The world view, as represented by the Moon in Sagittarius, is high on the agenda in people’s minds.  Last week’s preoccupations started with the unprecedented massacre of the LGBT community in Orlando. This shocked the world, and a vigil was held in London.

Political commentator Owen Jones walked out of a Sky news session, because the others in the room would not acknowledge that the gay community had been particularly targeted.  This was an issue close to his heart, and he had a Mars Return, Saturn squaring his Mercury and Neptune opposing it.  For once he was (almost) lost for words.  It will take him a while to process this.

And on Thursday we heard the shock news that Jo Cox had been killed, an event from which we are still reeling.  The two events of the week fuse in the horror of the realization that violence is on the rise in our world.  Could it bring about the ultimate defining moment, that we pray for on behalf of humanity, in demonstrating once and for all the futility of violence?

The Full Moon literally brings to full flood the emotions of the individual, society and the world.  Let’s hope the tears are put to good use.

The next aspect tomorrow is Mercury opposing Saturn, a deflated mental outlook, which re-engages us with the Saturn-Neptune square, and brings the mental focus to bear on toxic issues.

This is followed soon after by Mercury squaring Neptune, completing the T-square:  the mental note could go from rational to super- irrational, with a possible focus on conspiracy theories.  If you notice yourself getting suspicious, that is where it’s coming from!

Next, Jupiter at 15 degrees Virgo conjuncts the True North Node: a rainbow may appear, a spiritual blessing, like Noah’s dove after the flood.

And finally, the Sun enters Cancer (Summer Solstice) at the end of the day.  Rejoice at the pinnacle of the light! (…or moan that we haven’t seen much sunshine yet this year).  This combination of the Summer Solstice and the Full Moon happening on one day is apparently very rare.

What a day!

On Wednesday (22nd) Mercury squares the Nodal Axis, and communication is crucial, karmically.  Communication is particularly important in groups, e.g. in social media – a force for support or destruction (a karmic choice).  It’s a reminder that the internet has speeded up karma.

Late that night, Mercury squares Jupiter, bringing about information overload (Europe campaigners on the desperate last ditch plea to get their message across!).  Your mind will be buzzing.

Friday and Saturday (24th and 25th), the days after the vote, could bring a collective karmic reward from Jupiter conjunct the Mean North Node at 16 degrees Virgo.  Half the U.K. population will sigh with relief, and half with despair. It is the run up to the trine between Jupiter and Pluto on Sunday, so an important change in all our lives.  I honestly don’t know which way it will go.

Next Week: Wimbledon

The week in bullet points:

  • Tomorrow – a full day
  • Wednesday – karmic information and information overload
  • Friday/Saturday – karmic reward