Rishi Sunak

“The UK was well-ahead of the rest of the world in decarbonising, so we would be doing other countries a favour if we slowed down a bit.”

~ John Crace

This I hope will be a short blog (his third from me), just to examine the question “What was he thinking?”, i.e. why has Rishi Sunak reneged on the standards for tackling climate change this week?  If you think it was a good policy, then avert your gaze, as I am one-sided on this.

His Birth Chart

Writing in 2020 when Boris Johnson hired him as Chancellor of the Exchequer, I wrote:

“He has the Sun, Mercury and Chiron in Taurus, the sign of money… He has a preponderance of planets in the Mutable signs (adaptability and flexibility), but he also has Uranus opposite his Sun (so is capable of rebellion).  It is an intriguing combination, in terms of his future role.  He has Mars closely conjunct Jupiter, energy allied with enthusiasm, which I feel has contributed to his success.”

Net Zero Speech

After a press leak early in the week, on Wednesday Rishi Sunak was forced to make a speech about his intentions regarding climate and environmental policies.  This he did at 4.30 p.m.  John Crace has written, in the Guardian:

“You could sense the panic when news was leaked of Rishi Sunak’s plans to water down some of his climate change targets. Instead of a controlled speech later in the week – probably somewhere with green connections: Rish! never knowingly undersells the irony – we got a hastily arranged press conference.”

Rishi has never shown any enthusiasm for the environment, except for saying once that his daughters were interested.  But gradually, he seems to have let go of all efforts to stem the tide of climate change, the rapid growth of which scientists have been reporting with increasing alarm throughout the years.  We are already as a nation, and as a global entity, far behind reasonable projected aims in that regard.  Ironically, this week Prince William has promoted his Earthshot project, and King Charles in France has committed to tackling climate change.  So, what planet is Rishi Sunak on?  And how sincere is he – is he, as he purports to be, suddenly caring for the poverty in our nation which the Tories have allowed since Cameron and Osborne initiated austerity? Or is he making a political ploy, based on an assumption, from the Uxbridge by-election, that the public don’t care about the planet? – beginning the process of preparing for the general election which will be forthcoming some time over the next year.

His current state of mind

Some of the statements Rishi made in his speech, do not stand up to scrutiny, such as policies he is abandoning which do not exist.  Leaving that aside, examining his current transits gives a picture of his current state of mind.  The main transits are (as for the time of the speech):

Uranus transiting his natal Sun in Taurus – this indicates a radical change in his thinking or policy.  He says “we have to change how we do politics”.

Saturn is opposing his natal Mars in Virgo – he is making economies in resources, including his own character.  He is shrinking his aims, while purporting to be looking at the bigger picture.

He is undergoing a major astrological life cycle, that of the Uranus Opposition.  The Uranus Opposition (when Uranus opposes its natal position) is the mid-life crisis or rebellion.  He feels compelled to be doing things differently from what is expected, and from how he has done things hitherto.  Many Conservative MPs have been shocked by his U-turn.

Chiron is opposing his natal Pluto in Libra – he is rocking the boat, at a fundamental level, and taking a huge risk.  Would that we had a birth time for him, we would be able to see this more precisely, in terms of what Houses these two planets occupy in his birth chart.

Dates to Watch

I now look at some forthcoming dates, based on these transits, which is when they become precise.  This is to watch the implications, significances, and outcomes resulting from this speech and change in policy. There are many other transits going on in the next year, but I am focussing on the transits which relate to this event.

For Uranus transiting his natal Sun in Taurus, 24th October this year and 21st April 2024 are dates to watch, for the change in which he is doing politics.  Will it be the making of him, or the undoing of him?

For Saturn opposite his natal Mars in Virgo, 23rd December this year is a date to watch.  Will he make a pre-Christmas announcement of further cuts?

For his Uranus Opposition, 22nd May 2024 crystallizes his mid-life crisis and rebellion.  Will he throw in the towel, or call a risky general election at that time?

And for his opposition of Chiron to his natal Pluto, 11th April 2024 is crucial.  The stress of this transit may cause him to announce a general election.

The Role of the Uxbridge By-Election

I wrote a blog about the by-elections in July:

“For Conservatives

Jupiter sextile its Uranus (may do better than they think)

They probably are in immense fear of the results, at this time.

For Rishi Sunak

Has he impressed?  Will that performance be reflected in the result?

Uranus on his natal Sun (surprise or shock result)

North Node sextile his natal Venus (karma gentler on him than he might think)

Chiron opposite his natal Pluto (some heavy shock, possibly affecting health)…

Uxbridge and South Ruislip

This will be a close contest due to the unpopularity of the London Congestion charge and introducing Ulez to improve air quality, brought about through the London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Labour Candidate:  Danny Beales – birth date unavailable (only available data, birth year of 1988)

Lib Dem Candidate:  Blaise Baquiche – birth date unavailable

Conservative Candidate:  Steve Tuckwell – birth date unavailable”

Well, the Conservatives won the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election, on the issue of air pollution, by a small majority.  This gave Rishi the impression (which may be false) that the public do not have tackling climate change at heart.  Since then, he has veered further into ignoring the issue.  Keir Starmer also wobbled on the issue, but Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, stayed firm on his principles.

As you can see, some of the ongoing long-term transits to Rishi’s birth chart were operating back then, and are part of his astro-psychological picture.

Results of the Policy

It is difficult to ascertain at this time, how much the public believe in the pronouncements of Rishi Sunak this week.  The Party Conferences this season will be important on taking the temperature of public opinion and clarifying what all the parties actually stand for.  On the Laura Kuenssberg show this morning, the Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis called the speech cynical.  He has the freedom, away from British politics, to say what perhaps others could not or would not say.  Despite what Rishi Sunak is saying, we cannot possibly make progress on stemming climate change under the new policies.


I think Rishi is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public.  He has talked about honesty, while showing dishonesty; and he has talked about long-term solutions, while expounding short-term solutions.  As Caroline Lucas and Zac Goldsmith have said this week, what should be top priority has been relegated to neglect.

“Rolling back on certain policies will mean we need to find emisions reductions elsewhere if we are to meet our legally binding near-term carbon budgets and our internationally committed 2030 emissionns reduction target”.

~ Alok Sharma


Today’s opposition between Mars and Chiron highlights wounds, mainly of the psychological kind.  Something may be flagged up for you to heal.  Perhaps a longstanding misunderstanding in the family, especially concerning the male of the species.  We can only start to address something which has emerged in consciousness and awareness, so can thank Chiron for that process.

Tomorrow (Monday 25th) Mercury trines Jupiter.  During its retrograde period, Mercury made a trine to Jupiter on 4th September, if you want to consult your diary.  I myself note from my diary that I made progress on writing the second volume of The Quiet Office at that time!  This aspect will help business transactions, and expand our horizons, minds and philosophies.  This is an upbeat vibe mentally, one that takes in great wads of information, produces good ideas and may incline one to travel, train strikes permitting of course.  There may be media opportunities, for those so inclined, and it could be a productive day.  A cause for optimism may be found.

There are no aspects in the middle of the week, and there was not a Fixed Star in sight to fill in the gap, so amuse yourselves!

On Friday (29th), there is a Full Moon in the morning, at 6 degrees Aries.  You may feel some emotional tension building on Thursday, with possible insomnia on Thursday evening, if you are susceptible to the Moon’s phases.  The Full Moon opposes the Sun in Libra.  This is about being aware of your own needs and that of the other, and bringing the two into balance.

Late afternoon, early evening on Friday, brings a square between Venus and Uranus, which might prevent the usual feeling of being settled after the Full Moon.  It may prolong the tension.  There may be twists and turn in relationships, with this square.  There may be a quirky end to a relationship or money saga, slightly out of your comfort zone.  Your plans may have to be modified at the last minute.  The way through is to use your intuition, and stay one step ahead.

Mercury trines Uranus on Saturday (30th), so it’s a strong week for the Mercury-ruled signs of Gemini and Virgo.  They may be feeling entrepreneurial.  This aspect can inspire high functioning minds, intuition and good ideas.   Uranus will add extra spice to your plans, and documentation.  Computers and technology should be on sparkling form and assist your expression.  You may spring pleasant surprises.  Writing projects may flow, as with Monday’s aspect.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – issues come up for healing
  • Monday – expanded minds
  • Friday – emotional high tide; relationship wrangles
  • Saturday – high functioning minds