Red Stars

Two weeks away from the seventieth anniversary of the triumph of the Chinese Communist Party, Hong Kong residents by the thousands continued their three-month-long campaign to preserve some measure of local democratic autonomy against the might of the central government and its local minions. They were energized by the bitter recollection of seeing none of their demands met in the aftermath of the Umbrella Revolution (2014).
Over the summer, masses of opponents had battled police in the streets on a daily basis, shut down the airport and interrupted subway service. Now (15 September), with the anniversary looming, their ferocity took a new and profoundly defiant course: tearing down and setting fire to a red banner proclaiming the glorious observance.
Many observers wonder: When will the Tiananmen-like crackdown come? Few wonder if the planets offer any clue. Alas, they do: especially (of course) Mars.
The background cycles go some way toward describing the situation.
Transiting Neptune has been opposing Saturn in the chart for the Peoples Republic (1 October 1949), reflecting widespread subversion of the bureaucratic structures of the state, as well as the stirrings of a new collective vision: a great threat to the interests of the entrenched Communist Party elite. The latter have been counting on continued economic expansion to maintain their privileges: a state of affairs undermined by China’s worsening trade dispute with the United States.
In spring-summer 2018, and since April 2019, Uranus has been at right angle to the PRC Moon and Ascendant positions, reflecting a rising mood of rebelliousness and pressures toward a break from the general trend of recent decades. That trend of rising economic and political forces, at the expense of personal freedoms, has reached a peak. The Chinese electronic system, now pervasive, of social ranking on the basis of obedience to central-government decrees seems particularly relevant to this astrological combination.Thus, there have been credible reports of a considerable level of “revolutionary tourism”: people arriving from the mainland, checking into hotels and going shopping for clothes and protective gear appropriate for joining the raging protests. Such is the hunger of the human spirit for freedom.
Transiting Saturn, now “stationary” at a point at right angle to PRC Mercury, symbolizes a protracted period of governmental deliberation about how (and when) to respond to the crisis, and redoubled efforts at information suppression.
What can Beijing do without permanently and grievously damaging the nation’s course by ruining the crucial vitality of its appendage, Hong Kong? The state has the momentum of its entire history of brutality, represented by the Mars – Pluto conjunction in regal Leo in the PRC chart. It has deployed violence in any situation deemed to involve “foreign” culture — Mars – Pluto in the seventh place — and that certainly fits the democratic “infection,” as well as Tibet.

The intransigence of the state at the time of the Umbrella Revolution, and the dejection of the people involved, are reflected in the strong links to the PRC chart: Jupiter to the PRC Mars – Pluto, and Moon – Saturn to PRC Venus.
The youth of Hong Kong have evidently adapted the ways employed in 2014 and learned the bitter lessons of the crushed Tiananmen protests — exactly one cycle of Saturn ago — by developing hit-and-run tactics and better preparing to cope with the weapons of the police.
It seems that the Party faithful want to hold back the military option until after the celebrations on 1 October. By then, Mars will be a full ten-degree arc behind Sol in zodiacal distance: the two were conjunct on 2 September, and are gradually separating. By the Full Moon on 13 October (Luna at twenty degrees of Aries / Sol at twenty of Libra), Mars will be at six degrees Libra: closing in on the place of Sol in the PRC chart, representing the premier and his political circle.

Mars will be heliacally rising: emerging before Sol in the morning sky and beginning to be visible again. This marks the start of a period in which the urge to once again unleash the People’s Liberation Army will be very great. With Mars thereafter moving into a right angle to Saturn and Pluto, brutal suppression of the upwelling cleansing forces within the mass of common people becomes more likely. (Saturn’s conjunction with Pluto in January 2020, exactly upon the PRC position of Jupiter, in any case promises great and deep changes to China’s corporate colossus: a grand reorganization.)
China is clearly at a turning point. The Party may already have lost the war, in showing Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial class that for its dynamism to survive, it must undergo an exodus. The most apt place of relocation would be Taiwan.

The Great Man

The sense of inevitability about it has been one of the stranger facets of BoJo’s ascension to the role of prime minister of the United Kingdom. Second, perhaps, only to the absurdity.

A particularly perceptive portrait of him asks the pair of burning questions: Does he believe any of his stated claims, and do his followers believe him? Fintan O’Toole’s “The Ham of Fate” piece in The New York Review of Books summarizes: “In both cases, the answer is yes, but only in the highly qualified way that an actor inhabits his role and an audience knowingly accepts the pretense. Johnson’s appeal lies precisely in the creation of a comic persona that evades the distinction between reality and performance.”

O’Toole offers an ancient Greek framework for comprehending the BoJo phenomenon: that of an akratic figure. A person, that is, who knows the right thing to do, yet perversely does the opposite.

The whole Brexit project was sold to the voters, back in June 2016, under the slogan “Take Back Control.” Yet, inevitably, the process ever since has been anything but. And BoJo’s own suggestion, eagerly echoed from across The Pond, that Donald Trump — serial bungler, cheat and bankrupt — hammer a new deal between the UK and the European Union, is equally ludicrous.

OK, for those who might not be familiar yet with the abbreviation: It’s for Boris Johnson, born, like the Trumpster, in New York, New York. That’s right, and raised partly in Brussels, capital of the EU, and at an elite private school, Eton.

He’s perfect for the role. BoJo even was employed as correspondent posted to Brussels between 1989 and 1994.

That is quite fitting for one of his astrological makeup, born with Sun, Venus (retrograde), Mercury and Mars in the mutable, airy zoidion of Gemini, and in the ninth place besides. It is also apropos of someone who, even the night before his announcement for Brexit, was vacillating to the extent that he composed two columns for The Telegraph. The fellow is literary, yet has also — like fellow solar Gemini Trump — made a career of mendacity.

As one born in daytime — sun above horizon — his overarching quest is a solar one, an essentially heroic one for a place in the sun, a stage on which to unleash his mercurial nature.

BoJo, like Trump, was born at a rare and curious moment: Trump on the occasion of a lunar eclipse, symbolizing the lack of feeling for anything but [Luna in] Sagittarian bombast; BoJo on a Venus inferior conjunction (that is, Venus between Earth and Sun), representing, one might say, a life quest for values within the inherently vacillating realm of Gemini shape-shifting.

Mercury also in Gemini for BoJo reveals special potency upon closer examination: a consistently inconsistent character indicated by said Mercury position having been right on the place of the pre-natal solar eclipse. And then for an extra dose of mutability, there’s Mars early in that sign, adding an erratic level of activity, especially linked, as it is, with the symbols / energies of the the most contradictory impulses of the1960s: the Saturn opposition to Uranus and Pluto.

It was early summer of 1964 when BoJo came on the scene: seven months after the assassination of U.S. President Kennedy, during the early stages of the British musical “invasion” of the United States, early in the drawn-out American invasion of Vietnam, in the midst of the absurd “space race.” A strange time, indeed.

That’s what he was born into, the atmosphere he was bred to inhabit.

Plus . . . his birth pattern includes an exact Jupiter – Neptune opposition, representing the grand fantasyland dimension to the time he was born into, and now. Now the configuration is a square, the last-quarter mark of the cycle between them, but small matter. The combination was crucially present — call it a recurrence — through the Jupiter – Neptune opposition in play at the time of the Brexit vote, only four days after his fifty-second birthday, in 2016. (Not merely Jupiter – Neptune, but with Saturn (symbolizing structure and control) added into the bargain for greater impact.)

The facet of a drama on a grand scale has been further highlighted by one of BoJo’s own literary contributions: The Churchill Factor. As Britain has sunk further and further into its post-Empire mire in recent decades — royal weddings and babies to the contrary — the sense of national crisis has deepened and broadened. Forgetting Winston Churchill’s many political and military disasters, and his megalomaniac tendencies, the worship of late has been intense, taking the form of not only books but also films — “Darkest Hour,” “ Into the Storm,” etc..

The human species has a peculiar hunger for a “Great Man,” be he Fuhrer, Papa Stalin, Chairman Mao, Pol Pot or whomever. Lunatic sociopaths, those. Churchill, fortunately, was not presented with the opportunity for such absolute power. Even so, Churchill still proceeded through life fueled with the conviction that he was destined for greatness: the conviction born of someone born under a Mars – Jupiter conjunction (as was his French contemporary Charles DeGaulle): bold and brash, with uncanny luck thrown in.

Such is not the stuff of Boris Johnson. And besides, “Boris Johnson,” really? C’mon. Russian and Swedish names? His real first name is Alexander, and the guy is known to family and close associates as Al.

Still, Churchill — always keen for war, much like some characters on this side of The Pond — conjured up some mighty big messes in his time, and hung around long enough for the power to fall to him by default. After Neville Chamberlain — he of “peace in our time” infamy for his absurd pact with Hitler — there was no one else left but him. Rather like BoJo, after Cameron and the sorrier spectacle of Teresa May.

So, off the UK goes, into BoJo’s waiting arms. The recent solar eclipse (2 July 2019) fell into his natal tenth place, close to the upper meridian, signaling a path opening to his becoming the Big Kahuna.

But it’s all a joke, and everyone knows it. There is no clueful leadership among the latest crop that can address the burgeoning crises facing industrial civilization. And the crisis in the West is at the stage of the cycle wherein the caesars arise as democracy — at least on the national level — crumbles through its own corruption. “Restoration” is not forthcoming.

The current late-in-multiple-cycles situation — with respect to the three cycles involving Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto (the latter two already in Capricorn, sign of business and government, and structures in general, with Jupiter to follow come December) — is a reliable indicator of deepening disintegration, and discreditation. The Great Man is no fit for the greater feminizing forces of this era.

So usher him in: The Great BoJo.

When? Well, late August 2019 — when the New Moon, joined by Mercury, Venus and Mars, aligns with natal Uranus, symbol of the collective yearning for disruption — seems just about right. The date of his arrival at #10 matters little: Late August is when the fun begins.

On with the show.