News today that the United Kingdom is going to have its third General Election in four years this year, on Thursday 12th December 2019. I shall therefore continue what I initially thought was going to be only a five-yearly occurrence, by publishing my predictions, based on the astrology of the election itself, and the transits formed at the time with regard to the leaders of the main parties.
In my previous attempt to use Astrology for this purpose, I noted that:
In my experience of trying to use Astrology to predict election results, I have come to the following conclusions.
- Astrology is indeed very good at predicting the way the popular vote will go.
- Astrology is not so good at predicting the final result.
This is especially true where a country has an electoral system where votes do not translate directly into seats, either in the House of Commons (UK) or the Electoral College (USA).
* But he did make a comeback in the 2017 Dr Who Christmas special, also as I predicted.
Nevertheless I did manage to call the final result, with the exception being that the SNP fared slightly worse than I predicted and the Lib Dems slightly better – although I did predict their leader, Tim Farron (yes, me neither!) would be swiftly exiting British politics.*
Interestingly, in the two years since the last general election, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and Scottish National Party have each changed their Parliamentary leader i.e. whilst Nicola Sturgeon is still in overall charge of the SNP, they have a new leader in the House of Commons. Labour and the DUP have remained stable within the past two years; whilst UKIP has had four leaders and has currently suspended its current leader from the party and reported him to the National Fraud Investigation Bureau. I shall therefore take the liberty of including for the first time the Brexit Party, as in its short lifetime it has managed to accumulate 4 Welsh Assembly members and 29 MEPs, having done notably well in the European Parliament elections earlier this year.
The General Election will take place on Thursday 12th December 2019. As with previous prediction attempts, I have taken the “birth-time” as the close of polls that day (10pm), and the “birth-place” as Westminster, location of both 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. A Horoscope calculated with these parameters looks like this:
Chart calculated for Thursday 12th December 2019, 10pm (i.e. close of polls), Westminster, UK.
The Moon – representing the People – is in a weak Opposition to the Sun – representing the new Government. I say “weak” because the Moon, the faster moving planet, is at the edge of the orb and moving away from the aspect. In other words, we shall not be surprised when the public registers dissatisfaction with how the new Government fares, but this will not necessarily be a major concern for the new Government.
Of more concern is the Moon – Jupiter aspect, which is a strong Opposition. Jupiter being the planet of the Judiciary and Church leaders, we may expect at least one major court case of public concern. Tellingly, Uranus, the Planet of BREXIT, is trine to Jupiter and sextile to the Moon, which leads me to suspect that the major court case will take the form of members of the public, acting independently of the Government, resorting to litigation to force BREXIT to occur – which will eventually be decided in the Brexiteer’s favour. The Press will be unsympathetic to this public campaign, but not so much as will affect the outcome.
Neptune, the planet of Remainers, is square to the Sun, signifying that those opposed to Brexit will be a drag on the new Government’s plans, trying to delay it as much as possible (which is to be expected) – we should not be surprised if the new extension (31st January 2020) is extended yet again.
The Sun, being in the fourth House, signifies that the major concern of the Government in the lifetime of the next Parliament will be how the political issues of the day affect housing and living conditions.
How the Parties will fare in the Election
Conservatives – Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson was born on 19th June 1964, in Manhattan, New York, USA – the only political leader in this election not born in this country. He is going into this election feeling confident (he starts the campaign ahead in the opinion polls). However, he is experiencing over inflated feelings of importance, which cause him to over-reach. He will be prone to making miscalculations based on an avoidance of critical details. He will experience loss – travelling around the country or attempting to deal with religious people is not a good idea. It will not be a good time for domestic affairs or legal disputes.
Johnson is also likely to go through a period of erratic behavior: so much so that it loses him votes amongst young people – or he will have a major bust-up with younger members of his team. Boris will not be enjoying himself on Election day. However: long term, he will straighten out his personal priorities and prepare for a better future for himself, once out of office.
Labour – Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn was born on 26th May 1949, at Chippenham.
Corbyn’s wish to be independent, to try new things, and so on comes at an inappropriate time and could cause real tensions amongst his colleagues. He might make embarrassing errors, neglect important details, or carry some delusions now. Corbyn will have difficulty in putting himself across well to others. He is also more sensitive emotionally, and may be prone to being misled. However, Corbyn’s relationships with other people will improve and he will experience a time of rising personal popularity. His passion will come to the fore, and he can expect this to be a productive time for when his own plans advance, and realizing his dreams. Legal disputes he will be able to resolve mostly in his favour (contrast this with Johnson).
Corbyn will see the things holding him back leave his life. His reputation will receive a boost, and the Labour party itself may see new financial support from donors thanks to Corbyn’s influence.
Liberal Democrats – Jo Swinson
Jo Swinson was born 5th February 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland.
On the plus side, Swinson is almost guaranteed of having some major improvements in her overall life during this time period: for example, breakthroughs in her political career. She has the power to assert herself boldly and accomplish a great deal during this time period. She could receive unexpected backing and, in general, her efforts are successful and reach new heights of originality.
Work she has done will pay off, with more attention to planning and strategy. Pleasing contact with female voters is probable. Her overall manner in social situations is more mature, and she can easily make a good impression with her peers and with those older than her (which is just as well as she is the youngest of the major party leaders in this election).
However there are some warning signs, e.g. transitting Neptune opposite her natal Mars warns against being overly optimistic. Also, the Pluto, Saturn and Venus Stellium is square to her natal Pluto, signifying unpleasant power-plays with those close to her, whilst Jupiter square to her natal Moon shows dissatisfaction with her personal circle. The danger is that although Swinson will do as best she can, probably causing a net increase in the Liberal Democrats’ fortunes, there will be some in her party who will think this is not good enough and attempt to stab her in the back in the election’s aftermath.
Scottish National Party – Ian Blackford
For the purposes of this article I am analyzing the chart of the leader of the SNP’s contingent at Westminster, Ian Blackford, not Nicola Sturgeon, who is not standing in this election. Blackford was born on 14th May 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This is a potentially empowering time for Blackford when his personality is more vibrant, magnetic, focused, and resolute. He projects a more responsible, perhaps serious, and self-assured personality to others. We feel considerably more mature and capable of handling our personal lives. Social functions and artistic endeavours go well. Blackford is more likely to be received well on Election Day than on other days.
However: it is also a time of relationship tests, struggles, or trials. Blackford may not attract things and people that he wants in his life as easily as he could in the past, and this will be eye-opening for him. Blackford will need to work on improving his manner as he causes frustration with his colleagues – for example, through angry outbursts. Transitting Uranus square to his natal Mars also indicates a likelihood of being involved in an accident.
Democratic Unionist Party – Nigel Dodds
Nigel Dodds was born 20th August 1958, in Belfast. Dodds is in an ambitious and dynamic phase of his life, and has the ability to form fruitful new relationships with voters and political colleagues. Ironically however, the planets are indicating that he will feel the need to reform himself and his ideas – hence changing the political direction of the DUP. For example he will experience dissatisfaction with the DUP’s accomplishments to date, and hence seek advice and new ideas, and implement them – in a way he would not have done so before. By embracing change, he will be able to resolve a potential power struggle harmoniously.
The Brexit Party – Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage was born on 3rd April 1964, at Farnborough in Kent. There is an overwhelming message in Farage’s planets that he can achieve great things so long as he does not try to cling on to policies which are old-fashioned or out-dated. Now would be a good time for Farage to strike out on new, innovative policies – a breakthrough in his political career is possible, whilst what has limited his progress in the past will collapse. Farage’s reputation will generally get a boost. He will also be successful if faced with legal disputes or power struggles within his party.
UKIP’s nominal leader is a guy called Richard Braine, but as he (a) is currently suspended from his own party; and (b) has not published full birth data on himself, I am not inclined to draw up a chart for him. He was born in April 1968 in London, but on what day, Wikipedia does not disclose. I do not feel that I am sticking my neck out by saying that UKIP are not going to amount to much in this election.
Hence, if I were to forecast the result of the election, based on the popular vote (subject to the caveats I noted at the top of this article), I would say the following:
- Jeremy Corbyn and Labour for the win. I do believe that it is JC’s year this year, as he is the one party leader for whom the stars are lining up most favourably. At time of writing this blog, I note that Jeremy is currently 2/1 favourite at William Hill, although, confusingly, the same bookies are saying that the favourite overall result at 11/10 odds on is a Conservative majority! Figure that one out if you can!
- Goodbye, Boris Johnson. Although BoJo has started the campaign well, it will go downhill henceforth. Of course, I have been using this blog to lead a Hex Boris Johnson campaign but, as much as I would like to take credit for getting rid of him, the fact is that the stars and planets themselves are against him!
- Brexit Party to do well – at least in terms of number of votes. I have noted before though that this does not mean they will translate this into a gain in seats.
- Liberal Democrats will make small increases, but not enough for a lot of Liberal Democrat activists.
- Scottish Nationalist Party – tricky one to call – I would be inclined to say they will be appear to do well in the election campaign at first, before suffering a disaster which make it turn out to be a wasted opportunity for them.
- DUP – will probably do badly in the election campaign itself, however, this will be a blessing in disguise, as it will cause them to reform and modernize the party.
General Election 2019: the Autopsy
In a previous post on this website, I attempted to predict the results of yesterday’s General Election 2019. My conclusion on reviewing what I wrote is that the information is all there in the stars: however there were a lot of factors at play apart from how the Transitting Planets affected the Natal Horoscope’s of the various Parties’ Leaders. This is a convoluted way of saying that many of my predictions were inaccurate – though not all of them were. For the sake of honesty and the integrity of Astrology itself, I shall attempt to dissect what I wrote, so that we may all learn something from this (and by “we” I mainly mean me).
Boris Johnson – Conservatives
The Conservatives won the election with an absolute majority of 79 (nb: this was written whilst there was still one seat left to declare), although given that Sinn Fein never take up their seats in the House of Commons even though they have seven of them, this effectively makes the Conservative majority 86. Their share of the vote was 43.6% – obviously an all-round improvement since the 2017 election. Boris Johnson himself held on to his own seat.
What I said:
This is essentially what happened: for example, his obstinacy in not engaging in the climate change debate, or allowing himself to be interviewed by Andrew Neill, or even FridgeGate. The only divergence between the astrology and the election result is that Boris’ misfortunes, although they occurred as predicted, were not enough to make a dent in his party’s results – i.e. he may have lost votes amongst young people, but the old people still kept him in power.
Jeremy Corbyn – Labour
Labour retained their position as the official Opposition Party, but lost 59 seats, taking their total down to 203. They also saw their share of the vote decrease – the only one of the main political parties to suffer this particular misfortune. Jeremy Corbyn held on to his own seat, but announced he would resign as party leader at an unspecified time before the next general election.
What I said:
This fits exactly with the debacle over (alleged) anti-semitism in the Labour Party.
This may yet prove to be true, however it will be thanks to Corbyn losing the Election and resigning as Labour leader, not the opposite way around. “Corbyn will see the things holding him back leave his life” implies that the leadership of the Labour party was in fact a job to which he was not well-suited, and he is now well rid of it.
Jo Swinson – Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats remained in fourth place after the Scottish National Party, and even saw their share of the vote increase (see below). However they lost one seat – ironically, it was Jo Swinson herself, who has since said she will be resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats.
What I said:
Ironically, the Liberal Democrats’ fortunes did increase. According to results published by BBC News, the Liberal Democrats’ share of the popular vote increased by 4.2% (i.e. from 7.3% in 2017 to 11.5% in 2019). Obviously this did not translate to electoral success either for her party or Swinson herself. The unpleasant power-plays may well have been reflected in the fact that her voting record as a member of the Coalition between 2010 to 2015 was dug up to embarass her. The overall implication of the stars is that although Swinson has now exited British Politics, she was mostly let down by members of her own party.
Ian Blackford – SNP
The Scottish National Party (SNP) remained in third place: Blackford himself held on to his own seat.
What I said:
This turned out to be a good call for the SNP, which increased its seats and its percentage of the vote. The media would like to think Nicola Sturgeon was responsible for the SNP’s success – even though she wasn’t actually standing in this election: however, if she can take credit for anything it is for having the good sense to appoint talented people to her team. One of my other predictions was that Blackford might be involved in an accident of some sort, but this is not reported to have happened – yet…
Nigel Dodds – DUP
Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party lost two MPs, and saw their share of the vote decrease by 0.1%, actually quite a lot for a small party.
What I said:
This came to pass – the DUP’s Nigel Dodds lost his own seat! The DUP did badly generally, and moreover, since the Conservatives disobeyed what the Stars were telling them and went and won a majority, they are no longer the power brokers at Westminster. I am confident the reform of the DUP will go ahead as I predicted in the light of their drubbing.
Nigel Farage – BREXIT Party
The BREXIT Party returned no MPs but it did win 2% of the vote.
What I said:
This indeed came to pass as well. Given that the Brexit Party did not exist at the last election, it could only gain votes – but it did not gain any seats. The BREXIT Party came in just behind the SNP in terms of votes’ won, and ahead of the DUP, SDLP, Alliance Party, Sinn Fein and Plaid Cymru, each of which did return MPs. The BREXIT Party in fact suffered the same fate as UKIP did at the last election – which Farage also headed – in that because there support was distributed over a large area, they did not do as well as a parties which only campaign in a region, such as Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Farage’s horoscope has many beneficial features, so it would appear that he is wasting his talents at least with regard to the House of Commons.
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