Character is destiny – Australia’s new Prime Minister Jupiter & Saturn – new spring wardrobe October planetary shifts October new moon – new ways of embracing old traditions October full moon – turning dreams into reality October moon calendar
Character is destiny – Australia’s new Prime Minister
Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses. [Democritus, 5th Century BCE]
Last month’s solar eclipse in clinical Virgo delivered a fatal blow to Tony Abbott – he lost his job the following day, due to an internal revolt in the Liberal party – but this short-term tenure had long been predicted by astrologers and journalists if not by his own character.
In January last year, astrologer Ed Tamplin wrote: “Abbott was sworn in as Prime Minister on September 18th 2013 at 10.29 am in Canberra. This horoscope, with secretive Neptune opposing the leadership Midheaven, and the Sun in hard aspect to both Mars and Saturn, suggests a short, or one term, tenure.” More recently, journalist Peter Brent from The Australian (6/8/15) wrote: “If federal parliament goes the full term, Tony Abbott is unlikely to be prime minister at the next election… Abbott is a special kind of prime minister, so unpopular so quickly, so clearly out of his depth and so stubbornly unable to change his ways.”
Tony Abbott was born 4/11/57 at 4 am in London with the sun in Scorpio and moon in Aries, both ruled by warrior planet Mars. There’s no doubt that Abbott is a warrior – uber-masculine; champion boxer; Iron Man; aggressive and tenacious opponent; but warriors do not necessarily make great politicians – they are lone runners, not team players.
The September solar eclipse fell in Abbott’s 12th house, the house of endings. In late July the transiting south node (also representing endings) conjuncted his moon, an event that happens only once every 19 years, while, in late August, his secondary progressed moon (a timing indicator) hit his own south node, representing more endings. But Abbott’s rapid demise
was not simply the fall of a politician – Australia is now far more liberal and cosmopolitan than during the Howard years and Abbott was simply out of touch with modern-day values and concerns.
But what of the new, or not so new, kid on the block?
Meet Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister and former leader of the Liberal party, before he lost his leadership to Tony Abbott in 2009 over the Emissions Trading Scheme. Turnbull has promised to deliver a new style of creative and consultative leadership that ‘respects the people’s intelligence’. Turnbull, like Abbott, is a Scorpio born 24/10/54 in Sydney and both have Mercury in Scorpio. However, depending on his time of birth, Turnbull’s moon is in either service-oriented Virgo or charming and diplomatic Libra, both more suited to ‘consultative leadership’ than Abbott’s moon in fiery, independent Aries. With retrograde Mercury in Scorpio conjunct practical Saturn, Turnbull is a strategic and clever communicator, admired for his intellect – his background is in law and investment banking.
Turnbull has Mars in creative and forward-thinking Aquarius, making him well placed to come up with new solutions to old problems. If character is destiny, Turnbull’s track record would seem to promise a brighter future for the Liberal Party.
Jupiter & Saturn – new spring wardrobe
In case you hadn’t noticed, Jupiter and Saturn, planetary barometers of social mores and political opinion, are sporting new outfits. Jupiter is clothed in earthy Virgo while Saturn is dressed in colourful Sagittarius and that’s what they’ll be wearing for the next 12 months. Jupiter would be far more comfortable in Sagittarius and Saturn in Virgo, but they’re not allowed to swap shirts, at least not this year!
Jupiter and Saturn are the cosmic good and bad cops, or, as Edward de Bono would say, the yellow vs. black hat approach. Jupiter encourages us to push forward, have faith, expand, take risks, grow, prosper and reach out. He is wealthy, self-indulgent, regal and energetic. But in Virgo he is forced to be humble and offer his expansive gifts to serve and heal humanity. Saturn represents limitations, restrictions, contraction, authority and the illusion of structure. He is the great teacher and lord of karma. Saturn tells us to save our money, research everything, trust no-one and expect the worse. Saturn is lean, mean, reserved and cautious and he knows how to tighten the belt. But this year his teachings are coloured by Sagittarius, the most rebellious, adventurous and free-thinking of all zodiac signs.
On a simplistic level we could say that Virgos will experience good luck and growth this coming year, while Sagittarians will be forced to rein in all that optimism and do the hard yards. On a societal scale, however, these two planets have a large bearing on public opinion and political decisions. Jupiter in Virgo offers compassion for those less fortunate, while Saturn in Sagittarius promises structured change on a global level.
And the good news about Virgo and Sagittarius is that they are both mutable (flexible) signs and both connected with the creative power of the mind. Sagittarius deals with concepts and big picture, while Virgo focuses on details and practical implementation.
Last month we looked at how Cecil the Lion’s untimely and cruel death led to a flurry of new legislation designed to protect wildlife. More recently, we’ve seen our Federal Government’s surprise move to welcome 12,000 Syrian refugees – decision-making that showcases Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius at their joint best – a growth in public awareness and compassion leads to a practical solution to an international crisis. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of this kind of constructive problem solving over the next year as these two giants work together, keeping us all on the path of creative and compassionate societal change.
October planetary shifts
Relationship planet Venus enters practical Virgo on 9th October, joining soulmate Mars who has been in Virgo since 25th September. October is a month for getting clear on where you stand and what you want in relationships as Venus and Mars move towards conjunction in early November. Avoid criticising your partner and try to see things from their point of view.
Communication planet Mercury goes direct 10th October after a threeweek retrograde stint. The mind can now operate in a rational, logical and organised manner, incorporating insights gained over the past few weeks.
October new moon – new ways of embracing old traditions
The October new moon falls on the 13th in air sign Libra (19-20°) with the Sabian symbol for the new moon showing a rabbi performing his duties, representing the power of inherited wisdom and ritual. The sun and moon in Libra oppose Uranus in Aries introducing a touch of excitement and unpredictability. This new moon encourages us to embrace traditional wisdom in our own unique manner.
October full moon – turning dreams into reality
The October full moon falls on the 27th in earth sign Taurus (3-4°). Its Sabian symbol shows a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, representing the riches that come from building bridges between the earthly and the divine. The sun and moon are both beautifully aspected by romantic Neptune, inspiring us to reach for the heavens and turn our dreams into reality. A challenging angle between the moon and Saturn reminds us that dream manifestation requires hard work and a persistent approach.
October moon calendar Launch projects at the new moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the full moon to the third quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next new moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the full moon or when the moon is in the same sign as your sun (or star) sign. n Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne. Contact Stella for private readings and course details on 03 9534 5021 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.stellastarwoman.com or www.facebook.com/stellastarwoman Visit www.livingnow.com.au/column/ astrology-stellar-stuff for Stella’s online column.