Scottish Independence Revisited

by Archie Dunlop on March 13, 2017

I don’t post here much – hardly anyone reads this blog, and astrology is out of fashion.  For myself, I couldn’t care whether astrology works or not.  It certainly doesn’t work anything like as well as some of its practitioners claim.  Indeed, the key to practicing astrology is knowing what doesn’t work, and keeping quiet unless you get a very clear signal.

When it came to Brexit, I was sure that I knew what was going to happen – the astrology was clear.  In terms of Trump’s victory, I didn’t make a prediction, one way or another, because I was conflicted.  Moving to Scotland, I feel 99% confident that Nicola Sturgeon is a ticking bomb, and I just want to re-iterate my previous post, that I made last June.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said she wants a referendum, as early as the Autumn of 2018.  Now it is possible that she won’t get her way, but let’s assume she does.

As I wrote in my previous article, Sturgeon’s luck changes in September 2018.  She moves from a very fortunate phase of life to something much less favourable.  It’s a major change, which can effect the whole future of the entities that she leads.

It might be helpful, when considering astrology and leadership, to think of John Boorman’s film Excalibur, which has as its theme the legend of King Arthur.  In answer to the question “What does it mean to be king?” Merlin replies

You will be the land,
and the land will be you.
If you fail, the land will perish.
As you thrive, the land will blossom.

A leader is chosen, and the fate of the land is entwined with that of its leader.  During the whole sixteen year period from September 2002 through to 2018 Nicola Sturgeon is in a phase of life ruled by Jupiter.  Her Jupiter is well-placed, and she’s lucky.  Perhaps if Alex Salmond had stepped down as first minister before the 2014 referendum on independence, and given her the job, then the ‘Yes’ vote would have won.  On the other hand, a country’s leader reflects its fate, and maybe Scotland wasn’t ready for independence in 2014.

Unfortunately for Sturgeon, time is now running out.  After September 12 2018 she will lose her touch, and if she is still First Minister in the Autumn of 2014 she and the SNP have no chance of winning a second referendum.  Indeed the continued leadership of Nicola Sturgeon after September 12 2018 will threaten the whole future of her party, though I suspect her political position will be untenable immediately after she loses.  The problem isn’t just that she move out of a fortunate phase of life, it’s that she moves into something very unfortunate.  The phase starting in September 2018 is ruled by Saturn, and her Saturn is seriously bad news, being in Aries the sign of its fall, prominently placed in the Seventh House of open enemies.

So what is to be done?  The SNP could get rid of Nicola Sturgeon at the first opportunity.  Alternatively Sturgeon needs to have a referendum before September 12 2018, and then quit politics, because an independent Scotland led by a Saturn-dominated Nicola Sturgeon would be a disaster.  I am not saying that she would win this referendum, but at least she’d have a chance.  However, it seems too late for this, and on an unconscious level Nicola Sturgeon seems to have already chosen the manner of her political demise.  The question then remains as to whether she will take the SNP down with her.

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Calling time on Nicola Sturgeon

by Archie Dunlop on June 25, 2016


Nicola Sturgeon is First Minister of Scotland.  At the moment she is flying high.  She is a support of Scottish independence, and Britain’s Brexit vote has given her the perfect opportunity to call a second referendum – the first one, in 2014, failed.  Logically this means she is in a powerful position, and should be in the public eye for years to come.  Unfortunately her luck is soon going to run out, and sometime over the next few years it would be advisable for her to resign.

So what’s the problem?

It’s all about Vedic astrology.  Using Vedic astrology, life can be divided into nine distinct phases, which together add up to 120 years.  The quality of each phase can be defined by its ruling planet.  And when one phase ends, and new one starts, there can be big changes.  We can illustrate this with the horoscopes of Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Brown.

Margaret Thatcher entered her a planetary period ruled by the Rahu (the North Node of the Moon) on September 23 1972.  At the time she was Secretary of State for Education in the cabinet of Edward Heath.  The Rahu phase lasted for 18 years, until September 23 1990.  This period represents Thatcher’s ascent to power.  In 1974 Heath lost two General Elections, in 1975 Thatcher became Leader of the Opposition, and in 1979 Prime Minister.  However on September 23 1990 her luck left her.  There was growing criticism of her leadership, and on November 28 1990 she ceased to be Prime Minister.

In Thatcher’s Vedic Chart, Rahu is strongly placed in the 10th House.  It represent the principle of ambitions, and it wants to get to the top, regardless of the cost.  Yet on September 23 she moved to the Jupiter phase of her chart.  Her Jupiter was the weakest planet in her chart, in the 3rd House, where it performs poorly.  Thatcher lost her power, she lost her job.

Turning to Gordon, another British Prime Minister, and on April 8 1997 he entered a period ruled by the Moon, which lasted until April 8 2007.  In May 1997 his Labour Party won the General Election, and he became Chancellor the Exchequer, the second most powerful person in government.  The economy was benign, and it seemed that he had the magic touch.  Not surprisingly, his Moon is well placed in his Vedic chart, in Cancer in the Fifth House.  On April 8 2007 the Moon period ended, and the Mars period started.  Mars is one of the weakest planets in Gordon Brown’s chart, and is unfortunately placed in the 12th House.  Despite this, Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007.  It was because he had been chosen as Tony Blair’s anointed successor years earlier, and the fact that Gordon Brown’s luck had changed never came into it.  So Britain got itself an unlucky Prime Minister, and sure enough, Gordon Brown’s three years in office was a disaster, and the moment he stood for re-election he was defeated.

In the case of Nicola Sturgeon, who currently seems unstoppable, we have a woman who is enjoying her good fortune, thanks to the Jupiter phase that she is currently experiencing.  It started on September 14 2002, and continues until September 14 2018.  Jupiter is the second strongest planet in her Vedic chart, in Libra in the First House.  Within two years she was deputy leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, and from then on, there was no stopping her.  And presumably the expectation is that she’ll eventually be Prime Minister of an independent Scotland.

I don’t know how long it will take for Scotland to become independent.  There has to be another referendum.  There also needs to be some guarantee the Scotland will be allowed into the European Union.  However the clock is ticking away.  On September 14 2018 Nicola Sturgeon enters the nineteen year Saturn period, and her Saturn is dreadfully placed, in Aries in the Seventh House.  Aries is the sign of Saturn’s fall, and it is prominently placed in the Seventh House.  Her luck will desert her, and her ability to handle other people, and to negotiate successfully, will be substantially degraded.

This means that if the Scottish Nationalist Party are serious about getting independence, they need to get rid of their leader, as soon as possible.  The country’s aspirations share in her luck, in the same way that Gordon Brown’s dreadful luck became part of the British destiny when he became Prime Minister in 2007.  Of course none of this will be apparent, and Nicola Sturgeon will continue to lead Scotland.  However Scotland will not successfully transition to independence under her leadership, and because she is unlikely to leave office prior to the autumn of 2018, her political career will, in all probability, end in acrimony and disappointment.

Is there an alternative?  Scotland, with Nicola Sturgeon, at its helm, has a narrow window of opportunity to gain its independence.  Any referendum has to happen quick, preferably this year.  And the subsequent split from the rest of the UK, and accession to the EU, has to be out of the way by the summer of 2018.  Furthermore, if Scotland is run by Sturgeon after September 2018, it’ll be a disaster area, whether the country’s independent or not.

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Brexit horary revisited

June 24, 2016 ASTRO

I cast a horary chart at the end of March, asking whether the British people would vote for Brexit, which I put up in an earlier post.  Many astrologers reject the idea of asking a horary question for a national or global event.  What if everyone asked a horary?  However one has to understand that […]

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Astrology and Brexit

June 13, 2016 ASTRO

I haven’t posted for a few years, and I am not sure if anyone still visits this website.  Astrology is out of fashion, but perhaps not entirely forgotten. Although I didn’t intend to post anything, Britain’s referendum on continuing membership of the European Union drew me in.  I couldn’t help but wonder which way it […]

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Ted Cruz and Benjamin Disraeli – different lives, same soul?

October 3, 2013 ASTRO

I’m going to make a suggestion.  That Ted Cruz is the reincarnation of Benjamin Disraeli. Ted Cruz is a Republican senator from Texas, who is famous for his filibuster, relating to Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  He has become a de facto leader of the Republican right, who are currently moving heaven and […]

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Weekly horoscopes for the week starting on July 8 2013

July 7, 2013 ASTRO

Aries: There’s something you like doing, that’s almost become a matter of habit.  However is it really a good idea?  There is an element of risk, albeit very small, and one day the odds could turn against you.  Something, or someone, who seems cute and cuddly, could turn out to have a nasty streak.  In […]

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Weekly horoscopes for the week starting on July 1 2013

June 30, 2013 ASTRO

Aries: Heavy duty astrological energies are in play.  You yourself are in the mood for change, and at some level you want to create an earthquake.  However you’re not Superman – or Superwoman – and you need to address yourself to reality, particularly when it comes to relationships.  Indeed your first responsibility is to make […]

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Weekly horoscope for the week starting on Monday June 24 2013

June 22, 2013 ASTRO

Aries: Some big changes are afoot, and you’ll have to change gears.  It’s about recognizing that everything takes time, that the slow approach is sometimes the best approach.  So if you’ve got big plans and pressing deadlines, try to halve the work and double the time.  From a longer term perspective, it might be a […]

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Was Travis Alexander doomed?

June 17, 2013 ASTRO

Travis Alexander was killed by Jodi Arias on June 4 2008.  His time of birth is now available – 0.01 am on July 28 1977, in Riverside, California.  The time is given an AA rating by astrodatabank, which is as good as it gets. Anyway, the question I want to ask, is whether Travis Alexander […]

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Weekly horoscope for the week starting Monday June 17 2013

June 15, 2013 ASTRO

Aries: At the beginning of the week Mars, your ruler, makes a favorable aspect to Uranus.  You’re able to make things happen, and through a dramatic approach you can make everyone sit up and listen.  By doing the last thing that anyone expects you create the possibility of real change.  Yet the week ends with […]

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