In astrology the 12 signs can be divided into three qualities, Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. The Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, the Fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, the Mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Every Conservative leader since Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who was Prime Minister in the early 1960s, has had a cardinal Sun sign. This includes leaders who never made it to Prime Minister, such as Michael Howard and William Hague. Put another way, the last Conservative leader who did not have a Cardinal star sign was Harold Macmillan, who was an Aquarius. He resigned his position in 1963. This means there have been nine cardinal signs in a row, and the probability of getting such a run, in a single quality, is 1 in 6561.
Since 1979 there have been four Conservative Prime Ministers. All of them Cardinal, three out of four Librans. In astrology Libra is the second weakest sign for the Sun to be in, after Aquarius. The Sun is exalted in Aries, and in its detriment in Libra. This kind of makes sense. The Sun is about who we are are, our fundamental, assertive identity. Libra is the Balance, the fact that we have to balance who we are with the demands of the outside world. This balancing act is not to the Sun’s taste.
The fundamental urge of every Libran is to find balance. However, this urge can manifest in different ways. Margaret Thatcher had a view of the world that was grounded in her father’s small business. The books had to balance, and thrift was a virtue. She sought philosophies that mirrored her instinctive feelings. In a general sense this meant getting involved with the Conservative Party, more specifically being attracted to laissez-faire economists such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek. Then she projected her view of the world onto the county she governed. So rather than balancing to the external environment, it was the external environment that had to do the balancing. In the process, Thatcher realized that she couldn’t be friends with everyone. There was an enemy that had to be resisted, and in many cases destroyed. So for every person who adored Thatcher, there was another who hated her.
David Cameron is more of a traditional Libran. He has marked social skills, and unlike Margaret Thatcher, there are few people who hate him. His climb through the political ranks was fast, almost effortless, and he often assumed that everything would be alright on the night. He managed to find his way through the referendum on Scottish Independence, but his powers of persuasion fell short when it came to Brexit. Of course to do well in politics it helps to have social skills, to be able to listen to people from all classes and backgrounds. This was something that Cameron could do, and in 2010 he was able to negotiate a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats – a real balancing act, that was enough to get him into Number Ten. However Cameron never gave the impression of standing for much, and his political achievements were limited.
Theresa May represents the worst face of Libra. She is arguably the worst British Prime Minister since Neville Chamberlain. Like Cameron, she doesn’t seem to stand for much, and she is not associated with a particular ideology. As a result she has allowed particular people into her confidence, and followed their advice without truly owning it. That’s the difference between her and Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher certainly relied on advisors, and was prepared to follow their guidance. However in terms of her public face her views were clear, and you either loved her or hated her. Theresa May, on the other hand, appears not to have the courage or the gumption to articulate a worldview and stand by it. In the 2017 General Election campaign she came up with the idea of the elderly having to pay more for their care, a policy labeled the “dementia tax”. There was widespread condemnation, and as a result she abandoned the policy within a few days of announcing it.
This was a classic Libran mistake, which destroyed her credibility, and revealed her to be a weak leader. May’s first mistake was to propose the policy, her second mistake was not to stand up and defend it. Contrast this with Margaret Thatcher’s famous words from 1980: “To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the ‘U-turn’, I have only one thing to say: ‘You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning”. Thatcher knew that sticking to your guns makes you enemies, but it gains you respect. Perhaps May should have considered Thatcher’s example more carefully before embarking on her career as British Prime Minister.
In fairness, Theresa May became Prime Minister at a difficult time, when firm leadership over Brexit was required. If she had wholeheartedly supported Brexit, then half the country would have hated her. If she had made it clear that she believed Brexit was a bad idea, and that there needed to be another referendum, then again half the country would have hated her. But her fudged position, where she doesn’t make her real position clear, means that she attracts hatred from all sides. And if you’re a Libran politician, indeed any politician, that’s something to be avoided.
As for the next leader of the Conservative Party, I’ve a feeling that the 55-year run of Cardinal sign leaders is coming to an end. The only Cardinal politician with any shot at the leadership are Aries Priti Patel and Capricorn David Davies. I suspect that they are too divisive to have a realistic chance. From my reading of the news, rather than my reading of horoscopes, the most likely successor is Sagittarian Sajid Javid. I don’t know much about him, but there hasn’t been a Sagittarian Prime Minister since Winston Churchill.