Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary, has been in the news, for making derogatory remarks about the wearing of burqas. He is also being suggested as a future Prime Minister. So I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at his horoscopes. I use the plural because I am going to look at both his Western and Eastern charts.
The two charts give two views of the man. The Western chart is somewhat flippant, and describes a super Gemini – he has the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in this sign. Clearly he is intelligent, and he has a lot to say for himself. Aside from being a politician, he is a distinguished writer and journalist, who knows how to use the English language. Being a Gemini, he talks his head off, and his careless words often cause offence. Indeed often cause religious offence, with the Gemini planets being in the Ninth House. One thinks not just of his comments on the burqa, but also of his reciting of Kipling’s poem The Road to Mandalay while visiting a Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The poem was a reminder of British colonial rule, and Johnson actually misquoted it, saying “Come you back, you English soldier”, rather than “Come you back, you British soldier”. There was therefore scope for offending not just his hosts, but also the other British nations, who were up to their neck in colonialism just as much as the English.
There are a few hints of something darker. Boris has Saturn in Pisces opposition Uranus in Virgo. Discipline and rebellion crashing into each other, with Mars in Gemini squaring both. It may be that verbal energy is a way for him to deal with his inner frustrations. Matters are made worse by the Moon in the first degree of Scorpio. The Moon is in its Fall, and this indicates someone who keeps his real feelings to himself. And with the Moon ruling the Cancer Midheaven, there might be doubts about the way he relates to his job and his workmates. Yet the Moon does put him in touch with wider emotional currents, helped by its trine with the Sun and Venus. Perhaps this allowed him to intuit what was going on in the run up to the Brexit referendum.
Yet I am not convinced that Boris’ Western chart gives a convincing signature of political success – remembering that he is a political success, whatever happens in the future. He has been both Mayor of London and Foreign Secretary. London, by the way, is traditionally a Gemini city, and I am sure Boris’ Gemini planets helped him run the capital. His predecessor as mayor, Ken Livingstone, was also a Gemini.
I should also mention fixed stars. Boris has his Sun and Venus conjunct Betelgeuse, his Midheaven conjunct Sirius and Regulus on his Sun-Moon midpoint. According to Ptolemy, Betelgeuse is of the nature of Mercury and Mars, and this would incline Boris to verbal agitation. Vivian Robson also suggests “honor and preferment ending in final ruin”. Sirius on the Midheaven is entirely favorable, Robson writing “High office under Government giving great profit and reputation”. Regulus is the royal star, which both Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill had conjunct their Moon. If you think fixed stars on major midpoints are important, then things are looking good for Boris.
Boris Johnson’s Vedic chart is possibly more useful than his Western one. He has three planets in the Tenth House of success – the Sun, Venus and Rahu. They are all in Gemini, and Rahu works particularly well in this sign. Venus is retrograde, but using the shad bala system it remains the strongest planet in the horoscope. Furthermore, Venus is in mutual reception with Gemini in Taurus, which is ruler of the Ascendant.
The Moon, in the Second House in Libra, is the weakest planet in the chart. Its potential for misery is exacerbated by the fact that it is isolated, away from the companionship of the other planets. Or in the jargon, there exists kemadruma yoga. In Vedic astrology the Second House is connected with what one says and eats. Clearly Boris is careless with his words, and he may also need to watch his diet.
From a predictive perspective, in Vedic astrology life is divided into nine discrete phases, each ruled by a planet. Assuming Boris was born at 2 pm, his 17-year Mercury period started on September 9 2016, and lasts until September 9 2033. If he was born at 1.45 pm it would have started on November 10 2016, if 2.15 pm July 8 2016. He became foreign secretary on July 13 2016. This was his first time in government, and he will probably remain on the political centre stage through until 2033, assuming he remains in good health.
Will Boris be Prime Minister? At the moment I am not sure. Boris is someone who disappears and reappears. The theoretical peak of his political career is between 2026 and 2028, but the years between 2020 and 2022 also look good. In the shorter term, he would be advised to steer clear of high office.