BREXIT – THE MIDLIFE CRISIS

June 23,
2016 was a historic day when the British voters decided to leave the European
Union. The news shocked the world and we are all wondering what will happen
next.

I have
called it a midlife crisis for very clear reasons – it was 43 years ago that
Britain, as well as Ireland and Denmark, joined the EU and now, transiting
Uranus is opposing natal Uranus for that chart – the classic midlife crisis. (I
am Danish, although I now live in the US, but I feel this deeply and I am using
the pronoun “we” as I very much identify with this situation.)

Here is the
chart for when Great Britain officially became a member of the EU at midnight
January 1, 1973 in Brussels.

When you
first look at this chart, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the northern
hemisphere emphasis – just about everything is at the bottom of the chart! Wow!
Look at the idealism, the focus on freedom and growth and expansion with FIVE
planets in Sagittarius. And up in the 9th house, Saturn hovers over
all those planets, imposing his restrictions and his heavy hand on all those
dreams, needs and desires for freedom – perhaps trying to temper the idealism
with realism. The time of this referendum is also the time of a Saturn Saturn
opposition. Reality check! How are we doing? Are things measuring up to what
you dreamed of and hoped for? Clearly, this was not the case.

But let’s
take a quick look at the details of this chart. Virgo is rising, but only by a
hair. This addition to the Union is cautious and discriminating, taking
everything slowly and methodically. I do believe we, especially the British and
the Danes, are “famous” for saying no to a lot of EU-initiatives, inc. the
Euro. We like our boundaries and it is obvious that the recent rush of refugees
into Europe and Britain was an important factor. Boundaries and rules were not
respected and Virgo does not appreciate that.

The very
strong emphasis on Sagittarius shows the needs, the desire and drive and the
dreams for freedom, for expansion, for growing and becoming more, more than we
were by ourselves. We have strong opinions and we are just so motivated and
emotional about those opinions – you see the very tight Moon Mars conjunction.
We simply NEED to be acknowledged for our opinions – and perhaps we didn’t feel
heard in the EU? Our needs were simply not met? We might be a bit unrealistic
and not see things they way they really are with Neptune in the mix. The Venus
Mercury conjunction is a bit wide, but it is again emphasizing the idealism.
All of this is opposed by Saturn in the 9th house, putting a
dampener on the idealism, the freedom – constantly measuring it against reality.

We see the
Sun in Capricorn in the 4th house conjunct the North Node and
Jupiter. A very strong emphasis on the home front, on our roots, our heritage
as our path in life, our reward, our quest – we are not going to give it up –
we will not become Europeans – we are British! (Or Danish!). Pluto squares the
Sun – the virtual hand grenade under the blanket as Noel Tyl calls that aspect.
The strong suppression of our identity, which will, which must blow up at some
point. We will take back our power sooner or later. We can only be kept under
wraps for so long, and then we will fight back. And the British just did! They
fought back against the power of Brussels, wanting once again to be
independent.

Let’s turn
our attention to the aspects that were in effect at the time of the referendum.
As I mentioned, this is the midlife crisis of this chart. Transiting Uranus was
squaring natal Uranus – you can’t get any clearer than that! Also, and
powerfully so, transiting Pluto is exactly on the North Node! Whatever your
point of view is of the Nodes, this has kind of a “fated” flavor, perhaps a
soul impetus – a powerful, irreversible change. Whatever happens now, things
cannot go back to the way they were. A dramatic shift simply had to occur and
combined with the Uranus Uranus opposition, the world’s 5th largest
economy revolted and pulled out of the Union!

We see the
solar arc Nodes square the Moon Mars conjunction – definitely a time for fated
action in response to the emotional needs not being met.

The
secondary progressed Moon had just entered Cancer – you can feel the
protectionism. And if you have the Sun in Capricorn in the 4th
house, you MUST respond to such an impulse. You MUST defend yourself, you must
protect your own and you must stay focused on the home front, on your roots,
not on the rest of the world. You shine in your own “home”, this is where you
revitalize yourself – not as Europeans, but as British citizens. It seems like
this is perhaps not such a crazy move after all – this is perhaps just what was
needed. What had to happen.

What will
happen in the coming months? This was the first hit of the Uranus Uranus
opposition – the second hit will be in October and the third hit in March 2017,
so this is only the beginning of the story. Will other countries follow suit?
Transiting Pluto will make its final hit to the North Node in December 2016 and
the solar arc semisquares will be in April of next year, reinforcing the shift.
By December 2017, transiting Saturn will cross the IC – a likely time for a
final farewell.

For the
next installment, I will try to track down the chart for the beginning of the
European Union. We cannot forget that this started in response to the
devastating WWII (and isn’t it funny that Germany, more than any other country
perhaps, is focused on keeping the Union going).