Gordon Brown's birth details: 20 Feb 1951 8.40am Giffnock, Scotland.
Gordon Brown quickly gained himself a reputation as a competent Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK, but what he is perhaps best known for is his desire to have Tony Blair's job, and his ongoing frustration at not having it. I was pleased a couple of years ago when David Blunkett announced that Ministers shouldn't covet other Ministers' jobs. To my mind, Gordon Brown's continual power struggle with Blair over who should be PM disqualifies him from being PM - the man is too obviously and childishly obsessed with power (and one has to forgive a certain amount of it) to be trusted as leader. Unfortunately, we won't get a say in the matter.
On to his astrology. Gordon Brown has 5 planets in 12th House, 4 of them in Pisces, including Sun and Mars. The 2 'masculine' elements in his Chart - Sun and Mars - could hardly be less masculine. Then he has a Moon-Pluto conjunction in Leo, hidden below the horizon, and opposite 12th House Mercury in Aquarius.
Moon-Pluto conjunction in Leo - how about 'The Power behind the Throne'? I think that GB's astrology, which in some ways is quite easy to read, suggests that he is very well suited to the position he has been in - including the grumbling about wanting more power! He is like a power-hungry Queen who can never be King, but whose character the position suits.
Someone pointed out the other night (at an astrobabble gathering we have in Glastonbury) that Pisces is a sign of power, in the sense that a greater Will can flow through it. (And, come to think of it, Pluto is the esoteric ruler of Pisces.) I think this is GB's way: he wants power to come to him. Sun and Mars in 12th House Pisces. Moon - not Sun - in Leo, conjunct Pluto. He is not going to fight for it. He did not fight Blair for it in the first place. Rather, he has managed to create the impression that it is his by right, that it should come to him by virtue of who he is.
As a leader, I don't think he has what it takes - he is far too 'passive aggressive', too obsessed with power (which isn't to deny his ideals)and too hidden (Sun in 12th House Pisces) to present himself effectively to the public - although, paradoxically, he is probably very well tuned-in to what the public wants - in some ways, therefore, he has probably been very effective as a power behind the throne. From a biography of him I partly read, he seems to think too much in terms of people being either for or against him, and too pettily vindictive and grudge-bearing, to hold a Cabinet together effectively.
Nevertheless, I think he will be PM before too long. As I suggested in yesterday's blog, when we are dealing with collectives, or with people whose choices are to a large extent determined by the need to respond to the desires of the collective, the astrology can become quite mechanical and predictable.
GB has Sun at 1 Pisces, sextile to Chiron at 1 Capricorn and MC at 5 Capricorn. Pluto will exactly sextile his Sun in 2008, and will be close to doing so in 2007. Mechanical astrology tells us that this is favourable to him becoming leader in 2007/8, and so he probably will.
He also has Moon at 13 Leo conjunct Pluto at 18 Leo. Neptune opposed his 5th House Moon a couple of years ago (when he became a father for the 1st time) and maybe some sort of secret binding deal was struck with Blair around that time. What power does Brown hold over Blair, what secrets does he know? At any rate, Neptune is opposing Brown's Pluto (Power) this year, and will be completing the transit next year. Blair has the same transit coming up, which I think in Blair's case will mean loss of power, and in Brown's will mean accession to power (just as Neptune kicked off Blair's term in office, but will soon signify its end.)
Like Blair, Brown has a Chiron-MC conjunction in Capricorn. With Capricorn MC, both men are probably very concerned about their 'legacies'. And they are damaged. Blair, for all his efforts with the NHS and the education system, has not changed things radically, and will probably be remembered as much for his 'lies' over Iraq as for his efforts to improve public services. (I think Blair did lie, but as a lot of politicians would have done with the same leanings towards America. The trouble is, Pluto was in Sagittarius, which suggests a public that demands the truth. As the US novelist Philip Roth said recently, you expect politics to be 50% lies, but it has become a lot more than that under Bush - and I think under Blair as well.)
Brown may well also have damaged his own reputation already. He may be just a short-term PM, who will be remembered for his childish attitude towards not being PM during Blair's term in office. At any rate, Pluto will conjoin both Blair's and Brown's Chirons in a couple of years time, and it is maybe then that the damaged aspects to their legacies will become more apparent - as well as perhaps the 'healing' aspects, such as the efforts to improve public services and relieve Third World debt. Both men have Chiron conjunct MC in early Capricorn, and so their legacies are inextricably linked.
I expect Brown to become PM sometime next year, as Neptune finally finishes off Blair by opposing his Pluto (Loss of Power). In 2010, Pluto will conjoin Brown's MC at 5 Capricorn. Either in 2009, as Pluto approaches his MC, or in 2010, he will be forced to have an election.
The astrology doesn't clearly tell us who is going to win. However, I would put my money on Brown over Cameron in 2009/10, for purely astrological reasons. The big astrology coming our way is a Cardinal t-square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. This transit will demand major change across the western world as it hits hard the charts of all the western powers. Sensing these changes, the public will demand a leader who is in tune with them - whose chart, in other words, is also involved with the Uranus-Pluto t-square.
As Uranus-Pluto finally finishes with Brown's MC at 5 Capricorn around 2013, it will be moving within a few degrees of hitting his ASC at 15 Aries. Davis Cameron does not have such a strong involvement with Uranus-Pluto (David Cameron: 9 Oct 1966, 6am, London). His ASC is 1 Libra, which Pluto hits in 2008, and then there is a big gap before it hits his Sun at 15 Libra.
Like it or not, Brown would seem to be our man until around 2015. But that does not mean he will do a good job!
One caveat: David Cameron's birthtime seems to be rounded off to 6am. If he was born 15-20 mins later, then his ASC moves to 4-5 Libra, and suddenly his chart has the necessary continuous engagement with the Uranus-Pluto zeitgeist for him to be PM from the election after next.
AN INTERESTING ASIDE: The combined chart of Brown and Blair has a yod, with Mercury at the apex at 21 Pisces, and Neptune and Pluto at the base. Yod's are 'fated' anyway, but with Neptune and Pluto at the base, the fatedness is doubled or tripled. There has been a dynamic in the communication (Mercury) between these 2 men, that has involved power struggle (Pluto) and deals that never were or might have been (Neptune) that has been at the heart of Government and that, it would seem, neither man had any choice but to be involved in. Each was the other's fate.
I mentioned earlier that when Neptune opposed GB's Moon a couple of years ago, there may have been some sort of secret deal that finally assured Brown of eventual power. We also had Pluto squaring this combined and fated Mercury a couple of years ago, reinforcing my point. This also coincided with Blair's extraordinary announcement that he would only serve one more term, in order, as he put it, to stop the speculation about him - which of course it hasn't. All it did was to finally guarantee Brown a chance at the leadership before a certain date. Was there another reason Blair made this announcement, to do with some sort of hold Brown had over him? There is ample room in the astrology for this, and if we ever know, it may not be for 30 years.