|David Cameron with his first son Ivan in 2002.
Ivan died in 2009.
It’s remarkable how often in families a death and a birth happen in quick succession. Poor David Cameron lost his father today just weeks after his wife gave birth to that darling baby.
My wise friend Judith, who has seen a chart or two in her time, maintains that she’s never known the death of a loved one without a transit from that most benevolent of planets, Jupiter. This seems strange since Jupiter is not traditionally associated with death at all. It’s supposed to be the “greater benefic” bringer of jollity and luck. Death is the domain of the reaper Saturn. But Judith knows what she’s talking about.
Take a look at UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s chart.
Jupiter was opposing David Cameron’s ascendant when his father died yesterday. When his son Ivan died, Jupiter semi-squared (made a 45 degree angle) to his Saturn which rules Cameron’s house of children.
Why Jupiter? Well, I’m not sure, but the explanation could be something like this. Jupiter signifies wisdom and enlightenment. Perhaps, the passing of someone we love can give us greater wisdom. Or perhaps, there is a God (of some kind) and our darling is passing into his her or its loving embrace. Death may not be so bad after all.
Above all, Jupiter is about expansion. Do our souls expand when we die and become part of something greater? I’ll leave that for you to ponder.
Obviously, Jupiter‘s not the only planet to be jostling Cameron’s chart today. His father died very suddenly. Uranus, the planet that deals out that kind of shock, slipped back into Pisces the other day across Cameron’s descendant. Cameron’s Saturn and Chiron are both in late degrees of Pisces. Saturn is usually used as one of the signifiers of the father; in Cameron’s case especially so, since most of his fourth house is in Capricorn (Saturn’s sign), although it’s ruled by Jupiter.
As an aside this last suggests to me that his home life was rather austere as a child.
And here’s something fascinating, Chiron (the wounded healer) is exactly, exactly opposite Cameron’s Mars today. In Cameron’s chart, Mars rules the 8th house of death. He’s going to find his father’s passing very painful and it’s going to effect how he feels about himself as a man. I wonder if he has some unfinished business with his father. Chiron can signify the wound that never heals.
I’m going to check Chiron for those other death. When Ivan died Chiron was exactly semi-sextile it’s own position while transiting the fifth house of children. All these aspects are exact. I think that Chiron connection is something I’ve never heard anywhere, but it should be investigated further.
You know something, the more I look at his chart and consider his life, the more interesting Cameron becomes. It’s been hard not to simply label him as a pampered toff with a deep sense of entitlement (Moon/Jupiter conjunction in Leo, say no more). But he’s suffered a lot of deep personal pain, and it’s this pain which makes him unusual.
The tremendously difficult and explosive mid-60s generational signature Pluto/Uranus conjunction is buried in his 12th house – the collective unconscious, the things we inherit. This opposes the painful Saturn/Chiron conjunction in the 6th house of service and healing. Some people say that Chiron is strong in this house. Both these houses are about sacrifice, suffering and service. (Someone else with even more emphasis on these houses? G Brown esq. Maybe being PM isn’t such a great job.)
His Witney consitutency is next door to ours, so I’ve come across people who’ve met him politicking around. One woman said to me that he seemed strangely vulnerable. This fits with the Chironic activity.
There’s some controversy over whether he has Virgo or Libra rising. The difference is five minutes, which is really too close to call except by deduction. I plump for Virgo for several reasons. First of all, he looks like a Virgo – dapper and a little prim with that teeny tiny mouth. Second of all, he’s charming and diplomatic I’m sure, but he’s already got Sun and Venus in first house Libra. If you added the ascendant to that mix, he’d be totally vapid and probably utterly irresistible – neither of which is the case.
And just one further thought. The great face-off in the sky which we’re experiencing has passed closely over Cameron’s most personal angles. Something happened in 2008/9 which shifted the ground beneath his feet. I wonder what that was – something secret maybe. And something’s happening now which is changing, maybe deepening, his relationship with the “other” – be that friend, enemy or deputy prime minister.
Let us just hope that this transit of Jupiter brings our PM greater wisdom. He’s going to need it.