Even by the standards of that operatic place, the scenes in parliament were extraordinarily theatrical last night. Starring roles this time were taken by–
Mr John Bercow as The Speaker
Ms Sarah Clarke as Black Rod
House of Commons as The Chorus
Opposition Benches as The Choir
It’s always nice to learn a new word. According to my on-line dictionary prorogation is “the action of discontinuing a session of a parliament or other legislative assembly without dissolving it.”
This happens for a few days between parliamentary session, the average is about eight days — and then they all gather again. This time the government has shut down parliament for five weeks — just in time for Brexit.
Last night, the British parliament was shut down. That needs to be repeated, the British parliament was shut down.
In the process, the Speaker said he couldn’t give a “flying flamingo” as he explained that “no, this was not normal”; the Choir chanted “shame” as the government filed out of the House of Commons — and certain members of the Choir attempted to hold the Speaker down in his chair so he could not leave the chamber; other members held up signs that read “silenced”; and finally the Choir burst into song at some time in the early hours of the morning.
The astrology is, of course, tres interessant as they say in Norman French. (As an astrologer, I feel I should be in tune with some of the more archaic traditions of the prorogation.)
In the UK chart, Saturn represents parliament. This is the lawmaker in the 11H of institutions. It’s in Leo, of course, and all you have to do is watch the proceedings to see just how Leonine the whole affair is, what with the costumes of the stewards and the Black Rod, the division of the house into sides and the box for the public audience. As has been said, it’s theatrical.
So it’s useful to see what Saturn is up to by transit to see how parliament might be faring. First of all, there was a conjunction between the Moon and Saturn yesterday — and yes, emotions were running high. Even Mr Bercow wiped away a tear as he announced his departure.
Then, Saturn and the South Node are making a conjunction for most of this month. South Node equals dissolution. However, Saturn will turn direct on September 18, and be out of synch with the South Node by the time parliament is back in session. It may turn out to be useful for Parliament to take this time off to regroup before the next session.
Parliament is far from defeated by this. After all Saturn is strong in Capricorn — and he is bringing the force of law. Look, though, a little further ahead to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January and you will see that it makes a quincunx to the UK Saturn. Pluto and Saturn will need to be working together or it could be a fight to the death. Pluto is a planet that can corrupt, kill — and renew.
There is only one conjunction between these two this time round, but they have been so close together for much of this year that we have witnessed exactly what this conjunction can mean in the sign of government. There is a struggle going on right now for the heart of government. During the English Civil War, this conjunction took place — and for anyone with a knowledge of that period, what happened in Parliament last night was resonating strongly with that period.
Back then it was the King against Parliament. This time around it’s the government against parliament. That is a very serious situation to be in — and you can see what happens next this month in that chart: Saturn and the South Node conjoin at 14° Capricorn. This is on what’s called “the bendings” of the UK chart, an exact right-angle to the UK Nodes.
This is one of the most significant points in any chart, and a transit here indicates a spin of the wheel of fate, a corner turned. Let’s hope the corner turned is out of this trough of Brexitshambles. But the way out looks treacherous, slippery and long.