Not that things ever get that exciting in Canadian politics. They don’t! As one who had to sit through countless hours of boring tedious Canadian history lessons in elementary school, I can attest that. We did not have gunslingers, cowboys and indians in our past. However in typical, equal-rights, liberty-loving Canadian fashion, we did have the underground railroad that guided black slaves to freedom from oppression south of the border.
The closest thing we ever came to glamour was when Pierre Elliot Trudeau would pirouette or flip the bird at reporters in his leisure suits. A reminder to the younger readers, leisure suits were the epitome of cool in 1968.
So fast forward one generation later and the question is, will his son Justin Trudeau carry on his legacy on October 19, 2015? Or will Canadians continue to put their trust in the current Conservative government of Stephen Harper. This is going to be a very close race, no doubt. The New Democratic party is also vying for the top spot. So who will be top dog and what does astrology have to say about this election?
Canada has a pretty interesting national natal chart. Canada became a Confederation under the British North America Act on July 1, 1867 at the stroke of midnight in the nation’s capital Ottawa, according to Nicolas Campion from The Book of World Horoscopes. The study of a national natal chart is referred to as mundane astrology. It is similar to natal chart astrology except everything in the chart is interpreted through the lense of the collective or group of that particular country or nation.
The first thing that jumps out in Canada’s chart is the fiesty, fiery Aries Ascendant at 16˚ with dreamy, altruistic, idealistic Neptune conjoining this Ascendant. It is a bit of a paradox. In a mundane chart the Ascendant represents the country and its inhabitants as a whole; its general condition of prosperity and health.
In Canada’s case there is an assertive spiritedness that wants to emerge and act out but it is tempered by an elusive Neptune. To further add to the confusion, the ruler of the chart is Mars in Virgo at 5˚. Mars in Virgo is not self-serving but wants to serve humanity. It prides itself as being helpful, polite, reliable, orderly and humble. It is not an aggressive or an in your face Mars. For a personal chart this may not bode well but for a nation, it is a saving grace to have a Mars that will weigh all the pros and cons of a situation and go through everything with a fine-tooth comb. Mars is also military matters in a national chart. We cannot brag of having great military might. We don’t. In true Virgonian fashion we are very humble in that department. We are however, the peace-keepers of the world. If there is a conflict, send the Canucks in there. We will keep things in order and we will say please and thank you. Mars in Virgo is always mindful of manners.
To temper that Mars even further, this analytical Mars is opposed by Jupiter in Pisces. Jupiter in Pisces is in its domicile which means it is at home in Pisces. The concepts of universal love and we-are-all-one are very familiar with this Jupiter. The Virgo/Pisces axis is the axis of self-sacrifice and service. This opposition acts to balance out the Martian tendencies of the chart ruler. Jupiter in a national chart rules the religious and judicial world. Canadian follow the rules and the laws of the land.
That Jupiter makes a lovely trine to Canada’s Sun/Uranus conjunction in Cancer at 8˚. The Sun represents the Prime Minister, leader or the monarch of the land. It also represents public heroes and national champions. Canadians are patriotic. This is an ideal we share with our fellow American brothers to the south who are also soft, mushy Cancers.
The Moon of the chart is the most interesting aspect in mundane astrology because it signifies the people or the masses of the land. It’s condition will expose their sentiments towards their leaders. For a candidate to resonate with their constituents they need to have an aspect to this Moon or the Ascendant of the national natal chart.
Canada has a witty, expressive and curious Gemini Moon at 28˚. The need to communicate, laugh and look at the absurdity of life is ingrained in the Canadian fabric. Don’t tell anyone in Hollywood but some of the biggest comedic talents hail from the Great White North, starting with Doug and Bob Mackenzie, a.k.a. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Unfortunately, Molson Coors no longer gives free cases of beer if you find a mouse lodged in your beer bottle. Shucks…eh! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNRlcjz3acU
Keep in mind that Canada has a modest population of 35 million, yet we have some of the best home-grown talent per capita such as; Jim Carrey, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Martin Short, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Will Arnett, Tommy Chong, Matthew Perry, Michael J Fox, Rick Mercer, Samantha Bee, Howie Mandel, Lorne Michaels, Leslie Nielsen, Colin Mochrie, Joe Flaherty, Rich Little, Andrea Martin, Catherine O Hara, Mary Walsh and Russell Peters. This list is not a coinky dinky. Canadians are funny as hell.
This national natal chart does a very impressive job of summing up the Canadian moxie but who will Canadians vote for on election day October 19, 2015? The Realm of Astrology will explore the charts of the top 2 contenders, Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau. Although the NDP have done very well in this election, they are currently in third place. They have fought the good fight but they are not contenders in this race. Again, it should be noted that the top contenders need to have aspects to the Ascendant at 16˚ Aries which represents the country and its inhabitants as a whole; and the Moon at 28˚ Gemini which denotes the common people, women generally, crowds, and all matters of a common or public nature. The position of the Moon in a mundane chart will show where the public’s attention falls. If the two contenders make aspects to these two points they have a higher than average chance of succeeding.
Our current prime minister was born April 30, 1959 in Toronto Ontario. Unfortunately we do not a have a birth time for Stephen Harper so I will erect and Aries Ascendant chart for him. This means we do not know his Ascendant and Midheaven which is his house of career and public honours. Stephen Harper has one aspect that hooks into the nation’s 28˚ Gemini Moon. His Jupiter at 29˚ Scorpio makes a quincunx to it. A quincunx is not an easy aspect. It signifies permanent discord and irritation. Usually there is no resolution. It signifies disconnect between the people and the Prime Minister. Stephen does have his nodal axis at 12˚ Libra/Aries with his Mercury conjunct his south node which conjuncts the national chart’s Ascendant at 16˚ Aries. It also conjuncts that nebulous Neptune at 14˚. His communication has not always been clear to Canadians for the last 9 years. His nodal axis and Mercury are part of a T-square featuring his Mars at 11˚ Cancer conjuncting Canada’s Sun/Uranus conjunction opposing his Saturn at 6˚ Capricorn.
This T-square has been activated by the cardinal transits of Pluto and Uranus over last two years. The Sun in mundane astrology represents the Prime Minister and his office, which has come under fire over the senate spending scandal. The transits of Pluto and Uranus have really been grinding away at Stephen Harpers T-square configuration. The Canadian public is questioning his credibility and role in this scandal. Stephen Harper has also been experiencing the Aries/ Libra eclipse series for the duration of that time because of his Aries/Libra nodal axis. In ancient times it was believed eclipses, eclipsed leaders out of a job. We just experienced that monster lunar eclipse at the end of September in the Aries/Libra nodal axis. Lunar eclipses are about endings.
Where Stephen Harper has been graced with an enormous amount of good luck is with his natal Sun at 9˚ Taurus trining his natal Saturn at 6˚ in Capricorn. This natal aspect beautifully trines/conjuncts Canada’s Midheaven at 8˚ Capricorn and sextiles Canada’s Jupiter in Pisces and Sun/Uranus conjunction in Cancer. This Taurus/Saturn configuration forms a grand trine with that Mars in Virgo. It has been this configuration that has helped him through the tough times. The fact that his chart hooks in so nicely into the Canadian mundane chart has meant that he has been virtually unopposed for 9 years. That is about to change. Stephen Harper has finally met his astrological match with Justin Trudeau because Justin has an equally impressive set of aspects.
Justin Pierre James Trudeau was born on Christmas Day in 1971 in Ottawa. Of course, we do have a birth time for Justin Trudeau because it was one of the most anticipated births in Canadian history. Justin is only the second baby to be born to a prime minister in office in Canada. The first was Sir John A MacDonald’s youngest daughter. Justin was born at 9:27 p.m.
So what is the first thing that screams out in Justin Trudeau’s chart? It is that wonderfully impetuous, passionate Moon at 17˚ Aries which is almost an exact conjunction to the Canadian national natal chart Ascendant at 16˚. This Moon opposes his Uranus at 17˚ Libra. The Canadian public as a whole and the emotional nature of Justin Trudeau are in sync. Justin Trudeau’s message resonates with the Canadian public. They see him as an role model for change. That Moon conjuncts that dreamy Neptune at 14˚. Do we Canadians know the real Justin Trudeau or is he just a fantasy? On a side note, knowing Justin’s childhood and that the Moon represents mother, I am really loving this lunar/uranus opposition. Margaret Trudeau was a bit of firebrand in her day. She also left her young family in the late 70’s because she could not handle the pressures of public life. That is definitely a Moon/Uranus signature in a young boys life. I am going to come back to this magical degree in the chart because it is very important.
Meanwhile I am going to move on to see if Justin has any aspects to Canada’s Gemini Moon at 28˚. Yes, Justin has a Mars, Pluto and Sun T-square hooking into that Gemini Moon. They are hard aspects and not ideal but at least there is some contact. It is worth mentioning that Justin was born into a position of privilege and may not understand the plight of the average Canadian. There could be a little bit of a disconnect there.
On a personal level Justin Trudeau has had a very interesting 2 years. At the age of 43, he has been going through his midlife crisis. He has had his Neptune square, with his Saturn opposition and over the last year he has had his Uranus opposition; which has been a bit of a bugger because of the conjunction to that Aries Moon. All these signify changes and an impetuous to move forward and create a new chapter in his life. Stephen Harper does not have these kinds of transits in his chart.
If Justin had walked into an astrologer’s office two years ago, the astrologer would have warned him of this time period. His chart seems to favour a win because he has all those contacts with Canada’s mundane chart but there are also a lot of current planetary transits that will help with his victory this upcoming Monday.
For starters on October 17, we have by transit, a heavenly conjunction of Mars, Jupiter and Venus in Virgo tucked away in Justin’s first house. This conjunction is very widely trining his Capricorn Sun and transiting Pluto. This is definitely his weekend to win a popularity contest. Justin’s Capricorn Sun at 3˚ is conjuncting Canada’s Midheaven at 8˚ Capricorn. Stephen Harper’s Sun at 9˚ Taurus will receive favourable beams from this transit as well as Stephen Harper’s Saturn, which is closely conjuncting Canada’s Midheaven.
Where Justin has an unfair advantage over Stephen Harper is that his Moon opposition Uranus is hitting the Canadian Ascendant and Descendant axis at 16˚. By transit, Uranus has been hovering over the national natal chart Ascendant for a year. Canadians want change – plain and simple. They will not accept the status quo anymore. The natives are getting restless. Uranus tends to represent more radical, left leaning politics. This is why there has been a surge of NDP supporters in this election. This is unusual. Historically, NDP support is rarely above 20% in Canada. Hey, even Albertans (you know Ralph Klein territory) voted for an NDP premier. We recently experienced a new moon on October 12, 2015 at 19˚ Libra. This new Moon was conjunct Justin’s Uranus triggering unexpected changes and opposite his natal Moon at 17˚ Aries. New moons are about new beginnings but we are seeing transiting Uranus and transiting Pluto being activated by this lunation. So the question begs, where is this uranian/plutonian surprise element going to come from? My theory is that we could see history repeat itself and see a minority Liberal government form a coalition with the NDP. The last time we had that was with Justin’s poppa Pierre Elliot Trudeau formed a coalition government with David Lewis’ NDP back in October 30, 1972. Guess where Uranus and Mars were sitting on election day in 1972? It is worth mentioning that Pierre Trudeau had a Libra Ascendant at 21˚ Libra opposing Canada’s 16˚ Aries Ascendant with a 24˚ Libra Sun trining the Canadian mundane chart’s Moon. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Mars and Uranaus were happily sitting at 19˚ Libra teasing that Arian Ascendant by opposition on October 30, 1972. We are going to see Trudeaumania redux. All I can say bienvenue premier ministre Trudeau!
Epilogue, October 20th, 2015
A wave of Liberal red swept over Canada yesterday and the Liberals won with an overwhelming majority of 39% of the vote. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals formed a majority government and Stephen Harper is to step down as leader of the Conservative party after almost 10 years as Prime Minister of Canada.
Astrology is one of those tools that works wonderfully well in retrospect. Everyone was anticipating a Liberal win but no one could figure out the uranian/plutonian surprise element. After reading The Toronto Star this morning it stated that voter turnout was at 68% of eligible voters which is quite significant in Canada. Liberals regained 42% of their seats which they lost to the NDP in the previous election. Their strategy was to reclaim those seats by making their platform more to the left and appealing to the average Canadian. I believe that is where the uranian/plutonian element came in. The good news is that there is a sense of optimism in Canada today and the markets have responded quite favourably to the Liberal win.