Brexit: Astrological Lesson in Decision Making

On June 23, 2016 when Uranus was at 23 degrees Aries, the people of the United Kingdom decided to separate from the European Union. On March 29, 2017 with Uranus still at 23 degrees of Aries, the Prime Minister formally triggered Article 50 for a two-year exit strategy.

Did Uranus stop moving for a year?

No. Uranus did this eye-trick called retrograde. Because of the great distances between earth and other planets, they sometimes appear to move backwards in the sky. After the Brexit referendum in 2016, Uranus went “backwards” and in March 2017 was moving forward again.

Brexit models the astrological symbolism of retrograde – a reversal of energy and difficulty moving forward.

Four years later, Uranus has since changed signs and is now in Taurus. Brexit was decided in Aries and must be implemented in Taurus.

Astrological lesson to politicians – decide and act in the same zodiac sign.


Uranus is the planet of enlightenment. Enlightenment means that things become clear. Things can be ideas, innovations, spiritual insights or just the simple and often sudden awareness of people and events.

Scientists are ruled by Uranus because they are looking for the clarity that Uranus brings. It is not the gods that create thunder but the collision of air masses of differing temperatures. Uranus aligns with mental insights not emotional connections.

Uranus is what helps you see that when you are dining with your spouse at an unfamiliar restaurant and the server knows your spouse’s name that there is something amiss. Possibly the situation has been going on for years. Uranus awareness tends to come suddenly or with jolt to awaken.

Uranus is not emotional; the result of discovering a spouse is having an affair is not the awareness of it. The emotions that arise from awareness are in the realm of Neptune which likes heightened states of being (like love) and often supports illusion to maintain that state. Disillusionment may be caused by Uranus insight but is not the same.

Uranus in Aries

During the recent transit of Uranus in Aries (2011 – 2019), enlightenment involved areas of life ruled by Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and as a cardinal fire sign likes to take charge of any situation. Aries is self and is assertive; in extreme it is aggressive. Aries demands for self which can bring self-respect and human rights; in extreme it is selfish and self-aggrandizing. Aries is ruled by Mars which is the God of War. Aries is athletic and likes to fight or compete. In extreme, it’s always looking for a fight, even in peace.

Uranus in Aries brought us the “selfie” and personalized marketing which resulted from Uranian technology that lives in the palm of our hands. Loyalty programs stressed the “me” and “my” of Aries and also made sure that you are marketed according to your individual tastes.

While personalized marketing makes a “self” feel special, its danger lies in creating a bubble of self and unawareness of others.

Globally Uranus in Aries brought the Arab Spring and demand for rights. Unfortunately, as Uranus passed through Aries the power planet Pluto was (and still is) in Capricorn creating barriers to those efforts that were not surmounted. Uranus in Aries tried to raise self-awareness, but Pluto Plutocracies suppressed it.

Uranus in Taurus

Uranus began to move into Taurus in May 2018 but did that retrograde thing until March 2019 when it stayed in Taurus for its seven-year journey.

Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and is a fixed earth sign. If the first sign Aries relates to the first part of our life when we are infants discovering our separate self, Taurus is the second stage where we get attached to stuff and yell “Mine!”

With the global pandemic, we can see the Taurus fear of poverty and deprivation and the subsequent hoarding of stuff. Expect stuff and the prices of stuff to have Uranus sudden ups and downs until Uranus passes into Gemini in 2025.

Taurus relates to anything physical including the body, earth, property and natural resources; sudden changes to these areas was expected and is clearly evident. The way we treat the earth is representative of the way we treat our bodies and both are in need of improvement.

Money is kinda-sorta represented by Taurus. Money isn’t a real thing but allows the transfer of real things between flesh-and-bones people. Money fluctuations are a result of the fluctuation of our hopes and fears.

Taurus is ultimately about values and any money spent in excess of what’s needed to survive generally represents what we value. And some choose to bypass needs for wants which is also indicative of values. We’ve all experienced the excuse of “I don’t have the money” only to see the money spent in some other way.

Brexit: From Aries to Taurus

In a fascinating display of astrological symbolism, Brexit started with an Aries motivation of cultural sovereignty and self-assertion and is now stuck in Taurus need for physical security. Brexit is hung up on trade deals and is now facing a powerful EU.

Horoscopes for nations, especially those with long histories, are difficult to cast although notable points in history help. If we use the Norman Conquest as Great Britain’s horoscope, we’ll see the sun in early Capricorn and moon in late Pisces.

That Great Britain is ruled by Capricorn is no great surprise due to the hierarchical nature of that sign. Capricorn is authority and loves to be the boss. Venus in 29 degrees of Capricorns indicates a very selective social sphere also aligned with hierarchy. Royalty is an historical relic for much of the west but still exists in the UK albeit with limited political power.

The current Pluto in Capricorn transit crossed over the sun in this horoscope in the 2012-2013 timeframe representing the evolution of the conscious self. Possibly that is when the people in the UK felt a Capricorn sense of failure due to loss of historical political control.

What’s interesting too is that Great Britain and the United States have continued to be allies in the global power plays of banking and war; the United States has Pluto in 27 degrees of Capricorn and is going through its own evolution of power. As is already becoming evident, when Pluto goes into Aquarius in 2024, the UK and the US will no longer be the dominant powers, at least as nations. The corporate entities of these two nations may still lead global politics as some do today and the East India Company did historically. The more outwardly authoritarian nations of China and Russia are now dominant. In one way, the reactions of the US and UK seem to have led to their own demises.

Had the leaders of the UK acted upon the referendum while Uranus was still in Aries, they might have had more success. Aries would have charged forward with a sense of self-satisfaction and the physical aspects could have been resolved when Uranus moved into Taurus. Aries is impulsive and Taurus is methodical; it might have served to finish the deal impulsively and used the seven years of Uranus in Taurus to restock the pantry shelves.

The first Brexit extension was timed almost perfectly to the transition of Uranus from Aries to Taurus – April and May 2019. The extension to January 2020 was clearly created without astrological consult as astrologers knew well in advance that 2020 would be a difficult year with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all lining up in Capricorn.

The recent and current transits of social and outer planets in the earth signs of Capricorn (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto) and Taurus (Uranus) represent a destroyed (Saturn/Pluto) and evolving (Jupiter/Pluto) social system. As is common to hear today, there is no going back to what we considered “normal” which, of course, is in the eyes of the beholder.

If the UK didn’t heed the astrology of Uranus, they might want to heed the astrology of Saturn. In the spring of 2025 Saturn will be transiting that late Pisces moon (mutable water sign). Saturn transiting this sensitive moon suggests a populace not too happy and seeking spiritual relief. Pisces is water so the parts of the Kingdom surrounded by water may need more protection of its coastlines.


About ohioastrology

I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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