Brexit’s Imminent Arrival & Great Britain’s Political State of Inertia
After much trepidation and with seemingly nothing being finalized nor unilaterally agreed upon, the deadline is soon to arrive regarding Great Britain’s membership in the European Union this October 31st. With under a month to go until that momentous date, it’s still anyone’s guess as to whether the United Kingdom shall continue being an active member of the EU or whether Great Britain chooses to no longer be a part of this European conglomeration of countries and in effect opts to “Brexit”.
And just so everyone is on the same page, the term “Brexit” is a portmanteau combining the terms “Britain” and “Exit”.
By looking at the astrological climate for this upcoming final deadline along with astrologically analyzing key events which have led to Brexit’s steady rise of prominence, the rest of the world may get an inkling as to whether Great Britain’s withdrawal from the EU does indeed become a reality or if Brexit ends up being a theoretical point of contention that never came to pass.
The Birthing of Brexit
In the Summer of 2016, as the Presidential race was revving into full gear in the United States, a referendum was held among the citizens of Great Britain on June 23rd as to whether their country should withdraw from the European Union. It resulted in a surprising close call with 52% voting in favor of Brexit.
The voice of the people willed it so that their country should leave the EU, however not too long after the referendum was finalized British citizens were surprised to discover their government didn’t have any kind of working plan prepared as to how Brexit would be enacted. Even worse, at the time of the referendum it appeared that no one in the United Kingdom took into full consideration the details as to what Brexit would actually entail.
The Knee Jerk Reaction of a Sovereign Nation
Prior to the referendum, members of Parliament who were pro-Brexit, otherwise known as “Brexiteers” promoted their political stance to the British people by appealing to the public’s sense of nostalgic nationalism. Brexit was presented to the public as being a shot in the collective arm of renewed British pride. This was highlighted by Brexiteers referring back to the days of the British Empire when the country ruled over a goodly portion of the world as the largest colonial superpower.
In his February 2018 article published in The Guardian entitled “Britain’s Imperial Fantasies Have Given Us Brexit” Gary Younge described the overall political climate in Britain during the months which led up to the referendum by saying “…if memories of the war made some feel more defiant, recollections of empire made them deluded.”
Despite looking back to a time in the historical past when Britain governed over numerous foreign populations, the majority of Brexiteers envisioned Brexit enabling the United Kingdom to have the authority of reducing the number of foreign immigrants allowed into the country rather than being required to fulfill an immigrant quota placed upon them by the EU.
Tapping into a mindset of rose colored futility similar to President Trump’s aimless slogan “Make America Great Again”, Brexit was being served on the British public’s plate as a panacea where if enacted, national pride would once again return to Britain’s rightful citizens and just like the good old days (whenever those were) every problematic issue, especially those which dealt with the economy as well as global markets would be solved sooner than later. In fact, on the day the referendum was held, chants could be heard from various groups throughout the United Kingdom repeating a pointless slogan of their own that was just as benign but far less creative as President Trump’s claim of remaking American greatness:
“Let’s put the GREAT back in GREAT Britain!” cough.
Great Britain’s ineffective surge of unrealistic nationalism can be seen in the country’s national chart by progression at the time the referendum took place in relation to the concept of “details”.
Above: The Progressed Chart cast for the country of Great Britain for June 23rd, 2016, the day the Brexit referendum was voted upon by the British public.
The Zodiacal sign known for its extreme attention to detail is the Earth sign, Virgo. When looking at a Progressed Chart cast for Great Britain for when the referendum took place, the planet of “out of the blue surprises” and knee jerk reactions, Uranus, was placed at 29 degrees or the very last degree of the sign of Virgo. When a heavenly body is at the 29th degree of a sign it is an indication of karmic significance. At the same time Uranus was also conjunct the asteroid Orcus located at 5 degrees in the sign of partnership and diplomacy, Libra. Orcus in Roman Mythology was the god of oaths, more specifically the god of punishment for those who broke sacred oaths. When put into a formulaic interpretation:
On the day the referendum was held in June of 2016 Great Britain reacted in an unexpected, surprising manner (Uranus) that had significant issue (29 degrees) with the details (Virgo) behind Brexit which would lead to unforeseen repercussions (Orcus) with its partnership (Libra) with the EU.
The National Chart of Great Britain
As with individual people, a chart can be cast for individual countries as well. And just as a chart is pulled at the moment of a person’s birth, the same theory applies to the birthing of a nation.
The birth information used for Britain is January 1st, 1801, the date when the present day nation known as the United Kingdom was officially formed through the signing of the Acts of Union, a document which combined the Parliaments of both Great Britain and Ireland.
For roughly a century Ireland was considered a British territory and not a sovereign nation. This would eventually end when Ireland became a self governing Republic that was independent of British rule in December of 1921.
When this occurred a partition was made of 1/6th of the Emerald Isle known as “Ulster” that would remain under British rule and was newly named Northern Ireland.
From the moment of this partition’s inception, troubles soon arose.
With the island being demarcated into two very distinct and separate lands, Northern Ireland soon enough became a near constant war zone. The imposition of border patrols, customs officials, check points, and fully armed soldiers also brought to the area the addition of brutal fighting and extreme violence. So much so, the Irish came to euphemistically call the partition border between their country and Northern Ireland “the line of malice”.
The violence in Northern Ireland continued to rise throughout the 20th century and was at its apex throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, a time period referred to by those in the area as “The Troubles”. During the time span of The Troubles, over 3,500 people were killed as a direct result of the violence between the pro-British Ulster loyalists and unified Ireland nationalists.
This brutal atmosphere lasted until April 10th, 1998 when the British and Irish governments signed a peace concession known as the Good Friday Agreement.
As a result from the Good Friday Agreement the partition, along with the British Army and all custom officials and check points were removed from the area. The last item of removal, namely all customs related personnel, was made possible by Great Britain and Ireland both joining the European Union in 1973 .
Since the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland has been at peace for the last two decades mainly due to its people having free trade with those residing in that country’s southern neighbor and fellow EU nation state, Ireland.
So after all that, does anyone care to make a wild guess as to Brexit’s crucial overlooked detail? For those who barely mumbled “Northern Ireland?”, you could not be any more correct.
Still belonging to the United Kingdom, if Great Britain withdraws from the European Union, so too does Northern Ireland. Instead of the north and south of Ireland consisting of two EU member countries, Brexit will once again be separating the two by having the EU member nation of Ireland being bordered by the non-EU country of Northern Ireland.
This would mean some form of partitioned border would need to be reintroduced to the area to oversee customs and trade between the two countries which would more than likely also bring the familiar bombs and bullets which the people of Northern Ireland have since become quite accustomed to their noticeable absence.
In Part II of this series, the future of Great Britain as a sovereign nation will be astrologically analyzed by observing the chart cast for Brexit’s final due date this upcoming October 31st..
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