Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, is in trouble, but the astrology is sweet.
Blond-bombshell Johnson was born with an extraordinary cosmic signature — Venus Retrograde in the heart of his Gemini Sun. So if you’d speculated that Venus Retrograde periods might be significant for him, you’d have turned out to be right.
When Boris Johnson won a general election on 12 December 2019, Venus was between a rock and an abyss; that is at 19° Capricorn moving from Saturn to Pluto. In the horoscope for the United Kingdom itself (1 Jan 1801), she was transiting directly opposite the Moon, which represents the people in a country’s chart. Maybe Pluto just looked super alluring married to that Venusian glamour in 2019 — anyway it’s what was chosen, leaving beardy Saturnian Jeremy Corbyn, the other rival for the premiership, to wander off into the history books.
Venus is about attractiveness and popularity, among other things. So it’s interesting that this month — 19 December to 29 January — Venus retrogrades over those very same degrees in the Zodiac where Saturn, Venus and Pluto conjoined in December 2019. And the British public is definitely having second thoughts about Mr Johnson.
It turns out that Johnson’s love of parties (a Gemini with Saturn in the 5th might like to party pretty hard) may finally send his popularity right down the drain — as Venus retrogrades over the lowest portion of his chart — and then stations. Indeed, she is opposing his angle of status right now, scraping along the bottom.
The last Venus Retrograde, in 2020 was actually in Gemini. And — you guessed it — Johnson was throwing parties in Downing Street when the rest of the country was in deep lockdown. During the now-infamous 20 May knees up — where suitcases of booze were wheeled into the PM’s residence and grown men played on the kids’ swing and hair was generally let down — Venus was retrograde at 20° Gemini. So that’s come back to bit him… just a bit.
Two days later (22 May) Dominic Cummings, the political advisor partly responsible for shoe-horning him into office, was caught lying about breaking the lockdown rules (sound familiar?). It took Cummings six months before he resigned, and he has since become Johnson’s nemesis, leaking damaging stories drip by drip — including ones about Partygate.
“Obviously the PM has told multiple lies about parties…and forced or encouraged others to tell the media untrue things.” — Dominic Cummings on his blog
It’s not surprising that the two men are enemies. Cummings has five planets in Sagittarius, staring hostilely across the Zodiac at Johnson’s Gemini stellium. In particular, his Mercury-Venus conjunction at 24-25° is just now getting a fiery little boost from Mars, and he is shooting arrows at Johnson, using one of Sagittarius favourite weapons: a lot of words.
Some people might say, it takes one to know one.
Today, 19 January, was an exceptionally torrid day for Johnson. One of his MPs crossed the floor to join the opposition; one of his MPs told him: “In the name of God, go”; and the opposition leader Keir Starmer made mincemeat of him — Virgo-style. Jupiter was right on his Saturn in Pisces by transit: he might be feeling rather afraid that his Uranian “friends” in the 11th house are about to turn against him: Uranus being the planet of change.
He’ll limp on while his party continues the internal psychodrama that’s been wrecking the country for the last decade, but he’ll be gone soon. Watch what happens as Mercury Rx chats with Pluto on 29 January and Venus turns direct, then Mercury comes back for some final words on 11 February, and Venus conjoins Pluto on 3 March.
Then there’s the cost-of-living crisis barrelling down the line to consider…