Saturday, October 17, 2015

Shall The Child Lead Them ? ~ The Battle for Canada's Soul 2015

It's the final lap of the Canadian elections and the energy is intense, palpable. The majority of us long to throw off the decade-old, cement cloak of the Harper government (US Democrat-leaning readers will recall how they felt during Obama/Bush). The polls tell us there is a close three-way split, with Liberals under Justin Trudeau in a slight lead, and NDP under Tom Mulcair in a slight decline. But things could change. 

The contestants:

Justin Trudeau - Capricorn - Metal Pig - Life path 1(19)
Stephen Harper - Taurus - Earth Pig - Life path 4 (13)
Thomas Mulcair - Scorpio - Wood Horse - Life Path 8 (8)


I'm not going to go into Steven Harper's chart - suffice it to say, with my own Sun conjunct his, I've seen him under a microscope from day one. Up to no good. Spawn of Hitler…ok, some major shadow projection there, but he's become the proud representative of our collective darkness (see last blog post), now, so it's not just me. The world is onto him and our international reputation is in a shambles. But like cures like, my friends, and bitter is the remedy.

Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair agree to oust Harper (Canadian Press)

Both men running closely against Harper are good candidates. Tom Mulcair's chart has some excellent qualities; Jupiter in Cancer, Moon in Libra, Venus in Sagittarius, Mars in Aquarius, Pluto in Leo, Scorpio Sun and Lifepath 8 all add up to a perfectly capable prime minister who's reasonable but emotionally human and truly cares about our national tribe and it's international relations. There is no visible reason this man would not be fit to lead our country (unless you disagree with the party's 'left-leaning' platform, in general).

(Mulcair) "Under the influence of the Wood Element, the Wood Horse is one of the most patient and creative members of the Horse sign. While other members of the Horse sign are burdened with indecisiveness, the Wood Horse is capable of picking a direction in life and working towards clear goals. The Wood Horse takes this same determination into their personal relationships, which they are heavily committed to. With gifts of understanding and a calm demeanor, the Wood Horse is very successful in cooperative social situations. The Wood Horse has a bit of adventurous side and is not afraid to commit fully to the unknown."

Beneath the surface, where the archetypes dwell, however, many of us are unconsciously drawn into the playing out of a myth. (Guilty as charged, though my 'witness' is always observing from the sidelines). Myth does not mean 'lie', it is the soul's version of history, our psyche's dreamtime, re-run channel, if you will. Trudeau's chart is more indicative of this side of things. Karmic bells are ringing. Collective, wishful thinking, as Canada lies, tied to the CPRailroad tracks, waiting for a young Perseus to rescue us.  We've been waiting a long time. The attention, therefor, is more on him, less on the Liberal party itself, which is basically the same as has been for years, middle-ish.

Guiseppe Cesari Perseus Frees Andromeda c 1596

It's possible that Mulcair's 'undercover' role, as a Scorpio, is to assist in burning off old karma and drawing out the toxins. As leader of the opposition, he has done that, in his face-offs with Taurus opponent, Harper. All close relationships with a Scorpio have this function, since they are natural redeemers. Mulcair's Moon is conjunct Trudeau's Pluto and his Mars is conjunct Trudeau's North Node/Venus and trine his Pluto, indicating soul contract, so as much as they insist on disagreeing, they are working in symbiosis. 

(Trudeau) "The influence of the Metal Element makes the Metal Pig the most assertive and structured of all the Pig types. The Metal Pig is capable of great accomplishments, as they meet every challenge with passion and determination. Unlike other signs, the Metal Pig rarely suffers from indecisiveness, instead being very firm in their opinions. The Metal Pig is hardworking in their personal pursuits and in the protection of their ideals. In this sense, it is not usual to see a Metal Pig fighting fiercely for justice. In communication, the Metal Pig adopts the same intensity, which explains why they are often considered blunt. Luckily, the Metal Pig's dependable reputation outshines their weaknesses."

7th century Swedish Viking  plate for making helmets

(Harper) "The influence of the Earth Element makes the Earth Pig the most patient and practical of the Pig signs. With two feet firmly on the ground, the Earth Pig rarely suffers from unrealistic expectations. The more likely reality is that the Earth Pig will work towards a goal with organization, structure and prudence. In this sense, the Earth Pig can be one of the most hardworking members of the Pig type. The Earth Pig is not overly social, but they do enjoy the comfort and security of close relationships."

The Prodigal Son as a Swineherd by Hans Sebald Beham 1538

I get the sense their karmic 'battle' goes back to a time in the olde country, where the boar was an emblem or coat of arms. Feuding members of a clan, or such. They both have Pagan festival birthdays - Trudeau a Winter Solstice druid, Harper a Beltaine baby - heavy with fertility symbolism.

Alexander Nesbitt (author on heraldry) memorial c 1700

The boar was a sacrificial animal in Goddess religions of olde, representing fertility and good fortune. The reason eating pork is taboo in Judaism and Islam is that it was the Mother Goddess' sacred animal, reserved for ritual. 
Some have called Trudeau 'Harper Lite', indicating that he is just as corporate-serving and shallow, only more palatable. While I don't think this a fair assessment, it does illustrate how the Goddess's animal has been reduced to piggy banks and pork bellies, our modern-day political leaders mere salesmen, with no substance or real connection to the land and it's inhabitants.

Former Conservative PM and sell-out, Brian Mulroney as piggy bank

Background and Characters

The Wise Old King

Justin Trudeau's late father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, was the Liberal prime minister credited with 'shaping the soul of the country'. Though some hated him for his policies (especially in the west), he was mostly adored and remembered fondly by Canadians who came of age in his time. A rational, intellectual, Jesuit-schooled statesman, he made diplomatic relations with communist countries, opposed arms sales to South Africa, legalized abortion and same sex acts between consenting adults, faced off bottle-throwing separatists and faced down FLQ terrorists (his most controversial move - the War Measures Act). As glamourous, Libra swinger, he dressed flamboyantly (a fresh rose in his lapel every day), rode a motorcycle and dated stars (of both sexes, it was alleged). Pierre personified the then progressive platform of the Liberal party. John Lennon (Libra) and Yoko Ono (Aquarius), after meeting him, said that if all world leaders were like Trudeau, we'd have world peace. Above all else, he was happiest when with his three sons. Pierre Trudeau died in 2000. His spirit lives on as a sometimes oracular presence, on Parliament Hill.

Trudeaumania in 1968,  Justin and Pierre Trudeau in 1981

The Adversary

Steven Harper, current "crime sinister" of Canada, is the anti-Trudeau. His mwah-ha-ha promise to us is quoted, below. He began to hiss nervously and blow his cover when Justin Trudeau aka Luke Skywalker became head of the Liberal party and has since done everything in his power to try and discredit him, to little avail. Harper has plenty of followers, even though he has completely trashed everything we hold dear, in his crusade to erase all traces of the Wise Old King. It's as if he had a mirror that kept repeating, 'Trudeau is still the fairest one of all' every time he gazed into it (probably often). Unfortunately, our smug nation had to get a good look at it's collective, dark side, personified in this man.

Harper is like the archetypal villain of James Bond flicks and it would not be a stretch to label him criminally insane, guilty of high treason. Though he keeps his fundamentalist religious beliefs hushed, they play a big role in his policies. Always watching his back, he has spent more on personal security than any other prime minister in history and apparently, has a personal psychic who doubles as his make-up artist, advising him on communications - all at taxpayer's expense, of course. Crafty and unscrupulous, he will stop at nothing to win. Prince Justin's guard must not be let down for one moment. 

Watch 'Woah Canada' Movie:

a Conservative attack advert, directed at Chinese communities, warns that Justin Trudeau 
will put brothels and drug injection/distribution sites in every neighbourhood. 
(The one of him "supporting abortion until birth" is too grotesque to post here).

The Queen, Lord Knight and Princes

Justin's mother, Margaret Sinclair, met Pierre Trudeau, then Minister of Justice (Libra scales) when she was just 18, they married when she was 22, a beautiful, Virgo "flower child". He was 30 years her senior. 
Can you even imagine this flying, today ? Margaret's father, James Sinclair (Gemini), a squadron leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WW2, had also been a liberal politician. Justin has said that it was his late grandfather's 'door-to-door' style, not his father's that he emulates, as we shall see.
The Trudeaus had 3 sons, Justin (eldest), Alexandre/'Sacha' (middle) and Michel (youngest).  3 sons, like in all the fairy tales. Margaret was the first PM's wife in over a century to give birth while her husband was in office, to Justin, on Christmas Day. They have been referred to as 'Canada's Kennedys', the closest thing we have to a Royal Family. 
The marriage started out fine, but didn't last. As much as catholic Pierre was projecting the Madonna on his Virgo wife, she had her daddy issues, too. Locked in her ivory tower while her husband ran the country, the young Queen began to suffer from bi-polar depression. To find herself, she went away into exile in NY, tripping the lights fantastic at Studio 54 as her husband lost the election in 1979. She had also had an affair with Ted Kennedy. After divorcing Pierre, she remarried and disappeared from public eye. She never stopped loving him, however, and they remained good friends. 

The Trudeaus (La Presse photo)

Tragedy struck the Trudeau family in November 1998, when youngest son, Michel, an avid outdoorsman,  was caught in an avalanche in BC. His body lies at the bottom of Kokanee Lake, to this day. 
Margaret suffered a devastating bout of depression after this, which ended her second marriage.
Already we begin to see a karmic legacy here - Grandfather, Father and brother all sacrificed their lives to the country, in one way or another. As well, middle brother, Alexandre, also born Christmas day, is a journalist and documentary film maker who has also risked his life in places like Iraq and Darfour. (Artists have a different way of transforming karma). Justin chose October 2, 2012 what would have been his brother Michel's 37th birthday, to announce his bid for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. 

Was it written in the Stars...or the Paper ?

Clipping from National Post's Pierre Trudeau Memorial issue, 2000.

Ok, now let's look at Justin's Trudeau's chart to see how it all manifests. I'll skip the typical personality trait stuff  and  focus on a few of the more complex elements.

Pluto in Libra

The Pluto in Libra generation are learning about relationships and equality. There may be old guilt in this area. Probably due to having been too self-centred in the past (Aries Moon). With Justin's Pluto in the second house, we see that early on, the adult-child Capricorn was taking note of his parents example - what they practiced and what they preached. Libra Pierre preached equality and put it into law, but according to Margaret, this didn't really translate within the boundaries of their marriage - a prime minister's wife in the 1960s, and barely an adult. With Justin's Moon in Aries (opp Uranus in Libra), he experienced his mother as an independent, rebellious woman, and that Aries Moon just never felt quite nurtured or noticed enough by her, part of his Chiron Aries wound. His mother's influence is strong, with his ascendant being in her sign. His longing for her connection has made him eager to be in a relationship with everyone. This can be good for politics (or a rock star), as long as one doesn't lose themselves in trying to be everything to everyone or base their entire self-worth on superficial relationships. 
PL/Libra are fair-minded, diplomatic and tend to not tolerate injustice. Justin (Justice ?), though waffling in some areas, has always been very clear about his stance on gender equality and that all members of his party must be pro-choice. One of the effects of a mother 'abandoning' her sons to do her own thing, is that they will tend to respect and admire or even worship strong, independent, beautiful women, even as their inner child yearns for mummy.

Pluto in 2nd house Libra is also the first indicator of the legacy Justin has inherited, through family, ie, that he has come into the world with. 

Justin's Uranus in Libra is conjunct to Stephen Harper's Midhaven, threatening to rock his equilibrium (or make him appear square/outdated ?). Uranus is the liberator. Alternately, we see Harper trying to make his opponent look like an unpredictable, Uranian wild card. 

Saturn  conjunct Midheaven

Saturn just within the cusp of it's own house, in Gemini, is an excellent position for this planet. Also, we see his Gemini grandfather and prime minister father, passing him the torch as he comes of age, and perhaps watching over him. Plus the whole 'brotherhood' of the old power structure, which can either work for or against him (already there has been one scandal). The older Justin gets, the more respect he is likely to earn. Capricorn Suns are born adults and tend to get younger, more comfortable with age. One thing about Saturn and Capricorn, there is always a deep sense that all rewards must be earned, there is no free lunch. Therefore what one has worked hard for, nobody can take away. 

Keepin' it Capricorn - Justin Trudeau with surrogate uncle, 
respected, former Liberal PM, Jean Chretien (Capi Sun)

Algol conjunct Midheaven and the Double Goddess

Fixed star Caput Algol, the Gorgon's Head, is conjunct Justin's Taurus midheaven. This star has the worst reputation in the whole sky - but - it can also bring fame, leadership and public recognition. Basically it's  just too darned powerful for some people. With this placement, there is not much room for Justin to deviate from high, moral standards. Medusa, like Baba Yaga, rewards heroes and obliterates the corrupt. If he stays on the right track (and his Virgo asc and Sagi Jupiter will hopefully see to that), Algol will bestow honours. He might have to watch for an explosive temper, especially with his Earth trine and Sagi Mercury/Jupiter barbs. (And yes, Sagi Jupiter is the rightful head of the family clan). As well, Mars/Pluto opposition and Uranus/Moon opposition can be a wonky with emotions or explosive. Saturn conjunct the MH/Algol says "Keep a cool head, son. Don't go losing it."

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of  the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places…

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness…"

-King James, Ephesians 6:12

Conjunct his Part of Fortune, in Taurus/9th house of among other things, philosophy and law, is Pallas Athena, Goddess of Battle and Wisdom, who 'contains' Medusa's formidable head (courtesy of Perseus), on her breastplate. She is in opposition to Lilith in Scorpio, in the 3rd house, the saboteur and internalized shadow feminine, who is also inconjunct his Aries Moon. Here is the dark side of Margaret - as experienced inwardly by the young Justin - the saboteur of his father's career, and of the family order. (Justin has a good relationship with his mother, but we are talking about inner archetypes being formed, early in life). Like Rochester's wife in the attic, this wild woman has the potential to make trouble, so he must appease her and keep her contained. When made an ally, however, she is a force to be reckoned with. Oh, and she bestows sexual magnetism, in spades.

Sun square Pluto

Sun square Pluto means having to make extra effort to express one's true, solar nature, as there can be a lot of self-doubt based on past life mistakes, but in the end it makes the individual stronger. There is a sense of having a destiny to fulfill, with all Sun-Pluto contacts. The inner critic/opponent is the solar hero's sparring partner, throughout life. They tend to mainly compete with themselves.

8th House Moon, Chiron, Mars

The 8th house concerns shared resources, debts, legacies and karma. It's the natural Scorpio house, so also death - ie the spirit world or that which is hidden. Justin has Moon and Chiron in Aries (opp Uranus), here plus Mars (traditional God of Death, in his own house) at 29 Pisces. This Mars placement hints strongly at his adventurous, younger brother, buried in water. Whether a debt to him or a debt repaid, he is connected at a soul level to the land because of this sacrifice. Again, there could be some past life Pagan/druid connection, and the Aries Moon points to a soul lineage of battle, perhaps having fought and died alone. 
Fixed star, Scheat, at 29 Pisces (since moved to 0 Aries) is traditionally considered unfortunate. It has Mercury/Mars energies and is related to water accidents, but also to breaking with conventional thought. This is because the last degree of Pisces is the release point of much built up energy, after an entire solar cycle around the zodiac. Though he may be more progressive than he lets on, Justin will not have a problem maintaining the barrier between public persona and private self. (This doesn't mean he's being fake, just that Capricorns know better than any other sign how to navigate a world of superficiality while not being superficial people, themselves).  

Lunar Nodes 

Leo South Node shows that Justin is accustomed to being the centre of attention, and the centre of his own universe (also the Aries Moon). With the North Node in Aquarius, conjunct Venus, he is learning to  spread that Leo love outward, to the greater whole - especially with women, who Venus/Aquarius says are equal partners, friends. He will certainly repair some of our damaged, international relations. 
With Vesta in Aquarius at the Sun-Moon midpoint, he is dedicated to the service of humanity, at his core. 

With Sun in it's own house, a 1/19 lifepath, near-Solstice birthday, Leo south node and Aries Moon, Justin Trudeau (the SON) has a lot of solar renewal energy, which is why I call him the 'solar hero' of this story and why this election is potentially so cathartic. 

Venus, Jupiter and Mars are all transiting his first house, and there will be a Capricorn Moon on election day - the day after Pierre Trudeau's birthday. 

Canadians ~ please VOTE October 19 and make your vote count ! 
A Conservative minority win will mean no hope in hell of having our environmental objectives heard and there'll be no more CBC to help. 
Willingly or otherwise, PLEASE vote for the candidate who can send the tyrant packing  ! If we vote strategically this time, we won't have to, next time, because both Liberal and NDP have pledged make voting representational. We can deal with other issues once we're out of critical condition.


Well Canada, we did it ! As the whole world knows by 
now, we have a new prime minister and his name is 
He won us over, swept the nation right off it's feet, 
Monday night, with his "sunny ways" (his own words),  
the quintessential,  solar hero. He will be sworn in on Nov 4.

Now the healing begins...and some very hard work (ambrosia 
for Capricorn, so no worries there). Trudeau's cabinet will 
have more First Nations appointees than ever before, and 
more women (thanks, Venus/Aquarius and Pluto/Libra).

We must never forget how close we came to losing 
everything and that the shadow is never gone for good. 
But I am so happy the majority of us have stepped 
into the light and rejected fear !