Financial woes and worries not surprisingly are the standout astro-signatures for the UK in the first half of 2023. Uranus will square the speculative 5th house Venus (Venus rules money) mid March to early April 2023 before proceeding to oppose the UK 2nd house Neptune late April to mid May which will be nerve-stretched.
There will be one spark of good news through February as tr Uranus is conjunct the Jupiter/Pluto midpoint with an improvement in morale (a sporting success maybe?).
Tr Saturn will conjunct the UK Pluto over the end of March, repeating till late year, which usually suggests blockages and a downbeat mood. And there is a frustratingly trapped and scary tr Pluto square the Mars/Node midpoint all this month into January and repeating till late 2023.
What might offer a hint of cheer is Jupiter moving into Taurus and through the UK financial 8th house from June 2023 for a year which usually coincides with more money coming in or at the very least the start of beneficial changes.
From mid August tr Uranus will square the UK 11th house Saturn in Leo, repeating on and off into early 2025 – which could cause upsets in the legislature with parliament in turmoil. Which may or may not have anything to do with turbulence in the Scotland Act of Union 1707 chart – though it is difficult to see independence as an imminent issue.
Pluto moving into Aquarius from late March does not strike much directly in the UK chart until 2024. Though it does flag up for King Charles’ Coronation on May 6 2023, four days after Pluto goes retrograde.
It also shows up on the Bank of England chart, 27 July 1694 JC 10am, as tr Pluto in Aquarius will be in a highly pressured and trapped trine to the Mars from late March on and off till late 2024, suggesting there will not be much latitude for progress.
Like the UK chart the BoE chart hints that the real economic hardship will be 2024/25.
On the UK chart for 2024/25, tr Pluto will be in a disruptive trine to Uranus and a highly-confused conjunction with the Neptune/Node midpoint. Though it will also oppose the UK Jupiter so there will be a confident push through these two years. But the result appears to be further problems with the Solar Arc Uranus conjunct the 8th house financial Mars in early 2025 which will bring a major economic headache.
The Bank of England chart will labour through 2023/24 with tr Pluto trine the Mars with tr Neptune square the Saturn adding a further layer of uncertainty in 2024. Like the US Federal Reserve (see previous post USA 2023), the BoE will be knocked back in 2025 with the entry of tr Neptune and Saturn into Aries opposing its Mars.
Recovery will come eventually since it always does but not until 2026 and beyond.
The UK/EU relationship chart will have its ups and downs through this year with tr Uranus square the composite Venus and Mars throughout; as well as tr Saturn in hard aspect to the Pluto square Uranus – so not all sweetness and harmony.
What is intriguing is the UK/USA relationship chart. It has a fated and stressed composite Yod of Jupiter sextile Saturn inconjunct Pluto – so a power play is always in operation. The focal point Pluto will be elbowed by tr Uranus now till mid January 2023 and February to mid March 2023 – interesting to see what that brings in terms of diplomatic upsets.
Rishi Sunak’s Prime Ministerial chart, 25 October 2022, is a mix of confidence and disappointment through 2023. Tr Pluto will sextile the PM Jupiter late March to June 2023 for an attempt at an upbeat approach; at the same time as undermining tr Neptune squares the Mars – and that latter continues on into 2023, which usually suggests failure.
Sorry to be so downbeat – but better to not skip along in Mary Poppins-style and get disappointed. No one ever promised transformation was easy and the UK has had tr Pluto grinding through its 4th house deconstructing old foundations since post-2008 and tr Uranus through its 8th more recently which is another deep existential revolution phase. Both of which are major and will gradually move on in the second half of this decade leaving the UK a changed nation.