From an astrologer’s point of view this is the most interesting election of all because of so many unusual factors:
1. We have the very unusual situation of both candidates being appointed to very high positions really recently.
Julia Gillard (29th September 1961, 11.52 am, Barry, Wales) was appointed to the position of Prime Minister in late June. Her astrology does show considerable success, but is it this appointment or winning an election? It is really hard to differentiate.
Tony Abbott (4th November 1957, London UK, time unknown) has his Secondary Progressed Sun in parallel of declination with Australia’s Sun-Jupiter-Mercury-Uranus-Vertex and this is usually a winning combination. Abbott was made Leader of the Opposition on 1st December 2009 and this parallel was active then too, so does it describe his appointment or winning the election?
So both leaders have winning combinations, both have recently received appointments to high office and contesting for the highest office in the land. This makes life very interesting for an astrologer.
2. We don’t have Tony Abbott’s time of birth
and this can make a huge amount of difference. For example, with the small amount of data I have, he seems to have 24-26 fixed prominent in his chart. If I put 25 Leo on the MC (6.57 am) then his Solar Arc MC is conjunct natal Jupiter, Solar Arc Vertex conjunct natal Uranus, Secondary Progressed Ascendant conjunct natal anti-Vertex … and so on. He has lots of activations that seem to fit the current events very well.
In addition, Australia’s SP Vertex-Uranus is conjunct his natal Moon, suggesting a destined association with the public.
But i have no idea if that time of birth is the correct one so can’t predict on that basis.
3. Australia’s Oath Taking or Inauguration chart
(1 January 1901, 1.35 pm, Sydney, Australia) is currently having Solar Arc Saturn sesiquadrate radix MC. As the MC is the Party in Power but also describes the Prime Minister, does this Solar Arc describe the axing of Kevin Rudd or the loss of the election by the Labor Party – or both?
4. This is the first time Australia has the opportunity to elect a female Prime Minister.
This is shown by Progressed MC conjunct Progressed Moon, however this was exact when Julia was appointed Prime Minister – and right on her own Descendant – so does this progression show the appointment or her winning the election?
Concurrently SP Mars is square SP MC indicating the battle involving a Mars person, aptly described by Abbott who has Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Aries!
5. this is a battle of the sexes
Though no-one would dare to say so publically, so many people will vote to favour one sex or the other.
6. This election is also a battle of religion versus atheism
As Tony Abbott is a very right wing Catholic and Julia Gillard is an atheist, so many people will vote on that basis. Fortunately Australia is not very religious, but there is a huge Catholic population so overall they would favour Abbott.
In addition we have a series of fascinating human interest stories, with axed Prime Minister Rudd campaigning for his Labor Party; ex-leader Latham reporting on the election and clearly showing his own bitterness; respected ex Prime Minister Hawke having a TV film about his own axing aired and another biography published as well as campaigning for the Party; on the Liberal Party side ex-Prime Minister Howard campaigning for Abbott but ex-Prime Minister Frasier resigning from the Party in disgust … and so on.
Even the lunations connected to the election have some difficulty in discerning who will win, with Julia showing up strongly on the New Moon and first quarter Moon before the election and Tony on the first Quarter Moon before the election and Full Moon after the election.
This all clearly describes this neck and neck race.
On the day of the election
the Moon is in Capricorn- and at the opening of the Polling booths is conjunct Australia’s parallax duad Moon. This clearly shows the public involvement and could favour Julia. The Moon is trine Julia’s MC.
What has really swung me towards Julia is very simple astrology. Election day has a Venus-Mars conjunction in Libra. Julia has her Sun in Libra so is described by Venus, Tony has his Sun in Scorpio so is described by Mars. Venus is in its dignity in Libra and just (0.03′!) above Mars, which is in its detriment. At the close of the Polls Venus has moved further away from Mars (0.13′).
The Moon is conjunct Julia’s Saturn, which is on a very political degree, and is parallel her Jupiter. This activates her natal, very powerful Saturn-Jupiter conjunction.
In addition, Julia is shortly experiencing transiting Saturn conjunct her Sun and then transiting Pluto square. This ties into Australia’s Saturn, which will experience transiting Saturn square and transiting Pluto conjunct. It seems likely that this shows Julia as Prime Minister having to deal with stressful situations in Australia.
Political Parties’ charts
When we look at the chart for the Federal Labor Caucus (see Party charts on my website) the Moon is conjunct Saturn and then moving into a trine to Sun-Venus-South Node during election day. The Sun is conjunct Labor Mars and Neptune is opposing.
The Liberal Party’s charts don’t seem to have such strong activations, but again, I don’t have the time of its inception so this could change matters.
The election was a dead heat. Three Independents held the balance of power and had the ability to decide who would become our next Prime Minister.
On the 7th September 2010 two chose Julia Gillard to become the 28th Prime Minister of Australia.
Copyright (c) Alice Portman August 2010