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Nick Clegg: Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Published: 28th January 2008
Recently elected leader of the Liberal Democrat party, Nick Clegg is the party's third leader in two years. He has been a LibDem MP since 2005 and before that was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1999 to 2004.
He has worked as an aide to Leon Brittan's in the European Commission negotiating for the EU in talks about China's and Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation. He has also had a stint as a journalist. In the past he has attempted to write a novel, and has been a self-described 'ski bum'.
Nick emphasises his liberal persuasion as coming from instinct and childhood, rather than libraries and academia. He attended Westminster School, one of the top public schools in the UK, and his father was a banker, his mother a teacher.
His family background is colourful, well-connected, political, and international. Maintaining that familiarity, his wife is Spanish (and a lawyer), her father was a member of the Spanish senate, and her mother is a teacher.
Nick Clegg's birth chart
Nick's birth time is not known at the time of writing therefore his chart has been calculated without house cusps, and the Moon's position is approximate. Here is the chart wheel:
Update 2nd May 2010:
Time of birth: Nick's campaign team has said that his time of birth was 5:30am. According to the Astrological Association 'another private source' says it was 5:56am. Prior to that, 8am was thought to be his birth time. The above chart has been calculated for 5:30am but the text of this article remains unchanged.
Place of birth: Some sources give Amersham, others Chalfont St Giles, and a few Chalfont St Peter. These places are so close together that these discrepancies cause little difference. The conflicting birth time information is the major obstacle to calculating the right chart.
His Moon is most probably in Sagittarius, unless he was born at the very start of the day, prior to 00:28hrs when the Moon moved out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius. His comments about his mother, his childhood, and his socio-political outlook point to Sagittarius's concerns with justice, egalitarianism, fair play, and sense of future potential, as does his mother's profession as a teacher:
"I became a liberal not in a library but over the dinner table, in the car, in the park, in conversation with my mum. I hope I've inherited some of my mum's unerring compassion, her ability to see the potential in everyone, her despair at the class system, and her total belief in justice."
His Jupiter in Leo is in the same degree as that of David Cameron, reflecting their confident air and a sense of entitlement. There is a regality built into this placement, an expectation of being in a position to command and have one's wishes fulfilled. Possibly this connects with the charts of his family members, reflecting as it does an inherited sense of specialness and outstandingness, considering oneself different from the rest of the pack, not being cut from the same cloth somehow.
Nick's Mars in Libra is strategic - the art of war. It squares his Sun in Capricorn, reflecting driving ambition, snapping at the heels of those above him as well as pushing down those who would advance on his position from below. It's reminiscent of the controversy surrounding his announcement of his intentions to compete for the leadership of the party at their conference last year.
Overall, Nick's chart isn't terribly well connected, aspects-wise. In particular, his inner planets form few aspects, and it is his 'generational planets' which are interlaced with each other. Perhaps this is part of what's drawn him to the societal level. His personality might lack natural integration in some way, as if he has discrete sub-personalities that do not interact with each other very much, or pull together as a team, so to speak, rather like a house full of people who don't much talk to each other or share activities.
Nick competed for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats under controversial circumstances, reflected by transits of Neptune to his Mars and Pluto, and of Uranus to his Sun. He won the competition when the Sun and Mercury squared his Saturn, suggesting status and achievement but also added burdens and an increased sense of one's limits.
A child of the 60s, Nick was born during the astrologically infamous conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in opposition to Saturn (and Chiron). This line-up is about to be echoed from 2008 to 2010 by another Saturn-Uranus opposition, this time with Pluto square them both. Nick's chart therefore resonates with this time period. In fact, he has come to prominence during a planetary mirroring of his natal configuration, as has David Cameron (born in 1966):
This year and next Nick has some 'mid-life' transits that reflect changes ahead professionally and personally. He will be questioning how many of his dreams he's achieved, how his current life matches his earlier vision of how it would turn out, what the limits are to his power and capabilities, and what results he is getting versus what he wanted to attain by this stage in his life. He will reassess his goals, possibly doing some about-turns, and he is likely to face considerable turbulence and unexpected developments.
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