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1707 - 2007: Anniversary of the Act of Union
Written & published: March, May & September 2007
May 2007 marks the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union which created Great Britain from Scotland, England and Wales. On 3rd May there will be Scottish Parliamentary plus local government elections in Scotland. Politicians and political commentators alike are highlighting the results as pivotal for the future of the union. So what does astrology have to tell us about this relationship?
Examining key moments in the history of the relationship between Scotland and England shows that it resonates to the Uranus Return cycle and the Saturn-Uranus cycle. There is also a resonance around 10 degrees of the signs, particularly the Leo-Aquarius polarity, with a secondary area around 16-17 of the same signs.
The Declaration of Arbroath, which urged the Pope to recognise Scotland's independence from England, resonated with the 10 degrees area of the Zodiac, however it is the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton eight years later which marks the base point of the Uranus Return cycle and the Saturn-Uranus resonance.
This treaty was an agreement between England and Scotland, and it stated that the Kingdom of Scotland was and would remain "...separate in all things from the Kingdom of England, whole, free and undisturbed in perpetuity, without any kind of subjection, service claim or demand." Clearly this resonance is pointing to something that still lives and requires addressing.
This table contains milestones in the independence and union of Scotland and England (plus Wales post-1536).
Here is the above table in graphic forms. This first graphic shows the cycle of Uranus to its place in 1328 when Scotland and England agreed the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton, which recognised Scotland's separateness from England:
Next, the cycle of Saturn-Uranus. In looking at this diagram it's interesting to note that the Scottish National Party (SNP) was born during a Saturn-Uranus sextile, and its long-standing leader Alex Salmond was born as Saturn approached a trine of Uranus. This cycle shows the importance of the lesser-used aspects: quintiles, noviles, undeciles, also known respectively as fifth harmonic, ninth harmonic, and relevent harmonic aspects.
The 1988 constitutional convention produced the Claim of Right, which warrants closer attention because it is this that will be to the fore during the Saturn-Uranus opposition of 2008-2010. These years are likely to be a time of direct confrontation on the issue of the state of the union, and the decision about changing the relationship.
The Claim was signed by Gordon Brown, who was at the time a relatively unknown MP, but who now of course occupies a very different position. It asserted Scotland's right to form its own Parliament, and was motivated by a desire for full independence1, based on the view that Scotland had suffered as a result of being part of the union.
The May 2007 elections take place with Saturn quincunx Uranus, showing the relevance of the elections to the union. This aspect suggests irritation with the status quo and a tense, frustrated desire for reforms to it. Jupiter is involved too, trining Saturn and squaring Uranus, so the society-building nature of the time is clear. Saturn will simultaneously be opposite Neptune, resonating with Tony Blair who has Saturn conjunct Neptune, and the Labour party which has Saturn trine Neptune, reinforcing the idea that this is indeed a pivotal time for the balance of power within the union.
At the time of writing, the SNP is ahead of Labour in Scottish polls2, and has said it would hold a referendum on Scotland's independence by 2010, just as the Saturn opposition Uranus is completed3, the culmination of its waxing phase and the external expression of the seed that was planted in 1988.
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