It's not often that we see revolution so clearly etched in a mundane chart, but the military coup that took place in Zimbabwe this past week (15th November) occurred as revolutionary Uranus hovered over the Sun in Aries and the IC.

Some six weeks before, the third and final Jupiter-Uranus opposition had straddled the MC-IC axis, and the total solar eclipse of 21 August had fallen on Zimbabwe's Mars, which is in turn square natal Uranus. The writing was clearly on the wall.

Zimbabwe Military Coup

At this point in time, all seems calm on the Zimbabwe front, although this may well change in the coming weeks. Currently, President Robert Mugabe, is under house arrest, reports suggesting that he is being persuaded to step down.

We do not have an accurate time of birth for Mugabe, although I have seen a chart raised for 11: 15 am local time, which yields an Ascendant of 17 degrees Taurus and a Mid-heaven of 17 degrees Aquarius. Based on the Sun, Moon and planetary positions of his solar chart, there is little to explain the sudden rupture of his political career – thirty-seven years in power. We can only assume that Uranus, Neptune or Pluto is currently transiting the angles of his chart.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

Although many will be relieved to see Mugabe go, he was in his earlier years a brave fighter for Zimbabwe's independence, reflective, perhaps, of his Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius, which connects with Zimbabwe's mutable T-square: Venus opposition Neptune squaring Saturn.

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20th Nov 2017 - 26th Nov 2017

As soon as the Sun enters Sagittarius - 22nd this year - I start to get holiday fever! In the United States Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, which is the signal for the big consumer bus to get rolling. Christmas is but thirty-five days away..In the Thornton household there are bags of dried fruit and spiced this and that gathering in the kitchen cupboards, and, although the cake should have been made earlier in November, I will be baking it this week.

(Click here for my recipe, which includes sour cherries and pieces of dark chocolate.)Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter and known for its optimistic, generous and philosophical nature - and the occasional thunderbolts.

And although Christmas takes place under Capricorn, the exciting, star-spangled run up to the event is ruled by jolly Sagittarius.The season of good will to all men is upon us.


November 2017

Sagittarius: With so many astrological blessings, you should have no cause for complaint…


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