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Australian Prime Ministers

On 26 June, 2013 Julia Gillard was ousted as Australia’s Prime Minister after three years and two days in the top job. This happened for one reason only; her lack of popular appeal. Opinion polls consistently showed that the Australian Labor Party was headed for a wipe-out at the forthcoming election with Gillard at the helm. After a vote was taken by the Labor Caucus, Kevin Rudd was reinstalled as PM. This was despite the fact that Rudd had been dumped three years previously, described by his parliamentary colleagues as ‘totally dysfunctional’ in terms of his leadership and management style. By all accounts Julia Gillard did a wonderful job throughout her three year tenure, but the people of Australia didn’t like her, they preferred Kevin.

Kevin Rudd is a Virgo and Australia has had more Virgo Prime Ministers than any other Sun sign. This is interesting, for Virgo is not known for its capacity to lead, nor for its ability to handle public life; often preferring to work alone, or in the background.  Past Virgo Prime Ministers of Australia include; Andrew Fisher, who was Prime Minister on three separate occasions, James Scullin, Joseph Lyons, Ben Chifley and John Gorton. If we add to this Kevin Rudd’s two innings, this makes a total of nine terms of office for Virgo Prime Ministers from a total 33.

When we look at the Sun signs of all past Australian Prime Ministers, we see a massive emphasis towards fire and earth signs. This is in keeping with Australia’s Federation chart, which has the same element imbalance.

From 1901 to 2013, fire sign leaders were in the top job 48.1 per cent of the time and earth signs were in charge 37.8 per cent of the time. Taken together, this is almost 86 per cent, leaving only 14 per cent air and water signs. Since Federation, fire and earth signs have been in charge for 96 years out of a possible 112.

Although we are only discussing Sun signs here, the Sun does symbolise leadership. This huge preference for fire and earth Sun sign leaders seems highly significant. Equally, the aversion we have for water and air sign leaders is very apparent. Julia Gillard, only our second Libran Prime Minister, was the latest casualty of this popularity contest.

In keeping with Libran symbolism, Julia Gillard presided over a hung parliament, where the balance of power was always an issue. The only other air sign PM, another Libran, Billy Hughes, could not decide which side of politics he preferred. Leader from 1915 to 1923, he was a highly divisive character and during the course of a long career in politics, he was a member of many different political parties, from the left, the right and the centre.  He died in 1952 aged 90 and was the longest ever serving member of the Australian parliament.

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Above: Percentages and days in power for Australian Prime Ministers according to their Sun sign, 1901-2013. Barton to Gillard inclusive.

Prime Minister

Sun Sign

Element

Date  of Birth

Edmund Barton

Cap

Earth

18/1/1849

Alfred Deakin*

Leo

Fire

3/8/1856

Chris Watson

Aries

Fire

9/4/1867

George Reid

Pisces

Water

25/2/1845

Alfred Deakin

Leo

Fire

*

Andrew Fisher*

Virgo

Earth

29/8/1862

Alfred Deakin

Leo

Fire

*

Andrew Fisher*

Virgo

Earth

*

Joseph Cook

Sag

Fire

7/12/1860

Andrew Fisher*

Virgo

Earth

*

Billy Hughes

Libra

Air

25/9/1862

Stanley Bruce

Aries

Fire

15/4/1883

James Scullin

Virgo

Earth

18/9/1876

Joseph Lyons

Virgo

Earth

15/9/1879

Earle Page

Leo

Fire

8/8/1880

Robert Menzies*

Sag

Fire

20/12/1894

Arthur Fadden

Aries

Fire

13/4/1894

John Curtin

Cap

Earth

8/1/1885

Francis Forde

Cancer

Water

18/7/1890

Ben Chifley

Virgo

Earth

22/9/1885

Robert Menzies*

Sag

Fire

*

Harold Holt

Leo

Fire

5/08/1908

John McEwen

Pisces

Water

29/03/1900

John Gorton

Virgo

Earth

9/09/1911

Billy McMahon

Pisces

Water

23/02/1908

Gough Whitlam

Cancer

Water

11/07/1916

Malcolm Fraser

Taurus

Earth

21/05/1930

Bob Hawke

Sag

Fire

9/12/1929

Paul Keating

Cap

Earth

18/01/1944

John Howard

Leo

Fire

26/07/1939

Kevin Rudd*

Virgo

Earth

21/09/1957

Julia Gillard

Libra

Air

29/09/1961

Kevin Rudd*

Virgo

Earth

*

Above: Australian Prime Ministers 1901-2013.

 

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Whether we use the Sydney based ‘Swearing in’ chart, or the Melbourne based ‘Legal creation chart’, or even the ‘First Australian Parliament chart’ (9 May 1901, 8pm Melbourne) the vast majority of planets in Australia’s chart are in fire and earth signs. [i]

Looking at the Melbourne based Legal Creation chart, (Chart 1) the moon’s north node in late Scorpio is the only hint of water, an apt description of the ‘sunburnt country’. The mass of planets in Sagittarius describes our obsession with sport and the great outdoors, and accurately reflects our status as the ‘lucky country’, while also symbolising the fact that we are, by and large, a nation of immigrants.

Jupiter in its dignity describes our wide open spaces and our love of all things big. We have the biggest monolith, Uluru, and the biggest natural reef, the Great Barrier Reef, plus a host of manufactured ‘big’ icons dotted across the country; everything from the ‘big banana’ to the ‘big koala’ and the highly amusing ‘big potato’ that my partner and I happened to stumble across when travelling through NSW.

Our longest serving Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, was a Sagittarian and Bob Hawke, was another popular Sagittarian PM, who is our third longest serving leader.  John Howard, a Leo, had the second longest term in office, while the two shortest terms were those of Francis Forde, a Cancerian, who was in power for only seven days, and John McEwan a Piscean, at the helm for just 22 days.

Australia’s chart has Mars in Virgo, a hard working archetype and a key part of the Australian national psyche. Mars spends more time in Virgo than any other sign, for this is where it reaches aphelion in its solar journey.  Here we have a symbol of stamina and endurance and the ‘little Aussie battler.’

For quite some time now I have used the Legal Creation chart for Australia in preference to the more popular Sydney based chart which has Aries rising and the Moon at 20 Taurus. (Chart not shown).

Libra rising describes our penchant for seeing ourselves through others eyes; the tendency to ask visitors to our shores what they think of us. It also describes how our nation always joins military action whenever called upon to help out. We are not naturally aggressive, but always lend a hand when asked. Libra rising also resonates with the concept of the ‘fair go’ which is a key part of Australia’s national identity.

The Cancerian MC is in keeping with our aspiration to own our own homes. This is the great Australian dream and the real estate market is the bread and butter of the economy. Like the crab, we mostly live in coastal areas of this great nation. The Cancer MC places the many Cancerian planets in the US Sibly chart on our MC, so we tend to look up to the United States as a ‘parent’ who will take care of us.

Tony Abbott

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Tony Abbott’s birthday in 2013 was highly significant, it coincided with a total solar (hybrid) eclipse! Abbott is a Scorpio, and Australia has never had a Scorpio Prime Minister but the eclipse on his Scorpio Sun also happened on the same day that transiting Pluto at 9.29 Capricorn was on Australia’s Sun, exact to the minute!!

History tells us that in Australia, Virgo Sun sign Prime Ministers are far more popular than any other Sun sign.  By contrast, water signs are the least popular. With transiting Pluto on our Sun, Australians elected our first Scorpio PM, as Australia plunged into a regressive abyss.

 


[i] The Sydney based chart is set for 1.35.42 pm in Sydney on 1/1/1901 with the swearing in of the Governor General. The Melbourne based chart is the moment when the Australian constitution first came into force at 1/1/1901 at midnight, Melbourne. Melbourne was the seat of government before Canberra was established. Another valid chart is the first Australian parliament that was officially opened at a dinner held in Melbourne on 9/5/1901 that commenced at 8pm. It’s also valid to relocate the Melbourne charts to Canberra.

 

 

 

 

 


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