|Margaret Thatcher in her prime in 1983.|
Back in 2010, I predicted riots and a royal wedding for 2011, since I thought we were likely to see some themes from 1981 repeat.* In 1981 the riots were a lot more serious and the wedding turned out to be a sham, but you can see the parallel worked.
So if it worked for 1981-2011, how about 1982-2012. History never repeats itself exactly, but I do think there's one event to which we should pay some heed.
In 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, a British protectorate just off the coast of South America. Margaret Thatcher sent the fleet down to recapture the islands. Back then Pluto was in the UK's first house along with Saturn. With those two heavy hitting planets on our side, the war was over very fast. The navy was a sledgehammer. Thatcher, who had been very unpopular, suddenly struck political gold.
Right now, Argentinian generals could not choose a better time to take back the Malvinas. UK Chancellor George Osborne has just decimated the navy, and the military is weak and dissipated thanks to cuts and two lengthy, draining engagements (Afghanistan and Iraq). In December 2011, South American countries united to block Falklands vessels using their ports.
In fact, Pluto, the destroyer, is sailing dangerously close to the UK Sun and IC. This has never happened to this UK chart because it was born in 1801. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn (1767-1784), Britain gained Bengal (via the East India Company) which set the country on the way to becoming an empire and lost America.
My advice to David Cameron? Sell the Falklands to the highest bidder and pay off some of our national debt, please. Now that would be a radical move. And come to think of it, why stop there? Surely there are a few other islands we could flog...
*This is to do with how Saturn works in the UK chart. To read that piece, click here.