The Federal Election shapes as a clash between glamour and reality. Kevin Rudd lures us towards “A new way” beyond the past. Tony Abbott says there’s “New hope” if we balance the books. Which leader is best for Australia?
Politics is an emotive topic which generates huge amounts of newsprint and almost as much heat. To offset any concerns of political bias, the author wishes to state his allegiance has been to the Labor Party since arriving in Australia almost 40 years ago; he has never voted for the Coalition. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and have been formed through detailed research into candidates, parties and policies, overlaid onto the major numerological and astrological influences which affect the 2013 federal election.
Various numerological and astrological factors will be examined in this analysis, including a numerology chart drawn for the 7th September election, describing conditions leading to and including this national event; relationship dynamics between the election chart and prime ministerial candidates; significant labels such as prime ministerial number and parliamentary term which describe the underlying purpose of the office and term. The analysis is extended by examining the astrological chart for the opening of polls, which describes the mood of the people and major needs to be satisfied, the dynamics surrounding each candidate and possible outcome.
Federal election, mark I
When former PM Julia Gillard announced the 2013 federal election in January, she set in motion the longest campaign in Australian political history. Despite assurances that an election on 14th September would bring certainty and stability, nothing was further from the truth. By day two of the campaign, chaos enveloped parliament as two key ministers resigned, and the campaign developed in this same vein.
From a position of strength, Julia Gillard [born: 29/9/1961] gave her power away in an influential ‘personal year’ 8 [=2+9+9+2+0+1+3=26/8], in a fashion reminiscent of the ill-fated 21st August, 2010, election when polls opened precisely as Mercury went retrograde. Astrologers advise against signing agreements during these quarterly 3-week retrograde periods, as agreements often unravel and promises are broken. Such was Australia’s experience of the Gillard term of government. Similar complications could come back to haunt reinstated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose Papua New Guinea Solution was remarkably signed just before the close of a Mercury retrograde period on 19th July 2013.
Early features of the 2013 campaign were corruption hearings in NSW, controversial media laws, an uncontested leadership spill, government-promoted class warfare, unsubstantiated attacks on 457 visas, to name but a few. If this was certainty and stability, Julia Gillard and Australia were reading from a different playbook. National polls showed Labor hadn’t a snowball’s chance in the fiery realm of winning re-election. Finally in May, Gillard’s government sustained a fatal wound by reneging on its much vaunted surplus, and financial credibility vanished overnight, regrettably so, given Labor’s acknowledged role in navigating the global financial crisis in 2008-09.
Pluto’s role in events
As a backdrop to events, Pluto, powerful purveyor of transformation and rebirth, and Uranus, rebellious agent of change and individuality, have been in stressful square configuration [90 degrees] in the heavens since early 2011. The world has been in turmoil, particularly the Middle East, and wherever entrenched power opposes the people’s will. These same agents of transformative change targeted Australia’s sun, representing the nation’s leader, and set the scene for power struggles in government as Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard strived to force their will on each other. Rudd and Gillard’s combined chart showed enormous potential for change and reform when acting in unison, but for ‘internal regime change’ when acting out of unison.
While this political guerilla war raged, Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, strived to get in on the act and overthrow the government, rather than count his ‘lucky stars’ he was not the one in power, for Pluto and Uranus wait for no man. Had Abbott forced a change in government, he too could have met a succession of challenges and counter challenges. Notwithstanding Abbott’s inability to prosecute ‘regime change’ over the last three years, he has regardless been drawn into Australia’s Pluto-sun passage in making his own ‘captain’s call’, on a Rolls Royce parental leave scheme. Pluto transits to the sun have an underlying demand to ‘let go the ego’, and so each and every captain’s pick or captain’s call presents a test for political ego. To date these calls have been troubling to both political parties.
Confirming Pluto’s mysterious hand in events, when Julia Gillard made her controversial captain’s pick of sports celebrity, Nova Peris, for a Federal Senate seat in Northern Territory on 22nd January, Pluto exactly co-joined Australia’s sun [0 degrees]. Only eight days later, she made her surprising call for a 14th September election. Following Gillard’s demise on 26th June, “King Kevin” (The Australian, 12th July) was restored to The Lodge just in time for the next Pluto-sun conjunction on 11th July! Rudd greeted ambassadors from around the world and had earlier outlined his own captain’s pick for ALP reform to safeguard his leadership. Pluto’s intense tango with Australia’s leadership is not yet complete; a final conjunction is due on 26th November and may represent the final resolution of Australia’s leadership.
Pre-26th June world
Prior to 26th June, 2013, the burning question was, ‘Who would win the 14th September election – Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott?’ Gillard’s combined chart with Australia contained the powerful, unyielding 44(8) pattern in the vocational sector strongly aligned to the upcoming 44th Parliament, while Abbott’s birth chart [born: 4/11/1957] and combined chart with Australia contained the boundary setting, business-oriented 28(1) pattern, potentially aligned to the 28th Prime Ministership. The election date itself was conducive to change, and neither candidate particularly favoured. The potential outcome for Gillard, according to numerology, was ‘losing her home’ and ‘writing her memoirs’, as if she had unwittingly opened the door to defeat. Abbott, on the other hand, already in a sociable ‘personal year’ 3 [=4+1+1+2+0+1+3=12/3], was gifted an extended opportunity to build a closer relationship with the nation.
By a curious quirk of fate, the major beneficiary of the 14th September poll date was Kevin Rudd [born: 21/9/1957], who is in an expansive ‘personal year’ 9 [=2+1+9+2+0+1+3=18/9], which will see him complete a major life phase, and perhaps take on a ‘commander in chief’ role at home or abroad. What irony that Rudd should gain advantage from a date selected by Gillard, when she had done everything in her power to terminate his political life. Though not even a candidate, Rudd, received commanding numbers 98(8) packed with political power, suggesting he’d be vindicated, re-take the Labor leadership, or even win the election. Pluto, the ‘lord of karma’, seems to have been quietly at work.
26th or 28th Prime Minister?
In the post-26th June world, everything changed. With Gillard gone, the contestants reverted to Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. Labels are of vital significance and define the context of a leader’s term in office. Abbott’s chart is in harmony with both the 28th prime ministership and 44th Parliament on personal and national levels, and in that regard he would be a natural fit to the 28th Prime Minister in the 44th Parliament. Number 28(1) has a conservative essence and is principally concerned with defining boundaries, strengthening defences, containing space, defining identity, setting rules, strengthening business, balancing accounts, effecting good administration – all practices Australia urgently needs. Whether or not the 28th prime ministership will be filled by Tony Abbott, or at some stage by another political figure, numerology suggests this particular period of government has the potential to be strongly defining in Australian political history.
When Kevin Rudd was announced by some media outlets as the 28th Prime Minister, it appeared he had snatched the role from under Tony Abbott’s nose. However, since Federation, the convention in Australian politics has been to retain the initial prime ministerial number in cases of multiple terms, e.g. Alfred Deakin was always the 2nd PM in his three terms; Robert Menzies was always the 12th PM in his two terms. The upshot is that the 28th prime ministership is still available. Kevin Rudd, in his second incarnation, remains the 26th Prime Minister, embodying a warm and cuddly father figure who looks after his flock. This may help explain his enduring attraction to significant numbers of people. In contrast, the 28th PM would also be caring (2) but more austere (8), an effective administrator who sets boundaries and strengthens the business community.
Federal election – numerology
Observation shows the dominant influence in elections comes from election dates and their interaction with candidates. Some dates imply conservation of the ‘status quo’, while others signal change and directly challenge longevity, as did 14th September, 2013. When the die was finally cast by Kevin Rudd on Sunday 4th August, after a morning change of plan, it came like a ‘bolt from the blue’. Circumstances surrounding this surprising and sudden selection of 7th September reflect an uncertain quality inherent in this election date; called just two days after a significant budget downgrade, and in contradiction to Rudd’s decision to attend the G20 Summit.
Contradictions abound in this election chart, with themes of security and retention [Life Path = 22/4] opposed by uncertainty, improvisation and spontaneity emerging from the ‘anything can happen’ 742 pinnacle pattern [vocational sector], and reinforced by the 211 challenge pattern which can manifest as unexpected events, splits and divisions, conflicts of interest, and independence at all costs. Voting patterns will likely be variable across the nation, state by state, constituency by constituency, as seen already in national polls, and witnessed in Channels 7 and 9 ‘audience worms’. Independents may have a role to play as in 2010, when the Greens were afforded influence through a fortuitous alignment of their foundation chart [born: 30/8/1992] with Julia Gillard’s chosen election date.
Surprises will come thick and fast, none more so than the proposed relocation of Sydney’s Garden Island naval base to Queensland, ignoring NSW concerns and Gillard government concerns on the $6bn cost; or Kevin Rudd’s captain’s pick of former-QLD Premier Peter Beattie, described as a “bolt from the blue’’ (The Australian, 9th August). Ironically, the charismatic Beattie could unintentionally assist Abbott, with whom he has much numerological synergy. The seat of Forde is vital to a Labor victory and Rudd apparently told Beattie if Forde is lost so is the election. Despite poor polling in his own seat of Griffith, Kevin Rudd is having nothing of defeat, “People have a habit of writing me off, and I have a habit of coming back.”
The election chart, with numbers 742 in the vocational sector, aligns best to innovation and technology and may bring renewed focus to the future potential of the National Broadband Network, preferred by a slim majority of businesses in a recent survey. The election chart also ensures a sharp focus will be kept on the ‘bottom line’ by both parties; on budget savings, policy costings, squandered revenue, debt levels, and on the best route to re-establish the nation’s financial independence.
This same 742 pattern is a key signature of USA (born: July 4th 1776), and PM Rudd acquired three US advisers just days before the election date was announced. Given the security conscious yet spontaneous nature of the election chart, anything is possible. US-related events could even manifest as ‘wild card’ influences on the Australian election. A US-led intervention in Syria, for example, could impact polls in the government’s favour, as nations are less likely to change government when security or overseas conflicts are involved.
Newspoll and the Whitlam Institute recently reported on the fluid nature of voters aged 18-34 [26.4% of registered voters], and how a major shift in their voting intention could change the face of this election. Factors which could trigger change were described as shock events like political scandals, natural disasters or policy mishaps, precisely the type of scenario possible under the spontaneous 7th September election date.
The leaders – numerology
Kevin Rudd’s chart combined with the election day chart resonates to his birth day , and should assist his natural ‘meet and greet’ style and re-election in Griffith. The chart presents opportunities for rebirth and travelling the world, provided ‘political karma’ is repaid. This could play out domestically or in a larger global role. Rudd’s challenges centre on internal power struggles, legal issues, over-the-top action, his commander-in-chief style, and keeping firm controls on spending, expansion and largesse. By changing the election date, Rudd appropriated the ‘meet and greet’ dynamic and removed the ‘relaxed and comfortable’ setting afforded Abbott by Gillard’s 14th September date. Consequently, Abbott faces a new set of goals and challenges in this second campaign.
Tony Abbott’s chart combined with election day reinforces the strategic thrust of his campaign and resonates best with a well thought out approach. This could also mean Abbott has to think through his strategy very carefully after the poll has taken place. Abbott’s challenges centre on boldness and confidence in policy and self-presentation, neither to be weak nor overly aggressive. The Coalition was criticised recently (The Australian, 25th August) for doing a “dance of the seven veils” on hard decisions and policy costings; seen as symptomatic of a coyness or even cowardice in their campaign.
Federal election – astrology
From an astrological point of view, an election chart for the opening of polls in Canberra at 8:00am on 7th September, presents an alternative picture of the federal election and the dynamics of the candidates. As in the numerology chart already considered, the ‘opening of polls’ chart has pros and cons for both candidates. The people of Australia, represented by the moon in Libra, will be attracted to a candidate who can bring harmony and balance to the nation and move beyond recent years of political conflict.
The leaders – astrology
According to the rules of horary astrology, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, initiator of the contest, is represented by the Libran ascendant of the chart (LHS) and its ruler Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, relaxed and strengthened in her natural sign Libra, and sitting most auspiciously beside the ascendant. If Rudd plays his cards right and maintains harmony with the goddess, whose symbol is both a looking glass and the female symbol, she may assist him project a glamorous image to the masses: ‘Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’
At first sight, this seems a chart to die for. Yet, there is little support from other planets, suggesting Rudd will be very much on his own. Perhaps this helps explain Rudd’s preoccupation with ‘selfies’, where his image is captured looking into a mobile phone and instantly transmitted to followers. Rudd’s style as a loner, in control of his own destiny, is suited by the election chart, but, on the downside, recent polls suggest his make-up may be wearing a little thin. Clearly, he would have been better advised not to offend the ‘make-up lady’ before the first debate, as she was a dead ring-in for Venus. After a post-Julia boost, particularly with women and in safe seats, gains are still possible in Queensland, but disaster could loom in New South Wales.
Rudd’s opponent in the federal election, Tony Abbott is represented by Mars •, the male symbol and god of war, which normally would give him the edge on competitiveness. Yet, Mars is restricted by task-master Saturn ♄, requiring long hours of hard work, discipline and commitment; testing Abbott’s confidence and boldness in selling his message, releasing costings and plainly stating his plans for the future, especially when faced by a feisty Rudd.
Unlike Rudd’s situation, Abbott has planets supporting his cause, namely the moon in Libra, representing the people, who seek a balanced and harmonious outcome ending years of political conflict. Another Mars supporter is the oddball Uranus, representing the unexpected, unusual events, and perhaps the influence of independents.
Standing on a platform of ‘balancing the books’, Abbott is under attack from all sides over his Rolls Royce parental leave scheme, which clearly makes it harder to balance the books. Both parties, in fact, stand accused of big spending plans, Labor on historic grounds, but also the traditionally canny Coalition.
Summary and forecast
Kevin Rudd’s candidacy in the federal election is strengthened astrologically by the goddess of love, Venus, projecting a seductive image though with little support. Former Treasurer, Peter Costello has called Rudd “The Great Pretender” whose message to trust in “a new way” conflicts with responsibility for the ‘old way’. Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has defended Rudd for shepherding the economy through the global financial crisis, declaring Labor was on the side of the ‘angels’, the men and women of Australia. Contradictory views indeed, but Rudd’s mysterious allure may still hold persuasive force with voters.
Tony Abbott will have more difficulty selling his message of “new hope” by restoring the budget, reducing debt, and redefining boundaries. This is the less glamorous option. Yet, voters who want to break the pattern of big spending government may listen. If ‘doing the hard yards’ can lead to more balance, harmony and financial independence for Australia, they may look beyond the allure of Kevin Rudd. As the day progresses, the astrological pendulum, measured by the moon’s movement, will swing towards Mars and could represent a victory salute for Abbott.
The result of the 7th September, 2013, election is hard to predict. Tony Abbott has numerical patterns connecting to this particular parliament and to the next prime ministership after Rudd and Gillard, but the election date itself harbours underlying uncertainty. Despite current polls forecasting a Coalition victory, the election chart has such contradictory themes of security and retention vs. spontaneity and uncertainty that virtually anything is possible. Events will be unpredictable; swings variable across the nation; people deciding in the moment; independents maybe playing a role; perhaps a split decision on points; or a hung parliament requiring negotiation; a delayed poll or deadlocked Senate forcing another election?
Ironically, if Kevin Rudd had kept to his original plan to attend the G20 Summit in St Petersburg with the poll likely on 21st September, the result was clear numerologically and astrologically. Tony Abbott would have won convincingly; Kevin Rudd would have taken a bow, vindicated as 26th Prime Minister for saving Labor seats, then ‘zip’ into the sunset. Perhaps Rudd sensed his time was up if he waited too long, and instead threw caution to the wind and called it for 7th September?
In the final analysis, we will either see Kevin Rudd returned as 26th Prime Minister, or we will welcome Tony Abbott to the 28th Prime Ministership. Numeric labels are inordinately significant and the purpose of the 44th term of parliament is without doubt to get the nation’s finances back in order and build prosperity.
The question is who is best to lead Australia on this journey – the 26th Prime Minister, notionally a caring, loving fatherly figure who looks after his flock; or the 28th Prime Minister, notionally a caring but more austere figure, who administers effectively, sets boundaries and defines Australia’s identity? The choice may come down to life being ‘cosier with Kevin’ or ‘tougher with Tony’, essentially the 26th or 28th Prime Minister.
Personally, I believe the 28th Prime Ministership and the qualities it represents are what Australia needs at this moment in time to restore the balance, and that may be a defining factor in this election.
© Copyright Dr Neil Hair 2013
Note: The author wishes to acknowledge original source material from The Australian and The Sun Herald newspapers.
- The Master’s Apprentice, LivingNow, November 2007
- US Election: The Future vs. the Past, LivingNow, November 2008
- US Election: A Question of Values, LivingNow, November 2012
Dr Neil Hair is a scientist and teacher, has consulted in computing and finance, and studied numerology and astrology for 30 years. He researches personal, business, political, and scientific applications. Neil founded Sydney School of Numerology and consults privately.
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