Haiku: Someone

a revolving door
always leading to nowhere –
someone in control

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Zodiac Spread: The Future of Britain 2022-2027

I asked for insight into the next five years in Britain. Spread used was the 1JJ Swiss Tarot.

Despite what Britain has become, it looks as though she will play a leading role in the world in the near future. There will be stronger, but fairer leadership. There will be a new beginning in diplomatic affairs, based more on ethics and the increasing involvement of younger people.

The British economy will be able to reinvent itself in ways we can’t even dream about at present. There will be far reaching changes in investments and much overseas development, financially. Much can be attained.

The country’s travel infrastructure will be reassessed, weighing up the true needs of the people. The media too will change, with a much more balanced content. The education system will also change significantly too, with much home schooling, which may become the norm.

Higher education could morph into areas like personal growth, rather than vocational degrees. The judicial system is also likely to switch to a more ethical approach based upon spirituality and ancient traditions. Long distance travel issues will be eased, with more emphasis upon water or ocean travel.

The people will become more discerning, judgemental, and will be able to communicate their opinions more easily. The government, in response to this, will seek a partnership with the people and vice versa, both becoming the same animal in effect, without the present lack of trust.

The country will become much more energetic and sportive, particularly amongst the young, with a move away from corporate sport, and towards the involvement of everyone at a more amateur level. This will be a significant achievement. At a societal level, there will be more emphasis on groups and societies that aid personal growth, probably from some spiritual perspective. The House of Commons and Lords, and regional councils, are very likely to be much reduced in size in function, and what remains will steer the course of the nation much more ethically than at present.

The health of the nation will become much more stabilised, with the emphasis moving to accentuating the positive. Similarly, the workforce will become much strengthened, with greater opportunity to ‘do your own thing’. The mental health of the nation, too, will have been much alleviated through a support network to help those who have been affected, particularly over the last two years but also in general. The idea of imprisonment will be reassessed.

Although the Britain of 2027 will still be very much a work in progress, it will be clear by then that the country, and indeed the world, will be going along a very different path.


Copyright Francis 2022

Yes, Folks – It’s Mercury Retrograde Time Again

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In fact, since the end of last year Mercury has been in shadow and goes station retrograde today, January 14 at 10 degrees Aquarius.

He conjoins with the Sun on the 23rd of January, backtracking into the Goat on the 25th. He then turns station direct on February 3 at 24 degrees of the Goat, before finally leaving shadow on the 23rd.

Moving backward through the first decanate of the Watercarrier, we can expect frustration and delays in communication and travel, particularly in regard to joint ventures, social arrangements and group interests.

As Aquarius is also linked to government legislatures, such as the House of Commons, the US Senate and similar institutions around the world, we can also expect delays and even more obfuscation and shenanigans from these areas, at least until the 25th when Mercury enters Capricorn, when the emphasis will be on business and economic issues.

When Mercury turns direct in Capricorn on February 3, we might begin to see more political, business and economic clarity, and particularly from the 23rd once out of shadow. Considering the political and cultural context we are in, supposedly at the end of a pandemic, we should really begin to see things change and revealed from the middle of February onwards most particularly.

Copyright Francis 2022

On This Day 2019, Boris Landslide — But What a Difference a Year Makes

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It is only a year since Boris Johnson won a big 80 seat majority in the UK General Election, promising to ‘get Brexit done’.

Whilst Brexit appears to be basically achieved, it is still unclear as to the nature of Britain’s relationship with the EU following our exit.

But of course, this has been an extraordinary year for other reasons. The government’s, and in particular the Prime Minister’s handling of events of this year, have come under much critical scrutiny.

I don’t recall any government with such a majority ever falling from grace so quickly. It is difficult to see it recovering, even in the long term. For whilst there does not have to be another general election for four years, I think that the present paradigm of political parties have run their course.

In my opinion, the winner of the next election, which may not be that far away despite the governments majority, will likely be the leader of new party.

Copyright Francis 2020

On This Day 1688 – The Battle of Reading, Culmination of the ‘Glorious Revolution’

brown and black windmill
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The only major military engagement of the so-called ‘Glorious Revolution’, the Battle of Reading, took place today in 1688.

James II of England had come to the throne in 1685 despite being a Catholic, a religion which was very much out of favour in Great Britain at the time due to the conflicts over the previous century and a half.

At first his monarchy was tolerated, perhaps because the populace did not want a repeat of the Civil War which had brought such destruction, resulting in the death of King Charles I in 1648/9.

William and Mary

However, probably due to the birth of an heir in 1688 and the possibility of the creation of a Catholic dynasty, public opinion soon began to turn against James II. His daughter Mary, who was married to his nephew William of Orange, were promoted as obvious replacements and this is how it eventually turned out.

The Battle of Reading itself provided the incongruous spectacle on English soil of King James’ Irish troops pitched against the Dutch forces of Prince William of Orange. Even so, the people of Reading did all they could to support the Dutch.

History Repeats – Two Williams from Abroad

Casualties were relatively few despite the decisive victory of William, who was soon to become the second king of his name to win the throne of England via a foreign invasion, albeit a very different one.

King James very quickly saw the impossibility of his position and abdicated, fleeing the country for France and then Ireland, where he was still largely supported.

This was a major turning point for Great Britain, where the superiority of Parliament over the Monarchy was truly established. For good – or ill – the birth of modern Britain, politically, culturally, economically, can be traced to this period, and it relied on a Dutch ruler.

copyright Francis Barker 2019