The Mysterious Darnley/Lennox Jewel — Uncontrolled Historian (Reblog)

I’m beginning to really like this girl. Not agreeing with her means nothing, I just enjoy her videos…and Accent. She’s an Ulster girl. The shenanigans that went on within the family featured below was part of my final History Exams. I stopped at the murder of Rizzio. Darnley doesn’t come out of this smelling very […]

The Mysterious Darnley/Lennox Jewel — Uncontrolled Historian

The Secret Saint — davidavien (Reblog)

I was in Edinburgh, taking a break, when I remembered the story about the relics of Saint Andrew – the patron saint of Scotland being nearby and thougth I might as well take a look. In the New Testament Gospel according to John, Andrew was initially a disciple of John the Baptist and started to […]

The Secret Saint — davidavien

Sketches of Superstitions, Saturday, February 15, 1840, pp.30-31. — Random Scottish History (Reblog)

[Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal Contents] SKETCHES OF SUPERSTITIONS. THE DRUIDS.    INTERESTING as are the ancient superstitions and theological fables of Scandinavia, a notice of which formed the subject of the last paper in this series, British readers cannot but feel a still greater interest in the history of Druidism, the superstition which flourished peculiarly among […]

Sketches of Superstitions, Saturday, February 15, 1840, pp.30-31. — Random Scottish History

Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK; February 11, 2000 — UFO Network (Reblog)

Date of Sighting: 11-Feb-00 18:20 Location of Sighting: Banff, Banffshire Brief Description of sighting: Two star like objects, with the larger emitting a light beam, which was cone shaped. Pinkish in colour.

Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK; February 11, 2000 — UFO Network

Selkirkshire, Scotland, UK; February 2, 1997 — UFO Network (Reblog)

Date of Sighting: 02-Feb-97 14:25 Location of Sighting: Selkirk, Selkirkshire Brief Description of sighting: Mirror like object. It was flickering.

Selkirkshire, Scotland, UK; February 2, 1997 — UFO Network

Invergowrie, Scotland, UK; February 1, 2000 — UFO Network (Reblog)

Date of Sighting: 01-Feb-00 Location of Sighting: Invergowrie, Angus Brief Description of sighting: Slow moving lights. They moved from the North to the South and then stopped.

Invergowrie, Scotland, UK; February 1, 2000 — UFO Network

Dunfermline, Scotland, UK; January 16, 1997 — UFO Network (Reblog)

Date of Sighting: 16-Jan-97 08:45 Location of Sighting: Dunfermline, Fife Brief Description of sighting: There was an orange glow in the sky. Small plane sized, cigar shaped object. It descended quickly.

Dunfermline, Scotland, UK; January 16, 1997 — UFO Network

BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #384:’ SATURDAY NIGHT”- BAY CITY ROLLERS – JANUARY 3, 1976 — slicethelife (Reblog)

Billboard #1 Hits: #384: “Saturday Night”- Bay City Rollers. January 3, 1976. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. Single: “Saturday Night”- Bay City Rollers Record Company- Arista Genre: Rock Written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter Time: 2:56 B-side:”Marlena” Album-Rollin Grade: B Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in […]


Brexit Countdown – An Astrological Perspective Part 1


So finally it appears to be happening, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is due to formally leave the EU at 11pm GMT on Friday January 31 2020.

Of course, there will be an ongoing debate during 2020 as to the nature of the final ‘deal’ between the two powers, whether it is based on the ‘Canada Free Trade Deal’, or even leaving on WTO terms at the end of the year in the event that no agreement has been made.

Nevertheless the UK is leaving, after much stuttering and fall out and two general elections since the referendum vote in June 2016.

But from my own astrological perspective, what does the leaving time and date signify, if anything?

Libra the balance but will we see justice?

I will start with the ascendant, or rising sign of the chart for 11pm, January 31, set for Westminster, the seat of the UK Parliament. We have Libra rising, a very political sign to do with justice, diplomacy and legality. It is no surprise that Libra has more than its fair share of politicians, lawyers and teachers with the Sun and other important significators in that sign.

Libra rising sets the political character of the moment, the scales, justice, a sense of something being ratified legally and that it has not been an easy course to reach this point. There has been, and there will continue to be, much debate.

However, Venus, the ruler of Libra and thereby ruler of the chart, is in Pisces in the 6th house, close to Neptune and in challenging aspect to an inflammatory Mars in Sagittarius.

Whither the Health Service?

In mundane astrology the 6th house is often seen to signify the nation’s health, perhaps the state of the UK’s health service, and we know how contentious the talk has been in regard to this, with claims that any future deal with the USA might see terms which gives Washington access to and power to ‘meddle’ with what many still regard to be one of the best health systems in the world.

Astrologically at any rate, it seems clear that the state of the health service, plus the Police and armed forces and their future role, will be the source of much angst in months and years to come.

Although Venus is said to be well placed in Pisces, the proximity of Neptune and the aggravation from Mars does indicate weakness, perhaps a continuing debate, encouraged and enflamed by the media, about as to whom can have access to free health care once, and if, free movement ends.

Radical Aquarius – radical government?

The Sun, always a prime factor in any chart, is in Aquarius in the 5th house of speculation, sport and leisure, a very positive placement I feel. Like Libra, Aquarius is an air sign, fitting well with the current Prime Minister Johnson’s air dominated chart.

Aquarius is forward looking, fair minded, radical and so we might well see a strong push towards political reformation, something which probably all sides would concede needs to be done. Just how far this might go is anyone’s guess.

There is much talk about reforming the House of Lords, even to the point of questioning its very existence. The state of the union has also been talked about, with Scotland clearly disaffected with being taken out of the EU as part of the UK.

Will Scotland be able to wave ‘tata’?

One wonders whether one of the reforms might be to do with the constitution of the UK and the relationship between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Could we be heading towards a more federal union? Will Scotland be granted ‘special’ status within the UK to placate its push towards independence?

As the 5th house rules speculation and the stock market, or partly so, we could see changes here too, though the continuing health of it would seem to be assured, depending on world economic trends.

Sport and leisure activities are also likely to be strongly emphasised during the next phase.

Within the next few days, Part 2 in this series will continue to investigate this chart and the changing nature and role of the United Kingdom in the coming years.

copyright Leofwine Tanner 2020

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Nearly 17 Degrees Overnight Temperature in Scotland!

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In a time where we would appear to be experiencing ever more unusual weather and strange atmospheric phenomena, this story grabbed my attention more than others.

I have to confess I have never heard of the ‘foehn effect’, nor do I admit to understanding it having now digested the information, yet when temperatures in northern Scotland briefly reach nearly 17 degrees C overnight, it makes you pause over your morning coffee. And this at a time of year when the average overnight temperature is around freezing point.

My only ‘experience’ of such unusually warm winter weather was when I was a baby, according to my late mother.

Apparently, it was warm enough one dark January evening for her to sit by the riverside in her short sleeves whilst watching me in a pram. Even if such memories did distort the truth over time, I saw no reason to disbelieve her.

copyright Francis Barker 2019