May Astromusings – Change in Australian Greens’ Leadership, New Moon in Taurus 18 May, Retrograde Mercury 18 May to 11 June 2015

Hi dear friends,

Richard Di Natale

Richard Di Natale

Well, it was quite an eventful week last week with the unexpected resignation of Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, and the unanimous election of Dr Richard Di Natale as her successor, with two deputies, Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters. Ludlum and Waters who have strong environmental backgrounds and credentials represent a younger, inner-city demographic, They are both articulate and tech-savvy which may attract more voters who are disenchanted with the two mainstream parties.


Scott, Christine, Richard & Larissa

Scott Ludlum, Christine Milne, Richard Di Natale & Larissa Waters

Dr Richard Di Natale – new leader of Australian Greens

The new leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Richard Di Natale is 44 years old born 6 June 1970 in Melbourne (time not known)  so brings generational change. He comes from a different background from Christine Milne and her predecessor Bob Brown.. Christine Milne, a former schoolteacher and a 25-year political veteran, who found her passion for politics in the Tasmanian environmental movement, was cut from the same cloth as her predecessor and inaugural Greens leader, Bob Brown.

Milne and Brown spoke and behaved like environmental activists, always appearing more comfortable when defending natural wilderness or prosecuting causes such as climate change.

Di Natale is different. He will have broader appeal. In the Senate, Di Natale has been most active on issues which aren’t conventionally environmental. His campaigns and causes have included medical cannabis, health threats from superbugs, hospital funding, air pollution, the economics of the pharmaceutical industry, sports science and gambling. In his first speech after being elected as the new leader of the Australian Greens, Di Natale declared, “We can be a party for progressive mainstream values and that’s my job.” His goal is to lift the party’s national vote from 12 to 20 per cent.

He continued, “We are going to give voice to their concerns: decent healthcare, decent education, affordable housing, public transport, we are going to give voice to all of those issues.”

“We’ve got a country that’s going backwards when it comes to climate change, we’re taking a hatchet to the social contract, to decent income support, we’re taking a hatchet to our healthcare system, to education and all of those things.”

“As a society we can afford to pay for those things, you’ve just got to make some choices.”

In keeping with longstanding Greens policy, Di Natale nominated mining subsidies, tax concessions in superannuation and multinational tax avoidance as potential sources of revenue.

The Victorian senator described himself as a “product of the great Australian experiment called multiculturalism” and worked as a doctor before entering politics. Di Natale is a son of Italian working class immigrants. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University.  Di Natale later studied for Master of Public Health and a Master of Health Science at La Trobe University. Prior to entering parliament, Di Natale was a general practitioner and public health specialist. Dr Di Natale worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector.

Richard Di Natale's natal chart

We don’t have a birth time for Richard Di Natale so I have just erected a noon chart. He was born with the Sun in Gemini so he would come across as intelligent, a good communicator and networker. He has a cluster of planets in Cancer  – Mars and Venus and most likely the Moon so he would be emotional, caring and very family oriented.  With Mars in Cancer, he would likely fight for causes that he believes in and with Jupiter in Libra he would have a strong sense of what is fair and just  He would be a hands on practical person with Saturn conjunct Mercury in practical Taurus.

Retrograde Mercury in Gemini 18 May – 11 June 2015

While we are on the topic of Gemini, Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is about to do his backward dance in the heavens when Mercury stations retrograde on Monday 18 May at 13 degrees 9′ of Gemini and turns direct at 4 degrees 34′ of Gemini on 11 June. This is a particularly powerful retrograde as Mercury will retrograde in its own sign of Gemini. Mercury rules our rational mind, that is how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury has rulership over the areas of communicating, negotiating, commerce, formal contracts, documents, short distance travel,  mail, shipping, the immediate environment, siblings and neighbours. Therefore, there may be confusion, misunderstandings and delays in these aspects of our life. There may be strikes, travel delays, letters going astray etc. Therefore, it is not a good time to sign contracts, start new enterprises or make any major decisions. Positively, the retrograde cycle of Mercury is an excellent time to review things. Just as the normally quicksilver Mercury slows down during his retrograde cycle, so he invites us to change our pace to a more introspective, reflective one. During Mercury’s retrograde phase it will oppose Saturn and square Neptune which could add to the confusion.

Mars also moved into the sign of Gemini on 12 May so this will activate our mental processes and communications which may compensate for the effects of retrograde Mercury.

New Moon in Taurus 18 May 2015

There will also be a new Moon in Taurus at 26 degrees 55′ at 2.13.11 pm on the same day that Mercury turns retrograde on 18 May 2015. The Moon is exalted in Taurus which is a fixed sign so it is focussing on physical manifestation and commitment. The New Moon is an ideal time to sow new seeds which will come to fruition at the next Full Moon, These combined energies of retrograde Mercury, Mars in Gemini and the New Moon in Taurus provide an opportunity for release old habits and adopt new ones that can be integrated on the physical level.


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