The Green Party
With David Cameron sidelining Justine Greening and paving the way for a third runway at Heathrow, with the Lib Dems being almost a spent force, and the Labour Party not yet having their act together, eyes may now rest upon the Green Party and particularly focus upon their new leader Natalie Bennett. In London, the Green Party is now the third largest party, and they are attracting more youth than the Lib Dems.
Caroline Lucas, who has done much to raise the profile of the Green party and green issues, recently decided to step down as the chairperson of the party, concentrate on her role as M.P. in Brighton, and allow new blood to step forward. Her replacement Natalie Bennett, Australian born with a scientific background, has a very strong chart, and not an entirely easy one, but presumably that has made her stronger. Her easier path comes from two good trines: Sun exactly trine Jupiter (immense good will) and Venus in Capricorn (lover of the Earth) trine her North Node (karmic mission). She has notable squares too, but the other dominating feature of her chart is a double opposition between Pluto/Uranus (exact conjunction) in Virgo (the Rebel on behalf of the Earth) and Saturn/Chiron in Pisces (a sensitivity to suffering). This double opposition, composed itself of challenging planets, will have forged her character under difficult circumstances. Her political coming of age may be due to a recent Nodal reversal by transit, highlighting her South Node in Sagittarius (esoterically ruled by the Earth).
Zoe Williams, writing in the Guardian, says: “One [criticism] is that she is too emollient, doesn’t focus enough on attacking the coalition, concentrates instead on talking about her own policies”. That sounds to me like a virtue. She has a distinctly non-aggressive Mars (in Pisces, and unaspected save for a loose conjunction with Saturn which tempers it even further). Could that be a new vision of politics, not attacking your opponents…?