THE RISE AND FALL OF AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, PAUL KEATING
 
HOW TRANSITS WORK IN PREDICTING THE FUTURE
 
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Douglas Parker has been a professional astrologer for over 25 years. Contact Douglas at douglasp@melbpc.org.au 


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This article was published in the Federation of Australian Astrologers Journal, Volume 22, June 1992. Douglas Parker was the first astrologer to obtain Keating’s birth time, and to rectify (work out his birth time) his chart. Major events in Keating's life between 1958-1996 have been researched.

Background

Please have patience in reading this if you are new to astrology. It takes a lot of study to know how this all works.

This article shows how transiting planets, when they come into aspect with the fixed-at-birth planets in someone’s horoscope can change that person’s life. It shows how accurately the change can be predicted, frequently within days, and what area of that person’s life will be affected.

A transiting planet is simply a planet moving through the sky, measured by longitude. An aspect is an angle made between two planets by longitude, in this case, 0, 45, 90, 135 or 180 degrees between the transiting planet and the fixed-at-birth planet. When a transiting planet “hits” a fixed-at-birth planet, their energies combine. e.g. transiting Pluto (concentrated power) “hits” fixed-at-birth Mars (energy, courage) = a massive increase in physical performance, 2 jobs etc. By looking at which house the fixed-at-birth planet is in a horoscope and which house it rules, an astrologer can read which area of your life will be affected. e.g. fixed-at-birth Mars in 4th house of home & family, so likely move of home, or renovation or major family change. A fixed-at-birth planet is the position of a planet by longitude at the birth moment, somewhere around the 360 degree circle known as the Zodiac. There are 12 signs of the Zodiac, so 30 degrees in a Sign e.g Gemini etc.  

Paul Keating

On 19 December 1991, a month before his 48th birthday, Paul Keating became the youngest Prime Minister in Australia’s history. Not bad for someone who had left school when just fourteen-years-old. This is a classic research article on how transits work, how astrologers make predictions.

 
Birth Details

Paul Keating was born on 18th January 1944 in Sydney, N.S.W.," very close to midday", according to information received from his mother. This information was given to me by a lady who works in Keating’s electoral office and personally knows his mother. When I requested the birth time in December 1991 she almost immediately phoned his mother and within hours had informed me of the time. Wartime existed.

I have rectified (verified by astrological work) Keating's birth chart and have no doubt his time of birth is between 12:00 noon and 12.10 p.m.

Following is a list of events from Keating's life, in chronological order, with the corresponding astrological transits and eclipses which triggered off each event:



1. LEFT SCHOOL IN 1958 AT 14 YEARS OF AGE

Transiting SATURN (Jan, May and Oct 1957) in Sagittarius conjunct Keating’s ninth house (higher education): study going “backwards”.

Transiting SATURN (Jan, Jun and Oct 1958) in Sagittarius opposition Keating’s natal SATURN in the third house (education),which also rulers the tenth house (career). Obviously he could no longer justify staying at school.

Solar Eclipse at 28 Aries 34 (19 Apr 1958):

conjunct Keating’s Ascendant:  environmental change;

square Keating’s Midheaven: career change.

Transiting URANUS (9 Aug 1957, stationary between 20 Mar and 12 May 1958) in Leo conjunct Keating’s natal PLUTO, ruler of the eighth house (major life changes and money); in the fourth house (family), resulting in major family changes as Keating begins to earn his own money.

 

2. MUNICIPAL OFFICERS UNION, 1968

Transiting PLUTO (21 Sep 1967,14 Apr and 16 Jul 1968) in Virgo square Keating’s natal SATURN, the ruler of his tenth house (career): a " forced" (square aspect) career change; SATURN in Keating’s third house (communications) he begins to hone his communication skills.

Solar Eclipse at 8 Aries 19 (28 Mar 1968):

conjunct Keating’s Ascendant: coming into public view!;

square Keating’s natal Mercury: job/career change.

 

3. ELECTED FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND (25 OCT 1969)

Transiting PLUTO (Dec 1967, Sep 1968 and Apr 1969) in Virgo semi square Keating’s natal:  PLUTO: ruler of eighth house (major life change and money);

and NODE: coming into a large political organization.

The PLUTO and NODE conjunction in Keating’s horoscope shows his wish to become a public figure and to influence them.

Solar Eclipse at 18 Virgo 53 (11 Sep 1969):

square Keating’s natal SATURN: ruler of Keating’s tenth house (career), indicates a career change; in the third house (communications), indicates improving communication skills.

Solar Eclipse (11 Sep 1969) square Keating’s natal Venus, the ruler of his second house(money): increase in income.

Transiting URANUS (24 Sep 1969) in Libra conjunct Keating’s natal NEPTUNE, the ruler of his twelfth house (hidden matters). Keating's "team" was accused of "branch stacking" to get the A.L.P. nomination, a typical underhanded twelfth house activity.

Transiting JUPITER (29 Oct 1969) in Libra conjunct Keating’s natal MOON. The Moon in astrology, among other things, symbolizes the public. As we go through Keating's career we will see the political significance of this planet in his birth chart!

 

4. FEDERAL ELECTION (13 Dec 1972), WHITLAM PRIME MINISTER

Transiting URANUS (9 Nov 1972) in Libra conjunct Keating’s natal MOON! Once again a major transit to Keating's natal Moon resulted in a major political event, the election of a national Labor

Government for the first time in 23 years! URANUS transits to the Moon makes one "very pushy and assertive".

Transiting PLUTO (4 Dec 1972) in Libra conjunct Keating’s natal NEPTUNE, in his sixth house (service, health) and ruler of his twelfth house (worries, health). PLUTO transits to NEPTUNE can bring "unusual health problems", especially when NEPTUNE rules or is placed in the twelfth house. Occasionally one hears of Keating's "health problems". This could have been one of those times,  especially with transiting NEPTUNE in Sagittarius opposing Keating’s natal MARS and URANUS throughout 1972-73. These two years would have been health/energy crisis years for Keating.

 

5. MEETING HIS FUTURE WIFE (Jan 1975)

Solar Eclipse at 21 Sagittarius 17 (13 Dec 1974) conjunct Keating’s natal VENUS: falling in love; Venus rules his seventh house of marriage. He was "besotted".

Transiting PLUTO (8 Dec 1974, 27 Sep 1975) in Libra square Keating’s natal MERCURY, in his ninth house of foreign travel and foreign contacts. He met his future wife on a plane and "pursued

her around the world".

By October 1975 with transiting JUPITER in Aries, opposition Keating’s natal MOON he would have " known" he had found his bride.    

 

6. MARRIED JUN-JUL 1976.

Solar Eclipse at 9 Taurus 13 (29 Apr 1976):

opposite Keating’s Vertex: fated relationship change;

square Keating’s natal PLUTO and NODE, both planets being in his the fourth house of the home and family, indicating family changes; the eclipse to PLUTO and NODE indicate a "fated" personal relationship change.

Transiting URANUS (27 Oct 1975, stationary late June and July 1976) in Libra semi square Keating’s natal VENUS: falling in love, strong sex drive, Cupid had arrived!; ruler of Keating’s seventh house of marriage.

 

7. MINISTER FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY) IN WHITLAM GOVERNMENT, OCT 1975

Transiting JUPITER in Aries conjunct Keating’s natal ASCENDANT (May 1975) and transiting through his first house throughout 1975: very optimistic, help from others.

Transiting JUPITER (8 Oct 1975) opposition Keating’s natal MOON. Once again a major transit to Keating’s natal MOON resulted in a significant career event. Keating became the youngest minister ever in a national labor government!

Transiting PLUTO (8 Dec 1974, 27 Sep 1975) in Libra square Keating’s natal

MERCURY: persuasive oratory, ruler of the third house (communication). Keating’s natal MERCURY is conjunct his M.C. (career), so the powerful Pluto transit to this planet indicates “forced” (the square aspect) career changes in this time.

 

8. WHITLAM GOVERNMENT "SACKED" BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL, JOHN KERR (11 NOV 1975).

MALCOLM FRASER BECOMES PRIME MINISTER. KEATING LOSES JOB AS A CABINET MINISTER

Transiting PLUTO (29 Oct 1975 and 26 Aug 1976) in Libra semi square Keating’s natal JUPITER. The Jupiter-Pluto connection is called the "millionaire's syndrome", win a million or lose a million. Keating “won” (Oct 1975) and “lost” his Ministerial job on this transit!

Transiting Pluto (Nov-Dec 1975) at 100-120 Libra conjunct Keating’s Descendant, square Keating’s MC (career). Pluto transits are often associated with “force majeure”, where all is annihilated. Keating’s Ascendant and MC are very close to 110 Aries and 120 Capricorn respectively!  His time of birth is within 3-4 minutes after 12 noon.

Transiting NEPTUNE (13 Dec 1975, 2 Jul and 13 Oct 1976) semi square Keating’s natal SUN in the tenth house (career): career undermined and “out of control” (Neptune). NEPTUNE is the ruler of the sea. The sea comes along, slowly wears away at the bottom of the cliff and the cliff falls over! Transiting NEPTUNE is often associated with deceit, lies and theft.

 

9. FEDERAL ELECTION (13 Dec 1975), RE ELECTED M.P. FOR BLAXLAND

See transits under section 8.

 

10. FEDERAL ELECTION (10 Dec 1977), RE ELECTED M.P. FOR BLAXLAND

Solar Eclipse at 19 Libra 24 (12 Oct 1977) conjunct Keating’s natal MOON. Once again Keating’s natal MOON was activated! Naturally an event can be activated two months either side of an eclipse. The election would have been called much closer to the eclipse than the election date.

 

11. FEDERAL ELECTION (18 Oct 1979) RE ELECTED M.P.

Transiting PLUTO (16 Nov 1979) in Libra conjunct Keating’s natal MOON! The MOON in Keating's chart is very close to the angles, indicating a public career, like a politician. Every major transit to the MOON in Keating's chart is likely to indicates a career "happening".

Transiting SATURN (15 Sep 1979) conjunct Keating’s natal VENUS, the ruler of his seventh house (marriage), and the planet of love: big problems (Saturn) in marriage and finances (Venus rulers second house.

Transiting NEPTUNE (20 Sep 1979) conjunct Keating’s natal VENUS: disappointment in love (Venus) and marriage (ruler of seventh house).

Transiting URANUS (Oct 1979) in Libra  semi square Keating’s natal NEPTUNE: ruler of twelve house: health worries, depression.

Transiting SATURN (08 Oct 1979) square Keating’s natal SATURN, ruler of his tenth house (career): career "crisis " (Saturn) indicated. Perhaps whether to continue in politics?

 

12. FEDERAL PRESIDENT OF THE A.L.P. (1979-82)

Transiting PLUTO (16 Nov 1979, 8 Apr and 12 Sep 1980) in Libra conjunct Keating’s natal MOON: Keating's MOON is a very powerful "tool" in determining his political past and future!

Transiting PLUTO sesquiquadrate to Keating’s natal MARS and URANUS: energy levels very high, working very hard, improving communication skills (third house MARS and URANUS).

 

13. FEDERAL ELECTION (5 Mar 1983), HAWKE P.M. ,KEATING TREASURER

Transiting PLUTO (20 Oct 1982,15 Jun and 30 Jul 1982) in Libra square Keating’s natal SUN in his tenth house (career). Certainly this was one of most spectacular, plutonian career changes, from obscurity to Treasurer, in Australian political history. Apparently Keating, almost by “accident”, had acquired the Shadow Treasury position just before the election and after the election had retained it.

Solar Eclipse at 23 Sagittarius 04 (15 Dec 1982) conjunct Keating’s natal VENUS and opposition his natal SATURN and the Solar Eclipse at 19 Gemini 43 (11 Jun 1983) opposition Keating’s natal VENUS and conjunct his natal SATURN. The eclipses to the ruler of Keating’s career (Saturn), placed natally in the third house (communication) show both career and communication changes in Keating's life around March 1983 (half way between the two eclipses).

 

14. FEDERAL ELECTION (1 Dec 1984) RE ELECTED

Transiting Jupiter in Capricorn (mid Nov 1984) conjunct Keating’s MC (career): career success!  

Transiting PLUTO (beginning 13 Nov 1984) semi square Keating’s natal VENUS, indicating the period when Keating was most popular with the public. It was almost like “a love affair” (Pluto-Venus).

Transiting URANUS in Sagittarius semi square Keating’s natal SUN in his tenth house during November 1984 when the election was called, indicating career changes i.e. an election.

Transiting VENUS (01 Dec 1984) conjunct Keating’s natal SUN in his tenth house and square his natal MOON, both indicative of the election "going well".

 

15. FEDERAL ELECTION (11Jul 1987), RE ELECTED

Transiting JUPITER in Aries: conjunct Keating’s natal ASCENDANT (Apr 1987); square his natal MOON (May 1987); and square his natal SUN (08 Jul 1987). The JUPITER transits

to three major planets was indicative of "great optimism".

Some political observers indicated that during the 1987 election campaign, Keating had more influence on the poll outcome than any politician, other then a Prime Minister, in Australian political history.

Transiting PLUTO (12 Nov 1986, 25 May and 06 Sep 1987) square Keating’s natal PLUTO, the  ruler of his eighth house (money): continued prosperity.

 

16. STOCK MARKET CRASH (mid Oct '87) AND CAREER "GOING SOUR" THROUGH 1987

Transiting SATURN (8 Mar, 24 Apr and 21 Nov 1987) opposition Keating’s natal SATURN, his  tenth house ruler (career), in third house (communication): increasing difficulties (Saturn) in career and communication.

Solar Eclipse at 29 Virgo 34 (23 Sep 1987) conjunct Keating’s natal NEPTUNE and Solar Eclipse at 27 Pisces 42 (18 Mar 1988) in his twelfth house, opposition his natal NEPTUNE. The eclipses to the twelfth house (depression, health problems) ruler and in his twelfth house, show depression and health problems by late 1987.

 

17. AUSTRALIA GOES INTO A MASSIVE RECESSION, 1989

Transiting Saturn and Neptune (Mar-May and Nov 1989)in Capricorn conjunct Keating’s MC (Career) and square his ASCENDANT. Australia went into a major recession during 1989. With both transiting Saturn and Neptune now both in his tenth house (career), Keating’s career became increasingly difficult (Saturn) and “out of control” (Neptune). His judgment with transiting Saturn and Neptune square his Ascendant was “away with the fairies”. He played a very "low key" role in this election campaign. The Recession began looking more and more serious, much more than most people had believed. Interest rates hit 17%! Both Keating, his boss and the Australian economy were “out of control”.

 

18. FEDERAL ELECTION (24 Mar 1990), RE ELECTED

Transiting URANUS (stationary 6 Mar to end May, mid Dec 1990) in Capricorn conjunct Keating’s natal MERCURY, which is conjunct his MC (career). This got him re-elected.

 

19. IMPROMPTU PRESS CONFERENCE (07 Dec 1990). KEATING CRITICIZED THE P.M. FOR "LACK OF     LEADERSHIP"

Solar Eclipse at 25 Capricorn 20 (15 Jan 1991) conjunct Keating’s natal SUN in his tenth house of career. Keating had decided to "go for the Prime Minister's job"! This " impromptu", more like planned, press conference was the first public "attack" by Keating against Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

The transit in section 17. was still in play. The transiting Uranus (outlaw, sudden change) was making him “go for it”.

 

20. JANUARY 1991 CAREER CRISIS

Transiting SATURN and a Solar Eclipse conjunct Keating’s natal SUN in his tenth house of career during the second week of January 1991. Keating felt he had "no way out", it was a "great career crisis". From this time on there was no turning back. Keating was going for the prime ministership!

Transiting URANUS (Mar, Jun and Dec 1990) conjunct Keating’s MC (career). Uranus (rebel, outlaw, sudden change) demanded a career change.
 

21. FIRST LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE TO BOB HAWKE (3 Jun 1991). KEATING LOST!

Solar Eclipse at 18 Cancer 59 (11 Jul 1991) square Keating’s natal MOON. (An eclipse can have an effect two months either side of when it occurs). Once again a major transit or eclipse to Keating's natal moon happened at a time of major career change in his life. This first challenge did not succeed but it did "fatally wounded" Hawke and he never recovered from it. Keating went to the back benches.

Transiting URANUS (Mar, Jun and Dec 1990) conjunct Keating’s MC (career) was demanding an attack on the prime ministership! Transiting Uranus was at 13 Capricorn, showing Keating birth time to be 12:05 pm!

Transiting SATURN (stationary 10 Apr to 25 Jun, 30 Dec 1991) in Aquarius sesquiquadrate Keating’s natal SATURN, the ruler of his career: “frustrations and setbacks" (Saturn) in his career, especially during the stationary period (Apr-Jun 1991).

Transiting JUPITER (28 Sep 1990, 3 Feb and 24 May 1991) in Leo conjunct natal PLUTO and NODE: Jupiter-Pluto transits are often noted to be "the millionaire's syndrome" transits. This transit would have helped Keating to decide to "go for broke" to become P.M. The Jupiter = Pluto/ Node midpoint, in this case a conjunction, is “the desire to obtain power by force through the help of others. The attainment of great gains through others”*

*Reinold Ebertin, The Combination of Stellar Influences.

 

22. THE SECOND LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE (19 Dec 1991). KEATING BECOMES
      PRIME MINISTER OF
AUSTRALIA. 

During the second half of 1991 there was constant talk of another challenge to Prime Minister Bob Hawke's leadership. The first challenge had mortally wounded Hawke. The next challenge was only a matter of time. The only challenger was Keating.

Transiting NODE in Capricorn (Nov 1991) conjunct Keating’s MC (Career). This is when Keating finally got “rock solid” support behind his campaign.

Transiting URANUS (Mar, Jun and Dec 1990) conjunct Keating’s MC (career) was demanding an attack on the prime ministership! Transiting Uranus was at 13 Capricorn during both of Keating’s  leadership challenges: the first unsuccessful challenge on 3 June and finally the successful challenge on 19 December. This shows Keating birth time to be 12:05 pm!

Transiting URANUS (stationary 23 Aug to 15 Oct 1991) in Capricorn sesquiquadrate Keating’s natal JUPITER. This so called "thank the lord aspect" would have caused great tension in Keating's life but also made him very optimistic.

Transiting Chiron conjunct (Oct to Dec 1991) Keating’s natal Pluto and Node is very interesting. Chiron transits are often involved in “life and death” situations. Clearly it protected Keating at this time.

Solar Eclipse at 13 Capricorn 51 (4 Jan 1992) conjunct Keating’s MC (career). An almost exact conjunction with the MC (career)!

 

23. PRIME MINISTER KEATING WINS ELECTION, 13 Mar 1993

Transiting Uranus and Neptune (Feb, Jul and Dec 1993) in Capricorn square Keating’s natal Moon. Once again a major transit to Keating’s natal Moon at a time of career highlight. The transiting Uranus gave enough power to him to win the election.

 

24 TRANSITING NEPTUNE BRINGS DOWN KEATING, 1993-1996

Transiting Neptune (Feb, Jul and Dec 1993) in Capricorn square Keating’s natal Moon.  Throughout this time Neptune wore away Keating’s public image (his Moon) and his marriage (his Moon in his seventh house of marriage). Keating hit a once in 30 year emotional low during this time!

Transiting Neptune (Feb, Jul and Dec 1993) in Capricorn sesquiquadrate Keating’s natal Mars-Uranus conjunction. Keating became more and more exhausted during this time, hitting a once in 15 year energy low, health crisis.

Transiting Neptune (stationary Mar to Jun 1996) in Capricorn conjunct Keating’s natal Sun in his tenth house of career. Neptune is a draining, debilitating planet. Neptune the ruler of the Sea, wears away at the rock and the rock dissolves! Keating’s life-force (his Sun) and his career (his Sun in the tenth house) were dissolved by transiting Neptune! He lost the 11 Mar 1996 Federal Election and his time as Prime Minister of Australia was over.

 

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