It’s ironic that Britain’s longest-reigning monarch should be succeeded by its shortest-serving Prime Minister, but that’s just what happened when Liz Truss stepped down from office after only 45 days in power. The fact that they both had the same first name is just icing on the cosmic cake in this bizarre juxtaposition. Truss stepped into the breach in the Conservative Party when embattled PM Boris Johnson resigned in the wake of scandal on July 7, but it took two months to wrap up those loose ends before she was officially appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on September 6. Now, just six weeks later, she’s gone.
In part, Truss got caught up in the current closing square between Jupiter, the planet ruling politics, and TNO Chaos, a far-flung bit of space debris that creates turbulent conditions consistent with its name, which is now exact from 0 Aries to 0 Cancer. Following rapid turnover in Cabinet officers and a disastrous “mini-budget” that sent the pound tumbling, Truss’ position as PM became untenable. Chaos’ role in her discomfiture is expressed in its conjunction with the 4 Cancer Descendant for her resignation (1:34 PM BST 20 October 2022, London, UK).
That chart also highlights asteroid Atropos at 1 Capricorn on the 4 Capricorn Ascendant. Atropos is named for the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death, and it’s in that context of mortality that we most commonly encounter her. But, like the Death card in the Tarot, Atropos also signals change and endings of all sorts in addition to the cessation of life. Here it suggests an end to Truss’ public image (Ascendant), reinforced by its placement exactly conjunct her natal asteroid London at 1 Capricorn, the city where she worked and announced her resignation.