What’s up with Italy’s astrology then? Doctor Europe has metaphorically ordered the Italians to have their stomachs stapled. For a country given to three hour long, four course lunches this might seem like hell on earth. That might well be, but surprisingly the Italians themselves are actually quite prudent. “Unlike their counterparts in Spain or the Irish Republic, ordinary Italians have not run up huge mortgages, and generally have very little debt”. 
Nevertheless, the overriding stereotype of Italians is generally that they are all designer suits, flash cars, flashy women and just, well flash. But am I describing Silvio Berlusconi here! Indeed like Thatcher in 80’s Britain, Silvio has become Italy personified. So why is Italy in such debt? Is it in their chart? And how does Silvio fit into the equation?
*Italy’s chart has Sun trine Jupiter which will make it extravagant certainly and the Sun is on the fixed star Hoedus II, “indicates a native who may be petulant and lascivious, one who is said to be involved in depraved and vicious desires”.  A touch of the Borgias there. Italian TV does tends to feature a hell of a lot of scantily clad women which is reflective of Silvio’s Mars on the fixed star Phecda. “provided relevant configurations with Moon, Venus and Mars are present, it is an indication of a pathological sex nature”.  His Mars is sextile a Lilith/Venus conjunction…I think that qualifies as a “relevant configuration”! Silvio’s Mars is getting neutered by Neptune opposing it. Ouch, poor Tomcat.
Italy’s Venus however is frugal, being as it is conjunct Saturn. This is the prudence with money quoted earlier. Most of my Italian family work very hard, defer gratification and shy away from credit cards and mortgages. But this Venus/Saturn conjunction is on the fixed star Pollux the evil twin in Gemini “this star is brutal and tyrannical, violent and cruel if in conjunction …with malefics (Saturn). Just as Mars has it’s good sides if the energy it creates is channeled constructively, so Pollux should not always be considered as unhelpful”.  With Venus “Strong and irregulated passions”.  Those passions (and cash) are being reined in big time from a square from transiting Saturn at 23º Libra. Austerity measures.
Silvio Berlusconi Horoscope
Back to Italy’s Sun before we write it off as a petulant goat! It’s Sun is only a degree away from the fixed star Bellatrix, the warrior Queen “If positive properties can be drawn out, will lead to advancement and success, but those who succeed always have to allow for being surrounded with envy and hatred…., courage, fighting spirit, strategic talents, ability to organize, discrimination…” All good stuff, “Italians do it better” Madonna said… but then we get “… Reckless aggressiveness of a belligerent daredevil”.  Oh.
Silvio does have synastry with this all important Sun, but in an unexpected way. It sits on the empty leg of his T square. So we get Italy’s Sun opposing his own Jupiter on the fixed star Sabik which “causes wastefulness, lost energy, perverted morals, and success in evil deeds”. And with Jupiter “Material success, preferment in Church or law but criticized“.  this all makes a dreaded synastric grand cross with Silvio’s bossy Saturn and deceiving Neptune. Not great for Italy, but the missing link for Silvio.
The coming Lunar eclipse on 10 December 2011 falls on Italy’s Sun and the Sun will fall on Berlusconi’s Sabik Jupiter. His “Evil deeds” may well be put under the spotlight. Italy’s Sun is also conjunct the North Node on the fixed star Capella, “It gives honor, wealth, eminence, renown, a public position of trust and eminent friends”.  The eclipse will activate this lucky spot.
So all is not lost for Italy, Silvio Berlusconi’s grand cross synastry with Italy ended up crucifying it’s people. Now Italy has a chance to resurrect itself. Italy’s Moon is on the fixed star Gacrux in the crucifix, perfect for the country that houses the Roman Catholic Church. This Moon is getting a beneficial sextile from Tr Pluto. Yes deep transformation and resurrection indeed. I’m no economist, but the astrology at least looks hopeful.
1 What’s the matter with Italy? Laurence Knight BBC News
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.17.
3 & 4. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, P 53, p.33.
5, 6 & 7. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923 p 187, p.199, p151.
*”The horoscope for the Italian Republic is set for 10 June 1946. King Victor Emmanuel III, who was tainted by his association with Mussolini, abdicated on 9 May 1946 in favour of his son Umberto. On 2 June a referendum was held on the future of the monarchy which produced a majority in favour of abolition. The announcement of the referendum results at between 6:00 pm and 6:10 pm on 10 June was taken as a defacto proclamation of the Republic” The Book of World Horoscopes, Nicholas Campion, p.171.