I have no birth time so I used the thema mundi chart set for noon, shown here without houses, with the Moon‘s movement on his birthday between 10-23 of Cancer.
The solar eclipse of August 21 2017 aspected his Sun with an orb of 2-3 degrees, the maximum orb allowable, highlighting his natal Sun, arguably one of the most important points in any horoscope.
Solar eclipses are associated with unexpected surprises where hidden lunar forces are released and the situation changes very quickly.
I checked the Aries ingress of the Sun for Australia and saw that the solar eclipse of August 17 conjoined the 11th cusp. The 10th house represents the government and the Prime Minister (PM). The 11th house, as the derived 2nd house from the 10th house, represents the support for the PM, and as Barnaby Joyce is Australia’s deputy PM, Barnaby is represented by the 11th house.
The 11th house cusp is closely aspected by the Moon, which represents the high court, and Saturn which rules the opposition because it rules the sign opposite to the government’s 10th house.
He was forced to stand down, had to compete in a by-election, and was re-elected. Note his Sun-Mars opposition. he is a fighter. Not that Mars is in great condition in Libra but he knows how to relate to people and anticipate others’ reactions.
The solar eclipse of Feb 2018
Fast forward to the present and the partial solar eclipse of February 15-16 again aspects his natal Sun. Again he is serious trouble, this time because of an affair and it’s reflection on his support of traditional family values. His reputation has in a sense been partially eclipsed.
On the morning of the eclipse (Australian time) there was talk of mutiny against his leadership in the news media. Two days prior he needed to correct his record of participation in the Army Reserve. f
On the left is Barnaby Joyce’s horoscope with the Feb 2018 partial solar eclipse added. Again both his natal Sun and Mars are activated.
It is interesting that the Feb 2018 eclipse sits on the fifth house cusp of the 2017 Aries Ingress of the Sun horoscope for Australia. Tanya Plibersek is Labor’s deputy leader, and has entered the debate on Joyce’s affair on a different note, declaring that what he does with his personal life should remain private, but that his use of taxpayer funds in moving Vikki Campion, the staffer he had an affair with, into different jobs, should be made fully transparent.
Saturn square Saturn
Barnaby Joyce’s horoscope also shows his natal Saturn at 5 Aries, which means transiting Saturn is squaring his natal Saturn. Saturn aspects bring a test and the need to face facts, and are often associated with issues of maturity, failure, the need to face reality, the need to take responsibility for something, and frequently career issues and for older folk, questions about retirement. He is now needing to run two families and is said to need to keep his job to pay for his various expenses. No doubt he will fight hard to resist retirement from public office.
In more recent news it is claimed in the media that a crisis has developed between the governing parties because of comments made by the PM Malcolm Turnbull and the backlash from Barnaby Joyce.
In the horoscope shown on the left for the Feb 15-16 2018 partial solar eclipse for Australia the aggravation for the government is shown by Mars conjunct the Midheaven. The government and its leader Malcolm Turnbull are shown by the tenth house ruler Jupiter, which is square the eclipse at 22 Scorpio. Turnbull is in a difficult position.
The deputy leader, Barnaby Joyce, is shown by the eleventh house ruler which is Saturn in Capricorn. Venus, the planet representing relationships and young women, aspects Saturn by applying sextile within 7 minutes of arc, which is descriptive of the deputy leader’s affair with his staffer.
The eclipse itself falls in the twelfth house of matters hidden, of entrapment, and self-undoing. Neptune, the planet of illusion and deception, is just within the first house, in tight square aspect with Mars on the Midheaven.
The horoscope for the solar eclipse describes the situation in Australia very well and shows government leadership in crisis.