London

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The Chart for MODERN LONDON
London County Council, 1889-1965

London's astro-chart

Data for the establishment of the London County Council: 21 March 1889, 15:00 (3PM) GMT, London, England (51n30, 0w10). RR: B (see footnote 1).
FEATURES: PERSONALIZED PLANETS: MOON (conjunct Base), MERCURY (conjunct DES), MARS (quincunx Moon, disposits Aries Sun), VENUS (conjunct MC), NEPTUNE-PLUTO (conjunct Midheaven). PATTERNS: FIXED T-SQUARE (Moon opposite Pluto-Neptune, all square Mercury), CARDINAL T-SQUARE (Jupiter opposite Chiron, both square Sun). FINAL DISPOSITORS: MARS in ARIES & VENUS in TAURUS. SHAPE: SPLAY. CHINESE SIGN: EARTH OX (BUFFALO). NUMEROLOGY: "5" LIFEPATH.


Neptune-Pluto conjunction on the Midheaven: Sex Scandals

Neptune placed in the last degree of the Capricorn decanate of Taurus & ruling the last degree of Pisces on the 8th cusp, fall from grace for public and political figures, Cleveland Street Scandal, The trial and conviction of Oscar Wilde in 1895, Profumo Affair, adulterous affairs of the royal marriage between Prince Charles & Princess Diana.

Victorian London had a sizeable population, infrastructure, mass public transit, modern institutions, galleries, theatres, etc.

With Leo the Lion rising & ruled by the Sun in Aries in the Eighth House, this is the chart of Britannia, and the home of the world's richest & most powerful Royalty, from Queen Victoria to her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II.

The 1888 chart is the modern one, just like modern art, something from the decades around the turn of the century: “Modern art is a general term, used for most of the artistic production from the late 19th century until approximately the 1970s” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_art).

Much of the area you write of was incorporated under the 1888 Act. Moreover, the population of the area under the London County Council was 4.5 million in 1891 and it decreased as London decentralized and had only 2.9 million people by 2003 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_London). And really more than 5 million people were affected by the London County Council. The people in the surrounding areas incorporated into Greater London in 1965 travelled, worked, shopped, and attended theatres in the LCC area even way back in 1888. They were very mobile and the decisions of the LCC affected them significantly too. With a population over 4 million in 1888 the area under governance by the London County Council was already a ‘modern’ city (so it’s not just a geographical ‘size issue’!). Indeed that was why it needed modern administration – 1888 was when the name ‘London’ was incorporated into the governance of a greater London area, because the administration changed from the “Metropolitan Board of Works” to the “London County Council” (!) to cope with the high density of population, and the need for sewage improvements, etc.

“In a significant reform, the administration of local affairs in England and Wales is taken away from magistrates and given to ratepayers. The act creates 62 county councils, whose members are directly elected by ratepayers. Large urban areas become county borough councils, and the London County Council administers the capital – with the exception of the City, which remains in the control of the guilds.”

So ‘modern’ London, including its administration, was established before 1900, if not well before. It terms of population the area administered by the London County Council peaked in the 1920s (at about 5 million) and has shrunk since and in terms of geographical size the city hasn’t changed that much comparatively – it’s more a case that it has ‘grown up’ and ‘filled in’ with villages, etc, becoming incorporated into suburbia over the last century.

There were major roads, railroads and infrastructure, etc, established then at the turn of the century that mostly remain today. While they carried horse-drawn carriages then and cars today and one day they will probably carry flying saucers as modes of private transport, the roads, etc, of the modern metropolis of London were developed then (yes, over or including older roads). It’s also when ‘modern’ shopping areas with big department stores were built, and theatres, etc, etc.

Really, for someone walking down the street in 1880 it wouldn’t be that different to someone walking down there now (same in New York, Chicago or Sydney, etc). Clothes have changed in style, carriages have turned into cars, people listen to ipods instead of playing with kites, and shops have become bigger, theatres are now cinemas, but you still use the same railway stations, subway, modern style of shops, apartment blocks, theatre buildings, etc, established during the first couple of decades after the establishment of these modern cities at the turn of the century. Indeed, “by 1880 the expanded 'Met' [underground ‘tube’ in London] was carrying 40 million passengers a year” (http://www.answers.com/london%20tube). You might even be served by ‘nancy’ men (?!) when you went to the florist or menswear store in 1880 just as you would today by ‘openly gay men’ in the same sort of shops. In addition, “single women … enjoy[ed] equal voting rights with men in local elections” of the London County Council in 1888 and that is a very significant *modern* development ((http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/H/history/guide19/timeline99.html)).

But things were vastly different before the 1880s or around that time. There was no mass public transit, major shops, voting by women, openly queer men like Oscar Wilde, etc, etc. That was pre-modern London and pre-modern Sydney, New York, etc.


The Chart for POSTMODERN LONDON
Greater London Council, 1965-?, ?-2000

London's astro-chart


FEATURES: PERSONALIZED PLANETS: PATTERNS: FINAL DISPOSITORS: . SHAPE: . CHINESE SIGN: ? SNAKE. NUMEROLOGY: "5" LIFEPATH.


Inaugurated in the Chinese year of the sexy Snake, everything mid-1960s in ‘swinging London’ was pretty post-modern. This chart represents London in the 'Swinging Sixties' --Carnaby Street, etc. "There are some that argue to


The Chart for POST-POSTMODERN 'QUEER' LONDON
The Greater London Authority, 2000-

London's astro-chart

millennial London, Millennium Bridge, London Bridge Tower (),


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Footnotes

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Flat data from a newspaper article quoting the recommendations of the Provisional Standing Committee that 21 March 1889 be “the date upon which the Metropolitan Board of Works shall cease to exist, and upon which the property, debts and liabilities thereof shall be transferred to the London County Council … [with] …the chairman be[ing] requested to call a meeting [on that date] of the council, to be held at Spring-gardens, at 3 o’clock, and that the first business at such meeting be the appointment of a finance committee” (“London County Council,” The Times 20 March 1889, p. 12). A meeting subsequently transpired at the “Board-room, Spring-gardens” to “receive order” of “[this] appointed day” presumably at this time, with the events recorded in The Times (“London County Council,” 22 March 1889, p. 4).

As the records state that the MBW would "cease to exist" not before but "upon" the 21st, then the MBW didn't 'die' during or at the close of the 20th but at some time on the 21st. If a case can be made that the 'birth' of the Council occurred at 12:01AM upon the 21st then I would argue that this may have been when the 'birth' began but the 3PM meeting marks the completion of the 'induced birth,' with 3PM serving like the 'birth time' recorded on a birth certificate, and the proceedings of the meeting marking the first 'cries' of the 'newborn' LCC and the 'cutting of the cord' from the 'mother,' in this case, the MBW that died during the birth.

While the 3PM chart represents the 'birth' of the London County Council, then perhaps the passing of the Local Government Bill represents the 'pre-conception chart' while the Royal Assent to the bill (making it into an Act) is the 'conception chart':

The 'Preconception Chart': The "London County Council" -- formed under the "Local Government Act, 9 August 1888, about 17:30 (5:30PM) GMT, London, England. ASC: about 7 Capricorn. Data from newspaper article ("Parliament," 10 August 1888, The Times, p. 5) which states that the House of Lords sat between 4:15PM and 6:10PM on the 9th and that the Bill was passed during that time. WHEN WAS THE ROYAL ASSENT

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(http://www.algebra.com/algebra/about/history/Metropolitan-Board-of-Works.wikipedia)


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