Angela Merkel (born 6pm July 17th 1954, Hamburg, Germany) is said to be the second most powerful person in the world. She is certainly the most influential political figure in Europe. In 2015 she was named 'Time' magazine's 'Person of the year'. Having an actual birth time provides key data in a 'Birth Chart', notably a 'rising sign' and the planets’ 'House' placements. This information provides evidence of 'Merkel's' pro-active character and prominent status.
Merkel has six out of the ten planets
Firstly, the zodiac signs can be divided into 'Qualities', Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Merkel has six out of the ten planets in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Cardinal signs are active and self motivated. The 'Houses' in a chart wheel can also be divided into three types (Angular, Succedent and Cadent). The 'Angular' houses (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th) have a direct affinity with the pro-active Cardinal signs and Merkel has six planets in the 'Angular' houses. In addition, she has eight out of the ten planets in the top half of the chart wheel, showing a life directed towards material achievement in the public arena as opposed to subjective inner experience.
Behind the 'Iron Curtain'
Soon after she was born, her family moved to the old East Germany (behind the 'Iron Curtain') due to her father's work. Her education and early career was in the Sciences following in a family tradition (Moon in Aquarius). She embarked on a political path soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. There was an exact conjunction between Saturn (boundaries) and Neptune (infiltration, dissolution) when the Berlin Wall came down. Therefore, the Chart set-up for the new Germany (1990) also has a Saturn/Neptune theme. Merkel has both Saturn and Neptune prominent at the top of her chart in the 10th house (work, status, parental influence). Saturn and Neptune have been activating each other during the past year, which in part, has been reflected by problems of immigration and border control on a global scale. She received condemnation from more 'hard line' European leaders when she declared Germany's borders open to migrants in August 2015. Uranus and Pluto were triggering Saturn/Neptune in the chart of Germany showing rebellion and chaos within a working agreement (6th house).
A fragile Turkey, Germany's trading partner
This configuration is still active and presently things are looking fragile within Turkey which has a direct effect on migrant movement and border controls in Eastern Europe. Germany is the major trading partner of Turkey. Using a relatively new branch of Astrology, (Astro-Cartography), Merkel's Mars (action, conflict) line and Germany's Pluto (power, transformative, control) line, both pass through Turkey which could reflect potential tension and power struggles.
Running for a third term?
Her personal astrology, over the next year, suggests that she has a real fight on her hands. She has indicated an interest in running for a third term as Germany’s Chancellor. The Federal elections take place in 2017. A series of transits from Jupiter (expansion) to her MC (Career status) points to an increase and possible success in enterprises. However, there are other contacts which signify a deep change in her role and the way she presents herself.
I do not feel that this is a woman who hides behind a false mask or makes false promises. She has Saturn moving over the Ascendant which gives a clear and definite plan of action and goals to be reached. I think these goals, although realistic, will be adventurous and create a lot of dissention which she will be prepared to combat against.