THE FUTURE OF THE ROYAL FAMILY:
THE LAST QUEEN and THE THREE PRINCES
Published in the July, 2008 issue of Dell Horoscope, the World's Leading Astrology Magazine
by Sister Ray the Astrologer
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THE LAST QUEEN
Capricorn Rising: No Nonsense!
Saturn, Master of Destiny
Her T-Square – Connecting with the People
A Combination Type
1992: The “Annus Horribilis”
The Fourth/Eighth/Twelfth House Dynamic: Is It the End?
The Last Queen
Queen Elizabeth II is the most famous and respected monarch alive on earth today. She has weathered a World War; the Cold War; the Falklands War; an assassination attempt; 11 Prime Ministers; the onslaught of the technological age; and the birth of four children. For her entire life, she has endured the exposure of private family matters to the relentless scrutiny of the press, and the storms of criticism questioning the continuing purpose of, and need for, the institution of monarchy in our republican era. This remarkable woman has faced every challenge with courage, dignity, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances (which is not easy for her, with most of her planets in fixed signs) because above all, she feels a duty to the monarchy and the people it serves. In spite of all she has endured in her 55 years on the throne, she has steadfastly held the monarchy together with her commitment and strength of character. Though Prince William shows great promise, it is up to the Queen to steer the course of the monarchy through the fickle and sometimes violent seas of public opinion and the crazy quilt of human history. Hers is a lonely and often thankless job, particularly during times of hostile public opinion. She may be the Last Queen, and is keenly aware of her position at this point in history. Her horoscope reveals a much deeper, thoughtful person than the formal, often dour persona that she projects to the public.
Capricorn Rising: No Nonsense!
The Queen has Capricorn rising, and her public persona is pure Saturn. She comes across as being drab and dour, a no-nonsense authoritarian who does not suffer fools gladly; in many ways, she is just so. This Ascendant is highly suitable for a monarch, but can be found lacking in emotional warmth. While the Queen has her soft side with the Moon conjunct Neptune in Leo, Venus in Pisces and the North Node in Cancer, her Plutonian sixth house sense of duty trumps all personal concerns. She has the capacity for emotional empathy with Venus exalted in Pisces, but her powerful Saturn represses this side of her character. Venus trine Pluto in Cancer in the sixth house gives her the strength to bear the discomfort of this emotional empathy for others – she sees this as part of her job as a good monarch. She needs all of her strength because in her case, empathy for others involves her thousands of subjects, whose cares are weighty indeed. It is no exaggeration to say that the Queen bears the weight of the world on her shoulders!
Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn, has been the dominating influence in her life, keeping her focused on her position as the only remaining monarch of a major power. The fact that she is aware of this makes her position all the more poignant. Even though royalty is becoming an obsolete institution, it still has some purpose, and that is to remind us of the grandeur and majesty of human history. Even though much blood has been shed to rid the world of inherited privilege, the technological era with its bells, whistles and colorful distractions is ultimately shallow and unsatisfying. A pink, rhinestone-studded cell phone cannot compare with the sight of a real princess-to-be in a royal coach on the way to her wedding. We have not yet found a satisfactory substitute for the institution of royalty, the American movie star system notwithstanding! The Queen has held together the last remaining relevant edifice of the institution of monarchy in a superbly dignified manner. For that, she merits our respect.
Saturn, Master of Destiny
Saturn dominates her chart! In fact, all the large, heavy planets are fatefully placed to near perfection for a monarch: Moon conjunct Neptune in seventh house of partnership in the royal sign Leo and Pluto in Cancer in the sixth house of service gives sensitivity to the needs of others and the power to heal through symbolism; Jupiter in Aquarius conjunct Mars rising gives her the stamina needed to bear the cares of the populace and the government, as well as the foresight to guide them wisely; Uranus in Pisces and the Sun in well-grounded, sensible Taurus are part of her second-house Stellium, which concentrates her energies on the efficient use of resources, both physical and spiritual. Finally, Saturn, master of destiny, the most elevated planet in her chart on the Midheaven is in severe, merciless Scorpio. This gives her the strength of character to make the difficult decisions required of a monarch, and the personal stamina to endure the stress of being the symbol of sovereignty for an entire populace. The fact that Saturn is retrograde reinforces its cautious nature. The Queen goes over a matter carefully, and more than once, before reaching a final decision. No impulse shopping here, she takes her time!
Saturn is the most elevated planet in her chart and forms a T-Square to [the Moon conjunct] Neptune in Leo in the seventh house and Mars conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius in the first house. This T-Square is the key to understanding her chart/character. Please note that although Saturn does not square the Moon by degree, the Moon gets “pulled in” by conjunction with Neptune.
Her T-Square – Connecting with the People
Her T-Square dynamic from Saturn on the MC square Mars in 1 (self-sacrifice) and Neptune (illusion, religion) conjunct Moon (emotion) in the seventh house (her royal birth established her partnership with her people); and Mars/Jupiter in the first house opposing Moon/Neptune in the seventh house (conflict between duty to others and needs of self) is the defining aspect of her chart. With Saturn, the planet of destiny on the MC, her duty is her destiny, she was born for it, has always known it, and has grown in wisdom and understanding fulfilling it during her years as Queen. Her sense of self-sacrifice filtered through the rituals of royalty gives her a connection with the people through which they gain emotional satisfaction and the reassurance of continuation of tradition. For one so in control of her emotions, and taught never to allow emotions free reign, this is a formidable achievement. Always dignified, stern and proper, even as a child, she has learned to grow emotionally (Jupiter conjunct Mars in the first house in Aquarius) as a royal (Moon in the seventh house in Leo) and personally connect with her people, even though this has been difficult, and perhaps painful, for her. She is a stubborn, steadfast lady.
T-square tension often tries to resolve itself in the opposite sector to its apex, in this case, the Nadir in 25◦ Taurus. The Queen longs for a stable family to anchor her on the rough seas of public scrutiny, but this has not always worked out for her, as the perpetual tabloid open season on her private life (if you can even say she has one) has shown. The Queen Mother was a source of strength for her, but for the most part, Queen Elizabeth II has had to be her own sword and shield against the loneliness of being a monarch.
A Combination Type
The Queen has a combination see-saw and bucket horoscope, with Saturn at the handle of the bucket. With the bucket dynamic, her life force is focused on a single purpose (being a dutiful monarch). The see-saw pattern is more complex. It creates a going back and forth between opposing energies, such as the demands of being a monarch vs. the demands of being a mother to a family with a special position and special needs. Also, there has been a see-saw in the Queen’s popularity, a “before and after” period in her life.
1992: The “Annus Horribilis”
Of all the events and circumstances that the Queen has survived (that were enumerated in the opening sentence of this article), the 1992 “Annus Horribilis” represents the greatest challenge of all, and the line of demarcation between “before and after” of public approval in the Queen’s life. Before, she was the most famous and respected Royal on the planet, her youthful activities noted with reverence and delight by the rest of the world; a beautiful princess in her own right marrying a handsome young prince; a majestic Queen coronated in a tradition going back nearly a millennium; and, finally, the proud mother of a handsome prince in a fairy-tale wedding. After the “Annus Horribilis” crashed in on the Queen like an out-of-control locomotive, she was viewed as an autocratic, cold-hearted authoritarian, a burden on her people, and even a bad mother! She had to win back the respect and reverence of her people. During her time of greatest need, she was utterly alone. Saturn strikes again. But with Mars conjunct Jupiter giving her strength and resilience, the Sun in sturdy, well-grounded Taurus and the dynamic tension of the psychic power of the Moon conjunct Neptune opposing visionary Mars conjunct Jupiter, she harnessed these energies, grew like a great Oak and not only weathered the storm, but became stronger.
Queen Elizabeth’s “Annus Horribilis” was marked by the separation of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York in March; the divorce of Princess Royal Anne and Captain Mark Phillips in April; Princess Diana’s breakdown and the publication of Andrew Morton’s tell-all book; the November fire at Windsor Castle; and the December announcement of a separation between the Prince and Princess of Wales. All of these events were set against a background of increasingly bad press about how much money it costs to maintain the Royal Family vs. the diminishing returns of prestige and stability offered by their presence. A plethora of difficult transits besieged the Queen at this time. A look at her transits on November 20, 1992 reveals that three of the Queen’s four angular houses were visited with oppressive, even dangerous transits: 1) Transiting Saturn in the first applying to her Mars-Jupiter conjunction set off her T-square opposition, putting stress on her public image and relations with her people, as well as triggering the missing square on her Nadir (which stirred up painful, unresolved family issues); 2) Transiting Mars opposing her Ascendant was like a declaration of war on her personal life; 3) Transiting Pluto and the Sun were conjunct natal Saturn in the Midheaven, indicating power plays to undermine her public position and drastic change of a possibly violent nature, with Mercury pulled in to create misunderstandings in communication. In addition, she had transiting Uranus conjunct Neptune in the twelfth opposing natal Pluto in the sixth house, indicating accidents in the workplace and behind-the-scenes intrigue to disrupt the Queen’s performance of her job. The marital discord permeating her family was a major disruption to the Queen and a blow to her image. Finally, the tax issue arose with transiting Jupiter in the eighth (other people’s resources) opposing natal Mercury in the second (personal resources) (conflict between personal and other people’s resources).
The Queen hit bottom in 1997 after the traumatic loss of the Family’s brightest star, Diana. She was criticized over her response to Diana’s death, but instead of retreating or blaming others, she methodically set about rehabilitating her image. She drew on the energies of Pluto in the sixth in sensitive, cardinal sign Cancer conjunct the Moon’s North Node (the destiny we create), and took action. First, she cut her summer holiday short and flew to London to walk among, and personally console, the bereaved British people. Then, she went on television to offer an official eulogy for Diana (after being criticized for not responding quickly enough). Next, she gave the royal blessing to a state funeral for the Princess. But the most drastic action of all was the voluntary agreement to the taxation of her considerable wealth, an unprecedented action by a monarch.
We could all learn a lesson from the Queen’s demonstration of adaptability and strength of character as she lived through the aftermath of Diana’s death and realized the value of having a personal connection with her subjects. As her Mother reached out to her subjects in WWII, walking the streets during the bombing of London, and her Father, King George VI, conquered his stuttering and battled his deep shyness for the sake of his subjects, so did Elizabeth II reach out to her subjects when they lost their English Rose. Even though they may not always have gotten along, the Queen learned a lot about working the press from her experiences with Diana. She has grown emotionally in her role as Queen. The deaths of Diana and her Mother, the Queen Mum, (Saturn = sorrow = emotional growth), and surviving the Annus Horribilis contributed to carving out this emotional depth.
The Fourth/Eighth/Twelfth House Dynamic: Is It the End?
Taurus on the fourth-house cusp, ruled by Venus, the point of release for the Queen’s T-Square, puts an emphasis on home and family. She wants a stable home/family/kingdom, but this has been difficult. With her Sun in Taurus, she can defeat her enemies with sheer force of will and character, also by leading by example. We could all learn from her example. She is in the unenviable position of having to set an example as possibly the last Queen. With Taurus’ ruler, Venus, exalted in Pisces, the Queen has psychic sensitivity and is very aware that she may be the last Queen. If so, she is determined to live up to her role. The sign Virgo occupies the last eighteen degrees of the Queen’s seventh house of partnership. Charles' Saturn at 5◦ Virgo falls there, seven degrees from her Moon, conjunct Neptune in Leo. His Saturn is an irritant to her, and a possible shadow over the future of the monarchy, whether because of some future action he will take or because of rejection by the Church of England. Her twelfth house is Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, which is at 24◦ Scorpio on the Midheaven. Prince William shares her Scorpio Midheaven, and has Jupiter there – he could rescue the monarchy with the abundant good will that flows to him from the British people.
Ultimately, the Queen’s fixed-sign persistence will pay off, and she will have some sort of satisfactory resolution of the family soap opera. There has already been a payoff of positive public opinion for the Queen, which is reflected in the popularity of the movie about her. She is not just a survivor. She is a Queen!
The Last Queen
As the last queen, if she is so, Queen Elizabeth II has the vision and foresight to save the throne. There has been much speculation over the years about whether or not she will abdicate the throne to Charles. I believe that this is not likely because (among other reasons): (a) she takes her duty very seriously, with religious-like conviction, and feels duty-bound to “stay in the saddle”; (b) her desire to exceed her Great-Great Grandmother, Victoria’s, 63-year reign is well-known; and (c) she was born to be Queen, and will remain Queen as long as there is breath in her royal body. In the new millennium, when royalty is considered by many to be an anachronism, Queen Elizabeth II has carried herself with grace and dignity and presented to her subjects a proper monarch of whom they can be proud. Whatever the future brings, she has dispatched her duty with great dignity, complete commitment and honor.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
THE THREE PRINCES
PRINCE CHARLES OF WALES
Short Circuit: A Yod and a Grand Trine
The Power of Love vs. the Love of Power
War or Peace
PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES
The Windsor Stellium
Four Yods: The Finger of God
PRINCE HENRY OF WALES
Comrades in Arms
THE PEOPLE’S KING
The three Princes, Prince Charles of Wales, Prince William of Wales, and Prince Henry of Wales, will determine the future of the British monarchy. People all over the world look up to the British Royal Family as a symbol of continuity in a world where nothing stays the same for very long. They are also an irresistible source of entertainment, for even though they are royal, they are still human and “put their pants on one leg at a time,” to quote Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who was a member of the closest thing America has ever had to a royal family.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II is going to be a hard act to follow. She has guided the monarchy through six generations, in an ever-changing pageant of history from the Cold War to the New Millennium. May we be blessed with many more years of her continued reign. Yes, she will be a hard act to follow, but she leaves behind three Princes to ensure continuation of the royal line, and carry on the tradition of monarchy.
PRINCE CHARLES OF WALES
He is His Royal Highness the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Knight Grand Cross Order of the Bath, Privy Councillor, Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, and Great Steward of Scotland[i]. He was the first heir to the throne to earn a university degree. Charles (and the two young Princes of Wales) went to private school, unlike all their predecessors who were home-schooled, or shall we say “palace-schooled.”
Even though Prince Charles has Leo rising, and must be magnetic in person, he has always been a melancholy figure. Melancholy is a recurring condition among Windsor men, beginning with Prince Albert, who suffered from depression his entire life. Prince Charles has it, too. There are several indications of this in his chart. First, he has Pluto in Leo in the first house. Plutonians can be overwhelming without intending to be -- it is the nature of Pluto to transform, and people who have Pluto in the first are agents for transformation, unwitting or otherwise. This can be very oppressive for both the Plutonian and the people with whom he or she interacts. Second, Prince Charles has Saturn in Virgo, which brings out some of the more negative Virgoan -- traits like being peevish, prudish and overly-critical. Third, the Moon contributes to Prince Charles’ moody persona by dominating the Midheaven (MC) and his Grand Trine. His Moon is at the apex of his Grand Trine (Taurus Moon/North Node trine Virgo Saturn trine late-degree Sagittarius Jupiter widely conjunct Mars) and affects virtually all of his relationships, especially with women. In a bit of astrological heredity, Charles’ Moon is exactly conjunct the Queen’s Sun, both at 0˚ Taurus. The Queen outshines Charles, and he will always be in the shadow of her legacy. This is no doubt one of the sources of his melancholy. Finally, his Sun in secretive, stormy Scorpio puts the seal on his gloomy character because it is conjunct Chiron, a sensitive and important planetary influence.
Short Circuit: A Yod and a Grand Trine
All four members of this branch of the Windsor line -- Charles, Diana, William and Henry -- have a rare astrological configuration called a Yod. A Yod is an acute triangle formed by two planets sextile each other and both 150-degrees away from a third, fulcrum planet. It is nicknamed, “The Finger of God,” and indicates that the individual has been marked by fate for a special purpose or compelling mission. Charles has a Yod, a Stellium and a Grand Trine in his chart. His Yod radiates from Chiron in the fifth/Sun in the fourth to Uranus retrograde in Gemini on the cusp of the twelfth and to the Moon conjunct the North Node in the early degrees of Taurus in the tenth.
The Yod indicates a special purpose in life. In Prince Charles’ case, two very obvious special purposes come to mind: 1) He may be the future King of England; and 2) he is the Father of the next King of England. But, it is not so simple. The Yod takes over Charles’ chart, hijacking both the Grand Stellium and Grand Trine. With Chiron, the wounded healer at the fulcrum of his Yod, there is a deep, secret (Scorpio) wound within him that he is hard-pressed to heal and even leaves a residue of resentment. Since the Moon and Uranus are the two corners of the triangle, the source of resentment could be women, his Mother possibly, and the confining nature of the social obligations against which he chafes (Uranus).
The Sun widely conjunct the focal point of the Yod, Chiron, pulls in the entire Stellium by reference. Furthermore, the Yod affects Charles’ Grand Trine because the moon, which is at the apex of the Grand Trine and the most elevated planet, is also one of the legs of the Yod. The Moon is also conjunct the North Node, a point of destiny, so there is tremendous pressure on Charles to fulfill his destiny. The problem is that Charles feels he cannot find, or reach, or attain his true purpose in life. It remains hidden from him, shrouded by the Moon, which rules his twelfth house of hidden, secret things, things that you hide from yourself (and others), and things that are hidden from you. The Moon is also all the women in his life, from his royal Mother to Diana to Camilla. The Moon is torn between the Yod energy from Chiron and Uranus and the Grand Trine energy with Saturn and Mars conjunct Jupiter. This suggests the presence of Her Majesty, who also has Mars conjunct Jupiter, as well as a very powerful Midheaven Saturn in Scorpio, which conjoins Charles’ natal Scorpio Sun. The Queen outranks Charles with her Scorpio Saturn MC overpowering his Scorpio Sun in the fourth. He will be old before he takes the throne, unless Her Majesty, who is blessed with abundant longevity from both her Mother and Great-Great Grandmother, outlives him.
This must be very frustrating for Charles because, even though he was born into a historical role, it is beyond his grasp. Moreover, he may feel that he has a still higher purpose, but can’t put his finger on what it is. The Yod fulcrum of Sun conjunct Chiron in jealous Scorpio adds fuel to Charles’ existential angst. He may feel that he is being cheated out of his destiny by forces that are beyond his control. He is not able to disengage from, or resolve, the forces of the Grand Trine and Yod and they needle at him. What are these forces?
The Power of Love vs. the Love of Power
Nothing is more powerful than the force of love. Like Diana, Charles has been torn apart by the forces of love. His Chiron in the fifth house of love and romance, and the fulcrum of the Yod, points to the Moon in Taurus conjunct North Node and to Uranus in Gemini on the cusp of the twelfth house. Charles is split between love for the feminine (Moon in Taurus) and love for the universal man (Uranus in Gemini). Romantic relationships are his Achille’s heel, a source of turmoil and pain for him. There is a fateful (North Node) quality to his romantic relationships, naturally, because he is a Royal Prince. It is not surprising that Camilla swept him off his feet with her famous come-on about my Great-Grandmother did it with your Great-Great Grandfather, so how about it? Camilla’s Great-Grandmother, Alice Keppel was the mistress of Charles’ Great-Great-Grandfather, King Edward VII, the last in a long line of royal mistresses. When Prince Charles chose to marry Lady Diana Spencer, he enabled the creation of a nasty spider’s web of intrigue that got out of hand and resulted in death and destruction (Pluto). He will always be blamed for their divorce, even though it may not be fair to blame him exclusively . There is almost a tragic quality to his relationships, especially with regard to his relationship with Diana. Charles is caught between the ghost of Diana and the spectre of Camilla, whose Jupiter in Scorpio wants to dominate his Scorpio Sun, William’s Scorpio Jupiter, and even the Queen’s Scorpio Saturn.
Desire for power competes with desire for love in Charles’ chart. With his Pluto in the first, Sun in Scorpio, and Mars conjunct Jupiter, he enjoys power and the privileges his royal status confers, but it appears that he wants it both ways – he wants the power of his royal status, but Uranus wants to break out and live a life free of the social restrictions necessitated by his royal status. With Neptune conjunct Venus in Libra on the Nadir, he has no problems with fooling himself and camouflaging his real feelings. It is easy for him to convince himself that pursuit of his personal desires will benefit the common good.
His desire for power is thwarted by the Moon conjunct North Node (his Mother, his destiny, and the women in his life) and opposite Mercury (the media) and his fourth house Stellium. With Mercury-Sun in Scorpio, he sometimes has a cruel tongue and a propensity for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. With Venus-Neptune on the Nadir, Charles is all too willing to fool himself. He can convince himself he is right even when common sense dictates otherwise. So, Charles sometimes ends up being his own worst enemy. To complicate this gestalt, he is also caught up in Camilla’s power plays, not only with himself and the Queen, but especially with William, who has Jupiter in Scorpio on his Midheaven. Camilla’s powerful Scorpio Jupiter can’t resist jousting with William’s more powerful Scorpio Jupiter (more powerful because it is on the MC and part of a Stellium with Saturn and Pluto). The constant power plays and intrigue must be a considerable and never-ending source of stress to Charles.
War or Peace
Will Charles find peace with these issues? Even after Parliament cleared the way for him to marry Camilla by amending the 1701 Act of Settlement and the Protestant Succession so that he could marry a divorced Roman Catholic, Charles is still not content. He has the power to change himself with Pluto in 1, but instead he chose to change hundreds of years of tradition to suit his personal desire to marry Camilla. With his Aries Midheaven, his attitude is “me first,” and Camilla feels the same way because she, too, has an Aries Midheaven. Are Charles and Camilla happy now? As so often happens in extramarital love affairs, attaining the goal of marriage is anticlimactic compared to the chase and the appeal of clandestine, forbidden love. The situation is reminiscent of Charles’ Great-Uncle, the Duke of Windsor, who also had a Grand Trine, and did not find happiness with his Duchess either.
Camilla is only part of the problem, and probably takes more than her share of the blame. Charles holds all the cards when it comes to how he comports himself, and he could have chosen to be more discreet in his relationships and sensitive in his handling of women, especially the powerful ones in his life. The distractions of the competing Grand Trine and Yod are a handicap, as are Camilla’s relentless twelfth-house behind-the scenes machinations and meddling. Her Saturn in Leo in the first in its detriment hijacks Charles’ Pluto in Leo in the first, bearing down on and restricting his ability to harness Pluto to solve his problems and transform himself. In other words, Pluto can’t help him, but without Pluto he is stuck at his current level of development. In both square and mutual reception to the Sun, Pluto is the key to healing for Charles. The distractions are a handicap, but Camilla’s constant meddling paralyzes Charles. To add fuel to the fire, Camilla also has Pluto conjunct her Saturn and Charles’ Pluto. A wise person will run for cover at any signs of a quarrel between these two because with dueling Plutos, there is sure to be a rumble, if not a volcanic eruption! What will it take for these two star-crossed souls to find peace?
PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is a royalist’s marketing dream come true. He is Prince Charming, young, handsome and well-spoken. The world is watching him and his younger brother with great hope and anticipation.
Like his ancestor, Queen Victoria, Prince William was born under a new moon, the only other monarch or heir to the throne who survived to be crowned to have this configuration. Queen Victoria’s is rising in Gemini; William’s is in Cancer conjunct the Descendant in the seventh house of partnership, which is also the house of public relations for the British Royal Family. Both his Mother and Stepmother have Cancer Suns, and their imprint on William’s relationship with the British people is one of the defining aspects of his existence. Diana’s Sun is in the seventh, like William’s, and unlike his Stepmother’s, the Duchess of Cornwall, whose Sun is in the 12th house of secrets and self-undoing. From a symbolic standpoint, in the public eye there is a battle between Cinderella/Diana and The Wicked Stepmother/Camilla. Hopefully, William’s accession will end this battle for good, but that all depends on Camilla and how she comports herself if and when she accepts that her dream of being Queen cannot come true. Like Charles, Camilla has Neptune on the Nadir, so she shares his ability to deceive himself. No spouse of a monarch has ever been given equal status, not even Prince Albert. In fact, Queen Victoria did not even give Prince Albert his title of Prince Consort until 1857, seventeen years after they were married. Camilla has proved herself a force to be reckoned with, but she has always had public relations problems. Furthermore, even if she has an opportunity to save face, her jealous Scorpio Jupiter, her twelfth-house Stellium in possessive, acquisitive Cancer, and her egotistical Leo Saturn conjunct willful Pluto in the first will probably prevail. On the other hand, William, whose 9th house Libra Stellium gives him a strong sense of fairness, may absolve Camilla out of compassion for his Father. As Monarch, William may be able to heal this wound for everyone: His father, his stepmother, and the British people.
The Windsor Stellium
Like all Windsor monarchs, William has the Windsor Stellium. Like his Grandmother, the Queen, William has Scorpio on the MC, and an elevated Saturn, but William’s Stellium is in the ninth, whereas the Queen’s is in the first and second. William also has Jupiter and Pluto in this power-packed Stellium of Mars-Saturn-Pluto in Libra conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio. So, he has three power planets -- Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto -- near the MC. He will bring about reform (Pluto) and restructuring (Saturn) of the most revered British institutions, perhaps starting with the Church of England (Jupiter). With Neptune in Sagittarius rising, he is idealistic and high-minded like his ancestor, Queen Victoria. His long-range vision will give him the insight necessary to do what is best for his country, and he may make some positive changes, breathing new life into the monarchy. For example, maybe William will choose a profession and open the door for royals to be gainfully employed in some manner. Based on his ninth house, power-packed Stellium, I can see him as an Egyptologist opening doors that are currently closed to academia. But, reform of the monarchy will not be his primary concern.
With three planets in Libra, William will have a strong interest in social justice, and will use his power (Pluto) to actively campaign for (Mars) social justice (Saturn in Libra), even if it means a certain amount of upheaval (Pluto). His top concern will be the good of the British people (Jupiter, top planet in his horoscope, trine Sun conjunct Moon in the seventh). By putting them first, he has the potential to strengthen and renew the monarchy, thus fulfilling the traditional role of the monarch.
There are haunting components in William’s chart, his New Moon birth in his Mother’s sign of sensitive, tenacious, possessive, brooding Cancer, and especially his natal Venus-Chiron conjunction, which is itself in close conjunction (one degree) to his Mother’s Venus (part of a T-square). This is a particularly vulnerable area for Prince William on several levels.
On a personal level, he is surely haunted by the wound left when his Mother was taken away so young. Chiron conjunct Venus at 25˚ Taurus, which is one degree away from his Mother’s Venus at 24˚ Taurus, seals his psychic bond with his Mother. Diana and William both have Venus in Taurus in the fifth house of love, romance, children and creativity. There is a drive for love, love is the most important need with this position. There is a powerful need to love and be loved. This is also a very romantic position, sensual and epicurean with an appreciation for art and beauty. Diana and William both have challenging aspects to Venus – Diana’s Venus is square the Moon, Mars and Uranus and trine Jupiter conjunct Saturn; William’s Venus is in exact conjunction with Chiron and in out-of-sign opposition to Uranus. I think it is fair to say that Di was unlucky in love, maybe that is an understatement. Let us hope that William has better luck. William has certainly been wounded already by losing his Mother’s love. Maybe he will heal this wound through finding a love of his own and having his own children. His Venus-Uranus opposition could bring surprises and disruption in his love life. He has already had to endure a disruption to his relationship with Kate Middleton. Maybe The Family will surprise him by accepting her completely!
On a public level, this is a more dangerous area for Prince William. He has Pluto near his MC and a potentially dangerous conjunction of Venus and Chiron with the fixed star, Caput Algol, a star which has always been regarded as unfortunate since the days of the Babylonian astrologers. This is a bad star and should be taken seriously. As an heir to the throne and potential head of state, William can and should be afforded all the protection that the importance of his position requires. Fortunately, there are other fixed stars to protect him from the threat of Caput Algol.
Prince William is a star in every way, including having multiple conjunctions of fixed stars in his natal chart. Caput Algol is the most objectionable, but her ominous auguries are balanced by other very favorable fixed star conjunctions. Sirius, the Dog Star, a very fortunate star at 14˚ Cancer conjunct William’s North Node at 13˚ Cancer brings fame and fortune. Spica at 23˚ Libra, called “The Fortunate One,” is conjunct William’s Pluto at 24˚ Libra, and brings wealth, fame, and honor. Arcturus at 24˚ Libra is also conjunct William’s Pluto and brings benefit through travel, fame, and honor and recognition through work. Aldebaran, a royal star of lesser benevolence, but which nevertheless confers high status, powers of persuasion and social popularity, is at 9˚Gemini conjunct William’s Mercury in 8˚ Gemini. So William has not only the British Secret Service to guard him, but Spica and Arcturus guarding Pluto, the planet of murder and assassination, and powerful Sirius, the Dog Star, guarding his North Node of fortune and destiny.
Four Yods and the Finger of God
William has a deep psychic bond with his Mother, but, he also has a powerful psychic bond with his Father through Chiron. William shares a Chiron Yod with his Father: William’s Chiron-Venus conjunction in Taurus opposes his Father’s Scorpio Sun-Chiron.
It is no exaggeration to say that this branch of the family has the “Finger of God” pointed at it – Charles, Diana, William and Henry all have the Yod aspect in their charts, an acute triangle consisting of two angles of 150-degrees joined by two planets in sextile. This is an amazing bit of astrological heredity, and the four Yods all feed back to Diana, who has the most dramatic Yod of the four. Her Jupiter conjunct Saturn in the first and second radiates out to Mars conjunct Pluto in the eighth and the Sun conjunct Mercury in the seventh. She bore a heavy burden with the expectations placed on her, and Jupiter-Saturn helped her live up to them. She was well aware of, and brilliantly fulfilled her special purpose of, breathing life into the royal family (Sun in 7); making the royal family popular again with her winning personality and skillful use of the media (Sun conjunct Mercury in 7); ensuring its future by producing an heir and a spare (Jupiter conjunct Saturn); and destroying any illusions about Charles having the disposition and powers of judgment necessary to be a good monarch, which ultimately cost her her life (Pluto conjunct Mars in 8, which is conjunct Charles’ Saturn in Virgo). Diana’s early demise left wounds on all the heirs to the throne. Charles will never recover from the perception that he caused the break-up of their marriage and the two young Princes may never recover from having their Mother taken away twice, the first time during the divorce and the second time when she was taken away for good.
What could be a building block from the Sun to Pluto to help Charles heal and transform himself is thwarted by interference from his wife’s Jupiter, but William’s Libra Pluto conjunct Scorpio Jupiter on the MC indicates William will outmaneuver his Stepmother, and he will do it in a just manner. Through William, Charles may receive the key to unlock his special purpose, and since Pluto is involved, this may come about inadvertently, and/or through a sudden transformation.
Harry and William have some uncanny synchronicity with each other in their Yods – both have Pluto sextile Neptune as the bridge energy connecting the two quincunxes that emanate from the Yod’s fulcrum. William’s fulcrum is Chiron conjunct Venus (which is conjunct Diana’s Venus); and Harry’s fulcrum is Moon in Taurus (which is in the same sign as Charles’ Moon). If you had been damaged like these two brothers, would you not secretly (Neptune) seek revenge (Pluto)? They both have Pluto in 9 and Neptune in 12, which could mean secret plans to abolish either a law or an institution, or some long-range plan for revenge, the least and most positive of which could be restoration of their Mother’s royal status. The Finger of God is pointed at all three Princes. They may come up with a few surprises for us all, especially the two young ones!
The way the four Yods play off of each other also tells us something about the interactions between these four Royals. Charles and Diana have crossed Yods, crossed swords (See Diagram A). It is well-documented that Charles and Diana worked at cross-purposes to each other. Diana’s Jupiter Yod fulcrum is exactly conjunct Charles’ Descendant at 5˚ Aquarius. His points to her eleventh house, the house of social position. She embarrassed him in the press, he retaliated by failing to oppose Diana’s loss of her HRH title and social standing. Had she retained her title, a driver from the British secret service would have been driving the white Mercedes on that fateful August night, not a drunken Henri Paul.
The Yod fulcrums of William and Harry are conjunct in Taurus and in close opposition to Charles’ Scorpio Yod fulcrum. Thus, their Yods are diametrically opposed, their goals in direct conflict. This is very dramatic (see Diagram B). How this situation will work out is up to the three Princes. After all, it has been ten years since the world lost Diana, and time (Saturn) heals all wounds (Chiron). Oppositions have the potential to heal into resolutions. All three Princes have Chiron in the fifth house of love. Love can heal all wounds. With the passage of time, and the power of love, all wounds can be healed. May this be so for the three Princes.
PRINCE HENRY OF WALES
Like the Queen, Prince Henry Charles Albert David (“Harry”) has Saturn in Scorpio on the MC, which is fitting for the “runner up” to the throne; if called upon to serve, he will rise to the occasion. Like the Queen, Prince Harry also has a T-square, only Harry’s T-square is from Mercury in Virgo in the eighth square Chiron in the fifth and Uranus in the eleventh, which are in opposition. Harry’s Mercury, which rules his Chiron, is exactly conjunct Prince Charles’ Saturn in Virgo, both at 5˚. There is a high degree of tension between the two Princes, and communications between them must be very difficult at times. Harry’s Chiron is in competition with Charles’ Chiron over who has the greatest wound, especially because both of their Yods involve the Moon, the Mother. With the Mercury/Saturn connection, Harry may hold Charles responsible for his wounds. With Harry’s Uranus ruling Charles’ seventh house of public opinion and relations, it is possible that Harry may lash out against Charles in a public way to pay him back for his wounds, probably egged on by (one of) his friends (Uranus in the eleventh).
On the subject of friends, all three Princes have Uranus in the eleventh. This is an indication of unconventional friends at best, and fickle, if not treacherous, friends at worst. All celebrities are prone to being used by their friends, and the three Princes are no exception. With three oppositions to Uranus -- Chiron, Mercury and Venus -- William is the most vulnerable to having his heart broken (Chiron, Venus in the fifth) by unscrupulous friends (Uranus in Sagittarius) who would sell him out to the media (Mercury). Harry, who also has a Uranus-Chiron opposition, only more exact than William’s, shares this dilemma with a square from Uranus to Mercury. Prince Charles has to particularly watch out for betrayal from friends because Uranus is in two-faced Gemini on the cusp of the twelfth, house of secret enemies, and opposite Jupiter on the cusp of the sixth. Watch out for payback from lovers (fifth) turned enemies (twelfth) or from those Charles has wounded with his sharp Scorpio tongue (Mercury in Scorpio). Which one of his “friends” leaked the private letters between him and his valet? The two young Princes could take a lesson from this.
In this day of cell phone cameras and YouTube, the young Princes are no doubt aware that they have to be careful in their choice of friends and social activities. With Uranus in Sagittarius, the two young Princes enjoy socializing and being with others, and will be deeply wounded when friends betray them. Fortunately, they have each other to ease the loneliness of their social position.
It was obvious from watching the two brothers interact during the Matt Lauer interview that they are close to each other. Indeed, they are close in age, social status and astrological disposition. The similarities are many. Both have Saturn and Pluto near, or on, the MC (transforming existing structures/institutions). Both have Neptune in Sagittarius in the twelfth house, and share a weakness for drugs and alcohol. Their advisors will have their hands full with this issue, which could prove deadly if not contained, especially for William, who has the Sun and Moon opposing Neptune rising. Prince William does not need any image or substance problems to tarnish his bright future. Both have Uranus in the eleventh (fickle friends) and Neptune in the twelfth (secret plotting), with Harry’s Capricorn Jupiter in the twelfth acting as administrative master mind. Their Yods are two arrows shot from the same bow with sensitive, personal planets at the fulcrum (Venus/Chiron for William and the Moon for Harry). Both “point the finger” at Charles’ Moon and oppose his Scorpio Chiron. Both have Aldebaran conjunctions in the fifth house (with Mercury for William and Chiron for Harry).
Comrades in Arms
Harry helps William bear the burden of shouldering the
monarchy and soldiering on. Harry’s earth Sun, Moon Mercury and Jupiter provide
grounding and support for
William’s water Sun, Moon and Jupiter. With six mutable planets (this includes Chiron), Harry is the adaptable one, whereas William with five cardinal planets, is the take-charge person. Their Scorpio/Taurus MC/Nadir axis puts them in tune with the demands of society v. personal, psychological needs. They can share this burden, and lighten the load for each other. They are very much in tune with each other, and this helps prevent them from being isolated in loneliness.
The two brothers, William and Harry, are a joy to watch. They were affable and well-spoken during the Matt Lauer special. Watching them interact together during the interview revealed a close bond, with Harry obviously looking up to his older brother. Charles and Diana gave the world a great gift. The two young princes have already brought glamour and relevance to the monarchy. Their 2007 interview with Matt Lauer and the birthday concert they threw for their Mother in July were masterful exercises in public relations. They will bring the monarchy to the public like never before. The two young Princes have unprecedented access to the media, and the respect that was not afforded to their Mother. William and Harry will renew the monarchy like the Kennedy brothers, JFK and RFK, renewed the White House. Camelot comes home!
THE PEOPLE’S KING
If he so chooses, Prince William is in a position to revitalize the monarchy like no monarch since Queen Victoria. He has the power, resources, vision, social position and personal charisma to do so. How he will do so remains to be seen, but he will be as popular as his Mother, if not more so. As Diana was the People’s Princess, William will be the People’s King.
GOD SAVE THE KING!
 The Queen’s Stellium is the subject of another chapter, and is not analyzed here.
 Saturn is not a singleton, as it shares the northern hemisphere with the Moon and Neptune, so the Queen’s astrological type cannot be specifically said to be a bucket type, however, the Midheaven position of Saturn in the Queen’s chart, combined with its domination of her chart, gives it near-singleton significance.
[i] The Decline and Fall of the House of Windsor, Donald Spoto, POCKET BOOKS, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, New York, 1995, p. xviii.