British royal Prince Harry caused quite a sensation in August 2012 when he was filmed cavorting naked with his equally clothing-challenged drunken buddies in Las Vegas, one of whom was later arrested on felony charges for passing fraudulent checks. The Queen must have raised an eyebrow when she heard about Harry’s exploits and the company he keeps. Harry is no stranger to scandal. As an underage adolescent he was caught drinking booze and smoking pot. In 2005 he made news for his bad taste and insensitivity to millions of Jews when he sported a Nazi uniform to one of the lavish parties he is wont to attend.
I wondered what might be going on in his natal chart to symbolize this kid’s poor judgment and immature behavior. His birth data appears to be well documented and the chart below is calculated from data given at astro.com:
Given Harry’s infantile antics over a period of years, it was a bit surprising to see Capricorn rising and Saturn as his Ascendant-ruler. These are usually symbols of a conservative down-to-earth approach to life. Saturn also symbolizes delay, however, so maybe he well be a late bloomer. At age 27 he has not yet gone through his Saturn return, and he still has a lot of growing up to do.
His ASC falls in the Mars decan of Capricorn, and Mars is almuten of the ASC (having equal dignity with Saturn there). In addition ASC-ruler Saturn lies in Scorpio ruled by Mars, making Mars the dispositor of Saturn and thus a secondary ASC-ruler as Morinus would say. His natal Mars lies in adventurous Sagittarius along with Uranus in his 11th house of friends, suggesting that he likes to hang out with “wild and crazy guys” who don’t feel bound by convention.
Mars and Uranus in turn are disposed by Jupiter in the 12th house of scandal. Fortunately Harry has benefic Jupiter in the 12th house of undoing so that he always finds a way to get out of trouble relatively unscathed. Based on these chart factors, I would guess that his 29th year, that is, his Saturn return year, will be one of major growing up in which he will have to confront the conflict he feels between his conservatism and family background and his innate desire for wild and unbridled adventure.
Harry’s naked photos hit the press on August 21, 2012. I checked the major transits, secondary progressions, and solar arcs for a couple weeks before and after that date. Here is the list (from Solar Fire):
I won’t interpret the entire list. A few items especially stand out. On the day the news became public (Aug 21) transiting Saturn was exactly semi-square solar arc directed Saturn from the 9th house of foreign travel to the 11th house of friends. He got in trouble for cavorting naked with friends in a foreign country that day. Several days later (Aug 27) transiting Saturn semi-squared secondary progressed Uranus in freedom-loving Sagittarius, again from the 9th to the 11th house. The meaning is similar but now with an emphasis on his desire to unrestricted excitement (Uranus in Sagittarius) running into a snag (semisquare Saturn).
The month-long period we are looking at surrounding this date (Aug 21 when the naked photos hit the news) begins with transiting Pluto conjunct solar arc directed Uranus and ends with transiting Uranus square solar arc directed Uranus. The basic meanings of these two aspects have to do with extreme restlessness and a desire for unrestricted freedom and excitement followed by the need to face the consequences (the square aspect) of one’s efforts to break the mold of what is expected of one’s behavior. Harry is moving in lockstep with the aspects in this chart. It’s amazing how well the astrological symbolism describes the recent events in Harry’s life.
Addendum (Sept 9, 2012): I was thinking about the prominence of Saturn and Capricorn in this chart and it occurred to me that modern astrologers, myself included, often forget about the mythological association of these symbols with revelry and licentiousness. In the tarot the Devil trump, whose meaning includes licentious behavior, is typically assigned to the zodiac sign Capricorn. The early church took the Saturnalia festival of ancient Rome and converted it into Christmas. The Saturnalia was the most popular Roman holiday. It consisted of several days of celebration in December in which “the whole mob has let itself go in pleasures,” according to Seneca. Lucian of Rome, who presided over the festival, wrote: “the serious is barred; no business allowed. Drinking, noise and games and dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping of frenzied hands, an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water—such are the functions over which I preside” (italics mine). Prince Harry and his cronies could well have been involved in an early Saturnalia festival, honoring his ASC-ruler Saturn in August instead of December this year.
If the Queen had done a one-card tarot reading about Prince Harry in August, this is most likely the card she would have pulled “randomly” from the deck.