Those who follow the antics of the British royal family know that a new prince was born on Monday July 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM in London. It occurred to me to look at the chart of this infant from various perspectives that have been popular in the history of astrology.
In its early days, Western astrology used Whole Sign Houses with a sidereal or fixed-stat-based zodiac. Ptolemy came along in the 2nd century AD and continued with Whole Sign Houses but switched to a season-based tropical zodiac. At some point astrologers began to use the MC as the start of the 10th house (instead of the 10th sign from the ASC sign) and the quadrant houses were born. Some to the changes may have been due to misunderstandings of Ptolemy and others to new ways of looking at the sky. In the 17th century Placidus, perhaps anticipating Einstein’s ideas of space-time and relativity, introduced his own system of houses which were grounded in his understanding of Ptolemy’s ideas about primary directions.
After this rather detailed introduction, let me present three charts for the new Prince of Cambridge from different astrological perspectives: (1) Placidus tropical (above), (2) Whole Sign tropical (first chart below), and (3) Whole Sign sidereal (second chart below).
The Ascendant lies in Scorpio in both the tropical and the sidereal zodiacs. The ASC-ruler is Mars in all three charts.
The MC shifts from Cancer (ruled by the Moon) in tropical to Leo (ruled by the Sun) in sidereal. There appears to be a 9th house emphasis, so maybe this prince will turn out to be a scholar and do something useful with his life.
It is interesting that the tropical chart fits the pattern described by Bernadette Brady:
” I have on my computer the birth data of every UK monarch since Henry II, born on 25 March 1133. This is a total of 25 Kings or Queens (at least I think I have the full set) plus the two current heirs to the throne – Charles and William. I have been fiddling with this data and noticed that of the 25 monarchs (and 2 heirs) since 1133, 16 of these have had either their Sun or Moon between 28 to 1 degree of the zodiac. This appears to be a ‘family’ pattern which began with Edward II in 1284 and includes Elizabeth II, her son, Charles and his son William.”
In all three charts Gemini lies on the cusp of the 8th house, making Mercury the ruler of the house of death. It is a bit concerning that 8th-ruler Mercury and ASC-ruler Mars lie only 7.4 degrees apart in the zodiac. This means that by primary direction Mercury will conjoin Mars during his first decade of life. Depending of which system of directing you use, this occurs (with Ptolemy’s key of one degree of RA = one year of life) around:
- April 6, 2015 by Regiomontanus circle of position (with latitude)
- March 4, 2016 by Placidean semiarc (with latitude)
- November 25, 2020 by Regiomontanus circle of position (without latitude)
- December 31, 2020 by Placidean semiarc (without latitude)
- February 28, 2022 in the van Dam system.
- By solar arc Mars conjoins Mercury on April 24, 2021.
Of further concern is that the square of Uranus in Aries to his planets in Cancer (tropical) is also active by primary direction around the above dates. These same planets are also opposed by Pluto across the wheel. With Mars as his ASC-ruler, this baby is strongly influenced by the current transiting square between Uranus and Pluto. On a positive note, Jupiter in tropical Cancer exerts a protective effect.
Here is a list of his Placidus semi-arc primary directions involving Mars, Mercury, Uranus and Plut from ages 1 to 23. Dates are calculated with Ptolemy’s key.