A Royal Baby is born: George Alexander Louis

Prince of Cambridge, Placidus Tropical

Prince of Cambridge, Placidus Tropical

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).

Prince of Cambridge, Whole Sign Tropical

Prince of Cambridge, Whole Sign Tropical

Prince of Cambridge, Whole Sign, Sidereal

Prince of Cambridge, Whole Sign, Sidereal

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.

2013-07-23 13_55_34-Primary Directions

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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10 Responses to A Royal Baby is born: George Alexander Louis

  1. MTM says:

    I’m just a beginner at Astrology, but I’m a little worried about that Mars-Pluto opposition.

  2. Jeff Geist says:

    from Jeff Geist: Love the perspective of the whole-sign houses, both trop and sid. I’m guessing we’d have to consider the moon as being void of course, aye: since they don’t make contact until after they’re in Aquarius. What would William Lily say, and, of course, what do you say? Al;so find the Descendant and Pars Fortuna degrees on Algol something to think about, particularly given the House VIII empahsis of the Placidus figure. Thanks, as usual, Tony.

  3. Jane says:

    Scorpio rising? I like the kid already.

    • james says:

      tony – thanks for the article! giving a 6 or 7 year window of time to connect the ascendant and 8th house ruler doesn’t seem like much of a prediction of value. which particular method are you using to narrow down the time for this connection to happen? – thanks – james

  4. Mark Cullen says:

    Thanks Tony,

    Intriguing comments. The real basis for any meaningful prediction though is surely what will happen and when will it happen? I am not sure your comments could count as fitting either definition yet. I still need to look at things like transiits, profections and solar returns. However, as an initial take on this I am going to stick my neck out here and plump for the period 2020-2022. as key bringing these directions into play. I’m also looking at the solar arc of Moon to Saturn. So what will happen here? A life threatening illness or even death? ,By whole sign houses Mars is Lord 6 here. Alternatively death of a close relative? The death of the Queen or more shockingly Prince William would move George one place closer in the line of succession. This would certainly have 8th house meaning too as it would represent a change in his status and his royal ‘inheritance’ .

    A lot more study to be done by us all but I do appreciate you bringing our attention to these themes. Incidentally,

    I have a thread on Skyscript where I have been discussing this topic. You might also we interested in the House of Windsor chart I am promoting there. We would value any additional insights you have over there.




    • Mark,
      I’ve been thinking a lot recently about primary directions and ‘eyeballing’ a natal chart to make a tentative prediction. In looking at the baby’s chart, I was immediately struck by the ASC- ruler Mars lying so close to Mercury in the 8th house, with Mercury ruling the 8th. They are only about 7 degrees apart in the zodiac, which corresponds very roughly to age 7.

      Depending on whether you direct with or without latitude, the year the direction of Mercury to Mars becomes exact is either around 2015-16 or 2020-21, that is, around ages 2-3 or 7-8. As you note, Mars is lord 6 by whole sign houses.

      As you point out, the death of the Queen is a possibility. She is getting old and it would not be surprising if she were to die when the baby turned 2-3 or 7-8.

      I would not make a prediction by primary directions alone. It is important to refer to the natal chart and other predictive techniques such as solar returns, transits, secondary progressions, etc. I have not had the time to look at these closely, which is why I did not comment further in the post about the meaning of this primary direction.


  5. Mario says:

    Hi tony wrote on Facebook that the July 24, 2013

    Born Crown Prince, and if it will be with a strong stellium of planets in House VIII, but the reliqueas heiress of a museum, I do not inherit any throne, or be king of anything, maybe it’s like your grandmother “Queen of something “symbolic!.

    The child who has the Scorpio in the ASC, and a charged House VIII, showed input as SCORPIO, so is that round the mystery of his name.
    It will be a hidden child, or hidden, with an introverted personality, mysterious, silent?.
    The strong opposition of the two rulers, Mars / Pluto, it is not easy to handle or to live, but also consider high risk and danger, to which I add the square of Mercury / Uranus, which asu time aspecting the ASC, this if the time is correct, I say this because the English royalty was always affects the occult, and it is possible that the birth time is not announced.
    Mercury / Uranus, could be related to a disability
    maybe in communication or hearing? or perhaps you may have an accident and this let some sequel, and even more like Uranus
    this House IV, the problem may be with a family member or home-
    Also other comments made to the position of Neptune in House III, which may indicate
    brothers, since his father Williams has a Neptune on the ASC, and if we relate this Carlos, who “inherits not steal”. Mercury occupies the degree
    13 Cancer square Uranus in Aries 12, according to a calculation I made
    some years, Kate MC calculation at 13 ° Capricorn, to which I add the
    Node / Saturn Williams and the icing on the Queen Elizabeh analysis has the ASC
    in 13 ° Capricorn, and Prince Charles is at 13 ° Aries on the MC, I mean that is surprising and unexpected events happen in a very near. If we relate the birth of the Child Heir to the Charter of England, Pluto shows that the child is over the MC of Albion, this shows that a major restructuring is coming.

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