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Monthly Newsletter: February 2017

In this newsletter:

  • Royal Pains and Great American Disasters - what 2017/2018's eclipses may mean for Great Britain's Royal Family and the United States

I AM NOT STUCK FOR TOPICS FOR MY NEWSLETTERS these days. Since the advent of Brexit and Trump I am gathering enough material for a couple of books.

So, as I put pen to paper for February's newsletter, yet another historic day for Great Britain has just taken place. On 1 February, the government voted overwhelmingly to allow Theresa May to begin Brexit negotiations. Which, of course, is what you do when Pluto conjoins your Moon and Mercury in the 10th house *. With the government's backing, May has set a deadline of 31 March for Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to be invoked. And with that, there is no way back for Britain. It's Auf Wiedersehen to Angela, Adieu to François, Ciao to Sergio and Do widzenia to Donald (Tusk, that is).

And speaking of Donald. At the time of writing Trump has been in power for nineteen days, and every single one of those days has produced a jaw-dropping controversy, not least the executive order banning all Syrian refugees from entry to the USA and certain other refugees for 90 days. Into this mix were swept Green-card holders and American citizens from countries on the exclusion list who were trying to return to their homes in the US. Pandemonium broke out at airports, worldwide protests were held and respected figures from the world of politics, business, academia and the arts voiced their outrage at being placed on the banned list.

American Protesters
American Protesters

Those of you who think President Trump is a sandwich short of a picnic are sadly in error, however. The executive order on immigration was well thought through. Trump and his aide de camp, Steve Bannon, knew full well the consequences of their actions. The intention was to shake-up the political system and inspire shock, disorientation and disruption in the people. Divide and conquer is an old rule of war and Trump with his rising Mars in Leo is a military man at heart.

The Queen
The Queen

EARLIER IN JANUARY, CONCERNS WERE RAISED over the health of Her Majesty the Queen when a heavy cold forced her to remain behind closed doors, thereby missing both the Christmas Day and New Year church services. Those fears proved to be unfounded and she was soon to be seen out and about, fit as a fiddle.

However, the incident sent me running to my ephemeris to see whether there was anything to worry about. The prospect of the Queen no longer being at the helm of Great Britain is both immensely sad and concerning.

* Moon in the 10th house of the UK (1801) chart; Mercury in the 10th house of the GB (1066) chart.



Royal Pains and Great American Disasters - what 2017/2018's eclipses may mean for Great Britain's Royal Family and the United States of America

ON 18 AUGUST LAST YEAR, THE FIRST ECLIPSE in a series of eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis took place. And there will be three more in 2017, four in 2018 and one in 2019. All these eclipses fall on key points and planetary bodies in the charts of senior members of the Royal Family.

Leo is, of course, the royal sign of the zodiac, which is one reason why these eclipses should have an effect on royal families in general and Great Britain's in particular. While eclipses can portend great and good events - another royal wedding, perhaps, another new prince or princess, maybe - more often they signal upsets.

We are thus looking at a two-year period in which there could be controversial events affecting the Royal Family, and huge changes in the structure of the monarchy and the roles various senior members play.

I'll try to keep this simple. First, the dates and degrees of the eclipses.


2016

  • 18 August: lunar eclipse (penumbral) at 25° Aquarius 52

2017

  • 11 February: lunar eclipse (penumbral) at 22° Leo 28
  • 7 August: lunar eclipse (partial) at 15° Aquarius 25
  • 21 August: solar (total) at 28°Leo 53

2018

  • 31 January: lunar eclipse (total) at 11°Leo 37
  • 15 February: solar eclipse (partial) at 27°Aquarius 08
  • 27 July: lunar eclipse (total) at 4° Aquarius 45
  • 11 August: solar eclipse (partial) at 18° Leo 42

2019

  • 21 January: lunar eclipse (total) at 0°Leo 52

Now the natal charts of senior members of the royal family, and the degree areas common to all: 0°- 6° and 22° - 28°of the Fixed signs - Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius.

0° - 6°

Queen Elizabeth's Sun 0° Taurus 12
Prince Charles' Moon 0° Taurus 26
Prince William's Jupiter 0° Scorpio 29
Prince William's Mid-heaven 2° Scorpio 28
Princess Anne's Mars 2° Scorpio 53
Prince Edward's Venus 3° Taurus 46
Prince Charles' nodal axis 3° Taurus/Scorpio 56
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's Ascendant 4° Leo 54
Prince Charles' Ascendant 5° Leo 23
Prince Philip's Venus 5° Taurus 43
Princess Kate's Mercury 5° Aquarius 56

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II
21 Apr 1926, 2hrs 40,
London, UK

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22° - 26°

The Queen's Neptune 22° Leo 02
Princess Anne's Sun 22° Leo 02
Prince Philip's Moon 22° Leo 15
Prince Charles' Sun 22° Scorpio 25
The Queen's Jupiter 22° Aquarius 31
The Queen's Saturn 24° Scorpio 27
The Queen's Mid-heaven 25° Scorpio 33
Prince Andrew's Moon 25° Scorpio 29
Prince William's Venus 25° Taurus 40

Prince Charles

Prince Charles
14 Nov 1948, 21hrs 14,
London, UK

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Great Eclipse 2017 (Washington)

Eclipse 2017 (Washington)
21 Aug 2017, 13hrs 18,
Washington, DC

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OF ALL THESE ECLIPSES ON THE LEO-AQUARIUS AXIS the most important is the total solar eclipse of 21 August, 2017. This has been dubbed The Great American Eclipse, since its path covers only mainland America. You have to go back to 1257 to find another.

I'll come to America shortly; for now I'm going to focus on Britain's Royal Family.

AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE ABOVE LISTS, all the eclipses in the 2016-2019 cycle hit the Royal Family's charts, so events of singular importance can be anticipated during these next two years. In order to speculate on what these events might be we need to take a journey into the past.

  1. 1936 was a huge year for the monarchy. On 20 January, King George V died leaving the throne to his eldest son, Edward, Prince of Wales. On 11 December the same year, Edward abdicated citing his need and desire to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American commoner. The crown passed to his younger brother, George VI.

    King Edward abdicated the throne two days before a solar eclipse at 21° 49 Sagittarius.

    Six months prior to George V's death a solar eclipse took place at 6° Leo - the King's natal Mars - and at the time of his death in the January of 1936, Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected change, was placed at 1° 35 Taurus.

    These degrees continue to be relevant in the charts of the Royal Family today.

Edward VIII
Edward VIII
  1. 1952 was a similarly profound year for the monarchy. On 6 February, George VI died, five days before a lunar eclipse at 21°14 Leo - an eclipse that squared his natal Moon-Uranus conjunction in Scorpio. On the day of his death, transiting Mars was to be found at 7° Leo (the King's Mid-heaven) and Pluto placed at 20° Scorpio.

    Degrees once again relevant to the present Royal Family.

  2. George VI was succeeded by his eldest daughter, Elizabeth - our Queen - who was crowned on 2 June 1953, a few weeks before a total lunar eclipse at 3° 12 Leo-Aquarius, squaring her radical Sun.

  3. Queen Elizabeth described 1992 as her annus horribilis. It was a year that began in a blaze of scandal over the separation of the Duke and Duchess of York and ended with the separation of Diana and Charles; and along the way a blaze decimated part of Windsor Castle.

  • While the eclipses of 1992 may not have fallen on the royal Leo-Aquarius axis, Pluto spent much of the year floating between 20° and 23° Scorpio - those important degrees of the Fixed signs common to all the senior Royals. And just to press home the point, on 9 December, the day Diana's and Charles' separation was announced, there was a total lunar eclipse at 18° 10 Sagittarius-Gemini. This eclipse fell within 2 degrees of the solar eclipse that marked Edward VIII's abdication.


  1. The 31st August, 1997 will remain etched in many minds since it was the day Diana, Princess of Wales died. She died 44 hours before a solar eclipse at 9° 14 Virgo, some three degrees away from her natal Mars-Pluto conjunction. She passed away as transiting Neptune conjoined her natal Saturn and IC - the point of endings and beginnings - while natal Saturn conjoined her Ascendant.

Princess Diana
Princess Diana

THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATH of The Princess of Wales continue to be a source of controversy. We need not go into all the details of the fatal crash in the Alma Tunnel in the early hours of Sunday, 31 August, nor the events that led up to it; suffice to say, Mohammed al Fayed, Dodi's father, spent years endeavouring to prove the crash was an assassination carried out by MI6 on the instructions of members of the establishment.

It is clear, if you, like me, take the time to go through the various witness statements about the crash, the enquiry into her death was bungled at best and deliberately impeded at worst. It took two years for the French Judicial Enquiry to conclude that the driver, Henri Paul, lost control while intoxicated at the wheel of the Mercedes. The members of the paparazzi, formerly believed to have caused the accident by forcing the Mercedes in the tunnel at high speed, were exonerated.

The enquiry concluded on 3 September, 1999 some four weeks after a total solar eclipse at 18° 21 Leo.

Solar Eclipse, 1999

Solar Eclipse, 1999
11 Aug 1999, 11hrs 53,
London, UK

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This solar eclipse was not only significant from a historical and astronomical perspective - it was the last great eclipse of the 20th Century - but it formed the key component of an alignment known as a Grand Cross. The Sun and Moon at 18°21 Leo opposed Uranus in Aquarius and squared a Saturn-Mars opposition on the Taurus-Scorpio axis.

The signature of this formidable eclipse was therefore on the conclusion of the French enquiry into the deaths of Diana and Dodi. And it may have a long reach.

THERE IS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE total solar eclipse of August 1999 and the total solar eclipse of 21 August, 2017. They belong to Saros cycle 145; in fact, they are next to each other in a sequence of eclipses that began on 4 January, 1649.

As it happens, January 1649 was one of the most significant months in British history: Charles 1 was executed, the monarchy abolished and a republic established under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell.

August 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Diana's death. There are special occasions planned to commemorate the anniversary, and recently William and Harry announced the creation of a statue to be placed at Kensington Palace later this year, in addition to a memorial garden which is to be filled with white roses, narcissi and a carpet of forget-me-nots.

What we can also anticipate is a flood of articles, books and documentaries about her life and death. And the chances are someone will be revealing sensational aspects of the accident in the Alma Tunnel or other information regarding Diana that has been covered up - details that would send a tsunami through the House of Windsor.

As we can see from the past, eclipses occurring six months before major events carve their imprints on those events. So, both the eclipse of last August and that of 11 February, 2017 are likely to be precursors to events of great significance.

THERE ARE SOME INTRIGUING resonances between Diana's chart and the eclipses of September 1997, August, 1999 and 21 August, 2017.

  1. At the conclusion of the enquiry into her death in September 1999, the preceding total solar eclipse closely opposed her Moon; Venus in Virgo was near the degree of the solar eclipse that marked her death in 1997, therefore similarly triggering her natal Mars-Pluto conjunction; and for good measure transiting Pluto was square this same natal conjunction. Last but not least, the Ascendant-descendant axis of the 1999 Great Eclipse chart was within three degrees of her natal Ascendant-Descendant axis.

  2. The forthcoming total solar eclipse takes place at 28° 50 of Leo - Diana's north node - and nudges her Moon-Uranus opposition. (The nodal axis is the point at which eclipses occur, so connections to this axis in a natal chart tend to symbolize fateful developments.) Mercury on the 21 August 2017 will be on the degree of the solar eclipse that followed Diana's death - an eclipse that fell on her natal Mars-Pluto conjunction.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana
1 Jul 1961, 14hrs 10,
Sandringham, UK

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Great Eclipse 2017 (London)

Eclipse 2017 (London)
12 Aug 2017, 18hrs 18,
London, UK

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Great Britain

Great Britain
25/31 Dec 1066, 12hrs 00,
London, UK

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If we examine the chart of the 21 August eclipse from the standpoint of London, we find 17° Capricorn rising with Pluto bang on that ascending point. A portent of transformational events indeed. The Mid-heaven of this chart at 22° Scorpio is in that degree area of great relevance to the Royal Family, as is the Ascendant-Descendant axis and Pluto which pick up the Queen's natal Ascendant-Descendant axis, Great Britain's Mercury and the UK's Moon in the 10th house of government and leadership.

The combination of the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, this potent eclipse and all the celestial echoes to her natal chart lead me to believe revelations concerning her life and death are set to emerge, probably any day.

ASIDE FROM REVELATIONS OVER THE DEATH OF DIANA, we might also speculate that with the Duke of Edinburgh now in his 96th year of life and the Queen in her 91st changes in the running of the Family firm are inevitable. While Her Majesty has vowed never to abdicate - she believes her duty to the people and to God is a lifetime's commitment - age and illness may force her hand.

In February 2018 at the time of the solar eclipse at 27° 08 Aquarius (a mirror image of August 2017's solar eclipse) Jupiter will be in the early 20 degrees of Scorpio, and by May Uranus will reach 0° Taurus. On the one hand, when you consider these transits in the charts of the Queen and Prince Charles, you can see cause for jubilation yet also crisis and upset.

At this point in time, all seems well in the ranks of the Royal Family. A minor illness kept the Queen from her duties earlier in the year, Prince Harry and his Meghan are quietly going about their business, and Charles has recently published a small book on climate change. Hardly the stuff of eclipses. But then we are not privy to the goings-on behind royal walls. And already page-proofs of books, articles and documentaries could be the subject of intense discussion and contingency-planning around the royal dinner table.

And then, of course there is the state visit of President Trump.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE of 21 August 2017 all over his natal chart. Well, that is an exaggeration, but it falls precisely on his Ascendant-Descendant axis and his rising Mars. Thus, we know that the events signalled by this eclipse are going to affect him in a personal way: they are going to reflect on his image and his position.

This eclipse could, of course, coincide with his state visit to the United Kingdom, which is already a hugely contentious issue. And it would explain why the Royal Family's charts are simultaneously in such a state of uproar.

Even though August may not be a convenient time for such a state visit - the Royal Family traditionally spend the month in Balmoral - mid-September, just before all the Party conferences and while members of parliament are away from Westminster, might be perfect.

While the 21 August 2017 eclipse could inspire yet another provocative move on Trump's part which sends reverberations around the world, this eclipse also happens to fall on the Moon in the US (Sibly) chart so, the events inspired by this eclipse will have a direct effect on the American people too.

It is just possible that if late August or early-to-mid-September turns out to be the time of the state visit, some of the protests that are becoming an all too familiar occurrence will take a more radical turn, the results of which could be embarrassing at best for both countries and disastrous at worst.

I spent the whole of my previous newsletter examining Trump's chart and the potential for an abbreviated term as President, and this total solar eclipse of August is one of several candidates that might prove the undoing of Donald Trump, whether we are looking at cause for impeachment or some kind of life-threatening incident.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump
14 June 1946, 10hrs 54,
Jamaica, NY

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USA

USA (Sibly)
4 Jul 1776, 17hrs 10,
Philadelphia, PA

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THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE THAT SAROS CYCLE 145 has much to do with monarchy, leadership and ends of eras. It began, of course, with the execution of Charles I and the abolition of the monarchy, which may well have set the tone for the series. The eclipse of 21 August, 2017 will be number 22 in this cycle and the solar eclipse of August 1999 the 21st. Preceding that, the solar eclipse of 31st July, 1981 (number 20 in the series) occurred two days after the wedding of Charles and Diana; and, before that, the total solar eclipse of 20 July (number 20) was the precursor to the assassination of President Kennedy. In fact, this eclipse fell precisely on JFK's natal Saturn and exactly in opposition the US Pluto.

As you know, I don't have a crystal ball in which I can see events played out before me in misty sequence, I simply look at the configurations to come and, with a little help from history and experience, form an opinion.

And it is my opinion that the Royal Family and Donald Trump are in for a tumultuous ride.




Additional charts:

George V

George V
3 Jun 1865, 13hrs 18,
London, UK

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George VI

George VI
14 Dec 1895, 03hrs 05,
Sandringham, UK

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Edward VIII

Edward VIII
23 Jun 1894, 21hrs 55,
Surrey, UK

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Princess Diana's death

Princess Diana's death
31 Aug 1997, 04hrs 00,
Paris, France

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom
1 Jan 1801, 00hrs 00,
Westminster, UK

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Princess Diana's death

Princess Diana's death
31 Aug 1997, 04hrs 00,
Paris, France

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