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September seems to have gone by in a flash, and here we are at the beginning of the final quarter of the year. That sense of losing time tends to happen when tumultuous events occur. So, I look at my calendar and see etched in red that I must start my 2023 forecasts.

 Last October, when I began to write my forecasts for 2022, I wondered if my view that it was going to be an even more difficult year than the previous two would invite protests – I mean, isn’t it my job to spread joy and positivity. It is my job to encourage and put the most positive spin on things, but not at the expense of reality. That’s the kind of astrologer I am. And, even if some of you did feel my forecast put quite a dampener on the new year, by the end of February, you were probably beginning to see my point.

I talk a lot about astrology having tiers of meaning — one man’s Jupiter joy is another’s Jupiter overkill sort of thing — and, indeed, it is Jupiter that dominates the week ahead, bringing success and happiness to some and the escalation of difficulties to others. Nonetheless, even if we may be battling our various demons, there can be moments of laughter, loving exchanges and little triumphs. Life is not one long draconian dirge.

On Sunday, Mercury will turn direct, helping us make up for lost time and bringing clarity where there was once confusion.

Onward and starward!


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Friday Bite

Astrology of the Week’s Main Global Events
Penny Thornton

Friday Bite 23 September 2022


A King whose Time has Come?


Mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth is officially over. For almost two weeks we forgot about the cost-of-living crisis, inflation, interest rates and the rest, but now reality is back with a vengeance. We have barely had time to consider what the future holds for the United Kingdom with a new sovereign at the helm, although I will be making a start in this Friday Bite.

On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin addressed his nation, announcing the mobilization of 300,000 new conscripts and declaring that referenda on joining Russia were to be held in four Russian occupied zones in the east of Ukraine. (“Voting” is currently taking place.) In the same address he raised the spectre of nuclear war, reminding the wicked West that “we will use all the means at our disposal [should] the territorial integrity of Russia” be imperilled. In consequence, hundreds, if not thousands, of Russian men are attempting to flee the country before they are drafted.

What a cunning plan. To restate Russia’s right to protect its territory, by any and every means, prior to a referendum that will almost certainly result in much of the Donbas region of Ukraine being annexed to Russia. But, if you remember, Black Adder’s cunning plans almost always failed, as will those of President Putin. Sadly, nothing about this illegal war in Ukraine is amusing.

And so to King Charles III.

Charles became king immediately upon the death of his mother. He was officially proclaimed king on September 10th. Significant as these moments are, until he is crowned king, the Carolean reign has not begun. That ceremonial moment when the crown is placed on Charles’ head will provide the horoscope for his reign. (In my last Friday Bite, which follows on from this one, I discussed the astrology of the coronations of both Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II.)

On September 10, at 11:00 in the morning, the Garter King of Arms entered a balcony of St. James’s Palace and in time honoured fashion proclaimed to all of the United Kingdom that there was a new monarch. The ceremony had begun an hour earlier and some time into that ceremony Charles made his oath and signed the Accession proclamation.  

While the start of the ceremony and the signing of the Accession proclamation could be taken as the official moment Charles became king, I believe the moment his accession was announced to the world carries most weight.

Charles III proclaimed

You may remember, that just before Charles placed his signature on the document there was an incident over a recalcitrant pen holder (ironically one given to him by his son William). I do not know the exact time of that incident, but it was roughly half-way through the ceremony, and at 10:34 the Ascendant moved from Libra to Scorpio.  

At 11 am (BST) the full moon in Pisces became exact. Scorpio (the king’s Sun sign) was rising and closely squaring Charles’s natal Ascendant-Descendant axis at 5 degrees Leo-Aquarius. The Midheaven (16 Leo 48) was within minutes of his natal Pluto. Saturn at 20 degrees of Aquarius was conjunct the IC (and therefore opposing the MC) and squaring Uranus and squaring Charles’ natal Sun.

Looking at this chart in the most positive light, Saturn’s position on the Imum Coeli provides stability and structure. That the midheaven is Charles’ Pluto (which rises to his Ascendant in his natal chart) is redolent with transformation – in this case his transformation from prince to king of the realm. The full moon symbolizes closure and completion: job done. The Moon is not void-of-course (which would have implied nothing would come from this event) and applying by sextile to Uranus and Pluto and a conjunction to Neptune.  

From a less positive perspective, Saturn’s conjunction to the IC, suggests struggle and frustration. And since Saturn is square Uranus, controversy and conflict. Uranus is conjunct the north node, and therefore on the current eclipse axis, which suggests unexpected developments could get in the way of all that structure, stability, tradition and continuity Saturn provides. That the Midheaven is the degree of Charles’ Pluto can also indicate a level of tumult involved in the attainment of his destiny, especially since it is precisely squaring the nodal axis.  Pluto and its properties are of added significance since it is the ruler of the Accession chart. The full moon is not quite exact: it is one minute into the waning cycle, so it could be said that the theme of closure and completion – job done — synonymous with all full moons is more likely to indicate a decline of some description from the point of accession.

And then there is the full moon’s conjunction to Neptune. Moon-Neptune aspects, while resonant with spirituality, compassion, love and, in this case, the mystique of majesty, they also synchronize with loss, suffering, sacrifice and betrayal. I might not normally consider the Moon-Neptune conjunction to be uber-significant, but Charles has Neptune prominently placed in his natal chart, and this conjunction at the time of the accession is referencing all that natal Neptune has to offer.

Prince Charles natal chart

At the time Charles was born, Neptune was close to the IC and conjoined to Venus – the ruler of the IC and co-ruler of the MC – his role in life. Mercury and the Sun also occupy the fourth house. All four planetary bodies have something to say about his heritage, his ancestry, his childhood and his upbringing, but Neptune being so close to one of the four angles of the chart (the IC), carries the most weight.

Our ancestors speak to us from the fourth house. Traumatic incidents in particular experienced by our forebears make an imprint on our consciousness, so that we either relive similar experiences/repeat an age-old family pattern or seek to resolve it. Sacrifice, suffering, betrayal and loss are a hereditary pattern in Charles’s chart. And if we look into the not-so-distant past we find a similar pattern in the chart of another king – Edward VIII who abdicated the throne for the sake of the woman he loved. Some, however, believe he was forced to sacrifice the throne. Options that could have allowed him to remain king and with Wallis as a consort were overruled by those who believed he was unfit to rule.

King Edward VIII Natal Chart

This echo from his Great-Uncle’s chart to his own horoscope caused me to wonder if Charles might face a similar fate and that somehow, on his watch, the monarchy would be lost or diminished. (It is also interesting to note that Charles in his younger years felt an affinity with his Great-Uncle. He maintained a correspondence with him and was the only member of the royal family to visit him and the Duchess of Windsor in Paris.) In my book Romancing the Stars (1986) I suggested that a divorce between Diana and himself might become the reason he would not accede to the throne. (At the time of writing my book, divorce for a monarch was incompatible with his or her being the head of the Church of England. Times have changed, of course.)

My suggestion that Charles might not make it to the throne caused a bit of a stir at the time, although I was not the first to question his accession. In 1951, Charles Carter questioned the kingliness of Prince Charles’ chart: “This is clearly rather a favourable chart, though whether it is of a royal character is possibly more open to question…If the native should ascend the throne, it would probably be a happy event for the country. But his Sun is closely opposed to the 1066 Neptune!” Then again, her late Majesty’s natal Midheaven was opposed to the 1066 Neptune, although by a wider margin, so the Neptune factor is by no means conclusive.

So, where am I going with this? I cannot say with absolute conviction that Charles will never be crowned king, but I am mindful that Neptune’s slippery tentacles are all over that destiny. He has come to his role at a time of incredible turbulence. The war in Ukraine and its global effects hang over his ascendancy like a shroud. Will past actions or past connections come to light that will compromise his role as monarch? Will ill-health or injury cause him to stand back so that William becomes king. All this will unfold in the coming months, but we may want to look closely around the times of the forthcoming eclipses from late-October through mid-November and then next year in late April through mid-May and mid-October.

I like Charles. I think he has the potential to be a good king. I might even say, he is a king whose time has come. And yet. And yet.


Friday Bite 16 September 2022


Mourning and Majesty


Great Britain remains in mourning for our beloved Queen Elizabeth who died on September 8th. Throughout the past seven days there have been ceremonies, pageant, pomp and processions in honour of her life and death. All of it intensely moving. And, with the exception of her arrival at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday when the rain poured down, the sun has shone. By 6:30 on Monday morning, the day of the state funeral, hundreds and thousands of people will have filed past her coffin, which on two occasions will have been flanked at all four corners by her children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

While all eyes may indeed have been following and will continue to follow the long journey of the Queen to her resting place at Windsor Castle next Monday, another historic event has been taking place in Ukraine. And mention should be made of this because the astrology is not just reflective of sadness and loss but a turn in the tide.

The full moon in Pisces on Saturday 10th – portentously, at the exact moment Charles was proclaimed king – was conjunct Neptune, the planet of the divine and the deceptive. While this may have much to tell us about the passage of the new king to the coronation, the success of Ukraine’s counteroffensive owed much to Neptunian disinformation. Russia believed the counteroffensive would take place in the south and had moved a large body of its equipment to the region. Instead, the attack came in the north east causing Russian troops to panic and flee. It remains to be seen whether the momentum Ukraine currently has can be maintained over the coming weeks, but the regaining of territory once lost to Russia is a good sign that it will.

The 24/7 coverage of the Queen’s death is also masking the severe crisis facing Great Britain. When the state funeral is over and the emotional tsunami has dissipated, realities are going to have to be faced. Liz Truss and King Charles have come to power at a time of political and economic turmoil, and it is unlikely the euphoria over the new era now in motion can be sustained. They each face a superhuman task.

While the crown passed to Charles immediately upon the Queen’s death, until the Imperial Crown is placed on his head at his coronation, the new Carolean age has not officially begun. However, that Charles was proclaimed King on the full moon while Mercury has just turned retrograde, already reveals his journey to the coronation is going to be complicated.We should assume nothing.

Looking ahead to 2023 when the coronation can be expected to take place, there are a couple of dates of significance. Were I to be John Dee, court astronomer/astrologer and advisor to Queen Elizabeth 1, I would suggest late April – on or around the 20th – or October, on or around the 25th.

I will explore all these things and more in my next Friday Bite.

Until the seventeenth century, astronomy and astrology were the province of the great intellectuals of their day. Astrology was considered a scholarly pursuit. When Elizabeth 1 ascended the throne, such was the importance of ensuring her reign would be “happy and glorious” John Dee was commissioned to set the date and time for the coronation. He apparently had a difficult job finding a suitably auspicious moment in a year of challenging alignments. Indeed, Nostradamus, living at the time, had forecast 1559 to be a year of “divers calamities, weepings and mournings and civil sedition [that would make] the lowest rise up against the highest.”.

Clearly, Dee did a great job, given that the reign of Elizabeth I lasted 45 years and became known as the Golden Age.

Queen Elizabeth 1 Coronation

We do not have the benefit of any notes from the great John Dee himself as to why he chose January 25 1559 at 12 noon for the coronation, but we need to bear in mind that none of the outer planets had been discovered in his day. Saturn was the outermost planet in the solar system. However, we can assume the positions of Jupiter and Saturn would have been key.

Saturn in Taurus would have provided stability and longevity while Jupiter in Aquarius (then ruled only by Saturn) would have similarly blessed her reign with endurance and constancy. At midday, the Sun was high overhead, in a position of authority and applying to mighty Jupiter, signifying joy, success, grandeur and renown. Mercury, the ruler of the chart, was conjoined to the Sun affirming the prestige in which she would be held. Mars in Scorpio and Moon in Aries were entirely fitting for an age when political intrigue and war were par for the course, and Elizabeth’s reign was full of great victories and more than a smattering of intrigue. And in an age of uncertainty, the Tudor Queen prevailed.

Saturn is closely opposed to Mars, which, I believe, would have been considered a portent of conflict, violence and adversity, but I imagine Dr Dee had his reasons, and perhaps one of those reasons was the placing of Saturn on the fixed star, Almach, which is of the nature of Venus and Jupiter.

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation

Whether or not astrology played any part in the choice of the date and time for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, it is certainly synchronistic that the degree of the Sun (5 Gemini) was the Ascendant of the first Elizabeth’s coronation and that the midheaven at the time our Elizabeth was crowned was the degree of Elizabeth I’s coronation Saturn. Plus, both of them were crowned on a Saturn-Neptune conjunction. On June 2nd 1953, the Moon was in Aquarius (11 degrees) resonating with all the Aquarian planets at Elizabeth I’s coronation and closely opposed to our Queen’s natal Moon at 12 degrees of Leo.

What we can take away from this coronation chart is that it boded well for her popularity (stellium in Gemini in the 10th house trining the Moon and the Saturn-Neptune conjunction and creating a Grand Trine in air signs). She was also the most-travelled of monarchs and a Queen who was gifted in the art of communication – she was the first monarch to broadcast directly to the nation via television. Compassion and service are also writ large in this configuration, and although we might consider a Saturn-Neptune conjunction to be an indication of the diminution of the monarchy on her watch, what we experienced instead was a manifestation (Saturn) of the divine (Neptune) aspect of monarchy. Of course, her reign was not without Neptunian scandals that threatened the future of the monarchy, and it has long been considered that the 1968 documentary which took us into the private world of the royal family, damaged the institution by taking away its mystique.

Elizabeth 1 was also crowned on a Saturn-Neptune conjunction, and was similarly treated as an object of great mystery and divinity. She was the inspiration for Edmund Spencer’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene.

We may not have to wait until July 2025 and the Saturn-Neptune conjunction in Aries for the next coronation, but these planets play a big part in the story of the British monarchy. At the time of the abdication of Edward VIII, Saturn and Neptune were in opposition, at the time of King George VI’s death and the accession of Queen Elizabeth, Saturn and Neptune were in conjunction and the Faerie Queene herself died on a Saturn-Neptune square.

For now, the country mourns, but gradually grief will be replaced by the memories we have of her kindness, compassion, humour and warmth. There is life after death. 

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