Another Royal Pregnancy

Can astrology tells us anything about the second royal baby at this point?

From one Kate to another – all focus once more returned to Kate Middleton aka Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge during September as Clarence House announced that Britain’s most popular royal couple were expecting again.

Speculation had been rife ever since their trip to Australia and New Zealand in April 2014 that Kate was pregnant again – rumours that were very quickly quashed by the royal press office and by the couple themselves. Clearly, though, Prince William and Kate had been trying for a second child because just four months’ later, the Duchess was indeed pregnant again.

Further proof that the pregnancy had been planned came in the form of an announcement in August that Prince William planned to take a job as an air ambulance pilot in East Anglia from early 2015, situated very near to Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, given to them by the Queen to mark the birth of their first child, Prince George, who turned one in July. Anyone interested in an interpretation of his natal chart can visit my blog entry on it, or read his Zodiac Child Report.

Some have suggested that, rather than be an occasional country retreat, the couple plan to make it their main family home as it offers them the perfect place to bring up their children away from the glare of the media, and close to nature. The Duke’s change of job fits in with this idea very nicely.

At this early stage, it is unclear how far along the expectant Duchess is in terms of her pregnancy, making it hard to even attempt to predict a possible birth date for the child. However, traditional astrologer, Christopher Warnock writes that:

Questions involving pregnancy, fertility and childbirth can be among the most important. Horary astrology, which answers specific questions and provides concrete predictions, can be of great assistance for those waiting to see if they are pregnant or if they have issues regarding fertility and childbirth

By judging the position of the heavens at the birth of the question, rather than the birth of a person, horary astrology can determine whether or not one is pregnant or fertile. If the answer is positive, it is often possible to determine timing.

I thought it might be fun to cast a chart for the time of the initial announcement of the pregnancy to see if this could provide us with any clues as about the child or the circumstances of their birth.

Pregnancy Announcement Chart

The first announcement of Kate’s pregnancy was made at 10h49 BST on the 8th of September by Clarence House via their Twitter account.

This gives us a chart with Scorpio rising.

What if anything can this chart tells us about the pregnancy?

The Moon, a planet that frequently symbolises the mother, is in the 4th house of family-related matters and conjunct Neptune in Pisces, which happens to rule the 5th house of the chart. The 5th house in horary and mundane astrology is closely associated with children , fertility and childbirth. This conjunction therefore seems to confirm that, yes, Kate (the Moon) is literally ‘with child’ (Moon + Neptune).

The Moon also happens to be waxing to full. In fact, the Full Moon in Pisces occurred just a day later on 9 September at 02h38 BST, which seems appropriate. Kate has the Moon in Cancer natally, so lunar imagery and symbolism does seem to resonate well with her in terms of motherhood and pregnancy – her pregnancy with Prince George was announced close to a lunar eclipse, which always occurs at full moon, and around the time that I predicted in an article back in 2012.

The Moon is also close to Chiron, which may serve to confirm her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum – or severe morning sickness. We can also see the astrology confirming the details of the circumstances that led to the premature announcement: Pluto, the chart ruler, is in the 3rd house of statements and speeches, and is square to Uranus, ruler of the IC, in the 6th house of health and work – so Clarence House were forced to make the pregnancy public suddenly (Uranus) ahead of the three-month mark because of ill health (6th house). The Moon’s impending opposition to the Sun, ruler of the Midheaven and located in the 10th house of public office, shows that her private struggles with morning sickness were preventing her from performing her public duties .

As if to confirm that this is the announcement of a royal birth, we have Jupiter, co-ruler of the 5th house, conjunct the Midheaven in the regal sign of Leo.

Interestingly, the Moon happens to be conjunct the fixed star, Fomalhaut which marks the mouth of the southern fish in the constellation of Pisces. According to Bernadette Brady, this star is an early ‘symbol of life and fertility, for it was the one that carried the egg, drinking the sperm or water of life’ gushing from the jar of Aquarius, the water bearer.[i]

And, as if to possibly back up the theory amongst some media pundits that the announcement was also quite strategic in terms of its proximity to the Scottish Independence Referendum[ii], Brady interprets the Moon-Fomalhaut conjunct as indicating ‘a time when patriotism is stressed by the media.’[iii]

Not really. If truth be told, there are a few strictures in this chart, which means that, strictly speaking, we really shouldn’t be reading the chart at all.  In fact, according to the rules of horary astrology, the early degrees of the Ascendant is traditionally a sign that it is too early to tell what the outcome of the situation will be, and this is very obviously true  – Kate needs to get past the first trimester mark before we know that her pregnancy is safe and she is likely to carry to full term. So it is very early days.

Still one’s curiosity has been piqued and one can’t help but want to speculate further. So, are there any other techniques that might be able to give us more information? Yes, there are, especially within the work of William Lilly. However, in the interests of space,  that will have to wait for a future post where we can look at these in a little more depth.


References


[i] Brady (2008) Star & Planet Combinations, Wessex Astrology, p. 169

[ii] The Telegraph, 8 Sept 2014, ‘Kate Middleton pregnant: Could Scottish royal baby fever keep the union together?’, at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/11081715/Kate-Middleton-pregnant-Could-Scottish-royal-baby-fever-keep-the-union-together.html

[iii] Brady (2008) Star & Planet Combinations, Wessex Astrology, p. 170


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Oscar Pistorius Trial – Guilty or Not Guilty?

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Oscar Pistorius-2.jpgOn this day, of all days, the trial of the South African paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius finally comes to its conclusion.

Given how much media attention this court case has received worldwide, and my own ties to South Africa, I could not help myself from consulting the stars to try and get a heads-up on his verdict…As we wait for the end of the lunch recess to hear the last part of Judge Masipa’s verdict, here is a quick breakdown of a horary chart, cast for just after midnight this morning and what it seems to suggest.

HORARY CHART

Firstly, Gemini is rising which points us in the direction of Mercury, currently in the sign ruling law and legal decisions, Libra, which seems radical.

Mercury is coming off of a square to Pluto and a sextile to Jupiter. The former hints at a draconian application of the rules/law, while the latter suggests leniency and a strong attempt at impartiality – “innocent until proven guilty.” At this stage, then, things could go either way. Given Pluto’s position in the 7th house, it would appear that significant others, including members of Reeva’s family and perhaps even some of those close to Pistorius, think he is guilty when all is said and done.

But Jupiter rules the 7th house cusp, which points to the judge being less certain and perhaps fairly kindly disposed towards the defendant. Jupiter’s positive aspects to Mercury and the Moon appear to back this up, but they are SEPARATING, so in the process of leaving. Also, as ruler of the 6th house, Pluto in Capricorn, coming off the square to Mercury, means that she feels she must apply the letter of the law meticulously to the case – after all, her own reputation as a judge may be at stake if she gets it wrong under the glare of such intense scrutiny.

Now, when one looks at legal judgements, it is usually the cusp of the 9th house that tells us which planet represents the verdict. In this case, it is Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, which is located in the 10th house of public office and positions of leadership. Uranus happens to be approaching a conjunction with the Moon, a significant player in any horary chart. This suggests a surprise for the public (the Moon can rule public opinion) which is certainly what we got this morning when the judge ruled out the two charges of premeditated murder and homicide with intent to kill.

Uranus is also moving towards an opposition with Mercury in Libra. This hints at unexpected twists and turns, as well as surprise decisions. Will Oscar walk free? Although for many, this is an unbelievable prospect, given all the media coverage and how poorly he performed in the witness box, with Neptune ruling the Midheaven and positioned in the 9th house of judgements, and moving towards an opposition with Mercury, it does look as though he may well get away with it. As if to confirm this, the Moon becomes void of course after her conjunction with Uranus, which means that nothing further can be done to alter events – their course is set as long as the Moon remains in Aries.

Could anything prevent this seemingly incredible turn of events from occurring?

Here, we need to look to Saturn, co-ruler of the 9th house as the former traditional Lord of Aquarius. Situated in the 6th house, ruled by Pluto and in mutual reception to Pluto (they are in each other’s sign), it is currently approaching a sextile to the Sun in Virgo, ruler of the 3rd house cusp – announcements, decisions, speeches etc. This combination represents authority figures who are both cautious in their style of thinking and way of expressing themselves, but also strict (Virgo and Scorpio) in terms of applying the letter of the law and conservative (Saturn) in approach. Is this a better description of Judge Masipa than the overly confident and flaboyant Jupiter in Leo?

The Sun is moving off from a contact with Chiron in Pisces in the 9th house of legal judgements, so away from the possibility of the judge continuing to feel sorry for Oscar and sympathising too much with his apparent emotional distress,which might cause her judgement to be temporarily clouded.

It’s movement towards the sextile with Saturn (solid, perceptive if potentially severe judgements) and its position in the third, roughly opposing the Midheaven, hints that all is not as it at first seems. The Sun is Virgo is a stickler for the rules and excellent at processing fine details, so this judge will be very nuanced in her verdictand leave no stone unturned with regards to legal tests and landmark cases.

Exact at just after 5pm local time in South Africa, this aspect is the last transit scheduled for the day, so may just prove to be the clincher. Will he be convicted of culpable homicide? If the Sun and Saturn are anything to go by, then yes. But if the Moon has the final say, then no. I can’t help but notice that she happens to rule the 2nd house of money, which may point to a bribe or financial exchange of some kind, which is of course a real problem in South Africa, which could of course sway the decision in Oscar’s favour.

Whatever the outcome, I would go so far as to speculate that the judge may privately think that Oscar Pistorius is guilty, but may publicly stress that the evidence against him is not irrefutable enough to convict (nebulous Neptune opposing Mercury in Libra). This has certainly been true for the first two counts. Let’s see if he passes or fails the last one, which has very strict criteria. With Mercury heading for an opposition to Uranus, I am not sure he will.


Photo Credits


Oscar Pistorius-2” by Oscar Pistorius.jpg: Elvar Pálsson
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