A Closer Look at the Natal Chart of Prince George

Copyright Michael Middleton
Copyright Michael Middleton

As promised, here are some notes on the natal chart of Prince George Arthur Louis Windsor. As I will only be focusing on key aspects of his horoscope, I have also included a downloadable PDF download of his Zodiac Child natal interpretation on the Sample Reports page on the Astro-Report Shop website for those who are interested in a more over-arching personality profile.

Many astrologers, including yours truly, had high hopes for this royal child’s birth chart, especially with his due date being so close to the time of the major grand trine involving Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, which reached its peak between the 17th and 19th of July. However, many, including myself, were somewhat disappointed, when the royal arrival chose 16h24 on the 22nd of July 2013 to arrive – less than an hour before the Sun would have ingressed into the regal sign of Leo, and several hours before the Full Moon made its appearance.

In fact, the natal chart of George Alexander Louis, Prince of Cambridge seems more of homage to that of his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, than the chart of a future king – filled with plenty of planets in Cancer and Capricorn, the sign of Kate’s Sun and Moon. With Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter all in Cancer, Prince George is likely to be sensitive and very close emotionally to his family, his mother in particular. In fact, his Moon in Capricorn seems to be a very clear symbol of her future importance in his life. Hopefully her gentleness and warmth will help him avoid getting too down or emotionally inhibited – a distinct possibility with this placing, which can make people prone to seriousness and depression. His father also happens to share his Cancer sun, suggesting that there will be a similarity in their emotional outlook and approach to life – William was very close to his mother, and may see himself in his son if George turns out to be similar. Highly likely, given that Kate has a very strong Moon in Cancer and was born on the day of a lunar eclipse. I also sense that his family will want to protect him from media intrusion and do everything they can to give him a ‘normal’ and private upbringing away from prying eyes, something which Cancerian children really appreciate.

Dignities

However, many of his natal planets are in signs where they are not traditionally comfortable, including Venus (detriment in Virgo), Mars (fall in Cancer), Moon in Capricorn (detriment) so he is not likely to have an easy time of it – expressing himself, especially emotionally is unlikely to come naturally. So in that sense, he may be quite serious and introverted like Charles but relax as he gets older and become more comfortable with himself over time.

That said, he does have a Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Cancer. Jupiter is very much exalted in Cancer, so this is a strong placing, one he shares with his great grandmother, the Queen, who has a Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius. (View her chart.) Given that Sagittarius forms a large portion of his natal first house, it does seem likely that he will be a very energetic and active child – we have already heard that he is a wriggler with a strong voice. Perhaps he will share her love of equestrian pursuits? My own guess is that he will follow his father and uncle’s footsteps by joining the military and that this will form an important part of his life. Given the 8th house placing of these planets, another possibility is that he will play an important role in keeping the legacy of certain deceased relatives alive. Already, within weeks of his birth, it was announced that new evidence had been presented to the detectives in charge of the investigation into Princess Diana’s death. Could it be that his life, and hers, are somehow spookily intertwined?

Scorpio Ascendant

Here, we should turn to his Scorpio Ascendant. Often children with strong Scorpio or 8th house placements have this uncanny knack of being born very close to the date of the death of another deceased relative, representing a sort of continuity. Here, he forms part of a male line in the family, starting with his grandfather, Prince Charles, who has the Sun in Scorpio, and before that, his great great grandfather, George VI (the Queen’s father and the main character in the Queen’s Speech) after whom it is thought he may have been named. George, known to his nearest and dearest as Bertie, was born with a stellium of planets, including Venus, Saturn, Uranus and the Moon; all in Scorpio. He was also born on the exact date of the anniversary of his grandfather, Prince Albert’s death on 14 December 1895.[1] Queen Victoria was quite spooked by this but was appeased by the fact that he was to be named after her beloved husband, saying later in her correspondence that his birth ‘had broken the spell of this most unlucky date’. So clearly, a string connection to some of his ancestors there…

In terms of personality, this placement can sometimes, contrary to popular belief, induce great shyness or self-consciousness, as especially in youth – as we saw in the movie, The King’s Speech, Bertie had a terrible stammer. He also had knock knees and was naturally left-handed but was forced to write with his other hand. Such early setbacks can lead to masochistic tendencies in childhood or later life, with people punishing themselves for any physical weaknesses or emotional inadequacies they may feel they have, or which they have been told that they have. Often, these children will take on psycho-somatic illnesses, sometimes as a way of taking away the suffering of loved ones – these people are highly sensitive, if a bit prickly, no doubt a sort of defence mechanism.

So, could this indicate ill-health in the prince? Possibly, given that his house of health is ruled by Venus, which is in Virgo – the sign very much associated with hypochondriacs and health nuts. What is more, the prince’s south node, said to have the nature of Saturn, and therefore a certain degree of suffering and difficulty, is in Taurus in the 6th. Perhaps tonsillitis or constant throat infections might be an issue. More than likely, though, a Scorpio Ascendant could indicate moodiness, and a determination to get his own way, as well as an interest in mystical subjects, or a possible preoccupation with power and/or sex. Perhaps, like Price Charles, he may also choose to tackle what are deemed controversial or taboo subjects in the arena of public debate.

Will he be a playboy like his uncle Harry and great-uncle Andrew then? Given the super-charged physicality indicated by his Mars-Jupiter conjunction in the 8th house of his chart – the house associated with sex and intimacy, it does seem likely that he may be endowed with some prowess in this area, but with Venus, ruler of his 7th house cusp, in super-fussy Virgo, he won’t settle down with just anyone – so it is likely that if he does choose to marry, it will late in life, if at all. Venus is also very prominent in his chart, sitting right near the top in the 9th or 10th house (depending on what house system you use Equal Houses), which again suggests either artistic flair or someone who is a professional loverboy.

Cuspal Sun

His Sun, which is just two minutes’ short, in degree-terms, from being in Leo, is also rather ‘iffy’ – not quite Leo but only just Cancer. Bernadette Brady commented on this via her Facebook platform, saying that when studying the charts of 25 other members of the royal family whose chart data she had collected, starting with King Henry II in the early 1100’s, 16 have “ …either their Sun or Moon between 28 to 1 degree of the zodiac.” She adds: “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.” His grandfather, Prince Charles, has a very cuspal Moon, also in Taurus, this time at around 0 degrees 25 minutes whilst his father, Prince William, has his natal Sun at just 0 degrees and 6 minutes of Cancer. Her Majesty the Queen was born very close to the cusp of Aries and Taurus – her Sun is just 00 degrees and 12 minutes in Taurus. Interestingly, like Prince George, she too has a natal Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius, as well as Saturn in Scorpio, which is very prominent on the midheaven, which many astrologers would associate with her absolute dedication to her role as Her Majesty, Queen of England. Will they share a love of horses and sailing? And will he takes his royal duties as seriously as the Queen does? We will have to wait and see…

Looking at the horoscopes of the British royal family, it is interesting that Leo, the sign most associated with royalty and leadership, with the exception of Prince Charles, who has Leo rising, and the Queen, who has the Moon in Leo, tends to show up mainly in the charts of the second born child and not the heir to the throne. For example, Princess Anne, the Queen’s second child, is a Sun Leo with Pluto also in Leo whilst Princess Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister, was also a Sun Leo. Prince Phillip, whose official title is the Prince Consort and not the King, also has his Moon and Neptune in Leo and Prince Andrew, like Charles, also has Leo rising. Bertie also had Jupiter in Leo while his brother Edward had the Descendant but not any planets in Leo – perhaps an indication that he would give his right to the throne away to his younger brother when he abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson.

Fixed Stars

In terms of the history of astrology, the star most associated with royalty is that of Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo, which, since ancient times, has been synonymous with kings and noble births. In fact, Regulus, which once marked the summer solstice (but due to precession, is currently located in the early degrees of Virgo), is also known as Cor Leonis, which in Latin means ‘heart of the lion.’ This may explain the title given to the British king, Richard I, who was known as Richard the Lionheart, ostensibly because of his bravery in battle[2], but which may have had an astrological origin. Giving a certain amount of credence to this idea, medieval astrologers and biographers seem to have assigned to him a 3am birth, which gave him a Leo ascendant.[3]

However, with this royal family, Regulus does not have appeared to produce a major signature in the charts of its members, particularly if we look at key former sovereigns going back to 1066, which is considered to be the start of the current line of kings and queens. Instead, the stars/ that tend to predominate are those of Arcturus and Spica – two stars associated with blazing a unique trail and endowing the potential for brilliance, according to Bernadette Brady. These stars feature strongly in the charts of William the Conqueror, considered by many historians to be the first great ancestor king of the current British dynasty, who has Mercury and North Node conjunct Arcturus & Spica, and Henry III (Arcturus and Spica conjunct his Sun).

Where Regulus does feature natally in the charts of other members of the British royal family, it seems to be either hidden or more representative of the royal line of succession, rather than saying something about the individual themselves. For example, both Henry III and the current Queen, Elizabeth II, were born with Regulus conjunct their south nodes (inherited power through royal bloodlines?) whilst Queen Victoria’s chart features Regulus below the horizon close to the IC, indicating her eventual inheritance of the throne after the death of her father, who was the only one of his brothers to have children, his three elder brothers all having died without issue. Clearly here, then we see Regulus and the IC as indicating the royal line of succession through bloodlines, given the IC’s connection with ancestral roots and children.

However, what is interesting in our Prince’s chart is that he has another set of stars prominent in his chart, including Regulus!

Looking at his natal chart with the fixed stars included, we see that his natal Venus – the same Venus which I initially thought represented a royal princess in my birth enquiry chart – is almost EXACTLY conjunct Regulus, which is currently sitting located at 0 degrees Virgo. So, what could this mean? Much will depend on how this Venus manifests in his life. Located in Virgo, but in the 9th house (which has Leo ruling the cusp) it points to a connection between love, personal values and foreign travel, religious or philosophical beliefs, the law as well as education.

Already his impending birth helped to catalyse the need to change the UK’s succession laws, which were amended in October 2011, in the wake of the marriage of William and Kate with a view to the conception of any future heirs, which means that gender will no longer play a part in determining who could inherit the right to ascend to the throne.[4]

Could his future marriage partner be important to the fate of the monarchy? Perhaps he might be the first openly gay member of the royal family? That would certainly cause controversy! Or he could decide to become a monk or celibate, in which case, there would be no offspring to succeed him, which might explain a 9th house Venus square to Uranus in the 4th…which could mean a severing of the royal bloodline, a desire to free himself from family or parental constraints, or an unconventional family life.

Interpreting any potential implications is largely dependent on which house system you choose to use for George’s chart – the Equal and Koch systems put his Venus in the 10th house, conjunct the MC, which seems to point to his career and possibly his role as a future king, whilst the Placidus system puts Venus in the 9th house, which are suggestive of foreign travel, writing, scholarship, the law or religion/philosophy as possible expressions of his leadership abilities. It could also mean he will marry a foreigner who could prove pivotal to the course of British royal history.

Echoing this connection to the feminine, his Mercury is conjunct to Sirius, the star associated with the planet Venus in medieval hermetic and philosophical circles. Mercury is in Cancer in the 8th house of intimacy and shared possessions – is it possible that he will choose to pay more taxes to the State or give away some of his family properties in order to benefit the people of Britain? His legacy seems somehow to be important here – perhaps he will choose to make some unusual requests in his will that might have ripple effects on family wealth and traditions?

Of course, this is all very much speculation at this point. We will have to wait and see what transpires as he gets older.

References


[1] King George VI – the Unexpected King, BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-london/plain/A14113919

[2] King Richard I The Lion Heart (1189 – 1199), Royal Family History, http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=richard1

[3] See the Notes section of ‘Richard I, King of England,’ AstroDatabank, http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Richard_I,_King_of_England

[4] ‘Girls Equal in British throne Succession,’ BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15492607

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