Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and the son and heir of Queen Victoria was a notorious rake. His parents recognized this when he was very young and arranged a marriage hoping to keep him from getting into further trouble. The wife chosen for him was the eldest daughter of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg and her mother was Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel. Other siblings were George (George I of Greece), Dagmar (later Empress of all the Russias via her marriage to Czar Alexander III, Thyra (Crown Princess of Hanover) and Prince Valdemar of Denmark.
Alexandra Caroline Mary Charlotte Louisa Julia of Denmark was born in Copenhagen on December 1, 1844 at 6:15 in the morning. Her rising symbol made her a good choice “fasting pilgrims outside the castle of the king” at 18 Scorpio 57 as she and Edward spent much of their lives apart — her in Sandringham and he in London.
On March 10, 1863 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Edward and Alexandra were married, her wearing a magnificent gown by Worth of Paris. They had six children including Prince Albert Victor.
From the top left are Daisy Greville, Lilly Langtry, and Jennie Jerome. The bottom two portraits are of Agnes Keyser, and Alice Keppel.
Throughout their marriage, Edward had several well known mistresses — the actress Daisy Greville, herself the descendant of two of England’s King’s paramours and for whom it is thought Daisy of The Great Gatsby was named ; Lily Langtry the actress, Agnes Keyser, the only unmarried woman during their affair, American Jennie Jerome the future mother of Winston Churchill and whom Alexandra was the most fond; and most famous of all Alice Keppel, the great grandmother of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles. Despite her well known possessiveness, Queen Alexandra allowed Mrs. Keppel to visit King Edward VII on his deathbed.
She had a scar (Saturn 03 Aquarius 17 in the 2nd, Taurus rules the neck) and wore high necked gowns or jeweled necklaces similar to her portrait above. On Edward’s coronation day she wore the gorgeous Dagmar necklace, especially made for the occasion (see the closeup below). She died at Sandringham House on November 20, 1925 from a heart attack and was buried in Windsor next to Edward, having outlived him by 15 years.
Prince Alfred was born in Windsor Castle on August 6, 1844 at 7:50 am. His biographical data is here; a pleasant but unimpressive man. His son is #29, Prince Alfred of Edinburgh (Alfred Alexander William Ernest Albert) and his daughter Princess Marie Alexandra Victoria, born on 29 October 1875, is #646 as Queen of Roumania.
His chart shows a preponderance of sextiles and an absence of planets in common signs, exemplifying a savoir faire that others found pleasing, but it was his determination by retrogradation in the southern hemisphere that helped attract socially better mates for his children.
On November 14, 1948, the Prince of Wales was born in Buckingham, sometime in the evening. Princess Elizabeth was just 22 & in labour for 30 hours during which time his father gallantly played squash with his private secretary in Buckingham’s indoor courts, until the baby’s head was crowned and then rushed to the spot. That was probably a good use of nervous energy as back then men were not allowed in the natarium.
At 10 PM a Royal guard announced “Yes it is a boy.” At 11:45 Queen Mary left the mother and child, jubilant. The actual time is unknown and it most probable that the guard made the announcement after the Princess awoke so she could enjoy the news.
Alfonso was the eldest child of the then-reigning the Bourbon King Alfonso XIII and his wife, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and born on May 10, 1907 at 12:35 PM according to Marc Jones. He and his youngest brother Gonzalo were both hemophiliacs like their cousin Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia. Both boys kept in specially-tailored jackets to prevent injury from accidents.
The Spanish Civil War
King Alfonso was facing political problems in the country and hastened his own downfall by agreeing to a military dictatorship. He was in 1931 the monarch was deposed. The family moved into exile. There were plans for young Alfonso’s deposition but he renounced his rights to the then-defunct throne to marry a Cuban commoner, Edelmira Sampedro y Robato, in Ouchy on 21 June 1933. Alfonso took the courtesy title Count of Covadonga as were required by the regulations for the succession set by the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles III. The couple divorced 8 May 1937, with Edelmira keeping the title Countess of Covadonga.
The Prince then married Marta Esther Rocafort-Altuzarra in Havana, Cuba on 3 July 1937. That did not last either and they were divorced on 8 January 1938. He had no children by either of his wives.
Rectifying the Prince
We do not agree with the 12 noon birthtime. We have rectified it to 9:35 AM and 24.30 Cancer ascendant i.e. Cancer 25 — a dark martle is thrown suddenly around the right shoulder (keyword is destiny). This gives the Prince a preponderance in the 1st house and Cancer. Pluto discovered upon the Rise of the German Reich and the Spanish Second Republic is in his 12th house at 22.27 Gemini and near to his 01 Cancer Part of Fortune, of a flag furling and unfurling — blowing this way and that with the wind, however best suits it. A better symbol for an ascendant of someone self-interested and selfish who wants to get ahead, but for destiny it is weakened by their inconstancy in effort and changing times; and so it proved for the Prince.
He died after a car crash in Miami because he bled to death from his hemophilia and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery there. His former wife, the Contessa of Covadonga, though asked, did not appear to pay her respects.
Prince Harry’s official birth time was used for this chart. I thought of it today as for Father’s Day Harry released a photo of him and Archie. I was surprised that GB was celebrating the same day as us, Australia celebrates it in September
Harry has a Capricorn ascendant in the 11th house, showing his tendency to be attracted to dark complexion women who are in the public eye, and we know how that worked out. Another striking this is how the Galactic Center is between his Mars and Neptune in Sagittarius, highlighting his military travels around the world, but also gives some credence to him and his wife wanting to leave England and live elsewhere where he will get more notice. Right now he is under the shadow of his brother, the future King, and his Mars near the Galactic Center shows that does not settle well with him.
Dr. Gordon cites that the ascendant Capricorn 12 tends to choose self-exile because of their aspiring and ambitious natures. Jones writes about that degree that it is a “student of nature learning and lecturing.” His Midheaven at 18 Scorpio, ruled by Mars only a semisextile away, is a “woods rich with autumnal coloring,” a definite remark about his looks, rich in golds and oranges. Jones writes that this degree desires success in every area of his life dramatizing it in the consummation of self-interest.
His NN is in Taurus gives him a physically affectionate personality but encourages his Mars in the 11th being inconjunct and making him jealous and envious according to Dr. Koparkar. It also gave him a close relationship with an overly protective mother and he would expect the same of his wife and mother of his children. His South Node in the 10th makes him an extrovert that resists control by others and a tendency despite logic to feel that he is the center of all situations around him. Hence with his Mars/Galactic Center semi sextile next door, he needs a partner that gets a lot of attention so he can eclipse that and feel securer adds Haydn Paul.
Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna was christened Princess Alix of Hesse when she born in Darmstadt, Germany on the sixth of June 1872 at 3:45 AM. Marc Jones does not give a time, but the UK Astrological Association does from the research done by member Luc de Marre who obtained the data from state archives in Hesse.
She was originally slated to marry Prince Albert Victor, but she was not popular at the British Court, and the “quiet” 4Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary) was chosen in her stead. Alix snubbed and outraged by this change in plans, was then chosen for Princes Nicholas of Russia, if of course he agreed. It was kismet from the first, the two were well matched and were married on November 26, 1894 after her conversion from Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy and rebaptised Alexandra Feodorovna.
The Mary of Teck rivalry was the first, though ominous, appearance of her Annie Oakley complex 2 or “anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you” — see Lilith opposing the Moon, Sun, North Node and Part of Fortune. This Lilith opposition to this massive stellium is striking and without the asteroid in the 8th House one would be hard pressed to see how the fatefulness of her chart. Look at the grid on the chart above — she has literally no aspects except for the hard conjunction that total 6 if we throw in Pluto.
This “preponderance by aspect” as Marc Jones refers to it in his Essential of Analysis 3 is found also in the chart of President Calvin Coolidge who has 8. Jones writes that “this heavy weighting in the chart, requires the native to make some immediate and perhaps exceptional impact to show either his naivete or sophistication to his fellow man”. For the Princess, this one-upmanship required her as marrying another would-be King of an equally large and important country in Europe.
The most striking aspect is her Mars at 11 Gemini opposite the day’s Midheaven in Sagittarius on the 8th House cusp for it was true that she was leaving all her friends and family far behind. Mars is conjunct the yet to be found Pluto compounding what a harsh change in her life this was and conjunct Neptune how much of a prisoner she would feel she was in this strange cold land where no one knew English or German her two native languages.
Transiting Neptune in the 2nd is sextile her native Neptune in the 12th house that is also conjunct her transiting Mars in the 12th, reinforcing the prisoner of war (or marriage) feeling: for princesses weer not free spirits who could marry who they want much less pick where they would live but in Russia, equidistant from both Paris and London at 1660 miles away, this could never be a weekend jaunt to home. No, this was a permanent and remote place in Europe and the lack of planets in either her 4th hosue or her transits 4th house shows her lack of ties to her new homeland.
Children though do show up, which should be expected as a transit, but as the South Node at 28 Virgo. It becomes the Midheaven (her true purpose) in her Draconic Wheel while her North Node is now shifted over to Scorpio and lies on the cusp of her 8th House. Here is an interview with the Reverend Pamela Crane that may provide some additional insight since the books are all out of print and expensive.
(One bookstore in Stockholm has Pamela’s “Draconic Astrology” published by Aquarian Press for $23.00 or $238.00 Krona, but I suspect that is the lone copy — of course it is in English and having seen and perused Cassandra Butler’s copy, a thorough text.)
The South Node at 29 Virgo writes E. C. Matthews in his Fixed Stars and Degrees of the Zodiac Analysed, gets the keyword of Temporary Collecting, where “people frequently accumulate so many personal belongings that they are tied to one place in some form of restraint or imprisonment.” Jones in his Sabian Symbols, writes that 29 Virgo is the “a woman gaining secret knowledge,” that can be construed as her instruction into the ways of Russian Orthodoxy, a far different religion than Lutheranism, where the King and the Church like the Byzantine Empire of yore are united into one holy figure.
Draconic Charts are often called “Draco” charts. Above is the Tsarina’s Draco chart that is noticeable because everything from Gemini now becomes Pisces and her Ascendant through the North Node are in the last degrees of Pisces. Draco charts use aspects the same way normal geocentric charts do, and her we see asteroid Lilith at 03 Libra opposing her willful Sun and then by a translation of light that Annie Oakley aspect of wanting to be better a Russian than the Russians themselves in her appearance, demeanour and attitude. This ridiculous rivalry is karmic because it aspects the end of a cycle (Pisces in the 2nd) and as she is a proxy for the nation as their Empress, an end of the royal regime as well.
Countess Sheila Birkenhead was born on May 13, 1913 at 9:50 AM in Weybridge England. Marc Jones in his Sabian Symbols cites that data as does Mrs. Lois Rodden, probably from him. She was the daughter of the newspaper proprietor 1st Viscount Camrose, and married the 2nd Earl of Birkenhead in 1935. They had two children.
The Birkenheads were a distinguished literary couple: she was a key figure in the Royal Society of Literature and the Keats-Shelley Association as well as a biographer of 19th century literary and artistic life. She was a courtier, she was lady-in-waiting to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.
Hay Wrightson did the photographic portrait above in 1931.
Countess Birkenhead’s ascendant is 10 Leo. Below is her chart with Percy Bysshe Shelley since she did so much work on his legacies behalf. There are several conjunctions in the 1st from his ascendant to her Venus and then from his Ascendant that is partile her literary Mercury. Then again in the 7th House where her Part of Fortune is opposite the previous aspects and conjunct his (Muse) Neptune.
Her North Node is in Aries that Dr. Koparkar writes signifies that Countess Birkenhead’s previous incarnation was luxurious and that good things in her life were her main pursuit. Now in the 12th house, it is in the house of “moksha” or final liberation where she needs to devote herself to something greater than herself in a form of service to some ideal. Her south node in Libra in the sixth gives her great health and the ability to work hard but alaso a tendency of impatience with delays.
Albert II is the second son of King Leopold III, born on June 6, 1934 at 10:45 pm in Vienna Austria to King Leopold III and Princess Astrid of Sweden who died 2 years later at age 29 from a car accident. In 1940 he and his siblings fled to France and then Spain from the Germans invaded Belgium. His father, Leopold III, abdicated and his brother become King.
In 1959 he married Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria (Queen Paola) from an Italian princely family with whom he has four children: two boys and two girls. He served as President of the Belgian Red Cross and set up his own foundation. His brother died in 1993 and was crowned Albert II of the Belgians. He resigned from the monarchy in 2013 because of health problems and his son Philippe Léopold Louis Marie, was crowned on 21 July of that year.
Currently, the King Albert is under a scandal of having fathered a love child, 51-year-old Delphine Boel, and has been decreed by a Belgian court to a DNA paternity test.
King Albert’s ascendant is 13 Capricorn, Italian metaphysician Adriano Carelli says it is “an archer drawing an incendiary arrow,” based on Jones’s time — we have not rectified it further. The former King is locomotive open on the southeastern side showing how fate propelled him into a role he was not ready for and thrust public scrutiny upon him (obviously the Boel scandal). This is supported by the Ascendant opposition to Pluto with a T-Square to the Midheaven at 18 Virgo.
His North Node is in Aquarius writes Haydn Paul that he “needs to move away from self-preoccupation and as the center of the universe” and towards greater social interconnectedness. Paul writes that will King Albert may enjoy public recognition and attention, the mask of pride and dignity may fall because of constructive aspects to Mars, here in the 4th House suggesting a “double home life,” that jumping to the current transits are now being revealed (Sun shining his light on Mars).
Tamerlane, who is known in Uzbekistan as Amir Timur, or Timur the Great, but Tamerlane was from the epithet of Timur the Lame. He was one of history’s greatest and cruelest conquerors. His Turkish and Mongol army is said to have killed 17 million men, women and children in his 14th-century rampage across Asia from the Black Sea to Delhi.
He was born April 8th 1336 in Balkh, now Afghanistan, then one the principal stops along the Silk Road that traversed from India passed through Peshawar to Taxila Pakistan and then went through the Khyber Pass to Bamiyan and across the Hindu Kush to Balkh. From Balkh, the Great Central highway led east along the Wakhan Corridor and through the Pamirs to China, or north to Termez and onward to Central Asia to Bamiyan, itself some 2,500 m above sea level, the approximate halfway point of an arduous journey across the country.
After Akcha, the colour of the landscape changed from lead to aluminium, pallid and deathly, as if the sun had been sucking away its gaiety for thousands and thousands of years; for this now was the plain of Balkh, and Balkh they say is the oldest city in the world¹….and “Home of the Aryan Race”². (Robert Byron)
This is the route that Alexander the Great travelled in June 329 BC where at Balkh he met the beautiful Roxana, daughter of Sogdian ruler Oxyartes. Balkh then was the capital of the kingdom of Bactria and was called by the Greeks “the lands of a thousands cities. ” Gold, silver and rubies were mined in the hills of Badakshan and lapis lazuli the beautiful blue gemstone, was found only in its midst.
Everything then seemed to flow from Balkh — south to Herat and Persia; north to Termez and Iran– northeast to Tashkent — northwest to Bukhara land of the famous carpets and due east to through the Khyber Pass (Pakistan). So steeped in legend and myth, Marco Polo followed the same route through the Khyber to Tibet and China
And then there was Tamerlane
Histories say he cemented whole populations into towers and starved them — not for capitulation but joy. He assacred as many as 100,000 civilians in a day, bombarded ships with human heads shot from cannons and left pyramids of skulls to mark the cities he destroyed.
A play by Christopher Marlowe c. 1610 reflected and reinforced his image in Europe as a terrifying barbarian wrote ‘‘Threatening the world with high astounding terms/And scourging kingdoms with his conquering sword.”
Now he is safely buried in Samarkand, Uzbekistan along with filled with magnificent mosques, tombs and dazzling ensembles of ceramic tiles that he ordered from the many artisans and architects he conquered. His, naturally enough, is the greatest of all. He is buried beneath a six-foot-long slab of jade that has been cleaned and renovated to attract pilgrims and tourists who get the new whitewashed version of his deeds as a great leader in the mould of Geghis Khan — though of no relation.
Another beauty is the Bibi Khanum mosque, according to legend built and eponomously named for Tamerlane’s favorite wife while he was away sacking northern India. But of course, his is the show stopper. First it is enormous; Bibi Khanum looks like a piker next to it. Second it is intricate and colourful.
Suddenly the road entered a grove of giant chimneys, whose black outlines regrouped themselves against the stars as we passed. For a second, I was dumbfounded – expecting anything on earth, but not a factory; until, dwarfed by these vast trunks, appeared the silhouette of a broken dome, curiously ribbed, like a melon. There is only one dome in the world like that, I thought, that anyone knows of: the Tomb of Tamerlane at Samarkand. The chimneys therefore must be minarets. I went to bed like a child on Christmas Eve, scarcely able to wait for the morning.
–Robert Byron, ³
In the 1940’s when the Soviets ruled the area they dug up his grave and autopsied his remains. They discovered that the lameness was because of two arrows in his thigh, and not as had been disparaging suggested from being trampled by stolen cows; his genetics are Iranian Persian and not Mongolian Chinese.
Local residents and Muslim clergy tried to stop the excavations, but the expedition continued its work despite everything. Tashmuhammed Kari-Niyazov was the leader of the expedition. The expedition also included the writer and historian Sadriddin Aini, the famous orientalist A. Semenov and M. Gerasimov. Also it included a young cinematographer Malik Kayumov who filmed the whole thing. These excavations examined the human remains in the tombs to prove that they belonged to Tamerlane and his closest relatives and discover his genetic heritage. Excavations began on June 16 1941.
First opened was the tombs of Ulugbek’s sons, then the tomb of Timur’s sons who fought with one another — against his dying advice: Miranshah and Shahrukh. On June 18 they discovered the remains of Ulugbek himself, the grandson of Timur, who was better than all the rest and brought some peace to his people along with art and poetry. Finally, on June 19 the heavy gravestone was taken from the Tamerlane’s tomb.
The map of Tamerlane
Tamerlane based on our rectification is a lipped bowl with a southern bent — meaning that takes from everything outside of himself i.e. all that he conquered, for his own use. That seems to fit his historical record. The Moon is conjunct his ascendant suggesting his appetite was large and that he was his own worst enemy: he told his sons not to follow in his bloody footsteps, but never showed them an alternative though with Venus conjunct Uranus in the fourth he was apprised of one.
Mars in the sixth house conjunct Jupiter shows how war was his “day job” and he relished it. Jupiter is inconjunct the ascendant it rules highlighting his appetite for destruction. It is opposite Saturn creating the Line of Motivation and as no t-square comes of this pairing, it has no outlet but itself — more destruction, more war, more devestation.
Interesting is the biwheel of Tamerlane and the excavation of his grave. Notice at the fourth house where Uranus and Mercury are interrupted by transitting Mars and then the North Node of Tamerlane’s chart meets the South Node of his transit — because of his reputation they were there to “dig” (Neptune opposing in the earth sign of Virgo) and see for themselves. The Moon in Gemini, the travelled for his ghastly mission, is opposite his Ascendant — was he truly the descendant of the Great builder Khan? The tenth is empty but for the transiting part of fortune — 10 Virgo “a round stone hidden in another” gives us the answer — nothing is what it seems.
Byron, Robert Road to Oxiana, c 1937, Picador Travel Classics, pg 326. Byron died in WWII hostilities in 1941.
Tucker, Jonathan, The Silk Road: Art and History, London: I. B. Taurus & Co. Ltd., 2015.
The Boston Marathon bombers, Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are of Afghani heritage born in Dagestan, north of Azerbaijan. It is about 2000 miles or about the same as going from New York to San Francisco.
Whenever spotting a city “Timur” or “Timor” in the Islamic World i.e. East Timor, the Timor Sea, the place is named for Tamerlane in his native Arabic tongue.
Sichaun (Szechaun) pepper is called in Arabic, “timur.”
Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix was daughter of Queen Juliana and a the German Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. She was born on January 31, 1938 in Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, Netherlands at 9:47 am. Marc Jones incorrectly states she was born in Amsterdam.
She reigned from 1980, when her mother abdicated in her favour on April 30, 1980 (Queen Juliana’s birthday) to April 30, 2013 when she stepped down in favour of her eldest son, King Willem-Alexander, whose 50th birthday had been 3 days prior. She has two other sons, from her marriage to a German commoner Claus-Felix vom Amsberg, Princes Friso and Constantijn. Her family have the hereditary rulers of the Netherlands since William the Silent liberated the country from Spain in the 16th Century.
The chart is the official one, It has several highlights:
Queen Beatrix has an Aries 18 Ascendant. Her Part of Fortune is conjunct to it.
She has a stellium in Aries perhaps why she defied everyone in marrying someone she loved despite the riots in Amsterdam that ensued in 1966 when it was announced.
The Queen has another stellium in the eleventh house in Aquarius.
She has a Grand Trine in Earth from Uranus in Taurus to Neptune in Virgo to Mercury in Capricorn.
Her Line of Vitality is conjunct.
The Queen has a gestalt Mental Chemistry that meshes well with her mutable natural disposition.
Her Line of Motivation is sextile.
Her Line of Culture is trine.
She has 11 Septiles in her chart; only the conjunction aspect comes close with 7.