In a series of recent interviews, Prince Harry has revealed some of his innermost thoughts and feelings, something very unusual for the normally strait-laced Windsors of Britain.
Harry’s chart is loaded with the element of Earth – Sun in Virgo, Capricorn rising and Moon in Taurus. Practical, grounded and anchored in the material world, Earthy people tend to be very responsible and understand the necessities of position and place in the world. Yet in his youth, Harry was known as the mischievous child, forever pulling pranks on those around him and in school was constantly in trouble, according to Diana’s letters (published posthumously).
Mars in Harry’s chart is in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius and widely conjunct Uranus, planet of the rebel. The conflict between this iconoclastic rabble-rouser and the earthy pragmatism is a challenging one and in a conflict like this we often project one side into outer life. Because Harry was brought up in the tightly controlled environment of British royalty, this need to be responsible to the British people appears to be a strong professional motivator and in fact, the planet of responsibility, Saturn, sits right on the Midheaven (the point of career and public life). But this Uranian/Sagittarian side inspires him to create change in the monarchy; to modernize it for the 21st century.
Most recently Harry has been speaking out about mental illness, revealing the depression he experienced after the death of his mother in 1997. During the few years after Diana’s death Harry went through a large number of difficult planetary cycles: Chiron (soul wounding) opposite Saturn (challenge and depression), Saturn opposite Pluto (death and transformation), Pluto opposite Chiron (the excavation of the soul wounds), Saturn opposite Saturn (crisis and restabilization), Chiron square Sun (emergence of a wound to the identity), Uranus square Moon (lack of stability and need to break from established patterns), Chiron conjunct Mars (a challenge to one’s ability to take care of one’s own needs), Saturn conjunct Chiron (the forced exposure of one’s inner wounds for healing). This is a lot of hard stuff to work through, especially for a young person aged 13-17.
Harry’s chart shows a challenging opposition between Chiron (wounding and healing) and Uranus (electromagnetic energy field). This aspect is quite common in those born between the mid 1950s and the mid 1980s, but no one else alive today has it. Individuals with this chart dynamic are typically extremely sensitive energetically and born healers. They have an ability to transmute energy and tend to operate in this way no matter what their chosen profession. We can see this in some of Harry’s recent interviews: “It’s really important to speak out. If you keep concerns to yourself for weeks, months or years, they become a real problem. It is not weakness. It is strength to come forward, talk about it and move on.” This is Chiron speaking.
These difficult planetary cycles can make life miserable, but ultimately the wisdom unearthed through this deep soul work is what enriches our lives and give them meaning. I believe that this is what we are seeing in Prince Harry today as he emerges into public life as a sensitive and compassionate man with a mission to heal his country.
On a side note, I have been appalled by the number of astrologers projecting doom for Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle. Astrologers are unable to predict the success or failure of a relationship based on compatibility – some of the most enduring relationships show high degrees of incompatibility. Trading on a bet for someone’s future unhappiness seems to me a poor way to gain fame for one’s writings.