And a baby was born unto Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the world celebrated. I’ve made no secret of my unabashed admiration for Meghan and happiness at her marriage to Prince Harry, and was excited to look at the baby’s astrological chart.
Baby Sussex (as of the time of this posting a name had still not yet chosen) has a pretty exceptional chart. Born just after the New Moon in Taurus, he has the Sun at 15 degrees Taurus which is a power point in the zodiacal reference, being halfway between the summer and winter solstices. These midpoints of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio) have long been known to be significant and have been referenced in art and literature from ancient times (the Bull, the Lion, the Man, the Eagle) including the Book of Revelation. He is a Double Taurus, with the Sun is rising in the chart just after the Taurus ascendant. When the Sun and ascendant are in the same sign, the outward persona (ascendant) and the inner Self (Sun) are well integrated and there may be less work to do on a personality level than someone who has those elements in very different signs.
Taurus desires comfort and peace; it is well known for its stubborn nature, but those fixed qualities also bestow an ability to persevere in the face of great obstacles. Its main driver is towards equanimity and the ease and well-being offered through the accumulation of wealth and assets.
This chart also has a strong Gemini component in the first house of personal identity with the Moon at the very first degree of Gemini. Gemini follows Taurus and reacts against the Taurean fixed nature by inspiring a thirst for a wide variety of experiences and an inability to focus for a long period of time. This is exacerbated by the fact that Mars, planet of motivation and aggression, is also in the sign of Gemini. This strong Geminian influence generally denotes a “jack of all trades, master of none” kind of a life, and the urge of Taurus to avoid change will always be fighting with the Gemini desire to incorporate new experiences.
Mars is in the second house of wealth and values, and the preservation of finance will be important to him; however, the Gemini influence will make it difficult to focus on any one avenue of wealth creation and he may find that money slips through his feelings as a result, despite the acquisitive double Taurus influence. Mars in the chart is ruled by Mercury, in Aries in the 12th house. This chart has a very strong 12th house influence, with four planets plus Chiron there. The 12th house is traditionally known as the “house of troubles” or the “house of self-undoing” because planets there tend to operate on a more subconscious level. In its highest expression, the 12th house inspires us to delve into the subconscious and find an experience of god within, often through a spiritual expression or a creative one. The 12th house is also associated with hospitals and prisons (“that which is hidden”), and we may find Sussex finding a role working in one of these areas.
With the planet Mars in Gemini, ruled by Mercury, and the planet Mercury in Aries, ruled by Mars, this “mutual reception” connects the 2nd house where Mars resides with the 12th house where Mercury resides. This could manifest as great philanthropy, where wealth (2nd house) connects with spirituality (12th house). Or it could manifest as loss of wealth (2nd house) through gambling and addictions (12th house). This is where personal choice comes in to create personal karma.
Still, I believe that this child will likely play a significant role in world events. The conjunction of Saturn and Pluto that we have been discussing in these pages becomes a part of the chart of any individual born at this time, and for Baby Sussex the conjunction sits at the top of the chart, the Midheaven. This is a significant chart point that represents our role in the world, and with Capricorn (sign of achievement) at the Midheaven, and both Saturn and Pluto very near that point, there is a strong impetus towards a very public role despite the 12th house inclination to hide away and not be seen. This will take some effort to integrate. In addition, the South Node of the past is nearly exactly aligned with the Midheaven, suggesting a very public role (Midheaven) in carrying out expectations for the Windsor family (South Node).
Relationships will likely be a challenge for him. Venus, representing the way we form attachments to others as well as our ability to create wealth, is in the sign of Aries which is very independent, and in the 12th house of the unseen. This can make it difficult to express affection outwardly and a tendency towards secretive partnerships. More significantly, Venus is in a challenging position (square) to Saturn (lack of self-esteem) and Pluto (power struggles and intense drama).
Charts of babies simply reveal potentialities – while we can speculate as to a child’s destiny, much of our lives depends on the choices that we make along the way. It will be interesting to watch this child, possibly the first biracial child in the Windsor family, and a harbinger of the world as it continues to change.