After watching The Crown on Netflix I became inspired to learn more about the Windsors and I began watching documentaries on YouTube about this fascinating family. At some point I hope to present a comprehensive series about the dramatic personality differences as explained by astrology, but now the Queen has transitioned to the next plane at a point where the entire global political ecosystem hangs in a fragile balance. So before we move on to discuss King Charles and Liz Truss and what might come next in Britain I’d like to bid an astrological farewell to Elizabeth. (This is not meant to be a comprehensive astrological profile but will cover the major influences in this brief format.)
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was not meant to be Queen. Her Uncle David (Edward VIII) was first in line to the throne after the death of his father King George V but famously abdicated to be with the woman he loved, leaving his younger brother to take the throne as George VI, Elizabeth’s father. George VI suffered from health problems (lung and heart) and died at age 56, leaving Elizabeth to become ruler of the British Commonwealth encompassing seven nations. She was 25. But as we will see, her astrological chart shows a powerful destiny of commitment to a greater cause.
Elizabeth was born with the Sun in Taurus, and the Sun makes no aspects to any other planets (other than an out of sign aspect to Chiron in Aries which is out of the scope of what I will cover here today). We call this a “singleton” Sun and it tends to show someone who tends to stand alone. Her Moon is in the regal sign of Leo, and it conjoins Ceres. I think of Ceres as a “higher octave” planet to the Moon – where the Moon represents feelings of the personality and emotional regulation, Ceres shows how we nurture and nourish our very incarnation, on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Here we have the Moon conjunct Ceres, the two maternal archetypes working through the Ego (Leo) in the role of Mother to the World, which in this case was literally true.
This apparently didn’t translate to her personal role as mother as she was often said to be rather cold and distant with her children, but with her Piscean Venus in a harmonious trine to transformative Pluto we can see the capacity for strong romantic attachments, as reflected in her great love for her husband.
We can see the strong sense of duty in Elizabeth’s chart in the Capricorn ascendant. Capricorn is the sign through which we discover the means to master the material world. In addition, the ascendant ruler Saturn, planet of hard work and endurance, conjoins the Midheaven, the point of vocation. Saturn is retrograde in the chart, suggesting that the sense of obligation was never realized – under retrograde Saturn we often feel that whatever we accomplish is not enough. Feelings are less important than the outcome under Saturn/Capricorn, and the Taurus Sun gave Elizabeth the steadfastness to carry out these obligations.
The Nodes of the Moon, points of destiny, are angular – the South Node of past karma is on the Ascendant and the North Node of the future is on the Descendant. Angular planets and points are powerful expressions of the chart, and this suggests that regardless of the accident of birth her ascension to the throne would in some ways be expected. I also find the South Node ascending an interesting correlation to the fact that in her 70 years of leadership she make it a priority to heal much of the negative karma (South Node) amassed during the previous British reigns of empire, although obviously there is still plenty of work to be done there.
At the time of the Diamond Jubilee in February she was undergoing a few transits of Saturn, the Lord of Time. At 96 she had obviously likely been contemplating her passage across the veil for quite some time, but Saturn transits tend to motivate us to put our affairs in order and at that time she made pronouncements about the future. At the time of her death her progressed Venus conjoined her progressed Ascendant, and I like to think of this as symbolizing her rejoining her beloved Philip on the other side as they transition to new roles somewhere.
Queen Elizabeth has been a fixture in the lives of most of us, and her passing at this time of global chaos and upheaval seems like a momentous and symbolic event. Next week I’ll take a look at the chart of King Charles and the UK generally. I suppose after that it will be time to look at the US elections!