Thursday, 21 April 2016

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21 April 1926 in London England at 2:40 am (Rodden Rating: AA; Collector: Rodden) with her natal Sun just inside the sign of Taurus and Jupiter in Aquarius and Saturn in Scorpio, all three in fixed signs.

Royal families are fascinating to astrologers because their birth data is widely available and spans over several generations. They also have a history of using astrologers so it is always interesting to see how a 16th century astrologer would handle a royal chart compared to one from a different era.

And it is in this spirit that I am offering up my abilities as a 21st century astrologer to the Queen. That's right, I'm going to give the Queen the "Growing Pains" treatment. I must point out that I didn't write the book for Royalty nor did I even consider the opportunities and limitations in being educated by a series of governesses. So it would be interesting to me to see how an exclusive and private education would compare to the bog standard comprehensive educational system I was writing for.

Elizabeth was born into enormous privilege but is known for her frugality, sensibility and attitude to duty and responsibility, all of which--with her ruling planet Saturn in the 10th house--is obvious to any beginning astrologer. Saturn's presence in its natural house makes it very strong and as it is also the ruler of Aquarius (making Saturn Jupiter's ruler too), it pretty much dominates her chart. The children born this year would share a Saturn in Scorpio and a Saturn-ruled Jupiter too and would learn from the horrors of the Second World War just as Elizabeth would. It's no wonder this group tutted when the baby boomers came of age in the Rock-n-Roll era (and remember the Queen has a great deal of influence over popular opinion).

Nevertheless, Jupiter in Aquarius, with its eccentricity and need for fairness marks out Queen Elizabeth's cycles of growth. As I say in "Growing Pains": "Through creative play, Jupiter in Aquarius pupils search for ways to ensure that everyone benefits — in their own way — from educational opportunities. Of course, these pupils can’t vocalise this premise, but watch them. They excel in teams where they all understand how to take turns being leader. They strive for equality and really do seem unable to differentiate between the genders. In being eccentric, they are calling attention to themselves but give them the attention they seem to want and they run off and hide."
So it must have been a shock to her to be named heir presumptive to the throne after her uncle abdicated. This made her father king in the year of her first Jupiter return (a series of three in 1937). How does one prepare a child to become a monarch so unexpectedly? Perhaps it is somewhat fortunate her Progressed Venus was in exact opposition to her natal Saturn: young Lilibet simply assumed her role as the daughter of the King whilst simultaneously preparing herself to be Queen.

The future Queen of England experienced her first Saturn oppositions, a series of three, during  WWII between June of 1940 and March of 1941, a span of time that includes the Nazi invasion of France and the Battle of Britain. She was also moved to Windsor Castle in May 1940 and later made her first radio broadcast addressing other children who had been evacuated: "We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well." Interestingly, she met her future husband in 1939 and has said that was when she had fallen in love with him!

What a fantastic lesson for the Queen: she was not shuffled to some small, safe corner of the globe (although this had been discussed). Instead she was pretty much right in the thick of the danger. Imagine if she had been led to believe she was somehow "above" the suffering of the British people? Saturn in Scorpio has difficulties accepting their power but will eventually learn how to use it very well indeed. As I wrote in "Growing Pains": "By the age of fourteen to fifteen, these pupils don’t learn to lighten up but they do appreciate the bright side a bit more. Long walks in the countryside might appeal to them and it could be difficult to persuade them to sit inside the classroom and do their work. Loitering around the corridors could be a problem too. Suddenly, after years of trying to pretend they are above human needs, they start to get hunger pangs and eat their parents out of house and home. They stop skittering around the place avoiding sunlight and start to appreciate the value of making contacts and opening up their horizons. They start to learn they have valuable, important knowledge and an eye for analysis that could be useful in the world. Most importantly, if you taught them well, they will have learned how to use their power constructively."

The future queen of England prepared for her marriage as the modern ruler of her Saturn, Pluto,  had transited her natal Moon earlier in the year. The mythological Pluto famously kidnapped the innocent Persephone and this theme echoed in the opinions of the British public who felt Philip was not good enough to marry Elizabeth: he was not British, had no financial standing and his sisters had married men with Nazi links. Of course, these sisters were not invited to the royal wedding and neither was her uncle, The Duke of Windsor, or his wife. Saturn in Scorpio is often noted for its frugality and hidden wealth: it was post war Britain and ration cards were still in use--so the frugal princess, even though she would eventually become the richest woman in the world, had to use these to buy the material for her wedding gown. Hardly happy families!

Elizabeth spent the next few years after her wedding expanding her family by having babies as one might expect of a second Jupiter return. In 1952, her father died, instantly making her Queen of England. What astrological significator could possibly account for such a heavy personal loss mingled with the ascension to a throne? Natally, Elizabeth's IC is bang on the fixed star Algol and at her father's death, her progressed Sun was also on this position--opposing her natal Saturn of course. Algol is important in the Royal family: her son Charles would marry a woman with Venus on her Algol and his son would have this significator too. Also bear in mind King Charles I was beheaded in the 17th century. Just to ensure there was no question over power in her marriage, the new Queen insisted that her family name be retained as the name of the royal house. Such is the power of a woman who has Saturn in Scorpio.

The Queen's life is a fascinating one and many other astrologers have written about her. I do want to point out that the Queen has her progressed Moon transiting her natal Saturn. I just love Annie Leibovitz's portrait of the "first nonagenarian monarch" with her youngest descendants. It so beautifully encapsulates HM's hard work and devotion and thus truly shows the rewards of accepting the responsibilities of Saturn.

 About the Astrologer

Alex Trenoweth is an MA graduate of the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at Bath Spa University (2007) and has gained recognition as an outstanding schoolteacher for her tireless and innovative education of adolescents. Her unique expertise in both astrology and teaching, coupled with ground-breaking research, led her to her write Growing Pains, a book aimed at helping parents and teachers support and guide young people into maturity. Alex’s articles have appeared in astrological magazines across the globe, including the prestigious Astrological Journal, and she writes a star sign column for The Ethical Hedonist and The Cosmic Intelligence Agency. In addition to her many writing accomplishments, she was voted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” by the Krishnamuti Institute of Astrology (KIA) in India for the energetic presentation of her original and thought-provoking investigation into astrology and education. In May 2016, Alex will be returning to India in her role as Professor of Western Astrology and Secretary General of International Affairs for KIA.  An update of "Growing Pains" will be released later in 2016.  All rights reserved.

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