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March 2007


In this issue: 

A Shuffling of Crowns - A Blood Moon over Europe
Born under an eclipse: The Man Who Would be King

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We are in an eclipse season. Twice a year we enter into such a time when the new or full moons can become eclipsed. In this month the solar eclipse will occur on 19 March at 28 Pisces. It belongs to Saros Series 9 New North, a series which began on 21 August 1664 thus linking it with the energy of that day, energy which is concerned with accidents or putting a great deal of physical work into a project. So to all our readers, take care, check the car, look at your tyres and generally err on the side of caution.


A Shuffling of CrownsA Blood Moon over Europe
Bernadette Brady M.A.

Cast yourself back four thousand years or so into Mesopotamia and place yourself outside looking out over the clear night sky watching a glorious full moon. This full moon is special because it is occurring not only with the planet Saturn (symbolic of the king) but that Saturn has moved near the king’s star – Regulus. Here is the moon god Sin, clearly bestowing power and blessings on the king and his realm.

But as you watch this full moon, the predictions and warnings of the priest comes to pass, for the moon god Sin turns to blood in front of your eyes. Your only thought is to hope that the king has performed the rituals prescribed by the priest in order to avoid the disaster indicated by such a powerful omen. Surely, you ponder, the substitute king will die in the face of such a strong visual omen.

The full moon turns to blood as it moves through the stars of the King (Regulus and Saturn)

There has been much astrological “water under the bridge” since those early stirrings of astrology but the sky does not change, only our attitude to it.

Is this omen, given to us on the evening 3 March, 2007, still important? Can we turn our modern eyes away from such a powerful visual experience of a blood moon with Regulus and Saturn all standing together in a straight line in the evening sky over Europe?

The questions that flood our modern astrological minds are no longer about rituals and substitute kings but rather we ask ourselves how often does this happen and what has it heralded, if anything in the past?

I used Jigsaw to scan through the last 1,000 years of ephemeris and found that this visual phenomenon occurs every second century. In one century there will be a total, or nearly total lunar eclipse in the constellation Leo when Saturn is also present. This phenomenon will occur in the early months of the year for possibly a few consecutive years. After this it may be seen once again when Saturn is amongst the stars of Leo (29 or roughly 58 years later), however this will be later in the century. After that the phenomenon disappears for a century, to return again in the following century.

Thus in the last 1,000 years we have had this event in the 11th century, 13th century, 15th century, 17th century, 19th century and now we are beginning the “cycle” again in the 21st century.

 The Pattern - A lunar eclipse near Regulus while Saturn is around the stars of Leo
 and the eclipse visible
over Europe

The 11th Century
Eclipse on 3 March
1067The death of the Byzantine Emperor – Constantine X on 22 May.  

The 13th Century
Eclipse on 23 January 1274 -  King Edward I of England finally returns from the Ninth Crusade to England to be crowned king, two years after his father King Henry III's death.

The 15th Century -  Regicide
On the night of the 18 January 1478 in Europe the full moon rose with “unwashed feet” (eclipse already commenced see September, 2006 and October, 2005 for more information) followed by Saturn and then Regulus. By April of that year a reigning monarch had been assassinated while at Mass in a cathedral.  This was a double outrage, firstly the killing of a king and secondly the violation of the sacred space of a cathedral. The king was Giuliano de Medici, monarch of Florence and there were large repercussion in Florence over this murder with the perpetrators being savagely punished.
(Right Giuliano de Medici painted from his death mask)

The 17th Century - An ill-fated King takes the English throne and European revolts
22 March 1625 -  The next occurrence of this visual phenomenon over Europe heralded the death of  James I of England (died 27 March) and the ill-fated Charles I (later executed) takes the throne.

14 March of 1653 and 3 March of 1654Post-English civil war period. Charles I who took the throne in March 1625, had been executed in 1549. Oliver Cromwell was made Lord Protector on 16 December, 1653.

21 February 1682– The Czar of Russia (Fyodor III) died in April/ May without issue which lead to a bloody revolt, “the Moscow Uprising”, which eventually placed Sophia on the Russian throne ruling on behalf of her sons, Ivan and Peter (later known as Peter the Great).

19th Century - another French Revolution but a new Kingdom is formed
9 March, 1830 – The moon rose with “unwashed feet” over Europe with Saturn and Regulus.  – This year saw the French Revolution of 1830, also known as the “July Revolution”, where Charles X of France was removed from the throne.

26 February 1831 – Once again the moon rose with “unwashed feet” over Europe with Saturn and Regulus. In this year there was the creation of a new kingdom. The first “King of the Belgians" Leopold I, took the Belgium throne on the 26 June 1831. This confirmed the nobility of the Saxe-Coburg line and it was Leopold I who arranged for his niece (later known as Queen Victoria) to marry his nephew Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  
Right: Queen Victoria and Albert, painted by Landseer at Bal Costumé of 12 May 1842)

29 January 1888 -  Two Emperors of Germany die in the one year - William I died on March 9  and his son (Frederick III) ruled for only 99 days, succeeded by William II, who was the last Emperor of Germany and Prussia and who took Germany into WWI.

21st Century

3 March, 2007 – There are eleven crowns in Europe; Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, Morocco and let us not forget the Pope in Rome – who also holds a crown. Will there be another episode in the Saxe-Coburg line, the British royal family, or will another crown of Europe change hands? 


Born under an eclipse: The Man Who Would be King
  A Case Study - Darrelyn Gunzburg

Prince William (21 June 1982, 21:03 London, England), the young man whose shy sideways glance seals forever the immortality of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in his face, was born on an eclipse (Sun and Moon conjunct the North Node) – (Saros Series 2 Old North  or van den Bergh 117)  

When someone is born on an eclipse, the essence of that eclipse is contained as part of the person’s fate or pathway. Brady [1] describes Saros Series 2 Old North as being “a difficult eclipse family” in terms of friendships or relationships where the person has to face the results of separation or endings in some way. This Saros Series, however, also contains a note of optimism, for if the situation is handled with timely action, such action can turn disaster into triumph and that: 

…lives touched by this Series often symbolize schism rift or disunion. Life’s challenges will highlight the ability to act quickly, allowing old structures to crumble while learning how to create new forms from the collapse of the old ones.[2]  

William’s history is not new to us. He was born as the obligatory first son, heir to the heir of the throne, when Diana’s and Charles’ relationship was already under siege. The changes made since Diana’s death to the Royals’ personal relationships – Charles’ marriage to Camilla, and William’s and Harry’s intimate relationships with “commoners” - are the legacy of her demise. Yet William embodied this Saros Series in an action so far removed from that of his mother and father when he and his current girlfriend, Kate Middleton, lived together as students whilst studying at St. Andrews University until their graduation in 2005. Although he says he does not wish to marry before the age of twenty-eight, if William marries Kate Middleton, it will be the first time in history that a future king has married a commoner who is not an aristocrat.
Perhaps one meaning for William being born on this eclipse is the “separation and ending” of the tradition of a monarch marrying (or being) a virgin and of royal blood.

Another meaning is that William may, in some way, change the role of the monarchy, a view long held by astrologers. The Saros Series commenced in 792, almost the time of the beginning of the Royal Monarchy, and completes in July 2036 when William will be fifty-four years old. David Starkey [3]  writes that the English monarchy, now over fifteen hundred years old. 

“… is the oldest functioning political institution in Europe. It is also unique because, right from the beginning, the English monarchy had a strong popular element. This means that its history is more than a tale of kings and queens, or royal heroes like King Alfred and Henry V and crowned villains like King John. It's also the story of a dialogue between king and people in which the English people learned to rule themselves…”

 Brady’s[4] suggested writing in 1992 that:

 “…for Prince William, a future King of England, to be part of this Series is to presuppose that he may well be the last British Monarch in the current style… He would then find himself face with the choice of either adapting very quickly or being swept away with the old structure.”

We can gain further insight into this eclipse and the role it plays in William’s life by considering the fixed stars that sit underneath this Sun and Moon. These are Deneb Algedi with the Sun and the Moon and Facies with the Moon, all of which come into play in William’s life in his culminating years, the years of his prime, we could say those years after his Saturn return and when he is most likely to sit upon the throne.

Deneb Algedi sits in the tail of Capricorn, the sea-goat, carrying the concept of the law-giving, justice orientated, civilizing saviour, the benefic ruler using wisdom and knowledge to protect and help his people (see February, 2005 issue of this newsletter) William’s Sun is in the 7th house, so he needs to be in relationship (either intimate and/or, as future heir to the throne, with the people of Britain). He learns this from both his parents (Sun-Moon in the 7th house) and with his Sun being in opposition to Neptune across the Ascendant-Descendant axis [5], this relationship in its best expression is one of gentleness, connected with the arts, religion, the sea, travel or metaphysics and defined by clear boundaries and high principals. William’s University degree was in art history (Sun-Neptune), an early expression of this aspect. We can add to our understanding of what type of ruler he will be by considering his luminaries both in paran with Deneb Algedi, as defined in Starlight:

Deneb Algedi as the Sun is Rising -
To be respected, to give wisdom

Deneb Algedi as the Moon is Rising
A story-teller, the use of story to promote greater awareness of humanity

We could say that on the throne William brings a gentle, yin approach (Sun-Moon in Cancer, Sun opposition Neptune) to his role as monarch, always being confronted with issues of integrity (Sun-Neptune) in order to protect and help his people (in paran with Deneb Algedi) and thus gaining respect (Sun in paran with Deneb Algedi). In some way he also utilises his training in art history “the use of story to promote greater awareness of humanity” (Moon in paran with Deneb Algedi). When we connect this with William being born under an eclipse, it would appear from his fixed stars that he is able to change the monarch’s role in a way that is respected by the people.

Yet William also has Facies in paran with his Moon. Once again from Starlight we have  

as the Moon is On Nadir
Emotionally experiencing violence or turmoil

I considered Facies in depth in the February 2007 issue of the Visual Astrology Newsletter: when Facies makes a paran to a planet or luminary in a person’s chart, if it is the only difficult star, the planet it touches will be extremely focused and driven. In William’s chart, given that he is the one who changes the monarch’s role in society, such a fixed star sitting underneath his Moon makes sense, particularly when linked with Deneb Algedi in the same time period. Here is someone who is respected (Moon in paran with Deneb Algedi)  for their ability to publicly change, yet who experiences emotional turmoil (Moon in paran with Facies) in so doing. 

Time will tell as events unfold just how this will manifest for Prince William and the English Royal family but we can see from the above how the marriage of understanding what it means to be born on an eclipse along with the meanings of the fixed star in paran with the person’s Sun and Moon gives a depth and poignancy to a person’s pathway.

[1] Brady, Bernadette. (1992,1999) Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and The Lark, York Beach: Samuel Weiser Inc. p.309.
[2] op.cit, p.236.
[3] Starkey, David. (2004) The Monarchy of England: Volume I – The Beginnings, London: Chatto and Windus.
[4] Brady, p.236.
[5] William’s Sun is only 6 minutes into the sign of Cancer, therefore I consider it making an opposition to Neptune.

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