This coronation anointing chart is rich in its symbolism. Mercury retrograde screens us, we are not allowed to view the key ritual moment. The screen was put in place at 11.45 am with the MC at 27 Aries 04 and it was removed at 11:48 am with the MC at 27 Aries 54. During these three minutes, Jupiter at 27 Aries 37 crossed over the Westminster meridian. With spiritual Jupiter also lord of the 9th of deity, this passage marks the moment of Divine Right, the King as mediator between God and human, sacred and secular. The true moment of the coronation can be taken as Jupiter partile the MC.
At this moment the King is anointed with Chrism oil from the Mount of Olives (Jupiter), consecrated by the Patriarch at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In the chart, the anointing oil is revealed in the grand trine in water, especially Neptune, dignified in Pisces on the 9th cusp. The Moon in fall separates trine Mars in fall and applies trine Neptune. In the Christian Mysteries, fallen humanity seeks redemption. Through the anointing, Holy Spirit descends from the Father (Jupiter) and enters the temporal realm in the body and being of the King. Dedicated to God, the King serves the divine.
Leo rises and the King, Sun in the 10th, applies to Uranus, planet of modernity and the secular. His reign walks a fine line between monarchy and republic.
The hereditary nature of this succession is shown by Moon-Mars trine. The Moon at 24 Scorpio 41 is conjunct Queen Elizabeth’s Saturn at 24 Scorpio 26 and her MC at 25 Scorpio 32; in the sacred moment of the anointing, Charles takes on the mantle of his deceased mother. This fallen Scorpio Moon is in mutual reception with a fallen Mars at 22 Cancer 00 but when received by degree, Mars moves to 22 Scorpio 00, conjunct Charles’ natal Sun at 22 Scorpio 25. The contact mirrors the close natal synastry between the two monarchs (Elizabeth’s Sun 0 Taurus 12 and Charles’ Moon at 0 Taurus 25). With the received Mars on his Sun, he can now act as monarch.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth took place on 2 June 1953, starting at 11:15 am. In Astrology Quarterly, Vol 27:4 p.122 Charles Carter records a time of 12:32 pm for the coronation moment with an MC of 5 Gemini 25 and Jupiter at 5 Gemini 35. Again, Jupiter on the MC! (Note also that Venus was at 27 Aries 42, ruling the 9th). – Maggie Hyde
Nicola Sturgeon unexpectedly resigned as Leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party and First Minister of Scotland on 15th February 2023. The emerging back-story threatens to make this a tragic fall from good repute as well as a fall from power, now that her husband Peter Murrell, former Chief Executive of the SNP, is under police investigation concerning irregularities in the finances of the Party.
Murrell (born 8th December 1964) has Venus conj. Neptune in Scorpio closely opposing Jupiter at 18 Taurus. In the light of current circumstances it is tempting to read this configuration as the rumour of financial scandal, whether or not this reputation is deserved. By synastry Murrell’s abundant Jupiter falls to the degree on Sturgeon’s Taurus Part of Fortune, indicating Saturn (conj. Fortune) as a part significator for her husband by its placement in the 7th. The principal significator for her husband is Venus in fall in Virgo, further weakened by the south Node. Venus is the ruler of Sturgeon’s 7th in her career-10th. The implications of the current scandal spoil her own reputation. What did Nicola know, and if she did not know, what ought she to have known?
Prince William looks well-placed to be the future king (Jupiter lord of asc conjunct MC, trine Sun and Moon). The ‘spare’ Harry has Pluto exactly on this Jupiter, triggered by current progressions.
The first degree of Taurus/Scorpio is strongly marked: Elizabeth SUN 0Tau12, Charles MOON in Xth 0Tau25. William’s opposing SCORPIO Jupiter suggests a total redefinition of the Monarchy, hastened by Harry’s war on its conventions.
Rishi Sunak, standing outside no.10, announces that he has ‘accepted his Majesty’s invitation to form a government in his name.‘ The ‘kissing of hands’ at Buckingham Palace (not broadcast) is estimated to have occurred not more than 20 minutes prior to the announcement. The exact co-occurrence of the New Moon (a partial solar eclipse) demands interpretation yet leads to powerful contradictions shaped by the context in which it is being interpreted. Diwali is a principal annual celebration for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs, tied to the eve of this New Moon of the lunar calendar. The festival symbolises the overcoming of demonic darkness by the Light. So, our new Prime Minister emerges as Tory leader on the formal day of Diwali on Monday 24th, and ‘as if’ elected by a court astrologer, announces his appointment on the 25th within minutes of the astrological portent to which it is undeniably tied, namely, a celebration of our first non-white Hindu Prime Minister. While wishing him well, do we view this in Western (tropical) light, the latter showing us the very degree of the Moon’s Fall with a dangerous Venus? A week on, strains over the Home Secretary (‘leaky Sue’) and accusations of ‘grubby deals’ are surfacing, and more is likely on the lunar eclipse of 8th November. This current New Moon being an eclipse – albeit not total) ill fits the notion of a popular coronation. Or shall we infer a Jyotish (sidereal) perspective with the New Moon in Libra and Venus redeemed? Perhaps the truth is not either-or but in some way both. – GC (30th Oct)
Venus and Mars, from peace to war. The second TV debate for the Tory leadership involved a spat on Health Service financing, when Kate McCann turned abruptly to the war in Ukraine: “The UK government has said it will stand with Ukraine till the end. How do you keep people on side, how do you keep people with you when they are suffering and things are likely to get worse?” Liz Truss replies: “Well, the cost of not doing anything to stand up to Vladimir Putin is immense. If he succeeds in Ukraine he’s not going to stop that he’s going to challenge the freedom and democracy…” [Presenter collapses, cuts to music, broadcast ends 6:31pm]