An Astrological Family Tree: The British Royal Family
The Stars and Family Connections
While we are all individuals, you may find that you share many characteristics with other members of your family. Is it nature or nurture that leads members of a family to look at life from similar perspectives? Astrological counselors note, when looking at the birth charts of different members of a single family, that patterns are often repeated in the individual charts of the family members.
A birth or “natal” chart is a map of the planetary positions in the sky at the exact moment of birth. These repeated patterns can be as simple as the predominance, down through the generations, of one sign. For example, perhaps one or more of the personal planets – Mercury, Venus, and Mars, as well as the Sun and the Moon – of each member of the family are in the same sign.
In a natal chart, the personal planets represent our individual characteristics. Planets can be described as energies or activators. The signs they fall into at the moment of birth describe the manner or style in which each planet asserts its energy. It is not only signs that may be repeated in family member charts, but also links, referred to as “aspects,” between planets. For example, Mars, the planet representing assertion and aggression, would behave very differently if linked to kind-hearted Venus or the gentle Moon, than if it was connected to stern Saturn or power-hungry Pluto.
If your most obvious family traits are generosity and a laid-back attitude to life, you may find that each member has one of the personal planets in Sagittarius, the sign exemplifying these traits, or that personal planets are in aspect to Jupiter, the planet promoting these traits. If members of your family tends to worry a lot, or need to be in control, you may find that the oftentimes somber, responsibility oriented sign of Capricorn or the serious planet Saturn, is strongly represented in your family’s birth charts.
The “houses” the planets occupy in the natal chart further modify the planets’ energy. The “houses” (numbered one to twelve) are astrological symbols for different areas of our lives, such as home, career, and so on. Sometimes there may be an emphasis on specific houses in the family members’ charts. The first house starts with the sign that was rising on the horizon at the time and place of birth. It, along with the rest of the houses, can be determined by an accurate time of birth.
The Royal Family
To demonstrate how astrological signs and houses can be highlighted in families, we will examine the natal charts of the British royal family, whose dates, times, and places of birth are all well documented. Let’s begin with the royal sign of Leo. The late Queen Mother’s Sun and Mercury are in Leo, as are the Moons of her daughter Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip. The rising sign of two of their sons – Prince Charles and Prince Andrew – are also in Leo. Their late aunt, Princess Margaret, and sister Anne, both are Leo Sun Signs. Leaving the immediate family, and going back further, relatives George V and George VI have Mars in Leo and Jupiter in Leo respectively.
Taurus and its opposite sign, Scorpio – signs of wealth and power – are represented in the chart of every monarch from Queen Victoria to Prince William, now second in line to the British throne. Queen Victoria had Mercury in Taurus, her grandson George V, Mercury and Venus in Taurus, great-grandson George VI, Moon and Venus in Scorpio, and Prince William has Venus in Taurus and Jupiter in Scorpio. Queen Elizabeth II was born under Taurus and both her great-grandfather Edward VII and her son Prince Charles were born under Scorpio. Zodiacal signs are measured in degrees, thirty to each sign. To add even more to the mix, Queen Elizabeth’s Taurus Sun is at zero degrees of the sign, as is Prince Charles’s Moon (some astrologers consider zero degrees to be a “critical” or powerful degree). In-laws Prince Philip and Princess Diana also have Venus in Taurus. Venus is the planet that “rules” Taurus and symbolizes both love and money in a horoscope.
Taurus and Scorpio all figure in the charts of Queen Elizabeth’s other children. Prince Edward has Venus in Taurus, while Prince Andrew’s Moon and Princess Anne’s Mars are in Scorpio. Even the next generation follows suit, with Prince Williams’s Venus and his younger brother Prince Harry’s Moon in Taurus. Can all this be coincidence?
Jupiter is the planet that signifies royalty. It is associated with Sagittarius, as well as the ninth house. If we look at Queen Victoria, the three kings, one queen and two kings-in-waiting that have followed her, we can see that Jupiter is prominent in every chart, either because of its house position, or because it is in Sagittarius. In the charts of Queen Victoria and great-grandson George VI, Jupiter sits in the tenth house of career and status. Queen Elizabeth II and her great-grandfather Edward VII have Jupiter in the first house of self-expression, and George V, Elizabeth’s grandfather, and her son Prince Charles, have Jupiter in Sagittarius. Prince William’s Jupiter may not be in Sagittarius, but it is in Scorpio, positioned in a “power zone” of a horoscope. In this case, at the time of the Prince’s birth, his Jupiter was only two degrees from the highest point it could reach in the heavens, and is thus, in a power zone. Add to this the fact that his Jupiter is at zero degrees of Scorpio – exactly opposite his grandmother’s Taurus Sun and his father’s Taurus Moon – and we can see an astrological family pattern taken shape through three generations.
The Significance of Astrology for Royalty
What makes this Jupiter astrological trait in the family so very interesting is that neither Victoria nor George VI were, strictly speaking, “heirs to the throne.” Victoria was crowned because there was no direct heir when her uncle William IV died, and when George VI became king upon the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936. As such, neither had been groomed as a future monarch. At the time of the abdication, Jupiter was in the sign of Sagittarius and unpredictable Uranus, the planet that often brings about abrupt reversals in our lives, was in Taurus. Both George VI, and therefore his little daughter Elizabeth, had their lives changed forever by this fact.