Few people have earned the worldwide respect and honour in the same way as Queen Elizabeth II, who presided over Great Britain and Northern Ireland for 70 years. She is an icon of grace, dignity and service. For a long time I have been inspired by her warmth, optimism, work ethic, sense of duty, and lifelong commitment to service. My composite with the Queen has 4 degrees taurus on the ascendant conjunct mars at 2 degrees taurus, which are being eclipsed on October 25th of this year, and our sun-mercury-chiron-north node conjunction in the 1st house at 24-29 degrees taurus were eclipsed last November and this May. Perhaps as a result, I feel a desire to share my insights about her chart publicly for the first time.
I should preface this article by saying that I admire the Queen and feel it appropriate to grieve her passing but certainly not the history of colonialism and racism that overshadows it. There is a violent history in Britain stemming from the endless search for acquiring more power that is not widely understood or publicized, firmly based in white power and privilege. The Royal Family has unmistakably played their part in maintaining structures that have benefitted them and are built on the oppression and slavery of many people of colour. These countries were formerly under British rule and the Royals kept silent, not using their position to highlight these inequities when they could have done so. This type of unconscious bias against non-white people permeates society to this day and causes imbalances in our current hierarchies of power. It is my hope that they will either modernize and make reparations for the past in the immediate future or otherwise be forced to renounce their position.
"Never complain, never explain" was the Queen's motto, as she completed her numerous and varied commitments, never getting bogged down with what others said or wrote about her, and never feeling the need to publicly respond to her critics. The world's gaze was on her yet she had a quiet confidence in who she was and what her purpose was, and was able to be successful because she drowned out the drama that was all around her. Her thinking style is very different from most people, as shown by the mercury-uranus conjunction in the 2nd house. Mercury being dispositor of the 10th house and conjunct with uranus suggests potential for breaking records and making breakthroughs in one's career, and in 2015 when uranus made an exact square to her asc-dsc axis, she became the longest reigning monarch in the history of Britain. The previous record had been set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. In an effort to make the Windsors more relatable to the public, they allowed BBC video cameras into their home in the late 1960s for a documentary titled 'Royal Family', another first in the lineage. This allowed them to gain more support and acceptance in British society.
The world continued to spin, like all of us she faced unexpected twists and turns, obstacles and family issues but for her it was different because she was under immense scrutiny for most of her life. Through it all she remained calm and steady, never feeling the need to flaunt her accomplishments or convince people of her worth. Knowing that she had no control over public opinion or people's judgements of her, it seemed to me that she didn't concern herself with what other people thought. At least, she never felt triggered enough to respond in an emotional way. This is an ability very few people have, whether they live their lives publicly or not. It reminds me of Wayne Dyer's saying, when you squeeze an orange, only orange juice can come out. Apple juice cannot come from an orange. Similarly, when people "trigger" or otherwise put pressure on you, you can only respond with what you have inside, which indicates the work you still haven't done on yourself. So many people put accountability on others to change their behaviour instead of learning how to regulate their emotions so that their moods aren't so dependent on what others say and do.
Young Elizabeth was lucky to have found her soul mate at age 13 and was happily married for over 73 years. She describes Prince Philip as her "strength and stay". He relinquished his own royal titles to marry her in 1947 and his military career in 1952 so he could support his wife, which was unusual for men at that time. They had four children, eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren which were a great source of joy for them both. He passed away in April 2021, less than 2 weeks before her birthday at age 99. Her 7th house of marriage is fortunate; the 7th house ruler (moon) and dispositor (sun) are in mutual exchange empowering the moon to behave as if it were exalted and the sun to behave as if it were in its own sign. It is also good to have the ruler of the house inside the house to fortify it. The close trine from saturn gives that feeling that I am with you through thick and thin, whatever happens we will endure it together. The 10th house ruler pluto is conjunct the descendant, showing that the career and marriage may be intertwined in some way. Pluto is also ruler of the 9th house, suggesting that the partner may come from a different cultural background and in this case it is also true as Prince Philip was born in Greece, and is of Greek and Danish royal ancestry. He was a distant cousin of Elizabeth. In this case they carried out several public engagements together. The north node conjunct the 7th house cusp suggests the area of life she should focus on for the most personal and spiritual growth is her marriage and this heartfelt quote reflects this.
"Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide."
"All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner."
"He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."
"His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible. That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him."
-Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth has three mutual exchanges in her chart. A mutual exchange is when planet A is in planet B's own or exalted sign and planet B is also in planet A's own or exalted sign. This allows both planets to function to their optimal potential as if they were actually in their own sign or exalted. The sun is in taurus, the sign the moon is exalted in and the moon is in leo, the sign the sun rules. Mars is in aquarius, the sign saturn traditionally rules, and saturn is in scorpio, the sign mars traditionally rules. Jupiter is in aquarius, the sign uranus rules and uranus is in pisces, the sign jupiter traditionally rules. On top of this, venus is in its exalted sign pisces. The remaining planets are neither debilitated or in fall (the worst positions for them to be in as they are in signs that function in a way that is incompatible with their energy). I don't recall seeing 2 pairs of planets and both luminaries in mutual exchange along with another exalted planet or planet in its own sign, with no planets in detriment or fall. I would say this configuration is quite rare and extraordinary. This means that both luminaries (sun and moon) and 5 planets out of 8 are living up to their best standards. They provide a boost of fortune to the houses they are placed in, rule and are the dispositor for, such that almost all areas of her life represented by the 12 houses receive good karma. For example, if venus is exalted, it means that the 1st house receives good fortune because venus is in the first house, the 3rd and 4th houses receive fortune because venus rules these houses (taurus is on the cusp), and because the sun is in taurus (venus rules taurus), venus would normally be the dispositor of the house the sun rules. Because the sun is intercepted in the 7th house, leo is not on the cusp of any house in her chart so venus is not the depositor of any house. Nothing short of excellence for the Queen!
The ruler of the capricorn ascendant is saturn, which is tightly conjunct the MC. This is an indicator that the career will dominate one's life, it will be the major life purpose. The ruler of the 10th house pluto is also opposing the ascendant. These aspects connecting the 1st house to the 10th house increases visibility and the tendency towards fame. Another indicator that the life is ruled strongly by fate, and tends to be pushed into the public eye is the nodes tightly conjunct the asc-dsc axis. This position reduces free will to a large extent as the current life is dominated by past life karma to be balanced. Though young Elizabeth wasn't set to take the thrown when she was born, through a series of unexpected circumstances, that was exactly what happened. This was her true destiny from birth. The capricorn ascendant and angular saturn give one a strong sense of work ethic, respect for and adherence to tradition, the ability to be disciplined, to be persevering and to work hard to achieve success. Saturn is conjunct the MC which was why in her career she was strongly associated with these traits. Both saturn and capricorn prefer to be conservative with money and have an interest in business. In line with this, despite her massive wealth, the Queen was surprisingly frugal, preferring to live below her means. The south node conjunct the ascendant also inclines towards a need for privacy and solitude. She completed all of her public engagements dutifully and in a humble way, and my opinion is that she never craved fame for the sake of it. The 10th house ruler pluto is conjunct the north node in the 6th house of service, one meaning is that it is important for the person to feel they are being of service in their careers. The pluto-north node conjunction in cancer gives her the ability to come across as warm and caring, despite her natural saturnian stoic and serious demeanor. The exalted venus in pisces in the first house gave her a natural beauty and elegance in the way she presented herself.
"I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
Her Majesty The Queen (on her 21st birthday)
On her Silver Jubilee, after having served for 25 years, she stated:
"When I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God's help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgement, I do not regret, or retract, one word of it."
The life of service was a driving force all of her life and she was recognized with many awards and honours for it.
The sun is making an exact opposition to the 9th house cusp, which was why she loved travelling to foreign countries, and visited 117 of them. She went on more than 250 royal tours during her 70 years as Queen. Most world leaders travelled to Britain to meet with her in what she termed her "audiences" which were her way of meeting people without anyone else listening. When thinking of the Royals it is probably her face that is most symbolic, she is the brand. The brand that brought over 2 billion dollars into the British economy each year. Venus as ruler of the third house is exalted in pisces, enabling her skill for articulate, engaging and diplomatic speech both locally (3rd) and abroad (9th). She would read many letters sent to her by the public and personally responded to help people celebrate special occasions. People would also write to her with problems they were facing and worries they had, in the hopes she could help them. Sometimes she was in a position to connect them with someone who could help them, or to write to organizations she thought they could help them. She tried to read as many letters as she could herself because they were addressed to her and she was interested in hearing what they wanted to tell her. She was a regular pen pal to an American woman for 70 years who shared the same birthday, April 21st 1926, which is natural to understand for someone who has their sun on the 3rd house cusp. She genuinely enjoyed exchanging letters and developing a relationship that way.
In my perspective, she had an innate talent of knowing what to say and what not to say, what times to speak and when to stay silent. It was a delight for her to meet so many world leaders and celebrities, as well as ordinary citizens from all corners of the globe. The 3rd-9th axis is the communications axis and she is famous for giving her annual television address on Christmas Day. She has had a way with words ever since she was young, making her first broadcast at age 14 to children and continuing with the tradition until her final days.
Her world would be changed forever on February 6th 1952 when she ascended to the throne and became the Queen; she was crowned on June 2nd 1953. We would look at the aspects and eclipses to the 10th house of career for this type of life transition. Eclipses influence angles, planets and other points by opposition, square and conjunction. Even if they do not make an aspect, they can still influence the affairs of the house if they fall in the house. For example, an eclipse to the MC will be the most evident changes to your career but an eclipse anywhere in the 10th house will still bring some notable developments or focus on your career. The 10th house also represents the father, and in her case the eclipses and transits signaled her father's death as well as her new career. Her MC is 25 degrees scorpio, its ruler pluto is at 12 degrees cancer and the dispositor of the 10th house is the moon at 12 degrees leo. On August 5th 1952 there was an eclipse at 13 degrees aquarius making a tight opposition to the moon. On August 16th 1951, February 10th 1952, August 20th 1952 and February 13th 1953 there were eclipses at 23 degrees aquarius 21 degrees leo, 27 degrees leo and 25 degrees aquarius all making tight squares to the MC. Since saturn as ruler of the 1st house is conjunct the MC, all of these eclipses influence the first house. On July 10th 1953 the eclipse at 18 degrees cancer opposed her ascendant and made a conjunction to her north node; it was also conjunct pluto as ruler of the tenth house. These eclipses to the 1st house relate to the way the world sees her upon first meeting and also her changed outlook for her future in the world due to her new position. There was an eclipse on February 21st 1951 at 2 degrees virgo which was tightly conjunct the vertex, a turning point of fate. The north node and vertex both being eclipsed within a few years of each other, along with the most public houses, the 1st and 10th, are indicative of her powerful destiny in the public eye. Being Queen was her fate and the role of a lifetime.
Looking at the chart for Feb 6th 1952, we see that transiting pluto was making a tight conjunction to her neptune, ruler of the 2nd house reflecting her sizeable change in financial assets. Her second house is in excellent shape as jupiter is the traditional ruler of pisces, the sign on her second house cusp and it being in aquarius, participates in a mutual exchange with uranus in pisces. 22 degrees aquarius is a critical degree, adding power and prominence to jupiter's influence in her life. Uranus is in her 2nd house suggesting at some point in life there would be an unexpectedly large change in social status. Transiting uranus at 10 degrees cancer was making a tight conjunction to her pluto, ruler of the 10th house and an exact sesquiquadrate to her MC, reflecting the unexpected nature of her being Queen at 25 years of age due to the early passing of her father. Uranus was within a wide orb of opposition to her ascendant reflecting the change in her status. With uranus, I always say expect the unexpected because uranian transits typically bring those shakeups in life that you don't anticipate or sometimes even think possible. It is what most would think of as out of the realm of probabilities for their life at that point in time. She said, "In a way, I didn't have an apprenticeship, my father died much too young, so it was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can."
Transiting jupiter made a tight sesquiquadrate to the MC and square to pluto as ruler of the 10th house; at such a young age, she now wielded immeasurable power and had every opportunity become available to her. Her career received a big boost of luck and blessings from jupiter. This was a natal promise as the traditional ruler of the 10th house, mars is tightly conjunct jupiter in the 1st house meaning that she would be seen as of the character of jupiter in her career. This could be one reason why she enjoyed such admirable public reputation and was the most popular royal. Transiting neptune was making an exact square to the asc-dsc axis giving her glamour and sophistication in the public eye. Being new to the role, she would have had many fantasies about what it would be like to be in that position as she knew when her father took the throne that she would follow at some point. However, neptune sees through rose coloured glasses and once it made the square, she may have realized that the role also had many unseen challenges, and she was more aware of its drawbacks. Illusions get shattered as reality sets in. This would have been especially apparent as transiting saturn was making a tight square to her pluto and a wide square to her asc-dsc axis. There was a lot of work to be done, and whatever challenges she faced and sacrifices she made behind the scenes, she would never let the public know in any great detail. She maintained her power by keeping a dignified silence. The transiting south node made an exact conjunction to her vertex, and with the nodal axis and vertex being the most fated part of the chart, you can expect a a destined turning point, one that is of a very fixed karmic nature and therefore impossible to avoid. As inner planets help to more precisely tune the timing of events, we can see that transiting venus made an exact opposition to pluto as ruler of the 10th house, and the sun made a conjunction to mars, as traditional ruler of the 10th house. The moon as dispositor of the 10th house receives many aspects (an exact trine from jupiter, a tight sextile from saturn, a square from mars, a wide conjunction from pluto, an exact quincunx from venus and an opposition from the sun and mercury).
Looking at the date of her passing, September 8th 2022 at 3:10pm there are quite a few markers of death present. I don't study time of death because it is impossible to say with 100% certainty when the day will be, and I wouldn't want people to worry about it. The 8th house represents death. However, the 8th house represents other areas of life besides death and hard aspects and eclipses can indicate important changes in those areas too. At any given time, there will be transits to the 8th house, all of which are not necessarily significant. Death would need to show up in multiple ways. If you look at the charts of family members and see many hard aspects and eclipses involving the 8th house, the chances that someone will transition to the afterlife increases. For instance, King Charles has 22 degrees aquarius on his 8th house cusp; transiting saturn is making a tight conjunction to that degree and transiting uranus is making a tight square to that degree now. The nodal axis is within orb of making a square to the 8th house cusp. The dispositor of his 8th house mercury is at 6 degrees scorpio, a degree that is eclipsed this October and this past April (eclipses at 2 degrees scorpio and 10 degrees taurus). Princess Anne has 21 degrees taurus on the 8th house cusp conjunct the vertex at 23 degrees taurus, so transiting uranus and saturn are making a tight conjunction and square respectively. Her 8th house cusp was impacted by the eclipse this past May at 25 degrees scorpio and the upcoming one in November at 16 degrees taurus. The ruler of the 8th house venus is being tightly opposed by transiting pluto and the full moon that occurred on September 8th at 17 degrees pisces made an opposition to her moon as 8th house dispositor at 14 degrees virgo. Edward, Earl of Wessex has 12 degrees taurus on the 8th house cusp, transiting saturn is making a square and transiting uranus and the north node are making a conjunction. The ruler of the house venus is at 3 degrees taurus, a degree that is eclipsed by opposition this October at 2 degrees scorpio. Andrew, Duke of York has 28 degrees aquarius on the 8th house cusp, transiting uranus and the north node are in a wide square and transiting saturn in a conjunction. The ruler of the 8th house is uranus at 18 degrees leo which is receiving an exact square from transiting uranus, a tight square from the nodes, and tight opposition from transiting saturn. The 8th house ruler sun is impacted by the November 2022 eclipse at 16 degrees taurus by its square aspect. The combination of eclipses to the 8th house in addition to saturn, uranus and the nodes all making hard aspects to the 8th house at the same time with such tight orbs for all four of her children is very telling.
Saturn in aquarius has been difficult for the Queen in the past. She describes 1992 as her "annus horribilis" as three of her children saw their marriages fall apart and Windsor Castle suffered extensive damage in a fire. In that year, pluto was within a close orb of her MC, and in June-July 1992 when mars was transiting through taurus, mars, pluto and saturn formed a T-square in the fixed signs aggravating all her fixed planets, especially her natal T-Square between saturn, mars and neptune. Through this turmoil and breakdowns of relationships and structures that were not working, there was positive transformation in the way the Royal Family would operate. For example, some of them started paying more tax on investment income in exchange for less scrutiny into their personal lives from the media and public. Astrologically pluto is symbolic of transformation and it is approaching an exact conjunction with her MC at 25 degrees scorpio and opposition with her IC at 25 degrees taurus. It is not easy to have the fixed star algol (26 degrees taurus) influencing an angle and she does have it on the IC, suggesting that her own family may bring disgrace, humiliation and scandal to her. Pluto making an opposition to the IC was indicative of her family's restructuring. Pluto is death and re-birth; getting rid of things that aren't working anymore to make room for what will work better. Three of her children's marriages were separating, two of them eventually to be replaced by new spouses. Anne and Charles
re-married while Andrew currently lives with Sarah Ferguson, his former wife.
Saturn entered aquarius again in April 2020 (it takes about 27- 29.5 years to travel through the 12 signs of the zodiac). Since that time Meghan and Harry left their positions, and in March 2021 would do a tell-all interview with Oprah regarding the injustices they faced, particularly racism towards Meghan. William and Harry had been distant for a very long time, with no reconciliation in sight. Andrew was involved in the Epstein scandal and later had to pay a huge settlement for it. Most importantly Prince Philip died in April 2021. He caused a car accident in January 2019 and there were two women and a baby in the other car. He and the baby were not harmed though the women suffered injuries. All of this was happening during COVID-19. It may have all been too much for the Queen, without her beloved Philip at her side to provide comfort and security as he had in the past.
The Queen has her sun, moon, mars, jupiter, saturn, and neptune in fixed signs, with saturn, neptune and mars forming a T-Square within a close orb, 20-24 degrees of the fixed signs aquarius, leo and scorpio. On the bright side, this abundance of fixed signs gives one endurance, persistence and the ability to follow through tasks to completion. At the same time, 2022 has been an undeniably difficult year for those with numerous fixed signs in the latter half of the signs leo, taurus, aquarius and scorpio (13-27 degrees) in their chart due to saturn, uranus and the nodes being in fixed signs, and it was even more intense when mars joined in as it did this summer. This means when a planet gets within orb of those degrees in taurus, around 13-27 degrees taurus (with the conjunction of mars and uranus at 18 degrees taurus, saturn retrograding in close square in aquarius and the nodal axis moving towards a close orb of 18 degrees taurus), there is too much malefic energy activating the natural tension of the T-Square, because now it is a grand fixed cross. T-Squares provide a lot of ambition and drive to succeed but sometimes they push themselves too hard. It can be difficult to cope with due to self-criticism and judgement.
Mars is the dispositor of the 8th house and mercury is the ruler of the 8th house. When someone passes away we expect to see a lot of activity to the 8th house ruler, dispositor and potentially planets transiting through the 2nd or 8th house. On September 8th, transiting saturn was at 20 degrees aquarius which made an exact conjunction to her mars at 20 degrees aquarius. Saturn made a tight semisquare to mercury at 4 degrees aries. Receiving hard aspects from the outer planets tend to be more reflective of the challenges posed by the 8th house, one of which may be death. Transiting uranus made a tight square to mars and a tight semisquare to mercury. Uranus is the unexpected and the Queen was not in the hospital for an extended stay. She was getting older but there was no indication that she was expected to pass away this year, at least none revealed publicly. Many of her family members had little time to rush to her bedside before she passed. Multiple people who met with her just a few days before said she was in high spirits and this probably came as a shock to them.
Boris Johnson said in an interview:
'The last audience I had with her, one of the reasons it was so shocking on the 8th (Thursday) to hear about her death, was because in that audience, she had been absolutely on it – just two days before her death.
‘She was actively focused on geopolitics, on UK politics, quoting statesmen from the 1950s, it was quite extraordinary.
‘She seemed very bright, very focused.’
One reason for her long life and good mental and physical health is the extremely strong and benefic condition of the 8th house. The 8th house dispositor mars is tightly conjunct jupiter, which is participating in a mutual exchange with uranus, enabling jupiter to act as if it was in its own sign pisces. The unexpected nature of her death is suggested by 8th house ruler conjunct uranus, which is powerful due to its mutual exchange with jupiter. Transiting jupiter made a tight semisquare to mars and a tight conjunction to mercury. The north node made a square to mars and a semisquare to mercury. Transiting mars was within orb of a conjunction to the 8th house cusp, approaching from the 7th house. On September 8th the moon around 22 degrees aquarius made a tight conjunction to mars and a semisquare to mercury. The sun made a 2 degree conjunction to the 8th house cusp. The full moon that occurred on September 10th made an exact conjunction to her 2nd-8th house axis at 18 degrees pisces- 18 degrees virgo. Full moons are about completions and resolutions, the ending of cycles. Her work on the earth was over, and the stars reflected it was time for her to go.
All good things must come to an end. Her time to transition into the soul realm had come. I believe she was at peace with herself with the inner knowing that she had fulfilled her purpose, which was to live a life of service and to have a beautiful family. God bless the Queen. May your legacy live forever.