I am going to illustrate how to interpret mahadasha and bhukti sequences through the life of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The Vimshottari Dasha system is the main dasha system in Vedic astrology. It is composed of a mahadasha (major) planet and a bhukti (secondary) planet. These planets run for a fixed length of time, giving the karma associated with these planets an opportunity to manifest. The dashas are used with other tools such as transits and eclipses. To understand the effects of the sequence there must be a holistic analysis of several factors affecting the strength and auspiciousness of a planet.
Meghan Markle was an American actress who was born and raised in Los Angeles in a middle class home. Her mother was Black and her father White. They split up when Meghan was about 2 years old, and she lived with her mother and father separately at different times in her life. She graduated with a double major in theatre and international relations and had small parts in commercials, movies and television shows for most of her 20s. She felt being biracial made it difficult to land bigger roles due to racial ambiguity. Her lucky break came in August 2010 when she won the role of Rachel Zane in a legal drama called Suits and then moved to Toronto the next year. In 2016 she fell in love with Prince Harry after being set up on a date by a mutual friend, and in 2018 she married him. At this time she officially joined the royal family and worked full time on royal duties. She had her son Archie in May 2019. In the Spring of 2020 they left the royal family for independent life. Within a year had made multimillion dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify to produce a variety of programming. They welcomed their daughter Lilibet in June 2021.
I follow Meghan Markle’s work on a fairly regular basis; learning about her life over the last 4 years has inspired me, one for the content, in which her passion and dedication she has to her causes is evident, and second for her extreme resilience and amazing work globally despite the relentless onslaught of racism, discrimination, ignorance and oppression, founded in fear of the ‘other’ and a deep rooted jealousy that sought to ruthlessly tear a woman down. There were no perceived consequences, as royals typically do not respond to newspaper articles about them. They attacked a woman throughout her entire pregnancy when they knew she could not fight back. It makes me angry to see the degree of hatred and resentment that exists for no apparent reason, other than seeing a beautiful, smart woman who is not white and upper class succeed. It shines a light on what women of colour all over the world, face daily as micro aggressions, and the failure of those inflicting these aggressions to take any accountability. As a minority woman, it was easier for them to believe there was something wrong with her rather than something wrong happening to her. White privilege goes unchecked by villainizing someone instead of accepting that her unequal treatment, particularly when compared with Kate Middleton, is rooted in unconscious systemic bias and not a lack of merit or bad behaviour. The tabloid drama and subsequent public narrative about Meghan was mostly perpetuated by White reporters and palace staff and it increased steadily as her success grew, and continues to this day. Meghan would not stay ‘in her place’ as they preferred and had the courage to speak out and confront her abusers in court.
It is very interesting to see how people react to Meghan, do they admire her or are they repulsed by her, and why? A Rorschach test is where people view an inkblot and then a psychologist interprets their perceptions about it. People have varying ideas of the neutral inkblot, which is said to reveal how they view themselves, other people, and the world around them. In my view, she is a Rorschach test that shines a light on the way people think about race and race relations, especially thoughts and expectations of racialized women versus White women and the societal narratives that follow. I sometimes imagine what she could have accomplished if the palace or the British press were more diverse and she didn’t have all of these unnecessary distractions, which at one point made her suicidal. The narrative and outcome would have almost certainly been different. Fortunately, as she has left England and the confines of the royal family she is in a better position to give all her attention to her work and family.
Meghan was born in moon-mars, and the first sequence you experience colours your life to a great extent. Her moon is her 1st house ruler and when this happens, the person acquires fame and success more easily, though they also tend to be more focused on themselves, their own development rather than relationships or other people. When the moon is the mahadasa, emotions become very important and Meghan has consistently talked about expressing her emotions to improve her mental health. Through her Oprah interview she gave the world an inside view into how she felt at the palace, and through her articles, starting with those she wrote on the tig, she has shared much of her emotional life. Mars and moon share a 4-10 relationship which bodes well for career success. Mars as the 10th house ruler in the 12th foreshadowed that her career would be defined by living abroad, and that foreign culture would be of interest to her; for example she had shared with friends how she particularly liked English men. You can see this from the 12th house ruler mercury in the 1st house, conjunct rahu and the sun, an appropriate astrological interpretation may be the person finds their destiny (rahu) in a foreign land (12th), where they more easily acquire fame and fortune (sun). The 12th house ruler in the 1st inclines towards philanthropy and a spiritual disposition. Mars as ruler of the 5th and 10th houses aspects moon by its special forward square, allowing the 1st, 5th, and 10th house rulers to combine and creating two raja yogas. Mars and moon are both in the mercurial sign virgo, indicating that communications would be a major part of her life. When friends or colleagues describe her work ethic, it resembles virgo; perfectionistic, detail oriented, and working long hours. People at the events she has presented at remark how she is well educated on their charities and causes, and asks thought provoking questions. Virgo is a sign of service and ever since she was young, her mother Doria would take her to help with populations in need, to create awareness of the world around her. She stated in a 2015 article, “My mum raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities. We spent time travelling to remote places, taking trips to Oaxaca in southern Mexico where I saw children peddling Chiclets candy for a few extra pesos to bring home." Meghan continued this service mentality by volunteering at LA’s skid row, being an advocate for world vision and the United Nations, serving at food banks, and delivering meals to people’s homes, even before becoming a royal. The 12th house ruler in the 1st can sometimes bring feeling invisible. Mars had increased her sense of being invisible up until 29, after its age of maturity had passed, as she struggled with feelings of not being good enough until the time she finally got her big break landing Suits.
Meghan has her lagna, mars and rahu in pushkara. On top of being pushakara, her lagna cancer is vargottama 6 times in the divisional charts which gives charisma, beauty, elegance and excellent health. The lagna is how you present yourself, so it allows her to have a regal disposition. Finding Freedom, in the chapter discussing when Harry met Meghan stated, “Meghan is someone who works a room very well. In social settings, all eyes are drawn to her. She laughs a little louder, glows a bit brighter. She’s self assured in a way that attracts attention.” Pushkara mars is also the yoga karaka for cancer lagna and is the 10th house ruler in the 12th house which suggests outstanding career success in foreign lands, huge admiration, and an ability to rise to the top of your field. As mars is ruler of the 5th house it indicates positive purva poonya or past life credit. Rahu is the mahadasa which made her famous, rahu pushkara indicates an ability to satisfy worldly cravings, to have the best of the best of what the world can offer. Particularly rahu in the 1st or 10th houses, Meghan’s is in the first house, boosts ability to earn positive recognition and fame for your talents.
The 11th house represents the sisterhood and Meghan has been a devoted feminist all her life, being directly involved in humanitarian efforts that improve quality of life for women and girls. This is a deeply personal interest of hers, that had been developed ever since she was a young girl. The combination of the 1st and 11th houses is usually seen in people involved with far reaching humanitarian efforts, and involved in work that enhances the sense of community and connection, locally and globally. There is more of a focus on the collective to increase social justice, diversity and inclusion. In her introduction for the September issue of British Vogue she writes, “ But more than anything, this issue is about the power of the collective. In identifying our personal strengths, it is anchored in the knowledge that we are even stronger together. You will find that spirit of inclusivity on the cover: diverse portraiture of women of varying age, colour, creed, nationality and life experience, and of unquestionable inspiration. Some, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and enlisted personally for this issue, others I’ve admired from afar for their commitment to a cause, their fearlessness in breaking barriers, or what they represent simply by being. These are our forces for change. And among all of these strong women on the cover, a mirror – a space for you, the reader, to see yourself. Because you, too, are part of this collective.” Jupiter mahadasha allowed Meghan to take her humanitarian interests to the next level. The 1st and 11th houses are interconnected in the rasi, navamsa and dashamsha charts. In the rasi, from chandra and dasa lagna, moon as 1st house ruler and mercury as 11th house ruler participate in a parivartana yoga, enabling both moon and mercury to function as if they were in their own signs and connecting the 1st and 11th houses. In the navamsa from chandra and dasha lagna, saturn as 11th house ruler is in the 1st house. In the dashamsha, from the lagna, 11th house ruler saturn is conjunct 1st house ruler jupiter.
Jupiter-saturn began on September 29th 2017. Meghan immigrated to England in November 2017, not too long after she and Harry announced their engagement. She was in jupiter-saturn-saturn, which shows how quickly life can change shortly after moving into a new bhukti. The 12th house represents foreign settlements, long term and permanent immigration, as opposed to foreign travel in the 9th house. Looking at the chandra and dasha lagna, the 12th house ruler is the sun, and there was a total lunar eclipse making an exact conjunction to her sun on January 31st 2018, which illustrates the power of eclipses to signal dramatic change. Sometimes eclipses can be seen right away (the month or few months around it) and sometimes they can be felt later that year or even up to 5 years if it was a particularly powerful eclipse, but transits would activate the sensitized point. For example, one of my clients inherited a house 3 years after an eclipse occurred exact on her 8th house cusp, within a few days of the original eclipse week. The eclipse occurred on Sept 16th 2016 and papers were signed officially transferring ownership on Sept 19th 2019.
If you look at Meghan’s last international move from Los Angeles to Toronto, which lasted from 2011-2017, sources say filming of Suits began in April 2011 so she would have moved to Toronto likely in the winter of that year. There was a solar eclipse on January 4th 2011 making a 2 degree opposition to her natal mars. From surya lagna, lagna and dasha lagna as she was running rahu mahadasa at that time), mars was in the 12th house. Vedic astrology does not use house cusps but in her western chart the 12th house cusp was 22 degrees gemini and on June 15th 2011, there was a lunar eclipse at 24 degrees sagittarius, making a 2 degree opposition to the 12th house cusp. The eclipses that occurred on July 11th 2010 and Dec 21st 2010 in gemini fell in her vedic 12th house. She found out on August 24th 2010 that she was cast in the role of Rachel Zane, and therefore she knew the move was coming soon. Keep in mind, the person has to have the natal promise of settling abroad in order for transits, dashas and eclipses to allow it to unfold. In her case, the ruler of the 10th house was in the 12th house, which had the potential for bringing a career that related to foreign culture, or moving abroad for one’s career. The 10th house dispositor mercury is conjunct both the sun and rahu, which tends to make one shine, and fame could be a possibility. Recall that rahu gives insatiable cravings for worldly things like fame, success, power and money. I find the nodes close to the ASC-DSC axis usually does make one easily noticed and publicly appreciated for their talents, particularly if it is the north node conjunct the ascendant, and for Meghan it is.
Astrocartography is the study of how being in different geographic areas on the earth is more heavily influenced by the planets on the angles in those areas. People using artocartography may define a goal, such as increased career success, and then go to an area that puts jupiter on their MC in order to facilitate that. This is because in that area people are more likely to view you as an expert in your field, to reward your talents, to promote you, and you reach positions that may have eluded you in other countries. Your jupiter of course, needs to be in good condition natally for that to happen, putting a weak, inauspicious planet on an angle can do more harm than good, even a naturally benefic one like jupiter. In astrocartography, venus would be on her ascendant in Toronto and the Sun on her MC in England, which is partly why she found fame, success, wealth and power in those places as compared to California initially. In absence of the natal promise to move out of the country, other 12th house domains would manifest instead if one has eclipses involving the 12th house. She felt that this was a life changing day for her, and I think it activated the eclipse that occurred Aug 1st 2008 just a few degrees from her sun, as she found out she got the role the same month 2 years later. Looking at the dasha sequence for 2010-2011, it was in rahu-venus. In the dashamsha, venus and rahu are connected in two ways, one being that venus is in rahu’s nakshatra shatibishak and the other being that rahu is in taurus, making its dispositor venus. Venus is in a vipareeta raja yoga from the lagna, being the 8th house ruler in the 12th house which can give wealth and victory in a foreign country after an initial adverse situation, which was her starting her role in Suits at 29 after auditioning for roles in her 20s with little success. Rahu is exalted in taurus, making it easier to achieve fame. Venus in aquarius and rahu in taurus are in 4-10 relationship, which allows them to work with each other easily. From dasha lagna, venus is in the 10th house. Venus is in the 12th house from lagna, the only planet that flourishes in the 12th house, this is also symbolic of the natal promise that her career success would be found abroad. In the dashamsha overall, there are 4 planets in their own signs or exalted, mercury in gemini, mars and ketu in scorpio and rahu in taurus which is auspicious for a successful career. Yet, rahu in her chart, only gave her a moderate degree of fame. She was not a main character in Suits, and from the show she was reportedly earning just shy of a half million dollars a year, though she had signed a deal with reitmans, a women’s fashion chain which was worth about $80 000. Her net worth prior to meeting Harry was said to be around $ 2 to 5 million. She lived life in Toronto as normal, going out without worry of being hassled by the paparazzi, doing charitable work at home and abroad. Meghan started The Tig in Spring of 2014 and continued until April 2017. The Tig was similar to Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop, in that it was a lifestyle blog that had interviews with celebrities, called the Tig Talk, and popular articles on food, wellness, travel, fashion & beauty. She called it her 'hub for the discerning palette', named after her favourite wine. It too was moderately successful, but did not turn her into an A-list celebrity.
Things would take a dramatic turn once she entered Jupiter’s mahadasha. The 16 year mahadasha of jupiter will last until August 2031. Jupiter would make her one of the most famous women in the world. She made history by being the first non-white person to enter the royal family. Being 36, coming from a biracial middle class american background, previously married, created a lot of interest around her, as people saw it as a fairy tale, accessible to a much more diverse population and modernizing the royal family. Jupiter is the ruler of the 1st and 10th houses in the dashamsha and placed in the 7th house, creating a raja yoga between the 1st and 7th houses. Its opposition aspect onto the lagna by about 4 degrees creates a lot of protection and blessings in career. Overall jupiter is placed in its own sign or exalted in 5 of the 16 divisional charts which adds to its strength. Jupiter from the 7th house places a trine on the 3rd house of music, acting and theatre, which explains her attraction towards the dramatic arts.
Mercury is Meghan’s money maker, and we know this as she got the multi million dollar Netflix and Spotify deals in jupiter-mercury. Jupiter and mercury are in a good 4-10 relationship in the dashamsha, and mercury is the dispositor of Jupiter. From chandra lagna, there is an extremely strong dhana yoga with the 2nd house ruler mercury being placed in the 11th house and in its own sign gemini. Mercury is the 11th house ruler in the 11th house which is great for wish fulfillment and is an indicator the person will get their major dreams in life fulfilled. The 11th symbolizes friendship so this also indicates the individual will have powerful friends in high places, and even when Meghan was a television actress, she was able to create and retain friendships with several people in Toronto’s elite. Now, she counts A list celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, the Obamas and the Clooneys as her friends. The 11th house domain includes humanitarian efforts. She stated in a 2015 article: "My parents came from little so they made a choice to give a lot: buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to people in hospices, giving spare change to those asking for it. It's what I grew up seeing, so it's what I grew up being: a young adult with a social consciousness to do what I could and speak up when I knew something was wrong."
Mars as ruler of the 9th house glances at mercury by its special forward 8th aspect, and saturn as ruler of the 7th house glances at mercury by its special backward square. Mercury is in jupiter’s nakshatra punarvasu and jupiter rules the 5th and 8th houses. Mercury under the influence of jupiter and mars links the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th houses, all houses involved in creating dhana yogas. Saturn’s involvement with mercury as 7th lord suggests that the spouse is directly involved in wealth creation. The nature of mercury gives insight into what will bring her the money, namely her power of oral and written communication, as she seeks to get her messages across on audio through Spotify and create scripted and unscripted shows to highlight voices that she feels needs to be heard. For example, her netflix series Pearl highlights influential women throughout history by following the adventures of a 12 year old girl. Meghan is known for her charitable efforts focused on improving the quality of life for women and girls, and it is not surprising she wants to directly appeal to young girls with this animated series. She already wrote Together, a Community Cookbook and The Bench for Father’s day based on her observations between her husband and son, and I believe she will write more books, including an autobiography at some point. Meghan and Harry will inevitably command large sums of money to have them as guest speakers at various venues across the world. When she set up an Instagram page for her work with Harry, sussexroyal, it became the fastest account in history to reach a million subscribers, 5 hours and 45 minutes according to the Guinness world records. The September issue of British Vogue, of which she was a guest editor, was the fastest selling issue they ever had. In this magazine, she decided to highlight the work of 15 inspirational women around the world. She has been on several most influential lists since 2018, the latest being September 2021 when she and Harry made the cover of Time Magazine’s 100 most Influential People.
Why did her luck change so much when she got into jupiter mahadasa? There are several reasons. Jupiter is vargottama in the rasi and dashamsha charts, where it gains strength and auspiciousness by being in virgo, and particularly in the nakshatra hasta. Hasta has to with special talents of the hands. In a 2015 article she writes, "'What are you?' A question I get asked every week of my life, often every day. 'Well,' I say, as I begin the verbal dance I know all too well. 'I'm an actress, a writer, the Editor-in-Chief of my lifestyle brand The Tig, a pretty good cook and a firm believer in handwritten notes." A mouthful, yes, but one that I feel paints a pretty solid picture of who I am." During her time with the royal family, she released a cooking book, with the women of the Grenfell tower fire, called Together, Our Community Cookbook composed of over 50 recipes to showcase the diverse cultures they come from, this became an international bestseller. The women used London's Hubb Community Kitchen after they could no longer use their own kitchens. The proceeds went directly to support the efforts of the community kitchen. She has excellent handwriting and did freelance calligraphy before getting her role on Suits.
Jupiter in rasi is in virgo, and in ashtakavarga, this house gets a score of 31, anything above 29 is very strong. In the navamsha, jupiter is in the 10th house which makes it a career focused period. The 1st house ruler moon in the 10th is a raja yoga combination for fame. Jupiter in aries participates in a parivartana yoga with mars in pisces, allowing both jupiter and mars to function as if they were in their own signs. Jupiter as ruler of the 9th and mars as ruler of the 10th combining is also the most powerful raja yoga for success, wealth and honour. Jupiter’s conjunction with saturn as 7th lord combines the 7th and 9th houses which is a raja yoga for a prosperous partner and good luck with foreign travel and in obtaining higher knowledge and justice. In this chart jupiter and mercury are in a 1-7 relationship which is good for the harmony of the relationship with Harry and enables her to have success in court, as the 7th is the house of open enemies and lawsuits. It also allows her to develop powerful relationships with people in power, opening up all sorts of lucrative business deals, as business partnerships are governed by the 7th house.
Jupiter has significant challenges too, and that is why Meghan has been so ruthlessly attacked by the British press from the time she got engaged to Harry to the present day. The palace staff quickly turned against her and worked hand in glove with the press to leak stories. Meghan and Harry also found a lack of support from Harry’s family for the trouble they faced, and this is what led to them leaving the palace. Though she lives in America, left the royal family and no longer are financially supported by the taxpayers, the British press continue to write negative stories about her daily, recycling old headlines often.
Jupiter is in mercury’s sign virgo, which it considers an enemy in rasi and dashamasha. Quantitative areas for strength include rankings such as shad bala and vimshopaka bala. Her shadbala for jupiter is lowest among all planets at 0.88. In shad bala scores above 1.5 are very good, scores 1-1.5 are good and scores below 1 give the planet weakness. Her vimshopaka for jupiter is also lowest among the planets at 11.6 (out of a possible perfect score of 20, though 18 and above is very rare), which weakens it again. In the dashamsha, jupiter as 10th lord is conjunct sun as 6th lord and saturn as 11th and 12th lord, two natural malefics (though the sun is only mildly so) which rule dusthana and upachaya houses and it doesn’t receive the aspect of planets ruling auspicious houses, nor any natural benefics. In the rasi, upiter is conjunct saturn which is malefic naturally and malefic as 8th house ruler, and jupiter receives the forward square aspect of mars, which by nature is malefic. Jupiter’s dispositor mercury is conjunct the mildly malefic sun and afflicted by being conjunct rahu and oppose ketu. From lagna and surya lagna, jupiter is the ruler of the 6th house, which can bring legal issues all throughout the dasha, and we have seen how that has happened thus far, with Meghan and Harry suing multiple outlets for invasion of privacy. Fortunately jupiter is strong enough that they will win the vast majority of cases they bring up against defendants or they are defendants in.
Jupiter is the 9th house ruler and the 9th house represents the father, along with the sun and jupiter. Jupiter tightly conjunct saturn as a natural malefic and 8th house ruler, as well as a few of its low scores I mentioned is a reason she and her father are no longer on speaking terms. Things were good between them until the wedding in May 2018, in fact Meghan publicly posted messages of love for Thomas Markle on her social media accounts on special occasions such as father’s day and spoke in interviews about his positive influence on her. However, several misunderstandings happened since the wedding and Meghan stated on Oprah’s interview that she lost her father. In her view, he lies to her, continues to talk to the media in a negative way about her yet expects to be part of her family’s life. The eclipse on her sun that occurred in January 2018 was symbolic of what would happen later that year as the sun represents father. An eclipse to your sun is a life changing year in many ways. In the dwadashamsha, which represents parents, both the sun and jupiter are in the 8th house, which doesn’t bode well for her relationship with her father, and suggests problems could be more apparent in jupiter or the sun’s mahadasa. Jupiter-saturn was the sequence running in May 2018, and they are in a 2-12 relationship which is difficult and can bring grief and isolation. The moon in conjunction with saturn and mars, though in their own and exalted sign capricorn shows the mental pressure Doria is under as Meghan’s mom. The moon is gentle and being conjunct two powerful natural malefics is a lot to handle emotionally.
Meghan Met Harry
Meghan met Harry on July 1st 2016 in London England. Meghan was running Jupiter-jupiter- mercury. She was a month shy of her 35th birthday in August 2016 which illustrates the age of maturity principle as saturn rules her 7th house from lagna, and surya lagna and opposes her 7th house from chandra and dasha lagna. Her lagna and surya lagna are cancer, as her sun is in cancer while her chandra and dasha lagna are virgo because moon conjunct jupiter is in virgo. The moon-saturn conjunction in a 1 degree orb means that the rulers of the 1st and 7th houses are conjunct, moon rules the 1st house and saturn the 7th. This means that there is this unspoken understanding between Meghan and Harry. The ruler of the 1st house is you and the ruler of the 7th house is your partner. Because they are conjunct, Meghan is inclined to be very close to her partner. They will be on the same page with a lot of things. She has a shanka yoga which is the ruler of the 5th and 6th houses from lagna are in a kendra to each other. Mars and Jupiter in this case are in kendra. It means she will be blessed with a wonderful spouse and children and she will become an authority in her field. Harry has a shanka yoga too, as from the lagna, his 5th house ruler sun is conjunct 6th house ruler mercury.
She entered the jupiter mahadasha in August 2015, which illustrates the principle that soon after entering a mahadasha, your life can feel like it is entering a new chapter. While rahu, the mahadasha before it brought fame, jupiter would supercharge it to something she could have never imagined. In Meghan’s rasi, jupiter is in Virgo, which makes mercury the dispositor. She has a cancer lagna. Chandra lagna must be studied for everyone, but it is more important to analyze for cancer lagna as the moon rules cancer. From chandra and dasha lagna, jupiter opposes the 7th house, and rules the 7th house. Therefore, jupiter and mercury are directly connected with each other, and with the 7th house. Mercury is in the 1st house of the chart, and therefore aspects by opposition the 7th house from the lagna. Mercury is the dispositor of saturn, which is the 7th house ruler from the lagna. Looking at the navamsha, from the chandra lagna, jupiter opposes mercury. Dashas must always be studied with transits concurrently to get the full picture and we see on July 1st 2016 that uranus had just entered aries days before. Aries is her 10th bhava of career and status, which was about to forever change. Uranus at 24 aries also made an exact square to her ascendant descendant axis, perhaps symbolizing the unexpected nature of meeting a future husband from a different race, status, culture and country. There were eclipses on March 8th 2016 and September 1st 2016 occurring around 24 degrees aquarius and 15 degrees leo respectively, which makes a 5 degree opposition and 4 degree conjunction to her natal venus at 19 degrees leo. Having your venus eclipsed can, if other factors agree, bring a new romance into your life as venus represents love and romance. It can also bring significant change to the house venus rules and is placed in. In the rasi, jupiter was in leo, trining aries and sagittarius. She has her venus in leo. Saturn was transiting through scorpio, casting a forward sextile onto Meghan’s 7th house and a backward square onto leo, containing venus. So both saturn and jupiter were casting a double transit effect onto Meghan’s venus. The close trine of transiting jupiter to venus, which was about 4 degrees in this case, is an auspicious transit to have when meeting a new lover as it indicates both people tend to give each other a good deal of freedom and independence to be their authentic self, and help each other to grow in a positive direction. There is a love that can be intense but without the jealousy or possessiveness that often accompanies intense love. It is also a transit that indicates that both people will be better off financially and emotionally as a result of being in the relationship.
Neo-vedic astrologers consider the transits of uranus, neptune and pluto, and I do find this to be valid and insightful. On July 1st 2016, transiting pluto was at 22 degrees sagittarius making a trine to her venus by about 3 degrees and transiting neptune was at 17 degrees aquarius making a 2 degree opposition to her venus. The neptune opposing venus transit was quite evident in her life as Meghan has commented that she had little idea of what life would really be like at the palace, she added that growing up in the states, she was not as familiar with the British royal family. Her ideas may have been formed by what she imagined royal life to be, and as she came to find out the reality was nowhere close to what she had envisioned. In particular,she felt constrained by rules and traditions that were outdated. With a stationary uranus, she was born to shakeup the status quo and be a pioneer, blazing her own way. Her ideas and behaviour shocked the palace who could not understand why she wouldn’t conform to their traditions. Stationary uranus questions authority and often finds themselves in an important position of being the first to do something for their age, culture, gender, economic status etc. Neptune can create a beautiful illusion, where everything seems too good to be true. With the hard aspects like opposition, square and conjunction to your personal planets, you realize when the neptune aspect goes out of orb, and the veil lifts, that it was too good to be true. There can be a huge disappointment as you realize the fantasy you created in your imagination is not at all what your life will really be like with this person. To their credit, they survived the neptune transit and carved out a new path for themselves, on terms which they could both be happy. Pluto trine venus is a wonderful transit to have when meeting a new lover as it will have depth and intensity of emotion to the right degree where it is not overwhelming and at the same time it has a transformative and healing effect on both people. It can bring unconscious stale energies that have to be shifted up to conscious awareness so that they can be changed. One way this transit manifested is that not too long after they met, Harry sought psychotherapy on the recommendation of Meghan, who felt he needed it for their relationship to work in the long term. Not wanting to lose Meghan, he started seeing a therapist to discuss his mental health. This story was disclosed on his television series “the me you can’t see” on Apple Tv.
On March 23rd 2016, there was a lunar eclipse at 9 degrees virgo which made a close conjunction to her moon, saturn and jupiter conjunction. This would bring about major changes in several areas of her life concurrently, because saturn and jupiter each rule 2 houses, and the moon rules 1 house and the moon, jupiter and saturn fall into another house, in total 6 houses are impacted, including the ruler of the chart which is the moon. An eclipse to the chart ruler will cause global changes in your life. A new romantic partner entering the life is bolstered by the fact that jupiter rules the 7th house from chandra and dasha lagna and saturn rules the 7th house from lagna and surya lagna.
Meghan had two marriages, the first being to Trevor Engleson on September 10th 2011. She was running rahu-venus-mercury. I’ve noticed many times that rahu-venus or venus-rahu can bring about a marriage or romantic relationship even when not tied to the 7th house. These are always karmic and predestined but the length of the relationship can vary significantly. Rahu, venus and mercury are connected in the navamsha chart, as mercury and venus are in a parivartana yoga, with mercury in libra and venus in virgo. Rahu is conjunct venus in this chart. Normally fallen venus would be weak, especially because it is just 2 degrees from its deepest debilitation at 27 virgo but in Meghan’s case it is an example of neecha bhanga raja yoga. Mercury reverses venus’ debilitation by first being in parivartana yoga and second being in a kendra from the lagna, as the debilitation lord. Jupiter as the exaltation ruler, ruler of the sign where venus is exalted, helps venus by being conjunct the moon. On Sept 10th 2011, jupiter was in aries and saturn was in virgo. Therefore jupiter aspects aries, leo and sagittarius and saturn aspects virgo, pisces, scorpio and gemini. Jupiter was aspecting venus in the rasi and saturn was aspecting the 1st-7th axis from chandra lagna and dasha lagna. At that time the lagna, surya and dasha lagna were all the same, cancer, as she has rahu and sun in cancer.
The second marriage to Prince Harry happened on May 19th 2018. She was running jupiter-saturn-mercury. In the rasi, there is a conjunction of moon, jupiter and saturn in virgo. This means that jupiter-saturn and mercury are connected as mercury is the dispositor of jupiter and saturn. Saturn rules the 7th house from the lagna, and saturn’s dispositor is mercury. From dasha lagna and chandra lagna, jupiter and saturn make an opposition to the 7th house. In the navamsha, jupiter is conjunct aturn in aries and opposes mercury in libra. Note that Sasturn is at its exact point of debilitation in the navamsha at 20 degrees aries. Unlike mercury however, saturn does not have any factors giving it neecha bhanga raja yoga. saturn rules the 7th house in the navamsha and I think it manifests in the way that Meghan has been villainized unfairly by the British press by virtue of being Harry’s wife. Though she has gained in many ways through Harry, a debilitated planet at its deepest degree of fall can be extremely difficult psychologically, and as she admitted in her Oprah interview, she at one point thought about committing suicide. She felt she was being attacked just for breathing, and she was confined to her house on the direction from palace staff. Jupiter-saturn lasted from late September 2017 to early April 2020, and that was when the press was at its worst. This encompassed the period in which they announced their engagement in November 2017 and then announced that they would stop royal duties as of March 31st 2020. This was the end of their term as British royals as the conditions at the palace and from the press made it impossible to continue working and living there. They felt they were just surviving and not thriving. Conditions once Meghan moved into jupiter- mercury improved dramatically as mercury is in an excellent position in her charts. Saturn definitely has other areas of strength in the navamsha as it participates in a few raja yogas by being in conjunction with the moon and jupiter, as well as several other yogas in this chart in general, particularly where joint finances are concerned, as saturn rules the 8th house. Jupiter is the karaka for husband in women’s charts, so its conjunction with saturn would suggest that there are more than average difficulties as a result of being with a partner. Jupiter is fortified and auspicious overall in her chart, reflecting her ability to attract a high quality husband.
Harry was running rahu-mercury-mars when he met Meghan on July 1st 2016 for their first date. In the rasi, mercury is the 7th house ruler from the lagna, and mars is in the nakshatra of mercury which is jyeshtha. From dasha lagna, rahu is opposite mars, and mars remains to be in mercury’s nakshatra, so they are connected both in the lagna and dasha lagna to the 1st-7th house axis and to each other.
Venus represents the wife in men’s charts and we see Harry has venus at 24 degrees virgo, just 3 degrees away from its lowest debilitation point at 27 virgo. It does receive neecha bhanga raja yoga because its exaltation lord jupiter is in the ascendant. However, with just one reversal it doesn’t help the condition of venus as much and it is inevitable the wife will suffer in some way as a result of marrying Harry, and this is true psychologically in this case. Further, from chandra lagna, Saturn is in the 7th house which often creates a heavy sense of duty, responsibility and challenges in the marriage or as a result of the marriage. Fortunately venus does participate in some beneficial yogas which improve its condition, particularly in a financial sense. For example, having the 2nd and 11th house rulers connected is a dhana yoga, a yoga that promises an abundance of material wealth, usually that one creates themselves. Saturn the 2nd house ruler from the ascendant is in libra which is the 11th house, making venus the dispositor of saturn, and creating a link between the 2nd and 11th houses. Venus involved suggests that the wife is partly the reason for the wealth, and Harry only started getting major deals from Netflix and other lucrative opportunities after his marriage.
In the navamsha, Saturn is again in the 7th house from the lagna reinforcing the chandra lagna saturn in the 7th house. From chandra and surya lagna in the navamsha, (they are the same because sun and moon are conjunct in this chart), the 7th house ruler is mercury. Mercury opposes mars. Jupiter is in the 7th house from chandra lagna, and rahu is in the nakshatra of jupiter, therefore rahu-mercury and mars are connected to the 7th house and to each other in the navamsha. From the lagna, jupiter is the 7th house lord and all the other connections remain the same. Mars is just 1 degree past its extreme point of exaltation in the navamsha. Mars relates to fighting, the military, sports and athletics which is reflective of Harry’s highly successful career in the military which he took great pride in, and his strong interest in athletics via his involvement in the Invictus games.
On his wedding day, May 19th 2018, Harry was running rahu-ketu-jupiter. Rahu and ketu are along the 6th-12th axis in the birthchart and jupiter is in the nakshatra of ketu. Jupiter makes an opposition aspect onto the 7th house from the lagna. In the navamsha, jupiter is in the 7th house from chandra lagna and rahu is in the nakshatra of jupiter. Rahu and ketu are always opposite each other. From the lagna jupiter rules the 7th house. Therefore rahu, jupiter and ketu are connected in the rasi and navamsha.
Career and Finances
In September 2020, Meghan and Harry signed a multiyear deal with Netflix and Spotify that are worth millions of dollars. Meghan was running jupiter-mercury and Harry was running rahu-venus. Their production company Archewell productions will create docuseries, children’s programming, films and television series. They stated, “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.” This marks a significant elevation in status for both of them, as prior to her role as a royal, Meghan was said to be earning around $450 000 per year and Harry was dependent upon his family for financial support. He had never before had to earn a salary. During their time as royals, they received a stipend but were not free to pursue business deals and had to function within the restrictions of the monarchy.
From the time she was teenager, Meghan was a struggling actress in California and had several small acting jobs, as well as took side jobs in calligraphy, waitressing and teaching book binding to make ends meet. In her rasi from the chandra lagna, the 2nd house ruler venus is in the 12th house, which creates difficulties with both self-worth and earning money. This was before the navamsa got activated, because the navamsa activated prosperity for her. An article she wrote in 2016 explains how she went from audition to audition in a beat up old car, which she couldn’t enter from the front but had to enter from the back, and did not have money to fix. She felt the daily process was 'soul sucking', she reported that she ate her feelings with cheap food and drink. She did not feel good enough as the industry was constantly judging her by impossible standards that seemed ever changing. One day, she described a meeting with a casting director named April Webster that was eye opening. Meghan writes of her, “I had never met her before, and at my very first audition for her, she stopped me mid-scene and said so simply, “You need to know that you’re enough.” I was breathless. No one had ever seen it, or perhaps no one had ever called me out, but there in that small box of a room in Burbank, this woman I had never met saw me. My gut reaction was to smile. To smile hard. Maybe that would keep the tears tucked behind my draping eyes. It wouldn’t have mattered if I cried, because she saw me. She saw all that self-doubt beaming through the self-tanner and excessive blush. “You need to know that you’re enough,” she said. “Less makeup, more Meghan.” She went on to say that I was like a “shrinking violet,” wilted joy and energy and exuberance behind this shroud of insecurity. You couldn’t pay for a therapy session this good. And that moment, for me, was a wake-up call." Meghan explained that Suits changed her life: through the show she learned that she is enough.
Meghan has the 10th house ruler in the 12th and sometimes this can cause one to have multiple jobs, experience setbacks in the jobs you have, have trouble earning money in one’s career, or it can delay career success, given the 12th is a dusthana house. However, the 12th house represents foreign settlements. On the positive side, having the 10th house ruler in the 12th can give success with foreign cultures, people or countries. Indeed, Meghan found steady work on a successful TV show when she moved to Toronto. She became one of the most famous women in the world in England when she married into the Royal family. Her 10th house ruler mars is in the nakshatra ardra, meaning a tear drop, and this can bring very heavy emotions to the fore in one’s career and public standing. She made headlines when she was in Africa for highlighting the importance of mental health when she told Tom Bradby, that no one had asked her if she was okay, suggesting that she wasn’t. On her highly publicized interview with Oprah she went into detail about her mental health struggles, how she asked for help from the palace and they denied it, and as a result of the intense bullying from the palace and the British press, she was close to committing suicide. On several podcasts since leaving the Royal family, and fitting for a 10th house ruler in ardra nakshatra in the 12th house, she has made clear that she wants to highlight the voices of those who have been oppressed, which is typical of compassionate ardra, and the 12th house which represents people who have had their voices silenced or who are in forced isolation. Ardra gives a very bright intellect. 10th house ruler mars is in gemini, which is a factor in her thought provoking communications.
Out of bounds planets are those that have reached beyond declination 23 degrees 27 minutes. They cause the planet to behave in an extreme way, or a way that does not conform to society’s standards, whether for good or for ill. They often think outside the box and are very innovative. Her Mars is out of bounds which is a warrior at heart and is someone who can be a compelling advocate. Prince Charles nicknamed her 'tungsten' which according to the newspapers, is in recognition of her being unbending in the face of adversity. Because the tabloids were publishing stories that were defamatory, she took the stance of suing them, and she won in the end as the court ruled the tabloids had no right to publish her private letters to her father. She did this with a 1 year old son and through her second pregnancy. Most women would not have the strength to do this as a new mother. Through her own suffering she became a wounded healer.
She talks about the importance of mental health, expressing your emotions and supporting other people to do so as well. From chandra lagna, it is the same as mars would be in the 10th house, only this time it rules the 3rd and 8th houses. The only aspect she receives on her 10th house ruler is saturn’s backward square, the aspect is mutual between mars and saturn, as mars aspects saturn by its forward square which I believe manifests in her strong work ethic. She wrote of her humanitarian efforts, "I've never wanted to be a lady who lunches; I've always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul. The degree to which I can do that both on and off camera is a direct perk of my job." Though she had her son in spring 2019, she managed to work with Harry on a plan that would garner them a multimillion dollar deal a year and a half later. Saturn may have delayed her career success but with saturn when you lay a solid foundation, you get rewarded with solid results. On the flip side, saturn being the only aspect on her 10th house ruler, and from the chandra lagna, mars as 8th house ruler in the 10th, may have been reasons in her being vilified by the British press and her own birth family, both of whom were frequently posting untrue allegations about her. The 8th house being dusthana can bring humiliation, scandal, fall from grace and loss. Fortunately now that she is in America, the press coverage she receives is fairer in comparison. Her 10th house from the lagna does not receive any aspects and her 10th house from chandra lagna only receives the aspect of saturn. From the lagna, her MC is in pisces in revati nakshatra, and the symbol for revati is “the wealthiest one”. According to Joni Patry in her book how to make money using astrology, the four nakshatras traditionally linked to wealth are purva phalguni, dhanishtha, uttara bhadrapada and revati. Additionally she finds jyeshtha, vishakha and swati to be prominent in billionaire’s charts. Revati is a prosperous nakshatra, as you recall the shakti is the power of nourishment. Regardless of all the enemies and setbacks, Meghan has been protected and has had a practice of nourishing her dreams to manifest abundance in her career.
In the dashamsha, the bhukti mercury is powerful. Mercury is instrumental for Meghan’s career success. If we look at age of maturity, it was only after completing 31 years and turning 32, mercury’s mature age, that Meghan started to have a stable career in acting and not have to worry about money. Additionally for people with a moon-saturn conjunction, which is termed a vish yoga, they tend to find overall success after age 31-32. Meghan has a tight orb of 1 degree for this conjunction, meaning it is very much on display in her life. We observe she has the moon saturn conjunction in 7/16 of the divisional charts so it is a powerful signature in her personality.
Vish yoga is said to be a poison combination that may hurt the mother. Doria has shown a lot of grace under pressure and generally has received good press coverage but undoubtedly the stress of watching her daughter go through intense public scrutiny and, as well as have a huge degree of intrusion into her private life, can be difficult. Typically, saturn with the moon gives a tendency for worry, isolation, being misunderstood, and depression but because jupiter is aspecting it that is mitigating it. So fortunately for Meghan, the trouble with vish yoga is to a good degree overridden with jupiter. It is not to say it completely gets rid of the effects of saturn moon, which she is still prone to feel, but it does help her to find her faith and hope for a better future. It started off as a fairy tale but turned into a nightmare shortly after the wedding. There were even issues between Meghan and Harry’s family, as Meghan explained in the Oprah interview she did not feel his family understood the racial undertones of press stories about her, nor did they provide support for the same, and there were conversations about Archie’s skin colour. Meghan believes he was denied a title and the associated security that comes with it. After intense psychological turmoil for 3 years, the fairy tale seemed to be coming back but as Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand note in their book Finding Freedom, “what started off as a fairy tale romance became a story that reinvented the genre—a self-made independent woman playing an equal role alongside her knight”. “Greater than any fairy tale you’ve ever read”, Meghan told Oprah of her experience of royal life. “I think Harry saved all of us. He ultimately called it. He made a decision that saved my life and saved all of us. But you need to want to be saved.” I believe that you don’t get to be born in sade sati unless you are an old soul who can thrive under immense pressure. Sade sati is the irritant that produces the pearl and Meghan was born with that. Harry also has saturn opposite the moon in rasi and saturn aspecting by its backward square on the moon in navamsa. So they both will feel the effects of saturn on the moon quite intensely but this means they are in a better position to understand what the other is going through.
Mercury is in bhadra yoga as it is in kendra from both the lagna and surya lagna and is in its own sign gemini. This allows mercury’s highest potential to shine through, as one is recognized for their intelligence. Mercury is 29 degrees, which some say makes it lose power, a term called sandhi, though I don’t agree with this. I have observed planets at 29 degrees usually are overdeveloped in the graha’s characteristics and express them quite intensely. This is true for Meghan as she is an articulate speaker and she has high intelligence and perceptiveness. True to the nature of mercury she is quick to learn and eager to use her voice to empower causes she believes in. In the navamsha, mercury is placed in swati, a nakshatra often found in billionaires charts. In the dashamsha, bhukti lord mercury is connected to jupiter as mercury is in the nakshatra of jupiter. Jupiter also rules the 1st house of the dashamsha, and when you run planets connected to the 1st house of a divisional chart, and/or the bhukti is connected to the mahadasha lord, there are significant events happening to that area of life. In this case huge leaps in financial and career status. Looking at the nakshatras mentioned that are connected with wealth, there are four of them in this chart. The ascendant is uttara bhadrapada, the moon is purva phalguni, and mars and ketu are jyeshtha.
In Meghan’s rasi chart, from the lagna, the combination of moon, jupiter and saturn connects the 1st, 7th and 9th house rulers. Mars casts its forward square glance onto this conjunction which adds the involvement of the 5th house and creates several dhana yogas. The 2nd house ruler sun is in the 1st house and the 11th house ruler venus is in the 2nd house. Venus as 11th ruler is in purva phalguni, a nakshatra of wealth. In the navamsha, there are several dhana yogas as well. The sun as 2nd house ruler is in venus’ nakshatra, venus rules the 11th house creating the link between the 2nd and 11th houses. Venus is in the nakshatra of mars and also opposes mars and mars is placed in the 9th house. Mars and ketu are in uttara bhadrapada, a nakshatra associated with wealth. Venus rules the 11th house and mars rules the 5th house, the fact that mars is in the 9th house links the 5th, 9th and 11th houses. The fact that the sun as 2nd house ruler is in venus’ nakshatra links the 2nd house with the 5th, 9th and 11th houses. Finally, the fact that the moon is in aries, and the moon is the 1st house ruler, making mars the dispositor of the moon, links the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 9th, and 11th lords, all possible lords contributing to dhana yogas. Meghan and Harry will receive a significant inheritance from the royal family at some point and that can be seen by the involvement of saturn as the 8th house ruler in this mix, as saturn is in the nakshatra of venus and it is also conjunct the moon, mars is saturn’s dispositor and mars is in the nakshatra of saturn.
The saptamsha chart is the divisional chart of the 5th house, that of children. When a child is born, there should be indications in the rasi or navamsha and saptamsha charts, and usually connected to the 5th house.
Meghan and Harry’s first child Archie was born on May 6th 2019 when Meghan was running jupiter-saturn-moon. Jupiter-saturn-moon are conjunct in both the rasi and navamsha, and when you see a stellium of planets connected in a house, in both the rasi and navamsha you know that when you run the dasha of those planets in any sequence, it will be important for your life overall. This stellium is connected in the 5th house to the rasi, as saturn rules the 5th house from chandra and dasha lagna. In the navamsha chart, mars as 5th house ruler from the lagna, chandra lagna and dasha lagna is in the nakshatra of saturn, connecting the stellium to the 5th house. In the saptamsha chart, these planets are again connected to the 5th house and to each other. Meghan’s first child was born when she was 37 years old, and her second child at age 39. Saturn strongly associated with the 5th house, even with other benefic influences on the 5th house, can often delay having your children to a later age or cause issues with childbirth, such as miscarriage. Both are true for Meghan who wrote an article for the New York times in November 2020, ''The losses We Share', describing the pain of her miscarriage earlier that year. She stated, I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second. She added that she watched "my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine".
In the saptamsha, saturn is in the 5th house from lagna, and conjunct both the sun and moon. In the rasi, saturn glances at mars, ruler of the 5th house from lagna by backward square. From chandra and dasha lagna in the rasi, saturn conjuncts jupiter which is the karaka, known as a significator for children. Saturn also conjuncts jupiter in the rasi.
Important to note, a woman can have an early or regular age child birth but saturn associated with her 5th house can manifest in other ways, for example having a child with special needs, encountering more than average challenges in the relationship with their child, or experiencing emotional pain as a result of the child. The child to her may be seen as more of a duty and responsibility limiting her freedom or she may resent the sacrifices she made in order to raise them. Or the child could be strongly saturnine in nature. This is more likely to occur if the 5th house is connected with the dusthana houses 6, 8 or 12 and associated with natural malefics.
Looking at Harry’s chart for June 4th 2021, when Lilibet was born, we see he was running rahu-venus-mercury. In the saptamsha chart, venus is in the 5th house from the lagna, venus is the dispositor of mercury in libra and rahu aspects venus. Given that the moon is in libra, mercury would be in the 1st house. Sometimes events related to a divisional chart manifest when you run a dasha that is the planet in the first house of that chart. In the birth chart, rahu casts a trinal aspect onto venus in virgo, meaning that mercury is the dispositor of venus. Rahu and venus are 5 houses away from each other, which can symbolize the nature of the dasha and bhukti combination relates to 5th house matters. From the chandra lagna mercury sits in the 5th house.
For May 6th 2019 when Archie was born, Harry ran rahu-venus- sun. In the saptamsha, venus and the sun are opposing each other and from the lagna, venus sits in the 5th house. From chandra lagna, the sun sits in the 5th house. In the rasi chart, rahu and venus are connected by the trine, being 5 houses away, and rahu is in the sun’s nakshatra. The sun rules the 5th house and is placed in the 5th house from the lagna. In the navamsha, rahu opposes venus and the sun is in the nakshatra of venus.