NEPTUNE/MOON SYNASTRY BETWEEN QUEEN ELIZABETH & PRINCE PHILIP
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Netflix has brought the royal family into focus again, for many astrologers. One of the most wonderful pieces of synastry I have ever seen – and I think this is highlighted through The Crown – is the matching Moon/Neptune conjunctions Prince Philip and the Queen have. As you can see they have different birth years so it is not because their ages are similar that this synastric similarity is so noticeable. In fact, the statistics of someone born with the same Moon as you is of course one in twelve. I do not focus on tight orbs with the Moon in synastry because over time the connection is felt anyway; close orbs just make the connection more obvious from the beginning. I also think it is worth considering that the number of choices of eligible partners is not high for prominent members of the royal family; and given the time Elizabeth and Philip met there were even less opportunities to meet eligible partners.
I expect Prince Philip’s Moon conjunct Neptune in Leo would have been immediately felt, firstly, because of their limited choices; psychic attunements would make either party more sensitive to psychic similarities and secondly because each of the couple’s House placements would deeply colour their concept of what is required of them and what they would expect in a good partner.
Queen Elizabeth has Moon conjunct Neptune in Leo in the 7th House. When I saw the Netflix portrayal of her coronation I realized what a sacrifice she was naturally equipped to make. She would sacrifice her needs and she would need a partner who understood this sacrifice. He in turn would sacrifice his own needs and would fulfil her needs. Prince Philip has Moon conjunct Neptune in Leo in 12th House. He too is primed to sacrifice his needs and being in the 12th House intuitively knows no-one is going to come along and fulfil them for him.
Of course I am simplifying Moon to ‘needs’. Moon nature is that part of us which is like body consciousness and the body’s comfort zone. It includes the way we treat our bodies and our safety, joy and comfort. A dominant focus on your Moon nature portrays someone who does not break out of old patterns for fear of being uncomfortable. The Queen has all she could ever desire materially and she is supported by tradition and routines that are created for her. If she had to create her own routines she would sense something was missing in her life and (probably unconsciously) greatly miss her sacrificial Moon or feel very reliant on her partner to fulfil this more basic function. But she has courtiers and money and so it is like a peacock’s tail; glorious and unnecessary for survival – except in the peacock world you need a flash tail. Like in the royal world – you need to put aside your own preferences.
Now Prince Philip had a hard life and learnt to put away preferences for the higher good – such as mind over matter and also in favour of the Queen’s position. He had to follow suit.
Clearly we know their needs are met; their physical needs at least. But their emotional needs, sacrificed for the higher cause of the monarchy can only find expression through the higher cause of the monarchy; a higher cause which considers more than their own welfare and touches on the ideal spiritual realms of us all - in their view. They need to feel this is the case.
In a way our Queen has to live like a Dalai Lama. She has to be above our ordinary world and she has been handed a tradition that says, ‘you are born to put aside your earthly life for one that represents the greater good of your people.’ (Incidentally, the Dalai Lama also has Neptune conjunct Moon in 3rd House in Virgo. At least his own needs for communication are possible but he needed to sacrifice his communication with his local people.)
Not all the ruling monarchs over the world have this astrological complex so I am not suggesting it is a sign of anything other than the significant synastry that underlies the personal relationship between Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth. And it shows us that couples with Moon/Neptune get each other's inner stories of sacrifice. So when looking at synastry, look at what kind of Moon they have; its House and aspects; do they get each other’s inner story? And look at your own Moon. For example, Moon conjunct Jupiter trine Neptune and Moon square Saturn are virtually incompatible people.
MONARCHS & the PREVALENCE of 10th HOUSE PLANETS
We know the birth times of the last 9 monarchs of England. 8 of them had a Planet in their 10th House or conjunct their MC from the 9th. 4 of these 8 had Jupiter in this position, at the top of their horoscope. The one that had no Planets in the 9th or 10th House was the abdicated King Edward VIII.
These are the last 9 monarchs:
GEORGE III 1760 – 1820
GEORGE IV 1820 – 1830
WILLIAM IV 1830 – 1837
VICTORIA 1837 – 1901
EDWARD VII 1901 – 1910
GEORGE V 1910 – 1936
EDWARD VIII June 1936 – abdicated December 1936
GEORGE VI 1936 – 1952
ELIZABETH II 1952 –
George III Has Mars conjunct MC and Jupiter in 10th House. George III had 15 children. His eldest son George IV had Pluto in his 10th House. (George IV and William IV were brothers.) George IV had no legitimate heirs and George IV next youngest brother, Frederick, had died 3 years earlier and had no heirs either. William IV was the next in line.
William IV has Saturn in his 10th House and Uranus conjunct MC (9th). He also has Jupiter just above his Ascendant. William IV’s children did not survive past a year. The next in line was Victoria, daughter of George III’s 4th son.
Queen Victoria has Jupiter firmly in the 10th House. She had 9 children and only one becomes King.
Edward VII was crowned because his sister died. His elder sister, Victoria the Princess Royal died aged 60 years and so the crown went to her brother. Victoria the Princess Royal had Venus conjunct the MC and Saturn deeper in the 9th House. She became Empress of Germany through marriage and I feel that the Venus conjunct MC and Saturn in the house of foreign matters did not go amiss. Of Queen Victoria’s other children Princess Alice had North Node in 10th House. Alfred Ernest Albert had nothing; Helena Augusta Victoria had nothing; Louise Caroline Alberta had nothing; Arthur William Patrick Albert had nothing; Leopold George Duncan Albert had Uranus conjunct MC and Saturn in 10th but died at 30 years old – his own Uranus and Saturn never having a chance to shine except through his misfortune (he was a haemophiliac); Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, the youngest child of Victoria and Albert also had Uranus conjunct MC and Venus in 10th House. Beatrice was kept close to her mother at Queen Victoria’s insistence that her younger daughter lived with her and was her unofficial royal secretary. So Beatrice’s Uranus and Venus found their way into the limelight.
Edward VII was crowned after Queen Victoria and is the only one of the 9 monarchs above who has the Sun is his 10th House; yet he has Saturn and Jupiter straddling his Ascendant.
George V was born before his father ascended to the throne and George V has Jupiter conjunct his MC 9th House side.
Let us look at the 10th House of the sons of George V: Henry, duke of Gloucester had nothing in his 10th House; George, Duke of Kent had nothing; Prince John had Saturn conjunct MC (9th House) but died at 14 years old; Mary, Princess of England had Mars in 10th and married Viscount Lascelles. George V’s eldest son is the monarch who abdicated and had nothing in 10th (or 9th) House. However, the 2nd son, the one who became King George VI, had Jupiter conjunct MC (9th) – just like his father King George V.
Queen Elizabeth II has Saturn conjunct MC (9th). Her son Prince Charles has Moon and North Node in 10th and her grandson, Prince William has Jupiter conjunct MC (9th).
The Queen’s other children – Princess Anne has Sun and Pluto in 10th and Venus conjunct MC (9th). Prince Andrew and Prince Edward have nothing in 10th or 9th Houses.
Princess Anne’s children both have 10th House Planets. (Peter has Sun and Uranus and Zara has Jupiter and Saturn).
My conclusion is that 10th House Planets or a 9th House Planet conjuncting MC does not presuppose one to be King or Queen; but without a 10th House Planet monarchy just does not fit. So there is a predominance of those in line for the throne to have a 10th House Planet just in case the crown lands on them.
The following monarchs’ 10th House is included for interest; though I think that what the monarchy needed to stand for changed over time and another look at all their horoscopes for other patterns as well as 10th House Planets would make a better project.
James II has Pluto in 10th House.
Charles II has Sun, Mercury, North Node
Charles I had nothing
James I had Venus, Sun, Neptune
Mary Queen of Scots had Mercury and Moon
Queen Elizabeth I had nothing (Scorpio MC)
Mary I had nothing (Scorpio MC)
Edward VI had North Node
Henry VIII had Venus (MC) and Jupiter
Henry VII had North Node and Neptune
Richard III had Neptune
Edward V had Saturn
Edward IV had Moon
Henry VI had Uranus
Henry V had Venus, Uranus, Sun and Mercury
Richard II had Venus conjunct MC and Mercury
Edward III had nothing
Edward II had nothing
Edward I had Moon
John I had North Node
Richard I had nothing
Henry II had nothing
William Rufus had Jupiter
William Conqueror had Pluto conjunct MC
These Kings and Queens (the ones not mentioned could not be found) show that although there is a propensity towards Planets in 10th House – only 7 out of 24 did not have anything in 10th House; conversely, 17 out of 24 did have a 10th House Planet. If you include the first 11 above where only 1 had nothing the figures are: out of 35 monarchs 27 had a 10th House Planet. Of course I cannot propose anything with this small study but I think there is enough there to start a bigger search, another day.
Most researchers have considered the Star of Bethlehem as the indicator of Jesus’ birth. Such “stars” included the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction – a conjunction that was and is astrologically renowned for changes in political structures, and on a personal level, it is renowned for teaching and wisdom.
Another contender for the Star of Bethlehem was the Jupiter/Venus conjunction in 2 BC. These 2 planets were so close they would have shone as one.
Both the above examples are the unification of 2 planets and would also have been recognized as 2 planets, as they came together and separated. They would have undoubtedly been taken as signs but there was no need to call them a star.
Supernova and comets are also in the running; though comets were considered evil and supernovae would not come and go over months.
Below are the astronomical/astrological events which would have been seen and considered as signs. Note 8 BC refers to the year -7 and so on.
24th May 8 BC a lunar eclipse at 9am. Normally a very worrying indicator of the loss of life to the ruler but in this case would have been deemed safe as Jupiter was also above the horizon and visible on the western horizon.
27th May 7 BC the 1st time Jupiter and Saturn conjunct in Pisces; a sign of government changes. (Herod murdered 2 of his sons this year on the charge of treason.)
6th October 7 BC the 2nd Jupiter/Saturn conjunction. Now the astrologers of the time know this is one of the Greatest Conjunctions, as Saturn and Jupiter go back and forth to meet each other a predictable three times.
23rd October 7 BC total solar eclipse at 9am. Jupiter (and Saturn) is below the horizon. The New Moon predicts a birth as well. These signs would have been visible for the many kings in the region, so all the governments would have been on tenterhooks. The astrologers in the East would have realized the place to look was in Bethlehem, as this was written in Micah 5:2. The Romans probably did not know of the prophecy as the prophecy was written in the Jewish bible. The Roman King Herod presided over the once independent Jewish state of Judaea so the Jews were cautious of him even though Herod rebuilt their temple.
The bible tells us a few snippets: Jesus was born under the rule of Herod the Great, which ended in 4BC. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Wise men from the east saw a star, which Herod had not seen. This in itself is significant, as Herod would also have astrologers/astronomers in his court, so thinking Herod’s advisers were asleep at dawn seems unlikely. What we do know astronomically is that the triple-conjunction of Saturn/Jupiter would have been a sign of change in the government. Yet it would have been the total eclipse in the midst of these that would have actively threatened Herod; and all the astrologers, from the East to the West of Herod would have known about the eclipse. They would have also seen that the eclipse happened during the day when Jupiter was not in the sky. The usual way of averting destruction to the ruler would be to kill a pseudo king and thereby save the real king. https://theconversation.com/how-eclipses-were-regarded-as-omens-in-the-ancient-world-81248
(When Haley’s Comet appeared for 70 days in 6 BC, Herod could have then decided to kill all the male children under 2 years old – to be on the safe side.)
Maybe the wise men were Jewish, and maybe they were from the Eastern land the Romans had not conquered. If Herod knew Jesus was going to be a messiah Herod would want to kill Jesus and it would be good to go and find Jesus themselves. It is unlikely they would want to go to Herod first but traipsing all over Judaea with camels and gifts could be a call for war. So they would have gone to Herod with peace on their tongues and a play of innocence. The magi said, “Did you see the Star in the East?” They gave Herod the story about the birth of a great rabbi. They didn’t tell Herod their messiah would unite the Jewish nations and overthrow their enemies. They planned to warn Mary and Joseph to leave; but ultimately it took a dream for the new parents to listen to the magi.
Neither could the new parents go all the way back over the land, with the wise men to escape. Egypt was just a boat ride away. Maybe Herod got wind of the full prophecy a few years later, thus killing all boys under 2 in his jurisdiction. By then Jesus was safe in Egypt, as although under Roman rule it wasn’t under Herod’s rule.
So there were clear signs for the magi who were waiting for the prophecy to unfold. The Star of Bethlehem could have been something the magi made up to make Herod think there were things afoot he couldn’t just crush or fight because he needed to know more about them. He would consult his own astrologers who might have dismissed it as rubbish to make them look good. It isn’t clear at all what the Star of Bethlehem was, or who the wise men were. So instead of looking for a star in astronomical records it makes more sense to use astrological knowledge. As an astrologer I would expect certain signs in the birth horoscope of Jesus, based on what we know of him.
Given the signs which prompted the wise men to protect Jesus, there is a window of time in which to look for the real birth date. Within Jesus’s horoscope I will look for obvious character traits such as these:
He sacrificed his life.
He did outrageous things such as ransacking temple.
He spoke out against wrong–doings.
He taught love and compassion.
He recognized the equality of all.
He had profound mystical knowledge.
He had authority in his knowledge, wisdom and self.
He was exceptionally charismatic.
He was passionate.
He was independent and self-motivated.
He was very, very kind.
I then considered what astrological signs I would expect to see in a person of this nature. The top most important sign would be Mars conjunct Neptune in Scorpio in 10th House. This combination would explain charisma, mysticism, spiritual passion, sacrifice and martyrdom. My aim was to find this combination first. I was surprised to find Neptune entered Scorpio in 9BC and although stayed for nearly 15 years, Herod died in 4BC so this combination could only be between 9 – 4 BC and also, only alternate years – as Mars takes 2 years to cycle the horoscope, and only for 2 months within those alternate years.
The other astrological signs would be the Sun unchallenged by anything and Mars aspecting Uranus and Mercury in a non-challenging way. Because although most of us get to deal and work through our challenges, they often come from the hand me down behaviours of our parents. I think Joseph and Mary must have been great parents who allowed Jesus full expression and no hang ups. Jesus had a full solar expression; spontaneous, confident and energized. He couldn’t have any Moon or Saturn squares or he would have doubted himself. With aspects between Mercury and Mars and Uranus he would have the energy to speak up, speak out and the daring nature to say and do surprising things that were part of his integrity; but without anger. The difficult aspects between these planets can cause us to feel guilty and make our anger personal or blow up too much, or act inappropriately to prove a point.
I found all the above indicators were in the sky on Sunday 16th August 7BC at 4pm. Only Mars and Moon were in opposition and this would have added to his passion and determination and Mercury was in opposition to Uranus which can be a sign of genius and brilliance if harnessed. I expect this aspect was harnessed and why indeed Jesus excelled in his knowledge of the Jewish scriptures. (Pluto was also in opposition to Uranus but this was a sign of the times and not a personal challenge.) All the Planets were otherwise unchallenged, on this date.
In fact, I found more than I had hoped for. Sun is in Leo in 8th House, Moon is conjunct North Node in Taurus, Mercury sextile Mars and opposition Uranus, Venus in Libra, Mars conjunct Neptune in 10th, Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Pisces. Mars/Neptune is conjunct South Node, Moon conjunct North Node (without a doubt this native is passionate and charismatic). Mars is trine Uranus and Uranus is sextile Moon; the native would be daring and disruptive in their passion to be understood. And what is more, Moon is exalted in Taurus, Sun rules Leo, Venus rules Libra, Mars rules Scorpio and Jupiter rules Pisces. These Planets would have been ‘strengthened’ in their influence. Overall this native would have the mystical inclination and the inner strength to stand up to be heard, despite opposition. Their passion and charisma would be high and their sense of belonging for their time and benefitting humanity would also be strong with the Moon conjunct North Node. They would have an ability to teach and unite people in compassion.
Another indicator of the correct horoscope is looking at the Passover date when Jesus was 12 and his parents accidentally left him at the synagogue. During his time at the synagogue he impressed the priests with his knowledge. I would expect to see Saturn transiting his Sun or Moon and also a transit of Jupiter close to his own Jupiter Saturn. On 1st April 6 AD Saturn transits Jesus’ Sun, Mars is coming up to Jesus’ Saturn and Moon is on his MC then travels to Mars/Neptune. An ordinary boy may have felt abandoned but Saturn transiting Sun natal would have made Jesus accept the responsibility of himself. Saturn would have made him ‘grow up’ – he would have accepted the burden of his own life in an ultimately mature way. Saturn gives us the sobriety to accept the situation and make the best of it through hard work and commitment. Jesus also had his own 8th House Sun so would have loved being in the synagogue with the priests and the unspoken secrets and rituals.
After looking at the Passover to verify Jesus’ birth I would check this for the death of Jesus. Death charts are rarely spectacular, as, I believe; the native knows they will be dying at least weeks before. If the death is spectacular then Outer Planets are present showing energy is coming into the native’s life, which they will either transform their lives with or not. It is not unusual for the benign Planets to also be present (transiting the native’s birth chart) around the time of death. There are two viable dates for the crucifixion being on a Friday at Passover. 7th April 30 AD and 3rd April 33 AD. Neither of these look significant enough; but then f I am looking for significance would I go back to 27 AD when Saturn and Mars conjunct his Moon/North Node and he had a Mars return, while the previous month Saturn conjunct his IC? These transits could depict the Passion and the intended humiliation but equally this time could have been a time of spurring on in the spiritual discoveries and determination to be heard. I am aware this may be too early but it helped loosen my mind after reading many articles about the last supper that could have been on a Wednesday or a Thursday even. This is the simplest discussion on which day Passover could be in the year Jesus died. https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/friday-crucifixion-faq.htm However I cannot conclude with a crucifixion date though March/April 30 AD brought Uranus transit to square Mars/Neptune and Moon and the subsequent nodes in Jesus’ horoscope. This could certainly have incited him to ransack the temple. Also at this time was a new Moon at 0° Aries (20th March) with Jupiter moving to conjunct natal Saturn/Jupiter inspiring an overstepping of normal restraints. He would have been ultra-confident in himself and his knowledge at this time. If 13th April 30 AD was the date of Jesus’ death then Mercury would be conjunct his North Node and Moon and fit the symbol of his last words being passed down through the future for our benefit. The Sun was on his IC and could fit the symbol of his resurrection. Jupiter return could be symbolic of extending and furthering his teachings. But where is the anger and injustice I feel, we all must feel, at someone – anyone – crucified and killed in this way? 4 years (34 AD) later Uranus conjuncts his Sun at Nissan and Mars opposes his Sun. These energies would have played back and forth the previous month and could also have incited the native to ransack a temple and appear blasphemous to those looking for a wrong doing. And I prefer this date as it is more symbolic of my anger and shock at the way Jesus was treated.
In summary; a birth horoscope can tell us a lot more about a person and their character, passions and potentials whereas a death horoscope cannot tell us about one person’s death. And although this is all conjecture I am sure whomever was born 16th August 7 BC, in Bethlehem and at 4pm would have had these character traits and if they had the karma to come into this existence as a man to teach the world about love and compassion and finding God within themselves, then such a horoscope would certainly give them the freedom of mind to do so, from an early age.