Could the fixed star Algol and the ingress of Uranus into Taurus in May 2018 herald change in the British Royal Family? Once both the “heir and the spare” are married, could the current Queen of England finally be ready to hand over the reins? Looking at the important dates of Royal upheavals, Alex Trenoweth will explore the possibility of the beginning of the era of a new British monarch as Uranus moves into Taurus on 15 May 2018 on the very day the New Moon is conjunct the fixed star Algol.
Copyright: Alex Trenoweth, May 3 2018
One of the biggest scrums for the Royal crown took place on what is now the town of Battle, East Sussex, 8 miles northwest of Hastings.
Central to this scramble for the throne was the death of Edward the Confessor who left no known living heirs. On the king’s death, Harold Godwinson seized the crown. However, with jealous eyes upon him, it was only a matter of time before Harold and his supporters were at war with other contenders, Harold Hadrada and the man who would be the new king, William-the-soon-to-be-Conqueror.
Godwinson died and William conquered as Neptune was at 24 Taurus. This particular degree of Taurus would be very important in the key players and future events regarding the Royal Family. For the moment, look on this event as a major turning point in history: William the Conquerer would go on to change the entire landscape and political climate in England for the next several centuries. In fact, many of his structures are still standing. Check out the Tower of London some time.
Another major turning point in English history was the death of the “dreaded” Richard III the dastardly ward of the Princes of the Tower in the late 15 century. Shakespeare turned Richard III into one of the best villains in the English language. However embellished his badness may be, Richard III really did meet Death on the fields of Bosworth. Thus ending the War of the Roses as well as the Plantagenet family line, Uranus was at 24 Scorpio, opposing the Neptune of Herald Godwinson’s demise.
The end of the Plantagenets was the beginning of the Tudors. And who could be a better Tudor than Elizabeth I (aside from her father Henry VIII)? The “Virgin Queen” died with no heirs when Jupiter was at 22 Scorpio. Welcome to the Stuarts and the Algol connection.
The “fixed” star Algol, currently located at 26°25′ Taurus, is associated with the Gorgon Medusa. In the myth, Medusa was cursed to have snaky locks of hair and turned all her looked at her into stone. She was eventually beheaded, so the story goes, by the hero Perseus who used a mirror to reflect her image so he didn’t suffer being petrified like his friends.
Astronomically, Algol is a binary star system that gives a sense of twinkling between the eyes of the constellation of the severed head of Medusa which Perseus holds aloft in the heavens. Once a year, the Perseid meteor shower sparkles from the sword of the heavenly hero in mid-August.
Although technically labelled a “fixed” star, Algol moves about one degree every 72 years against the backdrop of stars. Usually only a two degree orb is used for planetary connections. Algol is said to be one of the most feared stars although modern astrologers tend to move away from the associations with headlessness and interpret connections with intensity, jealousy and passion.
(But it’s way more fun to associate it with decapitations.)
The most famous and tragic Stuart was Charles I who, beheaded on 30 January 1649, was born with Mercury at 22 Scorpio and his Sun at 27 Scorpio.
History remembers Charles I for his abuse of power and his belief in the divine right of kings to do as they pleased. He tried to force high Anglican practices on a largely Puritan population (this being the group who set sail to the Americas earlier in the 17th century) and generally irritated everyone so much he was blamed for the English Civil War.
After the beheading of King Charles I, his son fled to France during the Interregnum led by Oliver Cromwell. It’s an astrological pity Cromwell’s Venus in the final minutes of Taurus just misses being in orb of Algol. Although Cromwell died of natural causes on 3 September 1658, his body was exhumed on the 12th anniversary of Charles I’s execution. As Saturn was at 22 degrees Scorpio, Cromwell was “posthumously executed” and his head was severed from his body and displayed on a pole outside of Westminster Hall. Interestingly, Cromwell’s head kept popping up in various places and it seems no one conclusively knows of its whereabouts.
Charles I’s son, Charles II who became known as the “Merry Monarch” had Pluto at 21 Taurus. During the mid 17th century, father and son’s Mercury and Pluto would have been within orb of Algol. The current Prince Charles of Wales is presumably named after the beheaded king which is rather nice as they have a Moon-Uranus conjunction in the very early degrees of Taurus.
The British line of succession was also disrupted in 1714 after the death of Queen Anne. King George I, of Hanover, was recruited to be the king of England due to the lack of an heir. George I had his N/S Node on 3 Scorpio/Taurus which, as we saw earlier, is quite relevant to what is going on with the current Royal Family. This King was the grandfather of George III who every American schoolchild knows was the crazy king on the throne when America declared its independence from the Motherland.
With all the wars and head chopping going on one would be forgiven for thinking that everyone wanted to be a monarch.
Well this would seem to hold true for everyone except Edward VIII who caused a constitutional crisis when he decided to marry Wallis Simpson. Edward VIII had Venus at 23 Taurus, conjunct Algol. His brother George the VI, the father of the current Queen, had Uranus and the Moon at 22 and 24 Scorpio respectively. He ascended to the throne nearly a year after the death of his father on 11 December 1936 when Uranus was a 6 Taurus. His father had died on 20 January 1936, hastened by a lethal injection (yes really), when Uranus was at 1 Taurus.
Edward the VIII (whose abdication made it possible for the current Queen to take the throne) had Algol conjunct Venus as did Diana, Princess of Wales and her son William. Prince Harry’s Moon is at 21 Taurus, a few degrees out of orb to make a solid connection to Algol. However, the marriage of Charles and Diana took place when Uranus was at 26 Scorpio, directly opposite of Algol. During Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir for Panorama on 20 November 1995, both the Sun and Mercury were within one degree of the Uranus in the wedding chart. In this interview she admitted to infidelity and explained that her marriage to Charles was “a bit crowded”.
Queen Elizabeth II has her MC/IC axis at 25 Taurus/Scorpio. Prince Charles lacks Algol contacts but his mentor Louis, Lord Mountbatten has Mars at 28 Taurus.
Prince George (born 22 July 2013 at 16:24pm) has his asc/dec axis on 27 Scorpio-Taurus. Note transiting the ingress of Uranus into Taurus will square his natal Sun. Princess Charlotte (born 2 May 2015 at 8:34 am) has Mars at 23 Taurus, just a little short of a conjunction with Algol. The latest baby Prince Louis (born on 23 April 2018 at 11:01am) has Venus just a few minutes away from being in orb of Algol.
Prince Harry will exchange vows with Mehgan Markle when the Sun is at 28 Taurus! Uranus would have ingressed into Taurus just a few days before on 15 May 2018 at 16:16 in London. This means Uranus is transiting Prince Charles’ Moon at 0 Taurus!. The New Moon in that chart is at. . . wait for it. . .26 Taurus on Algol!
During his controversial state visit to England, US President Donal Trump allegedly “eclipsed” the Queen of England by appearing to break royal protocol several times. The visit “coincided” with a total solar eclipse on 13 July 2018. During this eclipse, transiting Pluto was exactly on the Queen’s natal nodal axis and opposed the Sun and Moon of the eclipse. Just check out this video:
Taurus is a sign not known for its flexibility. With the planet of sudden changes and upheavals, the British Royal Family, held for so long in stability by the current monarch may just be in for a shake-up.
Do you have Algol in your chart? Would you like to know what the Uranus ingress will change for you? Leave a comment!