On November 14, 2022, Charles III of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will celebrate his 74th birthday, the first as King. Having served the longest apprenticeship in British royal history, Charles had been heir apparent for seventy years before his mother passed away in early September and the Prince of Wales finally came into his inheritance. It had been a long road. Once the world’s most eligible bachelor, Charles became half of the fairytale wedding of the 20th century, followed by scandal and divorce, and a second, controversial marriage with the love of his life. While kicking his heels for three-quarters of a century, Charles established The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, founded in 1979, which awards money to grant applicants in six categories: heritage and conservation, education, health and wellbeing, social inclusion, environment, and countryside. He is also a noted proponent of efforts to combat climate change and species extinction.
Over the years, a number of astrologers (allegedly beginning with Nostradamus) have predicted that Charles would never be king; some are still saying he won’t be crowned. Apparently they weren’t looking at the right markers, because asteroids foretell a very different outcome.
Born 14 November 1948 at 9:14 PM GMT in London, England (Rodden Rating A), Charles’ 22 Scorpio Sun is awash in indicators of his royal destiny. Closely opposed asteroid King at 21 Taurus, the Sun also T-squares a triple conjunction of asteroids Charlotte (closest to Charles), Britten (homophone of “Britain”) and Rey (Spanish for “king”) at 21, 26 and 28 Leo respectively (which pretty plainly spells out “King Charles of Great Britain” in and of itself), and bound in an out-of-Sign Grand Cross with asteroid Thronium (for “throne”) at 1 Pisces. That all seems fairly decisive to me.
Charles’ foundation as prince from birth can be seen in asteroid Prinz (German for “prince”) at 11 Libra, angular on the 13 Libra IC; it’s the honorific he would hold the longest, as well as his official designation as Prince of Wales. His parents, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II, picture in stereotypical ways, with asteroid Philippa (feminine form of Philip) at 13 Virgo conjoined Saturn at 5 Virgo, symbol of the father; and a rare exact conjunction of asteroids Elisabetha and Elisabetta (two celestial stand-ins for Elizabeth) at 10 Capricorn in trine to both the natal Moon at 0 Taurus, symbol of the mother, and asteroid Queen’s at 8 Taurus. Yes, mummy was Queen (and incidentally, that Moon degree exactly matches Elizabeth’s Sun, appropriate for her firstborn – when she assumed the identity (Sun) of a mother (Moon)).
Charles’ wives are present, too, but not in ways you might expect. Both Diana and Camilla have PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) which exactly match them, but neither aspects Venus or asteroid Aphrodite, the chief markers of a love match. Both, however, aspect asteroids Hera and Juno, named respectively for the Greek and Roman goddesses of marriage, both of which are embedded at station, an indication that marriage would be of prime importance in Charles’ life and biography. As indeed it was, with the bachelor prince playing the field and avoiding matrimony until the ripe old age of 32.
Asteroid Diana at 4 Sagittarius is trine to Hera at 29 Pisces, which turned direct 8 days before Charles’ birth, and also to Juno at 1 Aries, which followed suit five days later. This makes Diana the easy choice (trine) but it takes a lot of work to fulfill that potential, with Charles seemingly unwilling to make the effort.
Asteroid Camilla at 21 Virgo opposes both matrimonial points, and is also sesquiquadrate Queen’s, to which Diana is inconjunct (suggesting a poor fit for the role of Charles’ consort for the Earl’s daughter). Points in opposition, while at times representing something stressful, are often seen as the goal, the apparent fulfilment of what they oppose, so Camilla definitely has the upper hand over Diana in Charles’ psyche to be cast as “wife” (Hera, Juno); points inconjunct to each other require considerable adjustments to perform well together, an apt image of Charles’ relationship to his first spouse.
Diana does oppose asteroid NOT at 10 Sagittarius, however, a general disqualifier or warning not to proceed, perhaps a cosmic heads-up that this was not the way to go. Perhaps most telling, the Camilla-Hera/Juno opposition becomes a T-Square with asteroid Regina on the fulcrum at 23 Sagittarius, Latin for “queen”, a clear indication that his first love would eventually grab the brass ring (though likely a gold one, in this case). Despite all the setbacks, the general sense of her unsuitability for the role, the extramarital affair (on her side before his marriage, on his side after), the scandal of his divorce, their quiet, offstage private marriage, the refusal to create her Princess of Wales, and vague mutterings about her never being acknowledged as queen, it’s Camilla who will be crowned Queen Consort with Charles next May.
Camilla is also squared Mars at 20 Sagittarius, suggesting a strong sexual attraction which was apparently the case, with Charles unable to get Mrs. Parker Bowles out of his system after marriage; and squared asteroid Nemesis at 25 Sagittarius, suggesting that Camilla would be a source of ruin or downfall, or at a minimum, something causing problems and setbacks. Sex in general can be a bugaboo with Mars conjunct Nemesis, and it was certainly at the root of the failure of the marriage with Diana.
Children Prince William and Prince Harry make an appearance as well, with asteroid William at 4 Virgo conjoined Saturn at 5, designating Charles’ paternal relationship; opposing Thronium at 1 Pisces, identifying him as the heir apparent; and exactly squared Diana at 4 Sagittarius, imaging the close connection with his mother. The Saturn connection also suggests a relationship which is somewhat distant, perhaps more formal, and legally binding.
Prince Harry, officially named Henry, shows as asteroid Henry, which at 26 Pisces is trine his father’s 22 Scorpio Sun and Chiron at 28 Scorpio, but also squared Mars at 20 Sagittarius and asteroid Nemesis at 25 Sag. Harry is the maverick of the family (Chiron, which in conjunction to Charles’ Sun also expresses His Majesty’s environmental concerns), the agitator, the problem child (both Mars), and a potential source of ruin or downfall, sometimes seen as an opponent (all Nemesis). This appears to be bearing out, following a series of minor youthful indiscretions and scandals, Harry’s marriage to divorced, biracial actress Meghan Markle and subsequent “stepping back” from royal life, and now the imminent release of a “tell-all” bio, cumulatively granting the errant prince a “bad boy” reputation.
Charles’ fairytale marriage to Diana appears to have been doomed from the start. Witnessed globally by some 750 million on 29 July 1981, making it one of the most-viewed extravaganzas of its time, the day features a conjunction of the Sun at 6 Leo with asteroid Diana at 3 Leo, appropriately placing the blushing bride in the limelight. Just for good measure, Diana is also exactly sesquiquadrate asteroid Briede at 18 Pisces, homophone of “bride”, while Charlotte (for Charles) at 1 Virgo conjoins asteroid Groom at 3 Virgo, establishing his role in the ceremony. This pair is also conjunct Venus at 6 Virgo, suggesting a love match, until we dig a bit deeper and find asteroid Camilla exactly there, too. Love is there, for sure – but not directed toward the bride.
Stationary points on the day confirm the main issue between them as infidelity. Bodies at station, embedded still points in the collective psyche about to change direction, become outsized influencers of whatever is begun that day. In trine to Sun/Diana, and squared Charlotte/Venus/Camilla, is an exact pairing of asteroids Aphrodite and Achilles at 11 Sagittarius. Aphrodite represents affairs of the heart, love matches, relationships born of passion and not necessarily long-term. Achilles represents a weakness or vulnerability, an inherent flaw which threatens to doom the individual (or the marriage in this case) from the start. Underscoring sex as the cause of the trouble is a stationary asteroid Nemesis, which at 7 Aries exactly squares Mars at 7 Cancer.
Charles’ second marriage on 6 April 2005 was a much more hole-in-the-corner affair than his first, a civil ceremony performed quietly at Windsor Guildhall out of the public eye. But, true to form, it features the bride prominently, with asteroid Camilla exactly conjunct the Sun at 19 Aries, and this time Venus is also in tow, from 22 Aries. Here’s the true love match, and its status as enduring, productive of an official royal consort, is seen in the T-Square opposing Jupiter, ruling royalty generally, at 13 Libra, with Saturn (staying power, longevity, official status) on the fulcrum at 20 Cancer. A cluster of Briede, Regina and King at 15, 18 and 20 Gemini, squared by Groom at 13 Pisces, reinforces the essentially royal nature of this matrimony, and the titles both would accrue in the fullness of time.
That moment would have to wait another 17 years, but its day would come. When Elizabeth II finally gave up the ghost on 8 September 2022, transit asteroid King, so closely opposed Charles’ Sun at birth, was exactly conjunct his natal Midheaven at 13 Aries, symbol of career, status and place in the world. Asteroid Charlotte, his primary celestial referent, was at station, implying a literal change of direction was in the offing. Its degree was 8 Taurus, exactly conjoined natal asteroid Queen’s, a nod to the Old Guard that was passing. It would actually turn retrograde two days later, within hours of the formal proclamation of Charles III as King at 11 AM BST on September 10th, as asteroid Charlotte crossed the Descendant, forever altering the relationship of Charles to his people.
Charles’ natal Sun/King polarity had been energized by two Lunar Eclipses prior to his accession, that of 15 May 2022 at 25 Scorpio, and 19 November 2021 at 27 Taurus, prefiguring the elevation to the throne. The previous Solar Eclipse at 10 Taurus on April 30th conjoined natal asteroid Queen’s, suggesting his mother’s passing, while the subsequent Solar Eclipse at 2 Scorpio on 25 October 2022 opposed the exact conjunction of her Sun with his Moon, and the subsequent Lunar Eclipse of November 8th at 16 Scorpio/Taurus exactly T-Squares his natal Pluto at 16 Leo, symbol of the death that would enhance his personal power, both Pluto-ruled.
They say all good things come to those who wait, and if that’s true, then King Charles III has surely earned a palaceful of blessings and rewards. Long may he reign to enjoy them.