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Requiem for a Queen

Although national mourning and celebration of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s life has been protracted for more than ten days after her passing, the official State Funeral ceremony is slated to begin in Westminster Abbey at 11 AM BST on Monday, 19 September 2022.   Much of the passing chart remains in effect, but there are significant changes and additions which reflect the funeral itself.

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The Queen’s casket, draped in the Royal Standard, departs Balmoral Castle, where she died on September 8; asteroid Queen’s at the fulcrum of a T-square with Mercury and Jupiter conjunct asteroid London depicts the long journey (Mercury/Jupiter) of Her Majesty (Queen’s) to her funeral venue (London)

We won’t be using most death indicators for this interpretation, as that time is past.  There are three, however, which also have special relevance to a funeral:  these are asteroid Requiem, named for the funeral mass for dead; asteroid Anubis, named for the ancient Egyptian deity governing funerary rites; and Rip, in its acronym form “RIP”, a common tombstone inscription.  We’ll also be adding centaur Hylonome, noted for expressions of grief, often extreme; asteroids Grieve and Graves, for obvious reasons; and asteroids West and Abbe, to represent Westminster Abbey, where the ceremony occurs.

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The first stage of the funeral journey ends, as Elizabeth II arrives in Edinburgh, to lie in state at St Giles Cathedral; asteroid Edinburgh is T-squared centaur Hylonome and asteroid Grieve with asteroid King, both noted for expressions of grief and mourning

The 11 AM time in London gives an Ascendant of 10 Scorpio, with asteroid Graves at 10 Taurus exactly on the Descendant, highlighting the pending interment.  With Graves is TNO Albion at 13 Taurus, named for an ancient term for Britain.  In square is asteroid Rey at 11 Leo, Spanish for “king”, with a Grand Cross completed by asteroid Elisabetha at 8 Aquarius, already at its station degree (Elisabetha will turn direct a week later, on September 26th).  This spells out a funeral (Graves) for Britain’s (Albion) monarch (Rey), Elizabeth II (Elisabetha).

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The funeral procession makes a brief pause at Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence, before continuing to her lying in state at Westminster Hall; asteroid Graves at the fulcrum of a T-square with asteroids Elisabetha and Rey (Spanish for “king”) speaks of the burial (Graves) of a sovereign (Rey) named Elizabeth (Elisabetha)

Also at station is centaur Hylonome, which at 19 Capricorn will turn direct on the 30th.  Hylonome squares asteroid Grieve at 17 Aries, with asteroid King at 11 Aries, speaking again to mourning (Hylonome, Grieve) for a sovereign (King).  Hylonome also conjoins Pluto, modern lord of death, at 26 Capricorn, which ties it to a T-Square of asteroid Britten (homophone of Britain) at 29 Cancer, exactly squared asteroid Elisabetta with asteroid Church on the fulcrum at 29 Libra.  This reads as grief and mourning (Hylonome) for the death (Pluto) of Elizabeth II (Elisabetta), in the Abbey venue (Church).

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Queen Elizabeth II rested upon a catafalque in Westminster Hall for her lying in state, which was open to the public for a full five days, attracting some three quarters of a million mourners; asteroid Elisabetta at the fulcrum of a T-square with Pluto and asteroid Britten describes the death (Pluto) of Britian’s (Britten) queen (Elisabetta)

Also hitting that theme is a Grand Cross of asteroid Queen’s at 5 Capricorn, opposed the Moon at 12 Cancer, squared Mercury at 4 Libra and a pairing of asteroids Requiem with Anubis at 10 and 13 Libra, and asteroid Roy (Old French for “king”) at 2 Aries, with an exact Jupiter/asteroid London conjunction at 4 Aries.  This denotes a newsworthy event and Press coverage (Mercury) of the public (Moon) funeral (Requiem, Anubis) of a female (Moon) sovereign (Queen’s, Roy) in Britain’s capital (London). 

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Elizabeth’s subjects wait in line to pay their respects; the queue extended more than five miles from Westminster Hall, with waits as long as 30 hours to view the Queen; asteroid Hall squared asteroids King and Grieve throughout this period
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Jupiter rules royalty generally, as well as indicating the outsized nature of the ceremony and its religious overtones.  Its exact conjunction with London can also be seen as the large gathering of foreign and domestic royals for the funeral, with 17 crowned heads and their spouses or heirs expected to attend the funeral, among a crowd of some 500 dignitaries and 2000 guests.  Almost three dozen near relations, descendants of the Queen’s grandfather George V, will attend, as well as presidents, premieres, and representatives of governments from across the globe.

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Elizabeth II’s children (above) and grandchildren (below) held successive vigils by her catafalque during her lying in state; asteroid London exactly conjunct Jupiter indicated the royal pilgrimage to the capital, including dozens of foreign royals and 17 crowned heads
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Venus at 17 Virgo appears with asteroids West and Rip at 15 and 12 Virgo respectively, a symbol of the funeral (Rip) of a beloved (Venus) personage at Westminster Abbey (West).  The Sun at 26 Virgo closely conjoins asteroid Abbe at 25 Virgo, putting the funeral site in the spotlight; this opposes Neptune at 23 Pisces, planetary ruler of sorrow.

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The end of the journey: Elizabeth II’s funeral in Westminster Abbey; asteroid Abbe conjoined the Sun, opposed her natal centaur Hylonome (mourning) with asteroids Graves and London

More to the point, the Sun/Abbe conjunction opposes Elizabeth II’s natal asteroid Graves at 20 Pisces, as well as natal Hylonome, exact with natal London at 22 Pisces.  This depicts a highlight (Sun) on an outpouring of grief (Hylonome) in the capital (London), focused (Sun) on a funeral (Graves) in Westminster Abbey (Abbe).  The natal Hylonome/London pairing is more than apt, as a preview of the intense mourning displayed there, with queues of ordinary citizens extending up to 5 miles from her lying-in-state in Westminster Hall, and waits of as much as 30 hours to view her catafalque.  Crowds were so large that admission to the queue was suspended for six hours on Friday the 16th; in total, nearly three-quarters of a million are expected to file past the Queen to pay their respects.  The lying-in-state commenced in Westminster Hall at 5 PM BST on Wednesday the 14th, and continues 24 hours a day until the viewing is terminated at 6:30 AM the day of the funeral.  During this period, asteroids Grieve and Hall were in square, from 18 to 17 Aries and 14 through 16 Cancer.

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The floral spray on the Queen’s casket, given by her son, the new King Charles III, who chose the flowers himself from her gardens; a simple card reads, “In loving and devoted memory, Charles R”; asteroid Graves is exactly conjunct the Descendant of the funeral, which also conjoins the Queen’s natal Sun and asteroid Grieve

The Queen’s natal asteroid Grieve at 5 Taurus conjoins her Sun, and is activated by the Descendant and asteroid Graves for the funeral.  The funeral MC at 25 Leo squares the Queen’s natal asteroid Requiem at 22 Scorpio, while transit Grieve at 17 Aries conjoins natal Anubis at 20 Aries, providing real-time, in-the-moment links to these points which relate most strongly to funerals and memorials. 

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The Imperial Crown rests atop the casket during her lying in state, to be joined by the Orb and Scepter at her funeral; asteroid Krohn (for crown) at 24 Taurus squares the funeral MC at 25 Leo, and is stationary, turning retrograde three days after the funeral, indicating the change in leadership for the monarchy

As following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, 25 years before, masses of floral tributes have been left for Her Majesty, outside Buckingham Palace and other royal residences.  But the palace staff learned some valuable lessons from that experience, when the offerings were allowed to remain and accrue until after Diana’s funeral; some 60 million flowers had to be cleared in the aftermath, with an estimated weight of 10-15 tons.  This time around, flowers are cleared daily to make room for more, so there’s no telling how the two women compare in floral memorials.  But flowers are certainly a prime focus of the event, as asteroid Flora attests.  Named for the Roman goddess of flowers (and the root of our words floral and florist), she appears at 12 Scorpio in the funeral chart, closely conjoined the 10 Scorpio Ascendant, part of the Grand Cross with Graves, Rey and Elisabetha.

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King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla inspect floral offerings left for the late Queen, which will total in the millions; asteroid Flora opposes Graves and conjoins the funeral Ascendant, in a Grand Cross with asteroids Elisabetha and Rey

The ceremony was officiated by David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, England’s leading prelate. Dean Hoyle’s moment in the sun is seen by asteroid Hoyle at 22 Pisces, opposed the Sun/Abbe conjunction. The Archbishop is represented by asteroid Canterbury, which at 5 Libra conjoins Mercury at 4 Libra and asteroid Requiem at 10 Libra, and is exactly squared asteroid Queen’s at 5 Capricorn marking Archbishop Welby (Canterbury) as the principal speaker (Mercury) at his former sovereign’s (Queen’s) funeral (Requiem).

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Officiating the funeral were Justin Welby, left, archbishop of Canterbury, and David Hoyle, right, Dean of Westminster, represented by asteroid Canterbury conjunct Mercury and asteroid Requiem, squared asteroid Queen’s; and asteroid Hoyle, opposed the Sun with asteroid Abbe

Although the ceremony is being held in London, the Queen will be interred privately with her husband Prince Philip at the family crypt in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, as portrayed by transit asteroid George at 1 Scorpio, opposing transit Graves and within orb of the Ascendant.  Elizabeth’s reunion with her husband is reflected in the placement of asteroids Prinz (German for Prince) and Philippa (feminine version of Philip) at 2 and 6 Capricorn, flanking asteroid Queen’s at 5 Capricorn.

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Queen Elizabeth II at the funeral for her husband, Prince Philip, in 2021; she will be interred with Philip at Windsor, reunited at last, as reflected celestially by asteroids Prinz (German for “prince”) and Philippa (the feminine version of Philip) conjoined asteroid Queen’s at her funeral

With this final act, the long life and seemingly endless reign of Elizabeth II passes into history.  None of her successors is likely to reign as long, nor preside over so much change and transformation.  May she rest in peace.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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Laurien

Amazing as always, Alex. I wondered if the proximity of Grieve and King represented the King’s own grief at his mother’s passing too. Never would have thought to use Krohn for crown but it obviously works! If I lived in England, I would have been in that miles-long queue. I’ll bet if you lived in England too that I would have seen you there! Another nice tribute, thanks Alex!

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