The astrology of the Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding astrologyI confess I’m not that interested in the Royal Wedding that occurs today. I wasn’t that interested in Charles and Diana’s wedding either, even though that wedding had much more of the pomp and circumstance that we associate with royalty than the more modern wedding of William and Kate.

But then I read my friend and the whole situation became much more interesting.  Some of the interesting facts about the royal wedding according to Kathryn:

  • The wedding date occurs on the eve of the Beltane festival, also called the Festival of Unification.
  • The ascendant for the chart of the Coronation of William in 1066, the birth of England, is at 21.57 Aries. At the time of the wedding, Jupiter (“planet of Faith and Kings” ) will be at 21.56 Aries and will cross the ascendant of the 1066 chart just after the ceremony.
  • Mars (the defender) conjoins Jupiter (the Faith) at 21 degrees Aries on the wedding day.

predicts that because of the Mars/Jupiter conjunction you will see “lots of people wearing red or shades of it” (red is the color of Mars).  Sure enough, William will wear to the wedding.

With Jupiter sitting right on the Midheaven of his chart, Prince William was born to the throne, but Neptune on his ascendant makes it more difficult for him to know who he really is.  (.)This makes him more malleable and easy to manipulate, which in some ways may be a desirable attribute for a royal character who is really a figurehead for the country.  He’s extremely sensitive, with the Sun conjunct Moon in emotional Cancer, and was very connected to his mother, the Princess Diana.

The exact conjunction of Venus to Chiron in his chart suggests that relationships are painful for him, and it’s well known that Kate Middleton was not his first choice of a bride.  His heart was broken several times before he came to this decision, and the fact that the decision to marry came during his Saturn Return is, in my mind, problematic.

The Saturn Return occurs around age 28-30 when Saturn returns to its place in the birthchart.  These can be challenging times when we are forced to make choices to grow up rather than continue to pursue childish things.  There is a tendency for Saturn Return marriages to fail because so often the decision is made solely for the reason of taking that step into adulthood, rather than for the emotional connection that sustains a marriage.

Prince Williams Mars conjoins his Saturn and is being affected by his Saturn return as well.  Mars represents our drive and our desires, and when Saturn is present there can be some inhibition of our ability to seek our own path.  The fact that both Mars and Saturn are in Libra indicates a need to please others and to put one’s own needs aside for the sake of harmony.

Kate Middleton (seewith an unverified birth time) has the Sun in Capricorn which is perfect for taking on the responsibilities of the royal family, but it lies opposite her sensitive Cancer Moon.  This is the Full Moon aspect that suggests difficulty balancing one’s emotions.   Both ends of this opposition are squared by Saturn, and so Kate is undergoing a long-term transit of Saturn which encompasses her Sun, Moon and also her natal Saturn.  There is a great deal of glamour in a royal wedding, but also a great deal of responsibilities to come.

The new planet Eris sits right on the ascendant of this chart, and we don’t know enough about how Eris works to be able to make predictions based on this.  But because Eris is the planet of discord and change, it appears likely that Kate will be shaking up the establishment in some way.

With both having Moon in Cancer, Kate and William share a deep emotional connection that will hopefully be able to overcome the fact that there are not many points of contact between their charts.  Those points of contact create emotional connections between two people that we don’t see here, and the composite chart (the chart of the couple) shows Aquarius is rising and Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, sits right on the Midheaven of the composite chart.  Uranus and Aquarius are about social change and the good of the collective, but rather impersonal.

With a Cancer Moon in the fifth house of the composite chart, children are likely, but an exact square between the Sun and Moon suggests a lack of emotional connection that will eventually drive the two apart.  Mars also squares the Moon exactly, suggesting anger and resentment, and opposes the Sun which would encourage long periods of separation and conflict.

All in all this is not the astrology of an ideal marriage, but royal marriages are rarely for the purpose of emotional harmony and personal growth.  It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

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By | 2011-04-29T07:02:18+00:00 April 29th, 2011|People, Relationships|5 Comments


  1. eyecontactart April 29, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Thanks for the good insights! Well done! Re the Saturn return: if Saturn aspects in natal are okay, commitments made at the return time can work well long term. Just wondering what the natal aspects are.
    The other concerning configuration is the Saturn – Aries – Pluto problem. My thought was that they could be at odds – going separate ways a lot, and not so happily so. Especially with her cardinal squares, she could be frustrated by ‘need conflicts’. What think?

  2. Julie in Boston April 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    For the past week or so, the media has covered this without pause, so interested or not, it was impossible to avoid.

    I did hear one interesting tidbit that intrigued me, however. Apparently, when Kate heard that Wills was going to matriculate at St. Andrew’s, she rescinded her own enrollment at another school and decided that she wanted to go to St. Andrew’s.

    Do you see anything in her chart that would give her the kind of doggedness that this pursuit would imply? I mean, a lot of girls might dream of becoming a princess, but she seems to have acted on that goal. It is not like they both just happened to wind up at the same school…she made sure they did. Fixed sign kind of determination.

    • May 9, 2011 at 6:32 am

      Hi Julie, I’m sorry it took me so long to respond to this post! But yes, with the Sun in Capricorn one often does have a dogged determination, as you say, to achieve one’s goals.

  3. mm April 30, 2011 at 4:31 am

    My mother’s chart had some resonances with Kate’s, with a Cap ascendant opp Cancer Moon conj Saturn and square Libra Sun. She had enormous difficulty in balancing her ultra sensitive and receptive emotions with her outward persona and her peaceable Sun ……

    Kathryn’s article hit the nail on the head on several points re the ceremony. All those red uniforms (and carpets). One of the escort horses bolted. William blushing after one of the balcony kisses.

    The ceremony was beautiful and I loved the trees in the abbey. Beltane indeed.

  4. Seriita May 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

    In Numerology Kate has a First Challenge 8 which suggests she could easily be a gold-digger.

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