Queen Elizabeth II has two birthdays, the second of which falls on June 14th. This is the perfect date to have your ‘second’ birthday when the Sun is in Gemini, the sign of duality.
The event coincides with the Trooping of the Colour, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign since 1748. This is a chance for the Queen to inspect her troops, the Household Cavalry and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. It’s also a great excuse for a royal procession, complete with marching bands and is a colourful event in the British calendar.
The Queen’s actual Sun sign is Taurus as her real birthday is April 21st and she was born in 1926. She is a classic symbol of the earth sign Taurus as she is the second longest-reigning British Monarch. In 2012, her Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne was a right royal affair with street parties and red/white/blue bunting throughout the land. The earth signs (see the 4 elements in astrology) represent longevity and the ability to focus on long-term goals and keep walking towards them one step at a time. Taurus in particular is the sign of the plodder; persistent, constant, enduring and capable of creating a lasting legacy.
The Queen's Astrological Chart - Born To Rule
Was the Queen of England born to rule? When you look at her natal chart, the answer is ‘Yes’ as she has the sign of Scorpio on her Midheaven and Saturn, the planet of authority and respect, is in conjunction to this focal point in her chart. Her Midheaven is 25 Scorpio and Saturn is at 24 Scorpio. The Midheaven represents your long-term ambitions and your image in the public eye and what’s particularly important about the Queen’s chart is that Saturn is her ruling planet as she has a Capricorn Ascendant. Her role in life was to rule her country and she does so in a dignified and respectful manner, so typical of the sign of Capricorn.
60 years is a long time on the throne and there has been talk for many years whether the Queen would abdicate and allow her son Prince Charles to take his rightful place as ruler. It hasn’t happened and many people now suspect that when the Queen finally does step down from her esteemed position, it will be her grandson, Prince William, who takes up the royal banner. William and his wife Kate Middleton and their baby son George are already a popular faction of the Royal family and would no doubt be the peoples’ choice to rule the next generation.
1992 - Annus Horribilis
One year which stood out for the Queen as a significant year and not for the right reasons was 1992. In a speech in November 1992 which celebrated her 40th year as British sovereign, she famously said: “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an Annus Horribilis.”
Astrologers had been busy predicting that this was the year she might step down and Prince Charles would become King. Why was this? There were two main reasons astrologically and it involved the three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, the harbingers of change. Firstly, Pluto was in Scorpio and in 1992 was moving ever closer towards her natal Saturn and Midheaven. Pluto rules power but also loss and astrologically this is a classic symbol for a transferral of power.
Secondly, there was a rare planetary event about to take place and this was a conjunction of the outer planets Uranus and Neptune in the sign of Capricorn and very close to the Queen’s Capricorn Ascendant. Again this seemed a fitting symbol for a sea-change indicating a year of major upheaval.
What transpired in 1992 was not the end of her reign as Queen but the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages. Prince Andrew and his wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, separated in March 1992; the following month, April 1992, Princess Anne divorced her husband Captain Mark Phillips and in December 1992, Prince Charles and Princess Diana also separated. Plus there was a fire at her home Windsor Castle which caused severe damage.
All these events together added up to a painful personal tragedy for the Queen and knocked the reputation of the Royal family.
Prince Charles & Prince William
Prince Charles also has a planet in Scorpio close to the placing of the Queen’s Saturn and Midheaven and this is his Sun at 22 Scorpio. In 1992, Pluto was transiting his Sun in Scorpio when he separated from Princess Diana. Public sympathy leaned towards Princess Diana but the astrology shows that this was also a ‘dark’ (Pluto) period for Prince Charles.
The Queen’s Saturn conjunct Charles’ Sun in Scorpio indicates that his mother ‘rules’ (Saturn) and that as far as Prince Charles’ role as future King goes, he will remain in his mother’s shadow. Charles’ Moon at 0 Taurus is conjunct the Queen’s Sun at 0 Taurus and this confirms the dominance of his mother’s role in his own life.
One reason why astrologers predict that Charles will never become King is because he has no planets conjunct the Midheaven, the point in the chart which denotes your vocation and your status in the public eye. Whereas Prince William has his ruling planet Jupiter at 0 Scorpio conjunct his Midheaven at 2 Scorpio which is why many people believe he was born to be King, just as Elizabeth was born to be Queen. Jupiter is a benevolent planet, the planet of goodwill and you suspect that William will be a popular choice to be the next British monarch.
The Textbook Taurus
So when will the Queen abdicate and pass on the mantle of power? Some astrologers say that it will be later this year as in November 2014 the Queen has her third Saturn Return and Saturn is back at the peak of her chart conjunct her Midheaven. The planet Saturn represents endings and completion, a fitting symbol for the end of her reign.
There may however be one other factor that the Queen is aware of as a tenacious Taurean, that the record for the longest-reigning British monarch belongs to Queen Victoria. Victoria came to the throne at the age of 18 and her reign ended with her death aged 81. She ruled as Queen of the United Kingdom for 63 years and 216 days. The Queen is currently in second place as longest-reigning monarch and on her official birthday June 14 2014 she will have reigned for 62 years and 128 days.
Has the Queen set her Taurean determination on a new goal, to be the longest-reigning British monarch? That date arrives in September 2015 and the following year in April 2016 she celebrates her 90th birthday. The Queen, a textbook Taurus, is a perfect example of a loyal and lasting ruler. Happy Birthday, Your Maj.
Queen Elizabeth II, b. April 21 1926, 2.40am, London, UK
Prince Charles, b. November 14 1948, 9:14 pm, London, UK
Prince William, b. June 21 1982, 9:03 pm, London, UK