As the UK and many loyal subjects gear up for the coronation of King Charles III, I’ve revisited the blog post I wrote about his chart on the occasion of his 60th birthday. That was some time ago – he is now 74 – and he’s about to officially embark on a new job on May 6th.
With his coronation imminent, a look at his chart in the context of Age Progression and his Lifeclock seems as good a reason as any to revisit his chart and speculate on what may be going on for him, but first I’ll share a few thoughts about his chart image and the Family Model.
Charles was born on 14.11.1948 at 21.14, in London. Here is his chart.
The chart image is a bit like a “Witches Hat” roundabout, the sort that was found in children’s playgrounds in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, but which are not seen so often now. It’s an interesting chart image for a king.
It reminds me very much of one of these roundabouts, the sort I used to play on when a child, and which could give a very exciting ride indeed if it was rocked from side to side as it went round and round. Before I found the picture, I’d noticed Saturn in the 2nd house of Charles’ chart, appearing to hold the edge of the conical “Witches Hat” just like the woman in this picture, maybe steadying it.
The Family Model, unique to the Huber Method, describes Saturn as the mother figure, the person who takes care of our physical needs and well-being when we’re growing up and lays down many of the rules, most often with our best interests at heart.
Saturn in the 2nd house – the area of personal possessions and security – seems very appropriate and indicative of the Queen wanting to ensure the safety and continuation of the monarchy. Saturn in Virgo is not flowery or expressive. Feelings are unlikely to be shown. In the deepest recesses of memory I recall a story about Charles, aged about 5 years old, greeting his mother after she’d been away for several weeks on a foreign tour. There was no hug and kiss, and I seem to recall a handshake. The Queen was of a generation who did not give a public show of emotion, who did not to rock the boat (or Witches Hat), but kept it steady. She, of all people, would want to ensure the steadiness and safety of her heir and the monarchy.
It’s a vertical chart, the aspect structure reaching up to the top of the chart where the Moon is placed as the highest planet. Conjunct the North Node, Charles’ rather lonely and exposed Taurean Moon is very weak by Sign and is intercepted. For him as a child, and later as an adult, his emotional needs may not have been heard or recognised when expressed. His upbringing, from what we know, was probably not filled with hugs; duty was paramount and he was sent away to toughen up at Gordonstoun school, which he apparently hated.
When the Moon is the highest planet out of Sun (father figure), Moon (the child) and Saturn (mother figure), the individual can feel they are the most important person in this family triad, but also that they have extremely high expectations laid upon them. I guess when you’re heir to the throne those expectations would have weighed heavily from an early age, the weight of them probably increasing – or maybe becoming more familiar – as he’s been waiting to assume the role he’s been born into for a long time.
It’s interesting to note that when he married Diana, his Age Point was making a challenging square aspect to his Moon . He joked , when asked if they were in love, “Of course, whatever that means”. When he married Camilla, his Age Point had recently transited his Moon suggesting that she was, as he’d always implied, his true love.
The Sun is low down, right at the bottom of the chart, which is the most challenging placement for this planet. The Sun/father figure and the examples of leadership and autonomy he can give is best placed above the horizon where the Sun can shine and be seen. In Charles’ chart, the Sun is in an entirely separate aspect structure from Moon and Saturn, and it too is intercepted. Whereas Saturn, representing the mother in the Family Model, does have a direct link to the Moon – the child – the Sun does not and appears to be apart and disconnected.
So what of Charles’ Age Progression? His Age Point completed it’s circuit of the whole chart in 2020 and entered the 1st house of the chart for the second time. For many people aged 72, as he was at the time, the prospect of taking in more royal responsibility as the Queen began to withdraw from her schedule of engagements may not have been altogether enticing, but it was good practise for his future as king. Most people at this age are wanting to shed responsibilities, not take on more. But destined and prepared throughout his life, as he was, it’s now Charles’ turn to step up to the throne.
The last time his Age Point was in the 1st house, it was conjunct Pluto when Charles was between 4 and 5 years old. This coincides with the age he was when around 5 years old and greeted his mother, the Queen, with that handshake on her return from a foreign tour. Maybe it was around this age that he realised that he would one day become king? A Plutonic experience of awakening to the excitement of power, even though he may not have understood it.
Right now, as his coronation draws closer, so does his Age Point draw closer to Pluto. Assuming is own power in his own right may be something he has already worked on over the years, but he will be on show on coronation day, assuming this power publicly in a religious service, where he will be anointed with oil, warmed and delivered to his hands, chest and head by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s an ancient custom conferring spiritual status upon the monarch, and it takes place in private, before the actual crowning. It all sounds very Pluto to me. The connection to the planet of power and transformation at this significant time for Charles suggests that the levels at which Pluto operates will be around for us all to speculate on.
Will he assume power for himself, and if so how, and in what context? Or will he use the power invested in him for the benefit and good of the people he serves? His intercepted Sun is low down in his chart, in the 4th house and the collective area of the chart; how will he go about making it shine?
Comments and observations welcome. Please add your thoughts.