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vrijdag 20 april 2012

Famous couple: Juan Carlos and Sofia of Spain

The King and Queen of Spain will be married 50 years in May 2012. There are few catholic royals who won't stay together for life, even in hard times. (Exception: Prince Hugo Carlos and Princess Irene, see that post). Time is hard for the Spanish royal couple. Their charts show it, the wedding chart shows it and their natal charts also tell us about the symbol of 'decorum' and distance: Saturn.

Above is Queen Sofia's chart, with transits and progressions for the wedding day. In the early years of the marriage of Queen Sofia of Spain and King Juan Carlos her progressed Sun was conjunct Venus and sextile Mars. Venus and Mars are the planets of passion. Venus makes you happy. When she married, Progressed Venus was opposition Ceres (love and dynasty/motherhood) with transit Jupiter trine her Sun (social success).

This is the chart of Juan Carlos on the day of the wedding. His chart shows discipline and tension: P Mars conjunct Saturn and trine Pluto, for example and P Sun square Uranus). Right now the Sun is conjunct Saturn and trine Pluto. Pluto is his ruler 7 (marriage).

Do their charts match? A tiny bit, I’d say. Of course charts aren’t telling us all, but they mirror certain tendencies that I like to show you.

Sun signs
Their sun signs seem to be compatible (she is a Scorpio and he is a Capricorn). But… their birthdays are a challenge: their suns are semisesquisquare (67.5d) apart. (See if your birthdays match here).  That doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t live together, but it will be more difficult to join the ways of life. 
Moon signs
To compensate, their moons are in Aquarius. Their backgrounds, needs and habits are in line. There is at least friendship and attraction. 
Venus signs and aspects
Venus in Sagittarius is no match for Venus in Capricorn, so that their preferences will differ. It makes it harder to enjoy things together. Her Sun/Moon is conjunct his Venus (ruler 1). There is a great sense of ‘ to belong’ together. 
Mars signs
The challenging aspect between their Mars:  157.5 d (sesquisquare + half semi square) is for competition and anger after ‘fire’ from the start.
Synastry and Sun Saturn
There is a difficult synastry aspect and that is: her Saturn square his Sun. Such an aspect refers to barriers between them. This Sun-Saturn conflict becomes an issue now that he has Progressed Sun conjunct Saturn and now that transit Saturn is on the cusp of her 7th house (of marriage).

Saturn now
Saturn is hitting hard in the charts of los Reinos: the King and Queen of Spain, today, just before the 50th anniversary of their marriage. He broke a leg and he had to say sorry in public. She spent 15 minutes with him after three days. That is Saturn. Saturn is the symbol of criticism and separation in a relationship. Mistakes and faults are being highlighted when it is time for Saturn. Often that is just too much for the marriage (see examples*), and divorce follows, but divorce is rare in a royal catholic family. What is left is perhaps cool distance for a while. Or business as usual?
    Even the chart positions of the wedding (on May 14, 1962) has difficulties: progressed Sun trine Neptune might make it a 'fairy tale' but there is an
    1. inconjunction of progressed Sun with Saturn and ... 
    2. transit Saturn inconjunct the Sun of May 14 doesn't help much, either. 
    Well, they managed to stay together for almost 50 years, so I guess that this marriage survives in spite of these inconjunctions of Saturn and that they and their family will celebrate the 5 decades anyway. In spite of the mistress (Corrina zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Frankfurt-am-Main, supposedly born January 29, 1965 with her Venus semi square the king's Sun/Moon, her Neptune opposition his Ascendant - romance! - and Sun square the Sun of Sofia with Saturn on Sofia's Moon).

    On Astropost there is a post with more about the present transits and progressions with Saturn in the charts of the king and queen of Spain for April 2012. I will send the link later.


    *)Think of my post 'Saturn and saying goodbye'. I mentioned:
    • Maria Shriver (divorcing Arnold Schwarzenegger: transit Saturn sesquisquare progressed AC/MC and square progressed Sun.
    • Sandra Bullock, ex of Jesse James, had Progressed AC/MC square Saturn and transit Pholus in hard aspect with natal midpoint AC/MC when they separated. 
    • Mrs Strauss-Kahn (15 July 1948, 16:30 New York) had Progressed MC square Saturn andTransit Neptune square Ascendant during the revelations and trial of her husband.

    Famous couple: Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia of Spain

    This is the chart of Letizia, Crown Princess of Spain. The ‘ transits’ are the natal positions of her husband, Felipe, with exception of the Moon and his Ascendant and Midheaven (he has the Moon in the 20th degree of Aquarius, square the Ascendant in 20th degree of Taurus and Midheaven in the last degree of Capricorn). What occurs to me first is that Letizia has the Sun square Saturn, a difficult aspect when it comes to restrictions and status, just like Dutch Crown Princess Maxima and the Belgian Crown Princess. Letizia has 2 of the 4 indications for divorce in a woman's chart (Sun conjunct Mars and Mars exactly square Saturn) and Uranus is in her 7th house. First I thoughht that this was a risk for this marriage, but (see comments!): she was married before! Felipe doesn’t have the indications for divorce in a man’s chart. He has Neptune in the 7th house.

    The interaction between the positions of Princess and Prince (the aspects between the charts) tell us about the connection between them. So:

    How does the next Spanish royal couple (Felipe and Letizia) match?

    • Their Suns don’t match (sesquisquare); who's the boss 

    • Their Moons match (sextile); easy getting used to each other  

    • Their Mercuries don’t match (157.5 degree = sesquisquare and half semi square); communications!!! 

    • Venus biquintile Venus is a match expressing a creative way to match preferences and ...they found a way to love each other in spite of differences 

    • Their Mars don’t match (opposition); attraction and competition (with the risk of fighting each other if they don't cooperate).
    The complete picture is that they don’t match easy but they are strongly connected to each other. In a way there is a similarity with the synastry of the royal couple (the parents of the prince). See that post. Continue for more...

    vrijdag 6 april 2012

    Marriage and wedding day of Grace Kelly

    Grace Kelly became Princess Gracia of Monaco after her marriage with the Prince of Monaco.
    The (civil) marriage date was April 18 1956. Here are chart, progressions and transits of that day.

    We see:
    - Transit Saturn conjunct Progressed Venus. You might read this as the old man joining the beauty, but it is also a sign of public confirmation of love. As in her natal chart Venus is sextile Saturn this transit/progression marks an important moment.
    (- Progressed Ascendant conjunct Mars. Does this tell us about introducing the man into her life? Or was she born just a little bit earlier and P AC conjunct Mars was exact on the day of the birth of her first born?)
    - In the progressed chart of Grace Kelly, the Moon was square Jupiter and that is a rather nice statement of the ‘stars’ for a moment of success and joy.
    - Transit Venus was square the progressed Sun/Moon midpoint for having a nice day (focus on beauty, love and fun) and
    - Transit Uranus square Venus for excitement.
    - Transit Neptune conjunct Venus adds the romantic touch. Together Uranus and Neptune with Venus mean blinded by love.
    - Transit Jupiter/Uranus midpoint conjunct her Midheaven for a positive change of position and a helicopter view over the future.
    - Transit Uranus inconjunct Saturn mirrors the restrictions of protocol and demands. She later had to give up on her career.

    It was apparently time for motherhood: progressed Sun opposition Ceres followed the wedding. Ceres is the symbol of motherhood and dynasties. See: http://www.astromarkt.net/ceres-in-astrology.html#pt

    Here you see her natal chart and the positions of the day of birth of Prince Rainier.

    I like to point at the binovile between their Suns: it means that they rejoiced each other’s existence and it helped to overcome the not matching signs. No, their Suns and Moons didn’t match (their life styles and habits didn’t either). Her Jupiter trine his Ceres tells us that she was beneficial for the dynasty. The couple also shares aspects between Venus and Jupiter (he has the opposition, she has the sesquisquare. That means (see Astromarkt http://www.astromarkt.net/sharing-aspects.html#pt )

    Venus-Jupiter: sharing the love of traveling together, reading and growing. Your marriage makes you feel better, you are the popular couple. Together you love to party, too. 

    They got along well enough together and there are no signs of risk of divorce in Grace Kelly’s chart. Her Venus sextile Saturn relates marriage to duty, stability, parenthood, obligations and duration. With such an aspect you’d rather not divorce or change the material benefits of marriage for less consistent pleasures. A sextile is the aspect of the easy way out. In that sense, Venus sextile Saturn might point at making it easy on yourself by staying married. It doesn’t sound romantic? See http://www.astromarkt.net/venus-in-aspect-with-saturn.html#pt

    Maybe it is a shame, but I never have been that interested in Chiron, so I haven’t studied Chiron’s position much, sorry. Now I wonder what Chiron has to say in her seventh house, because transit Chiron is square this Chiron on her wedding day and because her Chiron was conjunct the Venus of Rainier. Chiron in the seventh house gets few ‘happy ever after-reviews’ on astrology sites. Chiron heals, they say, but Chiron is were the pain is. So perhaps she wasn’t that lucky in her ‘fairy tale marriage’ or perhaps Rainier healed her broken heart after some nasty relationships. (who knows for sure?). As Mercury is conjunct her Chiron, his Venus is also conjunct her Mercury. That is nice for talking to each other.

    Grace Kelly was a talented and ambitious beauty and it was important for her to have a stable financial position. As the daughter of a rich man she couldn’t afford to marry a pauper. By marrying a prince she became the romantic idol for millions. Romance, that is Neptune...

    Neptune is the most important planet in her chart. Neptune doesn't make aspects in sign or orb 5 degrees. Neptune is also rising before the sun in the natal chart and ruling the Moon in Pisces in the 5th house. Neptune has a lot of ways to be manifested in real life. Neptune turns up when words like belief, art, philantropy, movies, myths, photography, fantasy or media turn up. In a way she used almost the complete Neptunic vocabulary.