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William and Kate:
The Royal Wedding 2011

By Shelley L. Ackerman © 2011

Photo: Rich Press

Royal Wedding Fever has gripped the world in these past few weeks, and for reasons known and unknown, I’ve been uncharacteristically caught up in the Saturn in Libra 2011 wedding story of William and Kate.

Prince William, b. June 21, 1982 (@ 9:03 PM), who lost his loving, glamorous, but in the end, tragic mummy in 1997, is all grown up and selected a real woman to be his bride and life partner. It seems that he was able to do what his father was not in 1981, and stand up to the Queen and insist that he marry for love.

The 1981 footage of the ill-fated engagement and wedding of his parents, Charles and Diana, has consistently brought me to tears in recent weeks.

Diana and Charles

Is it because 30 years have gone by, and one wonders what one has done with one’s life? Is it because the reality of Charles never having loved Diana in the first place is now so apparent (were we blind back then)? Or is it simply that there is a longing to return to a less complicated and more innocent time?

William has always been loved and lovable. Not so with Charles, who in a recently re-aired 1969 interview with David Frost came off as distant, detached, disconnected and distorted. It is widely known that when he was an infant and toddler he was left for months by his globe-trotting  sovereign parents. Diana, on the other hand, was a loving, connected, and present mother, and was committed to keeping her boys real and in touch.

Saturn in Libra has been prominent at times of transition in the British Monarchy for more than a century: Saturn (commitment) was in Libra (marriage) on July 6, 1893 when the Duke of York (later George V) married Mary of Teck; Saturn was in Libra on April 26, 1923, when Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later known as the “Queen Mum”) married “Bertie” (who became King George VI, and whose life and struggle with self-expression was depicted in “The King’s Speech”). Saturn was in Libra in 1952/53 when George VI died and Elizabeth II ascended to the throne; Saturn was again in Libra on July 29, 1981 when Charles and Diana (married the day before a solar eclipse). And again, Saturn is in Libra for this April 29, 2011 wedding of William and Kate.

So why aren’t we smiling?

Catherine Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 in Reading, UK, just outside of London. No birth time is available for the Capricorn soon-to-be ex-commoner. But she has Mars, Saturn, and Pluto in Libra, and the Moon in Cancer. She could have Gemini rising (often an indicator of height), or Libra rising- as Mars on the ascendant could make for those ruddy cheeks. But this is merely speculation on my part. A birth time time of 11:30 PM has been circulating (with no specific source) which DOES give Catherine Libra rising, and Mars close to the ascendant does explain her strength and those red cheeks. One thing is clear though: No astrologer was consulted in the selection of April 29, 2011 as the wedding date.

If all goes as planned, the two will say “I do” at approximately 12:15 PM in London. (Update: The couple was pronounced man and wife at 11:20 AM with 5 degrees of Leo rising- more on the specifics of the chart in the next posting) The Moon is void of course in Pisces (in the 9th house) and Venus is in a tight opposition to Saturn and just past the square to Pluto.

Catherine and William

One hates to be a party pooper or the bearer of not so great tidings on such a joyful day, but these planetary aspects are abysmal for a wedding chart and the whole thing confuses the heck out of me.

On the one hand, Wills and Kate seem so well-suited: They know one another so well and appear to have worked out many of the kinks before hand. When before this did a future King and Queen of England “live in sin” and for so many years before tying the knot?

William seems to have observed and learned from his parents’ initial BIG mistake. I had forgotten that Charles and Diana only saw each other a total of 13 times before they married. They hardly knew one another. How could Diana have expected Charles to love her when he didn’t even know her?

With the world rooting for the health, happiness and longevity of this modern and “with it” royal couple, this astrologer hopes that the not-so-great stars of this union will be trumped by the law of grace and that all will be well in the House of Windsor for Wills and Kate.

Long live the royal couple.


Will post the New Moon in Taurus horoscope this weekend- that’s a promise.

Chart: Royal Wedding 1981
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Chart: Royal Wedding 2011
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