Meghan, Harry and Diana’s Saturn Return
If ever you wondered whether this country were in the grip of a prolonged nervous breakdown, take a millisecond to peruse the extraordinary media response to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with the redoubtable queen across the water, Oprah Winfrey. That was aired last night in the US and it’s coming here this evening.
It’s hard to know where to begin with this story, which has all the elements of a fairytale. Once upon a time, an orphaned boy blossomed into a dashing prince, the dashing prince was rescued by a handsome stranger who carried him to a country far away. A jealous brother, uncertain paternity, a mother who helps from beyond the grave. It’s a combination of the Ugly Duckling and Cinderella — except Cinders is, of course, played by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
The British press has been relentless in its criticism of Prince Harry’s bride, Meghan. They seemed to scent blood in ways that were familiar to anyone who lived through the 1980s and 1990s. Diana was vilified and gaslighted in exactly the same way, and lest it be forgotten pursued by paparazzi to her death in a tunnel. That is another kind of fairytale.
The Royal Family is smeared all over the tabloids in this country and around the world. They enact fairytales for the public, trapped in performance, trapped by the accident of birth. Although supposedly they hold no political power, they have enormous power of another kind, the power of influence.
That influence is Neptunian. It’s glamour, illusion, make-believe, but it has real-world consequences. The current Queen’s Neptune is powerfully placed in the royal sign of Leo, and it makes an exact opposition to Jupiter, the other ruler of Pisces, in Aquarius, the sign of the people. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’s Neptune is also at exactly 22° — but in Sagittarius, the sign of the foreigner. This means the Queen and Meghan have a trine between their Neptune’s, each makes the other more influential perhaps — however inadvertently. How curious.
This latest chapter in the saga seems particularly toxic; it’s hard to know which part sticks most spikily in the craw.
Racism, xenophobia and misogyny spill out of the mouths, and from the keyboards of commentators. The responses from “journalists” such as Piers Morgan and the Daily Mail’s own Cruella DeVille, Sarah Vine, sound like the death throes of the Grendel, writhing in agony as he tells Beowulf that he’s the crazy one. Perhaps they are especially venomous since the Mail on Sunday was forced by the courts to print a giant front-page apology to the Duchess. Of course, we have seen some of this before — but the racism is the icing on the cake this time.
Still, you may ask yourself: why? And in truth, it is quite hard to fathom. If it weren’t hurting real people, the abuse would simply be laughable. The abusers make themselves look like such hate-filled fools.
Here is the other fairytale.
Beautiful girl falls in love, marries, has trouble with the in-laws. She must sift the grain, go to hell and back, and appease her mother-in-law (who is a powerful goddess) … wait that is the story of Psyche, the most famous literary fairytale in the western canon.
Indeed, Psyche is the asteroid of fairytales, which might make you wonder about the Sussexes… In fact, they have an exact aspect between their Psyches. His in Aquarius and hers in Leo, both at 6° and 5°. Hers is entwined with Mercury, the communicator, too. This is almost the tightest connection between them. So hers is a tale of becoming royal (Leo) and his is a tale of becoming common (Aquarius) — perhaps.
But that still does not explain the extraordinary reaction to the Sussexes: the blind fury, the vitriol. One clue to this reaction may come from the composite chart (using the MC method for a public couple), which puts outcast Lilith right on the midheaven. This means the world may see them in as Lilith. For some, Lilith is a woman of power, because she chooses to leave the Garden of Eden and set up on her own in the wilderness. For others, Lilith is an evil temptress, a child killer, an outsider who must be hunted down. See how astrology works…
Black Moon Lilith is often shortened to BML.. Just saying.
On another note, I wrote earlier about how the Queen and Meghan have excellent synastry with what’s known as a cosmic marriage between the Meghan’s Sun and the Queen’s Moon in Leo. Mind you, that spot is under pressure today from transiting Saturn in Aquarius.
Late 2020 saw the posthumous Saturn Return of Diana, Princess of Wales. As we know, the Saturn Return is a reckoning. Diana’s Saturn happens to be exactly on the Sussex’s joint Black Moon Lilith — at 27° Capricorn. The same spot where Neptune, the planet of glamour, stopped on the day she died.
And then there’s Prince Andrew...