About The Queen’s Passing

Monday September 12th 2022

Bye bye

Having recently lost both my parents and both my in-laws, I know that one effect of death is to change the shape of a person’s life. Up until that point, if they have lived long, you may be thinking of them as a very old person, but a while after they die, you begin to see the whole life, like a story. And it may be that you see them in the midst of their life more. I usually think of my own mother in middle age or even younger, rather than as an old lady, and, even though I never knew her so young, I often think of my lovely mother-in-law as a young woman, discovering London in the 1950s.

This will be the case with Elizabeth II in a while. People will begin to see the whole story of her life now that we know how it ends. The ending changes how we see the rest of the story. Perhaps one of the most important things about the Queen’s death is how close it was to her husband’s — their enduring marriage may become the centre of this story.

Young and in Canada

When a recently-widowed 96 year old, dies in her bed, with her family beside her, having worked up until the previous day, I can’t help feeling good for her. Why be sad when a full, rich life is completed like that. Celebrate it.

Here is the chart for her moment of death (via Victor Olliver who quotes Lady Colin Campbell). I have included the Queen’s secondary progressed chart because of the extraordinary line up of trSaturn (the Grim Reaper), prMoon and Mars (her life force).  It’s interesting that Mercury, in his role as psychopomp, transiting the 8th house of death should be involved. He opposes transiting Jupiter and natal Mercury. In some ways it’s a less remarkable farewell chart than one might expect. What do you think?


I added in the asteroids to see if they added some more nuance. Notice Juno, the Queen, and the line up of Ceres by transit, with prMercury and natal Neptune.

Below are previous articles on the website about the Queen.

Jubilee: The Cult of the Queen

Eclipsing the Queen

The King Is Dead, Long Live the Queen

Ireland and Britain: A Miserable Marriage Turns Into a Beautiful Friendship?

The Nation’s Soul

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  1. Vesta says:

    Sounded like the Queen had a ‘good death’, as they say. The Venus-Moon opposition backs that up for me. Princess Anne was already in Scotland, she was able to say goodbye in time. Charles was in Scotland too but I don’t know if he did. No one else was there in time, despite our awful media drawing all attention to Harry and Meghan.
    It’s true everything shifts after people die, especially our elders, parents, grandparents. How you feel about them, what you understand of them. Even now, many years after my parents passed away, it’s still on my mind. You change too, maybe you’re an orphan now, or the family elder. I don’t know if saying goodbye makes a difference, I didn’t have the chance with either of my parents.
    The disruption is disorientating at first. For me, it went on for some time. I see that disorientation in everyone right now. The strange decisions people are making to ‘respect the Queen’. Unexpected messages of condolence, eg from Putin. Police arrested a barrister for holding a blank sheet of paper, ‘concerned’ about what he might write. Doesn’t help we just had a full moon conjunct Neptune. Uranus was in the mix too, currently transiting the UK’s 8H. No wonder it’s all so odd.
    Grief is emotional pain. Pain can bring anger. I’m seeing that around us too. Irrational outbursts and outrage over the slightest thing. Charles couldn’t cope with the clutter on the table. The public couldn’t cope with him not coping.
    The Queen was never off the front pages or the main headlines. It’s how the royals are in our homes and part of our lives. So her passing will feel personal.
    It’s surprising what feelings come up. People are judging themselves for feeling grief for someone they’re supposed to despise for all she represented. But we don’t control our feelings. And the death of a public figure is sometimes cathartic when you re-live your own losses. When I saw your tweet just now with a photo of the Queen, I felt a little pull on my heart, like ‘am I up to reading this?’.
    Thanks, Christina 🙂 x