Bang on cue, new royal couple, Meghan and Harry, yesterday announced that they would be taking a step back from the Royal Family. It’s not that surprising considering that Meghan has been hounded by the press over the last couple of years, but it is a definitive turning point in the Royal family.
This coincides with the major Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on January 12, 2020, a symbol of the end of the old order. Many astrologers have been braced for change to the Royal Family for some time, as Uranus, the planet of change triggered the Queen’s Sun at 0 degrees Taurus and Charles’ Moon at the exact same degree (Mummy’s boy?) over the past couple of years.
There was speculation of abdication as Uranus is the planet of splits, often prominent in divorce cases. And, Meghan and Harry’s move does feel like a divorce, a split, a significant cutting of ties from the old ways and a traditional role. Uranus is evident this week too, as it turns direct at 2 degrees Taurus on January 11, 2020, the day before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
There is talk of the couple becoming financially independent, which fits Uranus in Taurus’ symbolism, the independent planet in the sign of money. Yet, it’s the Saturn-Pluto conjunction which is showing strongly in the charts of the Royal couple. Most importantly, it falls conjunct Meghan’s Descendant at 24 degrees Capricorn.
This is the end of a relationship but not with her significant other. Instead, it’s with someone theoretically more important, the Queen, the leader of the pack. And, it is personal for the Queen because her Ascendant-Descendant axis is the exact opposite of Meghan’s with the Queen’s Ascendant at 21 degrees Capricorn. A painful placing for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
Harry & The Royals
You can see how the major conjunction is playing out for Harry too with his Moon at 24 degrees Taurus. The Moon symbolises the mother and Harry’s relationship with his own mother must have felt like that Moon in Taurus, nurturing, safe & secure. Until, it wasn’t any longer as she was cruelly taken from him.
The Moon is Harry’s family as the Moon sits close to his IC (home/family point) at 17 degrees Taurus. He doesn’t want to lose the woman he loves or the son he’s devoted to. Archie (b. May 6, 2019) has his Sun at 15 degrees Taurus, bang on Harry’s IC at 17 Taurus and in close affinity to Harry’s Moon at 24 Taurus. Archie is the apple of Harry’s eye.
Also, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction plays a key role in the charts of other members of the Royal Family. It’s exactly sextile Charle’s Sun at 22 degrees Scorpio, who may turn out to be a supportive influence to the couple.
And, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is trine William’s Venus at 25 degrees Taurus. More importantly, it squares William’s Pluto at 24 degrees Libra, co-ruler of his Scorpio Midheaven. It’s likely to hurt William most. Although, with Harry’s Moon at 21 Taurus and William’s Venus at 25 Taurus, they are always going to share a loving bond.
‘Stepping Back’ Announcement
The announcement of the couple’s decision to step back from the Royal Family came on the day when Jupiter, King of the Gods, was conjunct the South Node in Capricorn (see chart below).
The ‘dissolution of the firm’, the potential beginning of the end of the Royal Family. Certainly, a significant shift away from tradition and another nail in the coffin of a difficult period in the life of the Royals.
The chart for the announcement of the ‘split’ yesterday puts the Ascendant at 14 degrees Leo and Meghan’s Sun is in the royal sign at 12 degrees Leo. Most tellingly, Uranus in Taurus sits at the top of the horoscope, very close to the Midheaven.
This is Meghan’s decision to cut ties and split away but it’s not going to help her profile or her reputation. Hopefully, people will be kind to the young couple.
It doesn’t feel like the best move with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction so strongly placed in Meghan’s birth chart. The last thing she needs is to have more people turn against her, which is the flip side of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on her Descendant – the ‘other’.
Eclipses & The Royals
Note that this announcement also coincides with the Lunar Eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer on January 10, 2020 falling opposite the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
The Royals are closely tied in to the eclipses. They often make major decisions or plan big events that coincide with an eclipse which involves the King & Queen of the skies, the Sun (King) & Moon (Queen).
Meghan Markle b. August 4, 1981, 4:46 am, Los Angeles, California, USA
Prince Harry b. September 15, 1984, 4:20 pm, Paddington, London, UK
‘Stepping Back’ Announcement: January 8, 2020, 6:30pm, London, UK