It was announced today, April 9, 2021, that Prince Philip died peacefully this morning, a couple of months shy of his 100 year birthday. He was born on June 10, 1921.
It’s an extraordinary age and an extraordinarily long union and marriage with Queen Elizabeth. They met in 1939 and had known one another for 82 years. They had been married for 73 years. Some of us are lucky to reach the age of their marriage let alone their epic union.
So, what held these two extraordinary individuals together for so long? In classic sun sign compatibility, they were an odd pair – Sun Taurus (Queen), Sun Gemini (Philip).
Taurus is steady and stable and loves nature and all things country. While, Gemini is flighty and fickle and loves variety in life and the buzz of the city.
Yet, they remained together for a very, very long time. What may have helped is that they both had Capricorn rising, so Saturn was their ruling planet – duty & responsibility.
Looking at the key synastry between their charts, it’s all about the Moon. They both have Cancer, the family sign, on their Descendant, the relationship point in the horoscope. Therefore, they are both looking for someone who holds family dear to their heart.
In both cases, the Moon was in Leo when they were born, the regal sign. In Philip’s case, he ended up with a royal partner and in the Queen’s case, she ended up with a man who was destined for royalty, like it or not.
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The Moon in Leo needs to be adored and take centre stage – being the Queen fits but it may have been harder for Philip to find his place at times, the place where he could shine.
Family & Service
Rather remarkably, if you look at the major synastry between both their birth charts, it’s a Moon-Neptune conjunction that works both ways. The Queen’s Moon is at 12 Leo, Philip’s Neptune at 11 Leo. Philip’s Moon is at 22 Leo, the Queen’s Neptune at 22 Leo.
This is quite extraordinary synastry – there’s that word again, extraordinary. And, it had to be didn’t it for their relationship to survive so long with two obviously different characters – if you haven’t watched The Crown, check it out.
Moon-Neptune conjunctions in synastry can be incredibly romantic or magical or destined or meant to be. It smacks of a fairy-tale marriage.
Yet, there’s a flip side which is that what you need in life never quite materialises or what gives you comfort always remains a bit elusive.
It’s an idealistic combination and there’s a nod towards serving the greater good rather than getting your own needs met.
I do love that connection though between the two of them – and when you know someone for 82 years!!!! – yes, it’s worth that many exclamation marks, how remarkable was their union. A long life of family & service.
The Queen & Prince Philip were in each other’s lives for almost a whole Uranus Return, which lasts for 84 years. Impulsive Uranus was in Taurus in 1939, the year they met and it’s in Taurus once again as Philip leaves the Queen. It’s going to be a life-changing epoch for her.
New Birth Time
Please note that since writing the article a second birth time has been discovered for Philip which seems to be accurate. The time is 10:00am which moves his Moon to 15 Leo and puts his Moon/Neptune conjunction on the Leo Ascendant at 13 Leo. The importance of the Moon in Leo – the Queen! – remains but I prefer the Capricorn Ascendant personally.
As I mention in the comments if Philip had been a Sun Gemini, Moon Leo, Ascendant Leo, he would have been hugely extrovert and dramatic. I think he would have needed the Capricorn Ascendant and Saturn as his ruling planet to give him the duty & responsibility required for his role. Plus, he lived a long time and had an exceptionally long marriage – again, Saturn themes.
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Andries H. Cats says
Queen Elizabeth II.
Asc 20°,22’54 Capricorn.
Pars Fortunae 08°,29’45,8 Libra.
Pars Spirit 02°,16’02,0 Taurus.
Part of Fate 18°,36’37,8 Pisces.
Asc 17°,16’19 Sagittarius.
Pars Fortunae 02°,37’32 Leo.
Pars Spirit 01°,55’05,3 Taurus.
Part of Fate 16°,33’52,3 Virgo = conjunct radix Ninth House cusp 16°,27’14 Virgo.
PHASE 167 (VIRGO 17°): A VOLCANIC ERUPTION.
KEYNOTE: The explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious.
We are dealing here with the dramatic release of energies which have been kept in check by the outer shell of the ego controlled consciousness. It may be a spectacular catharsis, but it often takes paths of destruction. Yet unless some form of purification by fire is experienced, the inner pressure of the karmic past or of more recent frustrations would shake up perhaps even more destructively the very foundations of the personality.
At this second stage, the objective confrontation with an image of the karmic past is replaced by a subjective irruption of repressed memories and primitive cravings. Everything must be released from the psyche seeking to attain the transfigured state. The soul must become empty, the mind translucent. The Keyword is EXPLOSION.
Neil Cannon says
Are you sure Prince Philip had Capricorn rising? There is some talk in the Astrology community that he had Leo rising. There is a possibility of a birth certificate and time of birth.
Sally Kirkman says
hi Neil, thank you for your comment. Yes, it seems there are two birth times and the astrology community is now saying that the Leo rising chart is accurate. I’ll add this to the article above. It gives him a Leo Ascendant with the Moon/Neptune in Leo on the Ascendant so the Moon is still hugely important in the royal sign – the Queen. I think the Capricorn Ascendant suits him better though – if he were Sun Gemini, Moon Leo, Ascendant Leo – he would be a huge extrovert and I think he needs Saturn as his chart ruler to hold him steady and give him the duty & responsibility needed for the role he took in life. I think he looks more goat-like than lion-like too 🙂
Older and wiser says
Superficially I’d say having his Venus in Taurus on the Queen’s Sun will have helped their relationship endure. He needed stability in love.
That he is a Sun-Mars Gemini was fulfilled by all the Royal engagements and people he met. It’s said he instigated the Royal walkabouts which are perfect Gemini territory, briefly someone then moving on to the next. According to The Times he undertook 21,000+ solo engagements and gave 5,000+ speeches.
That said, listening to the tributes to him on the radio, there’ve been a couple of stories about how he engaged in lengthy discussions about a topic showing great knowledge. One man, from one of the many charities he was involved with, said he could be quite argumentative about how the charity should be run, but that it was because he loved to be challenged. In my experience that’s part of Gemini’s way of learning – throw out an idea and talk around it to see how it stands up.
His lasting legacy is of course the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which I think maybe fulfils his Leo Neptune-Moon in providing something for the younger generation that bears his name.
Sadder than I expected to be to see him go. Rest in Peace. Nice write-up Sally.
Sally Kirkman says
Thanks for your comment and I don’t think that the Sun-Venus conjunction is superficial – it’s another nod towards their lasting relationship. It’s a little wide for my liking as I would usually only allow a 2 degree orb in synastry. Yet, the fact that Philip has Venus in Taurus means there was a side of his nature that wanted stability in love – very different to his Sun & Mars in Gemini. The Queen’s Venus is in Pisces so she wanted a fairytale romance – I guess he must have been very exotic to her – the Greek-island older prince! I love what you say about the Gemini influence – I think it’s the Mars that adds the argumentative edge. The Sun’s square to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Virgo shows the deeper more learned side to his nature as well. Yes, agreed re. the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and the Moon-Neptune – also Mercury on his Descendant – you often find that Mercury represents teenagers, younger people, so another nod to his legacy 🙂
Yes it is remarkable on so many levels. Thank you for this kind article.
But talking of Neptune, the Crown is the perfect example of its activity in revisioning of reality, or the Post Truth Era.
Sally Kirkman says
Yes, the fictional retelling of the story is totally Neptune 🙂 I’m loving the Crown!