Prince George Alexander Louis' Birth Chart
|By Karina Weil, DM|
|Every household glows anew with joy and hope whenever a child is born. Such a light swept across the world frontiers when the birth of Prince George was announced. In a matter of minutes, thousands of fingers began tapping on keyboards located diametrically distant from Paddington, London. Although they neither shared the same nationality nor the same profession, the minds that moved them had the same thoughts in common: What is the baby prince going to be like? What life experiences await him? What does the future have in store for this soul? |
The Purpose of this Article
By virtue of already being a public figure at such a tender age, Prince George is having and will continue to have his birth chart bethe object of much analysis and scrutiny in the years to come. It is not the purpose of this article, however, to peekinto the baby prince’s chart with view to make predictions about his prospective life. The reason is two-fold: Firstly, many traditional Indian astrologers follow a tradition of refraining from reading a child’s chart until he or she is 12 years old.The human glance when cast upon the hereafter is intrinsically fraught with apprehension, which, by the very principle of attraction, inevitably casts a shadow of gloom and imagined fears upon a tender seed that is striving towards the light. Secondly, Jyotish is a divine science whose essence is to empower us by showing our human connection with the divine cosmic creation, and, as such, the sparkle of divine nature within us. As an astrologer and a mother, I chose to write this article as a celebration to this truly beautiful, powerful and heavenly moment for the royal family and their new baby. With this in mind, this article fully adheres to the ACVA Code of Ethics regarding public figures. See A.9. Public Responsibility
Rasi Nakshatra or Lagna Nakshatra?
The official announcement stated that Prince George was born on July 22, 2013 at 04:24 PM, BST, in London. According to the Vedic astrological calendar, profound and perceptive Scorpio was just rising in the early degrees of Vishaka nakshatra and the Moon was in the early degrees of Capricorn in the Uttarashada nakshatra. Nakshatras or lunar mansions have paramount importance in Vedic astrology. They play a central role in delineating our karmic unfoldment. These celestial bodies govern the individual’s psychological make up and provide deeper meanings into each planetary position. Komilla Sutton (2012) says that they are the axis around which Vedic astrology revolves.
Indian tradition has it that the Moon Nakshatra is the repository of all the human potential during a life-time, and therefore holds crucial information that is used for predictive purposes. Sage Parashara professed that the Janma Nakshatra or Moon Nakshatrais a key element in determining the planetary period or Dasas (Chapters 46, slokas 12-14). However, most recent authorities, such as Satyacharya, regarding the determination of the birth star, had accepted usage of either the Moon or the lagna nakshatra, whichever appeared to be stronger on the natal chart. Satyacharya verbatim dictum is as follows: “The birth star has to be determined by a careful consideration of the strengths of the Moon and the Ascendant, which is the star in which either the Ascendant falls or the Moon is posited at the moment of birth. Whichever is stronger of the two.” (Satyacharya, s.d. chapter 1, p. 1, sloka 8). Levacy (2011) further maintains that a chart should be read from the ascendant (lagna), as well as Chandra and Surya lagnas.The Prince’s chart is examined from these three perspectives.
Prince George’s Vishaka Lagna
Vishaka lagna lies in the zodiacal sign of Scorpio. Scorpio suggests a person who is motivated by the need to transform itself and its surroundings by detecting and eliminating obstacles (Geppi, 2013). Purification is its motto.
A leafy tree with strong branches that provide shelter and a triumphal gateway decorated with leaves are the pictorial symbols of this asterism. This stems from ancient times. These depictions, in themselves, are very auspicious and help us visualize the power to triumph and to grow in influence as he advances in age. Life is a succession of trials that beg resolution and aim at attaining triumph. The gateway is a reminder of that in a nakshatra that is essentially goal-oriented. In this light, this is a promising and favorable omen fitting for a future leader.
As the third in line of succession to the throne, Prince George will require a unique set of skills plus the blessings of the stars in order to live up to the demands of the job that awaits him. Two of the most important are inner strength and determination. People with Scorpio rising are known for their resilience and intense powers of concentration on the desired end, bordering on the relentless. Its counterpart Vishaka -- commonly portrayed as being fixated in the pursuit of their aims -- matches perfectly the Scorpionicobsessive ways.
Regarding the protection of the stars, Mars, his lagna ruler, exalted in the navamsha, along with Jupiter, the primary ruler of this asterism form the auspicious Guru Mangal yoga. This is a special yoga since Jupiter and Mars rule a trine and a Kendra respectively (Mars rules the lagna and Jupiter rules the 5th house). The fact that both planets are in the sign of Gemini in the 8th house gives reason to believe that he has the mental prowess, depth and focus for research, inquiry and debate. The planetary war between Mars and Jupiter in the 8th house symbolizing his family lineage and heritage is a compelling point of discussion, because it indicates -- along with the presence Mercury in its own sign, conjoining Jupiter and Mars -- the intellectual acuity to question and transform long-held traditions (Swanson, 2013). The 8th house is representative of the monarchy (lineage/inheritance), which will need to continue to change, transform and evolve in order to keep up with the times. How the Prince will choose to express the expansiveness of Jupiter, the in the 8th house
One other noteworthy yoga is formed by the two benefics -- Mercury and Jupiter -- joined in the 6th house from the Moon, which forms the fortunate Chandra Adhi Yoga, frequently seen in the charts of persons in positions of command and dominance, as seen in his great grandmother’s chart, Elizabeth II, Queen of England, whose chart shows Jupiter in the 7th house from the Moon. There is more: just like his queen great grandmother, Prince George receives the additional blessing from his 10th house. Venus in the regal Magha nakshatra in the 8th house from his natal Moon, not only fulfilling the yoga but also creating an exceedingly auspicious prognostication, besides the fact that it reinforces the previous Chandra Adhi Yoga.
Prince George’s Moon Nakshatra in Uttarashada
The birth happened under the dazzling auspiciousness of Guru Purnima, the full Moon cycle (reinforced in the navamsha). The full Moon designates the culmination of the Moon cycle, where it is at its maximum expression of brightness, and is often an indication of prosperity and attainment. On the other hand, it also illuminates the need for uniting the two extremes. The opposition of the Sun in Cancer—the sign of emotional sensitivity, and family-- and the Moon in Capricorn — the sign of responsibility, and long-term perseverance –-shows the prince’s need to achieve a happy medium, and integration between the duality of the love for his family and country, and his work. Considering that he is the heir to the throne, both are likely to, in time, come to mean the same. Cancer, as the sign of sympathetic caring, emphasizes human relationships and a heart-felt rapport with the public. Capricorn, as the sign of accomplishment through hard work, due to the influence of Saturn, points to the ability of translating the needs of his family, community and country in a way that is at once practical, mature and down-to-earth.
The blessings of Guru Purnima are in part due to the fact that the Moon was in the nakshatra of Uttarashada, which means “later victory” or the “latter unconquered”, thus upholding the promise of protection in the face of challenges and ultimate victory. Interestingly, there are two additional factors intrinsic to this nakshatra that provide further reassurance to the Prince’s future life. The first is found by looking at Uttarashada ten ruling deities identified as the TenVishwadevas, or Universal Gods. According to the Rigveda, this is a most comprehensive aggregation of subtle beings of the heavenly spheres, which are representatives of benevolence and the guardians of virtue (Travedi, 2005). One of these divinities is called the Pitris – a Sanskrit word for “Ancestors. The word implies a reliance on the old traditions and one’s forefathers, which can have a protective influence. ”. It is interesting to note that he was born with Venus in the Magha nakshatra, is also ruled by the Pitris, which represent “ancestral pride and personal power” (Harness, 2000, p. 39).
The second relates to Lord Ganesha, known as the great “Remover of Obstacles” (Travedi, 2005). Ganesha is revered throughout India and no enterprise is initiated without Ganesha being first propitiated to ensure positive outcomes. Such blessings are well deserved for Uttara Ashadha natives are relentless in their pursuit of success, particularly with regards to the quest for the “spiritual unknown” and or “spiritual liberation” (Harness, 2000, p. 83).
One can have an inkling of what the Prince’s personality may be like by examining the qualities expressed by these celestial beings. The connection with the “Ancestors” shows the reverence for the inherited traditions and the authority that they confer. Here, one also sees the underscoring presence of the saturnine traits of respect for the tried and proved values and the tendency to uphold these values in decision-making. This shows a practical orientation that inspires respect and reliability in relationships just as Saturn is exalted (uccha) suggests. The connection with Lord Ganesha reveals the self-confidence to start new projects and the ability to carry them through to a full completion. This, compounded by the active natures of the Moon in the 3rd house of valor and courage, in Capricorn, and the Sun in Cancer in the 9th house of dharma/truth, suggests Prince George’s self-directed ability to realize his dharma. He will triumph as a result of his will power, and his victories will be a direct consequence of his self-willed efforts.
Prince George Sun Nakshatra and Potential Career
The Sun, as the atmakaraka, is the indicator of the soul’s mission in this life. It was in what Harness (2000) calls the most auspicious Pushya nakshatra, whose essence is that of prosperity, gentleness, and a nurturing quality. The combination of these attributes yields such benevolence that it is symbolized by a cow’s udder yielding milk. Given that it is the ruler of the 10th house of career and of dharmic and karmic purpose, it shows a propensity and capacity to “nourish, nurture,care and to give freely on all planes of existence.” (Trivedi, 2005, p. 120). If we factor in the exuberance of Jupiter, the “presiding deity of this nakshatra” (Trivedi, 2005, page 121) we cannot help but hope for a child who will grow into a future benevolent and generous king. The stabilizing and structuring presence of its ruling planet, Saturn, brings in the tranquility and maturity to fulfill his plans and initiatives and bring them to fruition, thus completing the cycle beautifully.
The Sun also forms one of the strongest Raja Yogas by being the lord of the 10th house in the 9th (the strongest angle, and strongest trine) aspecting the lord of the 9th --the Moon. Even though Prince George will be loyal to his family values, he also shows a healthy streak of independent thinking that is seminal to the development of his own philosophy. This may prove to be an inner reservoir of intuitive and spiritual guidance. Additionally, the lagna lord aspecting the lord of 9th and the lord of 5th in 8th, indicates that his philosophical autonomy may lead him to break away and pursue transcendental and higher teachings. The Moon, as the 9th lord, shines its strong and protective rays on him. Exalted Saturn in 10th from the Moon is also a source of stability representing the sort of solid, tangible structures in place to catapult him to leadership, which is reinforced by the Sun in Leo in the navamsha.
One last natural question that is bound to arise when looking at Prince George’s remarkable chart regards his professional inclinations shown by his strong and awake Saturn in Libra with Rahu in 12th and 10thfrom the Moon. Here, Saturn shows work with the government. Also, it consciously expresses the seriousness and commitment to do what is right and fair in relationships --one of the pillars of democracy—while playing a public and (perhaps) diplomatic role. This can be applied to the context of foreign countries or cultures (12th house). The presence of Rahu in the 12th indicates the area of his greatest success, and its conjunction with exalted Saturn can magnify all the positive significations of this placement.
Prince George’s chart overall has an immense potential for good and success. His perseverance and serious determination represented by the Scorpio lagna are supported by a sharp, penetrating intellect that underpins the capacity for mental insight. The courageous and adventurous spirit endowed by Mars will enable him to seek and explore new and challenging avenues of unorthodox thought venturing into realms endeavors that border on what is conventionally considered mysterious. The great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda had Jupiter and Mars, though in a different sign, in the 8th house of the unconventional. He was one of the greatest exponents of the ancient techniques of Raja Yoga in the Western world. Would it be too bold or reading too much into the chart to think that the Prince might perhaps move in the direction of the Eastern traditions as part of his philosophical quest? Could that be the signification of that planetary confluence in the 8th house? The harmonious Jupiter glance on the exalted Saturn in the spiritual 12th house creates the proper balance needed for any achievement in the hidden underpinning significations of the two houses. And that, to me, represents the most exciting aspect in the Prince’s chart.
His steady emotional intelligence symbolized by the Moon in Capricorn in the 3rd house of self-initiative and will power, allows him to make decisions based on principles, as shown by the Sun in the 9th house and the Full Moon. This enables him to act and change while maintaining an inner sense of focus and purpose –-true leadership attributes. With so many blessings bestowed on this little soul, I cannot help but think that the hopes and expectations are likely to be equally as high in a country and a world so much in need of innovative, courageous and principled leaders. I wish continued blessings to him and to his family.
Karina Weil's Biography
|Karina Weil, D.M. has studied and practiced Western Astrology since 1997 and Vedic astrology since 2004. On January, 2013 she received a Level II Certification in Vedic Astrology from the American College of Vedic Astrology™ (ACVA).|
Karina has a doctor's degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and has written books and articles on the subject of self-leadership and intuition in the decision-making of business leaders. Karina lives in Sao Paola, Brazil.
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