This article was lifted from a previous tweet thread of mine.
Someone on ig wanted to see Charles II’s chart analysed, so I said I’d do it! But, unlike with Henry VIII, I’m actually interested in Charles II’s transits regarding 3/4 specific transits in his life.
Charles’ father, King Charles I, was the king of England and Ireland from 1625 to 1649. In 1649, King Charles I was tried and found guilty of high treason. The reason for this is kind of a long winded one, but in short, Charles I somewhat caused wars over religion. Charles I believed in the divine right of kings, you see, so he tried to lead how he felt he should. However, he also shot himself in the foot multiple times in his reign, from losing wars, to being seen as ‘too catholic,’ to raising taxes without parliamentary consent, and more.
The English civil war breaks out, Cromwell comes onto the scene, Charles I is held captive and refuses the offer made to him, and by 1649 his various tumbles led him to execution. The English Monarchy was then dissolved and the state were in charge. (That is, until, Charles II.) As the civil war came to a head, Scottish Parliament declared Charles II King, while England entered what is known as the English Interregnum: England became a state led republic, under various forms of government, spearheaded by Oliver Cromwell. We don’t have the chart of Oliver Cromwell, but we do have an A-rated chart for Charles II. Below is a picture of his transit chart for the day Scotland proclaimed him the king. Doesn’t look so bad on the surface, right? Well, I’m sure that’s what he would’ve thought too.
The first thing that I noticed with this transit chart is that transit Mars in Virgo is in conjunction with his Virgo Ascendant, and more loosely to his Uranus. The planet of action was coming into being for him, activating his most personal chart point! But, look closely… Mars was in retrograde! It was directly affecting him and his life, but not in a particularly lucky or bountiful way. It had yet to hit its more tight aspect past his Uranus also, which can signify more societal fights, battles, and changes to come. And they did.
The next big thing which stood out to me with this chart is what’s going on about the 10th house. The 10th house is the house of public image, and when you’re trying to secure a monarchy after your father fucks it up, having a solid 10th house transit is absolutely vital. Charles II… doesn’t. At this time in history, Pluto in Gemini was conjunct Saturn in Gemini. If we read Saturn as authority, in this case, and Pluto in its more literal, mythological form (God of the Dead and Transition), its perhaps the most on the nose transit you could get.
Charles’ family image, what he was to inherit, to become, his hold over society (that he would have had, 10H ambition), was being destroyed and reinvented. This hits him adversely not only because of his situation, but because these transits form negative aspects in his chart. Firstly, they sit conjunct his MC, tying his most elevated self (his kingship) to this chaos, but also they square his Jupiter in Pisces in 7H (abundant business relationships), and of course also sit opposite his IC (family, what he knows.) If that wasn’t a kicker enough, both Saturn and Pluto were in retrograde, so it was unlikely that any result was going to actually be the best, most lasting one, but especially not for Charles II.
Charles II wasn’t going to just sit down and accept defeat, though. On 3rd September 1651, and this was the final battle of the English civil war. Cromwell was the more popular choice, for reasons in the shape of Charles I, but this didn’t stop Charles II from trying to fight for the throne and monarchy. Here’s the chart.
At this point, Pluto is now direct, reaping chaos and transforming the land! But, unluckily for Charles II, it is now making an exact conjunction with his North Node. I interpret this as a necessary point in his journey to the crown, though not the end point. The transit Sun was in conjunction with his Virgo Uranus, which is positive, though not a personal transit at all, hence why this event didn’t result in personal success. I will say, though, that it is uncanny that his chart ruler, Mercury, is conjunct his Ascendant. This is a beneficial chart, but not for winning battles, and not for fighting for the crown. For that, Charles would need more than generational transits hitting his axes. However, he should count the chart lucky, as he did evade capture after his defeat, unlike his father did.
After this battle, Charles II fled to mainland Europe, where he spent 9 years in exile. Cromwell, despite his efforts, didn’t exactly go down a treat (told you those generationals did no one any good), and a political crisis ensued after his death in 1658. Now, get this. The political unrest led to what? Another war? Another complicated fight between what Scotland and England wanted of their ruler? Actually, no. Charles II was invited back to England (and Scotland) to restore the monarchy. This happened on his birthday in 1660. The calendars wouldn’t change to Gregorian for about another 100 years, so the dates get weird trying to show his solar return for this period, especially since he was invited back before this, so I used both relevant SRs.
With the 1659 SR, I am so intrigued by the SR Ascendant being conjunct his natal one by 1°, especially since Virgo Ascendant is a common Ascendant in the British Monarchy over the 400 year period I’ve studied before. In the 1660 chart, Virgo then sits in his 10H with Jupiter. Comparing these to Charles’ history, I find this interesting:
1. Each major event of his battle we’ve seen has activated his Virgo 1H, though not enough to seal the crown.
2. Virgo moving from sunrise (AC) to most elevated sun (MC) strikes me as “the lifting of the crown.”
Looking specifically at the 1660 SR, I have to say, Charles II had it pretty good with this one. When he returned to the country, he was greeted well, and people were actually pretty happy to have him. In fact, they were so happy, they pretended the last 10 years didn’t happen. Yes, you read that right, after 1660, legal documents which stated a year of his reign wrote 1949, as though he’d succeeded the throne from his father all along. Part of me has to smile, because Charles II’s 1660 SR has Gemini Sun conjunct Gemini Moon. Yes, a new moon!
This is a symbol of starting again, of a complete restart which could not be more rich and fruitful for Charles considering what the previous Gemini transits brought to him. Looking at you, Saturn and Pluto.
It’s okay though, Mr Gemini had his reign, and it can be described as:
Now, I could absolutely add more dates and charts to this, but this is a nice little ending.
All in all, from what I’ve mentioned here, it seems that astrology had a plan for Charles II which didn’t see him getting the crown right off the bat.
But, don’t be fooled, because perhaps this story has one key astrological moral: we work in systems, and what goes around, comes around. Charles II had a first hand take on what that means through one of his most personally prominent signs, Gemini.