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Mandala * Sacred Vessel of Consciousness, Healing, and Evolution

Carl G. Jung, depth psychologist, was known quite simply to his friends as “the Shaman”. To Jung we owe a vast debt for his exploration of consciousness, including his own early bouts with what appears to have been borderline psychosis. He discovered, from Eastern philosophy, the Mandala, and used it extensively in his own seal-healing journeys.

Above all, Jung discovered the extraordinary role of the Mandala, in containing the Psyche within safe boundaries which made its creative life possible, and which also facilitated healing processes – within his own shamanic journey and in therapeutic sessions with his patients.

Here, I explore further the Mandala as a sacred vessel within which we gather our experiences here on Earth and then move them towards a Center – all this orchestrated by the Higher Self.  As we gather in experience, we grow, learn, and transform in ever-higher stages of spiritual evolution.

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William Duke of Cambridge Birth Chart * Destiny or Freedom Calling?

Prince William sits with his father and the Royal Heir Prince of Charles in Parliament, under the Act of Regency on May 10, 2022.

The birth chart of Prince William, also known as the Duke of Cambridge, is intriguing and has a rather commanding presence. I say this because of several striking features which, given the present state of the British Monarchy, could swing into play in the near future.

A major question for me, as an observer of Royal Astrology, is whether or not William will actually sit on the British Throne, or if, in some way as yet unforeseen, he will find a different path, perhaps one of freedom, his true dream…

The future is murky here. William is presently second in line to the throne, but it is clear that the Queen, and much of England, would prefer William to be the next king, meaning that Williams’ father, Prince Charles, the present heir, would be passed over in the line of succession.

This has been the speculation in recent years, but what is emerging now, in 2022, may be another, quite different framework of succession, desired by the Queen herself and possibly already underway. Because under the Act of Regency, which is currently invoked to allow Prince Charles to act in his mother’s name for the official opening of Parliament, Prince Charles and Prince William, his son, were both present “acting for the Queen.”

This sets up the scenario whereby Charles accepts that a newly envisioned British Royalty will be strongest, and most likely to edure (certainly this is the Queen’s opinion) if it is somehow expanded in form to embrace Prince William (and I suspect Prince Harry) in a dual or even tripartite monarchy.

Such a new monarchy would, in a way, hearken back to the days when the British Empire was tripartite – with one part of the Crown in London, one in Cairo, Egypt, and one in Delhi, India.

Jupiter, King of the Gods, King of the planets, ruler of kingship on Earth.

Jupiter (which rules, among other things, Kingship) movied into Aries (New Beginnings) on the very day – May 10, 2022 – that Prince William joined his father Prince Charles, formal heir to the throne, in representing the Queen.  I find Prince William’s presence – apparently at the wish of the Queen – to be a signal that the Queen has found a way, symbolically at least, to pass the Crown to both Charles and William; if true, this would be a brilliant compromise, and may pave the way for more royal innovations.

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Meghan Duchess of Sussex Birth Chart * A Royal Destiny

Below is the birth chart – Equal House system – of Meghan Markle, technically Royal Highness and a Princess, but known as Duchess of Sussex. I am assuming that the public data is accurate, in terms of the House System.  Here are some preliminary thoughts:

Meghan’s birth chart is rather unusual.  It is very much a bucket style in shape, with just one major planet, the singleton Mars, above the horizon, so that it can be said to be the handle “carrying” the rest of her planets in the half of the chart below the horizon.

But in addition to this emphasis on the lower half of her chart, Meghan’s planets are nearly all in the “Eastern” left-hand side of the chart (we pretend we are looking at a chart with North at the bottom and South at the top).

Usually, this interesting set of configuratons would suggest not only a very private person whose life unfolds beyond the public gaze, but also beyond most relationships which the person may form (few) in the course of their adult lives.

And though we may think we know Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan, as the very public Duchess of Sussex and activist, it may turn out that as time rolls on, Meghan will create and maintain a very private world for herself, Harry, and their children.  This fits with my conclusion that Prince Harry is going to be the strong one – Meghan’s own “strength and stay.”  (See my analysis of Prince Harry’s birth chart in Prince Harry Duke of Sussex * A Royal Death In the  Tenth House).

The Psychology of Meghan Markle * Becoming Duchess of Sussex

Just the structure of her birth chart tells us something fundamental about Meghan’s personality which explains – without judgement – why Meghan “failed” Royal Family and the British Monarchy experience.   Quite apart from her treatment within the Royal Family, her attempts to create a public persona which fit the role expected of her would have cost her far more than she could have realized.

It would have been one thing to create an artificial persona such as she forged for her role in Suits; in fact, escaping into such a role can be a haven for a private, introverted person. But acting is – compared to becoming a Royal – a 9-5 job.  She could retreat from her role in Suits, go home and curl up within her own safe places. On her blog The Tig, she could, from a safe private place, express herself and her desire to be a leader and influencer (Mars above the horizon).

On the other hand, having to become Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (and technically Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales) was relentlessly demanding, full-time, and a total takeover of her own personality.  This role required her to create a huge, exaggerated persona which essentially buried the “Meghan” deep within an artificial tomb-like Royal Personality.  There was no escape, no reprieve, ever.

So Harry’s urge to protect Meghan and find a way out for her was truly heroic; she really could not have survived the drowning process she was experiencing.  Meghan has to find a way to marry her natural psychology with her spiritual calling to serve, but the first step was to remove her from the toxic process which was absorbing her.

Chiron, Teacher of the Gods, Wounded Healer

Yet Chiron – The Wounded Healer and Shaman –  is in Meghan’s 10th House of public image, career, and governments. It is the only other significant body besides Mars which stands above the East-West horizon of Meghan’s chart, and it is in the most prominent House in anyone’s chart.

So Chiron is a vital influence, and in many ways a sign, if I may say it, of someone truly “Chosen” for public service (which Meghan surely feels deep within).  Chiron vies with Mars to be the real “Handle” of her whole chart, particularly when we realize that Mars is in the 12th House of isolation, associated with hospitals, prisons, and monasteries.  With Mars thus muted, Chiron in the 10th House is an important indicator that life in the public eye may be her fate; there is only so much she can do to find her way through the real trauma which living in the public eye causes her.

For Chiron represents chronic suffering arising from a deep inner pain which cannot be healed, though it can be alleviated through serving and teaching others.

So Meghan has the right idea – she needs to serve – and it will always cost her some degree of suffering.  However, she is right to insist, with Harry, that service can be done in many ways, not simply as a “working Royal” as laid down by the Palace powers that be. In that sense, her Mars in the 12th House shows her at work, but in the sanctity of her home.

A Word About the 12th House

While we are looking at Mars in the 12th House, remember that this House is one of the 3 Karmic Houses (along with the 8th and 4th).  Karma is not about crime and punishment, but about experiences and how they balance our perspective and growth.

Mars here tells us of past lifetimes most likely as a soldier, adventurer, sports or adventure enthusiast, possibly involved with engineering.  It can represent as well a lifetime in prison as well as a monastery – Meghan’s compassion is rooted in her own past-life experiences as well as those of this life.

What is interesting here is that Prince Harry’s Mars is also in his 12th House, and this really confirms their link, particularly in lives as males together, but also sharing the absolute need to have a private retreat in which to recover from public exposure.  While Prince Harry may have thought he dealt better with this exposure than Meghan, it is likely that his acute suffering as a “trapped” Royal stemmed very much from having no way to explore, affirm, much less express his personal identity. Tellingly, the closest he came, and he knew this, was in the Army, so expressive of the Mars energy.  So while he was rescuing Meghan from a public identity made of straw and bricks, she was rescuing him as well.

Mars is square to Saturn (and other heavenly bodies) in the 3rd House, so no surprises that every fibre of her being is opposed to the law-governed, tradition-bound authorities represented by Saturn, upholder of hierarchies and of course, the patriarchy.  She will have fought for freedom from such strictures in more than one life, through pen and sword, and takes up her battle station in this life as a natural position.

Note that the Asteroid California falls here, in her 12th House.  It always amazes me how these seemingly randomly-named asteroids fall so uncannily into predictive places within a birth chart.

But how fitting that Meghan found her retreat from Public Incarceration in the truly private “isolation” of a home in California.  It is very unlikely that she will ever give up this state as a home base, and although London will call her back, London is also in her 3rd House tightly conjunct Saturn, Moon, and Jupiter – all of which are square to her Mars.  These are all symbols to which she is deeply opposed – Charles, Harry’s Father (Saturn), Harry’s Grandmother and also Mother’s Memory (Moon), and the Royalty/Monarchy itself (Jupiter).

The 3rd House is about Extended Family – and clearly her Mars is squarely opposed to much of the Royal side – but the 3rd House also rules immediate neighbourhood, village-style.  This tells us that in some way, Meghan will still find her “neighbourhood” in London, as much as a private sanctuary in California, though there may be many battles yet waged before a formula is found which can make both Extended Family and Extended Living Space in London work.

In fact, Prince Harry may have to forge a new dimension to the Royal House – one which may see the Monarchy divide into a triparte form – Britain, the Commonwealth, and perhaps a new royal position linking Washington and even Europe somehow into the Crown.  His own birth chart suggests a strong drive toward some form of his own kingship, however strange that may sound at this time.

As I write, the world is changing rapidly, the West sees itself unexpectedly but potentially under attack by two powers; there may come a time when the Atlantic Alliance will evolve – must evolve – to create a united front, with survival at stake.

Meghan’s Sun in Leo and Ascendant In Cancer

Meghan’s Sun is in Leo and this is – all by itself, a very sociable and public-loving Sign.  This is the paradox for Meghan, she has such a sunny open Sun, but it can be clouded so totally and so quickly by the fact that it is really quite isolated for genuine public support.  In order for her Leo Sun to be the dominant factor in her personality, it would need much more support from planets above the horizon, and not be “squished” into her 1st House and 1st Quadrant so tightly.

Her Sun is conjunct the Goddess Pallas Athene, which is a huge driving influence in terms of women’s rights and human rights generally.  And, her Mercury, ruler of communication in speech and written form, is here along with her North Node representing the highest aspirations of this lifetime for her – all of them in Leo like her Sun.  So if she can find a way to get her message out, she has a strong and visionary drive.

Fortunately, in this age of the internet, video-conferencing, and TV, Meghan (and Harry) can speak to the world if they choose, and still have a sense of personal identity and security.  So in this context, Meghan’s birth chart fits into a focus on home and strongly suggests that this is where the money and security details should be lavished.  Travel should be minimized and what is needed in terms of nature and beauty should be as much as possible found right there in their home environs.

And, in perfect harmony with this vision, Meghan’s Ascendant – also known as the Rising Sign, is in Cancer, ruler of home and motherhood, but also of nation.  Oddly enough, despite all that we have seen (and I have thus far written), Meghan may have a future in the British nation as Prince Harry’s wife and mother of his children. She could rise to the occasion if Prince Harry does, as I predict, forge a Return of near-mythic proportions to fulfill a role at this point not foreseen within the British Monarchy.

Meghan and Harry Royal Tour Australia Sparked Jealousy Among Other Royals – Reminders of Diana’s Overshadowing of Charles…

With the right safeguards in place – her rights ensured – Meghan could grow into such a role, as she grows into the Moon-ruled Sign of Cancer.  The British public saw her as the next Diana, that is clear; and it seems clear also that the rest of the Royal Family were jealous of this starring role which emerged so vividly on Harry’s and Meghan’s Tour of Australia, and later in other Commonwealth appearances.

Had she been empowered further by the Royal Seniors in this new role and in particular, had she been allowed, along with Harry, to reinvent the Britain-Commonwealth identity – Meghan may well have found a genuine new identity in which she could believe, and which would still preserve her unique spirit and personality.  As so many have observed, this was a missed opportunity by the British Monarchy to begin a genuine re-envisioning of its global presence.

The Influence of Libra in the Third House

All of this of course points directly to Meghan’s strong Libra skills in style, presence, personal communication gifts, and political sense.  Her Asteroid London, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto are all in Libra, and in the 3rd House of Extended Relationships and Neighbourhood, making these essential factors in her daily life.  The Commonwealth could have become that “Extended Neighbourhood” radiating from the British Centre, had it been re-envisioned as a break with the colonial past.

Meghan does have still to contend with these 3rd House influences pulling her outside her home – but it is not that far out of her comfort zone, if given appropriate meaning and if she retains control.  As the dominant vibration here, Libra blesses with its intellectual, balanced, strategizing energy which so nicely complements those elements of Prince Harry’s Virgo Sun.

The Sign of Libra is loving, non-judgmental, driven by causes, fair and analytical.  These are great qualities for one who seeks to serve with compassion and wisdom within the context of often complex issues.  Meghan will dig deeply into issues (Pluto here, albeit somewhat by itself in the 21st degree of Libra).  Saturn is actually exalted, or has special gifts, when it is immersed in the constellation of Libra.

Her ability and desire to teach will be balanced by kindness and tact, especially with her Moon in Libra as well.  Libra is an Air Sign, so will balance the Water, Emotion-Laden Sign of Cancer Rising.  She can step back, and search for justice to balance compassion and in time, learn to see right on  both sides of an issue.

All this Libra energy, as noted, confers on Meghan considerable political skills.  The Asteroid Washington is actually in the Sign of Virgo (Prince Harry’s Sun Sign) and sits in her 2nd House.  The 2nd House deals with personal resources, including money, which Venus here underlines as being in good supply for most of Meghan’s lifetime.

However, Washington here, with Venus, may point to the need for both Harry and Meghan to earn a living through running for political office within the American system.  It might also signify that both she and Prince Harry will have political roles involving Washington, but these will be as part of the Royal Family, possibly ambassadors to Washington – even part of an expanded Crown with its own presence in the United States, as noted elsewhere.

Meghan has a great deal to give, and it is to be hoped that she finds her own platform, with the help of a husband whose loving presence at her side truly seems an act of fate, from what I see in both of their charts.

There is much more to the Duchess of Sussex’s birth chart – I have only outlined key features which explain, I think, some of what others have chosen to criticize about her so unkindly.

© Carol Leigh Rice 2022

Prince Harry Duke of Sussex * A Royal Death In the Tenth House

It only took me about one minute to see the truth leaping from Prince Harry’s birth chart.  It could not be more clear if it had been written in letters a foot high.  Harry’s birth chart turns upside down the popular myths about Harry’s weak, struggling personality and about the nature of his and Meghan’s relationship; it rearranges our understanding as to the fate which this young prince brought into the world, and about the role he is to play in the Royal House of Windsor.

The young Duke of Sussex has a birth chart which shows remarkable strength as well as a dramatic element of karma linking his 12th, 10th, and 8th Houses in a tale of kingship, isolation, mystery and conspiracy, with Pluto at the top of his chart, symbolizing a “Royal Death In the Tenth House”.

Below is Prince Harry’s birth chart (Equal House System).  I can only offer a brief chart analysis here, but I invite you to pay close attention to the  placement of Pluto and Venus in the public, 10th House.  They are part of a Double Sextile (or Partial Grand Trine) which unites Prince Harry’s Jupiter/Neptune in the 12th House and his Mercury/Vesta/Juno in the 8th House.  This configuration of the Double Sextile indicates a deep, fated pattern which offers almost the only path out of conflict and struggle within a birth chart.

Thus in Prince Harry’s chart, we find the very public death (Pluto in the 10th) of Princess Diana, Queen of the World, (Venus in the 10th) is actually experienced by Harry as an event resonating through one sextile to Jupiter – symbol of Royalty – in his 12th House of past lives, seclusion, isolation, and unconscious.

His Jupiter here would represent his own sense of isolation within the Royal Family, his helplessness in relation to Pluto – symbolizing his mother’s “Royal Death In the Tenth House.” But Jupiter also suggests Higher Law – and justice, the drive for which I believe will motivate Prince Harry all his life.

His other sextile from Pluto leads to the karmic 8th House of Death, Mystery, Conspiracies and Power.  Here we find Pluto contacting the dimensions of the Feminine – Vesta the Sacred Virgin and Juno the Wife – which are impacted directly by Pluto’s contact.

These aspects of the Feminine are embedded within mystery, intrigue and even coverup based on their location in the 8th House, and emphasized even more by their connection to Pluto, ruler of the 8th House, which sits in the 10th House.  These “Goddess Asteroid” aspects of the Feminine suggest that while the world saw the death of a Venus in Diana’s passing, for Harry it was that, and even more devastating as it was a blow to his image of the Sacred Feminine as a whole – wife, mother, Anima – or spiritual goddess.

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Silk Road Journeys * Insight, Guidance and Healing From Your Dreams

Rest and dream in the caravanserai of Sleep…

The Inward Journey
Know Thyself! Nowhere is this more possible and more surprising than in DreamWork.

Each part of us makes appearances upon the Stage of Dreams, and this makes for a vast cast of characters indeed. From past-life selves to pretend selves to subpersonalities/fragments and to would-be finer selves, our night-life is informative, creative, and incredibly important.

The benefits of the dreaming state appear to be the real loss when we do not get enough sleep. The body can manage on very little sleep, but the personality, with its mysterious connection to both the Physical Self and the Higher Self, cannot.

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