King Charles' year of change
Astrologer Debbie Frank provides a starry insight into the royal couple
Happy New Year, Royal Clubbers!
I hope you've all had a wonderfully festive holiday. For the first newsletter of 2024, it felt only apt to speak to astrologer to the stars, Debbie Frank.
Debbie, who was a close confidante of the late Princess Diana, is our port of call whenever we want to gain an insight into future royal movements and compatibility (she spoke to me about why Prince William and Princess Kate are such a heavenly match here). And this week she's been looking at King Charles and Queen Camilla's astrological charts for us.
According to Debbie, 2024 will see Charles "trying to hold things together against a backdrop of change". Camilla, meanwhile, will "make a difference as a senior royal without compromising who she is".
Take it away, Debbie…
Challenges for Charles
"For King Charles, things are less settled and calm than he would like, and his personal family issues are mirrored in the wider Commonwealth family threatening to de-stabilise his peace of mind," Debbie said. "Uranus is the rebel planet, and whilst Prince Harry and Meghan continue to rock the royal boat, his role as King of country and commonwealth requires modernisation. 2024 is a pivot point for Charles himself as he finds his feet in a world of change.
"As a Scorpio, the sign of re-birth and transformation, King Charles most probably longed for his reign to be seen as a regenerative force for the UK. However, having waited so long to get the job, he finds himself in a position of trying to hold things together against a backdrop of change which is reflected in an unruly cosmos. Astrologically, Uranus upends the old in favour of the new. Developments in April sees both Jupiter and Uranus pushing everything to the breakthrough point.
"In addition, powerful Pluto is squaring Charles's Moon for most of 2024 so there's a real need to dig deep and change some of the patterns of royal life, particularly when it comes to royal residences – some of which will be used very differently."
Less is more
Both Charles and Camilla may also prioritise their health towards the end of the year, Debbie said. "They will want to preserve their energy for what is truly important and cut back on extraneous royal routines and protocols, perhaps relying more on the younger royals to step in. Especially in December when Mars reverses on his ascendant and less is more in terms of what he takes on."
After reading Camilla's birth chart, Debbie pictures a "very private person who is sustained by escaping into her own space". The Queen, who is often described as her husband's "rock", will continue to bring her A-game to royal life, but she also won't compromise who she is.
"A line-up of four planets in Cancer occupy Queen Camilla's secret 12th house, indicating her comfort zone is always going to be behind the scenes," said Debbie. "She dutifully steps up to the plate for royal occasions, but she needs to be away from the limelight to recharge. During 2024 she continues to slip away to do her own thing but also introduces her own initiatives into royal life.
"Camilla is able to bring a breath of fresh air even though her husband finds 'the system' frustrating. Transiting Uranus enables her to make a difference as a senior royal without compromising who she is. March is hard work with stern Saturn putting her through her paces, yet her reward comes in July which is packed with joy."
Slowing things down
Towards the end of the year, both the King and Queen will be forced to press pause. "In December both Charles and Camilla (whose charts are intricately mirrored by each other) will need to take things slowly as Mars in Leo on both royal ascendants turns retrograde," said Debbie. "They may have to postpone or delay much of what they had in mind for a period of time as Mars only comes back to this point in late spring 2025."
What do you think of Debbie's analysis? I'd love to hear your comments below.
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