Natalie Delahaye recently blogged about being hired by a friend of Kate and William to do a relationship reading for the royal couple. The time of birth for Kate given to her via the friend was 7 PM. Admittedly, this rounded hour time lacks a suggestion of precision, but it does give us a reasonably accurate starting place for her Ascendant in Leo.
Many astrologers and students got the impression that she could be a Leo rising personality and this time confirms it. Look at the confident bright smile and the fiery gleam in her eye. Look at her rectangular facial outline common to those with fixed signs over the Ascendant.
She is 5’9″ tall, athletic with a sturdy slender build. This fits a Leo/Capricorn Asc/Sun combo. Ruling planet, Sun, is in Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn, favoring a lean, efficient physiology.
The Sun rules a Leo rising chart, which makes Aquarius descending (Uranus ruled relationships). Uranus progressed to near exact aspect with natal Sun during the period of her relationship becoming official with William, their breakup, and reconciliation, moving in with him, engagement, marriage, and settling into home and family. That brought together these two planetary principles of her Ascendant (representing her) and Descendant (representing her partner). Further down I’ll get to the fine-tuning of this chart, but first I want to look at what are the hidden features of Kate’s birth chart in declination.
Hidden Aspects in her chart
Sun parallel Neptune at 22° South declination. Sun is the vital force, the masculine principle of outward-directed energies. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, a transcendent outer planet that relates to dreams, inner vision, creative imagination, and ideals. Combined this way with the Sun, Neptune’s energies fuse with it so the person desires the ideal or is even seen to embody it. Many with this aspect seem to have that extra special quality that cannot be attributed to particular physical qualities or anything you can put your finger on. It can indicate the drive to be creative, to inspire, to serve and uplift others. However, the first impressions created by Neptunian energies may not accurately reflect how the person really is or feels inside.
Sun contra-parallel Moon. This is the opposition, but in declination. So it doubly emphasizes those dynamics. This one is not really so hidden since the opposition is plain to see in the flat wheel chart.
The Moon is not always contra-parallel the Sun even if it is opposite it. So this dual opposition of longitude and declination makes this Sun-Moon relationship probably the strongest factor in her chart.
This is a true full moon. That is why it is conjunct the North Node.
The personal desires and ego are in search of full integration and balance. She can extend herself quite well to others and the outer world, but too much emphasis on outer appearances and keeping a stiff upper lip can leave her feeling misunderstood, wanting to retreat to familiar safe ground. These two signs of Cancer and Capricorn are in full archetypal effect here with Moon in maternal Cancer and Sun in paternal Capricorn. Kate possesses both nurturing sensitivity and ambition that requires strength in the face of challenges.
The Lunar feminine, subjective energies are at full expression, so it can mean high emotional and physical energies. With Sun at its full reach opposite the Moon there is a strong drive to be someone in the outer world. It is that inner feminine that pulls her back to what she needs and how she connects to those closest who aren’t necessarily expecting her put up a front, but to just be herself.
There is a balance to be found that is challenging: remain true to what she feels and stay close to those she most trusts while taking on the challenges that match the strength she knows she has or wants to discover.
Mercury parallel Uranus brings together the planet of thought and communication (Mercury) with its higher octave (Uranus) the planet of electromagnetic frequency (broadcast) and the collective mind (public). That makes this an aspect of group-mindedness.
She connects to others broadly and quickly and can think lightning fast when needed. She can be decisive, but unpredictable at times, as her mind is more inventive than usual. This may not be apparent earlier in life, but will certainly become more obvious as her role as mother raising children fades and she once again becomes a woman of her own apart from that role.
Her mind will of necessity be more attuned to the electronic world than predecessors in similar roles. This is an aspect that urges a forward-thinking mind that leaves behind many of the hangups of the previous societal attitudes. Expect bits of eccentricity and independent-mindedness to eventually show once she is fully comfortable with her place as a royal.
Kate is capable of the mental relationship with the public in her role as a royal.
Saturn contra-parallel Pluto is an aspect of power struggle. Integration is needed between responsibility to others and personal empowerment. There is no doubt she will butt heads at times with entrenched power structures or expectations, but with both these in Libra and also conjunct in longitude, there is a chance at a fair compromise being reached in a way that is mostly satisfactory to her and those old ways.
This aspect tends to eventually produce dynamics of struggle in which for a while it seems there is no resolution. There is a game of power struggle, especially involving media (these are in the 3rd house) and her communication to society. There have already been such power/privacy matters come up in her and William’s dealings with the paparazzi that had to be addressed by their lawyers.
The rectification with planetary metrics (for serious students and advanced astrologers)
FIRST — AN INTERNAL CHART RECTIFYING METRIC IS…
A progressed planet making a culminating aspect (minor or major) to a much faster moving natal planet or point that matches the nature of life events occuring simultaneously, and often across the entire duration of the culminating phase, which lasts while the aspect is within about 0°04′ of exact — applying through separating. The slower the progressed planet, and the faster the natal planet or point, the more potential it has in validating or rectifying a birth chart.
There are other internal metrics that may also correlate with certain types of life events, but involve a planet progressing to an exact aspect with a slow planet that moved little on the date of the person’s birth, thus not useful for rectifying purposes.
Maintaining less than a 0°05′ orb for progressed aspects is important. Culminating, exact, or just culminated progressed aspects are the most active aspects at any time and will feature their energies in the way the person’s life story culminates in particular events. Also, 0°05′ arc is the average distance the Sun travels in 2 hours, the average time it takes for one sign to pass over the horizon at the equator — a general measure for knowing that such progressed aspects are referred from an accurate natal chart.
It is not how ‘major’ the aspect is in progression, but how close it is to culmination that matters. Students who clear the excess data out of the aspectarians and study them carefully will be able to find these metrics.
Back to Kate’s chart
The date of her marriage to prince William, 29 April 2011, (using 7 PM chart 19° Leo) progressed Uranus 4SAG13.7′ was semi-square natal Sun within 0°02′ of culmination (separating). This brings together the ruler of her Ascendant (Sun) in near culminated aspect with the ruler of her 7th house of relationships (Uranus). This metric does indicate we’ve got the right signs over the Asc and Descendant, and are pretty close to an accurate Asc degree.
It also depicts astrologically the changes and stress to her home/relational life as she and Prince William began to get seriously acquainted and merge their lives. It can’t be easy to go from being an obscure private person to being in the paparazzi spotlight as a potential royal and now Duchess.
This progressed Uranus/natal Sun metric was active (within 0°05′ arc of culmination) across the period of Kate’s breakup with William, reconciliation, and marriage to him only if natal Sun is plus or minus 19CAP11. That is only if the radix Asc is 14-17° Leo. So this metric helps narrow down the radix Asc.
The other metric is Saturn quindecile/105° natal Venus. This was also very near culmination during this period. That aspect acts as a ‘mini square.’ However, this one is not as specifying of a radix Asc degree area. That is because her natal Venus was in retrograde motion and only moved 0°22′ the whole day. Therefore, while this aspect is simultaneous with the Uranus-Sun progression, it would have been active within 05′ arc for a natal Venus position a couple signs earlier and later over her Asc.
This 105° aspect (referred to generically as in the 15° quindecile series) is not marked in the aspectarian. However, the dynamic is undeniable in Kate’s life during this period of relationship growth and stress. It functions as a light or ‘mini’ square. Both aspects speak of the relational stress potentially resulting in commitment (Saturn).
Now on Kate and William’s marriage date her chart’s progressed Sun was right around 19° Aquarius, so with a slightly earlier Asc it would be over the horizon in the 7th house. So we don’t need to consider her Ascendant in Leo to be any later than 19°.
Let’s go back to when they first met and watch how their relationship progressed 
Kate and William first met at university September 2001.
They were first seen and photographed behaving as a couple at a ski trip in Klosters, Switzerland 28 March 2004.
– Progressed Saturn at 22LIB15 was 105°/Quindecile natal Venus 7AQU14, orb 01′
– Progressed Sun at 11AQU47 was 105°/Quindecile natal Pluto 26LIB49, orb 02′
William was invited to spend Christmas 2006 with Kate’s family and was planning to, but backed out, which upset Kate. This is the beginning of the progressed Uranus influence with it at 4SAG06.4′ semi-square natal Sun 19CAP11 in a radix set at 15° Leo, orb <05′ (applying).
Kate and William broke up 3 April 2007. (11 days before The Sun printed a story about it.) Progressed Uranus was applying a bit tighter to culmination of its semi-square to natal Sun.
On that breakup day, transiting Uranus was 16PIS17 — a good indicator for the Ascendant when there are breakups and an on/off dynamic in the relationships. Giving a transit orb of 2°, we can expect her natal Asc 14-18° Leo.
Other transits on the breakup day:
– Saturn: declination 16N35 = Parallel natal Asc 11-17° Leo.
– Pluto: declination 16S27 = Parallel natal DC 11-17° Aquarius.
These taken together also confirm Kate’s radix Asc range at 14-15° Leo.
They reconciled secretly 9 June 2007, when she attended a party at his barracks to celebrate the end of training. Jupiter would be more an indicator of this reconciliation than any of the previous planets indicated in breakup.
– Progressed Sun was +/- 15AQU02 [16S20 declination], indicating a radix very near opposite or contra-parallel this figure 14LEO57 – 15LEO07, [16S15-25].
– Progressed Moon was +/- 19GEM14 in quincunx to natal Sun 19CAP11.
– Progressed Uranus 4SAG07 is now within 04′ of culminating its semi-square to natal Sun.
So the degree area indicated is 12-18 at widest, 14-15° more narrowly.
They had visibly reconciled by October and in an outing had trouble with the paparazzi as reported 5 October 2007 by BBC. Prince William and Kate Middleton were chased in their car by paparazzi. It was the first time they had been seen together in months, which triggered aggressive interest by media and photographers. It was the same week an official inquest was begun into his mother, Princess Diana’s death during a paparazzi chase in France.
– Progressed Sun was +/-15AQU21, which should be directly opposite the Ascendant or even above the horizon into the 7th house now that their relationship had publicly solidified.
– Progressed Uranus was near 4SAG08, tightening its semi-square to natal Sun further.
– Uranus 15PIS44, which can confidently be considered not just quincunx her real natal Asc using an orb of 2°, but more importantly is semi-sextile her DC using an orb of under 1°. This was a partnered event. So the DC is indicated by the Uranu transit.
So the degree area indicated is 15-16° Leo, quite strongly.
This Uranus transit quincunx the correct natal Asc or semi-sextile natal DC is very important. On/off relationships are characterized in this way by Uranus transits. Then we see Pluto come into possible contra-parallel transit and using a 50′ arc for its orb of influence, we can see it also indicates a similar degree area with Uranus’ second pass October 2007 being the one that narrows things down to 15-17°45′ or so. Progressed Sun points to the correct degree in my view.
We know these two events (breakup and reconciliation) are not due to Uranus trine to Kate’s natal Moon (18 Cancer), because that is a flowing transit — not one of breakups and reconciliations or setbacks. For the same reason those experiences cannot be attributed to Uranus sextile her natal Sun (19 Capricorn). They are relational in nature because they involved Kate’s relationship to William, and they involved typical kinds of temporary changes or upsets associated with Uranus.
These types of supposedly minor aspects and transits to the appropriate calculated points are overlooked by astrologers all too often, particularly in rectification efforts. Relationships are 7th house matters, particularly a matter of the DC itself.
She moved in wtih him at his cottage in Wales June 2010. Using a radix chart set at 15° Leo we see the following progressions:
– Progressed Uranus 4SAG12 in 4th house was semi-square natal Sun, orb 0°01′ (just separated from culmination). So this marks the Uranus metric to natal Sun from the period they broke up through their marriage.
– Progressed Sun was trine progressed Mars (orb 0°01′)
– Progressed Saturn 22LIB14 makes a 105° aspect (quindecile) to natal Venus (ruler of 4th house), orb 0°02′.
Those aspects narrow the viable radix area quite a bit because of the quick movement in the radix of Sun, Venus, Mars that would not have allowed these progressed aspects to be near culmination unless we are using a pretty accurate chart. So we’re now looking at late degrees of Libra over the 4th cusp and a narrow range for where the natal Sun should be.
Engagement and marriage progressions
So let’s look again at Kate’s progressions, now using the 15° Leo Asc. Using Fred Bickum’s Declinations Aspect Calculator I was able to further narrow her Asc by finding the only area in declination in which Saturn made an aspect to her Asc/DC axis on the date of her marriage. Progressed Saturn was at 6S14, making a -22.5° aspect to Asc and +22.5° to DC. That puts Asc 16N14-16′, which is +/-15LEO19. Saturn is commitment so this is an important, decisive factor.
First, let’s look at this chart with progressions for the date of their engagement, 20 October 2010:
– Progressed Sun quincunx natal Moon, confirming its radix position exactly (orb 00′)
– Progressed Uranus 4SAG13 is still tightly semi-square natal Sun (orb 02′)
– Progressed Saturn 22LIB11 still 105°/quindecile natal Venus, 02′
Now the marriage progressions:
– Progressed Moon within 0°15′, just past her Asc — that should be convincing enough
– Progressed Uranus still in semi-square to natal Sun, 03′ separating
– Progressed Saturn 22LIB11 still 105°/quindecile natal Venus, 02′ separating
Remember the progressed Sun was at +/- 15AQU02 when they quietly reconciled, and 15AQU21 on the date of their problematic first pubic outing later? That fits perfectly with this range, helping narrow it to 15LEO02-21.
What is interesting about this chart is it has Pluto opposite the Midheaven. That makes a lot of sense given her now very influential and powerful position relative to the rest of society.
1. Kate Middleton chart data/time source, Natalie Delahaye blog post:
2. Kate & William timeline:
3. Parade magazine article, Why William and Kate broke up in 2007…
4. Fred Bickum’s Declinations Aspect Calculator: