I’ve just stepped out of my time machine and back into Henry’s court. I love the dresses I get to wear here: loaded with brocade, embroidery and so much gold thread I can hardly move. But I don’t care about mobility because I look great. The king must think so too, because he hasn’t had me dragged off to the Tower yet. Here he comes now, ready for his daily reading.
Henry’s Relationships With Women
I recalculated Henry’s chart, adding the asteroids I regularly use in my astrology practice, expecting to find some intriguing things about his views of and responses to women. I was not disappointed.
Sir, I have to tell you you are not suited to monogamy (Vesta rising). You’re difficult to catch and are drawn to have affairs with women who hew to your ideal of purity. This despite the fact that you are absolutely the marrying kind (Juno conjunct Sun) and you individuate best through the medium of marriage. Does that seem like a contradiction? Yes, it is. You contradict yourself, sir. You contain multitudes (oh, it’s no use quoting Whitman—he hasn’t been born yet).
You are drawn to women who are strong and independent and who want autonomy and free rein for their intelligence (Juno square Pallas), but this brings you into conflict with them. You, sir, are surrounded by uppity females! Your reaction to them can be quite strong (Uranus in T-square with Sun, Juno, Pallas).
Beware of your tendency to overindulge your senses. You eat to stave off negative feelings, and you do so impulsively (Ceres conjunct Moon in Aries). You love intense living and you love the life of the senses, but blended together with some of the bodily sensitivities I mentioned before (in part 1) and with your love/hate relationship with your body (Chiron in Taurus), this can spell a life of hedonism and ill-health.
Sir, I must take my leave. But I see you are downcast and I want to give you hope. I have visited you three times, each time speaking mostly of your negative traits. I will return again tomorrow, for one last visit, in which I will speak about your glorious potential. Have hope, sir—all is not lost.
This article is part 3 in a 4-part series about the astrology chart of Henry VIII of England.
Part 1: The Astrology Of Henry VIII—A Portrait Of Charisma, Charm & Arrogance
Part 2: A Deeper Look At Henry VIII’s Chart
Part 3: What Henry VIII’s Astrology Chart Shows About His Relationships With Women
Part 4: How Henry VIII’s Chart Shows His Glorious Potential