Prince Charles loved skiing at Klosters, a famous ski resort in Switzerland. In early March of 1988. He would be joined by Princess Diana, a rarity as they mostly went separate ways at this point in their marriage. Also, Fergie the Duchess of York, a friend of Fergie — Bruno Sprecher who was a mountain guide and instructor — Palmer-Tomkinsons, a Swiss policeman and his wife, Patty, and Major Hugh Lindsay — the former equerry to the Queen and a friend of Charles.
At this point let us review the chart for this fateful day. t/Sun-t/N.Node conjoin at the IC angle; In the context of a dangerous outing, skiing where avalanche postings were everywhere, we can see the Sun as representing Charle’s health, life-vitality, best interests, decisions. At the IC, this can indicate a “either-or” condition in terms of one’s core being. The t/N.Node shows he is in the company of other close associates. t/Sun is closely squaring n/Mars in the first house of physical action and a dangerous environment. Let us turn our attention from t/Sun to n/Sun which squares t/Mercury, the planet which indicates movement, travel, communication. In the context of this day, this refers to the skillful sport of mountain skiing. t/Mars conjoins t/Neptune and squares n/Neptune; danger and hurt from water and snow fits this occasion.
As a side issue, which I will address later, take note of t/Moon sesquiquadrate (135 degrees) to n/Moon.
In the Solar Return it was noted that Pluto might have a role to play in this year’s events. For this chart, that seems not to be the case. The prospect of an avalanche might evoke thoughts of Uranus. In this chart the t/Uranus and n/Uranus are opposite each other.
I would like to interject a comment, actually an observation, at this point about when a transiting planet is in aspect to its natal self. This applies to all of these cyclic charts. By focusing upon the core meaning of that planet, in the context of the subject’s life, we need to carefully consider the natal-transiting versions as highlighting a dilemma or critical issue. For instance:
- n/Sun aspecting t/Sun: Two males, two opinions. Torn between two decisions.
- n/Moon aspecting t/Moon: Women disagreeing. Unable to ‘connect’ with a woman’s thoughts or feelings.
- n/Mercury aspecting t/Mercury: Difference of opinion. Conflicting information.
- n/Mars aspecting t/Mars: Taking action on two differing endeavors. Fighting without a clear understanding.
The reader gets the idea here with these few examples. The subjects internal behavior and response patterns seem to conflict with what the present situation requires. This can play out as unusual behavior or by being projected onto another person as a “me versus them” situation.
After lunch, Fergie took a bad tumble. She was four months pregnant and decided that the ski conditions were too harsh to deal with. She went back to the hotel. Diana also left the slopes. She was more comfortable in the lodge talking by phone with her current boyfriend
The skiing party was aware of avalanche dangers, postings were everywhere. They were all good skiers and felt that the choice of trails, awareness of the potential dangers, and their skills would enable them to meet the challenges. The group went in two sections, Sprecher and Palmer-Tomkinsons followed the first group. The first group stopped on a gentle slope between a ledge and a cliff. The second group caught up with them there.
Hearing a deafening roar, they knew an avalanche was coming their way. With only seconds to spare, Sprecher screamed “Jump.” He pushed Charles onto a ledge next to a rock face. The policeman also made it onto ledge which they flattened themselves against, letting the snow pass over and around them. Sprecher, Charles and the policeman watched as the snow swept Hugh Lindsay and Patty over a four-hundred foot precipice.
Sprecher, who was a trained mountain guide, waited for the flood of snow and ice to pass and then skied behind the avalanche until his beacon detected a signal under the snow. Digging with a shovel, he found Patty unconscious. He pounded her chest and gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, reviving her. Charles arrived and he and Sprecher dug to pull Lindsay out of the snow. Their efforts led them after several minutes to Lindsay. His skull was completely open.
Charles kept talking to Patty, trying to keep her conscious until a rescue helicopter arrived.
Charles was very distraught. He was afraid that his friend Sprecher would be blamed. He wrote out a careful and detailed account of what had happened, noting that Sprecher had acted with ‘incredible speed and total professionalism’ and was ‘instrumental in rescuing Patty.’
Sprecher’s actions, which saved Charles and Patty, created a close bond between them. The following months found Charles still trying to cope with the tragedy at Klosters. This added to his doubts about his future. The Queen was a robust 62 year old. It seemed that he would not be King, if ever, for a very long time. His mannerisms were indecisive, he changed his mind often. His marriage to Diana and affair with Camilla only added to the uncertainty of his life.
It is these last remarks that relate more to the Solar Return chart. Charles was caught up in the trap of Royalty, having ceremonial duties and an image to maintain, while being relegated to a minor role as Price while the Queen’s views and programs dominated the flow of everyone’s life. He had established a program, The Prince’s Trust, which provided seed-money to entrepreneurs to start their own business. This had resulted in thousands of success stories and work for very many of his subjects. He continued his athletic pursuits such as skiing and polo. But, the strains of his marriage to Diana and here flirtations with others, his own affair with Camilla which would not develop into any recognized union at this period of his life, all were tensions that could be traced to the patterns in the Solar Return.
So, in this Progressed Daily Angles chart, the n/Sun in the 12th trine the t/Sun at the IC could portray the loss of his friend, Lindsay. The badly aspected n/Moon-t/Moon would be the emotional impact of both Diana’s behavior and his feelings about Patty losing her husband in the avalanche. The opposition of natal and transiting Uranus, along with the presence of Jupiter, reflects the suddenness of the avalanche and the protection provided by his friend, Sprecher, who acted so decisively at the moment of peril. We have to note that t/Saturn was also very close to the n/Uranus position.
There is so much present in this chart that sorting out what applies to one person and what applies to others is difficult. What is important to recognize, that every action, every result had an impact on Charles this day. While some things affected him personally and physically, other things also affected him personally in terms of his friendships, position and sense of responsibility.
This 39th year crises imperiled Charles’ life, but did not take it. If one could take the long view of history, perhaps this event and this year provided a change in his perspective of what his life should become. With the upcoming loss of Diana due to a car accident, and his focus on raising his two sons in a manner different from his own upbringing, the ultimate resolving of his relationship with Camilla, this period could be seen as a beginning for a new direction in his life.