The Duke of Wellington at Waterloo

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The Duke of Wellington was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 1, 1769.  The charts shown below are relocated to Waterloo, Belgium.  Since the Duke was born late at night, the shift to the east (for relocation) moves his birth date to May 2, 1769.

Relocating Wellington’s natal chart from Dublin, Ireland to Waterloo, Belgium moves his Ascendant from 22:33 Sag to 18:56 Capricorn . . . a shift of almost a full sign.  In Dublin he had the North Node on his Ascendant.  At Waterloo he had Pluto on his natal Ascendant and Part of Fortune conjunct Jupiter at the MC.  Clearly, Waterloo was a great place for him to be.  We can look at his natal chart below.


Wellington Waterloo natal corrected

The chart’s title indicates this is “corrected.”  I’m still getting used to StarFisher, the software used to create these charts, and had allowed the time to be PM (which it was in Dublin, Ireland) instead of AM (which it was when relocated to Waterloo, Belgium).  This chart is shown as black on white.  StarFisher offers three presentation modes, black on white, black/colors on parchment, and colors on black background.  Note here the Sun-Urnanus conjunction which fits with Wellington’s aloofness relative to others.  Curious is his Part of Fortune conjunct the Moon — this is due to the Moon’s distance from the Sun being the same distance as the Ascendant is from the Moon.

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Wellington had a well trained, equipped artillery unit which he had set up behind the top of a ridge line where is could not be seen by the enemy forces.  A road and hedgerow ran along the ridge line, hiding his foot soldiers.  A steep slope ran down to a lush valley of farmland.  The night before the battle of June 18, 1815, it had rained.  The lush valley was very wet with water.  Tall fields of rye took advantage of this fertile area.  Wellington had also manned to walled farms in the valley, serving as both outposts and hindrances to any advancing foot soldiers of Napoleon.  It should be noted that the accuracy of the soldiers muskets at this time was so poor that shots fired as close as 20 or 30 feet often missed their intended target.  During the battle, one of the farm houses never fell to the enemy.  Neither did it have any impact on the overall course of the battle even though many French troops died around it walls.

Wellington MoppS 6-18-1815













The t/Moon-opp-n/Sun Return for Wellington occurred on the day of the battle.  Return charts that mark events on-or-close-to the Return date are often quite “strong” in their interpretive effects.  Transits are inside, the relocated natal planets are outside.  Note the n/Asc.-n/Pluto near the MC.  This fortunate location for Wellington is the focus of his plans and goal to defeat Napoleon.  His stars are aligned for this date and place.  Note t/PoF squares n/PoF;  chance and change will ebb and flow, the outcome is hard to see ahead of time.  Another interesting factor is t/Mars-t/Pluto emphasizing n/Mars opposite n/Pluto.  The concept of war and application of force will put into practice on this date.

Wellington’s Return chart is clearly better than Napoleon’s Advanced chart.  Yet, both of them had similar problems on the day of the battle, problems that centered on their ability or need to communicate with their troops and field marshals.  Napoleon never went to a place where he could oversee the battle.  He remained mile behind the lines, nursing his hemorrhoids and remaining unconcerned about the batle.  His commanders awaited orders and direction, never received any, and missed many opportunities.  On the other hand, Wellington was very much present at the front lines but his several allied armies would not heed his requests and never engaged fully in the battle.  His own forces were quite small compared to Napoleon’s forces.  But, his command presence made the difference, while Napoleon’s lack of presence also made a difference . . . permitting bad decisions and missed opportunities, resulting in confusion, defeat, and retreat.

I hope these two examples will encourage my followers to download and use StarFisher.  The full instructions are found under the menu choice of CALCULATIONS, along with download guidelines, features, and steps to create natal and Return charts.  Dave.










About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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