Just after midnight on August 31, 1997, Princess Di was in a fatal car accident with Dodi Fayed in Paris. They were being chased by seven French paparazzi into a tunnel under the Seine River. The chauffeur of Dodi's car hit a concrete pylon that spun the car against the tunnel wall. Dodi died at the scene along with the driver. Princess Di along with her bodyguard were taken to the hospital. She suffered injuries of shock, cardiac arrest and a severed pulmonary vein that the doctors couldn't overcome. The world is currently mourning her shocking death and the passing away of a beautiful woman that was thoughtful, kind and sincere in her celebrity.
The time of the accident does not indicate how fatal this time would be for Di. It doesn't have the signature profile of a sudden death chart that an astrologer could predict death. That feature is probably in the driver's chart. Everyone in the car was under the control of the driver; therefore his chart would be the dominant one to look at for the accident. This will probably never by published so it will be hard to verify.
What can be said about the timing of the accident puts a 14 degree Gemini Ascendant on Princess Di's 7th house of third parties, i.e. the driver. The ascendant was square the transiting Sun and opposing Pluto, a planet long associated with dramatic death. This also ties in the male element here with the Sun representing men in her chart and it was conjunct transiting Mercury which I associate with employees and people in service to others, i.e. the driver again. The last really interesting transit for this event was that Venus was opposing transiting Saturn and they both fell on Di's 5th house of love affairs and the 11 th associated with friends. The opposition brings in the element of surprise but it could just as well mean the termination of old relationships (Charles) or both. I'm guessing this is pointing to Dodi (the 5th cusp) but I don't have his birthdata yet.
Despite the tragedy of her death, this event has tremendous impact on Prince Charles' chart. The announcement of her death at 4:00 am Paris time is very insightful. Three degrees Leo on the ascendant of the death announcement fell directly on Charles' ascendant of 5 degrees Leo. Transiting Uranus was on his 7th house of marriage and partnerships. Transiting Mars is on his equal house 4th cusp at 10 degrees Scorpio. All this denotes an abrupt major change in his status in the family and with his parents. The transiting Moon is on his Pluto and transiting Sun is on his 2nd cusp and Saturn. This is a double aspect of deep transformation with women, money, the established order (the monarchy) and responsibility. Her demise changes his status from a divorced Royal Prince of Wales into a widower. This is very important for his future chances of King of England upon his mother's death. He could not be the figurehead of the Church of England as a divorced man. This problem is eliminated with her death and couldn't have been more fortuitous for Charles' career requirements. The transit of Venus opposition Saturn fell across his Venus-Neptune in Libra and his MC at 13 degrees Aries. The abrupt loss of old relationships across these points alters his career path and his attachment to Camilla Parker Bowles. The British public will never separate their love of Diana from their view of Camilla as the 'other woman' He would love to marry her but my personal opinion is that this is not to be. It would be a serious career mistake. He would be much better off as a career widower until after he was crowned. Ten or more years need to go by before the memory of Diana fades in the public's eye.
The announcement of Diana's death to the Queen's chart is favorable too. The Queen's Sun and Part of Fortune fall on the event's equal house 10th cusp. This is the house of public opinion and career. Her Sun can represent her, Charles or Prince William and Harry because it is elevated in a position of prominence. Transiting Moon opposition Jupiter is on the Queens' Moon and her Mars. This brings positive changes to her family and her public image. Transiting Pluto has been on her MC for several years as the monarchy has gone through much public airing of unseemly private matters in the media. Transiting Sun square this Pluto transit on her MC puts her son again in the public eye. This may very well be the last major blow to the Royal family's image for awhile. Princess Di died one day away from a partial solar eclipse. Her entire funeral is forcing the monarchy into the public eye with great emotionality by the world's love of this woman. In death as in life, Diana has managed to shake the British throne down to its foundations. This entire eclipse period of August 30-September 16th will force the monarchy to change all established rules to save the future generation of Kings (Sun square Pluto and the eclipse) its place in royal secession.
On another note, Diana's brother had predicted that the press would be the death of her. Seven paparazzi at the scene were arrested that night since they were chasing Dobi's car. Today, the media is discussing the terrible cost of celebrity chasing for pictures in the tabloid press. There could be major laws enacted in Britain after this event and in many other countries. With Pluto (planet of dramatic transformation) in Sagittarius (ruler of publishing) the event could be the catalyst for social reform of the printed media.
References and Charts Bbelow
Princess Diana born 7-1-61, 7:45 pm, Sandringham, England.
Di's Fatal Accident on 8-31-97, 12:10 am, Paris, France.(not shown)
Diana's Death Announcement on 8-31-97, 4:00 am, Paris, France.
Prince Charles born on Nov 14, 1948, 9:14 pm, London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II born on 4-21-1926, 2:40 am, London, England.
Sources are from CNN on 8-31-97 and Solar Fire database of charts.
Dodi Fayad's birthdate is April 15 1955 in Alexandria, Egypt. No time in available. The accident had transiting Saturn between his Mercury and Sun in Aries. This was a time of stabilization in his work and personal life. He wanted roots and order. Transiting Pluto was opposed to his Mars. This is a time of obsessive desire to achieve his goals and needs. It creates a tremendous need to achieve. Transiting Neptune had been on his Moon and was still in aspect. A time to be in love with ideals especially regarding women and money. It could be deception with money too and he was noted for not paying his bills to creditors. The transiting lunar nodes were on his Venus, a time of great change with whom one associates with in friends and lovers. The nodes were prominent in his chart along with Di's. They could have been more strongly placed if I knew the time of day of his birth. It was a powerful time for him, but death was not in a strong astrological signature in his chart.
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