#23 Pawn of Fate: Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of all the Russias

Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna was christened Princess Alix of Hesse when she born in Darmstadt, Germany on the sixth of June 1872 at 3:45 AM. Marc Jones does not give a time, but the UK Astrological Association does from the research done by member Luc de Marre who obtained the data from state archives in Hesse.

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birth chart of the Tsarina

The prelude

She was originally slated to marry Prince Albert Victor, but she was not popular at the British Court, and the “quiet” 4Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary) was chosen in her stead. Alix snubbed and outraged by this change in plans, was then chosen for Princes Nicholas of Russia, if of course he agreed. It was kismet from the first, the two were well matched and were married on November 26, 1894 after her conversion from Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy and rebaptised Alexandra Feodorovna.

The Mary of Teck rivalry was the first, though ominous, appearance of her Annie Oakley complex 2 or “anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you” — see Lilith opposing the Moon, Sun, North Node and Part of Fortune. This Lilith opposition to this massive stellium is striking and without the asteroid in the 8th House one would be hard pressed to see how the fatefulness of her chart. Look at the grid on the chart above — she has literally no aspects except for the hard conjunction that total 6 if we throw in Pluto.

This “preponderance by aspect” as Marc Jones refers to it in his Essential of Analysis 3 is found also in the chart of President Calvin Coolidge who has 8. Jones writes that “this heavy weighting in the chart, requires the native to make some immediate and perhaps exceptional impact to show either his naivete or sophistication to his fellow man”. For the Princess, this one-upmanship required her as marrying another would-be King of an equally large and important country in Europe.

The wedding

Above is the nativity of Alexandra Feodorovna to Tsar Nicholas II of All the Russias in St. Petersburg on November 26th 1984.

The most striking aspect is her Mars at 11 Gemini opposite the day’s Midheaven in Sagittarius on the 8th House cusp for it was true that she was leaving all her friends and family far behind. Mars is conjunct the yet to be found Pluto compounding what a harsh change in her life this was and conjunct Neptune how much of a prisoner she would feel she was in this strange cold land where no one knew English or German her two native languages.

Transiting Neptune in the 2nd is sextile her native Neptune in the 12th house that is also conjunct her transiting Mars in the 12th, reinforcing the prisoner of war (or marriage) feeling: for princesses weer not free spirits who could marry who they want much less pick where they would live but in Russia, equidistant from both Paris and London at 1660 miles away, this could never be a weekend jaunt to home. No, this was a permanent and remote place in Europe and the lack of planets in either her 4th house or her transits to the 4th house show her lack of ties to her new homeland.

Children though do show up, which should be expected. But the South Node at 28 Virgo becomes the Midheaven (her true purpose) in her Draconic Wheel while her North Node is now shifted over to Scorpio and lies on the cusp of her 8th House.

Here is an interview with the Reverend Pamela Crane that may provide some additional insight since the books are all out of print and expensive.

(One bookstore in Stockholm has Pamela’s “Draconic Astrology” published by Aquarian Press for $23.00 or $238.00 Krona, but I suspect that is the lone copy My copy was procured years ago luckily.)

The South Node at 29 Virgo writes E. C. Matthews in his Fixed Stars and Degrees of the Zodiac Analysed, gets the keyword of Temporary Collecting, where “people frequently accumulate so many personal belongings that they are tied to one place in some form of restraint or imprisonment.” Jones in his Sabian Symbols, writes that 29 Virgo is the “a woman gaining secret knowledge,” that can be construed as her instruction into the ways of Russian Orthodoxy, a far different religion than Lutheranism, where the King and the Church like the Byzantine Empire of yore are united into one holy figure.

Draco Tsarina

The fin de siecle of an Empire

Draconic Charts are often called “Draco” charts. Above is the Tsarina’s Draco chart that is noticeable because everything from Gemini now becomes Pisces and her Ascendant through the North Node are in the last degrees of Pisces. Draco charts use aspects the same way normal geocentric charts do, and her we see asteroid Lilith at 03 Libra opposing her willful Sun and then by a translation of light that Annie Oakley aspect of wanting to be better a Russian than the Russians themselves in her appearance, demeanour and attitude. This ridiculous rivalry is karmic because it aspects the end of a cycle (Pisces in the 2nd) and as she is a proxy for the nation as their Empress, an end of the royal regime as well.

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