“Although man’s physical organism is neither the whole of himself nor the controlling factor in his make-up, the body with its social and spiritual relations nonetheless remains a primary barometer of his well-being on all levels of existence. The nature of his general stamina always is indicated in the horoscope by the situation of the LIGHTS.
If the sun is ABOVE THE EARTH in any House other than the TWELFTH or EIGHTH or is in the FIRST of those BELOW THE EARTH, it is said to be the HYLEG or the giver of life. In such an instance the native generally possesses a robust constitution and remains in relatively consistent good health. In any case he is likely to be little discommoded by what diseases beset him, and on the whole to live a long and active life…. King Leopold III is a royal example.” ¹
Dr. Jones notes two other Royals, but both of them do not have the Part of Hyleg but instead demonstrate his modern version of Hylegs. That is uncommon, as he renamed several Arabian Parts in his Mundane Perspectives to fit modern audiences.
King Leopold III
Leopold III is #571 in the Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones. His full name in French is full Léopold-Philippe-Charles-Albert-Meinrad-Hubertus-Marie-Miguel, while in Dutch Leopold Filips Karel Albert Meinrad Hubertus Maria Miguel. (Belgium is a dual language country.) He was born November 3, 1901 in Brussels, Belgium & died there on September 25, 1983.
After the collapse of the Western Front in May 1940, Leopold II surrendered to the Germans without any warning to his allies. The inference was that he done this to save his throne and perhaps even his life. For this and other reasons he was not allowed to return to Brussels after liberation in 1944, but instead his brother Prince Charles, ruled in his stead. After the war, his overly accommodating actions as commander in chief of the Belgian army during the German conquest of Belgium aroused opposition to his rule then and after the war, his abdication in 1951.
Leopold’s status was a political issue because many felt that a constitutional monarch (similar in status to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the UK) ought to be above politics.
His marriage to a commoner, Mary-Lilian Baels (born November 28, 1916, London, UK) on September 11, 1941, whom he made princesse de Réthy did nothing to help his situation, even though she was presented on her debut to King George V and Queen Mary of the UK.³ While Leopold felt that this would solidify him with the Allies, many Belgians did not like her as her position at the British Royal Court was akin to a lady-in-waiting, and they felt he should have married someone of greater rank than a servant.
The King’s Hyleg
Two areas on the King’s chart are highlighted.
The area marked on top, in the Southern Hemisphere is his Hyleg in 29.16 Capricorn,. It has the symbol of “A secret business conference” confirming his treaty with Hitler and gang showing us his special gift for “clever planning and successful administration in every area of life,” and using the resources of others to his advantage. This aspect concurs with the New York Time’s article that his armistice with the Nazi’s saved both his life and crown.
The Part of Fortune is conjunct his Line of Personality also supports his base ideals as it depicts a King more interested in end-results than in statesmanship– they are all in the Tenth House of Career and Hopes and Dreams. This is not really a surprise as his cousin across the pond, British King Edward VIII had abdicated earlier because he too did not want to be bothered with work and would rather be a selfish bon vivant.
The second yellowed area on the opposite side of the map, in the Northern Hemisphere at his Third House. This house whose ruler is Mercury suggests short journeys, business liaisons & friends. It is is also where his Part of Marriage, Gemini 25.7 is located, conjunct his Pluto Gemini 11.20. This suggests that his reasoning for marrying a fellow-countrymen of low station was his expectation that he would be relieved of his Crown, aping his cousin Edward, and that marrying someone in exile in London may improve his chances relocating there. Also implied that he was bewitched by her beauty and the two degrees have appropriate enough meanings of a “new found realism” and “frost in the winter woods.”
But in the final analysis King Leopold III used his Hyleg to his advantage, to consequently have a long and happy end. Download King Leopold III’s chart here.
- Mr. Saladin’s reference is from the Essentials of Astrological Analysis, pages 368-369. Copyrighted by William and Diana Roche, author of The Sabian Symbols: A Screen of Prophecy,
- King Leopold’s chart comes from Marc Edmund Jones’s book, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology. Stanwood WA: 1953.
- Cited from an article from the New York Time Archives, June 21, 1947.