Tsarevich Alexei was the only son of Tsar Nicholas & Empress Alexandra of Russia. His birth was announced by his father on August 12, 1904 as at 1:00 PM and heralded by a twenty-gun salute.¹ Marc Jones incorrectly states that the “Czarevitch Alexis Nikolaevich” was born at 12 noon.
His Ascendant is 10 Scorpio that falls in the twelfth house; Alexander the Great is said to have this degree as his Moon. Positively it is an affectionate but fickle aspect but most importantly denotes a change in fortune; President Lincoln had it for his Uranus.
His Jupiter is at 00.07 Taurus, but if we change it to Aries as Marc Jones has under the Placidean house system, we see that he as a Cardinal Square in the fifth denoting his bleeding disease(hemophilia) was that quite active and almost unprovoked — it could start from the smallest physical transgressions. Since Jupiter is a planet of excessiveness squared the Moon in Virgo in the ninth house, we see that this caused his Mother to become extremely religious, the unfortunate Rasputin connection, but also that his bleeding was coursing through him at extremes.
The Tsarevich has another septile at Uranus in the Second House of Ready Resources or Genetics to Saturn in the Third House of Family. Uranus is at 26.11 Sagittarius that suggests traveling blood i.e. the blood does not clot or pool in the kidneys, and Saturn at 17.32 Aquarius, tells us that this is indeed a rare or unusual hereditary problem that he shared with his sisters.
His sisters were not bleeders. It is incredibly rare for a female hemophiliac to be born and male hemophiliacs while afflicted with the disease do not carry it. Instead, out of his four sisters, changces are that two of them were carriers to their sons and the other two were fine — that’s just the statistical norm, and reality could have been quite different. None of the girls married and had children. The eldest, Olga, had the chance but did not want to leave Russia, in retrospect an unfortunate decision.
Then there’s the Yod
This Yod is oddly constructed but it is telling. Before we get to it, let us first discuss his Pluto that has a vigintile aspect to Neptune: the boy was precocious in understanding the manipulation of pain and fear, Smack in between the two is the asteroid Alexandra as though she is channeling his emotions in some type of hysterical frenzy. The Empress shows up throughout his chart, unfortunately.
Alexei’s Pluto (not discovered) is opposite the asteroid RUS for Russia (not shown but at Sagittarius 13 so scribble it in) in the first house and makes a point focus at his Mercury in the tenth at 16 Virgo. This communication takes the form of hypochondria and it could work, but then the asteroid RUS is also inconjunct asteroid Demeter again the Empress Alexandra, who seemed to have had a morbid obsession with death that she neurotically ciphered to her children; she is sextile Alexei’s Mercury. In short, mother and child are too close for comfort.
Then there is the yod. It is made up of the Asteroid Moscow at 18 Cancer that is conjunct the Fixed Star Capella (the head) and Bellatrix. Capella is a good star, Jean Harlow had it too, but Bellatrix (Latin for female warrior) hanging onto the right shoulder, offsets that. It portends a painful death, something both Alexei and Harlow did share. Its next point is the North Node at 18.41 Virgo. This is also Count Leo Tolstoy’s Sun degree and suggests a good memory.
The third point is the singleton in the third house, Alexei’s Saturn at 17.3 that has the meaning of “isolation”. Helena Blavatsky who shares this day with the Tsarevich also has this degree, but with Jupiter. It is not hard to imagine being the only boy and getting special tutors and then sickly Alexei Nikolaevich would have been isolated from his sisters shown far away on the sixth house cusp at Jupiter Taurus 01. Outside of a Septile to his Pluto, the four girls are quintile to his Saturn, suggesting more of their catering to him as a superior figure, and future head of All of the Russias, than an equal footing amongst siblings.
Not all Bad
Before readers get the idea that everything was horrible for the Tsarevich, let us remember are just dealing with his septiles. If we look at the many positive aspects in his chart like noviles, deciles and such, we see that he had a phenomenal memory, was a good student and an keen mind. To blame him and his mother the Empress for the downfall of the Tsarist regime would also be incorrect; many of those seeds were placed by forces outside of the country who wanted to bring the regime down for their own purposes; they unfortunately were at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that in the end is the real lesson of septiles: being out of trend with larger dynamic forces.
- D.M. Potts, Queen Victoria’s Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family. c. 1999. London: Sutton Press.
- Marc Edmund Jones has the Tsarevich listed as #24 in his 1000 Nativities in the book the Sabian Symbols in Astrology, c. 1953. but with the incorrect time of 12 noon.