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Royal Wedding: Anarchy and the Occult

Sometime last year I went on the radio – the BBC World Service no less – to explain that astrologically speaking there is something wrong with the date that Wills and Kate have chosen for their wedding. The main concern I identified was that on April 29th 2011, Saturn – the planet of Death, delays and restrictions – was opposed to Venus, the planet of Love. It so happened that on the same radio programme there was an astrologer from India who claimed that Saturn was not important in Jyotisa, and that rather the day itself was “75% auspicious.”

Some time later I related this incident to an Indian astrologer I met at a swanky dinner party – he looked non-plussed. “Of course Saturn’s important!” he said. “What the hell was this guy talking about?”

Anyway, that is by the by. In the news today I read that a bunch of anarchists are planning to “curse” Wills and Kate’s big day, because they object to such an ostentatious display of extravagance at a time when there are widespread cuts in public expenditure. Yesterday there were protests in central London: today the ringleader revealed his “cunning plan” to the Daily Express:

The anarchists behind yesterday’s riot are also preparing to “curse” next month’s wedding with a bizarre plot in the shape of a giant occult symbol.

They aim to occupy five destinations to represent a five-pointed star or pentacle, a symbol revered by Satanists;* the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, in a bid to stretch police lines and throw William and Kate’s big day into chaos.

They hope to get the ceremony abandoned or at least moved. Yesterday was said to be “phase one” of the plot.

* My emphasis.

Ok we should bear in mind that this is the Daily Express not the Daily Mail, so I am prepared to allow them some lee-way in the standards of their reporting. I have explained about the Pentagram before. Before we get concerned about the ceremony being moved, we should bear in mind that this would not be a complete disaster in itself. In another blog post I have explained that there is in fact one date later in 2011 which is actually far better than April 29th, astrologically speaking. If the Royal Wedding were postponed until Friday October 7th, this would actually work out as being far more auspicious for Wills and Kate. However: let us assume that the Royal couple intend to press ahead with April 29th, and that these anarchists also intend to press ahead with their bizarre “Satanic” plot. Are the Satanists likely to succeed?

Looking at the situation from the point of view of a magician, I would have to say, “almost certainly not.” Even if the date does get moved, the Satanists would be in no position to take credit for it. The first and most obvious point is that the ringleader has blabbed all to the national press! There is a reason why Silence is one of the four powers of the Sphinx – it is one of the sources of a magician’s own power. By opening his big mouth he can now be assured that the combined will-power of millions of well-wishers who want the wedding to go successfully will be directed against them.

Secondly, this whole business of going to such extravagant lengths is far too histrionic. I can just about imagine how a Pentagram might be used in a magical ritual to disrupt the wedding, although a ritual conducted in private somewhere would be far simpler and just as likely to succeed as trying to deploy ones minions across central London. Also there is the question of just how much depth of thought they have put into the preparation for this bizarre pentagram working. If they think that deploying themselves in a pentagram-arrangement across the capital is just going to work all by itself, then of course they are prey to the worst kind of superstitious rubbish.

As I noted above with regards to the Saturn-opposition on April 29th, Wills and Kate are likely to have a tough time of it that day without a bunch of Satanists trying to shove their oar in. If there is any disruption on the day it will ultimately be due to a prior disposition of the planets, not a bunch of unwashed agitators pretending to be great and mighty sorcerors.

Yet it is the knowledge of the astrological situation on April 29th which conversely provides the key to a way out for the happy couple from their troubles. The essence of the Hermetic tradition is that by raising ones consciousness to a sufficient degree one can transcend the crossed-conditions of Fate, for which the planets of astrology are their outward symbols. The methods of overcoming the planets are nothing less than the rituals of e.g. the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Hence: we know that Saturn is badly placed on April 29th, thus one way to overcome this would be to cast the Supreme Banishing Hexagram of Saturn ritual, in order to counter-act that planet’s effects.

In conclusion therefore: I, Alex Sumner, volunteer to use my occult powers to ward off the effects of these anarcho-satanists and thus ensure that the 29th goes well for the Royal couple. 🙂


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LoveFriday2011 – Addendum

By way of follow-up to my post on Wills’ & Kate’s wedding and on LoveFriday2011, I have the following interesting bit of news to report. Soon after I posted the LoveFriday2011 article I was contacted by a researcher from the BBC World Service, and ended up giving a radio interview! It was a debate between myself and a Jyotish chap from Delhi. Apparently according to his take on astrology, Friday April 29th (St Catherine’s Day – get it?) was 75% auspicious. However, when I looked at it from the viewpoint of a Western Astrologer, there was one big black mark as far as I could see – retrograde Saturn was in opposition to about 5 planets – two of which were Venus and Mercury.

The chap from India had not taken Saturn’s position into account, and in fact claimed that it was not usual in Indian Astrology to do so. I am no expert in Jyotisa although it struck me that this was a major difference between the Indian and the Western traditions.

The radio presenter challenged us to predict the weather on April 29th – the Indian chap said that he theoretically could but it would take him some time. I on the other hand politely declined to do so. 😉


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Wedding Date for Prince William and Kate Middleton predicted by Astrology


HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton


To His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and Miss Kate Middleton.

Your Royal Highness, Madame,

Firstly, may I be the first astrologer, tarot reader, ceremonial magician and all-round expert on the occult to congratulate you both on the happy event of your engagement. I daresay you are giving much thought to the preparations for the big-day. It is in this connection that I, as a loyal subject and Facebook fan of your (William’s) Royal Grandmother, wish to lend my assistance – to wit: picking the best date for the Wedding.

It is possible to calculate the best time astrologically speaking for any given occasion – this is a particular discipline known as Electional Astrology. I have taken the liberty of speculating what criteria you may feel best conducive to a good Wedding:

  1. Love
  2. Longevity
  3. The beginning of a successful partnership
  4. General good fortune and happiness.

In astrological terms these are respectively represented by:

  1. Venus – for obvious reasons;
  2. Saturn (which although in one respect is the planet of death, conversely it is also the planet of long-life when well aspected);
  3. Mercury – which as the planet of communication also rules over new ventures and agreements;
  4. Miscellaneous other planets – e.g. Jupiter, Mars, Sun or Moon, so long as they are all well aspected (or at the very least, not badly aspected).

The rule of thumb in Electional Astrology is to have regard to the position of the Moon. Thus I would suggest a date to you which fulfills the following criteria:

  1. It is on the Day and in the hour of Venus (i.e. it should be on a Friday – the hour of Venus I will refer to later);
  2. It should be when the Moon is waxing – because a waxing moon is traditionally good for attracting new influences, i.e. attracting good fortune;
  3. The Moon should form favourable aspects primarily with Venus, and secondarily with Saturn, Mercury and other planets.

This actually narrows the number of dates available down in 2011 considerably. Obviously there are only 52 Fridays. 26 of these will be eliminated because they occur when the Moon is waning. Furthermore, I have eliminated all Fridays occurring between the end of January and the 13th June, because Saturn will be retrograde on those dates. Likewise, I have eliminated all Fridays which occur when Mercury is retrograde (it is always a bad idea to begin a new venture when Mercury is retrograde).

Of those that remain, most are unremarkable astrologically speaking – except one, which is the date I recommend for your wedding. It is:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH 2011, at 1.42pm

OK, I know the idea of an Autumn wedding is a bit unconventional but I beg to be indulged for one moment. The great thing about

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH 2011, at 1.42pm

is that it fulfils all the relevant criteria – the Moon is trine Venus, trine Saturn, trine Mercury and trine the Sun. A win win win win situation! The business about 1.42pm is what I was referring to about planetary hours – 1.42 is the beginning of the midday Venus hour that Friday. You could also have held it at dawn the same day, but not only would that have involved getting up far too early, the Moon would still have been within the orb of a Mars opposition. However by holding it in the afternoon this situation is neatly avoided.


Friday October 7th 2011, 1.42pm - Alex Sumner's suggested date for the royal wedding.


In conclusion, I earnestly offer you this advice freely without any suggestion of a reward *cough* KCVO *cough*. My best wishes for the future to you both,

Your obedient servant,

Alex Sumner.

PS: Any commoners reading this might actually get the hint that the same day would also be a good day for their wedding as well – to share in the Royal couple’s good fortune, as it were.


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