At the end of August this year, Diana will have been dead eighteen years. Have we learned anything important since her death? Maybe we need to trust our instincts, like she did.
On Saturday 30 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, left Sardinia on a private jet and arrived in Paris, France, with Dodi Fayed, the son of Mohamed al-Fayed. They had stopped there en route to London, having spent the preceding nine days together on board Mohamed al-Fayed’s yacht Jonikal on the French and Italian Riviera. They had intended to stay overnight. Mohamed al-Fayed was and is the owner of the Hotel Ritz Paris. He also owned an apartment in Rue Arsène Houssaye, a short distance from the hotel, just off the Avenue des Champs Elysèes.
Henri Paul, the deputy head of security at the Ritz Hotel, had been instructed to drive the hired black 1994 Mercedes-Benz S280 in order to elude the paparazzi; a decoy vehicle left the Ritz first from the main entrance on Place Vendôme, attracting a throng of photographers. Diana and Fayed then departed from the hotel’s rear entrance Rue Cambon at around 12:20 a.m., heading for the apartment in Rue Arsène Houssaye. They were the rear passengers, Trevor Rees-Jones, a member of the Fayed family’s personal protectionteam, was in the front passenger seat.
After leaving the Rue Cambon and crossing the Place de la Concorde they drove along Cours le Reine and CoursAlbert 1er into the Place de l’Alma underpass. At around 12:23 a.m. at the entrance to the tunnel Paul lost control; the car swerved to the left of the two-lane carriageway before colliding head-on with the 13th pillar supporting the roof at an estimated speed of 105 km/h (65 mph). It then spun and hit the stone wall of the tunnel backwards, finally coming to a stop. The impact caused substantial damage, particularly to the front half of the vehicle.
As the victims lay in the wrecked car, the photographers, who were slower, rejoined, rushed to help, tried to open doors and help the victims, while some of them took pictures. Critically injured, Diana was reported to murmur repeatedly, “Oh my God,” and after the photographers and other helpers were pushed away by police, “Leave me alone.”
Sun 7 Virgo 34′
Moon 15 Leo 6′
North Node 20 Virgo 15′
Mercury 8 Virgo 47′
Venus 15 Libra 46′
Mars 10 Scorpio 28′
Jupiter 14 Aquarius 22′
Saturn 19 Aries 39′
Uranus 5 Aquarius 30′
Neptune 27 Capricorn 35′
Pluto 2 Sagittarius 55′
Ascendant 17 Gemini 8′
Midheaven 14 Aquarius 46′
2nd House 6 Cancer 21′
3rd House 24 Cancer 10′
5th House 13 Virgo 25′
6th House 27 Libra 23′
The Human Spirit
Just when you thought that the ghost of a conspiracy to have Diana killed had been laid to rest, finally, new life gets breathed into it. Last summer, there were reports that a “Soldier N” told his wife that he was part of the team that the SAS instructed to kill Diana. Why? Because the Royal Family did not like her carrying on with the son of the owner of Harrods, a Egyptian who for years had tried to obtain British citizenship, but had always been turned down by the establishment.
Mohamed al-Fayed has maintained from the very beginning that his son and Diana were assassinated. But he’ll never be able to prove it to the satisfaction of the British public. Even Diana had a feeling that she would have a vehicular accident. Had there been threats? Hopefully, the Daily Mail will finally get to the bottom of the mystery.
This chart caused me a lot of consternation when I first looked at it. There are so many planetary aspects that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find the key. I shouldn’t have worried. Of course, it’s the Moon. Why the Moon? There was (and still is) a persistent rumour that Diana was pregnant with Dodi’s child at the time of the accident. And the public outpouring of grief before she was buried had everyone commenting about ‘The People’s Princess’.
In Mundane Astrology, the significance of the Moon is: The proletariat, particularly the women; crowds; subjects or objects of popular interest. In external affairs the Moon exercises influence as follows: Public life and the fickleness of the public; fluctuations of popularity, changing fortunes; the common people; the home and home life; the mother and women generally; in the State, women of title; removals, mystery, romance. The Moon is the closest planet to the Ascendant at this point in time, and is in opposition to Jupiter, which forms a Grand Trine with Venus and the Ascendant. The Moon and Jupiter are also part of a T-Square pointing to Mars, the ‘accident’ planet. This chart’s Ascendant of 17° Gemini is also in opposition to Diana’s birth Ascendant of 18° Sagittarius. That gives it a ‘fated’ feel, to me.
In the meantime, I would say to Diana: You consider yourself important and want to do things that will make other people proud of you. But most of all you must be proud of yourself, and you will avoid any situation that would make you look bad to yourself. You like to be the centre of attention and will often act in a way that attracts attention. In a group, you try to be the outstanding person one way or another. You take your feelings very seriously and are inclined to emphasize or exaggerate them when talking to others. You also may exaggerate other things, which you should be careful of, because the result may be that people will not take you seriously when you want them to. Above all, you feel the need to be yourself, and you do not easily act as other people want you to. You can be quite stubborn, which is perfectly well and good, but others also have the right to be themselves, and you may not allow them to. You are emotionally very warm, and if you like someone you let him or her know it. But you need love and affection too, and above all, reassurance. The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off. (Moon in Leo)
This aspect does not make you a very dynamic person; in fact, you may be inclined to laziness. You simply do not see the point of vigorous activity and hard work, since you already feel that you have what you need – ease, pleasant surroundings and good friends. In dealing with others, you win them over with charm, so you have no need to use force. You can even charm people into doing things that they don’t especially want to do. Charm is very useful, but you shouldn’t get in the habit of using it as a substitute for strong character. (Moon Sextile Venus)
If your family life is turbulent, it will make this problem worse. You need to be around reasonably tranquil people, so that your emotional storminess doesn’t develop beyond control. Your relationship with your mother is especially important, because difficulties in that relationship could make it hard, as you get older, to deal with your anger or hostility toward others, especially women. However, at the same time you must be encouraged to vent your inner feelings of anger and resentment, but in a way that communicates your feelings to others without being destructive.(Moon Square Mars)
This is a positive aspect, but for best results you must learn to have some self-control, for you tend to go overboard in everything you do. You enjoy having strong emotions, but in relationships with other people you may find it difficult to control your feelings. However, this will not create serious problems, because you are such a cheerful person that others will like you even when they think that you have gone too far or done something to excess. When you act like that, you damage only yourself. (Moon Opposition Jupiter)
You may be shy about your feelings and reluctant to express them unless you trust the people you are with completely. Even more likely, you feel that it is not proper to show your feelings. In your mind is the ideal of being calm and cool at all times. As a result you will seem more serious and sober than most people. (Moon Trine Saturn)
You are most attracted to people who are very exciting and stimulating, who are following their own way of life completely. (Moon Opposition Uranus)
You are very closely involved with your friends and with the people you meet every day. You can relate to others, work with groups, and understand the needs of the people you are with. This aspect may give you skill in public relations or selling. It may also favour political ability. (Moon Sextile Ascendant)
If your life is confused and uncertain now, you will find it very difficult to overcome the effects of this problem when you are older. You would be very insecure and possessive of those you love. You would be jealous of anyone around you paying attention to someone else, fearing that they will stop paying attention to you. You would never feel “good” enough, and your inner self would always be in an uproar, with your emotions working against you. Most of all, it would be difficult to get ahead in life, because you would be constantly trying to resolve your childhood problems. (Moon Opposition Midheaven)
So, was it an accident or Diana’s life’s great purpose: to die in a way that would mean that she will always be loved? You decide.