Time to demonstrate, once and for all, that astrology is garbage. Take two people, born on the same day of the same year, and show how their lives and legacies are miles apart.
Princess Diana was born on July 1 1961. Although Diana came from a wealthy background, she was unable to fully benefit from the academic opportunities placed before her.
She left school at 16, after failing her ‘O’ levels. These were exams that British 16 year olds took in the 1970s. In a British private school one would have expected even the least academic students to pass a couple of them. If she really passed none of them, that would have been extraordinary.
However, I know from personal experience that in itself passing exams gets you nowhere. Diana may have had no academic qualifications, but she was a great humanitarian, and was capable of being a trendsetter. She helped destygmatize AIDS, by publicly shaking hands with an AIDS patient, without gloves. That might not sound a big deal, but at the height of AIDS hysteria it was an important and brave gesture. She also helped publicize the campaign against landmines, and just before her death she was photographed in a minefield in Angola, wearing a face shield and a protective jacket.
We then move to Victoria Nuland, also born on July 1 1961. She graduated from Brown University, an Ivy League institution, with a degree in Russian literature, political science and history.
Nuland has a track record of being involved in America’s overseas adventures. Between 2000 and 2003 she was US permanent representative to NATO, from 2003 to 2005 was a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and from 2005 to 2008 was US ambassador to NATO. In the last two roles, she was able to canvass support for the US’s continuing inventions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From 2013 to 2017 Victoria Nuland was Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Nuland knew a lot more about European and Russian history than Princess Diana ever did, and she must have realized how delicate Ukraine’s position was. An independent country, but one closely tied to Russia. Unlike most other East European countries it was not a member of NATO, and rightly or wrongly, Russia regarded Ukraine as being an part of its sphere of influence.
Victoria Nuland crashed into Ukraine like a bull in a china shop. She wanted to push back against Russian influence in the country, and in 2014 she cavorted with elements opposing the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych.
Nuland involved herself in regime change, and the ousting of Yanukovuych led to Russia’s annexing of the Crimea, and war in the Donbas. It was a situation that eventually morphed into Russia’s 2022 invasion.
We then have the question of how two famous people, so different from one another, share the same birthday, July 1 1961. Astrologers would argue that it is not enough to have a date of birth – you also need a time and a place of birth. Furthermore, you need to know the circumstances of someone’s life, including genetic heritage, because they show how the astrological signatures in a horoscope will manifest in the real world.
Let’s actually look at the horoscope, and see how this might work. Here’s Victoria Nuland’s chart, set for July 1 1961, at noon in New York:
We notice straight away that both Princess Diana and Victoria Nuland have the Moon in Aquarius. In a female chart the Moon sign is often more important than the Sun sign. The Moon in Aquarius is independent minded, and can break convention. With Princess Diana she didn’t entirely fit in with the established norms of the Royal Family, and as we saw with her handshake with an AIDS patient, she was able to challenge society’s fears and stereotypes.
You could say the same with Victoria Nuland. There is a tradition that civil servants behave in a particular way, and have a certain aloofness and impartiality. Her behaviour in Ukraine may have been a manifestion of the Moon in Aquarius, paricular as her Moon, like Diana’s, is opposition Uranus, the planet of earthquakes and revolutions.
Victoria Nuland and Princess Diana also have the Aries point in aspect to the Mars-Saturn midpoint. The aspect in question is 135 degrees, or three-eighths of the circle. Aries is connected with the world at large, while Mars-Saturn is connected with death and destruction.
In Diana’s case, Aries on the Mars-Saturn midpoint relates to her death. She died in the spotlight of media attention, and the reason she crashed was because she was trying to escape from the press.
In Victoria Nuland’s case, the symbolish was the same, but the results very different. She didn’t die in a car crash in a Paris tunnel, and instead she got to stir things up, and help create events that led to a huge amount of death and destruction. Victoria Nuland got involved in Ukraine, and had a hand in unseating the elected president. This in turn led to eight years of war, in the Donbas and beyond.
Cynics would argue that I am scraping the barrel trying to find parallels between Princess Diana and Victoria Nuland. I absolute understand this, but I would argue that astrology is just one piece of the puzzle, and you have to look at how the various pieces interact with one other. A princess and a civil servant will handle the Moon in Aquarius in very different ways!