Queen Elizabeth I & Dr John Dee
Dee is an intriguing man. Queen Elizabeth I held him in high regard. We see that trust and importance in the selection of Elizabeth's Coronation date. But first, who was Dr John Dee?
John Dee (1527 to 1608) was a faithful friend and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I and had been taken into her service almost immediately upon her ascent to the throne. He lived by the river at Mortlake were the Queen often visited when she was travelling to
and from Richmond. He was summoned to court whenever Elizabeth required his advice. Dee was a mathematician, astronomer,
and astrologer. He dedicated much of his life to the research of alchemy, and Hermetic
philosophy. As a navigator, he advised Elizabeth’s great sea explorers
Dee first came to the English court during the reign of King Edward VI. The 13 year old King invited
Dee to act as an advisor and tutor on scientific matters. The position came with the assurance of a home and an income of one hundred crowns a year. This would allow Dee to continue the scientific studies he had been pursuing at the Sorbonne in
Paris. During this time he devoted himself more and more to astrology. Here he enjoyed the patronage of the Earl of Pembroke and entered the service of the Duke of Northumberland as a private tutor to his children.
In 1555, he was arrested and charged with "calculating" for having cast horoscopes of both Queen Mary and the Princess Elizabeth. The charge was later expanded to Treason against her Majesty the Queen. Dee was later freed
by an act of the Privy Council in 1555.
It is unclear as to when John Dee first met the Princess Elizabeth. One of his cousins was a Maid of Honour to Elizabeth living with her in
seclusion at Hatfield House.
His status as a scholar allowed him to play a role in Elizabeth's politics. Dee amassed one of the largest libraries in England during his lifetime. Dee's
library was an epicenter of learning outside of universities. His collection of thousands of manuscripts and books from the European continent became the greatest in England and attracted many scholars from all over.
He served as an occasional adviser and tutor to Elizabeth and worked well with her ministers Francis Walsingham and William Cecil. He was her advisor on all things of a scientific matter.
Dee was instrumental in the selection of the date of Elizabeth's Coronation when she took the throne in 1558. To find the most auspicious moment Dr Dee would need to consider the phases of the moon along with planetary alignment.
Each planet represents a sign in the heavens equating it with an aspect or virtue. Given the time frame he had to work with, he had to pick the most opportune time. It was decided on 15 January
1559, but why?
Dr Dee would have looked at these factors and taken Elizabeth's natal chart into consideration. When Elizabeth was born was of paramount importance. Her birth
chart (natal chart) is the foundation of her life. How other things along the course of one's life can be affected by the relationship of the current planetary alignment compared to the planets placement at the time of birth.
Elizabeth’s natal chart shows she was a Virgo, with a Taurus Moon, and Libra rising. Libra is the ultimate in procrastination. Add the Taurus Moon to that and you have someone that can be very inflexible once they
have made up their mind.
The Sun and the Moon on the date he picked were both in favorable aspects to the bodies in Elizabeth’s natal chart
The star Fortuna is on the cusp of the 4th House signaling that Elizabeth would exercise exceptional judgment, and the support of her people. It indicated she would be a popular monarch, and England would be fortunate
in both people and resources. The 4th House is the family house; pride in who you are, family, caring for those you feel responsible for and living up to the family name. Elizabeth later in her reign was known to have felt she was married to her country, and
there was no mistaking that she WAS her father's daughter!
"I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England."
(Elizabeth to Parliament)
The planet Mercury, the ruling planet of Virgo the Virgin and Elizabeth’s
own ruling planet, was in a strong position on the coronation chart as it is in a trine aspect to Gemini from the 10th House (destiny), a place of power, and is also ruler of the ascending degree in Gemini.
The position of Mars and Saturn were far from perfect. Mars was in Scorpio (indicating dignity and power) Mars is a fire planet representing military and war which signified that it could overcome Saturn which was poorly placed. Saturn,
representing secrets, challengers and enemies, was hidden in the skies. Saturn is synonymous with restriction. However Mars was in the 6th House representing service and servitude. This indicated that Elizabeth and England would not find themselves on their
own in times of conflict with enemies.
It seems to me Dr Dee choose a date befitting a mighty Queen. A Queen that loved her people and country above all and fulfilled all both her
Natal and Coronation Chart revealed.
"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart
and stomach of a king, and a king of England too! "
(Tilbury speech, 1588. See section on The Spanish Armada)
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22 January 2015