The Dutchess of Windsor: The Ultimate Femme Fatale

I’m reading Ralph G. Martin’s The Woman He Loved, the story of twice-divorced Yank Wallis Simpson, whose charms cost Edward VIII his throne. Fascinating stuff. 

So far, I’ve seen two references to astrology. The first: In the dark days while she was waiting for her first divorce in 1927, Simpson spent the princely sum of $10 on an astrology reading. The Gemini, who was born June 19, 1896, received a prediction that she would be married twice more and become an international celebrity.

The second cosmic reference: Count Louis Harmon, writing in the September 1933 issue of the National Astrological Journal, predicted that the then-Prince of Wales “will give up everything, even the chance of being crowned, rather than lose the object of his affection.”

However, astrology didn’t make the index in the book, which was published in 1973, so I can’t cite any other references.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen a presentation on what is considered to be one of history’s great love affairs at an astrology conference, but I couldn’t find anything about the couple’s synastry or composite on the Net. However, I did discover an excellent source of royal horoscopes.

After you click on the site, scroll all the way down to the House of Windsor for the latest crop of royals.

Here’s the chart for the Duke of Windsor (the title given to Edward VIII after he abdicated), an oh-so-sensitive Cancer Sun trine Moon in Pisces.

How do you catch a king? Listen, and just like Mom advised, be yourself. Even though Simpson was chatty and opinionated by British standards, according to Martin, the future king became besotted with her because she listened to his stories about “work” and wasn’t intimidated by his royal stature. 

“Wallis, you are the only woman who has ever been interested in my job,” he told her (page 160).

Here’s Simpson’s natal chart and transits for Jan. 4, 1937, the date of the Time cover where she appeared as the magazine’s first ever “Woman of the Year”:

What’s striking about the natal chart, which is set for noon because the time of birth is unknown, is the powerful Gemini stellium, including Pluto, Mercury, Neptune, Venus, and Sun. Gemini rules communication, and all her life, Simpson had the ability to mesmerize powerful men, running the gamut from Winston Churchill to Adolph Hitler.

You can see that in early 1937, right after the king abdicated, that Simpson’s Mercury, Sun, and Venus had all progressed into Leo, straddling her regal Jupiter in Leo, which sextiles her natal Gemini stellium. She was the most famous woman in the world. But transiting Neptune in Virgo was squaring her natal Neptune in Gemini, so there’s the disappointment of not being queen.

Simpson’s Gemini stellium fell in the Duke of Windsor’s fourth house so he felt at home with her. After Edward gave up the throne, the Duke and Dutchess lived in Austria, France, and then in the Bahamas, where he was Governor during World War II.

When someone asked the Duke of Windsor where his home was, he replied, “Home is where the Dutchess is.”  In fact, the man that the rest of the world called “Sir” and Wallis called “David”  used to hang out at her flat at 5 Bryanston Ct. in London with Wallis and her second husband, Ernest Simpson. What a trio that must have been! 

Here’s a link to the Time cover.

If you read the Wiki and other sources, it says Simpson made the cover of Time in 1936, but I believe that’s because the magazine actually appears on newsstands a week before its cover date.

Could Carmelo Anthony be the New Allen Iverson?

In the spirit of disclosure, I must confess I graduated from Syracuse University, so I’m not exactly an impartial observer of Carmelo Anthony, who led the men’s basketball team to its first NCAA title in 2003. 

Carmelo’s victory was a vindication for long-suffering Orange fans like me. I have many happy memories of screaming at the top of my lungs in Manley Field House before men’s basketball moved to the Carrier Dome. I was in Manley for the very last men’s hoops game in 1980, when Georgetown ended a 57-game home winning streak for the Orange.

To be sure, it hasn’t always been easy being a Syracuse hoops fan. It was a real heartbreak when the Orange lost the NCAA championship, 74-73,  to Indiana, in 1987. In my house, the TV ended up on the floor — though thankfully in one piece — after Keith Smart hit a 16-foot jump shot in the final seconds of the game. 

But all was forgiven in 2003, when Jim Boeheim finally took the Orange all the way and Carmelo Anthony was king of the court. I loved watching Carmelo play and even drove up to Syracuse in the middle of winter to do it. What won me over was “Melo’s” sheer joy while playing the game and that beautiful smile, which graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.

I don’t know what time he was born, but I’d guess that Carmelo has a Cancer rising. Why? That moon face and being a self-described Mama’s boy. This lunar countenance could also be produced with a Taurus Ascendant and the Moon rising. If anybody knows when Carmelo was born, please let me know.

No one, except maybe Carmelo’s mother, Mary Anthony, was sadder than me when this young man sucker-punched Mardy Collins of the New York Knicks in December, 2006. Was this the same guy who was a darling of the 2003 NBA draft season?

Now comes the news that Carmelo, 23, was arrested early in the morning on Apr. 14 for driving under the influence after leading the Denver Nuggets to victory over the Houston Rockets the night before. What gives? Is Carmelo the new Allen Iverson?  Iverson, now one of Carmelo’s fellow Nuggets, became synonymous with thug behavior in the NBA during his days as a Philadelphia 76er. Here’s a picture of Melo and bad boy Iverson:

On Apr. 16, in his first game since being arrested, Carmelo scored 17 points as the Denver Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 120-111. It’s the first time in two decades that the Nuggets have won 50 games in a season.

O.K., so Carmelo’s run-in with the law didn’t hurt his team — this time. But it’s definitely hurt his fans, his family, and Syracuse University. The school is building a brand new sports practice facility with Carmelo K. Anthony’s name on it. What’s next? The Carmelo K. Anthony School of Drunk Driving?

What kind of example is Carmelo setting for the college kids up in Syracuse by being arrested? Maybe those multimillion sports contracts should have morals clauses the way the Miss America pageant does. If you don’t behave, you get dropped, and the next hopeful gets his chance. 

Note to Carmelo: You wanna party after the game? No problem — have a limo or a taxi take you home. It was reported by Denver police that Carmelo’s fiancée LaLa Vazquez refused to come pick him up after he was arrested. However, she later released a statement to the Rocky Mountain News contradicting these reports: “I want to make sure the public understands that I fully support my fiance, Carmelo Anthony, and stand by him through this ordeal. I will always have his back and never refused to pick him up from the police station. In fact, they offered to bring him to me,” she told the paper.

Mmmm. Sounds like there’s a little trouble in paradise. A new baby has changed the dynamic. He was born on Mar. 7, 2007 and his name is Kiyan.  Like his dad, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony has a great smile. Here are some pictures:

Carmelo certainly isn’t the first guy to start acting out when he becomes a father. Fatherhood is a big responsibility, no question about it. Becoming a parent can bring up all kinds of unresolved issues from childhood. (By the way, I know Carmelo had a little drama in his life, courtesy of LaLa, back in 2004. But I was willing to cut him a break then because he was new to the NBA, the big bucks, the hip-hop crowd.)

Let’s look at Carmelo’s chart. He was born May 29, 1984 in New York. He’s a Gemini, which is symbolized by the Twins. We all know about the evil twin. With Gemini, he really does exist. He’s the one who thinks it’s O.K. to drive buzzed. He’s not the good guy at the charity fund-raiser. (When Carmelo got to Denver in 2003, he chose Family Resource Centers, a Colorado organization dedicated to family and children’s services, as his community charity.)

Since I don’t have a time of birth for Carmelo, I’ve cast the chart for noon. Here it is, courtesy of Astrodienst:

When Carmelo led the Orange to the Final Four championship on Apr. 7, 2003, his progressed Sun and progressed Venus were conjunct within a half-degree, at 26 degrees of Gemini. What a winning combo! And it was making a nice trine with Melo’s natal Pluto, which is at 29 degrees of Libra. In terms of transits, the North Node in Gemini was close to his natal Venus/Chiron conjunction.

My interpetation? Melo redeemed himself that day along with Boeheim’s Orangemen, who had never gone all the way to a national championship, as well as the city of Syracuse, which doesn’t have a pro sports team and has been economically depressed along with the rest of Upstate New York, for years. Chiron, as you astro folks know, is the wounded healer. The presence of the North Node made the healing a group experience.

Right now, Melo’s progressed Sun, Mercury, and Venus are all in the very early degrees of Cancer (interesting that he’s recently become a parent) and transiting Pluto in Capricorn is opposing that, while sitting on his natal Neptune. Obviously, there is a lot of wealth and beauty surrounding Carmelo, but he’s confused and overwhelmed by it all. With the arrival of the new baby, there’s lot of pressure to settle down, but I don’t think this young man is ready for that. 

He’s got transiting Saturn squaring natal Venus so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carmelo and LaLa part ways quite soon. The pregnancy may have been an unconscious — or conscious — desire to pin him down. Isn’t it always? With all this Neptune around, Carmelo could benefit from a spiritual adviser of some kind. Someone older and wiser needs to give him some guidance before he spins out of control.

With the NBA playoffs on the horizon, Nuggets fans are willing to forgive Carmelo. Me? I’m worried this is the beginning of a downward spiral. Dude, get some help! You’ve got so many great years ahead of you; don’t mess them up by getting drawn into a gangsta lifestyle.