It was no easy road to the throne of England for Charles. His mother Queen Elizabeth II held onto the royal scepter until she was on her death-bed at age 96. His life, laid bare by decades of tabloid coverage, and recapped in poignant detail in the Netflix series The Crown, evokes sympathy for a man denied by Royal decorum from marrying the love of his life, matched instead with a young woman who so charmed the British public that she stole the last scraps of attention he might have had. Little wonder, perhaps, that he subsequently sought refuge in the arms of his longstanding paramour Camilla Parker-Bowles. Subsequently, the tragic death of Diana Spencer during a pursuit by Parisian paparazzi heaped more criticism upon his head. Add to that the schism in his family due to friction with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Charles now treads warily into the fading light. His has been a troubled life no one would have wished upon their worst enemy.

His horoscope has only a few stellar yogas worthy of a king. Lagnesh Moon in the 10th bhava creates a nodal Raja yoga, wherein Rahu acts as a proxy for 10th lord Mars. Admittedly, this one is robust because the Moon is full, and Mars occupies its own sign.

The Sun/Moon mutual aspect creates a sole Dhana yoga via the combination of lagnesh Moon and 2nd lord Sun. Its strength is mixed, since the Sun is debilitated but the Moon is full.

Mars, the dispositor of lagnesh Moon, forms Parvata yoga since it is strong and well-placed, occupying its own sign in the 5th bhava. Mercury and Venus form a Khala Parivartana yoga, a combination that places challenges in the path of one’s happiness.

He has two Neechabhanga configurations – one involving his 2nd lord Sun, the other involving Venus, lord of his 4th and 11th bhavas. Neither is robust. The Sun gains only 25% of the recovery possible, while Venus scores 33%. Neither graha is involved in a Raja yoga, since the Sun forms only Dhana yoga, while Venus forms Parivartana. Thus, they do not achieve the status of Neechabhanga Raja yoga, only Neechabhanga yoga.

Via its Parivartana participation, Venus escapes the worst of its negative significations, such that 4th house matters are more or less resolved, thus favoring mother, property, vehicles, general happiness. But the 2nd lord Sun has little else to fall back on except for that scant amelioration from Neechabhanga, hence the sorry state of his family remains a primary theme, no matter whether one considers the original family from which he sprang, or later, his own family courtesy of his marriage to Diana Spencer.

Flash forward to this month, where he’d no sooner emerged from the hospital for a prostate procedure, only to reveal that he’d been diagnosed with cancer in some unspecified part of his body. One naturally speculates about the prostate’s neighbors, and begins to consider the possibility of the bladder or kidneys, both ruled by his debilitated Venus. That in turn fuels speculation as to whether the treatment for his cancer will be energy-draining or debilitating in its own right, such that people now wonder whether he will step down from the recently-assumed throne in favor of Prince William. To assess that possibility, let’s consider the astrological factors.

Charles is currently running the dasha-bhukti sequence of Jupiter-Sun, with Moon bhukti set to run from 17 May 2024 to 16 September 2025.

Jupiter occupies the 6th house, and is lord of both 6th and 9th. It’s in a Ketu nakshatra, and the Rahu-Ketu axis (RKA) afflicts both his lagnesh Moon and his debilitated Sun. Ketu also invokes his debilitated Venus.

The Sun is debilitated and afflicts lagnesh Moon. The Sun is in a Jupiter nakshatra, which returns our attention to Jupiter in the 6th. The 6th rules the “basti,” that part of the body between navel and pubic bone, ie, the lower intestine and bladder.

The Moon bhukti invokes physical issues too, since it is lagnesh, and is afflicted by both the Sun and the RKA, albeit stabilized by a strong Jupiter. The Moon is also in a Ketu nakshatra, which brings us back to his debilitated Sun and Venus.

If we examine the two amshas both associated with illness and medical/surgical intervention, ie, the D6 and D8, we find confirmation that the Jupiter-Moon period suggests some distress.

In the D6, both Jupiter and the Moon occupy the 6th house, a trikasthana. Jupiter’s placement here is doubly significant, since it’s both dasha lord and lagnesh for this amsha. However, neither Jupiter nor the Moon are afflicted by malefics, and the Moon is exalted, which suggests a positive prognosis for recovery.

In the D8, a similar narrative emerges. Dasha lord Jupiter occupies the 3rd house, a dusthana that in Sheshadri Iyer’s system of amsha vichara is considered as problematic as any of the trikasthanas. Furthermore, this Jupiter is afflicted by Saturn’s aspect. On the positive side, lagnesh Moon is again exalted, occupies the positive/neutral 11th house, and receives support from Jupiter’s aspect despite double afflictions from the Sun and Saturn. Perhaps the saving grace here is that the Moon is in a Shubha-sankhya yoga with Jupiter, which suggests a successful medical intervention.

Bottom line from this amsha-based analysis of Charles’s health, it looks like the illness/disease is significant, but that medical intervention will produce a positive outcome.

But will Charles’s cancer treatment affect his ability or willingness to continue with his official duties, or will this Jupiter-Moon period give him pause to consider stepping down from his duties in favor of acceding the throne to Prince Williams? To assess that, let’s look at two other amshas – the D10 of professional status, and the D11 of significant honors, of which being King of England is highly representative.

But first things first. What does the Jupiter-Moon period suggest within the birth horoscope? Although Jupiter is strong in the 6th house and aspects lagnesh Moon in the 10th house of power, Jupiter also rules the 9th house. And the logic is this – if the 10th house represents social status or power, the 9th represents the negation of that, since it is 12 houses removed from the 10th. Thus, dismissal or retirement from office typically requires activation of the 9th lord, so at least one element of such is in place.

Now note that both dasha lord Jupiter and next bhukti lord Moon are both in Ketu nakshatras. Recall that either node acts as a proxy for planets via which they are associated, aspected or disposed. Therefore, Ketu acts for a host of grahas – the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Notable among those are two debilitated grahas, the Sun and Venus. Negative things happen under the influence of weak grahas. Finally, let’s recall that Ketu is moksha-karaka, ie, the graha that most signifies release, surrender and letting go.

Thus, it’s not a given, but the tide has perhaps turned. Charles, although he waited half a lifetime to become King of England, may now act more selflessly than did his own mother, and hand off the royal duties to Prince William. To confirm this prognosis, let’s now look at the D10 and D11.

In the D10, both Jupiter and the Moon occupy trikasthanas. Jupiter is supported by Mercury but afflicted by Saturn. The Moon is afflicted by Saturn but supported by both Jupiter and Venus. If we take note of the Parivartana between Jupiter and Saturn, this slightly improves the situation for both Jupiter and the Moon. However, the Moon is lagnesh for this amsha no matter what, and its placement in the 12th house of the D10 remains problematic.

In the D11, both Jupiter and the Moon are in the 3rd, a dusthana as problematic as any trikasthana. Saturn aspects them both. Again, there’s a Parivartana between Jupiter and Saturn, but this is a mixed blessing. In the post-exchange scenario, Saturn in its own sign overwhelms the Moon in the 3rd house, while Jupiter occupies the 1st in its own sign, but is there afflicted by both the Sun and Mars. Similar to the D10, Jupiter is lagnesh for this amsha no matter what, and its placement in the 3rd house of the D11 remains problematic.

Thus, no matter where we look, whether in the birth horoscope, or the health-related amshas of the D6 and D8, or the status-related amshas of the D10 and D11, we see problems in the conjoined periods of Jupiter and the Moon.

The clock will soon start ticking, from May 2024 to September 2025. With respect to transits, consider the first week of April 2025, when the Sun will be in Pisces, and every other graha but Jupiter and Ketu will be in nakshatras ruled by Jupiter, the lord of the 9th that is a significator for “retirement.”


Alan Annand is a Vedic astrologer, palmist and author. He’s a graduate of the British Faculty of Astrological Studies and was for many years their sole tutor for students in USA and Canada. After being introduced to jyotish, he was certified by the American College of Vedic Astrology, and went on to enjoy advanced instruction from Hart de Fouw. Aside from consulting and tutoring, he has long been a professional writer, straddling the corporate and creative worlds. His New Age Noir crime novels feature an astrologer protagonist whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.” His books on Vedic astrology – Kala Sarpa, Parivartana Yoga, and Stellar Astrology, Vols 1-4 – have been praised for the quality of their research and writing. His latest book – Kama Yoga: Love, Marriage & Sexuality in Jyotish – is a complete guide to personal relationships as seen through the lens of Vedic astrology.