The Royal Wedding of
Prince William
and Kate Middleton

Some say as many as 3 billion viewers watched the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last week. Let's take a look at the chart of the wedding under the lense of Systems' Approach to Vedic Astrology.

The ceremony took place on April 29, 2011 in London's Westminster Abbey. The couple was announced husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury at precisely 11:20am. Cancer rises at 21:43. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars are functional benefic planets which are all weak. Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu are functional malefics.

The starting main period is governed by the malefic Jupiter with Rahu ruling the subperiod, indicating a poor start to the marriage because of their malefic natures. Further, Jupiter's house of placement is afflicted by the most malefic planet and ruler of the 8th house, Saturn, indicating unfortunate legal, health, and financial obstructions. Jupiter itself, lord of the 6th house, is exactly conjunct the 10th house lord, Mars, thus bringing the above issues into the public eye. Mars and Jupiter are afflicted by Rahu from the 6th house. Jupiter reciprocates as well as it aspects Rahu. Any SA astrologer would certainly avoid recommending this time for any event.

Communication will be a source of major difficulties. The general significator, Mercury, is debilitated in Pisces and is afflicted by Saturn. Its own moolitrikona house is afflicted by the same. Saturn's influence will mar initiatives, good fortune, progeny, and bring added expenses and losses.

Perhaps the biggest threat of all is Saturn's opposition to the significator of marriage itself, Venus, which also rules domestic peace and happiness in this chart.

Although some of the benefic planets make favorable aspects to each other and to some houses, this is a troubled chart and will reflect unfavorably on the event that it is timing. I wish the very best to the new royal couple.