Robert I, the King of Scotland, was born on July 11, 1274. He is better known in history as Robert the Bruce, who reigned as the King of the Scots from 1306 until 1329 AD; a productive twenty-three-year reign. His claim to the Scottish throne was his descent from David I of Scotland from his father. He was the firstborn of Robert de Brus, the 6th Lord of Annandale (Scots-Celtic) and Marjorie (Scots-Norman), the Countess of Carrack, daughter of Niall, Earl of Carrack, through which he inherited the Earldom of Carrick.
In the spirit of rectifying history, above is the traditional image of King Robert — florrid skin and bright red hair. Alas, that got knocked back this week, when The UK magazine, The Week, reported that the real representation of our Braveheart is a lot closer to this, stockier and darker…..
And now the chart
The Map of King Robert I
For King Robert’s chart we are using data from a Scottish historian, and only the seven theosophical “sacred” or Hellenistic planets of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Neither system uses the “modern” planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and Theosophy’s Sacred spheres are different from the Vedic ones.
With so few planets on the chart, it is hard to get a real idea of what his temperament type is — with just seven planets almost everything falls into a bowl, bundle or bucket, so to determine what it truly is, we cheated and added the modern generational ones in. By doing so, (see below) we discovered that he was most likely a “wheelbarrow” temperament type with Jupiter and Pluto being the handles to his spade-shaped Southern tumbrel.
This makes Jupiter in the fourth house of patriotism and filial duty, to be as important as his ability to transcend petty tribal squabbles by his pragmatic vision and physical bravery. These two skills made him a unifying force because he was an impressive figure that people could respect.
Jupiter at Pisces 01 is opposite the Fixed Star Regulus that is conjunct modern day Neptune, the other handle that supporting the Wheelbarrow. This shows that his vision of a free & independent country was grand but also self-aggrandizing, as that of course was the only venue for him to become its king.
His Ascendant is 07 Scorpio that E. C. Chambers says is “fearless and unflinching”. The Neptune in the Regulus degree tells us that he definitely had his eye on the prize, the Kingship of Scotland but the catch is that probably was not readily apparent with so many planets hidden in Cancer.
His Part of Fortune, considered in the Medieval Ages in which the King lived, his destiny, is 28 Capricorn that according to Eric C. Chambers shows up in so many charts of “Rulers and those who have dominion over others.” That supports his midheaven at 15.10 Leo a degree that shows up in “born leaders” whether or not they are successful in their endeavor.
The good King died on the seventh day of June 1329, like his father, from leprosy¹, contracted during the hardships of his campaigns. He was buried at Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfernlime Scotland² & succeeded by his son, David, born 5 March 1324 by his second wife, Elizabeth de Burgh. He had two older sons, Nigel (Neil) & Robert but both were born out of wedlock and not eligible for the kingship. His union with his first wife resulted in two daughters, Marjorie Stewart & Margaret Glen.
- From the Encyclopaedia Britannica c. 1911 entry on Leprosy.
- Leprosy is a parasitic disease believed to be an infective bite by the bacillus leprae, a microbe, discovered in 1871. Previously this disease was thought to be a form of skin tuberculosis, as lepers often have that as well and it known by the skin lesions. The essential characteristic of leprosy is the great multiplication of cells that resemble syphilis. These new cells vary in size, distorting the person’s appearance & can be up to as much as 400 % greater in size thus making the face a grotesque.
- The disease’s appearance is often slow and can be delayed up to several years, so the cause and outbreak are often not well defined. The skin where the leprotic cells appear are generally symmetrical and bright copper red — giving the face the look of a lion (perhaps this is the explanation for the red glow of the traditional portraits, as a romanticized view of his leprosy?).
- Lupus & psoriasis were often confused and many people with the two autoimmune diseases were also sent to leper colonies where by proximity the contracted the deadlier disease.
- The word “lepra” means scaly in Greek and was known as early as 4,600 BC in Egypt. Every municipality throughout Europe, had a leper house but Scotland, for reasons unknown, have the greatest outbreaks. By 1911, only Spain still had active leprosy cases because like Scotland, it is mainly coastal with a craggy shore, and little forest or inland areas.
- Leprosy is rarely congenital it is communicable. Isolation is the best recourse but often impracticable . Scrupulous cleanliness, sound nutrition and good clothing go far to combat this disease, like many others..
- While it is on the wane in Europe, it is still prevalent in India and the coastal countries of Indonesia, Burma and Siam. (Mother Theresa was a well known Roman Catholic nun who cared for lepers in Calcutta, and eventually succumbed to the disease.)
- Andrew Carnegie, the American philanthropist was born in Dunfermline and spent large sums for the Abbey’s restoration.
the passing of King Robert of Scotland
- Robert the Bruce’s proposed natal chart is the inner green in the bi-wheel below, with his supposed death the purple outer chart. He died at Cardross, Dumbartonshire, Scotland. Notice how his repose part of fortune meets his natal Jupiter exactly in the fourth house — as though now with the birth of legitimate sons, and the unification of Scotland, his job was done.
There is no marking in Cardross of the battle nor where the King fell. A grave mistake in our eyes.