In 1981 transiting Pluto was in conjunction to Diana's natal Midheaven indicating a dramatic change in the direction of her life and the subsequent fame and fortune this brought. This planetary influence also showed that her family would be affected by the events in her professional or public life. Her Solar Arc Sun was in opposition to her natal Saturn, indicating a change in status. This was when she became the Princess of Wales. Solar Arc Jupiter in a positive trine aspect to her natal Midheaven showed that the marriage would make Diana extremely popular with the public. Solar Arc Neptune in a trine to Juno indicates the fairytale atmosphere of this marriage.
The Solar Arc Ascendant in a trine to Pluto indicated the wealth and power she would be exposed to which would influence her personal image. And the Solar Arc Midheaven opposite Ceres showed her commitment to her country. Interestingly, Saturn and Pluto are both in hard aspect to Lilith - an indication of the 'other woman' involved in the marriage?
During the wedding month, Diana's Progressed Moon was in a happy and positive trine aspect to her natal Sun, as well as another 'fairytale' influence - Moon conjunct Neptune. Progressed Juno was conveniently positioned on a World Point showing that this marriage was a global phenomenon. It was, and would continue to be, of great interest to millions of people across the world.
For the year 1981, Diana's Solar Return Ascendant was conjunct her natal Neptune giving her a fantasy like outlook, while her Solar Return Midheaven was conjunct her natal Uranus indicating major changes to her domestic environment, family, career, and public image. Uranus also symbolises glamour and this was certainly a big factor in Diana's life.
In Diana's Annual Degree Projection chart the Sun was conjunct her natal Midheaven. This represented her growing prestige and public recognition. The Sun in a trine aspect to her natal Moon symbolised a process of inner change which would gradually turn outwards, and we witnessed this as she became more confident and sophisticated as the years passed.
The ADP Ascendant in a square aspect to her natal Mercury indicated unhappy changes of residence and domestic conflict. It also indicates slander and libel - and of course many dishonest things were said and written about her in the media. On the positive side, there would be increased opportunities for travel and communication with the wider public.
The Projected Midheaven for 1981 was in a square aspect to Diana's natal Neptune. When Neptune is prominent in a chart, it often means that a situation is shrouded in mystery or deception. Although by marrying Prince Charles and becoming the Princess Of Wales, Diana was realising a long-cherished dream, and capturing the popular imagination, she was also making a huge personal sacrifice for what she thought was to be her ideal life. In the long-term, the dream was shattered, she was surrounded by scandal and dishonesty, and her fairytale marriage was exposed as a sham. In many ways, looking back at the wedding with the benefit of hindsight, it was the beginning of the end for Diana, and no-one could have realised just what would unfold over the coming years.....