This article has been written on the day of HRH Prince Philip’s passing, but out of respect for the deceased, I have postponed the publication of it.
When the news of Prince Philip’s passing came about, I went online to check his DOB and was surprised to discover that his time of birth was uncertain. According to astro-data bank, Prince Philip was born either at 21.46 or at 10.00.
Not knowing which one was correct, I have decided to plot both charts and to draw my own conclusions.
Prince Philip has passed away on the 9th of April 2021 aged 99. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. The cause of death has not been disclosed, though the palace said that he died peacefully. The time of death has not been disclosed.
How the chart verification is done
In most cases, the chart verification is done by either reverse engineering, matching the life events to the natal chart, or by cross-referencing between the different systems, such as QMDJ or ZWDS.
Another method is based on using the date of passing on. In theory, the time of death is that point in time which disrupts the Qi flow in the chart. It is the point of transformation which shifts the ‘go on’ to ‘gone’, so to speak.
This is the chart of the day of Prince Philip’s passing. We will be using it to verify his time of birth.
Let us assume that the hour of birth is 乙亥 Yi Hai (corresponding to 21.46). This is the chart:
甲 Jia DM which is born at the peak of the 火 Fire season (午Wu) is supported by the hour branch 亥 Hai and two heavenly stems, 甲Jia and 乙Yi. The type of chart is Weak.
The 木Wood and the 水Water are favourable. The 火Fire, 土Earth and 金Metal are unfavourable.
If this was Prince Philip’s true hour of birth, on the day of his passing, he would have had his favourable element 水Water supporting him. It was present in the month stem (壬Ren) and in the day branch (亥Hai).
There would have been also additional 水Water element formed by the partial seasonal combo (Hai-Chou). Such a strong 水Water would have propped the weak DM 甲 Jia, enabling it to survive.
Hence, if his hour of birth was 乙亥 Yi Hai, he would have had enough strength to live beyond that date.
Being born in 己巳 Ji Si hour, makes this chart Fake Follower. Here is the chart:
In this case, Prince Philip’s favourable elements are 火 Fire, 土Earth and 金 Metal. 水Water and 木Wood are unfavourable.
His most favourable element is 火Fire, as it is the Fire which makes this chart flow. As we know, for the Follower charts, it is the flow itself which is important. Whenever it is disrupted, the problems occur. The strength of the element which pushes the flow forwards is what the entire structure rests upon.
For 甲 Jia DM born in 午 Wu, the Fire element is not just the key to Qi flow, it is also the heaviest Earthly branch in this chart. If it gets impacted negatively, the entire structure collapses.
On the day of his passing, the 火Fire came under attack. The 水Water was backed up by its own resource 金 Metal which came in full strength: Si-You-Chou. It was formed by Si–You in Prince Philip’s BaZi, plus the current annual pillar 辛丑 Xin Chou.
His current luck pillar is 甲 申 Jia Shen. It has formed the partial Water trinity with the month branch (辰 Chen) on the day of his passing. Could it be, that he had died during 子 Zi hour? We will never know. If this was the case, Zi would have completed Shen-Zi-Chen unfavourable water trinity. It would have also created seasonal 水Water combo Hai-Zi-Chou. Such a strong 水Water would have left no chance for 火Fire to survive.
If we assume that Prince Philip was born in the morning, on the day of his passing 巳 Si would have also been clashed by the day branch 亥Hai. This would have eliminated another 火Fire branch, bringing the flow in his chart to standstill.
Thus, we may conclude that Prince Philip was born during 己巳 hour. If the type of the chart would have been different, he would not have passed away on the 9th of April 2021.