Braveheart: Robert the Bruce

Traditional Image of the first King of Scotland


Robert I, the King of Scotland, was born on July 11, 1274, and is perhaps better known in history as Robert the Bruce. He reigned as the King of the Scots from 1306 until 1329, a lengthy and productive twenty-three-year reign.

He is known as one of Scotland’s greatest kings as well as one of her more notable warriors due to his leadership during Scotland’s Wars of Independence against Edward I and II of England.

His claim to the Scottish throne was descent from David I of Scotland,  making his paternal line Scots-Gaelic.  His mother was Scots-Norman ancestry out of Normandy, France.

Robert was the firstborn of Robert de Brus, the 6th Lord of Annandale and Marjorie, the Countess of Carrack, daughter of Niall, Earl of Carrack, through which he inherited the Earldom of Carrick.


Instead in the spirit of rectifying history, on the left is the traditional depiction of the Scottish Sovereign. 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…..

And now the chart


                                        King Robert’s Map


For King Robert’s chart was are using the data from a Scottish historian, and the seven theosophical “sacred” planets: Sun, the mystery planet (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, so there no generational, outer or modern planets on it.  Theosophy’s Sacred spheres are different from the Vedic ones.

With so few planets on the chart, it is hard to get beyond a Wedge or a Bowl Temperament Type, so we cheated there and added them in and found he was the most common character type of all:  a Seesaw or Hourglass type.    We looked for a Locomotive, but there is no trine, so we abandoned that lead.  He has two oppositions that are necessary for a seesaw — Jupiter  (oo Pisces) to Neptune 29 Leo (Regulus) + Pluto 07.57 Capricorn to Mars 16.51 Cancer.  The last opposition just squeezes into the 10-degree orb we allow for non-luminaries but squeeze it does.

149056-004-ECC9CC89Statue of Robert the Bruce at the site of his great victory, Bannockburn, Stirling, Scotland. c. Encyclopedia Britannica
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 also hidden.  It is at 28 Capricorn that according to Chambers shows up in so many charts of “Rulers and those who have dominion over others.”

Jupiter in the fourth house, at 0.52 Pisces, tells us that his “home” was crucial to him; we have no doubt on that.  But our historian notes that immediate family was very literal to the King; he took great pride in his wives and children and was loyal to both.  We know that home as a homeland, Independent Scotland, was essential and very meaningful to him as he is known as the “First King of an independent Scotland.”

Jupiter is opposite the Regulus Neptune, suggesting that he dreamt of a free country and harbored dreams of being its king.  It is conjunct his Midheaven 22.21 Leo, Chambers says shows up in those honored to serve and that “contemporaries are often jealous of his ability and reputation.”  And so it would rightly so.

The good King died on the seventh day of June, 1329, like his father, as the result of leprosy, contracted during the hardships of his campaigns. He was buried at Dunfermline. He was succeeded by his only son, David, born to him by his second wife, Elizabeth de Burgh.