Vesak is the day celebrated as the Buddha's birthday but its actual date varies across Asian countries
with the general agreement
that it is on a Full Moon. The Astro-Databank has a number of proposals being in April which would make his Sun sign Aries
but to my mind Aries does not have the same inclination for sitting as does Taurus.
In 623 BC the Full Moon in May was
on Friday the 15th with midday coinciding with a Leo Ascendant which would agree with the Buddha's ability to lead
A birthchart for this time is given below and notably has Neptune in the 6th house of daily service to others, square Uranus
in the 3rd which means his way of communicating may not have been in line with his need to be of service; with the 9th house
stellium of Venus, Eris, Mars and Mercury all completing the 'T' square with Uranus and Neptune.
be totally confused about how to find a resolution that would provide him with a peace that reconciled the outer world with the idealistic
life he had led up to his astrological maturity on his Saturn Return at age 29. Especially since his birth chart Full Moon puts the
Sun of self development opposite his Moon of personal emotion - with the Sun being in the most powerful position of public
life (on the MC) while his Moon is on the innermost point of self-reflection (on the IC).
Siddhartha left the palace at age 29 which would corresponds with his Saturn Return (on the 9th cusp) at which time Neptune is transiting
natal Jupiter, Jupiter trine natal Neptune, Uranus trine natal Uranus and sextile Mars, the North Node conjunct Uranus, Ceres on the
Ascendant and natal Sun conjunct Pluto:
Siddhartha achieved enlightenment at age 35 and the importance of his solar return of that year is magnified due to its
conjunction with the MC. Here's his solar return in 588 BC overlaying his proposed natal chart.
Note the powerful indicators of enlightenment that this solar return for that year implies:
Pluto transiting conjunct Venus
in the 9th house, activating the Uranus/Neptune/Venus T square and heralding a breakthrough in Siddhartha's understanding of
Uranus transiting conjunct 8th house Pluto with Saturn transiting square and providing insight and
change in his understanding of the material orientation of the world around him.
Neptune and Venus straddling natal Saturn
on the 9th house cusp emphasising empathy and relatedness as being the most important focus of daily practical perfunctory routines
(Saturn ruling the 6th house and Neptune occupying the 6th).
According to Buddhist teachings the basis of happiness is our attentiveness to thoughts and actions and the resulting cultivation
of wisdom and compassion. This seems to be the goal of all the sages through time who have come to this conclusion through various
pathways corresponding to totally different planetary arrangements which gives the promise of any person being able to achieve this
enlightenment if they put their mind to it.
Siddhartha's proposed birth chart aligns with his life as we know it and the process
of his enlightenment is clearly spelt out in the movement of the planets from that point onwards.
Rectification of Midday Birth
Since Siddhartha's enlightenment is such an important event, solar arcs should verify this date so here's his solar arc for 14th May 588 BC overlaying his birth chart, and as you can see Pluto is opposite natal Uranus and square Neptune – the T square which is at the heart of Siddhartha’s search for perfect relatedness. With his awakening channeled through his meditation represented by Mercury conjunct North Node and Jupiter conjunct Mercury. The Ascendant’s Solar Arc is almost opposite natal Pluto and most importantly Saturn is almost conjunct the MC. My understanding would have his Saturn right on is MC and this would be the case if he were actually born closer to 12.03pm.
Siddhartha (Buddha) Gautama Birth Chart