Diana, princess of Wales
princess of Wales, 1961–97, wife of Charles
, prince of Wales, heir to the British throne. The daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer, Lady Diana Frances Spencer was a kindergarten teacher in London before her 1981 marriage to Charles. They had two sons, the princes William (b. 1982) and Henry (b. 1984), but separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996. Diana and Charles were rivals for acceptance by the British public after their marriage unraveled spectacularly; her death in a Paris car crash in Aug., 1997, brought a huge outpouring of sentiment.
See biographies by A. Morton (1992), S. B. Smith (1999), and A. Edwards (2000).
Diana, in Roman religion
, in Roman religion, goddess of the moon, forests, animals, and women in childbirth. She was probably originally a forest goddess and a special patroness of women. She was identified with the Greek Artemis
, and at her temple on the Aventine at Rome she was honored as the virgin goddess. Her most famous cult, however, was at Aricia, near Lake Nemi; there she was worshiped as an earth goddess and was associated with fertility rites and with the Great Mother Goddess
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An image of a crowned Diana of Ephesus by James Harris, c. 1765. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.
Diana (religion, spiritualism, and occult)
Diana, asteroid 78 (the 78th asteroid to be discovered, on March 15, 1863), was named after the Roman goddess of the hunt and the Moon. Its orbital period is a little over 9 years, and it is 144 kilometers in diameter. Diana is one of the more recent asteroids to be investigated by astrologers. Preliminary material on Diana can be found in Demetra George and Douglas Bloch’s Astrology for Yourself, and an ephemeris (table of celestial locations) for Diana can be found in the back of the second edition of George and Bloch’s Asteroid Goddesses. Unlike the planets, which are associated with a wide range of phenomena, the smaller asteroids are said to represent a single principle. George and Bloch give Diana’s principle as “survival and self-protection.” J. Lee Lehman finds that Diana’s position in a chart “shows the place and area of life in which a person expects absolute respect and obedience, as if s/he were divine.” She also observes that individuals with a prominent Diana are intolerant of those they regard as “lesser types.” Jacob Schwartz gives the astrological significance of this asteroid as “attunement to animal-nature, hunter-prey and conquest behaviors and attitudes; protector of whatever is contacted.”
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title Diana, Princess of Wales, original name Lady Diana Frances Spencer. 1961--97, she married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981; they were divorced in 1996: died in a car crash in Paris
the virginal Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon
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