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Historical Horoscopes Of Versailles


I am going to try something new and exciting..at least for me. I love history and especially the French Revolution. Who doesn’t love Marie Antoinette? I have to be the first to say that her hairstyles were to die for. So wouldn’t it be fun to guess what the horoscopes for the court and it’s glamorous entourage would say on a certain day? I have an idea what they should say so I hope you enjoy this.

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The setting for today’s horoscopes is France, more specifically Versailles. The year is 1770. Your future king is Louis XVI and your future queen is a charming and frivolous young woman who will later be affectionately called ”the Austrian woman. ” Her Christian name is Marie Antonia Josepha Johanna and her mother is the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. AKA Marie Therese of the Hapsburg dynasty who is a big deal. So while the future Queen of France is clearly of a bloodline to be feared and revered, she is still a foreigner and the majority of this court resents this.

Now the little archduchess is married to the King of France’s grandson, Louis Auguste. But Austria and France are not really good friends. Actually, they are enemies. How does a marriage between the two come about, you ask? Even though the Empress of Austria has long been an enemy of France, she decides to overlook the fact that she hates the Sun King and his whole country-in the name of furthering Austria’s political power. And she hates England even more .Oh, and the little Archduchess is now called Marie Antoinette ( the French variation of Antonia ) and she is the Dauphine of France.

On this day in the worldly and wicked court of the most extravagant King Louis XV, the gossip is ”will she or won’t she ?” The ”she ” in question is your dainty princess and the question is whether or not she will address the most powerful person in court today -as it not only demanded by protocol but crucial for the Princess’s longevity. I should add that to the childish little Austrian who has a very impressive bloodline,been a student of Gluck, hosted Mozart (and a veritable list of powdered wig wearing bigwigs), this is simply déclassé. The future Queen is not having any of this – she refuses to acknowledge the person who would have been a good friend to have.

Sois proche de tes amis, et encore plus proche des tes ennemis.”

But I guess she will learn.

Who is this controversial figure ,you ask? We’ll find out in a few minutes. As for the other principal players in this game of royal roulette. Let me introduce the more famous ones.

img_2095First, we have the present and pompous King of France. Louis XV , he is a wily one that has the outward charm of a courtesan. However, the fact is he is a King and expects obedience. The king was born on September 5, 1638, which makes him a Virgo. This morning he read his horoscope and smiled:

“Today the sun shines on you with the whole court watching your every move. Take delight in the fact that you are going to find that your tirelessly affectionate persuasion –with a bite -will bear fruit. Patience is a virtue and it will be rewarded”.

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The next key components are Mesdames Tantes, The three aunts of the king are sweet and helpful to our future little queen…or are they? Sophie, Adelaide, Victoire are not reticent in the affairs of the court – the sisters are far from it. When they see an opportunity and of course they do -when young Antoinette voices her displeasure and disgust at the kings’ mistress, they snatch it. At last a chance for revenge in the form of the little Austrian puppet. Oh, by the way, I hear the spinsters are quite religious- so no guidance from the stars in sight.

The other Princes of the Blood Royal seem like the the polite and doting brother in laws to the innocent Dauphine, who thinks everyone loves her. Do they, though? The Duke D’Orleans seems kind enough to his “little sister” –in person. I guess that he thinks it is in her best interest to indulge her gambling and dancing proclivities. But that is another story.

I am thinking his horoscope was a little like this :

”The only thing standing in the way of the monarchy is a pile of sweetmeats. Be careful of your own greed when reaching for the top one or the whole plate will come crashing down around you.”

The poor Dauphin is next, he too has a penchant for sweetmeats and is painfully shy. Even though his birthday on August 23, 1754, which makes him a Leo -he is not in the least like a lion. Painfully shy and awkward, he prefers watches to people. I think the tick-tock of his beloved timepieces could be a warning of his future- on the chopping block.

img_2096-1Sadly, the future King mistook his horoscope written on a bit of parchment for a bib and wiped his face with it at breakfast. Luckily we bribed a servant to fetch it. I hear it said:

”Do your duty to secure the bloodline and provide an heir to the throne. Also, be firm and decisive when handling your young wife and find a way to reign in her frivolous spirit and love of frittering the country’s finances away. The future of the country depends on such .”

What a happy and glorious day at court it is today. Who is the striking and rather gauche beauty in the the the elaborate dress? She smirks at the whispering crowds. The people have gathered here in hope that they will be a part of the royal drama today. Because this woman is Madame DuBarry, the king’s mistress and the most powerful figure at the court of Versailles.She is no shrinking violet and doesn’t like to be snubbed, especially by a 14-year-old girl. The Dubarry is obviously a Leo, born on August 19, 1743, and she didn’t get to her position by being a doormat.Her forecast for today is:

“Persistence is key in all matters of love, politics, and society. Do not accept rivals who challenge your position. You must be vigilant or a change in your financial status may soon occur. Be aggressive in gaining the respect you deserve.”

I am hoping that the lovely girlish and sadly naive Dauphine hooses wisely. I have to admit that it doesn’t look like it today as she is not stepping forward to greet the DuBarry as she is called. Is this the first time in history that the royal mistress has dictated the rules? Let’s see what happens next. The Dauphine is pulled away by the king’s sisters just as his mistress approaches, whisking her away.

The shocked court will have to wait another time to witness this catty drama but will there be enough cake to eat ? Or did the future queen give it to the peasants?  Stay tuned and find out.

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I hope this was a good read and I would appreciate any and all feedback on it.

*Please note that I am not a historian and I hope you will be tolerant of any errors or omissions. This is a fictional piece and is not intended to be otherwise.

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Marie Antoinette’s Foibles ala Versailles : The French Alliance


I learned that I am going to be French today. I guess you think congratulations are in order. I suppose . I mean, you probably think I’m the luckiest girl in the world. When you’re an archduchess -of The HOLY ROMAN FREAKING EMPIRE- no less, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll get a decent marriage. Especially when your mama is a bombass Empress who has no idea how to be anything less than fantastic. Throw in a king who is not playing by mama’s rules ( King George III of England )and the youngest daughter(me) who needs a powerful alliance (aka marriage) and voila … you have a new home in the most important, elegant and notoriously extravagant court in all Europe. France.

I’m not really a fan of politics or alliances or anything that has no fun in it but I hear that Mama hates the French. So why did she ship me in her words “straight to the lion’s den ?” To France -a land of the most wicked king in the world?

Well, simply put it it’s that my mama hates the English even more than she hates the French king, a pompous prig whose name is Louis XV who in turn hates old George III as well so there you go -and, it’s the only logical solution. The enemies of your enemies are your friends. I think that’s how it goes. But I’m not really sure what it means other than that I am going to France.

What could possibly go wrong?

Absolutely everything. I’m 13 and 41 minutes old, to be exact and I’m exactly what I’m supposed to be. Young, frivolous and carefree. I love dogs and dancing.

Who am I, you ask?

Oops, you mean I didn’t properly introduce myself? My name is Maria Antonia Josepha but you can call me Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette’s History Live !


Indoors shot in the Marie Antoinette style.We are live this morning with Marie Antoinette, the newest member of the French royal family. She spills all ,when asked about her new country –

Marie: I have to say that the French were hella rude, boring, old and also -dog thieves. I endured a long, boring day stuck in a carriage, only because I had my dog, Mops, in my lap.

Marie: But then, when I finally got out of the stuffy, old person-mobile at a cold af river, I was made to walk through some stupid tent meant to represent the alliance. On one bank I entered as the Daughter of the Holy Roman Empire and when I came out the other side, I was suddenly the French Dauphine and one dog less.

Marie: Nobody told me Dauphine was French for no dogs.

Marie: When I cried –because duh I’m fourteen- and went to hug my traveling companion, she pushed me away!

Marie: Do I smell bad? I bathed like three weeks ago… the French must bathe every two.

Marie: Also, I’m going to banish old people from the court when I’m Queen and that’ll be soon -because the king is old AF. Like 35 I think.

Marie: I want another alliance. I’ll ask my mama to form another one.

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Previously on Historical horoscopes, we left the Madame Dubarry in line to be acknowledged by the Dauphine only to be snubbed at the last moment.

Am I guessing you have already heard the news around the court this morning? No? I’m shocked! So the foolish little foreigner has snubbed the favorite, the acolyte, the mistress of the king! What is she thinking? Did you hear what she said? In her own words and in front of the most influential people in court, the Dauphine upon learning the position of the DuBarry announced that she would be her rival! It’s too bad that she didn’t understand what she had said or is it? The court is so boring without the blunders of the Austrian fool…

img_2116It appears that it has been explained what it means to amuse the king in detail and the naive Antoinette is now outraged that the wanton woman is at court. I’m told she even refuses to acknowledge her and is being encouraged in this by the King’s sisters, who love causing mischief. Even the Paris fishwives are betting today’s catch on what will happen next.

In the Dauphine’s apartments stands the Compte de Mercy -Argenteau , the Austrian ambassador and friend of the formidable Empress Marie Thérèse- who you remember is one bomb ass bitch to tangle with. The only female ruler of the Hapsburg dominions and last of the Hapsburg dynasty was born on May 13, 1717, and like the Taurus, she is practical. So her horoscope says just as you’d think:

“Be sure to tie up the loose ends of your latest endeavors and insist that the business is conducted without petty and senseless drama. Start with your daughter who is the main hiccup.”

Mercy, on the other hand is a Taurus as well but he isn’t too pleased with what the stars take on this day:

“Tread lightly with your present task and take care to not offend anyone while at the same time persuading them. As a foreigner in this court of extravagance and pretty words, the enemies aren’t easy to spot. Diplomacy is the word to learn to keep your head.”

img_2110Previously we learned that this marriage is supposed to cement the Austrian alliance with France. Since the last update, you can bet that the Austrian empress and French king are not too terribly happy that the Dauphine is making waves by refusing to speak to the king’s favorite- Madame DuBarry and an intervention is in progress. Mercy who is Marie-Antoinette’s only countryman at court also tattletales to her mother. The poor soul has been sent to give her some gentle prodding and/or put the fear of God into the young girl. Never mind that Antoinette is only acting her age, which is 15. But that’s no excuse for her frivolous behavior -because when you live in the 17th century you skip the teenage years.

So how does the Empress convey her motherly love and constructive criticism from miles away? Why, in a letter, of course. , Read by Mercy to Madame Antoinette, who is probably a little concerned this morning. She should be but not for the reason she is and that is what to wear for the masquerade ball tonight.

img_2117Mercy is not a big fan of playing the stern adviser and he is probably a little nervous about pissing off the future queen of France. He clears his throat and starts to read the letter:

My dearest child,

I hear that the orders to obey the King and speak to his mistress are not being heeded. In the words of the king himself, he says he finds you charming, a sweet disposition, and accomplished at singing and dancing. But then he states that he is not going to put up with your childish antics and you had better do what he says. Listen, child. I had to swallow a lot of pride and ignore the fact that I hate the King, who is a fat, pompous prig but I did it because I hate the English more. So, this marriage is hella important – so suck it up buttercup.  By acting like a brat and ignoring the King’s mistress you are making me look like a loser, ruining my good name, endangering the already fractious alliance and above all, giving me a migraine. Also, I hear that you are still not trying to provide an heir to the throne so that needs to happen like right now. And you need to stop acting like a teenager and staying out past curfew .

Love ,Mama

I’m told the Dauphine expressed tears at disappointing her mama but giggled at her horoscope:

“Hairstyles rising up to three feet will be in vogue. The future of France rests on your empty little head – or it would if there was room.”

Will the advice be heeded or will the standoff continue? Auvoir for now…