Feb 27, 2018

Now Appearing on Neptune's Silver Screen: Lillie Langtry

Lilly Langtry, 1885

By The National Archives UK (Mrs Langtry) [No restrictions or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you wish, check out the natal chart of Lillie Langtry, famous British stage actress and socialite at the turn of the 20th century and companion of the famed and powerful. Langtrey was one of King Edward VII's mistresses which may be read about in the book Lillie Langtry: Manners, Masks, and Morals.

Known as "Jersey Lillie" in her day, the Jersey-born actress joined the earthly flux on October 13, 1853 and most natal charts for her are listed for 6:00 am LMT (RR: DD). This gives Langtry an Air-Water Sun Libra-Moon Pisces personality blend which is shared by a lady I just astro-profiled this morning on my Political Astrology site because she's in the news today--Hope Hicks, longest serving aide to Donald Trump and current White House Director of Communications. Follow the link for details on the people-pleasing Sun Libra-Moon Pisces personality blend.

And although Miss Langtry was a stage actress, Neptunian qualities such as being glamourous, beautiful, and photogenic still complimented her career in front of audiences and her status as a 'sex symbol' of her day so because these things concern us, let's consider her planets and asteroids of the glamorous, goddess-like kind for some clues to her thespian talent and romantic nature.

Obviously, Sun in Venus-ruled Libra provides beauty while her elusive Pisces Moon suggests the necessary creative imagination an acting career requires. Natal Venus, planet of the attraction principle, is posited in sexy Scorpio while Mars is in romantic Leo, a placement that suggests unbridled passion. And in the 6:00 am chart, Libra is rising which adds to her physical gifts and Moon-ruled Cancer is on her Midheaven which adds the goal or aspiration for publicity to her career sector.

Meanwhile, glamorous, romantic, dreamy Neptune Rx is strong in its own sign of Pisces @11Pis21 so she actually had a three-fer Neptune Return from April 2016 to February 2017. Electrifying Uranus is in Taurus and will be so again starting on May 15, 2018, so a Uranus Return will be upcoming as well. I mention this because Langtry was born under Uranus sextile Meptune which tends toward mysticism and occult studies, and of course the sign Pisces is in favor of the metaphysical. The sextile (60 degrees = opportunity) may also have given her a more intriguing persona and chances to shine with a bright and inspring creative expression. And if her Moon and Neptune are close enough, free expression was her expectation if not her demand in life and this would have aided her onstage performances and in the more libertine lifestyle of romance that she chose with social norms and boundaries broken for nebulous Neptune likes to merge and the natal Moon rules emotions. And in similar fashion, Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius suggests a boundary-breaking spirit and sense of adventure with Jupiter a planet of thespians.

As for Miss Langtry's love and beauty asteroids, Eros and Lilith are in Venus-ruled Libra, sign of relationships, intimate Amor is Rx in Venus-ruled Taurus, sign of the lusty Bull, and sexy Sappho is in just-as-sexy Scorpio. Goddess asteroid Isis is posited in the bright and chatty sign of Gemini which often tends to provide its owner with a certain sparkle and an entertaining wit. After all, monarchs must be kept entertained!

Then there's a wide conjunction (orb 9 degrees) between novelty-loving Uranus with the intense planet of sex, Pluto (also in earthy Taurus) which probably gave Miss Langtry a claim to being a force within her environment. However, the planet of thinking processes and communications, Mercury, is posited in Libra so a certain grace would have been evident in her professional and personal relationships and suggests a potential for diplomatic skills as can any planet placed in Libra.

Now let's consider the Pre-Natal Solar Eclipse Series into which Lillie Langtry was born, the intriguing 8 North. This series contains exciting themes of flashes of genius and inventiveness (great for thespians and other creative types), and vivid dreams and visions (Brady's Predictive Astrology). In our day, 8 North last manifested in 2006 @8Aries and will do so again in 2024 @19Aries, the Sun's degree of exaltation.

Debuting onstage in 1881, Lillie Langtry would have been approximately 28 years old which points toward a Saturn Return (1Gem03 Rx)--planet of reality and well-earned benefits--when her vivid dream of stage acting, fame, and fortune was brought into reality and any hard work would have been fairly rewarded!


Now where are your natal Venus and Mars? For more details on this romantic pair in each of the 12 signs, try this and this!

Jun 2, 2017

Watch a free screening of Gone With The Wind! (Venus in Libra!)

By Fawcett Publications (page 41 middle photo Hollywood (magazine)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Just discovered: a free screening of Margaret Mitchell's classic film Gone With The Wind is available! Casting Old South prejudices aside, it's a gripping tale even so.

My first viewing of the movie was my older sister taking me to a local theater in Athens, Georgia to see it when I was six years old and of course, as Georgians, the novel hung around our house for decades. I must have read it all the way through at least twice, and once again later on. Okay, and maybe parts of it during my 30s, plus, some film watching as well.

But the reason I stumbled across the free viewing of GWTW (linked above) is through a wonderful article by Atlanta astrologer Patricia Lantz, Libra: Astrological Symbolism of "Gone With The Wind" about how author Margaret Mitchell, born with Venus in Libra, was an astrologer before she was a writer and the characters in the novel were based on the signs of the Zodiac. How cool is that?

So if you have nearly 4 hours to watch a classic film you might never do better than Gone With the Wind.

**Astro-Notes and Horoscopes**

Check out the natal horoscopes of 'Scarlet O'Hara' Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier.

And here's a previous post on the film's leading male personage 'Rhett Butler' played by Clarke Gable including his natal horoscope with details--quite a bit of fatherly Capricorn there but Aquarius, too. Of course, his tragically short-lived marriage to Carole Lombard is part of Gable's life story.

Last but definitely not least, the natal horoscope of astrologer-writer Margaret Mitchell is a fascinating study even though no birth time is known (RR: X for date w/o time). Born November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia her chart overflows with planets in adventurous Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius--even Jupiter is placed in its own sign conjunct Uranus. This is the lucky break planetary pair yet after the ten years it took her to write GWTW, selling the movie right to David O. Selznick for $50,000 was a wonderful break but not exactly an overnight one!

And perhaps the money was just in time since the themes of her Prenatal Eclipse Saros Series (PE), the 10 South, suggest difficulties that are somehow wiggled out of: 'breaking out of a very negative situation where no hope can be seen to a space with plenty of options; a worry suddenly lifts and the Cosmos (or Astrology?!) shows the solution which can be quickly acted upon' (paraphrasing Brady's Predictive Astrology).

Note that the last manifestation of 10 South is what I termed the "Beijing Olympics Eclipse" of August 1, 2008 @10Leo--you know, the eclipse that negatively affected the Chinese people and we saw George W. Bush on TV enjoying the Games--in China. Oh, and presidential candidate John McCain suspended his 2008 campaign and breathlessly rushed back to the Capitol to meet in secret over what to do about the Financial Collapse, thespians as politicians are. Actually, 10 South is Senator McCain's PE as well and the PE of the New York Stock Exchange (May 17, 1792).

Well, Margaret Mitchell is known to have been seriously accident-prone and hard-living (smoking, drinking, cursing, and such). And when a car hit her in August 1949 as she and her husband crossed Atlanta's Peachtree Street and she subsequently died from skull and pelvic injuries at 11:59 am on August 16, 1949 as reported on the day by The New York Times, the Sun @23Leo shone upon her natal Mars (23Leo) which denotes a day when hot-headedness or impatience were very bad ideas and head injuries were a distinct possibility. Plus, transit Pluto, the destroyer, was crossing an angle of the the death chart, the MC. If you have a chance, perhaps you'll set up the chart and take a look.

Margaret Mitchell's (Water-Air) Sun Scorpio-Moon Gemini = brooding passion + laughter

Now since we know that for the 24-hour period of her day of birth the Moon remained in Mercurial Gemini, the writer's sign, and the Sun was at mid-Scorpio (Mars-Pluto), we can say that Ms. Mitchell possessed an endless curiosity about people's emotions (and her own) along with a writer's gift for expressing and evoking the entire range of human experience. Sun Scorpio-Moon Gemini suggests that she was especially fascinated with the darker aspects of life including the sexual and destructive elements. Profound seriousness and an extremely amusing wittiness were hers simultaneously as she moved from the tragic to the light-hearted with ease--rather like Scarlett flirting, pouting, then smiling to get her way.

And so my suspicion is that the ability to make light of disaster and hardship and vow to "think about it tomorrow" was a winning talent displayed by both Margaret and her creation Miss Scarlett and I wonder--did the writer put off thinking about the tale of Scarlett's tribulations until 'tomorrow' and such procrastination was the reason it took her 10 years to write Gone With The Wind? Just wonderin'!


For more Scorpio-Gemini notes see Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles and Suzi Harvey

Jun 1, 2017

Celebrity Horoscopes: Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, Broadbeach, Australia, 1948

Photo {public domain} via Wikimedia Commons

Here are Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in 1948 during a visit to Australia posing as a happily married couple! Well, as most marriages will, they had their ups and downs and in fact, Vivien's natal chart denotes a moody light-vs-dark kind of gal with emotional depression issues especially after she suffered a tragic miscarriage due to a fall while filming Cleopatra (1944).

Yet when she was feeling up she sparkled and her Sun Scorpio-Moon Aquarius personality blend denotes a very magnetic personality. Plus, as you see in her horoscope (below), sexy Sappho is in charismatic Aquarius (1:11) at Midheaven (MC, the Career Point @00AQ52) near genius Uranus (in its own quirky sign!) and her feminine Moon (goddess Luna!) there as well. Asteroid Vesta (The Vestal Virgin who keeps the hearth burning--kind of like Scarlett did for Oh Ashley!) conjoins natal Moon and her Part of Fortune (17AQ21) is there in 10th house as well. No wonder the young beauty Vivien (nee, Vivian) was noticed and put in moving pictures! And wonder why she makes a cameo appearance in our Neptunian tribute to Hedy Lamar?

Cupid's arrow found its mark when Vivien's good reviews for The Mask of Virtue in 1935 (London's West End) gave her confidence to introduce herself to another West End thespian, Laurence Olivier, after which they collaborated in films and in romance. Later in life, Vivien contracted tuberculosis and was also diagnosed as manic-depressive but this tribute is meant to concern her better days yet a word or two must be said.

Vivien Leigh: Glamorous Neptune Rises with Goddess Star Sirius!

In her chart powerful gold-hoarder Pluto is at one of the four Cardinal Points of Fame and Recognition (00Cancer) suggests that her worldwide fame could have factored in to her troubles in some way, perhaps through a lack of privacy (she became more isolated later in life). And both Saturn and Pluto are considered karmic planets by which I mean that consequences of past behavior took years to develop and manifest for we all must reap what we sow and may suffer deep feelings of guilt, shame, and regret over the past. Actually, Gemini is the sign that tends to obsess over thoughts even on a good day and may worry incessantly about whether it's 'going crazy'. Temper tantrums alternating with black moods may occur (and OCD may be evident). Plus, having the two actors' planets, Jupiter-Neptune, in quindecile aspect (165 degrees = obsession-compulsion) hints that the actress was creative and artistically sensitive (obviously!), tended toward constant dissatisfaction (dream of The Ideal), was unconsciously driven by idealism, escapism, indulgences, and addictions, and may have used deceit and illusion to gain advantage. (The Quindecile, Ricki Reeves).

Please enlarge for a closer look at the natal horoscope of the very beautiful British actress Vivien Leigh, nee, Vivian Mary Hartley, born November 5, 1913 at 5:16 pm LST Darjeeling, India; Hour of the Sun; an unaspected Pluto (unattached from her other planets), and Mercury out-of-bounds of the earthly plane with the conditions of both planets suggesting themes of a lack of connection with one's sense of power, and mental isolation. Note that 'Mary' is also a goddess reference and her family was Roman Catholic, a church that venerates and idolizes Mary via statues and graven images.

A brief bio and her natal chart are available at astro.com; birth data rated B for biography/autobiography.

Leigh's Venus is strong in its own sign of Libra where she may meet partners at work (6th house) along with her intense, sexy Scorpio Sun. Mercury, planet of communication and thinking processes, is in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, sign of The Seeker, and in the 7th house of Partnerships and Marriage so she thought and spoke about relationships a lot. Enlarge her chart to see the asteroids clustered around Mercury, and goddess Isis conjunct intimate Amor and nurturing goddess Ceres in the 8th house of Sex. Now another thing about her Venus, goddess of love and beauty, is that Venus is chart-ruler (via Taurus Rising) and makes only one applying aspect to other planets: a square to Mars, planet of desire, which for Vivien is placed in Moon-ruled Cancer (touchy feelings, easy to anger!) if the birth data's 'B' rating is accurate.

A Venus-Mars square denotes strong desires, unbridled passion, and an emotional temperament that exasperates men (Pelletier). Plus, her Mars conjoins glamorous Neptune, planet of the Silver Screen, an 'actor's planet' (as is Jupiter) which in this case, can be said to represent Laurence Olivier on the level of desire and magnetic attraction. In addition, a conjunction of Mars-Neptune is glamorous all by itself!

Yet the creatively inspired Mars-Neptune conjunction indicates that Vivian tended to ignore reality and the feelings of others (like Scarlett?) when asserting herself, and she was prone to disappointments (Neptune) in romance (Mars). However, the magnetic conjunction didn't disappoint her in 1938 when she won a Best Actress Oscar for Gone With the Wind! Perhaps her proud Sun Scorpio-Moon Aquarius personality blend aided her with its deep need to achieve and its magnetic effect on others--she appeared in almost every scene of the film and few if any in a worldwide audience could take their eyes off her.

Now let's complete this astro-portrait of Vivien Leigh with some odds and ends chart factors: her North Node of the Moon, a Jupiterian point of public contact, is in creative Pisces in the 11th house of Groups, Associations, Hopes and Wishes. Also in 11th house is wounded Chiron in compassionate Pisces denoting her reliance on mentors and/or gurus, plus, a wound that is spiritual. Thespian Jupiter is in the 9th house of Foreign Lands and Travel showing that much of her money and income (Jupiter) came from abroad (America, for one) and that this intelligent lady was something of a philosopher and a student of life.

Her Uranus-Neptune opposition is generational and though out-of-sign (Cancer/Aquarius) denotes that her year of birth (1913) was a period when large scale conflicts were heating up politically as leaders prepared to wage a tragic war (WWI) and the masses were too self-indulgent, apathetic, and/or busy to notice.

Vivien's Pre-Natal Solar Eclipse Saros Series ('PE', in her 6th house), the 5 New South, manifested @6Libra and has themes of peak experiences such as falling in love (in Libra, sign of relationships!), good news, joy, and long lasting benefits (Predictive Astrology, B. Brady).

Now here is a marked-up natal chart of her very practical husband and brilliant actor, Sir Laurence Olivier; please enlarge for better reading:

For biographical notes on the life of Olivier and another look at his natal chart (RR: AA) visit astro.com.

Jan 20, 2017

Ooh-La-La at the Folies Bergere!

Yes, It's a Case of 19th Century Ooh-La-La!

Recently I received an email alert that History Today has published an article on the famous music hall the Folies Bergere which opened in Paris, France way back in 1869. Staging light opera and pantomimes in the early days led to wider success in the 1870s as vaudeville and scantily clad ladies became the nightly fare.

Later in its history, one of Neptune's Silver Screen's favorite actresses and dancers found major success there when she debuted in 1926--lowered down from the ceiling wearing a g-string decorated with what became her legendary bananas...the one of a kind Miss Josephine Baker! Follow the link for a brief Astro-Portrait of the lady, plus, a GIF that captures her Geminian gaiety and charm, and a photo of Josephine wearing her famous Banana Dance costume...if you dare!

Dec 16, 2016

The Lovely Claudette Colbert: Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini

Claudette Colbert 1931; studio publicity photo {public domain}

Trailer for Midnight (1939), a Cinderella-esque adventure about being stranded in Paris:

Born in Saint Mande, France (or as some sources say, Paris) on September 13, 1903 at 8:00 am LMT, Emilie Claudette Chaucoin was the daughter of a baker who moved his family to the US when little Claudette was three years old. She grew up longing to appear on Broadway and in 1923, debuted in The Wild Westcotts and adopted the stage name Claudette Colbert. Follow the bio link, below, for more details or check out this 24-minute documentary about her life and career.

Now let's consider the natal horoscope of Claudette Colbert pictured here with notes added:

Right away we notice a Mercurial, gamine quality to Colbert's persona with both Sun and Moon in the two Zodiac signs ruled by Mercury, the planet of youth and communications. However, love goddess archetype Venus is chart-ruler since the rising sign is Venus-ruled Libra, and also rules her Mercury which is precisely rising. Born at 8:00 am on the dot makes an astrologer wonder if her birth time was rounded off rather than 100% accurate. Still, Libra rising does fit her looks and her profession so let's consider Colbert's personality blend of Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini. Then we'll check out her goddess and romance asteroids, eclipses, and her 9th house Neptune in Cancer which is her most elevated planet.

The Earth-Air combo of Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini denotes one who loves words, has refined tastes, and is quick-witted and playful. Here is both a thinker and a doer who takes play as seriously as she did work. Quickly adaptable, Ms. Colbert possessed analytical ability, logic, and a cool, detached approach to most things, and while delighting in spontaneity, she probably appeared at times to be something of a snob.

In relationships, the twice-married actress upheld romantic idealism but it's doubtful that she became as emotionally involved with people as she thought she did. Yet a settled domestic life and a creative career were conducive to her enjoyment of life and helped her put aside the tendency of discriminating Virgo to criticize. With her Gemini Moon, too many details may have overwhelmed her at times and caused worried moods and pessimism.

In the 'Hollywood Goddess of the Silver Screen' department, Claudette Colbert as a Virgo, the sign of The Goddess and Virgin, had an attractive persona on screen and seductive asteroid Lilith in the 4th house, one of the psychological houses. Of course, her goddess planet Venus was also in sexy Virgo, a placement which adds issues of morality and practicality vs romantic considerations to the picture.

Above, we mentioned her cool detachment which is supported by icy-cool Isis, goddess of them all, in Moon-ruled Cancer in her 9th house of Foreign Lands and *parallel Silver Screen planet, Neptune. As most elevated planet (although in 9th house), Neptune is most visible on the world stage (Midheaven/MC) and with powerful Pluto there as well, we see that her Mercury-North Node conjunction rising fulfilled itself in easy access to public contacts (NN), communication skills (Mercury), and powerful backers (Pluto).

Asteroid of intimacy, Amor @6Pis58, is in the 5th house of Romance and Creative Pursuits so romantic partners may have been met on film sets; Sappho, asteroid of sexual encounters and in the 8th house of Sex, is in lusty Taurus, sign of The Bull, plus, with Venus in the secluded 12th house, perhaps a few secret assignations took place! Her planet of desire, Mars, is in its own sign of sexy Scorpio, after all, no matter how prim and proper she may have seemed!

And erotic asteroid Eros conjoins electrifying Uranus (fighting against tradition in Sagittarius) in the 3rd house of Communications which suggests a form of genius and a novel approach (Uranus) in getting romantic messages across the screen to the audience.

In addition, her Venus and Mars sextile (60 degrees) one another which suggests a need to be in charge (see Mars in Scorpio listed on the chart image), a good organizer, and one who can be assertive when she wants to be. This Venus-Mars aspect identifies an inner conflict of warrior vs peacemaker who is peaceful until provoked (Epstein).

There is more to say, of course, for hers is quite a complex horoscope with several planetary patterns which include an Earth Grand Cross (marked in red), several T-Squares (formed by the Grand Cross), and two Grand Trines (protection; talents; marked in blue) if we count the North Node (public contact) and her MC (Career Point) between: 1. Moon, Saturn, NN, and 2. Mars, Jupiter, MC, a guarantee of career success). Yes, Grand Trine patterns can suggest laziness (things are too easy, so why bother!) but there are massive amounts of energy and dynamism within such a major Grand Cross.

Well, that's my astro-homage to the lovely Claudette Colbert. Hopefully you've gotten something out of it and now feel you know Claudette a little better than you did before!

But if you're still curious about the lady, here is a brief bio of Colbert's life and career along with a bit of trivia (ex: why she preferred that her left side be photographed).

And if you look closely at her photo, above, you may wonder as I do: did the actress suffer from a case of strabismus?

*A parallel in Astrology is similar to a close conjunction and may be used for timing purposes. Here, Colbert's Isis and filmy Neptune are in a sense conjoined and their energies working together as with a planetary conjunction.

Also see Planet of Desire Mars Through the Signs.

Sep 2, 2016

Sept 3, 2016 Hollywood Book Signing Spotlights Louise Brooks

Friday September 2, 2016: Heads up! This weekend a book signing is of interest for all fans of Louise Brooks if you're in the LA area. Check out The Diary of a Lost Girl and event details on the Louise Brooks Society blog.

And while you're at it, view the natal horoscope of Louise Brooks with its prominent Sirius, the goddess star!

Jul 5, 2016

Astro-Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra!) and a 'BUtterfield 8' trailer

Studio publicity still (Dr. Macro) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth Taylor: a Pisces with a Sparkling Venus-Uranus and Cosmic Links to Cleopatra

by Jude Cowell

Splendid, isn't she? One of my favorite Hollywood beauties from her days in National Velvet, Elizabeth Taylor's natal planets show her Sun closely conjoined with thinking and communicating Mercury, both @7Pisces, a sign of creativity, inspiration, and illusion because of Neptune's sub-rulership. One of the actor's planets, Jupiter, is the primary ruler of mystical Pisces. Rising is lucky Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, and the sign of horses--perfect for her early film role of an equestrian young lady. Of course, Sagittarius is also the sign of the traveler, the foreigner, and The Seeker on a Quest.

Horoscope: Elizabeth Taylor February 27, 1932 (Saturday) 2:00 am UT Golders Green, UK; data rated B for biography sourced. Hour of Mars, Mutual Reception (friendliness) between Moon and Pluto, and Mercury and Neptune; Disseminating (communicating); an unaspected North Node of public contact, with NN in Pisces, sign of The Collective; unaspected, her Nodal axis gave her extraordinary popularity with no input or interference from her planetary energies.

And though her Sun-Mercury conjunction denotes a very subjective self-centered 'idea' person who likes to have the last word and leave an impression, the conjunction in watery, soft Pisces may have softened such egoism a little along with her watery Moon (emotions) inconjunct (150 degrees) her Venus-Uranus conjunction in Mars-ruled Aries (see below). Two conjunctions at same degrees emphasizes those degrees and indicates a strong personality. Venus-Uranus reveals her sparkle and joie de vivre approach to life that gave impetus to her quickly found path to worldwide stardom--though it also indicates relationships entered into suddenly and impulsively and a tendency toward separation.

In Taylor's 10th house of Career and Public Status is a trio of asteroids of a romantic-glamorous nature and they are linked by degree to stars of success, Spica and Arcturus: seductive Lilith @21Libra, Cupid's Arrow aimed by Cupido @25Libra, and goddess Isis @2Scorpio (conjunct 11th cusp 2Sco22). Erotic Eros @4Pisces falls perfectly between her Sun and Mars, planet of desire with Mars in Pisces indicating one who may use subterfuge, secrecy, or passive-aggressive actions in relationships and be somewhat unreliable or inconstant. Sexy Sappho @12Gemini is in the 7th house of Partnerships and Taylor's Descendant (7th house cusp) @7Gem26 holds three midpoints, two of which relate to acting, pretending, playing roles (Sun-Neptune and Mercury-Neptune); the third is Jupiter-North Node (NN of the publicity-seeking Moon) denoting good fortune in contact with the public.

And speaking of Luna, the intensity of her Scorpio Moon was on display in her darker, more sultry roles such as John O'Hara's BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). If you're a fan, you can certainly think of other sultry examples especially with ravishing Pluto in 8th house of Sex! Pluto is at a critical degree in Cancer (the magician!) and conjoins starry Castor, a creative indicator but the star also relates to loss and death. One example you may remember is her early shock due to the tragic loss of husband Mike Todd in a plane crash.

So what better acting role is there to show her brooding Scorpio Moon's ruthless desire for revenge and all that Pisces negative escapism than 'Martha' in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) as she screamed at and slurred with her two-time husband Richard Burton? Academy award winner that film was!

But let's put glamour aside for a moment, for another asteroid played an important role in the life of violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor and that's Hygeia, a health indicator, conjunct and thus expanded by a close connection to Jupiter in 8th house. Elizabeth's many medical crises and surgeries are well known and naturally her negative escapism urges only added to her health problems (by which I mean alcohol and other drugs).

And we know that Miss Taylor's life did not lack for scandals which in part may be seen via scandal-prone, secretive Neptune opposing natal Sun and Mercury across the Virgo-Pisces (victim-savior) axis of the Zodiac. Yes, Neptune added glamour, masks, and disguises to her personality (Sun) and expression (Mercury) but it also weakened her sense of identity. My suspicion is that the midpoints at Descendant reveal a tendency to role-play in real-life relationships, not just in front of a camera. And with a Sun-Neptune opposition, she may have defied authority, been doubtful of her talents at times, felt suspicious of others, and failed to gain an accurate perspective of reality during her childhood--an issue that may be laid at the feet of her parents.

Then with nebulous Neptune opposing Mercury, a definite streak of inspired creativity remains evident on the Silver Screen to this day though unrealistic dreams and paranoia may have caused personal problems for Elizabeth. She may have imagined conspiracies against her and had some amount of trouble distinguishing fact from fiction--perhaps a useful trait for an actress but not very helpful in relationships. Plus, a suggestion of secret assignations arises...

As for her primary paramour, Welsh actor Richard Burton, his natal Sun-Saturn conjunction @17Scorpio aligns with Elizabeth's natal Moon @16Scorpio. Sun-to-Moon is one of the best relationship links in Astrology, in fact, Sun-Moon is marriage and Burton's Sun conjoined her Moon. Unfortunately, karmic planet Saturn joins the happy solar-lunar couple and though Saturn provided longevity to their union (they did marry twice and never really got over each other!), old devil Saturn also brought loss and depressive emotional influences that interfered with their partnership, This can be felt via Burton's melancholy temperament (Saturn squares Neptune in his natal chart and psyche). so again we see that drinking great quantities of alcohol was precisely the wrong antidote for them both, separately and together, emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

Now penned on the chart in 10th house you see 'PE" which is the Pre-Natal Solar Eclpse Series in which she was born, the 5 New South, which manifested on October 11, 1931. 5NewS themes seem quite appropriate for the events of her life: joy, good news, benefits, and peak experiences like falling in love (Brady). Elizabeth was great at falling in love and with her Moon-Venus inconjunction, tended to cater to or pamper her partners and friends, and with her Moon inconjunct Uranus, she was excitable, impulsive, and spontaneous. Adjustments (inconjunct) may have been made, plus, inconjunctions may denote strains upon one's health.

Well, that's my brief peek at the natal planets of Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor. There are other chart factors of interest if you look further into her chart and I hope you will. Meanwhile, please enjoy the following videos and look below for a few of the cosmic links between Miss Taylor's and Queen Cleopatra's natal planets:

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And here's an interesting 12-minute+ video Hollywood Fashion Machine - Elizabeth Taylor - Part 1 if you're curious or how about a wonderful tribute to Taylor including biographical info and great photos! One pic is of her in costume for her starring role in the 1963 film Cleopatra (see Amazon link, below), now in the Library of Congress.

Astro-Links Between Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Cleopatra

Did you know that the natal chart of Cleopatra is available? Born January 13, 69 B.C., her chart is presented by astrologer Noel Tyl who has rectified her moment of birth via the timing of well known events in her life. This allows us to set up a natal horoscope for the last in a long line of Egyptian pharoahs. As we might expect, there are centuries between their births and yet there are cosmic links between the planets of Cleopatra (69 BC) and Elizabeth Taylor (1932):

Both natal horoscope are weighted on the side of the Water element denoting deep insight and fine intuition. Politically savvy Cleo's natal Jupiter @8Sag conjoins Taylor's natal Ascendant (a fortunate connection) and amazingly the natal Saturns of both women conjoin precisely @00Aquarius (perhaps their fathers had ambition and extravagance in common?)

Then, Cleopatra's Mars @8Libra conjoins Taylor's natal Midheaven (MC = The Goal; Career Point), and Dame Taylor's natal Jupiter @15Leo (royal Leo!) is quite near Cleo's natal MC @18Leo (with her natal Midas upon it--her goal to rule--Leo-- and amass wealth--Midas). As you know, Queen Cleopatra purposely identified herself with goddess Isis and had herself depicted on coins as such. Goddess asteroids are often mentioned here since actresses of great beauty were often depicted as goddesses and idols for the public to worship.

(Curiously, Elizabeth Taylor's Moon opposing priestly Chiron describes one who 'must propitiate the White Goddess (Nolle). A film role for Miss Taylor?)

Plus, the planets in both charts are configured into a Seesaw pattern indicating temperaments that always acted under opposing views with sensitivity toward antagonistic potentials (M.E. Jones). A Seesaw (like a teeter totter) person exists in a world of polarities such as we find exemplified in a horoscope: 1st house opposite 7th house = Self and Other, etc. Unique achievement is possible with a Seesaw temperament particularly if a tendency to waste time and energy in unpromising situations and relationships is avoided.

How well each queenly lady managed to do this I shall leave up to you to decide!


Astro-Note: you may wish to check out Elizabeth Taylor's natal horoscope at astro.com since it uses 2:30 am as her birth time and rates the chart AA for BC/BR in hand. The chart shown above is from my Solar Fire Gold software v9, the latest version.

As usual I am way behind with my book reading list but if I ever catch up I'd like to read Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend by Egyptologist Joann Fletcher.

Film Note: a restored version of the 4-hour+ 1963 film Cleopatra is available on Amazon for rent or purchase. Or, simply watch the trailer. That may be gracious plenty unless stilted acting is your thing.