Elizabeth Taylor from an Evolutionary Astrology Perspective

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Astrology

Elizabeth Taylor from an Evolutionary Astrology Perspective

As a way to illustrate Evolutionary Astrology in a sample reading I thought I would highlight a karmic moment in the life of Elizabeth Taylor. She was a Pisces with a Scorpio Moon and Sagittarius Ascendant. From 30,000 feet looking down, her lifetime was about becoming a goddess: poetic and risk-taking.

The lunar nodes tell the karmic story. With a South Node in Virgo, 9th house she brought a sense of internalized shame and guilt due to some kind of rigid culture or religious belief system. She perhaps punished herself when this karma was activated. Add Mercury as the ruler of Virgo and we learn from its Pisces placement in her 3rd house that she was likely some kind of prattler or heretic in this lifetime. A mystic or dreamer whose true voice was self-suppressed. Since her Sun in Pisces is conjunct her Mercury, we learn more about her identity in this lifetime: She was a King or Queen – at very least – a rock star of the era in which this lifetime took place. She had fame and power. Going deeper, the 9th house ruler is Jupiter and it resided in Liz’s 9th house, a natural home as well as in Leo. Blinded by zeal in the rigid social/religious construct of the time, in all of the glitz, egomaniacal and over expression of royalty, the noblest expressions of her Virgo (treated like her Sun sign in that lifetime) service, refinement and analysis were crushed and she carried guilt for that. In this lifetime, Elizabeth would have been tempted to repeat this behavior.

To look at what her chart offered her as a tool to break the karma we go to her North Node, which was in Pisces, 3rd house.

If Liz were to make it a life mission to let go, to play, to believe in God’s love as absolute (a phrase astrologer Steven Forrest wrote in his book Yesterday’s Sky) she would have eased up on the internalized punishment for not being true to that past self. In this lifetime, there was no karmic need for her to struggle or engage with it. If she kept an open mind, a sense of discovery and curiosity – especially around those whose opinions were different than hers – she would have gained a sense of being OK with life as complex and opportunities to heal. I think she found these opportunities with friends and husbands like Malcolm Forbes, Michael Jackson and Larry Fortensky.

Here is a brief look at “karmic ripening” or a moment in Elizabeth Taylor’s life that was pivotal to her destiny:

In the Fall of 1959 when a 1M contract was offered to her to play Cleopatra Liz was 27 and close to a Lunar return in Scorpio. The Moon transits through each sign roughly 2.5 years and ends up back where it started for the next cycle around age 28. Her Moon is alone in one quarter of her chart, making it very important to consider.

It was the largest sum for an actor’s movie contract at that time. A sum she reportedly requested off-handedly as a joke. With her Moon all about establishing strategic alliances with its 11th House placement, and open to falling prey to tribal influences, this was a sensitive time. Her Solar Arc Moon  – solar arcs are symbolic ways to look at evolving themes in the astrological chart – was crossing her Ascendant, revealing something under the surface that had been brewing for a couple of years leading to a risk opportunity.

As it turns out, Richard Burton’s Sun in Scorpio conjuncts Liz’s moon. They met on the set of the film and married a few years later after affairs and divorces. He could see right through her. She would reflect to him from inside, the light he was generating. Its an intense connection.

What plays an important part in this story is her Neptune in Virgo. It opposes Mercury, the ruler of her South Node – again, the past life karma – and represents something from her past life that she could not break through. Not only was Pluto – a planet that focuses intense scrutiny on wounding issues – transiting right over her Neptune during these years, but Burton’s Moon conjuncts her Neptune and likely was the tempestuous key in their relationship.

America and Hollywood may have devoured their relationship in the magazines and films but karmically it was probably too much electricity for the human Elizabeth Taylor to handle. His moods would likely have turned her into a severe critic and a martyr in an impossible situation. After all, she divorced him – twice.

Elizabeth Taylor's birth information by Astro-Databank, www.astro.com/astro-databank,
source: Birth Certificate (Rodden Rating: AA)

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