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A Legendary Beauty Passes Away

Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles at the age of 79. The actress was a child star — she made her first movie when she was 10 — and was often called “the most beautiful woman in the world.” One obituary writer, who knew her personally, wrote:  “Ms. Taylor was beauty incarnate.” (1)

Elizabeth Taylor, natal: February 27, 1932, 2:15 a.m. GMT; London, England. A data


Elizabeth Taylor, natal

When she was 18, the director Joseph L. Mankiewicz saw her for the first time: “She was the most incredible vision of loveliness I have ever seen in my life.”

Ms. Taylor’s prenatal solar eclipse degree (a lifelong sensitive spot) is 17º15’ Libra, opposite the natal Venus (17º09’) and Uranus (17º03’) conjunction in Aries. (Venus and Uranus are also parallel.) Reinhold Ebertin calls the combination of Venus and Uranus “the arousing of love.”

In reading about her life in the tributes that have appeared this week, there is so much mention of her deep violet eyes; you can feel how she captured people with her beauty. (This very evocative beauty may also be a quality brought by Black Moon Lilith, who is very nearby at 22º Aries. I have seen her presence in horoscopes of powerfully attractive/seductive women (and men). The horoscope has Libra on the 10th house, so Venus rules her reputation and the most public part of the natal chart.

The director Joseph Mankiewicz also had a telling description of the woman whose natal horoscope has three planets in Pisces, including the Sun opposite Neptune. He said about Ms. Taylor: “ ‘…living life was a kind of acting,’ that she lived her life ‘in screen time.’ ”

She, of course, had a long career in film and was also renowned for her pioneering work as an AIDS activist. Her friend, Rock Hudson, died in 1985 of the disease; he was the first big Hollywood star to go public with the details about his battle with the illness. (The natal Venus-Uranus is square to Pluto in the 8th, a signature for bold and compelling expression in sexual, and other, matters.)

Ms. Taylor has Sagittarius rising in the natal horoscope, with Jupiter in Leo, square the Moon in Scorpio. Saturn, which is parallel the Moon, is in rulership at 0º19’ Aquarius. When she was nearly 60 (her second Saturn return), she said: “I’ve been lucky all my life…Everything was handed to me. Looks, fame, wealth, honors, love. I rarely had to fight for anything. But I’ve paid for that luck with disasters.”

She had many serious illnesses in her life (including 30 surgeries) and was reported to be close to death’s door on several occasions. (Ms. Taylor’s natal vertex is at 25º Cancer conjunct Pluto in the 8th.)

In November 2004, her publicist announced that she had congestive heart failure. The progressed Sun was at 19º Taurus, conjunct natal Chiron at 19º Taurus. She survived for six more years until her death in March 2011.

Bi-wheel: Elizabeth Taylor, natal and progressed to March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, natal & progressedThe progressed Moon (ruler of the 8th) is at 28º Virgo, having just passed the natal south node at 27º Virgo. (Some readers might be interested to note that on the 45º dial, directed Jupiter, ruler of the 1st, had come to the Moon/Pluto midpoint at her death.)

Elizabeth Taylor passed away the day after her lunar return.

Lunar return chart for Los Angeles, March 22, 2011


E. Taylor, lunar return preceeding death

The lunar return has 23º Cancer on the Ascendant, conjunct natal Pluto on the cusp of the 8th, and the natal vertex (25º Cancer). The Midheaven is 10º Aries, which is the natal 4th cusp. The lunar return also has Saturn in the 4th house, with the transiting nodes square the natal nodes.

May she rest in peace.


(1) All quotes and biographical material from The New York Times

(This blog barely touches on some of the themes in Ms. Taylor’s rich life. Readers may be interested in looking at her synastry with Richard Burton (born on November 10, 1925 at 3:00 p.m. in Pontrhydyfen, Wales – this time is unverified, i.e., DD) and Mike Todd (born on June 22, 1909, Minneapolis, MN, no time known). We might say that Ms. Taylor’s natal placements (i.e., Venus conjunct Uranus square Pluto; Sun, Venus, Mars in Pisces and the Moon in Scorpio, etc.) suggest an very rich and exciting emotional life. These are the two men who she named as the loves of her life.

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  1. dear one, I’d have been very surprised if you’d picked another subject for this weeks blog.You brought out some unusual planetary actions which is always fun. I love reading about what other astrologers are looking at and seeing.

  2. good job, mary! she was such a presence!

    i found asteroids at her death to be interesting; asteroid elisabetha at 24 cancer conjunct requiem (the funeral mass for the dead) at 28 cancer, at the apex of a yod (predestined circumstance) with inconjuncts to asteroid taylor at 23 sag conjunct atropos (the Fate who severs the thread of life at death) on the galactic center (global attention or notoriety) at 26 sag, and venus (female) at 25 aquarius conjunct neptune (actors) at 29 aquarius.

    the venus/uranus i think can be seen in the exotic violet eyes also, and it was squared a black hole at 16 cap, bringing the romantic instability, short term relationships and the “unsuitable” or scandalous quality of several of her unions. BHs often show record-setting individuals, and venus’s financial interests can be seen in this context also, with liz the first female actor to receive $1 million for a single performance (‘Cleopatra’ in 1963).

  3. Thank you for the charts and the reflections on this amazing woman’s life and passing. I look at her natal Venus-Uranus conjunction and think, “Beautifully unusual/unusually beautiful…” And the abundance of Jupiterian energy: Sagittarius ascendent, Pisces Sun, Jupiter conjunct the midheaven. She truly lived life on a grand scale.

  4. Oops, sorry; Jupiter was conjunct her midheaven at time of passing away… still significant, given the epic scale of her life.

  5. Lovely, Mary.

    If we embrace the Ascendant as the first impression we give others, both physical and psychological, we arrive at the importance Elizabeth Taylor’s appearance ‘played’ in being admired and valued (ASC trine ASC ruler Jupiter in Leo, in 8th house) for exceptionally pleasing others, naturally (trine Venus-Uranus-IC trine ASC; Taurus 5th House) and professionally (ASC-MC sextile).

    Obviously wise (her astute observation about the incredible luck along with the disasters in her life), I’ve also enjoyed hearing about her good humor and playfulness.

    ~~Cheers to a grand star.

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