If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

The Legacy of Liz and Dick

The Life Magazine image from April 19, 1963

While the world was focused on The King and Ann-Margret, I was enchanted by this couple. I had seen them in “Cleopatra” and I could tell, even at age 14 (when I saw the film) that their love was ‘real’. But theirs was a tempestuous relationship, so that they remarried after their first divorce, only to go their separate ways, yet again, later. According to some reports, Elizabeth Taylor was ‘still madly in love’ with Richard Burton when he died. Do you wonder why?

Richard Burton (November 10, 1925 – August 5, 1984)

Do you see that Pluto/Ascendant conjunction in Cancer? That’s a hell-raiser if ever there was one. And yet, that combination in a Grand Trine with the Sun and Saturn @ 17° Scorpio, and Uranus and the Midheaven in Pisces, makes this man emotionally complex. His Virgo Moon is the only solid ground he has as an anchor in the storms of his feelings, but there isn’t enough to save him from himself, not even the Jupiter/Descendant in Capricorn, nor his Mars @ 28° Libra. OK. Neptune in Leo gives him the actor’s mask to enable him to be chameleon-like, and there is one inconjunct from Neptune to Uranus.

Uranus Inconjunct Neptune (1924-1927)

This aspect indicates a generation that had mixed feelings about its ideals and how to implement them. They often felt very confused about their ideals, and when they found that their ideals failed because they were badly formulated, this group became disillusioned. States of consciousness beyond the ordinary are very confusing to them, and they prefer not to get involved with such matters.

(In other words, drink to excess to drown out any emerging psychic awareness.)

Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)

When I first saw anything about these two, in Ronald Davison’s “Synastry”, he had Elizabeth’s birth time as 7:57 pm GMT, perhaps trying to tie-in with Richard’s birth time of 7:58 pm GMT. But that did not prove to be the correct time, since all astrology sites (and my own computer program) lists it as 2:15 am. There are four inconjuncts echoing her close conjunctions of the Sun and Mercury @ 7° Pisces and Venus and Uranus @ 17° Aries. Interesting…

Sun Inconjunct Midheaven

While you are young, you will find it difficult to decide what to do with your life. The demand of the world may sometimes be hard to handle, because they don’t seem to take advantage of your natural abilities and instincts. Also, much of your time will be taken up with learning routine skills that do not seem at first to have much connection with reality. But don’t try to rush your life. Even if you can’t see why you should learn a skill, try it out anyway. Later on, its purpose may become clear. Also you tend to rush through your tasks, because you are impatient to get something else, but in that way you don’t learn anything very thoroughly. Or you may try to live entirely for what you think is most pleasurable at the moment rather than for your long-range goals. Certainly you have a right to be young and happy, but don’t overdo it; the lessons you do not learn well now will create problems when you try to pursue a future course of action.

Mercury Inconjunct Midheaven

It is very important that you develop your mind and your powers of thought, so that you can use them to attain whatever objectives you set for yourself. However, before you can accomplish this, you may have to solve certain problems. You may feel that there is a tension between your natural spontaneous views and what is taught by your parents and other adults. Even though their teachings seem perfectly reasonable, you want to think matters through for yourself. But while you are young, you may not be able to accept your own ideas as valid if they contradict what you have been taught. Yet you cannot simply suppress your own ways of thinking. If you try, you will create tension and probably create a gap between what you are trying to do and what you say. When you are older you may express this tension by making indiscreet remarks that totally get in the way of your objectives.

Moon Inconjunct Venus

You need to be loved, even more than most people, particularly by your mother or another woman who takes the place of your mother. This need for love will be the force behind many of your actions. If you don’t find the love you are looking for, you will develop an insecure hunger for love from everyone you meet. However, you may express this in very strange ways, much as a desire for food, especially sweets, which unconsciously represent love to you.

There is also the danger that if you spend so much time and effort trying to get what you need, you will not be able to give love to others. Thus this aspect can mean that you indulge yourself and expect others to do everything for you. Of course, if people think that you are looking at things this way, they will not be inclined to help you. That will drive you to seek love even more and make the pattern even stronger.

Moon Inconjunct Uranus

With this aspect you must learn to control sudden outbursts of emotion that occur at difficult times when you least expect it. Also your present home life may not be a stable situation in which you can grow up emotionally secure and confident. A particular incident when you were very young may have given you the feeling that you can’t count on anything or anyone for support. Later in life, you may try very hard to get away from anything that reminds you of your earliest childhood, even if your childhood has not been difficult. You just feel that you have to get away and go somewhere else.

You should be encouraged to express your inner feelings and release the tensions that build up within you. In this way you will not be hurt by energies that you aren’t aware of in yourself.

The Relationship

Their individual Moons are the reason for the connection between them. Liz’ Moon is conjunct Dick’s Sun/Saturn conjunction; Dick’s Moon is conjunct Liz’s Neptune and opposite her Sun/Mercury conjunction. Literally, 17° is also a prime factor as Dick’s Sun/Saturn conjunction in Scorpio is inconjunct Liz’ Venus/Uranus conjunction in Aries. Theirs was a journey, together.

Art Imitating Life or vice versa?

This film was not pleasant viewing, even for a 16-year old. I guess it had the same tensions as our parents’ marriage, but without the obvious outbursts. Elizabeth Taylor played Martha to Richard Burton’s George and the fireworks were spectacular, even in black and white.

It was no laughing matter…

That First Kiss (1962)

If you could bottle this moment, you’d make a fortune. “The sparks flew.”

On January 22, 1962, the two met again in full costume and makeup on set. “Has anybody ever told you that you’re a very pretty girl?” he asked condescendingly.

In her 1965 memoir, Elizabeth Taylor, she recalled her surprise at his lame attempt at negging. “Oy gevalt,” she exclaimed to her girlfriends. “Here’s the great lover, the great wit, the great intellectual of Wales, and he comes out with a line like that.”

But on the first day of shooting together, Taylor found herself endeared to a painfully hungover Burton, who trembled and blew a line. “With my heart I ‘cwtched’ him—that’s Welsh for ‘hug.’” Sparks began flying, lighting fire during a love scene. According to Kashner and Schoenberger:

In their first deep kiss, in Cleopatra’s boudoir…Burton found himself caught up, almost drugged, in her presence. They repeated the scene several times, their kiss lasting longer with each take. Finally, [director Joseph] Mankiewicz shouted, “Print it”—but the scene continued. “Would you two mind if I say cut?” he asked again. And then, “Does it interest you that it is time for lunch?”

Later that day Burton dragged Taylor’s chair next to his. It would remain there for the next 13 years.

Crazy Love (Vanity Fair)

For those skeptics that say that there’s nothing whatsoever in astrology to prove how it moves people, I would suggest that they need to think again. The ‘event’ chart is a powerful moment in time. Sure, it was the same for every single person in the world on that day, but the effect on Taylor and Burton was dynamic.

That stellium of five planets and the Ascendant in Aquarius was profound, to say the least. And, in my estimation, the person most affected was Elizabeth. (Her Saturn is conjunct the ‘event’ Sun/Mercury/Saturn/Ascendant conjunction: it would have been as if she had met and fell in love with her ‘father-figure’. And the ‘event’ Moon is conjunct her Part of Fortune @ 19° Leo, also the ‘event’ Part of Fortune AND North Node.) But Richard wasn’t immune, either. (His Moon which is conjunct her Neptune was being triggered by transiting Pluto @ 9° Virgo.) This movie was their coming together event as ordained by the Universe.

And the rest is history…

Post Script

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to cdsmiller17@gmail.com. (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
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1 Response to If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

  1. cdsmiller17 says:

    I never considered it before: when Albee named his main couple George and Martha, he was invoking the first president and First Lady, George and Martha Washington.


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