Life Lesson: Don’t Base a Marriage on Sexual Chemistry

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

MOVIES: ELIZABETH TAYLOR as Cleopatra and RICHARD BURTON as Marc Antony in the 1963 film ‘Cleopatra.’ PHOTO CREDIT — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment –Original IPTC Information: Caption: Changed from no prior entry. Published in NYT 08/05/01-ARTS & LEISURE Section Published Caption: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in ”Cleopatra” (1963). (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) 22cleopatra

I can only imagine how hard it must have been for these two to live together. Even after their first divorce, they got back together and remarried. Now, that’s what I call determination to succeed in the face of all adversity. Or, just silly.

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

Most astrologers agree to this being Richard Burton’s correct birth time. The anchor is probably that damned Pluto conjunct Ascendant in Cancer. There is one inconjunct, not dependent on a correct time.

Uranus Inconjunct Neptune

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.

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

Originally, Elizabeth Taylor’s chart had been ‘corrected’ by me to match what the author of “Synastry: Understanding Human Relations Through Astrology” decided was her birth time. The fact that it’s only one minute before Richard’s should be a warning sign, because my computer had it being @ 2:15 am, even though a couple of websites had 2:30 am. (But who’s quibbling?) I’m going with my computer’s time. Now there are four inconjuncts instead of one.

Sun Inconjunct Midheaven

While you are young, you will find it difficult to decide what to do with your life. The demands 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. 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.

Moon Inconjunct Venus

You very much need affection from others, and you will go to great lengths to get it. You are a very warm and loving person, and you will be liked by many people. The problem here is that you may attach yourself to people who are not good for you in some way simply because they seem loving. You must learn to stand by yourself, not so much because you will have to later, but because you won’t feel so dependent on others for your own sense of worth.

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.

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. Recognize this tension within yourself and try to accept the fact that it exists. At the same time you should look for ways to resolve by learning how to think what you want to think and still accomplish your objectives. Just make sure as you get older that you set your own objectives rather than fulfilling other people’s expectations for you.

(You can see who would be running this show.)

When the relationship is viewed from Richard’s perspective, you can see why he wanted to be with her, and why he could never really live without her. His Sun/Saturn conjunction @ 17° Scorpio is linked to Liz’ Venus/Uranus conjunction @ 17° Aries via a very strong (double) inconjunct. At the same time, her Jupiter @ 15° Leo is inconjunct his Midheaven @ 14° Pisces. His Mercury is within 3° of her Ascendant. Liz’ Moon is conjunct Richard’s Sun/Saturn conjunction, and his Moon is conjunct her Neptune. Both their positions of Pluto bracket his Ascendant @ 15° Cancer. And finally, her Saturn is conjunct his South Node, while her North Node is within 6° of his Uranus. This relationship has reincarnational overtones.

I wonder: who might they have been?

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 (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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