In my previous post I examined the synastry between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to see how they responded to one another. Now I’m taking a look at the composite chart to see the themes in their relationship and how it will play out
The Compost chart Ascendant is in Scorpio.
This is not a surprise given the Plutonic theme surrounding their relationship, love, hate, sex, suicide attempts, and the verbal assaults the: I can’t live with or without you overtures. Scorpio naturally rules the 8th house of what is hidden, death, transformation, intense sex and the money of other people. Lets be honest they made a living off of other people paying for their movies.
The Ascendant in Scorpio is very fitting as Scorpio is prone to extremes and maddening jealousy. They traveled together most of the time, watched one another during shoots and often were jealous of everything from co-stars to who had the most Academy Award nominations, From what I have read they often made insulting comments regarding other couples lack of trinkets. Discussing how they had more diamonds and their yacht was bigger than so and so’s. Scorpios are very prone to wanting to feel powerful and exerting power. They exhibited all of these traits.
Yikes! A loaded 2nd house, home to the things you own, the money you make, what you possess and your values. I personally find that people with 2nd house planets want to acquire stuff, stuff makes them feel important. They are emotionally attached to what they own and often treat people in their life like possessions.
First up the Composite Sun is in Capricorn, Capricorn is the sign of career status and reputation. Capricorn is the hardest working sign in the zodiac. I mean Just look at Ryan Seacrest he embodies the spirit of a Capricorn. Does that man ever take a vacation? Well the Composite Sun in Capricorn is really not that much different. It wants status, it wants to make money ESPECIALLY in the 2nd house it does indeed give a business sense to their relationship. Lovers and business partners, which Elizabeth and Richard were. After all they did work with one another on many films, often making it a requirement when one received a role the other would be featured in some sort of capacity. You have to admire the business sense.
I have discussed this in a previous post in regards to my own experience with a 2nd house sun. It is not my favorite location as it gives a very apparent materialistic approach to the couple as well as a strong desire to acquire. With that being said Taylor and Burton were affluent and were then able to bank roll their lavish lifestyle. Even as the press and public slammed them for living in excess (I will never understand why people have an opinion on how other people spend their own money. Give me a break) with that being said along with the Sun the ego and identity of the relationship placed in the 2nd house so is Mars. Mars is where you are aggressive, where you pursue and go after with tenacity. Elizabeth even declaring herself they often lived like “gypsies”. Never lingering for long in one country hoping to move on to avoid tax mandates. The furs, the trips, pets and all the diamonds! Richard once stated he would have bought the Taj Mahal for Taylor if only he could have found away to have it shipped. They knew no limit though towards the end of their relationship it appeared Burton sold out his love for theater just to make money, I’m sure in some way to support him and Elizabeth’s grandiose life style. To keep the gravy train going. They also have Saturn in the 2nd house which often indicates the feeling of never having enough. Odd for two people who seemed to have it all. When they 1st separated he declared she could have it all. In his natal chart money doesn’t seem to define him, however when they came together as a single unit, their combined energies changed all of that. And this is what is known as the composite chart.
“I introduced Elizabeth to beer; she introduced me to Bulgari”-Richard Burton
The Composite Moon in Libra placed in the 11th house of like minded friend’s hopes and wishes gives a lighter tone to their relationship. It shows it is based on friendship. They act as a single unit and often enjoy the company of others. Together the hosted many parties and were known to travel with an extensive entourage. However there moon in Libra is forming an opposition to Uranus in Aries the planet of unexpected, rebellion and surprises indicating there partnership was quite unstable. Each party challenges the other and their ideas that at worst is destructive while at best provide growth and change.
Venus is nestled in the 3rd house of communication giving a love of the spoken and written word. Richard often penned Elizabeth beautifully written letters and wrote extensively about her in his lengthy journal entries. Verbalizing how you feel becomes quite important. Venus is the 3rd opposing Neptune in the 9th gives a highly romantic nature, where you tend to idealize your partner. The words in which Richard used to describe Elizabeth were almost like art in itself (Venus does rule art and beauty) The New York Times best seller: Furious Love featured a photograph of Elizabeth Taylor where Richard had inscribed on the back
“She is like the tide, she comes and she goes, she runs to me as in this stupendous photographic image. In my poor and tormented youth, I had always dreamed of this woman. And know when this dreams occasionally returns. I extend my arm and she is here…by my side”
Finally Pluto in the 8th house makes everything intense and adds to the already plutonian theme. There is an obsessive quality to Pluto in the 8th house partnerships. Sex is intense but is never really just sex, it transcends the physical it is binding even when you want to let go. Anytime I see Pluto in the 8th house partnerships I think of Katy Perry’s song E.T
You’re so hypnotizing Could you be the devil? Could you be an angel? Your touch magnetizing Feels like I am floating Leaves my body glowing They say, be afraid You’re not like the others Futuristic lover Different DNA They don’t understand you You’re from a whole ‘nother world A different dimension You open my eyes And I’m ready to go Lead me into the light
But Perhaps Richard Burton said it best when he declared:
“I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.”