The Synastry of a Great Love: ELizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton

There are 2 couples people speak of when talking of old world Hollywood love affairs the first being Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. They were married up until the day he died. Both married to other people when they met they managed to spin an affair into a successful 58 year marriage, they are often noted on astrology websites when discussing synastry. For all intensive purposes they were perfection, true love if you will. They had a “true love” aspect his sun conjunct her moon and her sun conjunct his moon. God I would kill for that! It symbolizes the blend of masculine (the sun) and feminine (the moon) energies. This is them pictured below so sugary sweet but not my cup of tea…

The 2nd couple was Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

I have been reading Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger and I can tell you this book reads like fiction. Not having been abundantly familiar with either Richard or Elizabeth prior to Elizabeth Taylor’s death I have the sudden urge to Netflix the eleven movies they made with one another. This is one of those rare love stories that lasts a lifetime. Not in the sense that they remained together but in the way their story has been documented and Richard Burton’s journal entries and love letters to Elizabeth preserved. Really their love will live on; this blog in itself is proof of that. They met of the set of Cleopatra and fell madly for one another, “their story” reads like some aristocratic high society novel, only it is all true. They would share a decade of marriage, both having been condemned by the Vatican for abandoning their spouses to wed one another. During that time “Furious Love” speaks the truth of 2 people that would live the lives of kings and queens. There love appeared to know no limits as the book cites Richard often called Elizabeth “ocean” as a term of endearment referring to the depth of her being. No surprise they were both water signs, she was a Pisces and he an ever intense Scorpio that often verbally assaulted Elizabeth Taylor like the quip of a scorpion’s tail. The book details their marriage, their divorce there remarriage and ultimately their divorce. Still they spoke frequently on the phone up until Burton died in the summer of 1984. During their time together they competed for Academy Awards like other couples battle it out over bowling, they lived a life of nothing short of utter opulence. One of the most famous diamonds in the WORLD is that of which Burton Gave Taylor a whopping 69.42 carat that has become famously known as the Taylor-Burton diamond. I always keep in mind when reading these outrageous tales that the passion pendulum swings 2 ways. For every diamond he bought her and each film they skillfully crafted together, they remained oddly doomed. I say that with much sadness. Furious Love tells a story of 2 individuals that traveled the world together and rarely spent time apart, consumed by one another as much as they were consumed by alcohol… It quotes Elizabeth Taylor stating that perhaps they loved one another too much. It seems she could even sense if Burton was in imminent danger, once ordering him off a helicopter at the last minute afraid it would crash….Pisces prone to psychic tendencies she was indeed right. The helicopter crashed killing everyone on board. There was hot sex, passionate nights, fighting, screaming and the occasional punch by Elizabeth complete with diamond rings on hand. She once even assaulted a woman co star of Richards for becoming too enthusiastic in a love scene with him. Who would have ever thought Elizabeth Taylor was the type of lady to haul off and hit someone. Certainly not I, but with great love comes great passion. In my opinion they had it all if only they could have mastered themselves and their addictions instead of trying to master one another. Burton often penned her letters while she slept in another room, he wrote of her furiously in his diary and even after they had married and divorced and married than divorced and ultimately married other people they remained so much a part of one another’s being, soul and life. Elizabeth even hosting a party for him when he married someone else. It’s a love that takes on its own dimension, in its depths, its beauty and sadness. Thank you to the authors of Furious Love for putting me in touch with a love affair most us only dream of.

“We operate on alien wave lengths. You are as distant as Venus-the planet and I’m tone deaf to the music of spheres”- Richard Burton

While similar to Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman; Elizabeth’s moon conjuncts Burtons sun a harmonious aspect however his Moon in the 10th house opposes her Sun, Mercury and Mars in the 3rd house

His Moon in Virgo Opposing her Sun in Pisces: she is unable to relate to his emotional needs. The opposition can be binding, but arguments and friction are likely

His Moon opposes her Mercury: This is where feelings (the moon) meet communication (mercury) the conversations are likely to be surrounded by feelings. The ability to have meaningful conversations however being that you are coming from 2 opposite points of view misunderstandings are likely

Mercury’s also square one another: this is anything but a meeting of the minds. They do not share the same perspective on things

Mercury planet of communication squares her planet of aggression Mars: arguments, debates, and many difference of opinions

“If you leave me I shall have to kill myself. There is no life without you. I am afraid. And I am afraid” Richard Burton

If I remember correctly Elizabeth Taylor swallowed a bunch of pills when Richard wouldn’t leave his wife. She wanted him so desperately and indeed he wanted her too. I believe this sort of I can’t live with you and I don’t wish to live WITH you feeling stems from there many Pluto contacts. Pluto aspecting a personal planet strips away the entire pretense, all the pink frosting; it reaches the very soul of the planet it touches. Sometimes people prefer to hide behind the mask, Pluto does not permit this. It’s a thin line to walk feeling naked emotionally in front of someone. You can love them for it and at times hate them for it.

Richards Pluto in his 9th house Trine Elizabeth’s Sun, Moon and Mercury

Pluto Trine Sun: transformative love and passion

Pluto trine Moon: Powerful feelings, full disclosure emotionally, jealousy

Pluto trine Mercury: Rolling in the deep conversations. Uprooting what remains hidden in your mind. Frees you of painful memories

“You can’t keep clapping a couple of dynamite sticks together without expecting them to blow up.”Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor’s Pluto Square Burtons Mars. Forgive me but I call this the domestic abuse aspect. I had it with someone once and I had the sudden urge to smack him on occasion. I have read it’s a deal breaker. Pluto is known as the “god of War” and Mars is the planet of aggression in an inharmonious aspect such as the square it is no wonder Elizabeth popped Richard Burton on occasion. Its overwhelming passion, furious competitiveness, love bordering on hate. Like loving someone so much you hate them or you hate yourself for loving them so much.

The Amount of letters he wrote to her and the diary entries can be found in a few places including Venus and Mars in the 3rd house of communication, where Venus is placed you tend to find beauty, where mars is placed you tend to pursue. He was actively reading, writing and had a great love of literature combine this with his moon coinjoing Elizabeth’s Neptune he wanted to express his love for her creatively

One of those letters she would carry to her grave, according to published reports including one on

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who died last week at 79, was buried with her secret love letter from Richard Burton Richard. The love of her life, Burton wrote the letter 3 days before his death and Elizabeth kept it by her bedside for 27 years. She never showed or told anyone what was in the letter and refused to have it in her biography. All Elizabeth Taylor would say was that it was an affirmation of his love to her. Burton and Taylor were true soul mates despite them marrying and divorcing twice, and even in death this shows they are still soul mates

Indeed may they find happiness in the next one

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