Ingénue to Femme fatale and Laughing stock to Living legend

A brief astrobiographical sketch of Elizabeth Taylor ------ © Dr. Satya Prakash Choudhary I was never much interested in movies except for the technical side. I had always considered film as a very powerful medium for creative work, but was not much interested beyond the technical aspects of film. But astrology brought me closer to many other things that I would never ever have thought of doing. I remember vividly that beautiful evening when I lay on my back on the sand watching the blue sky. The roar of the ocean seemed to echo the eternal vibration 'Aum' in my heart. I was in one of those meditative moods of mine, listening to the thunderously pounding waves. Breaking the silence the old man sitting near me started a conversation. Needless to say I was not in a mood to talk. He was one of those people who talk passionately about things they like or dislike, regardless of whether one wants to listen or not. I had no choice. In a few minutes I realized that he was a movie buff. He talked non-stop about movies, actors and actresses. Soon he started talking about his favorite actress. "Though I have to admit that her stormy personal life has overshadowed her career, she was the ultimate movie star, violeteyed, luminously beautiful, and most magnetic. She commanded the spotlight with unmatched power. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the screen." he went on passionately. The old man obviously adored the actress. The evening had faded into darkness and the stars lit the dark sky. I realized that he had been talking for nearly two hours. On one hand I was a bit irritated that I let this stranger break my meditative mood, while on the other I was curious to know more about this 'violet- eyed, luminously beautiful actress'. He had succeeded in stirring up in a corner of my mind an interest that when once awakened does not let an astrologer sleep. I had to see her chart. But before that I had to know more about her. Of course the best way was to browse the net. Sure enough, late into the night, I was sitting in front of the computer, searching the web as I typed in the name that millions adore - Elizabeth Taylor. In a few hours, I had printed more than 30 pages about her life, her films and her photographs. I was intrigued by what I read. "Few figures have been the recipient of such adoration, the target of such ridicule, or the subject of such gossip and innuendo, and where so many before and after her withered and died in the intense glare of their fame, Elizabeth thrived- celebrity was her life blood," the words that I had read on the internet seemed to ring in my ears. I didn't care much for the countless scandals since I knew that when it comes to celebrities no triumph or setback is too personal for media consumption. Everything is fodder for the press. But what amazed me were the multiple medical problems and 8 unsuccessful marriages! And of course her highly interesting career graph. The astrologer in me was wide awake. Soon enough I had her sidereal chart cast with Lahiri ayanamsa in front of me. A cursory glance reveals a few notable points. Birth Details: 2:15 am, 27 th Feb 1932, London ; (Source: Astrodatabank)

gives it as 2:00 am.The data reliability is "A" on Rodden rating system ('A' is accurate data as quoted by a relative ). So is the 8 th and 11 th Lord Mercury! Mercury is on the same degree as the Sun. it would lead to illness. Astrodatabank gives the time of birth as 2:15 am. From the events that I currently know of her life. They sometimes round it off to the nearest figure. Between the two there is a difference of 15 minutes.   An exalted benefic Jupiter is located in the most benefic 9 th house. I actually did a painstaking verification of most details of her life. D-7. A probable case for Balarishta (illness during childhood). D-9. D-10 and D-12 only). The other quadrants are unoccupied. One thing that needs to be remembered here is that an arishta existed in the first place. It then got cancelled. The Kendras (quadrants) are pivotal and called the 'vishnu sthanas'. It should be pointed out that generally biographers are not very astrology conscious in recording the birth time. The divisional charts seem to be correct as I used them (I have studied the D-1. Malefics in kendras weaken or spoil a chart as they are the pillars of the chart. The chart is undoubtedly a highly illness prone chart. which in this case is 2:00 am.  Natural malefics Sun and Mars as well as Mercury who is a conditional malefic. In other words. The divisional charts hold the key in all such cases. Saturn in 3 rd in Capricorn Though there are some other lesser benefic factors. David Heymann in his biography of Elizabeth Taylor titled "Liz". are all in the 4 th house. Balarishta and Arishtabhanga  To start with. D-3. Is there any such Arishtabhanga (cancellation of arishta) in this chart? There is such a cancellation indeed. I prefer to use 2:15 as the birth time. the native though illness prone will be able to overcome the illnesses. but not death. a trine. the above two are the strongest protective influences that are more than sufficient to cancel the arishta. In some cases it even leads to death in childhood. . or a close brush with death at the most.  The lagna lord Mars who is also the 6 th L is combust in the 4 th . But if there is a cancellation of the arishtas. a waning Moon is in an enemy's sign (Libra) in the 12 th and is aspected by a malefic Saturn. a quadrant.

The war was an excuse to do that. in other words foreign residence. Sure enough. after wrapping up loose ends of the art business. California where Mrs. Taylor followed not long afterward. Her father had set up an art gallery. Ketu signifies infective diseases while the 11 th rules left ear. She couldn't have attained success first in her birthplace. Jupiter from the 9 th aspects the 3 rd (right ear). there would be some concern. When the dark clouds of war began brewing in 1939. In Liz's chart. Liz (as Elizabeth Taylor is popularly known) did have glandular problems at birth! When she was 3 year old. Taylor's own family had moved. More on the role of the 10 th lord Sun in the afflicted 4 th later. a procedure that proved so painful that she had to sleep while sitting up for fear of placing too much weight on one side of the head or the other. The only way was to relocate her. probably during Jup-Ketu. the family relocated to Los Angeles . is 2 nd and 5 th lord. Her parents had gone to London as art dealers. Liz was running Jup. Mr. Let us examine the planetary influences that indicate relocation to another country. No wonder she had to achieve distinction abroad first. when she got married. exalted in the 9 th while Sun is the 10 th lord in the afflicted 4 th . Her mother had given up her acting career on stage.  A weak 9 th Lord in the 12 th indicates that a person will go abroad and attain distinction there . indicates that one attains distinction in own country first and then goes abroad. But a heavily afflicted 4 th house coupled with an exalted 2 nd lord in the 9 th as well as the 9 th lord in the 12 th had different plans for the beautiful little Elizabeth . The Dasha lord Jupiter whose dasha balance she was born with.Arishtabhangas. Her parents were American. Elizabeth is truly a survivor. it is a weak 9 th Lord Moon in the 12 th . But the extraordinary dasha sequence had to give her success. both the planets which had cancelled the arishtas in her chart! Relocation and foreign residence Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London . She was born in Jup-Sat. infected abscesses in both of her ear canals had to be repeatedly lanced. But a strong or exalted 9 th lord in the 12 th . It looked like they were settled in London .Sun. neechabhangas and vipareeta raja yogas are normally seen in the charts of 'survivors' . . What about the balarishta (illness/death in childhood) arising from the Moon in the 12 th ? Though the benefic and protective influence will help the native to overcome death. while she may not achieve the same in the country of birth.

The role of an afflicted 4H is very important in this regard.  Moon in the 12 th (according to Chamatkar Chintamani) gives foreign travel. Otherwise it just means lack of domestic harmony or a bad home environment / residence. she began her crusade on behalf of AIDS sufferers.8. Upon the death of her friend. Relocation brings its own problems or challenges as a person learns to acclimatize. The combust ascendant lord Mars is sitting there accompanied by a combust Mars and the 10L Sun.  An exalted 2 nd Lord in the 9 th is a wealth giving (Dhana) yoga. That she is an indefatigable crusader in the battle against AIDS is well known.  The fourth house indicates residence. Afflicted fourth house and its influence on the tenth house and career I should now expand more on the role of the afflicted 4 th house in Elizabeth 's chart. Venus in 6. Moreover her Venus is with Rahu. is also linked to liquidation of karma. In Liz's chart Venus is in the 6 th from Moon. preach or do some public or humanitarian work abroad with missionary zeal. the planet for foreign influences. " While the 9 th house signifies dharma. Now what is svadharma? Simply put svadharma is " what an individual needs to do with his/her life in order to evolve" . Moreover. Affliction to this house. the cosmic roots. Sun in the 4 th (Chamatkar Chintamani) can give a distinguished profession and life in a foreign land. It was Ketu-Jupiter. Thus the tenth house . especially by Mars or Rahu can take a person abroad. Even otherwise Jupiter in the 9 th with or aspected by Saturn makes one lecture. svadharma is very much individual and varies from individual to individual. In Liz's chart the 4H is heavily afflicted. if other factors exist. But spiritual evolution. Rock Hudson in 1985.12 from Moon means travel abroad. While dharma is universal to a certain extent. 9 th lord (of dharma) in the 12 th house (of philanthropy) has made her take up charitable work. being the 9 th it can mean riches abroad. the tenth signifies svadharma. But first I will quote from my editorial titled 'The role of the Dasamsa in the Rise and fall in one's Career and Status' from the January 2003 issue of the OZCVA' s quarterly 'The Vedic Light' . According to Parasara. rather the ascent back to the original state. The role of her bhukti lord Jupiter in the 9 th aspected by Saturn from the 3 rd has already been discussed.

A word about the Meridian axis or the 4/10 axis. The fourth house symbolizes at a broader level all that is supportive of your physical existence. Matters that support one's existence both on physical and emotional levels come under this house. self-respect. As the karmasthana. what you need to do in order to grow. Thus in a way the 10 th holds the key to the enigma of the 4 th . making you an introvert. being at home. this house speaks of your basic securities (or insecurities). honor from people of authority. More planets here signify a need to achieve and be recognized as a person of importance. or to fill the inner void. 4 th house events are related to one's search for situations and people who can offer material and moral security. Among all the above. Your home is the piece of earth where you settle down and put out roots. career. commerce. and how you externalize them in the Tenth.your very own purpose in life. The 4/10 axis is very enigmatic and probably one of the least understood in a way. It is the support under one's feet. how one reaches out to the others (7 th ). A negative manifestation could indicate lack of the much-needed support or conflict at home . At a root level. service. One's desire to achieve stability and to put down roots is seen here. The fourth house is a house of inward and personal life as opposed to outward and social concerns (seen in the opposite tenth house). You need to feel secure. fame. The 4 th represents the unconscious workings of your mind. land and agriculture also belong to this house. Real estate. the objective towards which one is working. Hence a loaded 4 th house could symbolize a sense of insecurity that can perhaps drive you to get more land. The tenth house symbolizes your role in the outside world. about the way one expresses oneself. past and tradition. a state that you aspire to. The idea of belonging is the main point of this house. But this is exactly what drives one to the opposite house as a compensation . The tenth house includes among others. your svadharma. The fourth house governs the feelings of belonging. It symbolizes psychological structures that are genetically inbuilt or formed in earliest life. and the experiences from which one is coming. subjective manner of dealing with the world. and being connected. Tenth house matters not only draw you away from the concerns of your family and home. influence and status. the 4/10 axis tells about one's sense of identity. mother (or anybody who fulfils the mother like nurturing and supportive role) .affords us a chance to liquidate karma through one's career or whatever one most naturally is suited to do. work of or in the government. Consequently. Career affords one a chance to liquidate karma by living out one's personal dharma (svadharma). making the need for a sense of belonging very important. the tenth indicates what you aspire for. the tenth house can represent the ultimate blossoming of karma. While the 4 th house indicates your sense of identity. More number of planets in the fourth house. but can also be very fulfilling. indicate a strong personal. " . native land. It is the place of intimate personal life to which you retire after a day of confronting the outer social world. While the 1/7 axis tells us about how one (1 st ) interacts with others. That is why the highest manifestation of Ketu in the 10 th is self-realisation (remember Ketu in the 10 th in ideal conditions can give self-realisation as in the case of Sri Ramakrishna). property and houses to compensate the inner conflict. one's forbears. the home is the most personal and intimate life. Anything and anybody capable of influencing your social status also comes under this house. who you are. profession. thus signifying the home.

In Elizabeth 's chart. Whenever planets connected to the 10 th house (or the 4 th ) in the rasi chart are well placed in the dasamsa. As time would tell. But Universal dropped her short of her tenth birthday seeing not much worth in her. In Elizabeth 's case this is further confirmed by the 10 th lord Sun in the 4 th . To some extent. Part of the rationale behind every planet aspecting and thereby influencing the opposite house/sign. some discontentment. The only work that Universal offered her consisted of a few days' labour in a movie titled There's One born Every Minute. In the dasamsa while Mars is placed in own sign Aries in the 5 th (trikona). as already stated the 4H is heavily afflicted. Sun and Mercury are in the 7 th in Gemini aspecting her dasamsa lagna Sagittarius. the principle that 'a man must rise by that which he falls'. Yet it does create some conflict. and a consequent unconscious drive. situations and places that might offer material and moral security. It is not uncommon for the significations of one house being projected onto the opposite house whenever such compensation mechanisms occur. But it is good for career. Though sattvic. When such a Sun is also the 10 th lord and is supported by other planets like Mars. Initial bitter circumstances almost always precede the raja yoga. Firstly a loaded and afflicted 4 th can indicate some conflict. This is the logic behind Chamatkar Chintamani's dictum. Rahu in . Universal had done itself an even greater disservice. Mercury is also the tenth lord in dasamsa. On this day transiting Moon was in the 10 th house in natal chart. a family friend noticed the beautiful little Elizabeth and suggested that she be taken for a screen test. So the discontentment indicated by the afflicted fourth can not only relocate the person to other places and countries (if other factors confirm) but also be projected on to the tenth house which can draw the focus away from the inner discontentment. After moving to LA. According to Chamatkar Chintamani. By canceling Elizabeth 's contract. That these planets are conducive to her career becomes clear from the dasamsa chart. leading to relocation and subsequent distinction in a foreign land. a search for people. The combust ascendant lord Mars is accompanied by a combust Mars and the 10L Sun. 1941. thus trying to compensate for the much needed support system. Mercury who is aspecting the 10 th house from the 4 th in the rasi chart. she passed and was signed to a contract with Universal Studios on September 18. is also the 10 th lord in both the navamsa and dasamsa. it had committed one of the costliest misjudgments in cinematic history. Furthermore the dasamsa lagna lord Jupiter is aspecting all these planets. for most practical and mundane purposes the Sun is kroora (cruel). is this principle of polarity. The vipareeta raja yoga created by the conjunction of the 6 th and 8 th lords Mars and Mercury also happens in the same house. finds expression in vipareeta raja yogas . where houses may be seen as pairs influencing each other. especially in the 4 th where it aspects the 10 th fully. Initial difficulties followed by a resounding success can be seen in such cases. Needless to say. all in the 4th. But soon Liz was to enter Jup-Rahu's vimshottari dasa which had better plans for her. in Hindu astrology. the concerns of the home and heart. they invariably prove good as far as career matters are concerned. Sun in the 4th can give a distinguished or honorable profession and life in a foreign land. it only strengthens the case. He was transiting virgo which is the 10 th house in both the dasamsa as well as navamsa. some discontentment.

the shadowy planet Rahu gets all these qualities in a magnified manner. Mercury and Ketu. In her case Venus (films. The presence of another exalted benefic -Jupiter. • The 10 th lord of the Rasi chart is with Venus in D-9 • Saturn aspecting Venus gives artistic inclinations • In D-9. Being conjunct with Venus. What's more her 3 rd lord Jupiter is exalted in the 10 th and is aspected mutually by Saturn the 5 th lord. Planetary influences pointing to a career in acting/films: • 3 rd lord Saturn very strong in shadbala in the 3 rd house. Furthermore it is an exalted Venus. While Jupiter is the lagna lord in the 11 th . Sun. more so if the rashi chart already holds the promise. an extraordinary career in acting is what it is capable of giving. Her 3rd house in the D9 is heavily focused. • In her rasi (natal chart) judging from her Moon as ascendant (Chandra Lagna) her 3 rd and 5 th lords are in mutual aspect. • Venus is also very strong in shadbala and is exalted in the 5 th house of creativity • 3 rd house has high strength (bhava bala) • Venus in Pisces in the 5 th gives good artistic talents but needs a push to bring them out. Rahu is in the lagna in dasamsa. In D9 (navamsa) Venus is in the 3rd house with another 3 planets.the 5 th (a trine) with 7 th lord Venus (Kendra lord) forms a raja yoga (Parasara). Planets connected to the lagna of a divisional chart are very conducive to the matters signified by that particular divisional chart. drama) is in the 5th house of creativity and is aspected by 3 rd lord Saturn from the 3 rd House (of movies and acting). • An exalted Venus as Atmakaraka in the 5 th from Janma lagna and second (dhana prapthi) from the Arudha lagna. No wonder Liz actually became a child star in his a trine from the . An exalted 2 nd lord (riches) Jupiter in the 9 th forms a wealth giving combination (dhana yoga). she has 5 th lord Mars in the ascendant. Could she ask for more? But what in the first place brought her to movies? Cinema/Film career People with a Venus conjunct or aspected by Saturn generally have artistic inclinations. Moon in the 5 th house and a heavily loaded 3 rd house with Venus. When such a Venus participates in dhana yogas and Raja yogas. In addition to being the 5 th Lord (where the Raja yoga of Rahu and Venus occurs) he is aspecting them! The house lord (dispositor) is aspecting the house that already carries the promise of a dhana yoga involving two exalted planets! Both Jupiter and Rahu are connected to the D-10 lagna.

MGM's 'National Velvet' in 1944. But what makes it more special? The Gajakesari Yoga gets repeated in six of her divisional charts including the D-9. who later became the Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh .T. In Elizabeth 's case Jupiter is exalted making it more powerful. It is only when additional benefic factors are present that this yoga is functional. Normally planets in the trika houses (6 th . This yoga is not that uncommon and is also seen in the charts of ordinary people. Resuming her story. In the charts of spiritual persons. This yoga is supposed to make a person 'illustrious. in a quadrant from each other ensuring that the yoga repeats in some very important divisional charts.the late N. It was a smash hit grossing over $ 4 million. Then came the film that made Elizabeth a star. wealthy and intelligent. She was destined to make history from a young age! Since Jupiter is in the 10 th from the Moon. pursuing the call of their karma (10 th house). changes (not necessarily always bad though rise and fall are dramatic at . it leads to ascetism (as per Manasagari). it leads to a career that could overshadow their domestic and married lives. D-4 and D-7. 8 th and 12 th ) in the dasamsa indicate ups and downs. thanks to her mother's untiring efforts and some friends' help. And all this in the 5 th house of creativity. what can stop him? But by Dec 1994. Sometimes people with such a combination even give up or neglect their marriage and children. Saturn's dasha was to come. of royal bearing and enjoy lasting fame'. I have seen such a close yoga in the chart of another legendary actor of South India . Moreover Jupiter being the significator for wealth. Rama Rao . Now she had a long term contract with MGM and was their top child star.7. overpowering. Elizabeth was very lucky that she was born with the dasha balance of such an extremely powerful Jupiter. obstacles. that it would affect her married life while giving her success in her career becomes clear from the debilitated Jupiter in the D-9 (navamsa is very important in judging married life) where he is the lagna lord. It is this that makes her yoga unique giving that rare quality. D-3. The first year of Sat -Saturn (1945) gave her no films.4. His placement in the 12 th in the dasamsa brings some disappointment or at least changes or ups and downs in career. This yoga is formed when Jupiter occupies a Kendra (1. In Elizabeth's case. while in the charts of more materialistic persons. Another striking feature of her horoscope is the very powerful Gajakesari Yoga in her chart.10) position in relation to the Moon. Jupiter and Moon are on the same degree.Atmakaraka strengthens the probability of yoga through Venusian matters. When a favourable Raja and Dhana yoga forming Rahu decides to take a person to dizzy heights. ensures the inflow of wealth through one's own effort. It should be remembered that only a strong Jupiter or Moon can confer such a royal yoga. who was adored by the masses. MGM picked up Liz and made 3 films by 1944. virtuous. it is good for her career.

They are in 3/11 to each other and in the 3 rd and 5 th houses respectively. her first foray onto the silver screen. the remaining of Saturn's antardasa was good. He is well placed to give her the distinction that she deserved by virtue of both his rasi placement as well as dasamsa. She was nominated in 59 again and again she didn't get the honor. had to do something. She received a million dollar fee for another movie THE VIP's (1963). it was Jupiter who actually stabilized her there. While the first one-third of Saturn-Saturn gave her no films. During this time she had some very good roles to her credit. Elizabeth was to return to fine form with her role as the loudmouth unkempt Martha in 1966's Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? As her biographer suggests every other role that she had portrayed to date takes a back seat to her fine performance in this movie. it was only in 1947 that she starred in Life with father costarring with such cinema heavyweights as William Powell. Both the planets were connected to the eleventh house. For this she won her well-deserved second Oscar. Again she lost. Throughout the balance of the 40's into the early 50's. the Raja yoga planet who had bestowed upon her. Rahu's role as a raja yoga karaka has already been discussed elsewhere. She was giving some very good performances soon and was nominated for an Academy award in 57. she appeared in film after film with mostly good results. for which she was said to receive an unprecedented whopping million dollars! While Rahu paved the way for her first ever million dollars. a trikona. Of these the 6 th is probably better as far as work is concerned since it is an 'Upachaya' house (house of improvement/growth). Though Elizabeth returned to films in 1946 again. Cleopatra was one of the most expensive productions to date costing $37 million. where he is in the lagna. Before he left. Here again the role of the 10 th lord Sun in the 4 th in the rasi chart has to be emphasized. and Zasu Pitts. The influence of the strong Dhana (wealth) yoga revolving around Jupiter is unmistakable. It was during Sat-Venus that Liz was taken seriously by the critic stand and it was also during this period that even Liz herself has said that it was the first time that she ever thought of herself as an actress. She had left MGM after her contract ran out. It was her Merc-Ketu this time. Would she get it at all? If there was any planet most disposed to giving her such a unique recognition of her creative talents it was Rahu. Irene Dunne. She was then running Sat . There were to be no films for Elizabeth for 3 years. it made her very busy in her films. . She was nominated in 58 again. Despite mountains of pre-publicity it was a huge disaster at the box office. 22 yr old Liz was a beautiful young woman. and the planet that made her a top child star. he brought her the legendary role in Cleopatra .times. making it the most costly project in film history. the place of fulfillment of cherished objectives and aspirations. But it was Sat-Venus (Sept 51 to Nov 54) that established her as an adult actress and by the time the sub-period of Venus was over. Henceforth Liz commanded no less than a million dollars! But her next few films were lackluster. Rahu had to finally end the Oscar drought in 1960 allowing Elizabeth to covet the honor at last.Rahu. His placement in the dasamsa strengthens the case as he is aspecting the dasamsa lagna from the 7 th and rules the 9 th . Her busiest year to date was also during the same sub-period of Sat-Sun. But her wealth giving 2 nd lord Jupiter exalted in the 9 th (remember he is participating in a very powerful Gajakesari Yoga) and RajaYoga karaka Rahu who is being aspected by Jupiter. She didn't win. And when the sub-period of Sun followed.

Nagging Health problems But what about Mercury's malefic role as a combust 8 th and 11 th lord? It had to do the damage. Why? The combust Ascendant & 6 th lord Mars. The influence of all the planets in the heavily afflicted 4 th house is transferred to Rahu. When she failed to respond. Sun and the combust 8 th and 11 th lord Mercury. The specialist shook Liz vigorously in an effort to dislodge the congestion that had suddenly blocked her lungs. It should be remembered that no planet is entirely favorable or unfavorable. D-12 and D-30 are the crucial charts apart from the rasi chart in matters of illness and death ). she was treated for meningitis. he jammed two fingers down her throat to make her gag and get up. But during the same time (Sat-Rahu 1958-61). Furthermore Venus is the 22 nd drekkana lord and is in the 85th Dwadashamsha (22 nd drekkana is the 8 th house in D-3 while 85 th Dwadashamsa is the 8 th house in D-12. He even pounded her chest. To appreciate this subtlety. who was semi-conscious. was now taken to the hospital where a team of surgeons performed a tracheotomy. Eddie Fischer's assessment was that the respiratory collapse resulted from her overuse of sedatives and a . Rahu who is the best planet for recognition and status conferring powers in Elizabeth 's chart. the very planets which gave her success. The medical experts opined that she was suffering from staphylococcal pneumonia. 1961 she became dangerously ill. It did give her nagging health and relationship problems. he started gouging first at one eye and then the other with his thumb. are also capable of sapping her life energy. A few minutes after midnight on March 4. Saturn is the 3 rd lord in 3 rd while Rahu is in 3 rd lord Saturn's nakshatra.Mercury was the 8 th (Fame) and 11 th lord in the 4 th in Rahu's nakshatra. That night the newly hired nurse discovered that Liz was gasping for breath and asked the operator at the Dorchester front desk for a doctor. Both the dasha and bhukti lords are related to the 3 rd house (trachea). On one hand Rahu gave her the first Oscar. is also most suited to sap her life energy! It is well known that malefics (especially Rahu) do not guarantee satisfaction or peace though they may make a person rich or famous . Transiting moon was conjunct natal Moon in the 12 th house of hospitalization. In November 60. Luckily they found a lung specialist a few floors away at a stag party. are all in Rahu's nakshatra Satabisha in the 4 th house! Moreover Venus the 7 th (maraka) and 12 th (trika) is conjunct Rahu while Jupiter the 2 nd lord (maraka) is aspecting Rahu. Thus Rahu and Venus. we have to turn to Elizabeth 's off screen life. The sub-sub-period lord was Moon (pneumonia?) in the 12 th house of hospitalization. To be able to see both the lighter and darker sides of every dasha/antardasha is the real job of an astrologer. it should be remembered that D-3. threatening her life. with severe lung congestion. while Ketu in the 11 th in Virgo is aspected by Venus. Elizabeth. The sharp pain forced her finally to take a deep breath. Again in the dasamsa chart both Mercury and Ketu are in the 7 th (Gemini an own sign for mercury) aspecting the dasamsa lagna indicating the distinctions that they would confer on her. During this period she first came down with what doctors diagnosed as double pneumonia. When all this failed. Moreover Mercury and Ketu are in 5/9 relation to each other. Every planet that does good might do bad in some other area of life and vice versa. and had to undergo a life saving emergency tracheotomy. he gave her persistent health problems.

It was Sat-Moon-Merc that brought on chronic back problems to Elizabeth . All three had to be removed and replaced with human discs supplied by the hospital's bone bank. 7 th lord (maraka) and 12 th lord (trik) posited in a sarpa drekkana and being aspected by the 2 nd lord Jupiter. a very malefic planet for Scorpio ascendant. Rahu and Ketu are always taken as malefics) . Mercury is no less dangerous since he is a combust 8 th lord conjunct the 6 th lord Mars. Amid all this. Watery signs and serpent decantes are dual fold in their significance. while aboard Lord Beaverbrook's yacht with her then husband Michael Todd. at one point of time. Both Saturn and Moon are in Paasha drekkanas. Tests revealed that Liz had ruptured two spinal discs and impacted a third. The complex surgical procedure proved only partially successful. Lagna lord Jupiter is debilitated and conjunct 3 rd and 8 th lord Venus in the 11 th . Their role in what is called medical astrology is also well known. I have limited myself to a few important problems here. He is also a malefic by being the 11 th lord. In November 1956. in fact she was actually pronounced dead! Her illness created a lot of sympathy for her. The sub-period lord Moon in the 12 th also indicates the yachting trip in the seas. conjunct a bad Rahu. As already stated Venus is very life threatening for Elizabeth . Rahu in Pisces can indicate alcohol and drug abuse if other factors exist. The next time Rahu came (73-75).heavy intake of alcohol. According to one account she underwent 73 operations! The conjunction of the 6 th (illness) and 8 th (chronicity and fatality) lords is also a major influence in the unending serious illnesses that she suffers from time to time (the same conjunction of the 6 th and 8 th lords leads to a Vipareeta Raja Yoga like situation as well). he gave her the much-coveted Academy award. Though they could indicate spiritual or mystic experiences when other factors indicate . The sub-sub-period lord was Mercury (sudden falls) lord of 8 th (chronic or severe health problems) and 11 th . Elizabeth lost her footing on the deck one morning and landed flat on her back. Venus is the most dangerous among the planets that could be fatal. He does indicate serious illnesses as the 8 th lord with 6 th lord. The list of medical problems that Liz suffered from seems endless. Rahu is also quite 'bad' as far as health is concerned. Rahu and Ketu are exalted which makes them (especially Rahu) dangerous (in matters of health and longevity. Saturn (bones) was aspecting Moon in the 12 th house of hospitalization in Libra (lumbar region). . In fact Liz herself accepted that her first Oscar was a sympathy award. they could indicate drug and alcohol abuse also. She spent weeks convalescing and in great pain. he along with Mercury plunged her in to drug and alcohol abuse. her biographer writes that it was this unfortunate fall. due to stormy weather and rough seas.and not the fictitious stumble during the filming of National Velvet -which brought on chronic back problems to Elizabeth . Add to this the fact that her chart has the second decante of Scorpio rising with Mars in Aquarius. Amid all the turmoil. As the 22 nd Drekkana lord. David Heymann. Now look at her D-30. reinforced with connective tissue taken from Elizabeth 's hip and pelvis. Her body had to be rotated by nurses every twenty minutes to ensure proper blood circulation.

Elizabeth faced another of those lifethreatening situations in 1997 (Venus-Rahu-Venus) when it was diagnosed that she had a benign brain tumour. Venus has to give life-threatening illness. misunderstandings and unhappiness with the spouse. she underwent partial hysterectomy. 7 th lord (partner) connected to the 8 th (separation or even divorce) does not bode well for relationships. she had to undergo exploratory surgery for what was suspected to be cancer but turned out to be an ovarian cyst. Ketu and Sun are well known for their separating influences ). The enigma here is that the self-same Venus and Jupiter who are not good for her health. All the important houses for marriage. happiness and stability in the D9 are afflicted. a conjunction of the 6 th and 7 th lords generally leads to disputes. 7 th and 12 th lord in a serpent decante. 7 th . She underwent surgery successfully on 20 th Feb97 to remove the brain tumor when a four-doctor team removed the growth in the lining of the brain behind her left ear. This gets transferred to both Venus who is conjunct Rahu. Furthermore Moon in 12 th is also an unfavorable factor for a stable sexual life. Rahu in the 5 th can indicate problems related to child birth and/or reproductive organs. She also has Kuja (Mars) dosha (spoiling effect). In Merc-Rahu. among other things. After being discharged from the hospital on 26 th Feb 97. Furthermore her Venus is in Revati nakshatra ruled by Mercury who also rules her 8 th house of divorce or separation. Elizabeth 's current Venus period which ends by 2007 can be dangerous for her. She had hip replacement on Oct 18. she was later rushed back in after suffering a brain seizure. A malefic Saturn in the 4 th house of domestic harmony confirms the afflicted 4 th house in the rasi chart. It was Venus-Rahu-Jupiter. especially the conjunction of 6 th Venus and 7 th lord Mercury with Ketu and Sun is equally bad for married life ( whether in the D1 or D9. She had totally 3 hip replacements done. in 1968. on Nov 27. and in the 85 th dwadashamsa. Jupiter the subsub-period lord is aspecting the dasha and bhukti lords Venus and Rahu from the 9 th house (hips). Multiple marriages Now a word about all her unsuccessful marriages in general. especially the Venus-Mercury period between December 2003 and October 2006. The heavy concentration of the 4 planets in the 3 rd house.During Merc-Ven-Rahu. The ascendant has Mars covering the 1 st (by placement) and 4 th . Moreover the natural significator Venus who in her chart is also the exalted 7 th lord (partner) and 12 th lord (bed comforts) is afflicted by Rahu in the 5 th house of emotions. Hindu astrology ascribes tumors to Rahu. the results are even more pronounced. The ascendant lord Jupiter is debilitated in the 2 nd house. But what . and 8 th (by aspects). His dasha is also the 5 th . Yet as the 22 nd drekkana lord. The lagna (and hence the 7 th ) is a dual sign. Venus-Rahu has proved very malefic for her health. This was in early February. Now look at her D9 or Navamsa. and Mercury who is the 8 th lord in Rahu's Nakshatra. The ensuing Rahu and Jupiter sub-periods brought her recognition from many quarters for her charity work and her crusade against aids. Venus in Revati aspected by Jupiter is suggestive of multiple relations. also cause an arishtabhanga. It is significant to note that Venus rules the left ear. The 4 th house of domestic harmony is afflicted heavily. thereby canceling the death inflicting severity. When such a 12 th house happens to be Libra. 1995. This strengthens the already strong case for separations and multiple marriages. But things were under control. 1973.

We arrive at Leo. . there will be many good looking spouses. The verse "svocchaamsesvoccha samsthevaa tungadrstivasaattava. Her Upapada is Leo. when the Upapada or the second from Upapada is occupied or aspected by an exalted planet in the rasi or if the said planet is exalted in the navamsa. Thus arudhas can be calculated for all twelve houses though some commentators recommend for only 8 important houses. "Upaarudhe dvitiiyevaa mithune samsthitesati tatrajaatanaro vipra bahudaarayuto bhavet" The above verse means that "If Gemini happens to be either the Uparudha (upapada) or the second from the Uparudha. sheds light on this. According to this. Venus is the lord of Libra and is in Pisces which is in the sixth from Libra. How to arrive at the arudha of any house? Count the number of signs that the lord has progressed from his house. the Upapada is nothing but the arudha of the 12 th house. the (native) individual will have many spouses. Thus the second from the Upapada is aspected by an exalted Venus from Pisces. Of course Venus is also the sthira darakaraka (fixed significator for spouse). This verse from BPHS has a corresponding Jaimini sutra ."Ucche bahudaara" that speaks of the second from the upapada. The Upapada is nothing but the Arudha of the 12 th also referred to as 'uparudha' or 'gaunapada' . As already stated. The second from Leo is Virgo which houses Ketu and is aspected by an exalted Venus from Pisces. Now let us see Elizabeth 's chart. The 12 th sign in her natal chart is Libra. Now let me calculate Elizabeth Taylor's Uparudha (or Upapada or Gaunapada). Since the word used is " bahu" it has to be at least more than three and not just two. Count as many signs from the lord. While there is an entire chapter dealing with the Upapada in 'Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra' here I will touch upon only those verses that shed light on multiple marriages." from the 'Upapadaadhyaaya' . The decisive role of Upapada and Jaimini principles in multiple marriages From the Jaimini point of view. apart from the Darakaraka. The resulting sign is the Arudha it that decisively tells about her multiple marriages? For this I will have to resort to Jaimini methodology. the single most important factor for married life is the Upapada. The Upapada is widely used to judge all matters relating to the spouse. So count six signs from Pisces. There is another verse in the BPHS in the same chapter that speaks of the upapada's role in predicting many spouses. So Leo is her Upapada or Uparudha.

other broken engagements and multiple relationships is out of the scope of the present article.Now a word on applying the above verses to charts. the above yoga repeats when reckoned from all the three important lagnas. while the 9 th denotes the Kshetra (field). Sub-period lord Sun is in the 9 th in D-7. A detailed discussion of each of her 8 marriages. Saturn is on the 9 th lord and aspecting 5 th lord and 9 th house. The presence of one such factor should not be taken blindly as a sure indicator. Children Elizabeth Taylor has 4 children. It is quite common in Jaimini methodology to seek confirmation by counterchecks from the Janma lagna. The dashalord Saturn is the 5 th lord in D-7 (Saptamsa is to be seen for matters relating to children). In transit Jupiter was aspecting . 1955. The transits on the day fulfill Sri K. during Sat-Sun.that of the Nizam of Hyderabad . Mars is aspecting 9 th lord. His Upapada falls in Gemini. Arudha lagna (Arudha of the first house) and Upapada (Arudha of the 12 th house). The role of dasa lord Saturn has already been discussed. there too it falls in Gemini. The exalted Venus is aspecting the second from Janma lagna. Saturn was on the natal 9 th lord and also aspecting the natal 5 th lord and 9 th house of Liz's chart. Jupiter was aspecting the natal 9 th lord. A detailed discussion of the Nizam's chart is beyond the scope of the present article. 3 own and one adopted.Mars. are all in quadrants to each other. 9 th house and ascendant while Moon is aspecting the 9 th lord. 1953. Moreover in D-7 Rahu is aspecting Sun in the 9 th from the 1 st house. In D-7 in a female chart. In the rasi chart he is in the 3 rd aspecting the 9 th house.N. In passing let me refer to another interesting chart that satisfies the above discussed Upapada criteria for multiple marriages. Every angle tells the same story. In Elizabeth 's case since her Janma lagna (natal ascendant). Mars is the 5 th lord in D-9 while he is in the nakshatra of Rahu in the 5 th in D-1. No wonder 'stability' in married life evaded Elizabeth . If the Upapada is calculated for the Navamsa also. Venus and Mercury are aspecting both the 5 th lord and the 9 th house. the 9 th house (kshetra) is important for the first child. Neither does it interest me. The sub-period lord Venus is the 9 th lord in D-7 while he is in the 5 th in D-1 or rasi. The first child Michael Wilding was born on Jan 6 th . All her children were born during Saturn Dasha. The 3 rd child Liza Todd was born on Aug 6 th . Both the 5 th and 9 th houses are important for children since the 5 th is the house of Beeja (seed or sperm). The second child Christopher Wilding was born on the same day as Elizabeth . She has 9 grandchildren. Additional checks should be done from other angles too before concluding. The transits on the day are as follows. In D-1 he is in the nakshatra of Rahu in the 5 th . The unstable nature of her relationships/marriages is also indicated by both the Darakaraka and Darapada being in the 12 th from the Arudha lagna. Arudha pada as well as Upapada in all such matters. Jupiter is aspecting the 9 th lord. 1957 during Sat. Arudha lagna as well as the Upapada. Rao's principle of transits for childbirth. 5 th lord. Feb 27.

he can be taken as aspecting the 9 th lord. The strong focus in the 3 rd house with the 3 planets is also quite convincing. Her father was an art dealer while her mother aspired to be an actress. the role of Venus as ascendant lord in the 8 th has already been referred to. Of course it is Liz's own karma that made her an actress. D-12 indicates past karma and karmic debts manifesting through parents . Both D-3 and D-12 (especially D-3) are used in traditional astrology along with the Rasi (natal) and Navamsa (D-9) charts for understanding the individual's overall life patterns . The Taurus ascendant reflects quite well the artistic backgrounds of her parents. Jupiter is in the 9 th (father) in the rasi chart. sickly and gives the pleasure of the opposite sex. their influence through hereditary traits and childhood conditioning. Mars was aspecting the lagna and 5 th house. Being retrograde. Furthermore Both Venus and Mars are in 6/8 to each other in D-12. It also speaks about the person herself though predominantly through the above said angles. Moreover Mercury and Venus are in 6/8 to each other. The roles of Venus as 1 st and 6 th lord in the 8 th . In cases where the sub-period lord gets connected to the 5 th or 9 th houses through the nakshatra. Mars is in the 4 th house (mother) in D-1. Her mother tried to live her unfulfilled dreams of being an actress through her daughter. Elizabeth 's father died on 22 nd November1968 during Merc-Venus-Jupiter. It is also important along with D-3 (drekkana) and D-30 (trimsamsa) in what is nowadays called medical astrology. 9 th house and 5 th lord. even the nakshatra lord generally fulfils the transit principle. In D-12. It fits well with what we know of Liz. In transit Saturn (father for night births) was on the natal D-12 position.the 5 th house. Jupiter and Rahu were in Libra on her natal Moon aspecting both Mars and Venus in her natal 4 th house. The texts say that Taurus ascendant on D-12 makes a person wealthy. while Venus the ascendant and current sub-period lord reached its natal D-12 position to the 8 th house or 85 th Dwadashamsa! Her mother died in September 94 during Venus-Mars-Venus at the age of ninety-nine. Mars as the 7 th and 12 th lord in the 1 st and Rahu/Ketu axis on 6/12 of illness and hospitalization can all be seen clearly. He is also the owner of the 8 th house. But it is in the D-12 that past karmic influences that manifest as parental influences through the genes and childhood conditioning can be seen. Jupiter is with Saturn and aspecting dasa lord Mercury and the 7 th . . Venus is the 1 st lord in the 8 th while Mercury is 2 nd lord (a maraka or killer) aspecting the 9 th (father) from the 3 rd . Mars is lord of the 7 th (maraka) in the D-12 lagna. Saturn was transiting Elizabeth 's lagna. Moon was on Liz's lagna while Rahu was on the 9 th lord. aspecting the 4 th (mother). In D-12. Of course the divisional charts have other specific uses also. Dwadasamsa and Parents Now look at the Dwadasamsa. Transiting Saturn was in her natal 4 th house (mother). It was in fact Elizabeth 's mother who was responsible for her early film career.

men and marriages and a film career that had long before lost its luster". or the crusade against AIDS. multiple medical problems. from ingénue to femme fatale and laughing stock to living legend. or the multiple medical problems. or the first-ever million dollar paycheck. her "drug and alcohol problems were deeply rooted in a kaleidoscopic past filled with broken dreams and disillusionments. The awards were announced only in early 61 and 67. While most websites write that Elizabeth got an Oscar in 60 and 66. The date of release of a film is quite often different from the date when the actress gets the signing amount or even the subsequent times when she receives her pay. She knew no moderation-it was all or nothing. While recording the life events of an actress.a tempest of love affairs. . But she got the awards in 61 and 67. Whether it was the countless scandals and eight failed marriages. In fact as her biographer remarks.Elizabeth 's mother Sara maintained to the end that her daughter was perfect and that her whole life had been beautiful. Some movies like Cleopatra were in the making for a few years. It has truly been a Hollywood movie --. Note: A few things should be pointed out to the researcher. These are among a few points that a researcher cum astrobiographer should keep in mind. unsuccessful marriages. or the drug battles. riches and glamour. what they mean is that she got an Academy award for a film released in that year.a Hollywood movie. But that is the tempestuous story that her chart reveals. So the planetary sub-periods when she would have enjoyed a dhana (wealth giving) yoga don't necessarily tally with the release of the film. She had been through everything. an astrologer will come up with a few inconsistencies. it had to be all or nothing.

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