Issue No. 75
March 2011

On related topics


November 2006
The King Stands Alone. When Saturn is isolated in the heavens.

February 2011
The Arab Revolts. A consideration of the Jupiter- Saturn cycle and the current Arab situation.

March 2010
The Stymphalian Birds. An examination of this part of the sky.

April 2009
The Stars of Pisces, the knot of heaven.


This issue is focused on Venus as an evening star versus Venus as a morning star through the charts and lives of Elizabeth Taylor and Diana, Princess of Wales. It also examines the individual star parans to each of their natal Venus to show how these reveal the intensity and complexity of their natures.

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April 2011

Saturn still stands alone in the sky, for now he rises at sunset and no other planet joins him until just before dawn. Zodiacally he is exalted in Libra and only the Moon joins him on the 17th April. He maintains this aloofness and isolation until September - Octobe .

Jupiter remains lost in the Sun's light for the entire month of April and will not been seen again until he rises in the dawn light in early May. The crown prince does not step onto the stage until later in May.   

Mars is still under the beams of the Sun but by late April-early May he begins to rise in the dawn light. Mars will be warrior-like as he begins his ascent into the night sky.

Venus continues as the bright Morning Star in the stars of Pisces and waits for Mars to join her.

The crescent of the New Moon will occur on 4 April and be in the stars of Pisces and once again will join with Jupiter.


Calendar of
forthcoming Events

8, 9, 10 April, 2011
Tiefenbrunnen, Zurich Switzerland

Maps of the Psyche - Astrology and the Path to the Stars
Liz Greene, Nick Campion and Bernadette Brady
This 3-day conference, drawing on ideas from ancient and classical teachings as well as modern psychology, will examine astrological notions of the horoscope as a map, locating humanity within a celestial environment and describing a journey through life and a pathway to the stars.

Please note: Limited places available.
Fully Booked

13, 14 , 15 May, 2011
ORIGINS, the Egyptian and Mesopotamian contribution to astrology
This event is unique in the USA. For the very first time, the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK through Dr Nick Campion and Bernadette Brady will be teaching an intensive, exploring the Babylonian and Egyptian contribution to Western Astrology.

Registrations now open

4,5 June, 2011
Bath, UK

he ninth annual Sophia Centre Conference
In ancient Babylon the movements of the stars were seen as the writings of celestial deities, to be read and interpreted by the astrologers. In medieval and Renaissance Europe the notion of the sky as a chapter in the ‘Book of the Creatures’ or the ‘Book of Nature’ was current, suggesting that the heavenly bodies might function as symbols conveying higher – or deeper – truths. This academic conference will consider the ways in which celestial symbolism has been incorporated and portrayed in culture. Darrelyn Gunzburg will be presenting work at this conference.

Registrations now open

9 July, 2011
London, UK

Faye Cossar and Bernadette Brady iin association with the London School of Astrology - more information.

26 - 29 August, 2011
Oxford, UK

FAS Summer School, 
Bernadette will be teaching a weekend of fixed stars and sky maps - if you live in Europe this is your chance to add visual astrology to your astrological knowledge. more information


16-20 September, 2011, Wyboston Lakes, UK
AA Conference
Plenary sessions and lectures by both Bernadette Brady and Darrelyn Gunzburg. more information.


14 - 16 October 2011 - Bristol, UK
Heavenly Discourses: Myth, Astronomy and Culture
An academic conference at The University of Bristol, UK.
Co-convened by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Nick Campion.

Call For Papers  has now closed and registraiton will open in mid-April.


21st April 2012
The Bolton Astrological Society Spring Conference.
Two half days by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Bernadette Brady. Visual Astrology and AstroGraphology. more information.

24-29 May, 2012
New Orleans, USA

UAC 2012
Bernadette Brady on Fate and Free Will in Astrology and Darrelyn Gunzburg on visual astrology. visit the UAC web site.
























Bright Stars in a Velvet Sky
Two women whose stories embraced the cult of the celebrity from its emergence to the recognition of its destructive power have been highlighted with the death of Elizabeth Taylor. This article considers the nature and star parans of the Venus of Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana.

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A note on Saturn

Babylonian King 23 century BCEWith the continuing issues within the Arab world and particularly Libya, the prolonged isolation of Saturn in the sky is worrying. Saturn will stand alone in the sky till at least September/October of this year. At the moment Saturn rises at sunset and no other planet joins it until just before dawn. To the Babylonian priest this would suggest a strong king or a king in isolation. Additionally zodiacally Saturn is exalted in Libra while sitting amongst the stars of Virgo, near the 'wing of exile'. To their eyes this would be a concern for the king, thinking he is strong but finding he is isolated. The Moon joins the king on the 17th of this month but this may be of little help. This sky drama seems to be playing out through the actions of Gaddafii and the international community seeking to isolate him and remove him from power, and as the media informs us, it may well be a long haul. Naram-Sin king of Akkad on his
victory stele. 23rd century BC.
(Louvre, Paris)



Special Note - We have given our Starlight sale extra time due to its popularity. However, this sale has to finish by mid April. So if you have been thinking of buying Starlight in order to work with your own parans and sky maps then this is a good time to buy. Here is Starlight's web site.



Bright Stars in a Velvet Sky
Two women who defined the role of the paparazzi
By Darrelyn Gunzburg

Elizabeth Taylor and Princess DiTwo women whose stories embraced the cult of the celebrity from its emergence to the recognition of its destructive power have been highlighted with the death of Elizabeth Taylor on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the age of 79.

Born into systems
Violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor who was considered to be the last major star produced by the old Hollywood studio system which tightly controlled an actor’s life and image, was often ranked in fan polls as the most beautiful woman on screen.
Elizabeth Talyor talking with a pregnant Princess
Di at the stage debut of 'Little Foxes' in 1982.

Taylor was also a compelling actress, winning Academy Awards for playing a call girl in Butterfield 8 (1960), the foul-mouthed alcoholic Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1967), and a special Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for her advocacy for AIDS research and other causes (1993), along with Oscar nominations (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly, Last Summer and Raintree County).

Diana, Princess of Wales, was another young woman styled by a system that promoted an image, and who sought to be accepted for herself beyond her beauty. During her lifetime she was often referred to as the most photographed person in the world. Interestingly Taylor appeared solo on the cover of People magazine 14 times, second only to Princess Diana (as of 1996). Taylor holds the record for the most appearances on the cover of Life (11) when that magazine was a bellwether of American culture. Diana was also one of the first high profile people to be pictured touching those afflicted with AIDS and this had a significant impact in changing people’s opinions and attitudes to the disease.

Elizabeth TaylorFor Elizabeth Taylor as the Hollywood studio system changed, she crossed the boundary from its tight control and launched a life that was controversially radical in terms of her relationships. Her obituary states:  ‘She was among the first to reach that special category of celebrity — famous for being famous, for whom her work was inseparable from the gossip around it.’ Yet she also sought respect and acknowledgment for skills beyond her physical beauty and, in bucking the system, allowed no one to define her but herself.[1]

Princess DianaDiana also refused to settle for second best in her marriage to Prince Charles and her subsequent exposure of what she termed a sham, along with her preference for a divorce rather than stay in a loveless connection was the way she crossed the boundary from the tight control of the royal family and launched a life that was controversially radical in terms of her relationships.

So let us look at these Venuses in more detail.


Elizabeth Taylor’s Venus

Born 27 February 1932, 2:00 am, Golders Green, England, Taylor’s natal chart has Venus in Aries conjunct Uranus and square to Pluto in her natal chart. One would delineate that as someone who saw relationships as a challenge (Venus in Aries / cardinal square) and who sought deep, and intense monogamous connections (Venus-Pluto) that allowed her freedom and independence (Venus-Uranus).

Elizabeth Taylor's Chart and Sky Map

Venus in her sky map shines as a very bright evening star, well separated from the sun, hence clearly seen in the sky after the sun has set. It is located in the eastern Fish of Pisces, suggesting someone who swims against the tide of public opinion. Although not visible to the naked eye her Venus radiates Uranus, drawing attention to her desire for independence, not caring what people thought, and adding popularity.

Yet her Venus is an evening star, setting after the sun, suggesting someone who works within systems. Perhaps this was why Taylor continued to look for the perfect relationship within the system of marriage.

Diana, Princess of Wales’ Venus

Born 1 July 1961, 19:45, at Sandringham, England, Diana’s natal chart has Venus in Taurus as the apex of a T-Square involving an opposition between the Moon in Aquarius conjunct the South Node and Uranus conjunct the North Node. One would delineate this as someone who saw relationships as the necessary sensual anchor (Venus in Taurus) to an early life of emotional aridity (Moon in Aquarius / Moon-Uranus).

Princess Diana Chart and Sky Map

Venus in her sky map shines as a very bright morning star, well separated from the sun, hence clearly seen in the sky before the sun has risen. It is located on the shoulder of the Great Bull, suggesting someone who charges ahead like ‘a bull at a gate’ having just escaped the Stare of Cetus. In her skymap Venus sits alone and hence does not radiate any planets. It does however, radiate the stars of the Bull.

Yet her Venus rises before the sun, suggesting someone who is more independent and assertive in relationship. Perhaps this was why Diana refused to toe the royal line and by so doing, changed the nature of English royal coupling for her children and the future British monarchy.

We can gain further information from the fixed stars that sit underneath both of their Venuses. These are the stars that rise, culminate or set with their natal Venus on the day they were born and these stars pour a river of sky mythology into their natal charts via their natal Venus. By considering the star parans to each of their Venus, we can gain a great deal more information than is revealed in just their horoscope.

Parans to Elizabeth Taylor’s Venus

Venus is in paran with Spica in the constellation Virgo

A master of getting one's needs met, a persuasive personality.
To draw gifted people into one’s network of friends.

Spica offers the gift of brilliance to whatever planet it touches. After her breakthrough performance in her fifth film, National Velvet (1944) author James Agee wrote:

Elizabeth Taylor in National VelvetEver since I first saw the child I have been choked with the peculiar sort of adoration I might have felt if we were both in the same grade of primary school. I wouldn’t say she is particularly gifted as an actress. She seems, rather, to turn things off and on, much as she is told, with perhaps a fair amount of natural grace and a natural-born female’s sleepwalking sort of guile. She strikes me, however, if I may resort to conservative statement, as being rapturously beautiful. I think that she and the picture are wonderful, and I hardly know or care whether she can act or not.[2]

Others echoed this doubt about her talent, partly because she was fortunate in being born with a face that the camera found stunning. Yet she ended up drawing gifted people into her network of friends and working with many of the most skilful filmmakers and writers, reflecting this gift of Venus in paran with Spica. As Liam Lacey notes, ‘She took movie roles that could reflect or exploit aspects of her colourful life, a biographical dialogue with her career that turned out to be her real legacy.’ [3] Against considerable odds, she turned into one of those rare performers who give career-peak performances as a child, a teenager, a young adult and as a middle-aged studio veteran.[4]

But Spica was not the only star to form a paran to her Venus.

Venus is also in paran with Procyon in Canis Minor, the Little Dog

Struggling to sustain personal relationships, or society's values.

Procyon rises in the sky before Sirius, The Shinning One, hence can indicate a quick rise but without real substance. Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton [sic] Warner Fortensky, dubbed ‘the Henry VIII of Hollywood’, was married eight times to seven husbands. Whilst the longest of Taylor’s marriages was to Richard Burton (10 years) her marriages were of short-lived duration (on average one year or five years). Here is the Venus in paran to Procyon, struggling to maintain relationships.

Additonally her Venus was in paran with Altair.

Venus is in paran with Altair in Aquila the Eagle

Elizabeth TaylorThe bold artisan, a person who is sexually
and sensually orientated.
To challenge the sexual, social or sporting
expectations of a society.

Altair is the Stymphalian Bird of risk-taking and daring which inspires others. Connected with her Venus, this becomes a fiery and bold combination. Taylor was one of Hollywood’s great sex symbols, a magnet for publicity throughout her life. Her obituary states: ‘Still in school at 16, she would dash from the classroom to the movie set where she played passionate love scenes with Robert Taylor in Conspirator. "I have the emotions of a child in the body of a woman," she once said. "I was rushed into womanhood for the movies. It caused me long moments of unhappiness and doubt."[5] This is one expression of her Venus in paran with Altair, challenging the sexual expectations of a society.

Elizabeth Taylor's beauty and the life that it engendered, particulary her affair with, and then marriage to, Richard Burton, began the endless photojournalist stakeouts seeking the celebrity photograph of the woman who challenged society's views. In this regards Princess Diana stands at the other end of this story, the ulitmate victim of her own beauty and independece. Her Venus has a different set of star parans but ones that are equally revealing about her life.

Parans to Diana, Princes of Wales’ Venus

Venus is in paran with Alkes, the cup or chalice, in the constellation the Crater

Someone with strong social values whose opinion can influence others.
To be interested in fashion, art or social customs.
A unique way of seeing human life.
To champion human rights and to contribute insights as well as reform.

Princess DianaWhilst Diana was seen as a fashion icon, and an image of feminine beauty — one expression of Venus with Alkes — she was also admired and emulated for her high-profile involvement in issues, namely AIDS, the international campaign against landmines, and her pioneering charity work — another expression of how Venus in paran with Alkes holds something sacred for humanity.

Venus is in paran with Dubhe in the Great Bear

The healer who seeks the well-being of others; to seek to help children. A lover of things that help children

Diana has been quoted as saying: ‘The worst illness of our time is that so many people have to suffer from never being loved.’ She was photographed many times holding AIDS victims. It was said that patients warmed to Diana’s life energy and natural compassion, and her ability to empathize with people’s suffering, having suffered so much herself.[6] Here is an expression of Venus in paran with Dubhe, the quiet strength of the feminine, the strength of her position as a member of the royal family, rather than the strength of direct action.

Venus is in paran with Alphecca in Corona Borealis

Seeking strong social bonds, and being intolerant of superficial relationships.
An ability to see what the social issue really are, rather than being blinded by
mainstream issues.

Wedding Plate for Charles and DiRoyal biographer Sarah Bradford commented, ‘The only cure for her (Diana's) suffering would have been the love of the Prince of Wales, which she so passionately desired, something which would always be denied her. His was the final rejection; the way in which he consistently denigrated her reduced her to despair.’ Diana herself commented, ‘My husband made me feel inadequate in every possible way that each time I came up for air he pushed me down again ...’ [7] Venus is paran with Alphecca was reflected in the way that Diana, intolerant of superficial relationships, refused to settle for second-best in this loveless marriage.

In conclusion...

These two women bookended an attitude – how beautiful women handle beauty and relationships. Elizabeth Taylor struggled out from the weight of the Hollywood ‘image-making’ machine and achieved independence but, with her bright evening star Venus, kept being drawn into marriage. Diana, Princess of Wales, with her bright morning star Venus, found the strength to struggle out from the weight of the British royal family and to maintain her independence outside the royal mariage.

Have a look at your own Venus? Is it a morning or evening star Venus? Is it close to the sun (in the ‘other place’) or far from it and hence bright? What parans sit underneath it to advance the story of how you relate to others and what you seek in relationships?


7. Bradford, Sarah (2006). Diana. London: Penguin Group.