Friday, November 02, 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Just as I expected, this film is a precious gift of the current transit of the strong Jupiter in Sagittarius. The story is too well known to repeat it here, and I can only say - watch it and give your eyes and heart true cinematographic pleasure. Cate Blanchett is the right actress for this role, even after Bette Davis and Helen Mirren.

In the film, which is quite accurate historically, with those royal processions and views of the Cambridge King’s Chapel, the authors included the line of the court astrologer John Dee who advised the Queen throughout her reign. Unfortunately, the medieval master is shown too uncertain about his science, which is rather unconvincing, given his skills and fame. For instance, Elizabeth comes to him to consult whether she would win over enemies, and John Dee says something about his doubts, etc. Believe me, was he so weak in his art, he would not be granted his privileges in the XVI century. Even with my modest skills, I can assure you that Elizabeth, with her Saturn in 7th house having dignity in the ascendent, was bound to be a winner, whichever endeavour she pursued. Girolamo Cardano, in his aphorisms on nativities, says the following: “Infortunes peregrine in the seventh house, having dominions in the ascendent, denote the deaths of the native’s wives or enemies”. Here is the Elizabeth's chart to confirm the aphorism:

In fact, it was very silly of Spanish to attack the queen with such a chart. Very ignorant.

But the other side of this constellation is, indeed, solitude. It can be caused by death of a partner, by a very old partner, by a partner who is cold, adverse, stubborn, etc. One can speculate over her virginity or lovers, but this Saturn is never joyful in partnership. For instance, in her teens Elizabeth had a “tender friendship” (whatever it was) with Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, who was 25 years older (and who was later executed) – the plain manifestation of the Saturn in 7th house.

This dual constellation deprives of happiness in any kind of relationship – and as a consequence develops strength close to invincibility. As she says in the film, “God gave me strength to bear my freedom”.

I know this myself. I too have Saturn in 7th.

39 comments:

Caroline said...

Nice article Valerie and food for thought!

Love
CarO

Valerie Livina said...

Thank you Caro :)

This chart is very interesting, because Saturn is so pronounced: note that it is not only the ruler of ascendent, but also aspects the sect luminary and is so strong due to the angular position. In fact, this is Saturn which elevated her, despite its detrimented state.

Given her status, I would expect very strong 10th house and many fixed stars - yet it is rather different. Mercury is on Spica, and Moon is exalted, but look how accented are 8th and 12th house. No wonder she was so interested in astrology - this is a chart of a mystic.

Still, she was a queen, and a great one, and this is due to Saturn which cleared her way to the throne.

Very interesting chart.

Anonymous said...

And what about a 6th house saturn loosely conjunct the descendent in taurus? Does that indicate the same problems with relationships?

Valerie Livina said...

Hello anonymous,

Whose 6th house saturn in taurus? I bet it is not about Elizabeth, since hers is in Cancer...

If you are talking about mine, it has nothing to do with 6th house. Wrectify better :)

V.

Anonymous said...

I was referring to my own 6th house saturn in taurus. As it's within 7 degrees of the Descendant, I was curious to know if it would have a similar effect on relationship as Elizabeth's saturn.

Valerie Livina said...

Hello,

Apologies for misunderstanding, I didn't realise you were talking about your own Saturn.

Does your Saturn rule both 5th and 6th houses?

V.

Anonymous said...

Just the 6th with a scorp ascendent.

Valerie Livina said...

Asc in Scorpio - is it in term of Saturn? If not, then the Cardano's aphorism is not applicable: Saturn should have dignity in ascendent.

Ruler of 6th in 7th Saturn may indicate physical infirmity causing problem in relationship.

What are the receptions/aspects of Saturn?

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