Future's bright for Elisabeth Murdoch
By leaving Sky, Elisabeth Murdoch has broken her father's spell.
Born on August 22 1968, she is a Leo with her sun on the royal
star Regulus, and like all Leos, she has to be boss. Her four-
year stint at BSkyB coincided with forceful Mars crossing her
Sun. As MD, this was her chance to show her Leo leadership
skills, but it was marred by crossed swords with consecutive
Her horoscope shows a quieter phase as her Sun progresses into
Libra, the sign of partnership, and hubby Matthew Freud must have
a lot to do with this. Her non-executive position at Future
Network (April 22 1999) is a catch for this company, with its
Sagittarian Ascendant plugging into the current media revolution
initiated by the Jupiter-Pluto opposition. But Elisabeth has no
obvious astrological connection here, and Future Network is
unlikely to be a primary vehicle for her.
With a strong Leo-Virgo combination in her horoscope,
everything Elisabeth does is well planned. Her hopes for her own
production company are expressed in true Leo style "I would like
to be my own boss, I would like to pick my own team ... do my own
thing, pursue my own opportunities, create my own culture and
control my destiny". Not knowing her birthtime, but based on the
planets for her day of birth, her horoscope shows networking but
little extrovert activity in the next two years. It isn't until
June 2003 that it reflects her creative aspirations. Venus makes
wonderful connections then to her Leo Sun, and we may at last see
a major project that is truly hers.
So what of her place in the Murdoch empire? She is a different
spirit to her father. In contrast to his fishy Pisces, Elisabeth
has no water, and no air either. With mainly opposition contacts
between their charts, they have conflicting goals and attitudes,
and she must find it impossible to pin him down. Her Venus and
Pluto oppose his Sun and Mercury, hinting at the Persephone myth.
The beautiful daughter Persephone was pulled down into the
underworld (Pluto/Hades), and she lost sight of the sky.
Elisabeth's loss of Sky is the point of no return for her, too.
She has broken her father's spell and shaken off the burden of
being Murdoch's daughter, leaving the field clear for her
brothers. When she resurfaces, it must be in her own light.